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Friday, 22 April 2011

Flowers for Friends

Have been looking through the new Floral Punch Craft book (IX, blue cover) by Leone Em and made these two large flowers at The Glitter Pot a couple of weeks ago. I love the Gerbera though it did take a lot of fiddling about with lots of different sized circles and plenty of cut up petals from the Woodware purple sized daisy punch.

We used black flock for the centre of the Gerbera and for the Marguerite Daisy we used yellow fluffy stuff from Woodware. Fluffy stuff makes great centres for big flowers. It comes in a bottle with a variety of colours, squeeze some out onto your flower centre and heat it with a heat tool till it doubles in size, allow it to set though it won't go really hard it does remain 'puffed' up providing the cat doesn't walk on it!!



Bubble Butterflies in Wickford

Last weekend I drove up to Wickford in Essex to do a demo at In2Crafting and to see Rene and John in their 'newish' shop. It was very impressive and they have a good range of craft products. I bought a brad making set. It included three circle punches, lots of fancy silver coloured brads and clear adhesive dots to cover the design of your choice (you punch an image out of paper, cover the brad and then a dot). I do love buttons, brads and bling on my cards!

On the demo I used my bubble butterfly sets and showed a keen group of customers how to use black shrink plastic, ideas with the stamps and ways to decorate them. I also made some big flowers from scallop circle punches which proved very popular!

If you are in the area why not stop by and visit In2Crafting, its right in the centre of Wickford near the Co-op in the Ladygate Centre. They have a great workshop area upstairs and also sell model kits for the men in your life. Don't forget to visit the bakery round the corner!

Here is an example of my 'single' big butterfly stamp and how it looks al 'blinged' up! The wording stamp is from my Woodware Essential Birthday set. Have fun searching for lots of gems, brads and buttons to fill your circles. In2Crafting have quite a lot to inspire you.



On the allotment

On the allotment
Another stamp inspiration?