Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card with pockets

Frilly & Funkie Challenge: Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card with Pockets

Hello, Friends! It’s time for another fun challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our hostess this go round is the one and only Sara Emily.  She’s chosen the theme “Read Any Good Books Lately.”  With that theme in  mind, I’ve created this Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker card, It’s loaded up  with pockets and other sweet surprises inside.  Before we take a look at the card, here are Sara Emily’s guidelines for this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Read Any Good Books Lately?
Reading a good book on the beach or on the porch is a simple summer pleasure. For this challenge, please create a vintage or shabby chic project that depicts a favorite book or use book pages on your project,. Alter a book or even make a journal or journal page! Just be sure it’s in the vintage or shabby chic style that we are looking for!

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 1

After thinking about the theme for a while, I decided to create this bee themed card with Graphic 45’s Nature Sketchbook collection.  The images in the collection are based on pages from vintage nature study books.  To further reinforce the challenge theme, I used pages from a 1935 Handbook of Nature that I picked up at a yard sale.  The book pages are used in the banner flags, the center of the Tim Holtz Cameo Charm and on the Tim Holtz Scroll pieces.

Creating the shaker element for Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 2

First, create the 5″ x 7″ card base. I added a 1/4″ spine to the card base to accomodate the inner pockets.

Next, cut and mat your chosen papers.  I love the bold contrast between the black and yellow Nature Sketchbook papers.

Then stitch around the card layers to add a little extra texture.

Now cut a piece of clear cardstock that is the same size as the layer of bee paper.

Fussy cut the bee book image from the 12×12 Nature Sketchbook paper.  Glue a piece of waste cardboard to the back side.  Then glue the image to the bee paper.

Next add foam tape to the edges of the bee panel.  I used a product called Kool-Tak Clear Foam that I found on Amazon. Don’t remove the top liner piece until after you have filled the cavity.

Next, fill the cavity will seed beads, sequins, round chipboard pieces from the collection, gold glitter…whatever you like. Keep in mind that you need to be able to top the cavity with clear acetate cardstock, so don’t over fill!

Once you’ve filled the cavity, remove the liner tape.

Now, cut a piece of clear cardstock the same size as the bee paper.  Carefully press the clear card  in place over the Kool-Tak Clear foam.

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 3

I used 1/4″ Scor-tape to attach gingham ribbon over the shaker element.  This helped to hide the foam edge and added a sort of frame to my focal image.

A Peek Inside

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 4

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 5I added a small ephemera card to the front of a Tim Holtz glassine bag.  This makes a great gift card  or tea bag holder.

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 6

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 7The pocket on the bottom holds a large postcard and a small folio, both made with Nature Sketchbook Ephemera cards.

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 9

This accordion style folio is held shut with a Tim Holtz hinge clip.

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 10

And the interior is decorated with more vintage Nature Handbook pages.  you can fit 10 photos inside this little folio.

Now It’s Your Turn

You’re cordially invited to play along in this fun challenge.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that reflects the challenge theme.  Upload it to the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight EDT on Tuesday, August 1st.  You can find all the challenge rules HERE.

At the end of the challenge the team will choose our top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Be sure to visit the F&F blog today as there’s loads of inspiration from the team to get you started on your way.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



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17 thoughts on “Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card with pockets

  1. Cec

    This is such a happy card with so many wonderful things to look at both inside and out. Love how you create a gift within a card.

  2. Jenny Marples

    Oh WOW Kathy! I love this shaker card – though it is so much more than that with all those pockets and little elements inside. And what a fantastic idea to use book pages to create some of the embellishments. Another winner! xx

  3. debd59

    Very beautiful. I love this collection but the bee paper is my fav. First time I’ve seen your creation and can’t wait to see more.

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thanks so much, Deb! I agree..this is one of Graphic 45’s best collections. And the bees are my favorite, too! So glad you found me! Looking forward to sharing more with you as time goes on. Happy crafting!

  4. stampersuzz

    You know I am going to have to say it is bee-utiful! I adore your mini books / books and this is no exception. They are just full of gorgeous layering, pockets, surprises and beauty!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much, Debby! This was such a fun challenge, and I love bees and honey! So glad you popped by! Can’t wait to see what you make!

  5. sewpaperpaint

    I love that you used the sketchbook themed paper for your twist on this challenge. This shaker card is exquisite and perfectly detailed. So much fun too! Lovely inspiration, thank you! Hugs, Autumn

  6. Sara Emily Barker

    GOBSMACKED! That’s what I am! tip me over with a feather! I love how you’ve interpreted my theme with this gorgeous bee themed gift /card! What an interesting way to use your yard sale find book! Kathy, I just adore bees and this goes down as one of my favorites from you! The shaker element is the bees knees, and the little snippet of book page in the cameo frame immediately grabbed my attention. Great use of the ribbon to hide the foam tape. those artstones (?) on the scrolls are the perfect vintage mixed media touch. So inspiring– I could sit and stare at this one for hours and hours and never see the same thing twice! Thank you for making such a beautiful card for my challenge! Sending hugs!

  7. Helen

    Kathy, this shaker card is fascinating. The yellow-golden combination with the black is a great combination. Just love how all the elements come together with this theme. Thanks for sharing it.

  8. tracy745Tracy

    Absolutely stunning and I adore how you used the book pages from the yard sale. Wonderful layers and detail, I adore the focal piece on the front of the card. Hugs. Tracy x

  9. Anne R

    Apologies Kathy, I keep trying to leave a comment …. Your card is absolutely stunning, I love those G45 papers and your attention to detail is second to none! Hugs, Anne xx

  10. junephipps

    Without these beautiful creatures where would we Bee! Each day I have a new favourite…….
    Adore this one Kathy. TFS
    Greetings from UK

  11. Anne R

    It is a great challenge theme and you really have done it justice with this gorgeous creation Kathy, the G45 papers are beautiful and your attention to detail is second to none. This is a stunning piece of work! Hugs, Anne x

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