Another bluebird

There are a few blues in colour challenges at the moment, so bluebirds are still on my mind…

This is a birthday bluebird sitting in the pink blossoms. I’ve tried out a few new techniques for me – spattering the background, new L’Aquarelle stamps watercoloured and cut out and pieced together.

bluebird rose

These are as close as I could get with my watercolours to the colours at Just Add Ink 352

The haiku ofr this one

A bluebird trilling
joyful in the tree above.
Happiness floods me


Black and white boy

Here’s a card for a young boy. It’s based on a stamped and zentangled bookmark that is designed to be removed and used.

This one is for Cards in Envy’s challenge Black and White

and CAS-ual Fridays No Dies Allowed

Run and jump and play
Be strong and active and then…
Snuggle: read with me



Bon Anniversaire

For a friend who is a Francophile:

bon anniversaire

Entering in Fusion challenge Paris Rain – inspired by the image of course!

And a haiku based on our honeymoon experience many years ago…

Remember Paris?
Such rain, the Seine overflowed
Cosy honeymoon!

New baby giraffe

Can you tell I’ve had a day off today? Including some crafty purchases and some playing with ink and paint and paper…

Here is a card for someone who is expecting a new baby in a couple of weeks. Just time to get people to sign it 🙂  The first time in ages I’ve used patterned paper: I have SOOO much of it (just managed to resist buying more today)!

This one was inspired by Jenni’s card at  Muse Challenge #208

and also entered in The Paper Players Clean and simple baby cards – just under the wire…



Carry on cycling

This is for a colleague’s birthday next weekend – he’s in training for a charity bike ride.

Just a Hobbycraft vintage bicycle stamp and a free sentiment, Palette and Memento inks, with a stroke of watercolour, but I’m pleased with it. (Oh, and a bit of bling…)

adventure bike

This is for Seize the Birthday “Black and White and one more colour”

and Watercooler Wednesday Masculine Anything Goes


The haiku for this one:

Go, race to the end:
Enjoy the speed as the air
Rushes past your face



Bluebird of Happiness

Here is a card stamped with watercolour pens and Inkadinkadoo Delicate Branches. Love that sketchy watercolour look. Not sure why the Old Olive has come out so brown though!

bluebird of happiness

This is for CAS Colours and Sketches (I did it before I looked at Emily’s card so it’s not a CASE!). That lovely blue made me think straightaway of the bluebird of happiness…

It will have an insert with the sentiment: May you find your bluebird of happiness.

   Also for

Freshly Made Sketches – two branches for Linda’s sketch. However, the sentiment didn’t look right in exactly the same place as on the sketch so I moved it…

And today’s haiku:

The bluebird flies by
Try catch that happy feeling
Though ephemeral…

L is for Lighthouse

I haven’t had much time to create cards this weekend, but managed one tonight.

Here is a CAS lighthouse intended for a friend going through difficulties.

L is for lighthouse

I want to enter this one for Just Add Ink – #351 Just Add L 

L is of course for lighthouse.


and Addicted to CAS Seaside challenge – I was gutted I didn’t get a doodled card done in time for their Doodle challenge!





Up in the air

Balloons are the theme of my last couple of cards.  This one is in yellow, purple and white, with a charcoal grey sentiment. Watercolouring, stamping and hand cutting.  I was going to have two balloons on each card and a bigger yellow panel, but cutting it down to match the shape of the square card base and having two clouds to make up the Power of Three seemed to work better.

This one is entered in CAS Colours and Sketches #213.  I couldn’t put too much grey in it, as it would have looked rainy instead of a sunny adventure!


Also in CAS-ual Fridays Off The Edge challenge

and though balloons are unisex I think this one is more masculine so entering at Cards 4 Guyz CAS challenge #160

I did another version of this. In orange and yellow instead – trying to give it a gentler look. I think I prefer it with the purple and grey though.

Entering this one in Cards in Envy: Keep it simple

and Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes

My balloon flies off.
Watching it drift in the blue,
I wish I could too…


White agapanthus

Yet more agapanthus. My go-to stamp so many times. This time it’s white embossed on a watercoloured background.  I painted then stamped and embossed. Next time I might try a resist technique and see if it works better.

I used the colours from Color Throwdown #433  green, blue and white.

Also entered into The Flower Challenge #6 for March. Anything Goes

Colours are too bright
Red, orange, yellow: give me
Peaceful blue and green




Cog in the machine

I love the idea of steampunk. Jules Verne, H G Wells, Dr Who, Warehouse 13, etc. So many interesting motifs for masculine cards: cogs, balloons, goggles, watches, top hats.  And a great theme for an escape game… Last time I went to a steampunk fair I came away with loads of steampunk themed charms to make cards – and have I used them? No!  Not sure why I haven’t been very inspired with cards.  Although I was pleased with this one.

Such a good idea for The Male Room to have a Steampunk challenge.  I started with card faintly patterned with clocks and added balloons, more clocks and cogs.  Can you see the ironic element of my picture? 😉

An unusual haiku this time:

The highwayman coat
Caught his eye but was too small 🙁
Incentive to slim…

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