'What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday 5 January 2019

My mum has a milestone birthday this month – she’ll be 80 - so I made this card for her… I really hope my NZ family doesn’t try to put 80 candles on a cake Winking smile


A couple of my friends have birthdays this month and next, so I have a few cards to make. Here’s one…


I’ll link this to the Feminine Anything Goes challenge on the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog,  an ATG challenge at Creatalicious, with the option of using Something New and a Something New Challenge on SSS Wednesdays… the image stamps above are both new. The challenge at SSS Mondays is Let’s Party!

One more simple Thank you card, using Smooshed Oxides.


Mix it Up Challenges  are asking for the Sentiment to be the main focus, so I’ll link to that.

My ‘Word for the Year’ is ‘Pray’, so over the year, you may see some journal pages with this theme, as I explore it a little more. My words for last year were ‘Brave’ and ‘Kind’. I had no idea just how brave I would need in order to be kind - and think kindly - until the past year… some lessons are easier to learn than others.

So my first shared journal page is this one, to remind me that prayer is a dialogue – not a one way conversation.


I just realised that because I stencilled squares and circles, I can enter this into this month’s Art Journal Journey, where the theme is Geometric shapes Smile

Thank you so much for popping by… I LOVE reading your comments and appreciate each one.

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16 very kind comments from lovely people:

froebelsternchen said...

Your cards are as alwways eyecatchers - I love the two birthday cards so much! The clean and simple Thank you card is very elegant! Your word for the year is special and I love this first page for the word! We should listen to our soul and connect us with all around us... thats praying for me too!
A fantastic entry for the January theme over at Art Journal Journey dear Cath! Thank you for being with us! Happy weekend and Happy Birthday to your mother - wow 80 is a fantastic age!

Hugs, Susi

My name is Erika. said...

Funny how brave and kindness never went together in my mind but when I think about them you are right. Sometimes it takes bravery to be kind. Love your birthday cards and other art. I love how you put all those candles on the card. And the cake. That says more than some of those sarcastic saying you see. Happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

Meggymay said...

Fabulous cards Cath and I hope your mum has a lovely Birthday on her special day. I think the cake would have to be very large to hold that number of candles.
Its a wonderful journal page as well and I like your choice of words for the year, we should all take time to listen and reflect.
Yvonne xx

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous cards and image congrats to your Mum on her 80th-beautiful journal page
carol x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

All three of your cards are fabulous. I laughed at the one with all the candles on it. I hope your mother has a lovely birthday. That is quite a milestone.

I love your beautiful journal page. It's a beautiful piece, perfect for Alison's theme, and a great lesson to be learned, too. Thank you for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey, dear Cath.

craftytrog said...

Fabulous cards Cath, and a happy birthday to your mum!
And I love your page and the sentiment behind it! Thanks for linking it to my challenge at AJJ.
Alison xox

Let's Art Journal said...

Such a fun card for your mum with all those candles ...lol 😉. All you makes are fabulous and you create so much detail, the way you shaded and coloured the candles is amazing! Wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊 x

Neet said...

Lovely cards as always Cath, your colouring is always spot on. Have to say though that your journal page is just WOW. I love the colours you have chosen to use, the shapes that make up the background and the script for the word "praying". But most of all I like the image and what it says to the viewer. Well thought out - a great page.
Hugs, Neet xx

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous cards Cath and I'm sure your Mum will love her card.
Love the journal page, love the vibrant background with the beautiful image and perfect words too.
Avril xx

Karen Brown said...

Cute, cute card.....just perfect for a milestone birthday! The ladies look like they are having tons of fun and your chocolate cake looks good enough to eat. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday!

Joanne said...

Your mum is going to love the card, it is sooo fun. Did you watercolor or alcohol markers ? coloring is great. I so wish I still had the motivation to make cards but right now nothing.

big hugs from France,

Gail said...

Your birthday card is just adorable! What a cute image of that huge cake with all the candles - so big it needs three people to hold it up! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday.

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Your cards are amazing creations, all are so wonderful.
Anja xox

Cards By MI said...

A really lovely looking card with stunning colours and fabby design. Thanks for joining us over at creatalicious Challenges this time.
Love n hugs
Marie, CC-teamie

Lisa-Marie | Scrap Paper Scissors said...

Your watercolour background looks absolutely gorgeous and so whimsical!
Thanks for playing along with us at MIUCB!

Melanie said...

Wonderful cards!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional something new” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Crafty Friends)

(DT The Sketchy Challenges)

(DT Simply Create Too)

(DT Aud Sentiments Challenge)