Friday, 17 January 2020

The Flower Challenge #40 Shaped Cards, Pop Up Card

I was re-arranging my die cuts in my craft area and came across a pile of die cuts for 
Pop-Up Cards and realised of course they were perfect for this challenge.

So this is the card as you would see it when you take it out of the envelope. Put it together so that everything I added stayed within the box shape.

And these next shots are what you see when you push the box into its square shape.
Look there's even a little fence that considering all the flowers I added probably should have gone to the front as it looked so cool.

I couldn't resist making another card as I had a pile of coloured flowers (these ones from MFT though I couldn't find a link so I don't think they are sold anymore. It's a sad thing when you realised you have coloured up flowers for the first time and they are no longer being made.)

The flowers are all added by attaching to acetate I cut into strips so you cant see them. There are three grass strips going across the card and I attached the flowers to these front and back to balance it all out.

I added a couple of coloured flowers direct to the box on each of the flaps and then finished off with a 'Birthday Wishes' cut from chipboard. Really pleased with this and I know it will be a popular card from previous ones I have made.

I then decided to make a sea scene one but Im still looking for those 'wave dies' I bought and put somewhere to keep safe !!!

There's still time to enter the latest challenge at 
if you feel like it and we would love to see you there.

hugs Aileen

Thursday, 16 January 2020

The Flower Challenge Reminder #40 Shaped Cards

Time for the reminder.

For this Shaped card I went to my Scan N Cut and only had to do it twice to get everything to work fine. I chose a pattern that was already on the machine made it to the size I wanted then added the same again design again. I then overlapped the design slightly and selected both and I think the word is Melded so they joined up. I cut from a lovely pale blue card stock and just folded it in half.

As you can see the top of the card is straight but thats okay.
The flower I have coloured is one I already owned from Alex Syberia as I hadn't coloured it before and decided now was the perfect time. Just like me physical stamps and dies I have a ton of Digital images that are also crying out to be used.

In this instance I wanted to colour the flower in a style similar to Jaycee (dont forget to check out his amazing cards) and I say similar as I am not in his class but certainly was happy with the end result. I love how the flower turned out, love blues and kept the leaves neutral went with warm greys.
I also cut out a pile of leaves from different dies all in vellum to fill out the background.

I went back to the scanner and picked the same shape slightly smaller and cut it twice seperate to add to the inside of the card. The card design still needs a little work on it as it was ever so slightly out of wack and didn't all fold as a perfect match on the loops but was close enough for now.

No sentiment as I felt it was busy enough. Now it's time to go check out what the rest of the Design team at The Flower Challenge Blog have come up with and also check out what others have been doing. Some amazing inspiration on that page.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

The Flower Challenge #40 Shaped Cards

First I would like to wish you all

'Happy New Year'
Yep thats it, no fancy banner or artwork but said with lots of heart and sending loads of well wishes to everyone. 

A bit of police humour to start the day

 I am hoping that this will be the first of many posts now the card making urge is stronger..

This month is Shaped Cards which of course means any shape rather than the basic rectangle standard card. I made my first card by just using the largest die in a square set of dies which gave a fancy deckled edge.

In this instance I have used the largest die from a Honey Bee set called 'Deckled Edge Squares' I love this set. I have this type of style in rectangle as well in two different brands for different sizes. Obsessive - nah.....

Anyway back to this card I folded my card stock in half then put it through my Sizzex making sure to leave the end of the die outside of the cutting plates. It easily cut through the double layer of card and left it intact as a card.

I coloured this wonder Image from Alex Syberia which is available on Etsy and called Winter Bouquet. I do love that with digital images you can size and place exactly where you want. 
Coloured with Copics and very happy with how it turned out.

I was going to try doing with Gold Foil but have found out that we are using a generic brand ink in our laser printer and though it is perfect for everything else it does not for some reason work well with the Hot Foil technique.  Ahh well cant have everything.

I die cut the floral layer with the die that was two sizes down from the largest. The image and sentiment fit perfectly. After adding my fold to the card layer I then attached the floral image on the bottom half only.

You can see from the first photo that the card lays flat on the table then you move the top layer backward to end with the image standing higher than the card fold.

You might also notice I added a couple of big gems to be a stopper for the layer so it didn't slide closed again but found I actually didn't need them as the card stayed upright fine on its own.

Okay thats my card, simple design and easy as. Now it's time to go check out The Flower Challenge and see the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the team.

Alex Syberia has also joined us this challenge with her own amazing creation.  Don't forget to check out her amazing floral images and remember by entering this month you are in for a chance to end up with two of her amazing images.  Also don't forget to check out her blog that shows all the most amazing inspiration for colouring of her images. Maybe try out her dot colouring inspiration.

Before you go I wanted to share my favourite four cards that I made for The Flower Challenge for 2019

See you all again soon I hope



Monday, 23 December 2019

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone

I think this will be my last blog for this year so I just made a quick card to post.

Love this stamp from The Ton called Cozy Poinsettia has this wonderful stamp and a few sentiments to pick from being in the Christas and Holiday flow.

I stamped and heat embossed with gold on vellum then I painted with my Zig brushpens though I dont know if we can call it painting as no water is used in this technique. I lighten the colour using the lightest colour in a colour range pulling the darkest colour that I have just run in one thin line along the edge of the flower. If I want to lighten more and also to add bling I use my Nuvo Shimmer brush pen.

Its really hard to get a decent photo of vellum and the shimmer so you will just have to believe me ok. Thats three cards made for Christmas next year lol.

And with this card I wish you one, and all, a very very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May you all get to see your family/friends and treasure every hug and kiss you share.

Next year, if your lucky the cards will flow, my humour will burst forth and I know, don't be too shocked, but you could even get a card in the mail. 

To all my friends here in Australia and those Overseas I thank you one and all for the lovely cards I have received throughout this year and Christmas. You have all helped me through a very hard year and in extension Elysha too.

Crafty hugs and kisses to you all


Friday, 20 December 2019

Die Cut Flowers and Distress Oxide Backgrounds

I decided that since I havent made any Christmas cards to send out this year I would concentrate on Thank You cards to send to all the wonderful people who sent me cards for whatever reason this year.

If you follow me on Instagram you know that though I haven't been making cards I was being very industrious, making backgrounds for cards, cutting numerous die cuts and colouring in images. I think I have enough for a couple of hundred cards give or take.

So these cards were easy once the idea popped into my head.

The flowers on each of the cards all came in the same set. I die cut piles of them, then glued layers together (four at a time) as this lifts them and makes them look better. The die cuts are from
Pink Fresh and are called Floral Square Frame Dies

There are six in the set and you can do so much with them. Here I have kept the cards simple.

I used backgrounds with Distress Oxide each time in three colours. I then die cut the lifted section with the Tim Holtz Deckle Thinlits  Die I then found that the outside frame fit a 4.5" x 6" perfectly. So I attached the outer frame.

I then die cut adhesive  fun foam with the same die so I could lift the inner section slightly. I the process of sticking these layers on I managed to damage two card fronts where I pulled off bits of coloured card.

Not this one the other two which I then covered up by adding a little colour then a gem or two
in the strangest places but at least It covered the mistakes up.

Finished each off with a little die cut 'Thank you'. Sorry cant remember where these were from.

Now don't forget The Flower Challenge this month is all about using Die cuts. Still time to join in if you want and don't forget there is a prize for the winner.

So wonderful to be back and card making. I hope to see lots more of you all.

xx Aileen

Monday, 16 December 2019

The Flower Challenge #39 Reminder Use a Die

Sorry for the delay in posting. Lucky I couldn't sleep and decided to come on line. Too busy playing with my grandson yesterday to notice the date.

It's time to remind you all that we have passed the half way mark for The Flower Challenge this month. It's such an easy one too and remember this month we again have a prize available for the winner. So a card with flower/floral being being the main ingredient and somewhere on your card a die cut piece, the flowers, background, decorative piece or sentiment.

In this instance I have gold embossed on vellum then coloured direct to the front of the image with my Zig watercolour pens but not used water.  After colouring I diecut then I also cut a layer  in fun foam to lift from the front of the card. 
I couldn't find a die cut sentiment that fit with the centre of the die cut so I used a chipboard 'Christmas' sentiment that I added glitter to, then found a sentiment to go with it and layered that up with red glitter cardstock. Finished it off with some red gems.

My Christmas card stock is very low and late this year and will end up being used next year as my return to the craft room has been so late this year.

Now its time to go to The Flower Challenge Blog and check out all the amazing creations from the Design Team. Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you join us in this last challenge for the year. 

Crafty hugs xx Aileen

Thursday, 5 December 2019

The Flower Challenge #39 Use a Die

I'm back to card making  and chose to use this amazing flower
image from The Ton. I coloured with Copics and just love how it turned out.
I then cut a layer of white glitter cardstock that I purchased to make lots and lots of white
glitter diecuts from that I could leave white or colour. Of course then I realised that it was hard as hell to cut with my machine, just too thick for me. So now I am using for backgrounds and still looking for that perfect white glitter card thats not too thick to cut easily.

After adding the white glitter layer to a white card base then I added the white layer with the coloured image. Lots of tape for each layer to hold in place. The came the silver die cut Merry Christmas that I layered up with an additional three layers of white die cut. I still felt it needed something else and came across this die cut corner from a Hero Art Kit, its so delicate and elegant I felt it was a perfect finish for a Christmas card.

Now its time to go see all that amazing inspiration from The Design Team and our Guest Designer Nancy Penir who makes the most amazing cards. Go and see what die cuts they have used and get inspired.  Remember your flowers can be for any theme you just need to include die cuts on your card. 
Also remember there is a prize again this month this time from 

A small update for those of you overseas, fires are still burning right across Australia with over 130 in NSW alone. The closest to us is 7kms away and under control. Winds are so strong and the drought just feeds it. Cant see the sky or sun for smoke haze and the air is very hard to breath.  Please send lots of positive thoughts our way.

xx Aileen

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Happy 7th Birthday Sophie

I'm back I think, well. I've just spent two days making cards so I'm pretty sure I am. 
There are cards for but you don't get 
to see one till tomorrow and the other on the 15th.

Today's card is all about Sophie, my granddaughter who is 7 today. As well as my
granddaughter she is my crafting buddy and loves everything that is rainbows, flowers,
glitter, sparkle, fairies and unicorns and she is my sweet tooth friend too. When you go out
for lunch or dinner, and its just Nanny and Sophie its dessert first and if you are really hungry 
after then something savoury.

Todays birthday card is all about fairies and rainbows and glitter.
This may look like two cards but it's one with a special inside. The outside was very quick and easy. All the ingredients are Hero Art Kit from last year and I love this kit. The main kit is not available now but a lot of the add ons are so worth a look if your into fairies.
I first Distress Oxide blended some rainbow colours then attached the panel to a white card.
I die cut this fairy scene twice, once in black for shadow and once in gold glitter for the top layer.
I cut the black layer down the middle and trimmed a little from both sides (probably should have trimmed more but its a learning process).
Glued it in place, checking with my gold layer that black would show as I went. Then I spent 10 minutes looking for that little black piece which is her face yes cause the middle cut took off her face and I should have realised it would look funny without it. Found eventually and glued in place.
Then attached the gold layer. Finished it with the 'Happy birthday' die cut which I ran the Nuvo clear glitter brush over.

Inside is the fairy from the Hero Art kit, which I die cut and coloured with Copics.
Glued her in place, Found the sentiment I wanted then found some itty bitty
gold stars from a die cut background and glued them in place.

I love how the blended background looks, wasn't going for a proper
coloured background just bright and happy.

The fairy looks so pretty and there is sparkle on her wings want
and little flowers on her dress it doesn't show up in the photo.

Tonight to go with the card is her first set of Alcohol Markers 48 + another set of 24 with all the skin tones and a book to practice in.  Now she can join me with the colouring sessions and hopefully will get lots of use out of these markers. Found them online and they ended up around 50 cents each. Not refillable but what a great way for her to learn and see if this is her style.

Great to be back and I hope you will all stick around for more posts to follow. Thank you to everyone who continues to follow my blog and Instagram account. You have all been wonderful this past year and your love and kind words has been appreciated.

Crafty love


Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Challenge Me a Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton & Friends

I am so excited to be back with this Challenge again with Michelle. I have participated in this challenge a few times now and look forward to being asked each year thinking about what to challenge Michelle to. 

This year I chose Using the same stamp; Using Distress Oxide on the card base, then using colouring with pencils for the stamped image.

Yes might as well jump right in on my first card after such a long break. Really give myself a challenge, then as the date got closer I started to panic as I haven't made a card in so long and each time I went in the craft room I just couldn't get past just sitting and looking around. Organising, reorganising, swatching that was easy. 

But luckily Michelle's invitation got me motivated.

I really pushed myself here, as I stamped the image first in grey ink using the Misti. I stamped on Multimedia card as I like that it barely warps with lots of water on it and also works with pencils and/or copics. I then loosely added Distress Oxides letting the colours run and spread. Boy was this hard, I am such a control freak wanting the colours only where they are meant to be.

 Anyway once I was happy with the layers of Distress Oxide I left it to dry then re-stamped this time white heat embossing. I then cut the piece in half, using one half for this card and saving the other half or another card.

I bought this stamp set last year from Simon Says and it arrived too late for last Christmas so this is its first time out of the packet. 

I added the panel to a white card base and added a strip of silver washi, a die cut 'Merry Christmas' from Stamplorations and then a bit of sparkle here and a bit of sparkle there with some sweet gems.

I'm really pleased with how this turned out and cant wait till to see what Michelle has done. Please go and check it out too and if you have time leave some love.

I'm still awol from the Flower Challenge and luckily the Blog Coordinator  is so amazing and the Design Team create so much beautiful inspiration that I dont feel Im letting anyone down. I am hoping this post will be enough to get me blogging more but I cant promise this at the moment. So please be patient with my grief and stick around cause I will be back and miss you all.

Friday, 5 July 2019

Yes Im still around, but......

I just wanted to pop in and say hello. It has been a while since I posted on the blog and I don't want you all thinking I am gone. I have been taking a short break as life has been fairly hard in the last year.

As you would know from previous posts, my husbands father passed away a year ago, then in January I lost a very very precious friend, Brad then my amazing wonderful mum a week later. I felt as though my world had fallen apart but also knew with mum it was the best thing as her Alzheimer's had reached the stage she was no longer able to get out of bed or stay awake.

Brad, well I will continue to struggle with that as he was too young by far and it was so sudden. He had always been my other sounding board along with mum. Always ready to listen and just be there. We enjoyed the same movies, books, food, dancing  and ogling the same guys (mind you I was just looking and commenting). He found my sense of humour entertaining if a little rude at times and I often stayed with him in town just to have a break from family life.

Four months after mum passed away on the 17th May (my birthday) dad decided to leave us as well. Though health wise he was doing ok, when mum died and we weren't sure how much he truly understood because of his dementia, he just seemed to give up on life. He disappeared into himself very quickly and at least he didn't end up going like mum. In my trying to understand all this loss when my brothers said how sorry they were dad had passed away on my birthday, I turned it round and told them it must have been because I was his favourite child and wanted me to know that...... really at 61 I don't think it matters so much as a birthday is really just another occasion to eat cake and celebrate.

Just a month after loosing dad, we found out that Johns mum had a very aggressive cancer and there was nothing to be done. They said probably three months. Two weeks after finding out she had cancer Fern passed away peacefully in her sleep. 

I cant believe that in one year we have lost 5 so important to us members of our family. I still colour and go on Instagram constantly looking at all the beautiful creations there but I have been unable to create lately.  I started on 'Thank you' cards to send to people who sent cards or flowers and haven't even been able to complete these.

To those who sent a card or cards or flowers to our family I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will get to sending cards, just not sure when. I miss everyone and all your wonderful comments that always make me feel so good about my hobby. I miss The Flower Blog card challenge too and see the girls are continuing to turn out amazing cards.

I have a wonderful husband, children and grandchildren who are all very patient with me and my lost moments, my crying and my wanting to be around them all the time.
My grandchildren are fantastic little humans who always seem to know when Nanny needs an extra cuddle and kiss and I thank god for blessing me with them.

This last years joy, was of course, the birth of Koby who I now babysit twice a week and my soon to be born next grandchild (number 7) and I look to them and hope I can fill them with lots of memories for their future.

I hope you are all well out there.

Hugs Aileen

Johns mum with Koby at Easter

Mothers Day with Mason(4) Koby (6months) and Sophie (6).

Just had to add this one as its so sweet.