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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Summer Time

Hi guys, it's time again for the new release inspiration over at 
This time I've used this fabulous image called

I thought this would make a wonderful image to use on a gift bag, as in a  gift for a spa day, retirement or a Summer birthday,

I've coloured her with distress re-inkers then used some papers, lace and flowers from my stash to match the colours,  
Do check out this and all the other gorgeous images in this and the other releases,
We also have a challenge over on the blog every month on the 15th, why not come and join in the fun with us,
See you Soon,
Hugs Liz xx

Friday, 18 August 2017

Foamiran Frilly Roses Tutorial - part two

Hi guys, I'm here with part two of my Foamiran Frilly Roses tutorial for you, part one was posted yesterday if you would like to watch that first,

Closer View

Yesterday I showed you how to shape the petals for the smaller bud type and middle sized flower,
today I will show you the size of petals I used for the larger one and how I put them together,

So the largest flowers used petals 3.5cm x 3.5cm and 4 x 4.5, again these were drawn by me and then used as a template to cut round the foamiran,

Take a piece of wire, I have used some wire my hubby gave me but you can buy wires for flowers,

At one end form a loop with a pair of pliers or if your wires thinner use your fingers, don't use too thin of a wire if you wish your roses to stand up straight as mine are in a vase,

To this add some glue from your glue gun,

Take one of your smaller petals and add the glued wire to one side as shown,

Make sure it is in the correct place and held firm,

Add some more glue to the inner part of your petal,

Then wrap the petal around the wire and glue into place,

Sorry for the slightly blurred photo's hubby was helping me and his arms were beginning to ache, lol

Add some glue to begin your next layer, adding the glue where the edge of the petal finished,

 Sorry ignore the petals on my mat, I hadn't realised they were in the photo till later, so take your next petal and place the middle of it on to the glue you just added,

Then glue the edges of this petal down too,

Keep repeating this step till you have quite a few petals attached,

Doing exactly the same way of adding the petals, it is so hard to show you in step by step where you are of course missing bit's but I hope you are still with me,

Here the petal has been glued and I am about to glue the edge in place,

If a petal seems to be unstuck or I have been heavy handed with the glue I sometimes use a wooden skewer to help hold the petal so I don't burn my fingers!!! lol

Of course I then carry on adding more petals in the same way but at this stage only adding glue to the base of the petals, I go with how the flower is looking not by how many petals I have added,

Here you can see it beginning to come together a little, by only gluing the base the flower has more form and isn't just a tight bud, you can of course keep them tight if that's the look your after,

So again only gluing at the base of the petals I add more layers, nip the base together with your fingers occasionally to give some shape,

I check to see how it's looking and how many more petals I wish or need  to add, I would probably added a couple or so more here if I was making a small type rose head, as shown on my finished flowers above!!

For the  middle sized  flower I would add more petals of the smaller size, in exactly the same way, then add the next size up coloured on the edges only, ( Sizes given on my first Tutorial, shown yesterday)

aFor the largest flower head, at this point I start using the larger petals only coloured on the petal edges,

This gives a lovely two tone look to the flowers, add a couple or more layers then...

Again check to see how your flowers looking,

The underneath view!!

This is coming along nicely, you can slightly shape it by cupping it in your hands or fanning out the petals from the middle to the outside too if needed,

Of course remove any glue strings too, I always seem to see them more on my photos then on my flowers, lol

I then finish off my flowers with some Olive green Foamiran in 0.6, this can take the Iron,

So basically I hand cut  my flower  Calyx's out of a square of Foamiran, I will do step by step of this another time as hubby is fed up!!! lol
But this is the look your after, I then add some colour on the edges and heat them on a moderate iron for a few seconds then scrunch them up as shown on the left one,

As you see the curl up beautifully, slightly uncurl them, not too much and glue onto the base of your Roses,
I glue them near the wire and  and a little way down the petals, again I will show you that at a later date if needed, just let me know!!! I then give the pointed outer edges a final twist with my fingers,

To finish them off I added some floral tape to my wires and some hand cut leaves,
Well I hope you have enjoyed my tutorials, any questions just ask, see you soon,
Happy Crafting!!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

My latest Foamiran Frilly Roses with two part Tutorial - Part one

Hi guys, I've made some roses out of some of the fabulous Zephyr Silk Foamiran which I bought from Noor design UK,
It's the first time I've tried this type of Foamiran and I love it, it's so easy to use and my fingers didn't hurt quite so much either, lol
I have made a step by step tutorial for you, as I had at least one person say they liked that I did step by step, unfortunately I couldn't access her blog as she's on Google plus and my Google Chrome doesn't allow me to have access unless I join Google plus, which I don't use, so Hi and sorry I couldn't let you know I was about to do this!!! lol

So here are the finished flowers

Closer view

I have so many photo's I think I will need to do two posts, so this will be the first,
I used some of my own templates for the petals, I am rubbish at cutting the petals straight out of the foamiran so I draw them first onto graph paper then cut round these as a template,

My smaller petals are 3cm x 3cm and the larger of these two are 3.5cm x 3.5cm
These petals I used for the bud sized flower and the middle sized flower,

I coloured the petals with a Gallery  Soft pastel Olive Green 040, the pastel looks  Olive green but when added to my foam with a slightly damp wet wipe  they came out looking this lovely lemony colour,

The smaller of the petals I coloured the fronts and backs half way down the petals, the larger ones I used the same colour and only coloured on the edges of the petals as shown, around 20 petals each,

Remember silk foam doesn't need an iron so I placed one of the smallest sized petals on a cheap washing up pad which I have covered with a dry old wet wipe, this helps keep the pad stay clean, helps remove the petals and can be replaced when needed, lol
Take a metal ball tool and using the largest end, sorry not sure what size that is, press down on the petal,

Yes it is in there, honest!!!

I move my ball tool around the petal a few times,

Even scrunching up the foam pad to create more creases,

This is the finished look to the petal, I find doing this makes it easier for me to scrunch the tops of the petals together, shown next,

So holding the petal between your fingers start folding the tip of your petal together,

As you can see the base end is still unfolded, 

I usually hold this end tight with my thumb and roll the tips of the scrunched end between my finger tips of my other hand,

I do this twisting and slightly stretching the petal a few times,

Till this effect is seen,

You then take the petal and slowly stretch the middle section out with your fingers in the middle part of the flower petal, avoiding the tops,

Till your petal looks similar to this,

Repeat for all your smaller  petals,

Next take your larger petals and the same foam pad, but this time using a larger ball tool, before I bought this I used a bulb which was in my husbands shed, (he said it was a bulb used in a car) any bulb will do if it's the correct size, do be careful if you do use a bulb though as they are fragile being made out of glass,

Again I do all the same things, moving my ball tool around the petal a few times,

Till it looks similar to this, as you can see this petal isn't quite as scrunched up, but it still helps to fold the petal together at the top, I have slight arthritis in my fingers so any help is welcome!!! he he

This is the look of the scrunched petal which your after,

So again start stretching carefully the foam in the middle with your fingers, I find the Silk Foam lighter and much easier to stretch, so use very light hands,

These are the finished petal look your after, you can if you wish on the edges of some of the larger petals slightly roll back the edges on the sides as shown, you do this by rolling your fingers from the front of the petal to the back on the edge,

So I think that's enough for this post, in my next one I will show you how I start to make the flowers and add the petals,
If you have any questions, or would just like to say a few words, please feel free to leave me a comment or two, lol
Back tomorrow with my next installment,
Happy Crafting!!