Teal sailboat

There’s a gent I know who loves sailing so every year is a different nautical or maritime card.

Here is this year’s. I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do, but it turned out rather differently in the end 🙂

It’s a watercoloured background with a sailboat stamp  (Sheena Douglas) and a sentiment stamp (from a magazine), plus gems 🙂

Entered in Freshly Made Sketches # 322 FMS322 (though the middle panel became less rectangular because it worked so much better to fussy cut the sailboat).


Watercooler Wednesday #155 Anything Goes

Simply Create Too: Favourite Colour combo (I love any combination of aquas, teals, turquoises and blues!)

and Addicted to CAS #129 which is asking for Teal (hurrah)!

Even in your head
you can sail away to new
fun and Adventures!

Vintage car

A birthday card for an older gent… the kind who don’t really appreciate clean and simple and think the more you put on it the more you love them! (Bless!)

The car is cut from a printed sheet and the ribbon came from a Christmas cracker 🙂 I printed out the sentiment.

This one is entered in:

The Male Room challenge #77 Vintage


Watercooler Wednesday’s Masculine Challenge 153 from Gail

I’ve watched Design Team calls go by for these two of my favourite challenges. I wish I had the time to apply, let alone create the cards 🙁  Perhaps some day – when I retire maybe!  Meanwhile, the artists who have been appointed are truly inspirational for which I’m always grateful.

Here is the haiku for this one:

As you get older
your worth grows faster than the
cherry we planted

Medic Graduation

Here’s a card to congratulate a very important young person on completing their first year as a junior doctor 🙂  It would do nicely for a medic’s graduation from University as well.

Sentiment from Uniko, stethoscope fussy cut and coloured (the medic’s favourite colour), and the trace is a real one (mine: happily nothing wrong with it) – call it a found item!

I had to do this one when I saw CASOLOGY’s theme for this week: Medicine


as well as Addicted to CAS Graduation.

And the haiku:

You have worked so hard
To deserve your great succcess
Now licensed to heal

grad medic




June Birthday

This card is for my other half who has a birthday soon. Soppy, yes, but he deserves it!

June birthday

This is firstly a CASE of one of Ardyth’s cards for Muse #218 this week (Happy Birthday Ardyth!). (Ardyth’s was itself inspired by a card by Donna3D on Splitcoast Stampers but I didn’t look at that one.)

I kept Ardyth’s rainbow smooshing (though mine is paint rather than ink), heart die cut (and added another heart cut layer).

I changed the floral stamp, as I thought swirls were more appropriate for a male card. I added another layer for the sentiment, for interest, as I didn’t have the grey background layer.

I’m also entering this one into The Male Room Die Cut Challenge #61 – Stash.

and Watercooler Wednesday’s WWC121 – Anything Goes  challenge

And the haiku for this one:

Have a happy day:
Your support lights me like sun
Above the clouds. Thanks!


Jolly Sailor

My dad loved sailing, in his younger days. Sadly he’s no longer able to do anything much that he once loved. But every birthday and Fathers’ Day I try to make him a card with a nautical theme. He’s recently grown a beard so he might appreciate this one!

This one is in the colours for Color Throwdown this week. Green, grey and white.


Sheena Douglas Sea View stamps and watercolour marker pens.

Challenge entry for:


Little white dinghy
Over the sea with red sail:
A long time ago 🙁





A helicopter ride

This card is to accompany a helicopter ride voucher for a very special birthday. Every little boy’s dream I should think (and plenty of grown-ups’ too!)

It’s stamped with Up in the Air in black on white and then fussy cut and mounted with dimensionals over a “sky” blue background. Apologies for the dim picture – I had to take it in the evening.

helicopter ride

This card is entered for The Male Room challenge of Black, White and one more colour – in this case, sky blue 🙂

Seize the sky, my friend
Take the adventure to heart
You’re surely worth it

Black and white boy

Here’s a card for a young boy. It’s based on a stamped and zentangled bookmark that is designed to be removed and used.

black and white boy

This one is for Cards in Envy’s challenge Black and White

and CAS-ual Fridays No Dies Allowed

Run and jump and play
Be strong and active and then…
Snuggle: read with me



Carry on cycling

This is for a colleague’s birthday next weekend – he’s in training for a charity bike ride.

Just a Hobbycraft vintage bicycle stamp and a free sentiment, Palette and Memento inks, with a stroke of watercolour, but I’m pleased with it. (Oh, and a bit of bling…)

adventure bike

This is for Seize the Birthday “Black and White and one more colour”

and Watercooler Wednesday Masculine Anything Goes


The haiku for this one:

Go, race to the end:
Enjoy the speed as the air
Rushes past your face



Up in the air

Balloons are the theme of my last couple of cards.  This one is in yellow, purple and white, with a charcoal grey sentiment. Watercolouring, stamping and hand cutting.  I was going to have two balloons on each card and a bigger yellow panel, but cutting it down to match the shape of the square card base and having two clouds to make up the Power of Three seemed to work better.

yellow, purple balloon

This one is entered in CAS Colours and Sketches #213.  I couldn’t put too much grey in it, as it would have looked rainy instead of a sunny adventure!


Also in CAS-ual Fridays Off The Edge challenge

and though balloons are unisex I think this one is more masculine so entering at Cards 4 Guyz CAS challenge #160

I did another version of this. In orange and yellow instead – trying to give it a gentler look. I think I prefer it with the purple and grey though.

orange yellow balloon

Entering this one in Cards in Envy: Keep it simple

and Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes

My balloon flies off.
Watching it drift in the blue,
I wish I could too…






Cog in the machine

I love the idea of steampunk. Jules Verne, H G Wells, Dr Who, Warehouse 13, etc. So many interesting motifs for masculine cards: cogs, balloons, goggles, watches, top hats.  And a great theme for an escape game… Last time I went to a steampunk fair I came away with loads of steampunk themed charms to make cards – and have I used them? No!  Not sure why I haven’t been very inspired with cards.  Although I was pleased with this one.

Such a good idea for The Male Room to have a Steampunk challenge.  I started with card faintly patterned with clocks and added balloons, more clocks and cogs.  Can you see the ironic element of my picture? 😉


An unusual haiku this time:

The highwayman coat
Caught his eye but was too small 🙁
Incentive to slim…


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