Thursday 3 May 2012

Hmmm, how many bees are an invasion?

Hello blogworld

So which would you like the first the good news or the bad?  I normally go for the bad, then the good is gooder!

The bad news then - to which the above title pertains.  We are being invaded by masonry bees!  We've had them in the walls outside for years and for a month or so during spring I have to dodge the little blighters when coming into the house through the conservatory but this year they are chasing me in the house itself!  So would finding at least 6 bees every day (all over the house) constitute an invasion?  Peter doesn't think so, he thinks I'm over-reacting.  I think it is, not that I would get them exterminated or anything (I don't even step on ants - I mean you never know what you might come back as do you!) but I do object to having to a bee crawl out from under the microwave at me!  Even Emily was surprised to see one crawling around in the kitchen this morning.

Now the good - I'm getting another hair cut tomorrow.  My regular followers of my inane drivel will know the angst the last haircut caused - I'm prepared this time!  I've shown Peter the hairstyle (I googled hairstyles!) I picked and my hairdresser said it will suit me.  So wish me luck at 10.30 tomorrow when I will be having lots of hair cut off.

So and now I've waffled on for even longer than I do normally, anyone want to see a card?  It may seem familiar as I still had the papers and Promarkers out from when I made my Divas card and so this one is along the same style.  I'm not entirely pleased with it as I'm not sure I got the highlights in her hair right and I am rubbish at cutting out.  Also I've run out of my normal super sticky tape and am using wet glue.  I only noticed the splodges under the ribbons after I'd take the pics.

Well here it is anyway and I leave it up to you to see if you like or not:

Front shot:

Detail of image:

I used:

Pink Petticoat digi stamp - can't remember her name! She's stored on the PC and I'm on my lappy (I will find it out and get back to you)
coloured with my Promarkers

Die Cuts with a View - backing paper
Craftwork cards - swirls

Nesties for the circles

Flowers, buttons and ribbons all from my stuff
Craftwork cards - sentiment

Hope no-one else is having to avoid bees in their house!

See you soon,

A challenge, or two:

Crafting When We Can: Challenge 17 - Sketch

Creative Card Crew: Challenge #9 - Ribbon

and Lisa's Waste not Wednesday:  This one is a digi from 2009 and I've only ever printed her off and coloured her in once before!  It's the hair, it is intimidating (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!!).


Pia S said...

That little bag is a fab detail! I think shades of grey work great for this design, and I like the beautifully colored image. Great card!

Catherine said...

Fab card, love all the grey shades. You are brave with all the bees, I would have to move out...... Lol....

Anne-Marie said...

She's lovely.....WOW to the hair..haa!
I know what you mean about ignoring 'cos it's scareeeeeeey...aagghhh!
But you did her proud, and the result is a lovely creation...well done!
ps. More than one of anything is an invasion...'cept when it's Maltesers!

Lisa xx said...

another gorgeous card Sarah, thank you for joining in again with the cutie pies xx

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,What a fabulous image and

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Hi sweetie, sorry to hear about your Bee invasion, we get baby wasps finding their way in to the house like there is no tomorrow in the summer (I don't particularly like wasps lol). I hope your hair cut goes well and you are pleased with the results. Your card is gorgeous, I love the image and the papers are fab
Lindsay xx

Wishcraft said...

Ooh she's fabulous Sarah! Gorgeous card :o) I know exactly what you mean though - I have lots of images & stamps that I've put off using because they intimidate me for some reason... and then I tend to just forget about them! I think you've done a fab job with this one anyway! Thanks for joining in with WNW hun xx

I wouldn't be happy about the bees... having said that, it's better than wasps I suppose! Oh, and I totally agree with you about my hubby - it was a big mistake going back to work today, and he's felt really ill this evening. He went to bed before 10 which is unheard of in our house! Hugs, Lisa x

Sue B said...

Aww this is gorgeous Sarah! what a sweet image and you've coloured her to perfection! Love the grey theme - it works really well. The handbag sentiment is So sweet and I love the flower!
I hope those bees behave - I would say more than one is an invasion!!!
Big Hugs
Sue xx

Kathleen said...

Oooh gorgeous Sarah, love this black and white thing you have going, very impressed! I can see why the hair intimidated you its not the easiest one is it, all those curls! But you have done it really well.
Hope Peter likes your haircut this time! Lol cant wait to see it ;-)
Kat xx

Christine L said...

Gorgeous card Sarah... The grey's look fab for her... And that little handbag sentiment is so sweet!

Eeek to the bees!


Unknown said...

Gorgeous card! Love the color scheme. Thanks for sharing with our Crafting When We Can Challenge :)

coops said...

so gorgeous sarah.stunning mono colours and papers and the image is really sweet ;D
i hope all went well with your new haircut.

xx coops xx

catherine said...

Fantastic card Sarah and love the look of it all. I think I would say just one bee in the house is an invasion as I don't like them at all!!
Hope you are pleaseed with your new hairstyle and enjoy the pampering session.
x catherine

Lily Anuska said...

Gorgeous card Sarah. I love this papers and sweet image. Wishing you a nice weekend. Lily

Wendy said...

This is gorgeous Sarah, fabulous image and colouring...hope you are pleased with your hair and you all have a lovely weekend.
Wendy xx

mixamatoasties said...

Fabby!! She does have A Lot of hair doesn't she but you've done a great job.

Susan x

xxxtglxxx said...

See, I was looking for the bees on the card! :) lol.

Now my MIL had a similar buzzy problem, and had to call the local authority pest control. You have to pay I think unless you are an OAP, but they can get a bit crazy if you are not careful (the bees, not the OAP's) and so you should get them safely sorted. Not worth risking them stinging little ones is it.

We have a problem with bats in midsummer (everyone thought I had bats in the belfry for years) but we have had to learn to co-habit with them, as the law says they have to be protected.

They are not any bother, but when they come down from the attics and into the house on a balmy summer evening its like dive bombing, and me and the dogs drop to the floor, while hubby turns all the lights off and tries to coax them outside!

Enough of my waffle too, your card is lovely - what a gorgeous job of colouring you did on this image, and I love your papers and the whole monochrome feel! :)



Anonymous said...

This is brilliant Sarah, your colouring looks fab! Hope you get your bee problem sorted!
Helen x

Lisa Cornwall said...

Gorgeous card. So pretty. Love that gorgeous image. Thanks for joining us at the cutie pies. Hugs Lisa. X

melsanford said...

Fab card! Love the monochrome look :-) Good luck with the bees! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

kbrandy4 said...

Gorgeous card Sarah!! Thanks for sharing with the Cutie Pies and good luck!!
Hazel xx