23 September, 2020

Bugs & bees

Somewhere between summer and fall, I created this colourful birthday project. 
I had an unexpected meet-up with my sister lately which turned out to be a blast, and am now slowly getting back to med school. I've had my share of practice this year as a patient and learned a lot on how NOT to treat, but I certainly hope to get back on track with the theory now and finish my last exams. 
Before that, however, I spent a wonderful afternoon at my mom's auntie, just doing some harvesting in the garden and trying to get close to the cats who didn't seem to be in cuddle mood for whatever reason. Never mind, there are tons of other animals around: from insatiable slugs to valuable bees that are diligently doing their own harvest. And it was the bees on autumn asters that inspired me to create a purple card. Now, purple might not be your first choice when it comes to fall colours, but I think that nothing says "autumn" more than those purple blooms that can be found literally everywhere right now. 
And just as it happens, I'm also trying to catch the deadline over at the alphabet challengeblog and their current "Ladybug" challenge, which literally screams for a bugaboo digi. 
Coincidentally, I had a matching pre-printed image in my stash already, meaning I didn't even need to set up my printer! Instead, I could get straight to work and this is what I came up with: 
As usual, I coloured the scene with regular colour pencils. Thinking of autumn asters, I decided to use purple on the flowers, meaning I'd have a rather unusual colour scheme to work with from the start. Nevertheless, I found the result to be pretty much OK, so that I soon began to search for the perfect background. I thought about using some purple here, too, but once I found this multi-coloured sheet of scrapbook paper in one of my paper blocks it struck me that this could be *the* one instead. 
I did, however, use a piece of dark purple cardboard to enhance the main image and opted for a kraft card base instead of a white one. Once I decided on where to place the digi, I took a pre-printed birthday sentiment from my stash. I put it on a piece of green cardboard, and added a couple of purple gemstones for the bling, but I felt like I don't need to add anything else. 
Rather than ribbons, pearls and other embellishments, I thought I'd leave the main focus on the image in combination with the pretty background. I even abstained from distressing the background of the garden scene with a light blue that would resemble the sky, because I was afraid it would create an overload of colours. 
Because sometimes, simple things are the best ones and simplicity doesn't need to be enhanced. 

613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
a place to startATG with optional twist "children's card"
allsorts challengeblog: lovely garden
alphabet challengeblog: L for ladybugs + DT call
basteltraum: fall
crafty catz: ATG
crafty gals corner: fall colours
crafty sentiments: ATG
cutie pie challengeblog: birthday party
friendship challenge: autumn
inkspirational: day
little red wagon: celebrate
love to craft: ATG 
love to scrap: ATG
morgans artworld: ATG
path of positivity: family ties (I'm not sure whether this counts, but I feel like this might be the birthday card for my sister. We've been talking loads during the past weeks and months and I feel like mom has done a great job raising us in a way that us girls get along really well, knowing exactly what the others mean and even what they think)
pennys papertake: ATG
scrapping4fun: ATG
through the craftroom door: ATG
unicorn challengeblog: for a child
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG


  1. This is so beautiful, nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette DT

  2. Back again, and again, this is so beautiful. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

  3. Wow, gorgeous!!! I love all the colours. Wonderful card!!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's and good luck with your entry! :)
    ~ DT Saphron
    Lemon Biscuit

  4. Love this very pretty card! You did such a wonderful coloring job. Love your sweet little ladybugs. Thank you for playing with us at the Alphabet Challenge and hope you can join us again soon.

  5. How very sweet and such beautiful colours, great photos as well, thank you so much for joining in with our 'Garden' theme at Allsorts challenge.

    B x

  6. A beautiful colourful card, fabulous colour choice and I love the image. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week.

  7. Such a great card with all the beautiful colors! I agree, purple is all around where I am and seems like a fall color to me along with the golds and reds! That background paper is perfect with your image and it's wonderful how you were inspired by a special time with your mom's aunt! I think your sister would love this card! Thanks for sharing with us at Path of Positivity! ~Katrina

  8. Wonderful colours! Thank you for playing along with us at Allsorts this week.

  9. The card is beautiful and so cute.
    I love the colours...
    Thanks for sharing at Friendship Challenge.
    Good luck and best wishes!
    Ilse (thera)

  10. Beautiful and colorful card!
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges.
    Rachelle DT

  11. Love the colouring on the image - great make. Thank you for joining us at The Alphabet Challenge xx Lynda DT

  12. What a pretty card! Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper.

  13. Very pretty card, love the colours Thanks for joining us at A Place to Start this month for our"Make a Child's Card" challenge

  14. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  15. Love your card. Colorful and I really like that layered background. Thanks for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Barbara DT member for { World Wide Open Design Team Challenge}

  16. I like your project a lot! Thank you so much for playing along with our challenge over at Penny's Challenges. Looking forward to see you again!

  17. Sweet card. I love your design. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge. Love to see you join in each month.
    ~ Danka DT

  18. Just LOVE the background panel and your coloring of the Bugaboo image. Wonderful card. Great design. Beautiful card. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Challenge. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Arlene DT

  19. Great card colours and design. Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge. Judy McKay DT TTCRD
    In Search of My Creative Side

  20. Great card...that background paper is absolutely perfect for your focal point panel. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon this week.

  21. Awesome project! Thanks so much for sharing with us in our challenge over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog this month! We appreciate you joining us!
    Leslie, LTCCB DT
    Love To Scrap 2

  22. Beautiful creation and pictures! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  23. Fabulous;ous creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Judy DT

  24. Beautiful card - that background is perfect.

    Thanks for joining us at the Love to Scrap Challenge.

    Helen x

  25. What a beautiful card! I love the colorful background that you created and the vivid bouquet! Thanks for playing with us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna

  26. Such a darling image, and so beautifully colored and designed. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with us. I appreciate you playing along and hope you'll stop by again soon. Have a blessed and creative week.
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday


  27. Such a beautiful card! Great colors! Thank you for joining us this week at
    Crafty Gals Corner Challenges .
    Scrapbookingmamaw {My Blog}
    Blessings! Jeanie Ellis, DT, Crafty Gals Corner

  28. Lovely card with great colors! Thanks for a cheerful and well crafted submission to our challenge at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  29. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge. Your project is lovely and wishing you all the best with your entry.

    Jodie DT for  World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  30. Great card! Your pencil coloring is always awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with us at A Place to Start, and please accept my apology for the tardy comment!
    Chana Malkah, Owner