Sunday, October 19, 2014

Creative Inkers Christmas Blog Hop 2014

Ooo. This is my second ever Blog Hop participation. I had such a great response to the first one with a huge amount of hits so I'm really looking forward to this one.

Welcome to my page of this Blog Hop. Once you have viewed my page, please leave a comment and then click the "next" button at the bottom of the page to view the lovely Christmas Creation of

My creation is an adaptation of the Simply Pressed Clay Christmas ornament on pg14 of the Holiday mini catalogue.
I rolled out my clay on a silicon mat, using a brayer as you would roll out pastry.
Then I cut out a circle by pressing a small upended glass into the clay.
I stamped the sentiment "Joy" from the Endless Wishes photopolymer stamp (pg 32) set using melon Mambo ink ( I found using the ink was better than leaving it clear as they have done oin the catalogue because it stoped the stamp sticking to the clay).
I then cut the "loop" off one of the "All Is Calm Snowflake Embellishments" (pg 22). I used the old style craft scissors that can cut through metal but you may have some other hardward tool that would do the job. (Take care as I managed to cut myself on one attempt ).
I pushed the embellishment into the cut out clay and then pressed a small Rhinestone into the centre of the embellishment.
I then coloured then rhinestone with the darkest of the Melon Mambo Blendabilities (alcohol markers).
I made a hole using a stylus then let it dry for 24 hours.
Lastly I threaded  Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine and Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon (p7) through the hole and tied it.

Tips for using the Simply Pressed Clay: It is easier to use when the weather is colder as it tends to get soft more quickly when warm. Don't overwork the clay between your fingers as it will warm the clay and make it more difficult to use. I find putting the Clay in the fridge for a few minutes before use helps. You may want to use your embossing buddy on the rim of the glass to stop the clay sticking. I found it was better to not fully cut through with the glass and once firm enough, trim off the excess.

This is another Christmas ornament I cased from "Amy Williams" . I chnged the colours as I just fancied a silver and black look this time. her blog has step by step instructions for this.

Now off to  Ria's blog for more inspiration:)


If you should get lost, here is a list of all those taking part ;

1. Narelle Hoggard

2. Jackie Noble

3. Bev Poultney

4. Sally Williams

5. Bernice Collins

6. Irene Wardlaw

7. Sharon de Vos

8. Jacque Williams

9. Delys Cram

10. Rachael Knight

11. Lisa Bullock

12. Paula Reid

13. Heather Stewart

14. Ria Kaire

15. Kathryn Tyrrell

16. Kathe Oldham


  1. love your Simply Pressed Clay Christmas ornament Heather

  2. Gorgeous work Heather! Hope you are recovering from your paper clay misadventure!

  3. Very clever ornament but I LOVE that star

  4. Amazingly well healed now thanks for your concern Rachael:)

  5. Ooooohhh I need to CASE that ornament! It's so cute. Pleased to hear you are recovering from the scissor incident - the hazards of craft eh?!

  6. Love your projects Heather. Very clever way of using the clay. I love the black and silver of your star. Very nice.

  7. Thanks Heather for the hints around using the clay and highlighting the word.

  8. Very nice - I must get my clay out and have a play. Thanks for sharing :)

  9. Absolutely stunning I am star struck with this Christmas release from Stampin up - the black and gold go really fab together and can be used not only at Christmas and still look stunning. Love your ornament from the clay too.

  10. I love your Christmas decorations and you have inspired me to have a go with the clay. Your star colour scheme of silver and black is stunning.

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