Wednesday 11 July 2012

The Entomologist's Dream

I love Nature, and this is an ultimate nature card. It features lots of beautiful insects and a wonderful sentiment from IndigoBlu: "If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere". I love the beauty in wild flowers. My mil can't understand why I have a large thistle at the back of the kitchen door, but the flowers are just beautiful and I love to watch the bees and butterflies coming to feed on it. Next time you see a weird looking fly, please try to appreciate its beauty instead of reaching for the spray!

"The Entomologist's Dream"

This card has a standard book construction with the pages sized to fit closely around the inner box.

"Front Panel"

The front panel is decorated with distress inks, stamping and diecut insects and flowers which are stamped, inked and brushed with Perfect Pearls to match the background.


The inside reveals that wonderful IndigoBlu sentiment together with an insect collection!

"Inside Front Cover"

The sentiment is stamped and embossed in clear onto a diecut panel. Distress inks are used to give different clours to the words "Nature" and "Beauty". Lots more ink and Perfect Pearls are stamped, sponged and brushed on together with some lace coloured with distress inks to match.

"The Entomologist's Dream - An Insect Collection!"

Do you recognise the box? It's from one of those sets of Kars wooden shapes. Haven't used the shapes yet, naughty! The box is covered in ink from blue and violet metallic markers which match  Tumbled Glass and Milled Lavender distress inks quite well. Each of the insects was stamped on a small square of white card twice using black archival ink and heat-embossed in clear, then stamped again onto acetate and the wings cut out. The images were each coloured with distress inks. The bodies are cut out from one set of images, shaped with an embossing tool and adhered to the other set with Pinflair for some dimension. The matching acetate wings are shaped and attached to the stamped images at the appropriate place on each body using a dab of glossy accents.

"Mr. Bumblebee"

My other half keeps bees and along with him, they have a special place in my heart! This one was cut out and adhered onto the frame edge as if he's just visiting his old friends. Next time you see a weird insect, I hope you too can see its beauty and remember, as my old Nan used to say, "it's more frightened of you than you are of it, duck" :-)

IndigoBlu stamp set: Nature
Spellbinders: Fanciful Flight, Carnation Creations, Labels
empty Kars wooden shapes box
Artemio stamp sets: insects, meadow
Sizzix & Hero Arts stamp and diecut set
distress inks: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concorde, Chipped Sapphire
distress marker set
white inkssentials pen
archival ink: Jet Black
embossing powder: clear
gems: pale blue self-adhesive
brads: violet jewel, Papermania Midnight Fairytale embellishment set
cardstock: white 160gsm, grey 300gsm
adhesives: PVA, glossy accents, Pinflair

Entered for the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp and Show - layered (this piece really is in keeping with the layered challenge - layers of meaning as well as of art!)
Try it on Tuesdays - Bingo (Brads, Flower, Diecut) plus Add a Butterfly
Stampalot - What's Your Crafty Passion?
That Craft Place - Anything Goes


  1. I'm missing words, that's really a stunning project.

  2. WOW!!! This is absolutely stunning. I love the design and all the detailing. I could look at it for hours. The sentiment is so special too.
    Hugs Sue

  3. Fabulous dimensional card. The images and insects are wonderful, I love nature and this is a fabulous representation . Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy z

  4. Beautiful. Love how you did the inside box sections... and that sweet little bee visiting everyone.

  5. oh wow this is simply stunning the dimension is just fantastic and adore all the gorgeous colours and beautiful elements you have used hugs Cherylxxxxxx

  6. Oh wow, I am completely bowled over with this beautiful creation. Stunning colours and wow to the inside. Thanks for joining us at Stampalot this month.

  7. WOW, amazing and stunning. so beautiful!! x

  8. Absolutely stunning! I love it! Thank you for sharing your Crafty Passion with us at Stampalot Challenge this month, and good luck.

    Lynne x

  9. Hey there thank you so much for joining into the fun over at the SSS and S challenge blog, I just love your box, your fabulous colors and what a surprise when you open up the box wowzersss I love the dragonflies too...fabulously done and thank you for sharing. Hugs Terry xxxx

  10. hi...!!! wow... what a perfection... your creativity and the card is tempting to give a try... highly inspiring... what a professionalized creativity...:)

  11. Gorgeous! What a lovely gift this is, and so beautifully executed.
    Hugs, neet

  12. Love this, the colours are so delicate!! And I agree with you about thistles, LOVE their flowers!! Trish x

  13. This is a stunning project, love the colours you have used.
    Beautiful front cover and then opening up to those fabulous images, just gorgeous.
    Thanks for joining us at TioT
    Avril x

  14. Beautiful creation , Lovely colours

    Thanks for joining us for our Crafty passion challenge over at
    Sir Stampalot this month and good luck!


  15. Fab project!! Thank you so much for sharing and joining in at TioT this fortnight. Cindy

  16. Stunning project Maddy, love everything about it. Love Kathy xx

  17. Stunning project Maddy, love everything about it. Love Kathy xx

  18. A beautiful project. Love all the details and the insects are great. I love Thistles. They remind me of my childhood for some reason. thanks for sharing your project with us at Try it on Tuesday and have a great day. Angela

  19. Absolutely gorgeous! A work of art. Thanks so much for joining the Sir Stampalot challenge this month, Ruth :)

  20. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  21. So very beautiful! I love it x


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