Monday 5 December 2022

The Flower Challenge #75 Christmas


This month the challenge is all about Christmas so a card with florals for Christmas.

Please note that the challenge will only go till the 15th this month
as we realise everyone is getting very busy organising for Christmas/Holiday period.

We will not be having a challenge next month as its Summer over this side of the
world and that means school holidays, hot days and lots of down time so we decided
everyone could have January off.

Now to my card

I love how this card turned out and it has already been given for Christmas and the recipient
loves it as well.

This is a new background stamp from Hero Arts and I heat embossed in gold onto vellum.
I then watercoloured with my zigs.

As you know when I use my Zigs on vellum as they are vibrant colours in a pen I am able to
use without water using the palest colour to blend out the bright colours. Also Zig Watercolour 
brushes now come with a blending brush with clear solution which is great for removing
excess colour or colour that goes outside the image.
I also did a very very light pink wash over the blank areas.
I attached to the cardstock by using glue in areas behind flowers where the colour was darkest.
Hot foil sentiment was all that was needed to add sparkle to the card. This is a 5.5" x 5.5" card.

Now its time to go over to The Flower Challenge Blog to see what the Design Team has been up to
and to gets lots of amazing inspiration. Also we have the wonderful Darnell who has joined us
after winning a challenge earlier this year.

If you have never been to Darnells blog you need to go check it out, she makes the most amazing
cards and always, always has a brilliant tail to tell. Darnell has a massive following on her blog
because she just knows how to share a good story and get us smiling. Darnell was actually the
person who convinced me to start a blog and helped me through all the steps.

Well its time to go visit the others.
Thank you so much for coming to look at my cards

Crafty hugs


Tuesday 15 November 2022

The Flower Challenge Reminder Post #74 Add Embellishments


Its time for the reminder post for The Flower Challenge #74 Add Embellishments.

I made myself a full size slimline card which means no matter how I try to share if I stand it
up photos on Instagram and Facebook will chop, crop. So I decided to try this way.

The Embossed floral panel is a slim line long one and I love the partial
embossing and the actually design. I embossed on white cardstock that I wiped over with
 a damp cloth before embossing and this appears to prevent cracking of cardstock plus
I used one thinner than I usually use.
I have then added these beautiful blooms from Altenew, yes this is me using stamps I have
had for quite some time. I coloured these ones with Copic yellows and I love how they
turned out. I fussy cut them and added with dimensional foam tape. Then lots of sparkly
gems. I love how it turned out. Paired it with the Yellow envelope.

Now its time to go see what the rest of the team have been up to at The Flower Challenge

See you again soon

Crafty Hugs


Friday 4 November 2022

The Flower Challenge #74 Add Embellishments

I love this stamp from MFT Flower Field Background stamp. I heat embossed this image
onto Vellum.

I have used Zig Watercolour Brush Pens but without water. I always pick a dark colour and use it together with the lightest colour that way I can add a small amount of the dark colour and move it around with the lightest colour, regularly  wiping the tip off of paper towel to get back to the light colour. I also use my Nuvo Sparkle brush nib to add sparkle and also helps to lighten and remove colour if its too heavy.
DON'T use water as the vellum will warp and buckle.

When I was finished I cut a card base to the size I wanted and trimmed off the vellum,
leaving a bit of excess to fold over the back. This is the main way to attach the panel.

At the front after adding the sentiment and lots of gems I used the back of these to hid my
glue dots that I added to help hold the panel in place.
'Congratulations' sentiment is Hot Foil pressed and die cut.

Now its time to go check out whats going on at The Flower Challenge Blog and also look
at the amazing cards added by the Design Team.

Thank you for dropping in and I hope  to see you again soon.

Crafty Hugs



Monday 24 October 2022

Kay is posting a card for The Flower Challenge #73 Use a Sentiment

A very rare situation but I hav a friend who is new to participating  in card challenges.
She does no have a blog, Instagram, Flickr or any other form of social media. As I had
enjoined her to try participating in  the challenge, she went and made a card then came the linking.

I had assumed  so wrongly that she had some type of social media other than a private facebook
page I decided that I would post her card here for this challenge then if she decides to continue on I will help with setting up somewhere for her to post from.

This is Kay's card and I have her written description

Not a stamp but cut out with adhesive vinyl on my ScanNCut and then adhered to Multi media Paper. Then colored with Kaszazz Alcohol Ink Markers - the only ones I have. Background is an embossing folder. Sentiment is stamped and embossed with embossing powder and then using heat tool. Thanks for entering it in the Flower Challenge.

Thank you

Saturday 15 October 2022

Reminder The Flower Challenge #73 Add a Sentiment & our 6th Birthday


Now dont forget everyone its our 6th Birthday and we have lots and lots of
prizes available. Winners are grinners. All those floral cards out there, just add a sentiment,
post to 'The Flower Challenge' and your in with a chance.

My card

Yes I have coloured another of Emily's images they just call our to me. Sadly this is
the last in this set unless I use the watercolour panels and I am still procrastinating over those.

As you can see I have coloured with Copics my favourite colour in the pinks
RV11 R83 R85 R87. White centres with my white gel pen. Leaves YG05 YG25 and YG69

Sentiment is another I have done with the Hot Foil system.Love how it turned out.

Now its time to go check out what the rest of the Design Team has been up to
then go make a card, join us.

Crafty hugs


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