Monday, 27 February 2012


A friend of mine recently asked on Facebook if anyone had a stamp or digi of an expectant mother with hubby holding her belly.
There didn't seem many out there so I drew this one for her and decided to share it on my blog just in case anyone else is looking for the same.

The original pen drawing is only about 3 1/2 inches high so I wouldn't advise enlarging it more than about 5" or it might look a bit strange.

I hope someone out there can make use of it.

For the uncoloured PDF version click HERE
For the coloured PDF version click HERE

Vince :0)x

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Need A Hug Digi

Aloysius is up and about again and feeling much better, all he needs now to feel 100% is BIG hug from Molly to put the world to rights and of course Molly is only too happy to oblige.

You can download the uncoloured PDF Digi HERE,
& the coloured version PDF HERE.

I hope you like it.

Vince :0)x

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Put On A Happy Face

I made this 6" circle card using Amanda's cute Cheshire Cat digi -
available HERE.

The background paper is also from Amanda's collection and is called "Dot Pastel" paper pack -
available HERE.

After colouring the elements digitally I printed them off together and assembled them together using foampads on a round card. I cut a small piece from the bottom of the card to make it stand up.

I lastly added Clear gloss to his nose, eyes and a little to his tongue to give them dimension.

Hope you like it :0)

Vince x

Card design - Vince Ballard.
Backing paper - Amanda Marks.
heshire Cat digi - Amanda Marks.
Digi's coloured - Digitally.
Anita's Cleargloss

Friday, 17 February 2012


Aloysius is a bit under the weather, Molly must have been feeding him too many sweets, as she does tend to spoil him!
Still, he has hot soup and his favourite teddy so he should be feeling better very soon.
I thought this would make a cute (if not unusual) topper for a "Get well soon" card.

For the uncoloured PNG digi version click HERE
For the coloured PNG version click HERE

I hope you like it.

Vince x

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Steampunk Box Card

This is a 5"x7" card I made using "PhotoScape" a free online photo editing software.

One of it's features is "Make a box"  filter, which I've used here to make the flat card look like a 3D box.
After designing and saving the picture (sentiment and Steampunk lady on a brown background)  I opened it up in PhotoScape and used the "Make a box" filter.

I then printed off and cut out the finished card and stamped it using HOTP's "Timeless" and "Masculine Collage" rubber stamps, I used Tim Holtz "Walnut Stain" distress ink as I didn't want a sharp outline.

From afar it looks just like a real box yet it's flat! A cool Trompe L'Oeil effect.

Vince :0)x

Sunday, 12 February 2012


I made these two cards yesterday using only HOTP papers and stickers.
The images were done by me.

I hope you like them.
Vince :0)x

Thursday, 9 February 2012


Who better to put on a Valentine's card than the Queen Of Hearts!

This little lady is from Amanda's cute NEW "Alice In Wonderland" range of digi's, which also includes Alice, The Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat and the Caterpillar.

Click HERE to see them all.

I used a 5"x7" white gate fold card, covered it with Amanda's "Alice In Wonderland" background paper, then went around the edge with an inkpad.

Then I cut a large heart and again went around the edge with an inkpad before gluing it to the front of the card, the Queen was attached with foam pads and I used glossy accents on the heart head dress and her scepter.

After adding some moving eyes and the heart shaped confetti around her head I finished it off with the sentiment.

Inside the card I added a close up of the Queen and a pun about losing your head, that's what she famous for after all!

I hope you like it

Vince :0)x

Card design - Vince Ballard.
Queen Digi - Amanda Marks.
BackgroundPaper - Amanda Marks.
Coloured - Digitally.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012


I don't know what it is either, I think that maybe I had too much time on my hands this morning! Lol
 Maybe someone out there in Craftland can make use of him!? 
I'd love to see it if you do!

To download the PNG file click HERE

Vince :0)x

Monday, 6 February 2012


This is a money/gift voucher card I made today using rubber stamps and papers from HOTP
The Steampunk girl picture is part of a set of Steampunk digi's I've been working on recently. Although you can't really tell fom this picture I've used glossy accents on her eyes, lips, glasses and a few of the coloured cogs to make them pop!

I hope you like it

Vince :0)x

Saturday, 4 February 2012


I had an idea last month for a digi set, This is the first one and and thought I'd share with my "crafty" friends to see/use.

Whilst out playing little Molly Mayhew found a baby dragon in an old tree stump, carried him home and spoilt him rotton.
To her he was just like a big ol' puddy cat.
Aloysius decided to stay, because although Molly could be boisterous with him sometimes, the rewards made it all worth while!
To download the COLOURED JPG version click HERE
To download the UNCOLOURED DIGI JPG version click HERE

I hope you like it

Vince :0)x

Wednesday, 1 February 2012


No I'm not too late, nor too early, I drew this last year for Halloween, then over wrote the digi file with this coloured version by mistake - DOH!!
So rather than just delete it altogether I've just finished colouring it and decided it might make a card topper or something that you clever crafter s might make use of.

To download the JPG file click HERE

Vince :0)x


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