Friday, 11 May 2018


Hello, Crafters. 
Talk about going from one extreme to another! Yesterday's
 card was clean and simple, and today's card is quite busy! It's 
what I call a Topsy card! Like Topsy in Uncle Tom's Cabin, it just 
grew! LOL! But it's what I'd describe as a happy Springtime card.
 The trigger for this card happened yesterday when one of the 
Post It Note masks for one of the hedgehogs, fell out of a different 
stamp set that had nothing to do with Hedgehugs! I inked the 
hedgehogs first to test them on some scrap paper, which showed that 
my Early Espresso Ink Pad was in urgent need of re-inking. 
 After this had been done, the images stamped beautifully. I painted
 the mushroom stamp by hand using Real Red, Garden Green and 
Early Espresso Marker Pens, and stamped the image in the right-hand 
corner. I painted the stamp again, and put the mask on the hedgehog 
before I stamped the image towards the left hand. 

I repeated this twice more and did the left- and right-hand side 
on the Whisper White Cardstock (CS) layer for the inside of the card. 
 For the grass that the hedgehogs were standing on, I used two 
small grass stamps from the In the Trees Stamp Set (this set 
is retiring on 31.05.18), with Garden Green Ink. 
The bees are from the A Little Wild Stamp Set, and were stamped
 in Early Espresso. Next I coloured their bodies with Daffodil 
Delight Marker Pens. As I always do with bees, I painted their 
wings with Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pan.
The birds are from the Flying Home Stamp Set (this set is also
 retiring on 31.05.18), and I stamped them in Early Espresso. I 
coloured them with Crumb Cake Ink, and a Blender Pen. To soften 
the background from being a stark white, I used a Dauber with
 Soft Sky Ink. I  daubed all over the sky area I could without
 touching any of the images. 

 To put the front of the card together, I took a layer of Soft Sky CS, 
dry embossed it using the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing
Folder and adhered it to a layer of Garden Green CS. I punched two 
strips of more Garden Green CS, using the Decorative Ribbon Border
 Punch, and adhered one on top and one on the bottom of the image strip. 

To complete the front of the card, I added three large Rhinestones 
in the top right-hand corner, and a bow in some retired Pool Party 
Ribbon just below the grass! To complete the inside of the card I 
added a layer of Soft Sky, and then added the Whisper White Layer 
with the mushrooms I'd stamped in each of the bottom corners  
 Oh, I forgot! The sentiment is also from Hedgehugs and stamped
 in Early Espresso Ink, and I painted the flower the hedgehog is 
holding with my Real Red Marker Pen. That's about everything..........I think! 
So until tomorrow, have a blessed day, and happy crafting!



  1. Such a pretty card, Jan! I love the hedgehogs and have yet to use my stamps! I'll have to remedy that.I don't think your card is too busy. It tells a nice little story. Very enjoyable. God bless.

    1. Hi, Jan. I'm pleased this stamp set is being carried forward as it's just so cute! I hope you have a blessed weekend. ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.

  2. Such a cute card! Sometimes, these cards that kind of just "happen" can turn out to be some of the little 'gems' ... this is just so delightful, Jan! TFS and do have a marvellous weekend!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. Many thanks, glad you like it. I hope you have a blessed weekend, too. ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.

  3. Jan I love a critter card whether it is a stamp or die; this is no exception. The hedgehogs in Hedgehugs are adorable, as is your card. :O)

    1. Hi, Lorraine. The only thing I don't like is when they have closed eyes, like these two hedgehogs - I always draw them into open eyes! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.