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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

The Flower Challenge #24 Anything Goes


I cant believe we have reached  number 24, thats two years.
 Just over two years ago I had an idea and I approached a group of wonderful ladies who agreed to join me on this journey. Some have had to step down due to other commitments and others have joined us so that we continue to have a very strong group of Designers who make the most amazing cards to get you all motivated. 

I cant thank them enough, or all of you who have joined us, in this journey. I love making flower cards and this way I know that I will be making a couple in the month. I love the inspiration from the Design Team and the amazing people who continue to follow us and enter in the different challenges. I have learnt more techniques and designs and of course I have been inspired to buy even more stamps. Ahh the joys of empowerment :)


Now lets look at what this months challenge is. 
The easiest of the lot: Anything Goes.

Now we have two surprises to share with you all this month. First we are delighted to introduce another talented crafter who is joining our team here. It's Milla from mustesormi.blogspot.com I am so please Milla accepted our invitation to join the team.

She was our Guest Designer last month and I am sure you all love her amazing cards. As she has often been in our gallery in the past you have probably visited her blog already but please take the time to look again, you won't be disappointed I know ;)

Now for our second surprise!

This month we are very lucky to have a prize for the winning card! Michele from
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps has kindly agreed to donate a prize for our winner.
The winning entry will receive a voucher for $25, so they can buy whatever they like.

The winner will be announced in the usual manner, the day before the next month's Challenge over on 


Now to my card. I decided to go vellum again as I seem to have great success with the Zigs watercolour pens on vellum. I bought this background stamp from The Ton and I just love how it turned out.

Remember to prepare your vellum before stamping. I use the antistatic pillow (I think I got it from Stampin Up) many many years ago and its still going strong. I tend to just drop onto the vellum and rub and do this all over till I feel its clean. I then stamped with VersaMark and add white embossing powder. I heat my gun for a bit before starting on the vellum. Make sure to use a fine paint brush to remove any stray white specks, if you don't they will show up on the vellum.

I use my zigs with no water, adding a line of colour and using a lighter colour to spread and blend. I love how it turned out, the colours all just work perfectly. I couldn't bear to cut it down to a normal card size so I went big 5 1/2 x 6". I will have to make the envelope but even then I had to trim a bit off.

I added the 'celebrate' die cut that I cut from The Tons adhesive silver paper and then stamped and white embossed the sentiment 'So happy for you!'.
The vellum I left with a slight overhang so I could attach at the top on the back with a slight fold and then added vellum tape under a few of the darker petals.

Now its time to go check out The Flower Challenge, remember to read the rules if you want to enter in the challenge with a chance to win the prize. The girls have all been busy making the most amazing inspirational projects to get you thinking. Come and join us.



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33 comments:

Ericka Strange said...

Wow!! What a beautiful card and I love the vivid blue. I've never tried Zigs on vellum but will definitely have to try it! I love the shading you did to with the pink/purple. So gorgeous!

Aileen said...

Yes I continue to try

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Oh Aileen!! what a gorgeous card, Rhapsody in Blue is playing in my head.
I've got to get me some Zigs markers, they can do magic!!! Lovely center wiht those pinks and purples.
So glad you left this amazing image intact, I would have done the same.
Lovely contrast with the silvery sentiment, my friend.
Hugs.

Michelle W said...

Wow Aileen, I love this so much! You have inspired me to use vellum with my zigs now!

Ashwini Rao said...

Wow, wow and triple wow!! This is just so spectacular, Aileen! You made magic using the vellum and Zigs!! I'll have to try this technique again - totally forgot about it! In fact, I thought you had used alcohol inks here, till I went through your post! Just beautiful!

Loll said...

STUNNING!! Your rose is gorgeous Aileen. Love the colours and how they blend on the vellum. This is a show-stopper card! xx

Ina G said...

Wow Aileen this is sheer beauty! Absolutely exquisitely spectacular. Can't stop looking at how amazing this card looks.

I Card Everyone said...

Okay... here it comes... I LOVE your BLUE rose!! yes, it is me. Aileen, you've taken my least favorite color, and my most favorite slip of vellum and created a masterpiece! Bravo, my friend!
=]

Lin said...

Congratulations on the success of your challenge, Aileen! Your beautiful blue flower is gorgeous, my favorite color! Thank you for sharing your work with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Bobby said...

Spectacular, Aileen. The colors are gorgeous and the large format pulls you in.

lostinpaper said...

There you go again, your colouring is superb Aileen!

Shawna Standish said...

Wow, wow, and WOW!! I just wanted to stop by and get a closer look at this beauty! This is absolutely superb, stunning, eye-catching candy! I am going to have to pin this... LOve, LOVE, Love this card!!! I can't stop looking at it!! Okay I will stop stalking... Thank you for your talent.

brenda said...

Oh my goodess Aileen, this is absolutely stunning. Beautiful colouring and shading, confess I have never tried colouring a large image on vellum but I am going to give it a go, many thanks for the insoiration and also for joining in with our 'Make it Feminine' theme at Penny Black and More challenge.

B x

Darnell said...

Congratulations on your challenge's two year anniversary, Aileen!! That's terrific! The card you made to commemorate it is absolutely mind-blowingly beautiful!!! Hugs, Darnell

Michelle said...

Wow, this is incredible!!

Karren said...

I see lots of "wow" in the comments already, so I'll have to try and come up with another word :) . Umm how about amazing, stunning, vivid and all-round gorgeous!

Mac Mable said...

Eye catching and absolutely stunning x

Leanne Harris said...

Wow Aileen, that packs a punch, no, make that two punches!!!! What a STUNNING card and superb colouring and perfect for our make it feminine theme this month. How jolly is that! Many thanks for sharing this with us at Penny Black and More Challenges xxx

Viv said...

Wow Aileen this is just amazing, that bright flower and clever colouring on vellum too...awesome. I have been playing with vellum too but not used my zigs with it yet...I must try soon ;) hugs Viv xx

Barb Ghig said...

Oh my goodness, Aileen...your bloom is absolutely, positively GORGEOUS!!! I may have to grab my Zigs and a little vellum and play along...you have totally inspired me with this stunning card!!!

Christi Conley said...

I saw your card as a DT for the Flower Challenge and I had to comment on how absolutely gorgeous it is!! Gotta get my Zigs and vellum out!

Ruth said...

It really turned out amazing! That blue is just so bright and vibrant. I also can't believe it's 2 years since it all started. Proud to have been a part of the first gang. I know you'll still be going in another 2 years! xx

BożenA said...

This is my favorite rose! The Ton has such a beautiful design !! But it's only your coloring that made this flower take on life and the amazing beautiful.

lauren bergold said...

what an amazingly lovely card for an often overlooked holiday. and of course your coloring is what puts the whole thing over the top!(& you've totally made me want to try coloring on vellum now) :) thanks for SHOPPING YOUR (crazy for coloring!) STASH with us this week!

Donna said...

WOW!!! That flower is stunning and gorgeous!
Thanks for colouring with the crew from SHOPPING OUR STASH!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Oh Wow! Simply stunning. Love your colour combination.

Dandi93 said...

SO pretty Aileen, gorgeous petals

Evelyn S. said...

Wow! This is one of the most impressive, most vibrant, most beautiful card flowers I've ever seen!

Anke said...

WOW WOW WOW absolutely stunning, I love the bright flower.

Karen D. said...

this is truly stunning mf...love, love the look you achieved!!
xx Karen

Mimi said...

First, congrats on The Flower Challenge's success! Secondly, thank you for joining us at SOS last week with this gorgeous card! It is stunningly beautiful. Thanks for the brief tutorial in your post, too. I don't have one of those anti-static pillows, but need one!!! Cheers.

Aimeslee W. said...

Gorgeous! xoxo

Daniela said...

Wow!!! Amazing card and colours! Thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More and good luck!
x Daniela (DT)