I have been at the trade show in Birmingham, while I was there I listened to a very frank talk by James McIntosh, about how knitting had saved his life.
The Gaurdian had a article recently about how sewing can help with depression.
I have taken courses in the USA and Holland in Zentangle developed by a lovely couple as a form of meditation. h
But anyone who does any crafting will tell you that it doesn’t matter which craft you choose or if you do more than one craft the process is the important part. I also think that workshops are a great way to meet people and build friendships with like minded people.
So make time for you and get crafting! but don’t expect to save money, but you are worth it!
I am back with the place settings for Christmas day, I have only completely finished one but the design is done and I have started on them, it is only seven for Christmas day, unless we find any strays, and that does sometimes happen and is always a joy.
I have wanted to make cutlery holders for Christmas for a few years now, and so this is will be the year. I was going to use fabric, but I decided that using card I can make new ones every year if we like the idea.
I have stamped the holly from the Stampendous Jumbo Holly Stocking Cling and embossed it with gold powder. then I water coloured with the Crafter’s ink pads Fire and Jungle.
I have colured around the edges with the Jungle ink and a big stencil brush, I coloured the card for the back too just in case I didn’t stick it together very well, I could have stuck it together and then coloured. I rounder all ot the corners with the regular rounder. I used the ultra high bond double sided tape to make sure that it stayed together.
then I did some more stamping and embossing around the pocket. You can see that I have missed a tiny bit of embossing at the join, because of the card thickness, so I have used a VersaMark pen and re-embossed that bits.
I have added the tag at a jaunty angle.
then added a napkin
and the cutlery.
They are A5 size pockets and will look great on the table and I can have them all ready to go in advance, so it will be a quick Christmas day job to lay the table.
I think that this could be an interesting week of posts from the girls, I have chosen to start my place cards for my table on New Years Day. The Christmas table will feature red but on New Years Day it will be blue.
I have made small easel cards and since I don’t know yet how many I will be having for dinner that day I have made four, but I do expect that I will have to make at least another four cards.
I saw this on Pinterest somewhere used on the front of a card.
You may recognise this smiling face, I have used the same stamp as last week the Large Snowman Bauble Clear Magic stamp from the Francoise Collection. I used a black Koi pen to ink only the face of the stamp and then punched out with the yellow punch. I coloured the nose and then added Glossy Accents. Large foam mounting pads give him lots of height.
The card is A4 cut in half length ways, Then scored at the half and quarter points. The ovals I have cut with two of the dies from the Stampendous Build a Pop Up Die set.
This is a really quick and very effective decoration for a table.
another idea that I found on Pinterest is to build the snowman flat on a card. I have used the Dreamweaver Leafless Tree for arms.
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Over on the Woodware blog this week we are bringing on the sunshine, if only it was easy to do that at this time of year!
Judith (aka Mrs Woodware) asked me to decorate one of the candle holders months ago, and for some reason I found it really difficult to do. Fisrt I painted it with red Dylusions, then didn’t know what else to do, I have been taking it out and looking at it for months, then just putting it away again!
It is really strange, because I really like it!
So then I painted it with green Dylusions, but I still didn’t like it, so I got some white Dylusions paint and sponged it, and wiped it off with a Woodware Wipe
Over on the Woodware blog this week we are looking at decorations, I really enjoy making and displaying Christmas Decorations and the selection that we have on show this week I hope will inspire you to get the glue gun out.
I really like the tree that Suzanne from CukyBugCrafts has shared with us, pop over and have a look.
So now here we have my effort….
It is the Craft Works Cards Poinsettia Wreath. The pack contains everything that you need to make two wreaths.
The kit comes with plenty of the organza ribbon but for this one I used some of the dotty grosgrain
My first set of seven flowers I used a a6mm brad to hold them together.
shape the leaves and attach 2 together. I have added Pine Stickles.
The other flowers I stuck together with silicone glue and added a Card Candi on top. the candi is Felicity but I have covered them with Diamond Stickles to add some sparkle and I used Cranberry Stickles on the edge of some of the petals.
I used the pine Stickles on the embellishment pins too, and used some Card Candi as berries.
I only used 6 flowers so I have made a small card with my spare flower.
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