Celebrating a love of theatre

Here’s a card for a friend who loves amateur dramatics and all forms of theatre.

The masks were hand drawn inspired by some I found online, and coloured with Emboss pen, and then gold embossing powder. The background is sponged Distress inks, Wild Honey, Fossilised Amber and Abandoned Coral, some fibre from my ribbon box, and a Uniko Simply Said Blocks sentiment.

Entered into:

The Paper Players “Celebration” theme challenge PP400

 

and CASual Fridays’ Heat Embossing challenge

Haiku:

Put on a bright face
Present a new character
Get lost in the play

Challenge honours

Having spent much of the past two weeks in and out of hospital with a family member needing medical care, I was enormously cheered up to be picked out in various challenges recently.

Agapanthus Drops

  and 

Weekly winner at CAS Colours and Sketches Colour Challenge #272  announced 25  May 2018 and Top 3 at Crafty Gals Corner #165 Add a Flower announced 23 May 2018

My 70th birthday card for a friend was Joint challenge winner at

 

Seize the Birthday “It’s Just a Number” announced 24 May 2018

and Happy Birthday Cat (which was a real challenge for me to make!)

was  and

Muse Challenge #366 announced 22 May 2018, CAS on Friday #132 Cute announced 18 May 2018.

Thank you to everyone who picked my cards. It’s such an encouragement!

Haiku:
When I’m feeling down
My phone chirps to bring good news
of cardmaking joy!

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.

Oriental pink

Pink and green and a very delicate feel was what struck me about the Muse card this week. Normally I’d have added the butterfly as on Anita’s pretty card, but I’m not fond of shakers.

Having painted the stamp with the pink and green watercolours, and stamped, it looks nothing at all like the original stamp in fact, but the result has a pleasing Oriental look, I think, so I ran with that.    I added some Chinese bling stickers to emphasise that feel. The text doesn’t mean anything!

So it’s not very similar too, but definitely inspired by Anita’s card!

So this is my entry for Muse #252 this week.

And this is definitely feminine enough for Watercooler Wednesdays’ Feminine Challenge WWC156 from Penny.

Serendipity
again delights me with green and
Oriental pink!

 

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!

Pastel pencils

I need to learn a lot more about taking pictures of my cards. The lines on this one have become pixelated when I reduced the size to fit it on my page.

It’s inspired by the sketch and image at Fusion, and as we’re clearly in pastel country here, it uses the colours from Colour Throwdown.

pastel pencils

So entered into Fusion Pastel Pencils challenge, using the sketch and inspiration photo. I even used pastel pencils (watercolour pencils) to draw my lines…

And also entered in Colour Throwdown #455, aqua, light pink and lavender. Pastel Heaven!

I try draw my life…
But sometimes it seems someone
Else holds the pencil

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Butterfly thank you

Here is a card which is aimed at the Muse challenge.

Here is my card

muse butterflies

which is CASE of this week’s Muse card by Kim Heggins

I used: three butterflies, one outside the shape, green base, fibre, a curved shape, and a central scripty sentiment.

It’s a thank you card for a lovely lady who teaches dance beautifully.

Gliding gracefully.
Yet you say you’re no dancer:
Kindly share and teach.

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Colours that please

Here are two cards I made this week.  First a card which is partly a CASE of one of Susan Raihala’s HERE, though I arranged the feathers myself using two individual L’Aquarelle stamps (love that set) and masking.

happy feathers

The colours are taken from CAS Colours and Sketches this week. Lime and Lemon Twist seems to be popping up in lots of colour challenges and I haven’t the exact ink but I think I’ve now found something very similar in Colorbox Lime. Also used Catherine Pooler  Party Dress which is my closest to Berry Burst and Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink for the Island Indigo. Really liking this combination of colours.  The sentiment is from a useful set from Uniko.

And easily feminine enough for the Watercooler Wednesday Feminine challenge

The second card is inspired by CAS(E) this sketch#229, and by Karen’s wonderful backgrounds (see Snippets).

thankyoublocks

This is going to a temporary colleague who’s done wonderful work for us.

My favourite agapanthus again! And the Karen-inspired background was created with Catherine Pooler Party Dress and Tutti Frutti inks and white and black watercolours: then chopped up as per the sketch.

Orange like summer,
Outdoors, bright and enticing:
Pink like sunburned arms

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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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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…

hexagon

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.

frame

(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!

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