A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Blueberry Bouquet

Special Event

Please join us in celebrating Darnell's Birthday!!

One more part to this special event.
The team has made special cards for Darnell's birthday,
along with our Guest Designer Leslie,
and several Featured Designers (friends from the retreat).

During our retreat, Darnell (Dolly to us) was up early one morning
and decided she wanted some frozen blueberries.
Somehow she spilled almost the whole, Costco-sized bag of
blueberries all over the floor.

Bonnie snapped these pictures.
See the swipe of blueberries on the right photo??  We couldn't find a broom so we grabbed
a large piece of card stock to pick up the berries.  As they thawed, the blueberry juice
"smooshed" on the cardstock in a lovely design that looked perfect for card making.

Well, without Dolly knowing, we kept that piece of blueberry smoosh and cut it up.
Each Designer has used one piece in making Dolly's birthday cards. :)

The theme for this month is "Bouquet of Flowers".  Please make sure that your card depicts a bouquet of flowers - a single branch or stem does not count as a bouquet, nor does a flower garden.  It can be just a bouquet or it can be in a vase.

Here's what I created with my piece of blueberry smooshed cs:

I used my Inktense watercolour pencils to colour the image. They give me more control for the fine lines of the bouquet's wrapping paper and also to keep some texture on the cat's fur.  I added a simple vertical sentiment and popped the panel up on fun foam.

You have until July 24th to enter a card featuring a bouquet - please be sure it is a bouquet and not just an image of flowers.  There's lots more inspiration over at CAS Watercolour - the cards made by the Design Team and by our talented Guest Designer, Leslie (Running with Scissors).

Stamps - Penny Black cat, Rosie's Roadshow sentiment
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - white cs, including the piece with some blueberry stain on it
Size - 5.25" square
Accessories - Inktense watercolour pencils, fun foam


  1. How fun is this background of the smooshed blueberries! Your cat image is just the sweetest holding the lovely bouquet for Darnell!

  2. Your bouquet challenge is perfect, Susan for Dolly's surprise blue birthday party. I LOVE your Inktense W/C flowers and Cat and Dolly will love it too. TFS and hosting. Hugs...Nancy

  3. Adorable card and great use of your piece of blueberries! Wonderful colouring and a super cute card for Darnell x

  4. Thank you for hosting this awesome surprise for me, Susan! I love your card with that sweet kitty bringing me a bouquet of pretty flowers! Great pencil coloring! I especially love this piece of the blueberry bumble ... you can see the trails of juice that the little rolling blueberries left as Bonnie tried to scoop them up with the card. Such fun memories and now I have lots of sensational cards to keep in my treasure box to enjoy again and again!! Mwah! Hugs, Dolly

  5. Gorgeous card! The background was ‘made’ for this cute bear:) This was lots of fun!

  6. Oh my gosh those splatters look like something we all try and achieve and Darnell sounds like SO much fun! What a perfect idea for her. Love the photo of her looking at the mess but the card idea is the best ever. Your beautifully colored PB stamp works so well on this. I so wish to be part of all that fun!

  7. Your card is so fun!
    I love the kitty holding
    the bouquet. What a great
    tribute to Darnell’s birthday.

  8. Susan, I love your cat, he looks like he's dancing in a shower of blueberry splatters :)

  9. Totally adorable card Susan! :) This brought a smile to my face. I love the pretty bouquet of flowers and the fabulous background. It looks like party confetti being thrown around. :) xx

  10. Love this sweet kitty and his/her bouquet of yellow rosebuds! Great job of watercolor pencil coloring! I love the texture of the kitty's fur! Great use of the blueberry bumble too. This brings back happy memories of being together.

  11. Oh how adorable. Beautifully watercoloured. You incorporated your blueberry panel perfectly... I struggled so much with mine. xx

  12. Susan, what an adorable card with your kitty holding the bouquet of flowers and nestled in your blueberry background.

  13. Oh, gosh, so cute! Now that I see your darling kitty I remember a little ellie with bouquet I could have used. Dang, and here I thought I had so few bouquet stamps. Love how you used your background. Each is different and I love them all!

  14. I love that you guys did this with the blueberry paper. Cute as can be.

  15. What an interesting use of the blueberry smooshed cardstock, Susan! The smooshed pattern looks like birthday streamers and confetti. And your cat is so adorable! Pretty watercolor pencil coloring!
    Hideko xx

  16. really adorable card mf...it's been a fun month of birthdays!
    x Karen


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