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Saturday, 15 May 2021

Birthday card


This is my second attempt at posting this. My first was deleted and I don't know why other than them saying I was 'phishing'. 

Phishing meaning: 
  1. the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.
    "an email that is likely a phishing scam"

Since I don't sell anything or ask for emails I don't know what they are on about.

But after it as removed I had unbelievable issues and had to download the latest update for the MAC.  Ran my AVG and made sure all is ok.

Once done everything ran smoothly again.  So here goes.


I stamped this image and finally got around to doing it. Because of the size of the full image, I had actually had it for quite some time before I finally coloured her. With the trend now on slimline I decided to colour her for a card.

I actually have this as a stamp, but it is now not available as a stamp but you can download and use for free as long as you remember to give credit to the group who own it. There are actually a number of images with girls with voluptuous hair does. There are also some wonderful floral images available. And now the bad news, I know I have that info somewhere will have to look back and find it. If you are interested please let me know and I will follow up.

So back to the image, First I coloured her with Copics and the humming bird with Copics, I then added some sparkle to the humming bird.

I decided I needed to do something with the background.



I masked her and the humming bird. I then blended Distress Oxides in lightest two blues, then purple and then the smallest amount of Black. I then came back in leaving it light around her front an the bird. After I took off the mask I then came back in and blended away those white bits you always end up with.

I still wanted more so I decided to use a circular star stencil with BoBunny clear glitter embossing paste.

I love how it turned out and hope someone will enjoy this as too.

Crafty Hugs


Aileen


 



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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

The Flower Challenge #56 Use Your Favourite Flower


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.

Happy Crafting



Aileen

Home Update

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
carpet
main bathroom refit
laundry
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.


 


 

Friday, 16 April 2021

Reminder Post The Flower Challenge #55 Pretty Pastels

 


I have used digital images provided by our sponsor this month

I have tried to keep my colours nice and light but I think maybe this would be hard pushed to be called pastel flowers. Copic coloured and the oval is soft blending of pink and blue together. 





After I coloured the flowers I decided to fussy cut them all and
change the layout and added some foam at the back for a bit
of dimension. Added the die cut birthday sentiment and a few sequins.



More apricot colouring on these roses. And I left them in the original bouquet.

Added a blended circle background with Distress Oxide, some dimensional foam.
The same birthday sentiment and sequins. 

Now its time to go check out what the girls have been up to at The Flower Challenge

Thanaks so much for coming to visit

Crafty Hugs

Aileen






Thursday, 8 April 2021

A Couple More pastel Cards

 


This is not my reminder post  but just a couple of extra cards that I was playing around with.


I stamped these flowers, one with black ink and the other with a pale ink colour to try some no-line colouring which I have not had much success with. This time I feel it went a bit better than my last attempt, The secret I think small image, easier than a big flower.



These are meant to be pastel but I'm not sure I succeeded here, looking a bit strong.
Anyway Copic coloured, fussy cut then added to a very pretty Die Impression plate from Altenew.
The 'Hello' die and background from  'The Ton' word set and after everything I realised the plate had impressed but not the bottom edge. Rather than try and cut off and probably ruin the whole card I added two rows of thin gold foil and white washi tape lined up perfectly.


This card is my no-line attempt. I was quite pleased, well happy enough to make a card with the fussy cut image. Added to a 3D embossed background from I'm not sure. Added the 'Thanks' die cut again from that set from 'The Ton'. Also decided to add the double line of washi tape as I quite liked the look even though it wasn't needed in this instance.

 I hope you enjoyed your visit and that you again soon. Now off you go to check out 
The Flower Challenge if you haven't already been there.

Crafty Hugs 

Aileen

Monday, 5 April 2021

The Flower Challenge #55 Pretty Pastels

 

Whenever I go to type particular words I have to sit and think about it that e before or after, for me thats pastels and angels or is it angles.

Anyhoo its time for our latest challenge and nothing so pretty in Spring on that other side of the world than all those soft colours and beauty everywhere. I have had to work hard on this idea as I am rather heavy handed with my colouring and most end up looking intense, vibrant even but rarely soft pastels.

This is card three, the other two have been cut up and will have the images for later use, like when we want intense, build up of colour.


I used one of our Sponsors free images and blew it up large enough that there were petals and leaves hanging off the page and once convincing my computer that I still wanted to print up (Image is too large for paper output). 
The first one I coloured with Distress Oxide inks and ohhh I tried to keep it light but it just wasn't happening. So I looked through some free digital papers I had on the computer and found this one. So easy to import first one image then the flowers on top. I printed up on Copic friendly paper but I dont know if that made a difference to the colours I added once the full ink layer had been added.




I kept the colours really light each one in the 000 or 00 then 01 or 02 at the most. Sometimes bringing one colour down into another colour and cross blending.

I then added shimmer as one does for these cards and a dear friend who is totally into bling and colour suggested the gold bead centre for the flowers- ABSOLUTELY PERFECT for a finish. 


I didn't have a die for slimline with those little scallops so I used a line die with the stitches and small scallops and I found that it just dropped into position perfectly when I needed to go further than the actual size of the die.  I have tried photos from upright to laying down to holding so you can see what it looks like. Not looking forward to trying to add this to Instagram but anyway.


I love how it turned out, no sentiment so available for any occassion. Now its time to pop over to The Flower Challenge blog and see what everyone else has done, check out all the stunning inspiration and see what our Guest Designer, Ghea, has made.

Also don't forget there is a prize for the Top pick kindly given to us by Varadashama


Hope to see you again soon and love hearing what you think.

Crafty Hugs


Aileen



Saturday, 3 April 2021

Birthday Card For a Girl


I do love my Distress Oxide Ink and Distress Ink inkpads for giving me vibrant backgrounds. Always done in rainbow colours not laways adding all colours but combining from two ink pads to make a centre colour.



There is a bit of watercolour build up on the edges but not enough to worry about it. I left as it was, it is homemade. I decided to use this wonderful big bold Happy Birthday word die from Mama Elephant and I added a silver glitter layer over a purple cardstock layer just off centre to show both.


My little genie I coloured ages ago and I know I could have improved on the colouring but this is about making quick easy cards and using your stash not obsessing. 
I'm not sure if she is still available these days, could be from one of those companies that have come and gone.

 I finished the card off with some enamel dots that blended in perfectly with the colouring I made the background. The background was a fraction too short for my card and I didn't want to risk trying to trim and ruining the finish so I added a strip of washi tape glitter.

Another birthday card for my granddaughters and grandsons friends.


Thanks so much for visiting and see you again soon

Crafty hugs

Aileen

 

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Seriously.........Happy Birthday


I love these critters AALL & Create from Topflight Stamps . I have lots to still colour and more I wished I owned but you all know how that is. 

I made this card before the next one so the scene is very very basic, blue for the sky and green for the grass and a branch hanging down.



Now with my stack of Nutty squirrels there is a sentiment and some pretend swearing
and I added the die cut sentiment 'Seriously' and a 'Gold' leaf that they are reaching for.

Now this card was done with inspiration from 'Amy' who is just amazing at bring these images to life. My card is so close to hers you could be forgiven for thinking its the same card (my learning process is do the same then next time.....) 
The flower is not the same as Amy's as I used a stamp I have had and used for many many years -The Uniko gerbera , the leaf on the right is also from Uniko and I drew in the stem.
The background and fairy on a leaf are all from Sweet November stamps.


I cant wait to use more of these amazing stamps and backgrounds, just need to find a mere moment in time.
I left this close up in the darker range so if you click on it you can see the shimmer on that gerbera. 


Thankyou so much for coming to visit and I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxed Easter Break.


Crafty Hugs


Aileen


 

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Celebrate Floral & A Happy Birthday

 


The same image I posted a few days ago but this time its on watercolour paper so I have coloured with my Zigs for the flower. The of course I used my Wink of Stella to thin and move colours so its a bit too sparkly but hey really can anything be tooooo sparkly.

I added white gel marker to the flower centres then decided to be really daring and coloured the background black.

Actually not quite black went with Copic marker C9. Done with a lot of care so I wouldn't end up going into the floral image. Love the end result and will try this more often but I do have to admit I do it with lots of trepidation as a) if I don't like a dark colour once started there is no choice and b) I usually have a lot of oooops moments.

Anyway it turned out ok in the end and just to remind you this drawing was done by Emily Midgett and she is currently doing a new one off release but I don't know if its too late to order if you want any.




This little sweetie is from Mo's Digital Pencil and of course you can colour her with or without the sentiments.


I went pale and soft in the colouring of this little sweetie. Check out that cute as face. I added some sparkle with a clear gel pen that contains glitter.


I decided she needed something else so I cut out a few wee little butterflies from some alcohol ink backgrounds I  have. So simple and ready to go.

Going to enter this sweetie who is new and not coloured before to Darnells Challenge







Thats it for today. My apologies  for the photos its been raining and dull for the last few days. We have had to backwash the pool a number of times and the backyard looks more like a giant pool than grass and pool. 

Jake (Elysha's dog) doesn't like the rain or water and keeps going to the doggy door in the backroom and just sticking his head out and debating, will I or won't I. Its amazing how long he can hold on. Such a human gesture, head tilted then the mad dash, wee's then runs in and runs around like a berserker, I did it I did it, I survived weeeeeeeeeeee


Arent you glad I shared that bit of trivia with you lol 

Crafty hugs

Aileen

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Reminder for the Flower Challenge Blog #54 Use Shades of Purple


This card I loved colouring. This is another image from Beccy's Place
She draws so many wonderful images and I love the detail in the blooms. 

This floral is another from her Free images. In this instance I enlarged the image to fit really nicely
on a Slimline card. I don't worry if the image is hanging off the page as only whats on the page will be printed.

I'm hoping this image isnt too large on your screen, as it was slimline the image was reduced quite a bit to fit all into the photo.

I have coloured with Copics and found a great combination for the purple flowers. I then decided to do leaves with more detail colouring than I usually do and I really like how they turned out so will build on this with practice.


After colouring I did add a layer of wink of Stella to add some sparkle. Then I used a slimline die to add a nice border around the card. A large pink mirror card  die cut 'Celebrate' from MFT and some sequins and its all finished.

This image is definitely  going to be used again.

All right now its time to leave a comment just so I know you have been,
 then chuff on over to The Flower Challenge Blog and see what the wonderful Design Team have been up to.

Crafty hugs


Aileen











 

Sunday, 14 March 2021

A Floral and One Little Cutie

I am working steadily through stamps and digital images that I haven't used before. I think Darnell might get sick of me visiting the NBUS Challenge but I really want the mountain to reach hill proportions (though I think that maybe a never ending challenge)

This is a large stamped floral image and I really enjoyed colouring this. I have coloured it for the first time with Copics and I feel I have quite a bit of work ahead to get those wide petals looking good. Maybe if I added pencil I could get a better finish but I will continue to work on this stamp.

This stamp is called Bountiful Magnolias  from The Ton.

I added Wink of Stella then wiped some off and it looks just right now. To add extra sparkle on the dark brown embossed background I heat embossed some holographic embossing powder which just goes all round the edge of the brown cardstock.

I ended up fussy cutting the floral bouquet and adding with dimensional foam to lift it slightly and finished off with clear rounded gems. The embossed looking background was actually a pad of different coloured cardstock embossed with all different embossing folders.  I liked the idea but did find the embossing is quite light so not as impressive as backgrounds done with a proper embossing folder.

This next card was a quick card, coloured with Copics. She is one of the wonderful images from Mo's Digital Pencil and she was released in January. 
I am a Patron of Mo's so every month is very exciting getting an image before it is released and another that is exclusive to Mo's patrons in Full Bronte also 10% discount on top of other discounts being offered at the time. The getting images earlier doesn't make much difference to me as Im always so far behind in my colouring but I do love each and every image I get. There are also other Tiers so you don't have to spend the same as me but I love the fact that I could be helping out a business that I really love as well.

On the close up you can see I did more heat embossing around the edge of the card, this time with a sparkle pink embossing powder I got from Hero Art. I did her shoe laces as well but they turned out rather messy as I was in too much of a hurry.

Such an easy image to bring to life, and love that sentiment.


Okay thats it for me so hopefully I'll see you here again soon.


Crafty Hugs


Aileen


  We went out for lunch today with the kids and their children. We also had a huge change in weather just for day it was like a real winters day. Rain, rain and more rain and cool temperatures.   
We went German today and it was a very late lunch which we then had to convince Elysha and all the littles was really dinner. It was an amazing lunner (lunch and dinner combined) and I can say we will be back again to try more dishes.

Back to when I was getting dressed, I put my boots on, struggling with the short zipper thinking to myself my hands must be getting worse. Then I looked at my booted feet sitting in front of me and it suddenly clicks, those boots are on the wrong feet with a definite turn at the top in the wrong direction. Don't ask me how they fit but they did. Yep I'm really getting old and yes Elysha thought it was super funny and couldn't wait to tell her brothers with the most exaggerated signs I have ever seen. 

 
Here we go Darnell  another entry for the NBUS Challenge with the Floral stamp even though both are NBUS