A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Monday, 4 June 2018

Animal Antics

The Paper Players current challenge is Animal Antics.

The word "antics" in the challenge title made me think it should be animals getting up to something fun so I thought of my stamp with a cat jumping out of a gift-wrapped box opened by a surprised but delighted dog.

The image was stamped and heat embossed and then painted with watercolour paints.  A simple sentiment, a black border, and a white card base and it was done!

I'm also going to add it to CAS Christmas as there is no glitter or sparkle on it and I'd feel fine giving it to a man who loves animals (might save it for my vet!).

Speaking of animal antics, at our recent Eat Sleep Craft Repeat retreat, Christine and I had our dogs there.  They were mostly very well behaved, especially my old fellow Will who is 14 - he slept the days away near the crafting action. 

My young English Cocker, Tessa, got into mischief stealing paper towel from the rubbish and shredding it for us!  This photo could well be Christine telling her off for the latest paper towel theft!

You can see Christine's young Golden, Tika, in the photo with a stuffie in her mouth.  It is a sweet Appaloosa horse stuffie that Darnell brought with her to the retreat to sit on the table with her little Hammie (those of you who follow Darnell's blog will know what I'm talking about) but Tika stole the Appaloosa and made it her own after Darnell graciously said she could keep it:

And that brings me to some other animal antics, involving a live Appaloosa.  Many of you know I volunteer for therapeutic horse riding for kids with disabilities.  We had our summer fundraiser on the weekend and I led our wonderful Appaloosa therapy horse, Sprite, in the 5 km walk/ride/run/bike part of the event.  A delightful little special needs girl rode him and she was thrilled to see that the instructor turned Sprite into a unicorn for the occasion.  Here's a photo (I can't include one with the rider because of our confidentiality policy):

It was a chilly cloudy day but lots of people came out and we raised about $10,000 to fund riders who otherwise couldn't afford it.  That's me in the red raincoat with our instructor and another couple of volunteers.

Stamps - Penny Black image, Impression Obsession sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - white and black cs, watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, clear embossing powder


  1. I love this. It's got everything: cuteness, lovely colouring, super crisp and clean design. Thank you so much for joining us at The Paper Players.

  2. That image is just adorable, Susan and love the watercoloring on it. I still haven't had the nerve to watercolor an image (grin). Your card makes me smile!

  3. I love your sweet Christmas card with the cat popping out of the box surprising the dog:-) A fun card for your Christmas card sale.

    Wow..what a fabulous turn out for your fundraiser, Susan. TFS your photos of Tess, Tika and the Appaloosa therapy horse. I admire your dedication for this worth while cause. Hugs...

  4. Your critters are adorable and so much fun, Susan! That includes Tessa, Tika and Sprite! How cool that you turned him into a unicorn for the day! I'm sure the children loved that!

  5. you have the best doggy stamps, great watercolouring and I think any man would love that with or without the sparkle :)
    Wonderful photos, great to see an appaloosa horse IRL hee hee.

  6. Adorable. Wonderful watercolouring of this sweet image Susan. I love the expressions on the face of the cat and the dog! :) Love these pictures of Tika, Tessa, and Sprite! xx

  7. What a great image, one I can relate to! Love the soft watercoloring, great card Susan and SOOOO CUTE :D

  8. Such an adorable cat & dog scene, Susan! This card makes me smile! :-)
    And you did a fantastic job with the fundraising event - pretty unicorn Sprite for the girl and the huge $ amount raised!
    Thanks for sharing the cute photos of Tessa and TiKa too! Hideko xx

  9. Such a fun Christmas card with wonderfully watercolored critters! They definitely look like they are up to having some fun! Thanks for playing along over at The Paper Players this week!

  10. Wow to amount raised Susan...well done to you all. Thank you for sharing the photos of the adorable dogs...had a little chuckle x Adorable Christmas card too x

  11. A wonderful post, Susan! I am smiling hugely over that photo of the unicorn Appaloosa! What a hoot and a brilliant idea to amuse the kids! Your beautifully colored Christmas card is adorable and I bet it will be put on display by the vet's office! It was the perfect prelude to the sweet photos of Tess and Tika! Such happy memories!! I hope Will is hanging in there! Hugs, Darnell

  12. What a sweet pair up to their animal antics Susan - love your CAS watercoloured card. Lots of animal fun in your post today for sure! Thanks for playing along with my theme challenge over at The Paper Players this week!

  13. What a fabulous image and you colored it beautifully. Great photos of the doggies at the retreat, too! So glad yoou joined us at the Paper Players this week

  14. Thanks for all your kind comments!

  15. Adorable Christmas card Susan - lovely CAS design


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