Wednesday 5 April 2023

The Flower Challenge #79 Focus on Background Stamping


Its time for the latest challenge at The Flower Challenge Blog

Although this is a Christmas background stamp I have coloured with purples and pinks and made it
a Happy Birthday card. I stamped and heat embossed in gold on vellum.

I didn't realised how dark this photo looked until I added it here so have made it a bit bigger for you.
I coloured the flowers with Zig watercolour brushes and a little bit of Nuvo Glitter brush.
To finish it off I added lots of smooth gold gems and sparkly clear gems.

I love how this turned out and hope you do to.

Now its time to go see what the Design Team have been up to and our Guest Designer, Ishani who has designed a wonderful card. If you have time check out her amazing cards on her website or Instagram. I have watched Ishani since she first came on the cardmaking scene doing cards with Quill art and have watcher her amazing talent flourish and grow. A account worth following.

Crafty Hugs


Thursday 16 March 2023

The Flower Challenge #78 Reminder Die Cuts or Stencils


Its time for the reminder post, Ive been doing lots of playing with this months post. 
This is the card I chose for my reminder.

For this card I have chosen a Distress Oxide background I made and added these flowers.
They are from Altenew and are the African Daisy layered die. I went rainbow because well
I love rainbow flowers so why not.

I copic coloured and tried to work going from the layer above for colours so they layered up ok. I was heavy handed with the colour to keep it bring. I added lots of Nuvo Glitter brushpen to the petals for lots of sparkle.

Up close you can see all that sparkle. The flower goes with my blog name today thats for sure.

Now its time to go check out what the rest of the Design Team has been up to at The Flower Challenge
But before you go I thought I would share the flower cards I have been posting on Instagram for those who don't go there so you can see what else I have been doing in relation to this months challenge.

These cards I have used the Honey Bee Stamps Lovely Layers Coneflower die. They look amazing and I have to say this layered die is so easy to work with and looks sensational with just one flower on a card so no need to be doing lots and lots of die cutting.

Copic coloured

Copic coloured/ Distress Oxide background

Altenew Inks blended/ Distress Oxide background

Distress Oxide blended/ 3D embossed background

Thank you so much for visiting 

Crafty Hugs


Sunday 5 March 2023

The Flower Challenge #78 Die Cuts or Stencils

This month is all about Die Cuts or Stencils together with your beautiful flower stamps.

I have been having so much fun with this Rose. This rose comes from Altenew and you can get, Hot Foil plate and stencil if you want..  First I hot foiled most of the rose which is called Gilded Rose.

I used Hammermill cardstock and find that fool proof, each time I foil no matter the brand of foil
it works perfectly. As this is expensive to get here in Australia I bought a ream and cut up for use with this system only. These days to help me with remembering which cut up panel is which I now write on the back in pencil using just initials and it helps a lot.
H - Hammermill
C- Copic - ExpressIt
110 - Neenah Solar White
80 - Neenah
W- Watercolour
G- Glossy
PH- Photo paper
CA - Canson
SB - Stathmore Bristol
SV -Strathmore Vellum
SM - Strathmore Multimedia
and the list goes on......

Now back to my card.
After Hot Foil
I then used the stencil, being a first time using this stencil I had a bit of a learning curve
getting the stencils lined up. There are three stencils and the third has two sections so that the layers end up being four layers.
I used three Distress Ink colours and blended trying to keep my layers light so it didnt become too bright.
After doing the four layers I went back with the second stencil (I did wait a day for the inks to dry as my first attempt when I added the glitter paste ended up pulling colours from different sections together.
So I lay on the second stencil and went over the layer with BoBunny glitter paste.Thisadds a wonderful sparkle to the card.

I have then finished off the card with this wonderful die cut sentiment ' You are Awesome'.

Thank you so much for coming to look and I Hope you will leave a comment letting me know what you think then its time to go to The Flower Challenge Blog to check out what the rest of the Design Team has been up to.

No Guest Designer this week as an emergency came up but next month sees Guest Designers back with us.

Crafty Hugs



Thursday 16 February 2023

The Flower Challenge Reminder #77 Use your Latest Stamp or Die


I have been playing around with a photo editing program and just couldn't resist the addition
of the little love heart bubbles.

Todays card is made using a beautiful Spellbinders hot foil plate. After embossing the image
I decided to do a Distress Oxide blend as Copics don't work very well on the cardstock I used.
I blended with just two colours and when they overlapped I got the third colour. 
I used a masking stencil for the shape.

Now its time to go check out what the rest of the Design Team have been up to at The Flower Challenge.

Thank you for coming to visit

Crafty Hugs


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