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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Tra La La

Hi guys, over at All Dressed Up it's time for our latest challenge,
as usual it's anything goes as long as you use a ADU image,



I am into making Christmas cards as you've probably noticed at the moment so I couldn't resist using this adorable Tra La La digi stamp,

I coloured the image using my copics and added a die cut tree with  some liquid Pearl on the edges and here and there on the image for some snow effect, then a text stamp I had in my stash,
It's quite CAS for me !!!!!! but will be ideal for posting etc,

I hope you will join us, we love seeing your creations, remember as well as our blog challenge we also have a challenge on Face Book too, and if you wish to see some inspiration we are also on Pinterest,
Happy Crafting!!!!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Anything goes with Foamiran Flowers

Hi guys, just popping by today to let you know our latest Foamiran flowers challenge has started over at the 
14 Craft Bar blog,
there will be a randomly picked prize winner which wins
25 Euro to spend in the 14 Craft Bar shop,
 the Design Team will also pick a top 3

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We loved seeing your beautiful creations and hope you join us again this month,
remember you don't have to use Foamiran bought from 14 Craft Bar to join in,

So go on over to the 14 Craft Bar blog
to see if your a winner!!!!! 
or if you wish to enter in our latest challenge

Happy Crafting!!!

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Merry Christmas

Hi all, it's time again for another challenge over at 
This time the theme is Pearls, Gems or sparkle
and we are kindly being sponsored by 
Noor design Uk,


I couldn't resist finding this older Father Christmas stamp by magnolia which I bring out year after year, I just love him !!!
I've coloured him with my distress re-inkers and added glamour dust on his jacket for fabulous sparkle,


In real life they sparkle like mad, I also added some Glamour dust to the pine cones and holly leaves,
The metal star sequin embellishments which I got from Swedish House crafts shine too,
The papers are by Maja Design from the Joyous Winterdays collection again from SHC,
I then finished off my card with another Magnolia text stamp,

Santa Claus is coming to town!!!
is it in your head now? lol

Challenges
Magnolia-licious - Anything goes/Option of Christmas
Midweek magnolias - Anything goes
All about Magnolia - All about the season
Paradise of Magnolia - Let it snow
The Ribbon Girl - Anything goes
Marvelous Magnolia - Anything goes
Deep Ocean - Inspired by a song ( Santa Claus is coming to town)

 I do hope you'll come and join us in the fun,
Happy Crafting!!!

A Foamiran Rose Tutorial

Hi guys, today I thought I'd show you how I made a Rose with some of the gorgeous Foamiran in Lemon and the fabulous stencil 04 all from 


You will need :
Foamiran using the colour of your choice,
Stencil 04
wooden skewer/tooth pick or similar

So take the Foamiran which you wish to make your flowers with and place it on a flat surface, take your stencil and place the smallest petal on one edge of your foamiran, this is easy to see as the stencils  backgrounds are easy to see through, as shown

Take your wooden skewer or what ever your going to use to draw around the stencil with, hold the stencil firmly in place with your other hand then simply draw lightly around the stencil with the skewer, I do this lightly so you don't tear or go through the foamiran,

I then did the same thing with the next petals,

Hopefully you can see the outline you get,

I then cut out a rough square around the petal, I do this as I usually cut up to 4 layers of foamiran out at a time and so I place my first square down and simply cut round, moving it each time till I have  4  square layers,

seen here!!

Taking all 4 layers held firmly together, simply cut around the shape you have drawn,

These are all cut out and ready to be coloured if wanted or made up into the Rose,

I chose to add a little colour to the tops of my petals, using a couple of oil pastels,

Hold the petal firm on a piece of card stock or whatever you wish to colour on, taking a piece of foam I use some washing up pads cut up, simply add colour to the top edges of your petals, flicking the sponge on the top of the petal,

I then went over with a lightly darker colour too, this is entirely optional!!

Now your petals are ready to be scrunched and shaped into shape, because this foamiran is lovely and thin (0.6) you do not need to use heat, so simply take your petal and fold it between your fingers as shown,





At this stage take the folded petal and scrunch in both hands,
Twist and roll the petal backwards and forwards,


This is the look your after at this stage,

as you can see it has a scrunched shape about it now,

So next take the petal and slightly stretch it in the middle section between your fingers gently, easing it is better then pulling hard as if pulled too hard it can tear,

as you can see it still has some shape on the top edge, I still need to stretch it a little more in the middle yet though!!


This is the desired look your after,

Take a piece of wire, if you wish your flower to stand make sure you use one suitable to do so,
I bent over the top edge then added some hot glue to it,


Take this and glue it to one side of your smallest petals, then roll the remaining petal around the wire,

add a little more glue to hold this in place,

Your now ready to add the next petal,

Add some glue at the base,

Add your next petal on top of the glue, making sure your next petal slightly overlaps the side of the last one added,as shown

do this another few times, pressing slightly at the base to give the flower shape as well as making sure the petals stick to the glue, 

Here I have added a few petals, I wanted this flower to have quite an open looking centre so I only glued the bottom part of the petals, if you wanted a more closed look you would glue further up the petals and press them down,

So keep on going doing the same steps, 

This is the look with a few more petals added, as you can see you get a lovely edge to your petals,

Keep on going doing the same steps, at this stage you may find it easier to glue holding the flower as shown,

adding your petals like this too, always check and look at the top of your flower to make sure it's in the right place before pressing the petal in place though, as at this stage you can tweek it,



were nearly finished at this stage!!

So after a few more petals this is the finished look

I wanted my Rose to be for a display so I added some leaves using the 04 stencil, using one of the greens,

I did the same steps to draw the leaves, using my skewer, I had a few smaller sections on my green Foamiran so I place my stencil on those places and just cut out the petal one by one, you can of course do this with the petals if you prefare,


Again  I hand cut around the drawn outline,

I added a little colour to the tips of the leaves at this stage before scrunching them also,

Fold as you did with the petals,

Then scrunch between your fingers,

Shown here is the look your after,

again stretch this in the middle easing it into shape,

Glue some wire onto the base of the leaf, 

Hold it down firmly for a few seconds for the glue to set, make sure you don't press directly on the glue though or you fingers will get burnt!! ( as I know) lol

After adding a calyx to the bottom of my Rose, I then added  some floral tape to my wires and glued my leaves in place,

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Well I hope you liked my Tutorial, any questions just ask,
Check out all the gorgeous creations my teamies have to show you on 14 Craft Bar blog and don't forget we will have another  Foamiran flower challenge going on too on the 14th, do check out the gorgeous Foamiran and all the other gorgeous products Agnes has in the 14 Craft Bar store,
Happy Crafting!!!