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Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy Love Day

Yeah, I know it's Valentine's day, but it would be a bit weird sending Valentine wishes to some people, so I shall simply wish you all a Happy Love Day.

Pleased to say that today has gone much better than yesterday (yay)!  First of all, my beloved gave me THREE Valentine cards, how soppy is that?  Two from him and one from Vince.  My present wasn't quite so romantic but it was something I was perfectly happy with - Tetris Party for the Wii!

Secondly, we got the car started ok this morning, with the help of jump leads, and set off out to give it a decent run to recharge the battery.  We went to Colchester as Himself wanted to go to the homebrew shop.  I was a bit nervous leaving there but the car started ok, phew.  Called in at the garden centre on the way back to get my dad's birthday present and then toodled into the craft shop there for a browse - yep, a £46 browse!  How is that possible?  I only bought some glue (cough cough).  Final call of the day was the pet store for His Vinciness as he needed cat litter and treat biscuits (woe betide being out of treats) and then home.

I've been thinking all day about the LESS IS MORE challenge which this week is a One Layer Card challenge featuring flowers or trees.  Now, I don't know about you, but I have several flower stamps but somehow none of them seemed quite right for what was going on in my head ...... which could account for the new stamp that leapt into my basket in the craft shop!  Now, I've done it again, I've scampered upstairs without checking to see what it is but I think it is Flower Girl by Helz Cuppleditch - it's the set with the cute cat on it anyway.

Simple simple simple - embossed lines using my trusty Martha Stewart scoring board (God bless that woman), direct stamping onto card with the image, watercolour pencil painting and a sentiment from the Kanban TLC set.

And my other card isn't anything romantic or slushy today, but it is a bit ahhhhh, well, I think it is anyway.

This lovely little Hugging Tilda is actually a Christmas stamp as she has holly and berries in her bunches, amazing what a few gems can hide!  And would you look at that, not a distress ink in sight!  I've used Copics this time, and a Caran D'Ache Supracolor pencil for a bit of extra depth.  Papers are, from front to back, a freebie from Making Cards, Laura Ashley and Papermania.  Central border is my new Martha Stewart punch and I love it lots, lol!  The daft sentiment is 100% Squirrel.

Well, it has been sooooooooo lovely having extra time away from work but I've got to go back tomorrow (sob, please don't make me, I'll be good, promise I will) so I'll see you again in a few days.

Hugs, Sxx


Fiona said...

love your new stamp, fabby colouring as usual and a great CAS card.

Chrissie said...

£46! Crikey glue IS expensive in Colchester! I'm glad you got a little something else for your money however.
Pretty little stamp, beautifully coloured!
Thanks for joining us Squirrel... see you next week!
"Less is More"

craftymum said...

Lovely cards Squirrel. I am dying to know what you bought for your £46!!!!!!!
hugs sarah x

LINDA said...

Great stamp.. very lovely work.. Hugs, Linda

Mad Moose said...

Love the cards, both of them! I especially love the crazy squirrel sentiment. What an earth did you spend £46 on?

faitha said...

Love your image and colouring.

Sorry you had to enter those devlish craft stores, they should be banned, perhaps he can blindfold you next time, although mine has tried that and it doesn't work :)


Fabulous cards Squirrel
hugs Dianne xx :)

Lynne said...

Two gorgeous cards. Love the basket one. Beautifully coloured and I love the embossed lines.
Lynne xxx

Carol said...

Hi Squirrel
Just wanted to say that I have enjoyed reading your Blog and love your writing style - as well as your cards of course.

Kathleen said...

Two gorgeous cards. Lovely basket of flowers and I love the embossed lines.
Kathleen x

Tasha said...

Both cards are fantastic Squirrel, i love the image you used on the CAS card and the gorgoeus dp on the second card
love tasha xx

Pauline C said...

2 gorgeous cards Squirrel - love teh fab colouring on your CAS card. Glad you had a nice relaxing day off work today ..it's never good when you know you've got to go back, but without it where would our craft spends for the £46 bottle of glue come from ??
pauline x

Tracy said...

Two beautiful cards Squirrel, and an expensive trip to the garden centre Tee-hee.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

♥ Marlou ♥ said...

loving your cards :) :)

Stamps and Paper said...

A very pretty card.


Mina said...

remind me never to go to Colchester for glue lol...stunning cards Squirrel I love the clean and simple one especially the embossed border, great idea
Mina xxx

Caroljenks said...

Hi Squirrel - Wow that was expensive glue...a bit like the ones in the crafts shops I vist too!!!

Love your LisM card - the embossing is fab - really sets the image off.

Your Gem covered holly Tilda is lovely and that Squirrel Sentiment is fab!

Enjoy work :(

Carol x

Rufus said...

What is daft about the Squirrel sentiment, I'd like to know??! LOL. Love the way you used embossed lines to add interest and dimension without adding any layers to your one layer card. Remind me never to go to Colchester for glue! As for work, think of it this way, it'll be a short week! How sweet of Toad to get Vince a card to give you!
Hugs to you, Toad and Vince,

Debgem said...

Lovely cards!! Glue's expensive in your part of the world :)

coops said...

that was very expensive glue!! :D
fabulous cards hun, i love your cas one, not a look i can pull off so i am full of admiration :D
your tilda card is very aawwwww.i love the colours and the sentiment is beautiful :D

xx coops xx

Rach said...

stunning hun, love both of your cards.. lol @ your crafty buy..xxx

tilly said...

2 lovely cards, our garden centre used to have very expensive DST.... lol

Mandi said...

Great layout of your OLC
That's a lovely image

Thanks for participating its so appreciated
"Less is More"

Wishcraft said...

Both fab cards Squirrel. Lol at your expensive glue... same happens to me if I go shopping for basics, they don't seem to satisfy the urge quite so well as all the pretty stuff! Lisa x

Mandy said...

My god woman use that glue sparingly at that price lol, I'm with you on the cat treat front there would be a riot here if we ran out.

Your cards are both gorgeous, I so could not manage a one layer card and I love your Tilda card.
I've a friend who's very rude about that dear little Tilda and says she doesn't like her so guess who I'll be putting on her Birthday card this year lol
hugs & a big kiss to Vince
Mandy x

Mary J said...

You make me laugh Squirrel! That is the most expensive glue EVER!!

Pretty fresh card!

Claudia Rosa ~ Pretty Pressings said...

aaawhhh... what a sweeeeet card.
totally loving the colors and the images.
loving your simple card!

help me hun, do you have a ragdoll too? :-)
I did not quite understand your message today.


Claudia Rosa ~ Pretty Pressings said...

aaahhhh giggle
sorry...thanks for emailing back to explain hun
have a great day tomorrow

Jose said...

Excellent card, and love the amount of white space you still have.

Anonymous said...

A lovely card and sentiment. Thank you for your kind comment on my card and for following me. Unfortunately Mouse died last september (I must update my profile). He was 17 and had a good life. Sending a big hug to Vince, he's very handsome. xx

Claudia Rosa ~ Pretty Pressings said...

thank you sweetie
love and hugs

TesaB said...

Beautiful cards! Love the white space and embossing on the first one and gorgeous colors on the second!

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