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Thursday, 28 June 2018

Spread Your Wings

Hi guys, I'm here today with another adorable image by Sherri for
My Besties Shabby Chic DT,


I used a Book style die for the base and layered some matching papers up in two sizes,
I coloured the cute image up with my copics then fussy cut round it, I added a little glitter here and there too,


I then used some Pinflair glue along the image on the back so it slightly stood out from the base,
I added some flowers and and die cut leaves,


I printed a verse off on my computer, adding a little glitter on the dots of the I to link in with the hint of glitter on the image,
Check out more of the fabulous images here too,
Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Another Foamiran Flower Tutorial

Hi guys, I thought I'd show you a few Foamiran flowers I've made out of Silk Foam in white and Lady E 002 leaves dies, they will of course make fabulous leaves too,



I made a few out of the 3 different sizes of the dies, 
Tutorial:

So take a strip of the Silk foam and die cut the dies using 4 layers together, the dies cuts through the 4 layers easily.

Colour on the edges of the petals with a oil pastel, to do this use the pastel as you would a crayon simply going along the edges of the flower as shown below,


When you've done all the edges, draw along the middle of each petal to the centre using the oil pastel the same way, sorry for the slightly blurred photo, my cameras's playing up!!


Fold the petals over each other as shown below, then scrunch along the length a few times,


On the base (middle) section of the flower ( where the petals meet) as you scrunch slightly pull it outwards too, do this gently so the Foam stretches along the length just a little but doesn't tear,


Unfold the scrunched flower head, then slightly spread the petals one at a time in the middle, leaving the top edge as it is, do this on each petal.


Here is the flower from the back where you can see the stretched section at the base of the flower, this gives depth to the flower head,


Make a hole in the center of the flower head.


Take a thin piece of wire, a double headed stamen and a piece of floral tape cut along it's length down the middle so you get a thinner width to work work.


Bend the stamen over so one of the heads is slightly above the other, as shown below.


Take your wire and the stamen and fix them together with the end of the wire slightly below the bottom head, then wrap the floral tape around the wire and stamens along the length,


Add a drop of glue about 1 cm to 1.5 cm below the stamen heads and fix the flower head in place,


At this stage you can tweek the edges of the petals if needed,


Do the same stages for all the flower heads, as shown below I also made some similar type flowers using some 0.6 Foamiran in a lilac purple colour, I did the same steps just useing a darker purple oil pastel along the edges and middle lines, I used the same stamens but coloured the tips with a copic pen to match in with the colours,


They can of course be made in any colour way.

Hope I've inspired you to have a go, any question as always just ask,
Check out Emilia's fb page for more ideas too
Happy Creating!!

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Magical Moments

Hi guys, I want to show you one of my latest cards using a fabulous digital


I decided to use a circle die for the base to make a change, layering a few sizes up then simply distressing the paper edges to give it a shabby look,


I coloured the adorable image with my copics, and added a little Glamour Dust glitter to her wings,
On one side I also added a little Frantage in Shabby White,
I finished my card off with various flowers and die cuts from my stash,



Do check out this and all the gorgeous images by Sherri too,
Happy Crafting!!!

Monday, 18 June 2018

June - The Swedish house Crafts Celebration Continues!!!

Hi guys, I'm here today to show you fantastic 3D chipboard Bird House by Laserowe Love which I got from Swedish House Crafts, as you know I love Chipboards!!!!
Suha has some gorgeous chipboards in her online store and they can be altered many ways, on this post I'm going to show you how I decorated mine with a photo tutorial,


This is my finished Bird House, I wanted some added interest and soft colouring so I added some more chip board, stenciling, stamping and a few of my Hand made Foamiran flowers too,

Tutorial:


Take all the pieces but the scalloped roof edges out of the packaging carefully, cutting the little tabs holding them in place.


I chose to use Distress Inks for my chipboard in three colours, using a large brush I made circular movement to add some Scattered straw randomly here and there on each piece.


Here it's hard to see but I softened it with some Antique Linen distress ink, using my brush the same way.


Here I have also added some Peeled paint distress ink too, you can go over as many times as you like till you get the desired look you wish, but try to keep the colours separate.


On the Base I only coloured the outer edges, leaving the very center uncoloured as you will not see this part when the Bird House is attached on top.


Colour the roof sections in the same way, then cut them out of their base pieces, this way the delicate lines of the chip board don't get damaged when colouring them and it's easier to do too.


When I'd finished colouring the pieces I wanted to add a little interest to some of the sections of the Bird House so I took a Gummiapan bricks stamp and a Versa Mark pad then randomly stamped onto the sections of the house where I wanted it, then I added some white embossing powder over the top, shook off the excess then heat dried it with my heat tool, ( try to do this quickly and if the chipboard warps a little, place it upside down under a heavy book for a while, it will straighten the chip board out again,)


This is the effect your after.


To give added interest on the side panels I took a mask I had in my stash and stenciled some structure paste through.


Take the mask off carefully and let it air dry.


For the chipboard heart that came with the Bird House I simply dabbed some of the structure paste onto it with  a foam dauber, this creates texture,

This is the assembled Bird House onto which I have added a couple of  Laserowe Bricks here and there too, these I kept in their natural colour.


As you can see the bricks have interest, with out adding too much depth, I love the effect the dabbed structure paste on the heart gives.


Here's another closer view of the Brick effect,


I wanted some Hand made Foamiran flowers on my Bird House so I cut some flower shapes out using a Gummiapan flower die again from Swedish house Crafts, onto the cut shapes I added some Memento ink, I added the colour by using a slightly damp wet wipe, this helped spread the quick drying ink and softened the colour slightly too, I then went over with a darker colour on the edges of the petals using the same technique. 


After colouring them I scrunched and twisted each petal in turn on the edges only to get the above effect. I then made a hole in the middle of each flower and added some stamens through, gluing them in place behind the flower.


I used some feathers from my stash then this cute Bird, which I hot glued onto the perch, then when fully dry I added some of the Foamiran flowers along the side of the Heart. I then used another couple of different Foamiran flowers underneath the Bird too.


I finished the base of my Bird House off with some more feathers, Foamiran flowers and another piece of Laserowe Love chipboard too, this I coloured in with some of the Peeled paint Distress ink,


I decorated the roof sections by randomly placing a Jute Die cut by Magnolia here and there, some cheesecloth and  natural fibers randomly placed over this, then some more Hand made Foamiran flowers glued on top too.


This is the other side view, I love how nature is wild and untamed and that's the look I was after for the roof of my Bird Box.


This is the view as seen from above, I really hope I've inspired you to have a go yourself, if you do let me know and I will take a look,

products used:

Laserowe Love Chipboard - Easter Twigs ( yes they can be used for more then Easter)

Talking of which as you may already know we are Celebrating our one year Anniversary of being on Suha's fabulous Swedish house Crafts Design Team, Suha wants you all to join us in the celebration by linking any creations of yours if you wish to show us, if you love Foamiran as I do you can leave us a link with your makes for those as well, we will then come and take a look at your work and leave some love!!! go to the link below for more details

 #1specianityLink up your make for June Celebration to be seen..




If you haven't already, we're looking forward to seeing you join us in the fun!!!
Happy Crafting!!!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Foamiran Flower Display

Hi guys, I thought I'd show you one of my latest displays of Foamiran Flowers,


As you can see I added the two flowers I showed you last week plus a few more,


So this is one of the ones I showed you last week, 


Then I added a Rose which I made using the Multi flower die from 14 Craft Bar and white Foamiran, I then made some hand cut leaves and a Calxys for behind the flower in Olive coloured  Foamiran, onto this I added a little oil pastel on the edges,


This is another Rose I made too using Ecru foamiran, 


The top of my display has a peony style flower with some green stamens inside, I cut some rose style leaves in a darker green Foamiran for some added height behind my display, I added a little oil pastel onto these too,




Last but not least I made some smaller flowers onto which I added a tiny bead for the centre, I used a very fine wire which twisted easily then I grouped some of the wires together to form  a bunch of them, these make a fabulous way to fill up a display, if you'd be interested in a tutorial on these or any of my flowers, just let me know,

Challenges:
Foamiran Polska

Happy Creating!!!