Thursday, 18 December 2014

A Bit of Bling for your Christmas Table

 *This post is part of the December promotion fortnight.
 Remember to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway.*

I hope you're nicely prepared for the festivities.
I'm getting there, I think!
I wanted to show and share something a bit different so
 I thought of things I used to do in the early days of my crafting.
This time of year particularly I always made gifts and decorative bits and pieces and loved making the Christmas table pretty.
So I'm sharing today some very simple pieces that add decorative and personal touches
 to make your guests feel extra special.

A place name card with added "bling"........
A small folded white card the front covered with Hobby House Stripe Christmas paper.
A scrap of card with a brush of Adirondack in Stonewashed, name added with silver pen. 
A strip cut from Silver Diamond Mesh then glued on to the card adds the"bling" factor.

Matching "bling" napkin ring...........
A piece cut from the same Hobby House paper gently curved into shape, I use a wooden spoon handle to start the curve off. The end is stuck with double sided tape on the inside overlap edge.
Adding more bling.

A small table gift to take away, I've lit mine for effect.........
This could easily be a small decorated box or bag containing after dinner mints if you wanted.
I cut a further strip of paper to size for this little glass tea light holder and used double sided tape directly on the glass to fix in place befor adding the length of bling.

Hopefully this might inspire you for your festive table settings.
Thank you for stopping by today and good luck with the "giveaway"
My next posting here will be scheduled for Christmas Day as I won't be here posting in person.
So I'll wish you all the best and a Happy, Healthy New Year.
Big Crafty Hugs xKx

Stripe   1/2 metre of silver Diamond Mesh    Stonewashed Adirondack Ink Pad Stencil Brushes 
Woodware Fingerlift Tape - 6/12MM X 25M  Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue 125ml

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Sleigh bells ring.......

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Good morning all, 

Today I have another home décor piece that I absolutely loved making, using Anna Marie Designs  
 MDF Sleigh and her positive and negative Poinsettia stamps, & her This Way For Christmas Stamp too.......

I started by giving the sleigh and the base a good coat of white gesso and leaving it to dry. I then added some gold using a Krylon Gold Leafing Pen around the edges of the sleigh. 
Using Rose Red Versacolor Ink and the negative solid Anna Marie Designs Poinsettia Stamp I inked and stamped the image several times over the sleigh back and front. I used a gold brilliance pad from my stash to add some little berries twigs in between the poinsettias and these were from the This Way For Christmas Stamp.....

I inked up the This Way for Christmas Stamp with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and embossed it with Wow sparkle Powder on to Kraft Card. I re-stamped and embossed  it again  and then cut out the whole thing totally and then just three of the words on the second stamped image to 3D forwards.........

 I then inked up the Anna Marie Designs solid Poinsettia Stamp with the Red Rose Versacolor ink and stamped three images on to white card. Once dry and using the Versafine Vintage Sepia again, I used the Open positive A M D Poinsettia stamp and stamped three images on top of the previous stamped images and embossed them with the Wow Sparkle Powder. If you offset them slightly you get the lovely dotty effect on the petals shown in the picture below........ 

I then cut them out and shaped and added a Rhinestone sparkler in to the centre of one of them. I used some punched holly leaves and die cut spruce and mini cones and twigs to bring together the design and finished off with some Gold Stickles.......

I really enjoyed this creation and intend doing a lot more home décor pieces, so keep tuned in to this space.
I hope that you are having a great weekend and I will be back next week with some more inspiration.

Bye for now,
Lisa B xxx

Poinsettia    Stand Up Sleigh    Solid Poinsettia 
 Jewel Aurora     Glitter Glue - Gold Vintage Sepia 

This Way for Christmas     WS15 Clear Sparkle    Krylon Leafing Pen - Gold    

Kraft Card    Versacolor Rose Red

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A Splodgy Christmas

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Good morning, thanks for all the kind comments you've been leaving on the blog. the promotion runs until Sunday, so keep them coming.
Here's my card for today.............
I made the background with Brights Inkadinks from Imagination Crafts. Inkadinks are little bottles of waterbased pigment inks. The colours are very rich & a little goes a very long way. You can use them the same as you would use Distress or Adirondack inks for example. You can mix them together to get different colours & they will work on virtually all sorts of paper, card etc.
NB: the link on the website to the Inkadinks is not working at present. We'll get that fixed today.
I put drops of Cherry Pie, Mango & Lilac Heaven onto my craft sheet & mixed each with a little water. Then I laid a piece of watercolour card on top, moving it around slightly. I dried the card & laid it into the colours again, then dried. I think I did this about three-four times in total.
Once I was happy, I mixed Silver Satin Silkies with water in a spray bottle & spritzed it over the card. The Inkadinks react with the water & paint & the result is lots of shimmery splatters........

Handy hint; add the paint to the water, rather than the other way round, the paint will mix more readily.
I then set the card aside to dry naturally & when it had, I stamped the trees from the
Woodware Clear Magic 'Forest' set with Weathered Wood distress ink - I knew that the DI would soak into the watercolour card as it dried, leaving only a faint image.................

I dried the card again, then stamped the trees with embossing ink on top of the Weathered Wood trees & heat set with WOW Gold embossing powder................

I finished the card with adhesive gems, pearls & ribbon, matting & layering onto ribbed kraft card & black card, then onto a 6x6 card blank.

Inkadinks  Silkies Silver Satin Forest   WC04 Metallic Gold Rich   WA01 Clear GlossAnti-static Pad WOODWARE SPRAY BOTTLES - PACK OF 2    VersaFine Ink pad - Onyx Black    Emboss Ink Pads  

Plain Black   Ribbed Kraft Card   BLACK WITH WHITE DOTS - 15MM ORGANZA   Hobby House Midnight Magic 5mm Pearls   

Thanks for visiting the blog today. I'll be back on Friday.


Monday, 15 December 2014

Snow White

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Good morning crafters............I hope you're looking forward to your Christmas, I'm feeling quite festive now.  We've just spent the day in London with the Grandchildren to see the Christmas Lights, and very nice they were too.
Today's card is very simple but I hope you think it's effective.
I made up a matted and layered landscape card with matt silver card from my stash, measuring 6" x 8" then stamped the Woodware Forest Trees using Versamark and Wow Bright White embossing powder. 
Once heated and dried, I tore a piece of paper to create a couple of little mountains, then took a very small amount of Black Soot Distress Ink on a piece of Cut and Dry and rubbed in well in to the craft mat so there was on a very light amount left of the pad before inking up the rest of the card. 
I cleaned up the trees and stamped with the Seasons Greetings Stamp from the Winters Tale Set. 
I made a small bow of white organza and finished it off with a Clear Dazzler.  Like I say very simple, but I like the effect of white on white.
Thanks for dropping by again today.
Love Jan xx