AAA Birthday Design Team

I’m very excited to announce I am joining the Design Team at AAA Birthday Challenge. I still can’t quite believe I was selected and they have an amazing team of designers to give you inspiration for each monthly challenge. There is still time to play along with the June Challenge “Use Water Colours”.

This months challenge is Using Watercolours so I had a play with some metallic watercolours and Inktense Pencils which you can use like watercolours.


  • Washed Gansai Tambi Blue Gold over a sheet of textured paper.

Images and Background

  • Mouse image from Penny Black Critter Love.
  • Coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils which act like watercolours but when dry are permanent.
    • MiceWillow 1900, Baked Earth 1800 and Cherry 0510
    • Moon Iris Blue 0900 and Bright Blue 1000
    • Heart Cherry 0510

Other items


  • Using Bright Blue Inktense Pencil I washed colour over a piece of cardstock and dried it with a heat gun.
  • Washed Gamsai Tambi White Gold over the top of the blue and dried it again.
  • Die cut using the stars from the My Favorite Things Tag Builder Blueprint 6 set.


  • Using the Cherry Inktense Pencil washed a small amount over a piece of cardstock and dried it.
  • Washed Gamsai Tambi White Gold over the top of the red and dried it again.
  • Die cut with the larger heart from the My Favorite Things Tag Builder Blueprint 6 set.
  • I ended up adding some more of the Cherry colour over the top of the white gold to add a bit more depth of colour.


  • Using the left over blue coloured cardstock from the stars I stamped Birthday Hugs from the My Favorite Things Label Maker Sentiments with Delicata Golden Glitz Ink.
  • I used my Mini Misti to do the stamping so I could stamp 3 times to build up the golden ink colour.


  • I decided I didn’t want to but down the background to make a normal size card so I make it into an A5 size. Simply folded A4 cardstock in half.
  • To add a it more interest behind the main panel I cut down some gold patterned vellum from Rosies Vellum and Foil paper pack.
  • I wanted different layers of dimension on the card so I adhered the stars with Multi Matt Medium directly to the background. The star and mice were adhered with 1mm thick adhesive foam pads and the sentiment with thicker foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip

Casology Challenge #261

When I saw this cue card I knew I had at least three stamp sets I wanted to use soooo…here they are.  There are 4 in total I’ve entered into the Casology Challenge #261 so I’ll try to keep the words to a minimum.

Week 261 - Safari

Card No 1

Spritzed cardstock with Heidi Swapp Color Shine ‘Citron’, diecut with leaves from Kaisercraft ‘Poinsettia’ and adhered the negative pieces of the diecut.  Monkey and sentiment from My Favorite Things ‘Sweet Safari’.


Card No 2

Cardstock spritzed with Heidi Swapp Color Shine ‘Citron’. Background diecut (brand unknown) and used all of the pieces.  Cut the die cut down with the My Favorite Things ‘Stitched Dome Stax’.  The leaves were die cut from Kaisercraft ‘Poinsettia’ but this time used the positive cuts in white card.  Giraffe and sentiment are from WPlus9 ‘Party Animal’ and coloured using Derwent Inktense Pencils.Safari-1-3


Card No 3

I’ve been wanting to use this elephant from Katzelkraft ‘Les Jungles’ and wanted to keep it simple. Coloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  Sentiment is from Gerda Steiner ‘Monster Fun’.


And finally Card No 4

Die cut Craft Wise ‘Scalloped circle’ out of American Craft cardstock.  Placed some DCWV zebra patterned paper behind and once again used the Kaisercraft ‘Poinsettia’ leaves.  Zebra and sentiment is My Favorite Things ‘Sweet Safari’ coloured with Copics.  The sentiment is heat embossed in Hero Arts White as it needs a bit of dimension when stamped on textured card.


So that’s it…hope you liked them.

Handmade by Pip


Yeah…You’re so Tweet

So…I happened to be out shopping at Spotlight for craft supplies the other day…no surprises there!  I saw a lovely 6×6 paper stack by DCWV called The Glitter Basics Stack which was on sale so of course I had to have it and I knew the small scale patterns would be perfect with the Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies.


I started by diecutting the letters and built them up with extra letters cut out of black cardstock and adhered together. The background is stamped in Versamark  with the My Favorite Things ‘Garden Florish’ background stamp to give a slightly darker colour than the cardstock colour.

I then used the My Favorite Things ‘All Heart’  stamp set for the sentiment and birds.   The bird image is coloured with Inktense pencils and then diecut with the matching dies.


Once it was all put together I added  Wink of Stella glitter pen over the birds and ta-dah … it’s finished.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.


Handmade by Pip


Stamps: My Favorite Things, Altenew

Dies: Altenew

Colouring: Copics, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Gansai Tambi, Inktense Pencils, Prismacolor Pencils

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Other Mixed Media: Wink of Stella Clear

Cardstock:  Base Cardstock Advance A4 300gsm Long Grain Laser, My Favorite Things Cardstock ‘Orange Fizz’

Other: MISTI Stamping Tool, Double Sided Tape, ATG Gun