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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


Aileen

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 card...you 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

Aileen 







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 card...you 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


Aileen



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


Aileen



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)











Friday, 4 March 2022

The Flower Challenge #66 Use Scraps

 


Lots of ideas with this one but on limited time as I have gone away and needed to make these before I did. So my card for today.


Ok, I have played this one pretty safe, just used some scraps of alcohol ink pattern paper that I  had. Long thin strip that I then cut a half inch strip off to make the effect of a wider strip.



Was really lucky as I had coloured my flowers first and this background strip works very well with the floral colours.

This beautiful bouquet is from Waffle Flower Crafts and this is one of the times I bought the die with the flower stamp as they tend to keep their dies at a more reasonable price. That I like, especially as now companies are going stamp, die, stencil and hot foil. I do try to avoid dies if I think I can do on the Scan n Cut but since that too can become time consuming especially when stamping very intricate or light stamping for no line look. But if I see the die on special or it is a decent price I grab it.

Birthday die is Stamplorations and 'wishes' mmmm not sure but thought they worked together for that overlap sentiments look.

Anyway its time to go check out the beautiful cards on The Flower Challenge that the Design Team have made to inspire you.

Our Guest Designer this month is Juhi Khanna who has a blog and instagram. She is a previous winner of one of our challenges and has the most amazing cards to share.

Thank you all for coming to visit. Stay safe 


Crafty hugs

Aileen


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Tuesday, 15 February 2022

The Flower Challenge - Reminder #65 Occasions

 


Its time for the reminder post for this challenge.


My card

I have used the Same image, this time stamped in black on
Copic friendly cardstock and coloured with Copics R14 R29 R59
Greens YG01 YG05 YG17

Love this flower and I think I managed to colour without excessive red overflow.
Finished off with some black gems (too many??) and a Happy Birthday sentiment die cut in black and again in green glitter then added to the card with a slight shift to the right of the green layer to allow for shadow.


Thank you for coming to visit, I truly do appreciate your taking the time and I love when you comment. Now its time to go off to the Flower Challenge and see what the Design Team has been up to.



Saturday, 5 February 2022

The Flower Challenge #65 Occasions

 


This month we are looking for cards for Special Occasions i.e. Birthday, Anniversary, New Baby, An Achievement, With Sympathy. Just remember we do need a sentiment and of course flowers.

We are excited to announce that we have new DT joining us from this month. So delighted to introduce Dhruvika Raj from 'The Cardogram' and also Stef Perry from 'Perry Papercrafts'. Two amazing card makers who I know will make some fabulous cards to inspire you all. Check out their cards below, along with the rest of our fabulous DT too of course.



Our Guest Designer this month is the fabulous Trina P who was also our winner for June. Do check out her blog/Instagram if you have a minute as she makes such fabulous cards. 

My card for today





I decided to continue my practice with pencils. I love the result and I am
learning to relax more when holding the pencil. I am also learning that the pencil layers need to be really really light to allow for better blending of the colours.




I love the flower image I used and I stamped in pale bone colour so it nearly looks like no-line. I feel more secure with pencil for this look than I do with Copics, at this stage.

I finished off with some white sequins and this beautiful 'celebrate' die cut as this card is for a friend's birthday.




Thank you for coming to visit and its now time to go to the Flower challenge and check out what the Design Team has been up to and also to see Trina, our Guest Designers card.


Crafty Hugs


Aileen



Sunday, 16 January 2022

The Flower Challenge #64 - Monochrome - Reminder

 


This month is all about Monochrome but before we go to that I thought I would share my Favourite Four Cards from 'The Flower Challenge' 2021


When I look back at these cards they remind me of why I love colouring
in floral images.

Now to share my cards here for the reminder post


For this card I decided to go with purple, Copic as usual.
The image is a Penny Black Stamp called Poppy Gems.
So easy to stamp, a crisp clear image.


The Copics were all in the BV range, I can give you the colours if you want them, just let me know.

I cut the cardstock using a Honey Bee die called Deckle Edge Squares then blended softly with Distress
Oxide Palest Violet colour and finished off with a die cut sentiment
from Simon Says ' sending smiles'.


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

But before you go here's another photo,
this time from Christmas Eve


Nearly all the grandchildren are here with me and Elysha
photo bombing as the parents all stand on the other side madly
calling names and asking for smiles.

Crafty Hugs

Aileen







Wednesday, 5 January 2022

The Flower Challenge #64 Monochrome

 


Well here we are, its 2022 and we are all hoping for a better year ahead. I think many feel the same as me, we are just looking forward to moving on and hoping that 2020 and 2021 are long behind us.

So many changes to our lives, leaning to live with different rules and hoping we can soon get around and visit others in distant countries again without  the fear of Covid or being caught somewhere that suddenly closes its borders.

Now onto this months Challenge, its monochrome.
Some interpret this as black and white and others as one colour used
within its lightest and darkest range.
I have gone with the colour choice.


I have coloured everything with Copics in the RV range.


I cut the coloured image out with the Tim Holtz Stacked Deckle die
and I used a floral 3D Embossing Folder from Altenew for the background to add a little
depth and texture.

this beautiful image is another of Emily Midgett drawings. Fantastic to colour.



Now its time to go see what the rest of the Design Team have been up to and
also the beautiful creation made by Lisa Elton who was our August Winner.


Crafty Hugs
Best Wishes for the New Year


Aileen




The Beautiful new addition to our family. Its Grandchild number
eight, Noah Oliver born 11.11.21 to Aaron & Rachael