Tuesday 10 April 2018

Celebrate Your Birthday

This week I will be posting random cards that I have made and coloured over the last week or two, not for any particular challenge but rather because I felt like using the stamp sets or backgrounds I had made.

As of the time of posting this I am setting of on a journey with Elysha and my dad. We are going to visit dad's older sister (only by a year). Cis is 93 and lives independently, cooks and looks after herself and even babysits the grandchildren and great grandchildren at times. She has a great sense of humour and remembers their early life on the farm and in the hotel when they were children so well. She was always the one who would tell us stories about dad that painted a very different picture to that which dad tried to present to all us children (so pure and do no wrong).

Now as his memories are so quickly disappearing and are so very jumbled up I decided to break the monotony of his days. He pines so much for mum, sitting at the large windows looking across at the cottage that she now lives in, hoping that she will come out and wave to him, and not realising that unless my sister or I are there there is no one to bring her out as she has no memory of him.

He rings me up to 20 times a day forgetting he has called or just to tell me he is going to see what is going on. I decided there was no time like the present and decided to organise a trip. I hired a car, organised the staff to get his medication, oxygen etc ready, cancelled Elysha's program and pickup for a week, booked motels with disability accommodation, nursing support and found the most amazing bunch of people in every area I came across all going out of their way to do all they could to help me get it organised especially as I decided to do it only four days ago. The journey will take 8 1/2 hrs so will be broken with an overnight stay on the way. Then three days with his sister and her family then two days to come home.

Now this long explanation means I will have colouring stuff with me to do at night as he and Elysha sleep if I still have the energy but nothing for making cards so I will post cards I have made.

Todays card is my first. And I have to say my favourite, I absolutely love how this background turned out. Multimedia cardstock. I now have more Distress Oxides so more colours to play with.

Bright rainbow colours blended here and there. Then flicks of water. I then stamped this amazing 
The Ton peony bouquet and masked it and added the vase that comes with it. 

I coloured with pencils and added lots of white to highlight each time using a darker colour one way and a very light from the other direction then bringing in the white to lighten..

I added white pencil to the vase to define the glass look. I did try copic at first and copic shadow but it just didnt work with this piece. There is some shadow evident at the base on the right in the vase but the pencil picked it up better. To finish the piece of I added a very fine line of gold washi tape each side and a gold mirror card diecut 'celebrate' and inside 'your birthday'

I love this set and cant wait to copic colour and watercolour and also colour without the vase and ohhh isn't it lovely!!! I totally enjoy their stamp sets.


I do believe my colours scream it all

I have gone without the vellum twist.


Viv said...

Aileen - this is a stunning work of art! Hoping all is going well with your trip.

lostinpaper said...

I love love the bright and fun bouquet of flowers and how it is sitting so happily in that beautiful background! Have a safe and fun trip my friend x

Ina G said...

Oh Aileen this is beyond beautiful. So very realistic with those stunning life like coloured flowers and your vase looks just like crystal.
Hope you have a great trip full of wonderful memories. Thanks so much for sharing your story and your beautiful card with us at Just Us Girls. Lovely to see you again in our Gallery.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Wow! This is a fabulous card love those bright colors. Thanks so much for joining in at just us girls challenge well done

I Card Everyone said...

Aileen we will all be with you in spirit, and thinking positive thoughts, and sending prayers for you and your traveling troupe! Be safe, have fun, and aren't people just amazing sometimes?
I LOve your gorgeous card... that vase is as amazing as the beautiful bouquet of flowers!

Claire said...

Wow, this is such a wonderful burst of colour - a masterpiece! What an amazing gift you're giving your Dad - sounds like a huge amount of organisation has gone into it. Hope all goes well with Aileen!

Sue VanDeVusse said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the bold blooms in the bold colors and your coloring is superb! Thanks for playing along with us at JUGS!

Ruth said...

Hope you have a great trip and you manage to get that colouring time. Absolutely love the way you are colouring over your ink blending. It looks really classy. x

~ginny said...

Thank you so much, Aileen, for sharing your project and creativity at 613! What a beauty! Those colors are incredible together and your shadows under the bowl make it look like it is floating - an absolutely wonderful creation!
~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C
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Pink Panoply said...

Wow, Aileen, your coloring is amazing on this beautiful image and your oxide background is gorgeous. Stunning card!

Viv said...

Wow again Aileen! another amazing card too, just love your beautiful cards ;) hugs Viv xx

Bobby said...

Kudos to you for making the trip for your Dad, Aileen. As difficult as it may be at times, you will never regret it. Your card is more than lovely. It is gorgeous. So bright and cheerful and beautifully colored.

BożenA said...

You have the unique ability to move the rainbow to the ground. It would seem that the rainbow is elusive, but you are the rainbow catcher :-). I love your very optimistic, colorful cards, and adding gold elements makes them very elegant.