Tuesday 6 March 2018

Four New Cards and Lots Happening

Lots of photos and lots to say. If your here just for the cards scroll on down to the first photo, if you want to have a bit of a share of whats been going on then grab a coffee, and lets get started:

The new couple of cards I coloured while on holidays down the south coast with my husband a
Elysha and Jake (the dog). It was our first proper holiday in the camper van we had just inherited from John's dad. John's dad is now in a Nursing Home with emphysema and life is hard and sad for him. He offered us the camper van and though I am on preference a 5 star accommodation person I thought ok lets give it a go.

Well it poured with rain the first night and I thought we were going to get washed away but then settled down to hot hot hot for the next five days then the last two days it was torrential rain which of course meant lots of mud and packing in the mud and rain. All things considered it was a brilliant caravan park, people are extremely friendly stopping to chat, happy to help and share. People were wonderful with Elysha and that means a lot to me as we have met some terrible prejudice over the years. Jake bunged on a bit of small dog syndrome but then I found all the little dogs did this but his Guide Dog Assoc training paid off in the long run and he was a good boy with people all wanting to get to know the puppy (he is 10 years old but has a look of him that people mistake for puppy).

Fishing was a bit hit and miss; sunburn, me on my back sitting in the shade colouring in, should have moved. John got really badly burned on his feet where his thong straps go across his feet, the only white bits on his body, it was like 3rd degree burns and caused much pain for four days or so which made getting around very hard.

We ate, drank and worked on a 1000 piece puzzle with the help of total strangers and yes I will go again. I also had phone calls from dad everyday at least 15 times a day letting me know that the creek between mums cottage and where he lives was filling fast and reaching critical levels. He was very worried it was going to flood, highest levels it had been in ten years (he has only been there just over 2 months now). I kept assuring him they would get him out if it flooded but it only settled him down when I said we had a dingy and could come get him if it overflowed. Dad had his 92 birthday last week and apart from a few escapes is doing well at the new nursing home now.

On to the cards:

This beautiful card is a Penny Black Stamp, all the work is done as you stamp and the flowers are already in the vase so all you need to do is colour. I have coloured with Copics. I tried to keep the colours nice and soft and the only strong colours are the two main flowers and they are R81 R83 R85 R89 for deep shadow. I got a little heavy handed so the colours got darker than I intended. 

I have tilted this photo and really lightened to show the sparkle as I added Wink of Stella to the flowers. I added it to the centres of the flowers coming out (not the whole flower) and the lines of the vase. Really looks beautiful IRL. I have taken all these photos while babysitting so I don't have facilities to take photos to show up sparkle as well.

I added some grey copic to the base then used the '0' colourless blended to breakup the grey.
Finished off the card with some sequins and silver glitter diecut 'celebrate'

This card is so cute. I got this image given me by a crafty friend and it has been sitting there
waiting for me to colour her in for ages. I decided to go really light pink/peach. This is a

Stamping Bella stamp and I am thinking she needs to join my collection of stamps, but will have to wait, as I have just seen the latest release and ohhh boy am I going to be broke after I finish shopping there.

Anyhoo After I coloured her with Copics R000 R00 R10 R20 I also added some Wink of Stella and again you are going to have to believe she looks fabulous cause my photos didnt catch the glitter. I die cut with rounded stitched rectangle die, added fun foam behind then attached to a card I had added patterned paper to. No sentiment so it can be used for anything. 

This is another image I coloured while away but had to work out how to fix you see I stamped it at an angle then decided to add the vase and had added the sentiment which was straight across the card so I had to do a bit of fiddling around but I got there. I love this stamped image totally, its just beautiful and so easy it colour. Its from The Ton. Coloured again with Copics and very happy with how the vase has turned out.

I ended up using a stitched rectangle die on the piece then added to a yellow cardbase but attached at a distinct angle so the vase is in the right place. I added some bright coloured enamel dots then to cover up the original sentiment that was stamped and now at a weird angle I die cut a white and gold polka dot tag and added a gold cardstock diecut 'thanks'. Makes it an odd shaped card but will make a special envelope for it. I love how the colours look against the yellow cardbase.

This next card was actually inspired by the arrival of three parcels in a row with crafting goodies all ordered over a number of weeks but being in Australia we often have to wait for deliveries. In this instance some were held up, some arrived when expected and others arrived quicker than expected and then I went to a craft shop and as I was driving home I was thinking of this sweet image from Mo's Digital Pencil and thinking it would  was the perfect front for my introduction to what I have bought..........oh my goodness

In this instance you can just see the glitter on her dress. I couldn't resist giving her a bit of red in her hair to go with her yellow dress. Isn't she the cutest, in this instance as she is a digital image I manipulated her in Adobe Illustrator and just put her on the edge of the page so I only printed what I wanted and also at a tilt as though she is looking around the corner and has spotted my supplies!!!

So I can use it after I have stamped inside with this fantastic sentiment I managed to find in the shop I was in. How cool is it. It will get so much use from me as I am shocking at getting cards out on time. I do so love making cards, but getting them to people on time - never.

This was the craft shop items, the Distress Oxides I didnt have yet that I wanted to add, only the brights and lights as I don't use the duller or darker colours. Some extra Alcohol Inks, Transparent Yupo, blending foams and a couple of stamps. 

A lovely pile of new Mama Elephant stamps and a die.

Hero Art  only showing the Add ons to the actual kit I received in February so I am being conservative there. Also forgot to add the diecut letters of the alphabet I bought to go with the stamp.
Dies and stamps from Pretty Pink Posh. Lots to be used.
As you can see there has been quite a spending spree which is mad as
it will just add to the pile of NBUS already there but what can I 
say other than 'You know how it happened, you know you do'

'They made me do it mum'


Tulips in a Vase 'Thanks'

Tulips in a Vase 'Thanks'

Oh My Goodness
Belated Birthday Card

Stamping Bella Flower Girl No Sentiment

Ohh My Goodness Card

Flower Vase 'Celebrate'

My beautiful Stamping Bella Flowergirl card

Tulips in a Vase 'Thanks'

Penny Black Flowers in a Vase 'Celebrate'

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


Viv said...

My stash from Sunday is a bit like yours Aileen!!
Great set of cards - the PB floral stamp is beautiful and I think it has to be my fave!

JoAnn said...

Oh, I bet you had fun going through all your new goodies (yes, we all do it!). Love all your beautiful cards. The cute digi image on "Oh My Goodness" reminds me of Shirley Temple. Thanks for sharing your sweet card with us at Seize the Birthday.

lostinpaper said...

So happy that the holiday went 'well' lol. We just had a couple of days testing out our camper and loved it (we have been tenters previously and vans are a whole nother world... so much to learn). We head off round Australia in a couple of months so crossed fingers we sort it all out real soon. LOVE all your inspiration, your colouring and choice of sweet images is wonderful!

Mervi said...

Gorgeous set of cards Aileen!
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts Challenge.
Happy Women's Day;-))m

Jan Clothier said...

Your colouring on all cards is just fantastic! I love your bunch of flowers in a vase - they are just so joyful. Great save with your dots and slanted positioning and boy - are those flowers worth saving! They certainly say SPRING in big capitals. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players this week.

Kathleen said...

Wonderful collection of cards, all with fabulous colours and some really lovely CAS layouts and love the sentiment on the last card. Looked at the PB image loads of times and should I, but didn't now wish I had seeing your card.
Thank you for joining our 'Ladies only' challenge this week at Allsorts.

Kath x

Darnell said...

Your flower coloring is stunning, as always, Aileen, but it's the last card that's my fave! She is adorable and I love that OOPS sediment!! I enjoyed your recounting of your horrible but worthwhile (?? wait. what?) adventure and I'm glad your dad is settling in his new place! Hugs, Darnell

AO Creations said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Alphabet Challenge, good luck!!! Amy DT

crafty said...

Beautifully coloured flours. Thank you for joining in our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.

Mandy said...

Gorgeous selection of cards Aileen! They are all so pretty and beautifully coloured.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl said...

All of your cards are wonderful Aileen - you clearly are super talented when it comes to colouring! I adore the bunch of tulips in the vase, so bold, beautiful and Spring-like; the sentiment on your last card is sweet too, perfect for a forgotten birthday! Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

Viv said...

Wow so many gorgeous cards here Aileen and I just love all of them!your colouring is so amazing too....I am very envious! Nice to hear about your travels too, glad the weather improved in the end, shame about then sunburn though.hugs Viv xx

Laurie Unger said...

So many gorgeous cards! I really like the one bouquet that you had to twiddle with because it was on an angle. Off to check that one out from the ton! thanks for the enable!

Donna said...

These are all so lovely! If I had to pick a favorite... the Thanks tulip vase card is beautiful! I love florals, but the little girl on the belated birthday card is adorable! Your coloring is great!

Janis Lewis said...

Fabulous cards! All so different, and I love all of them.

Ruth said...

Hahahaha! I know exaclty where you are coming from. You need all that stuff - and I know you will use it eventually. I LOVE the way you've coloured in the Lily of the Valley girl with the peaches. I think it might have been me who sent them! Can't beat a bit of Stamping Bella. The new release is fabulous. Hope you'll share what you get! xx

stampwithsandy said...

Aileen what a wonderful gallery of cards, and your vase full of spring flowers is just gorgeous! Your coloring is just wonderful, and I especially like how you did the vase. Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Paper Players!

chanya13 said...

Beautiful work!!! Very pretty flowers. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this month. Hugs Agnieszka chanya13

Nancy said...

My goodness Aileen what a story! Memories made for sure! I am impressed that you stuck it out so long! All of these cards are really fabulous and your new goodies too! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your post today! Thanks for sharing your talents with us over at Seize the Birthday too!

Bobby said...

Camping in the rain can be the pits sometimes, Aileen, but all in all I find it rather relaxing. I'm glad you had a good experience and are willing to give it a go again. Your cards are wonderful. And I know you were one of the winners at The Paper Players for your vase of Spring flowers, which is gorgeous by the way, especially the way you colored the vase itself. I have that PB stamp and will have to get it out again after seeing yours. That darling oops girl is precious as she eyes your crafty haul. I think she's a little jealous, as she should be. You have a lot of nice things there.