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Friday, 16 July 2021

The Flower Challenge #58 Reminder

 



Its time for our reminder card for this months challenge at The Flower Challenge Blog.



What do you think of this card from, looks like some brilliant foiling but no I have to admit this is from a series of card fronts I bought many many years ago and then hardly used cause I love the look of them so much and hate the thought of not having them anymore.

Anyone else like that mmmmm?

Okay so card front done and dusted, I then added a pretty little floral image I coloured with copics.


Cut with the Scan n Cut, fits the front panel perfectly and then added a pile of little diamond gems and the With Love die cut sentiment.

How quick was that??? Come on, join us at the challenge and show us what you can do.
Off you go to check out The Flower Challenge Blog and see what the Design Team have been up to and look at who has joined us and what they have made for inspiration.



See you again soon I hope


Crafty Hugs

Aileen



Monday, 5 July 2021

The flower Challenge #58 - Add Spots or Stripes

 


Nothing like a stripe or two to brighten your day.


Its time to think about our challenge again and this month is easy, colour up your flowers and add some spots or stripes somewhere on your card and bang your ready to go.

This card I used an Altenew stencil to add my stripes as I like the wonky lines on it. I added with Distress Oxide ink.


The flowers are digital images that I have coloured up as softly as possible with pinks in the RV range in Copics. I then fussy cut these out.

I'm really happy with how this card has turned out. Another flower image I need to use more often :) as in with the amount of floral images I have I reckon if I use each once a year then I am using more regularly. I finished my card off with quite a few sequins.

Now it's time to go check out The Flower Challenge Blog to see all the beauty made by the Design Team and this month we have the most amazing card maker, Enna (Ritzy Hag) joining us . She is a very good friend of mine and we enjoy many an hour chatting most days through social media. Having the same sense of humour leads to much laughter, something we all need every day. He artistic skills are amazing and you need to make sure you have a good look at her wondrous cards. She also has an account in Instagram and there is even more there to look at. 

But don't forget the challenge in the process as we love to see your creations there.


Crafty hugs

Aileen



Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Reminder The Flower Challenge Blog #57 CAS

 


I have used the final image in the set that I got from Joy Clare who are our sponsors this month.
I picked a digital set of flowers and they come with lovely sentiments as well but I like using diecut sentiments mostly on my cards.

So this was the 4th image, coloured with Copics then fussy cut.


I did a very soft blend of pink into the negative of a die cut I had.
Perfectly simple and CAS

Now it's time to go check out what the Design team has been up to and our
Guest Designer, Rachel. Don't forget to join us, the winner will get a voucher to use at Joy Clare
digital or physical stamp.

Thanks so much for dropping in

Crafty Hugs

Aileen



Saturday, 5 June 2021

The Flower Challenge #57 CAS

 


CAS (Clean & Simple)


First card I coloured the flower with Copics RV10 R81 R83 R85 R89
I then fussy cut with great care. I picked a card base that I had cut with a section die
from Tim Holtz.

I decided to add a strip of waterecolour cardstock I had added Distress Oxides to as I felt it looked both pretty inside the card and behind the die cut section on the front.

I then added the flower with dimensional foam to lift it slightly and finished off
with a die cut sentiment in silver glitter card 'precious'


I dont know if this is blurry or me but anyway after doing the other card that is ultra CAS (for me) I decided to do a slimline card using some of the other flowers I had coloured and fussy cut at the same time.


I used the same colours as I did for the other flower. Leaves I forgot to mention and now I cant remember exactly, closest is YG01 YG05 and I think YG 25. I used a panel that has been imprinted with a neat dots pattern. 'Birthday Wishes' from The Ton Sentiments die.

I really hope you like these and now its time to go check out what  the amazing creations from The Design Team at The Flower Challenge Blog and our Guest Designer Rachel from  Rachel Alvarado Designs
I have chatted with Rachel on and off on Instagram and I have followed her Instagram and Blog for years, a true inspiration to me. Every time I see another post I dream of being able to colour and design just like her.


Thank you so much for coming to visit 


Happy Crafting


Aileen



Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Two Wedding Cards, Same Image, Different Colouring

I have made two cards using the same beautiful image from ColaradoCraftCompany and this stamp is from the Lovely Legs Collection. In this collection you only ever see the body and legs, never the full image. I saw this and just fell in love with it.

In this version of colouring I have used Sepia Colours in Copics and added
some Gold sparkle with a Gel Pen to her lace on her dress.

You can see the sparkle really well here on her dress. I found that the frame die from
Altenew, the cover plate one or larger of the two was perfect. I just used the inner three sections to frame my image and cut from gold mirror cardstock.

I then decided not to go traditional and added to an embossed panel of green with paisley pattern. This was then added to a white card base and after looking at lots of sentiments in my mind I loved the 'Magical' die cut sentiment from Stamplorations I love this die cut and in this instance I cut from a gold glitter card and of course I lost that . on the 'i' so I added a diamond look gem.

I also added the image to the card at an angle as I felt it worked better that way.



This card I think is more traditional, coloured with Copics and added silver glitter with a gel pen
to add sparkle. I added a frame die cut from a new set I just purchased and I think it looks amzing with the pale blue cardbase.

Here you can again see the wonderful sparkle from the silver glitter pen.


Finished off  by adding a MFT ' Congrats' die cut, cut from silver mirror cardstock. I'm not sure if this is still available as I did do a search to add link and it didn't come up with one. But it was available elsewhere.
Layout straight this time.


Thanks for coming to visit and I hope you come again.


Crafty Hugs

Aileen

Sunday, 16 May 2021

Reminder for The Flower Challenge #56 Use Your Favourite Flower





I bought this digital image from Polka Dot Orchard  (name ' A sprinkle of flowers') and just fell in love with it. I love doing big blooms as they are a great way to practice new colour mixes and ideas. These are not my colours I would usually use but I saw an amazing card done by Amber Rain and decided I wanted to try it. Where usually you stick with colours that are going to blend well together she has added the V04 in with the  RV's and it is amazing to look at. 

 
This is my first attempt at this colour mix and I wasn't able to achieve the same effect as Amber but no two cards will ever be identical when you are hand colouring and I am very pleased with the result.
Amber's website is  'Notable' and when you go there be ready to take a cup of coffee and spend many hours browsing. But don't go yet, stay with me a little longer.

Anyway back to my image I printed up on Copic friendly cardstock, coloured then fussy cut the image.


I then got a piece of dark blue cardstock but added a bit of black 'Distress Ink' around the edges to add some depth. 

Then I got out some Nuvo embellishment mousse which when I opened it I found was very very dry. I was so annoyed as I hadn't used it yet. I then got a metal grey one out and opened it and it was a little better. then I read the bottom......0hhh water-based so just add more water. 

I went back to this amazing blue  ( Pacific Teal) added some water and as it wasn't real smooth I didn't want to keep adding water as I was in a bit of a hurry so I used my fingers to add it to the stencil - perfect. Love it, love how it turned out.

I used an Altenew stencil with lines, some ragged looking. I think my flower covers most of it so its hard to see but I think it turned out amazing. I finished off with a 'Congrats' die cut from The Ton

I love how this turned out and hope I can find time to colour this beautiful flower again soon. So many favourite flowers, so little time.

Now its time to go check out what the rest of the Design Team  and our Guest Designer Bozena, have been up to at The Flower Challenge Blog.

Such an easy challenge to enter I hope we see you all there.


Happy Crafting


Aileen

Saturday, 15 May 2021

Birthday card


This is my second attempt at posting this. My first was deleted and I don't know why other than them saying I was 'phishing'. 

Phishing meaning: 
  1. the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.
    "an email that is likely a phishing scam"

Since I don't sell anything or ask for emails I don't know what they are on about.

But after it as removed I had unbelievable issues and had to download the latest update for the MAC.  Ran my AVG and made sure all is ok.

Once done everything ran smoothly again.  So here goes.


I stamped this image and finally got around to doing it. Because of the size of the full image, I had actually had it for quite some time before I finally coloured her. With the trend now on slimline I decided to colour her for a card.

I actually have this as a stamp, but it is now not available as a stamp but you can download and use for free as long as you remember to give credit to the group who own it. There are actually a number of images with girls with voluptuous hair does. There are also some wonderful floral images available. And now the bad news, I know I have that info somewhere will have to look back and find it. If you are interested please let me know and I will follow up.

So back to the image, First I coloured her with Copics and the humming bird with Copics, I then added some sparkle to the humming bird.

I decided I needed to do something with the background.



I masked her and the humming bird. I then blended Distress Oxides in lightest two blues, then purple and then the smallest amount of Black. I then came back in leaving it light around her front an the bird. After I took off the mask I then came back in and blended away those white bits you always end up with.

I still wanted more so I decided to use a circular star stencil with BoBunny clear glitter embossing paste.

I love how it turned out and hope someone will enjoy this as too.

Crafty Hugs


Aileen


 



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Happy Birthday Girl & Humming Bird






I stamped this image and finally got around to doing it. Because of the size of the full image, I had actually had it for quite some time before I finally coloured her. With the trend now on slimline I decided to colour her for a card.

I actually have this as a stamp, but it is now not available as a stamp but you can download and use for free as long as you remember to give credit to the group who own it. There are actually a number of images with girls with voluptuous hair does. There are also some wonderful floral images available. And now the bad news, I know I have that info somewhere will have to look back and find it. If you are interested please let me know and I will follow up.

So back to the image, First I coloured her with Copics and the humming bird with Copics, I then added some sparkle to the humming bird.

I decided I needed to do something with the background.


I masked her and the humming bird. I then blended Distress Oxides in lightest two blues, then purple and then the smallest amount of Black. I then came back in leaving it light around her front an the bird. After I took off the mask I then came back in and blended away those white bits you always end up with.

I still wanted more so I decided to use a circular star stencil with BoBunny clear glitter embossing paste.

I love how it turned out and hope someone will enjoy this as too.

Crafty Hugs


Aileen

 

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

The Flower Challenge #56 Use Your Favourite Flower


Being asked to use my favourite flower is like being told to hold my breath for 3 minutes. I just can't do it, truly I can't. Sooooo I will pick one of my favourites at the moment in my new collection of stamps.


I have made three super easy cards, stamped and die cut my images. This beautiful little hanging flower is from Pink Fresh Studio and I was a little challenged die cutting each stamped image. I finally got it right but wasn't going to not use what I had already stamped. 

After copic colouring each of my hanging ring of flowers I went through my collection of pattern papers and came up with three I liked that suit the colours I had used. 

The bow for each ring is added separately so I coloured those to suit the flowers.
With my red flowers I have a different colouring technique, playing with adding the colours in ever decreasing size as they get darker rather than blending just to see if I liked the look. 

I have seen flowers done this way but in larger  size. Not sure on the idea but was happy enough to use here. This card is a sympathy card so no extra addition like the birds on the other cards.

Here as above I have used birds that I coloured who knows how long ago and again I picked them for a flower match. I liked the idea of the little birds sitting on the ring like a swing.


I've done some more but I think three will do for this post.  All sentiments added out of my collection of pre cut dies. I think with 'friend' I might need to add something else just still pondering.


So now you have seen one of the many many many favourites I have. Don't forget to nick on over to The Flower Challenge Blog and see what the wonderful Design Team has been up to. 

This month we have my good friend Bozena as Guest Designer. I have known Bozena since first starting to make cards many years ago and she has never failed to inspire me not only with her cards but with our conversations over those years.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit.

Happy Crafting



Aileen

Home Update

We are doing a massive update at our home and the house looks like we are hoarding really badly. Having to take down every picture and ornament, box them so they are out of the way, emptying shelves of crafting items (mine) guitar and music hoohaa (john) and DVD's and more crafting (Elysha) then placing all large furniture in the middle of the room the monumental task of painting every room, ceiling, and piece of  dark wood trim has been achieved, nearly completed. All trim, door frames, doors etc are now sparkling white. Its amazing the difference it makes. Cleaning all those ducted air conditioning vents

Then last weekend we decided the dark slate around the fireplace needed to go so my multi talented husband chipped  and jackhammered it all out covering us all in black dust. 


In this photo the paint sheets are in the way but you get an idea this slate was the same surrounding the fire.



We then went and looked at discounted stock of tiles and found a fabulous large tile that there was enough of to do the base around the fire and up the wall to become a feature wall. Tiles cost $60.00 other items needed took cost to $100 for this wall -BARGAIN
Check it out, ignore the horrible carpet and fireplace. This we cleaned after the photo and carpet goes mid may. Of course then we have to work out where to move all that big furniture to.

Meanwhile after doing the fireplace my husband has gotten very enthusiastic and has now started on the bathrooms. Our on-suite has been gutted and tiled this weekend. Grout half done. Tiles on special, this time we have tiled to the ceiling all the way round. 

Also new shower screen, vanity, shaving cabinet and toilet cistern and seat. Will attach photos next post as I want to wait till all the grout is in for before and after.

Still to go, Finish painting,
New fans and light fittings
carpet
main bathroom refit
laundry
new kitchen refit
 then all those little things.

As I sit in my little cocoon wondering if I will ever get to walk through an uncluttered house again without stepping on clumps of dried tile cement, nails, screws, cut pieces of tile etc. Will I ever be able to find that box that has my craft glue, tape etc. Will Jake ever stop jumping every time a tile gets cut or a ladder dragged.
 This is all a big change in our lives and I hope mum and dad are loving the changes that are happening because they made them possible. Miss you both very much.


 


 

Friday, 16 April 2021

Reminder Post The Flower Challenge #55 Pretty Pastels

 


I have used digital images provided by our sponsor this month

I have tried to keep my colours nice and light but I think maybe this would be hard pushed to be called pastel flowers. Copic coloured and the oval is soft blending of pink and blue together. 





After I coloured the flowers I decided to fussy cut them all and
change the layout and added some foam at the back for a bit
of dimension. Added the die cut birthday sentiment and a few sequins.



More apricot colouring on these roses. And I left them in the original bouquet.

Added a blended circle background with Distress Oxide, some dimensional foam.
The same birthday sentiment and sequins. 

Now its time to go check out what the girls have been up to at The Flower Challenge

Thanaks so much for coming to visit

Crafty Hugs

Aileen






Thursday, 8 April 2021

A Couple More pastel Cards

 


This is not my reminder post  but just a couple of extra cards that I was playing around with.


I stamped these flowers, one with black ink and the other with a pale ink colour to try some no-line colouring which I have not had much success with. This time I feel it went a bit better than my last attempt, The secret I think small image, easier than a big flower.



These are meant to be pastel but I'm not sure I succeeded here, looking a bit strong.
Anyway Copic coloured, fussy cut then added to a very pretty Die Impression plate from Altenew.
The 'Hello' die and background from  'The Ton' word set and after everything I realised the plate had impressed but not the bottom edge. Rather than try and cut off and probably ruin the whole card I added two rows of thin gold foil and white washi tape lined up perfectly.


This card is my no-line attempt. I was quite pleased, well happy enough to make a card with the fussy cut image. Added to a 3D embossed background from I'm not sure. Added the 'Thanks' die cut again from that set from 'The Ton'. Also decided to add the double line of washi tape as I quite liked the look even though it wasn't needed in this instance.

 I hope you enjoyed your visit and that you again soon. Now off you go to check out 
The Flower Challenge if you haven't already been there.

Crafty Hugs 

Aileen