June Birthday

This card is for my other half who has a birthday soon. Soppy, yes, but he deserves it!

June birthday

This is firstly a CASE of one of Ardyth’s cards for Muse #218 this week (Happy Birthday Ardyth!). (Ardyth’s was itself inspired by a card by Donna3D on Splitcoast Stampers but I didn’t look at that one.)

I kept Ardyth’s rainbow smooshing (though mine is paint rather than ink), heart die cut (and added another heart cut layer).

I changed the floral stamp, as I thought swirls were more appropriate for a male card. I added another layer for the sentiment, for interest, as I didn’t have the grey background layer.

I’m also entering this one into The Male Room Die Cut Challenge #61 – Stash.

and Watercooler Wednesday’s WWC121 – Anything Goes  challenge

And the haiku for this one:

Have a happy day:
Your support lights me like sun
Above the clouds. Thanks!

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One stamp, one colourway, four variations #2

Here are the other two cards I made with the Daisy Gerbera stamp and the yellow and grey colour scheme.

This one was supposed to have 6 hexagons for CAS-ual Fridays’ sixth birthday but I needed more to make the design right…

hexagon

So it’s entered for

Seize the Birthday Anything Goes

and Stamplorations MAY CAS challenge (Feminine enough for me – but depends how you interpret feminine colours!)

Finally, an even more minimal design, with just a silver frame thrown in.

frame

(edited to put the final version in which has the sentiment)

I’ll enter this one in Simon Says Stamp It’s a Frame Up

Today’s haiku:

Feeling very chilled
Soft colours help mindfulness
Making cards is calm!

Time flies with butterflies

Two cards today. Very similar colours as I notice that three of the colour challenges have two of the same colours in…(calypso coral and pool party).

There’s a lot more to this first card than I normally do – with a few techniques. Heidi Swapp clock stamps (one of my long-time favourites) plus L’Aquarelle sentiment: butterflies punched out of paint swatch cards (I caught the skin of a finger in the punch – ouch!) and Distress Inked background with water dripped on for a touch of texture. Oh, and the background is a stencil from my very old stash (from Club Scrap).

tim flies with butterflies

AAA cards #88 Stencil

Inspired by the picture at Time Out Challenge 88 (clock, butterflies, centre below)

Colours from Watercooler Wednesday Penny’s Color Challenge

 

The second card is mostly stamping with L’Aquarelle, using watercolour pens.

butterfly mask

This is for the Hand-Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge #261 with smoky slate grey as well as coral and pool party.  The grey is a lot paler in real life than in the pic (it’s been an unhelpful day for taking pictures)

No time for a haiku as we’re playing board games now the kids are home for Easter….

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Sleepy Bunny

I had to get this sweet Uniko stamp as it so reminded me of the cuddly toy my niece loved when she was younger. It was once even the subject of a Twitter hashtag when it was lost on a train… She’s 19 soon, but she’s getting this nostalgic card with SleepyBunny in her favourite colour, yellow. I hope she likes it!

sleepybunny

This is entered into the Sketch Challenge at Just Add Ink   and Seize the Birthday’s Topping option of Two Patterned Papers.

The haiku:

Sleepybunny: now
Small and forgotten as you
Start new adventures.

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A helicopter ride

This card is to accompany a helicopter ride voucher for a very special birthday. Every little boy’s dream I should think (and plenty of grown-ups’ too!)

It’s stamped with Up in the Air in black on white and then fussy cut and mounted with dimensionals over a “sky” blue background. Apologies for the dim picture – I had to take it in the evening.

helicopter ride

This card is entered for The Male Room challenge of Black, White and one more colour – in this case, sky blue 🙂

Seize the sky, my friend
Take the adventure to heart
You’re surely worth it

Spring flowers

I decided to try a spring card. Painted six different Uniko flowers and of course the best one screwed up when I tried to trim it…  This is the next best. Got my eye on some Uniko stamps when they come back into stock. This is inspired by the sketch at CAS Colours and Sketches – a bit loosely interpreted because of my flower size.

pink spring

Entered in CAS Colours and Sketches for #216 Patricia’s sketch

and Uniko’s Spring / Easter challenge

Haiku:

Singing a pink song
Brightly like spring after rain
Blooming like flowers

Third bluebird

I think this really is the last of my bluebirds for now. This card arose from Kim’s sketch #281 at Freshly Made Sketches  Watercolours and L’Aquarelle stamps as before.

third bluebird

The sketch:

Also entering it in Watercooler Wednesday’s Anything Goes Challenge

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Another bluebird

There are a few blues in colour challenges at the moment, so bluebirds are still on my mind…

This is a birthday bluebird sitting in the pink blossoms. I’ve tried out a few new techniques for me – spattering the background, new L’Aquarelle stamps watercoloured and cut out and pieced together.

bluebird rose

These are as close as I could get with my watercolours to the colours at Just Add Ink 352

The haiku ofr this one

A bluebird trilling
joyful in the tree above.
Happiness floods me

 

Black and white boy

Here’s a card for a young boy. It’s based on a stamped and zentangled bookmark that is designed to be removed and used.

black and white boy

This one is for Cards in Envy’s challenge Black and White

and CAS-ual Fridays No Dies Allowed

Run and jump and play
Be strong and active and then…
Snuggle: read with me

 

Bon Anniversaire

For a friend who is a Francophile:

bon anniversaire

Entering in Fusion challenge Paris Rain – inspired by the image of course!

And a haiku based on our honeymoon experience many years ago…

Remember Paris?
Such rain, the Seine overflowed
Cosy honeymoon!

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