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Thursday, 5 July 2012

Orange Chocolate Chip and NEWS

Evening all.  Would you like my watercolour painting tip of the day?  Don't bother to try and paint with tiny brushes in temperatures over 32C!  The water was evaporating from the whiskers before it was anywhere near the paper.

But never a coward, I am quite willing to share my disasters with you as much as my triumphs, just please don't laugh too much!

This is for this week's Lili's Little Fairies Challenge of Anything Goes (thank goodness for that theme!).  


For this I have used LOTVs Rosie With Cake and I have turned it into the biggest Orange Chocolate Chip Cake you have ever seen - just the sort I'd like for my birthday!  Badly painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers) with the swirls, curls and sentiment stamped in Memento Peanut Brittle ink.  These stamps are from the Penny Black Clearly In Love set.  Matted onto a sheet of Basic Grey.

And after that faux pas, I have some NEWS for you that I am just a little bit excited about and which will explain why I've not been around much this past couple of weeks.

The eagle eyed among you will have noticed a couple of new blinkies in my side bar ..... go on, have a peek, they are there, I promise.

There is a brand new monthly challenge blog starting on 1 September 2012!  Called WITHOUT WORDS it will be a challenge focusing on clean and simple cards and good colourwork.  The Design Team are an elite bunch of colourists, and then there is me.  Well, it was my idea so there has got to be a couple of perks surely?!  

I hope you will find time to pop over and have a look at the blog (I must give enormous thanks here to Angie for her superb design work) and hope you sign up to Follow.  Although the first challenge is still just over eight weeks away, the DT will be posting some pics before then to fire your imaginations.  Keep an eye on us, it's going to be a fun ride!

Hugs, Sxx

21 comments:

Kat said...

Mmmm yummy cake Squirrel. Love it, the card I mean lol!

New challenge blog sounds interesting, I'm off to check it out now. Good luck with it.

Kat xx

Sarah said...

Hi Squirrel. I love your chocolatey orange card and cake! Good luck with your new challenge blog will have a look now!

Sarah x

sue - bearhouse said...

Stunning card, your colouring is amazing. Big Congrats on your new DT position and very well deserved too I'd say!!

Sue

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous card Squirrel. Love that orange and chocolate chip cake. . . mmm. . . where's my biscuit tin!
Lorraine x

Lisa Jane said...

oh you are too hard on yourself .. your colouring is fabulous .. wish mine was half as good
THis card is so pretty .. and i agree the cake looks scrummy
Lisa x

Sonia said...

Beautiful clean and simple card Squirrel:)
Good lucky in the new challenge blog:)
Kisses,
Sonia

Claire said...

Lovely card, love the simple design and those swirls around the edge too. Also congrats on your new DT post - will have to take a look at the blog. Hugs, Claire x

Victoria said...

Congratulations on your new challenge idea! Am off to check it out now...
Think you are your own worst critic with this card... I love the swirls around the edge and that's my kind of cake too (the large kind!)

Helen said...

Your colouring is gorgeous...I wish mine was that good! I'm gonna go have a look at your new challenge blog. Don't want to miss the start xx

Pauline C said...

Gorgeous yummy chocolate orange cake Squirrel and ooh!! What fab news and how exciting!! Just off now to the new blog for a lookee!
pauline x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

What do you mean and then there's me. Don't be so modest, your colouring is fab. This is such a sweetie and your Wee card below is gorgeous, stunning colouring. CAS isn't me though I love the colouring so can't see me playing along with the new challenge unfortunatley but good luck with it.

Jacqui P said...

Ohhh Squirrel, what can I say.... disaster!!!..... NOT!!!!! I wish my best was as good as your disasters!! Really love the sound of the new challenge! can't wait!! I always say I love your clean and simple style!!
Hugs
Jacqui x

Christy Beans said...

I'm with Marianne ... "and then there's me?" To borrow one of your Bristish terms... BOLLOCKS. Don't make me spend a fortune to fly all the way over there to slap you upside the head with a sheet of Bristol.

Considering I follow 5 of the DT and consider them my coloring heroes (or heroines as the case may be), this is definitely a dream team challenge DT to me! =) You all color so differently and I learn something from each style. Except you of course since your coloring is subpar. I mean, clearly Tim Holtz was under the influence of some strange mind-altering drug to compliment your coloring. He was probably jacked up on too much Distress Stain or something.

I do have one question about today's card though. Why do you despise orange jelly babies so much but like orange chocolate chip cake? Jus' wonderin... <3 Beanie

Samantha said...

super cutie card hunny and yup did spot your blinkie and been over too! look forward to seeing your challenges too! and YOUR colouring is fabulously awesome xx

Rufus said...

You are WAY to hard on yourself! Looks fabby to me. I just wish mine looked as good as your "disaster"
Off to check out your new challenge...
R/

Chrissy said...

I love the deeper or brighter colours Squirrel, superb card...and all the very best with the challenge blog, you never know you could sway me to become simple...mmm....that don't sound right...I may start CAS cards...

Luv CHRISSYxx

Whisper said...

Mmm yummy cake, my OH's favourite flavour.

Aaah new challenge that sounds good, sometimes i don't know what sentiment to put on a card, so this will be ideal, off to have a look, Luv Sam x

coops said...

so gorgeous hun.stunning design and colours and i love the sweet image :D

xx coops xx

Zippy said...

Absolutely gorgeous card and fab colouring! Just love that image and I want a piece of that cake.

Cant wait for your challenge blog to start, its going to be such fun! Xxx

Shannon83k said...

She is so cute! Thanks for joining us at Papelitos Stamps Challenge. Shannon83k

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I did see that and I wondered about it. Now I know what it is about I'll have to check it out when it goes live. I wish you all the best in making it a hopping challenge!

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