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.


Butterfly thank you

Here is a card which is aimed at the Muse challenge.

Here is my card

muse butterflies

which is CASE of this week’s Muse card by Kim Heggins

I used: three butterflies, one outside the shape, green base, fibre, a curved shape, and a central scripty sentiment.

It’s a thank you card for a lovely lady who teaches dance beautifully.

Gliding gracefully.
Yet you say you’re no dancer:
Kindly share and teach.




Colours that please

Here are two cards I made this week.  First a card which is partly a CASE of one of Susan Raihala’s HERE, though I arranged the feathers myself using two individual L’Aquarelle stamps (love that set) and masking.

happy feathers

The colours are taken from CAS Colours and Sketches this week. Lime and Lemon Twist seems to be popping up in lots of colour challenges and I haven’t the exact ink but I think I’ve now found something very similar in Colorbox Lime. Also used Catherine Pooler  Party Dress which is my closest to Berry Burst and Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink for the Island Indigo. Really liking this combination of colours.  The sentiment is from a useful set from Uniko.

And easily feminine enough for the Watercooler Wednesday Feminine challenge

The second card is inspired by CAS(E) this sketch#229, and by Karen’s wonderful backgrounds (see Snippets).


This is going to a temporary colleague who’s done wonderful work for us.

My favourite agapanthus again! And the Karen-inspired background was created with Catherine Pooler Party Dress and Tutti Frutti inks and white and black watercolours: then chopped up as per the sketch.

Orange like summer,
Outdoors, bright and enticing:
Pink like sunburned arms




Can’t see the wood for the trees…

I’ve been trying to create this one for a while. To thank and cheer up a colleague who loves to walk in the woods, three lovely little tree charms.

I couldn’t make it work till I saw the CAS Colours and Sketches Sketch #210

I’m also entering this one in Addicted to CAS #105 Wood. A bit of a sideways take on the theme word 🙂

With both of today’s cards working under limitations imposed by the challenges fed my creativity rather than putting boundaries on it. I often find that, that the more limits I put on something sometimes the easier it is (so maybe I should be entering 6 challenges at once rather than two! Don’t think I’m quite up to that yet.). It makes problem solving a challenge if not a pleasure, but certainly not a chore.

The haiku:

You’re open and kind,
deserving of joy, as you
always help others


Hidden thanks

This is a thank you card for a colleague using the colours from Color Throwdown  #429 and Anita’s inspiration card from Muse #202

Here it is:

Using my treasured watercolours, orange and teal blue inks from Hobbycraft (I think I need a newer version of that teal, it’s faded to nearer aqua!), Kanban black pearls, Sheena Douglas Geared Up stamps. I think if I’m going to do this technique again I need to get dies or my old Craft Robo going: using stamps as a template and hand cutting is a bit too naive looking.

Once again we wave,
Thanking you for your good work:
“Au revoir” not “bye”.



Kraft branches

This is a thank you card in the colours from CAS-ual Friday: orange, brown and kraft.  I love the different variations on orange and brown, all subtle due to being stamped on kraft.

This one is for CFC160 CAS-ual Fridays (orange, brown and kraft)

and Time Out #69 Give thanks with a grateful heart.  It’s not for Thanksgiving but it is for a couple of people I am very grateful for (and to), which I guess amounts to the same thing.

The haiku for this one is truly autumnal:

Autumn leaves flame red,
orange crunching underfoot:
fade to wet yellow

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.