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Saturday, 29 January 2011

Waaaaaaay Out Of The Comfort Zone!

Morning all, happy weekend to you!   Sending big, warm, furry hugs to those of you who are not feeling well - Dr Squirrel prescribes chocolate and cuddles.

Now then, this morning I have had to climb, kicking and screaming, out of my comfort zone to make a card for my sister-in-law's birthday.  She is a crafter too but has a style that is all her own.  She doesn't do stamps!  Aargh, how is that possible?!  So, rather than make her something she wouldn't actually like (seemed a bit selfish to make one that I liked when she's the one that's got to look at it) I had a go at trying to make something like she would.  And blimey, it was difficult!
Starting from the back, dark green lace paper is Papermania from the Verde Capsule Collection, cream, pink and green butterfly paper from Laura Ashley, small butterflies are an EK Success punch, the large one is Martha Stewart, tiny flowers are EK Success, leaves are Martha Stewart.  I had to get one stamp on here at least so used the LOTV birthday sentiment with a green Memento ink.  Gems and pearls are all from stash.

It was an effort so I hope that it pays off!

Before I dash off, quick reminder that my January Candy closes in two days (link in sidebar) so you still have til midnight on Monday to enter.

And my resignation - I am resigned to not being able to get back my pretty floral background so the new Squirrel's World look is clean and simple.  Bit like me really, only I'm more on the simple side.  Bit of a grubby little Squirrel really.  Less said about that the better I think..........

Catch ya all laters!  Hugs, Sxx


mariska said...

Wooow! I like your card!
And the butterflys are lovely!

Hugs mariska


Hi Squirrel
A beautfiul card i am sure she will love it,love the look of your new blog layout especially the top bit ,have a lovely weekend
Hugs Dianne xx :)

Uma said...

well done on a very scary challenge!

Julie said...

Gorgeous Squirrel and what perfect papers to go with your design. I've only been doing stamping for just over a year when I discovered that I could actually colour using the Copics so used to make this kind of card though not as stunning I might add. I made a couple of "non stamping" card this week,it did feel strange. Enjoy your weekend,Julie.x

LouDotMac said...

A crafter that doesn't stamp!? Now that.. is a novelty!!
This card is gorgeous - I love the colours you have used, the butterflies are perfect.

You've done a great job for being very outside of your comfort zone!!

Lou Mac. xo

Vicky said...

I struggle to make cards without using stamps boy is it hard!!! You have done a fabulous job here & I'm sure your sister will love it hun. I love the butterflies.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Debs said...

Gorgeous card Squirrel. Can't remember the last time I made a card without stamping, I'll go and check in a mo. Your sis-in-law will love it. Debs xx

Kristel said...

That is a gorgeous card Squirrel! Looks so sweet! Have a nice day hon!!
Hugs Kristel

Jackie said...

Very pretty card Squirrel, sometimes it's good to diversify :o)
Jackie xx

LouDotMac said...

Hey, I have a blog award over at my blog for you to collect! I hope you like it.

Lou Mac. xo

Chrissie said...

Hi Squirrel!
I'm sure your SIL will love this, it's so pretty!
I have a good friend that doesn't stamp and yet manages to make the most stunning cards, I'll never know how she manages it as I think it's really difficult not to use a stamp.
lol Chrissie xx

Chrissy said...

Clean and simple. perfectly done, She will love it.

Pops x said...

Hi sweetie, this is gorgeous, love the colours you have picked, really sweet hugs pops x x x

kimmie_35 said...

Gorgeous card!

Kat said...

Maybe not what you're used to doing Squirrel but still a gorgeous card. I've been well out of my comfort zone twice with my DT kits for Simply Create but I've managed to convince myself that it's good for me lol!

Kat xx

Wishcraft said...

A beautiful card Squirrel, gorgeous colours and love the paper :o) Lisa x

Rufus said...

You did a great job on this, comfort zone or not! I know, I've got a friend who makes great cards, but she doesn't stamp either! Mind boggling isn't it?

Tasha said...

Oh wow its a stunning card, you SIL is going to love it i am sure! Im not sure how i would fair without stamps :)
love tasha xx

Delphine said...

Gorgeous card, hun! No stamps, wow, I am impressed! I love all the butterflies and the gems, so beautiful! And I love your new banner:-)! Do you now know how to make larger columns yourself? If you do, you can tell me, I am interested LOL! Have a great Sunday! Lots of hugs, Delphine xx

coops said...

gorgeous card squirrel.i love the butterflies and delicate colours.you s-i-l will love it.
well done hun on going out of your comfort zone :D

xx coops xx

Eisbärin said...

Might be out of your comfort zone but it's a beauty nevertheless!
Love, Alex

Squirrel said...

Very pretty - you should make more cards outside your comfort zone LOL
Oz Squirrelx

KraftyKoolKat said...

Gorgeous hunni even if you were out of your comfort zone you still succeeded.


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