So, sadly, I have reached the last of my series of postcards – the 12 Days of Christmas Agathas which alas also means it is the official last day of Christmas. Mr Beez and I have been busy taking down the decorations. We’re nearly done so, consequently, everywhere is looking a little bare, not to mention a little dusty. It was only right that Agatha should go out with a bang and I chose Agatha Crown to lead the cacophony of sound coming from this little lot:
Twelve drummers drumming (background from Kate Crane) and looking particularly pleased with themselves I’d say! I hope you’ve enjoyed this series and now I have to get my thinking cap on as to how to represent the Twelve Days of Christmas at the end of this year. And if you think I’m joking – I have already started counting down the days – 353 just in case you were wondering!
Before I began my series of postcards – the 12 Days of Christmas Agathas, I had planned out many ideas in my head. However, for some of the days I didn’t have a clue and hoped that inspiration would strike! Day 11 – Pipers Piping, was probably the one that I found most difficult. Then it came to me, instead of musical instruments I would use a tobacco pipe which, naturally, would be in the hands of a snowman!
You may have to peer quite closely, but I promise you that each of those cute little snowmen is raising a pipe in their right hand!
I found this adorable vintage snowman image over at Studio Shine on Etsy. I love their candy cane walking sticks. I didn’t feel it would be right for Agatha Christmas to be smoking a pipe so I drew a little flute for her to hold. You may have noticed that Agatha doesn’t have arms so I created some for her using a pair of legs!
When he was alive, my uncle, who was the Bishop of Carlisle, was one of the 26 “spiritual peers” – bishops who sit in the House of Lords. In 1997, the first election in which Tony Blair’s Labour party gained victory, he invited us to the Houses of Parliament on the day of the State Opening. It was very exciting as we got to go behind the scenes, including having lunch in the House of Lords dining room. One of my favourite memories of that day was going to the toilet – yes, seriously! In the “Ladies” were lots of real life “ladies” in their tiaras and hitching up their long gowns to adjust their petticoats underneath. It was very difficult not to giggle. Therefore it wouldn’t surprise me if somewhere in Westminster, hidden away, you might come across Lords-a-leaping!
For Day 10 of my series of postcards – the 12 Days of Christmas Agathas, I chose to turn the little parrots into Lords by dressing them in red, complete with ermine collars, and giving them little crowns. Agatha Moon is sitting centre stage completely unphased by their behaviour, although maybe, like me, she is supressing a smile!
Our first challenge of 2016 begins today over at Crafty Boots and the theme is “Something old, something new” – an opportunity for you to show off your new craft supplies and to perhaps return to some old favourites. I have quite a few supplies that I consider to be new/old! These are things that have never been used but have been in my stash for quite some time. So for my DT piece today I thought I would combine some new/old supplies with some old/old ones – are you with me?
I bought Stampotique’s NYNY and 1879 Postmark several months ago but haven’t had the opportunity to use them. This evokes some very, very happy memories of my recent trip to New York!
After stamping on to card I applied distress inks – Fossilised Amber, Picked Raspberry (one of my very first distress inks!) and Wilted Violet. Then I added the stars using a stamp that I have had in my stash forever. The sentiment is from a set by Darkroom Door, I have used some of the stamps from this set before, but not this particular one.
Do buzz over to Crafty Boots and see what the rest of the DT have been up to and remember you have a whole fortnight to link up your projects.
Today’s postcard in my series of postcards – the 12 Days of Christmas Agathas was truly a labour of love. I’ve used two of Magda Polakow’s stamps that I’ve not used before – Agatha Antlers and Reindeer.
This postcard was part inspired by my visit to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York. The curtain rose and the Rockettes appeared dressed as glittery reindeer, each hoof and antler was perfectly synchronised as they preformed the opening number. (You can take a sneaky peek on YouTube) I was mesmerised and had I been considerably younger would have made being a Rockette my career choice!
Anyway, having tried, and failed, to recreate the dancing line of reindeer using stamping and masking I opted to stamp each one individually, cut them out and layer them over each other. I used spray mount to make the job a little easier and removed the left leg of each one so that these could be applied separately. I opted to make Agatha Antlers one of the dancing crew. The background paper is from Blonde Moments.
Once again I’ve used one of Kate Crane’s backgrounds and then added a giant milkshake, a colouring page image. I used the tissue transfer technique to create the two towers of little birds and paper pieced the bodies having first coloured them in pastel milkshake shades! I decided that Agatha the Cook should make another appearance as she would be the most likely candidate to whip up a milkshake that size!
New Year’s Day means Day 7 of my series of postcards – the 12 Days of Christmas Agathas! With swans, well sort of, a swimming it seemed only fitting to give Agatha Pirate an outing:
I’m not sure if she is in hot pursuit of that flotilla of little birds or if they are perhaps pulling her along the water. To make the background I used Broken China distress stain and a mix of Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint and Picket Fence distress paints, some of which were applied through a bubble stencil. For the “swans” I coloured their beaks, added a little shading to the bodies and then added an extra set of tail feathers to give them more swan like wings.
Agatha’s raft is a thin strip of corrugated card with a sandwich flag! Agatha and some of the birds have been applied with glue gel to give a bit of dimension.
Happy New Year! Are you partied out or did you, like me, choose a quieter option? What about resolutions? I actually have quite a few for this year and I feel quite determined to keep them. In terms of crafting, I want to get back into taking part in blog challenges. Work commitments meant that I missed quite a few of my favourites last year so in 2016 I plan to be on the case! I shall also complete the grand tidy up of my crafting supplies. I will keep you posted!
Anyway, I’m kicking off the new year with one of my Gecko Galz DT pieces. The new customer challenge theme is “All that glitters.” I’ve made a little altered arch:
The base is a framed wooden arch ATC from Calico Craft Parts. I gave it a base coat of gesso and topped it with some purple Dylusions paint. I covered the inside of the arch with some paper from the Gecko Galz High Society paper pack. The image is from the Perfect Portraits collage set and I printed the words from my computer.
The gold glitteriness was created using Prima Encrusted Jewels in gold. These are mixed and textured embossing powders and, ideally, should be heat embossed from underneath otherwise they can blow away. As I was using wood, this wasn’t going to work so instead I used a little pva glue (Cosmic Shimmer) and then used the heat gun from a distance. As you can see, this worked quite well!!
Who knows what 2016 has in store for the Beez this year? I’m hoping it will be full of good things and, as Mr Beez has hung up his work boots and retired, a slightly less hectic work schedule for me.
Once again, I have used some paper by Kate Crane to create the background. I cut out six little parrots, now disguised as geese, and popped five of them in a nest full of little punched eggs. The sixth, I have once again reversed, using the tissue transfer technique, and balanced on top of a couple more eggs. For a humorous, or slightly macabre, twist, depending on your viewpoint I thought I would use Agatha Chef to complete the scene.
These days, Mr Beez and I tend to celebrate New Year quite quietly. However, since my trip earlier in the month I would love to see the celebrations taking place in Times Square, New York City. Whatever you are doing, I hope you have a lovely evening and I shall look forward to seeing you in 2016.
I had lots of different ideas as to how I wanted to portray Five Gold Rings in my 12 Days of Christmas Agathas series of postcards. Here’s what I decided to go with:
I used the Front Door Shrubbery stamp, by Daniel Torrente for Stampotique, coloured it with Polychromos and then cut it out. Next I stamped and coloured in the heads of four different Agatha’s and cut those out roughly. Next, I glued the wreaths over the top so that the heads were peeking through. Once applied to the postcard, which was created using some paper from Blonde Moments, I added some gold glitter glue.
In the fifth wreath I added the little parrot, who is quickly becoming the star of this series.