Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Three cards in the one Post

My apologies if you have already seen this post just wanted to add some challenges otherwise no changes.

Three card of course that means lots of photos and I better hurry up because one Challenge is about to close off and of course I love those ones.
I absolutely love

Its so stunning and I just love this colour mix but of course I went off to my craft room and cut out a few tags and started blending. I think I need to hire someone to say 'stop Aileen, enough... ENOUGH.
I always need to add just a bit more. Don't get me wrong I love what I ended up with but I really did love the colour of the inspiration tag so I think I need to go back and try again. Another day.

I loved everything about Carol's card so I stayed close to just gave my own spin.
I have a number of stencils that need to be used so out came this one for the first time (my goodness I cant believe this is the first time I have used it, look at it, so much can be done with this).
I lightly blended with Spun Sugar and a touch here and there of Worn Lipstick and finished off with some gold embossing paste. Its one of those things that looks much more impressive IRL as the camera is focusing more on the tag.

For the tag I added a bit of Lemonade, Abandoned Coral and Worn Lipstick, so well blended you can barely see any colour difference.
Added a wee bit of ribbon as I had punched the hole at the top of the tag. I just tucked and glued the ribbon at the back of the tag.I so enjoyed my last time with washi tape and die cut this time I did a 
Paper Smooches Butterfly then finished off with the wonderful sentiment.

The sentiment nearly ended in disaster as I decided to use the Misti and Stazon Ink for lining up. Of course for some obscure reason I lined up the tag but didnt put to the edge of the Misti. With me here....well then I inked up the stamp, pressed down and when I lifted the stamp lifted with the tag stuck to it..... so of course I could never line it up again. Barely inked so I had to sit there and go over the stamped image with a black fine line pen. 
What I didn't realise and am sharing with you: if your card stock is quite heavily blended withDistress Ink and you want to add the sentiment the same day the stamp will pull at the cardstock as it is quite tacky. So let your carsick dry out over night or use different ink.

Next card is a Mothers Day card for my granddaughter to give her mum. This is a Penny Black stamp and so cute and so easy to colour.

I coloured with copics and added Glossy Accents to the Hearts bursting out of the envelope.

If you look closely I also added some heart gems I have. They are so pretty and work in perfectly with this stamp.

One bigger heart at the top and stamped the sentiment. Finished and will give this to 
Sophie to give to her mummy on the 8th.

Last but certainly not least a water colour using the  Hydrangea stamp from Ellen Hudson.

This time I haven't die cut but did cut with the scalpel along the top of the bloom and then tucked in two of the die cut leaves. I love this look, its just different.

I was happy because I managed to keep my colours light, mix of pinks and yellows, meaning some came out looking orange.  Love the softness of this and of course it will look perfect beside my Rainbow Hydrangea in my garden.

I had some loose petals that also come with the stamp and dies but I was not as light handed with those and they all looked too dark to have come from this flower.

So I finished this off with just a few sequins and a 'Happy Birthday' sentiment.

There it is three cards, there are actually another two that are very similar to my first card as I produced in bulk  but decided to leave aside for another day.

Now to link these up before that challenge closes. Actually just to be safe I will probably just link the one and come back for the others tomorrow or I may miss the challenge all together.

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

This is my first time entering this challenge. Its worth checking out and going and 
seeing the wonderful inspiration there.

Linking up the Birthday Card with the big flower.

Mothers day Card

Monday, 25 April 2016

Being Unique is Better than being Perfect

I just couldn't let the Muse Challenge pass without making a card for it. 
I was totally inspired by Tracey McNeelys' card. 

Its bright and Spring in feeling and the sentiment is wonderful. I tried to lay the flowers out in a similar fashion and kept the greenery minimal. 
I do have some stamp and die sets but they weren't right for my interpretation. I know I haven't layered my flowers with inking but in layout so I hope thats okay. (I have only just realised I had interpreted the challenge wrong not reading but looking at the card so it may not be right for the challenge.....ahhh well, we can but try).

This wonderful set of flowers from Happy Little Stampers was sitting waiting for me to ink it up.

I inked up a page of flowers and leaves, coloured them all different colours
 then selected from them. Aren't they stunning!!
So much potential but here I decided just to go copic and bit of Wink of Stella 
and the centres filled with Glossy Accents. You cant see the Wink of Stella like 
I can but you know its there.

I had to be quick and careful with the photos of the card standing as I had
only just added the Glossy Accents and it was just aching to run down the card.

And what could be better than this wonderful sentiment. A card for my darling
 daughter who is struggling with what life is throwing at her at the moment, and 
could do with a little pick me up.

Better go link it up before the Challenge closes

I also decided that since it was soft and floral it  could go in a couple of other challenges:

Thanks for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

You are incredible

Another background stamp that I love. This is a new one from MFT (My Favourite Things). I watched a video by Sandy Allnock Three Marker Challenge

And I also saw where the background was used to make a set of cards in Purple colours, pale green colours and the reds by another very talented lady but I am so sorry I cant find the piece of paper with the link to her blog or her name. If you see my card and remember me visiting your blog know that I am very grateful for the inspiration.

I used colours BG11 BG13 ad BG49. It was fun and relaxing doing this. Fantastic stamp for this technique. After colouring I then cut the panel in half.

I used my all time favourite colour combination of this green with soft purple cardstock.
 Attached the panel straight onto the card and decided to use the 'incredible' word die that I layered up three times. Stamped 'you are' in Stazon Ink and used the Misty as the cardstock has a weave that tends to resist the ink. This way I was able to stamp three times without having to worry about it not lining up.
My only disappointment in the photo is that the gem I have used looks pink in the photos but it is white and sparkly and picky up on the purple from the card but it doesn't show here.

I will keep the other half of the image for another card later. If you haven't done three marker colouring before this is a great image to start with as its quite repetitious and a good way to build up your understanding of light and shadows. I found it best to pick a bloom then concentrate on that bloom petal by petal working out the flow and direction. No expert but certainly enjoyable.

I saw the challenge over at

You don't have to use their stamps if you don't have them (which I don't sadly) but if you want there are digital images available or you can use any stamp as I have done. 

I have downloaded one to try, now I have done this one, it will just depend on this rotten cold I have and if I can get myself moving on it as there are only 6 days left to the challenge.

Then I saw this challenge and thought 'Favourite Colour Combo' fits the bill perfectly.

Nothing beats the colour combo I have used on this card.

Okay thanks for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Two Cards: Butterflies and more Butterflies

I am fighting a cold at the moment which means I don't feel like doing much but I have done a bit of colouring, stamping, watercolouring so decided to make some cards up today. 

After making them all I thought it would be best just to post two cards and save the others as I think I have missed most of the challenges I wanted to butterfly into. 

Just hold on a sec while I have a cough and empty the bucket I have secured under my nose for all the drips. Still got it even when I'm blah.

Okay lets get going.

Here we have three butterflies (Hero Art Digital) that I have merged in Photoshop with a bit of work as they are not png files for merging but jpg which means you literally have to rub out what you don't want to show on each layer then when finished merge. I then printed up on copic friendly paper and coloured with greens and yellows. A little bit of grey for shadow and a bit of glitter pen on the wings for shimmer. I did add some white dots but decided that I didn't like it so I went back over the dots with the copic markers.

I die cut the drawing with the rectangle stitched die then cut the gold spotted card with the same die so I could slop the coloured image straight into it.
Stamped 'you are my' in grey ink and attached the gold die cut 'sunshine'.

I am really happy with this card and how it turned out.


I'm looking at this card and wondering if its out of focus, I think it might be blurry, hard to tell till I post and enlarge the image.

Okay these are again digital Hero Art stamps that I brought into the same page and just adjusted the size to make it look like they are getting smaller as they fly away.
Coloured with copics, added shadows and those dots again I toned them down by going back over them with the copic colours.

Cut the panel thinner and added some green patterned paper I had, Finished it off with a gold die cut 'with love'. So thats my rainbow of butterflies.

Okay lets see if theres any challenges for these babies.

For this one I would like to enter the three butterfly card

Again my first card that has the dotty background.

My second card with the rainbow of butterflies. Brand new challenge
so if you have time please check it out.

The first card with dotty background for this challenge thank you.

The second card with the rainbow of butterflies.

I was unable to see if digital images that have been coloured in by
myself are eligible or not as some challenges don't allow digital.
Please let me know if this doesn't fit your challenge and I will remove.
I have entered the second card with the rainbow of butterflies.

Okay thanks everyone for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Just to let you know, I miss you.

I love this image and sentiment from Stamping Bella. If I had my way I would have them all. There is so much cuteness from this company and I love that their stamps always stamp so beautifully.

Now I'm going to share a giggle with you, don't judge me. Ok!! I think I still needed a coffee at the time. I was stamping the image then went to stamp the sentiment, now look at the sentiment again, OK. I looked at the packaging then at the sentiment and this is the thought process:

mmmm, must be faulty, the 'u' is missing there, ohh and there and there. I look at the packaging again where the sentiment says 'just to let you know I miss you' mmmmm
Might need to contact the company, maybe this was a faulty batch..........
kching, yes thats my brain clicking in
(silently laughing at myself) ohhh yeah  ' j st to let yo  know, I miss yo '
I even have admit I was thinking I can just draw the 'u' in till they send a new one.

Ok, ok stop laughing.

My first card I coloured my pig so bright it looked like they had been at the beach and had a realllllly bad case of sunburn. So bright they all badly needed their sunnies.
Scrap that lets start again.
This is my second one and I think I will probably need to work on my pig colour but was happy enough to go with this.They are all so cute. Copic colouring and glitter gel pens for the sunnie frames.

Used the dot style to put some grass on the ground. Talk about a cute easy one layer card.

Thanks for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Happy Birthday Butterfly

I have two cards to share today.

Very easy card here. Came together in a matter of minutes. Had already made the background you can see there on the inside of the card.

Beautiful stencil called Mini Peacock Pattern 6 x 6 (The Crafters Workshop). I did the blending using of course Distress Inks yellow and orange and used those little blending caps that fit on your finger (sorry cant think of the name of them). After I finished blending I sprayed with Shimmer Pearl spray.
I did this ages ago and it has just sat there waiting for inspiration and it came today.

I used my favourite Hero Art butterfly stamped and white embossed on watercolour paper. Then added water and zigs to colour till I was happy. The body is from a Die cut butterfly from Memory Box as it was available and there. coloured it grey with some copics.The butterfly is cut by hand, very easy one to cut out.

Decided to make half the card white cardstock and the other half of the front acetate so that the pattern inside showed through. Added the butterfly to the bottom edge, a 'Happy Birthday' sentiment die from Paper Smooches. Couldn't find that little dot for the 'i' so used a mini silver dot.

Very happy with the end result here.

My next card

I absolutely love how this one turned out. It truly doesn't show up in the photos how pretty and delicate it looks so you will have to believe me. This is the same background stamp I used for the watercolour resist but this time I stamped and embossed in white.

I then did a wash of Spun Sugar Distress Ink over the whole panel. And sat thinking what now. I got all my pink tones of Distress Ink out and just started painting on here and there, basically grabbing a bit of colour and then adding water and following the shape. It looks like a piece of material with this intricate delicate lace over the top. I tried not to overthink it and just went with what I felt.

To finish it off I die cut the 'Be you tiful' sentiment out of the watercolour panel and again in silver mirror cardstock (used a scrap of cardstock so will go to the playground and play I think) and inlaid the silver version. I added then removed gems and sequins. It was just too pretty to need anything else.

I saw a challenge that is on here in Australia and their inspiration board is what got me going

The softest of pinks, lace, white, delicate.

Then there is the playground which I love to visit when I can.

Thought I would share a happy shot.

Elysha, her twin Aaron and my grandson Keegan who is
only 14 but already up there with Aaron. Went to Canberra for the day 
to watch the football. Aaron & Elysha team against Keegans team meant someone
had to be a winner and someone a looser. Lucky Keegan doesn't take
the sport to heart like Aaron.

Thanks for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.