Being asked to use my favourite flower is like being told to hold my breath for 3 minutes. I just can't do it, truly I can't. Sooooo I will pick one of my favourites at the moment in my new collection of stamps.
I have made three super easy cards, stamped and die cut my images. This beautiful little hanging flower is from Pink Fresh Studio and I was a little challenged die cutting each stamped image. I finally got it right but wasn't going to not use what I had already stamped.
After copic colouring each of my hanging ring of flowers I went through my collection of pattern papers and came up with three I liked that suit the colours I had used.
The bow for each ring is added separately so I coloured those to suit the flowers.
With my red flowers I have a different colouring technique, playing with adding the colours in ever decreasing size as they get darker rather than blending just to see if I liked the look.
I have seen flowers done this way but in larger size. Not sure on the idea but was happy enough to use here. This card is a sympathy card so no extra addition like the birds on the other cards.
Here as above I have used birds that I coloured who knows how long ago and again I picked them for a flower match. I liked the idea of the little birds sitting on the ring like a swing.
I've done some more but I think three will do for this post. All sentiments added out of my collection of pre cut dies. I think with 'friend' I might need to add something else just still pondering.
So now you have seen one of the many many many favourites I have. Don't forget to nick on over to The Flower Challenge Blog and see what the wonderful Design Team has been up to.
This month we have my good friend Bozena as Guest Designer. I have known Bozena since first starting to make cards many years ago and she has never failed to inspire me not only with her cards but with our conversations over those years.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit.
We are doing a massive update at our home and the house looks like we are hoarding really badly. Having to take down every picture and ornament, box them so they are out of the way, emptying shelves of crafting items (mine) guitar and music hoohaa (john) and DVD's and more crafting (Elysha) then placing all large furniture in the middle of the room the monumental task of painting every room, ceiling, and piece of dark wood trim has been achieved, nearly completed. All trim, door frames, doors etc are now sparkling white. Its amazing the difference it makes. Cleaning all those ducted air conditioning vents
Then last weekend we decided the dark slate around the fireplace needed to go so my multi talented husband chipped and jackhammered it all out covering us all in black dust.
In this photo the paint sheets are in the way but you get an idea this slate was the same surrounding the fire.
We then went and looked at discounted stock of tiles and found a fabulous large tile that there was enough of to do the base around the fire and up the wall to become a feature wall. Tiles cost $60.00 other items needed took cost to $100 for this wall -BARGAIN
Check it out, ignore the horrible carpet and fireplace. This we cleaned after the photo and carpet goes mid may. Of course then we have to work out where to move all that big furniture to.
Meanwhile after doing the fireplace my husband has gotten very enthusiastic and has now started on the bathrooms. Our on-suite has been gutted and tiled this weekend. Grout half done. Tiles on special, this time we have tiled to the ceiling all the way round.
Also new shower screen, vanity, shaving cabinet and toilet cistern and seat. Will attach photos next post as I want to wait till all the grout is in for before and after.
Still to go, Finish painting,
New fans and light fittings
main bathroom refit
new kitchen refit
then all those little things.
As I sit in my little cocoon wondering if I will ever get to walk through an uncluttered house again without stepping on clumps of dried tile cement, nails, screws, cut pieces of tile etc. Will I ever be able to find that box that has my craft glue, tape etc. Will Jake ever stop jumping every time a tile gets cut or a ladder dragged.
This is all a big change in our lives and I hope mum and dad are loving the changes that are happening because they made them possible. Miss you both very much.
Wow you have been busy, awesome colors and design. The remodel is looking great.
Aileen, I love your darling rings of flowers, and sweet little birds! You've chosen wonderful patterned papers as a backdrop - LOVE that brick, especially!
Oh my friend - I could share so many stories of our reno projects! It is hard to live with the rubble, and disarray. But when your projects are all complete you will be so very happy, and content for years to come!
Mom and Dad are undoubtedly smiling, and will let you know where that box of treasures is, I'd bet! xx
Looks like you are a little busy at the moment my friend... it will be so worth it in the end! ps I have trouble choosing a fave flower too, LOVE your cards!
A beautiful collection of cards with gorgeous backgrounds and flowers!
Good luck with the renos, we finished most of ours a couple of years ago:)
Beautiful collection of cards! Can't believe in spite of you being so busy still able to create..
Your cards are all so beautiful Aileen! I LOVE this ring of flowers image ... and of course, your colouring is always AMAZING! Great papers for the backgrounds. Each colour combo is gorgeous! Love the sweet little bird on the two cards. He looks happy sitting on top of the ring. :)
Amazing work with your renovation Aileen. What a LOT of work, but so worth it in the end. The tile you picked up for the fireplace is really pretty and looks so clean and fresh. LOVE the copper fireplace! Look forward to seeing more photos as your renovation progresses. xx
I should take a cue from you and make more than one card at a time, Aileen. I was just telling my daughter of those who color up a number of images and then pull them out when they need a card. That is what I plan to do while I'm living at the lake this summer since I can't take my entire craft studio with me. And while we're there we plan to do some renovations too. Not as extensive as yours and we hope to find a contractor to do most of the work. If only your husband was closer and available. lol
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