Bee Creative – Arches

I am not sure where this week has gone.  It’s time again for the Out of a Hat challenge.  It was so much fun crafting with the Hatters last week.  This weeks challenge theme is “Arches”.  For full details of the challenge, to join in the fun or to see Sandra’s, Chrissie’s and Janet’s fabulous projects click on the OHC link above or on the side bar.

I have made a little “Bee Creative” book for this weeks challenge.   I thought a bee hive was a perfect shape for an arch so that is what I went with.   I have always been fascinated with honey bees.

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All the pages are made up in the same way.  I have used  the heart die cut on the front cover.  I also used the heart to give me the size of each page.   I have attached some lengths of ribbon, which are partly hidden under the layers,  to close the book.

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Bee Hive stamp from Joanna Sheen,  the bumble bee stamp is from Anitas, The flower and berry spray is from My Minds Eye.

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I have used Prima papers on all of the pages to continue the colour theme.

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The recipes in this little book have been taken from one of Delia Smiths cookery books.  I typed them up and printed them off together with some of the word tags

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The small B3 tile is from a game of scrabble that came from the charity shop.  This little tile was really the idea behind this little book.  To be free and creative.

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Again, the recipe on this page came from Delia Smith’s Cookery Book.  I just choose two recipes that had honey in the ingredients.

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I cut the jam jar shape out of some pretty papers and added a frill and some lace.

All of the layers of paper on each page have been distressed lightly, around the outside edges, using distressing inks.

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All of the pages are held together with with three book binding rings.   I scuffed the edges of the covering pages (dark brown card)  to give them a thicker appearance and to hide some dubious cutting! LOL! I have also stamped a little just around the outside edge.

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The last photos shows how thick the book is.  You can just see the mounting foam behind the embellishments at this angle.

 

Well that’s about it from me.  Before I go I just want to thank everyone for their e.mails over the last few weeks.  Freddie has been away for 3 weeks so it has been really nice to have a chat from time to time.  To you all, you know who you are,  I send lots of hugs.

Happy Crafting

Florence x

89 comments

  1. Oh wow … I absolutely love your Arches Bee Mini Book… the honey and neutral colours are just perfect and all that stitching too.. a wee work of art 🙂

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  2. Florence, I am very impressed with your wonderful book! That must have taken some time to create! Wonderful Eye Candy! Take care!

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    • Hi Susanne Mari. Great to hear from you. It was a real treat to visit your blog. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence x

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  3. Thank you for liking my blog posts. I’m so glad I found your site because your work is absolutely gorgeous! So creative and the colors are as warm as honey. I really like your blog!

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    • Hi Julia. Thank you so much for calling in and for such your lovely comments. They are very much appreciated. It is great to meet you. Looking forward to following your blog.
      Regards Florence xx

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  4. Florence, WOW!!! Thank you for popping over to my blog as well and for your kind words. This book is absolutely stunning! And I love that you made it into a little cookbook…..very clever indeed. Your photography is also amazing…..love your staging. You have a wonderful blog and I’ll be subscribing as I love to get inspiration from creative blogs like yours. Thanks again Florence, and I’m sure I’ll be in touch again!

    Yvonne

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    • Hi Yvonne. Great to meet you. Thank you so much for calling in. Looking forward to following your blog and your crafty adventures. Thank you for popping in and for all of your lovely comments. They are truly appreciated.
      Regards Florence x

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  5. Florence, I’m so happy you found my blog and liked my post because I could then discover your blog. I love, love, love this book. You are amazingly talented. Makes me want to do a book, something I haven’t done in a long time.

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    • Hi Angela. Great to meet you. I spent a happy hour yesterday tag searching on wordpress and was so lucky to find your fabulous blog. Looking forward to following your crafting adventures. Thank you so much for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  6. This is just the sweetest little book : ) Love everything about it!! Such a creative way to use the arch. My neighbors in the farm across the road are bee keepers…I like them much better in your book. lol Hope you have a wonderful day….keep up the good work it’s very inspiring : ) G

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    • Hi there, Lovely to hear from you. We live in a bee keeping area and get quite a few stragglers in the garden. Especially around the lavendar and rosemary. They are always great to watch at a safe distance! 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your very kind words.
      Regards Florence xx

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  7. Florence, you are very creative!!! I enjoy seeing all of the challenges you do…and can’t decide which one I like best..!!!! 🙂 Thank you for visiting my rug hooking Blog…so many different things to create and enjoy!!! Warm Regards, Sunnie 😉

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    • Hi Sunnie. Hope all is well. Great to hear from you. I always enjoy visiting your blog and seeing the rugs evolve. It is something that I would really like to have a go at. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Have a lovely day.
      Regards Florence x

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  8. Florence what a beautiful book! You never disappoint! Your creations are so wonderfully creative and unique, I can spot your work from a mile away! Great Job with the challenge! 😀 I love flowing all your creations, Such sweet bees!
    All the best! I can’t wait to see what you create next 😀
    Lisa 🙂

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    • Lisa! Hi! Hope all is well with you sweetie. Great to hear from you. Thank you for calling in and for such a lovely comment.
      Take care,
      Florence xx

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  9. Oh My Gosh! I just love this. I am so glad you posted each page just seeing the front cover would not be enough. I can see that I will be spending some time on your blog. 🙂

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    • Hi Wendy. Great to meet you. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. They are truly appreciated.
      Have a great weekend.
      Regards Florence x

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  10. It’s me again. Just been and looked! what a fab blog, I’ll need a cuppa for when I return. It reminds me of my stepsons place with lambs, piglets, bees etc. Even a couple of bullocks! Thanks again for the link I’ll email it to Darren whos had triplets – lambs that is, not him, lol xx

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    • Hi Joy. Hope you are enjoying the weekend. Great to hear from you. Celi’s blog is fabulous. There is always something different to see and read about. She writes so beautifully that you feel you are there, on the farm, with her. Amazing photos as well. I always like to visit with a cuppa in hand! 🙂
      Regards Florence xx

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  11. Nothing dubious about your work Florence. This is so adorable words almost fail me. I wish I’d thought of this. I have a young Grandson who keeps bees and has two beehives. he’s been stung a couple of times but it hasn’t curbed his enthusiasm! Thanks for the link, off to check it out.
    Have a lovely weekend, hugs Joy xx

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    • Hi Joy. Great to hear from you. Bees fascinate me. The previous owner of our house used to keep bees. That is where the bee keepers hat came from that is on the photo. Would love to see some photos of your grandsons beehives. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Take care,
      Florence xxx

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    • Hi Sweetie. Hope all is well. Great fun crafting this week Janet. Really enjoyed it. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Have a great weekend.
      Florence xxx

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  12. Florence, your imagination and finished projects always amazes me. “Arches” sounds like a hard assignment, but not for you. The bumble bees, honey, and recipe made an interesting book.
    Blessings, Betty

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    • Hi Betty. Great to hear from you. Hope all is well. I did struggle at first with arches but it was a lot of fun. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comment.
      Have great weekend.
      Regards Florence xx

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  13. Love your little book! We did an arches challenge in our art group and had great fun with the shape. The bee hive theme was perfect…maybe a little encaustic would be fun too!

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    • Hi Lisa. Hope all is well. This is the first time I have tried arches. It was really good fun. A little harder than I thought it would be. I would love to try encaustic art. My problem is getting hold of the crafty stash to do it. Maybe when Freddie next goes to England I can send him on a shopping mission! 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Have a great weekend.
      Florence xx

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    • Hi there, Hope all is well. These weeks fly by. Hopefully one week you will have the time to join in. The themes can be interpreted in lots of ways to suit your style of crafting 🙂 Always great to hear from you. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  14. Thank you so much for using the bees as inspiration, that is an honour and your book is just so perfect. Your work always has such detail .. Lovely Florence.. c

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    • Hi Celi, Your blog always inspires me 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Have a great weekend.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Lucy. Hope you both are ok. Great to hear from you. Yep, 3 weeks with only the chickens to talk to! 🙂 It felt like a holiday 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Take care,
      Florence xx

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    • Hi Suze. Hope all is well. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Will be over for a visit shortly. I just updated the link to your comment and spotted a wonderful elephant on your blog. Hope you can join in the arches challenge this week.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Sandra. Great to hear from you. Hope you are both well. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments and kind words.
      Regards Florence xxx

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  15. What a gorgeous book.. I’m so glad I’ve followed you, what an inspirational place to visit this morning! It makes me want to get all crafty too and join in! This is sooo pretty with the wee bits of lace and print and pretty shapes!! Love it, I suspect you could sell these!

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    • Hi Barbara. Lovely to hear from you. Pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for calling in and for your kind words.
      Have a great weekend.
      Regards Florence x

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  16. Florence, you are my first visit on this miserably wet day in my part of the world yet I visit this post and it brings sunshine into the home with those sweet honey coloured papers and the most precious of details. This would make a special gift for anyone who enjoys honey.
    Also have to say, wonderfully photographed and staged.
    Hope your Thursday is going well and you are busy creating 🙂
    Lynne x

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    • Hi Lynne. Hope all is well. I blinked and missed Thursday! 🙂 Where did it go! Thank you calling in and for such a lovely comment. It is always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi T, Hope all is well. Can’t wait to see the postcards. If they are anything like Celi’s photos they will be stunning I am sure. Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Ann. Lovely to hear from you. Hope you and Mr. B. are well. Thank you for calling in and for your kind words. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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      • We are both well, thanks Florence. Had to pop by again with a massive thank you for your comment on my WOYWW post. You said such lovely things about my craft and coming from someone I admire it means even extra. Thank you so much
        Love
        ann
        xx

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  17. Your amazing project fascinated me again… What a beautiful bee book… You are so beautiful artist dear Florence… I loved it. Thank you, have a nice day, with my love, nia

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    • Hi Nia. Hope all is well. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you. Sorry I am so behind with blogging. He who has been away for weeks took over the office upon his return. Thank you for tagging me.
      Have a lovely day.
      Regards Florence xx

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  18. Fantastic as always Florence–just love the way you ‘stage’ the pictures of your artwork and all the work that you put into everything

    xxx

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    • Hi Chrissie. Hope all is well. Really enjoyed this challenge. Never done arches before. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  19. Hi Florence, this is gorgeous, your create the most beautiful things, such a lovely idea, and I love arches, I would love to join the challenge this time, but my sister is over from the States for two weeks so I’m getting very little time to craft, pants!! xx

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    • Hi Paula. Hope all is well. I bet you are thrilled to be spending time with your Sister. Have a wonderful time together. I am sure that there will be some other challenges coming up that hopefully you would like to enter into 😉 Now then, what pants would you be crafting!! 🙂 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  20. Hi Florence. What a lovely book. I love the idea of telling the story of a bee, the colours are great too. Was thinking about joining into the hatters challeng if I may, but couldn’t quite figure out how to do it. Any advice? Have a great day!!! xxx

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    • Hi Monika. Great to hear from you. Hope all is well. The challenge is open for anyone to join in. You would be made more than welcome by the Hatters. They are lovely ladies who are passionate about all kinds of crafting and enjoy sharing ideas. Every Thursday the challenge theme comes out on the Out of the Hat challenge blog. You have a week to make a project or projects in line with the theme. Take a photo of your project. All you have to do then is go on to the Challenge blog. Click the add link (blue box) at the end of the weekly post. Fill in the boxes that come up and press next step (blue box). What should happen then is that your photos flash up on your screen. Just click the photo of your project that you want to enter into the challenge and thats it. It may take a couple of minutes for your name to come up on the challenge blog. That will then give a direct link back to your blog. I will send you an e.mail in a moment so that you have my e.mail address. If you have any problems drop me a line. Really looking forward to seeing your project.
      Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Kind Regards Florence xx

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  21. Hi Florence
    What an amazing book you don’t do things by halves do you !! Each page is a delight I even noticed the Greek cake recipe which I tried and is delicious ! The colours and papers are a perfect match and lots of pretty touches, love the scrabble piece.

    Marie

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    • Morning Marie. Hope all is well over in Greece. They are great receipes. Not sure where I can buy Greek mountain yoghurt from though! 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Morning Valerie. I was just thinking of you. I am a little beehind with my visits so I will be popping over to see you shortly for a catch up. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Hope all is well.
      Regards Florence xx

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