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Saturday, 15 January 2011

2 Cards = 7 Challenges!

Happy Saturday everyone!  Ooooh, this has to be my most favourite day of the week.....work is over for a couple of days......I can chill and relax......no going to bed tonight worrying about Monday morning.....some decent easy-viewing on tv tonight......and it's Squirrel Stew for dinner!  What more could a small furry mammal want, apart from a little bit of crafting......so that's what I've been doing!

My first card for you started off with one challenge in mind, and then I went on a blog wander, and found a few more that I think it would fit nicely, so if you are sitting comfortably.....
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Buffet (choose 4 items from 6 to use) (papers, 3 flowers, 3 gems, metal charm)
Our Creative Corner - Let's Play Dress Up (a simple sketch to fiddle with)
Oldie But A Goodie - Bright And Cheerful (PB stamp Butterfly Wishes)
My Partner In Crafting Crime - Something New (papers and big, fat pearls)
Stamp Something - Anything Goes

I've used Penny Black's Butterfly Wishes stamp, watercolour painted with distress inks (it was a bit of a challenge to make him look rounded - I've still got more of a tum than he has!), the papers are from my latest purchase of Papermania Capsule Collections - these are Blueberry and Boysenberry, and for once, all the papers in each collection work together really well, Sizzlets photo corners die, EK Success retro flower punch, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, those huge fat pearls are new to my stash but the tiny ones have been with me a while, can't tell you who made the sentiment - I got it from Lakeland when they still did craft stuff in their shops, and the metal charm paw print was from stash too.

Before I go on to my second card, I've done something stupid........I signed up for the Crafty Blogs rankings.  Considering I started the week at 923, I am thrilled to see that I'm slowly crawling my way up but.... I'm getting obsessed with it!  I know I'll never reach the top, but I'd be dead chuffed with being in the 100s, so come on over and visit me as much as you can, pleeeeeeeeeeeease!

Right, serious stuff, here is my second card and this is for
Dutch Dare Card Challenge - All Stiched Up

Poor Henry (Whiff of Joy), this is the third time he's been used - and all three times have been for knee replacement operations for friends!  This one is for our dear friend Ken, from church, who goes in on Monday.  He's been waiting for ages for the op and I think it is going to make such a difference to his life.  Papers are from a masculine collection by Dovecraft that I've had a while but still think that they are fabulous - isn't it a shame when really good collections vanish?  Orange and brown cardstock is Papermania.  I've painted Henry with distress inks (fast becoming my favourite method, as if you'd not guessed - and yes, I know, I still owe you a tutorial - when the weather improves I promise I'll do it), Martha Stewart border punch to add some interest, Martha Stewart button punch and hole punch for the frilly bits.  I went around the image with my pokey tool again and a Marvy le Plume pen to create the faux stitching, loving this technique just know (and it's all Helen's fault - she'll have me distressing next!).

Sorry that I'm rambled on so much, hope you are still awake - if you are, there is a technical question I'd like to ask you clever bloggers - anyone know how to make the panel (the bit with all the posts on) of my blog wider?

Anyhoo, now off to link to all those challenges, hope to see you later.
Hugs, Sxx


jules said...

love the cards!! gorgeous

Helen said...

Gorgeous cards Squirrel...love the cheerful colours on the PB card (perfect for brightening up such a dull day!)...and Henry is adorable...love the sentiment!
Thanks for joining us at the SCSC!
Helen x

PS - I hope that's not me getting the blame for your faux stitching addiction! ;0)

Rach said...

honey these are fabulous cards, brilliant work.xx

Little K Smith said...

Gorgeous cards, love the PB teddies, wonderfully coloured images!

Kristel said...

These are wonderful cards Squirrel! Looking amazing!
Hugs Kristel

Diane said...

Those are wonderful!

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Beautiful "with love" card

Thanks for joining us on Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge :)

Hugs Jane x

bosenberries said...

Really nice... love all your new bits! Thanks so much for playing with My Partner in Crafting Crime, Robin

Kat said...

Both great cards Squirrel. Love the colours and the sweet image on the first one. And poor wee Henry Mouse on the second. The DP on the 2nd is just perfect for a male card.

Enjoy your weekend,

Kat xx

Pauline C said...

2 fab cards Squirrel - I esp love the cute PB teddy one - brilliant colouring. I ahd to smil about your comment re Crafty Blogs - i'm obsessed wtih it too and sad as I am, it's always the first thing i look at when i log on. My aim to is to try to get above 200 - it happens sometimes but i do find you have to be posting reallyr egualry to stay up tehre and I jsut can't kick cards out that thick and fast lol!!
Pauline x

lil-paper-pixie said...

Lovely cards Squirrel, Ken is sure to love the card.x

Delphine said...

Oh 2 gorgeous cards, Squirrel! Fab images, gorgeous papers and layout! Definitely love your colouring and waiting for the weather to improve:-)! Hugs Delphine xx

Nina Macaulay said...

Sweet cards!
I like the second one best :O)
Great colouring in too!
Hope you enjoyed your stew :OD
Hugs Nina xx

Samantha said...

2 beautiful cards hunny! and if I knew a fig about what you were talking about well I would help but I come over and visit so I guess that's ok! hugs Samantha :0)

scrapperjulia said...

Love your cards! Thanks for joining us at An Oldie but a Goodie Challenge!
Julia-Guest DT

Rufus said...

They're both winners! Glad to know that you remember we're anxiously awaiting the tutorial with all your secrets! Have no idea about the blog rankings thing, but I come visit all the time anyway! Enjoy your weekend,

Lori said...

It's been waaaaaay too long since I've visited you my friend :( I'm still drooling over the fabulous designs I've seen here! You have the cutest stamps!!!

Even though you have stepped down from the DTs, I hope that you'll be staying here where I know I can always find you ♥

Much love ~ Lori

Squirrel said...

Hi Squirrel!
Your cards are really pretty.
I've been trying to find time to answer your lovely message on my blog 'from one squirrel to another' - I can't believe how much we have in common (except cats, I'm allergic to those) but how jealous will you be if I tell you I was at the first F1 night race ever in Singapore? LOL
Keep in touch!
Squirrel (Rosey)

Francesca said...

What a bright and cheerful card ,

Thanks for joining us at Oldie but a Goodie this fortnight and good luck!

coops said...

fantastic cards squirrel.fabulous images , really love the woj one, my weakness :D
stunning colours and layouts hun and i love those big fat pearls :D
i`m obsessed with my crafty rating too.i did manage to get into the top 50 over christmas by fluke i think but am now quickly sliding back down,lol.:D

xx coops xx

Jackie said...

Both are fab cards but I really love thathe top one, such a sweet little bear :o)
Jackie xx

kath said...

cute cards squirrel.......thanks for joining in the fun at Penny Black Saturday..hugs kath xxx

Miriam said...

How cute! Great coloring job on the bear. I always have trouble leaving light spots but you have mastered it.

Sharon said...

Both brilliant cards. I really love the way you've coloured the bear.

By the way, those masculine papers still seem to be available at rugbycrafts.co.uk

Diane Gilbert said...

Adorable! Love how you dressed up this week's layout with the flowers along the side and the added pearls are perfect! Thanks for playing along with 'Our Creative Corner' this week!

debby4000 said...

Oh they're both gorgeous and so cute.

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