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


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




Chinese peonies

Today I had the privilege of attending a Chinese brush painting workshop. (Jack) Jiang Hongsheng is currently artist in residence in the library at work and offered a workshop to staff who were interested. Craftiness in work time! I leapt at it as you can imagine.

So this afternoon I spent two hours learning how to paint a peony in the Chinese style.

He was a good teacher and I was delighted at what I managed. I came last in art at school all those years ago…

Two Chinese Peonies

I have been really struggling with my mojo for making cards in the last couple of weeks so now I feel really inspired and invigorated! Thanks, Jack.



Symphony in colour

I love the turquoise/aqua and purple combinations of colours.  This one is for the Color Throwdown challenge #421 which includes aqua & purple as well as green.  The ribbon is much closer to the green of the challenge in real life though it looks sort of beigy in the photo here…  And it’s my favourite agapanthus again.  At least I’m getting lots of use out of it!

I’ve been trying to buy some other stamps, but it seems that whenever I find the one I want it’s either out of stock or the shop has closed for a few weeks…

Color throwdown

Colours that please me:
easy on the eye and mind.
Inspiration too….

Lavender Wishes

After two months of no time at all to craft due to being incredibly busy at work, and clearing a house, I’m back at my table trying to recover my mojo!

I don’t really do Halloween or Thanksgiving so I’m sticking to multipurpose cards. This simple CAS card was amazingly difficult to put together. I wanted to use the very pretty patterned paper, but struggled to find card of the right colour. Happily the watercoloured and fussy-cut flower could be made to order. No idea where that stamp came from, though…

This one is inspired by sketch #196 at CAS(E) this Sketch so I’m just sneaking in before the deadline.

Here’s the sketch


Melon mambo and pumpkin pie agapanthus

This one is for the colourQ challenge #357…

melon mambo pumpkin pie

It’s a watercoloured background rather than ink but I think I’ve nailed the colours.

Not sure I’ve nailed the hand lettering though 🙁  Need more practice!

A garden sunset
Day, weekend, summer, all gone
Flowers just black stalks

Agapanthus orange birthday

I’ve been using my new favourite agapanthus stamps (Stampendous Agapanthus Thank You) to create a birthday card for a lovely aunt. I would love to have more floral stamps, and am looking for some good ones to add to my Need-to-have list…

I will add this card to the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Fabulous florals

Just Add Ink #323; Add F (Flowers!)

That’s crafty Zesty Zing challenge I love these bright zesty colours!

May the bright sun warm
your aching bones, bring echoes
of youth and freedom.


Agapanthus thank you

I have been trying to use up my stash rather than buy more, but needing more Herma I caved in and made an order, and of course more than just glue fell into my cart.  I have a new flower stamp, the Agapanthus Thank You from Stampendous, to play with.

Here is the first card with that stamp. The background is watercoloured – it’s an attempt to reproduce the Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, rose quartz and serenity (yes they picked two colours this year). I don’t think I got them right, especially the blue, but it’s a pretty combination anyway.

I’m entering this in

CAS-ual Fridays challenge: thanks with twine

and Penny Black and More: June challenge – Flower Power

One thing about not being a carer any more is that I get more time to craft. It’s a bitter-sweet opportunity.

Caring no longer
Time to play and make things, but
chance is bittersweet.


A challenge entry – CAS(E) this Sketch #171

I’ve never tried a challenge card before, so here goes…

I’m CASEing this sketch

And here’s my card.

My favourite Caran D’Ache watercolours and a stamp that came free with a magazine ages ago…

sometimes it strikes like lightning…
or flows like treacle!


Pink Birthday

A very feminine birthday card!  With Autumn Leaves Elegant flourishes stamp – an oldie but goodie.

Your love of pink makes
me think what little girls are
made of: it’s not new.



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