Friday, 9 February 2018

Snippets Playground - Uptown Girl Brynn has a Baby Shower

I started going to an evening class in drawing and painting for beginners earlier this year in an attempt to get out more. Our lovely tutor is going on maternity leave after next week's half term. Realising yesterday that that evening would be her last lesson, I decided to whip up a quick card for her when I got home from work before going the class.
I used Stamping Bella's Uptown Girl Bryn has a Baby Shower and stamped it on some mixed media card in black archival ink and then on some snippets of paper from an old lili of the valley paper pad to paper piece her to save time colouring (I store any snippets tucked inside the main pad so that they are always to hand with the full sheets). I added a little shading to her dress with a light grey zig clean colour pen and coloured the remaining parts of the image in with the clean colour pens too.
I die cut the image using a Tattered Lace Twilight Labels die and also cut a mat of green card for it to sit on. I used the same green card to mat a larger piece of leftover patterned paper from the pad on a 5x7 card. I stamped one of the Clearly Besotted Sentiment Flags in black and snipped it down to fit on the card. I added green and pink glitter to the gift bags to give some sparkle and a trio of enamel dots to the card corner. I used three paper flowers that were handy by the table to embellish the card. I would have added some foliage or swirls behind them, but didn't have time to go rooting for the right dies! Job done in super quick time (by my usual standards), the rush is also my excuse for the dodgy photo again...
Thank you for all your good wishes for Willow's spay. I'm pleased to say that it went well and despite (understandably) feeling very sorry for herself when she came home, she is now feeling much more like her usual self. She's staying in the kitchen (with the heating off) for a few days whilst she recovers and is enjoying demanding a fuss everytime we go in. Rather than having a lampshade collar, which would stop her reaching round to her bottom to eat her "packed lunch", she's wearing a medical pet shirt to stop her fiddling with her wound. TMI ALERT - rabbits produce two different types of poos. There's the round ones that we're probably all familiar with and also caecotrophs (caecals) which they eat straight from their bottom. The caecals are soft, sticky and smelly and are a bit like a bunch of grapes in shape.  Rabbits can't obtain all the nutrition from their food in one go and so eat these to gain more nutrients. In a normal healthy rabbit with a good diet, you shouldn't see any of these poos. Excess caecals mean something isn't right. I went to a lecture by one of the UK's top rabbit specialists and she described caecals as being a bunny packed lunch!
Willow demonstrating that the onesie is comfy to eat in (even if it is a bit big for you)

You can wash your face whilst wearing it

And you can reach round to your bottom

How it fastens (including tail hole!)

Have you stopped taking embarrassing photos of me yet?


  1. Sweet card Cara, she will love it too. Oh but that cute Willow takes all the limelight here....she is just too cute in that little coat too! glad she has now recovered from her ordeal..and thanks for the info too..I didnt know any of that ;) hugs Viv xx

  2. Gorgeous card Cara and gorgeous Willow too...she looks so cute in her onesie bless her :)
    Hugs Kaz xx

  3. Hi Cara,
    what a very beautiful card and such good use of snippets.
    Love that image and your gorgeous design.
    Too much info on the bunnies habits though I have just had my tea. LOL.
    Oh isn't she so cute with her clothing on .
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  4. glad to hear and see that Willow is ok. I will be passing this rabbit info onto my DIL as my grandaugther has rabbits and she takes looking after them very seriously. They even have a webcam in the hutch so they can watch them from inside the house and make sure they are ok. Hugs Mrs A.

  5. This is a pretty card and she is going to love it! Great image and pretty design.

    Glad to hear little Willow is doing better. Your photos of her are adorable.

  6. A perfect card for your art tutor. I bet she was thrilled with it.

    TFS the photos of Willow and for the info about rabbit poo, glad I've finished my tea before reading it! LOL! xx

  7. Super card, great image and lovely use of those NitWit papers.
    Fab photo's of Willow, she is so cute

    Kath x

  8. Well Cara Willow is the star of this post, she is adorable in her little getup, so pleased that everything went well for her.

    Your card is lovely, gorgeous colouring and a fabulous design, I'm sure your tutor loved it, have a good weekend, Kate x

  9. Hi Cara
    Fabulous card for the Mum to Be. Hope to see some of your art work soon.
    Glad all went well for Willow.
    All I can say about the poo situation is, if there is re-incarnation, I don't want to come back as a rabbit lol!!!
    Ang x

  10. Great card for your tutor - Stampin' Bella have some gorgeously girly stamps don't they. Great pics of Willow Too - not everyone can rock a green onesie with such panache!


  11. Brilliant card Cara! I bet your tutor loved it! And I was fascinated to read all about the odd habits of rabbits - thank goodness it wasn't near teatime though! She looks adorable in her little green onesie - bless her. Packed lunch and all! :) At least Parsnip doesn't do that trick. :)


    Di xx

  12. Lovely card but even better to see Willow doing so well. She looks happier with her suit than Maisie did with her jacket though maybe rabbits don't have such moody looks as dogs. Have a great weekend, Angela xXx

  13. Oh my goodness! First, your card is coordinated beautifully! I adore those colors and all the embellies! Second - Willow is SO cute! I'm thrilled she's doing well and that "onesie" is adorable :) xoxo Christi

  14. Isn't Brynn the best preggers image? I just love it and always get lots of oohs and aahs when I do, as you will when the recipient and her friends see this! Thank you for sharing photos of the patient, Cara, and for the enthralling education on the bunny digestive system! Seriously, it was interesting. I just don't see how you manage to get one.single.thing done when you have your hands full of huggable bunny all day long!! Hugs, Darnell

  15. Hi Cara, a gorgeous card for your tutor, love the patterned papers and the paper piecing you did on the card. Willow looks quite happy to have been invited inside in her glad rags, no wonder every time you go to the kitchen she expects some bunny love hugs... have a wonderful week... Megan

  16. Clever work, CRa, I store my snippets in pads at front the same, that way they actually are used!!!!!
    Love your bunnies soooo cute!!!
    Hugs Shaz in Oz.x

    1. Oops sorry Cara, the capital hoodwinked my “a”! 😁

  17. Such a perfect card and that image is fabulous, along with the paper piecing. Thank you for 'All' the information on rabbits! So glad Willow is well and on the mend x

  18. OMGosh little Willow is sooooo cute in her onesie!!! Hope she's feeling better soon
    And what a sweet card for your tutor, bet she loved this - LOTV images are hard to beat aren't they!

  19. Your card is so pretty Cara and I'm sure your tutor was delighted with it. What adorable pictures of Willow. She looks very smart in her green onesie. I hope she's enjoying the special attention too. I was very interested to read your info on the bunny poo. They say you learn something new every day so thanks for sharing. Barbxx

  20. Absolutely darling card for your class instructor. And, oh my ~ what a sweet little bunny all dressed up (for Easter :o)

  21. This stamp is one of my all time faves. I love the beautiful card you have made here, it is stunning, that paper is gorgeous and I love the flowers. I am very curious about the drawing class, I want to do that this year. I'd love to draw even basic things. Love the onesie, she looks so cute. Cx

  22. Beautiful card Cara, you're colouring is lovely! Willow in a oneside, not something I ever thought to see but she looks so stinking cute lol! xx


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