Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Flower Challenge Reminder Anything Goes #9

 It's that time of the month when we remind you about the Flower Challenge
for this month.  Of course this month its our most popular:

You have another 10 days to get a card or project or two the challenge. 

This time I have used an image I coloured up during Kathy's 30 Day Colouring
Challenge and have been trying to decide what to do with it.

I decided she would look wonderful in a gold frame on a pink and white card base and after glueing  everything in place I realised the flowers  stopped short and it was very obvious, especially on the left hand side, something I could quite easily have drawn in myself as they are not hard flowers. So the card sat for quite a while half finished waiting for inspiration.

Inspiration came with the vellum gold foil sentiments, I had already added the top one 'oh happy day'
then came across the rose gold one in my stash and the 'birthday' and they just worked (for me) so I was happy. I love her eyes, her hair and the flowers. Sophie (my granddaughter is sitting with me as I type this telling me we are crafting buddies and my card is awesome and I love you too Nanny)

Anyway best go check out what the rest of the Design team have done at The Flower Challenge Blog and get further inspired and I look forward to seeing what you decide to add.

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

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Hooray Best Day Ever Three Cards Post

I decided I wanted to take part in the  Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge and time was running out.
It ends in five hours

I have a set of stamps I bought a very long time ago from Altenew and have never used so they have finally left the NBUS pile. I stamped them onto a number of patterned papers that resembled backgrounds that were perfect for succulents.

This one I loved, marble, perfect - Yes!!! I coloured with my Polychromo's and added
colour with my Coloursoft pencils from Derwent which is a greatly to boost the colours.

I was quite pleased with my colouring imagination as I dissent look at any succulents to see what colours I should be doing. I finished the card off with some vellum sentiments and an enamel dot to hide the glue.

This next card was stamped on a  whim. I saw the piece of
pattern paper and thought it would look cool with this particular succulent.

After colouring I really liked it. I added the vellum gold foil lips and sentiment and really
love the look. Its different. Don't know that it would fit a challenge but I enjoyed doing it.

I've used another of my watercolour backgrounds. Here I have blended pink from one end and blue at the other and ended up with a soft lilac in the centre. Used the rectangle stitched die to cut out the front panel then white cardstock for the Concord butterfly and white die cut 'fabulous.
Doesn't it look fabulous and can be used for so many different reasons.

This card is smaller than the others made as I had taped the card down and so the piece had sections that weren't covered in paint. I won't worry next time as they all straighten out ok and I like to be able to use the large die cuts.

Now for challenges:

Hooray Best Day Ever Card

With Love Card

Im pretty sure my butterfly and colours are all summer
and CAS but if not let me know and I will remove. Ta


Fabulous Card

I'm carer for my mum and dad who have dementia/Alzehimers and a daughter with
dual disabiltities. I needed something to sometimes loose myself in, I love colouring
and I love sharing what I do so its a win win situation. 

Hooray Best Day Ever Card

Cant think of any other challenges for the Succulents. Thanks so much for coming to visit. I hope you enjoyed your visit and come again soon.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Happy Birthday & A Card from Therese

It was my birthday last month and I received some fantastic cards from some fantastic friends in blog land. One of those cards is this one here from Therese from LostinPaper a fellow Aussie. If you have never been to her blog go check it out, she makes the most amazing cards and videos as is obvious with this card here. Who would think to stamp and colour onto pattern paper. I love it. I spend so much time looking at Therese's cards and adding them to my to do list then when I got the card in the mail it was like..... well here I am in front of you... do it. Then a  challenge came up asking for us to use pattern paper..... what could be better.

Now don't go to Therese's and not come back.

Isn't this amazing with the Penny Black mouse. 

Now we need to look at mine.

I'm still learning with these pencils and was probably a bit heavy handed but
I'm getting there. This was with Polychrome Pencils and used each colour to blend
the next rather than any blending solution.

As you can see up close I stamped my first bear a bit crooked but didn't notice
till I had finished colouring. Too late to start again.

I love the look, so simple to do and finished off with the Happy Birthday
die cut sentiment cut once in black and once in white fun foam.

Thank you so much for this wonderful inspiration Therese.  


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

Monday, 5 June 2017

Watercolour Backgrounds and Cards

This is a very photo post. I was trying to decide what to do for the
challenge this week for Muse Card Challenge.
Its Ardyth's Birthday 
We were told to pick one of Ardyth's cards
and CASE it. I  went to her blog MASKerade. Now if you
have never been there its time to go and look, she also has a Pinterest account
and Instagram. But you will find the same problem I had. There was
so so much Inspiration I kept changing my mind and then thinking no I'll do
this, then that.
Well I loved this card particularly
The colours (my favourite colours), the big white sentiment,
the white flowers and enamel centres. All so clean and crisp
and beautiful.

Of course I had to make some watercolour backgrounds, I did them with zigs
and of course I got distracted and made lots of different 3 colour mixes, then some rainbows
Then some loose mixes and all in all made a ton of extra watercolour backgrounds. Then I had
to decide on which backgrounds to use. The backgrounds I used are not in these photos
and I have not included all the cards, I ended up putting some aside. I also die cut a few different
flowers and butterflies and sentiments, all in white. Other ideas started buzzing around, watercolour
mixes for the flowers and butterflies and a bit of gold dipping or foiling and yes I stopped
before I lost sight of where I started.

This card was with a yellow and green zig blended toward each other with lots of
water till I got that third colour. Three stitched flowers and the 'Sunshine' sentiment.

Die cut with stitched rectangle die.

Added some green and yellow enamel gems.

Pink and Yellow and a little orange to blend these colours well.
Added die cut stitched butterflies and die cut the panel with stitched die.

Finished with 'birthday' diecut and stamped wishes.

Another panel with yellow, orange and pink zigs blended nicely together
with lots of water.

Die stitched rectangle cut again and stitched butterflies as well.
'Happy' Die cut and stamped birthday.

Last one green, blue and lilac zigs blended. The stitched rectangle
die again. Stitched die cut flowers with blue gems.

Die cut 'Hello' and all finished. What I have now are a wonderful collection of cards to give someone as a gift set. Such an easy design and love the crisp white sentiments and flowers/butterflies.

I can also tell you I could make a set of cards everyday for a year with the inspiration from Ardyth. The hardest thing is trying to do something from her inspiration but not  do exactly as it is. Ardith truly has a CAS style, a style that is easy to go with, totally.


I need to nominate one so I will go with the 'Hello'
card as I have taken Inspiration from Ardyth but also added
my own touch. 

Happy Birthday is vibrant summer colours
and butterflies all the things of Summer.

Sunshine watercolour card.

Birthday Wishes card.

Thank you so much for coming to have a look and I hope you come again soon.

The Flower Challenge #9 Anything Goes

Its time for another challenge to get under way.
The Challenge for June is probably one of our all time favourites
as its 'Anything Goes' as long as the flowers are the main feature
of the card.

For my card I have stamped and Zig watercoloured the Mama Elephant

Loooove this stamp, its so easy to colour. In this instance I decided
to fussy cut the flower and place on a vivid pink card base.

Here you can see all that beautiful glitter from the Wink of Stella on the flowers
and for the word I added glue to a glue pen then white fine glitter as some of my
watercolour had run into the letters and no matter how much I cleaned I could still
see a shadow. The glitter covers it perfectly.

I used my cutter to add some lines rather than cut. I love the look of the card.
It was really easy to fussy cut and the watercolouring was very relaxed. Single layer
dried then added a bit more colour, no worrying about shadows and depth.

Thanks so much for coming to have a look and I hope you come again soon.
Its time to go to The Flower Challenge Blog and check out what the other Design Team
members have been up to. Once there you can click on any name to go to their blog
and see the details on their cards.

I hope you all decide to add a card or two to this months challenge.


'Flowers and Friends make life a garden'
Flowers and a hello to a friend

Friday, 2 June 2017

Have A Fabulous Day

 I have two cards for you, both watercoloured with the same colours and
using the same stamps just I added to the second card with an additional
stamp. Once they were finished I couldn't decide which I liked best.

The second card was really my first card but after embossing and adding
the second layer of embossing I wasn't so happy with the idea.

I then made this card with no extra added.
These stunning stamps are from 'The Ton' called 'Marvelous Perfumes'
I have only used three bottles here as we all like that odd number
look. I also used the Rose Gold embossing powder from The Ton.
I have used my Zigs and Multimedia paper (I need to find a whiter
watercolour paper). Starting with deep pink and a bit of black to 
darken the first colour then pink, deep yellow to yellow. I loved playing with
 this mix.

This is the Challenge photo that inspired my ideas.
Those bottle are just so beautiful. The gold, the coloured glass
graduating along the bottles. So many wonderful ideas. Such 
beautiful inspiration.

I finished the card off with a gold embossed sentiment from the same
stamp set heat embossed on vellum and a few glass gems.

This was the original card and idea that I nearly tossed after adding the
lace embossing in gold as I felt it should have all been done in the same gold.
But I decided to watercolour and iron out my mistakes on this as a throw away.

The lace is a strip from a Penny Black stamp set called 'Lace Trims'
and it took a bit of fiddling around to place it within the bottles but I got there
finally. Did my watercolouring with my Zigs.

Gold embossed the sentiment on a strip of vellum. I was worried it was too small
to come out clearly but it has so Im happy with that.

Once I had finished watercolouring I changed my mind and decided I liked
the card again. So I just did both, then couldn't make up my mind so decided to share both.
Finished this one off with a few glass gems as well.


Donna Mikasa is such a wonderful inspiration.
Perfume is like a New Dress Card

After making all this shimmer and sparkle
I couldn't resist entering the Less is More
Challenge before it closes. 
Have a Fabulous Day Card

Have A Fabulous Day Card

Perfume is like a new dress card

Perfume is like a new dress card

Optional  Twist Create a Container
went without the twist.
Have a Fabulous Day card

Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you come again soon.