Saturday, June 09, 2012

Summer Buzzin'


For a second week, Stampotique Originals are sponsoring the Less is More challenge. This week is quite a tricky one as it's 'Use a Flourish'. Now those of you that know Stampotique stamps well  will realise that flourishes don't dominate ANY of the artists ranges there and so the members of the Stampotique team that decided to take part all had to be a little extra creative by using our drawing skills, masks, templates, rub-ons, etc...and the extra twist for us  this week is its a OLC (a one layer challenge) too!

It's half term for the kids this week and my youngest lad has been REEEEEEEEALLY poorly, so a Less Is More challenge was just enough to get my head round for a 10 minute stamping fix  in between my Florence Nightingale sessions.



I used my Stampotique Medium Bee (which comes with a mini bee on the side of the stamp) which was the first stamp I ever designed and Enjoy Life, a really handy tiny text by Janet Klein for Stampotique. The scroll and dottiness were all rub-ons that I discovered in my stash. I coloured the bee with coloured pencils as it was nice and easy to sit with my poorly kiddo and colour quietly whilst he was asleep. Stampotique Stamps are available directly from Stampotique in the USA or many places here in the UK (please email me if you are searching for the range of stamps and cannot find a stockist)




Now.... Blogger is tricking me today and I seem to be unable to centre the above image, but I'm sure it won't make a great deal of difference ;0)
If you have a spare half an hour today, or this week even, why not join in LIM challenge and be in with a chance of winning a $30 gift certificate... you can use any stamps for the LIM challenge...

Don't forget to read the rules over on LIM first. :0)

I'm off to catch up with the kind comments I've been receiving this week as its quiet here at the moment on Nightingale Ward :0)

43 comments:

Chrissie said...

Your artwork is truly amazing Jo... this bee is just yummy and your card is fab... I hope young C-S gets well really soon!
Thanks so much for joining us once more.
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Mandi said...

Wow Jo, your card is amazing
Gorgeous flourish
Lovely to see the Stampotique DT again this week
Wishing your youngest better soon

Thank you so much
mandi
"Less is More"

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Hi Jo - the rub-on swirl is perfect with your lovely Bee - it gives a real feeling of "buzzing around" if you know what I mean!! Love it!
Hope your little one is better very soon.
Sylvia x

Kimberley said...

Wow!

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...beautiful work loVe the delicate shading on the wings...Mel :)

Grenouille Greetings said...

A perfect image for LIM. Super placement and delicate colourwork. Very pretty! Hugs, Lesley

hazel said...

I love your fabulous card.
xxx Hazel.

Marijke said...

I just love it

Loli said...

Hola Jo, i'm glad to see you in my blog:D, thank you for your comment.
Fantastic card, so "sweet":D, beautiful colouring...a perfect card for summer time Jo.
A hug from Palma de Mallorca

Anne said...

Jo your bee and flourish look made for each other, stunning card!

Chris said...

Fabulous card! Love the bee! Love all of it! Hope your little lad will soon be better!
chris
x

Zoƫ said...

stunning card and love the bee. Zx

Vicky Hayes said...

Your bee looks fabulous with the rub ons Jo! So sorry to hear your little boy is not well and hope he feels better soon :)

kjjc said...

Lovely to 'see' you. Sorry to hear you are having to put on your Florence costume. Lovely card tho'.xx

kjjc said...

Lovely to 'see' you. Sorry to hear you are having to put on your Florence costume. Lovely card tho'.xx

nicky said...

Wonderful card , hope your little boy feels better soon x
Nicky

Siobhan Brignull said...

superb as usual Jo x

Karin said...

I love this elegant simplicity Jo.

Claire said...

Wow your card is beautiful - you made it sound so simple! Claire x

Carol Q said...

this is gorgeous Jo. don't know how you managed to concentrate with an sick child. hope he's well soon. hugs to you all.

Kaz said...

Fab card Jo. I hope your youngest is feeling better very soon x

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

This is really amazing. Soo beautiful Jo and stylish.
Lovely greet
Marja

Jenni's Jems said...

Fabulous bee and the flourish sets it off nicely! -and hope your son is better soon x

Anja said...

A gorgeous card. Love the bee and the flourish.

Anja said...

A gorgeous card. Love the bee and the flourish.

dutchstamptramp said...

Fabulous card Jo!!

Happy Days said...

Fantastic card! Lovin' those rub ons. Hope your patient makes a rapid recovery - I'm sure the news you imparted earlier was a great tonic ;D

See you soon

Claire xxx

Suze Bain said...

That's a fabulous flourish. Hope your son feels better soon. xx

Jan Ltc said...

This is great xx Jan

Kathyk said...

FAB"bee" card - love the flourish and hope your son will soon be flourishing too

Kathyk

Willy said...

Simple and beautiful, Jo!

M said...

This is beautiful, and it's nice to see a flourish card for a boy! M x

Valerie said...

Love the combination of the bee and the flourish, it works so well. Amazing art work Jo and a second career as a nurse, well done:) Hope your little fellow gets better very soon!
Val x

Lynne said...

Your bee is fabulous and the flourish give him movement.
I hope your little lad gets better soon.
Lynne xxx

Viv's Visuals said...

Great card - the bee is just lovely and the flourish is perfect!

Karin said...

great card, love it!

sally said...

What a talented "Florence Nightingale " you are :-)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful card, love your bee image and the swirls look awesome with it. Shirley

GinaA said...

Stunning design combining the bee and the swirl and your images are always so crisp. My blog photos & text are all over the place as well, those gremlins must be about on 'tinternet' lol

Marilyn Rock said...

"Bee"autiful! Hope your lad is feeling better. xxoo

Aileen said...

Love your bee swirling around. x

Deanna said...

What a great combination with the bee and the flourish! Awesome Card!

Darnell J Knauss said...

I'm just getting to visiting and commenting at LIM. Your bee, and I do mean, YOUR bee, is spectacular! So real. And finding the perfect flourish to add for his (her?) jet stream - brilliant! Hope laddie is all better now!