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…

The Power of Words

This is a real experiment. Rather than having the haiku accompany or be inside of the card, I thought I’d make it the focal point. So this is all doodle script…

live a lively life

I took my challenge from the Words have Power/take Centre Stage at AAA cards (CAS Game #93)


I also realised that as a haiku has three lines, that the sketch #228 at CAS(E) This Sketch would be perfect for this purpose, so I used that 🙂

In case you can’t read the haiku, here it is – aimed at every busy person!

Live a lively life:
Let difficulties pass by.
Go follow your dreams.

I will probably try this again, and hopefully my skill will improve!


Love is a fruit in season

This card is for my sister. Just because 🙂

Uniko Originally Organic stamp (new to me, so fun to try out) and printed sentiment. It’s coloured with my watercolour pens: though the choice for magenta wasn’t brilliant, either too pink or too purple. This was nearest.

love is a fruit

I love the quote from Mother Teresa:

“Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.”

This is for CASOLOGY #246 SEASON 


and Color Throwdown ctd440 magenta, yellow and green.

The haiku:

Whatever the time
Or season of year, turning
You mean much to me.

An Irish Toast

This stamp is an old one but NBUS, so I was delighted to bring it out for the challenge at CASology: Week #229 TOAST. There’s plenty of Irish ancestry in my genes…

I think it’s most suitable for good wishes on an engagement or wedding, or perhaps a pregnancy – a good new beginnings card at any rate.

My wish for today:
May your cup overflow with
health and happiness

Also entered for Time Out’s New Beginnings Inspired by Words Challenge: ‘With each sunrise we are given a chance for a new beginning’

Sounds a bit like an Irish blessing in itself…



Printable e e cummings quote for Teen Girl cards!

I’m always looking for ideas for teenage girl cards as I have 5 teen nieces and a tween.

This is not a haiku, but a quote from e e cummings

e e cummings quote on being yourself

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting”  (e e cummings)