Whimsy Stamps ~ Hope Your Day is Hunky Dory!

Hey crafty friends, I've a sweet and fun make to share with you tonight. You may recognise the background as I shared a hint of it on my IG page, as I had a go using this with another stamp first, but felt it looked better on a more muted background, so pulled it off and tucked it away until I could find the 'right' image to pair it with. I so enjoyed creating this patchwork background and really didn't want to cover it too much, so although the first permutation was 'okay', I was thrilled with it and knew I'd find a better fit. I'm so happy I did that too, because these sweet bees turned out to be the perfect pairing! I'll show you the first card and you can tell me what you think.

Krista Heij-Barbers images are some of my favourites at Whimsy. Her often quirky and cute characters just have such a sweetness about them. I am really happy with how this turned out with these sweet bees.

The patchwork background was created by laying double sided tape all over the base layer and then adding diecut hexagons in different toning papers to create that fun patchwork quilt look. I used a sweet Spring Slimline paper pack from Whimsy called Buttercup to create the background. All the papers in this pack work so beautifully together, so it was easy to find a good mix of toning papers. I so loved how the background came out, covering it as much as the first image did, just didn't sit well with me. Below is the first image I paired it with, hopefully you'll see what I mean about it not being a perfect fit.

I felt the image covering that central hexagon lost some important details in the background and I also felt although that image is super cute, it just wasn't 'right' for this background. Cue the bees! I just adore the way these cuties fit with the background and found a perfect sentiment pairing too. 

These images are so cute and some of the details quite small, so I added back in some catchlight details in the eyes with white gelly roll pen after colouring and also added a few sparkle spots on the wings for a bit of interest and fun. My Wink of Stella is running out and the Gelly Roll Sparkle pen is too opaque to cover the whole wing with, so a few sparkly dotty details I felt was enough. Paired with a cheery yellow envelope, this wee card was done! 

It's Team Susan's week at Sweet Stampin' this week, but their theme is 'Things with Wings', so I've shared this cutie over there too, as it fits the theme so well! I hope you'll come and play along with us too. It's a great theme with plenty of room for interpretation! I will be back with another crafty adventure soon. In the meantime I wish you a wonderful weekend and happy crafting! Hugs, Wends xoxo

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Challenge Entries: 
Cardz 4 Galz: #199 ~ Backgrounds
Papercraft Challenges: #94 ~ Things With Wings
Addicted To Stamps and More: #446 ~ Make Your Mark
Sparkles Monthly Challenges: #164 ~ Things With Wings
Passion For Markers: #691 ~ Anniversary Challenge/Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge: #206 ~ Anything Goes/Paper Shelter
Creatalicious Challenges: #259 ~ Anything Goes/Use 3 or More Designer Papers
Little Red Wagon: #706 ~ Flora or Fauna - I like creating both flora and fauna cards, this time it's a fauna card, with a bit of flora on the papers.

Update: I was in the Spotlight at Cardz 4 Galz. Thanks so much ladies! xoxo


Johanna said…
This patchwork background is amazing and very eye-catching. I can see how much work went into putting it together. Those little bees are so cute and I can see why you prefer your second version to the first. That said, I like the 1st one as well. Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz, Johanna DT
Sarah said…
I couldn't possibly choose Wends, it's like asking to pick a favourite child!! However, I do "get" what you mean about the bunny overpowering the beautiful background and those bumble bees are adorable!! A superb make, as always xx
The patchwork background is fab and those bees are such cute characters. Thank you for joining us at the Passion For Markers Challenge.
Pamela said…
what a fun and creative way to create a background using designer series paper - love it. Thank you for playing with us at C4Galz
Dawn T said…
Just so adorable Wendy. Lovely card and yes, the one with the bees is the best use of the background.
Chris said…
Love the patchwork background Wends, so pretty, and perfect with those cute little bees.
The Crafty Den said…
What a pretty card Wendy. The bees are super cute and your colouring is fantastic. Loving the background you created; the papers are gorgeous. I
agree, the bees paired perfectly with this background. Thanks for joining in our special anniversary challenge over at Passion for Markers this week. Hugs, Denise x
Elaine Stark said…
A fabulous card, love the colours. Thanks for joining Passion for Markers. Elaine
Julie said…
Love your card, Wendy - beautiful background for these buzzy buddies! Thanks for joining in our Mega Anniversary challenge at Passion for Markers, good luck! Juliexx
foleysfriend said…
Adorable card. Loving the hexagon background with the patterned papers. I like your bee-utiful choice of focal image. Thanks for joining us at Addicted to Stamps and More!

sue n.
Love the bee card Wends - the bees certainly 'fit' there beautifully, and I agree, it was the best choice
Imke said…
Thanks for entering our "Flora or Fauna" Challenge @ Little Red Wagon with this super sweet card, Wendy. Love the background. I hope we see you back again soon.

MortiCraft said…
It is a beautiful patchwork background and I think it pairs with the bees perfectly. Thanks for joining in the fun at Papercraft Challenges. X
Gorgeous card! The bees are so cute! x
*Vicki* said…
Wow, your cards with this patch-work design look incredible Wends! I love the pretty papers and colors! The bees are just as cute as can BEE!! I love them popped out over the honeycomb background too! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely card with us at the Sparkles Monthly Challenge and hope you'll be back again soon! Hope you're doing well my friend! Crafty hugs
Cazro said…
Oh! I adore the summer colours, blue and yellow hexagons, this is so pretty and effective as a background. Love it!. Thanks for sharing with us at Cardz 4 Galz. Caz. DT.
Pat said…
Two lovely cards with the super patchwork background Wends, but I do like the super cute bees they just go so well with your patchwork.

Pat xx
aussie aNNie said…
This is absolutey stunning. Love that gorgeous design and especially the colours here ♥

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