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.

Green bird and an Irish Blessing

Happy St Patrick’s Day! There are consequently quite a few green challenges around at the moment. I have a St Patrick’s Day set, but it’s unmounted rubber and of course I have run out of mounting foam and accidentally bought cut-and-dry foam so the stamps aren’t stamping very well…

So this is a watercoloured background, blending three colours of my Caran d’Ache watercolour paints, with bird,  blossom and sentiment stamps from a magazine.  I painted over the flowers with dilute white gouache just to pick them out a bit.  It’s also very green – not turquoise as it looks in the photo!

I am entering this one in:

Cards in Envy: Green Things

Simply Create Too #136: Use Green

The Card Concept #88 Monochromatic Green. I was inspired by the many different shades of green in the picture to create this Clean and Layered card.

My second card is one-layer, created by masking off a square and colouring it in virtually every green ink I have:  Docrafts green dye ink, Lime Pastel and Olive Pastel chalk ink, Distress Cracked Pistachio and Distress Oxide Peeled Paint. Then spattered with water. Amazing it has worked!  Stamped trees and birds from Inkadinkadoo Delicate Branches and an Irish Blessing from my St Patrick’s Day set (very old Club Scrap?).

It isn’t as skewed as it looks in the photo!  (Snowing hard when I was taking the photos so not easy to get right!)

CAS-ual Fridays: Going green

Stamplorations: Spring and Faith. a nice fresh spring green with a St Patrick’s Day blessing – nothing more spring than that!

Addicted to CAS #132 – Birds

And the Haiku for today:

It’s snowing again!
Spring blossom nearly popped out
But we’ll have to wait…

Grungy label background

I thought the photo inspiration at Inspired by All the Little Things (Inspired by #81 {with Kelly Lunceford}) was gorgeous this time, and I loved the grungy labels and the green and white flower feel particularly – and the jars and bottles but I have left those out in this one.

It is Distress Oxide background (Wild Honey, Fossilised Amber, Peeled Paint and Hickory smoke) created as described in my previous post, but also with a stamped label-type text (L’Aquarelly) in Peeled Paint. Then embossed flowers from the Uniko Organic Wishes set and a Uniko Simply Said sentiment.

Entered in the Inspired by All the Little Things (Inspired by #81 {with Kelly Lunceford} challenge.

Here’s the picture:

Distress oxide yellow peril!

It’s been one of those days. Settled down to do some crafting and spilled a pot of painting water (luckily fairly fresh water!) – all over the table and my trousers. {sigh}  Then I dropped a Memento black ink pad juicy side down on the gold/beige carpet (thank goodness I had some stamp cleaner which seemed to get it up!). Painted an owl which looked rubbish – tried to stamp a sentiment, smeared ink everywhere on the card.

What can a crafter do?

I abandoned the cardmaking and went out to buy more stash…

Came home with some distress oxides and a stencil. And then made a mess, especially with a brand of spray ink new to me that turns out to stain EVERYTHING! Just as well the tablecloth has yellow in it. My fingers look as though I’ve been addicted to nicotine for forty years (never smoked in my life).  I am not sure what is wrong with me today!!!

I eventually produced this, with which I’m reasonably happy!

Distress oxides (Wild Honey, Fossilised Amber and Peeled Paint), first stencilled using a sponge, then blended onto the card for the mats and spritzed with water – loving the effect.

Woodware circles stencil

Stamped Sentiment: Uniko Happy Succulents and a free sentiment set from a magazine.

My first successful stencilling, and loving the distress oxides, so not a wasted session after all!

Entered in Uniko’s 6th Birthday Linky Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday’s WWC161 – Helen’s “All About Occasions” Challenge

and Sweet Stampin’s Inspired by a song (The Windmills of your Mind: I was humming to myself all the way through – “like a circle in a circle…” which is wrong because actually it’s “a circle in a spiral…”)

Haiku (because continuing the theme I’m going to circle dancing tonight…):

Forget all the mess
Enjoy creativity:
dance in a circle!


Bold bird

A second post today, with a card using the sketch from The Paper Craft Crew, and warm, bold, bright colours to chase away the winter blues!

Strips from my experiments with dragging the Kaleidacolour inkpad, a L’Aquarelly bird painted with watercolour pens and ceramic drops from Papermania.

I’m entering this one in the Paper Craft Crew  PCC283: Sketch Challenge

and Time Out’s Challenge #104 Bold

So pleased that my card Pink sympathy  was  one of  CAS on Friday’s top 3 for challenge #127 which was a one-layer challenge – I always find one-layer very challenging so am really pleased to have succeeded in making that one!


Rain through the window,
Pounding the roof above me
I craft, unconcerned…

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


The joy of surprise
Like flowers, light up my heart
With someone I love!

Daffodil scatter & recent challenge honours

I ordered the daffodil stamp from Uniko as soon as it came out this month, and have been happily playing.  Here it is used for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge that ends today.

Here is the sketch I worked with at  CAS(E) this Sketch #261. No sentiment: it doesn’t seem to need one… I was going to add more colours, but they just seemed too much…


Also entered for the Paper Players Spring themed challenge PP383

Recent challenge honours

I was delighted that a few of my cards have won modest honours in challenges recently.

My Zendoodle Teapot was an Honourable Mention at The Card Concept #87 {Freshly Brewed}

Lightbulb Moment Rocked the Watercooler in Watercooler Wednesday‘s Masculine Anything Goes challenge.

Coffee and a Book was a Favourite in the Mailbox for Donna & Wendi in Cards in Envy’s Tuxedo Challenge last month.

It’s fun doing challenges, and being inspired by the challenge, the design teams and the other contributors 🙂  It’s even more fun when you get mentioned! Thanks so much for picking my cards: it’s really encouraging.


My haiku today isn’t about the card. It’s about why I currently have time to make cards!

Pay some attention
Avoid retirement tension
Please save our pension!

And this is what it’s all about.

Pink sympathy

A sympathy card, with Zendoodling, and Watercolour pen and lovely Catherine Pooler ink (Uniko Sentiment). Unfortunately I regularly need a sympathy card 🙁

Entered in Just Add Ink #398…”Colour”

and as it’s one-layer, also in CAS on Friday’s Challenge #127 – One layer wonder


So sorry to hear
Petals fall as you stand still
Reflecting your grief

Zendoodle cat and teapot

Two cards today. The first one is a zendoodled cat. Dedicated to Millie, my daughter’s new black and white cat!

This is for

CASOLOGY 288 – Pun (I love all the examples, and the contributors’ clever takes. I love a good punny card!)


and Addicted to CAS 130 – CAT

Then there’s my next zendoodle: a teapot. I know there tend to be more coffee challenges than tea ones, but I did a coffee pot not long ago. So my response to the pretty picture at The Card Concept is a teapot… inspired by the black and white and watercoloured with peach of course (peach watercolour pen this time). Such a pretty colour!

This is my Clean and Simple card for The Card Concept #87 {Freshly Brewed}

and also entered at Seize the Birthday’s Coffee or Tea!  challenge.


The haiku:

When my world seems just
black and white, you fill it with
colour and meaning 🙂

Watercolour heart

A heart… well, two actually. It’s after Valentine’s but my wedding anniversary is coming up so this is for my OH of 35 years… I CAN’T be that old!!!  This is all watercoloured and cut with a Fiskars cutter (I don’t have a die cutter other than the Craft Robo which is too old to attach to my computer these days…)  The sentiment is created from some free stamps from a magazine by S C Design, done in Blue Iris chalk ink. The front heart has some Versamarked feathers stamped on it for a bit of texture.

This is entered in CAS Watercolour: HEART

Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge: Hearts


and Cards in Envy: Give it Some Heart

Doh! Forgot to add that the colours are those from  CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge #260 – Colours  (or as near as I could get by mixing watercolours.)


Thirty-five sweet years
Spring and summer leading to
Autumn together…



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