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

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Joyful Heart Bear

I've been playing with my new Joyful Heart Bears from MFT.   There's only so many Valentines cards a gal needs so this card is a little friendship card for a special friend.  Isn't he adorable!

Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Unicorns Exist!

Hi Everyone, it's Faye here today :)

Oh yes! I'm playing with my favourite little chaplette from the Unicorn Sentiment Set. And that's all I have to say about that.

Make it Colour Blending Card 

Thanks so much for stopping by... Have a great day.  

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Mouse On Flower

Morning all, Squirrel here today.

I didn't receive any flowers for Valentine's this week - vegetation in this house either gets nibbled by the cat, or quickly shrivels.  I'm not good with indoor florals.  However, this little chap seems to have developed better green paws than I have!

MFT Safari Friends (sentiment)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Friday, 15 February 2019

3 ways with floral hearts wreath

Happy Friday, it's Kat here!

It's a triple whammy week from me because there are so many ways to use this beautiful stamp set and co-ordinating dies that I just couldn't stop making things - lol!

The stamp set features an outer wreath and an inner section, which can be cut out and combined in several ways using the dies.

It might be a little hard to see the details of how I used the stamps/dies in this picture but to save this post getting rather picture heavy, just pop over to visit me at Paper Firefly to see close ups and details for each individual project and I've also included the Copic colours I used.

I've showcased 3 ways to combine the stamps/dies to add dimension to the design but please do share with us if you have used them in other ways!

Have a beautiful day!

Kat xx

Lovely things I used;

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Friends Forever...

Hello everyone,

Happy Wednesday!

I had such fun making this card with the beautiful
by Stamping Bella
To make this card I first created the background by stamping and heat embossing in white the Stamping Bella Love Back Drop.

Then I blended Distress Oxides in Shaded Lilac and Peacock Feathers over the background, (the white embossing resists the distress colours), and sprinkled the background with water and Perfect Pearls.

I stamped and die cut gorgeous Raven and coloured her with Polychromos in purples and pale blue/greens as shown.

Finally I added some Stickles to the bow and the background.

This is the most difficult piece of pencil colouring I have tried so far and I am really happy with how she came out!
Stamping Bella Rubber Stamp - Love Back Drop
Stamping Bella Rubber Stamp - Raven Loves Ribbon 
Stamping Bella Cut It Out Die - Raven Loves Ribbon 

Stickles Glitter Glue - Stardust

Thank you for popping by!

Be sure to pop to have a look around our 
Dies To Die For Blog
to see the gorgeous DT creations and then to 
to engage in some essential retail therapy!

Happy Crafting
love from

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Joyful Heart Bear

As soon as these little Stacy Yakula MFT bears landed on my doormat I was itching to ink them up.  This little cutie clutching his heart-shaped cushion is the first to get his outing and I've used a sentiment from the same set.
Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting