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

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.

 

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.

Haiku:

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 🙂

Haiku:

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)

Haiku:

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

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

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

Haiku:

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

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…

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