Grungy label background

I thought the photo inspiration at Inspired by All the Little Things (Inspired by #81 {with Kelly Lunceford}) was gorgeous this time, and I loved the grungy labels and the green and white flower feel particularly – and the jars and bottles but I have left those out in this one.

It is Distress Oxide background (Wild Honey, Fossilised Amber and Peeled Paint) as for my previous post, but also with a stamped label in Peeled paint. Then embossed flowers from the Uniko new release.

Entered in the Inspired by All the Little Things (Inspired by #81 {with Kelly Lunceford} challenge.

Here’s the picture:

Distress oxide yellow peril!

It’s been one of those days. Settled down to do some crafting and spilled a pot of painting water (luckily fairly fresh water!) – all over the table and my trousers. {sigh}  Then I dropped a Memento black ink pad juicy side down on the gold/beige carpet (thank goodness I had some stamp cleaner which seemed to get it up!). Painted an owl which looked rubbish – tried to stamp a sentiment, smeared ink everywhere on the card.

What can a crafter do?

I abandoned the cardmaking and went out to buy more stash…

Came home with some distress oxides and a stencil. And then made a mess, especially with a brand of spray ink new to me that turns out to stain EVERYTHING! Just as well the tablecloth has yellow in it. My fingers look as though I’ve been addicted to nicotine for forty years (never smoked in my life).  I am not sure what is wrong with me today!!!

I eventually produced this, with which I’m reasonably happy!

Distress oxides (Wild Honey, Fossilised Amber and Peeled Paint), first stencilled using a sponge, then blended onto the card for the mats and spritzed with water – loving the effect.

Woodware circles stencil

Stamped Sentiment: Uniko Happy Succulents and a free sentiment set from a magazine.

My first successful stencilling, and loving the distress oxides, so not a wasted session after all!

Entered in Uniko’s 6th Birthday Linky Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday’s WWC161 – Helen’s “All About Occasions” Challenge

and Sweet Stampin’s Inspired by a song (The Windmills of your Mind: I was humming to myself all the way through – “like a circle in a circle…” which is wrong because actually it’s “a circle in a spiral…”)

Haiku (because continuing the theme I’m going to circle dancing tonight…):

Forget all the mess
Enjoy creativity:
dance in a circle!


Bold bird

A second post today, with a card using the sketch from The Paper Craft Crew, and warm, bold, bright colours to chase away the winter blues!

Strips from my experiments with dragging the Kaleidacolour inkpad, a L’Aquarelly bird painted with watercolour pens and ceramic drops from Papermania.

I’m entering this one in the Paper Craft Crew  PCC283: Sketch Challenge

and Time Out’s Challenge #104 Bold

So pleased that my card Pink sympathy  was  one of  CAS on Friday’s top 3 for challenge #127 which was a one-layer challenge – I always find one-layer very challenging so am really pleased to have succeeded in making that one!


Rain through the window,
Pounding the roof above me
I craft, unconcerned…

Mothers’ Day flowers

It was Mothers’ Day here in the UK yesterday. I was a bit disappointed that no cards came through the door so I settled down to a day of crafting, and the OH declared he’d cook a proper roast dinner (his speciality!).

Then there was a ring at the doorbell and a surprise bunch of flowers appeared – followed by a surprise appearance of my son! (He lives 160 miles away and often works weekends.) I think my scream of delight must have echoed down the street.  And later my daughter appeared in time for a lovely dinner. Best day ever!

And I even finished some cards…

Here are two cards to enter for Darnell’s Twofer March challenge: Blossoms. I hope they are different enough. They are certainly for different occasions, a sympathy card to let a friend know I am still thinking of her, and a birthday card.

And here they are separately.

This ombre birthday card was created by dragging a Kaleidacolor Desert Heat inkpad across glossy paper, and a branch-with-blossoms stamp, think that was free with a magazine!  I made an error and found I’d been storing my Kaleidacolor inkpad on its side so all the ink has run together rather more than I’d like 🙁  The yellow has disappeared altogether so I had to add that from a separate inkpad.

I’m also entering this one into Seize the Birthday Anything Goes!

and of course AAA Cards CAS Game #110 – Ombre

The second card was created using a technique new to me – sponging. I cut up my washing up sponge…

I sponged Distress inks Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon onto glossy photo paper, spritzed with water and Perfect pearls Mist in Perfect Blue, dried and set with a heat gun and stamped the same flower branch as above in Memento black.

I’m entering this one in Watercooler Wednesday’s WWC160 – Heidi’s Feminine “Anything Goes” Challenge


The joy of surprise
Like flowers, light up my heart
With someone I love!

Daffodil scatter & recent challenge honours

I ordered the daffodil stamp from Uniko as soon as it came out this month, and have been happily playing.  Here it is used for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge that ends today.

Here is the sketch I worked with at  CAS(E) this Sketch #261. No sentiment: it doesn’t seem to need one… I was going to add more colours, but they just seemed too much…


Also entered for the Paper Players Spring themed challenge PP383

Recent challenge honours

I was delighted that a few of my cards have won modest honours in challenges recently.

My Zendoodle Teapot was an Honourable Mention at The Card Concept #87 {Freshly Brewed}

Lightbulb Moment Rocked the Watercooler in Watercooler Wednesday‘s Masculine Anything Goes challenge.

Coffee and a Book was a Favourite in the Mailbox for Donna & Wendi in Cards in Envy’s Tuxedo Challenge last month.

It’s fun doing challenges, and being inspired by the challenge, the design teams and the other contributors 🙂  It’s even more fun when you get mentioned! Thanks so much for picking my cards: it’s really encouraging.


My haiku today isn’t about the card. It’s about why I currently have time to make cards!

Pay some attention
Avoid retirement tension
Please save our pension!

And this is what it’s all about.

Pink sympathy

A sympathy card, with Zendoodling, and Watercolour pen and lovely Catherine Pooler ink (Uniko Sentiment). Unfortunately I regularly need a sympathy card 🙁

Entered in Just Add Ink #398…”Colour”

and as it’s one-layer, also in CAS on Friday’s Challenge #127 – One layer wonder


So sorry to hear
Petals fall as you stand still
Reflecting your grief