After making the last two pairs of cards I was left with all the blocks that had been cut out to make those trees. Rather than waste them, I decided to turn them into some more cards for this year's stash.
The second pair of my block Christmas tree cards. I'm using the same design but I still want to vary the cards, so this time I went for a more glittery approach.
Having successfully ignored the C-word for many weeks, I had to give in and start making some Christmas cards, if only to avoid getting ridiculously stressed out when December arrives all too quickly.
I was concentrating too hard on painting straight lines for this geometric abstract to truly be considered a "watercolour meditation" but it was definitely a relaxing way to spend some time.
Mice and blackberries are the perfect combination for a birthday card for my mum and I was lucky that two bits of inspiration turned up at just the right time.
The brief was to create a neutral-toned collage with a splash of colour. Starting with a variety of papers and fabric, I added some eggshell for texture. And I couldn't resist finishing it off with a touch of gold.
Yes it's another Power Poppy floral card — rudbeckias and berries this time — but at least I changed up the usual pink and purple Copic palette for a more autumnal one, and then finished it off with coloured pencils.
I rarely make tags so it made a change to follow this Fodder Challenge class and use some of my precious dyed papers and pressed foliage.
I had run out of bunnies, I wasn't being inspired by the ones I was finding online and I couldn't possibly make anything other than a bunny birthday card, so there was only one thing left to do: design my own.
I had another go at making a one-page booklet with pockets but this time I made a few changes (mostly involving adhesive). I am happier with this design but it's still not perfect.
Another birthday, another card. This time I made a gelli print landscape, and then had to create my own stencil to complete the design.
This prompt was just the nudge I needed to have a go at something that has been on my "must try" list for a while: a little guided serendipity creating abstract landscapes with just ink and water.
This card was an exercise in finding balance between "it's a big birthday, let's shout it from the rooftops" and my own "age is a meaningless number" aversion to drawing attention to it. I'm happy with the compromise...
One of the classes in the Fodder Challenge encouraged me to actually make a one-page booklet instead of just thinking about it. I like a lot of things about it but there has to be a better design out there.
This Messy May challenge gave further confirmation that I am much more inspired by technique prompts than word prompts. And I got to use some of my precious dried flowers and Japanese paper in the process.