Oriental pink

Pink and green and a very delicate feel was what struck me about the Muse card this week. Normally I’d have added the butterfly as on Anita’s pretty card, but I’m not fond of shakers.

Having painted the stamp with the pink and green watercolours, and stamped, it looks nothing at all like the original stamp in fact, but the result has a pleasing Oriental look, I think, so I ran with that.    I added some Chinese bling stickers to emphasise that feel. The text doesn’t mean anything!

So it’s not very similar too, but definitely inspired by Anita’s card!

So this is my entry for Muse #252 this week.

And this is definitely feminine enough for Watercooler Wednesdays’ Feminine Challenge WWC156 from Penny.

Serendipity
again delights me with green and
Oriental pink!

 

Blocks of pink and green

My second card of the weekend uses the CAS Colours and Sketches colours for this week with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. The colours are powder pink, berry burst and wild wasabi – although I used my watercolour paints and mixed them to produce the colours.  This was a technique I hadn’t tried before.  I painted the watercolours onto a stamp and stamped it. It looked nothing like the original stamp but I really like the effect. It feels floral, though it isn’t at all!  For the larger plainer  panel I painted it first with pale pink and then stamped again with berry watercolour on top. The sentiment is Papermania.

Entered in CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge #258

and Freshly Made Sketches #FMS323

My fingers dyed pink
Pale, one hand, dark the other
A day spent happy.

 

Pinks that aren’t Valentines…

I’ve been playing with pink paint this weekend.  This is grey, pink and red for  Color Throwdown.

The painted lines are deliberately cut off true. Paper was watercoloured and the flowers stamped and fussy cut.  Although the colours are very ‘Valentiney’, I really didn’t want to make a Valentine’s card!

Entered in Color Throwdown #479

Is love always pink
and does pink have to be love?
No, pink’s just happy!

Aqua Hearts

Here is a card in my favourite colours again 🙂  This time I’ve chopped some of the watercoloured paper from my session yesterday into overlapping hearts. They are at three levels with different amounts of dimensional foam. And the same bling as in the previous card. 🙂   L’Aquarelle sentiment.

Inspired by Fusion’s Stained Glass Hearts inspiration pic and sketch (although the sketch is flipped).


Also entered into The Paper Players’ Will you be my Valentine? challenge #PP379

and Inkspirational’s #153 Word Prompt Attachment challenge. As well as being about the romantic type of attachment, it also has hearts attached to each other and gems attached to them 🙂

  

And finally CAS-ual Fridays #192 Hearts

Wish my fervent love
could save you from ever
being unhappy!

Teal sailboat

There’s a gent I know who loves sailing so every year is a different nautical or maritime card.

Here is this year’s. I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do, but it turned out rather differently in the end 🙂

It’s a watercoloured background with a sailboat stamp  (Sheena Douglas) and a sentiment stamp (from a magazine), plus gems 🙂

Entered in Freshly Made Sketches # 322 FMS322 (though the middle panel became less rectangular because it worked so much better to fussy cut the sailboat).

       

Watercooler Wednesday #155 Anything Goes

Simply Create Too: Favourite Colour combo (I love any combination of aquas, teals, turquoises and blues!)

and Addicted to CAS #129 which is asking for Teal (hurrah)!

Even in your head
you can sail away to new
fun and Adventures!

Coffee and a book

To be honest, I prefer tea, but there are more challenges about coffee 🙂 So this is a coffee pot.

I know a lot of people hate using books but this text comes from an old dictionary that was literally falling apart, and surely it’s better to reuse than to throw it away altogether?

The word ‘coffee’ was right on the bottom of the page and useless to cut out, but ‘drink’ and ‘drip’ worked well 🙂

This one is inspired by both the picture and the sketch at Fusion. Entered into

FUSION – Coffee and a Book

   

CAS-ual Fridays CFC #191 — More Coffee Please

and Cards in Envy Tuxedo (Black & White) Card Challenge

And a haiku:

‘Covfefe’ may be
how I feel before the first
coffee of the day!

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

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