I just love the little snippets of life Alex creates. Spring is in the air and Mrs. McTwitter is out for a walk with her little dog Tootsie. Alex always adds so many details making her scenes so complete. She’s added little bugs flying around and would you believe actual leafy material (she said she got it from her dad’s train layout). I hope he’s not missing it!

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
1162-O Mrs. McTwitter and Tootsie out for a walk
3021-C Little Riley
5031-B Rolly poly
5059-B Butterfly with dots
5060-B Firefly
7023-G Smiling sunshine
7047-W Tree hill

Paula Downs Happy Spring

Here’s another great springy card from Great Customer Paula Downs. This one is a flip card and if you’ve never seen one before you can see Stephanie Barnard demonstrate one on YouTube here.

Here’s what Paula did:
I began with my base card which I die cut from a Sizzix Diamond Flip It card by Stephanie Barnard from yellow dotty card. I then stamped Peeps 3 times in a pyramid style fashion in a light grey Versafine ink onto patterned fresh green dotty paper. I only wanted a guide to see where to apply my yellow acrylic paint which is opaque (and would cover up the green dotty pattern below Peeps).

I then over stamped Peeps back over the dry acrylic paint in a black Stazon permanent ink, to add the detail back in. I finished off with a sentiment by Lawn Fawn, and some daisies I punched out.
Thanks again Paula!

Eat Cake Graphics stamp used:
5041-B Peeps (chick)
7020-D Row of grass

Paula Downs spring has sprung

Here’s a really fun card sent in by Paula Downs. Doesn’t kitty look oh so happy! I just love her watercoloring (as usual if you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that Paula has sent in a number of cards). I also love that she drew those cute little springy springs!

Here’s what Paula did:
For this card, I started off by stamping Yardley in black Versafine ink (which is a waterproof ink) onto watercolour card.

I then simply painted in a sky and grass with watercolours.  I stamped some birds too.  The phrase was an old alphabet stamp set.  I punched out daisies, and hand drew the springs.  Finished off with some fresh green dotty card.
Thanks as always for sharing your wonderful work!

Eat Cake Graphics stamp used:
2011-F Yippy for Yardley kitty

Isn’t this an oh so springtime flowery card. Kim did this and I just love all of her embellishments – from the doily in the background, the big beautiful flowers, even the little ribbon rose for Cottontail bunny’s tail!

Here’s what Kim wrote:
I created this 6″x6″ card that is full of spring colors and this cute little bunny, to get a jump on Easter which is March 27th this year. I’ve never used gelatos before and here I used them on the flowers, the background scallop circle and on the bunny. I stamped the bunny on a piece of watercolor paper with black ink. I mixed purple and blue gelatos together, added water, and stirred until it turned gray to paint in the bunny. I mixed the gelatos with water and left it thicker for the background. And thinned it for the flowers and painting the bunny. I used an oval punch and adhered the bunny image to center of scallop circle with pop dots. And I added a white rosette ribbon to the bunny tail for a unique touch. Happy Easter!

And hey, here’s a special treat. Over on the CardMaker you can see Kim’s actual crafting space! Oh my goodness this girls got oodles of stuff!

Here’s a little closeup of Cottontail and his bunny tail.

Eat Cake Graphics stamp used:
5051-E Curious Cottontail bunny

Lynne Jardine - March calendar

Wouldn’t you just love to look at this cute little calendar page all month long! Lynne made this and it’s just so cheery and spring-y.  She said, “Ok, so in my head there’s a dancing competition going on in the woods, and the prize is a great big Easter egg!” I wonder who’s going to win!

Lynne said she colored everything in with watercolors and added clear gloss to the Easter egg. I just love the background sky with the little pops of color. I think watercolors are all the rage right now – I know I’ve pulled mine out and am having a little fun. I thought it was so clever to stamp the month in the cloud. Love it Lynne!!

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
5050-F Flopsy bunny’s got an egg
5062-I Brewster bunny (foot up)
5073-E Crow flapping wings
7078-I Row of pine trees

Paula Downs - betty and eat cake

Paula Downs - betty and special day
Today I’m showing you some continuing Betty and Tigger adventures sent in by Paula Downs. Aren’t they just wonderful! She watercolors the scenes and Betty and Tigger go exploring. The first card has a little more Spring-like feel in which they are stopping for a little bit of cake (who can pass up cake afterall). In the next card fall has come and I think they are going for a walk looking at all the colors of the leaves.

Thank you so much for sharing these Paula!
Eat Cake Graphics stamp used:
1163-I Betty and Tigger

Paula Downs - wonderful adventure

Sorry for the break in posting – it wasn’t because the design team and a great customer weren’t sending things in. Sometimes my other job just takes over! So today I’m doing something a little different in that I’m showing you two cards. Paula (in Scotland) sent these in. I think she likes the Betty & Tigger stamp. :)

In this first one (above) she says: Tigger is taking Betty for a summer stroll. They are passing a beautiful crystal blue lake lined with the reflection of 3 sunlit trees. Betty is all prepared with her backpack “What Adventures” indeed!

And here’s what she did: I stamped Betty & Tigger in black Versafine ink, then masked them in order for me to paint the scene (I used a little box of watercolour paints). The trees were painted with a stippling brush. I used a clear Wink of Stella  brush pen over the lake which gives it a lovely glistening effect.

Paula Downs - adventures are worth taking

And in this second one Tigger is taking Betty for another summer stroll, this time without the lake.  Again, the same method as the first card was applied.  Betty is saying to Tigger “All adventures are worth taking”!

Her painting adds such an artsy, realistic quality to the scenes. I think because she chose not to outline what she painted they really show off the stamped image quite nicely.

Thanks for sharing your work!!

Eat Cake Graphics stamp used:
1163-I Betty and Tigger

Kim Klinkovsky Magical Flowers

Here’s a great card for Spring that Kim made. She says “April showers bring May flowers and these magical flowers are buzzing with activity”. I couldn’t agree more! I love Kim’s background technique – I’m going to have to try this.

Here’s what Kim did:
The background was created by inking directly to a large acrylic block with several ink pads, spritz with water, and stamp on watercolor paper to create a mottled effect. Once dry, I stamped the flowers twice with Versamark clear ink, sprinkled with green embossing powder, and heat set the images. Then I went over some of the branches and leaves with a green glitter pen for sparkle. I added Flower Soft to a few of the blossoms and added a touch of glitter glue and gems for sparkle. I stamped the bee, grasshopper, and ladybug separately, colored them with glitter pens for more sparkle, cut them out, and adhered to the spring scene.

Here’s a close up of the Flower Soft Kim added.

Kim Klinkovsky Magical Flowers detail

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
5011-B Buzzle bee
5028-B Grasshopper
8030-B Ladybug (side)
7041-J Magical flowers (left small)

Alex Menzlewski Believe in Magic

Oh I just love Alex’s little snapshots of the world. This one features flowers galore. And it looks like Fairy Rose is sprinkling even more! It’s such a happy little place and she’s done a wonderful job with her colors. I love the sky too background, soft, yet you can almost make out cloud forms if you look long enough. She’s added just the right amount of sparkle too. Oh, and would you believe the sentiment actually started as a Christmas stamp. She took of the “of Christmas” part and it works perfect for this scene.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
1156-I Fairy Rose sprinkles petals
5035-F Humbee
5008-B Dragonfly
7024-G Ms. Sunshine
7041-J Magical flowers (left small)
7044-V Magical flowers (left big)
7046-S Magical flowers (right big)
8158-E Magic of Christmas (text)

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Oh my goodness I just love Alex’s little scenes, don’t you?! Absolutely WONDERFUL! Although I guess technically this scene isn’t little. To give some perspective, the front porch stamp is 7 1/2 inches tall!

Alex lives in Germany and apparently they’ve had some terrible weather. Storm , rain, sunshine, storm again, hail, sunshine, hailstorm, snow… She said this is why she had to make this card. She thinks little Amanda standing on the porch is asking the same question.

She did an amazing job putting this together. And take a closer look at the tree!

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She said she used leaves from a model train from her father. Oh my goodness that takes some sort of patience.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
1095-G Amanda saw Santa Claus
5008-B Dragonfly
5011-B Buzzle Bee
5030-B Ladybug (side)
5031-B RollyPoly
5059-B Butterfly with dots
5060-B Firefly
5052-C Crumbs away (flying mouse)
6002-Y Front porch
7047-W Tree Hill

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