Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Catching Up - Three Birthday Cards


This post is just about catching up on using my coloured images. Its terrible when you get into a filing, tidying frenzy and realise just how many images you have coloured through the last half dozen Colouring Challenges and haven't used them. Mostly individual images but there are also lots of backgrounds, bulk colouring of images that were cut on the scan and cut. Scenes and ideas.

Then you realise that you have probably the biggest collection of stamped and printed images waiting to be coloured in the world. And after a year of not making cards well you were so busy colouring older images or your favourites that you now how an unbelievable amount of Never Before Used Stuff that is crying out to you ' ink me, ink me, please just ink me'.

The images on these cards were all coloured quite a while ago so you might have seen them during the colouring challenges but here we go I have die cut and added to coloured card bases. I have kept them simple just so I could get lots done. Three cards in half an hour, no procrastinating. 

This little sweetie is a rubber stamp and sorry I cant remember where I got here.
I have coloured her and the background with Copics and kept the background very loose with many of the lightest colours going into the sky colours. The sentiment is from Make It Crafty and I decided to leave it natural. Make It Crafty are no longer in business.

I added Glossy Accents to the balloons and silver pen to the beads hanging on the front of her dress. The die cut frame is a new one from the Greetery and I love it so you will be seeing lots of cards featuring this. Added to a lovely lilac card base.

This beautiful card with the Hibiscus bouquet was also coloured some time ago. Copics in tropical colours.   That same die cut frame again.

Best Wishes sentiment is cut in gold mirror card and the background in vellum. A few pretty green sequins and a very soft pale green card base.

My third card is a Digital image from Mo's Digital Pencil, coloured with copics and very lightly outlined. Same die used one size smaller and it has a centre that is slightly different top and bottom to the other die cuts.

I have added her to a blended background that I made from Tim Holtz Distress Oxides
that just glide on. Cant remember the colours I used.

Finished her off with a gold mirror card die cut 'best wishes' and a gem substituted
for the 'i' dot.

There you go, three birthday cards to add to my pile and hoping to do the same again on Friday. Not tomorrow as thats Nanny and Koby day and if I dare to get on this computer and I know there will be little hands darting here and there trying so very hard to add to my thoughts for the day.

So lovely to have you come visit and I do love when you comment. I am slowly getting into the habit again of looking at blogs and commenting instead of just instagram.

Crafty hugs to everyone out there.

Thought for the day.

I know how important masks are in battling this terrible pandemic but I also know that for Elysha and myself one of the hardest things for us is not being able to lipread what people are saying. So just a thought for all those who are deaf/hearing impaired/hard of hearing/ elderly and loosing their hearing.

Remember not only are the elderly becoming more isolated by restrictions on visiting because of their age and health they are even more restricted and isolated when they see people staring at them and they can hear sounds but really have no idea what is being said.

I have found that as time goes on and people are being interviewed on the TV with masks on, if I didnt have captions (and let me tell you watching the news with live captions can be so funny at times as words are spelt wrong, they get the wrong word all together or when it drops too far behind a whole section can be missed) but without it I would have no idea what is going on. 
Just a little food for thought.

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

The Flower Challenge #47 Add Sparkle

This has  got to be the easiest challenge ever - ADD SPARKLE, I love Sparkle, you can never have enough Sparkle.  

I have watercoloured this stamped image from The Ton it is an amazing stamp set with lots to choose from and like many of my stamps not used enough as I have so many.......

I stamped on watercolour paper and coloured with my Zig watercolour brushes and lots of water
to keep the colours really light. I had to force myself to stop as you know I like (love) vibrant colours but I am trying to get myself to go lightly as it too is beautiful.

I then decided to add a silver mirror cardstock frame. I wanted to make it look like a picture on a wall so looked for pattern paper I felt worked with the image. I found this amazing shimmer paper that is black but has a dark maroon colour as well. It is in a Chinese style pattern and I felt it was perfect for this card.

I also added the framed image crooked as I like this look
not having to worry about correct line up ( and I thought it should look like
all the paintings and photos on my walls that all hang with this crooked
look that to my eye looks straight and John has despaired of correcting).

Ok so nows it time to go check out what the Design Team have been up to and I am sad to say that this is to be Karen's last challenge with us. Karen is one of the originals that I asked to join us with this challenge and like all the other original members totally shocked me when she said yes. Karens style is amazing to see and I love that she shares how she makes her cards and offers tutorials. Life takes us all in different directions constantly and for now it has moved Karen in a different direction. We will miss your cards, your kindness and relaxed easy going friendship in the Design Team Karen.

This month our Guest Designer is Darnell Knauss. 
When you go to Darnell's  blog go prepared to be entertained. Darnell has a knack of entertaining through her wonderful posts and has a wonderful following that reads every post and often comments. She was one of the first blogs I followed and helped me get the confidence to have a blog and post my cards rather than just Flickr (yes before Instagram). Darnell always left the most encouraging comments and helped me learn set up etc for the blog and pushed me to go in challenges. She has been and continues to be a great influence in the card community. 

Thank you so much for coming to check out my card, please take the time to leave a comment so I know you have been. I love reading comments and always appreciate the positive wonderful things people have to say.

See you again soon I hope

Crafty Hugs Aileen

Monday, 3 August 2020

Happy Birthday Archer

We went over to visit my grandson who had recently turned one. We were unable to get to his original party as we were in isolation, so it was planned for the next week, no our isolation had been extended due to  Health Department  error. The next week Archer got sick so one month later we finally got to celebrate with him and his family.

This card is made using another of Mo's Digital Pencil images coloured with Copics. Archer had
a cake smash the same as his brother and sister so the card seemed perfect for that.

I added  a one die cut from silver glitter paper and his name in banner form (first time used) and I just added a piece of string across the front of the card then added the little banners with a bit of glue on the back of them. I die cut the image with another new die from The Greetery.

Family Time

I have a pile of photos I wanted to share with you from Archers birthday and also the brilliant gift my husband made for him which I must say has been a great success.

We had a lovely time though we did have to keep our distance a bit as Archer is not use to seeing us and bolts to the comfort of mum's arms the minute we get too close. 

It was so nice to see them all and heres hoping we can see a bit more of them soon.

 These first photos are the gift John built for Archer. Mel and Dale asked if he could make this and he did. It's for inside use and under supervision. Can be up one way as a rocker or turned over and used for climbing or a tunnel. Sophie sent me some photos after to show how she liked using it. She had it set up as a rocker but with some cushions on it so she could lay back and play with her iPad nice and relaxed.

next is Archer enjoying I think Cake number 4 in all his celebrations. Loves to have everyone sing to him and the next photo on is his Cake smash celebration. Cake made by his dad.
I couldn't resist these three cause I just love the look on his face as he listened to his mum. the protection of mums legs and now walking pretty steadily.

This last is the cake my son, Dale made for Archers party.
Who does he take after......I love that he loves doing their
cakes each birthday just like I did.

That is all blue icing and the amount of blue that went into that well everyone was very blue after eating some cake.

Monday, 27 July 2020

Happy Birthday Saturated Canary

A short post, just wanted to share a card I made using this sweet digital image from
Saturated Canary.  I coloured with Copics then added a bit of sparkle with a couple
of different gel pens.

I decided to add a couple of frames cut from gold cardstock and pattern paper. 
Add at different angles so it highlights the image and takes away that worry
of whether the image is centred on the card.

Finished it off with the 'Happy Birthday' die cut.

A family moment.. Archer turns one  Here he is with his brother, Mason 
and sister, Sophie. We have spent more time watching Archer over the last
year through Snapchat and messenger . So lucky we have the technology we
do these days. Even though they don't live that far away between Isolation time,
 no traveling or visiting due to Covid we have missed a few birthdays and
celebrations. But we still get to see parts of their life and that is a blessing.

Crafty hugs everyone


Friday, 24 July 2020

With Love Rainbow Rose

Todays card is made with stamps from The Ton, both the bunch of roses and that gold embossed pattern on the vellum.

I coloured the roses with Copics and followed the same pattern I used for a Rose I coloured in a class with Kit and Clowder plending one colour into the next. Love how it turned out and have done this a few times now as I really like it.

After I finished colouring I fussy cut the roses and after trying a few ideas I decided I liked the look of them laying on some soft green coloured vellum. I then remembered this background stamp I had also purchased from The Ton. I love how it looks and here I have used as coming from the side, stars and dots and heats embossed in gold it looks wonderful.

I finished the card off with a die cut sentiment in gold 'With Love'. I hope you like it as much as I do.


Today is our last day of isolation and I even got a phone call from the department of health thanking me for helping Scott deal with the isolation time. 
It was an interesting two weeks and we have worked our way through a number of puzzles, colouring (he is now the proud owner of a large collection of alcohol markers and watercolour markers), called on friends to drop off bits and pieces that had been forgotten in grocery deliveries. 

Elysha has been in her element watching movies, parts of movies, chatting to herself, writing long stories where she marries the hero (each time its different, Harry Potter, Dr Who (Matt Smith one) etc, dancing with the Wii and the latest is singing with a microphone along with music that also has the words for karaoke. 
It is a very interesting experience as its in the same area Scott is doing puzzles or colouring and it doesn't appear to worry him that her tone flat, made up words when the captions were too fast for her, terrible voice going from song to song.

Scott also talks to himself but a lot less than Elysha and we know this is a form of working out problems and working out what is going on before discussing with us. 

Scott is a routine person and every step is pondered and decided on with lots of thought.  Everyday he goes for a walk out the front, down the driveway, turns left five paces then up the stairs to the front windows left then repeat approx 15 times. 
 Everything  must be explained, rationalised, discussed and things we just take for granted are big for him. Most days are good, some I feel mentally exhausted by the end of the day having explained every step and every decision to both Scott and Elysha. 

I think he has learnt a lot with us over the last year especially since March when things changed and he started coming every day. He has learnt to relax very slightly understanding I don't stress the little things, he has gotten use to my sense of humour and even sits and laughs with me when I stir up my husband (his brother) who plays the game well.

There are definitely times I want to run and hide or rip my hair out. I dream of a holiday where I'm the only one that goes and I sit watching sunsets with a yummy cocktail in my hand and a good book to read.
. In this dream holiday everyone can sign fluently, there is no need for social distancing and I get a massage every day.  Mmmmm I think Im asking for too much there maybe.....

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

The Flower Challenge #46 Summer/Winter Reminder

Its time for the reminder for the challenge at The Flower Challenge Blog and this month is Summer/Winter. 
If you were super quick at the beginning of the month you would have seen this card one minute then next it was gone. Yep...... posted the wrong card..... so now Im sharing , again.
I love this stamp from The Ton  Morning Glory that flowers through every season bar Winter. I never used this background stamp enough to begin with as my colouring was a little flat I felt. But since adding lots of cours and layers in watercolour I love using it as a bright card well worth sending to someone.

I have silver embossed the whole image and here I have tilted so you can see the shimmer added to the painted layers. Don't mistake that for messy embossing on the purple flower it is glitter in the sparkle layer added to the watercolour.

I have added to a large pale green cardbase after die cutting the word die sentiment from the card front ' Sending Sunshine'. I did cut again in fun foam in blue and in gold mirror card then stacked up. I have saved the floral die cut word for another card.
I'm really please with this card and look forward to sending to a friend.

Now its time to go check out the Flower Challenge Blog to see the stunning creation from Mac Mable, our Guest Designer this month, and also from the Design Team. As always they have all made amazing inspirational cards and look forward to your visit.

Here's hoping you decide to take part in our challenge this month but hurry up its ending soon, and I'll see you again soon.

Crafty Hugs


Sunday, 5 July 2020

The Flower Challenge #46 Summer/Winter - Take Two

Yep Im back again and if you were here earlier today you would have seen a different card, just wipe that from your memory OK :)

I accidently posted the wrong card so lets start again. 

I have gone with this wonderful floral stamp from Studio Katia Floral Garden, it is a wonderful stamp. I have coloured with Copics.

I couldnt bare cutting this down so I used my frame dies from Honey Bee Stamps they are called deckle edge and I love that the set is for square frames and also the large number of sizes in the pack. After cutting the floral image I added it to a pale blue cardfront.

I still felt it needed something so I then grabbed the two largest in the die set and cut a silver glitter frame and rather than add as a perfect fit frame I added at a different angle. All done

So now its time to go check out the amazing makes from the rest of the Design Team and our Guest Designer Mac Mable and my apologies for my previous post.

Crafty Hugs

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Happy Birthday Rhino and Friends

A birthday card that nearly hit the bin. Do you ever have those days 
where every step something seems to go wrong?

I coloured this in the last 30 Day Colouring Challenge and I think I am going to spend this challenge using the images I have coloured as I have so many and maybe colouring one or two plus a big project I am in the middle of stamping out. 
So back to this creation, added Glossy Accents to balloon, beak, icing and hat.added the image to a white card base, oops crooked, removed without too much damage and fixed.

Then I decided to use the big Happy Birthday that fits perfectly gold mirror card and I dont know how I managed it but I got glue everywhere. There were marks on the mirror card itself and all over the place on the card. The more I tried to clean it up the worse it got. 

I added some die cut stars and banner scrolls, I liked how they looked but the eye still drifted to the marks from not only the glue now but also from the rubber I had used to clean some off. Then I thought ok, glitter, so I added more glue in the areas where I had glue marks and on the die cut, added lots of white glitter. Thought it was okay

Took photos and bang where ever the gold letters didn't have glitter it looked stupid. Last try, die cut the Happy Birthday again, was very careful with the glue and added to the card front, no glitter.
I think I saved it and it will do for someones birthday.

What a drama for one card. Thats it, see you soon with more. Thank
you for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Hugs Aileen

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

A Couple More Birthday Cards


The pressure is on for Birthday Cards for children as my daughter's-in-law both need more. Of course they need boy ones as well and I am trying to colour as I go. First I am digging into all those images and backgrounds I have coloured in Kathy's wonderful colouring challenges.

Mo's Digital Pencil Born to Sparkle , ohhh I just loved colouring her up and adding all those dots and it makes a perfect Birthday card, only thing I needed to add was a strip of washi glitter tape at the bottom as a wee bit of the card base showed through. 

This next card I used the MFT Balloon Stencil and what a bargain that is. Blended with my Distress Oxides and they are amazing to use for that transparent look when overlapping.

I must admit the coloured cardbase sat for a while because every time I looked at it I thought if I draw the strings on it will ruin it. I decided yesterday just do it, so I used a silver uni-ball signo and of course it went without a hitch. 

Then added this great big die cut Happy Birthday die from Mama Elephant which I cut out three times, once in silver glitter card and then layered up. Added quite a few shiny little sparkly gems.

I hope your enjoying my more regular posts and are ready for lots more cause I am BACKKKKKK

Crafty Hugs


Monday, 15 June 2020

The Flower Challenge #45 Navy + One Other - Reminder

It's that time again. 

Same stamp set this time coloured with Copics. I used colours from B - went with dark colours in the range and R30's - so closer to pink range. To highlight the areas that were light I went back in with my Copic Opaque White which I forgot I had purchased some time ago.

The Copic Opaque White
See the brush, its very very fine so great to add thin lines to
something. What is it - well its acrylic paint in a bottle with a very fine brush
and I cant remember when I got mine or how much it cost but now you are
looking at $25 to $30 + dollars so really just get a tube of white acrylic and a
very fine brush and you have it.

I ended up putting some of the white paint on my paint pallet and added a very little amount of water and used a paint brush with  curved head
I used this brush as I used to paint and had it on hand. I used one with a very small head and just added white in the highlight areas.
You dont need to go out and buy lots of brushes or the best any brush you are comfortable using will work. The point is you can add more highlight to the petals than you can with a white gel pen. In this instance I felt the petals were do dark that highlight was needed.

The sentiment is from the same set of stamps from Simon Says (Sketch Flowers)

For this card I have heat embossed with Gold onto Navy blue cardstock.
I used white pencil (Derwent African White) to add dimension to the petals.

Finished off with gold sequins and a gold mirror card birthday Sentiment. I also aded the blue panel of the card to a layer of blue fun foam before adding to the white cardbase. Another card that did not photograph as well as IRL.

I did most of these cards as tall slimline look and I now need to learn which is the best way to photograph these cards. Might be time for a light box I think.

Anyway now its time to go to the Flower Challenge Blog to see what our Guest Designer and the Design Team have been up to.

Thanks so much for coming to visit and I love it when you comment so feel free.

Crafty Hugs