Red trees

I don’t think I’m the only one still using up the Christmas bits and pieces left over from last year’s cards to get a head start on this year… so here is a Christmas card:

The remains of a background sheet I smooshed and spattered and splotted and Uniko Merry Christmas sentiment

Entered in Merry Monday’s Christmas Challenge #273 Red and Turquoise

Christmas gone for now
like snow that fell this morning
turned sadly to rain


Finally back! And a Happy New Year to all

I can’t believe my last post was in August 2017… Well I did say that things were about to go crazy at work, and they did and they didn’t let up till Christmas!  I went on holiday in October though, but as soon as I got back I fell ill (think I caught something on the plane). And that didn’t help.  I did manage to make a few cards – even some for challenges – but didn’t get enough time or energy to post them.

Well, my word for this year is JOY – make joy, find joy – because I’ve been a miserable old thing ever since mum died in 2016 and it’s time I made an effort…  and making cards gives me JOY so hurrah! And so does writing and blogging….

Here is a belated posting of my Christmas tree this year. Made from sparkly silver wallpaper and old book pages from an ancient dictionary which fell apart.

Christmas Tree

My birthday was in this period too and I managed to make it to a creative evening my friends organised for me at Debbie Bryan’s – it was a vintage-inspired jewellery making workshop.  Thoroughly recommended! Here is my steampunk inspired necklace:


And I hope to see you around in blogland in 2018. Happy New Year!

And today’s haiku based on my word of 2018:

Blue skies and prospects
Of new creativity
Promise I’ll find joy!


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







Christmas in April

As it’s the last day of April I don’t think I’ll need this post title again!   It’s good to get started on the Christmas cards. I always leave them too late. If there’s one thing the last two years have taught me, it’s that you never know what’s round the corner and it’s always good to be a little ahead. So all-year-round Christmas challenges are a great reminder!   Here’s a Kraft card with a jolly Scandinavian jumper from Washi tape.

christmas scandi jumper

This is entered for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #245 Use Kraft Cardstock

and Scraps of Life April Rudolph Days Challenge – Anything Goes Christmas Card

And the haiku:

Whichever season,
Let’s think of celebrating
Love, peace, family.


Christmas doodle cards

A set of Zendoodled Christmas trees. Doodle and watercolour – love it! My favourite colours too, purple and turquoise.

I gave up on stamping. If only I were better at it…  one of these days I’ll learn how to do it without smudging or missing some of the image.

Doodled Christmas tree

Meanwhile, this design is entered for The Male Room Challenge #50 which includes Christmas 🙂

The tree smells of pine
Brings freshness into my room
Cosy in winter




Poinsettia Banner

This is more of my watercoloured poinsettias and washi tape.  Entering this in the Stamplorations December CAS Card challenge (colour twist red and green)

poinsettia banner

Christmas time is near
Put on your merry faces
Spread a little cheer


Sketch – Panel Poinsettia

I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #267 for this one.

A set of Christmas washi tapes from Crelando (bought from Lidl!) have been my find this year, and I added handmade watercoloured poinsettia.

poinsettia panel

Here’s the sketch

Red is the colour:
my favourite autumn leaves
foreshadow Christmas

Christmas Presents

I’ve been wanting to revisit this old Stampin’ Up stamp for this Christmas, so the new sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch #201 got me reaching for it straightaway.

So entering:

Sorry the haiku turned out a bit sad. I expect I’m not the only one feeling it this year though. It’s been a funny old year!  The card is jolly enough I hope!

This year I want none.
Presents cannot compensate:
a day without Mum.

Christmas Primaries

I wanted to try a naive doodling theme for Christmas, and this is the first one I liked. I wanted it to be a single layer, but it didn’t look quite right, so there’s a bit of matting going on to frame it a little more.

This one is entered for Less Is More #305 Primary Colours

Paint in primaries
takes me back to my childhood
painting white school walls



Christmas Candles

I’ve been wanting to try a simple candle card for a while, too, and along came CAS-ology’s Candle challenge (Week 226)

Mostly watercolour again, including the candles, with just the sentiment added.  It’s a design that could also be used for birthdays… but I need Christmas cards!

The year hastens to
its close: quiet or shouty?
Glad to end this year!

Entered in CAS-ology’s challenge:


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