Saturday, 16 March 2019

Flower Bouquet Bunny

Hello chaps, Squirrel here today

There has been an explosion in the size of the bunny population here this week
(more of those to come soon) but today I have one from that very talented designer and illustrator, Lee Holland

So this absolutely adorable little chap is

Have yourselves a very "hoppy" weekend

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Special Friend...

Happy Thursday friends!

It's Sue here today to show you some goodies from the brand new
Whimsy Stamps
March release

The first bits of gorgeousness I have to show you are a beautiful stamp by Chrissy Armstrong, along with some new die sets!
Hope you are as excited as I am!
To make this card I first stamped the beautiful 

Then I coloured the background with Copics - YG61, YG63, G85; and the bunnies - E41, E42, E43, E44, W0, W1, W2, W2, R11, T5, Y11, Y15, Y19.

I cut the design into a square and mounted it on a beautiful piece of yellow design paper from the new release 6 x 6 paper pack - Tiger

I die cut a piece of white card with the 
and also die cut a small cloud from the New Up in the Clouds Die Set.
I stamped a sentiment on the cloud from the 

I fixed the word die cut and the cloud across the top of the card design as shown.

...and here we have it, a perfect card for so many special occasions!
...and many thanks to our Faye for the Copic background inspiration! <3

Thank you for popping by!

Be sure to pop to 
to see the gorgeous DT creations there and then to 
to engage in some essential retail therapy!


Wednesday, 13 March 2019

HoneyBear Stuffies

The stuffies are my favourite characters from Stamping Bella and these honeybears are still one of my most treasured stamps from the range. I've teamed them with a sentiment from another Stamping Bella stamp to create a 'just because' card.

Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting

Friday, 8 March 2019


Hi everyone, it's Kat here!

Apologies for the lack of card from me last week as I'm afraid I was off having fun skiing with friends and family in the French Alps :-)

It was nice as always to be back at home and back at my craft desk, especially when I had some rather cute mice waiting for me!

I love how happy this mouse looks in that box :-)

It reminds me of the time Dr. Hubby hid in a box...full story on my blog post!

If you would like more pictures and details on how I created this card, including the Copic colours I used...and the story about Dr. Hubby hiding in a box (!) then please do pop over to visit me at Paper Firefly

Have a wonderful day!

Kat xx

Lovely things I used;

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Adopt don't shop - Cats!

Happy Thursday Friends!

Hope you are having a good day!

It's Sue here today with a card from
Whimsy Stamps
February new release

I have used the gorgeous
I stamped the cute cats in black ink and cut the image out with the 
I coloured the background and the kitties with Polychromos Pencils and added some Stickles Glitter Glue in Star Dust

I mounted the image on a piece of design paper, also die cut with the 

I stamped one of the fab sentiments from the stamp set on to white card and die cut it with the 

Finally I embossed a strip of vellum with a paw print embossing folder and added that and the sentiment underneath the design with a paperclip!
This was such fun to make - I adore this beautiful stamp set!
Thank you for popping by!
Happy Crafting!
love from

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Tweet Friends

Today's card is a clean and simple bird-day them featuring this tweet little birdie from Stacey Yakula.  I love this birdie's cute expression.

Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Fishing Squidgy

Hi Everyone, it's Faye here today :)

This is Fishing Squidgy. I love the little frog in his pocket. What little boy doesn't have this  kind of bestie?

Make it Colour Blending Card 
Thanks so much for stopping by... Have a great day.   

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Edna blows a kiss...

Hello everyone

I hope it's a happy Thursday for you!

I have been having such a great time crafting lately!

I am so enjoying creating backgrounds and colouring up gorgeous images!

I don't know about you but it takes me more time to decide what to colour than it does to actually make a card!

Today I have a spring inspired design to show you with gorgeous
To make the background I stamped and heat embossed the 
in white and then blended Scattered Straw and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide over it.  (The white embossed background resists the Distress Oxide)!  I die cut the background in a circle.

Then I flicked water and Perfect Pearls over the background and let it dry.

I stamped Edna in MFT - Hybrid Ink Pad in Extreme Black and coloured her with Copics
Skin E93, E21, E00, E51
Hair E99 YR24, YR23
Frock BV08, V17, V15
Wings Y11, Y13, V000, V01.

I fussy cut her and added some sparkle - Rangers Diamond Stickles - to her wings.

I created a rectangular card blank and added some MFT Tiny Hearts 6 x 6 Paper.

What I love about Edna is that she makes me do things I would n't usually do - like add ribbon!!! (:

Finally I added a Stamping Bella Butterfly Sentiment and fixed Edna to the background and the background to the card!
I really enjoyed creating this card - I adore Edna everything about her is just so rosy!

Be sure to have a look around our 
to see the gorgeous DT creations there and pop to then to 
to engage in some essential retail therapy!

Thank you for popping by,
Happy creating! 

love from

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Stackable Cuties

I've been drooling over these cute little stackable critters from Mama Elephant so today I've created this little scene, but instead of stacking them, they're creating a little jungle clan!

Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Mouse and Butterfly

Hi Everyone, it's Faye here today :)

I thought I'd stop by and share a card I made for Making Cards last year. I've used Mouse and ButterflyIsn't he a cutie?

Make it Colour Blending Card 
Thanks so much for stopping by... Have a great day.  

Saturday, 23 February 2019

For The Birthday Girl

Morning all, Squirrel dropping in today!

Did the FaceBookers of you see that my mousy make last week was "Whimsy Stamps Sunday Spotlight"?  (cheesy grin)

Anyhoo, today's make isn't mousy or cheesy, but it's still pretty darned cute.

So, ingredients

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Friday, 22 February 2019

Birthday cake with sass

Hi everyone, it's Kat here!

Sometimes I want to stamp and colour and sometimes I feel like die cutting...and this week I've been die cutting with the fab new birthday cake die from MFT, which just happens to pair beautifully with the Sassy Pants greetings!

This isn't the most obvious colour choice but I love the bold orange and black combo and you know what, I think this cake would look gorgeous in any colour...good enough to eat, right?!

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 fabulous day!

Kat xx

Lovely things I used;

Thursday, 21 February 2019

My Significant Otter...

Hello everyone,

I really love colouring fur so I thought I would do a tutorial for you!
I am using a stamp by 
Whimsy Stamps 
My Significant Otter Rubber Stamp by Crissy Armstrong 
and Copic Markers
E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E51, E53, E55, E57, E59

The technique I have used is very similar to one you would use for colouring hair!  Here are a few top tips for you!

It's good to use a flicking motion to apply the ink, this helps add texture.
Always make a flick in one smooth movement.
Always flick in the direction the fur grows. 
Let each layer of ink dry before adding the next so the colours don't blend together

I always practise my flicks on a piece of scrap card before I start colouring my image, this gets my hand used to the flicking action - it might sound silly but trust me - it works!

There are a lot of photo's for this tutorial so please be patient!
To begin, I lightly coloured the otter's tummy with E40.  This does nt need to be too neat or perfectly blended, it is simply a base layer for the fur to sit on.
Then, I started to add flicks in E42, in the darker parts of the tummy area, some of these need to be quite long and go across the tummy to add texture.
Then add more flicks with E43.
 Next I coloured the mask, again with a light layer of E40.
Then, exactly like the tummy, I started adding flicks in E42...
 and W3, which adds some depth.
 I then moved on to the paw, lightly colouring all of it with E55.
 followed by flicks in E57
 and E59.
I did exactly the same with the other paw, a light layer of E55
 Followed by flicks in E57
 and E59.
 The same technique is then used for the feet (paws)!  E55 coloured all over and followed by flicks in E57
 and E59.
 Then I moved onto the otter's body.  It is a good idea to take this really slowly - do not rush!  You can still break the body down into smaller parts, the tail, the foot and the area under the am and tummy.  I used exactly the same technique as before, colouring the whole body with E55 and then starting to add colour and texture by flicking with E57
 and E59.
 To enhance the shaded parts of the body, where I wanted it to look darker, I added a few flicks of E49.  If you choose to do this you only need a few - do not add too much of this darker colour!
 Next, I moved on to the face and head, colouring the whole area lightly with E55.
 Then I added flicks of E57 around the eyes, down the sides of the muzzle and on the top of the head,
 Followed by Flicks of E59...
 ...and W6
 You might want to go for a break and a cup of tea here, before you start the colouring the last parts of the image! (:
 I coloured the darkest, shaded areas of the scarf in BG32 to map out where my darkest colour would go.  It's a good idea to do this first, in a light colour because if you get it slightly wrong at this stage, you can cover it up later, you have n't ruined your colouring by going straight in with your darkest shade!
 I then went back and coloured these parts with BG49
 and then started blending the colours out to the lightest area with BG13.
 I repeated this, colouring the same darkest part again with BG49, 
then blending BG49 out with BG13
 followed by BG11.

I used exactly the same technique to colour the rest of the scarf.
 I coloured the flower next in BG04
 followed by BG37,
 ...and BG04.
 For the leaves and stalk I used G43, 
 followed by G46...
...and finally YG03

I hope you have found this tutorial useful!
Thank you for popping by