Thursday, 22 March 2018

Beautiful Rainbow Garden

First I want you to look at the background not the stamped image. The background was done using Distress Oxide and just blending the different colours together in random mix. At the time I also sprayed lightly with water and laid gladwrap on and left overnight but you could hardly see the effect the next day.

The pieces sat in my background box for ages as it was a sort of odd colour and I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. After finally remembering I had these wonderful stamps from The Ton, this one is the background  Magnificent Magnolias stamp andI cant believe I forgot I had it. But anyway this is now remedied. I stamped and white embossed. Before stamping I made sure to use the anti static pillow very well so there are no stray bits of white.

As you can see it embossed really well. NOW I was going to follow trend and do what I was seeing happening on Instagram with removing colour from the flowers by adding water and dabbing with paper towel but OF COURSE my piece had been blended too long ago. This ink was going no where. It was here to stay. 

I was rather disappointed and debated binning but after posting on Instagram and much comment on keep and just add a sentiment and use I thought more on it and decided to try what I had thought of as my second option at the time pencil.

This is my Rainbow Magnolia Garden

Its a magic garden because the magnolias all grow from one bush but they are multi coloured, some petals even double coloured. The flowers may be green and the stems pink or pink and purple.

I love this stamp and the wonderful fine detail of the stamped image. It stamped out perfectly every time even though I used the VersaMark ink multiple times there was no thickening of the lines and I love that. There was also no worries with bits of image not stamping whether on watercolour paper, vellum or cardstock so Im very impressed.

I loved colouring over the Distress Ink Oxides, the pencils just glided over. I used Faber-Castell Polychromos. A wee bit hard on my hands but thats because I was wanting to work in less layers.
I cut the piece with a stitched rectangle die. added some fun foam to the back then attached to a black cardbase. Finished off with a die cut silver glitter 'beautiful' and some clear enamel dots.

I absolutely love how this turned out and think I may use my other background that is done in a similar way with.......... 

ooooohhh new stamps and yes there is the rose background just waiting to be stamped up. Just image mmmmm.  But it will have to wait for now. Just wanted to share my latest which hopefully won't disappear into my NBUS pile for a year like the magnolia one did. No I don't think it was that long but it does get hard to keep up with these releases.

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


Blending Distress Ink Oxide

Monday, 19 March 2018

Hope you have a beautiful day.

Wow this card is another last minute decision. I woke up with a migraine and wasn't going to do anything but relax then got motivated after dinner and with 2 hours to go for the Muse card challenge.

Tracey has done the most amazing card
and you have to look very closely to see where my 
inspiration comes from. The loosely attached flowers, the humming
bird and the stamped sentiment and the soft colours.

My interpretation are the softly coloured humming bird(s) with added sparkle and flowers.
I have used flowers from three different companies and leaves from another.

The sentiment is from another company and the stamped and silver embossed band is from another Stamp company. I think I have managed to combine 7 different stamp companies in the making of this card.

Not bad when you look at the end result and see that its not that cluttered looking. The flowers are attached with double sided tape and the humming birds with double sided dimensional foam tape, the top bird with it doubled up so it sat higher than the flowers.

Lets see if I can think of all the Companies:
Penny Black :Border stamp
Pretty Pink Posh: Humming Birds
Leaves: Stampendous
Flower 1: I've gone blank, I have a pile I have stamped
and embossed ready to colour but cant remember from which set.
Flower 2: Happy Little Stampers
Flower 3: Ellen Hudson 
Sentiment: Altenew

All are watercoloured with Zigs but only the birds have a bit of Wink of Stella added.
The flowers are all white embossed.


all the flowers and birds are watercoloured so 
I hope this meets requirements and is okay.
without the Twist.

One of those rare times when I have every flower
and the birds die cut.

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

Sunday, 18 March 2018


 I had a Distress Oxide background in pinks and mauves sitting around and decided to play around with it using Copics on the stamped flowers. I have used flowers from The Ton. The flowers are
Magnificent Magnolias and I had made the mistake of unpacking and putting with my flower stamps rather than my unused stamps therefore forgetting I hadn't used them. It was only as I was using the beautiful digital files from Dot Bstamps that I thought to myself I think I have some stamp stamps here and went looking.

I have made sure to prepare the surface of the Distress Oxide cardbase with the Antistatic pillow very well before stamping with my VersaMark ink and embossing in white so there are no stray white specks. These stamps are beautiful to work with and the lines are so wonderful and fine.

Once done I then used my copics and I went with the R81 R83 R85 R89 colours. I worked very hard to keep off the white embossing so I wouldn't damage the copic pen tips. Sometimes I feel the ink pulls harder on the Distress Oxide. 

The Colourless Blender comes in very handy for removing any colour that touches the white or over colours. I used grey to add shadow then went in with the colourless blender to soften it as at times it can become overbearing. Again its great if you feel you have gone too far.

I also added a little white pencil to the flower petals I felt where in full light to highlight them more. 

 I die cut with a stitched rectangle die but one side was too short for the die so I used one of those add stitches single die pieces which just imprints a line.

I keep forgetting I have these different pieces that add different stitches and cut different shapes so I have removed from die storage and put into a round container on the bench with the  die cutter so they are in view all the time- in view - more likely to be used.

I wanted a little bit of bling and couldn't decide what and after lots of fiddling around ended up using a fancy cutout die for a strip along the top of the card. Sorry cant think of the brand. It wasn't quite long enough but I found that by laying the die down into the last line of circles cutout and taping down and coving that piece with a piece of cardstock so it didnt re-cut it, was a perfect line up and ended up being longer than the card so was perfect. 

With that, a Gun Metal Silver cardstock 'celebrate' die cut and some clear glass gems I was happy with the finish.

In real life I love the look of the card, the flowers are absolutely beautiful,  and look stunning against the background even though so similar in colour.
I just don't know that the photo shows that beauty as well. What are your thoughts.

I have another background I am playing with but its a rainbow coloured Distress Oxide background that I blended then did glad wrap on but the glad wrap doesn't show up that much. I nearly threw the piece out as it didnt do much for me but decided to keep it. Well I have stamped on it and embossed in white and the embossing looks absolutely unbelievable  but I don't know what to do next so you will have to wait to see..........


Can't enter this as Im on the design team just reminding 
you all it's still on and has a few days to go.


Now just to finish off I thought I would share dad's latest batch of cards he has received from all you wonderful people in Blogland and Instagram. I can never ever thank you all enough for the joy you give him when he receives your cards. Sometimes he forgets to call me and tell me about a card, so I get there and have to search his room and find cards hidden here and there and other times I will find cards already up on the wall that I haven't taken a photo of and other times dad will call me about particular cards (one that comes to mind is Ruth's (Crafting With The Baby Naps) which he rang me about daily for a week and on one day which was obviously a bad one for him roughly six times to tell me he had received mail then described the mail from the envelope to the card and the writing. I act surprised and interested each time and our days go on.

For dad life is one day at a time, hour by hour. Good days and not so good days. Mostly happy and enjoyed when visited and especially happy when he sees mum. He loves his cards and he would say thank you to you all if he still had that social skill I am sure.



a family friend of mine Trisha who is on Instagram;  Anna from createwith_anna   (Instagram sorry I don't know how to make an instagram link) ; Ruth from Crafting While The Baby Naps  ; Bobby from Bits and Pieces  ;  Lorena lorena_wakefield Instagram;  new wall started; first wall now over crowed ; Mr and Mrs Cardena from Instagram;


I spend Thursday and Friday with mum and dad and on Thursday when I got to mums room she was still asleep. When she woke up she knew me, really knew me, we chatted for just a little while. It didnt last long but it was the first time since Christmas that she really knew me and it made everything just sparkle.  

Mum went into a funk shortly after but about an hour later she came back again to the extent of sitting quietly and enjoying having her neck and head rubbed and just relaxing the two of us in a quiet corner. Then out of the blue she started talking properly saying some wonderful things and also making me realise she is aware of those not visiting her and she cried over that for just a couple of minutes then she disappeared again. She was very happy and peaceful for the rest of the visit.

This makes you realise that no matter how far gone someone can seem to be in Alzehimer's there is always the chance that they may have a moment, a minute of clarity and to be there for that makes everything you do in life worth it.

Thank you everyone who read to here and I hope you come again soon. Love that you all come and visit xxxx Aileen

Friday, 16 March 2018

The Flower Challenge #18 Reminder

I have totally enjoyed this challenge and getting to use these amazing digital images supplied by EnuJi Jung who draws all the images at DotBstamps on Etsy. 

I also went shopping the other day and bought myself some other images that I cant wait to try and I have found that my Laser print is quite happy to print onto my watercolour paper up to 200gsm with ease. Tomorrow I plan to try with my Bristol, will let you know how that goes. I find by opening the back of the printer so it only goes through one roller that stops it jamming.

These are the two flowers that JunJi supplied for us to use and they are available
at her shop if you wish to purchase them. A lucky winner will win these. Remember that although
its Anything Goes Flowers must be the main feature of your card.

          Anenome Bouquet 


I used the main bouquet of flowers and a few of the single ones repeated. A new colour combination for me. RV000 R81 R83 - I would have liked to have RV00 but I don't have this and need to get it as I think it would make a nice light mix and then R83 would only be used for deep shadow. But I am still happy with this colour mix. Two different greens, my usual YG01 YG03 YG25 YG17 and then G00 G02

The Gold diecut is from Hero Art and is from the December Arabia Kit now using as a trellis.
With love die cut done in bronze glitter paper and I only have a couple left and cant find the die, which is so sad as I really love it. Hopefully it will turn up somewhere when The Borrowers are finished with it :)

Alright now its time to go check out what the rest of the Design Team has been up to. You will be amazed with the stunning creations there, don't miss out.

Thanks so much for coming to visit and I'll see you again soon.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day

 Another three cards, I seem to like doing things in threes at the moment. And boy have I been colouring, if its not cards, it's small images I have cut out on the Scan 'N' Cut to put together on cards.   
I need to slow down, maybe stamp out some some images from the million stamp sets still waiting to be wait... I've already done that, I have three trays full.

I know it must be time to sit and cut die cuts, then send out some cards to some friends.  Yes I am suffering, from EMPTY NEST SYNDROME. Aaron and Rachael have bought a house, we painted it (I should say John painted the ceilings and walls and we all did the  trimming/cutting in of the whole house last weekend. Sunday afternoon we walked around like a couple of old people who needed walking frames. Bouncing round now and the kids have gone and its so so quite and I have to learn to cook for three not five.  Time to start something new I think........

I've not done St. Patrick day cards before but I just couldn't resist this little sweetie from Mo's Digital Pencil - ohhh my goodness just check out that face. And what a fabulous colour combo, my favourite colour GREEN together with purple what a knockout. Copics of course being my favourite medium.

Had to give her fiery orange/red hair to go with that sweet face. So loved colouring her. Decided to add her to the card base with some glitter ribbon on each side.

The glitter ribbon is actually a deep rich green on both sides. Finished off with some sequins taken
from a few different packets and she's ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. With a name like Ryan I reckon we may be celebrating it too.

This little cutie is a Stamping Bella image stamped and coloured with Copics. Not so sure
I like how it turned out with the mum looking all spotty but ended up I decided to leave it alone before I wore a hole in the cardstock.  I will give it another go later. I did the baby chicks in a lighter colour and like how they turned out.

I cut the image out with a Wonky Stitch Square die then layered with this gold type of material/paper cut slightly larger. Each attached with double sided tape to the green cardbase. A few enamel dots to finish it off. The sentiment comes with the chick stamp.

I've had this stamp from Mama Elephant for a while and haven't used it but while away camping it was one of the many images I took away to colour. I did the leaves in  YG01 YG03 YG25 YG17 and the flowers BG000 BG00 BG11 BG15 BG49 and the hello in RV04  RV02  RV000 so its bright and bold. Love this stamp and now I have the Thanks one to try out too.

Added Glossy Accents to the letters. Some enamel dots to the card and cut the coloured image out with a wonky stitched rectangle die then attached to a coloured card base. After it was finished I wished I had made the card base a bit bigger as you can hardly see it but I wasn't going to try and remove the panel after attaching as I have done this before and totally ruined the front panel.


Happy Mothers Day

'Hello' card the sentiment is bright and Pink
and Glossy Accents so it fits the bill
for BOLD

I really am struggling here to decide which card to nominate for this challenge at Addicted toStamps and More because I love the colouring on both the St Patrick's Day girl and the Hello flower but today cute wins me over as I just love her face and Im so happy with how my shadows have turned out on the dress so Im going to go with St Patrick's Day.

Happy Mothers day

Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day
I hope my Irish Fairy is mythical enough 

Hello card

Happy Mothers Day

Everyones Irish on St. Patrick's Day

Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day