Houghton's love of animation began at a young age. As part of the last generation of children who's movies and TV shows were still hand drawn, and before the rise in popularity of CGI and 3D animation, she was raised on a steady diet of 2D animated movie's such as Fantasia (1940) and the snowman (1982), as well as TV shows as disparate as the felt-tip scrawl of Roobard & Custard, Rugrats and little known stop motion classic, Moschops & Ally. 

Her early attempts at animation included hand drawn flip books and stop motion clips shot on her bathroom floor.

Nowadays, she creates her animations by hand drawing each frame onto paper, before overlaying her characters onto hand painted watercolour backgrounds.