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Tuesday, 3 May 2011

More Of A Waltz Than A Side-Step

Afternoon all!  I am pleased to say that I actually slept last night ....... for THREE HOURS without coughing!  Wheeeeeeee!

When the alarm went off this morning, I fell out of bed, crawled downstairs for a coffee and to make sure Toad left for work and then crawled back up again for a shower, with every intention of trying to go to work.  But then the bathroom started spinning and the floor got closer, so I changed my mind.  Oh well, try again tomorrow I guess.

Having spent the morning napping and catching snippits of television, I thought I really ought to try and do something productive.  Washing up?  Nah.  Ironing?  Nah.  Crafting?  That'll do it.  I've had the urge for a while to make a side-step card but never really got round to it.  Actually, that's not quite true.  I did try, but got in such a piggin' muddle with my measurements that it all went in the bin in a fit of squirreliness.  So, fuzzybrain here, thought she'd try again.  Found a great tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers (how wonderful is that place?) that looked straightforward enough so got to work.

First attempt went in the bin as I wasn't seeing straight and managed to score and crease a line a quarter of an inch out.  Hmph.

Second attempt went better and here it is - it is by no means perfect, I am well aware of that!

So what did I use?  Base cardstock and green card are Bazzil - not sure if the base card is thick enough, the card seems to want to splay open so I may have to reinforce it.  Martha Stewart border punch for the grass edging.  Dovecraft green spotty paper from the Back To Basics II collection.  Trees are Lavinia stamps, Little Sleuth and Watson are both High Hopes stamps painted with distress inks.  Sentiment is LOTV.  Peel-off sparkle letters coloured with a black ProMarker for "Birthday?" and square black gems from stash.  If you look closely at the storm cloud sky, you might see that these are fingerprints in distress inks!

I'd like to enter this attempt into four "Anything Goes" challenges this week:
3.  HERE COME THE BOYS (a new challenge) and

Thanks for all your kind words and get well wishes, pleased to say that they seem to be working.

Hugs, Sxx


angel4031 said...

WOW I love this xxx

Brenda Brown said...

I love how you have created a scene with your stepper card, it's very clever.
I hope you feel alot better soon and thanks for joining our 'Anything Goes' challenge at MAWTT.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Julie said...

Oh my goodness!!!!!!! What a beauty,those images were just meant to go together on this card! Hope you soon feel much better,till then,take it easy rest in the morning,craft in the afternoon;)
Have a great week,Julie x

Aj* said...

Thats so cute !

Glad your starting to feel better, what ever you had it sounded pretty nasty.


craftymum said...

Hi Squirrel
sorry you haven't been to well. Hope you are on the mend
What a beaut of a card. I love how you have created your scene. Love the detective too!
hugs Sarah x
p.s. if you are interested I have Hanglars for sale on Ebay, Link in my sidebar. I have sold 3 and have 2 left. If you buy any leave me a message so that I can put some "extras" in for you. Don't worry if they are not what you want though.

LINDA said...

This is just beautiful.. Love the scene you have created here.. Hugs, Linda


Hi Squirrel
A gorgeous card
Hugs Dianne xx :)

cebelica said...

He he he, I LOVE this card! It made me giggle. :D

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Aw Squirrel, sending hugs to wish you better. I know what you mean about measuring. I have only made one of these, must have another go as this is fab. Such a fun card. Marianne x

Lisa Jane said...

Oh what a brilliant card - i love the side step design to create the scene
Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week
Lisa x

Claire x said...

I absolutely love this - what a great card, great choice of images, work so well on a stepper - just love it. Hugs, Claire x

Teresa said...

Oh I love this one, really fab card! Thanks for joining us at HCTB's first challenge.
Teresa xx

Wendy (Woo to friends!) said...

Fantastic design and my favourite colour choices! Thanks forjoining in the fun at HCTB's! Woo x

martina's kaartjes said...

this is one great card ! love the model,
greetings, martina

Jo said...

Hope tomorrow is a better day for you. Your card is fab, I love it. Jo x

Lins said...

Hi Squirrel,

even though you're so sick, your card looks great. I just love the scenery you've made.
I do hope so much that you'll soon feel better, that really doesn't sound good.
A big healthy hug from me to you :-)

Lins xox

Tracy said...

Squirrel this is fabulous, I love it. I do hope you feel better real soon.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Anonymous said...

tehehheee Mega cute card and when your poorly to! hope your feeling more yourself soon and your bushy tail has its shine back! hugs Samantha :0)

Lorraine said...

this is so beautiful i love the stamps xx

Rufus said...

Love your card, Squirrel! Glad that you were smart enough to realize that a whirling bathroom was a sign to skip work and go back to bed! Hope you did it before the bathroom floor jumped up and smacked you in the nose. lol! Be a good Squirrel and stay home tomorrow too. Remember your co-workers really don't want what you've got and they'll thank you!
Get better ASAP. Hugs,R/

Jackie said...

Fantastic card, hope you are soon better :o)
Jackie xx

Junie Moon said...

What a fun card!

coops said...

fantastic card squirrel.love the brilliant shape and the scene you`ve created is stunning.
fab fun images too.
so pleased you didn`t go to work hun :D
hope you feeling better soon.

xx coops xx

Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW this is super I love the Side Stepper with the Wee Doggy on it.Thanks for playing on MAWTT's Anything Goes Challenge this week, Hazelxox

debby4000 said...

Oh this is brilliant, what a cute scene you've made.

Lynne said...

What a fantastic card, love the shape and all the detail - just great!! thanks for joining in on our first challenge at HCTB - hope to see you again :)
Lynne xx

Delphine said...

Hello my little Squirrel! Fantastic card, which I find totally perfect! Wonderful details and the scene you have created is just brilliant! I hope you feel better soon and want to thank you for your visit, always so appreciated! Have a lovely evening! Lots of hugs Delphine xx

Kat said...

Hi Squirrel, well I have to say that considering you're still not at all well this is a brilliant card. A really fun card. I don't think I could make a stepper card like this when I feel fine so I'm well impressed.

Hope you'r feeling better soon.

Kat xx

Lacey Stephens said...

What a cute card! Thanks for playing along with the High Hopes "Anything Goes" challenge!
High Hopes DT Coordinator

Tanya S said...

Ok first thing,I'm still giggling over your blog title.LOVE it!
Second I hope you feel better soon My daughter just went thru that for the last two months.And last for someone sick!!Wow this card is awesome!!Thanks for joining us at HH!!

Pauline C said...

Hi Squirrel - this is fab - love the design of it! Thanks so much for my birthday card hun - v kind of you to think of me dear, esp with the dreaded lurgy you have had over last weekend! Hope you are starting to feel a bit better hun
pauline x

Mary J said...

A very clever card, Squirrel!! Love the colours and the scene!

Alie de Vrij-Venema said...

This is a great card, I love it!
Thanks for playing along at High Hopes!
High Hopes Guest Diva

Tasha said...

Squirrel this is adoable! Love the images you used they are so fun, love the tees you stamped in the distance too they make for a fab scene!
love tasha xx

Sharon said...

What a fab card - brillant. Thanks for joining in our first challenge at Here Comes The Boys, and I hope we will see you again.
Sharon x

Andrea said...

Wow! I love your card, thanks for joining us at Papertake Weekly x

Zippy said...

I just adore this card! The dog and boy are just adorable, love it! xxxx

Michelle said...

Oh gosh I hope you're feeling better, nothing worse than feeling like CRAP & having to get ready to go to work. Glad you put the nix on that! Your card is adorable --not sure I've ever heard of a side step card -- & don't think I'll ever try because I am measurement-challenge! I never do those funky folds, lol!!

Have a great Sunday!

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