Agatha Bee buzzing back

Today I am celebrating the end of my recent gruelling work schedule. I have been focusing on this end point since mid-January and can’t believe it’s finally here. Things should be on a much more even keel for a few months at least, hopefully giving me more time to get crafty. Although I’m too shattered to do anything much today (I need to save my energy to watch the Sheffield half-marathon tomorrow!!!) I did want to create a little something to share over at two of my favourite craft challenges.


Over at Sunday Stampers, Hels is asking us to use Anything Blue whilst at City Crafter Challenge Blog, who are celebrating their fifth birthday, there is a card by the talented Samra for us to CASe.


I have used the basic sketch and given it my own Agatha twist. I began by stamping the main image, Agatha Bee by Magda Polakow for Stampotique, and the flowers, also by Stampotique. I used black Archival ink so that it wouldn’t smudge when I applied distress inks. I used Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Salty Ocean, swooshing them on with an Ink Duster.


Then I added a little stamping just to break up the plain blue. I stamped extra flowers onto Japanese rice paper, coloured the centres with Promarkers and then applied these over the stamped originals to give some dimension.



I paper pieced little Agatha using black Memento ink this time so that I could colour with Promarkers. I added some extra detail and colour using my new Polychromos. I’ve had these beauties in my possession for a fortnightΒ or so and have been too scared to do anything other than look at them and stroke them. I’ve failed to find a satisfactory tutorial to help build my confidence – if anyone knows of a quite a basic one I’d love to know about it, the ones I have discovered are all a bit complicated.


Anyway, as the final finishing touches I added the sentiment (by Catslife Press) and a doodled border.


Aside from treating myself to some craft time today I did manage one tiny little celebratory act yesterday. My friend and colleague that I have been working with presented me with a goodie bag full of cocktail related edible treats, one of which was some mojito honeycomb – “Honeycomb flavoured with fresh mint, dipped into white chocolate infused with rum, lime and mint.” If you are a fan of Crunchie bars, this takes it to a whole new level and I urge you to seek it out. I’d offer to share mine but I scoffed the lot!

Thanks for buzzing by.


Agatha Bee buzzing back — 15 Comments

    • Thank you Dionne and it has been lovely to hear from you throughout my “ordeal” – has kept my spirits up, glad to be back to reality (or my version of it at least!!) xx

  1. You have such an incredible imagination Lisette, I get kick out of all you do. Love Agatha, she’s perfect for your creations, you do them all incredible justice.
    We went to a bee festival in another town today. Not much there but was fun to go anyway. We don’t tend to go to so many events around Junction, we stay home. Most of time can’t afford to do much going. We’re content with chickens, dog and cat.
    Don’t work too hard ok? Take good care of yourself. Happy weekend

  2. LOVE Agatha with her bee nose… GENIUS idea… and LOVE the doodled border… hey, I LOVE it all… tis a smashing card Lisette. Yes, the script on my card is a stamp, just little smidges of it so it didn’t over do the background. Thanks for joining in again… as for the ThingyWotits you mentioned, aint’ a clue what they are but they do sound nice lol xx

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