Cards in envy: first class card

So pleased that my card Squaring Up has been named First Class Card at Cards in Envy for the Hip to be Square challenge.  It’s been crazy this week (my work ramps up dramatically at the beginning of term) and I’ve no cards made, so it was thrilling that people liked my card 🙂

I still love that challenge idea – cards that can easily be posted! Don’t we all need plenty of those?

squaring up


Muse shout out

Yay! My Flying High card won an Honorable Mention at Muse.  I’m so thrilled. In such illustrious company too: some beautiful cards inspired by Sarah’s.  And I love that it’s voted for by the contributors (the three I voted for are also in the top 6).

Muse Honorable Mention

Out of this world

Maybe a boy (or girl for that matter) would enjoy this one!

I don’t have a pink in my watercolour set so I experimented with colours, and when I looked at the result it reminded me of galaxies (or maybe that was just because it’s Star Trek’s 50th birthday and that was on my mind!) The stamp set was free with a magazine, and the planets I doodled myself.

I’m entering this one in the Stamplorations CAS Card challenge for September.

Stamplorations CAS card challenge - pink

I love their mixed media inspiration but CAS is more my style!

I’m also entering Craft Stamper’s Take it, make it “Take a stamp” challenge: Anything Goes

We too boldly go
Experimenting in art:
Aim out of this world…

Salamander birthday

Managed a few cards this weekend, as I’m trying to build up stock for a busy period of family birthdays plus an autumn fair at the care home my dad lives in.

This one is inspired by the colours at CAS Colours and Sketches #189: red, yellow and blue. The card by Jane in the design team really got me thinking (SUCH a fab card!) and here’s where I ended up.  I hope it’s still Clean and Simple despite the salamander motif being layered on top!

I’d also like to add this to Daring Cardmakers September Elemental Inspiration: with the exotic beach photo (wish I were there!). The three elements are the exotic location (probably has lizards if not salamanders on sunny rocks!), the border between sea and sand in the middle of the picture (border between red and yellow colours in mine) and the water (watercolour background!).

Rain in Tenerife
Small lizards hide under rocks
Never felt before.

Melon mambo and pumpkin pie agapanthus

This one is for the colourQ challenge #357…

melon mambo pumpkin pie

It’s a watercoloured background rather than ink but I think I’ve nailed the colours.

Not sure I’ve nailed the hand lettering though 🙁  Need more practice!

A garden sunset
Day, weekend, summer, all gone
Flowers just black stalks

Flying high

I have been trying hard to come up with cards that can be used for boys and men. There are so many easy motifs suitable for women (flowers!), but not so many for males.

This card uses some of the same watercoloured background I used in the Squaring Up card, but in a very different context.

happy birthday kite

I’m entering this in Muse #181 challenge as it’s inspired by Sarah Platt’s stunning card:

Sarah Platt - Razzle Dazzle Crafts - for Muse #181

and also Seize the Birthday (Anything Goes Birthday) 

(edited to add the link – not sure where that went!)

And here’s the haiku:

Are you leaving us?
Fly on: your adventure is
elsewhere. Cut your string.

Squaring up

I’ve got a lot of duty stuff done recently so feel justified in a little playful crafting.

This card is inspired by the challenges at Less is More (Using a peel-off – or several in this case!) and Cards in Envy (Hip to be Square).

squaring up

The watercolouring of the background took the longest: the result of several trials.  I added Woodware Francoise Leaves peel-offs (I’ve had them for a while!) and more peel-offs for the frame (straighter than they look in the photo, honest!).

Feeling square and grey
Age comes before you’re aware
Don’t let it slip in…