Thursday, 13 December 2018

Christmas Angel by Jennie

Hello Everyone! and lovely to be here with you again for the run up to Christmas.

Today I am sharing a small project using one of the Standard Art Doll Kits.

I feel she looks more like a guardian of Christmas rather than an angel of Christmas! particularly the way she is sat upon this upturned cup! But I am sure she will find a place somewhere amongst the Christmas decorations around the house.

After giving all the art doll pieces pieces a couple of coats of white paint I made a dress out of bits of muslin and netting.

Sparkly papers for a top ! and a wand (rather than a trumpet!) made from a piece of fence rail !

Those gorgeous wings were painted in metallic gold to offset the white and I managed to find a face to fit from some whimsical papers bought long ago. Mind you those blue eyes are a bit piercing!

This was a really fun project to put together and she will join my little collection of Art Dolls after Christmas.

As always thank you for joining me today and happy crafting.

Jennie x

Calico Craft Parts used:

Monday, 10 December 2018

Vintage Christmas Tags and a little Extra - by Claudia

Servus and thanks so much for stopping by today! Claudia here to bring to you a bit of Christmas crafts inspiration.

When it comes to Christmas decorations and gift wrapping I seem to be pretty much on the vintage and traditional side. Instead of using modern printed wrapping paper or going for the latest Christmas decoration trends I love to wrap presents in brown or red kraft paper instead and then decorate them with some self made gift tags. Our Christmas tree is also traditional - with lots of red in midst the dark green of the tree (alongside some silver, gold and white ornaments and baubles).

So I went for the same style with the gift tags. I especially fell in love with the new "Cardinal on Snowy Fir Bough" wood shape!

Cardinal on Snowy Fir Bough - MDF Bird Wood Shape

My first intention was to use it for a Christmas tree ornament, but I changed my mind while painting the bird and went for some gift tags instead. I guess the idea came from some playing cards I had covered with old book pages and which I have on my desk (in this Calico Craft Parts container HERE) - ready for use whenever inspiration strikes.

I knew I still had some gorgeous Christmas and winter themed wood shapes in my stash that would be just perfect for what I had in mind....some mistletoe, a fox in the snow, a Christmas tree - I used these three ;)

Calico Craft Parts used: 

- Flighty Fox MDF Wood Shape Style 13
- Christmas Tree MDF Wood Shape Style 4
- Cardinal on Snowy Fir Bough - MDF Bird Wood Shape
- Mistletoe Branch - MDF Wood Shape 

I started painting the lovely Cardinal with DecoArt Americana Primary Red and Plantation Pine. I left the branch unpainted and only painted the fir's needles. I rather dry brushed the Primary Red on instead of painting the bird, so not to loose any detail from the wood shape.

I went in with Hanser Light Green for more dimension with the fir needles.

Then I added the darker areas to the Cardinal using DecoArt media Carbon Black fluid acrylic paint and used Charcoal Grey and True Red Americana paints in some spots for additional depth.

The playing card that I had covered with some old book pages was given a coat of diluted DecoArt premium white Gesso to soften the contrast of the black text. Then I painted the edges with Charcoal Grey Americana paint in watercolour technique. Once that was dry I sprinkled on some Titanium White premium paint using my paint brush.

To glue the Cardinal to the dry tag I used matte DecoArt Decou-Page. All it needed then was a stamped on quote and some string...voilá!

I painted the mistletoe, the Christmas tree and the fox in the same technique - using a lot of DecoArt Americana paints and the white DecoArt Americana premium Gesso and Titanium White.

I also found a lovely sleigh in my stash of Calico Craft Parts that I simply painted in Americana Cinnamon Drop red. It will look great on our Christmas tree (or on a parcel...I haven't decided yet).

These are the finished tags:

Once again the lovely Cardinal...

...the gorgeous fox in the snow...

...a traditional Christmas tree with lit candles...

...and this most beautiful mistletoe branch!

I really love all the winter themed Calico wood shapes! They're perfect to create a feeling of Christmas magic and nostalgia, aren't they?

By then I was on a roll and decided to also paint some of the beautiful 3D Snowflake Bauble Wood Shapes and turn them into vintage style beauties!

I recently discovered a new product in the DecoArt range - Vintage Effect Wash paints! And they are really cool - I have used colours "Patina" and "Beige" on my baubles and the look they produce definitely transports you back to the Sixties! I have added a little glittery bling by using DecoArt Glamour Dust "Ice Crystal" on top, but that was almost impossible to capture in the picture...

...maybe the close ups show it a bit...

I primed the baubles with a coat of white DecoArt premium Gesso ...

...and then added the Vintage Effect Wash paints on top.

Once that had dried I applied the Glamour Dust (with a soft brush) and some DecoArt Snow Tex (with the very tip of my palette knife).

I added more Glamour Dust on top of the dried Snow Tex to imitate the look of glittering snow.

....aaaaand another attempt at showing the Glamour Dust effect. You can see it especially well on the right bauble, but the baubles all glitter - depending on the light and the angle you look at them.

It's such a quick but effective way to turn your Calico Craft Parts into vintage glittering beauties! I think these will look good on our tree as well.... ;)

Calico Craft Parts used:

- 3D Snow Flake Bauble - Style 1
- 3D Snow Flake Bauble - Style 2
- 3D Snow Flake Bauble - Style 3

I will be back on the 24th (which is the day we celebrate Christmas over here) with my three favourite Calico Craft Parts projects I've made this year. Just in case you won't be online, I would like to

wish you all a 

Merry Christmas!!!

Hugs and happy holidays!

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Ice skates gift box.

Today, I’m sharing this little box I’ve decorated.
The box and all the parts are from calico craft parts. The box comes in a choice of sizes.
Items used...
Birch wood box
snowflakes in assorted sizes
Ice skates

I simply constructed the box, glued the shapes into place then covered with white gesso. I sprayed on some blue ink then dry brushed it with white and highlighted parts of it with treasure gold.
And there you have it. I admit I added a sprinkling of glitter dust to make it look frosty.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Snowflake Trinket Box by Lesley

Hello people. Lesley here with a little Christmas trinket box for you......ideal for jewellery gifts.

I used style 2 of the trinket box. Primed with gesso and then painted with a duck egg blue.

Silver paint through a stencil was used on the top of the lid.

Crackle glaze was splodge on the sides.

Silver wax was rubbed all over.

I used lots of the mini snowflake shapes, style 1. These were painted white and then the edges dipped in fine white glitter. I piled them up onto the lid and then added a small gem to the centres.

The crystal feet are actually magnets......but I think they finish off the box perfectly.

Thanks for reading
L. x

Ingredients used
MDF Trinket Box, style 2
Mini MDF snowflakes, style 1

Monday, 3 December 2018

Tablescape with Calico Craft Parts by Julie Ann.

 December already and I've been browsing Pinterest, where I came across a new concept - tablescapes! What were they? Just a click and I was in awe at the most elaborately decked dining tables. These glamorous tables were vast enough to seat at least fifty with room to spare for miniature pine forests; porcelain reindeer and winter chapels housing belfries of tiny silver and gold bells! We are usually eight for Christmas lunch in our little cottage and it's a tight squeeze to fit all the serving dishes and plates on the table, but I did like the idea of a Christmas world in miniature as a centre-piece. I decided one of the Calico medium sized triptychs wouldn't take up too much room on our table and still add some seasonal magic to our special meal.

The arched triptych forms part of a simple arrangement of natural, found objects including pine-cones and vine leaves placed on an antique silver plate.

As it's visible from both sides of the table, I've aimed to create interest whichever side you view it from.

I think there's something magical about Crackle glazes on festive projects, so I started by painting both sides of the triptych black and smoothing on some Crackle with a palette knife. I was excited at the opportunity this project offered for using some of the delicate and detailed new Calico Christmas/Winter Craft parts. These pine cone corners were perfect for the kind of centre-piece I had in mind.

One of the new Calico festive products, this jolly robin on his branch won my heart too!

I've had this window in my stash for a while and I think this was the perfect project for it. My Winter Princess and her cat have just paused from decorating their own festive table with a little greenery and a few hot-house flowers and they're scanning the white table-cloth  world, looking for their guests in a moment of stillness before the merry feast begins.

Apparently blues and pastels are this year's festive colours. I chose gentle twilight shades.

 Birch wood circle plaques were ideal for adding interest to the side panels. I attached this cardboard circle from a 'master-board' of 3D gel applied through a stencil and then crackled with DecoArt One Step crackle.

Some blobs of snowy white paint, frosted with Distress Glitter; touches of melted gold ultra thick embossing enamel and all that needs to be added are ribbons to link the arches.

I'm looking forward to the contrast between the twilight textures on my triptych and the snowy white linen of the table cloth.

The cosy world of indoors meets the icy beauty of the outdoors.

More Crackle, glitter, ivy and more jolly robins!

Now all we need are our guests and some delicious food to share!

As the Festive Season gets under way, I wish you Joy and Peace in the midst of the excitement and activity. See you in a fortnight with one last Christmas make.

Calico Craft Parts used in this Project
Arch Top Triptych MDF Wood Kit - Medium Size
Mini Garden Birds Wood Shapes
Joy Bauble - MDF Christmas Word (New)
Decorative Window - MDF wood shape - Medium Size
Circle Birch Ply Wood Blank Plaque
Sheet of Mini MDF Christmas Snowflake Wood Shapes
Robin on Snowy Fir Bough (New)
Fir Cones & Branches MDF Wood Corner (New)