Friday, 21 November 2014

It's All About Christmas

With only one month until Christmas, the production of Christmas cards has been happening in my craft room. I always say that I will start earlier in the year but it never happens!!

Well, I have been watching lots of you-tube and visiting Pinterest regularly for inspiration and I have also been trying out new techniques to include in my cards.

Here are a few that I have made today.
This was copied from a you-tube video by Simon Says Stamps, but I didn't have the stencil so I used the Stampin Up tree punch  cut out in masking paper. I used distress ink pads in Festive Berries, Spiced Marigold, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean. The greeting is from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

The Next card is using Gelatos to colour the focal image that has been stamped and embossed with white embossing powder.
The wonderful sentiment is another one from a set by Waltzingmouse Stamps called 'Tis the Season'. Gelatos were smoothed over the water colour paper with my finger and the colours were Metallic Blue and Green with Green tea mixed in as well, I then spritzed with water and blended them some more. The beautiful metallic shimmer unfortunately doesn't show in the photo.

Finally I have a third card which uses the beautiful Creative Expression Gilding Flakes,  (this is a link to the You-tube video showing how to use them.)
The Gilding flakes give this card a wonderful elegant dimension and I will be making different cards using these lovely flakes.
The sentiment is from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous: Old Fashioned Christmas stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.

This is just a taste of what I have been up to whilst trying to stay cool in my craft room. The air conditioning is keeping my room at a lovely 23 degrees Celsius, whilst outside it is 40 degrees. 

I hope you are having a creative day,

xx Liz

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Playing with Simply Pressed Clay

I know it has been a while since I posted on here, but I have been playing in my haven!

What have I been up to you ask? Well, a bit of this and that. For this past month, I have been on holidays and enjoying time away from my regular job. This has given me the time to clean out my craft room, which led me to the realization that I DO NOT need any more things...........don't we all say that at times and then another great product takes our fancy.

Today I am showing what can be done with SU simply pressed clay. I discovered those molds used for cake decorating and tried them with the clay. They work just as well as the buttons and blossoms clay molds that SU sell. This then gives you so many more opportunities to use the clay. Here is the card that I made.

The cupcake is painted with twinkling H2O's Coral Berry and the wrapper in Lemon drop and Nutmeg. The background is created by white embossing a stamped image and then rubbing with gelatos in Bubblegum, Melon and Tangerine. All that was layered on a white cardbase stamped in Tuxedo Black with a stamp set  by Sheena Douglas called A Taste of India.The sentiment is from the same set.

I hope you are having a creative day,

xx Liz