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Sunday, 23 January 2011

Celebrating Friendship (inc.PBSC January Sales Challenge)

Afternoon all, how ya doing?  It's been another grey cloud day here in the east of England - more of a day for curling up on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate and good book than doing anything energetic.  We had planned to pop over and see my Oldies today but when I phoned, mum advised not to go over as poor old dad has a streaming cold.  I know you won't read this dad but I hope you are better soon, love ya.

So, as there was no parental visit to do, I've had a little play.  Both these cards are for very dear friends, one for a birthday and one for a "just because".

PENNY BLACK SATURDAY CHALLENGE have "January Sales" as the theme this week and I managed to purchase this Flutter Bye cutie in the sales from The Glitter Pot (satisfied grin).

I've watercolour painted Flutter Bye in distress inks.  The layout is borrowed from a Dawny P sketch for another challenge that I have already entered with a different card but the sketch was too fab not to use again!  Papers are Basic Grey from the very first pad of their papers I ever bought, the cover has long since been lost so can't tell you what they are called.  The sentiment is LOTV and the silver peel-off diamond borders are from stash.

My second card today isn't for a challenge, I just thought I'd share it with you.  There was a lot of hair-pulling over this one but it's my own fault for using such a colourful dp!

The image is Painting Rainbows from Sugar Nellie, distress ink painted.  DPs are, I think, Craftwork Cards but from an old collection called Tutti Fruity.  Matting card and corners is Little Sizzlets, the corners done with a Sizzlets photo corner die.  LOTV sentiment, Martha Stewart borders (thought the goo one looked like dripping paint) and EK Success retro flower punch with Card Candy and Martha Stewart frond punch to finish off.  This took an age - firstly with the painting and then getting the colours together.  But I'm happy with the end result - I think she looks as if she is painting the flowers (hopefully!).

Here's a close up:
Right then, that's me done for today.  I'm off to do something menacing to some mushrooms and then sort out work clothes for the morning.  Catch up with you all soon.

Hugs, Sxx


Tasha said...

Both are totally cute!You are so fabulous with those distress inks! I love both cards they are gorgoeus!
love tasha xx

Debbie said...

Just gorgeous Squirrel,i love both of these cards. The goo border is especially genius on the "painting" card, just lovely. Debbiexx

Kristel said...

These are gorgeous cards Squirrel!! Looks so sweet!
Hugs Kristel

Kat said...

Beautiful cards squirrel. Love that goo border, it really does look like dripping paint.

Kat xx

Kaz said...

Hiya Squirrel, Wow....fab cards!
Don't think I've seen that PB image before (shock!)and so beautifully coloured & teamed up with fabby papers.
LOVE the goo dripping on your other card.....brilliant, just inspired!
Kaz xx

kay said...

super cards squirrel and your colouring of images is fab,x

Delphine said...

Fantastic cards, hun, with gorgeous images, both beautifully coloured! I do understand your satisfied grin for the first one:-), and I love the colours of your second card and the punched strip is just brilliant!!! Hugs Delphine xx

Lizzy xx said...

Gorgeous card hun...fab images,dp's & layouts on both...good luck in the challenge

xx Lizzy xx :)

Liz, said...

One of my favourite PB's and you have coloured him beautifully. Thanks for joining in this week at Penny Black,

Liz x

Cynthia said...

Loving the Flutter Bye card, great choice of papers,terrific layout & you're the expert on using the distress inks for colouring. Want to come on over and give me lessons, now wouldn't that be nice!

Cheers & hugs

p.s. I'll join you for the Hot Chocolate anytime, summer or winter

Tracy said...

Hi Squirrel,
I love your Penny Black image, fabulous creation. Beautiful colouring and colours.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Vicky said...

Hi sweetie these cards are gorgeous both of them. I think penny black one is my fave....which is really hard to behonest as they are both fabulous. I had this sugar nellie stamp for crimbo but I've not had chance to ink her yet. She looks so pretty here hun.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Sharon said...

Gorgeous cards, Squirrel. I bought that stamp in the GP sale too, it was too cute to resist.

Rufus said...

They are both perfect! And yes she does look like she's painting the flowers! Love the PB one. All those PB Hedgies are so cute! Sure wish the sun would shine there! Some day it will, I'm sure!
Hugs to ya,

debby4000 said...

Fabulous, gorgeous cards, wonderful sweet images.

Pauline C said...

2 fabulous cards Squirrel - your PB hedgie is incredibly cute and I love the painting effect on your 2nd card. Thanks for joining in this week's PBSC
Pauline x

coops said...

stunning cards squirrel.great images and layouts.i do love how you have done the sugar nellie card.its fab how it looks likes shes painting the flowers and gorgeous colours :D

xx coops xx

Jacilynn said...

oh, these are fabulous! love the bright cheery colors.

Debs said...

2 fab cards Squirrel. Love your colouring with the distress inks. Debs xx

pickle said...

Both fabulous cards..of course I love the PB as they were my first crafty love and I really like how you have done the border on the sugar nellie one
kerry x

Mandy said...

Hun these are both absolutely gorgeous, your colouring always looks so beautiful
hugs Mandy xx

Catherine said...

Gorgeous cardsxx

Pops x said...

Gorgeous cards chick, fab images in gorgeous colour schemes, hugs pops x x x

louise said...

Oh Wow two gorgeous cards and I especially like the first one because it is so cute.
Louise xx

Annie said...

2 fabulous cards Squirrel and I love the brighter colours you have used. we need something to cheer us up as it's cold and grey today! I am keeping fairly well, thanks for asking, but still can't spend too long on the pc. hope things are well with you and have a great weekend.
hugs, annie x

Wishcraft said...

Both GORGEOUS cards Squirrel - your colouring is fabulous :o) Lisa x

Uma said...

oooh check you out! she does look like she's painting the flowers. What a clever bushy-tailed being.

Eisbärin said...

Both cards are gorgeous! But I do have a soft spot for those hedgies.... ;-)
Love, Alex

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