Saturday, September 17, 2022

Little Bear by Mo Manning

I have always loved teddy bears and colouring them up. They are open to using so many different texture techniques which can create such different looks for the same image. Today I decided to colour "Little Bear" up looking fluffy, perfect for a young child to snuggle up to on their 1st birthday - if only he could jump of the page for that hug!

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Little Fairy Mandi by Mo Manning


It's Spring here in Australia so the trees and flowers are bursting into life and Little Fairy Mandi is enjoying time in the garden :) I've coloured her with Copics and there are touches of fairy dust (aka glitter) throughout the card to add a magical feel.

All the dies used on this card are from La-La Land Crafts

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Collette and Kitten by Mo Manning

When I spotted Collette and Kitten in Mo's store I just knew I wanted to colour her up - she's adorable! I coloured her up using Copics and paired here with a stunning 3D sunflower using the  Lovely Layers Sunflower Die by Honey Bee Stamps.

Until Next Time...

Monday, August 15, 2022

George's Walnut Car by Twistoon

Isn't this little guy the cutest??? The image is called "George's Walnut Car" and he's another is the amazing range of gnome images from Twistoon Digi Stamps. If you're a gnome lover and haven't checked them out yet you really should. There is one for almost any occasion, or even for just a bit of fun!

I thought he would be perfect for a belated birthday card and I hope you agree. I created the sentiment on my computer to fit.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Teacher Chibis from Twistoon

Working at a school meant these gorgeous teacher images from Twistoon Digi Stamps were must haves for me, especially the male teacher as you don't find those as often. I paired them with a couple of teacher "classics" - a chalkboard sentiment and an apple ;)

Click on the links to find them instore - male or female

Until next time....

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Mason Jar Tissue Dispenser Tutorial

Recently I saw some really cute mason jar tissue dispensers and I figured I could do something similar and include a cute digi image onto the project, so I went hunting for a jar. This was the part I thought would be easy! But most of the handle less jars have images and words embossed onto the surface of the glass which wouldn't suit my project - so I ended up with a mason jar glass with a handle. I've put together a few steps for you if you'd like to give it a go yourself :) I used Mo Manning's "Needs Mummy" image.

You'll Need                                                            
- a mason jar with 2 part lid (something else I couldn't find so I ended up 3D printing one!)            
- sheet of white foam                                             
- 2 coloured images on thin paper (I used copy paper)
- all purpose sealer
- glue
- white acrylic paint
- ribbon
- stazon ink pad
- texture stamp
- gloss varnish

Since I wanted my images to wrap around the glass slightly and not have a high profile, I decided to print them onto copy paper and colour. I used my copic markers but you have to have a lighter touch on copy paper to prevent the ink bleeding too much. I wanted an image on both the front and the back of the glass so I coloured up 2.

I then sealed my images with an all purpose sealer on both the front and the back, allowing to dry in between. I have skipped this step in the past but the images became transparent when I varnished them and the background pattern showed through! Cut out your sealed and dried images.

Tape off the rim and handle of your jar before sealing and painting. I sponge my first coat of paint on the give it some grip for the subsequent coats. Carefully remove the tape and stamp on a pattern using stazon ink if you wish.

Glue your images onto the front and back of your jar - making sure they don't lift. Once dry add several coats of clear varnish.

Once I cleaned up my printed lid I cut a circle of white foam to fit inside it. Before gluing it in place cut a cross in the foam to allow the tissues to come out while providing a dust cover for the rest - see image above.

Decorate the rim of the jar before loading with tissues and attaching the lid.

I used this YouTube video tutorial to load the tissues into my jar.

I hope you enjoyed this and....

Bless you ;)

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Nose in Book from Twistoon

I coloured this cutie up a while ago and decided it was time she made it onto a card. This is "Nose in Book" and you can also get a boy version if you prefer. 

I created the red scrunched flowers to tie in with her glasses and laces.

I think it's time to do a bit of reading myself now....

Until Next Time
Happy Crafting 

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Christmas Crackers

I promise this is my last Christmas in July card.....for now ;)

I couldn't resist playing with these cuties from Twistoon Digi Stamps - and they come in a set of 4! It was supposed to only be 3 images but one of the boys lost his beard in the "cracked" image set so now you can choose if you want him beardless or not. You can find the Stan and George Cracker set HERE
I created a slimline card and added a little explosion to the background - those boys do love to do things to the extreme ;)

Until Next Time
Happy Colouring

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Toyshop Helper by Mo Manning

This adorable little guy is called Toyshop Helper and I may have had him coloured up for a while just waiting for the right time to post and luckily I can use Christmas in July to justify posting him now. That cheeky little face is just so sweet!

I hope you like him, and until next time...

Happy Crafting

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Christmas in July with Twistoon Digi Stamps

 It's always a bit of fun to create card for Christmas in July for me given Christmas is my favourite time of the year! Here are a couple I did using images from Twistoon Stamps.

This first one uses one of Lisa's adorable Gnomes - this is "George Christmas Tree" and you can find him HERE. The word dies I used are from La-La Land Crafts.

This fun lovin' gal is called "Wreath Head" and you can find her HERE. I wish you could see how sparkly this is IRL with her glittered stockings and trees, and the sparkly baubles. 

Let's hope we can all feel a little festive and sparkly this July.

Saturday, July 2, 2022

The World Needs a Hug

This gorgeous image is called "Hug" and is by Mo Manning. It really spoke to me because with the way the world is at the moment I think we could all do with a hug, especially after the last couple of years dealing with Covid and all that has taken away from us all! But this isn't just about the pandemic. The colours I used are important - they pay homage to Ukraine as well as to the BLM movement. Let's not forget that these are children depicted and with the recent school massacre in Uvalde I want to honour the victims there too.

I don't usually use my craft to showcase global issues - but there comes a time where you need to get the feelings out in any way you can!

BIG HUGS everyone

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Bad Alice from Mo Manning

This little cutie is Bad Alice from Mo Manning. I just love the look on her face and the sad posture of the White Rabbit - I'm sure they're just making friends!!!!

I've printed her onto some layered up digital papers and added her "The End" sentiment onto it too. I couloured her up with Copics, using almost traditional colours - the black details just seemed to suit this version of her. I then popped her on a card base with some flowers. 

Hope you like her as much as I do

Friday, June 17, 2022

George's Coffee from Twistoon Stamps

What can I say - I love Lisa's (Twistoon) gnomes and I love a good cup of coffee - not sure if I would quite go to the same extent as George though - but there have been days........

This is George Coffee Ploof Gnome and I have had him sitting on my desk to colour up for ages so today was the day! I decided to make a tag, then the tag became the centerpiece for a card - LOL. I love creating on the go - I never know WHAT I'll end up with!

Until Next Time - Happy Crafting

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Mae from Mo Manning

This little cutie is Mae and she's one of the newer images from Mo Manning. She reminds me of my great niece Paige - all cheeky little girl with lots of tomboy thrown in. I decided to colour her up in pinks and added some free-form roses to her white pants. If she's anything like Paige those pants won't be white for long though!

The sentiment is what inspired this image and it HAD to feature in my card. Add a little spider with pink eyes and a digi paper background and this all came together quickly.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Mo Manning's Dwarf 6

When my hubby asked me to make a card for his mate's 60th birthday for some reason I thought of this guy, it may or may not be because the guys do love to share a brew while telling stories from the golf course. This is Mo Manning's Dwarf 6.

I decided to create a cheeky background sentiment along the lines of the "glass half full" expression. I then used a brick stencil and some texture paste to give the image a spot to sit on the card. A label making sure everyone knows the birthday boy is turning 60 was the finishing touch.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Peek-a-Boo Lulu from Twistoon Stamps

This is Peek-a-Boo Lulu from Twistoon Stamps. I've had her printed off for a while now so it was time to colour her up and pop her on a card. I do love Lisa's quirky images and I often think seeing them just as black and white line drawings don't do them any justice! You can find her instore HERE.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Duke from Mo Manning

Meet Duke (aka my dog Pepper - see left). I just knew I had to colour up this little guy when I saw him. I had to use the "no lines" technique so that I could soften the lines to create the colour placement I needed as Pepper's tummy only has a touch of white. Those big brown eyes of hers just melt my heart.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Arthur Sneeze from Twistoon

Recently I made a digi suggestion over at Twistoon Stamps and within a few days Lisa had come up with this cutie for me. My recent bout with a nasty cold and Covid was the reason for my suggestion - after all you've got to get something positive out of it ;) This is Arthur Sneeze and you can find him HERE. He makes a great Get Well card.

I layered him over a couple of digi papers and added some snow drifts - after all we in the Southern Hemisphere are heading into the cooler months. 

I do have a plan for this little guy on something 3D - just have to work out the logistics as I'm not sure Copic colouring will work. Watch this space......

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Maggie Stop Sign from Twistoon

I loved using Maggie Stop Sign as she would work with so many different sentiments - she'd also be good trying to keep George from speeding around in his walnut car

I added the "Wait ...What?" sentiment to the sign and figured this would be a great for a "you're HOW old?" card, or a belated birthday card, or all sorts of other options. I hope you like it.

Saturday, April 2, 2022


There's something so loveable about this guy and the obvious way he finds joy in the little things. And I have to say that as I get older I find the sentiment very apt too ;). Being so tall and skinny he's a perfect image to use on a slimline card.

This is Wrinkles from Mo Manning. I paper pieced his plaid flannel shirt - or "flannie" as we call it here in Australia. I nearly always add shading when I paper piece parts of an image, it both adds to the overall look as well as tying into the coloured areas. 

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Jerry from Mo Manning and some news

Woohooo I'm sooo excited. I'm back playing on Mo Manning's Dream Team after a break of a few years. I've always loved Mo's gorgeous images so was rapt to be back playing. I thought this little guy was the perfect image to kick off my DT posts as he looks like he's celebrating with me. This is Jerry and you can find him HERE.

I do apologise for not taking note of the Copic colours I used - I retired at the end of June 2021 and this year I headed back to work full time to cover shortfalls in staff that Covid is creating. Once I "re-retire" I'll work harder at keeping track of my colour blends for you.

Until next time...
Happy Crafting