This image is from the birthday order I placed in December – I’ve finally managed to ink it up.  This is probably the image I wanted the most from Stamping Bella but I resisted buying it in my first order as I always think it looks more like someone is moving house rather than a stamp I could use for a birthday card but it’s so cute I finally caved and bought it. 

I actually thought this would make a cute set from Stamping Bella if they re-drew the image with nothing on the roof and gave you accessory pieces for different times of year (similar to SU’s Loads of Love).  It would be great to put presents on the roof or a Christmas tree or skis/snowboards, etc.

The other reason I resisted is because these images are all “Huggabugs”.  I think I mentioned this some time ago but I’d prefer this little creature (who IS adorable) didn’t have wings.  I know that people in the stamping world know they are supposed to be huggabugs but the recipients of my cards don’t know this.  I did alter the previous Huggabug that I bought but I gave this one a quick try and I just wouldn’t be able to remove the wings without damaging other parts of the stamp.  Hopefully, the cut I did make won’t be that noticable the next time I use the stamp.

So, here’s the card:

It came out a little dark – I’m still working on improving my pictures but I think it’s more of a lighting issue at the moment.  The camera certainly takes clear shots.

I used some Cosmo Cricket paper that I’ve had for a little while.  I probably would have used more of it by now but I got it the same time as I started making Christmas cards and it got overlooked for far too long.  I’ll be making it a point to use some of it up in the near future so you might see a lot of this paper in the weeks ahead (maybe…I’ve got a lot of paper begging for the spotlight and I have a very short attention span)  I also used some retired SU cardstock – don’t ask the colour, I can’t remember…maybe Baha Breeze?  When moving to my new room I grouped the In Colour CS by year and I’m hoping to finish off some of the older stuff.  The colours are nice but I can’t get more so I might as well use it up and make room for the next crop.

The colouring on this card is a hybrid. (I firmly believe in mixing mediums.)  I used copics for the face (I only have a couple – for colouring faces and for outlining – I am still on the fence about investing in copics so I thought colouring faces was a good way to test-drive them.  So far, I DON’T have the knack!) and reinkers with an aquapainter for the rest of the image (that’s my “normal” way to colour these days).  I didn’t use colouring pencils/OMS on this card but I have added them to the mix in the past.

There is a small portion of the image that I didn’t colour.  I just don’t know what it is.  It could be the lid on the top box that is sitting on the roof of the car.

If anyone knows what it is, please let me know! (I might ask on the Stamping Bella forum.  I don’t normally visit those forums as I don’t need to know about any more stuff that I should buy!)