Birds & Bees

Today I’m over at Country View Challenges where I’m sharing a mixed media page for this month’s The Birds and The Bees challenge.

 I created this spring scene using lots of new crafting goodies, including a Sizzix Floral Layers Thinlits for the blossom and a Pink Ink Designs Beehive Buzz stamp and die set for the bees. I also used my new Tim Holtz Typewriter Embossing Folder for the wording which was on my birthday list thanks to the lovely Tracey who used it on one of her journal covers – thank you for the inspiration!

Like the birds in my garden, the birds and bees on my page are enjoying spring with the blue skies and pretty blossoms.

I started by covering the background with Speckled Egg and Twisted Citron Distress Paint using a Brayer and then some white gesso. When dry, I added the birds and sheet music which were from some Aviary Collage Paper by Tim Holtz and were stuck in place using a glue stick.

Next I coloured some mixed media paper for the die cut flowers and leaves; for the blossoms I used Abandoned Coral Distress Ink Spray and White Linen Dylusions Ink Spray, for the stamens Fossilized Amber Distress Ink and for the leaves Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss Distress Ink. I cut them out using the Sizzix Floral Layers Thinlits set, layered the die cut pieces together, edged them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and arranged them onto the page using gel medium.

I stamped the bees onto the page and also onto some mixed media paper using black Archival Ink and the Beehive Buzz set from Pink Ink Designs. They were coloured using Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo Distress Inks, die cut using the Beehive Buzz dies and then stuck in place using glue dots.

The wording was created using the Typewriter Embossing Folder from Tim Holtz. I embossed the letters onto some card and cut them out to make small panels. Then I coloured the card around each of the letters using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell marker and stuck them in place using glue dots which finished the page.

I hope that you are enjoying The Birds and The Bees challenge over at Country View Challenges too; it would be lovely to see you there! Don’t forget that when you link to this challenge that Birds and/or Bees need to be the main focus of your design in order to have a chance to win a £20 voucher to use on the Country View Crafts website (grin!).

With the sunny days we’ve been having it’s becoming very busy on the beachfront, so we have been mindful to walk more in land; this has allowed us to appreciate all the pretty spring blossoms in people’s gardens – Happy Spring everyone!

Hoping that you are all staying safe and well!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this mini art journal page:


I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today which are:

Art Journal Journey where the theme is Inspired By in honour of Eileen from The Artful Crafter’s Blog who picked the theme and was supposed to host this month but sadly passed away shortly after her heart surgery last month – she is greatly missed! I’m so pleased to be able to remember her by joining AJJ with my page which was inspired by springtime birds and bees.

LTSCB#144 – Spring Forward challenge over at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog with my springtime page.

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #141 – Anything Goes with my birds and bees page.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and their Layer It challenge with the layers of colour, collage paper and die cuts on this page.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog and their Anything Goes challenge with my art journal page too.

23 thoughts on “Birds & Bees

  1. Your page is wonderful and full of the joys of spring. Birds and bees are so important to us. Thanks, too, for joining us at AJJ, much appreciated! Here it’s snowing again, I woke up to a white world! Have a great week, take care! Hugs, Valerie

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  2. This is a beautiful page Jo. I really love that floral die. It gives nice depth and details. And looks super on your page too. I would never have guess your letters were embossed. That is one nice die, isn’t it. Your whole page is gorgeous and I’m glad you decided to join us at AJJ with it. Thank you. Hope your week is going well. Hugs-Erika

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  3. Beautiful page, as always! Love the soft brayered background and all of your elements! Spring has sprung most everywhere but here, lol! It was down to freezing last night but will warm up nicely today, hopefully! I have a bad case of Spring Fever!

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  4. How gorgeous, Jo! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. What a gorgeous digital background it would make, in addition to a beautiful framed piece of artwork! It’s fantastic! hugs, de

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  5. Beautiful! Believe it… no blossoms yet, but I saw a fat bumblebee yesterday at my window! Spring must come! (It´s soooo cold again I turned on the heating).

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  6. Another page i have not seen before – I know I had a bad month for visiting but really …
    Love that die for those flowers, well, the way you have used it with the different shades of pink and green – really shows it off to its full advantage and you have used the flowers to frame the page so well.
    Speckled Egg and Twisted Citron together are one of my favourite combos and this page works so well with that combination as the background. Gorgeous paper from TH – wish I had seen it as I can think of instances I would have used it over the past few months.
    A lovely spring page.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  7. Sorry to be so late, Jo! We’ve been out of town, then back to lots of things to catch up on around the house and with a house we just sold. Anyway, I’m delighted to be visiting finally, and this page is lovely to start with. That collage paper is my favorite of all of Tim’s papers and works perfectly for the theme. Your flowers are amazing!!! Everything together makes for a lovely spring page! Off to see a few more that I’ve missed. Have a great weekend, and thank you for all your support on my blog with your visits!

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