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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

ReminderPost The Flower Challenge #28 Pink & Grey

It's time for a reminder post. I am so loving this challenge, the Design Team have made another amazing collection of cards in Pink & Grey and I want to CASe them all. And the wonderful cards already entered for this month are making things very hard.

Now remember it is Pink & Grey which means all in stamped images, diecuts background should be in pink or grey with of course Neutrals also accepted.

My card this time I have used this amazing stamped bouquet of flowers from Stamplorations Its a Shery Russ stamp and I love it. No having to work out where the flowers go and they are just stunning. 


I have stamped in Memento Ink then coloured with Copics. This time in the pink RV range. Then I have used greys in C -cool range for the leaves to give a good contrast with the pink flowers.

I added a few very fine pink gems and a 'silver glitter diecut 'Celebrate'. think I might be pushing it with the silver but it did look good on the card.


Now its time to go check out what the Design Team have made over at The Flower Challenge then see if we have given you some ideas and join us before the 25th.





Saturday, 5 January 2019

The Flower Challenge #28 Colour Pink and Grey




I love this challenge, probably one of my favourites as pink and grey look 
so amazing together with flowers.

I have used a digital image from Poppy Power  I just love their flowers they 
are simply stunning. 

I printed to the size I wanted and added the sentiment that came with it. I have coloured with dark pinks for the flowers for this one using the range R81 R83 R85 R89 warm greys for stems and leaves
W-1 W-3 W-5 

A pale pink for the floral bands and some pink sparkle washi tape and gems.

 now it's time to go and check out what the rest of the Design Team have been up to then get yourself crafting in all this winter chill and make a pretty floral card to warm yourselves up.

Before you go check out the wonderful little collage Vivienne put together with my favourite 4 cards from challenges in 2018. I think watercolouring with the Zigs was a winner last year especially on those large flower stamps. It was so hard to decide.


Alright..... now you can go to The Flower Challenge and see what everyones been doing.
Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope to see lots of you in 2019.
Actually I already have a couple of posts ready to go xxx Aileen


Challenges:













Friday, 4 January 2019

Three Fairies and a Dog!!!!

 I'm starting this year off in the right way. I am getting stuck in and using stamps I have had in my NBUS pile or are recent acquisitions. 
The fairies,  flowers and mushroom are from the latest Hero Art Kit (Decembers one) and has been a very popular hit with everyone. As soon as I saw it I could image lots of different cards perfect for my granddaughter to use for friends birthdays.
  I usually take so long to get my kits that everyone has shown what they can do and are busy looking at the next kits sneak peaks so inspiration sort of comes and goes before I can use. This time there is still lots of activity going on and I can see why. Its cute and pretty and just perfect for little girls.

I hope you can handle the number of cards that are going to come your way from just this kit. Today I have two using the three fairies, the daisy, mushroom and one sentient.
On this card I also used a new die that arrived yesterday from Sugar Pea Designs Isn't it amazing, the swirl of stars and wee little dots. I angled it off the edge as it was a bit long for the scene I had stamped but it still looks perfect. Added some silver glitter paper behind for sparkle.


I have coloured with Copics and Im in love with the dark blue Copic mix, new to me.
B99 B21 B24 and when finished I added sparkle with the gel pen that came with the stamps and dies to the wings of the fairies and in dots to the front of the bodice of the blue dress. I also added a little grey to the underside of the daisy as I dropped the daisy stamp and it left a faint shadow.
The sentiment is perfect for it. This is also all one layer which is amazing for me, no splotches or extra ink marks.


This next one is also one layer and after colouring the fairy and mushroom I masked and blended inks for background. I stamped the fairy first, then masked her and then stamped the mushroom.
You can see the sparkle on the wings from the Glitter Gel Pen that comes with the kit.
I blended distress  oxide as its so easy to get a smooth blend. I added a mask made from
a acetate sheet that I cut on the Scan n Cut with a rectangle shape. I have half a dozen sheets with different sized rectangles on them, they are great for masking and can just be wiped down after use.



I decided to leave a gap between the colours as I had seen this done and really loved the look. Sorry cant offer credit there as I have looked at so many cards it would probably take me a week to find the person again.  Anyhoooo finished off with die cut 'happy birthday' and some pretty little rainbow coloured gems. Very happy with it.


This final is a quicky card with a little puppy I had previously coloured, fussy cut. I think it maybe Whimsey stamp but will need to check. The birthday sentiment I have had forever, its not available anymore sorry.

 I stamped on the red cardstock with VersaMark ink and a background stamp with honeycomb look but it really doesnt show up well in these photos. It looks amazing IRL and has a dark contrast more like maroon to the red cardstock. I thought the image perfect as I had coloured him playing with red paint.

Okay thats it for today other than another family share.
My oldest grandson Keegan 16 years came and stayed for a week and my youngest Grandson Koby at 10 weeks enjoying lots of cuddles.


thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.


Challenges:

Never Stop Dreaming




Happy Birthday Fairy & Mushroom



Without the Topping Happy Birthday Fairy & Mushroom




Happy birthday Puppy




I was unable to attach button, sorry.

Never Stop Dreaming, 
Stamps and Die new.




Never Stop Dreaming




Happy Birthday Puppy


















Monday, 31 December 2018

A look back at 2018

It's been very quiet here on my blog this last month barely managing a couple of posts for December.

I hit a wall early this month and found I just could not get past it.
 Each time I went in the craft room to make a card I just felt overwhelmed. Maybe because I had coloured so much and made so many backgrounds and diecuts and it looked like Christmas wonderland but I think more likely it was just a reaction to how life has changed over the last 12 months.  
Life has been a little harder this year and I began to feel that the joy had been taken from it. 
Then we welcomed our wonderful new grandson in October and the downward spiral came to a stop.





Koby at 9 weeks.

I couldn't resist adding this one, he is only 3 weeks here
but looks so funny in his old mans hat.

Dale, Elysha and Aaron
Mason, Keegan, Koby & Sophie 
Christmas eve was an amazing fun filled night.
I wish all my kids and grandchildren could be there and mum and dad but I am learning to take what I can get and enjoy every minute of it. And I wish they had called me in when they took this photo so I could insist the girls be in it too.  
Keegan is my oldest grandchild and at 16 is now the tallest in the family. This Christmas he came to stay for the week before and it was lovely to have him there, cooking with me, shopping, chatting and spending quality time with John. He and Elysha have a bond that is amazing to see.


Sophie joined little Nippers this year and dances and sings her way through
the day. But best of all she loves crafting, card making and got her first craft bag full of 
goodies for Christmas and listened attentively to every direction on how to clean stamps
etc. She gazes at my craft room with stars in her eyes but is now happy that she has 
her own stuff. 

I love this photo because it catches Mason perfectly. My little monkey
I look after him during the week and we love racing cars and trains
and have found we love using the racing track that spits the cars out at a rapid
speed especially if we can get 5 or 6 cars going at the same time
causing a lot of noise, crashes and cheering from us and makes us feel good.
Then theres trips to the park, TV time and snuggles, lots of snuggles.
I only have one more year then he will be off to school. 

Jake is now 11 years old and has slowed down a bit. 
Signs of arthritis in the back legs and some days are not so great.  
He not only goes to visit at Elysha's different programs putting up with being patted and cuddled by all there, but now also visits with mum and dad at the Nursing home and patiently sits and gets patted by anyone who stops by.  He makes a lot of people very happy. He makes us very happy.


Well not card related but some happy snaps I hope you enjoyed.

See you in the New Year

Aileen




Sunday, 16 December 2018

Reminder Post The Flower Challenge #27 Use an Old Stamp or Die


It's time for some more inspiration for our latest challenge. I missed the deadline for the start of the challenge having picked up some bug that put me out of action for a short time. Luckily there are so many wonderful ladies on the Design Team with inspiration for you it didn't cause a problem.

I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who will recognise this stamp from Hero Arts 'Delicate Blossoms' and it comes with this flower group and a smaller group. I couldn't find a link for Hero Art store but lots of other places had it. 
It is in with some of the first flower stamps I bought. I find it so easy to colour whether Copic or pencil or watercolour and always turns out perfectly. In this instance I have coloured with Copics and finished off with some Wink of Stella.

Check out the sparkle.  I have then added to the card base.

It was slightly narrower than the card base and rather than cut the base down I added some white and gold washi tape on the left. Finished the card off with the 'Awesome' die cut in gold mirror card with a vellum layer and a few sequins from a pretty mix of browns/pinks.


Now its time to go and check out the cards from the rest of the Design Team and get some amazing inspiration. I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Chocolate Boxes Galore


This post is photo heavy.
It's all about these Triangle Boxes I made, 120 of them all up. I could have probably done with another 70 but I cant afford anymore so this will have to do. I decided to do these as I have not made the Christmas Cards I wanted to make for the Nursing Home mum and dad live at. I started out with good intentions but got a bit carried away with my colouring for the 30 Day Colouring Challenge concentrating on colouring and not making. Then I got sick and realised I just couldn't do it.
My solution was to make these super quick boxes using up all my Christmas pattern paper and when that ran out I moved onto pink and gold pattern paper.

These were the steps:
I cut up piles of pattern paper at 10 x 5". This size holds 15 with room to spare Hershey Kisses. I only wanted to add 10 so could have gone smaller but I didn't know that till the chocolate arrived.

If you decide to go smaller do in exact half so
10 x 5"
8 x 4"
6 x 3" etc


After cutting shape I did a centre fold on all. Then marked the fold with a pencil mark on the inside at 5" and on the width at 2.5". I used this board for marking the inch fold marks as it has more lines and easier to find that 2.5" but when doing the traingle lines


 I used a white pencil for darker cardstock and a grey for my lighter cardstock.

I used this score pal because it had less lines and a centre line that was easy for me to follow. You place the point of the 2.5" fold on this main line then turn your pattern paper till the 5" mark is along the same line then you can score each one forming a triangle.

You dont have to use different score boards, I did because I had both and the second one is in centimetres and I wanted inches. Also I used the second one for the triangle scoring as its less busy and my eyes really struggle with working out line flow. It was easier for me.

I then folded all the triangle folds and just stacked up.

I borrowed this Crop-o-dile from a friend. I did have a very small circle punch but it cut right up near the top and I worried it would tear during tie off. If you have a small stapler you could probably use that to secure the sides and attach the ribbon instead but that would mean cutting the ribbon to size then in half for each side.

First I added tape on the one side on each triangle - the first time I used just cheap tape but found it didn't always hold so well so on the last lot I used this double hold Red tape and you can just see the strip down the side.

I used up one roll on 40 boxes, I had it there so not concerned about using it up. Much better hold.

I used the 4th large line marking on the large punch side as my guide for placement when punching.

Here you can see I have punched the hole on one side of all. The side with the tape as it holds it in place.

I then held the pieces crossed over to punch the second side. Make sure cross over is tight in triangle shape.
 Then added ribbon, I used up what ever I had on hand that looked Christmasy in one way or another. I used up lots of ribbon I tell you.

Then I added a line of glue to the side with no tape. I used a quick drying glue and this example is over glued. I really only needed a thin line.
The glue I used meant I only needed to hold pressed together for a few seconds.

Then it was time to add the Hershey Kisses. Ahh the smell was amazing. This is 660. I had to order the same again to fill all my boxes.

10 kisses in each and plenty of room left. If you wanted it to look fuller could always add a little tissue paper at the bottom first or make smaller or add more chocolates, but when I tied off I felt they looked and felt fine.
Here's a couple tied off and with little tags added. I also added some wooden embellishments I had that I had never used and snowflakes to make more Christmasy but added these after the photo session.

This lot was the first ones filled and all Christmas pattern paper. Now of course I need to buy more lol. I have used up a ton of pattern paper and ribbon and tape. My only real expense was the chocolates and what is that in the larger scheme of things.

We will have some on the table when we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve and Elysha will take some for staff at her day program but the bulk of them will go with me on Christmas morning for Staff and residents at the Nursing home dad is in and  the Cottage mum is in. This way we make sure everyone is remembered on Christmas day.

Now to just finish those Christmas cards for Family and friends. That needs to be done by tomorrow evening or no one will get before Christmas. 

So how many other people out there who craft all year are in the same predicament. I have to start earlier......now where have I heard that before????


xxxx Aileen