Wednesday, 5 October 2022

CASE me a Christmas card With Michelle Lupton


 Today its my turn to join with my friend Michelle Lupton in her CASE me a Christmas Card 
series - a Christmas tradition that I look forward to every year. 
This has been an ongoing tradition with Michelle and she has the most amazing guests! 
Over 40 this year.

The idea is that each of us picks a card from the other's blog to CASE (copy and share 
everything) and turn it into a Christmas Card. 

For my cards, I chose to use a Big and Bold Stamp from Colorado Stamps.

Here are the things I incorporated from Michelle's card  which you will see here:

White Heat embossed image. Michelle did mandala where I went with the Christmas Bauble
Blended inks - I went with colours in the same range, one in pinks the other in blues
I added shimmer the same as Michelle with flicks from a brush.
I added a few gems like Michelle
I also heat embossed on black but I went with Silver Embossing rather than white.
A Birthday card - now two Christmas cards.

Here is the link to Michelle's beautiful mandala card- shared with permission here. Michelle often does 
videos as well as posting to Instagram tablecloth.  

Now this is a two way process, so today she picked one of my cards to CASE.

See Michelle's card HERE where she CASEd ME 

Thanks so much for visiting.
Crafty hugs


The FlowerChallenge #73 Add a Sentiment and our Sixth Birthday

It's also our 6th Birthday too, ...the years fly by so fast don't they! Do join in and help us celebrate 6 amazing years of seeing all your fabulous cards in our gallery. 

We have lots of PRIZES for our lucky winners this month too, you can go see the prizes at The Flower Challenge Blog. They will all be allocated on a random bases. As usual we will choose one person to be our overall winner but all winners will get prizes.

So this month we would like to see you 'Use a Sentiment'  on your cards, as well as the usual FLOWERS of course too. If in any doubt see the examples made by our talented Design Team below!

Please note that you can find us on facebook and also Instagram too. Our Instagram page is @theflowerchallenge2...remember the 2 at the end ;) All links in sidebar!

For our Guest Designer this month we are welcoming back the fabulous Emily Midgett. Emily is also giving us some of her fabulous colouring sets as prize too. Do check out her blog/Instagram if you have a minute as she makes such fabulous cards. If any of you follow me here or on Instagram (huh_what_pardon) you know one of my favourite groups of flowers I love to colour are Emily's. 

Now without further ado here is my card

And if you follow me you know this is another of Emily's beautiful flower panels.
Coloured my favourite colour on the day, blue, copics. I decided to add the panel to
a yellow card base and love the contrast.
Finished off with a 'Happy Birthday' hot foil and die cut.

Okay so now it's time to go see what the rest of the Design Team have been up to.
Join us this month, its our birthday and we have some fantastic prizes available.
Click on the link here and dont forget to check out Emily's account as well, if you love colouring both copic and watercolour this is the place to go.

Crafty Hugs


Sunday, 25 September 2022

Sophie Made a Card

 Today we are quickly going on to add a card that my granddaughter, Sophie made.

She has asked me to enter her card in our latest challenge which is all

about sparkle.

This is Sophie's card, because she used thinner paper the 
Nuvo Glimmer pen has added lots of sparkle but also a few
ripples. This will settle down later

This is Sophie's first challenge and I think at nearly 10 years
of age I think she has done well.

No stamps used on this card, all hand drawn.

Thank you for visiting

See you soon

Crafty hugs

Aileen & Sophie

Thursday, 15 September 2022

Reminder for The Flower Challenge #72 Add Sparkle


Its time for the reminder post so I have gone ultra easy this time.

 A simple stamped flower from Altenew stamped in grey
fora softer look. Copic coloured with soft mauve V000 V01 V12
and brighter greens YG00 YG01 YG05
A little bit of sparkle added to the flower petals.

I cut the panel with my  wonky rectangles die then added
it to a silver spotted background that sparkles and shines.

Its simple and pretty and looks fabulous with just a few sequins.

Now its time to go see what the rest
of the Design Team have been up to.

Thank you for coming to visit

Crafty hugs


Sunday, 4 September 2022

The Flower Challenge #72 Add Sparkle


Since we all like sparkle how hard is this challenge going to be.

The first card this month is another of Emily's beautiful flower panels. I have gone with a smoky pink colour in the Copics and the warm greens for the leaves.

R91 R93 R95 
G82 G17
Then out came the Nuvo Glitter brush

Here on this angle you can see the sparkle ohh boy yes.

Now its time to go check out The Flower Challenge Blog and 
see what the Design team have been up to.

This month our Guest Designer is Donna Mikasa Three Umbellas and her
blog is absolutely worth checking out and her Instgram.
What an amazing inspiration it is.

Thank you so much for coming to visit

Crafty Hugs


Monday, 15 August 2022

The Flower Challenge Reminder #71 Circle/Circles


So it time for the reminder and incorporating circle/circles so I again went with a stamp that is already set up with a circle. I kept my colouring light.

Copic colouring just the flowers and I added one of the sentiments that came with
this stamp set.

Okay so now it's time to go check out what the rest of the Design  Team have been up to
and think about joining us with a card or two.

Crafty Hugs


Friday, 5 August 2022

The Flower Challenge #71 Circle/Circles

Sorry I'm a bit late posting my card, technology is not my friend at the moment but
we will persist.

So this month is all about circles so I went through my vast array of stamps to see what I could do and this fantastic stamp jumped out at me.

Isn't this the prettiest bouquet. The stamp is from Funky Fossil this company is in the UK and Sarah has the biggest collection of amazing stamps floral, characters, animals and much more and stencils that are unbelievable as well. Check it out.

Back to my card, I have Copic coloured the flowers and you know that card is
straight, its just my photography  thats crooked :)

This stamp is so pretty and doesn't need anything else to show it off so I just finished the card off with a die cut 'Happy Birthday' cut from Silver glitter cardstock.

Now its time to go check out what the rest of the Design Team have been up to at The Flower Challenge.. This month my wonderful friend Therese from 'Lost in Paper' has joined us and as always she has made the most amazing card.

Thank you so much for coming here to check out my card,  and I hope to see you here again soon.

Crafty Hugs


We have a new addition to the family, of the furry kind.
This is Emma who in this shot is 3 1/2 months old. Next
to her is Jake who is 17 years old. Jake is Elysha's
companion dog and as he is slowing down a bit it, was time to
introduce another member to the family. Emma is a
Cavoodle  - mix of Cavalier King Charles and Miniature Poodle.

She is a non stop ball of hair that will push her way into
any situation if it involves a treat or a pat. She has given Jake
a new lease on life and we couldn't be happier. 

Lots of training ahead as unlike Jake who came to us through the Guide
Dog Association of NSW fully trained Emma is at the beginning
of life. OOOOOOh my goodness we have never had a puppy
before but we are certainly learning quick, she is training US well.

Thank goodness she is like Jake in that she does not shed so Elysha is
doing well with her. Unlike Jake who always looks so handsome and styled
that hair of Emma's is just a wild uncontrolled mess, brushing her does not
do a thing for her but she does enjoy it. Actually in this photo the hair doesn't
look messy at all but thats probably because the groomer had just visited.



Friday, 15 July 2022

The Flower Challenge #70 Reminder: CAS


Time for the reminder post and I have gone even easier, with some round flowers, basic colouring with Copics.

I then decided that the centre of each flower should have Glossy Accents so it stood out a bit more.

There you go CAS as and simple to do. Come and join us with your own CAS card.

Now off you go to the Flower Challenge Blog to see what everyone has been doing.

Crafty Hugs


Monday, 4 July 2022

The Flower Challenge #70 CAS


Okay this month is CAS, sounds very simple but can at times make us feel too
challenged. I have joined a group on Facebook thats all about CAS cards and the amazing ideas everyone has means I am feeling totally inspired.

Her is my card with a very small sentiment and this beautiful flower from  Gina K.
Coloured with Copics. No glitter, no sparkle, one layer.

I love how this looks and hope you do too. Now its time to go check out the rest of the Design Teams cards at The Flower Challenge Blog.

Joi9ning us this month is Marcia Hill who has made the mot beautiful card. Go check out her blog too as her cards are totally worth checking out.

Crafty Hugs


Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Reminder For The Flower Challenge #69 Yellow and Blue


I think this has been one of my favourite challenges in the last12 months. I so enjoyed coming up with Blue & Yellow cards.

In this instance I have stamped and heat embossed in gold a beautiful rose from The Ton
I have used this stamp a number of times so I cannot say whether it is still in stock, as I was unable to find when I went looking.

I coloured the flower with yellow and blue copics then I fussy cut the image.
I then blended blue  DistressOxide onto some cardstock. When I was finished I flicked water onto the card, let it sit a couple of seconds then blotted dry. I also flicked some gold pain on the base as well.

I finished off by adding the flower with dimensional foam tape to lift it slightly and a die cut 'Happy Birthday' sentiment.

Now its time to go to  The Flower Challenge and see what the rest of the Design Team has been up to.

Thank you so much to those of you who leave such lovely comments here as it gives me hope that people are coming to visit and like what they see.

Crafty Hugs


Sunday, 5 June 2022

The Flower Challenge #69 Blue & Yellow

I loved doing this card, I chose to colour one of the panels I purchased from Emily Midgett
who sells small packs of images every now and then. She also designs for a number of stamp companies and I totally enjoy colouring her images.

This card I coloured the flowers and leaves in yellow and blue, then I bit the bullet, and coloured around the image with my dark blue copic. I was terrified it would end up ruined but it worked out perfectly and I love it. Finished off with a few yellow sequins. No sentiment as I like to add when ready to use it.

Now its time to go see what the rest of the Design Team has been up to and also to check out this months Guest Designer, Nancy Penir who has made an amazing card. Don't forget to check out Nancy's blog as well as there is so much inspiration there.

Thank you for coming to visit

Crafty Hugs



Friday, 6 May 2022

The Flower Challenge #68 Use a Number

Simple as this month, use a number. As you can see here I have added a number for
someones fabulous 50th. But you can use a number however you want.

I've been missing in action fighting the flu just after others in the house finished their battle with covid.     Happy to say finally down to just coughing at night, which is good as its only a week till we go for third attempt at Aaron and Racheals wedding.

Onto my card, I have first stamped this beautiful large bouquet of flowers drawn by Alex Syberia.
I then coloured with copics, making each flower half and half in colour. I have added Wink of Stella to the flowers and they have an amazing sparkle but I forgot to fiddle with the photos to try and catch the sparkle so you will just have to believe me.

I then decided to add black copic and colour the background. At first when I finished I sat there thinking what have I done but the next day when I looked at it I decided it actually worked. I then added the die cut word Fabulous from The Ton. I had cut this in silver glitter fun foam so no having to layer it up. The numbers are cut from glitter card.

Time to go check out what The Flower Challenge Deign Team has been up to. Also we have a wonderful Guest Designer, Kailash this month so you really need to check out her cards as well because they are stunning.

Hoping next post to have plenty of wedding photos to share.

Crafty Hugs


Saturday, 16 April 2022

The Flower Challenge #67 Reminder : Add a heart


Welcome back to The Flower Challenge. It's the midway point in our current  challenge which is....

So this month we would like to see you  'Add a Heart' on your cards, as well as the usual FLOWERS of course too. If in any doubt see the examples made by our talented Design Team at The Flower Challenge

 It can be large or small...or even a heart shaped decide...just make sure to add one somewhere on your card. 

For this card I have embossed the background with a heart 3D embossing folder. I cut the panel to the size I wanted the card to be and attached to a pale blue cardbase.

After going through my collection of coloured flowers I decided to use these cuties from MFT stamps. Some from a stamp called Fancy Flowers which look like they are no longer available which is a shame, I think they are amazing. They are the larger blooms. The next row down are also from MFT but for the life of me and all the searches I did I couldn't find the set. sorry

I then finished off the card with the Happy Everything die cut from holographic card stock and vellum layer behind.

So now its time to go see what the team has been up to and think about adding a card or two yourself.

Crafty Hugs


Tuesday, 5 April 2022

The Flower Challenge #67 Add a Heart

So this month we would like to see you 'Add a Heart' to your cards, as well as the usual FLOWERS of course too.  It can be large or small...or even a heart shaped decide...just make sure to add one somewhere on your card. If in any doubt see the examples made by our talented Design Team at The Flower Challenge

We are adding our own heart again here to show support for Ukraine.
Our prayers go out to all those affected by this terrible war.

Our Guest Designer this month is the fabulous Esther Asbury from Shoregirl's creations who was also our winner for February last year. Do check out her blog/Instagram if you have a minute as she makes such fabulous cards.

This is my card for the challenge. I coloured the roses with my palest blues and the edges in pale pink/mauve.
I love how it turned out. This stamped image is from The Ton called Country Rose Cluster

I then decided to cut the panel with a heart die from Poppy Stamps but on search I couldn't find it there. I did however find it available at  Scrap 'N Stamp. I love the way the lines come out from each side of the heart. I cut three times so I could layer it up. I was worried it was a bit camouflaged by the flowers but when looking through my other die cuts I found this wonder Heart cluster from Stamplorations cut in silver mirror cardstock and it was a perfect fit over the original heart.

So happy with the end result.

Last time I spoke to you all I mentioned my son was getting married 18th March. Well the wedding had to be postponed due to Covid hitting the household. My son Aaron, his future wife Rachael and both children were confirmed by 5am the day of the wedding. Another grandson was confirmed on the Sunday.They are all now much better and no one got long Covid so that is a blessing.

A new date is set for May 12th. Keep your fingers crossed, third time lucky.

Crafty Hugs


Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Reminder Post The Flower Challenge #66 Use Scraps


It's time for the reminder post using scraps. I was inspired by Vivien's card in the last post and decided to go with the same idea but I used triangles for my shapes.

For the first two cards I used pieces of scrap  from some papers I made using tissue paper, glue and embossing powder in gold. The scraps I had, made it possible with some manipulating, two floral die cuts for a couple of cards.

Card 1
In this card I have used the whole diecuts, frame and inserts as I love the look.
These dies are from Pinkfresh Studio . I have added them to a card base that is Ivory shimmer cardstock and I have added a stencilled background. Finished off with the 'Happy Birthday' die cut

Card 2

For this one I cut the outline from gold mirror cardstock and added the insets from scraps I was able to cut from the last of this purple paper. Added to the same cardbase as the last card and finished off with the Big Hugs die cut.

Card 3

The next card I have used the triangle die cuts to cut some pieces from paper scraps done the same way except this time with orange colours.

I added the triangles to a cardbase then to finish it off i used a flower die cut (sorry cant remember brand). This I layered up a couple of times in white then gold mirror cardstock.

I really need to do more of these, I love the look and truly it was so simple using up scraps and diecuts that I have in abundance.

Now its time to go check out  what the rest of the Design Team has been up to, get some inspiration and get busy making a card or two. Use those scraps.

Crafty Hugs


PS Exciting news to share, my youngest son, Aaron and his beautiful fiancĂ©e, Rachael, are getting  married  on Friday. Cant wait to share photos. Here's to a non rainy day (only 50% chance of rain apparently)