Cracking up!

Did you get snow yesterday? In my part of the world it was very cold all day and then, just as I was going out, down came the white stuff. It was quite fast and furious and some did settle, but not enough to grind everything to a halt!  If you are feeling the cold then I hope the project I am sharing today might just warm you up!


Yes, it’s Stampotique Sunday again and the challenge, set this week by Kathi, over on the Stampotique Designer’s Challenge Blog   is “you crack me up!” Kathi would like us to “humorous project that also has a crackle texture.”  I have gone for full on crackle with my little gnome house. As I was creating it, I was concerned that, once all the images were attached, you may not see the full extent of the crackle so I took some pictures beforehand.

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I used Finnabair White Crackle Texture Paste, slathering it on thickly so I got dimension as well as deep crackle. The base of my house was created from chipboard that I cut freehand. I used a mixture of Dylusions Paints and Distress Crayons for colour and a Stabilo All pencil for definition. Then it was time to get happy with my stamps.


I was already super excited that my jumbo order of stamps had arrived from the USA. I have been patiently counting down the weeks. I will confess to feeling a little queasy when I saw just how many stamps I’d ordered but what’s a girl to do? I saved a fortune by not ordering everything on my list 🙂 Anyway Mushroom Forest is the first of my newbies to get an airing. I’ve coloured it with Polychromos and decoupage to create depth.


The little gnomes are from 3 Dwarfy Gnomes and 4 Dwarfy Gnomes whilst the kitty is perching on the mushroom is on the Kitty Squad stamp. Some of the images are attached with glue gel to give further dimension.


I painted a paper flower with crackle paint and the coloured it with Dylusions Paints and Distress Crayons as before.


The stem is a scrap of card to which I added black stripes.


Finally, I used my computer to create the words and frame. It was actually these words, seen on Pinterest, that started the whole idea of in my head.



Wishing you a lovely Sunday, keep warm and thanks for buzzing by.


Cracking up! — 18 Comments

  1. Love this Mrs Bees, a lot of hard work but great fun too I would imagine. Thanks so much for joining in with us again at Stampotique, and have a fun weekend. Sue xx

  2. This is altogether, gobsmackingly wonderful! I love all the details, the wonderful crackle, and all the Stampotique stamps you used in your creation. The sentiment is fabulous and funny too.

    Great work!

    Thanks for playing along with my challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenges!!!

  3. What a great selection of Stampotique rubber stamps you have used! Love this bright project
    Thank you for joining us at the stampotique designers challenge this week

  4. This is fun and has so much detail to ti.
    Thank you for joining in with the Stampotique challenge this week.
    Carol x

  5. I just love this, it is so quirky. Wonderful colours and lots of texture. The little gnomes are so funny and the mushrooms are wonderful.

    The whole arrangement takes me back to my childhood and trips to Never, Never Land at Southend on Sea.

    Dionne xx

    PS Keep warm,

    • Thanks Dionne. Although I’ve been to Southend, I don’t remember Never, Never Land but, for a time, Blackpool had an Alice ride that was a bit like this!! xx

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