Friday 17 January 2020

The Flower Challenge #40 Shaped Cards, Pop Up Card

I was re-arranging my die cuts in my craft area and came across a pile of die cuts for 
Pop-Up Cards and realised of course they were perfect for this challenge.

So this is the card as you would see it when you take it out of the envelope. Put it together so that everything I added stayed within the box shape.

And these next shots are what you see when you push the box into its square shape.
Look there's even a little fence that considering all the flowers I added probably should have gone to the front as it looked so cool.

I couldn't resist making another card as I had a pile of coloured flowers (these ones from MFT though I couldn't find a link so I don't think they are sold anymore. It's a sad thing when you realised you have coloured up flowers for the first time and they are no longer being made.)

The flowers are all added by attaching to acetate I cut into strips so you cant see them. There are three grass strips going across the card and I attached the flowers to these front and back to balance it all out.

I added a couple of coloured flowers direct to the box on each of the flaps and then finished off with a 'Birthday Wishes' cut from chipboard. Really pleased with this and I know it will be a popular card from previous ones I have made.

I then decided to make a sea scene one but Im still looking for those 'wave dies' I bought and put somewhere to keep safe !!!

There's still time to enter the latest challenge at 
if you feel like it and we would love to see you there.

hugs Aileen

Thursday 16 January 2020

The Flower Challenge Reminder #40 Shaped Cards

Time for the reminder.

For this Shaped card I went to my Scan N Cut and only had to do it twice to get everything to work fine. I chose a pattern that was already on the machine made it to the size I wanted then added the same again design again. I then overlapped the design slightly and selected both and I think the word is Melded so they joined up. I cut from a lovely pale blue card stock and just folded it in half.

As you can see the top of the card is straight but thats okay.
The flower I have coloured is one I already owned from Alex Syberia as I hadn't coloured it before and decided now was the perfect time. Just like me physical stamps and dies I have a ton of Digital images that are also crying out to be used.

In this instance I wanted to colour the flower in a style similar to Jaycee (dont forget to check out his amazing cards) and I say similar as I am not in his class but certainly was happy with the end result. I love how the flower turned out, love blues and kept the leaves neutral went with warm greys.
I also cut out a pile of leaves from different dies all in vellum to fill out the background.

I went back to the scanner and picked the same shape slightly smaller and cut it twice seperate to add to the inside of the card. The card design still needs a little work on it as it was ever so slightly out of wack and didn't all fold as a perfect match on the loops but was close enough for now.

No sentiment as I felt it was busy enough. Now it's time to go check out what the rest of the Design team at The Flower Challenge Blog have come up with and also check out what others have been doing. Some amazing inspiration on that page.

Sunday 5 January 2020

The Flower Challenge #40 Shaped Cards

First I would like to wish you all

'Happy New Year'
Yep thats it, no fancy banner or artwork but said with lots of heart and sending loads of well wishes to everyone. 

A bit of police humour to start the day

 I am hoping that this will be the first of many posts now the card making urge is stronger..

This month is Shaped Cards which of course means any shape rather than the basic rectangle standard card. I made my first card by just using the largest die in a square set of dies which gave a fancy deckled edge.

In this instance I have used the largest die from a Honey Bee set called 'Deckled Edge Squares' I love this set. I have this type of style in rectangle as well in two different brands for different sizes. Obsessive - nah.....

Anyway back to this card I folded my card stock in half then put it through my Sizzex making sure to leave the end of the die outside of the cutting plates. It easily cut through the double layer of card and left it intact as a card.

I coloured this wonder Image from Alex Syberia which is available on Etsy and called Winter Bouquet. I do love that with digital images you can size and place exactly where you want. 
Coloured with Copics and very happy with how it turned out.

I was going to try doing with Gold Foil but have found out that we are using a generic brand ink in our laser printer and though it is perfect for everything else it does not for some reason work well with the Hot Foil technique.  Ahh well cant have everything.

I die cut the floral layer with the die that was two sizes down from the largest. The image and sentiment fit perfectly. After adding my fold to the card layer I then attached the floral image on the bottom half only.

You can see from the first photo that the card lays flat on the table then you move the top layer backward to end with the image standing higher than the card fold.

You might also notice I added a couple of big gems to be a stopper for the layer so it didn't slide closed again but found I actually didn't need them as the card stayed upright fine on its own.

Okay thats my card, simple design and easy as. Now it's time to go check out The Flower Challenge and see the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the team.

Alex Syberia has also joined us this challenge with her own amazing creation.  Don't forget to check out her amazing floral images and remember by entering this month you are in for a chance to end up with two of her amazing images.  Also don't forget to check out her blog that shows all the most amazing inspiration for colouring of her images. Maybe try out her dot colouring inspiration.

Before you go I wanted to share my favourite four cards that I made for The Flower Challenge for 2019

See you all again soon I hope