Whoo’s a pretty boy then?



When it comes to mens’ cards I try to keep it simple but add a few elements to create some interest.This one uses just some distressed newsprint patterned paper(from my K & Co pad again) matted onto some dark brown card.Both layers have had the Tim Holtz Paper Distresser treatment.A piece of Core’dinations Whitewash card that has been embossed with a Text Cuttlebug folder,lightly sanded and distressed is mounted across the top.

I stamped the owl which was a freebie from Craft Stamper on some pale peach coloured Papermania Textured card.I then masked him and positioned a clear swirl stamp,which was also a magazine freebie, to give him a branch to perch on.What could be better than stamps?Free stamps!He’s been coloured using some of the new Promarker range of colours.The sentiment,part of the Hero Arts Cupcakes  clear set,has been stamped onto some twill that tied a bundle of new tea towels I bought recently.Finished with some grungey brass  brads. 

Lol – I’ve only just noticed I’ve used too many  ‘n’s on my watermark!Hehe.


Craftybunny x.


Tooth Fairies are Frogs?!


Well they could be.I remember DD1 when she was little watching a cartoon where they were mice – so why not!After all no one’s seen one,right?

The challenge at Passion for ProMarkers was to use Emerald and Marine….BUT you had to make anything but a card.

Usually these words would send me running from the room screaming.However it didn’t this time because on the very same morning the Fairy Friends set by Pink Cat Studio dropped through my letter box.Plus I remembered some Christmas tins I’d hoarded in the cupboard:

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Now,my youngest hasn’t lost any teeth yet so it seemed the perfect opportunity to make something nice to put them in when the time arose.

I waded through my stash to find all I needed to put this together.I chose some more lovely K & Co paper from the huge pad.


This reminded me of water lily flowers and pads as well as the dotted jump lines that are sometimes added to cartoon frogs.I also stamped out some smiley teeth from the same stamp sheet,shaded with a litte Tulip Yellow,coated with Sakura Glaze pen and placed four around the sides of the tin.I had some fancy Anita’s Sticky Ribbon from a kit when I first started cardmaking so put that round the lid rim.I used some Papermania Textured card and that I felt was a pretty close match for the Marine pen to mount the image and the tag which was attached with a Papermania brad in a matching colour.Circles are cut with Nestabilities.Tag cut by hand.


 Next I created a poem on the computer to decorate the inside of the lid and filled the gap with another tooth.’Scuse the words I made this up myself(as you can probably tell).

As well as the two specified colours I used I managed to sneak in some Tulip Yellow from the new colours(it had to be done) and some  Metallic Gold to edge the tag and topper.Becase the tin was silver I also changed any parts that showed to gold using a Pilot permanent marker.Inside there is also a shredded emerald green nest of tissue paper(didn’t want to bore you with a photo of that).

Here’s a final pic to get the over all effect:


I haven’t told him yet but because of all the work involved I don’t want him to squash it under his pillow.When the time comes I’ll persuade him that it will be better seen by the side of his bed.


Craftybunny x.

Background Blues


At the Lets Get Stamping group at Craftbubble it was Guest Designer Laurens’ turn to set the challenge this week.

Here’s her sketch:


The twist was to use part of the stamp in your main image to create a background.

Having looked through my many stamps I decided this lovely swirly Reindeer would be the most suited.

Because it’s such a delicate design I didn’t want to swamp it in too much colour so I just shaded it a little with the same Bahama Blue Memento ink pad it was stamped in using a Koi waterbrush.I also introduced the same colour around the edges to create a frame.Tiny nail gems are added to his antlers for the right amount of sparkle.

The background paper is from a HOTP Christmas pad I bought last year.I never got round to using this one as I felt it was too pale.I created some corner patterns with the antlers but extended the ones on the left.Using a craft knife I cut around the swirls and slid the image piece,mounted on foam pads, underneath leaving the cut pieces to stand out for more interest.

I placed an organza silver ribbon across the middle so as not to obscure the scrolls and to add more shimmer to the card.Finally a sentiment was added with some more antler swirls plus a couple of square gems.

To tell the truth this card isn’t as good as I envisioned it 😦    I don’t have time to make another but it has grown on me a little since photographing it ‘tho.

Craftybunny x.

Autumn Birthday


I made this card for my youngest sons’ birthday at the end of this month.  And here’s the inside:autumnbirthday003

All stamped images are Sugar Nellie Stamps Home Grown Autumn Kit 2009 at Funky Kits.Coloured with Promarkers.

Every leaf has painstakingly been cut out.Only the kind of lengths I would go to for somebody I love very much!Know it sounds strange for a cardmaker but I really loathe cutting out!?!

Patterened paper on the front of the card is from a ginormous pad by K & Co that was a recent TSV on QVC.The plaid paper is a freebie from Canon Creative Park.Verse is printed from My Verse Editor Plus by Crafty Ideas by Kaz.Walnut rub-on wax has been applied to the edges of the papers and stamped image and sentiment.A Tim Holtz Distressing Tool has also been used on these.

This was intended to be an entry for the Sandstone and Blue Pearl challenge at Passion for Promarkers last week but with one thing and another it didn’t quite make it 😦

Craftybunny x.

Doubling up



I made this card for the Willow Sketchie Challenge at Craftbubble this week.The twist was to use paper weaving  somewhere on your project.As the challenge at Passion for ProMarkers was to use any colours but to include polka dots I thought I would combine the two.

Apart from making placemats at school I’ve not done too much paper weaving.Something I’d seen on other people’s cards,thought it looked fab and never got round to trying.Because the DT cards and other entries had used it in a variety of ways I wanted to do it a little differently.So I opted to just edge the spotty background paper and the image.

Here are the pens I used:

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Except for Ivory and Blush for the skin tones and a small amount of Silver Metallic I’ve used a selection of new colours.Yes I’ve been a bad girl.My halo hasn’t just slipped it’s hit the floor with a resounding clang!Oh well what’s money for if it’s not to waste spend on crafting goodies?                                          

All papers are Basic Grey Archiac including the piece the Cute Character is stamped onto.As are the stickers.His tools and two pieces of  sticker waste (from my previous project) are coloured with the Silver pen.I then added crosses to create screw heads – well maybe if you squint and use a lot of imagination!!

TFL,Craftybunny x

Anything but a card



This weeks Willow Sketchie Challenge at Craftbubble was to create anything but a card!And to use Pumpkin Promarker pen.

My first reaction was of dismay.The idea was to take you out of your comfort zone.It certainly did that!

There were some pretty spectacular entries from other group members.

Although mine still looks like a card this is what is inside:


It’s actually a reading record.I was pretty pleased with myself for creating the table on the computer without the aid of a safety net!More can be added too.

As you can see the bar from the front of the card is a removable bookmark.

First outing for Manga Boy from Funky Kits.Isn’t he an endearing little fella.He reminds me of DS2 who the record is intended for.He loves books!

The papers are Basic Grey Archiac as is the quote sticker on the narrow bar.Orange brads are Making Memories.The button is made from Funky Foam embossed Mesh Cuttlebug and copper Metalic Rub-on wax applied to give a faux leather effect.A piece of my favourite hairy string to complete.

Craftybunny x.

Third time lucky!


I really can’t believe it!I won for a third time last week on Willow Sketchie Challenge at Craftbubble.

For this card I stamped Winnie Shopping onto a Nestabilities Classic Oval minus the two flowers that usually sit under her right wing.She is available at Willow Designs.I coloured with Promarkers then added some Stardust pen to her eyelids and beads on her bag.Eyes are whitened with gel pen.

I decided to cut the rectangle and oval in one piece using Core’dinations White Wash card.First I created a frame using Nesties then trimmed round half the oval.Next I passed it through my Big Shot using the Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder.I lightly sanded it to reveal the lilac colour underneath.I repeated this on some Sizzix corner dies.The papers are Making Memories.Greeting is from Kiki Kitty set by Pink Cat Studios.

The paper roses( anyone remember the song?) are my first attempt at making these.A fellow ‘Bubbler posted instructions so I thought I’d try my hand.I added punched leaves made from white card coloured green with Promarkers.

Craftybunny x.