Purple Hues and Me

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Share It 31 Sunday Feature

Great News -   I won!!!  My Twisted Foam Flower is being featured this week on SHARE IT SUNDAY LINK Party!!! What an honor it is to be selected among so many talented people!  I also get to Co-Host the party, so be sure to check out Share It Sunday - a site that offers lots of give a-ways, freebies and best of all, a great place to meet and share your creations!

SHARE IT 31 + feature: Twisted, Painted Craft Foam DIY Fall Flowers
Hello everyone! Thank you all for sharing with us last week, and welcome back to those who were on vacation! It's time for our weekly SHARE IT fest to share and review of what we've all been up to. I love visiting all of you and am pleased that this week I actually found time for that, to leave some messages with you all and to pin my favorites... Thank you. Thank you.

How to Participate, Get Featured Next Week and Get Free Advertising & Promotion

As you know, we have adopted the party etiquette of The Creative Muster which is loaded of giveaways and freebies for you, but also asks you to be a more active participant.

SHARE IT - Linky Party Etiquette

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SHARE IT Linky Party Badges

You can grab your party badge to post on your blog, or just use a text link. That's fine too.
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Party Host

As per always, your party host is Rose, from Fine Craft Please follow me. Here are my social media buttons:

Party Co-host

From Purple Hues and Me, Featured at This week's linky party winner is Gail from Purple Hues and Me. Please follow her too. You'll find her social media buttons on her blog, as well as the party feature...

This Week's Party Feature

Gail, from Purple Hues & Me, is simply amazing. I had to do a double-take on her project to fully realize that her absolutely stunning DIY Fall flowers are made with dollarstore craft foam. Yes really. Don't you just love the hues she managed to create? And on her blog she shares how you can create those lovely twists and curves in the foam to shape really realistic, magnificent craft flowers. Gorgeous, isn't it?! Don't you too want to go dig into your craft cabinet to see if you have any old craft foam that you could transform! Well, it did have that effect on me! Have a close look of Gail's absolutely stunning DIY Fall Flowers!!!

DIY Fall Flowers with Craft Foam

DIY Fall Flowers with Twisted, Painted Craft Foam, by Gail from Purple Hues and Me, featured at
See more photos and get the how-to.

SHARE IT 31 - linky party

This week's party is here. You can use the social media buttons on each image to share your submission on social media and pin your idea. Thank you again for partying with us!! I appreciate you sharing your wonderful ideas. The party isn't the same without you.
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Friday, October 2, 2015

Fall Burlap Hydrangea Flowers Wreath

I was inspired to make this wreath after I saw one on Birch Lane pictured below.

Birch Lane Source
I had everything I needed to make my version. And that consisted of different shades of burlap fabric, mod podge to make the burlap stiff, grapevine for the wreath base, a large flower punch, scissors, hot glue, and puffy paint.

To begin, I had pieces of grapevines left over from other projects and I wrapped them into a circle.

Next, I applied mod podge to several different colors of burlap that I had left over, too, and let dry for a few hours.

Then, I began the task of punching out the flowers.  Since my hand was still sore, it was easier for me to sit in a chair in my garage and punch out the flowers using my feet.  It took me about a total of two hours to punch out all of the flowers used and it was great exercise - something I really need!

 The punch was a EK large flower pattern, and I had to apply a lot of pressure to cut out the burlap flowers evenly.

I used an old measuring spoon from powder plant food and my thumb to shape the stiff burlap flowers since I didn't have any embossing tools.

Next, I cut out pale green burlap leaves using a hydrangea leaf pattern I found online.

And glued them on around the grapevine wreath.

Then I began gluing on the flowers. 

Once all the flowers were glued on, I added dots of puffy paint to the center of the flowers.

  You can hardly see the first set of leaves, so I added more for a fuller look.

The Birch Lane wreath is listed for $85.00.  It did not get good reviews.  One person said it was a waste of money and the other person said it was not as pictured.  I think my wreath looks adorable and it was virtually free since I used leftover materials from other projects.

Take a little time to enjoy

Happy Crafting!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Mesh Tubing and Ribbon Decorated Pumpkins

Want to learn another way to use mesh tubing using the Bowdabra?   I'm over at showing you how to make exquisite fall bows to add to your pumpkins or Autumn d├ęcor.  Get all the details in my easy to follow tutorial on Mesh Tubing and Ribbon Decorated Pumpkins!

Have Fun & Keep Crafting!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Twisted Foam Fall Flower

I want to share with you this fall flower I made out of foam sheets to compliment a huge pumpkin I am decorating with bows and embellishments for a post at where I'm on the designer team.
The flower was so easy to make but a bit time consuming since I twisted all of the petals to help form their shape and texture.  

But to back track a bit,  I started with bright orange and yellow foam sheets out of an assorted pack from the Dollar Tree.  These foam sheets are much thinner than the usual ones found in most craft stores.

To begin, I cut out 2 inch wide strips .  .  . 

dividing the strips into two sections for the largest petals, three sections for medium size petals and four sections for the smallest petals.

Next, I cut out the petal shapes, saving all of the scraps.

 Then, to add texture, fold the petals in half .  .  .

and start twisting from end to end!
You can even crumble and twist together*, too!
*try doing this to music while you craft!!!!

It's fun to open each petal to see the texture and shapes created!

Have fun twisting the scraps, too! 
 They'll be used for the center of the flower.

Next, ball up a piece of foil and place in the center of a small piece of yellow foam.

Wrap  and stretch the foam around the foil and insert a floral stem in the center using glue to adhere.

Begin gluing on the twisted scraps around the foam ball.

Once all of the twisted scraps are glued on, begin gluing on the smallest petals, slightly overlapping around the base of the flower center.

Continue gluing on the petals by size  .  .  .

first, small - next, medium and finally, large -

until you're satisfied with the spacing and look.

To tone down the bright orange and add shades of autumn, wet a small sponge and smooth on yellow and plum acrylic paint mixed with a little water
for some fall vibrant hues.

Fall flower in different lighting .  .  .

and on the pumpkin!

Be sure to check out my post on decorating a pumpkin including this flower here.

                       Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!