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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Playing with my Melt Pot.

Hi Folks! Once again I have been a bit remiss in doing my Blog Posts.  Surely you can forgive me as I have had a good reason...the SUN has been shining!  I have also been doing a bit of landscaping in my new garden (with the help of my husband and son.  They do all the donkey work...I just point and tell them where to put things, I was allowed to plant the bulbs though)

I have to admit that I haven't made many cards this month but I have been playing with my Melt Pot.  I have been making moulds from some of the embellishments I have in my craft stash and practising my technique of pouring the UTEE in them.  So far I feel they are not up to sharing...a few air bubbles got missed here and there but I am getting better, will share when I feel they are up to scratch.

But what I am proud of is the flowers that I have made using two new dies from Sizzix.  I got a load of new things from their recent sale, saved over a £120 BARGAIN.

I used Rose 3D 658504 to make this lovely rose. 
Designed by Emma Burns, Handmade in Scotland,

It is a spiral die and very easy to use.  I added a couple of leaves  from my stash - a Marriane Die - coloured them with a Pro Marker before sticking them to the back.  I then dipped them in my Melt Pot.  Not bad for a first attempt me thinks!

Susan's Garden Mini Lily 658408

I then went on to make these two lovely Orchids.  I started with white paper and coloured the petals and leaves with a Pro Marker.  The only thing I didn't like was the stamen part of the die so I decided to use some of my wire that I still have from when I used to make flowers from Petal Paste.  The wire has a coating on it that you can colour with pens like the Pro Markers.  I just folded the wire over ( concertina ) and then snipped the folds at one end.  I bent the ends over and coloured the tips with a brown Pro Marker.  Using the wire made it easier to glue into the middle of the flowers too.

Designed by Emma Burns, Handmade in Scotland,

So now I am going to have a play and see what flowers I can produce from these dies as I have had a request to decorate some boxes with them.  I have one more post to write for today and then I had better get a move on as I still have a challenge to enter too, running out of time this month.  Note to self...get organised girl!

I would love to hear what you think about my flowers, all comments welcome especially if you have any tips to pass on.

Happy Crafting!

Emma xx