Saturday, 8 November 2014

Agatha Christmassy Baubles winners and mini Piccy tute x

Good Morning beautiful friends x

No sunshine over here in Yorkshire today - I will have to go make a little of my my own sunshine in the craft room soon :-)

I've got to say a huge thank you to MAGDA POLAKOW for having me over on her blog as a guest - go peep at Magdas's blog and amazing art-work HERE

(can't wait to meet you Magda) - yep lucky me I get to meet Magda in a couple of weeks - eeeeek!!!

I've got to say a huge thank you to YOU ALL for popping by 'n' peeping at the both Magda's and my blog post over this last week and WoW so many truly beautiful comments, they are really, really appreciated. time...

The random numbers were as follows 5, 9, 17 and 21

Congratulations to you all - (can you please email me - or PM me over on fb your address details so I can pop them in the post for you - need to find strong boxes still)

No. 5 is    - Anonymous Wonderful!!! you are so talented!! Love it!!! Andrea xxx

No. 9 is    -   Gemma Maggs As beautiful as ever Kassa...gorgeous stamps too xx

No. 17 is  -  Kath Woods Fabulous as always x

No. 21 is  -  SueB I follow you on facebook and on pinterest. I love your style. You just pull me in and I want to see every little detail, over and over again. Thank you for sharing this with all of us! Sue

So sorry I couldn't create a little Agatha Christmas for you all, thanks for joining in the fun x

I can share a piccy tute on how to create the baubles :-)

I used the air-drying white Das clay to create the bauble shapes.
I split my clay into 6 equal lumps and began to shape into the baubles using my hands.

 The baubles are approx 1cm thick (but this varies as I created my baubles with a rustic feel so there are lumps 'n' bumps throughout them, I just flatten and smooth out with my hands and by eye as I go)
The width of the clay part of the baubles is approx 12cm (top to bottom) by 10 cm (across) 

The wire is 23cm long

 Whilst the clay is wet I carefully push the wire loops down into the baubles.
 Place the baubles on a non stick surface and set aside to dry through. Cracks may appear but don't worry as they will be covered.
(I found my wire hanger loops were still loose after my clay had dried - perhaps I needed to be more patient and wait a little longer for the drying process to finish - but hey ho out came the hot glue gun which  solved my problem - I pulled out the wires that would come out, carefully made the existing holes a little larger with my pokey tool and VERY quickly I covered the wire in hot glue and I can't stress enough QUICKLY but carefully reinsert into the holes - wipe away excess glue before it sets - the wires that seemed set fast and would not pull out I just applied a little hot glue to neatly around the bauble top/wire entry) Any stray glue/ mess will be covere up during the next process :-)

 Once the baubles are dry I adhere torn pieces of old book pages using Americana Deco-Page glue, once one side is dry I do the same to the other side, I take special care and attention around the wire hanging loop so to have full coverage around it with plenty of layers - set aside to dry on a non-stick surface.

I Stamped Agatha Heart (purchased from Art From The Heart or Stampotique) onto old book pages that I pre-treat with matte Slap It On.

 I slowly and carefully build up the colours (but cos I've pre-treated my book pages they are a little more forgiving and mostly withstand the many, many layers of colour I add)
I used a mix of my colour pencils - mostly Polychromos, add hi-lights with my Distress Markers, Sakura gel pens, Sakura 'Clear Star' glitter pen, Spica sparkle gel pens, Sakura metallic gel pens and Signo white gel pen, I blend all the pens into my colouring using a fine paint brush.

Not easy to see here, but I add the wonderful Sakura 'Clear Star' gel pen over the top of Agatha's coloured in wings for a sparkly magical feel - this pen lets the 'underneath' colour shine through still but adds the wonderful oh so fine glittery touches.

 After adding the Sakura 'Clear Star'  and metallic pens with a paintbrush to the coloured in heart I add various Tim Holtz 'Christmas Time' remnant rubs words and finish off with a touch of gold leaf and white Signo white gel pen for hi-lights.

I adhere the coloured in images of Agatha onto the bauble (pop adhesive - matte slap it on or matte  Deco-Page onto the bauble and the underside of the coloured in Agatha before adhering together - this stops air bubbles forming.
Add a little Christmassy sparkle with Cosmic shimmer Vintage Mica Flakes - 'Luna Silver'
Once dried I spray the baubles lightly (but a few light layers - letting dry between coats) with Mod Podge  Matte clear Acrylic sealer, hang from the loop to dry.
And finally tis time for the texture - coordinating fibres - I also wrapped the metal hanging loop with these fibres (seam-binding) - to give the hanging fibre loop strength I include/incorporate clear invisible nylon thread.

Agatha makes for a really special Christmas card too.

Ingridients for above card x

  Magda Polakow's Agatha Heart Stamp - coloured in with and as instructed above.
France Papillion's French Journal Page (background image stamped in Brilliance Moonlight white)
Ranger kraft-cardstock for the card and matt and layering.
Golden mirror card for matt and layering.
Old music pages.
Typed 'Silent Night' words
Old rusty mini bells - tied together with winter white twine - adhered with hot glue gun.
Christmassy feel embellishments - pearls on wire - adhered with hot glue gun.
Loose weave linen or cheesecloth & tiny silver crystals to adhere below main image linen.
Treasure Pewter - to add a touch to rusty bells and around the stamped 'French Journal Page'
Sewing machine or white gel pen for stitching.

I LoVes Agatha xoxo

That's me done blogging for today - off to find that sunshine in my craft room now.
(any questions just ask away in the comments section - lol love is greatly appreciated too)

As always thanks for popping by and peeping.


Kassa xoxo


  1. Congrats to all the winners.
    Love it all Karen, you are soooooo talented !
    Corrie xoxox

  2. Fab tute hun, thanks for sharing. Congrats to the lucky winners! Hugs, Ali xxx

  3. YAY!!!!!!!! ;) Super Tute, Methinks I'll be having a go at this and soooo looooking forward to my own Agatha!!!! Andreaxxxx (better known as anon)

  4. Thanks for the tutorial Karen. The winners are soooo lucky xx xx you are one talented lady lots of love Julie xxx

  5. I bought some of this clay a while back, great idea for decorations Karen....many thanks ....


  7. At first congrats to the winners, they are SO SO SOOOOO lucky!!!!!! :D
    And that's great to see in details how you have done these fabulous bubbles Kassa.. also the card is fantastic!!! Hugs, Coco xxx


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