An Irish Toast

This stamp is an old one but NBUS, so I was delighted to bring it out for the challenge at CASology: Week #229 TOAST. There’s plenty of Irish ancestry in my genes…

I think it’s most suitable for good wishes on an engagement or wedding, or perhaps a pregnancy – a good new beginnings card at any rate.

My wish for today:
May your cup overflow with
health and happiness

Also entered for Time Out’s New Beginnings Inspired by Words Challenge: ‘With each sunrise we are given a chance for a new beginning’

Sounds a bit like an Irish blessing in itself…



Christmas doodle cards

A set of Zendoodled Christmas trees. Doodle and watercolour – love it! My favourite colours too, purple and turquoise.

I gave up on stamping. If only I were better at it…  one of these days I’ll learn how to do it without smudging or missing some of the image.

Doodled Christmas tree

Meanwhile, this design is entered for The Male Room Challenge #50 which includes Christmas 🙂

The tree smells of pine
Brings freshness into my room
Cosy in winter




Poinsettia Banner

This is more of my watercoloured poinsettias and washi tape.  Entering this in the Stamplorations December CAS Card challenge (colour twist red and green)

poinsettia banner

Christmas time is near
Put on your merry faces
Spread a little cheer


Sketch – Panel Poinsettia

I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #267 for this one.

A set of Christmas washi tapes from Crelando (bought from Lidl!) have been my find this year, and I added handmade watercoloured poinsettia.

poinsettia panel

Here’s the sketch

Red is the colour:
my favourite autumn leaves
foreshadow Christmas

Christmas Presents

I’ve been wanting to revisit this old Stampin’ Up stamp for this Christmas, so the new sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch #201 got me reaching for it straightaway.

So entering:

Sorry the haiku turned out a bit sad. I expect I’m not the only one feeling it this year though. It’s been a funny old year!  The card is jolly enough I hope!

This year I want none.
Presents cannot compensate:
a day without Mum.

Christmas Primaries

I wanted to try a naive doodling theme for Christmas, and this is the first one I liked. I wanted it to be a single layer, but it didn’t look quite right, so there’s a bit of matting going on to frame it a little more.

This one is entered for Less Is More #305 Primary Colours

Paint in primaries
takes me back to my childhood
painting white school walls



Creative CASE

This is my new(ish) delicate branches stamp and favourite colours of turquoise and purple.  The turquoise ink had dried out a bit: too much to stand up next to the strong purple (violet) ink as I originally intended, So I experimented with creating  patterns in it with the stamp and stamping as a block. I like the background it creates though it’s slightly larger than I originally intended, working from the CAS(E) sketch.

Let’s call this a creative take on the CAS(E) this sketch #200th challenge.

CAS(E) This Sketch

Mistake is made
But chance turns it to triumph



Symphony in colour

I love the turquoise/aqua and purple combinations of colours.  This one is for the Color Throwdown challenge #421 which includes aqua & purple as well as green.  The ribbon is much closer to the green of the challenge in real life though it looks sort of beigy in the photo here…  And it’s my favourite agapanthus again.  At least I’m getting lots of use out of it!

I’ve been trying to buy some other stamps, but it seems that whenever I find the one I want it’s either out of stock or the shop has closed for a few weeks…

Color throwdown

Colours that please me:
easy on the eye and mind.
Inspiration too….

Christmas Candles

I’ve been wanting to try a simple candle card for a while, too, and along came CAS-ology’s Candle challenge (Week 226)

Mostly watercolour again, including the candles, with just the sentiment added.  It’s a design that could also be used for birthdays… but I need Christmas cards!

The year hastens to
its close: quiet or shouty?
Glad to end this year!

Entered in CAS-ology’s challenge:


Christmas sparkle

I’ve had the idea for this card for a while and couldn’t get it to work, but the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays caused me to look at it again.  A watercoloured background has been punched into snowflakes on hexagons, with the addition of gems and the roughly cut glitter paper. Intended to have a rustic look but still CAS.

Entered in CAS-ual Fridays (even though there’s no stamping on it…)

Some believe to be
perfect is to deny God.
Nature’s errors are beauty.

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