It's run by husband and wife team Mal and Jennie Boxall, it's got a fantastic shop and runs fabulous classes, and if you are lucky Jennie cooks lunch for some of them, and Jen is a fab cook.
Anyway, so the first challenge was "Christmas" and I decided to use some of the 3D figures I had got from the shop and make my own Winter Wonderland.
I decorated the trees using paints, artistic stamper stamps and stencils and of course some stickles and for the deer I used crackle paint to create their textured coats.
These photos show the finished item and the products used, with a short description of how I created each item.
The large tree I base painted in Sage and then created an ombre effect using Pine Grove and Granny Smith, taking care to keep the ombre at about the same level on both parts of the tree, so that when joined together it matched, however I joined it together to check and then couldn't un-join it, which made adding the rest of the decoration a wee bit harder. But I used the Artistic Stamper background trellis stamp with gold paint to add an overall decoration and then filled in the link bit with stickles.
I then mixed some gold paint, water and stickles and used this to add interest to the outside edges.
I used the large circle stencil to add overlapping colours, I then stamped the snowflake in metallic glaze to add a slight shimmer, and then dry brushed the metallic glaze on the outside edges.
The deer were an experiment which I think worked out quite well. Base painted in sage then added crackle paint in white to the top parts, to create the effect of a well worn coat, I used antiquing cream to highlight the cracks and then used the ecoline bush pens to add a mottled sort of colouring to the rest of the deer, I then dipped their hooves and nosed in embossing ink and heat embossed with black powder.
And finally some close ups for you, which will help see the effects I created.
So there we go my first Creative team post, hope you enjoy and I will try to make it a bit shorter next time.