'The Keeper' Book Cover CVC Guest Designer

So, so, sooooo delighted to design for Country View Challenges blog for winning a Top 3 Merit last month for my Sea Shell Card, it's such an honour to do this again - thanks team! :) 

The theme is Bees, Bugs and Butterflies, and straight away I knew that I wanted to incorporate the Tim Holtz Layered Bee. I have had my eye on this beautiful little gem for ages... so what a great excuse to make a crafty purchase!! 

I kept coming up with many designs for a mixed media piece thinking along the lines of a flowery shabby chic garden. I was messing around with 'bee' quotes for ages too, but nothing was coming together.

Then inspiration sprang out of the blue (pure lightbulb moment) and I got the idea for an old, antique, mysterious style book cover piece when suddenly the simplest title came to mind and so from here 'The Keeper' was born. Completely away from all of my original intentions for this piece.

I used a chicken wire stencil from Crafters Workshop, hexagon die cut pieces to create a honeycomb effect and some gears using the Cheery Lynn die.

Everything got a coat of PaperArtsy Treasure Gold in White Fire and Rose Quartz. Then the fun part with ageing  and painting started. Lots of light layers of PaperArtsy chalk paint in French Roast. Glossy accents on the letters and wings. 

I won't go into anymore detail as I could go on forever...! But I do hope you like and thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask :) xx


  1. This is gorgeous,fab texture and details.xxx

  2. I am so thrilled that you won the challenge with the gorgeous card that now sits in my craft room! This make is just as beautiful Georgie, the bee looks fabulous and the texture you have created is wonderful - this really does have the wow factor big time!! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Wow Georgie this is amazing - such fabulous textures! Nikki x

  4. Hello Georgie,
    I love everything about this;the texture the palette and the composition, great work.

  5. Lovely to have you with us again this month, Georgie, and what a fabulous creation! Love the metallic sheen!
    Alison xx

  6. Georgie, this is a fantastic book cover! I love the metallicness about it, of course the bee and honeycomb are just perfect. All the elements go so well for the theme this month-perfect! Congrats on your Guest Designer spot, being a top 3 AND hauling in the prize as well! Hugs! Sara Emily

  7. The texture on this is amazing! Beautiful! Thanks so much for playing along with us for Anything Goes week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

  8. This is simply adorable! Love the colors and layout! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week.
    Tina - DT

  9. Sometimes the best ideas just pop into your head don't they. This is beautiful, I love the little amber dots. Great to have you along Georgie xx

  10. Beautiful bejewelled Bee!
    Amazing detail and exquisite colours and textures


    Jools x