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).


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




Happy Birthday & Thanks

I haven’t posted for quite a while because I was on holiday – chilled out on a yoga retreat in Greece. Now I have had a little time at last to create some cards – hence the postings today!

This one uses the colours at Hand Stamped Sentiments: the word is cut out of watercoloured paper and the sentiment is stamped with my gorgeous new juicy Catherine Pooler ink from Ardyth 🙂 Thanks again Ardyth.  I tried to get the colours right with my watercolours, but they’ve all dried rather lighter than they were when I mixed them wet. So they are approximate – the rich razzleberry in particular came out rather pink…

happy birthday

So entered into HSS Color Challenge #267

Also, because it was just before I went away, I haven’t yet had a chance to say how delighted I am that I was an Honourable Mention at CASology on June 6th in their Medicine week. It was this card.

The Power of Words

This is a real experiment. Rather than having the haiku accompany or be inside of the card, I thought I’d make it the focal point. So this is all doodle script…

live  a lively life

I took my challenge from the Words have Power/take Centre Stage at AAA cards (CAS Game #93)


I also realised that as a haiku has three lines, that the sketch #228 at CAS(E) This Sketch would be perfect for this purpose, so I used that 🙂

In case you can’t read the haiku, here it is – aimed at every busy person!

Live a lively life:
Let difficulties pass by.
Go follow your dreams.

I will probably try this again, and hopefully my skill will improve!


Fly the flag

This is an unusual birthday card, for me. Unlike in some countries, we don’t  really feature our flag creatively. It’s only since the 2012 Olympics that we’ve seen items decorated with the Union flag or its colours, and since the Rio Olympics that’s died down a lot. I hope this isn’t disrespectful – it is supposed to represent pride in a creative way!

flag birthday

This is all watercolouring and a Uniko sentiment. It doesn’t look as crooked in real life, honestly…

I was inspired by the Fusion inspiration picture which not only has the colours but the actual flag decorating the jars: though I picked my own flag to play with and we don’t celebrate the 4th July.  So I’m entering this there.

Also in the Less is More challenge #335 to use the colours of one’s flag. I have to credit design team member Esther’s card for inspiring my layout.

And Seize the Birthday’s Anything Goes Challenge.

A haiku for this card:

I’m happy where I live
Beautiful spaces, good people
…a community

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


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


also Color Throwdown #445

Here is a haiku:

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

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 🙁





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…


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.


(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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