Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The Flower Challenge #16 January 2018 Reminder

It's time for a another card for the Flower Challenge #16. It's half way through the challenge
and the team have all done another card to remind you how easy it is to make a card using the 'Spotlight Stamping' technique.

For my card I have used this wonderful stamp from Simon Says. It took me ages to get this stamp as I had to wait till a company that I bought through carried it so I didnt have to pay high postage. I have seen this stamp coloured so many different ways and have already done so myself and cant wait to share in future posts.

Spotlight Stamping here means minimal colouring. I stamped the image on the front of the card. then cut out a section of the image with a circle die with the stitched edge. I then coloured the cut out piece with Copics and once finished glued it back in place. So simple and yet so eye catching. I love this idea.

Now its time to see what the rest of the design team has done at The Flower Challenge and see if their designs can get you inspired. We would love to see your cards entered in our challenge this month.

Thanks so much for coming to have a look and I hope you come again soon.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Two Cards for a Few Challenges

It's nearly time for the Flower Blog Challenge Reminder Post to appear but I have a couple of cards I wanted to share before the challenges close. I finally got myself into my craft room and motivated to do more than The Flower Blog Challenge but I left myself short on time for the cards I wanted to do.

Here I have used a sweet image from LOTV that I have stamped and clear embossed then coloured with Copics a little baby boy. He is giving his teddy a Hug which is perfect for the CASology challenge for this week which is HUG. 

I used a die that cuts out around the image and punches out all those wee little circles that I then have to clean up from all over the floor but it does look neat. I attached some patterned paper to the card front (making it perfect for the Simon Says Challenge) then the die cut panel which I love attaching at an angle then I don't need to worry about if its straight or not. I then die cut the 'hugs' 'hearts' and 'xoxo' and attached them with Mondo glue.
Very clean and simple card.

This next card is for the Time Out Challenge which is all about being Thankful. I think its also perfect for the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge which is CAS as its so simple and clean. I have used words all related to 'Thanks' and attached them to the Misti and used a stamp pad that had inks from very pale bone colour through to very dark brown. I only needed to stamp twice for full coverage but its brilliant being able to use the Misti to ensure placement of the stamps.

I used a square die cut that adds x stitch lines around the outline then attached this diecut piece to a piece of black fun foam for dimension. I went with a coloured card base and thought dark brown would look good and lined the inside of the card with white thick paper for writing on. The fold cracked the card stock a bit on top so I added the twine in a couple of layers to cover the cracks and tied off in a bow and finished off the card with the gold sparkle dots.






Thank you so much for coming to have a look and I hope you come again soon 

Hugs Aileen

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Christmas Cards From Friends


We received the most amazing handmade cards from friends in Blogland and Instagram. Being in Australia we received some of our cards after Christmas which means we have our cards on display longer than most and then I put them up in my craft room for future inspiration.

I have finally got myself organised and decided to photograph the cards and share them here then I can share them on Instagram for those who go to Instagram only.

Firstly I got this beautiful card From Maria for Thanksgiving
and it was much appreciated and as always so beautifully done.

Then came Christmas:

Karen Snippets

Therese Lost in Paper

Tina tina.mypop

Anna cards by_anna
BozenA Art Card Box

As I said a wonderful collection of cards from a wonderful group of people who made myself and my family feel feel a lot better during a time when things have been feeling low.

Christmas was hard with mum disappearing further into her Alzheimers; her twin passing away and dad no longer able to understand what was going on with mum due to his own dementia meaning that we had to make that final step of separating my parents and moving mum into a secure area.  

One thing I have found that has helped during all this time has been receiving the wonderful cards and reading the beautiful words inside from friends I have never met, yet can spare the time to be so nice to me and my family.
I asked people on Instagram if they would send dad a card and say hello from across the world just to help pick up his mood and Jessie called me yesterday to say I was in for the shock of my life when I get there tomorrow with the amount of mail he has received so I hope to share that with you all soon too. What a wonderful world this crafting world is hey!!!

Well time to sign off so thanks for sticking around till the end and I hope you come to visit again soon.

Friday, 5 January 2018

The Flower Challenge #16 Spotlight Stamping

I have set this post to go live while I am away camping and I have no internet access so here's hoping it happens. If not well, I won't know till I get home and nor will you lol. Looks like something went wrong and it didnt post so doing it now. Better late than never, sorry everyone.

It's time for the Flower Challenge to have its next Challenge and this one couldn't be easier

What that means is you use a flower stamp, you stamp it then you just colour part of the image. If you go to The Flower Challenge Blog you will see that each of us has done it a different way so that confirms that there is no set rule for 'Spotlight Stamping'.
In my instance I used a full floral stamp. I love this stamp and only recently purchased it and have to give myself a pat on the back for having used it already. Its from Pink Fresh Studio designed by Inna Moreva and called Floral Background and a lovely easy stamp to colour in. Anyway in this instance since I am 'Spotlight Colouring' what I have chosen to do is use a circle die to cut out a section of the stamped area.

At first I cut a small circle out then realised that it was just too small for the size of the stamped area so I stamped the image again. Die cut with a bigger circle die then used another circle die from a different set that was only slightly bigger to cut a black circle out to add further contrast.

I coloured the flowers with Copics using 3 of each colour each time for shadow and contrast. The black behind the coloured panel really gives a great contrast and finishes the card off perfectly.
 Finished off with a gold 'Happy Birthday'

See, how easy is that!!! All that image and so little to colour in. Now go check out what the rest of the team have been up to  at The Flower Challenge cause I know that if you want to you can colour/ paint/ stamp even less than I have and still get that same effect. Come and join us in this Challenge. I cant wait to see what you do.

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

Thursday, 4 January 2018

My Favourite Cards From 2017

How to pick out which cards I liked best from 2017?????
What a challenge, so I decided to look at each month and pick one from each month. I
 have added the photo here with a link back to the original post so you can read about
 how I made the card if you are interested in having a go yourself.

I am amazed to see that in 2017 I managed to post 127 times which is fantastic considering what was going on in our lives last year. Mind you a lot of the time I post 3 or more cards at a time. I hope that 2018 will see more card posts and less family drama. So here we go.







I Couldn't decide between these two so you get see both.


Two for this month as I couldn't choose between the two.

Saturday 5th August





Well I never realised it would be so hard to pick a favourite card even with my own. But I finally got there, so I hope you enjoy looking and find some inspiration amongst the cards you see here.

Tomorrow is the start of another year of The Flower Challenge and lots more posts from me I hope. Thank you so much for following me in the last year and I look forward to another year of us catching up.

Hugs Aileen

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Christmas Eve and a Quick Post

It's Christmas Eve and I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.
Whether it's hot as and Summer like here or cold as and snowing may you all have plenty to eat and drink and family all around you lots of joy.

If you see someone who looks sad or lonely give them a moment, a smile, even a hug if you dare.

I quickly whipped up this sweet little Christmas Ornament to give to my grandson for their Christmas Tree.  I have already made a decoration for Sophie for the tree and thought suddenly that he is 3 now and more aware and would probably like one too.

I have used one of my blue Alcohol ink backgrounds cut with a round die, I also cut a plain white background to attach it to and an acetate background to go over the top. The Alcohol inks were done on Yupo paper. The wonderful trees were a gift last year from Bozená and worked perfectly for this. I am still trying to work out how to do trees with my Scan N Cut (a work in progress)
The silver outline is cut from silver fun foam and I used 'Pretty Pink Posh' die.
Finished off with a piece of silver ribbon attached to the back and tied in a bow.

We are celebrating Christmas today with the grandchildren then my son and I are spending tomorrow with mum and dad at the Nursing home, hemming dads new trousers cause he is such a shorty. And we thought it would be good to sit and share a bit of time with those on their own at Christmas time. Talk about last minute decisions. John and Elysha are not worried at all, after all they get to sit at home and eat prawns, swim and relax, who could ask for a better Christmas day.

Love and best wishes to you all and see you in the New Year if not sooner.


Wednesday, 20 December 2017

A Few More Beautiful Watercolour Christmas Cards

Another four watercolour panels made into Christmas cards for you to look at. All quick and easy from my panel collection. This first one was a loose watercolour using Tim Holtz Distress Ink blue and lots of water on the panel. Added the paint to a piece of acetate and sprayed with water then just squished onto the watercolour paper. Kept adding bits here and there till I was happy. Drying in-between additions. 

I have  used a new stamp from  Stamplorations  (I absolutely love this set)- comes in a set of 3 reindeer, a set of antlers and a few sentiments and embosses beautifully. Silver embossed on this piece of watercolour paper.

I then used the small Pretty Pink Posh frame die to cut a frame around the reindeer
image but then places the piece back together again and added to a layer of yellow fun foam
to lift slight from the front of the card.

Easy pretty looking card.

This next card was done with a mix of very pale pink and flesh colour zigs and water .

It is a very soft looking card and looks really pretty. I ended up adding a very light amount of gold paint that I added lots of water to before adding to the card here and there just to add some contrast.

I have heat embossed with gold embossing powder and the stamp set is from Mama Elephant
and comes with lots of wonderful little sentiments to add to the inside of the card that are relevant to the sentiment for the front.

I love the two doves that come with this stamp set as well and they are separate so you can decide where you want them placed. This time I have used the large rectangle frame die cut from Pretty Pink Posh (I have added the link to the blog today as the shop is closed for the holidays and there is no link at this time)

Here is I have used a Penny Black Stamp again (love this one) from a set 
Isn't this fabulous.

Anyway as you can see here this is the acrylic block technique again using Zig inks pink, orange and yellow and a spray of water. I Added colour twice to the block and then squirted water onto the paper to move the colour around and dried as I worked to get a nice controlled look.

Gold heat embossed, small rectangle die Frame  then put back together. Added a layer of gold glitter paper to a layer of pink fun foam  and attached to the card front at an angle then attached the watercoloured panel at a different angle. 

This last watercolour panel is Distress Ink Oxides, my favourites at this time. I do love the colours and the texture and feel of chalkiness and look of the colours together when flicked, sprayed with water, dried, wet again, colours added, cross coloured just looks wonderful.

Gold heat embossed. Looks really wonderful but not showing up so well here in the photo.
Die cut (sorry cant think of die used at this time)

Added flat to card base. Very bright, flat easy to post, easy to put together.

Thank you so much for coming to have a look and I hope you come again soon.



Peace on Earth card

Sending you Christmas Cheer

Merry Christmas bright Orange and Pink card


Sending you Christmas Cheer