Blue Christmas

No, I’m not depressed, I just like blue. So this Christmas set (my favourite for this year) was based around blue and grey, with one extra feature colour in each. I think the coral red was my favourite… Even though Christmas trees aren’t actually blue..

Christmas watercolour trees

The trees were a free magazine Christmas tree stamp used with a variety of colours of Distress Oxide Ink which was then loosely coloured in and dragged with a paintbrush for the watercolour effect.

This card was inspired by my new curtains, which I like to think of as semi-abstract winter trees. Really pleased with them after 30 years of re-using in our bedroom the curtains designed (4 years previously to that) for our lounge in the previous house!

Villa Nova Norrland Indigo

This is entered into The Male Room challenge: BLUE I think this design would work well for male cards of all occasions 🙂

and CAS on Friday who are still asking for Christmas cards, bless them 🙂

Also The Card Concept #105 {Christmas Tree} share a picture of your favourite Christmas card this year


Blue, a cold colour,
Unlike my heart which is warm
Blue for happiness…

Christmas Joy

I’ve been working on a few Christmas cards but this is the first I’ve finished. It’s based on the sketch at Freshly made sketches and uses my favourite sponged and sprinkled Distress Oxides Fossilised Amber, Wild Honey and Abandoned Coral, washi tape and a ribbon. The stamps Joy and the pine branch were free with Christmas magazines!

Entered in Freshly made sketches #FMS363  and CAS on Friday who want washi tape #146.

Also Addicted to Stamps’ Holiday challenge


Special birthday

This is a birthday card for a special young friend on her 18th.

Having masked an area with post-it notes, I sponged on my favourite distress oxide inks Fossilised Amber, Wild Honey and added Cracked Pistachio and sprinkled on water. I stamped the Uniko script, and  a few butterflies and feathers from a mix of sets in the same colours, and added Nuvo drops. Then the big sentiment from Uniko and a set free from a magazine for the numbers.


I think this suits the challenge for a big bold sentiment from Just Add Ink #434


and Watercooler Wednesday’s WWC196 – Heidi’s “All About Occasions” Challenge


It’s a scary world
Don’t let them dictate to you
Always be yourself


Piano accordion

This card was made for a special birthday for a friend who plays the piano accordion. I made it on the day of her birthday celebration, so it went straight to her and she loved it 🙂

I used glittered card and honeycomb paper I’ve had for years and not touched… Also a gold peeloff Happy Birthday: I drew the keyboard and bass button elements on my computer. The card fits nicely in an envelope and the message was written on the back of the keyboard section.


Play your music, friend
The melody of your life
is cheerful and young…

Entered in the Just Us Girls Word week challenge – Music

Also Simply Create Too November challenge #144, “More than One Fold”

and Watercooler Wednesday WWC194  where this week Anything Goes


Baby boy

Well, I needed a baby boy card, and the Fusion inspiration picture made me think about letters…  Not pink like the Fusion pic though, but, of course, blue!

This stamp was attached to a mag I bought the other week. I thought it was perfect for a baby boy. The carriage was too small to fit the name in, so I did a bit of masking to make it twice the size.  Added the letters and the frame by hand to match: coloured with watercolour pencils.

Apologies for the terrible photography. I’ve barely had any time at all. I work in a University and this is the busiest time of year for me… Phew!  Work, eat, sleep is about it…

Entered for the Fusion challenge this week.

Your sweet little face
Scrunched up, peering at the world
Welcome, little one!

Grey and yellow

I needed another sympathy card. In this case I decided to use Thinking of You. It’s Kraft card on which I brushed a white watercolour wash, dried, stamped a blossom branch in grey Distress Oxide (a bit too light grey I think, but I don’t really have a darker grey).  Then I painted in the yellow flowers. Finished with Uniko sentiment.

This is the Colour Throwdown colours for this week so is entered into Color Throwdown Countdown #501

Also a simple watercoloured background for Just Us Girls #449 – Trend Week

and having added a Thinking of You sentiment, Just Add Ink #417…Just Add “T”


Sending you my love
Leaves fall too soon this summer
Colours not turning

Splash smile and Mackintosh roses

In fact this card looks SOO much better in real life – I just can’t capture in a photo the richness of the colour (or the fact that the SMILE is actually perfectly straight!)

This one was various sized heart die-cuts (all white card, and all found in my bits box!) coloured via the splash watercolour technique – distress oxide inks Fossilised Amber, Wild Honey and Abandoned Coral popped separately on acetate and spritzed with water, then the die-cuts smoshed through them, with drying between each colour. The Stampendous Agapanthus was then stamped in Abandoned Coral and Nuvo Jewel drops added in yellow and orange.  The sentiment is Uniko Simply Said Blocks in good old Memento black. I’m liking the blocks: may get the other stamp set in the same range.

It’s entered into:

CAS Mixup July challenge:  Coloured die-cut, plus stamps, plus watercolour of course


CAS Watercolour July Challenge Splash Watercolour

And of course, because of the SMILE – Time Out’s Words challenge #113

This  second card uses the same colours. The distress inks were sponged on this background though, and then spritzed, and the Mackintosh roses stamped in Abandoned Coral. The matting panel was coloured with the coral too, by direct ink to paper technique.

It is entered into The Library Challenge: “The Rose Garden”, as I immediately thought of the Mackintosh roses when I saw the book. It’s an old stamp though – one of the first non-rubber, and I find it rather coarse, with the lines too thick for a lot of what I want to do. But for smudgy watercolour effects it works best.

The Nuvo Jewel drops were inspired by the icepop theme at House of Cards, and some of the colours there as well.  Time for an orange ice lolly after all that!


Let me taste sweet ice
Summer has never tasted
so good in England!

Christmas in July

OK, so this is back to my beloved blues and purples.  I was really surprised how these colours turned out, as I thought the inks are more purple and blue than pink and purple: Seedless Preserves, Faded Jeans and then Mermaid Lagoon to give it more blue: the Splash Watercolour Technique used, and then Uniko’s KindnessBlooms starburst embossed in silver on the watercoloured paper and the card, which was masked and a gentle aqua wash sponged on.  In neither this nor the fiery coloured cards did the watercolour paper turn out as well as I’d hoped. The Happy Christmas is from Uniko also. Great start on the Christmas cards…

Inspired by Lindsey’s card in (and entered into) Muse: ChristmasVisions103 

and City Crafter Challenge Week 419 ~ Christmas in July (with silver)

No haiku for this one … got to run…

Splash Agapanthus

I’m loving these colours as an alternative to my turquoises and blues and purples that I use so much…  I love the fieriness of them. There may be quite a few cards in this colourway coming along – I had a great time trying the splash watercolour technique (and a few others) to make similar coloured backgrounds on a variety of paper types.  As it’s so hot here at the moment it was a perfect time to try a technique involving letting the card dry between layers.

I used Fossilised Amber, Wild Honey and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxides, with Stampendous Agapanthus in Mememnto black embellished with Jewel Nuvo Drops, and a Uniko Simply Said Blocks sentiment. Simple in the end.

Entered into Muse’s challenge #273 this week where Anita’s inspiration card is in colours I’m more likely to use normally, but this time I used from her card the limited blended colour background, and the silhouette flower.

And CAS on Friday’s Challenge #136 Splash – Watercolor

Do not wilt, my dear
I will water you with tears
To save your beauty

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


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

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