Friday 20 May 2016

Just Us Girls #344 Colour Week

Hi everyone.
Happy weekend and I hope you are all enjoying the lead up to Summer. We are
still having abnormally warm weather during the day with temperatures up in the high 20C
but nights are certainly cooler. Apparently a few days ago it was the warmest on record  going back to 1923 at this time of year.
Now I wanted to share another brand new challenge over at
for my guest design spot for this month and 
this week's color combo: Plum, Olive and Ivory.
These colours I struggle with as I am more a rainbow colours type of person. I did lots of looking on the internet and found  that firstly when I typed in 'plum'  there was quite a range of plum colours. I looked, played around and ended up with three cards I was quite happy with. Have decided to share two, did my photography then added the Just Us Girls logo and looked at that plum on that and saw that yes I have gone 
more burgundy/plum than purple/plum.  
   My cards:

My first time squishing Distress Ink inkpads directly onto the stamp. The stamp is a Penny Black (The Unfolding) I  used Seedless Preserve( Distress Inks) for the flower and  Crushed Olive for the stems and the cardstock is an ivory colour. Once the stamp was inked up I sprayed lightly and managed to get four card fronts done, from the one inking and still cleaned ink off the stamp. The fourth one is very light in coverage but Im sure I will find a use for it.

I then added water via a paint brush to connect the colours here and there but mostly left to dry. I had a few  previous attempts where I played too much and found myself wanting to tidy up and define and had to force myself to stop. The only additions I did here was to draw in or define those fine lines in the centre of the flower a little better.

Added some olive gems (no longer available) and a gold sentiment (gold mirror card available in lots of places).
 It doesn't look like Seedless Preserve but it is.

Then I went with Copic colouring and used a colour that is called White Pearl (E41) and has the most amazing colour. To me it makes me think of a silky ivory colour.

This image is from Saturated Canary, isn't she a stunner. Wearing an off the shoulder Ivory body hugging dress opening into frills and lace  from the knees. 
A beautiful big bow finishes the dress off.

This photo is a wee bit blurry but check out the shimmer of this material. 
Its amazing what a juicy Wink of Stella can do and I drew with a clear glitter pen on the lines in the lace and up near her lashes and on the tips of the flowers in her hand.

Now we look at the rest of the card and the tulips are from a Penny Black (flower gala and comes with two stamps). 
I stamped twice, one I left whole and just fussy cut the whole image as one. The other I coloured and fussy cut all the flower heads and leaves 
so I could place them where I wanted.

I coloured all the tulips with Copics in the deep red range thinking burgundy/plum and should have gone purple/plum.  I loved this card by the time I finished. It is one of those ones where I had all the components and thought how do I use the ivory, 
plum and enough olive green together. 
Placed the main bunch of flowers then glued the girl over the top then while 
still wet added more flowers and leaves here and there even getting that green leaf on the right to balance the leaf curving in the opposite direct on the left.
It all came together and finished off with the 'best wishes' sentiment again cut from Gold Mirror card. I was ecstatic till I added that colour list lol..... really thats so me.

 Please be sure to stop by the Just Us Girls challenge blog to see all of the other wonderful inspiration from the team! :) . Even better come and join us with a card.

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you will come again soon.

Penny Black and More :May Challenge : Anything Goes
The watercoloured flower card.

The watercoloured flower card.

'May All your weeds be wild flowers'

Flowers being my inspiration so the first card here. 

Best Wishes Card

Using the topping as the 'Best Wishes Card' certainly has dimension.
I accidentally added the wrong picture to the link, it was meant to be the flowers with the girl in the evening gown. Sorry

Best Wishes Card

Thanks again for coming to look.


Flo Langley said...

Gorgeous cards Aileen. Love them both.
Flo x

Vicki Dutcher said...

Stunning use of the colors love them both!

Chris Dring said...

Holy Wow! Two stunning cards! Well done!

Ruth said...

Oh my! Your flower is absolutely stunning - it looks hand drawn!!! And I love the wedding card - really excellent Copic colouring xx

coldwaters2 said...

WOW, WOW, WOW Aileen these two creations are stunning, wow, excellent work
lorraine x

Cara said...

Two absolutely stunning cards. Fabulous colouring. Hope the weather cools down a bit for you. Cara x

Nancy said...

Such fabulous cards Aileen! I love the pair of them, so glad Sue showcased both of them at JUGS!

lostinpaper said...

Both so darn beautiful, love the rich colour or your watercolour flower, but it's her glittery dress that had me at hello!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Amazing cards - especially the first one! In general I am not a big fan of those big-eyed girl stamps...but that's just me. But love the glitter and your coloring skills - wish I had them...

Sharyn Polesel said...

Amazing both of them. The technique you used on the first card is so much fun to do. I'm going to have to get that copic marker you used for the dress on the second card....gorgeous color. Also, loving all of the glittery shine!

TaeEun said...

Both are beautiful! Love the color of the flower on the first card! The ivory dress and the tulips on the second card were colored perfectly!

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Oh WOW!! Aileen,what a pair of gorgeous cards, the flower from Penny Black is stunning, I love this sketchy images, when you use the inks or markers and then spray a bit of water, the look is truly beautiful. Now, I love the shimmer on that dress!!! seriously, this second card is incredible, such a gorgeous image of this girl with that amazing dress!!
Thank you so much for sharing.
Maria Rodriguez.

Ashwini Rao said...

LOVE the cards, Aileen - never mind the colors!!

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Both are amazing! I love the first one with the way you inked and misted them, gorgeous results and love that clean design. Your coloring on that second one is outstanding. Such beautiful blending and I love the color of her dress.

Bobby said...

I love your misted and stamped PB flower, Aileen. I've seen this done before but never tried it. You may just have inspired me to give it a try with your gorgeous card.

Ina G said...

Gorgeous card Aileen. Love them both.

Judy Woodland said...

These are just gorgeous! I love how you have chosen to color them, and the simplicity of the blank background. Well done!!

Barbara said...

I saw your cards over at JUGS and love them there. But I have to say that I love them both here too. Thanks so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday.
Barbara DT Member

Anita in France said...

Wow, that's an amazing shimmery dress, Aileen ... fabulous against those lovely tulips! Those plum blooms are stunning ... never tried inking/misting (neat freak tendencies!) ... the effect is fabulous ... such a striking and gorgeous card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Anita :)

BożenA said...

Beautiful composition! Wonderful card for lovers. All cards are beautiful.

Donna said...

Wow! These are awesome cards! Thank you for joining our challenge this week at Little Red Wagon. Donna (DT)

Maria Valente said...

Stunning cards, Aileen! Great Use of colours! Thank you so much for joining us at CWS Challenge this month. Hope to see you again!
Hugs, Mary (DT member)

Joyce said...

These are both just gorgeous. I love all the bold colors. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

brenda said...

A really lovely card and it's lovely to see you at Penny Black and More challenge Aileen, many thanks for joining in.

B x

Jodene said...

Beautiful cards, and I love all of the gold and sparkle! Thanks for playing along with us at Seize The Birthday :)

Katy said...

Both of these card are gorgeous! The maroon is so rich! And I love the gold! And the lady on the 2nd card is awesome! :) Thank you so much for joining us at House of Cards! :)

Monika Reeck said...

both are beautiful
but your first card is stolen my heart
its so dreamy so adorable and soooo fantastic
love your card sweety
many thanks for joining with us at Creative with Stamps this month

Lilian said...

Lovely cards! But I love the first one! =)
Thank you for joining us at Creative With Stamps!
The Leaf Studio

Shery Russ said...

Both beautiful cards, but I love the first one -- stunning inking/stamping. Thanks for playing at TO!