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, 16 July 2019

Bonnie's Bouquet

My reminder card for CAS Watercolour is also a birthday card for my dear friend, Bonnie Klass - the co-founder of the CAS challenges (and one of our DT members), as well as being someone I've known on line for several years and finally got to meet this May at the Eat, Sleep, Craft, Repeat Retreat (see the photos on the retreat button at the top of my post).

July's theme for CAS Watercolour is "Bouquet".

I realized when planning my cards for this challenge that I have a lot of stamps of bouquets of flowers!  So hard to choose the ones to use (though the fact that it needs to be a CAS card with white space limited it a bit).  Peonies are one of my favourite flowers so went with a bouquet of them for this one:

I stamped the image and sentiment on watercolour paper, painted it with my Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, trimmed it with a stitched rectangle, popped it up on a dark pink shimmer card base, and embellished with a few shimmery flower sequins.

We'd love you to join us at CAS Watercolour before July 24th.  Please be sure your card is clean and simple, and depicts a bouquet of flowers - we don't want just a stem of flowers, nor a line of flowers - it needs to be a bouquet.  There's lots of inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and July's Guest Designer, Leslie (Running with Scissors).

Here's wishing you a very Happy Birthday, Bonnie, and many more to come!

Stamps - Penny Black bouquet, Savvy Stamps sentiment
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper, dark pink shimmer cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, tiny flower sequins, Lil Inkers stitched rectangle die, fun foam


  1. oh Gansai Tambi! I've been wanting to try it, how you like Gansai Tambi though?

    1. I really love my Gansai Tambi watercolour paints - they are my favourite watercolour medium!

  2. Such delicate and pretty colours on your beautiful bouquet of peonies and such a thoughtful card for Bonnie x.

  3. Your bouquet of peonies is so nicely colored Susan and so pretty in the glass jar - my favorite vase at home for putting my garden flowers in!

  4. Beautiful Peonies Susan, love the pinks and great watercolouring of the glass jar :)

  5. I love the soft, pastels on this one Susan, so beautifully colored! What a special card for a special lady! Love the highlights and white space, something I've never quite mastered. This is just gorgeous!

  6. I love this gorgeous bouquet of peonies. The soft pink is to delicate and pretty ... perfect for Bonnie! This has been a wonderful challenge, Susan! Thanks so much for hosting! xx

  7. Beautiful watercolour flowers - a lovely delicate feel. xxx

  8. I love these soft, pink peonies, Susan. They bring back warm memories of my mother's favorite flowers. My favorites are the soft pink ones. Thanks so much for sharing in my birthday celebration, my friend.

  9. Gorgeous peonies bouquet, Susan for Bonnie's special birthday party surprise:-) TFS and hosting this wonderful challenge. Hugs..Nancy

  10. Sweet bouquet of peonies for Bonnie. Beautifully watercoloured. xx

  11. Beautiful bouquet in a vase, Susan! Gansai Tambi paints are my favorite and you did a gorgeous job with them!

  12. So soft and pretty, Susan. I love the little flower embellishments you used too.

  13. what a beautiful job you did with this wonderful image...so delicate and pretty.
    x Karen

  14. Beautiful Peonies, Susan! Love the soft watercoloring. The shimmery dark pink card base highlights the beauty of the focal image.
    Hideko xx
    P.s. You had a hard time choosing a bouquet stamp out of many, and I had a hard time finding one. I finally found a very tiny one...


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