Love is a fruit in season

This card is for my sister. Just because 🙂

Uniko Originally Organic stamp (new to me, so fun to try out) and printed sentiment. It’s coloured with my watercolour pens: though the choice for magenta wasn’t brilliant, either too pink or too purple. This was nearest.

love is a fruit

I love the quote from Mother Teresa:

“Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.”

This is for CASOLOGY #246 SEASON 


and Color Throwdown ctd440 magenta, yellow and green.

The haiku:

Whatever the time
Or season of year, turning
You mean much to me.

Christmas in April

As it’s the last day of April I don’t think I’ll need this post title again!   It’s good to get started on the Christmas cards. I always leave them too late. If there’s one thing the last two years have taught me, it’s that you never know what’s round the corner and it’s always good to be a little ahead. So all-year-round Christmas challenges are a great reminder!   Here’s a Kraft card with a jolly Scandinavian jumper from Washi tape.

christmas scandi jumper

This is entered for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #245 Use Kraft Cardstock

and Scraps of Life April Rudolph Days Challenge – Anything Goes Christmas Card

And the haiku:

Whichever season,
Let’s think of celebrating
Love, peace, family.


Time flies with butterflies

Two cards today. Very similar colours as I notice that three of the colour challenges have two of the same colours in…(calypso coral and pool party).

There’s a lot more to this first card than I normally do – with a few techniques. Heidi Swapp clock stamps (one of my long-time favourites) plus L’Aquarelle sentiment: butterflies punched out of paint swatch cards (I caught the skin of a finger in the punch – ouch!) and Distress Inked background with water dripped on for a touch of texture. Oh, and the background is a stencil from my very old stash (from Club Scrap).

tim flies with butterflies

AAA cards #88 Stencil

Inspired by the picture at Time Out Challenge 88 (clock, butterflies, centre below)

Colours from Watercooler Wednesday Penny’s Color Challenge


The second card is mostly stamping with L’Aquarelle, using watercolour pens.

butterfly mask

This is for the Hand-Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge #261 with smoky slate grey as well as coral and pool party.  The grey is a lot paler in real life than in the pic (it’s been an unhelpful day for taking pictures)

No time for a haiku as we’re playing board games now the kids are home for Easter….


Sleepy Bunny

I had to get this sweet Uniko stamp as it so reminded me of the cuddly toy my niece loved when she was younger. It was once even the subject of a Twitter hashtag when it was lost on a train… She’s 19 soon, but she’s getting this nostalgic card with SleepyBunny in her favourite colour, yellow. I hope she likes it!


This is entered into the Sketch Challenge at Just Add Ink   and Seize the Birthday’s Topping option of Two Patterned Papers.

The haiku:

Sleepybunny: now
Small and forgotten as you
Start new adventures.



Balloon smiles

A card to cheer, hopefully. Watercolour pens and a bit of spritz on Up in the Air stamps.

balloon smiles

Challenges entered:

Using Libby’s sketch at Watercooler Wednesday. #WWC113

The colours (or as near I could get with my watercolour pens) from CAS Colours and Sketches #217


And Addicted to CAS #1o8 SMILE


Drifting high above
I used to see balloons, lost
In summertime skies

A helicopter ride

This card is to accompany a helicopter ride voucher for a very special birthday. Every little boy’s dream I should think (and plenty of grown-ups’ too!)

It’s stamped with Up in the Air in black on white and then fussy cut and mounted with dimensionals over a “sky” blue background. Apologies for the dim picture – I had to take it in the evening.

helicopter ride

This card is entered for The Male Room challenge of Black, White and one more colour – in this case, sky blue 🙂

Seize the sky, my friend
Take the adventure to heart
You’re surely worth it

Spring flowers

I decided to try a spring card. Painted six different Uniko flowers and of course the best one screwed up when I tried to trim it…  This is the next best. Got my eye on some Uniko stamps when they come back into stock. This is inspired by the sketch at CAS Colours and Sketches – a bit loosely interpreted because of my flower size.

pink spring

Entered in CAS Colours and Sketches for #216 Patricia’s sketch

and Uniko’s Spring / Easter challenge


Singing a pink song
Brightly like spring after rain
Blooming like flowers

Third bluebird

I think this really is the last of my bluebirds for now. This card arose from Kim’s sketch #281 at Freshly Made Sketches  Watercolours and L’Aquarelle stamps as before.

third bluebird

The sketch:

Also entering it in Watercooler Wednesday’s Anything Goes Challenge