Sunday, 13 December 2009

Christmas Is Coming.......

I hope you've all had a great weekend and your Christmas preparations are well under way.

We've spent the weekend putting up our Christmas Tree, No, it hasn't taken the whole weekend, we did go shopping and other things as well, and it's looking beautiful. I always think the house looks so cheerful with all the twinkly lights during these dark December days.

I've also managed to get some stuffing made and other bits and pieces in the freezer so I think we're getting there.

Only Christmas cards to write, pressies to wrap, crafty presents to finish, cakes to decorate........ ahhhhhh!!!!! It'll all get done, I'm sure.

I was feeling ok until a lady phoned tonight to ask me to make and decorate a three tiered Wedding cake for the 27th December, yes two weeks today!!!!! I never usually turn down requests but I had to for this one, I don't think it would be physically possible, but that doesn't make me feel any better. If she'd only asked a month ago it would have been no problem. I feel awful now!!

I've managed to get a bit of crafting done, finishing special Christmas cards based on the moon tag I did last week. Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments, I felt slightly overwhelmed! Anyway, I will show you them once they've been delivered so in the meantime I thought I'd share a non Christmassy card with you I did a few weeks ago.

This idea was demoed by someone on a Create and Craft show I saw but it was so long ago I can't remember who it was, so apologies for that.

The background was done with moonglow mica powder applied after the card was given a coating of veramark and then a swirl stamp was inked with versamark and pressed into the powder all round the edge removing it to show the stamp. Clear EP was heated all over to seal it and give it a glossy finish.

The dragonfly and flowers were Inkadinkadoo Mindscapes and were stamped in versamark on acetate and white embossed and then cut out.

Liquid Pearls were added as a finishing touch.

I enjoyed playing with this technique and shall definitely try it again with different colours.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you all have a great week. Don't work too hard!!


Clarky J said...

wow this is sooo gorgeous! Think the person you saw demonstrate could have been Jill Tuck (The Stampman) or Kay Carley x

Lynne K said...

What a beautiful card, and a great technique.

I wouldn't feel bad about the cake, if I were you. The person who asked you to do it obviously had no idea how long it would take, but even so, 2 weeks is such short notice, especially this close to Christmas, that they should have known better. Even a month ago would have been pushing it, with all your Christmas preparation to do as well.

I wish I was as organised as you. Still haven't got all my cards made. x

Jill said...

Oh my Lisa what a fantastic card. That's a really great technique, didn't see the orginal programme but must find the time to have a go at that.
Wrapped pressies yesterday and cards have been sent so I am getting there. Seem to be producing lots of lists of 'things to do' at the mo!!

Kim Piggott said...

Oh wow this is so very beautiful Lisa!
Such gorgeous colour and I love all these fabulous techniques!
Glad everything is on track for your Christmas!
kim x

Hope Jacare said...

So delicate and beautiful - love it!I have just finnished 3 days of production card all the time consuming ones to do!Ahhhhhhh! x

Lynda said...

Oh Lisa this is a beautiful card and thanks for explaining the techniques too! I think it's awful that that lady put you in such an awkward position about the Wedding Cake. I think some people think we all just sit there waiting for their request and that we've nothing better to do lol! I think you were brave to decline because it's always hard to say 'no' but you shouldn't feel bad about it - they should!

Enjoy your own Christmas preparations!

Love Lynda xxx

Clare (Littlebear) said...

This is stunning Lisa.
Clare x

craftimamma said...

Lisa this is absolutely stunning. What a fabulous technique which I must have a go at (after Christmas).

Can I just ask, when you cover the background with EP is it still tacky from the original Versamark as I presume if you were to ink up again you would remove some more of the mica powders which would spoil the images.

Finally, I agree with the others, you definitely should not feel bad saying no to the cake request but I know how hard it is to do that.

Lesley Xx

Sarah xx said...

Well done for getting all ready for Crimble Lisa, am a little jealous so maybe will gatecrash your house to try to feel in the festive spirit!!! The card is lovely, pretty colours and I love the effect!

Anne said...

Lovely card, those flowers almost look like lace!

How mad to ask for a wedding cake now! You've got the tree up? Yikes, we'de better get a move on LOL!

Sally H said...

Stunning card, Lisa! I love it!
If you had agreed to do the cake you would've been doing it on Christmas day, and then how guilty would you feel missing family time? You did the right thing!

brenda said...

Goodness Lisa, that's a bit of a rush order. How on earth can people leave things like wedding cakes so late ?

Your card is stuning, I also saw a domo like this but no idea who it was either, but does sound a bit like Jill's sort of thing.

B x