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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Pretty In Plaits

Hi guys, it's our day to show you the April releases, shown on the All Dress Up challenge blog here  I decided to use another gift bag for this adorable Pretty In Plaits image from 
All Dressed Up,
She is coloured with my distress inks, I used the gorgeous papers by Maja Design - Sofiera,
I then added some of the gorgeous embellishments from the Crafteezee collections,
 a metal leaf and the lace heart, the die cut and flowers are from my stash,


I also used a fantasy Magic lace die on the side of the bag simply edging it with some vintage photo distress ink, then I finished off the bottom with a gorgeous metal butterfly again from one of the kits, just adding a little gesso over the top,

The top of the bag is finished off with a little seam binding, wooden butterfly, flower and another die cut,
Do check out this and all the other gorgeous images from Wendy at
Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Just chillin

Hi guys, I've been pretty busy over the weekend with one thing or another, but today I had a little free time and decided I'd make a faux criss cross style card,
I coloured this adorable sitting spring Tilda with my distress inks and lightly added a few stamped some Magnolia  flowers from the Magnolia Kit in pale grey ink using second stamping too, on the edge of  an stitched ovals  Gummiapan die which I got from Swedish House Crafts,



I love criss cross style cards but they use quite a lot of card stock so decided to make a basic styled card look like one, using the adorable Pion Design papers from The Songbirds Secret, I bought the whole collection for £16.99 again from Swedish House crafts,

I added a few of my handmade Foamiran flowers too,



I had machine stitched this card, but the stitching came loose after I'd made up the card!!! after a few choice words I took the stitches out and went over with a white ink pen, not really the look I wanted but better then loose stitching or the card needing to go in the bin!! lol

I'll be back in a few days with an inspiration post for All Dressed UP,
Happy Crafting!!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Celebrate

Hi guys, It's time for our new challenge over at
as always it's anything goes as long as you use a All dressed up image, 
here's mine
I love this party season image and thought it would go fab with a gift bag, 
I coloured it with my distress inks and used some of the fabulous Maja Design Sofeiro papers, so love these and Maja have just re-released them, yeah!!!
I kept to the same colours for all three girls, listed below!!! I then added a little seam binding twisted and threaded through a bling embellishment, then added some flowers, and below that a row of pearls which came from Tracy's collections, shown on main picture,

I also used a Fantasy Magic Lace die again bought from Tracy's online shop on the edge which I edged with a little vintage photo distress ink,

Distress inks used:
Skin - Vintage photo/ tattered Rose
Pinks - Victorian velvet / Pumice Stone
Grey - Hickory Smoke
Hair -  Antique Linen

I hope you will join us, don't forget to check out Wendy's gorgeous images here and also remember that we have a Face Book challenge, and you can find more inspiration on Pinterest too,
Happy Crafting!!

Friday, 7 April 2017

My Foamiran daffodil tutorial

Hi guys, I recently showed you a Easter project onto which I had some handmade Foamiran style Daffodils, I said then I would show you how I made them, so here goes,
There are quite a few photo's so you may wish to grab a brew first!! you have been warned!! lol

I started out by cutting 4 layers of Foamiran through a Rosy Dot AC3 die that I got from Tracy at Noor Design UK, I used the largest pointed petal out of the two pointed petal dies in the set,


Separate the pieces out and colour with your chosen medium, I used some Gelatos and a wet wipe to blend the colour onto the petals on both sides
I wanted a paler look to my pointed petals but you can of course colour them deeper,
I then did the same steps using a small scalloped circle die about 1" in diameter, I think mine is by Tonic but any make will do,

I used a slightly darker Gelatos for these, again colouring on both sides,

Take one of your pointed petal dies and your medium hot iron, plus a wooden skewer or similar to hold the petal against the iron without burning your fingers, place one petal at a time with the skewer for a couple of seconds then release,
Do the same with each petal till all the petal tips are slightly bent forward,


Do the same for all the flowers you wish to make

Next take your circle dies and hold it against the iron again with the skewer, holding it close to the iron till it starts to lift slightly away,

As shown below, keep the skewer on the circle but let it ease away from the iron,


When it is quite risen and looks rounded release from the iron,


This is the look your after
Next you need an embosser tool and a deep foam mat or something similar,


Then turn the flower so the curled points are facing down, as shown below

Press down in the center with your embosser


Let the flower close up quite close to the embossing tool,

Next take the circle dies and do the same for these too,

sorry about the fuzzy photo, my hubby was trying to take the photos as I worked, lol



You are now ready to fix the two together, use a hot glue gun, add a drop of glue to
the underneath of the circle section,


Fix the top circle section onto one of the pointed petal flowers with the curled points of the petals facing down, when the glue has cooled

When the glue has cooled take your embossing tool and press in the center once again,
Again I let the flower come close to the embossing tool,

Next take a wooden skewer or similar and make a hole in the center for some stamens,
shown below

I added some stamens, after first dabbing some vintage photo distress ink on the ends, these are not truly like daffodill ones but they were in my stash so I made do, lol

 I began by wrapping a piece of thin wire around the middle , bend the flowers in the middle, so the ends go together,


Then thread them through the hole in the middle of the flowers,


I then fixed them in place with a dot of hot glue on the back,
And cut of the rest of the stems when set,

One of the finished flowers shown below,


Well i hope you are still here and you have managed to follow my tutorial ok, any questions just ask,

This is the finished creation I used them on,
If you wish to more more about this creation scroll down to my last blog post,
Happy Crafting!!
Hugs Liz xx

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Happy Easter easel card, with altered egg tutorial

Hi guys, I wanted to make Tegan a Easter decoration that would hold a packet of small Easter eggs too, so I came up with an Easel box Easter card,
I used these adorable Magnolia Tilda's  Tilda with willow branch and Tilda with dotted boots, both are coloured with my distress re-inkers then fussy cut out,
I made the easel card box then layered up the background papers using the latest
 Sofiera collection  and also some Vintage spring from Maja Design which I got off Tracy at Noor Design Uk,

I distressed the paper edges and added a little vintage photo distress ink too, I then layered a fabulous Fantasy die - Magic Lace here and there, on the front piece I added a chicken wire die by Magnolia,

In front of that I added half an egg which started off as clear plastic, I will show you a small tutorial below on how I altered this, anyway back to the egg, once altered and after fixing them to the base with hot glue, I added some cheesecloth inside to soften and to give Tilda something to sit on, lol
I added some seam binding that I bought from Tracy on the end of the egg too,
I fixed Tilda with dotted boots by gluing some tiny strips of bent paper (shaped like a L) behind each leg and on the base of the box, so that she stood upright, then I covered up the strips with some feathers from my stash,

This is the drawer open for the edible eggs, lol 

Egg tutorial:
Take a clear plastic egg, I bought mine from The Range,then using one half and some torn up tissue paper, adhere the strips to the egg with some slap it on or Modge podge,

I went over the egg a little at a time first painting the slap it on on the egg then adding the pieces one at a time,

don't try to make it flat, the scrunched look is what your after, go over the tissue you've just added with a little more slap it on the repeat with some more pieces till all the inside and outside is covered,
leave to dry, 
sorry I've forgotten to take a picture of the finished egg, but hopefully I  think you get what it should look like when finished,
You can then of course paint it or decorate it in anyway you wish,
I painted mine with a little Antique Linen distress ink, on the outside only, but the colour way still shows through,

You may have noticed some Daffodil style flowers on my creation too, these I  made out of Foamiran and I have a tutorial on these too, which I will pop on my blog later this week, ( Friday)
See you soon,

Challenges
All about Magnolia - All about spring/Easter
Magnolia-licious - Anything goes with Metal
Marvelous Magnolia - Flowers
Simply Magnolia - Ribbon
Midweek Magnolias - Inspirational photoboard
Deep Ocean - Easter

Happy Crafting!!
Hugs Liz xx