Thursday, 9 July 2020

* AALL & Create: Protect the Bees


I am delighted to announce that I have been invited to join the AALL & Create Team as Guest Designer for three months. It is a huge honour and I hope I don't disappoint them.

For my first project, I made a mixed media MDF tag:

Thank you to my lovely Facebook friend Janet for the tag she gifted to me.
1. I applied crackle texture paste through the Enchanted Garden (#93) stencil and used watered down PaperArtsy Fresco Inky Pool and Teresa Green to colour the front of the tag. Splats were stamped using the Splodge #362 and white paint splatters were added.
2. The beehive, bee, flowers and snail were stamped onto white card, coloured with Inktense and/or Polychromo pencils and fussy cut. 
3. The beehive (#330 Honeybee) and flowers (#332 Birthday Blooms) were stamped onto the tag background.
4. A piece of corrugated card packaging was cut and painted to represent the ground.
5. The beehive and flowers were adhered to the tag. The hive was shaped and natural sisal fibres were place beneath it. The word Bees was stamped onto calico and adhered to the bottom of the hive.

6. Two layers of flowers were adhered, the top layer was only glued in the centre to give some dimension. A small Art Stone was placed in the centre of each flower. 

7.  Florists' Moss was adhered to the cardboard to emulate grass.
8. The whimsical snail (#326 Garden Tools) was adhered.

9.  I decided I needed some white, so I ran Versamark around the edges of the tag and heat embossed in white. A small amount of gold paint was run around the edges in places.
10.  The 'garden' word (#320 Plant Your Dreams) was printed onto white card, then triple embossed with clear powder to make a label. This was adhered to the top of the tag.

11. The bee (Honeybee #330was given double wings and its body shaped and adhered.
12. White acrylic ink was splattered over the tag.
13. Yellow ribbon was threaded and knotted through the top of the tag.

Stamps and stencils used:

Splodge #362       Plant Your Dreams #320     Garden Tools #326       Honeybee #330   
        Birthday Blooms #332         Enchanted Garden  #93 
You can find lists of approved stockists here

That's all for now.
Thanks for stopping by today.


I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Creative Knockouts  Tag Time 16/07
Creative Moments #194 AG 20/07
Ellibelle Wednesday Summertime 01/08 TOP PICK

Lets Craft and Create #161 AG 01/08
Paper Funday #19 Great Outdoors 02/08
More Mixed Media AG 02/08
Creative Inspirations In the Garden 04/08
Creative Craft Cottage #131 Flowers 04/08



  1. A beautiful tag, lots of lovely detail and techniques. It really shows off the stamps and the stencils that you have used to create this and is so inspiring

    1. Thank you, Janet. I forgot to mention that I used the lovely tag you sent me. xx

  2. it's very beautiful and a great tag Carole

    gr karin

  3. Congrats on your GDT ---WOW absolutely brilliant tag love all the texture and fabulous stamps-especially the Bee and splatters
    Carol x

  4. Congratulations on your GD spot. Your tag is amazing, love the design. xx

  5. Congratulations Carole on your GD spot, how wonderful and a fabulous first project, I LOVE the stamp set and have been over to the shop to look around and lots of great sets..your colouring and details on your tag a awesome..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  6. Hi Carole your tag is stunning. I can't wait to see what else you make. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  7. Love your tag; I love all your work. You are a amazing artist xx

  8. Such a fabulous tag! Love all of the gorgeous details and colours. Thank you for playing along at Creative Inspirations, good luck.
    Gina xx

  9. Beautiful tag! Thanks for sharing at the creative knockouts! Hope you wil joint us next time too! Bye, Deezy DT

  10. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage challenge good luck. Have a nice day
    Anneke DT

  11. This is fantastic!!

    Thanks for sharing over at Creative Moments,

    Hugz Tinz

  12. Thank you so much for playing along at Let’s Craft and Create this month.
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  13. Oh my goodness this is perfection!!!! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Creative Inspirations. Good luck,

  14. Carole, this is just gorgeous!

    Thank you for joining us at Creative Knockouts! Good luck and I hope you'll play along again with this week's challenge!

  15. Just beautiful, Carole. Loving all of the stamps and the colors you used!
    Thank you so much for sharing at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!

  16. A beautiful creation - thanks for sharing it with us at The Paper Funday Challenges.

    Helen x
    DT Member of The Paper Funday Challenges

  17. Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing with us at Let’s Craft and Create Challenge, hope to see you again :)


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