Last one for this weekend. I’ve had such fun!

This is a watercoloured background with zendoodled dolphins.


This one is for AAA cards #84 Watercolour challenge

And I still believe it’s CAS – white space doesn’t have to be white… just minimal.

and  Cards4Guyz #158 Underwater

Yes, I love to swim
In another life I’d be
A joyful dolphin!



Zendoodle Wheels

This zendoodled vintage car was such fun to do!

It’s entered for the Male Room challenge #54 Wheels

and Watercooler Wednesday WWC107 Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

I’m looking forward to giving this one to a car-mad friend.

Speed may be modern
But slow and steady may win:
Venerable age


Sympathy Cross

I think this Elusive Images Celtic cross is a lovely stamp – I have it in two sizes and it comes out for many occasions.

The inks are my nearest to the Peekaboo Peach, Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder of the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge.

Haiku for today’s card:

Now and in the past,
Sometimes a ritual is
calm and comforting.


f is for friend

For a friend’s birthday of course! I loved the shape of the cards in Susan Raihala’s post at Simplicity on Tuesday: Inspired by Art.

It uses a Kaleidacolour inkpad as well, which Susan has also blogged about. I created a stencil from a big chipboard letter.


Less is More #316 Alphabet

Just Add Ink #348…”Just Add Ombre”

Can’t see the wood for the trees…

I’ve been trying to create this one for a while. To thank and cheer up a colleague who loves to walk in the woods, three lovely little tree charms.

I couldn’t make it work till I saw the CAS Colours and Sketches Sketch #210

I’m also entering this one in Addicted to CAS #105 Wood. A bit of a sideways take on the theme word 🙂

With both of today’s cards working under limitations imposed by the challenges fed my creativity rather than putting boundaries on it. I often find that, that the more limits I put on something sometimes the easier it is (so maybe I should be entering 6 challenges at once rather than two! Don’t think I’m quite up to that yet.). It makes problem solving a challenge if not a pleasure, but certainly not a chore.

The haiku:

You’re open and kind,
deserving of joy, as you
always help others


Raku hawk

I loved the image and the colours at Color Throwdown this week: it reminded me of raku (which the contestants in TV’s “The Great Pottery Throwdown” tried last week!). I immediately knew what I wanted to create. It took a bit of tinkering, though.

The stamp is Inkadinkadoo Delicate Branches. The blue and green inks are Colorbox metallic and there’s a beautiful sheeny sparkle on them that I haven’t really been able to catch with the camera. Here’s a close-up attempt. Shame that half the Colorbox inks have dried out. Not sure why. The ones I wanted to use happily are still juicy. And chestnut roan chalk ink.

Entering challenge Color Throwdown #430

also Cards4Guyz #157 No patterned paper 🙂

And the haiku:

Fly high my great hawk
Light sparkling on your wide wings
Take strength from the sun


Horsey birthday

A midweek post. A birthday card for one of my friends who likes riding. I bought the stamp because I thought I’d get a lot of use out of it with horsey friends but I don’t really think it’s my type of thing. Still, after a fair bit of experimentation I hope she likes it!

Watercolours, Colorbox liquid chalk inks (various shades of brown including what sounded appropriate – chestnut roan), Sheena Douglass stamp “From the horse’s mouth” and Papermania sentiment.

Entering this one in CAS(E) this Sketch because I was stumped how to apply this stamp to a design till I saw Chrissy’s sketch!

Also entering Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes

and Crafty Friends Challenge 51 (Anything Goes)

And here’s the haiku:

In the moonlight, ride
Far and fast as you can
Escape the mundane



A Valentine’s card of course.  I always like to make a few around this time of year and leave them in my card box for my sweetheart to choose to give me!  And there’s always one I put aside for him too….  Always interesting to see which one he picks that he thinks we’ll both like most.

Entering this one in Challenge #156 Love You! at Cards4Guyz. I think the turquoise in combination with the hot pink makes it OK to give to a man.

Watercolours and bling 🙂

And also entered for Cards in Envy challenge Be my Valentine.

and the inspiration photo part of the Fusion challenge (I was inspired by the multiple hearts, though mine aren’t interlocked, the matting/layers and colours – although you could say that pink for Valentines is a bit of a given!)

Love is divine to
Celebrate over the years
We’re never too old.




Hidden thanks

This is a thank you card for a colleague using the colours from Color Throwdown  #429 and Anita’s inspiration card from Muse #202

Here it is:

Using my treasured watercolours, orange and teal blue inks from Hobbycraft (I think I need a newer version of that teal, it’s faded to nearer aqua!), Kanban black pearls, Sheena Douglas Geared Up stamps. I think if I’m going to do this technique again I need to get dies or my old Craft Robo going: using stamps as a template and hand cutting is a bit too naive looking.

Once again we wave,
Thanking you for your good work:
“Au revoir” not “bye”.



Grumpy numbers…

This is a contribution to one of my favourite challenges, The Male Room. One can never have too many male cards.  I often need birthday cards for men, so always need ideas.  This week’s The Male Room challenge is:

…and this is what I came up with. It’s not completely original as there are lots of “loading” jokes around the Internet, but this is my take on it.

Apologies for the dark photo – it’s pretty dark and rainy here.

We haven’t decided whether to give it to its intended recipient. Most people think it’s hilarious but he might not… What do you think?

An explanation in haiku:


Looking at the world
Through grumpy young eyes, as if
Spiderwebs obscure