Finally back safe and sound from our mini-break down south, having had a fantastic time. We crammed an awful lot into our few days and now we’re back, the pace hasn’t slowed as we make those final preparations for Christmas. At this stage, I’m not entirely sure what is going to fall off the ever growing “to do” list but I think I’ve reached the point where it won’t be the end of the world.
One of our main reasons for our trip away was to go to the wedding of an old friend. It was held in a barn, Cooling Castle Barn, nr Rochester in Kent. It was an idyllic locatio and had the most amazing decorations. Take a look at the arch over the altar:
The reception décor reminded me of Narnia:
If you peer closely, you can just make out me and Mr Beez sitting on that table nearest the camera. I was very happy to be seated on this particular table:
There was much merriment and dancing and it was a truly happy day. We had an overnight stay before moving to London for a couple of nights. Last Christmas, my brother very kindly gave us a voucher for afternoon tea at the Ritz and part of our visit was planned we could use it. Now if you haven’t experienced afternoon tea at the Ritz it is certainly something to put on you “to do list.” Banish all ideas of it being too grand or scary, they really couldn’t have done more to make us relaxed and ensure that we had an enjoyable time. You are not allowed to take photo’s so instead, take a look at the Lego sculpture that is currently on display at Covent Garden:
So today’s project and once again, as close to the wire as I could possibly be, I have a project that I will be sharing over at Sunday Stampers, where the theme is books:
I have used a photocopy of a page from one of my favourite childhood books, “The Christmas Book”, by Enid Blyton.
The book tells the story of English Christmas customs through the eyes of a family and, when I was small, my Mum used to read me a chapter of this each night by the light of an Advent Candle. It was one of our own Christmas customs. The book is now quite dated, not to mention being very un-PC (mother cannot answer any of the children’s questions and tells them to wait until Father gets home) but I still love it.
Anyway, I used pages from the chapter all about the tradition of the Christmas Tree and inked it with Stormy Sky distress ink (at least that is what I did once I realised that the lid had been swapped with Faded Jeans!), masking out a circle for the moon. I tore some strips and applied these over the top to create a snowy foreground. I’ve brushed on a little Iced Spruce over to add shade to the moon and foreground. I stamped Stampotique’s Agatha Christmas onto the scene and then stamped her second time on to plain card. I used Promarkers to colour her before cutting out and paper piecing over the original stamped image.
I added a stamped image across the moon and then snowy highlights. First I used some white ink and a splodgy stamp and then, because this ink soaks in and fades, added extra dots with a white gel pen.
To finish, I added the die cut “believe” which is from the Tim Holtz Holiday Words set. Neither black or blue looked right, but red seemed to add a nice contrast.
I feel as if time is running out in terms of getting my Christmas craft on and I haven’t done nearly enough projects with this stamp yet. I hope all your Christmas preparations are going well.
Thanks for buzzing by.