Pastel butterfly

Final post for the day – and maybe the last time I’ll have to create for a while as things are getting busy from now on…

This butterfly mixes a few challenges.

butterfly salt

It’s Patricia’s sketch at CAS Colours and Sketches #235 (turned, because I preferred the card that way) and it’s coloured with watercolours and salt, meeting the requirements for the CAS Watercolour challenge this month. I wasn’t too impressed with the outcome, the salt seemed to turn an odd colour and it didn’t really create the effect I was trying to achieve from the videos I watched…  But it is definitely different from before I put the salt on!

   

Also entered in Kath’s Watercooler Wednesday All About Birthdays challenge #131,

Cards in Envy’s Insects and Bugs challenge

and the Butterfly Challenge #84, with Wedgewood blue plus my choice of pink and aqua.

Wish I didn’t flit
From one thing to another:
Procrastination! 🙁

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Summer shells

I’ve been wanting to work with shells ever since I got a new stamp set with a seaside theme. The stencilled blue is brighter in real life, and a bit sparkly as it’s pearl mist…

shells

This layout is inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week. Number 300! Congratulations to them on a real milestone 🙂

 

The colours are from Hand Stamped Sentiments – the sentiment stamp is also new 🙂

Also entered in CAS on Sunday (Friday now – glad it changed)  #114 Birthday

And the haiku for this one:

Turned over like shells,
I wonder how I appear:
Battered by life’s waves?

 

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Pastel pencils

I need to learn a lot more about taking pictures of my cards. The lines on this one have become pixelated when I reduced the size to fit it on my page.

It’s inspired by the sketch and image at Fusion, and as we’re clearly in pastel country here, it uses the colours from Colour Throwdown.

pastel pencils

So entered into Fusion Pastel Pencils challenge, using the sketch and inspiration photo. I even used pastel pencils (watercolour pencils) to draw my lines…

And also entered in Colour Throwdown #455, aqua, light pink and lavender. Pastel Heaven!

I try draw my life…
But sometimes it seems someone
Else holds the pencil

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Baby blue and aqua

I liked the challenge of the words at The Challenge this week.  I think I managed simple, butterfly, monochromatic and circle. Not so sure about friendship. It’s blue, because blue and aqua have come up a lot in challenges in the past couple of weeks.

aqua birthday

Stamps: L’Aquarelle butterfly and Uniko’s Originally Organic, fast becoming a go-to set for me (Wish I hadn’t missed the matching Happy Succulents!) and Simply Said. Stamped in Distress Ink: peacock feathers and mermaid lagoon. With two different sizes of pearls.

 

The design is based on Narelle’s sketch from Just Add Ink #370.

And also entering this one into Cards in Envy’s baby blue (or pretty pink) challenge.

Today’s haiku:

Like my moods, shading
Colours gradually change
Neither wrong nor right

Balloon celebration

I wanted to join in CASology’s 5-year anniversary blog hop. I always find a lot of inspiration from both the DT and the competitors, and interesting challenges.

So here’s a balloon card to wish them happy 5th birthday / anniversary.

balloon birthday

 

Life’s like a balloon
Sometimes: just as you’re soaring
Burst! and down you fall…

Muse Christmas

Squeaking in on a challenge with a card I’ve thought about all month!

Muse Christmas

This is for the Muse Christmas Visions Challenge Christmas in July.  I’m not sure why the picture is so blurry. The sun’s gone in, maybe it’s that.

The stamps are all Uniko (Wonderful Words and Originally Organic). It would have been better if I could have found my embossing powders (where did they go to hide?). No doubt they will turn up. I’m sure you sympathise. Broke out some new Brilliance Gold ink instead. Really pleased with it.  And my beloved watercolour pens, of course!

The inspiration was from Jessica:

Also entering in Happy Little Stampers July Christmas Challenge, as I have cut out flowers on top of the stamping 🙂

 

And Watercooler Wednesday’s All About Christmas Challenge

 

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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).

thankyoublocks

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

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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

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