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

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Four New Cards and Lots Happening

Lots of photos and lots to say. If your here just for the cards scroll on down to the first photo, if you want to have a bit of a share of whats been going on then grab a coffee, and lets get started:

The new couple of cards I coloured while on holidays down the south coast with my husband a
Elysha and Jake (the dog). It was our first proper holiday in the camper van we had just inherited from John's dad. John's dad is now in a Nursing Home with emphysema and life is hard and sad for him. He offered us the camper van and though I am on preference a 5 star accommodation person I thought ok lets give it a go.

Well it poured with rain the first night and I thought we were going to get washed away but then settled down to hot hot hot for the next five days then the last two days it was torrential rain which of course meant lots of mud and packing in the mud and rain. All things considered it was a brilliant caravan park, people are extremely friendly stopping to chat, happy to help and share. People were wonderful with Elysha and that means a lot to me as we have met some terrible prejudice over the years. Jake bunged on a bit of small dog syndrome but then I found all the little dogs did this but his Guide Dog Assoc training paid off in the long run and he was a good boy with people all wanting to get to know the puppy (he is 10 years old but has a look of him that people mistake for puppy).

Fishing was a bit hit and miss; sunburn, me on my back sitting in the shade colouring in, should have moved. John got really badly burned on his feet where his thong straps go across his feet, the only white bits on his body, it was like 3rd degree burns and caused much pain for four days or so which made getting around very hard.

We ate, drank and worked on a 1000 piece puzzle with the help of total strangers and yes I will go again. I also had phone calls from dad everyday at least 15 times a day letting me know that the creek between mums cottage and where he lives was filling fast and reaching critical levels. He was very worried it was going to flood, highest levels it had been in ten years (he has only been there just over 2 months now). I kept assuring him they would get him out if it flooded but it only settled him down when I said we had a dingy and could come get him if it overflowed. Dad had his 92 birthday last week and apart from a few escapes is doing well at the new nursing home now.

On to the cards:

This beautiful card is a Penny Black Stamp, all the work is done as you stamp and the flowers are already in the vase so all you need to do is colour. I have coloured with Copics. I tried to keep the colours nice and soft and the only strong colours are the two main flowers and they are R81 R83 R85 R89 for deep shadow. I got a little heavy handed so the colours got darker than I intended. 

I have tilted this photo and really lightened to show the sparkle as I added Wink of Stella to the flowers. I added it to the centres of the flowers coming out (not the whole flower) and the lines of the vase. Really looks beautiful IRL. I have taken all these photos while babysitting so I don't have facilities to take photos to show up sparkle as well.

I added some grey copic to the base then used the '0' colourless blended to breakup the grey.
Finished off the card with some sequins and silver glitter diecut 'celebrate'

This card is so cute. I got this image given me by a crafty friend and it has been sitting there
waiting for me to colour her in for ages. I decided to go really light pink/peach. This is a

Stamping Bella stamp and I am thinking she needs to join my collection of stamps, but will have to wait, as I have just seen the latest release and ohhh boy am I going to be broke after I finish shopping there.

Anyhoo After I coloured her with Copics R000 R00 R10 R20 I also added some Wink of Stella and again you are going to have to believe she looks fabulous cause my photos didnt catch the glitter. I die cut with rounded stitched rectangle die, added fun foam behind then attached to a card I had added patterned paper to. No sentiment so it can be used for anything. 

This is another image I coloured while away but had to work out how to fix you see I stamped it at an angle then decided to add the vase and had added the sentiment which was straight across the card so I had to do a bit of fiddling around but I got there. I love this stamped image totally, its just beautiful and so easy it colour. Its from The Ton. Coloured again with Copics and very happy with how the vase has turned out.

I ended up using a stitched rectangle die on the piece then added to a yellow cardbase but attached at a distinct angle so the vase is in the right place. I added some bright coloured enamel dots then to cover up the original sentiment that was stamped and now at a weird angle I die cut a white and gold polka dot tag and added a gold cardstock diecut 'thanks'. Makes it an odd shaped card but will make a special envelope for it. I love how the colours look against the yellow cardbase.

This next card was actually inspired by the arrival of three parcels in a row with crafting goodies all ordered over a number of weeks but being in Australia we often have to wait for deliveries. In this instance some were held up, some arrived when expected and others arrived quicker than expected and then I went to a craft shop and as I was driving home I was thinking of this sweet image from Mo's Digital Pencil and thinking it would  was the perfect front for my introduction to what I have bought..........oh my goodness

In this instance you can just see the glitter on her dress. I couldn't resist giving her a bit of red in her hair to go with her yellow dress. Isn't she the cutest, in this instance as she is a digital image I manipulated her in Adobe Illustrator and just put her on the edge of the page so I only printed what I wanted and also at a tilt as though she is looking around the corner and has spotted my supplies!!!

So I can use it after I have stamped inside with this fantastic sentiment I managed to find in the shop I was in. How cool is it. It will get so much use from me as I am shocking at getting cards out on time. I do so love making cards, but getting them to people on time - never.

This was the craft shop items, the Distress Oxides I didnt have yet that I wanted to add, only the brights and lights as I don't use the duller or darker colours. Some extra Alcohol Inks, Transparent Yupo, blending foams and a couple of stamps. 

A lovely pile of new Mama Elephant stamps and a die.

Hero Art  only showing the Add ons to the actual kit I received in February so I am being conservative there. Also forgot to add the diecut letters of the alphabet I bought to go with the stamp.
Dies and stamps from Pretty Pink Posh. Lots to be used.
As you can see there has been quite a spending spree which is mad as
it will just add to the pile of NBUS already there but what can I 
say other than 'You know how it happened, you know you do'

'They made me do it mum'


Tulips in a Vase 'Thanks'

Tulips in a Vase 'Thanks'

Oh My Goodness
Belated Birthday Card

Stamping Bella Flower Girl No Sentiment

Ohh My Goodness Card

Flower Vase 'Celebrate'

My beautiful Stamping Bella Flowergirl card

Tulips in a Vase 'Thanks'

Penny Black Flowers in a Vase 'Celebrate'

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