April 17, 2021

SPARKLE BEE

Sure, in looking at these photos, I feel like I am the subject of "Liar, liar, pants on fire". I was unable to capture in these photos the true sparkliness of this bee. I embossed him with a glitter embossing powder. And he sparkles like crazy! Believe me.


Does the paper in the background of this card look at all familiar? I used the same paper in two of the squares in this card, Four Squares. Doesn't it make a huge difference when only sporadic honeycombs are colored in? Which do you prefer? 

The coloring on today's card was done with three Stampin' Blends: Light Granny Apple Green, Light Lovely Lipstick and Light Pumpkin Pie.

With the obvious honeycomb design, I needed to have a bee as my focal point. Right? This bee was the perfect size, but was from an old retired set. Embossing him on Daffodil Delight cardstock, I die cut him with one of the circle dies. I added the circle to a scalloped circle, just a wee bit larger, cut from a gold metallic cardstock. 

Adding looped SPARKLY gold cord to the back of the circle piece actually adds some sparkle that shows up in these photos. 


I realize that I often use retired product in my blog posts. Be honest now. Does this bother you? Or would you rather that I stick with current or upcoming product? 

I guess my point here is that if you love something enough to order it, you should really be using it as long as you still love it, retired or not. Isn't that the point of crafting? Not to just always have the latest and greatest. 

Hopefully, through my blog, PAPER SEEDLINGS, the goal of which from the beginning was to plant paper seedlings in your minds that hopefully will grow and thrive, I am still accomplishing what I set out to do originally. Through these posts, I have always wanted to instill a love for the products, whether current or retired. Maybe you will learn something a little bit new or remind you of something forgotten, inspiring you to slip back onto new/old creative paths with me.


I have been thinking about blogs/linky parties quite a lot lately. In a future post, I will talk with you a bit more about this.

I hope you enjoyed a little foray into the creation of my not-so-sparkly bee.

Stay well.

Sparkle
Smiles.









18 comments:

  1. I don't mind you using retired SU! items. Sometimes, it's something I have. I thought SU! required you to use only current items on your blog, but I guess I'm wrong.

    I'm curious about what you think about linky parties and blogs, so I'll stay tuned. For myself, I'm not sure what to do about Feedburner no longer being supported for now and discontinued in July. How will I be able to reach my subscribers - all 12 of them? I'm not tech savvy, so I don't know how to get around this. Do you have any ideas?

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    1. I know Stampin' Up! suggests you use current product because they want people to be able to buy what you are showing. But I have never heard that they forbid using retired product. And I've been doing this blog since 2012 and doing workshops since 2005. I have no idea what to do about the Feedburner issue. I just tried digging into their suggestions a bit more and am more mystified now than ever. I left them a comment, so hopefully (?) someone will get back to me with more information.

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  2. This little bee card makes me smile!

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  3. I love the bee theme. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Whomever you send this card to will be so encouraged and happy!

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    1. Thank you, Michele, for your precious comment!

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  5. Very cute bee card and the colorful honeycomb pattern is a perfect background.

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  6. Oh my gosh I'm a HUGE bee fan and this card is fabulous! I believe you about the glitter lol Bees and glitter -- the perfect combo. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

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    1. Aw, thanks so much, Kathleen! Yes, there is just something about bees. I'm always thrilled when I can capture a good bee in action with a photo. Love 'em!

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  7. This bee card is darling. bee themes are so popular now. I wrote a post about Feedburner and their Follow By Email going away. Feel free to share.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I read through your post on Feedburner and, even before reading it, I have looked several times for the Analyze button referred to. I can't find it.

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  8. Thank you for sharing on the Classy Flamingos blog party. Bee happy is how this card made me feel. You've inspired me to start making my own cards and gift tags. I bought a Cricut Joy to get me started.

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    1. I'm so glad I could inspire you! If you need any help or supplies with your cardmaking, give me a shout! Have fun with this so satisfying creative path!

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  9. I believe you that it sparkles. It is a wonderful card either way. #HomeMattersParty

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