Punny Critter Cards

All Occasion Cards, CAS Cards, Critter Cards

I love puns and I love critters, so my favourite thing to do on a card is to put the two together!

I kept this french bulldog card really clean and simple, since I usually can’t stop layering on my cards. I trimmed two strips of green striped paper and stuck those along the top and bottom. Then I stamped the dog on my white background.

french kisses

Having used Spectrum Noir markers in warm greys to colour the dog and the heart in, I then used white gel pen to dot his cheeks. I stamped my sentiment with clear alphabet stamps and, as a finishing touch, added 3D glue (my cheap version of Glossy Accents!) to the heart and clear Wink of Stella pen to the dog.

The next card is one I’ve been wanting to  make for a while, ever since I bought the Paper Smooches Zoo Crew stamp set.

i look up to you

I trimmed white card down to work on (I very rarely stamp directly on to my blank card in case I want to wrap ribbon around, or in case any ink bleeds through to the other side). Then I stamped the giraffe and the hippo.

They are both coloured in with Spectrum Noir coloured pencils, the ‘Essentials’ collection, and blended with the white pencil on top. I considered adding Wink of Stella to these two but kept it matte to keep it a bit more gender-neutral (though of course there’s no reason why men can’t have a little bit of sparkle!).

Then I stamped my sentiments between and below the critters. Finally, I took a ruler and a regular ballpoint pen and drew a quirky border around the card.


Lawn Fawn’s ‘Critters at the Dog Park’, ‘Love You Tons’, ‘Milo’s ABCs’ stamp sets – lawnfawn.com

Paper Smooches ‘Zoo Crew’ stamp set – makethedayspecial.co.uk

3D glue Versafine ink, Zig Wink of Stella in ‘clear’ – hobbycraft.co.uk

Spectrum Noir markers and coloured pencils, and Tatty Teddy patterned paper – therange.co.uk


Manly Card Monday #13

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday

This card stemmed from the idea of using the inkpad to stamp the main focus in the middle.

I stamped my black inkpad directly onto the white card, leaving this rectangle. I thought it had dried so stamped and embossed my fishing line image, but it was still damp and this meant the powder got stuck to the black background. I could have brushed it off  but chose to leave it for a dusty, distressed look.


I wrapped two ribbons around my piece of card and stuck washi tape at the bottom. Then I stamped ‘Happy’ at the side and ‘birthday’ on a separate piece of card, which I trimmed down to fit above the tape.

I’ll be drinking cocktails in Rhodes next week so there’ll be a bit of a break before the next manly card!


Washi tape & birthday stamps – http://www.amazon.co.uk/

Versafine ink in onyx black, fishing stamp & ‘gone fishing’ ribbon – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/

Green ribbon – http://www.therange.co.uk/

Clean and Simple Lamb Card

Baby Cards

I bought this stamp in the sale months ago and have never used it because I couldn’t work out what sort of card it would work for, as I don’t make Easter cards. But he was just so cute, I had to buy him! So in the spirit of my No New Products challenge, I forced myself to just stamp him and see what happened.

I’m really pleased with how he came out. The colouring was done with Spectrum Noir pencils,  which I would usually blend with Gamsol but this time I decided to run my white pencil over it afterwards to blend instead.

lamb me to you

He looks gorgeous in that little lamb outfit, and I haven’t gone for a sentiment because I still wasn’t sure what occasion it would be for, but I suppose it could work well as a new baby card or announcement.


Spectrum Noir pencils – http://www.therange.co.uk/

Me to You wooden stamp – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Lamb-Me-You-Stamp/dp/B006QU7RCW

‘Love’ ribbon is from my local craft shop but you can find similar on eBay and Amazon.

Manly Card Monday #12

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday

I’ve had something of a card-making frenzy this weekend, so this is the first of many cards I’ll be posting this week!

To make this card, I first created the distress ink background with a blending tool on white cardstock, then mounted it on black glitter paper and trimmed it close. When blending the ink, I left a white section for my sentiment: ‘It’s not how old you are, but how you are old.’

how you are old

I adhered this embellishment then started stamping around it in black ink. I chose balloons, candles and presents for a birthday vibe. I really like the monochrome with the splash of blue in the middle.

Products Used:

Tim Holtz Distress Inks, ‘Peacock Feathers’ & ‘Broken China’ –http://www.countryviewcrafts.co.uk/tim-holtz-130-c.asp

Present, balloon & candle stamps – www.clearlybesotted.com

Black glitter paper, white card stock & ‘how you are old’ stamp – www.hobbycraft.co.uk

Kurt Vonnegut Cards

Inspirational Cards

We all love a good quote. This is one that I heard years ago and loved, and I never realised it was from Slaughterhouse Five. I need to read that book one day.

The quote works nicely with both a feminine design and a masculine one, so I made 2 very different cards using the same sentiment.

Kurt Vonnegut1

The pink card was made using a distress ink background in Victorian Velvet, mostly blending but then also using the ‘squashing’ technique with acetate for a bit of added interest. I created the strip on the more masculine card in the same way, with Antique Linen. I used masking tape on both for the white borders.

Kurt Vonnegut2

I stamped my sentiment and cut the words out into singles, then stuck them down on my pink background. Then I added a few sequins.

I stamped the quote a second time, this time on the Antique Linen background. Then I covered my blank card in this patterned paper from my stash and stuck the strip down.


Lawn Fawn’s Jessie’s ABCs – http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk

Sequins & patterned paper – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk

Tim Holtz Distress Inks, ‘Antique Linen’ & ‘Victorian Velvet’ – http://www.countryviewcrafts.co.uk/tim-holtz-130-c.asp

“No New Products” Challenge!

No New Products Challenge

For someone who thinks she can teach people how to become thriftier crafters, I have an awful spending habit. I am a shopaholic with expensive taste and very little resistance… hence fad diets, pointless designer labels and nearly paying £6 for things like water bottles just because they’re pink!

But I’ve decided 2015 is all about new challenges. I plan to pass my driving test, move out of my boyfriend’s mum’s house and maybe even get a pay-rise. So I’m setting myself another challenge as of this moment – no new products for 6 weeks!*

That means ANYTHING. Even if I run out of double-sided tape or black ink, I’m not going to spend any money on craft stuff until 4th June (luckily I’ve just stocked up on both those things).**

Now, I don’t know how much of a challenge this would be to most of you. Some of you may only treat yourselves every 6 weeks or so anyway. But in the age of Amazon, I think a lot of people struggle not to buy basically everything when it is so easily accessible.

We’ll see how it goes. If I’m not crying by the end of it, it might become a regular thing. I’m also hoping it will help me rediscover some old gems in my collection – since deciding to do this, I have already remembered some fab designer papers that I haven’t used for months.

At the end of the day, you need very few products to make a card. It’s just the ‘want’ I’m trying to silence.

*(I will receive my subscription magazine within the 6 weeks, but I pledge not to use the free gift until after the 4th.)

**6 weeks today is actually 28th May, but I’ll be in Greece for a week from the 2nd, so that’s not so much of a challenge as I won’t be doing anything crafty! Except maybe a crafty cocktail.

Wedding Words

Wedding Cards

For some reason I really love making wedding cards. The great thing about this one is that you could use it for any wedding stationery – menus, invitations, RSVPs etc. I went for words that could follow ‘wedding’ but you could just have words that relate to it instead if you prefer.

I also love monochrome, so I really like the effect of this card with just a little touch of blue. The first thing I did was trim my white card down and rub on the word ‘WEDDING’ at the top.

wedding words

Then I started working on the stamping. It took ages because of assembling all the words out of alphabet stamps, but you could still make a lot of these in a short space of time because you’d assemble it once then stamp it several times. Once I’d stamped all my words, I stamped the cake image at the bottom (and decided to put ‘CAKE’ in capitals because of this).

Finally I did a bit of shading on the cake and added a touch of blue with Spectrum Noir markers, then cut down the black glitter strip and stuck that at the side.


Lawn Fawn’s “Jessie’s ABCs” stamps – makethedayspecial.co.uk

E-Z rub-on transfers – http://www.royalbrushstore.com/products/productdetail/RUB-ROY509+-+WEDDING+SENTIMENTS+RUB+ON/part_number=RUB-ROY509/

Black glitter card, white card and wedding cake stamp – http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk

Spectrum Noir pens – http://www.spectrumnoir.com/

D is for … Distress

Alphabet Series, Birthday Cards

Like most crafters, Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks have been on my radar for donkey’s years. It’s only recently that I’ve actually started using them, though.

You’ve seen me blending these inks on my blog before (and have probably noticed that I still have very few colours!) so today I tried something different – the ‘squashing’ or ‘smooshing’ technique. (Technical terms are rife in cardmaking.)

D is for Distress

This is quite a technique-happy card for me! Bit of die-cutting, bit of embossing, and a bit of distressing. Nothing too difficult but then I’m not so good at the difficult stuff!

Anyway, the way to do the squashy technique is to grab some acetate and stamp your distress ink pad on to it, then spray with some water. Then you can press that inky acetate directly over your card and it will transfer in this splotchy way. You can either press the whole thing down or just dab so that only certain spots will transfer.

I did this first with Antique Linen and then once that had partly dried, I did the same again with Peacock Feathers. Then I die-cut a heart out of the distressed card and laid it on my blank card to mark the inside of the heart out, so I would know where to stamp my sentiment.

Then I adhered the distressed card with foam adhesive so it would stick up and the heart would frame the sentiment. I could have left it as it was, but I wanted to use my new embossing folder! So I embossed a piece of white card and cut out the oval.Then I stamped ‘happy birthday’ and heat-embossed in silver. Finally I added a few sequins.

You can do so much with Distress Inks – not only can you create amazing backgrounds, but they also work for colouring stamps in, as they can be used like paints. They are definitely worth collecting!


Tim Holtz Distress Inks in ‘Peacock Feathers’ and ‘Antique Linen’ – http://rangerink.com/?product=tim-holtz%C2%AE-distress-ink-pads

Birthday sentiments stamps – clearlybesottedstamps.com

Sequins and X Cut hearts dies – www.hobbycraft.co.uk

Fancy Flourish embossing folder – free gift from http://www.papercraftmagazines.com/ (Issue 135 of Simply Cards & Papercraft – still available to buy!)

Manly Card Monday  #11 – Labrador

Birthday Cards, Manly Card Monday

Darn it, I love dogs. I think most crafters love cats, but I’m not a fan. If I can find a fun dog stamp, I have to buy it.

This labrador stamp just embodies all the stuff that’s great about dogs. He’s definitely got that excitable look because his owner’s just walked in the door. You can just see his tail wagging even though he isn’t moving.

Manly Card Mon 11 - Labrador

He’s unmounted, but I didn’t bother buying any special products – I just put a bit of roll-on adhesive on him and stuck him to my acrylic block that way. It’s removable adhesive, so if you rub your finger over it afterwards, it comes right off the stamp.

I stamped the dog and coloured him in with Copic markers. Then I cut him out and shaded with pencil on my blank card, where he was going to go.

Once he was stuck down, I stamped ‘YO DAWG’ out of alphabet stamps and the happy birthday sentiment – and that’s it! A nice easy card.


Labrador stamp – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00NJZ9RAW?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00

Jessie’s ABCs by Lawn Fawn – www.makethedayspecial.co.uk

‘Happy Birthday’ stamp by Clearly Besotted – http://www.clearlybesottedstamps.com/

Copic markers – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004BPRAP8?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00

C is for… Critters

Alphabet Series, Baby Cards, Get Well Cards, Wedding Cards

Wow, 3 posts in 3 days! I must be on a roll!

Critters make the best stamps! So many brands have such different takes on animals. You can go for gorgeous realism or cutesy-cuddly. I’ve showcased a few cards here that I made with some of my favourite critters.

Bunnies’ Wedding Card

Products: Sizzix embossing folder, Anita's plain vellum, Mama Elephant bunny, hat and flowers stamps, Inkadinkado wedding sentiment, ribbon, Hobbycraft silver card blank

Products: Sizzix embossing folder, Anita’s plain vellum, Mama Elephant bunny, hat and flowers stamps, Inkadinkado wedding sentiment, ribbon, Hobbycraft silver card blank

First I embossed the white card, putting it through my machine twice as the embossing folder is only little. It leaves a line where the halves meet, so I hid it with ribbon.

Mr and Mrs Bunny are coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils and Gamsol, and die-cut out with coordinating dies. (These definitely save time, but are not a necessity. If you just like the border it leaves, you can always do that yourself with scissors instead of cutting right around the edges.)

I cut a strip of vellum and embossed the greeting to finish off.

Get Well Soon Teddy Bear

Products:  Hobbycraft teddy bear stamp, Kaisercraft woodgrain stamp, Lawn Fawn hippo notecard and get well soon sentiment

Products: Hobbycraft teddy bear stamp, Kaisercraft woodgrain stamp, Lawn Fawn hippo notecard and get well soon sentiment

If you love critters, get yourself down to Hobbycraft! I adore these single stamps they do from 50p  each. This teddy works so well for all types of card, especially new baby announcements and young children’s cards, but as you can see his face is so sweet and mournful you can even use him for a get well card!

I stamped “Get well soon” on white card and cut it so that it was like a banner, then stamped a woodgrain background in brown ink. I then cut two hearts out of this and stamped my teddy.

He is coloured with Spectrum Noir pens, using different shades of grey for dimension. I stuck it all down on a Lawn Fawn notecard then tied baker’s twine in a bow at the top.

Baby Card

Products: Clear Wink of Stella, Spectrum Noir coloured pencils, rub-on transfers, Lawn Fawn 'love' speech bubble stamp, coloured sequins

Products: Clear Wink of Stella, Spectrum Noir coloured pencils, rub-on transfers, Lawn Fawn ‘love’ speech bubble stamp, coloured sequins

Although I’m not a massive fan of babies, for some reason I love making baby cards. I think it’s because your colour palette is pretty much decided for you (in most circumstances, yellow, blue or pink) and I’m not so good with thinking about colour…

This Stampendous chick is the focal point of this card. I bought him around Easter but I don’t send Easter cards, and thought he would be perfect for new baby announcements/cards etc.

Even though I’ve decided he’s a he, this stamp is great for either boys or girls!

To make the card, I stamped the chick twice and also stamped the speech bubble love sentiment. I fussy-cut them out, except for the second chick – here I only cut out the top part of the eggshell, as I planned to 3D it up with some foam adhesive.

The chick is coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils and clear Wink of Stella. (My black ink is a nightmare for bleeding, so he looks kind of grimy!)

I stuck the chick down with foam adhesive and stuck the eggshell up on top. The ‘baby’ word is a rub-on sentiment, and I absolutely love those! Sometimes you just can’t be bothered to go and find a stamp, so rub-ons are great for ease of application, and no inky fingers!

Finally I adhered the speech bubble with double-sided tape and glued down the sequins.

I’ve captioned the photos with brand names of products, but if you want to know where to get something just ask me 🙂 I’ll try my best to remember where it came from!