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Saturday, 20 August 2011

Too Tired To Do It - Too Stubborn To Quit

Afternoon all, I said I'd be back and here I am!  For my earlier House Mouse post today please follow this link.

Before I start rambling, I must say A BIG HELLO to my new followers - six of you have signed up in the last week (welcome aboard guys) and today Tilly has made it that magic 500.  Could you email me please Tilly (address in sidebar), I may have a little surprise for you ..... !  Ooh, and don't forget, my Sugar Nellie Candy still has five days to run if you are interested.

So, what do I have for you this time - well, a bit of a sorry tale really.  This week LESS IS MORE have a themed challenge of Things That Move.  After a bit of furtling about in the stamps hoping for inspiration - let's face it, most of my stamps are cute critters in one shape or another so they would all qualify - I picked out my new Gorjuss Girl "Ruby" on her swing.  She moves, the swing moves and, unless it's like Vince, the cat moves, eventually.  And as most cats are Cute & Cuddly I will enter this for TOTALLY GORJUSS too.

So I set too with the old Distress Inks and got painting.  So far so good.  Then I had the idea of making her "out of the box", and that's when the trouble started.  I really should have checked my hands first - as I was working my way around her legs with the craft knife I suddenly became aware of two dirty great bright orange finger prints right where I did't want them!  Aaaargh!  Being completely wiped out after another horrendous work week (nearly nine months of this madness now) but being too stubborn to give up, which is what I should have done, I trimmed the image a bit neater on the sides, losing one smudge, but the other one, despite numerous attempts to lift the colour off with a clean damp brush absolutely refused to move.  So, you have a card complete with forensic evidence in case you should ever catch me commiting a crime.  Sigh. 

Anyway, here's the card:


I used the cloud inking technique with hand cut templates for the card base and then when the image was glued on, I carried the clouds over into the image background.  Couldn't find a make-up sponge so had to make do with a little bit of yellow sponge - bit too clumsy for a decent effect but it's passable.  Hero Arts sentiment to finish.

The phrase "quit while you're ahead" comes to mind but since when have I ever listened to sensible advice, lol!

Hugs, Sxx

36 comments:

Jo Street said...

Gorgeous card, such a cute image and fab colouring.
Jo x

Aileen said...

She looks brill on her swing, can't see any smudges so I'd say you got away with it. It does look nice with her legs dangling down so was worth the effort. x

Claire x said...

This is a lovely card hun and I can't see any smudges on it at all, so I think you're making it all up LOL. Well done on the 500 followers - just how do you do it??? Have a fab day. Hugs, Claire x

Chrissie said...

Super card Squirrel!
Clean and simple too!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

MissyG said...

great card can't see the smudge?!
LInda

Jan said...

I can't see a finger mark! I think it's a lovely card. I love the house mouse one too xx Jan

Kathyk said...

This is lovely and it sounds like most of us would never have noticed yoru smudge so you 'fessed up for nothing!!

Kathyk

Carol said...

Love your descriptions as always - I told you you must write a book. I can't see any blobs where they shouldn't be. I do know where 'you are coming from' though. I am like that when my parchment is going wrong. Just sheer stubborness sets in.
Hugs
Carol
xx

Kat said...

Gorgeous card Squirrel, love your colouring and like the others I can't see a smudge! I know what you mean though if I get a smudge I always wonder how I can hide it instead of starting again. Thanks for joining us at TG this week.

Kat xx

Lins said...

Hi Squirrel,

it's a beautiful card, I love your cloudy background. I wish I could do this as good as you.

Hugs,

Lins

Handmade with Love said...

Fantastic card Squirrel and I can't see the smudge! Your colouring is awesome! Tracey x

Valerie said...

Fab card such a cute image! Still looking for that fingerprint:)
Val x

Chrissy said...

She is adorable Squirrel, I cant see any smudges, just a really lovely CAS card.

Luv CHRISSYxx

StampingStace said...

Fantastic image and great colouring!
Stacey x

Jackie said...

Fab card and colouring :o)
Jackie xx

Mandi said...

FAB card Squirrel, your sky is wonderful

Thanks so much
Mandi
Diva LIM
"Less is More"

MARY B said...

Super card, love the image, Mary x

coops said...

stunning card squirrel.i love this fab gg girl and your colours are gorgeous.i can`t see a smudge either :D

xx coops xx

tilly said...

looks good to me lol.....I nearly got excited for a second..... until I realized that I was the wrong Tilly.... DOH never mind ! lol
Tilly

Pop's Cards said...

Gorgeous hugs ♥ pops ♥

Suze Bain said...

I can't see any smudges! lLove how you've got her legs dangling, a super card. xx

Patricia Garcia said...

What cute and cuddly card!! Thanks for playing with us this week at Totally Gorjuss!!

Hugs,
Patricia

Carol said...

Gorgeous card, love the image. Carol x

Diane J said...

Lovely card xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Hi sweetie, this is so cute. Do love your ramblings too. Haven't seen tis image before and she is totally gorjuss so thank for playing along with us. I'm off to enter your candy. Hope you enter mine. Marianne x

Sarah said...

Such a cute card!

Lynne said...

Fabulous. I enlarged, twice, and I can`t find a smudge lol.
Lynne xxx

Bernie said...

My eyes aren't what they used to be I've blown this up as big as I can and can't find a smudge. Looks like superb coloring to me. Brilliant card.
Blessings Bernie

Anne said...

Like everyone else, I can't see the smudge. But I sympathise and why do they always happen on the less is more cards where it's harder to disguise??

This is beautiful.
Anne
x

Jenni's Jems said...

Caught my eye in the thumbnails and is even better,what a gorgeous card x

massofhair said...

Hi S
Not looking for the smudge as i couldn't see it at first look. Loving Ruby gorjuss, and i think you have done an amazing job,as always:-)

Very excited as going to see JB drive his F1 car on BH monday and can't wait. He finishes at Spa and then comes over to manchester where i will be camping out early to try and get a good spot. Taking recording equipment so i can get that wonderful loud F1 sound and hopefully will make it into my ring tone. How sad am i... Also going to take my camera, wish me luck...

Hope things calm down for you soon and you can take a little break from too much hard work, take care?:-)

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Well I think the being stubborn worked and you have a lovely result.

Hugs, Sandra View my card HERE

Delphine said...

You have been busy.. And I am so late!!! Sorry, hun, at least you are not waiting for me at the airport:-)! I totally love your card, love the design, gorgeous colouring and your cloud background is fantastic! Will you teach me:-)? Lots of hugs Delphine xx

Pauline said...

A fab fun card, beautifully coloured.

Janet said...

Lovely card and cant see the smudge, colouring is great

http://janetscraftycreations.blogspot.com/2011/08/things-that-move.html

fatmonica said...

it's beautiful-I love that stamp.

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