Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

On set with Rachel

On the set of Create and Craft TV with Rachel during a live papercraft demo

Time to review the crazy Christmas shows on Create & Craft TV from Sunday and yesterday. And, as it’s Tuesday today, there’s a #TuesdayTip hidden in here too!

Apologies, it’s going to be a speedy post as there’s lots to do in preparation for more Christmas goodies coming up in the next few weeks. I promise you will love the dies and papers coming on bank holiday Monday and the following weekend. I’ll share more nearer the time (and maybe throw in a quick sneak peek at the bottom of this post too).

Simply Creative papers and samples on set at Create & Craft

Simply Creative papers and finished samples on the set of Create and Craft TV

Nativity themed handmade Christmas card

Handmade nativity Christmas card

But for now, back to the recent shows. A massive thank you to everyone for emailing in during the shows. Such lovely comments from  you all and also thank you for buying! I am so pleased for you if you managed to get your bundle of these papers. Unfortunately we’re now sold out of these on Create & Craft so you’ll have to do some hunting to get your stash from other retailers.

But it’s not just the papers that you were loving. The embellishments and stickers were hugely popular too. If you want to grab the last few of these you will need to be quick. Head to  http://www.createandcraft.com/gb/shows/trimcraft-christmas-launch–2662635?channel=CC to get yours and to watch the first show.

There are so many amazing craft stash essentials in here, for Christmas and beyond. For example jingle bells, sentiment toppers, gold and silver doilies, wooden shapes, buttons, sequins, pegs, peel offs and glitter card.

On the second show on Sunday we managed to squeeze in FIVE live demos which just goes to show how amazing these craft stash items are. If you missed it, you can watch the show here: http://www.createandcraft.com/gb/shows/trimcraft-christmas-launch–2664476?channel=CC.

So on to the #TuesdayTip for this week. Both of the embellishment kits contain wooden cut out shapes which are amazing for adorning your cards and maybe even felt tree decorations.

In the first kit you will receive 16 snowflakes and 16 trees. In the second kit you will get 16 wooden frames. Although they look fantastic left in their un-coated state – very rustic – it is nice to be able to colour them to match the project you are working on.

Handmade snowflake christmas card

Handmade Christmas Eve card with Simply Creative wooden snowflakes, a topper, gems and papers

So here are three ways to be able to re-colour your wooden shaped embellishments.

  • Colour them with your markers – the second embellishment set (the craft booster kit) includes four metallic markers perfect for a whole host of Christmas crafts, especially giving your wooden shapes a lovely metallic sheen. (Do you want another top tip for these? Of course you do. You can edge your papers and cheat at matting and layering without having to use another piece of your precious papers). The snowflake positioned in the top left on the card above is coloured this way and the demo below uses both methods.

    Handmade penguin card

    Handmade penguin card with Simply Creative Glitter Stickers, frame, topper and papers

  • Paint your glitter glues on top – it’s very easy to spread your glitter glue over the shape and it will naturally form on top of the edges of the shape so you don’t need to be perfectly neat. Just remember to leave it to dry before you add it to your card. This is the method used on the middle snowflake on the card above.
  • Heat emboss your wooden shapes – we all love the magic of heat embossing and never tire of seeing those little grains of powder transform into a wonderful glossy coating. Well you can do this on your wooden shapes too. Simply ink over the entire shape to cover with your chosen colour. I used silver ink and white pearl embossing powder. You can of course ink your shapes and leave them to dry without adding the powders. Little warning though, pigment inks may take a very long time to dry out so a heat tool can help. The more ink you add, the longer it will take to dry. This method of coating wooden shapes is seen on the bottom right snowflake on the card above.
Simply Creative tree christmas card

Handmade tree card using Simply Creative papers and wooden tree shape

I also used the heat emboss method to colour the tree on this card. This time I used Spring Green pigment ink and pearl green embossing powders.

Finally, before I sign off I promised an exclusive sneak peek of the First Edition dies coming up on Create & Craft TV on Monday. As I’m feeling generous, here are two sneak peeks and each one contains three finished sample cards! #Yourewelcome

 

First Edition Craft a Card Christmas dies sneak peek2

First Edition Christmas Craft a Card dies sneak peek

First Edition Christmas dies sneak peek

First Edition Christmas dies sneak peek

 

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