Finally back! And a Happy New Year to all

I can’t believe my last post was in August 2017… Well I did say that things were about to go crazy at work, and they did and they didn’t let up till Christmas!  I went on holiday in October though, but as soon as I got back I fell ill (think I caught something on the plane). And that didn’t help.  I did manage to make a few cards – even some for challenges – but didn’t get enough time or energy to post them.

Well, my word for this year is JOY – make joy, find joy – because I’ve been a miserable old thing ever since mum died in 2016 and it’s time I made an effort…  and making cards gives me JOY so hurrah! And so does writing and blogging….

Here is a belated posting of my Christmas tree this year. Made from sparkly silver wallpaper and old book pages from an ancient dictionary which fell apart.

Christmas Tree

My birthday was in this period too and I managed to make it to a creative evening my friends organised for me at Debbie Bryan’s – it was a vintage-inspired jewellery making workshop.  Thoroughly recommended! Here is my steampunk inspired necklace:


And I hope to see you around in blogland in 2018. Happy New Year!

And today’s haiku based on my word of 2018:

Blue skies and prospects
Of new creativity
Promise I’ll find joy!


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!


Flaming feathers

I love the poem from Emily Dickinson that starts

‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

Feather stamps – and the cards made from them – have been and are continuing to be popular. As usual, Stampin Up withdrew theirs before I made up my mind to buy it (it takes me some time). But there are lots of other similar sets available.  Mine is part of a seaside set from Crafty Individuals: Call of the Sea.

I love these colours. Kaleidacolor Desert Heat ink was used on this.

Flame Feathers

The feather floating
in the wind as you pretend –
but you are falling…

(Skydiver haiku 2)


Zendoodle horse birthday card

I’ve really got into doodling recently, and thought I’d try some cards. This is for a horse-riding colleague (seem to have a few of those!). It’s tricky coming up with something new every year!

I really must get better at taking pictures…

Wind ruffling my hair
In a moment I’ll gallop
far from dreary work!



Skydiver birthday card

When people know you like making cards they sometimes try to give you a gift you’ll appreciate and they don’t quite “get it” – do you find that?  I am very grateful for the thought, but “toppers” are really not my scene – I prefer to make my own. Nevertheless, I really did like these butterflies – though I’m not sure where they came from as they were a gift. So thank you.

OK, so there’s a skydiver in the family, and something in flight seemed to be appropriate for the latest birthday.  Running with the on-trend watercolouring for the background (watercolour pencils here), I also got a bit creative on the computer with the text.

Never let your life
be limited by others.
Fly in your own way!

(Skydiver haiku 1)




Dalek Birthday card

For a geek Dr Who lover (not necessarily the same thing!) on a special birthday. The dalek is a stencil sold by Lakeland last year intended for cakes I think. Tried to make the bling reflect the design of a dalek…

Time goes by and still
I enjoy your good friendship:
sharing fun and likes.




Piano birthday card

A piano card for a piano-playing relative. Scanned sheet music and all other elements created from scratch.

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CASEd from FubsyRuth on Splitcoast Stampers – hers was already a CASE! I think a few people have come up with this design, or similar,  independently…

My phone rings: it’s you:
your voice like sweet piano
music to my ears


Steampunk birthday card

Lots of birthdays coming up in September! This is a birthday card for a relative who loves anything steampunk. The cogs were created using a free downloaded image as a template, inked with ColorBox Cat’s Eye Queue metallic inks. The background is created with Heidi Swapp clocks stamps.

The wheels turn again,
another year faces me:
but love simply grows.



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.



Handmade flowers

I made the flowers from (bought) handmade paper. I love this paper, and wish I could remember where it came from to get more…

The design was inspired by a card by the late Margaret of Making Papercrafts. I was so sad to read that she has gone.

A haiku for this card:

Our best creations
must be ones we leave behind
to inspire others.



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