Friday, July 2, 2021


Water is our new theme over at our Challenge over at Cut It Up!  I was inspired to go with something a little different for my piece this time.  I wanted to write a Haiku inspired by this wonderful stamp from DRS Designs

Now, in case it's been a couple of years since you thought about this form of poetry, let me refresh your memory a bit.  

 Haiku poems often feature juxtaposition of two images.

  1. Nature and the seasons. Describing the season was the original purpose of haiku, and to this day poets often focus on the natural world and how it changes throughout the year.
  2. On. A Japanese haiku contains 17 on, or sounds. On are counted differently than syllables in English, which leads to translators’ lack of consensus on whether 17 English syllables truly captures the spirit of haiku.
  3. Kigo. Traditional haiku contains a kigo, a word or phrase that places it in a particular season. Signaling a season with only one word lends haiku its economy of expression. Some of the most classic kigo are sakura (cherry blossoms) for spring; fuji (Wisteria) for summer; tsuki (moon) for fall; and samushi (cold) for winter.
  4. Kireji. Known in English as the “cutting word,” kireji creates a pause or a break in the rhythm of the poem. The kireji is often deployed to juxtapose two images. Contemporary haiku may not always use a kireji, but juxtaposition remains a common feature of haiku.

Staying with the water theme, I watercolored my focal image using watercolor pencils and watercolors since July is Watercolor Month!  

So, how are you inspired by this challenge?  Come share your ideas with us at Cut It Up!

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Material List:  
Broken Flower Fence Stamp from DRS Designs
Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper
Inktense Watercolor Pencils
Prima Watercolor Pencils
Black and Brown Gel Pens
Sequin Mix (retired) from CAS-ual Fridays
Cricut Cut:  CTMH Art Philosophy #M3F3BE Removed the trees with contour feature  
Cricut Maker:  Print and Cut
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Blade
When you visit the Cut It Up blog, have fun viewing the DT projects and check out the rules and prize info.  Then be sure to share your project with us ~ don't forget the die cut to have a chance to win a prize from our amazing sponsors.

This project is off to the following challenges: 
Happy Little Stampers:  Watercolour
Wednesday's Creative Inspirations:  The Season of Spring!

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  1. That is a gorgeous card Katrina. Have a good weekend and Happy 4th!


  2. A very pretty card,

    Thanks for playing along with my theme at MAWTT,

    Hugz Tinz

  3. What a beautiful card!! Love the sentiment you used!!
    Have a great day,

  4. Beautiful card and lovely sentiment. Thanks for playing with us at Creative Moments.

  5. So very pretty with a poignant sentiment to match! Thanks so much for joining us at HLS Watercolour Challenge:)

  6. Really pretty make & a perfect sentiment

    Thank you for sharing with us at 'Happy Little Stampers Watercolour' this month
    Hugs Shell xx