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 🙂

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.


Inspired by Stephen Hawking

A couple of masculine-intended, space and science inspired cards today. The late Stephen Hawking was inspirational in many ways, even though that was the last thing he intended to be. These cards are both based on a quote from him. I wanted to celebrate his life and work.

The first is about the stars. I’ve been fascinated since a little girl by the wonder of what might be “out there” but in recent years I’ve mostly been looking down at my feet.  🙁  Chiefly because of varifocals, but that’s another story…  Now’s the time to remember mankind’s ambitions and our own, and feel humble in the face of the Universe.

This is Uniko stamps: Seeing Stars, with Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks, including blended on the mat, and a computer-generated quote.

Entered in The Male Room’s Space/Science challenge #81.


and Watercooler Wednesday’s WWC162 – Charlotte’s Masculine “Anything Goes” Challenge

and Addicted to Stamps and More’s Challenge #284 – Clean and Simple

This computer-generated quote is framed with ink colours (a mixture of Distress Oxide, Catherine Pooler ink and Colorbox to find the right colours and coverage!) that reflect the colours of a thermal imaging camera, from yellow (hottest) through orange to purple (coldest). The OH has just acquired a fab gadget – a thermal imaging camera that attaches to his phone. We’re going to use it to find the spots in the house that need most insulation. So I guess next weekend’s predicted cold spell will come in handy again…

This quote will go to anyone who needs a bit of a boost…

And is entered in Cards in Envy’s No Patterned Paper challenge


As we gaze at them
The stars wink out one by one
All come to an end…

Teal at work

Here’s a card with Sheena Douglass cog stamps, watercolour and Distress Ink (plus a Uniko Simply Said sentiment).

I’m running out of time now – back at work tomorrow and likely to be very busy!

Entered in

Seize the birthday Teal and White!


Inkspirational’s Word prompt, Challenge 156 – Work. Those cogs do all the work…


Hoping for pensions,
We learn how we’re really seen:
Cog in the machine

Lightbulb moment

Another masculine card for a colleague, returning to zendoodling. We’re all geeks at work, so it can be a bit of a challenge! (There may be more zendoodling to come…)  It’s a modern lightbulb. By the time I’d finished zendoodling I wasn’t sure anyone would be able still to see what it is, but plenty of people said “Oh, it’s a lightbulb” so it’s not too bad!

I’m going to enter this one into Cards4Guys Challenge #188 Something Beginning with L (which is Lightbulb, of course!)

and Water cooler Wednesday where it’s #WWC158 Helen’s Masculine Anything Goes challenge

And the haiku:

Look on the bright side
Be confident in yourself
And let your light shine

Teal sailboat

There’s a gent I know who loves sailing so every year is a different nautical or maritime card.

Here is this year’s. I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do, but it turned out rather differently in the end 🙂

It’s a watercoloured background with a sailboat stamp  (Sheena Douglas) and a sentiment stamp (from a magazine), plus gems 🙂

Entered in Freshly Made Sketches # 322 FMS322 (though the middle panel became less rectangular because it worked so much better to fussy cut the sailboat).


Watercooler Wednesday #155 Anything Goes

Simply Create Too: Favourite Colour combo (I love any combination of aquas, teals, turquoises and blues!)

and Addicted to CAS #129 which is asking for Teal (hurrah)!

Even in your head
you can sail away to new
fun and Adventures!

Vintage car

A birthday card for an older gent… the kind who don’t really appreciate clean and simple and think the more you put on it the more you love them! (Bless!)

The car is cut from a printed sheet and the ribbon came from a Christmas cracker 🙂 I printed out the sentiment.

This one is entered in:

The Male Room challenge #77 Vintage


Watercooler Wednesday’s Masculine Challenge 153 from Gail

I’ve watched Design Team calls go by for these two of my favourite challenges. I wish I had the time to apply, let alone create the cards 🙁  Perhaps some day – when I retire maybe!  Meanwhile, the artists who have been appointed are truly inspirational for which I’m always grateful.

Here is the haiku for this one:

As you get older
your worth grows faster than the
cherry we planted

Medic Graduation

Here’s a card to congratulate a very important young person on completing their first year as a junior doctor 🙂  It would do nicely for a medic’s graduation from University as well.

Sentiment from Uniko, stethoscope fussy cut and coloured (the medic’s favourite colour), and the trace is a real one (mine: happily nothing wrong with it) – call it a found item!

I had to do this one when I saw CASOLOGY’s theme for this week: Medicine


as well as Addicted to CAS Graduation.

And the haiku:

You have worked so hard
To deserve your great succcess
Now licensed to heal

grad medic




June Birthday

This card is for my other half who has a birthday soon. Soppy, yes, but he deserves it!

June birthday

This is firstly a CASE of one of Ardyth’s cards for Muse #218 this week (Happy Birthday Ardyth!). (Ardyth’s was itself inspired by a card by Donna3D on Splitcoast Stampers but I didn’t look at that one.)

I kept Ardyth’s rainbow smooshing (though mine is paint rather than ink), heart die cut (and added another heart cut layer).

I changed the floral stamp, as I thought swirls were more appropriate for a male card. I added another layer for the sentiment, for interest, as I didn’t have the grey background layer.

I’m also entering this one into The Male Room Die Cut Challenge #61 – Stash.

and Watercooler Wednesday’s WWC121 – Anything Goes  challenge

And the haiku for this one:

Have a happy day:
Your support lights me like sun
Above the clouds. Thanks!


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