Tuesday 20 May 2014

Inspired by IKEA!

It was a beautiful weekend here and on Sunday I sat in the garden watching the bees feast on our rhododendron flowers. I think the sun made me get out the bright colours out and I spent a happy day in the craft room yesterday and made this, featuring my fave all time stamp, Stampotique's Big Bee.

Inspiration sometimes comes from unexpected places and the inspiration behind this piece was some packaging material that came out of IKEA furniture..... My strange mind saw this and thought - honeycomb! So of course I squirreled it into that box of stuff marked 'too good to throw away!'

I sprayed the packaging with yellow and gold spray inks before tearing it off the backing and into pieces. Love the organic look! My bees have acetate wings covered with Stickles and White Fire Treasure Gold on the reverse so they really shimmer. I also added a domed body to give them some extra dimension. My original concept for this piece didn't include the sunflower - the SSS Challenge inspired me to add that detail and I think it finishes the piece really nicely.

I'm entering this into some challenges:

That's Crafty Challenge - theme Krafty (kraft card, which I used for my banner plus the packaging card is kraft coloured too)

Country View Challenge 15 - Nature's Glories

Stamps/products used: IndigoBlu stamp (sunflower), Stampotique Big Bee stamp, Wendy Vecchi Studio490 stamps (hexagon and sentiment), Distress Inks - Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs, Stickles- Platinum, Treasure Gold - White Fire.


  1. Brilliant piece and I love how it evolved from just a piece of packaging to now a piece of art! Many thanks for joining us over on the That's Crafty! Challenge blog.

    1. I don’t have a comment about the craft. However I would like to let you know about your last name. I named my son Whittaker 36 years ago and this is the first time that I’ve seen it with 2 “T”. And all this time I thought he was special. Lol. Sandra Harvey

  2. So creative - and beautiful too! Thanks for entering into the That's Crafty! challenge - and good luck in the draw.

  3. I absolutely love it Katy. Off to see what packaging I have in the house......

  4. This is such a beautiful project. Love the pretty colors and cute bee image. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  5. This is just bee-u-ti-ful and a clever sentiment. Burlap, sunflowers, bees, yellow and gold - it makes me what to live the country life.

  6. Hi Katy, this caught my eye on the Simon Says challenge, and just had to pop over for a closer look. your recycled honeycomb is a brilliant idea, and I love the sunflower and bees aginst the rustic burlap. Mo x

  7. You definitely deserve the Spotlight from Simon Says for this one! In addition to all the praised elements mentioned above, I am drawn to the fussy cut bees and the sculpted bodies! Even cut the little legs and there is no white showing... my kinda girl!! Well done Katy!

  8. Stunning! A great idea for the honeycomb and I just love bees almost as much as I love birds, lol. A great idea and beautifully put together. Thank you for adding your inspiration to our May challenge at Country View Challenges. Chris xxx

  9. Huge congratulations Katy! Very much a deserved winner of a Spotlight for this. Jenny x

  10. Gorgeous! Great idea for the honeycomb as well xx

  11. Congratulations! This is just beautiful!

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