Sunday, 5 April 2020

The Flower Challenge #43 Spring/Autumn

Let me start this post with a sending out of virtual hugs and best wishes to all of you throughout the world.  It's so very hard watching the news and dealing with all the heartache. Then looking at the practical side and trying to deal with new laws coming out daily from the government on what is and isn't legal.

For us John is still working as he does much needed maintenance on government housing.  Elysha is home full time as all her programs have closed and at times it's very hard to explain whats happening to someone who is so young mentally. 

We also have John's brother staying with us most of the time with his dog as he too is developmentally delayed and doesn't really understand the rules and the changes daily.

I'm not able to babysit as Elysha's in that risk category and I stepped back last week. This is probably the hardest thing out of all this for me as I do love the  unbridled joy and love of the youngest ones. Not anything major I know but realistically they have been my life line this last year after all the family losses. We will survive it and my boys and their wives are wonderful putting up with my nightly FaceTime sessions.

 We have made this challenge Spring/Autumn so that both sides of the world are covered. But of course I went Spring as Im never keen on the cooler months.

I decided to colour and make two cards with the same image.

Printed on the laser printer these images are from Bugaboo,  and they were very kindly supplied to each of the Design Team and Bugaboo are also offering a gift voucher for the winner of this challenge.

I love this teapot with flowers in it and enjoyed colouring with Copics.

I decided to use the Tim Holtz  deckle die. I also put a layer of bright yellow fun foam cut with the same die behind to lift that layer a bit. No sentiment.

With this image I did a one layer printed image, coloured with Copics.

Added some pretty enamel dots, again no sentiment as the image fills the card.

Having a rotten time taking photos, usually have one in each lot thats at a funny angle but they all photographed with differing heights from end to end. I tried three times then just gave up.

Okay now it's time to go to The Flower Challenge Blog and check out the pretty creations from the Design Team. Then get into the flow and make a card or two.

Stay healthy everyone and here a couple of good feeling photos

Archer 9 months, now crawling. Trying out
a winter outfit not that its needed yet.
Beautiful smile

Koby 17 Months, thinning out and
becoming a little boy in his Sponge Bob
outfit. Never stops moving,
has now discovered he can open all
the doors in the house.

Love and Healthy thoughts to you all.



Viv said...

2 lovely cards Aileen - confess that the pink one just shades it for me!
Lovely pics too - stay strong and safe. x

HilaryJane said...

Lovely cheery cards and I have to say the blue one is my fav xx

lostinpaper said...

These polka pots are just too cute Aileen... just like those litte sweeties that are growing so very fast!

Mrs A. said...

Two pretty spring cards.Sounds like you will be kept busy whilst we are on this shutdown. Keep safe and well. Hugs Mrs A.

Monica C. said...

Both cards are so pretty! I love them and your coloring is amazing.
I am so grateful for technology in these times.
Hugs Monica

Shona Chambers said...

Isn't it incredible how one teeny tiny organism can affect every single one of our lives!!! I can't imagine how hard it must be being in the 'risk' category and still having to look after everyone. My brother came home to stay with my Mum who is 80yrs but he won't even go to the supermarket for her as he got a lung infection last year and thinks he will die......My brother is an asshole and lived off my Mum for years so I can't believe he would rather send her out to get stuff than go himself. So now I'm helping get things that SHE needs, not expensive beef roasts like he was asking me to get yesterday because he felt like it....sorry this turned into a bit of rant.....I just want to say hang in there kid, sending you lots and lots of hugs and your card is gorgeous, much like yourself!! xxxxx

frommycraftroom said...

Such gorgeous cards!

Sending you a big hug right back. How we have all come to enjoy and appreciate the simpler things. Like John I am leaving the house to go to work in my office job (not practical to move to online & work remotely at this time).

TaeEun said...

Both of your cards are pretty and cheerful!!! It's truly a challenging time for everyone. How lucky we have that possibility of digital connection! Thanks for the precious photos of your little ones :)! Sending you hugs !

Viv said...

Two super cards again Aileen!isn't this a great image, love seeing all the variations we all did too.What cute pics of the childen,they grow up so fast don't they. Stay safe my friend ;) hugs Viv xx

Nora Noll said...

WOW!! Your coloring is amazing!! I LOVE that you did two of these cards!!

Ericka Strange said...

Aileen I love both of your cards and the colors you used are so pretty and fun! Great job and your grand kids are adorable!!

Bobby said...

We used the same image but our colors are entirely different, Aileen, which is a good thing.

Karen Dunbrook said...

your little one is growing up too fast!! he is so precious.

Great cards mf. I hope you are keeping safe and happy.
xx Karen