Hey gang!

Happy December everyone! Finally, I can sing Christmas songs and wear my Christmas jumper without getting the scornful eye from hubby! Haha! YIPPEEE! I love Christmas! Fingers crossed we can get our decorations up today!

And even though I don’t normally make a lot of Christmas cards, I simply couldn’t resist buying this cute Christmas stamp set from MyFavoriteThings, called ‘Beast Friends’, which has the most adorable little yeti monsters ever!! And I love that they can be used for non-Christmas occasions too – multi-use stamps definitely get extra points in my book! <3

In my last video, I used colouring pencils to create a soft, textured look on a cute stamped owl image, and in todays card I am using a similar technique with watercolours. I just love the way it gives so much life to a card, but doesn’t add lots and lots of dimension which makes it hard to post.

In fact, this whole card is a one-layer card – there is zero dimension to it at all. I am sure you know that this is pretty unusual for me (as I LOOVEE dimension) but I like to mix it up now and again! Plus, I really wanted to paint this cute monster! HE’S ADORABLE!

First I used masking paper to mask two areas of my watercolour cardstock, then I stamped images all over the background to create a pattern. I used memento ink for this because I knew that it is waterproof and would not bleed when I added the watercolour paint. The masking paper that I have is actually more like masking plastic, so it resists the ink and paint, although most masking paper is more like a post it note – so it doesn’t resist the ink, but still protects the card underneath. Both work just fine, but if you are trying this at home with the paper mask – then yours might look a little different compared to mine in the video at this stage. :-)

I used tumbled glass and broken china distress inks on my background, and then reached for my kuretake gansai tambi watercolours to colour in the images on my card. I used both a number 4 and number 3 ProArte round paint brush, mostly the number 4 – it has a nice point which makes it easy to make even small lines on my project.

Once the background was coloured and dried, I then removed the mask and stamped the yeti image using tea dye distress ink. This creates a very light stamped image that is barely visible – you can use the lines as a guide for painting, but when the painting is complete, you cannot see any trace of stamped lines. This way you can pretend that you are a super good illustrator and painter, and no one will ever know the difference! LOL :-)

When it came to painting the yeti, layers was the key for me, and because of this, it certainly took time. The video is rather sped up but I wanted you to see the whole card come together, so please forgive me if its a bit faster than my usual videos. Even though this card doesn’t have actual dimension, I wanted to create the illusion of dimension, and to do this I used my paintbrush to paint small lines for the yeti’s fur, and used a variety of different colour tones. I wasn’t afraid to leave a few white (unpainted) spots, as this actually makes it look like highlights on the image.

Around the edges of the image I used my paints to create a darker border or outline of each coloured section, and also added some shadows using watered down black paint. I like the way this gives more life to the final image!

Once I was happy with my painted yeti, I then moved over to my greeting. I removed the strip of masking paper from the bottom of the card, and used my MISTI tool and some SSS Sparrow ink to stamp the ‘are you YETI for Christmas?’ stamp, also from the MFT Beast Friends set.

My card was almost done, I simply added a few details with my white gel pen, around the scalloped circle, greeting strip and to add highlights to some the background images – especially the Santa hats.

I simply mounted the painted cardstock onto a folded card blank and my the card was done! HAZZAH!
Isn’t it cute! I love him!

Be sure to check out the video here, walking you through the whole process, and at the end of the video you will also see another painted yeti that I made for a tag.

In other news, the HoneyBeeStamps gang are having a Crafty Clearout! Jump on over to the ‘clearing out the hive’ Facebook page, and look at the ALBUMS to see what is available from each of the girls.

Some designers are based in the UK, others are from elsewhere in the world, so postage will vary depending on who you buy from. They seem to be clearly labelled so far! :-)

Also, over on the HoneyBeeStamps Blog, they are celebrating 12 Days of Christmas, with 12 guest designers! Why not take a look to see who has been getting crafty! Here is a link to take you right to day 1–> 12 days of Christmas with HoneyBeeStamps!

Have fun, and happy Crafting, my friends!!




Morning crafty friends! Today I am sharing a video showing how I made this fun card – I promise, there is more than meets the eye!


This is an interactive slider card with a fun magic wand (and by magic, of course I really mean magnetic, but MAGIC sounds better to me, teehee) <3

Over the last few weeks, we have seen the arrival of quite a few bambinos – first it was baby Wesley, then baby Arlo, then baby Amelia, then Baby Murray! I guess it is a Baby Boom year within our circle of fiends! So it no wonder that I am super inspired to make baby cards at the moment.

The inspiration for this card also come from my new box of polychromos pencils which arrived that morning. I managed to pick up a box from a crafty clear out on Facebook, and my idea was to use colouring pencils to create a soft, storybook feel to my stamped images.

First I stamped the owl image from the Jump For Joy stamp set from Lawn Fawn onto smooth white cardstock with black ink. Then I also stamped a cute star shaped balloon which is from the Ellie stamp set from Avery Elle. To create the soft storybook look, I used my polychromos colouring pencils to make dots and small strokes to the paper instead of solidly colouring the whole image. The polychromos were great for this, because they are not as waxy as some other colouring pencils can be. After colouring, I fussy cut the star with scissors leaving a small white border around the star, and I use the owl coordinating die to do some partial die cutting of the owl – I left the area under is feet uncut, as I wanted to create a tab under him – you can see exactly what I mean in the video.

For the background, I cut out some watercolour cardstock using the All Prettied Up scalloped rectangle die from Mama Elephant, then I stamped some trees onto the background using SimonSaysStamp mint ink. I used the MISTI to stamp right on top of the inked trees with some clear embossing ink. By melting some clear embossing powder on top of the trees, this creates a protective barrier on the trees which can be used in the embossing resist technique.  This means they are prefectly maintained when I then went in and inked the blue sky over the top! You can see that I also added some clouds with white embossing powder- which are from the Lawn Fawn Yay, Kites stamp set.

I used the Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Words stamp to add the word congrats onto the front panel of the card (which was cut using the Simple Stitched border die from Lawn Fawn), and then I added a ‘Its A Boy’ greeting below, using the Personal impressions Double Sayings stamp set. I wanted this greeting to be all in capital letters, so I had to mask two stamps to get the image I wanted. I used my MISTI tool to get a perfect stamped image.

Under the top panel, I used the Slide On Over dies from Lawn Fawn to cut a slider channel, and then used a magnet as the sliding mechanism, instead of a piece of foam tape. After the card was completed, I created a ‘Magic Wand’ using some paper die cut with a tag die which had a magnetic hidden inside. I also stamped a small heart on the tag (over the magnet) and on the inside of the card, just behind where the owl sits – this gives the recipient an idea of where to place their magic wand in order to make the owl run back and forth with his cute balloon!

Here is the full tutorial, walking you through exactly how I made the card. Enjoy!


And Congratulations to Andy & Maisie, Charlie and Andy, Ashley & Jessica, Amy & Mark and to all the other families out there that have been blessed with a new arrival recently!  <3

Thanks for stopping by!



Hello my inky friends!
There are SOOOO many people having babies right now! In the last week alone, there have been FOUR new additions within our family / circle of friends! FOUR! crazy right? Three little Princes, and one darling Princess!

So it is no surprise that I am on a baby card binge :-) and to start everything off, today’s video features this New Baby card where I FINALLY got to play with my new Mama Elephant Page Hugger dies!

I just ADORE the way that the dies cut out the hands of the little critters- this makes it super easy to tuck items into their claws, or to create the idea of these furry friends peeking out from behind something. I stamped the image onto watercolour cardstock and coloured them using watercolour paints.

To complete a cohesive scene, I pulled out a variety of Lawn Fawn stamps. The HELLO is from Yay, Kites, BABY is from Winter Alpaca, the CRAYON is from Color My World and the BOAT is from the Loveable Legends set. <3

I wanted the background to look a bit like a note page, so I coloured it with some Squeezed lemonade distress ink before stamping it with a Hero Arts Ledger stamp.

To finish, I added some sequins from Lucy’s Cards, and some Diamonds from Honey Bee Stamps!

And now, I just need to decide which one of the new arrivals will be receiving this card!! :-)

Here’s the video, walking you through the whole process – enjoy!

Have a great day!
p.s – The Honey Bee Stamps Blog Hop giveaway is still open for entrants! Click here to start the hop and be in for a chance to win!!

P.P.S -I am over on the Honey Bee Stamps blog tomorrow- hope to see you there!



November 11, 2016

  Good Morning Honey Bees! Welcome to our November Release Honey Hop!!! All this week we have been showing you little sneaks of our awesome new embellishments, stamp sets and dies! Well, here they all are! Everything will be available for purchase today in our shop HERE. What’s a Honey Hop without some sweet prizes, […]

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