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Saturday, 14 May 2011

Shape Up!

I love that old joke about being in shape - after all, round is a shape isn't it?!

PENNY BLACK AT ALLSORTS have "Shape Up" as their theme for the May challenge, and there is also a DT call out.

As some of you may be aware, around Christmas time I took the difficult decision to step down from the three DTs that I was on.  It was getting harder and harder to juggle all three and an increasingly hectic and demanding work life.  However, five months on and I am missing DT work but don't think I could cope with going back to doing it weekly or fortnightly, so when I saw the Penny Black @ Allsorts had a call out for their monthly challenge, I thought I might give it a try.  After all, Penny Black stamps are what got me into papercrafting in the first place, and I have so many of them that have been sadly neglected of late.

I should have know that all would not go smoothly!  Here's my card:

I cut the card base using a Nestabilities die, and the two smaller layers also.  Papers are from Pink Petticoat, a pad that was a free gift with Papercraft Essentials magazine this month.  And this is where the trouble started - for some reason, my Pinflair glue (which has been superb until now) soaked straight through the paper - maybe the paper isn't coated in the same way as others or isn't as thick but I ended up with what looked like great big smudges - hence the semi circle of flowers to cover up the worst of it.  I used Penny Black "For You" stamp - this one is coloured with ProMarkers, because the first one in distress inks went blotchy (aarrrrgh), the sentiment is Hero Arts, and the pearls are from stash.  Beginning to wonder if this card wasn't meant to happen!

Anyway, it's made and I will enter it in the challenge, but I don't hold out much hope, lol!

Would also like to enter it into this week's TOTALLY GORJUSS challenge of "Not Square".

Hugs Sxx



Hi Squirrel
A gorgeous card love the shape and image is fabulous,
Hugs Dianne xx :)

kay said...

well it looks good to me,good luck with the DT call,x

Debs said...

I think its lovely. Good luck with the GDT spot, if anyone deserves it its you!! Debs xx

louise said...

Gorgeous card just so cute
Louise xx

Kat said...

Lovely card Squirrel. Love that cute image and the nice fresh colours. Good luck with the DT call.

BTW we're looking for cards that are anything except square at Totally Gorjuss.

Kat xx

Uma said...

good luck hunny, it's a fantastic card

brenda said...

Hi Squirrel

Love what you have written at the top of your blog, I also live in my own little word and am away with the fairies most of the time. But as long as we are happy what else matters ?

A really lovely card, thank you for sharing with us at Penny Black at Allsorts Challenge this month and good luck.

B x

jules said...

Oh just gorgeous!!!!

Cynthia said...

Lovely card hun & it's long overdue to see your PB stamps come out to play. Remember my saying there is no such things as a mistake only a creative option! Good luck with the DT call too .


Tracy said...

Hi Squirrel,
A cute and pretty creation. Thanks for joining Penny Black @ Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

coops said...

stunning card squirrel.the shape is fabulous and i love the sweet hedgies and gorgeous colours.
good luck in the dt call hun :D

xx coops xx

Rufus said...

What is it they say, there are no mistakes in cardmaking, just more opportunities for embellishment! I'd never have known if you hadn't told us. Good luck!

Violets Corner said...

What a lovely card, many thanks for sharing at Penny Black at Allsorts.


Kristel said...

That is a really stunning card Squirrel! Looks terrific!
Hugs Kristel

Mervi said...

Lovely card with beautiful colours.

Thanks for sharing this with us at
Penny Black at Allsorts, welcome again
and good luck;-))m

Shirley said...

I am so glad you persevered with your card. It has turned out so well and I would not have guessed the placing of the flowers was to cover a glue slodge. I love the colour combination and the "hedgies" are coloured beautifully.
Thank you for joining us this month at Penny Black at Alsorts and we hope you will visit us for our June challenge.


Sarah said...

Hun, this card looks fabulous! Don't they always say that a crafting acccident is a happy accident?? I think the addition of the flowers enhance's it even more! Good luck with the DT call.
Sarah xx :0)

craftymum said...

Great card squirrel
Thanks for joining us at TG this week
hugs sarah x
p.s. have you entered my blog candy?

bettand said...

Just love this adorable card. Thanks for playing at TG this week. Bettina

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Sometimes we have days where all goes wrong but we end with a lovely card and that's what you've done here. Very cute. Thanks for playing along at Totally Gorjuss. Hope to see you back on Saturday. Marianne x

Patricia Garcia said...

Totally Gorjuss!! Thanks for playing this week with us!!


Zippy said...

Love the shape of this card, really fab. And I still love the Penny Black's! xxxx

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