Tuesday 26 March 2019

Sending Happy Fairy Wishes your way

There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile;
He bought a crooked cat which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

This poem just  jumped into my head as I looked at my crooked photography, why ohh why when I take the photo does it look straight then its time to edit and there it is.

Lucky the card is straight IRL and looks so cute. Again I have used the Hero Art December kit (sorry it did sell out nearly straight away). This time I have used my cute mouse who I stamped, masked then added the mushroom. Masked the mushroom and added the lady-beetle.  The sentiment then the wee little fairy in the corner.

All coloured with Copics being very careful with the red so it doesn' t bleed out.

I added glitter gel pen to the fairy wings, dress and coming off the fairy as though she is spreading fairy dust. Very soft Copic colours here all 000 range.

Coloured the mushroom and added Glossy Accents to build up dimension to the mushroom and the lady-beetle. A little bit of glitter gel pen to the flower and all done. One layer and all done and dusted.

Now to find that crooked man........


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

xx Aileen

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Just a Note & Best Wishes

Another couple of cards for you to look at. Both of these were easy as cards to make. The longest part of my card making process ends up being the sentiments, Stamp it or Die cut it; which one: birthday, hello, thanks, punny etc; size and placement. Sometimes I end up going through so many folders looking for just what I want and its driving me nuts. Does anyone have an easy answer to this? Thin them out so theres less to pick from? Add the sentiment first and build the card around it? 

Anyway this is my first ohh so simple card. The rose panel is an IO  background stamp stamped and white embossed on vellum (yes my favourite as you would know if you follow me). I have coloured half the panel in blues and the other half in pinks. The pinks are for a different card.

I coloured with Zigs using one colour for each flower and using my Wink of Stella to thin and move the colour around and add lots of sparkle.
Check it out!!! 

I then taped down the rose vellum panel onto the card base and cut a piece of scrap
card stock with the curved scalloped border die. Attached to the card front and finished off with some blue sequins and the Best Wishes sentiment that I curved to follow the line of the die cut and used my Misti to hold it in place. I truly love this card and how it turned out.

Now this card was made using a piece of Yupo coloured with greens and yellow alcohol ink. I made this piece ages ago and thought it would be perfect for this die cut floral frame. The floral frame is one of five in the set so I have more to share later.
Of course now I have the piece that was cut in the Alcohol ink for another time but this time I cut in white as well.
I have cut a piece of adhesive fun foam to the same size as the floral diecut frame.Attached to the cardbase that is narrower than my usual cards to suit the diecut panel. After adding the while layer I then added the negative pieces in alcohol ink. I couldnt for the life of me find the alcohol ink centre for the flower but luckily I had decided to use bright green funfoam and it works perfectly there.

Here you can see the funfoam behind the die cut. Brilliant bright colour, yes !!

This time I finished off with a sentiment "just a note" as it is a thinner card. Great font isn't it, one I have had for ever so long and just perfect. A few enamel dots in greens and Im happy.

Had to share a photo of this brilliant find in Spotlight, I think it may have been a one off stock but keep your eyes open girls. Was not expensive, A5 size 5 of each colour, lovely and bright colours and even a soft grey at the bottom and the funfoam has adhesive tape on the bottom. Perfect for those layers on your cards.


Just a N0te
Faux Stained Glass + Stamping + Diecuts

Best Wishes
Zig Watercolour brushes on Vellum

Best Wishes
Birthday Card

Just a Note
Diecut floral framed

Just a Note
I feel this card is Spring in floral and colour

Best Wishes Card

Best Wishes Card - 
Front piece that is die cut
is a snippet.

Thanks so much for coming to have a look and see you again soon.

Saturday 16 March 2019

Sweet Wishes and Hugs &Kisses

Yes I'm back again. I have so many cards I want to make so let's get started.

I had already coloured my fairy from the Hero Art kit  (sorry it is sold out) this time in blues from the high number range B99 B24 B21 and lightest B41. Die cut and stuck on the edge of the card but made sure it would still fit in an envelope ok. The card base is blended Distress Oxides in blues and a little lilac in the centre.

I just kept moving my blending tool in an oval shape direction blending one colour into the next and left the centre with no colour till nearly finished so it would be brightest there.

I used this amazing stencil from Funky Fossil Designs on Etsy called "shooting Stars". I just held it in place and added some glitter paste. Once it was dry I added a few more stars so it continued around a bit more and finished off with a'sweet wishes' die cut from Penny Black.
If you have time go and check out Sarah's creations, these stencils are just perfect to work with.

This next card was super quick as I have been colouring pieces of acetate with Alcohol inks and just leaving aside for just this type of thing. I used a small piece and die cut with this sweet interlocked hearts die (mmm gone blank on who by so will have to come back to that). I left it all as one piece as it really looks pretty.
I die cut again from the front of the card so I could inset the coloured hearts by just adding a piece of tape inside the card. I then used some Nuvo and added the gold dots. After  I add my dots I tap my card onto the table, straight down not at an angle. This helps the dots round out and not be so peaked.

Of course then I thought of stamping my sentiment but didn't want to use the Misti and squish my dots so used a stamping block with the sentiment 'Hugs & Kisses' and decided grey would be nice. It is okay but a bit faint I think and probably would have been better if I had been able to stamp twice or in black but just too hard to do trying to eye ball it so left it alone. The card is soft and pretty and with that sentiment cal be for lots of different occasions.   

Ok thats it for today. Left it very late to post so will add challenges tomorrow. Thanks for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

xx Aileen



Congratulations CAS Mix Up on your 3rd Birthday. A fantastic challenge
that has grown into a number of different challenges over the years. Well done.
My Heart card 'Hugs & Kisses' is perfect for this challenge
with the Alcohol ink (stained glass look) + die cuts + stamping 

A brand new challenge starts the first day of the month and called "day of the month card club". 
This month is "I want you to be happy day' And what better than a sparkly fairy card sending
 'Sweet Wishes'

A simple heart card   Hugs & Kisses 
for Birthday Wishes.

Sweet Wishes fairy card without the Topping.

Copic Coloring and Distress Oxide blending

Hugs & Kisses Inset die cuts card

Friday 15 March 2019

The Flower Challenge Reminder 'Anything Goes' #30

I cant believe its been so long since I posted anything on my blog. My apologies to all you wonderful people out there. I have found it really hard to get back into making cards but the drought is broken.

I found that after mum passed away I just couldn't get myself to do anything in my craft room. I have coloured and cut and stamped and organised things but no cards. The feeling just wasn't there but it is back so lets get going.

I painted this beautiful 'The Ton' background stamp with my Zigs using the darkest to add shadow and lightest to spread the ink and my Wink of Stella pen to move and blend and add lots of sparkle.

We went on a 14 night cruise around the islands and a couple of days in Fiji and it was very relaxing. Beautiful though very hot on the islands. Perfect swimming and snorkelling, lots of cocktails and of course amazing amounts of food.  We had a couple of days where we were unable to go to the islands planned due to high seas from a hurricane that was headed towards Australia then back again. Lucky for me, who cant go on a ride that goes round or up and down without getting sick, I don't get sea sick.

On one of those forced days on the ship I sat and painted this piece along with half a dozen others in vellum. I love how it turned out and you can see on the close up theres lots of sparkle.

I only trimmed off the slightest to make a card 5.5" x 5.5", glued this directly to a card base. I first of course silver embossed on multimedia paper. Finished off with the die cut 'best wishes' new to me from MFT one layer in silver glitter paper and I drew in shadow with my C3 to give a bit of depth then finally I added some clear gems. They are clear but have a silver bottom so are very pretty.

Thats it a simple pretty card. Now it's time to go check out what the rest of the Design Team have made to inspire you at The Flower Challenge then get making a card or two. Remember its Anything Goes as long as flowers are the main feature of the card.

So good to be back.xx