Blue Christmas

No, I’m not depressed, I just like blue. So this Christmas set (my favourite for this year) was based around blue and grey, with one extra feature colour in each. I think the coral red was my favourite… Even though Christmas trees aren’t actually blue..

Christmas watercolour trees

The trees were a free magazine Christmas tree stamp used with a variety of colours of Distress Oxide Ink which was then loosely coloured in and dragged with a paintbrush for the watercolour effect.

This card was inspired by my new curtains, which I like to think of as semi-abstract winter trees. Really pleased with them after 30 years of re-using in our bedroom the curtains designed (4 years previously to that) for our lounge in the previous house!

Villa Nova Norrland Indigo

This is entered into The Male Room challenge: BLUE I think this design would work well for male cards of all occasions 🙂

and CAS on Friday who are still asking for Christmas cards, bless them 🙂

Also The Card Concept #105 {Christmas Tree} share a picture of your favourite Christmas card this year


Blue, a cold colour,
Unlike my heart which is warm
Blue for happiness…

Christmas Joy

I’ve been working on a few Christmas cards but this is the first I’ve finished. It’s based on the sketch at Freshly made sketches and uses my favourite sponged and sprinkled Distress Oxides Fossilised Amber, Wild Honey and Abandoned Coral, washi tape and a ribbon. The stamps Joy and the pine branch were free with Christmas magazines!

Entered in Freshly made sketches #FMS363  and CAS on Friday who want washi tape #146.

Also Addicted to Stamps’ Holiday challenge


Christmas in July

OK, so this is back to my beloved blues and purples.  I was really surprised how these colours turned out, as I thought the inks are more purple and blue than pink and purple: Seedless Preserves, Faded Jeans and then Mermaid Lagoon to give it more blue: the Splash Watercolour Technique used, and then Uniko’s KindnessBlooms starburst embossed in silver on the watercoloured paper and the card, which was masked and a gentle aqua wash sponged on.  In neither this nor the fiery coloured cards did the watercolour paper turn out as well as I’d hoped. The Happy Christmas is from Uniko also. Great start on the Christmas cards…

Inspired by Lindsey’s card in (and entered into) Muse: ChristmasVisions103 

and City Crafter Challenge Week 419 ~ Christmas in July (with silver)

No haiku for this one … got to run…

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 🙂

Red trees

I don’t think I’m the only one still using up the Christmas bits and pieces left over from last year’s cards to get a head start on this year… so here is a Christmas card:

The remains of a background sheet I smooshed and spattered and splotted and Uniko Merry Christmas sentiment

Entered in Merry Monday’s Christmas Challenge #273 Red and Turquoise

Christmas gone for now
like snow that fell this morning
turned sadly to rain


Finally back! And a Happy New Year to all

I can’t believe my last post was in August 2017… Well I did say that things were about to go crazy at work, and they did and they didn’t let up till Christmas!  I went on holiday in October though, but as soon as I got back I fell ill (think I caught something on the plane). And that didn’t help.  I did manage to make a few cards – even some for challenges – but didn’t get enough time or energy to post them.

Well, my word for this year is JOY – make joy, find joy – because I’ve been a miserable old thing ever since mum died in 2016 and it’s time I made an effort…  and making cards gives me JOY so hurrah! And so does writing and blogging….

Here is a belated posting of my Christmas tree this year. Made from sparkly silver wallpaper and old book pages from an ancient dictionary which fell apart.

Christmas Tree

My birthday was in this period too and I managed to make it to a creative evening my friends organised for me at Debbie Bryan’s – it was a vintage-inspired jewellery making workshop.  Thoroughly recommended! Here is my steampunk inspired necklace:


And I hope to see you around in blogland in 2018. Happy New Year!

And today’s haiku based on my word of 2018:

Blue skies and prospects
Of new creativity
Promise I’ll find joy!


Muse Christmas

Squeaking in on a challenge with a card I’ve thought about all month!

Muse Christmas

This is for the Muse Christmas Visions Challenge Christmas in July.  I’m not sure why the picture is so blurry. The sun’s gone in, maybe it’s that.

The stamps are all Uniko (Wonderful Words and Originally Organic). It would have been better if I could have found my embossing powders (where did they go to hide?). No doubt they will turn up. I’m sure you sympathise. Broke out some new Brilliance Gold ink instead. Really pleased with it.  And my beloved watercolour pens, of course!

The inspiration was from Jessica:

Also entering in Happy Little Stampers July Christmas Challenge, as I have cut out flowers on top of the stamping 🙂


And Watercooler Wednesday’s All About Christmas Challenge







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.


Christmas doodle cards

A set of Zendoodled Christmas trees. Doodle and watercolour – love it! My favourite colours too, purple and turquoise.

I gave up on stamping. If only I were better at it…  one of these days I’ll learn how to do it without smudging or missing some of the image.

Doodled Christmas tree

Meanwhile, this design is entered for The Male Room Challenge #50 which includes Christmas 🙂

The tree smells of pine
Brings freshness into my room
Cosy in winter




Poinsettia Banner

This is more of my watercoloured poinsettias and washi tape.  Entering this in the Stamplorations December CAS Card challenge (colour twist red and green)

poinsettia banner

Christmas time is near
Put on your merry faces
Spread a little cheer


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