Friday, 25 September 2020

Snowing cats and dogs

Hello, crafting friends!

I don't believe my house would be a home without my adorable golden retriever Eva, and it appears Father Christmas feels the same - at least according to Raymond Briggs!

This Father Christmas stamp is from a set I found in a charity shop for just pennies! The set is an old one from Crafters Companion and uses the Raymond Briggs images. I couldn't resist that cute little doggo and the cat doing a great job as a neck warmer!

The image was stamped onto a card panel and coloured with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. Once that was done, I masked the image, sponged in a fade-out inky background and added snow with my white Uni Posca paint pen and the Snow Day stencil from Clearly Besotted. The panel was trimmed out with a stitched rectangle die from Heffy Doodle.

I chose a sentiment from Clearly Besotted's Red Robin and used my stamping platform to stamp it neatly in the corner of the card panel. Except that I should have gone to Specsavers because it came out at a jaunty but not very attractive angle! So I stamped it again on a piece of scrap card, added faux stitching and trimmed the bottom into ribbon tails and stuck it over the top. Save!

Delighted that this card was A Cut Above at The Paper Players :)

I couldn't miss out on LeAnne's CAS challenge at The Paper Players this week - the theme is Pets! I'm also linking up at Retro Rubber where Anything Goes with stamps older than a year - this stamp is from a set that came out in 2013 I believe. I'm also joining in with Rudolph Days where Christmas cards are the order of the day and Jingle Belles where Lauren and Stephanie want to see cards laden with snow!

Eva thoroughly enjoyed her birthday yesterday (well okay, she enjoys EVERY day!!) For those of you that may be curious as to how a golden princess celebrates her birthday, it goes like this:

She had an extra eggy with her breakfast; she had a surprise walk with a black lab who she loves and who we haven't seen since March; she got absolutely filthy and then she went for a swim in the river; she had a nice snoozle in the afternoon; later on, we went out to the fields and she chased squirrels and said hello to some friendly boys who were walking home from school; at home, she was given her tea followed by a large bone to entertain herself with in the garden; she helped me make dinner (this involves lying in the middle of the kitchen floor in case a scrap of yumminess comes her way and she normally gets politely requested to Go And Lie Down!); she hung out with us in the living room as usual before having a stroll at bedtime and a glorious night's sleep :) It sure is a dog's life!

Sending hugs,


  1. A great card. I love the Raymond Briggs images, and with cats and dogs of my own, this calls to me. The stamp was a lucky find. Nice inked background too. Kate x

  2. Brilliant fun image, lovely background and great colouring.

    Kath x

  3. I think your pet-adorned Santa is the sweetest! He reminds me of an Irn Bru cartoon...maybe the same artist??? Adorable creation! And so glad that Eva was treated like a queen on her birthday! Thanks for playing with my CAS Pets challenge this week!

  4. What a great find,Raymond Briggs books are Christmas classics,love this fabulous image and your card

  5. Such a darling card, Vicky! Love the soft shading in the background and that image is just so sweet. That was a great find, for sure! Thank you so much for playing along this week at The Paper Players!

  6. That's one very cute Christmas card.

    Glad Eva enjoyed her birthday. Xxx

  7. Ho, Ho, Ho - sorry couldn't resist Vicky, but he's such a happy Santa.

    Sounds like Eva had a great Birthday.

    B x

  8. Hi Vicky,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    oh wasn't that a fab find.
    I love your stamped image and design.
    Your colouring is brilliant also.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  9. Santa and his furry friend made a really sweet Christmas card.

  10. What a great image, a really super Santa and of course a cute little dog. As always a super background too.

    Kath x

  11. Congratulations on your shout out at Paper Players! This is certainly a winner of cuteness, Vicky! What a wonderful find and beautifully colored!

  12. Adorable Vicky, such a cute image :)
    I know our house wouldn't be the same without 2 Golden Retrievers.

  13. Another gorgeous card, Vicky. I'm not surprised it's an award winner xoxo

  14. Sounds like a fabulous day in your dogs life!

    Your card is so pretty. Love the faux stitching and your save on the banner sentiment!

    Great image too!

    Thanks for taking part in the September Rudolph Days Challenge.

  15. What a fun image ~ Great coloring and another award I see! Your on a creative roll :) Eva's birthday sounds like the perfect dog's life to me, she's as blessed as you are!

  16. I love how you positioned your sentiment in the corner ... and what a perfect snowy sky ... so very glad you shared your SNOW with us at Jingle Belles.

  17. such a sweet image and an incredibly lovely background! so pleased you could have SNOW MUCH FUN with us at JINGLE BELLES! :)


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