Saturday, 7 June 2014

Metal Flowers

Hi Everyone

Welcome to blog land again. 

Well I'm nearly at the end of my week off work and it's nice to say that I have managed to do some crafting. I can't believe the time has gone so fast. 

This is just a quick post to show what you can do with an empty beer/lager can. Once emptied (with the help of my husband) the cans were cut up using a sharp pair of scissors (don't use your best ones though). The cans were then embossed using Sizzix embossing folders and die cut with Tim Holtz Tattered Florals. 

The next step is to colour the pieces, I used alcohol inks and a little bit of Inka Gold for definition. Then it's a case of shaping and sticking together, I used a glue gun for this purpose and it works really well. The main thing to remember is to handle with care because the cans are very sharpe.

Once I had shaped the flowers I started to put the picture together, the background paper is a collage of pieces covered in Distress Paint 'Picket Fence' which has a nice translucent quality and then covered with some grunge paste through a rose stencil.

The tag was made using an Indigo Blu sentiment "Live Every Moment Laugh Every Day Love Beyond Words" which came with a recent Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine and layered on top of some white netting for dimension. Finally, a few butterflies and a dragonfly were buffed with Inka Gold and added to finish it off. 

I hope you like it, any thoughts or comments would be most welcome and don't forget if you try this watch your pinkies.

Thanks for taking the time to visit. 

Crafty hugs. xx

Monday, 2 June 2014

Sweet Lilac Flowers "Anything Goes"

I have looked on the Sweet Lilac website a few times but couldn't decide what flowers to get first because they are all so beautiful.  Imagine how thrilled I was last week to find out that I was the winner of a hamper of lovely flowers fom Jo Rice's Fussy & Fancy Blog Hop Candy. 

So here is my first make using these wonderful flowers. 

The background was made using the shaving foam technique and alcohol inks, I then stamped the Clarity stamps sentiment and Tim Hotz butterflies, added a bit of picked raspberry around the edge before matting and layering onto white and a cream base card. 

Finally, I added the beautiful Sweet Lilac flowers and I have to say I think the end result is stunning, the photo really doesn't do it justice. 

I am going to make this my first entry for the Sweet Lilac Blog Candi/Challenge (May/June), why not have a look at the blog and maybe enter yourself:

I hope you like it, thanks for taking the time to pop by and any feedback would be much appreciated. 

Hope to see you again soon. 

Crafty hugs xx