Saturday, 30 August 2014

Friendly Challenge - Fimo Clay.

Hello fellow crafters, I have a fun friendly challenge to share with you today! 
As most of you know my dear friend and partner in crime Helen (it's criminal how much paper we own!!) regularly challenge each other to create a layout with a particular theme, stash item or technique. This time around Helen challenged us to use Fimo clay on our page.
Not too difficult for me as my youngest daughter has numerous colours in her stash as she regularly makes little critters from the malleable stuff to give as gifts on Birthdays and Christmas.
An ideal time to scrap about her hobby!
I took some photo's of her house of critters and set about making my page. 
All the papers I used are My Minds Eye as the flowery one seemed the perfect colours for my photo's. Then found some co-ordinating colours of clay, a couple of which needed some added white to tone them down a bit!
I rolled out my clay and started simple with some hearts cut out using a mini icing cutter.
The next easy step was some triangles to make my bunting (banners) these were cut with a knife using a stencil as a template. Note to self - make the holes bigger next time as Fimo breaks even when cooked!
The clay embellishment that took the longest was this birdhouse, although the house itself was easy enough it was the bird that took me 'forever'! I just couldn't get this tiny piece of clay (about the size of a pea) into a shape resembling a bird! I would of enlisted the help of my daughter but it was about midnight at this point!
I got there in the end as you can see and I think she is quite happy with her little house among the flowers!
On to Helen's awesome page!
I'm not sure what came first the quote or the photo's! But either way they are perfect together as Helen is the owner of a messy desk, or is it organized chaos? Helen has a craft cabin in her garden that I am most jealous of  where she creates her beautiful pages and cards and where I got to spend several crafty hours!
Helen is often creating long titles and this time her quote is made up with die cut letters, Dymo strips and these adorable stamped Fimo circles that were made using a flower center icing mould, though the air was apparently a couple of shades of blue when the clay refused to part with the mould! 
Helen also had the same shaping problem as me when it came to shaping her paint palette! But us girls will not be beaten by a small piece if clay and her patience paid off!

I very much hope you enjoyed seeing our clay inspired pages and our next challenge (set by me) is to use a pie-chart on a page. Time to head off to Pinterest to acquire some inspiration!
Thanks for stopping by and I will be back tomorrow. xx


  1. This is totally adorable...your page is amazing. You were really up for this challenge. Love the birdhouse and birdie xx

  2. OMG wonderful challenges ladies! I see your daughter is as crafty as you are, those little animals she has made are super adorable! Both layouts are just stunning, I would never have thought to use clay on my layouts!

  3. What a totally fabulous page Kerry. Your little fimo embellishments are perfect for the photos. Such a talented family ! and a great challenge set by Helen. looking forward to the next one.........