Jun 12, 2009

BC103 - Hive Sweet Hive

Hello Friends and Happy Friday.  Today's Blogger's Challenge was a "sketch" challenge and it was a "doosie" if I do say so myself.  Lots of different elements.  I hope I've captured them all with my card. There is a story behind this card and I'll include a few pictures at the end of the post.   Memorial Day weekend I happened to hear my mom's dog barking and barking so I went out to see why he was barking.  I happened to notice there were Thousands of Bees flying everywhere and buzzing around him which was making him bark even more.  Naturally I panicked a little due to the fact I didn't want him getting stung, nor myself or Coleen who happened to be outside getting her Tricycle out to ride at the time.  I ran into my mom's house and told her she needed to get Rusty inside as quickly as possible, hurried Coleen up front away from the bee's and then called my husband to come home and figure out what we were going to do about the bee situation.  Since it was a holiday weekend no one was available to come out.  Our neighbor across the street happened to know a man who was able to come and collect the bee's. They were in some trees bordering my mom's property and had formed a huge swarm inside the tree.  The man brought a hive and cut the branch out of the tree right on top of the hive and then waited for them to go inside the hive.  He ended up having to bring a second hive as there were so many bees they wouldn't all fit inside the first hive.  He estimated that there were probably 30,000 bees in the swarm.  It was quite interesting to watch him as he didn't even put on protective gear while he was out amongst the bees.  Thankfully no one was stung and by the next morning what few bees were left eventually flew away.  I think I may send this card to him for helping us out with our little Bee problem.


The top photo shows the branch on the hive and Mr. Bee Man shaking the bees off the branch.  The bottom photo are the bees on the hive and buzzing through the air.  If you click on the pictures (hopefully they aren't huge) you be able to see the bees much clearer.
Card Details: 
Stamp Set:  Just Buzzin' By,
Card Stock:  More Mustard, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper.
Ink:  Palette Noir Black, More Mustard, Watercolor Crayons - I sprayed the bee hive image with a mixture of Hairspray and Gold PearlX Powder for some added shimmer.  The background was achieved by brayering More Mustard ink over some bubble wrap and laying the White card stock on top and brayering it again. Designer Paper by We R Memory Keepers Pewter Press - Dia collection.
Other: Paper Distressing Tool, Circle Punches, Embossing Folder, Night of Navy Grosgrain Ribbon, Stickles (on bee's wings) and Yellow Spica Glitter Pen.   Here is a close up of the Hive so you can see some of the shimmer. I am happy with how this turned out and hope you have enjoyed my bee story.  Now "Bee" sure to check out all the other Challenge members blogs to see how they interpreted this sketch.  You can do so by clicking on the Blogger Challenge Icon on my sidebar.  Don't forget to leave them some comment loving too!  Have a great weekend. 

25 comments:

MJ said...

Yikes! I can't believe that man did not have any protective gear. Great pictures. And a great card too.

Lisa said...

Wow and WOW!! Both the bees and the card! I'm glad nobody was hurt and your card is just gorgeous! I think I'd send this card to the Bee Man.

Nikki Bond said...

What a wonderful story and such a fitting card for the occasion! Great job this week! {sMILEs}

Lisa Somerville said...

Great job with the sketch. Love the honeycomb behind your beehive!

Sheryl Dickinson said...

Great take on the challenge. Love the DP!

StampingSelene said...

great job with the challenge! I love this set!

njburk said...

May I be the first to say--that's a GREAT card! Love that set. So glad you used it for the sketch.
Good luck with your bee problem--we had them in the wall of the basement last year!
Hugs, Nola

Patti Chesky said...

Wow!! My daughter would've seriously freaked out at your house. THe card is adorable!!! I love the honeycomb look behind the focal image. Great job!!

Connie said...

Ewwww....wow! That is a TON of bees! What a great card for your beekeeper! Awesome card!

Basement Stamper said...

Great minds do think alike and I'm so happy that I didn't have that problem that I need to send my card out to someone ;-) That is absolutely crazy that that guy didn't wear any protective gear!

Chrissy D said...

Ida- this is FABULOUS!!!!! Love this bee set and how perfect for your Bee Keeper~!

Darlene L said...

What an awesome card to go with your story. We have about 20 hives on our property back in the woods. We just provide the clover etc. The owner of the hives comes about once a week. An SUF friend.

MrsETaylor said...

Great card Ida. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment on my blog. It was really appreciated.

Maria said...

Hey Ida! OMG! That's a lot of bees. How scary! Poor Rusty. . .it's a good thing he didn't get stung as well as you and Colleen.

I think Mr. Bee man deserves your card! LOL! I think he'll appreciate your beautiful card. Lvoe the orange color with the bee image! Perfect for the occasion!

Maria

Julie said...

Great card. Gotta love those bees.

Rachel Hope said...

Cute!!!! Love those bees! :)

Robin Merriman said...

Your card is adorable, but your story made me shudder. Uggh! Bees!
Nice job on the challenge though!

Lisa Bohler said...

Oh my! What a story! At least you could use it for inspiration for your card! Super cute card!

Patrice Pierce said...

Your bee card is great! Thanks for sharing the bee story, too!

Barbara said...

Seriously....that's a LOT of bees! Not beeing a fan of bees myself, I'm thinking I would have been pretty freaked out! Glad things all worked out for you and that card is such a fitting tribute to your experience! GREAT card! (I agree....it was a difficult sketch!)

Lori said...

This set was perfect for the sketch! Glad your bee problem seems to be under control now.

JediSergei said...

Very nice card! I really do not like bees but one thing I like about them is they make honey! Nice job on the scetch! Thank you very much for the comment on my blog!

Elena said...

Wow! That was an adventure! So glad that nobody was hurt.
Your card is very pretty, Ida! Love the Hive and little bee!

Allison said...

This is great! That sketch looks like quite the challenge but this came off perfectly!

Tiffany Bauer said...

What a great card!!! Love the bees!!!