Dragonfly Garden Meadows and Bees TTT114

by Joanne James20. May 2021 17:00

It's Thursday and time for a new challenge over at TicTacToe! It's the turn of Team X to host this week and I am your featured designer this week! This is the fun board that I came up with for us to play along with: 


So many ways that I could have gone with my board this week, but I eventually settled with the first column and wings/leaves/nature as the basis for my card. I was also inspired by the wonderful inspiration photo over at The Card Concept this week in more ways than one - more on that below! Firstly, here's the card I came up with - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Dragonfly Garden - I have a class with the Dragonfly Garden bundle next week so have been working a lot with this set in recent weeks and I thought it would be perfect to create a meadow-style background for my beehive today. I stamped the long florals in a repeating pattern and then blended a trio of yellow inks across my panel, before tearing my edges and adding some additional colour to the flowers with my Stampin' Blends, reflecting the yellow black-eyed susans and the purple florals in the Card Concept photo (leaves and nature on the TTT grid - check!). I also added some outline blooms and a little ink blending to the inside of my card:


A Skep For A Bee - In addition to the florals, I was draw to the skep and the bee-decorated plates in the inspiration photo. Skeps are traditionally made of straw, so I used a retired die from the Detailed Bee Dies set to create an outline, covered it in a self-adhesive sheet then took some retired jute twine and created my very own rustic-looking skep. Of course I couldn't have a skep without a bee - and a beautiful gold bumblebee trinket was the perfect finishing touch (and gave me 'wings' for my grid)! Whilst bee skeps are often seen in kitchen/ceramic/artistic designs, did you know in many countries it's actually illegal to keep bees in skeps? This is because the bees cement their combs inside their skeps and they can't be removed and inspected for diseases. In addition, when the beekeeper removes the honey the bees are either killed or made homeless, which isn't the case with more modern box hives; so keeping skeps as a decorative feature seems much more sensible!


A Change In Style - My regular readers will now that this card is something of a departure from my usual clean and layered style. The ink blending, torn edges, textured dimensional skep and bee make my card much more 'shabby chic' (there are some great design definitions over on the Card Concept website which I highly recommend you check out if you're interested in this kind of thing). So what do you think - did I pull it off? Whilst this is a little different for me, I did have a lot of fun working outside of my comfort zone for a little while.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

A tictactoe board offers so many creative possibilities - how does this week's board inspire you? Why not have a go? We would love to see you in the gallery and who knows - you might be selected for Designer's Choice and be eligible to be a guest designer on a future challenge. 

Enjoy your evening; I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
I got Top 3 Honourable Mention for this card over at The Card Concept!

Comments (8) -

Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
5/20/2021 6:06:04 PM #

that's an amazing card!  will get my thinking cap on for this week's grid.  Looking forward to Monday's class

Julie A Gearinger
Julie A GearingerUnited States
5/20/2021 8:27:34 PM #

Wow ,what a fabulous card! Love your colors as well as how you created the bees skep- perfect for both challenges! So thrilled that you shared this beauty with us at The Card Concept- hugs and we hope you can play along with us again soon!

NancyUnited States
5/21/2021 12:06:54 PM #

Talk about creative! WOW Joanne! Sensational card all around! I am happy to be guesting this week at TTTC!  Take care

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
5/22/2021 3:36:05 PM #

Joanne, this is darling and super creative! Love how you created the bee hive.

Kim S
Kim SUnited States
5/24/2021 12:07:03 PM #

I LOVE the texture you created with the jute twine - so fun with the beautiful flowers and tiny bee! Thank you for playing along with us at The Card Concept.

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
5/24/2021 8:57:55 PM #

WOW!  This is an amazing creation! It is a wee bit out of your normal style, but I just love that bee skep as well as the bee charm and background!  I did not know that about skeps....my sister raises bees but I don't know that she knew that either!  Great take on our Card Concept inspiration this week!

VickyUnited Kingdom
5/25/2021 3:00:05 PM #

I just love those beautiful wildflowers and your skep is a stroke of genius! Thank you for the wealth of information - I love learning as well as crafting!! Vicky x

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
5/28/2021 6:32:36 AM #

WOW! This is amazing! Love the torn edge, the sponging and that gorgeous bee hive! What a honey! Smile

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