Tuesday, 16 December 2014

APC’s Weeks 13 and 14

Catching up with Claudine’s Altered Playing Card Challenge for weeks 13 and 14.

Week 13 theme was Bees.


Sort of cheated on this one because i had just won some Kanban topper sheets and found this very cute Bee. Coloured the APC background with Pan Pastels and stencilled honeycomb shapes using Walnut Stain DI.

Over the top i added the topper, coloured over the top with Tea Die DI and added a glitter faux gem to the centre of the flower.


Once again used Pan Pastels to colour the background, sealed before stamping then used Walnut Stain DI to stamp the body of the bee and black Archival Ink for the wings. The stamps are from Ingrid Bolme for Prima.

Had some of the cut outs from the Honeycomb TH die, added 5 of them across the card then added a hint of Gold Metallic Pan Pastel to the tops.

Wrote Buzy Bee out by hand, drew the boxes around, coloured over the top with Tea Die DI then adhered to the APC. Went round the edges with a black ink pad.

Week 14 is Christmas theme.

Here are my two APC’s.


In my Christmas stash i have a few acetate baubles which have been stamped and coloured so used one of those as i really want and need to use up my stash!

The APC diamond background was added when i first made the APC’s and drew some textures into the wet gesso. Went over with Iced Spruce DI, adhered the bauble then added the word Peace and Stickled round the edge.

When dry added Tacky Glue around the edge and some glitter. don’t like the shedding glitter it gets everywhere, this will not shed as it has dried into the wet glue.


The texture on the background was done week 1, went over with Iced Spruce DI then added text from an old Elusive Images Christmas stamp set.

Can’t remember where the tree is from think it is an Anna Griffin stamp. Stamped onto a sprayed background then added Icicle Stickles to the fronds and the bucket.

The Noel base is washi tape and the Joy is from the Elusive Images set.

Added a red button for the tree topper and some Platinum Stickles Glue for sparkle.

Hope you like all the sparkle and bling, thanks for dropping by.



  1. You have been a busy bee, pun intended. Loads of interest as usual, pan pastel queen! Xx

  2. Super cute APCs' again Mo....love that little fuzzy bee :)

    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  3. Your cards are gorgeous!! I too am intent on using up my stash, the overcrowding is ridiculous, I'm worried I might get a rent increase for the extra space, lol.
    Many thanks for your comments on my blog posts MoH, i really appreciate your kind words. Wee Man is doing well, but tiring after school and still not eating as he was, but certainly 'getting there'.
    I too will wait and see what the new CB challenge is then decide whether I will take part or not.
    Have a good rundown to the weekend, then have a fab weekend :o))

  4. They are so beautiful---love them all!

  5. These are wonderful! Each and one of them is special! xx

  6. Glad to see someone else made good use of their stamps and stash. Your bees were both great, especially since I had NONE. Your cards turned out lovely, and your stamping was commendable. Your use of the honeycomb brought the cards to life, too.

    I see what you meant about traditional Christmas rather than deer. I should have followed my "gut" and used my stash I already have. Like you, I'm trying to get rid of, not add to, what I already have. However, after joining both CB and APC, I have stamped more than I ever did before in my life. Speaking of stash, I adore that washi tape. It is fantastic.

    I would love to add your blog to my left sidebar, but I will only do so with your permission. That's something I insist on, since I'm all about giving credit where credit is due.

  7. I think all your cards are stunning, but that first bee is just adorable! Great stash-busting this time. I'm with E, trying not to add to my stash/supplies....trying to use some of them up!

  8. Wonderful minis Mo! Love your bee, too cute and your Christmas ones are fabulous! Love the ornament and the tree, I love them all actually! holiday hugs :)

  9. Both weeks cards are fabulous, loving the images you used, so darn cute! Merry Christmas

  10. Lovely! I really like how you can see the brushstrokes in the second one.