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 fortnight 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.