A very dear friend lost her Mum a few weeks ago. You want to give something, say something, do something at times like these, but they all seem not enough.

We shared visits and many phone calls and in between those I made this card. Not your normal sympathy card. The four flowers represent her Mum and the three daughters she had.

I used my Sennelier watercolours, Black Velvet Silver 4 brush and Artistico Fabriano paper, along with a Fine Lin 0.1 pen.


Freehand Watercolour

Watercolour once again, simply because I love it so much!

These bright fresh colours just fell on to the paper, but again I found it difficult to simply let it happen without some sort of guide, but I guess only practice will help!

Hope your day is special!


A Little Knitting Relief

I have always loved to knit but simply haven’t in a very long time. When I found this beautiful hand dyed yarn over at The Australian Wool Store I just had to break my knitting drought, that coupled with the fact that our eldest sons best friend and his wife are having their first child.

I kept it simple and found this pattern on Etsy – another Australian home business (I’ll have to look up her name) – and I was set. A week and a half in and I am almost half way!

I’m back at work now after the Christmas break but I hope to stay on track and complete this by the end of February…I do have a tendency to get sidetracked…


Adding Colour

Happy Australia Day! How lucky we are to live in this beautiful country.

What a wonderful thing watercolour paints are. The way they blend and mix to create never even thought of combinations…they have always been a favourite.

Really when you’re playing with watercolours, no matter how they come – pencils, crayons or pans, they make it very easy to create and oh so much fun.

Before I start with any watercolour I tape my watercolour paper onto my work surface which at the moment is a bamboo chopping board – making it easy to move around.

This image was created backwards to what I usually do. Normally I lay down an outline very lightly in pencil so I can see where it’s going, but with this the colour came first. The background then the flowers followed by a finaliser for definition. It was fun and scary all at once.

I had a lot of fun creating this little watercolour, time for the next!


Blue Vase

I have nearly completed a video to go with this very simple water colour card. I love watercolours because they are so very forgiving! I am constantly eyeing off new ones when I don’t really need them, and planning how I can squeeze them into my budget.

The card came together very quickly! After printing my images on Derwent Watercolour paper I trimmed to desired size – border marked on card – then started colouring.

Smiles for now

Big, Bold Colour

I love bright colours! Not so much in my clothes but definitely when I create. They’re just so much fun!
This collection of three designs was created using my very much loved Derwent Inktense Pencils. I have had these pencils for a very long time and love the ability to blend like normal watercolours but also go back and add colour without disturbing what I had already laid down.

I created these images in part using the Printable Stamp set Doodle Delicious – bottom image. I selected the stems, leaves and circle flower heads then added in my own detail to complete. It gave a base to work with as well as leaving me free to add my own style.

Enjoy your day,


Watercolour Background

Hi and thanks for stopping by today!  Remember this card I made a little while ago, well it made it as a favourite on CAS(E) this Sketch!  I was blown away, and so very excited to be asked by Chrissy to be a guest this week for a brand new sketch!!  So here is the sketch and my take on it.

I decided to use a new digi image I’ve created and twisted and turned it to fill the front of my card, then coloured it using Derwent Watercolour pencils.  This time I didn’t use my Inktense, which was really hard to do, but then I felt these lovely pencils had long been neglected and so therefore were chosen…(lucky them).

I wanted to keep it fairly subtle , and I have to say (after taking numerous photos) this card is far prettier in the flesh….I simply couldn’t capture it with my limited photography skills.  I added Lagoon Sprinkles as an afterthought, and they really make a difference – in the flesh!


Be sure to check out the new sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch  and join in with us!

Smiles for now,


Indented Flower



Well it definitely feels like January holidays were ages ago!  I’ve been back at work about 2 and a half weeks and already my desire to craft at least once a week has gone out the window lol! I saw the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch and knew I had to make something, but then I saw last weeks sketch as well and thought the same thing but simply didn’t get there.  Once the weather cools there will be less to do around our house so I’m thinking that will free up my weekends.

Here is this weeks great sketch:


I decided on a doodle I created ages ago, but still haven’t completed the set because there are more elements I’d like to include to make it as versatile as possible.



The panels are raised and coloured with Copics with the silhouette of the flower cutout.  The flower is on the main card and also coloured with Copics.  I’m not the best photographer so showing off how the flower is indented was not easy, well at least not for me!


Enjoy the coming week, and don’t work too hard 😉



Copic or Inktense


I loved the simple sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch this week and have had it sitting on my desktop for daaayyys, so today I got around to doing something about it!  I wanted to use both Copics and Inktense and have tried to match the colours as close as I could just so I could see the differences.


This one uses Inktense pencils.  The light background at the top took mixing 3 colours to get something close to the colours I used in the Copic card, but I came pretty close with that I think.  To me it looks like a watercolour card and not smooth like the Copic, but then I liked the Copic as well 🙂


The Copic card actually took a lot less time because I didn’t have to wait for anything to dry.


Not good lighting in my office today so it was hard to get a good shot, even with three lamps going!  The image is from the Flowers For You set but I’ve used the digital version (coming soon) and scaled them larger to suit the card I had in my mind.  The sentiment I created and printed at the same time as I printed the image out.


Here’s the sketch and I hope you enjoyed the comparison 🙂