Monday, April 23, 2018

Not Just For Christmas

This month's Twofer challenge is all about Pets, so I couldn't resist playing along with these two cards.

My first card was inspired by the current challenge at The Library Challenge - 101 Dalmatians.

I used one of my new stamp sets, Hashtag Walkies, and set to work with a black paint pen to create two faux-dalmatian coats.  Then I masked the images while I sponged the background and stencilled the sentiment.

I also made a Christmas card, and found two new-to-me challenges to enter:

Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Feature A Creature and

The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes + Christmas

The background was in my stash from my attempts at a Jennifer McGuire technique using alcohol inks, which I won't be trying again!  But waste not, want not.  I stamped the image onto the background, then again onto cartridge paper.  I used Distress Oxide re-inkers two watercolour the images, then fussy cut them and stuck them into place.  The Season's Greetings sentiment is from Layered Holly.

Toffee tiptoeing through the, erm, daffodils!


  1. How fun to see Toffee in that great mass of daffodils! Wow! And how great to see your lady and her dog among the pets in the gallery, Shirley! They are very adaptable and would look amazing for any occasion! Remarkable job of fussy-cutting and watercoloring, and I love the very mod hashtags!! Thanks so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #4! Hugs, Darnell

  2. These are just amazing, Shirley!! Your high-fashion lady and her equally high-fashion pup looks amazing on both cards! From her hat to her heels, she looks so stylish, as does her similarly dressed dog. Very, very cool cards. Love those #'s too! But the best looking sweetie of all is your Toffee! Thanks for sharing that pic, and thanks for joining us at the Twofer Challenge. Bev

  3. Loving the fashionable lady walking her pup with matching coats. So cute. Thanks for joining us at The Merry Christmas challenge.


  4. What a wonderful combination of challenges! I love the way you've co-ordinated the coats - can't help but loving the spotty one best! Thanks for joining The Library.

  5. Cute cards! Thanks for joining us at The Merry Christmas Challenge and Sparkles Monthly Challenges.
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  6. Brilliant, Shirley ... you've created two such different looks from this elegant, stylish image! Those matching dalmation coats are fantastic ... they so put me in mind of 101 Dalmations (though she's far too sophisticated to be Cruella de Ville)! They're wonderfully festive on your second card ... good thing they're wrapped up cosy warm for their snow walk! Toffee (great name!) looks as though she's having fun tip toeing! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Hugs, Anita :)

  7. Love your cards, Shirley! Your puppy is so cute too :) Sorry for being so late! Thanks for sharing at Sparkles Christmas challenge.

  8. This has been featured as a ‘Librarian’s Choice’. Thank you for sharing it at The Library.