Sunday, 10 June 2018

Gym Rats

I've been playing with the new Gym Rats set from Waffle Flower this weekend which I love for it's quirkiness but I am not sure they are rats - I think either hamsters or guinea-pigs lol!

Firstly my friend has been part of a group of 6 who have been running 10K a day for a whole year!  I couldn't run a whole 10K in year never mind do one every day but he did it and they've raised around £7k for a hospice from it which is amazing.  So I made him a card using the set which I think is perfect for recognising his achievement.

I coloured him with pencils, fussy cut him as I wanted him to hold the handle on the treadmill so I could have him doing a "jumping for joy" now he's finished.  I added a top layer of card and die cut a window using MFT's Square Peek a Boo die and it moved a bit in my die cut machine cos I was being lazy and not using tape or my magnetic platform.  It was out by 2mm which may not seem much but on a really CAS design it really bothered me, so I did another layer and popped it on top trimming off the excess inside the window with a craft knife (didn't want to take the bottom layer off as it would have destroyed the base card)  I thought I'd share my mess-ups as there is always a way to fix them.  I added some striped red paper for contrast (that's a bit out too but I'd lost the will to live by the time I noticed that and the recipient wont!)

I had lots of fun colouring the cute characters so I decided to make another with a punny twist.

I stamped 3 different guinea-pigs (I think that's what I've landed on what they are!) on a die cut craft circle and coloured them with pencils.   I added a sentiment underneath using Owen's ABCs from Lawn Fawn, but I messed it up, so I did it again and cut a banner around it to cover up my off-centre stamping underneath!

The pun comes on the inside, and because I couldn't be bothered to spell it out with stamps, I just wrote it by hand - I think sometimes we forget we can just write stuff!  If you don't want to use your own penmanship then pick one of the many alphabet stamps and spell it out  - just visit our Alphabet section in the store.  I added another little guinea-pig inside and drew a little gin coupe in his hand to match the pun.  Very me :-)

  • We'll have the latest release from Neat and Tangled in store on Monday
  • The as yet to be released June products from Mama Elephant will be in store on the 15th
  • Lil' Inker Designs have a new release this week and fingers crossed it should ship tomorrow so we should have it by the end of the week customs willing.
  • Concord and 9th's release that went live in the USA on the 9th should ship tomorrow also so again should be with us by the end of the week.
Catch you on the flipside.



  1. Love the cards, they are brilliant. x

  2. Cute cards! And about the new turnabout stamp.... the stars are really great!!!

  3. Oh Tara - what fun! Darnell would love this set!


    Di xx

  4. They must be hamsters, guinea pigs would never go to the gym (their favorite hobby is eating stuff and moving as little as possible :D). Great cards, I like that you also show the mistakes, and how to fix them (or ignore them :)).


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