Monday, January 31, 2011


I love animal images, especially dogs, but never quite know how to colour them in.  This chap did not come spotted but he looked rather plain so I decided to add a few.

What attracted me to this Whimsy stamp was the fact the image could be easily cut out and that I could add whatever greeting I wanted as the sign is blank.

I used watercolour paper and black Archival ink to stamp the image and coloured him in using a variety of markers.  I did get a little carried away with the various Nestabilities labels but I like to think they worked.  Most of the cardstock and papers are my usual CM with the photo corners being from a SU punch.

Friday, January 28, 2011


Another baby card with this cute Go Kreate die.  This time I used a recently purchased embossing folder and framed it with a cut and emboss CB die.

I again used the Bosskutz die for the 'nest' shaped blue piece the teddy is standing on with an oval underneath.  As one of the buttons had a faulty hole I could not get my usual embroidery thread through it and instead used a very thin shiny thread which curls up at the end like a ribbon.  I think the sentiment is from a Popcorn the Bear set.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I never tire of the Popcorn the Bear range as they are such a pleasure to work with.  The images are sweet and each set comes with the appropriate sentiments.

This image was stamped onto watercolour paper and coloured in using a variety of markers and a blender pen.  The grass was a bit more of a challenge than usual and I did not like the colour it ended up so I went over it with a Distress Ink and an aqua brush.  That is is good thing about watercolour paper, it can absorb so much more than normal cardstock.

I used a Go Kreate die to frame the image and popped it onto a square card using my normal CM paper as a background.  The watercolour paper was a bit bright so I toned it down by sponging Antique Linen Distress Ink on the edges.  The same was done with the sentiment which was hand cut.

Monday, January 24, 2011


When I buy stamps I am usually attracted to cute and whimsical characters and tend not to give too much thought as to how practical they are to colour in.  Sometimes there is a coloured example of the stamp and it looks so easy, but then I can seldom find it when the time comes to colour it in.

My frog ended up being coloured using different Distress Ink pads and an aqua brush.  A tip my sister gave me was rather than flood your ink pad with water from the aqua brush, dab the pad onto a piece of accetate and work off of there - it works like a charm !  Thanks, Debs.

The background paper is all CM and I used a Nesties Eyelet Squares die for the frame behind the image.  Not sure about the sentiment, it could be Clear Dollar.  The tag is a SU punch and the square is made from a CM punch.

Friday, January 21, 2011


When I saw this stamp at 7 Kids College Fund I knew it would come in handy at some stage.  It sort of reminded me of when I was on crutches and in a boot for a year. 

After stamping Henry out onto watercolour paper I used a variety of mediums to colour him in - the usual watercolour pencil crayons, markers and SU crayons.  I then used a Nestabilities label to frame him with a larger orange one for the background.

I used a CB embossing folder directly onto the card and just rounded the corners for something different.  The sentiment came with the stamp and I used a Clear Dollar die to frame it.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


This dear little bear is a limited edition die from Go Kreate.  Added extras on the die are a dummy, rattle and another bear with arms outstretched.  Although eyes and a nose are also included on the die I decided to use a Peachy Keen face for the added cute factor.

The background papers are from a variety of pads I have and I decided to edge them with a Martha Stewart border punch.  The bear is standing on a Bosskutz die which is one I had forgotten about but know I will use quite a bit in the future.  

The buttons are from my stash and the sentiment was one I had stamped out ages ago and put aside so I have no idea where it is from.  I did try to look for it but gave up when I found something else I had been looking for and was eager to use.

Monday, January 17, 2011


For this card I wanted to see if I could use the Go Kreate Wavy Frame #1 die to make a card.  I folded the cardstock in half, placed the die on top making sure the left hand side was on the inside of the die so it would not be cut and ran it through the CB twice.  It worked and I am rather pleased with the results. 

I stamped the image onto watercolour paper and coloured it in using watercolour crayons, pencil crayons and markers with a blender pen.  I used an aqua brush and Distress Ink for the grass.  It is a new technique I read about and it works really well with large areas giving the picture a watercolour look about it.

The paper is from a large pad I bought from Ronita at Simply Creative and the border punch is a Martha Stewart one.  The sentiment is from SU as is the punch used to frame it.

Friday, January 14, 2011


When I saw this stamp in the SU catalogue I thought it was really sweet and I saw the potential of popping it onto a matchbox.

After making up the SU Matchbox die in white cardstock,  I punched the stamp out with a circle punch, put rises underneath and popped it onto a Clear Dollar label die.  The blue dotted paper is from my scrap drawer and I used paper lace around the box to finish it off.  All I need now is to find a little girl about to lose one of her teeth !

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I have a few cow images and cannot tell you why they attract me.  The only up close encounter I have had with a cow was when one came into our garden whilst we were living near a smallholding.  I had to phone DH to ask how to escort Annabelle through the fence opening.  It was quite a long and challenging operation and I am not sure who was more stressed, me or her !

The image was stamped onto Copic paper and before paper piecing the apron I coloured in the waitress uniform and hat using Copic markers.  The tray is a part of the stamp and the set has a number of different ice cream options to pop onto it.

The large oval is a Go Kreate die, the smaller labels are from Nestabilities and the smallest one is stamped with an image from Waltzing Mouse stamps.  The sentiment is also from the same Clear Dollar set and the zig zag strip is a left over from a SU die.  The papers are from my stash.  I finished off the card with a couple of bows.

Monday, January 10, 2011


This cute owl die (yes, another one) is from UK company, Go Kreate, who also made the Wavy Frame #1 die on which the owlets are placed.  The heart is a CM punch and the border punch is from Martha Stewart.  The leaves did not come with the die and are from the SU 2 Step Bird punch.

The green background papers are from CM, the sentiment is from an un named set which I seem to using quite a lot these days.

Friday, January 7, 2011


Last year on 26 October I posted a Mr Acorn card which I cased from Stamp and Scrap with Frenchie.  At the time I made a couple more of these delightful characters and thought I should now start to use them up.

The dotted background paper is my usual CM, with the brown zig zags being from the SU Bigz XL die called Tasteful Trim.  I then used a Nestabilities die and 2 different sizes of the Go Kreate Frilly Square #1 die.  The papers used with the dies are all from my stash.

The sentiment is a SU one punched out using the SU Word Window punch.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Having to colour in a crow image is not the easiest as I was a bit hesitant to use only Copic black.  Instead I settled for BV and thought he could be a bit lighter.

The Nestabilities Lacey Squares die seemed to do the stamp justice and I layered it on orange and black cardstock.  The background is from CM, the label is a Spellbinders die and the sentiment is from the same Clear Dollar set.

Who would have thought a crow could look cute ??

Monday, January 3, 2011


I just love the "puppy dog" eyes of this cute duck image which I coloured in using Copics.

Using Nestabilities Lacy Squares to showcase the stamp I then popped an orange square underneath it and layered these onto a Go Kreate Wavy Frame #1 die.  As the card is square and would have been difficult to put through the Cuttlebug I opted to emboss a couple of strips of white cardstock layering them on the yellow paper before placing them on the card top and bottom.

The sentiment is from the Clear Dollar Dairy Delights set punched out using SU Word Window punch and layered onto a Nestabilities label die.