Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Birthday, Miss You & Hugs

I have so many images coloured that I decided I needed to get some cards made just so I feel as though I have accomplished something. I've been so busy moving craft stuff around, reorganising, labelling etc then colouring but not finishing cards off. I felt like I was avoiding this so it was time to get some actual cards done.

New stamp set, so very sweet with the little girls with the dogs and sympathy sentiments.
Stamped then coloured with Copics, nice clean design.

I then decided to add glossy accents to the hearts and you can see that here then decided to add
a couple of gem hearts (to cover those darn black smudges that creep onto the card when your not looking).

Finished it off with a Miss You sentiment rather than a sympathy for this card. Layered die cut, love that little panel behind that highlights the die cut word.

This is a stamp set and die I bought so long ago I would be embarrassed to say when especially as this is the first time used. I actually stamped the frame on the card as well that you see here in the die cut. 

But then I remembered I had the die so used that  as well, cut three times, first in wood look, then decided I liked the mirror card more. First version got glue on the top, tried to remove with the wrong rubber and it removed the mirror finish. So another added. Looks wonderful and finished off with some pale little sequins. 

This was a work of wonder as I added more and more as it grew. First I coloured my mermaid, love this new stamp. She is just so sweet. Coloured with copics and a bit of glitter pen. I decided to go with green hair I dont know why but happy enough for now.  after colouring her and the shells and seaweed I decided it needed to be dimensional so did another layer and added with dimension tape. Then I thought just a bit of Copic light colour around her so added some masking tape and removed the layered pieces and covered them.

Can you see that bit of sparkle I caught with the close up. And continuing her tail colour up her body a bit. (I saw where someone else did that and loved the look). 

I then decided then to go with blending and a stencil rather than copic colouring so used a mix of Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Oxides as I didnt have all the oxides. They work beautifully together. I put a light layer of colour first, then added the stencil and did the same colours in the same areas then removed the stencil and added colour again on top here and there to balance out. Removed the mask and had a bit of fixing to do round the mermaid and it worked out ok. Added those layers again, some clear gems and finally squeezed in a birthday sentiment die cut. 

She actually comes with some great sentiments but I had crowded things out a bit and then stuck on my gems before thinking of the sentiment (as you do!!!) I love how she turned out as Im not a big scene person and pretty much prefer to just colour and keep things pretty CAS. 

Anyway thats three cards done and only about 200 to go to use up some of my colouring.

Thank you so much for coming to visit and see you again soon for the reminder post for The Flower Challenge Blog. Also don't forget to comment on my previous post for a chance to win that wonderful stamp set I am giving away.


Personal Note
This is a drawing my youngest Aaron had done for me for Mothers Day. My first without mum.
I had no idea he was doing this and of course when he gave it to me I cried my heart out. Mum never got to hold Koby as he was born just as she went into final decline with her Alzheimer's. So he gave the artist a picture or two of mum and the latest of Koby and the fella drew them in together. He caught the light and beauty of mums eyes to perfection and I see so much of us all in her. Such an amazing gift. 

Bruch with three of the grandchildren on Mothers Day.
Mason, Koby and Sophie.

Here I am with Koby and mums picture.
A wonderful start to the day with three of my children. Who could ask for more?


I Card Everyone said...

Your cards are fabulous, Aileen … but it's the personal bit that got me this morning. Mother's day can be so hard, when we're missing our Mums - or children. Aaron really had the very sweetest gift made for you - it will be cherished by generations to come, I'd bet. xx

Karren said...

Wonderful cards, Aileen - I especially love your mermaid card! And what a wonderful, thoughtful gift - you obviously did a good job bringing up your children for them to be so thoughtful and caring. Hugs.

Bobby said...

What a wonderful blog post, Aileen. Not only do you wow us with wonderfully colored cards but you shared your Mother's Day with us. Such a precious gift you received in that portrait.

Monica C. said...

Such beautiful cards, Aileen! I love the middle one with the embroidery hoop around the image. Beautiful pic your son had made for you.
Hugs Monica

Ruth said...

Yay for getting cards made! I love them all, but that mermaid card - it's amazing! Just love that mermaid. I'm a bit of a sucker for mermaids! And so lovely to see you with all the grandkiddies and that beautiful picture of the littlest with your Mum. Beautiful. Thinking of you lots. xxx

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Aileen, I just love your two Whimsy Stamps creations here. I'm the DT coordinator for the Digital team and every US Sunday, I share a 'spotlight' on my favourite Whimsy makes from across the blogosphere. I'd really love to feature yours today! I hope you won't mind, I have 'pinched' your pic from here on your blog and you are now in pride of place over on the Whimsy Stamps Facebook page. If you're not a member, please come and join us and do share your gorgeous Whimsy makes with us. We love seeing them! Hugs, Wends xoxo Whimsy Stamps DT