Nearly the moment that I finished an order from Buddly Crafts for the winter bears from Eline's Collectibles I started to see on Pinterest little bees! The wonderful thing about having Pinterest find related images is you'll discover things you weren't aware of, or NEW things that you're not keeping up with. I hate sales emails from places so I rarely sign up. I follow a few stamp companies in Instagram so I can keep up with new releases, but this isn't common for me to be "in the know". So I was surprised to actually hear about/see the bees even before they were released to the public.
Thankfully my instinct was to buy them as soon as they came out, so I set up an email alert. This release is super popular and I can see why. These bees are adorable! And how obvious is it to pair them with the bear dies? The project previews also gave me even more ideas for the Dutch Doobadoo honey jar I'd already wanted. I was hoping to use it as a fishbowl, but this works too!
To colour all the little creatures on this project I used my Tim Holtz Distress Inks before die cutting. I also used one of my Tim Holtz stencils to add a little honey comb motif to the distressed yellow paper that I found. Since this is a Dutch Doobadoo stencil it's a little too big for my stash of 6x6 paper. I also messed up the ribbon pattern on this stencil and decided I'd use some twine too, but in omitting that ribbon I had some weird looking gaps in the blue fabric section. To fill that I thought I'd delve into my paper flower collection as it's been patiently waiting for many years now for me to make something.
I really like how this came out, though I admit since it's just die cuts not even any Copic coloured stamps, it feels more plain to me than the previous few projects I've made lately. I'm still finding my true style with these projects.