Hot Mess ... Bee's Knees!

 Hi friends!

 It's that time again for the Hot Mess ~ Success card group
to share our cards.
(Here's how it all got started on my first messy card post.)
And, just like the name suggests, we make messes!

I do love creativity ...
and, even more, I love a challenge!
But messes?

Not. my. thing.

Which is why it's so funny ironic that we have 
once-a-month card challenge that requires us to make a mess!

We are crafters, amiright?!

I used a watery, messy technique that I will definitely try again
(and that just may be the first time I've said that in a Hot Mess post!) 
If it has an official name, I apologize in advance ... I found it by mistake.

 I call it ... the paper towel technique!

 Barb is our challenge hostess for February's card
and her extra credit this month was: 'Use red.'
You can see Barb's card, Jeanette's card, and Terry's cards on their blogs.

I started with #110 heavy weight white cardstock,
I spritzed it with water for a light misting.
While it was still wet, I dropped Tim Holtz distess reinkers
in Barn Door, Picked Raspberry and Tattered Rose and let it do it's magic.
Before it dried, I placed the patterned paper towel onto the damp cardstock
and lifted off all the color.
 I was a little heavy handed with the pinks so the red is slightly muted ~
but it's there :)
I hoped that the design in the paper towel would imprint onto the cardstock
but I'm digging the fun textures and swirls it left behind!

My images that I added are from Hello Bluebird 
and were colored during The Daily Marker 30 day event.
I'm glad I finally got to put these cuties onto a card ~
I'm super hap-bee with how this turned out ♥

This month's card = Success!

And that's it from this corner of the messy craft desk ...
until next month :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥

I'll enter my card:  Word Art Wednesday
The Flower Challenge -  flowers with leaves 
Tuesday Throwdown - make your own background


  1. Stunning background and a lovely card.
    xxx Margreet

  2. You sounded like you had a fun and messy time with this adorable card Kelly? The background is unique and wonderful and your card is so cute x.

  3. How cute!!!! :D Adorable bees and your background looks great (even if your table looks not so LOL). I have to try this, when I will have time to clean :D LOL

  4. Fantastic background! I've done a different type of paper towel technique, but I'm liking yours... I may have to give it a go... Love your sweet card!


  5. This is soooo cute! I love the background. It is fun to have a hot mess. My fingers are all stained from Brushos this afternoon. I was just swatching out all the colors.

  6. Very cute card Kelly..loz

  7. Kel, those bees are just too cute.

  8. What a lovely card, great background idea, and I love the sweet images ! Hugs, Enny

  9. Ohhh what a fabulous background for these sweet bees Kelly - definitely a messy success!

  10. I haven't heard that expression "you're the bees knees" in quite some time, but it sure looks fun on this card! Love your hot mess background! *wink*

  11. Really cute card and love the little Bees-a little tip if you want the pattern off the kitchen rollspray the ink on to the paper towel and press onto your card until dry
    Carol x

  12. Kelly, your "messy" background looks awesome and those darling images. Cute cute CUTE!!!

  13. I love these adorable bees and their sweet, sweet honey and strawberries, Kelly!! Precious card!!

  14. Kelly--what a great card for our challenge this month. I love the background but the images just make me smile!

  15. Really great card Kelly. You've reminded me about the paper towel technique.... thank you!


  16. Cute card, Kelly. Thanks for sharing it with us at The Flower Challenge.

  17. This is ADORABLE, Kel. Love it. Thanks so much for stopping by to share your talents with us. It's always a joy to see your amazing creations.
    Word Art Wednesday

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