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?

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?

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.

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!

Blocks of pink and green

My second card of the weekend uses the CAS Colours and Sketches colours for this week with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. The colours are powder pink, berry burst and wild wasabi – although I used my watercolour paints and mixed them to produce the colours.  This was a technique I hadn’t tried before.  I painted the watercolours onto a stamp and stamped it. It looked nothing like the original stamp but I really like the effect. It feels floral, though it isn’t at all!  For the larger plainer  panel I painted it first with pale pink and then stamped again with berry watercolour on top. The sentiment is Papermania.

Entered in CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge #258

and Freshly Made Sketches #FMS323

My fingers dyed pink
Pale, one hand, dark the other
A day spent happy.

 

Colourful hello

This card is inspired by Marcie Sharp’s on the Muse challenge this week. I watercoloured in black. Was interested to see how my watercolours took to a dark background. Inks didn’t work (none of them!) but my Caran d’Ache watercolours did. Plus a L’Aquarelle sentiment and a Stampin Up! sentiment. Looking at it again, I think I’ll add a scatter of black pearls, but am running out of time today.

colourful hello

Here’s Marcie’s card

And today’s haiku:

In the darkest night,
Even, colour can spring out:
turn black into bright!

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A is for Agapanthus again

This one was inspired by Lesley’s challenge #88 on Always Playing with Paper, because I loved all the keywords.  And of course because Just Add Ink wants to add A – it’s using my much liked agapanthus stamps.  Plus Uniko sentiment and watercoloured background. Otherwise really simple and CAS. This one’s for a lovely colleague.

A is for Agapanthus


So – entered for the Challenge, and I think I got all of the keywords (although it wasn’t essential) – bright watercoloured background,  stamped flowers, birthday sentiment, square card.

And  Just Add Ink #366…”Just Add A”  challenge

Also entered into CAS on Friday (Sunday) Challenge #111 Flowers

The haiku for this one:

Summer comes at last
Flowers you want and don’t want
Flourish in the yard

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Mr and Mrs

My final post for the day – a wedding card for friends later in the year. It was the first thing I thought of when looking at the Card Concept image – it looks like the kind of room a bride would prepare in…

mr and mrs

The gold doesn’t show up very well, but it is in the colours from Color Throwdown this week: gold, light pink, navy and white.

Die cut and gold painted ampersand, elegant coloured cardstock and a bit of bling.

This Clean and Graphic card is entered in The Card Concept #74 {Freshly Elegant} Challenge

and

also Color Throwdown #445

Here is a haiku:

Pretty in pink
but tough as blue steel beneath
Nothing fluffy here!

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, grey watercolour pen, 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

ADDED: This card was awarded an Honorable Mention at Taking Time Out 🙂

and Less is More #327 Yellow and Grey

The haiku:

Serendipity
Boosts my creativity
All turns out OK!

More on the other two cards later…

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