Birthday time

I have been looking at these elements for a week without coming up with a card until I reviewed Jaydee’s sketch at the Paper Players PP390 and it came together.

Snippets of card, a motif from an Artsy Collage book, sentiments by S C Design and stamps by Heidi Swapp. Colorbox creamy brown chalk ink and Brilliance gold. Memento black for the sentiment. Times like this I really wish I had a die cutter  – a gold die cut would have really finished it off…

Here’s the sketch


Also entering this one into Less is More’s challenge 369 Bring Something Back – as I’ve delved into ancient stash and brought back Patterned Paper and a cut-out Collage motif!


Time to think about
The years rolling by so fast
Need to catch my breath

Rubber band balloon

This was created using the CAS MixUp technique this week of Rubber Band Stamping: So it’s stamps, plus rubber band plus my choice of Watercolouring for the blue background 🙂   I had SUCH fun trying this technique. Thanks so much to Julia of CAS MixUp for introducing it to me!  The ink for the stamping is Distress Oxide Faded Jeans.

Also a second entry for Cards4Guyz Transport challenge #192


Sun high in the sky
We sit, dumbfounded by warmth
Is it spring at last?

Colourful transport

I love colour challenges, but I always seem to come up with ideas just after they close… So I thought I’d have a go at thinking up ways to incorporate three or more colours into a design.

This is one. Not sure it works! The colours don’t fit any existing challenge. And mix chalk ink (purple and brown) with Catherine Pooler ink (Tutti Frutti). Plus some snippets of pearlised purple and brown card, and one background created with the Catherine Pooler ink which gives a lovely rich coverage. The stamps are a real mix, too. Uniko sentiment

As it is forms of transport I’ll enter it into Cards4Guyz Transport challenge #192

And at Watercooler Wednesday WWC166 – Kath’s Masculine “Anything Goes” Challenge


Bright light hurts my eyes
My cardigan is too warm!
Suddenly it’s spring 🙂

B.. b… butterfly

Here’s a butterfly – in fact two. I love butterflies and dragonflies and have lots of  stamps of each.

This is a watercoloured background edged in Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, with butterflies stamped with Distress Ink Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio. Sparkle added with blue Perfect Pearls. Card base spattered with teal paint.

Entering this in #98 Spin The Butterfly Wheel with the Letter T.

Using just one of the colours – teal.  I was going to add two identical butterflies, but they looked better different!

Butterfly sparkle
Wings iridescent against
The cool spring sunlight

Yellow spring flowers

I loved the picture of the bright yellow flowers at Time Out. It’s accompanied by blue in their photo but I found myself sticking to the same side of the colour wheel rather than the opposite. I wanted to echo the cheerfulness of the bright yellow.  The lemons and the bottles in the picture have inspired me to drink some lemon gin (Malfy) while I craft. Does that count? Very nice Easter treat.

So this one is simply entered into:

Time Out  Challenge #106  with this lovely inspiration


and Just Us Girls Challenge #434 Wild Card Week: CAS


Yellow as the sun
Brightly filling my vision
Blooms illuminate…

Heroes and birds…

It’s lovely to have some extra time to craft on a long Easter weekend. But I do have other things to do, so I’m going to make this my last couple for today…

The first card is a masculine card (though I often think that masculine cards, if well designed, can easily be used for women, but that florals can be too floral for men). I have in mind that it is intended as a thank you for a particular male doctor, and it came to mind as soon as I saw the prompt Superheroes at Cards4Guyz.  We don’t thank our health workers enough and I’m often very grateful to them, such as when they all struggled into work during our recent heavy snowfall. And this card is also dedicated to pharmacists, and the researchers who create the new drugs and treatments we benefit from.

This is all icons found online or drawn from scratch (can you tell which is which?) and text produced on computer. Painted in watercolours and fussy cut individually.

This goes to:

Cards4Guyz: #191 Superheroes

and The Male Room, who want #82 Watercolours

My second card is a bluetit, I think, though I suspect the colours are my own invention!  It’s inspired by a number of challenges, particularly The Card Concept the picture for which has a lovely little blue bird as well as yellow items. The design is a CASE of Aileen’s card at Less us More. I was originally planning to choose stencilling from the choices at Just Add Ink but in the end it didn’t work out.

A L’Aquarelly bird, stamped in Memento black (as is the black part of the sentiment, Hunkydory) and watercoloured in blue and yellow: and a Magenta greeting coloured in silver foil pen. The gems are Kanban, with the yellow ones being originally white and now coloured in yellow Colorbox ink.

Entered in

The Card Concept #89 {Spring has Sprung} a Clean and Simple card inspired by the colours and the blue bird 🙂

Less is More #368 CASEing this card by Aileen.



Seize the Birthday  (Birds) 

and  Just Add Ink #402…”Choose Two” 

I’ve chosen foil and feathers – the bird and the foiling pen.


Easter Cross

I’ve had this Celtic cross from Elusive Images for some time and it is my go-to for some occasions. I have it in two sizes. This time it is an Easter card, though I think this design would work well as a Sympathy card also.

As well as the Elusive Images stamp, the sentiment is Uniko Simply Said and the colour is watercolour and some navy ink which has no name on it!

This is entered into:

CAS on Friday #129 (Easter)

CASOLOGY #293 (Cross)


The Sunday Stamps SSC175 Easter Palette colours have been used on this.

The design is based on CASE This Sketch #265.


Easter comes in spring
But weather doesn’t conform
We wait for the snow…

Easter bunny

I was inspired by the bunny wreath idea at Fusion, so I’ve run with that idea and Uniko stamps on a watercoloured background to make a cute Easter card.

The stamps are all Uniko: the wreath elements are from the little stamps in the Originally Organic and Happy Succulents sets as well as the main stamp from Some Bunny.  I used my brand new MISTI for the first time – I am really pleased with it. I couldn’t have done that wreath without it.

The background is watercoloured in Uniko’s challenge colours this month and it’s hard to see in the picture but the wreath is embellished with Orange Marmalade and Limoncello Nuvo Jewel Drops.

Entered in Uniko’s current challenge March /April No. 46 Colours with the twist of Easter (think I’ve used all the colours!)

and in Fusion because of their brilliant inspiration of the bunny wreath, and the pink and green are included 🙂


No chocolate eggs
But here is a fun bunny:
Wish you Easter joy!