Sunday 9 April 2017

Two Cards to Say Hi and photos galore

If you are here to look at my cards for today and don't want to read the trivia scroll on down.

Where have I been in the last week. Finishing off cards. I wonder how many people do the same
as me or are you all totally organised and each card gets totally finished each go. I make
and make, I colour and colour, I look for challenges and take lots of photos but then I put the
cards aside to finish off later.

That means adding the inside layer for people to write on, find the right envelope and a cello sleeve
to put the card in to keep it clean and undamaged.

They then go in this box that I made like 20 years ago and it just sat on the sideboard in my
room looking pretty but empty.

As you can see I have managed to not only fill it but also a large shoe box which since this
photo has been filled to capacity also. I am amazed how many are there as I constantly give
away bags of cards as gifts and also sell my cards through my hairdresser.

Since  stopping work to help with mum and dad deal with their Alzehimers, the Retirement Village then the Nursing Home I obviously have too much time to craft......nah never. It keeps me balanced
and calm through the heartache and changes. 

I also discovered this week why people purchase Envelope Makers. I have a terrible habit of making my cards and never measuring for them to fit particular envelope sizes. I just make the card then when envelope time comes I cant fit them. I have become fussy enough now that close enough is not good enough. So I bought my first envelope maker........what a beauty, I made like 100 odd sized envelopes to fit my odd sized cards. I am happy.

I then sat and wrote out a pile of cards for my friends overseas. If I mentioned parakeets to you. I got it wrong, its rainbow Lorikeets.

See this sweet bird, well we wake to approx 30 of them each morning in the trees in our front yard.
Apparently they sound lovely (a noise I cant hear but apparently wakes my husband each morning) We have four trees that are huge and get these cherries/berries in Autumn and fluffy white
flowers in Spring and these birds love them. They natter and eat and drops bits all day. At night
the bats come in and they eat and pooh purple and Aaron has a hissy fit every morning because he has to wash the purple pooh off his bright yellow car before it wrecks the sheen.

If you have stuck with me so far now come the cards. I bought myself some Polychrome pencils to try out as so many people rave about them. I coloured in today. One panel with Copics the other with Polychromes. Can you pick which is which??

Loved colouring but it was a killer on my hands. Copic colouring is so quick now and took me less than 1/2 hour. Pencil was layers and I think I may have been gripping the pencils too tight, I need to learn to relax. Love the colours and vibrancy but it took me a couple of hours till I was happy. But very happy for my first time with these pencils.
This is the copic panel.

The pencil panel .
 I loved how I could mix different coloured pencils and
blend with baby oil to get a nice mix i.e. the coffee cups and mugs.

First card
First I have die cut the Copic coloured panel with the 'hi' die from Winnie & Walter
then used the negative from the die cut panel for this card.
I then cut two layers with pink fun foam and one layer of gold then
glued them back in place;
I wasn't sure if it was too much but my judges (Aaron & Racheal) gave
the nod of approval for double foam and gold layer It didn't need anything

This card I die cut 'hi' from linen cardstock then added the cut out
floral 'hi' and inset it so the card is one layer.
I forgot to mention this wonderful panel was given as a free download from Stamplorations
during the Spring Coffee Blog Hop as an image to use for the blog hop if you wanted.
 I printed it up but ran out of time to colour it. I assume its still okay to use it as 
long as I tell you where I got it and here's the link. Stamplorations
Shery Russ is so so generous and talented.

I love how this looks and have seen so many people use the large die cuts this ways and cant
believe I took so long to do so myself.

Thanks for coming to visit and I hope you enjoyed the long story as well as the cards.


Will enter the first card with gold 'hi'

The first card with the gold Hi and all those
flowers fit this challenge perfectly.

The first card with the gold Hi and
all those flowers just makes me think Spring.

Second card with the inset die cut. Blending of Copics
I hope this is right for the Blending Challenge if
not let me know and I will remove.

Second card, inset die cut.

No BooBoo cause I forgot to take a photo of my mistakes and either
binned them or remade them. But something new - image and die cut.


Mac Mable said...

So enjoyed the visit....What beautiful colours on that bird in your garden. Stunning cards...both of them. Yes I could see the differences between the two mediums but loved them both.

Sandi said...

Love both of your cards. I wish I could build of my stash of cards....I send them out as quick as I make them.

Cindy H. said...

Your cards are simply gorgeous! Actually, ALL of your cards are gorgeous I found after taking a spin around your blog. I'll be visiting again, soon!

Cara said...

Totally with you on the hand ache from the polychromos pencils, but it is worth it. Your two cards are fabulous, I hadn't seen the large die before. Stunning colouring from both mediums. Cara x

Christine said...

Your coloring is glad you have found a more comfortable method. Your cards must be such a delight to the recipients, and it's wonderful that crafting helps you face the challenges of taking care of your parents. Prayers for you as you do so.
So glad you joined the challenge at Four Crafty Chicks this week.
Guest DT

Lynne in NI said...

Wow, your coloured panels look fab, and the finished results are gorgeous!
And what a beautiful bird, maybe he was originally white and you had a play with your copics ;)

Anonymous said...

WOW Firstly what a stash of cards! My stash is small in comparison :)
What great cards you made with the panel. As always your colouring is spot on. I too have printed it and not yet coloured it.

Darnell said...

Girl, you color like nobody's business! Such talent in those hands no matter what coloring instrument you use! And the productivity? Please! Next post, please type out a list of all the medications you are on so we can all find your secret engerny, lol!! I do believe there are some card artists who might literally gasp and fall out of their chairs when they see your stash that you just whipped-up! That's more than some ladies make in their lifetimes!! But, seriously, good for you! I'm pleased that you have this creative outlet and customers to keep you keepin' on, smiling, and finding your happy place! (BTW, that giant HI? Yup, I have it. Guess where it is? Yup, that's right! I know. I'm slappin' Hammy and I don't care if I am reported to the Humane Association for the Advancement of Hamsters (HAHA)! I have just moved it to the top of the mountain!) Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #11!! Mwah! Hugs, Darnell

Marybeth said...

Wow!!!! Your coloring is amazing!!! I so love that large hi cut out that you colored its perfect!!! Yay on the envelope making! I make most of mine the same size but I have been in the mood to make some of my own envelopes and you have now inspired me !

Nance said...

Absolutely stunning cards! Gorgeous coloring and love that gold "hi"! Thanks for playing with us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week!

Cris G. said...

Oh my... these are gorgeous! Wonderful coloring!

Tanja said...

such lovely projects - oh, those colors - thanks for sharing your project at Addicted to Stamps and More

Creative world said...

Gorgeous cards,awesome bright colors and fab design...thank you for joining us at ATSM challenge this week
Ċ½eljka DTxx

Bobby said...

I'm one of those people that finish my cards as I make them, Aileen, and they're all the same size so I don't have to worry about envelopes. Your coloring is lovely but why oh why did you cover most of it up with the die cut word.

Neets B said...

Fabulous colouring, Aileen. I really want to invest in some colour pencils but still don't know whether to get Prisma or Polychromo. Will have to do more research before I part with any pennies! I adore your second card, the die cut hi is big enough to appreciate the lovely inlaid panel, great card.
Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers, Anita x

ChristineCreations said...

Look at all this gorgeous vibrant colouring Aileen! I love how you’ve used each part....those bold gold letters....just the floral letters...all lovely designs!

Sarn said...

What fabulous creations you have going on here Aileen. WHAT A HUGE box of cards too!

Glad you are enjoying your envelope maker and it's making life easier for you. Always good when people are HAPPY!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Chrissie said...

I just love your colouring and the clean and simple HI is simply stunning!
Thanks for joining in the fun at Happy Little Stampers!
Chrissie x

Ruth said...

I've missed so many of your posts.... my bad..... I love you chatting to us and telling you what you've been up to. I don't make enough envelopes with my envelope maker, so you've inspired me to try! LOVE that giant gold hi. Xx