Friday, 15 December 2017

The Christmas Table

The Christmas Table

Hallo Everyone!

It's getting a lot more like Christmas
isn't it?  Are you panicking or are
you on track?  Don't think I fall into
either category - I just take it as it
comes .............................. and like
the advert I pour another drink for
my guests if I need to make myself
a little crisis time!

We have Angela Radford with
us today and she is going to
share her place settings with us:

"Hi all, here today to show you how I've made
 some Christmas table settings. 

I started with a sheet of white card and
 several colours of Distress ink.

Smoosh it on and dry.

Using the Kay Carley snowflake stencil and 
Distress Matte Medium I applied this over 
the coloured card.
 Leave this to dry before finishing the Masterboard.

Used my Tim Holtz stamp positioner to stamp
 the ElenaZinski Elves.

Colour these and leave to dry.

Back to the Masterboard using the Kay Carley
 stencil and two colours of Distress Oxide in
 with a blending too.

Cut out the Elves. 
I went round the edges of these with a 
black ink and blending tool so that the 
white edges don't show.

 Cut the Masterboard to your chosen size, 
edge with matching colour, score and fold. 
then attach the Elves. 

I have printed the names on the computer,
 edged them and attached with a stapler but 
they could also be stamped on too. 

This should stop them falling out about who's
 sitting where Lol! or maybe not! 

Happy crafting, Angela xXx"

Products used:

These are great Angela, will bring
a smile to every face too!

Don't you just love these
place settings Everyone?
So quick to do too, with
Angela's brilliant Masterboard

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

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