Friday, August 18, 2017

Gelato messing.

Helen recently donated me a very nice Chocolate Baroque Stamp set that has a GIANT Patchwork butterfly stamp in it. I really want to combo it with Gelato's to make a cool card. This has involved a lot of messing about with Gelatos, and believe me, it's very messy!

Last session I managed to have a few left over trial bits that I thought I could make into a quick birthday card. Because the one gelato is metallic, the sheen made it a bit prettier in real life than the pic. It's not an exceptional card, but not bad from leftover messy bits.

This is the smaller butterfly from the stamp set. To make the background I made a swooshy gelato base, layed a stencil over the top and then with a wet wipe rubbed through stencil. This is still prolly the nicest thing I have found to do with gelatos. We are still awaiting the successful giant butterfly card, it hasn't happened yet! :)

Greeting is from Hero Arts - Message with Flourish, I wish it was straight, argh! :)
Stencil from Creative Expressions - Doodle Squares.
Gems from stash.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thinking of You.

I kinda like to use up "spares" if possible, and after the last set of Sympathy/thank you cards I made, I had some spare cats!

The cat die I used is "Leabilities Cats", and I had previous created the watercolour paper they were cut from using my Gansai Tambi Watercolours. The frame was made by scanning in a large sheet of watercoloured paper and then using it in Paint Shop Pro to create a border.
The flower jar was a magazine freebie stamp that I coloured up with copics and added stickles and glossy accents. Pretty much a CAS card I think?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Card-io Medley

This is defo the most adventurous Card-io card I have tried, taking inspiration from cards on the brilliant Card-io facebook page, really fab if you want some ideas of things to do!

This is using A LOT of difference sets so I am not going to list them all, but if you have something you would like to know more about, pop me a message and I will let you know which set it is from.

 I actually used some of the inks and colours that Card-io recommend for the images in this, as well as distress inks. I love the combo they suggest for the wooden items, pots and even the tortoise. It's Versa Colour Ink in Pinecone and Cocoa. (Luckily Norms had already purchased them!)


I added some water (via a wet tissue) to the distress ink background to get a moody cloudy effect. I used some Lawn Fawn Grass diecuts to finish it off at the bottom, looked tidier with something covering it up!
Added flowers from Wild Orchid.
Font is a new fave, October Twilight.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lucky Neko

Hi all! Just wanted to share with you today the new Knitty Kitty Digistamp - Lucky Neko! I should have made this post on the 8th Aug, which was International Cat Day! Excuse the lateness.

He is not only available in the shop, but you could also win the digi by taking part in the facebook group and sharing which Knitty Kitty digi you like best.

I had a go at colouring him, in my old fav, polychromo pencils on kraft card. Added a bit of stickles to finish and mounted him onto some Tonic Mid Summer Mornings paper and a 7x5 blank.

I tried to stick to a traditional Lucky Cat colour scheme, including the circular gold and black patterns on his arms and legs, it's wasn't very easy to do and I think it'd be fine to ignore traditional in this case, if you are having a go yourself!

Finally a little close up. I think he looks a pretty friendly lucky chap :)

Monday, August 07, 2017

And the winners are....

Just a quick post to announce that Kitmas in July is now over and normality can return! :) It has been great fun and I am glad so many people took part.

I have now sorted out the winners and they are:


Both win the full set of Snow Scene Digistamps (19 in total) and I hope they pop back to the facebook group to share their projects later.
Victoria Rowson and Ellen Smith have received runner's up prizes too.

Now I need a rather long catnap to recover :)

Friday, August 04, 2017

As promised...

Just to let you know that it's day five of the Kitmas in July giveaway and the last day in the facebook group for the flamingo freebies! Click the banner to claim yours now!

Yesterday I said I would post the second card I made my partner today, and this time I used the fabulous Loads of Fun stamp set from Lawn Fawn and the 6x6 Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper stack! I love both!

I don't think he was impressed but I did enjoy making it, lol!
Colouring with copics. Washing machine has an acetate door with the smaller stamps glued behind. The missing orange sock is on the back of the card. He won't notice it, because he doesn't notice the odd stray socks ever at home either! :)

Simple watercolour flowers.

Had to make a few sympathy and thank you cards, so opted for something light and floral that would be fine for both.

I added some diecut cats to this sympathy card as I know it's intended for a cat person. (Die is Leabilities Cats).

The stamps are from Sheena Douglass's Bloomin Beautiful set. I stamped them in white onto watercolour paper, then heat embossed them in white. Then used my GT Watercolours on top.

I didn't try and do it as a one layer card this time, I 3D mounted some of the flowers onto the card.

I added a few simple sequin and some lavender stickles to lift them a bit.(They seemed a bit flat). I had an extra couple of flowers to add to the thank you card too.

I want to aim for something respectful but not gloomy when it comes to sympathy cards. In the past I have been more than happy to receive something a bit more uplifting when I've felt sad. I hope other people feel the same way.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Kitmas in July Giveaway!

Back again to show you a couple of the cards I made with images from The Build A Snow Scene Quartet No. 55! (Not a very catchy name is it?)

If you would like a chance to win these images, and seventeen more (The complete Build A Snow Scene Set) then you  have two options:

1. Pop to the Knitty Kitty Digi Facebook Page and upload a Christmas card, or a card with a Knitty Kitty Digi into the challenge album.
2. Follow knittykittydigi on Instagram, find the giveaway upload and like and comment on it! 
Everything closes on the 6th August.

In the Facebook group there are also some freebies, including the flamingo ice skating squad, one per day this week!

Hope you can join us and join in!

Here are my cards.

This is Chilly Tit in his new robin livery :)

This is Grumpy Bunny, unimpressed by Christmas! Both cards are polychromos on kraft card. I'm currently working on a tutorial to show you how I coloured Grumpy Bunny, so pleased either sign up for blog updates or join the Facebook group to be notified when it's live. Thanks.

Fonts are Rod and Scooby Doo.

Happy Birthday Roger

Just a reminder, if you haven't already, pop by the Knitty Kitty Facebook or Instagram Group to take part in the current Kitmas Giveaway!

It's my partner's birthday today, not that he will read this, but just so you know why the following card is a little bit odd, it's for him! :)

So because I was pretty desperate to use my new Lawn Fawn Stamp Set - You're Claw-some, I adapted it and filled it with chess pieces! My partner loves chess. I couldn't resist using some chessboard style floor and funked it up a bit with some spotty background (wall) paper! (From Tonic Mid-Summer Mornings 8x8)

I spotted the matching spotty washi the day after I made the card, so I bought it to decorate the envelope too!

The claw machine and pawns are all coloured with copics and highlighted with posca pen and white gel pen.  The two fonts are CAC Pinafore and Candy Round BTN. I added some acetate to the machine, so you could see through it. Mounted on 7 x 5 card blank.

I kinda wanted to change the greeting to "Hope your birthday is Pawn-some" but then realised that has a VERY different meaning! Oops :)

This card was actually for his Mum to give him. I'll post mine tomorrow. :)

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Number Two.

Second DT post of the day, this time it's for The Crafty Addicts Facebook Page, where we are having a few adhoc challenges this year. (No theme for them, it's an Anything Goes Challenge).

We are being sponsored by All Dressed Up (Prize is two free stamps!) this time and I used the fab image My Little Flower Girl.

It's not exciting I know but I used polychromo pencils on kraft card :) The font is October Twilight, one of my new favs. Added on some stickles and sequins to finish.

Number One.

The first of two DT posts today! And I'm starting with The Crafty Addicts Challenge Blog and it's Challenge 39 with an ATG/Girlie theme!

Moonflower Digital Stamps (Prize is a $10 voucher!) is sponsoring the challenge this time, so many pretty images to choose from! I had actually downloaded Lilly the Cat Fairy as a freebie previously so wanted to make use of her :)

As normal, she is polychromos on kraft card. And I found a nice kitty quote online to go with her.

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Yeti - Part 3!

So I posted the other two Yeti cards I made using the Crafting Desert Diva's Yeti to Party set that Norms kindly stamped me, back in July, but had to save posting this one as I wanted to send it to my SIL.

I love these Yetis! They are so much fun to colour. I used copics and a white gel pen to colour them up and added some glossy accents to their eyes.

The background is distress inks and oxides splashed with water. The stitched hillside is from The Crafty Kitty Cat Shop. Fonts are Courier and Lobster Two. Washi tape is from Hobbycraft. I added some stickles to the hillside to embellish.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Kitmas in July (and some in August too!)

Just wanted to make a blog post to let you know about the The Knitty Kitty Kitmas in July/August Giveaway!

I wanted to share with you this week some of the snow scene sets that are now in the Knitty Kitty Etsy Shop and also give crafters a chance to win a great prize and snag some freebies.

From the 31st July til the 6th August Knitty Kitty Digis will be hosting a giveaway on Facebook and Instagram. There’s a chance to win the full set of snow scene stamps! That’s 19 digistamps! Four of the sets are available to view on Etsy already, but the fifth set featuring Santa Paws will be released later this week. Here are the Etsy Links for the stamps:

Santa Paws: Coming Soon.

There is another chance to win the full set on Instagram. (I will be giving away two full sets.)

If you would to take part there are two options. (You are fine to do both if you would like to.)
  • Follow, Like and Comment on the Giveaway post in Instagram for knittykittydigis.
  • Or enter any Christmas project, or a project featuring a Knitty Kitty Digistamp into the Kitmas Giveaway Photo Album in the facebook group!

The Instagram winner will be chosen at random but I’ll choose a winner from the projects entered on Facebook.
(Top tip, you will have a far greater chance of winning if you take part on Facebook, a lot more people normally enter on Instagram!)

ALSO this week the Snow Scene Set featuring the Ice-skating Flamingos- Florentina, Felicia, Fifi, Flavia and Francine will be available as freebies in the facebook group. There will be one available on each day this week (Mon-Fri) and only for one day, so you’ll have to pop in each day to claim your new freebie! The whole set is also available for sale on Etsy, and is part of the winners prize too.

Good luck everyone if you decide to take part! If you have any questions please comment on this post and I will be happy to help.  There will be some inspiration for the Snow Scene digistamps from the KKD Design Team in the Facebook group if you would like to pop in and see! Thanks DT!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Card-io and Hobby Art mix!

I like the little fiddly stamp thing but I am not sure it likes me ;) The wreath on this didn't take long using distress inks with "Branching Out" and "Emily's Garden" sets from Cardio, but the middle section of the welsh cottage took me hours!  Eventually, after trying many clever things, I opted to stamp them in black and colour them with copics. Job done!

I stamped the scene from the Hobby Art set called "Old Barn" onto a diecut circle and coloured it with copics, then 3D layered this onto the wreath stamped in distress inks.

I used the font "Monterey BT" for their names and the greeting and printed them out on the PC.
Background paper is from Mid Summer Mornings by Tonic. I added some stickles to finish.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Woooot! I won something and am very chuffed. There is nothing nicer than winning a prize for something you enjoy doing :)

So the Knight, from the Hard Days Knight Digistamp won me a rather nice prize of a Dr.Digi mug (photos later) and 5 new Dr. Digi digistamps.!

They have to be my fav to colour, especially in polychromos on kraft paper, and now I have five more to use! Am proper stoked :) Thanks very much Dr. Digi!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Really fun commission.

I had this really fun commission for Alma's eightieth birthday. She is a true, strong, adventurous spirit and never lets age stop her doing anything. She travels the world on her own and has the most amazing anecdotes. This card was from her craft group to give to her along with some travel money towards her next voyage.


The thing that is most Alma about the card is the colour scheme! She loves free experimental colours (but not orange) and techniques. I made two large sheets of watercolour background using my Gansai Tambi Watercolours and then cut them up to make all the backing paper for this card.

On the back of the card was the other side of the world so I could include all the amazing places she has been or is booked to go to soon.

I added two strips  on the side so the group could all sign it together.  Around the world, front and back,  I used cloud diecuts by Joy and Plane diecuts from I-O dies, which I cut from the left over pieces of watercoloured paper.

The group had collected a nice present, travel money for her next trip! I made a matching envelope for the travel money to go in.

I also scanned the watercolour paper so I could use it on the computer to fill the font (Lobster Two) so it perfectly matched the watercolours.

I think Alma really liked it, and the craft group did too! Phew.

If you would like to use the watercolour sheet for your own project, you are most welcome to save it from here. I thought I would share it as a freebie. It printed out really nicely, I combo'd it with an antique map for the travel wallet. 

 (Click on it to make it larger and then right click and save/ or download).
Please pop a link back to the blog if you use it on a project. Thanks.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

It's a gem!

I love these Treasure Trolls from Crafting Desert Divas! Norms kindly stamped me a set and I was very rash, and not at all economical and used them all on one card! ;)

Stitched rectangle (from Cottagecutz) coloured with distress inks and a circle stencil. Was going for a mine/cave kinda feel. Stitched hillsides from Crafty Kitty Cat Shop. I coloured all the trolls and the cart with copics and used a gel pen to add highlights and "dandruff". ;)

Washi tape is from hobbycraft. Fonts are Courier and Lobster Two. Added some stickles and glossy accents to embellish.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

More Unicorns!

Another card using the Magical Unicorns set from Crafting Desert Divas, kindly shared with by Norms so I could have fun colouring them!

I think this might be the smallest card I've ever made! But packed with goodness no? :) It's A6. I know that it might be a fashionable size in crafting at the moment but because I sell my cards I don't make anything that small, people always want things to be bigger, not smaller! But in this case, small is cute! I used distress inks and oxides to make the background and used the waste card from cutting the hillside die as a stencil to use on it too.

Hillside die is from Crafty Kitty Cat Shop. Stitched rectangle is from Cottagecutz.


I coloured the unicorn, moon and clouds in copics and used white gel pen and posca pen to add highlights. Also added stickles to his mane and tail. Fonts are Courier and Lobster Two. Washi tape is from Hobbycraft.

Friday, July 14, 2017

More CDD goodness - Unicorns!

This time Norms sent me some of the Crafting Desert Diva's Magical Unicorns set to use and colour! They are too cute! And lots of fun to colour too. Here is my first card using them.

I coloured the unis in copics and added white gel spots and stickles to their manes and tails.  The background is in distress inks and oxides flicked with water. The clouds are from Crafty Kitty Cat Shop and added some extra stickles sparkle. The background stitched rectangle is from Cottagecutz.

Fonts are courier and lobster two. Washi tape is from Hobbycraft.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Win Win Win!

Was soooo happy to be picked in the 300 member giveaway at Little Blue Button Stamps (Facebook Fan Group). This image - Spike n Anna Having Coffee is an awesome digi and it was really good fun to colour too. Did it straight away, couldn't resist.

Keep trying new ways to colour the hair with polychromos, not sure it was perfect but it was a way to tackle her voluminous locks! The card I used to colour on is called "Kendal Buff" and I believe you can buy it in some Hobbycraft stores.

Spike the dog was fab to colour (In polychromo pencils) , just did him in the standard hairy fashion. I usually avoid doing anything black but this time his eye patch worked out ok, tho I do seem to have made his ears look a bit like antenna, lol.

Fonts I used are East Coast Stationery and Gungsuh.  Just 3D foamed it onto a 7x5 kraft card blank and added a couple of pearls from the stash to finish.