Fathers’ Day Lighthouse

I don’t have a die cutter so I didn’t think I’d be able to submit anything for Muse this week, as Anita’s pretty card is mostly die cuts. But the colours are so pretty and made me think of waves and I’ve been planning a Fathers’ Day card with a nautical theme (Dad always gets a nautical theme).  And I had these laser die cuts left over from years ago, so cut them carefully apart and arranged them on a watercoloured background. A fussy cut and printed white “rock” and the colours and layout very much inspired by the Muse card, with the white on blue and a touch of yellow.

I think the apostrophe is in the wrong place on most stamps. It’s not just one father’s day: it’s a day for all fathers…

Entered in Muse #269


Cards4Guyz #196 Fathers’ Day

and two sea-themed challenges that came at the right time…

Addicted to CAS #137: Sea

CAS Watercolour Ocean theme for June



Sailor no longer
But sail away in your dreams
Remember the sea…

Hot glue embossing

When I saw the challenge at CAS Mixup to have a go at layered embossing, I thought about the hot glue gun technique which I’ve been wanting to try for a while.  So here are two cards using this technique, with layers of hot glue, and two embossing powders, gold and “midnight sparkle”.

This first one is in Colour Throwdown’s colours of blue, mulberry and gold, though neither colour came out quite as dark as I would have liked. But they are pretty at this intensity I think, so I’ve not added more paint.

Hot glue squiggle made on watercolour paper, dragged with a piercing tool. Heated up once dry (it dried almost too quickly to drag!) and embossing powder sprinkled on, then the heat tool applied again, and in some places more heating and embossing powder. Once dry I watercoloured in between the lines.   I hoped it would come out like waves, but it doesn’t “say” that to me. However – squiggle it definitely is!

Entered in Colo(u)r Throwdown #495  


and CASOLOGY #302 Squiggle

With the second one I resisted the temptation to watercolour as I thought it looked best as it was: just a simple sentiment in Uniko’s Simply Said, in Delicata golden ink, because I am HOPELESS at embossing sentiments! And didn’t want to detract from the rest of the embossing and the wonderful texture.  Tried matting it on different colours and found the right gold and then black card base came out nicest. This is my favourite of the two. You can clearly see the difference between the two embossing powders on this one. I’ve added a couple of extra pics to show the fab texture

Entered in CAS on Friday’s #134 Embossing challenge

Crafty Gals #166 Anything Goes

AAA Cards #116  4th Big Birthday Bash

But actually neither of them are suitable for CAS Mixup, so I will have to carry on experimenting. What fun!


Tired after play
Inspiration fading now
Lots of fun was had!

Birthday feathers

Trying to keep this one simple with bold colours. Sometimes we need more encouragement even on our special day!

Despite the fact it’s noon here, I can’t get the Catherine Pooler Tutti Frutti colour to photograph as vibrant as it is in real life: it’s a fabulous bright orange. I also used Peacock Feathers distress ink and Colorbox brown dye ink on feathers from L’Aquarelle stamped in memento black and fussy cut. Tried handlettering the sentiment but I’m not quite there yet… so it’s computer-generated with Kimberley Geswein‘s beautiful fonts.

This is inspired by All the Little Things #86 with the fabulous feathers in the picture.


Plus Kim’s sketch FMS338 from Freshly Made Sketches – and I knew it would have to be feathers as soon as I saw, it!

Also CAS on Friday’s Birthday challenge #133


Watch the feathers float
Carrying your cares away
Leaving you sweet peace.

Challenge honours

Having spent much of the past two weeks in and out of hospital with a family member needing medical care, I was enormously cheered up to be picked out in various challenges recently.

Agapanthus Drops


Weekly winner at CAS Colours and Sketches Colour Challenge #272  announced 25  May 2018 and Top 3 at Crafty Gals Corner #165 Add a Flower announced 23 May 2018

My 70th birthday card for a friend was Joint challenge winner at


Seize the Birthday “It’s Just a Number” announced 24 May 2018

and Happy Birthday Cat (which was a real challenge for me to make!)

was  and

Muse Challenge #366 announced 22 May 2018, CAS on Friday #132 Cute announced 18 May 2018.

Thank you to everyone who picked my cards. It’s such an encouragement!

When I’m feeling down
My phone chirps to bring good news
of cardmaking joy!

Agapanthus drops

Revisiting a favourite Stampendous Agapanthus stamp, with a masked and watercoloured panel and Nuvo Jewel yellow raindrops…  The sentiment is Uniko Originally Organic (another favourite).

This one is inspired by Time Out’s word challenge #109:

It’s in blue, green and yellow colours reflecting CAS Colours and Sketches #272

Also entering in Crafty Gals #165: Add a flower


Sometimes you must just
Throw out the technology
Return to nature…

Happy Birthday Cat!

This one is so far out of my comfort zone, you wouldn’t believe. Or maybe you will, as you can see the quality of my colouring. But be gentle, I’m a newbie! I don’t normally do cute and I don’t do colouring!

A cute stamp set (free from a magazine years ago!) with watercolour pencils in blue, grey and yellow and sentiments from Uniko and Papermania, in Memento black and fossilised amber Distress Oxide.

I was inspired out of my comfort zone by a few challenges:

Muse #266 – with Tracey’s sweet card to CASE


The colours at Less is More #371

and of course CAS on Friday’s challenge #132 to use a cute stamp 🙂

Perhaps it will be popular in my charity box with the cat-lovers.

Haiku (a loved one’s had an eye op):

Cover your eyes, dear.
Rest, as they heal, and know that
You colour my world

Birthday Blossom Burst

Although I don’t have the real colours from CAS Colours and Sketches, I thought I’m bound to have something similar.  But I tried three light blues and three light browns/greys, and they’d nearly all dried up. I was able to get an image from a soft azure blue chalk ink which is my nearest to Blue Sky now, and a chestnut brown which had dried out to a much paler colour than it started out. It wouldn’t have been possible without the MISTI to keep stamping…  Happily the Catherine Pooler Party Dress standing in for the Berry Burst is juicy and colourful.

Then I went looking for the right card to mat the burst onto… I know the colour I wanted, but I guess I must have used that up too! So there was very little left to try this with…  Sentiment is go-to-standard Uniko Simply Said in memento black, and the flowers are Organic Wishes and Kindness Blooms, also Uniko.  I think I need yet more new inks. Shame my Stampin’ Up lady closed up shop.

I think the left hand one is more CAS, so entering that into CAS Colours and Sketches #270


And also entering Seize the birthday Anything Goes

These are going in the box to sell in aid of the activity table for the people with dementia.


Flower heads drift down
Floating on gentle warm wind
I doze in springtime

Flowers emerging from rain

We’ve had late frost, a mini-heatwave and devastating rain. A true British spring!  So this card is trying to represent the flowers struggling to emerge through the rain.

The background to this panel was a lot of fun to create, and this is the last little bit of it. It was created with Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, and Perfect Pearls blue spray which gives it a fabulous shimmer that you can’t see in the photo. The circles were stencilled in Mermaid Lagoon with a Woodware stencil, and the dots stamped with both inks using the cute little dot stamp in Uniko’s Kindness Blooms. The background is left over from a previous set of projects here and here. The seed head stamp is Organic Wishes from Uniko.

I’m entering this into:

CAS-ual Fridays challenge CFC #198 April Showers bring May flowers  and

Sweet Stampin’ Circles.

Just Add Ink are asking to Just Add “O” so I hope the Organic Wishes stamp used counts 🙂


Rain pours like my tears
Water pools in my kitchen
Help, where’s a plumber?

Hawking and Zendoodle

Another quote that I liked from the late Professor Stephen Hawking. I thought this would make a good masculine card for a colleague.

Sheena Douglass Geared Up stamps, Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink and I can’t remember what the purple is (call it my age!) –  and some lovely iridescent bling.

The card is based on the sketch from CASE This Sketch but is too late to enter in the challenge 🙁  I had a migraine yesterday and wasn’t able to upload in time.

This next one was one I thought of as soon as I saw the Just Us Girls #438 challenge inspiration picture

Here’s the photo: I used the arrangement of the black and white squares, the green background and the red pop of floral colour.  This is all zendoodled in black with red watercolour pen.


Square eyes they once said
When you watched too much telly
What shape iPhone eyes?

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?

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