Thursday 14 September 2023

Hoppy Birthday

Challenge #247 has just gone live at Time Out Challenges and it's an Inspiration Photo Challenge!

Here's a closer look at all that Fall Fabulousness!

This challenge is being generously being sponsored by Lawn Fawn and they are offering our Top Pick as chosen by the design team a $25 voucher to their store.  

Our top pick will also be invited to guest design with us at a future date so I hope you will take some Time Out of your busy schedule and come play cards with us!  

Where will our inspiration photo lead you, what has grabbed your attention - I 
can't wait to seeing how you will be inspired!

The autumnal colours, particularly that orange tent were what caught my eye and I pulled out this NBUS Lawn Fawn Acorn House to begin with.   The musical instruments gave me the idea to add a grass hopper from A Bug Deal (also NBUS) because I love the sound of grasshoppers (not too crazy about the actual critters mind you)!  And of course he's going to hop right over that little house ... so I went with a spinner card and a "Hoppy Birthday" sentiment!

I used another Lawn Fawn set (Puffy Clouds Border) to cut some cloud stencils from a sheet of repurposed acetate packaging and used these to create my blended sky then cut a curved spinner channel in this.  I stamped and embossed my grasshopper and coloured him with alcohol inks and added some highlights with a white Posca pen.  Can't you just hear his "wheeee" as he sails over the house?

I cut all the pieces for the acorn house from Bristol Paper and coloured with various DIs.  The Acorn body I coloured with Carved Pumpkin DI and then overstamped it with a woodgrain stamp from my stash.  The door and roof were coloured with Ground Espresso and Gathered Twig DIs and the computer generated sentiment was cut with one of the first dies I ever bought (Spellbinders Small Tag S3) and distressed with Gathered Twig DI.  I coloured a little bit of twine with Carved Pumkin DI and used it to attach the little sentiment tag around the stalk of the acorn.  I also added yellow vellum behind the windows.

The grass was cut from Bristol Paper using another NBUS set (Lawn Fawn Meadow Borders) and  coloured with Mowed Lawn DI.   I cut some leaves using the Acorn House set and blended with Mowed Grass, Apple Red, Carved Pumpkin and Gathered Twig DIs - and yes my fingertips and nails were a lovely mess!  I cut the dinky little keyhole for the door from a teeny snippet of gold mirri card - I now have a reason to keep even the really teeny snippets of gold now!
Challenge #247, we're joined by the extremely talented Trina Pham as our guest designer and her blog is well worth a visit as well as those of my talented team mates!

I'd like to enter the following challenges

Simons Says Wednesday Challenge - Make it Cute is the theme and Lawn Fawn = cute!

- the leaves were cut from a snippet of card stock that I'd blended with various autumnal tones for a previous project and of course there was a snippet of gold for the key hole!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you go away a little inspired!  Your visits and comments are always a joy and always appreciated!  And if you leave a comment, I’ll know you were here and how to find you!



  1. This scene is so creatively made and utterly cute!!! I didn't even notice the instruments in the photo... How fun you spotted them and it gave you this super idea! xx

  2. OMG this is SO cute and clever! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.

    Co-Owner … Can You Handle the Pressure, Double D, Four Seasons, Peace On Earth, Stencil Fun, Simply Clean & Simple, Two Old Bats, Triple B

  3. This is just wonderful, Kate. I love all of the detail right down to the vellum windows. And that little cricket jumping over the acorn house??? Just too adorable! Such a wonderful make for our challenge!

  4. An amazing card Kate. Love the clouds & how you made the acorn house, but the star of the show is the grasshopper jumping over everything!

    Thanks for entering a piece of homework to the Snippets Playground. See you up in the treehouse later. x

  5. What a super card this is Kate! Really clever idea to have the grasshopper leaping over the acorn house. And pure genius to use the wood grain stamp for the acorn body! I love this card!

    Di xx

  6. You have a great eye and creative mind, Kate. Zeroing in the the tent and seeing the large acorn was brilliant. And then making the card interactive put the cherry on top.

  7. This is Cute with a capital C, Kate! It's perfect for fall and your coloring and the details of this fun interactive design are amazing! Thank you for the heads up about TO! Now I'd love to see your card in the gallery at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

  8. Adorable grasshopper and sweet acorn house! Love that it’s interactive! So cool to read what elements in the photo inspired this.

  9. I've hopped over from Pixie Snippets. What a fun card this is with your grasshopper jumping over the acorn house. So clever and cute!

  10. Lovely and fun card full of details, the mushroom house is so cute and that grasshopper makes me smile! So clever that it jump on the mushroom!

  11. This is such a cute card, Kate!! I really love this beautiful autumn inspired acorn house and then this cutie grasshopper. It's always so fun to see interactive card. Hugsxx


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