Saturday, 14 April 2018


I'm normally a flowers or cute animal kind of crafter so this is something a little different.

Challenge number 4 over at The Library is Memoirs of a Geisha and I decided to use the colours from the book cover and took inspiration from the fact Geisha girls are Japanese.  I die cut a circle and stencilled what was supposed to be a sun but while sponging away it dawned on me that I could incorporate the flag.  I stamped a tree from a set called Wild Trees by Stampology - I think is passes as being a little oriental looking.

The Japanese symbol is me making my mark on the card, I found an image online and set about hand drawing it in pencil, tidied it up with a ruler and fine liner pen, then in-filled with black sharpie and it simply means tree.  The lines have also been hand drawn in pencil first with lots of erasing until I'd got the placement balanced, then made permanent with a sharpie again.

Challenge Links...

The Library - Memoirs of a Geisha
Penny Black & More - black and white with one other colour
Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark (the symbol/lines/stencilling)


  1. Wow, this is stunning! What a fabulous take on the book cover inspiration, Jo x

  2. Your artistry shows loud and clear with your hand-drawn Japanese-inspired drawing! I love this simple design and especially the colors! Well done on the challenge!

  3. Just so many clever ideas on this beautiful card - the red circle, the tree (yes it looks a bit bonsai!) , the hand-drawn elements....Thanks for joining The Library.

  4. Hi Claire, a very different card for you. I think you did a wonderful job, love all the elements you added. Have a wonderful week... Megan

  5. Such a striking Oriental creation Claire and just perfect for our 'Black and White plus one' theme at Penny Black and More, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  6. Super striking card and a very artistic design. love the crispness! xx

  7. I found that book fascinating, an insight into an alien world almost. A beautifully elegant card. Really striking in black and white. The lines are perfect and add the right touch.

  8. such a striking CAS card! i love the pop of red and your hand drawn elements are perfect. thank you so much for playing along with us at the penny black and more challenge.

  9. This is such an eye-catching card. That particular shade of red is absolutely perfect and your Japanese symbol is a triumph xx

  10. Claire, I love your card! Your design is so simple and elegant, this is a perfect take on the Library challenge! - Sweet Kobylkin
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  11. Such a wonderful card! Thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More!
    x Daniela (DT)

  12. Impressive sharpie art and your card is beautiful, the flag idea is brilliant.

    x Stefanie

  13. Exellent Japanese looking card, you got it spot on! Thanks for sharing it with us at Addicted to Stamps and More and we hope to see more of your wonderful creations again soon. Hugs, Gwendolyn

  14. Like this Japanese looking card too
    cool like yin and yang color
    lovely color combo and love the CAS look
    many thanks for playing with us at Addicted to Stamps and More

  15. Lovely oriental card.
    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black and more;-))m


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