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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Wooden Ornaments (again)

Do you remember the little tree ornament I shared the other day?  Well when I was clearing up I discovered a label that said "light up" tree - duh mine appeared to have the base with the light missing!   Bother and other words - I had painted it!   However, I popped into the works and showed them my dilemma and to see if they had a spare base "floating around".   Well they were brilliant - they just gave me a replacement.  Well done the works.  However, it was a win win situation for both of us, as the replacement he gave me was a different style.  We found a replacement for the "deer" one, and I purchased the one with the church.

So here they both are.  Once again painted with Pebeo paints, some puffy paint for the snow on the base with some Eiskristalls added to the snow and the snowflakes, and star.  I then went over everything with the sparkle overlay pen, and finally a quick spray of Spray and Shine.

another view

and the BONUS was the light up feature - the bulbs change colour!

Monday, 5 December 2016

Nostalgic Christmas Cake!

For the past few years, my daughter has said she would really like a traditional snow scene Christmas Cake, like we did when she was a child.

Well this year she has one.   This cake is for her husband, who loves my rich fruit cakes, and who fancied a royal iced cake this year.   So I decided to cheat, and give her a snow scene.   Instead of taking me nearly a week to get all the perfectly smooth layers of icing on, this took my less than half an hour!  (My daughter has another small cake to come coated with sugarpaste, which is gluten free).

I did a very quick "smoothish" coat with a palette knife, and then went over adding more icing and paddling it into peaks.  smoothed a little path and added the ornaments (on the understanding she gives them back to me later!)

I then paddled a thin layer of icing onto the board and stippled it with the palette knife.   Voila done!

It is ages since I iced a cake this way - probably the best part of 40 years!

I now have to decorate another four cakes, which have had their sugarpaste on.  (Now how many cheats can I get away with on those!)

The proof of the qulity of the icing will be in the cutting.  Normally my royal iced cakes cut like butter.  Hope I put enough glycerine in it!

I will share pictures of the other cakes as I get to decorate them!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

a Little Tree and a Lantern

I bought a couple of little ornaments in the Works yesterday, and decided to start painting them yesterday, whilst watching a Christmas movie on tv.

Initially I coloured the tree with distress inks, but wasn't quite happy with the results, so went over it again with my Pebeo paints.   The white paint at the bottom of the tree , the snowflakes and the star has glue applied and then I added Eiskristals.  The base and then rest of the ornament then had a quick paint with the clear glitter overlay pens, and finally a quick coat of spray varnish.

This is the lantern before I started painting it
and the tree started off the same plain wood too

and here is the finished article   I wasn't sure whether I wanted it to be a shiny brass lantern or more distressed - I eventually went with the distressed look.

Painted with acrylic paints similar to the tree, but for the lantern I used Decoart mixed media paints.  I also applied some puffy paint for the snow at the base and added more Eiskristals.

another view

close up of the "rusty verdigris look"  (You can also see the effect of the Eiskristals
on the snowflakes from this angle quite well too

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Christmas Cards Part 6

Hopefully this is the final lot, shan't know until I consult the Xmas Card List .........

I used a stamp that came with my Clarity Club - a Holly Deer.

and using some of the old stamps from my stash ....

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Christmas cards Part 5

Another selection using the same techniques, and using some of my long forgotten stamps (photos aren't brilliant they were all on white card.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Christmas Cards Part 4

A few more variations on a theme using the mini gel plates, distress inks, some stamps, a micron pen and a bit of glitter!

Monday, 28 November 2016

A quick Birthday Card

I suddenly remember it was a friend's birthday on Saturday, so a quick card we needed to that I could pop it through her letterbox.

I decided to use up some of my crafty stash (yes there is a lot of it I have to confess).   I used the mini gel plates to create the hexagonal background, using dusty  concord distress ink.  Outline the shape with black micron pen, and then added a couple of paper flowers from my stash, some gems, a sentiment and a piece of ribbon.  Ta Da - got myself out of a hole!  Made and delivered in less than 15 minutes

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Parchment Owl

I tried my hand at some parchment work yesterday.  I haven't done a lot before, but this gorgeous owl was part of my Clarity Club Groovi goodies for this month, and I just had to play, and chose some coloured parchment to work on.

I found it  a bit difficult to capture what it looks like in real life with the photo - I may update the photo when the weather improves and I can get better daylight!

Mind you it wasn't quite as straightforward as planned.  Having sat with the instructions from Barbara Gray on how to do the black outline etc, and followed religiously, I couldn't work out why the "white work" wasn't showing that well - well duh dipstick me - it does help if you work on the correct side of the coloured parchment.   Shown below his my first attempt and faux pas working on the wrong side!

(Actually now that it is mounted it doesn't look too  bad, and the photograph make it look lighter than it really is!

 I gather I am not the first person to work on the wrong side, and as a pal said "You are a parcher now - we have all done that at least once".

Here are a couple more photos, which hopefully are slightly better:

Monday, 21 November 2016

Christmas Cards 2016 part 3

Just a couple today, although I have made more than one of the one below.    As you can see I am really into using my Gelli plates for backgrounds - it makes it so simple to stamp a background.  I have had this deer stamp in my stash for sometime, I think it was a freebie on a magazine.  It was painted with memento inks

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Christmas Card 2016 part 2

Today's cards were created using Clarity stamps, Clarity mini Gelli plates, a black micron pen, and the sparkle overlay pen