B.. b… butterfly

Here’s a butterfly – in fact two. I love butterflies and dragonflies and have lots of  stamps of each.

This is a watercoloured background edged in Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, with butterflies stamped with Distress Ink Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio. Sparkle added with blue Perfect Pearls. Card base spattered with teal paint.

Entering this in #98 Spin The Butterfly Wheel with the Letter T.

Using just one of the colours – teal.  I was going to add two identical butterflies, but they looked better different!

Butterfly sparkle
Wings iridescent against
The cool spring sunlight

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


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.


Easter Cross

I’ve had this Celtic cross from Elusive Images for some time and it is my go-to for some occasions. I have it in two sizes. This time it is an Easter card, though I think this design would work well as a Sympathy card also.

As well as the Elusive Images stamp, the sentiment is Uniko Simply Said and the colour is watercolour and some navy ink which has no name on it!

This is entered into:

CAS on Friday #129 (Easter)

CASOLOGY #293 (Cross)


The Sunday Stamps SSC175 Easter Palette colours have been used on this.

The design is based on CASE This Sketch #265.


Easter comes in spring
But weather doesn’t conform
We wait for the snow…

Easter bunny

I was inspired by the bunny wreath idea at Fusion, so I’ve run with that idea and Uniko stamps on a watercoloured background to make a cute Easter card.

The stamps are all Uniko: the wreath elements are from the little stamps in the Originally Organic and Happy Succulents sets as well as the main stamp from Some Bunny.  I used my brand new MISTI for the first time – I am really pleased with it. I couldn’t have done that wreath without it.

The background is watercoloured in Uniko’s challenge colours this month and it’s hard to see in the picture but the wreath is embellished with Orange Marmalade and Limoncello Nuvo Jewel Drops.

Entered in Uniko’s current challenge March /April No. 46 Colours with the twist of Easter (think I’ve used all the colours!)

and in Fusion because of their brilliant inspiration of the bunny wreath, and the pink and green are included 🙂


No chocolate eggs
But here is a fun bunny:
Wish you Easter joy!

Pink cats

Recently I’ve been making cards to sell to raise funds to buy an activity table for people with dementia (ToverTafel). I’ve found that cats are popular so I’m making more cards with cats on…  This card uses the colours from the current Color Throwdown as a background.

The sentiment is Uniko Organic Wishes and not sure where the cats come from!  The background is watercoloured and finished with a chiffon ribbon.

Entered in challenges:

Color Throwdown #486

and Crafty Gals Corner (Anything Goes)


Sitting down to read
The black and white cat leaps to
distract or comfort?

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!


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

Inspired by Stephen Hawking

A couple of masculine-intended, space and science inspired cards today. The late Stephen Hawking was inspirational in many ways, even though that was the last thing he intended to be. These cards are both based on a quote from him. I wanted to celebrate his life and work.

The first is about the stars. I’ve been fascinated since a little girl by the wonder of what might be “out there” but in recent years I’ve mostly been looking down at my feet.  🙁  Chiefly because of varifocals, but that’s another story…  Now’s the time to remember mankind’s ambitions and our own, and feel humble in the face of the Universe.

This is Uniko stamps: Seeing Stars, with Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks, including blended on the mat, and a computer-generated quote.

Entered in The Male Room’s Space/Science challenge #81.


and Watercooler Wednesday’s WWC162 – Charlotte’s Masculine “Anything Goes” Challenge

and Addicted to Stamps and More’s Challenge #284 – Clean and Simple

This computer-generated quote is framed with ink colours (a mixture of Distress Oxide, Catherine Pooler ink and Colorbox to find the right colours and coverage!) that reflect the colours of a thermal imaging camera, from yellow (hottest) through orange to purple (coldest). The OH has just acquired a fab gadget – a thermal imaging camera that attaches to his phone. We’re going to use it to find the spots in the house that need most insulation. So I guess next weekend’s predicted cold spell will come in handy again…

This quote will go to anyone who needs a bit of a boost…

And is entered in Cards in Envy’s No Patterned Paper challenge


As we gaze at them
The stars wink out one by one
All come to an end…

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!


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


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

Caught a bug?

There have been a lot of sick people this winter and I suppose it’s nearly over  (though the deep snow outside doesn’t look like it!). However, there’ll always be a need for a cheer up card for people fallen ill.

I love dragonflies (think a dragonfly is my totem – if not a dormouse!) and this is an attempt to be a bit more light-hearted with them. The sketch has come from Freshly Made Sketches and was surprisingly difficult to achieve, not least because I don’t have a sentiment with the full phrase and needed to mix computer-generated text with letter stamps.  If I find a suitable stamp, I might try again with one-layer.  The same green inked background as in my previous posts… and some bling.

Entered for

Freshly Made Sketches #328 – A Sketch by Linda

CASology Week 291: BUG

and Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #161 ~ Make it Green


Flit from place to place
Seeking to be well enough
To return to life

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