Penguin wishes

So here’s a penguin for a winter birthday. Seems appropriate as we’ve had a layer of snow today 🙂

He’s entirely one layer, which involved four stages of masking, and I’m quite proud of it!

This is for this week’s Muse challenge , as a CASE of Tracey’s cute card

  

and as I achieved the one layer: Less is More’s one-layer Cute challenge

Enjoy a snow day!
Like the holiday, it will
be suddenly gone

Red trees

I don’t think I’m the only one still using up the Christmas bits and pieces left over from last year’s cards to get a head start on this year… so here is a Christmas card:

The remains of a background sheet I smooshed and spattered and splotted and Uniko Merry Christmas sentiment

Entered in Merry Monday’s Christmas Challenge #273 Red and Turquoise

Christmas gone for now
like snow that fell this morning
turned sadly to rain

 

Vintage car

A birthday card for an older gent… the kind who don’t really appreciate clean and simple and think the more you put on it the more you love them! (Bless!)

The car is cut from a printed sheet and the ribbon came from a Christmas cracker 🙂 I printed out the sentiment.

This one is entered in:

The Male Room challenge #77 Vintage

and

Watercooler Wednesday’s Masculine Challenge 153 from Gail

I’ve watched Design Team calls go by for these two of my favourite challenges. I wish I had the time to apply, let alone create the cards 🙁  Perhaps some day – when I retire maybe!  Meanwhile, the artists who have been appointed are truly inspirational for which I’m always grateful.

Here is the haiku for this one:

As you get older
your worth grows faster than the
cherry we planted

New Beginnings

I love to make cards for new babies – such a happy occasion! The last one was a girl, but this is for a (male) colleague whose partner has had a lovely baby boy.  I kept it simple with my favourite baby-related image from Uniko (Some Bunny), The sentiment is from Uniko as well, and the background is watercoloured.

new baby boy

This one is entered into two challenges:

AAA Cards Challenge #106 Something New

and

The Male Room #76 New Beginnings

The haiku for this one:

Little fingers grasp
My old hand, tightly holding
out promise of hope

Finally back! And a Happy New Year to all

I can’t believe my last post was in August 2017… Well I did say that things were about to go crazy at work, and they did and they didn’t let up till Christmas!  I went on holiday in October though, but as soon as I got back I fell ill (think I caught something on the plane). And that didn’t help.  I did manage to make a few cards – even some for challenges – but didn’t get enough time or energy to post them.

Well, my word for this year is JOY – make joy, find joy – because I’ve been a miserable old thing ever since mum died in 2016 and it’s time I made an effort…  and making cards gives me JOY so hurrah! And so does writing and blogging….

Here is a belated posting of my Christmas tree this year. Made from sparkly silver wallpaper and old book pages from an ancient dictionary which fell apart.

Christmas Tree

My birthday was in this period too and I managed to make it to a creative evening my friends organised for me at Debbie Bryan’s – it was a vintage-inspired jewellery making workshop.  Thoroughly recommended! Here is my steampunk inspired necklace:

necklace

And I hope to see you around in blogland in 2018. Happy New Year!

And today’s haiku based on my word of 2018:

Blue skies and prospects
Of new creativity
Promise I’ll find joy!

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