Sunday, 20 December 2009

A christmas place setting for the SWU challenge

Thanks to everyone for their get well wishes and suggestions. I'm using a blend of oils in my burner and I'm going to steam my head again today :-) I had to resort to strong painkillers on Friday, it was either that or put my head in a vice to relieve the pain - anyone who's had a sinus infection will be able to relate, I'm sure. The painkillers are now being phased out again though, I'm able to wait a little longer between them now, so I guess the antibiotics are having an effect.

I still haven't got a great deal of crafting done, mainly gift tags for the presents. How come every year I forget just how long it takes to wrap presents? Of course this year I also had Bess helping - sticking her nose against the cellotape, walking across the wrapping paper, trying to lick the gifts (and I can just hear you out there saying "yes you do that too" to your moggy/doggy, lol).

The other bit of crafting I did get done was for today's new challenge over at Stamp With Us, it's on the theme of


and I made the table settings for Christmas Day to match my existing burgundy and gold tableware.

Recipe (Place Card)
Stamp set: Baroque Border
Cardstock: Bravo Burgundy textured
Ink: Versamark
Punch: Scallop Edge
Other Gold EP

I loaded a blank wheel cartridge with Versamark ink which I rolled along one edge of the place card and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. The name setting is written freehand with my Versamark pen and heat embossed again with gold powder. If you're not confident of your handwriting then you can always print the cards on a computer and trace over the printing with the Versamarker, once heated the gold embossing with hide the original printing.

Recipe (Napkin Ring)
Stamp set: Baroque Border
Cardstock: Bravo Burgundy textured
Ink: Versamark
Punch: Scallop Edge
Other Gold EP

The centre design was again made with the Baroque Border wheel but I added a gold line either side by drawing my Versamarker against the wheel guide at the edge of the card.

Recipe (Mini choc box)
Stamp set: Baroque Border
Cardstock: Bravo Burgundy textured
Ink: Versamark
Punch: 1/2" Circle
Other Gold EP

This little box holds a couple of Ferrero Rocher chocs (well, I've got to spoil the family haven't I). It's a twist/squish box that I found over at Splitcoaststampers that I've scaled down to fit my chocolates. I'll post the dimensions and a tutorial in a few days, just as soon as I'm feeling a little better.

I hope that you'll play along with our challenge - I'm sure that you can find one more Christmas item that you need to make; a last minute card, a tree decoration or a tag. And please hop along and see the beautiful creations made by the rest of the Design Team, including our new Team members, they're truly gorgeous (the projects and the team members).

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx

Oh and don't forget my blog candy draw closes at 9pm tonight!


~ Ali ~ said...

Fabulous creations Sara, very creative. Must try play along this time, just been so busy.

~Amy~ said...

Wow! That's so beautiful! I can't believe you wrote the name freehand! I thought it was a stamp!

Biscuitlid said...

these are fantastic Sara, just gorgeous and go so well with your place mats (thought you'd stamped them too at first!).

Hope the pain eases off soon for you, it's no fun at all having sinusitis, fingers crossed those anti b's are doing their job


Bekka said...

Love the place settings - must get mine organised for boxing day!

AshKuku said...

OK! now tell me what do u want in exchange to that mini choc box....;-)
It is so cute & I feel greedy to get it....

But sincerely such a cutey pie it is..... I have not seen something like that since days now....

The table arrangement is very inviting.... I would love to find a place there...

Happy Celebrations!!!!


Elizabeth said...

Poor you Sara - I can relate and really hope it all goes away very very soon.

You did a lovely job with the SWU project. You are going to have a stunning Christmas table.

Get well soon and Merry Christmas to you and yours. X