Yellow spring flowers

I loved the picture of the bright yellow flowers at Time Out. It’s accompanied by blue in their photo but I found myself sticking to the same side of the colour wheel rather than the opposite. I wanted to echo the cheerfulness of the bright yellow.  The lemons and the bottles in the picture have inspired me to drink some lemon gin (Malfy) while I craft. Does that count? Very nice Easter treat.

So this one is simply entered into:

Time Out  Challenge #106  with this lovely inspiration

 

and Just Us Girls Challenge #434 Wild Card Week: CAS

Haiku:

Yellow as the sun
Brightly filling my vision
Blooms illuminate…

Heroes and birds…

It’s lovely to have some extra time to craft on a long Easter weekend. But I do have other things to do, so I’m going to make this my last couple for today…

The first card is a masculine card (though I often think that masculine cards, if well designed, can easily be used for women, but that florals can be too floral for men). I have in mind that it is intended as a thank you for a particular male doctor, and it came to mind as soon as I saw the prompt Superheroes at Cards4Guyz.  We don’t thank our health workers enough and I’m often very grateful to them, such as when they all struggled into work during our recent heavy snowfall. And this card is also dedicated to pharmacists, and the researchers who create the new drugs and treatments we benefit from.

This is all icons found online or drawn from scratch (can you tell which is which?) and text produced on computer. Painted in watercolours and fussy cut individually.

This goes to:

Cards4Guyz: #191 Superheroes

and The Male Room, who want #82 Watercolours

My second card is a bluetit, I think, though I suspect the colours are my own invention!  It’s inspired by a number of challenges, particularly The Card Concept the picture for which has a lovely little blue bird as well as yellow items. The design is a CASE of Aileen’s card at Less us More. I was originally planning to choose stencilling from the choices at Just Add Ink but in the end it didn’t work out.

A L’Aquarelly bird, stamped in Memento black (as is the black part of the sentiment, Hunkydory) and watercoloured in blue and yellow: and a Magenta greeting coloured in silver foil pen. The gems are Kanban, with the yellow ones being originally white and now coloured in yellow Colorbox ink.

Entered in

The Card Concept #89 {Spring has Sprung} a Clean and Simple card inspired by the colours and the blue bird 🙂

Less is More #368 CASEing this card by Aileen.

  

  

Seize the Birthday  (Birds) 

and  Just Add Ink #402…”Choose Two” 

I’ve chosen foil and feathers – the bird and the foiling pen.

 

Grand teal

A quick one today following the sketch at Just Add Ink.

The basis of this card is a background created with Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, and Perfect Pearls blue spray which gives it a fabulous shimmer that you can’t see in the photo. The circles were stencilled with a Woodware stencil. A simple plain blue layer, and some very old stash I’m trying to use up… bubble letters (source unknown – they’re not in their packaging!), Birthday stamp in Memento black, and a K’ology Grand Adhesion blossom.

Entered in Just Add Ink #401…”Sketch” challenge.

I think it needs something more – but have run out of time tonight. I might revisit it at some point!

Haiku:

Papers pile like leaves
The joy of discovery
Something still has use!

Teal at work

Here’s a card with Sheena Douglass cog stamps, watercolour and Distress Ink (plus a Uniko Simply Said sentiment).

I’m running out of time now – back at work tomorrow and likely to be very busy!

Entered in

Seize the birthday Teal and White!

and

Inkspirational’s Word prompt, Challenge 156 – Work. Those cogs do all the work…

Haiku:

Hoping for pensions,
We learn how we’re really seen:
Cog in the machine

Seahorse and sequins

As soon as I saw this (free L’Aquarelly) sentiment I knew it had to be the one I use on the birthday card for my friend who loves wild swimming.

The seahorse and seaweed are also L’Aquarelly. The background is Distress Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers sponged onto the background and stencilled with Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink and Chestnut roan chalk ink through the Woodware Francoise Read circles stencil. The brown mat and stamping is in Chestnut roan chalk ink, with the seahorse painted in dilute brown watercolour so it looks slightly transparent, just like a real seahorse.

A tiny pearl for the seahorse’s eye.I knew I had some turquoise sequins somewhere, to put on the bubbles, inspired by the CAS on Friday Celebrate Sequins challenge. Took a long time to find them! And I can’t believe how much old stash I have: embellishments and “toppers” I have grown beyond…

Entered in Just Us Girls #432- Color Week

and CAS on Friday  Challenge #128 – Celebration card with sequins

And my friend is also a great haiku fan so here is hers:

Celebrate friendship:
Plunge into azure waters.
Swimming is heaven.

Green bird and an Irish Blessing

Happy St Patrick’s Day! There are consequently quite a few green challenges around at the moment. I have a St Patrick’s Day set, but it’s unmounted rubber and of course I have run out of mounting foam and accidentally bought cut-and-dry foam so the stamps aren’t stamping very well…

So this is a watercoloured background, blending three colours of my Caran d’Ache watercolour paints, with bird,  blossom and sentiment stamps from a magazine.  I painted over the flowers with dilute white gouache just to pick them out a bit.  It’s also very green – not turquoise as it looks in the photo!

I am entering this one in:

Cards in Envy: Green Things

Simply Create Too #136: Use Green

The Card Concept #88 Monochromatic Green. I was inspired by the many different shades of green in the picture to create this Clean and Layered card.

My second card is one-layer, created by masking off a square and colouring it in virtually every green ink I have:  Docrafts green dye ink, Lime Pastel and Olive Pastel chalk ink, Distress Cracked Pistachio and Distress Oxide Peeled Paint. Then spattered with water. Amazing it has worked!  Stamped trees and birds from Inkadinkadoo Delicate Branches and an Irish Blessing from my St Patrick’s Day set (very old Club Scrap?).

It isn’t as skewed as it looks in the photo!  (Snowing hard when I was taking the photos so not easy to get right!)

CAS-ual Fridays: Going green

Stamplorations: Spring and Faith. a nice fresh spring green with a St Patrick’s Day blessing – nothing more spring than that!

Addicted to CAS #132 – Birds

And the Haiku for today:

It’s snowing again!
Spring blossom nearly popped out
But we’ll have to wait…

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, Peeled Paint and Hickory smoke) created as described in my previous post, but also with a stamped label-type text (L’Aquarelly) in Peeled Paint. Then embossed flowers from the Uniko Organic Wishes set and a Uniko Simply Said sentiment.

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!

Haiku:

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

Haiku:

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

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