Can’t see the wood for the trees…

I’ve been trying to create this one for a while. To thank and cheer up a colleague who loves to walk in the woods, three lovely little tree charms.

trees thankyou

I couldn’t make it work till I saw the CAS Colours and Sketches Sketch #210

I’m also entering this one in Addicted to CAS #105 Wood. A bit of a sideways take on the theme word 🙂

With both of today’s cards working under limitations imposed by the challenges fed my creativity rather than putting boundaries on it. I often find that, that the more limits I put on something sometimes the easier it is (so maybe I should be entering 6 challenges at once rather than two! Don’t think I’m quite up to that yet.). It makes problem solving a challenge if not a pleasure, but certainly not a chore.

The haiku:

You’re open and kind,
deserving of joy, as you
always help others

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Hidden thanks

This is a thank you card for a colleague using the colours from Color Throwdown  #429 and Anita’s inspiration card from Muse #202

Here it is:

Hidden thanks

Using my treasured watercolours, orange and teal blue inks from Hobbycraft (I think I need a newer version of that teal, it’s faded to nearer aqua!), Kanban black pearls, Sheena Douglas Geared Up stamps. I think if I’m going to do this technique again I need to get dies or my old Craft Robo going: using stamps as a template and hand cutting is a bit too naive looking.

Once again we wave,
Thanking you for your good work:
“Au revoir” not “bye”.

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Kraft branches

This is a thank you card in the colours from CAS-ual Friday: orange, brown and kraft.  I love the different variations on orange and brown, all subtle due to being stamped on kraft.

kraft branches

This one is for CFC160 CAS-ual Fridays (orange, brown and kraft)

and Time Out #69 Give thanks with a grateful heart.  It’s not for Thanksgiving but it is for a couple of people I am very grateful for (and to), which I guess amounts to the same thing.

The haiku for this one is truly autumnal:

Autumn leaves flame red,
orange crunching underfoot:
fade to wet yellow

Agapanthus thank you

I have been trying to use up my stash rather than buy more, but needing more Herma I caved in and made an order, and of course more than just glue fell into my cart.  I have a new flower stamp, the Agapanthus Thank You from Stampendous, to play with.

Here is the first card with that stamp. The background is watercoloured – it’s an attempt to reproduce the Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, rose quartz and serenity (yes they picked two colours this year). I don’t think I got them right, especially the blue, but it’s a pretty combination anyway.

agapanthuswithtwinethanks

I’m entering this in

CAS-ual Fridays challenge: thanks with twine

and Penny Black and More: June challenge – Flower Power

One thing about not being a carer any more is that I get more time to craft. It’s a bitter-sweet opportunity.

Caring no longer
Time to play and make things, but
chance is bittersweet.