Sunday, 5 June 2016

The Birds and The Bees at Anything But Cute

Hello, everyone!
I am here today to announce our June challenge at Anything But Cute!
Our lovely and super talented Niki has chosen the theme 'The Birds and The Bees' and this is what I came up with.

Niki describes her challenge theme in this way:

 With the lovely warm weather in my neck of the woods, I am seeing so many wonderful birds and bee's, so I would love to see those in your mixed media makes! Pull out those bird stamps, think of feathers and maybe some honeycomb. Or you could even go for a non-traditional interpretation like a family crest that has a bird emblem on it. The sky is the limit!

Inspired by this wonderful challenge theme I wanted to create a vibrant and fun card so I pulled out my Birds Crazy stamp set and my Tombow Irojiten colored pencils to color the images.

I decided to use a watercolor technique for the background and you can find a tutorial HERE. I used my Tombow dual tip markers to achieve this effect.

These stripes are made out of an old white cotton T-shirt and I hand dyed them using my Dylusions sprays. I used these to add more interest and colors to my card.

Sewing machine in action :) 

I stamped the quote using my Tombow dual tip markers and my Dylusions stamp set. 

I hope I have inspired you to join us at Anything But Cute for our 'The Birds and the Bees' challenge!

At Anything But Cute we just love to see all the seasoned and expert mixed media artists, but we also want to encourage those who are just getting their feet wet. Our design team will always be on the lookout for these exceptional projects and artists. You just never know when we might be giving out something special to a lucky mixed media newcomer. We all have to start somewhere, right?

Challenge runs until July 4th - we can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!

Hugs! Branka xx



  1. I can't tell you how much I love this, Branka!! I fell in love with the crazy birds the first time I saw them but I've never seen them look this amazing!! Wow!! The colors are phenomenal!! You've dressed them up perfectly!! The strips of stitched dyed t-shirt is such a fabulous detail and adds beautiful texture!! Love, love this my friend!! And that sentiment is just perfect!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. Wow Branka, your art is like a breath of fresh air on a summer day!! Your colouring is amazing, I can't believe you did that with markers, wow!! I just love all your bright and cheery colours, and those pieces of ribbon that you dyed looks like a bowl of rainbows!! I love that you stitched everything, what a great extra detail that adds a wonderful texture! I love it Branka, thank you so much for being a bright light in my day! hugs :)

  3. That sentiment is PERFECT! I couldn't agree more with it. Hilarious and on point! Your action shot with the sewing machine is awesome sauce, I didn't know fluorescent thread existed! Haha! So freakin wowzers! Your crazy birds sure look to be having fun and I have to applaud your use of the watercolor created with markers! Say what!?! That is genius and your work with markers astounds me dearie. Fantabulous take on this theme! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

  4. Hi this is amazing. Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge 29 Anything Goes. Hugs Jackie DT

  5. absolutely beautiful Branka - those legs work so well - and I adore the colour! Fabulous xx

  6. Branka, I can't express the joy when I see your card with those fluorescent crazy birds with their long bird legs! I love that bold watercolor background (markers!! amazing!) and those tee shirt strips you've hand dyed and so perfectly stitched on there. I have to say I'm a wee bit jealous of your sewing machine, that it sews so neatly and in zig zag no less. (I think you saw the mess on my May Tim tag--that was NOT intentional!) This is one awesome Branka creation! Big hugs!

  7. WOW! Branka this is a burst of color and happiness gorgeousness! What a great take on the theme and true vibrant inspiration!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  8. Hehhehehe - DELICIOUSLY DELIGHTFUL Branka. I am smiling BIG.

    And with my DT hat on: Thanks bunches, once again, for joining our "A Beautiful Mess' challenge at OUR CREATIVE CORNER! j.

  9. Oh My Gosh, this is WONDERFUL!!!!!

  10. Oh My Gosh, this is WONDERFUL!!!!!

  11. Branka, if this is not the funnest project ever, I don't know what! The legs just kill me! So fun, creative and utterly fabulous. Big hugs, Autumn

  12. Brilliant colors and design! Love the funky birds in the oh so vibrant colors!

  13. Great color and the sewing is awesome great job with the birds. Thanks for sharing with us a One Crazy Stamper.

    Leanne DT/OCS

  14. Wow, that's some full-on colour - such fun!
    Alison x

  15. Just love your fantastically happy and fun artwork Branka!! It's really stunning!! A very Happy Belated Birthday from me. Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

  16. wonderful creation, love this!! :) thanks for playing along with us at One Crazy Stamper. Natalie DT

  17. So much funky fun! Love the super saturated colors and pure joyful whimsy :)
    Thanks for inspiring!~kim