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Saturday, July 6, 2024

Christmas in July with Mo Manning


This week I thought I had a FABULOUS idea to use a number of Mo's "Little Elves" to create a pop up card. Well I have to say it didn't go to plan! Yes I created a pop up card, but I hated it! It was clunky and didn't fold down nicely. The elves also warped a little when it was folded as I had them hanging! What to do???
I decided I had to re-purpose the embossed card and  images I had coloured. In the end I created what is now one of my favourite Christmas cards of all time!!! The disaster was well worth sharing to show that there is often a fix in crafting!

The images I used can be found in Mo's shop in the Retiring Images section and have always been some of my favourites!

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Wrinkles by Mo Manning


I just love this image by Mo Manning - he's just perfect for a men's card, or a woman's! His name is Wrinkles and I popped him onto simple layout to let him stand out.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Winter Raccoon by Mo Manning


Today is the first day of Winter here in Australia so Winter Raccoon by Mo Manning was the perfect choice of image for me to use. 

I decided to use him in a little pop up box I saw recently during my time on Pinterest. This is the first time I've made one of these and I think it needs "tweaking" a little to perfect it - but it was so much fun and looks adorable when it's opened up and the raccoon rises up. I know I'm going to give another one of these a go at some stage! Here's the link to the tutorial I followed if you want to try one for yourself - let me know if the link doesn't work for you.

I decided to use a belly band around my pop up box rather than a ribbon, and the added decorative panels also strengthened the sides of the outer box.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Peggy by Mo Manning


This sweet little image is called Peggy by Mo Manning. She comes with 3 sentiments which go well with her Little Miss Innocent look - "If all else fails, ask Grandma / Grandpa / Dad". I decided to colour in the white cut border around the image in black to make her pop a little more.

I used an AALL & Create background stamp and added some colour to tie it in with the image. I finished it off with some dewdrop gems - there are a few covering the pink spots in the stamped background but this hasn't photographed well. They look amazing IRL though. All in all a simple card, but I am very happy with it.

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Danica by Mo Manning


This gorgeous image is called Danica. I've seen her coloured up in lots of different ways and she never fails to look amazing. My choice was to create a sequined party dress for her. I love the cool blues against the black. She's definitely ready to celebrate a special occasion.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Baby Girl-s by Mo Manning


By request from my daughter who has friends who are at that stage of having babies - meaning I need to replenish my stash of baby cards. This gorgeous little girl is called Baby Girl-s by Mo Manning.

For this card I layered up a lot of digital elements and then overlaid the image onto to them to make a single layered topper. This means the finished card will be much cheaper to post, something we need to think about these days with postage prices going up again!

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Love and Comfort by Mo Manning


This beautiful image is called Love and Comfort and you can find her instore HERE. She really stands on her own without the need for a lot of embellishment. I hope you love her as much as I do.

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Merry Mousemas by Mo Manning


When I saw this little cutie I knew I couldn't wait for Christmas to have him singing carols. After all, we do sing 'Happy Birthday" too! I love that he's a year round option.

This lil guy is Merry Mousemas and he does come with a bonus digi paper, although given it was Christmas themed, I didn't use it here. 

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Checking Facebook by Mo Manning


I have recently been posting cards using older images by Mo Manning. As a result I got challenged to do a comparison with one of my older cards. This image is called Checking Facebook and my original make was done back in 2010! 

It was lovely revisiting yet another older image and seeing how my work has changed. Simpler designs, less glued on flowers and more detailed colouring!


Maybe I'll revisit this one again in another 14 years 😉

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Cupcake Princess Violet by Mo Manning


For today's card I'm using Mo Manning's Cupcake Princess Violet. This is another older image but she's just too gorgeous to not be used again. Don't you just love that flyaway hair!