Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Christmas Table

The Christmas Table

Hello Everyone!

Such fun to have special place mats
for the Christmas Table, especially
if you have all the family there with

Here's Claire Jackson with her
place mats for this year........

"Christmas will soon be upon us 
and this year my family will be hosting. 
Time to think about a few decorations and
 the table setting. 
There’s nothing better to impress your 
guests than one-of-a-kind place mats.

I chose the 8x8” ClaybordTM which is very 
sturdy and will take a warm dinner plate 
(not recommended for plates straight
 from the oven).

 It provides a very smooth surface and
 will take a wide range of media.

First I brayered two coats of Fresco Finish 
chalk paint in smurf..

. ...before stencilling some blue oyster
 with a Kaisercraft stencil.

Confession time! 
I don’t have a Christmas foliage border
 so it was time to improvise. 

I used the Deep Red nature’s borders 
palm trees and masked off an area to
 stamp the border in Archival ink. 

I reused the masking tape from my 
practice go!

With the border completed I used a stamping tool
 to stamp the Deep Red color me poinsettia
 in the centre.

Next I painted the images with Fresco Finish 
chalk paints, selecting the translucent shades
 so the stamping would show through.

Now for the magic!
 I scratched into the board to reveal the 
clay surface and added highlights.

I drew berries onto the border, scratched
 them back to white and added red paint. 

I added a little water colour pencil to
 the centre image and the border to give
 some shadow, and to finish I added a light
 edge of faded jeans and black soot Distress Ink.

 To seal it all I gave it a spray with
 DecoArt acrylic matte sealer."

Materials used:

Lovely place mats Claire.  Thank you
for showing us how you made them

I just love the way Claire solved
the problem of not having the 
right stamp for the job by
using part of another, don't you?

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Christmas Table

The Christmas Table

Hi there!

We're nearly there!  Just time
for to get that Christmas table
set up and ready for the biggest
meal of the year!

Forgotten the napkin rings?  
Worry not, here's Helen Chilton
 some Christmas napkin rings
 using a JOFY mini stamp and Starlights.

"I've used micropore tape but equally you
 could use tissue paper. 

Measure the circumference of the ring and
 stick 6 strips to a craft mat or waxed paper.

Paint over with Starlights Pearl.

Stamp the leaf and berry design along the 
pieces of tape.

Paint with more Starlights: I used Emerald,
 Apple Green and Red/Dark Orchid.

Wash over with some Rich Gold.

While that's drying, paint the gessoed napkin rings
 in Pearl and the insides and edges in Rich Gold

Peel off the tape....

..and stick to the ring

Paint Emerald round the edges...

...and then a pattern with the 
Rich Gold over the top.

Add wired beads and bells to finish.

Here's a close up:"

Products used:

Thank you Helen for a fabulous project
They look so rich and festive!

Aren't they lovely Everyone?
l might just have to make a
set myself!

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Christmas Animals

Christmas Animals

Hallo There!

.......and we've reached the
end of another busy week!
Time for you to put your 
feet up and relax with a cup
of something warm and
cheery before you have to
hit the treadmill once more

Here's Jane Castle with the
final Christmas Animal for
this week...:

"Hi Everyone, for my Christmas Animal 
I chose the Stag, such an elegant creature 
and one that has become more readily
 visible in our neck of the woods during 
the past 10 years.

To begin with I coloured some of the
 Creative Expressions Pop-ems deer using
 ink straight from the coffee bean ink pad.

These were then put to one side while I
 created a scene on my card blank.

The sentiment was stamped at the bottom
 righthand corner and the sky was coloured
 with DI and a blending tool.

Next I placed 2 blobs of paint on my craft mat
 and gradually blended graduating colours to 
be sponged through my 
Tim Holtz Woodland Layering Stencil.

Adding slightly different shades as I went.

I love how the Zinc paint gives that
 subtle shimmer. 

Gradually the scene starts to build.

With christmas cards I like to make 
several in one sitting.

Then using the same sponge and paints 
I added some snowey hills to ground my trees

Using a Quickie Glue pen I added some 
glitter to the trees and the ground. 
Stickles could also be used for this.

All thats left is to add my Stag.

Although the coffee bean ink pad isn't a 
pearlescent one it still has a slight sparkle
 and texture.

Really liked using the Pop-ems,
 good selection of sizes and different poses. 

Plus once the deers have been used
 you are left with a pretty comprehensive 
stencil ------ bonus!!!"

Materials Used

Creative Expressions Pop-ems
Quickie Glue pen

Super cards Jane
Thank you very much
You look to have had a
lot of fun making these

So, that was the week of
Christmas Animals.

Such fun showcasing another
side of Christmas icons

'Till tomorrow 

Mickie xx