Saturday, 4 February 2023

The Flower Challenge #77 Use Your Latest Stamps or Dies

Welcome to The Flower Challenge! This is the challenge that celebrates cards using floral images. Our challenge for February is ...

It would be great if you could add our cue card above when entering our challenge.
Of course most of all....have fun! 

So this month we would like to see you 'Use your Latest Stamps or Dies', just remember they must be FLORAL. If in any doubt see the examples made by our talented Design Team below!

As we missed it in January having no challenge then, just wishing you all a very Happy New Year! We hope you will all enjoy taking part in our challenges during the coming year too ;)

Just a quick message from me, Aileen, to remind you that Viv has stepped back at this time due to health and moving house so if you have any problems please get in touch with me. Please remember that I am on a different time line to most of you so there will be a 14 hour time difference, I will get back to you just not necessarily straight away.

We are not having a Guest Designer this month but we will again from next month.

Now it's time to share my card

This is not a brand new release from Altenew but it is one of the many sets of stamps I have
not yet used so it is the Latest to be coloured up. I love these flowers and in this instance
I have coloured with Copics staying in the very light colour range then I added a bit of pencil
to give better detail.

I fussy cut the petals then added to this beautiful piece of pattern paper that
I feel looks as though it is embossed. Its a beautiful piece and I love the
finish. I finished off with some gold gems and a hot foil Happy Birthday

Now its time to go check out what the rest of the design team at The Flower Challenge
 has been up to, the inspiration is just stunning.

Crafty Hugs



Monday, 5 December 2022

The Flower Challenge #75 Christmas


This month the challenge is all about Christmas so a card with florals for Christmas.

Please note that the challenge will only go till the 15th this month
as we realise everyone is getting very busy organising for Christmas/Holiday period.

We will not be having a challenge next month as its Summer over this side of the
world and that means school holidays, hot days and lots of down time so we decided
everyone could have January off.

Now to my card

I love how this card turned out and it has already been given for Christmas and the recipient
loves it as well.

This is a new background stamp from Hero Arts and I heat embossed in gold onto vellum.
I then watercoloured with my zigs.

As you know when I use my Zigs on vellum as they are vibrant colours in a pen I am able to
use without water using the palest colour to blend out the bright colours. Also Zig Watercolour 
brushes now come with a blending brush with clear solution which is great for removing
excess colour or colour that goes outside the image.
I also did a very very light pink wash over the blank areas.
I attached to the cardstock by using glue in areas behind flowers where the colour was darkest.
Hot foil sentiment was all that was needed to add sparkle to the card. This is a 5.5" x 5.5" card.

Now its time to go over to The Flower Challenge Blog to see what the Design Team has been up to
and to gets lots of amazing inspiration. Also we have the wonderful Darnell who has joined us
after winning a challenge earlier this year.

If you have never been to Darnells blog you need to go check it out, she makes the most amazing
cards and always, always has a brilliant tail to tell. Darnell has a massive following on her blog
because she just knows how to share a good story and get us smiling. Darnell was actually the
person who convinced me to start a blog and helped me through all the steps.

Well its time to go visit the others.
Thank you so much for coming to look at my cards

Crafty hugs


Tuesday, 15 November 2022

The Flower Challenge Reminder Post #74 Add Embellishments


Its time for the reminder post for The Flower Challenge #74 Add Embellishments.

I made myself a full size slimline card which means no matter how I try to share if I stand it
up photos on Instagram and Facebook will chop, crop. So I decided to try this way.

The Embossed floral panel is a slim line long one and I love the partial
embossing and the actually design. I embossed on white cardstock that I wiped over with
 a damp cloth before embossing and this appears to prevent cracking of cardstock plus
I used one thinner than I usually use.
I have then added these beautiful blooms from Altenew, yes this is me using stamps I have
had for quite some time. I coloured these ones with Copic yellows and I love how they
turned out. I fussy cut them and added with dimensional foam tape. Then lots of sparkly
gems. I love how it turned out. Paired it with the Yellow envelope.

Now its time to go see what the rest of the team have been up to at The Flower Challenge

See you again soon

Crafty Hugs


Friday, 4 November 2022

The Flower Challenge #74 Add Embellishments

I love this stamp from MFT Flower Field Background stamp. I heat embossed this image
onto Vellum.

I have used Zig Watercolour Brush Pens but without water. I always pick a dark colour and use it together with the lightest colour that way I can add a small amount of the dark colour and move it around with the lightest colour, regularly  wiping the tip off of paper towel to get back to the light colour. I also use my Nuvo Sparkle brush nib to add sparkle and also helps to lighten and remove colour if its too heavy.
DON'T use water as the vellum will warp and buckle.

When I was finished I cut a card base to the size I wanted and trimmed off the vellum,
leaving a bit of excess to fold over the back. This is the main way to attach the panel.

At the front after adding the sentiment and lots of gems I used the back of these to hid my
glue dots that I added to help hold the panel in place.
'Congratulations' sentiment is Hot Foil pressed and die cut.

Now its time to go check out whats going on at The Flower Challenge Blog and also look
at the amazing cards added by the Design Team.

Thank you for dropping in and I hope  to see you again soon.

Crafty Hugs



Monday, 24 October 2022

Kay is posting a card for The Flower Challenge #73 Use a Sentiment

A very rare situation but I hav a friend who is new to participating  in card challenges.
She does no have a blog, Instagram, Flickr or any other form of social media. As I had
enjoined her to try participating in  the challenge, she went and made a card then came the linking.

I had assumed  so wrongly that she had some type of social media other than a private facebook
page I decided that I would post her card here for this challenge then if she decides to continue on I will help with setting up somewhere for her to post from.

This is Kay's card and I have her written description

Not a stamp but cut out with adhesive vinyl on my ScanNCut and then adhered to Multi media Paper. Then colored with Kaszazz Alcohol Ink Markers - the only ones I have. Background is an embossing folder. Sentiment is stamped and embossed with embossing powder and then using heat tool. Thanks for entering it in the Flower Challenge.

Thank you

Saturday, 15 October 2022

Reminder The Flower Challenge #73 Add a Sentiment & our 6th Birthday


Now dont forget everyone its our 6th Birthday and we have lots and lots of
prizes available. Winners are grinners. All those floral cards out there, just add a sentiment,
post to 'The Flower Challenge' and your in with a chance.

My card

Yes I have coloured another of Emily's images they just call our to me. Sadly this is
the last in this set unless I use the watercolour panels and I am still procrastinating over those.

As you can see I have coloured with Copics my favourite colour in the pinks
RV11 R83 R85 R87. White centres with my white gel pen. Leaves YG05 YG25 and YG69

Sentiment is another I have done with the Hot Foil system.Love how it turned out.

Now its time to go check out what the rest of the Design Team has been up to
then go make a card, join us.

Crafty hugs


Wednesday, 5 October 2022

CASE me a Christmas card With Michelle Lupton


 Today its my turn to join with my friend Michelle Lupton in her CASE me a Christmas Card 
series - a Christmas tradition that I look forward to every year. 
This has been an ongoing tradition with Michelle and she has the most amazing guests! 
Over 40 this year.

The idea is that each of us picks a card from the other's blog to CASE (copy and share 
everything) and turn it into a Christmas Card. 

For my cards, I chose to use a Big and Bold Stamp from Colorado Stamps.

Here are the things I incorporated from Michelle's card  which you will see here:

White Heat embossed image. Michelle did mandala where I went with the Christmas Bauble
Blended inks - I went with colours in the same range, one in pinks the other in blues
I added shimmer the same as Michelle with flicks from a brush.
I added a few gems like Michelle
I also heat embossed on black but I went with Silver Embossing rather than white.
A Birthday card - now two Christmas cards.

Here is the link to Michelle's beautiful mandala card- shared with permission here. Michelle often does 
videos as well as posting to Instagram tablecloth.  

Now this is a two way process, so today she picked one of my cards to CASE.

See Michelle's card HERE where she CASEd ME 

Thanks so much for visiting.
Crafty hugs


The FlowerChallenge #73 Add a Sentiment and our Sixth Birthday

It's also our 6th Birthday too, ...the years fly by so fast don't they! Do join in and help us celebrate 6 amazing years of seeing all your fabulous cards in our gallery. 

We have lots of PRIZES for our lucky winners this month too, you can go see the prizes at The Flower Challenge Blog. They will all be allocated on a random bases. As usual we will choose one person to be our overall winner but all winners will get prizes.

So this month we would like to see you 'Use a Sentiment'  on your cards, as well as the usual FLOWERS of course too. If in any doubt see the examples made by our talented Design Team below!

Please note that you can find us on facebook and also Instagram too. Our Instagram page is @theflowerchallenge2...remember the 2 at the end ;) All links in sidebar!

For our Guest Designer this month we are welcoming back the fabulous Emily Midgett. Emily is also giving us some of her fabulous colouring sets as prize too. Do check out her blog/Instagram if you have a minute as she makes such fabulous cards. If any of you follow me here or on Instagram (huh_what_pardon) you know one of my favourite groups of flowers I love to colour are Emily's. 

Now without further ado here is my card

And if you follow me you know this is another of Emily's beautiful flower panels.
Coloured my favourite colour on the day, blue, copics. I decided to add the panel to
a yellow card base and love the contrast.
Finished off with a 'Happy Birthday' hot foil and die cut.

Okay so now it's time to go see what the rest of the Design Team have been up to.
Join us this month, its our birthday and we have some fantastic prizes available.
Click on the link here and dont forget to check out Emily's account as well, if you love colouring both copic and watercolour this is the place to go.

Crafty Hugs


Sunday, 25 September 2022

Sophie Made a Card

 Today we are quickly going on to add a card that my granddaughter, Sophie made.

She has asked me to enter her card in our latest challenge which is all

about sparkle.

This is Sophie's card, because she used thinner paper the 
Nuvo Glimmer pen has added lots of sparkle but also a few
ripples. This will settle down later

This is Sophie's first challenge and I think at nearly 10 years
of age I think she has done well.

No stamps used on this card, all hand drawn.

Thank you for visiting

See you soon

Crafty hugs

Aileen & Sophie

Thursday, 15 September 2022

Reminder for The Flower Challenge #72 Add Sparkle


Its time for the reminder post so I have gone ultra easy this time.

 A simple stamped flower from Altenew stamped in grey
fora softer look. Copic coloured with soft mauve V000 V01 V12
and brighter greens YG00 YG01 YG05
A little bit of sparkle added to the flower petals.

I cut the panel with my  wonky rectangles die then added
it to a silver spotted background that sparkles and shines.

Its simple and pretty and looks fabulous with just a few sequins.

Now its time to go see what the rest
of the Design Team have been up to.

Thank you for coming to visit

Crafty hugs