For this theme it's Gabrielle's turn to pick and she has chosen B and a flower, so I have gone with Bee and a flower, mainly because I really like my Thistle Stencil from Imagination Crafts, and not for the thistle, but for the bees as the corner flourish on the same stencil. But more of that later.
I started with a wooden tag I got from my first visit to the MDF man - I will say on record now it will not be my last! I based it with Rose Fresco Finish from Papertartsy, then with Blood Orange and London Bus swept over the whole thing to deepen the colour to more red than pink. I did the same with the wooden rose which came from the sale bin at B&Q and was a twin pack for less than a pound. I added pewter Treasured Gold to hit the highpoints and give a worn look.
I coloured some Grunge Paste with Chutney Fresco finish and used this through the Bees on the stencil. I used Zesty Zing through a crafters workshop stencil to get the honeycomb effect and to make the stripes on the bees. I again used the pewter TG on the wings to make them shimmer like bumble bee wings.
I then decided that one tag wasn't enough so I decided to double it with one I cut using Quick Cutz nesting die set and some cream card, I continued the honeycomb onto the card and using ELB05 from PaperArtsy, stamped the phrase in Fuschia pink Stazon. I used a combination of worn lipstick and Forest Moss on the edges of the wooden tag to highlight them, then rubbed in some pewter TG. On the card tag I went over it with spun sugar distress ink. finished off with a rose brad, picked out in TG and a bright co-ordinating ribbon.