Happbee Christmas!

Forgive me if I am unusually giddy today. Christmas generally sends me closer towards bouncing off the ceiling with excitement but events today have sent me beyond the point of no return. Firstly, pre-Christmas lunch number three – super special because it was at the Michelin starred Fischers at Baslow Hall where my youngest son is a chef. The food was, as always, superb and we got a little VIP treatment with a special bespoke plate of petit fours:


We were chauffer driven there and back by eldest son, which was a rare treat in itself, but he too had a surprise up his sleeve. I was hunting high and low for my I-phone charger lead which had mysteriously disappeared. He had secretly hidden it so he could present me with a festive alternative:


A charger with fairy lights!!! How I didn’t know about these is a mystery and super happy to have them in my possession.

So, to today’s post. Something a quickly whipped up pre-lunch, which was probably a good idea if just for the fact that it was beginning to get dark by the time we got home. I haven’t been able to get my Christmas craft on quite as much as I would like, but was determined not to miss this week’s Sunday Stampers challenge which is wings. So many ideas and possibilities, but so little time, this is what I settled on:


A little Santa bee buzzing around some holly. I’m currently in love with this colour combination of blue, green and red.


I started with some white card and stamped the bee (Stampotique)Β and holly leaves (Dylusions)using black Memento ink. Then I added Tumbled Glass distress ink over the top. I’ve coloured the holly with Promarkers and then used white acrylic paint to stamp on the snowy splodges. If anyone can recommend a good white opaque ink pad I’d be very happy to hear from you.


I paper pieced the bee having used Promarkers to add colour to its body and wings. The Santa hat was hand drawn by yours truly. I debated long and hard about the spelling of “happbee” and then printed out the words on my computer using the Rubber Stamp font.


I’ve edged the tag with black before layering it on to some red card and adding some candy cane thick baker’s twine.


Now this is done, I wish I had made this into a little canvas, but for now I will settle for the tag.

Tomorrow the Christmas excitement will reach fever pitch as the tree will be installed and decorated. Obviously there will be a side order of arguing and disagreement with the annual “is it straight” debate!!! Watch this space.

Thanks for buzzing by.


Happbee Christmas! — 14 Comments

  1. Lisette, you know when I saw your tag, I was immediately running to Stampotique wondering how could I miss the matching Santa hat for the beezzzz, hahaha, you tricked me… love your colours πŸ˜‰

  2. Perfect tag for you!
    Sounds like Christmas is in full swing over at your house–you’re a very lucky girl! That meal sounds superb, and the phone cord is awesome.
    I love the Colorbox Powdered Sugar pigment ink pad by Stephanie Barnard. It can be purchased on the Stamps of Life website, but I don’t know how much it would cost to ship. Maybe someone over where you are sells it also. This ink is definitely opaque and stays wet for awhile, so it can be easily embossed. I don’t usually emboss, so I do watch so I don’t smear it. I really love this pad!

  3. Oww, a super sweet tag and I love the bee with his own little Santa hat. Sounds like your December is really gearing up, what a wonderful day you had – lunch sounds so amazing and look at those lights!

    Dionne xx

  4. oh my….. I am all a-drool at those little morsels of deliciousness! Lucky you! And I now have fairy light envy too! Gorgeous tag, love the ickle buzzy bee… Thanks for playing along again hun x

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