One stamp, one colourway, four variations #2

Here are the other two cards I made with the Daisy Gerbera stamp and the yellow and grey colour scheme.

This one was supposed to have 6 hexagons for CAS-ual Fridays’ sixth birthday but I needed more to make the design right…


So it’s entered for

Seize the Birthday Anything Goes

and Stamplorations MAY CAS challenge (Feminine enough for me – but depends how you interpret feminine colours!)

Finally, an even more minimal design, with just a silver frame thrown in.


(edited to put the final version in which has the sentiment)

I’ll enter this one in Simon Says Stamp It’s a Frame Up

Today’s haiku:

Feeling very chilled
Soft colours help mindfulness
Making cards is calm!

One stamp, one colourway, four variations

I got a bit carried away. I started trying out the “Kissing” stamp technique for Time Out’s challenge and then I moved into Less is More’s colours of yellow and grey and I could hardly stop.

So here is the first of the cards, with the Daisy Gerbera Stamp “kissed” with a L’Aquarelle background., watercolour pen grey, ColorBox Cat’s Eye ink pads from the bright stack – yellow and marigold.

sending sunshine

This one didn’t come out quite as I expected, but I think I like it better.

It follows the sketch from CASE(E) this Sketch

and is also entered in Watercooler Wednesday’s Feminine Anything Goes challenge from Heidi  🙂


Then I tried another variation – very simple design, same materials, still the stamp ‘kissing’ technique, but with some added cardstock. Nice and simple.

yellow and grey kissed

This one is entered for the

Time Out challenge #82 Flowers with the optional twist of kissing

and Less is More #327 Yellow and Grey

The haiku:

Boosts my creativity
All turns out OK!

More on the other two cards later…



Spring flowers

I decided to try a spring card. Painted six different Uniko flowers and of course the best one screwed up when I tried to trim it…  This is the next best. Got my eye on some Uniko stamps when they come back into stock. This is inspired by the sketch at CAS Colours and Sketches – a bit loosely interpreted because of my flower size.

pink spring

Entered in CAS Colours and Sketches for #216 Patricia’s sketch

and Uniko’s Spring / Easter challenge


Singing a pink song
Brightly like spring after rain
Blooming like flowers

Third bluebird

I think this really is the last of my bluebirds for now. This card arose from Kim’s sketch #281 at Freshly Made Sketches  Watercolours and L’Aquarelle stamps as before.

third bluebird

The sketch:

Also entering it in Watercooler Wednesday’s Anything Goes Challenge


Another bluebird

There are a few blues in colour challenges at the moment, so bluebirds are still on my mind…

This is a birthday bluebird sitting in the pink blossoms. I’ve tried out a few new techniques for me – spattering the background, new L’Aquarelle stamps watercoloured and cut out and pieced together.

bluebird rose

These are as close as I could get with my watercolours to the colours at Just Add Ink 352

The haiku ofr this one

A bluebird trilling
joyful in the tree above.
Happiness floods me


White agapanthus

Yet more agapanthus. My go-to stamp so many times. This time it’s white embossed on a watercoloured background.  I painted then stamped and embossed. Next time I might try a resist technique and see if it works better.

white agapanthus

I used the colours from Color Throwdown #433  green, blue and white.

Also entered into The Flower Challenge #6 for March. Anything Goes

Colours are too bright
Red, orange, yellow: give me
Peaceful blue and green



Chinese peonies

Today I had the privilege of attending a Chinese brush painting workshop. (Jack) Jiang Hongsheng is currently artist in residence in the library at work and offered a workshop to staff who were interested. Craftiness in work time! I leapt at it as you can imagine.

So this afternoon I spent two hours learning how to paint a peony in the Chinese style.

He was a good teacher and I was delighted at what I managed. I came last in art at school all those years ago…

Two Chinese Peonies

I have been really struggling with my mojo for making cards in the last couple of weeks so now I feel really inspired and invigorated! Thanks, Jack.



Symphony in colour

I love the turquoise/aqua and purple combinations of colours.  This one is for the Color Throwdown challenge #421 which includes aqua & purple as well as green.  The ribbon is much closer to the green of the challenge in real life though it looks sort of beigy in the photo here…  And it’s my favourite agapanthus again.  At least I’m getting lots of use out of it!

I’ve been trying to buy some other stamps, but it seems that whenever I find the one I want it’s either out of stock or the shop has closed for a few weeks…

colour throwdown with green

Color throwdown

Colours that please me:
easy on the eye and mind.
Inspiration too….

Lavender Wishes

After two months of no time at all to craft due to being incredibly busy at work, and clearing a house, I’m back at my table trying to recover my mojo!

I don’t really do Halloween or Thanksgiving so I’m sticking to multipurpose cards. This simple CAS card was amazingly difficult to put together. I wanted to use the very pretty patterned paper, but struggled to find card of the right colour. Happily the watercoloured and fussy-cut flower could be made to order. No idea where that stamp came from, though…

lavender wishes

This one is inspired by sketch #196 at CAS(E) this Sketch so I’m just sneaking in before the deadline.

Here’s the sketch


Melon mambo and pumpkin pie agapanthus

This one is for the colourQ challenge #357…

melon mambo pumpkin pie

It’s a watercoloured background rather than ink but I think I’ve nailed the colours.

colourQ Sep16

Not sure I’ve nailed the hand lettering though 🙁  Need more practice!

A garden sunset
Day, weekend, summer, all gone
Flowers just black stalks

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