Super Fathers Day Card

This week has seen my confidence in my cards improve immensely. Last weekend a friend asked me to create 2 custom cards, one of which was for Fathers Day.  With a love of super heros in the house and a request for a Superman style image, the obvious choice was My Super Boy by Tiddly Inks.

I had a ball making this card. I have found the more and more I apply some of my colouring teaching of Alyce from Kit and Clowder, the more I love the results.

I have not really used many stencils despite the latest trends, so I had a ball using a stencil I received in a Simon Says Stamp card kit.  I have been looking for the perfect reason to try it out and this was it. I really like the way the snow chalk ink worked for the stars and dots on the backgrounds.

I also received my Studio Calico project life kit for August just at the right time. 2 Days before stating this I opened it and fell in love with the large card with the sunrays, it worked perfectly with a paper from the August Card Kit, and a label die cut.

I hope you like the card and I will share the other card later in the week.


You are amazing


You are amazing Superboy





The Love of a New Puppy

About a week ago I was asked to make a card for a friend at work. She has a friend who is getting a new puppy and is VERY excited. I understand this excitement well as we have recently added a puppy into our house and the excitement lasted for 3 months before we brought her home, 2 months later it has not worn off. This meant I knew how special I had to make this card.

I thought I already had the perfect image but put it out there to the Kit and Clowder community to see if they knew of any others.  I quickly found the image “Wendy” by Saturated Canary.  I fell in love and remember sitting just like this with our new puppy, this was the image I was looking for.

It took a while to colour as I really wanted to apply some of the things I had learnt from the Live Colouring Event, so over about 2 hours the coloured image came together.  When then putting the card together I wanted the image to really stand out so I went so to my basics, a clean and simple design, and used Deconstructing Jen Sketch 164.


So Happy For You



I hope you like it and let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment 🙂


Happy Wednesday

In our house we have what we call “Happy Wednesday” each fortnight.  We only have 50% custody of my son so each Wednesday is a change over day for us.  Our son (8) is so used to this arrangement it really just seems normal most of the time.  We never have to argue with his Dad about long weekends etc as it is all negated by change over on a Wednesday.

In our house, the person who notices it all the most is our daughter (3 1/2). At the start of the weeks without him she proudly tells us that she does not need to share the TV or her toys however by the Monday she is begging us to go and picking him up, quite often this is in tears.  I hate to see her like this, but I know that there is nothing I can do.

Even with all this, I consider our family very lucky. My son has a Dad who loves him to pieces and cherishes every minute he gets with him.  I have heard of many split families not that lucky. My son gets 2 x Christmas, Birthday, Easter. He gets to be an only child and cherish all the one on one time while he is with his Dad, then he comes to our place and he gets to have an adouring little sister, an awesome step Dad and a puppy to chase around.  Our daughter, while she doesn’t get the 2 lots of celebrations, still get the 50% of dedicated attention and then gets to idolise her big brother.

To top this whole thing off, we have one of those rare households where (I know this may change) both our kids love each other and love spending time being silly and laughing together. Both would be anything to help the other.  Don’t get me wrong, they still have arguments but I have heard of household where siblings just don’t like each other.

How does all of this make me and my husband lucky? We have the two of best kids (and dog) in the world. They are by no means perfect but they are always awesome. They know how to laugh, how to be silly, how to love and how to have fun.

Each and every “Happy Wednesday” I am reminded of just how lucky we are.


Home Love Life Laughter


Hoping your Wednesday is as happy as ours.


Kit and Clowder Live Colour Event

On the weekend just gone, I took part in a live colour event hosted by Alyce from Kit and Clowder.  I you are considering any type of lesson for using Copic Markers I would highly recommend Kit and Clowder.  I was not really sure on whether to spend the $70 to par take in the full skin and hair course however after Sunday morning I am sold.

The event started off before the day with Alyce letting everyone know the image she would be colouring and the markers that you would be using.  Given how new I am to Copic markers I looked at the list and realised I was in trouble.  I then looked at the cost to buy all those markers and realised that would get me in even more trouble with my husband.  In the end I decided to go with a sale on at Eckersly’s at the moment which is buy 4 get 1 free on sketch markers and I got the missing skin colours and the blue’s for the dress.  I am so pleased I did as well.

The morning started by making my coffee, getting the computer setup and locking the craft room door. There were to be no distractions.

The next 2 hours disappeared and the picture below is the result.  I was so pleased with the results.  As per my normal self criticism there are a few things I am not happy with that I would like to improve, but given the complexity of the image and how daunted I was to start with I am really happy.

Live Colour

Products Used

Birthday Batty Hero

This weekend has seen a day that has been completely focused on my son.  We have had Auskick (Aussie Rules Footy), a birthday party and finally a school disco.  We have seen this day coming for a couple of weeks and he has been getting more and more excited the closer the day got.  For him the most exciting part seemed to be his friends birthday party at the local ice arena.

When I started to plan for this I asked him what his friend would like as a gift, the answer…..anything superhero or Marvel.  Given the current trends that was an easy task to get a present that was suitable and within the budget.  I then asked if he wanted me to buy a card for him to give his friend and the response surprised me.  The answer was ‘NO!!!! You have to make it Mum!” This then posed the challenge, if he wanted Marvel characters I knew this was never going to happen within the styles of my work as I didn’t just want to print a picture and stick in on the front and with all the copyright issues that worried me.

So what did I do? I went straight to my two go to digital stamp companies and started scouring.  I found two images I thought he may like, Pirate LoveJoy from Saturated Canary and My Batty Hero from Tiddly Inks.  I showed him both images and gave him the choice.  It took him about 5 minutes to decide on My Batty Hero.  I really enjoyed colouring this image and I used a number of different Studio Calico papers and some stars from the July Card kit to top it off.  As it turns out the most difficult part was trying to fit a suitable “punch” word to fit in that part of the card.

Overall this card is one that I am really happy with, and even better my son loved it as well.

Birthday Batty Hero


Hope you like it, let me know what you think in the comments below.


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