Thursday, 16 September 2021

The Flower Challenge #60 Reminder - Colour Turquoise

It's time for the reminder post for this month at 'The Flower Challenge'

I have used another colouring panel  from Emily and she is at

Emily has many of her illustrations used by different stamp companies but she also does one off releases where she draws some flowers like this one here and you can purchase printed versions for Copic and/or Watercolouring. You cant reorder or purchase later they are one off's. Follow her and be aware when the next release comes out.
This flower panel is from a different release from the last one and each flower has a framed area somewhere on the flower that you can add a sentiment to, either stamped or die cut.

In this instance I die cut a hexagonpanel from vellum and coloured on the back with streaky BG colours, then attached to the card front by folding part of the shape behind the panel. I added a sweet sentiment from Penny Black then used areas that the die cut were coving to add glue to adhere the vellum at the front of the panel. A few smooth gems in the same colour to finish it off.

I must admit I keep looking at that panel and wondering if I should have left it plain as the vellum panel just isn't doing it for me. Anyway the colouring was all done with Copics BG's using darker ones for the leaves. Love how it turned out.

Don't forget to go to the Flower Blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have been up to.

Thank you for coming to visit and I hope you come ago soon.

Crafty Hugs



Sunday, 5 September 2021

The Flower Challenge #60 Colour Turquoise


I can't believe its September, it has been the longest, slowest, eight weeks (or more cant remember anymore) in lockdown and we still have ages to go before it ends. I have certainly coloured my heart out, thank goodness there was a Colouring Challenge for the last month and this means I have managed to make quite a few Christmas cards.

Today I took Elysha down to get her first injection and of course I misjudged location and parked miles away so we got our exercise done at the same time. As we were waiting after the injection (mandatory 20 minutes incase of reaction) well the next row across and next to me...... one minute the young man is looking at his phone then he drops the phone and slowly leans back till, bang he hits the ground in a faint. Fantastic response from nurses etc, and I am looking to see Elysha is ok and understands what is going on and there's this sheila filming away.......I mean theres signs everywhere 'no photos no videos' so I go into protective mother mode. You right there??? You filming this??? ohhh sorry and she turns off. I mean don't jump in to help but do catch it on your phone. Ignorance

Ohh sorry for the rant, bit unprofessional there, but hey its lockdown and who else can I share it with, my postman throws the mail up the driveway these days, he's so worried I will snare him for another chat on life.............Nah just joking.

Anyhoooo this is my card for this month. I do love the colour choice for today. I love blue flowers but I also looooove  turquoise. This wonderful flower is drawn by Emily and she is at
Emily has many of her illustrations used by different stamp companies but she also does one off releases where she draws some flowers like this one here with the partial frame and you can purchase printed versions for Copic and/or Watercolour colouring. You cant reorder or purchase later they are one off's. Follow her and be aware when the next come out.
Back on track here (boy I am all over the place today) I have Copic coloured and felt the image filled enough of the background to leave it plain and just add a die cut 'Hello' which comes in the thin hello word and background die as well. This I cut in vellum.
The colours I used for this card are BG10 BG11 BG13 BG49

I hope you enjoyed your little drop in, now its time to go check out the amazing cards from the Design Team at The Flower Blog Challenge and also the stunning creation from Kailash  who has an account on Instagram. Kailash was our winner in May and has many beautiful cards for you to look at.

Thanks for coming to visit and hopefully you will come again.

Crafty hugs


PS the house reno is nearly completed, kitchen doors and trim arrive this week so 
we can finish the kitchen at last. Photos will be shared.

Monday, 16 August 2021

The Flower Challenge Reminder #59 Use A Die )option of Slimline Card)

Its time fora reminder card for the Flower Challenge Blog

I have used a digital image From Rachel Vass Designs. Rachel is sponsoring us this month so you could win a voucher to spend on her Etsy shop.

Check out her amazing image here that I have coloured up with Copics using
my favourite blend R85 R83 R81 R11 and green YG01 YG05 YG17

I added a lacy die cut frame in pale green, the awesome die cut sentiment
and finished off with these wonderful little gems in soft pastel colours.

Just love this panel and can see myself doing in all colours.

Now its time to go check out what the girls have been up to in the design team

Crafty hugs



Thursday, 5 August 2021

The Flower Challenge #59 Use a Die (Option of Slimline card)

This month the Challenge is to use diecuts with the Option of Slimline.
I went both Die cutting the coloured image, then the frame then the Happy Birthday

This beautiful image I have coloured before. A magical magnolia from
Rachel Vass who is sponsoring us and has provided those of us who wanted
to use one of her digital images.

After colouring with Copics I die cut with a slimline die both the image and another
layer with pale green cardstock. Added these to a Slimline cardbase.
A 'Happy Birthday" diecut and a few yellow enamel dots.

Okay its time to go check out the wonderful cards from the Design Team from The Flower Challenge
and also from another wonderful friend of mine Therese from Lost in Pape
who has made the most amazing card that I so have to try doing cause it is just stunning.
Now when you go check out Therese's card don't get lost looking at all her amazing creations just remember to bookmark to check out later or follow even. I met Therese in blogland right at the beginning of my cardmaking journey and loved her style and her cool videos. 
I got to meet Therese a couple of years ago and she is just amazing, 
what a wonderful person, bright, bubbly and tall like me (Yay)
and all the things you would want in a friend.

Thanks for dropping in and hopefully see you  again soon.

Crafty Hugs



Friday, 16 July 2021

The Flower Challenge #58 Reminder


Its time for our reminder card for this months challenge at The Flower Challenge Blog.

What do you think of this card from, looks like some brilliant foiling but no I have to admit this is from a series of card fronts I bought many many years ago and then hardly used cause I love the look of them so much and hate the thought of not having them anymore.

Anyone else like that mmmmm?

Okay so card front done and dusted, I then added a pretty little floral image I coloured with copics.

Cut with the Scan n Cut, fits the front panel perfectly and then added a pile of little diamond gems and the With Love die cut sentiment.

How quick was that??? Come on, join us at the challenge and show us what you can do.
Off you go to check out The Flower Challenge Blog and see what the Design Team have been up to and look at who has joined us and what they have made for inspiration.

See you again soon I hope

Crafty Hugs


Monday, 5 July 2021

The flower Challenge #58 - Add Spots or Stripes


Nothing like a stripe or two to brighten your day.

Its time to think about our challenge again and this month is easy, colour up your flowers and add some spots or stripes somewhere on your card and bang your ready to go.

This card I used an Altenew stencil to add my stripes as I like the wonky lines on it. I added with Distress Oxide ink.

The flowers are digital images that I have coloured up as softly as possible with pinks in the RV range in Copics. I then fussy cut these out.

I'm really happy with how this card has turned out. Another flower image I need to use more often :) as in with the amount of floral images I have I reckon if I use each once a year then I am using more regularly. I finished my card off with quite a few sequins.

Now it's time to go check out The Flower Challenge Blog to see all the beauty made by the Design Team and this month we have the most amazing card maker, Enna (Ritzy Hag) joining us . She is a very good friend of mine and we enjoy many an hour chatting most days through social media. Having the same sense of humour leads to much laughter, something we all need every day. He artistic skills are amazing and you need to make sure you have a good look at her wondrous cards. She also has an account in Instagram and there is even more there to look at. 

But don't forget the challenge in the process as we love to see your creations there.

Crafty hugs


Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Reminder The Flower Challenge Blog #57 CAS


I have used the final image in the set that I got from Joy Clare who are our sponsors this month.
I picked a digital set of flowers and they come with lovely sentiments as well but I like using diecut sentiments mostly on my cards.

So this was the 4th image, coloured with Copics then fussy cut.

I did a very soft blend of pink into the negative of a die cut I had.
Perfectly simple and CAS

Now it's time to go check out what the Design team has been up to and our
Guest Designer, Rachel. Don't forget to join us, the winner will get a voucher to use at Joy Clare
digital or physical stamp.

Thanks so much for dropping in

Crafty Hugs


Saturday, 5 June 2021

The Flower Challenge #57 CAS


CAS (Clean & Simple)

First card I coloured the flower with Copics RV10 R81 R83 R85 R89
I then fussy cut with great care. I picked a card base that I had cut with a section die
from Tim Holtz.

I decided to add a strip of waterecolour cardstock I had added Distress Oxides to as I felt it looked both pretty inside the card and behind the die cut section on the front.

I then added the flower with dimensional foam to lift it slightly and finished off
with a die cut sentiment in silver glitter card 'precious'

I dont know if this is blurry or me but anyway after doing the other card that is ultra CAS (for me) I decided to do a slimline card using some of the other flowers I had coloured and fussy cut at the same time.

I used the same colours as I did for the other flower. Leaves I forgot to mention and now I cant remember exactly, closest is YG01 YG05 and I think YG 25. I used a panel that has been imprinted with a neat dots pattern. 'Birthday Wishes' from The Ton Sentiments die.

I really hope you like these and now its time to go check out what  the amazing creations from The Design Team at The Flower Challenge Blog and our Guest Designer Rachel from  Rachel Alvarado Designs
I have chatted with Rachel on and off on Instagram and I have followed her Instagram and Blog for years, a true inspiration to me. Every time I see another post I dream of being able to colour and design just like her.

Thank you so much for coming to visit 

Happy Crafting


Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Two Wedding Cards, Same Image, Different Colouring

I have made two cards using the same beautiful image from ColaradoCraftCompany and this stamp is from the Lovely Legs Collection. In this collection you only ever see the body and legs, never the full image. I saw this and just fell in love with it.

In this version of colouring I have used Sepia Colours in Copics and added
some Gold sparkle with a Gel Pen to her lace on her dress.

You can see the sparkle really well here on her dress. I found that the frame die from
Altenew, the cover plate one or larger of the two was perfect. I just used the inner three sections to frame my image and cut from gold mirror cardstock.

I then decided not to go traditional and added to an embossed panel of green with paisley pattern. This was then added to a white card base and after looking at lots of sentiments in my mind I loved the 'Magical' die cut sentiment from Stamplorations I love this die cut and in this instance I cut from a gold glitter card and of course I lost that . on the 'i' so I added a diamond look gem.

I also added the image to the card at an angle as I felt it worked better that way.

This card I think is more traditional, coloured with Copics and added silver glitter with a gel pen
to add sparkle. I added a frame die cut from a new set I just purchased and I think it looks amzing with the pale blue cardbase.

Here you can again see the wonderful sparkle from the silver glitter pen.

Finished off  by adding a MFT ' Congrats' die cut, cut from silver mirror cardstock. I'm not sure if this is still available as I did do a search to add link and it didn't come up with one. But it was available elsewhere.
Layout straight this time.

Thanks for coming to visit and I hope you come again.

Crafty Hugs


Sunday, 16 May 2021

Reminder for The Flower Challenge #56 Use Your Favourite Flower

I bought this digital image from Polka Dot Orchard  (name ' A sprinkle of flowers') and just fell in love with it. I love doing big blooms as they are a great way to practice new colour mixes and ideas. These are not my colours I would usually use but I saw an amazing card done by Amber Rain and decided I wanted to try it. Where usually you stick with colours that are going to blend well together she has added the V04 in with the  RV's and it is amazing to look at. 

This is my first attempt at this colour mix and I wasn't able to achieve the same effect as Amber but no two cards will ever be identical when you are hand colouring and I am very pleased with the result.
Amber's website is  'Notable' and when you go there be ready to take a cup of coffee and spend many hours browsing. But don't go yet, stay with me a little longer.

Anyway back to my image I printed up on Copic friendly cardstock, coloured then fussy cut the image.

I then got a piece of dark blue cardstock but added a bit of black 'Distress Ink' around the edges to add some depth. 

Then I got out some Nuvo embellishment mousse which when I opened it I found was very very dry. I was so annoyed as I hadn't used it yet. I then got a metal grey one out and opened it and it was a little better. then I read the bottom......0hhh water-based so just add more water. 

I went back to this amazing blue  ( Pacific Teal) added some water and as it wasn't real smooth I didn't want to keep adding water as I was in a bit of a hurry so I used my fingers to add it to the stencil - perfect. Love it, love how it turned out.

I used an Altenew stencil with lines, some ragged looking. I think my flower covers most of it so its hard to see but I think it turned out amazing. I finished off with a 'Congrats' die cut from The Ton

I love how this turned out and hope I can find time to colour this beautiful flower again soon. So many favourite flowers, so little time.

Now its time to go check out what the rest of the Design Team  and our Guest Designer Bozena, have been up to at The Flower Challenge Blog.

Such an easy challenge to enter I hope we see you all there.

Happy Crafting