Friday, 20 September 2019

Big Fifty!

Hello everyone, it's Kat here!

Last minute cards...we've all been there haven't we?!

So here's an idea you can whip up in minutes and adapt for lots of occasions :-)


It's also brilliant for using up those scraps of paper that we all hoard - lol!


If you would like more pictures and details on how I created this card, then please do pop over to visit me at Paper Firefly

Have a lovely day!

Kat xx


Lovely things I used;

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Fishing Dragons!...

Hello friends!

Sue here!

Happy September - oh my - I have been away for aaaages!!

I LOVE autumn, it is my favourite season by a country mile!

I'm back from summer hols - which were brilliant!  We were so lucky with the weather.  I'm now trying to catch up with my colouring card making!

Ask me on 1st October how that went! /-:

I'm here today with a gorgeous new release stamp set from


I had so much fun colouring this super cute dragon!

I am practicing colouring my own backgrounds - it's a bit scary to be honest but it's learning curve and I'm determined to get better!

To make this card I stamped the 
and die cut it with a Whimsy Stamps 
stitched rectangle die

I first coloured the background with Copics, and then moved on to the cute dragon!  (His scales are done with the nib of a colourless blender held on its side! - Thank you to our lovely Crissy Armstrong for the inspiration) <3

Sky - BG0000, BG000, BG01, C00, C01 (Thank you Amy Young for the clouds inspiration)
Ground - E33, E31, E30, E50
Grass - G20, G21, G24, G85, W7
Dragon - YG00, YG03, G07, G29, Y04, Y08, Y18, Y26, Colourless Blender
Jacket - R39, R35, R32

I stamped a sentiment from the 
onto a torn strip of vellum and wrapped it around the bottom of the design.  (It's secured at the back with sticky tape)

I die cut a piece of gorgeous design paper from the 
tied a piece if twine around it in a bow and layered the image onto the paper.


Thank you for popping by!

Be sure to pop to have a look around our 
Dies To Die For Blog
to see the gorgeous Design Team creations and then to 

to engage in some essential retail therapy!
Happy Crafting
From Sue…xxx


*NEW Fishing Dragons Clear Stamps

 6x6 Paper Pack - Mermaid


Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Squirrel !

I'm in love with these little furballs so I've kept them the focus of my card. The sunrays in the sky are created using a stencil which I've had for a while but this is its first outing (and I kinda like it).





Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 14 September 2019

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Hello chaps!  I may have overslept a "tiny" bit this morning, this little Squirrel was verrrrrry tired.

Anyhoo, you all know my fondness for Birdie Brown designs so I was
overjoyed when I managed to get my paws on this set


and to blend the background I used those amazing
Lawn Fawn 6x6 Perfectly Plaid - Spring (can't find on website now)

Have a lovely weekend all



Friday, 13 September 2019

Party at your own pace!

Hi there, it's Kat here!

I heard a rumour that tall skinny cards are making a comeback, and although it's not my fave card shape I thought I'd give it a whirl!


I've combined images from a couple of the adorable Stacey Yacula MFT stamp sets for this little guy who is 100% ready to party...at his own pace of course!


If you would like more pictures and details on how I created this card, including the Copic colours I used, then please do pop over to visit me at Paper Firefly

Have a fabulous day!

Kat xx


Lovely things I used;

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Sweater Weather Crew

It's gone a bit chilly the past few days so these guys in their woollies seems appropriate. I couldn't choose between the safari and wood set, so I've used both to create a whole crew of cuties gathered together for a coffee.

Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 6 September 2019

Oceans of love

Hi there, it's Kat here!

It's pretty shocking how long it takes me to get round to using my 'new' stash sometimes!

I finally had a play with the gorgeous little mermaids from a past Mama Elephant release...


I have been using my Taylored Expressions blender brushes again; they made quick work of blending multiple ink colours together to make this ocean background.


If you would like more pictures and details on how I created this card, including the Copic marker colours and Distress Oxide ink colours that I used, then please do pop over to visit me at Paper Firefly

Have a fabulous day!

Kat xx


Lovely things I used;

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Squirrel!

The cute little squirrels scurried into my basket faster than they could bury their acorns! 

Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 31 August 2019

Sprouted Baby

Hello peeps, happy weekend, Squirrel here

It's been a hectic week, so today's post is a simpler card than usual


So cute, and so useful for girl or boy baby!


Hugs to all

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Snuggle Bunnies

Bunnies are some of my favourite critters but I've not used this cute stamp set for a while.  I thought they deserved an outing so have made a little card for a sweet friend. The design is clean and simple to focus on the fur-balls.
Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 24 August 2019

Boy Scout

Hello peeps, Squirrel here today, slightly behind schedule!

When Stamping Bella released this image, I knew I just had to have it - I had no idea what I would use it for, but it just had to come home and live with me here.

A purpose arose much sooner than expected (see my own blog for the story)
and here he is!



I hope you are prepared for a cracking weekend

Hugs


Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Sweet Celebration Wishes

I've been playing with my new Sweet Celebration Wishes stamps from MFT this week. I've used the 'pale-lines' technique and used a sentiment from the same set.

Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 17 August 2019

SQUIRREL!

Morning all, Squirrel here again, with some furry little critters for you!

When this set was being previewed, Tracy said to me that it had my name
written all over it, literally, and she was soooooo right.
It also makes me think so much of cuddly Doug in Pixar's "Up".


SQUIRREL!

and the matching die set is Squirrel! MFT-1574

and that is it, simple but sweet

Hugs

Thursday, 15 August 2019

There's no such thing as too many gnomes!...

Hello everyone,

I'm here to day with some gorgeous gnomes -
because you can never have too many right!?

I enjoyed colouring these cuties so much that I made two cards with them - if time permitted, I could have made a hundred and two!
I simply die cut some Kraft card with a
and stamped the gorgeous 
with black ink.

I then coloured them with an assortment of Caran d'Ache Luminance and Polychromos pencils.

I stamped a sentiment from the 
Gnomies stamp set and also used a sentiment from the 

 I mounted the images on Kraft card decorated with 
Sunny Studio Quilted Hearts Embossing Folder
and added some twine tied with a bow at the front.

Finally I added some
Your Next Stamp Sugar Rush Gumdrops
Be sure to pop to have a look around our 
Dies To Die For Blog
to see the gorgeous Design Team creations and then to 
to engage in some essential retail therapy!
from Sue...xxx




Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Donkey

I was in love with these donkeys when I saw the new release at Stamping Bella.  I've always been fond of Donkeys since a child, having one as a soft toy as a baby.  I also love Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh so this set was a must-have as far as I'm concerned!

The sentiment is from another Stamping Bella set, and it seemed perfect for this little fella.


Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 10 August 2019

Bear / Calories Schmalories

Morning everyone!  Squirrel here today

Who here likes a cupcake (or buns as we used to call them)?  They do seem to have come up in the world rather from their humble beginnings to confections of incredible detail.  They are certainly a good way of providing cake to an audience who may have wildly varying tastes and/or dietary requirements

And of course, they are simply delicious too!


This little chap looks happy with his cake anyway

(the grammar queen in me says Your Birthday, but hey)

That cake is making me feel peckish......

Hugs all

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Ivy Chair...

Hello everyone!

It's Sue here today with another gorgeous July new release stamp from

Here is a card made with the beautiful artful stamp
Ivy Chair by Jennifer Dove
I stamped this gorgeous image with black Stazon Ink on water colour card and painted it with
Tombow Dual Brush markers.

I die cut the image and a piece of dotty paper with 

I punched a hole with a single hole punch and threaded some organza ribbon through as shown.

Finally I stamped a sentiment from the 
and die cut it with a 

The number of occasions this beautiful stamp is just perfect for are endless!

Thank you for popping by,
Happy Crafting
from Sue...xxx
*NEW Ivy Chair Rubber Cling Stamp Notched Squares Die Set

You're My Always Clear Stamps Quick Strips Die Set



Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Curvy Girl Baker

I haven't made an apron shaped card for a while and decided the Curvy Girl Baker image was just the ticket to try it again. The shape is actually just a rectangle with the armholes cut out using an oval die.  I attached the ribbon 'ties' before adding the patterned paper and popped my image on the front. She's a 'big girl' so it's quite a big card because I decided against cropping her (I'd already coloured her and couldn't face chopping her legs off to make her fit a smaller card base!).

Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 3 August 2019

Donkey Stuffie

Happy weekend everyone, Squirrel here today.

Now, is there anyone out there who doesn't love a donkey?

You?  Really?  Are you mad?  They are sooooooo adorable!
Still, I suppose there always has to be one.  Sigh.  Let's see if this changes your mind.


Awwwwwh!

The papers I used I can't find on the website now but they were
Sunny Studio 6x6 paper Gingham Jewel Tones
Sunny Studio 6x6 paper Amazing Argyle

Hugs

Friday, 2 August 2019

Inky Hey!

Happy Friday everyone, it's Kat here!

WARNING: may contain enabling...


If you have ever struggled with getting lovely smooth inky blends (yes yes yes...'waves hands in the air') then you absolutely have to get some of the Taylored Expressions blender brushes...seriously, they are AMAZEBALLS!

I brushed several shades of ink over the star stencil for the background...soooo easy! I used the same inks on white card and then die cut the letters from it. Shout out to these FAB new alphabet dies from MFT as well ;-)


If you would like more pictures and details on how I created these cards, including the Distress Oxide ink colours that I used, then please do pop over to visit me at Paper Firefly

Have a wonderful day!

Kat xx


Lovely things I used;

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Happy Days...

Hello everyone!

It's Sue here today! 

I'm here today with a card I made as a set of three for Simply cards and paper craft issue 192!

The brief was to make cards for wishing good luck and well done for graduation and exam success.

I so enjoyed doing this!

I thought that 
was perfect!

She looks so happy and pleased with herself, throwing glitter in the air!
Ingredients from Dies To Die For

Copic Markers
 Skin E04, E11, E01, E000, 
Hair E37, E35, E33, 
Clothes, BG32, BG13, BG11, RV95, RV93, RV91, R85, R83, R81

Other Ingredients
Distress Ink Pad in Tumbled Glass
Be sure to have a look around our
to see the gorgeous DT creations there and then to 
to engage in some essential retail therapy!

Thank you for popping by!

Happy crafting
from Sue...xxx


Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Picture Perfect

I admit that I don't personally partake in the current trend for selfies, but these little guys from Dies to Die For are too cute not to indulge in a little Polaroid fun!  
Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 27 July 2019

Drink Up The Sunshine

Well that's an ironic post title for this week!  Hello, a very tired and sweaty Squirrel here with you today.

What a week it has been for some parts of the UK.  Here in the east, we reached 34C on Thursday, and had the most ENORMOUS storms Thursday night.   I think most of us would like to be this little lady (minus her friend) just for a chance to cool off a bit.


Makes me want to find a paddling pool.....

That's me done for today, off to find some ice!

Hugs


Friday, 26 July 2019

Unicorns, cupcakes and sparkle

Hi there, it's Kat here!

Does anyone else LOVE unicorns, cupcakes, rainbow colours, and a bit of sparkle?!


I also love polaroid frames and cute captions so I was in a very happy place whilst creating this card!


If you would like more pictures and details on how I created this card, including the Copic colours that I used, then please do pop over to visit me at Paper Firefly

Have a fabulous sparkly day!

Kat xx


Lovely things I used;

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Special Friend...

Hello everyone, I hope the day is being kind to you!

It's Sue here today with a sneak peak!

I made this card for a feature in July's's Making Cards magazine, which is available by following the link
Making Cards July 2019
...and what's more...
I used Tomboy Dual Brush markers which are a free gift for all new subscribers to Making Cards this month!  

I made this card by scribbling some ink from the Tombows onto my glass mat, spraying it with water and then swooshing (technical term)! a piece of watercolour card through it!




I used a heat tool to dry the ink - this is important before you move on to the next stage!

Then I stamped and heat embossed in white the beautiful  
and trimmed the image to fit nicely inside a piece of patterned paper die cut with the largest

I die cut a piece of white card with the 
and fixed that to the card design.

I stamped the friend sentiment onto white card with black ink and die cut it with a 
and I also fixed this to the card design.

Finally I added some white and silver sequins.
Thank you for popping by,
happy crafting!
from Sue...xxx