Car for courage

This is an encouragement card for a chap who got bad news recently. We’re all ready to do whatever it takes to support him.

This is hand-drawn – well, bits are traced and scaled up and details added from a number of images of Volkswagen cars. Computer printed sentiment and watercolouring with my watercolour paints (really liking yellow at the moment!).

This one is entered into The Male Room’s challenge #85 Cars

and Watercooler Wednesday’s WWC170 – Penny’s Masculine “Anything Goes” Challenge

Whatever you need,
We can do – what are friends for?
Yes, we’ve got your back

Happy Birthday Cat!

This one is so far out of my comfort zone, you wouldn’t believe. Or maybe you will, as you can see the quality of my colouring. But be gentle, I’m a newbie! I don’t normally do cute and I don’t do colouring!

A cute stamp set (free from a magazine years ago!) with watercolour pencils in blue, grey and yellow and sentiments from Uniko and Papermania, in Memento black and fossilised amber Distress Oxide.

I was inspired out of my comfort zone by a few challenges:

Muse #266 – with Tracey’s sweet card to CASE


The colours at Less is More #371

and of course CAS on Friday’s challenge #132 to use a cute stamp 🙂

Perhaps it will be popular in my charity box with the cat-lovers.

Haiku (a loved one’s had an eye op):

Cover your eyes, dear.
Rest, as they heal, and know that
You colour my world

Twenty five!

Here’s a card for a special birthday. The yellow, red and grey colours of Colour Throwdown this week look good together, that red really makes it stand out. And the lovely smoky grey is a nod to silver and 25 years. It looks soooo much better in real life…

Distress oxides Wild Honey, Fossilised Amber and Hickory Smoke smooshed onto watercolour paper and backed and matted with dark red textured paper.

This is entered into

Seize the Birthday It’s Just a Number


and Colour Throwdown #492 Red/Yellow/Grey


Birthday Blossom Burst

Although I don’t have the real colours from CAS Colours and Sketches, I thought I’m bound to have something similar.  But I tried three light blues and three light browns/greys, and they’d nearly all dried up. I was able to get an image from a soft azure blue chalk ink which is my nearest to Blue Sky now, and a chestnut brown which had dried out to a much paler colour than it started out. It wouldn’t have been possible without the MISTI to keep stamping…  Happily the Catherine Pooler Party Dress standing in for the Berry Burst is juicy and colourful.

Then I went looking for the right card to mat the burst onto… I know the colour I wanted, but I guess I must have used that up too! So there was very little left to try this with…  Sentiment is go-to-standard Uniko Simply Said in memento black, and the flowers are Organic Wishes and Kindness Blooms, also Uniko.  I think I need yet more new inks. Shame my Stampin’ Up lady closed up shop.

I think the left hand one is more CAS, so entering that into CAS Colours and Sketches #270


And also entering Seize the birthday Anything Goes

These are going in the box to sell in aid of the activity table for the people with dementia.


Flower heads drift down
Floating on gentle warm wind
I doze in springtime

Vintage masculine

This card is for my Uncle, who’s in his 80s, so a vintage masculine theme sprang to mind. I glanced at the current colour challenges, dismissed them, and then went back to Fab Friday’s Grey, Turquoise (Bermuda Bay) and Lemon Lime Twist colours.  I used my nearest colours as I don’t have the originals.

Mermaid Lagoon and Hickory Smoke Distress inks and Colorbox Lime, including on the background of the sentiment strip. I used dark turquoise backing card. Uniko and L’Aquarelle for the sentiment, masculine vintage stamps from Sheena Douglass, Docrafts and Heidi Swapp.

This is entered into Fab Friday’s Challenge 136

Also Cards in Envy’s Birthday theme challenge (this one is definitely going in an envelope!)


Wishing you joyful
Twilight years of family
and sweet memories.

Flowers emerging from rain

We’ve had late frost, a mini-heatwave and devastating rain. A true British spring!  So this card is trying to represent the flowers struggling to emerge through the rain.

The background to this panel was a lot of fun to create, and this is the last little bit of it. It was created with Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, and Perfect Pearls blue spray which gives it a fabulous shimmer that you can’t see in the photo. The circles were stencilled in Mermaid Lagoon with a Woodware stencil, and the dots stamped with both inks using the cute little dot stamp in Uniko’s Kindness Blooms. The background is left over from a previous set of projects here and here. The seed head stamp is Organic Wishes from Uniko.

I’m entering this into:

CAS-ual Fridays challenge CFC #198 April Showers bring May flowers  and

Sweet Stampin’ Circles.

Just Add Ink are asking to Just Add “O” so I hope the Organic Wishes stamp used counts 🙂


Rain pours like my tears
Water pools in my kitchen
Help, where’s a plumber?

Hawking and Zendoodle

Another quote that I liked from the late Professor Stephen Hawking. I thought this would make a good masculine card for a colleague.

Sheena Douglass Geared Up stamps, Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink and I can’t remember what the purple is (call it my age!) –  and some lovely iridescent bling.

The card is based on the sketch from CASE This Sketch but is too late to enter in the challenge 🙁  I had a migraine yesterday and wasn’t able to upload in time.

This next one was one I thought of as soon as I saw the Just Us Girls #438 challenge inspiration picture

Here’s the photo: I used the arrangement of the black and white squares, the green background and the red pop of floral colour.  This is all zendoodled in black with red watercolour pen.


Square eyes they once said
When you watched too much telly
What shape iPhone eyes?

Birthday time

I have been looking at these elements for a week without coming up with a card until I reviewed Jaydee’s sketch at the Paper Players PP390 and it came together.

Snippets of card, a motif from an Artsy Collage book, sentiments by S C Design and stamps by Heidi Swapp. Colorbox creamy brown chalk ink and Brilliance gold. Memento black for the sentiment. Times like this I really wish I had a die cutter  – a gold die cut would have really finished it off…

Here’s the sketch


Also entering this one into Less is More’s challenge 369 Bring Something Back – as I’ve delved into ancient stash and brought back Patterned Paper and a cut-out Collage motif!


Time to think about
The years rolling by so fast
Need to catch my breath

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 🙂

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