Thursday, 28 July 2011

Shabby Chic Flowers Galore.............

Found a tutorial for making these type of flowers on You Tube so thought I would have a play. The YouTube videos show the flowers being cut out of material on the Cricut but as I don't have one of those I used two flower dies I have for the BigShot (The dies I used were Sizzix Flower A - 38-0724 and Sizzix Flower B 38-0722). You could also cut the flower shapes by hand as they can be cut quite roughly - nothing needs to be exact as they are shrunk and shrivelled up anyway.
All you need is some cheap synthetic material - I have tested it on cheap organza and cheap lining material and both worked very well.

These were the flower shapes I used - the largest one is about 10cm wide and the smallest about 8cm wide. For each flower I cut between 4 and 6 of each size (with the organza I cut 6 of each size - making 12 pieces for each flower and with the lining material I cut 4 of each size - making 8 pieces for each flower.)

I used one extra large brad for each flower (I sell these brads in the Scrapz shop - - pack of 10 for 40p - here )

I stuck some diamante on top of each brad so that the flower centre would look pretty - the next lot I do I will try glueing and sprinkling the brad with a toning colour glitter or maybe colouring the brad head with alcohol inks.

Next stack the layers of material together - all big ones at the bottom, followed by all the small ones - punch a hole in the centre and pop the brad through.
Fold the ends of the brad out so that you have something to hold with the pliers when you heat. A smaller brad might work but would be a bit more awkward.
Next you just start applying heat using your heat gun (the kind you use for embossing powders). Keep moving the heat gun over the surface so that you don't get too much heat in one place - the organza starts to shrivel quite quickly, whereas the lining material takes a little bit longer.
After I have heated it I separate all the layers by hand (some can melt together a little bit) and see if anywhere has been missed and needs anymore heat. The more you heat them the smaller they get but be careful you don't overdo it or the material melts and starts to look burnt. As you can see from the pics below it is easy to get a bit carried away and make loads lol.
I don't quite know what I am going to do with them all yet however they look fabulous on a card (that you are hand giving rather than posting) - they would also look good on a scrapbook page if you don't mind it being a bit bulky. My daughter came over yesterday (with my grandson who is 4 months old and absolutely adorable so I am still on a baby cuddle high at the moment!) - when she saw them she thought they would make lovely hair accessories or brooches or attached to handbags.

Thanks for looking.
x Karen

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Art Journal Page 3

That is it so far - trouble with it being a book where you can't remove the pages is I have to psyche myself up to begin a page - I find spreading loads of inks and paints onto paper that I know I can't throw away a bit scary LOL.

Thanks for Looking

x Karen

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Friday, 22 July 2011

Art Journal page 1

This year I started an Art Journal as I wanted something to keep (just about everything else I make such as cards, ATC's etc are given away so I wanted something just for me). I would love to be able to fill it with sketches and watercolours but unfortunately I can't draw.........yes, I know, just a minor flaw in the plan LOL.
Anyway I have started it and hope that as time passes my skills will improve (well I can dream - trouble is I am too impatient to learn properly - if I can't finish a page in an hour or two then I lose interest LOL)

Thanks for looking

x Karen

Thursday, 21 July 2011

I love Cooking nearly as much as crafting!

Yes it's true - I do love cooking nearly as much as crafting (eating it all comes in pretty high on the list too LOL).

It was my grandsons christening at the end of June so I had a great excuse to go overboard and make loads of cakes!

and here is my little angel - all sweaty and a bit hot and bothered as it was a boiling hot day (one of the few hot days we have had this summer).

Thanks for looking
x Karen

Wednesday, 20 July 2011


More cards I made a while ago. In fact I could probably post everyday for the next year on things I made in the last year and half since I last blogged - is that cheating to post stuff you made a while ago? Yep - probably but I know you will all forgive me :)

Thanks for Looking
xx Karen
And the winner for the Blog Candy is.......................................................
Mr Linky Number 12 - Chris
Let me know your address Chris and I will get your goodies posted ASAP.
Congratulations :0)
And for those who didn't win - many thanks for entering - we will have competitions and more blog candy very soon.
xx Karen

Monday, 18 July 2011

Blog Candy - if you haven't entered then be quick!

To win this lovely pile of gorgeous Blog candy all you have to do is enter your name and url (e.g. blog address or facebook address) in Mr Linky on the post below and then click to follow our blog and / or Like our facebook page. Draw will be on 20th July so be quick to enter. Thanks for entering and good luck :)

Monday, 4 July 2011


I have a lovely load of blog candy here for one lucky winner (draw will be made on 20th July).
To be in with a chance of winning all these lovely goodies please can you FOLLOW this blog, LIKE our facebook page, mention the blog candy on your blog and /or facebook page and add your details to the Mr Linky below (only UK residents to enter please).
Included is over 30metres of ribbon on a large hinged binding ring.
8 rubber stamp plates (including Lost Coast Designs - Praying Angel Rubber Stamp and 7 Innovative Stamp Creations plates as pictured)
6 Diamante ribbon buckles
8 Key tassels
K&Co Chipboard Tag embellishments
Imagination Project Chipboard Save the Date Coasters
Thanks for looking :)
xx Karen