Agapanthus drops

Revisiting a favourite Stampendous Agapanthus stamp, with a masked and watercoloured panel and Nuvo Jewel yellow raindrops…  The sentiment is Uniko Originally Organic (another favourite).

This one is inspired by Time Out’s word challenge #109:

It’s in blue, green and yellow colours reflecting CAS Colours and Sketches #272

Also entering in Crafty Gals #165: Add a flower

Haiku:

Sometimes you must just
Throw out the technology
Return to nature…

Flowers emerging from rain

We’ve had late frost, a mini-heatwave and devastating rain. A true British spring!  So this card is trying to represent the flowers struggling to emerge through the rain.

The background to this panel was a lot of fun to create, and this is the last little bit of it. It was 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 in Mermaid Lagoon with a Woodware stencil, and the dots stamped with both inks using the cute little dot stamp in Uniko’s Kindness Blooms. The background is left over from a previous set of projects here and here. The seed head stamp is Organic Wishes from Uniko.

I’m entering this into:

CAS-ual Fridays challenge CFC #198 April Showers bring May flowers  and

Sweet Stampin’ Circles.

Just Add Ink are asking to Just Add “O” so I hope the Organic Wishes stamp used counts 🙂

Haiku:

Rain pours like my tears
Water pools in my kitchen
Help, where’s a plumber?

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…

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!

Haiku:

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

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…

Grungy label background

I thought the photo inspiration at Inspired by All the Little Things (Inspired by #81 {with Kelly Lunceford}) was gorgeous this time, and I loved the grungy labels and the green and white flower feel particularly – and the jars and bottles but I have left those out in this one.

It is Distress Oxide background (Wild Honey, Fossilised Amber, Peeled Paint and Hickory smoke) created as described in my previous post, but also with a stamped label-type text (L’Aquarelly) in Peeled Paint. Then embossed flowers from the Uniko Organic Wishes set and a Uniko Simply Said sentiment.

Entered in the Inspired by All the Little Things (Inspired by #81 {with Kelly Lunceford} challenge.

Here’s the picture:

Mothers’ Day flowers

It was Mothers’ Day here in the UK yesterday. I was a bit disappointed that no cards came through the door so I settled down to a day of crafting, and the OH declared he’d cook a proper roast dinner (his speciality!).

Then there was a ring at the doorbell and a surprise bunch of flowers appeared – followed by a surprise appearance of my son! (He lives 160 miles away and often works weekends.) I think my scream of delight must have echoed down the street.  And later my daughter appeared in time for a lovely dinner. Best day ever!

And I even finished some cards…

Here are two cards to enter for Darnell’s Twofer March challenge: Blossoms. I hope they are different enough. They are certainly for different occasions, a sympathy card to let a friend know I am still thinking of her, and a birthday card.

And here they are separately.

This ombre birthday card was created by dragging a Kaleidacolor Desert Heat inkpad across glossy paper, and a branch-with-blossoms stamp, think that was free with a magazine!  I made an error and found I’d been storing my Kaleidacolor inkpad on its side so all the ink has run together rather more than I’d like 🙁  The yellow has disappeared altogether so I had to add that from a separate inkpad.

I’m also entering this one into Seize the Birthday Anything Goes!

and of course AAA Cards CAS Game #110 – Ombre

The second card was created using a technique new to me – sponging. I cut up my washing up sponge…

I sponged Distress inks Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon onto glossy photo paper, spritzed with water and Perfect pearls Mist in Perfect Blue, dried and set with a heat gun and stamped the same flower branch as above in Memento black.

I’m entering this one in Watercooler Wednesday’s WWC160 – Heidi’s Feminine “Anything Goes” Challenge

Haiku:

The joy of surprise
Like flowers, light up my heart
With someone I love!

Daffodil scatter & recent challenge honours

I ordered the daffodil stamp from Uniko as soon as it came out this month, and have been happily playing.  Here it is used for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge that ends today.

Here is the sketch I worked with at  CAS(E) this Sketch #261. No sentiment: it doesn’t seem to need one… I was going to add more colours, but they just seemed too much…

     

Also entered for the Paper Players Spring themed challenge PP383

Recent challenge honours

I was delighted that a few of my cards have won modest honours in challenges recently.

My Zendoodle Teapot was an Honourable Mention at The Card Concept #87 {Freshly Brewed}

Lightbulb Moment Rocked the Watercooler in Watercooler Wednesday‘s Masculine Anything Goes challenge.

Coffee and a Book was a Favourite in the Mailbox for Donna & Wendi in Cards in Envy’s Tuxedo Challenge last month.

It’s fun doing challenges, and being inspired by the challenge, the design teams and the other contributors 🙂  It’s even more fun when you get mentioned! Thanks so much for picking my cards: it’s really encouraging.

HAIKU

My haiku today isn’t about the card. It’s about why I currently have time to make cards!

Pay some attention
Avoid retirement tension
Please save our pension!

And this is what it’s all about.

Pinks that aren’t Valentines…

I’ve been playing with pink paint this weekend.  This is grey, pink and red for  Color Throwdown.

The painted lines are deliberately cut off true. Paper was watercoloured and the flowers stamped and fussy cut.  Although the colours are very ‘Valentiney’, I really didn’t want to make a Valentine’s card!

Entered in Color Throwdown #479

Is love always pink
and does pink have to be love?
No, pink’s just happy!

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

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