Friday, 12 November 2010

Christmas is coming

Now don't worry I'm not going to go on and on about Christmas for weeks to come although I know some of you just love Christmas. I always think I've got plenty of time to prepare and somehow time just slips away but I can tick something off the list today as I've made my Christmas pudding. However if my Nan is looking down on me she won't be a bit impressed as she would have prepared hers way before now and in fact she always had a steady stock that would mature in time for a family get together at Christmas and for some reason we always had one at Easter too. I have plans to make chutney like I did last year.......I'll just add it to the list.

After being inspired by an article in Craft Stamper this month I tried my hand at making some buttons. I've made some before with fimo so I had all the equipment that was needed but this time I tried using some air drying clay. I have to say it was great to work with and I produced some in the form of leaves, footballs and plain old round ones. Some I added a bit of texture to with stamping. I like the dove it's the perfect size.
I found my tiny holly cutter and made some leaves which I painted a shimmery green and also made some paper buttons. Take some circles punched from cardstock glued together in layers and sandwich between some  patterned paper. Then punch holes in the middle. Some I gave a bit of vintage grungy look with inked edges and some I gave a crackled distress finish to.
I liked the holly leaves so much I thought I'd make some without the holes to make some cards with. What do you think?
How is your Christmas crafting coming along are you any better planned than me? Happy crafting.


Sian said...

Amanda, those buttons are simply gorgeous! I liked them plain and then I scrolled down and saw what you had done with them - so perfect and Christmassy.

Wrightboysmum said...

I want those buttons! Etsy shop now please lol. And I'm surprised some people love Christmas and go on about mmm who could that be I wonder :-). I also love Christmas pudding and would easily eat it in May (hint, hint).

Leo said...

Beautiful buttons, really love the clay birdy one! xx Leo

alexa said...

These buttons are just lovely! I love the dove one and the ones with writing on ... X+Are you going to be popping little collections of these into your Etsy shop? I hope so!

Karolyn x said...

so are you teaching us on our next crafting day?????