Colours that please

Here are two cards I made this week.  First a card which is partly a CASE of one of Susan Raihala’s HERE, though I arranged the feathers myself using two individual L’Aquarelle stamps (love that set) and masking.

happy feathers

The colours are taken from CAS Colours and Sketches this week. Lime and Lemon Twist seems to be popping up in lots of colour challenges and I haven’t the exact ink but I think I’ve now found something very similar in Colorbox Lime. Also used Catherine Pooler  Party Dress which is my closest to Berry Burst and Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink for the Island Indigo. Really liking this combination of colours.  The sentiment is from a useful set from Uniko.

And easily feminine enough for the Watercooler Wednesday Feminine challenge

The second card is inspired by CAS(E) this sketch#229, and by Karen’s wonderful backgrounds (see Snippets).


This is going to a temporary colleague who’s done wonderful work for us.

My favourite agapanthus again! And the Karen-inspired background was created with Catherine Pooler Party Dress and Tutti Frutti inks and white and black watercolours: then chopped up as per the sketch.

Orange like summer,
Outdoors, bright and enticing:
Pink like sunburned arms




Happy Birthday & Thanks

I haven’t posted for quite a while because I was on holiday – chilled out on a yoga retreat in Greece. Now I have had a little time at last to create some cards – hence the postings today!

This one uses the colours at Hand Stamped Sentiments: the word is cut out of watercoloured paper and the sentiment is stamped with my gorgeous new juicy Catherine Pooler ink from Ardyth 🙂 Thanks again Ardyth.  I tried to get the colours right with my watercolours, but they’ve all dried rather lighter than they were when I mixed them wet. So they are approximate – the rich razzleberry in particular came out rather pink…

happy birthday

So entered into HSS Color Challenge #267

Also, because it was just before I went away, I haven’t yet had a chance to say how delighted I am that I was an Honourable Mention at CASology on June 6th in their Medicine week. It was this card.

Fly the flag

This is an unusual birthday card, for me. Unlike in some countries, we don’t  really feature our flag creatively. It’s only since the 2012 Olympics that we’ve seen items decorated with the Union flag or its colours, and since the Rio Olympics that’s died down a lot. I hope this isn’t disrespectful – it is supposed to represent pride in a creative way!

flag birthday

This is all watercolouring and a Uniko sentiment. It doesn’t look as crooked in real life, honestly…

I was inspired by the Fusion inspiration picture which not only has the colours but the actual flag decorating the jars: though I picked my own flag to play with and we don’t celebrate the 4th July.  So I’m entering this there.

Also in the Less is More challenge #335 to use the colours of one’s flag. I have to credit design team member Esther’s card for inspiring my layout.

And Seize the Birthday’s Anything Goes Challenge.

A haiku for this card:

I’m happy where I live
Beautiful spaces, good people
…a community

A is for Agapanthus again

This one was inspired by Lesley’s challenge #88 on Always Playing with Paper, because I loved all the keywords.  And of course because Just Add Ink wants to add A – it’s using my much liked agapanthus stamps.  Plus Uniko sentiment and watercoloured background. Otherwise really simple and CAS. This one’s for a lovely colleague.

A is for Agapanthus

So – entered for the Challenge, and I think I got all of the keywords (although it wasn’t essential) – bright watercoloured background,  stamped flowers, birthday sentiment, square card.

And  Just Add Ink #366…”Just Add A”  challenge

Also entered into CAS on Friday (Sunday) Challenge #111 Flowers

The haiku for this one:

Summer comes at last
Flowers you want and don’t want
Flourish in the yard


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!


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…


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.


(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….


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!


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.



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


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

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