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Saturday, 12 April 2014


Which currently stands for Blasted (or other expressive B word) Bristol Board.  Oh, and Blaaaahh!  Today's card isn't today's card.  Today's card is now languishing in the bottom of the rubbish bag.  Having spent a while faffing about with paper piecing, I went to Distress Ink the rest of the image only to discover that I had a blodgy sheet of Bristol Board.  This happens on rare occasions, it is as if the finish on the sheet of paper isn't right, and the ink soaks in like it was blotting paper.  

I sent a complaint to Winsor & Newton (the manufacturers) who sent a rather curt reply telling me to return it to the retailer.  Excuse me guys, but it isn't the retailer who makes the paper.  I was letting you know that you appear to have a glitch in your process.  Not interested?  Apparently not.  If I could find an alternative, I would be using it.

So, you aren't getting that card.  You are getting a quickie LOTV Art Pad one instead.

So, I have used a James Bear image from the Art Pad
A sheet of Bo Bunny Double Dots
And a Die-Versions border die
And that's kind of it

Keep your fingers crossed that tomorrow's session is more successful.

Hugs all
Squirrel xx


Sarah said...

What a "B" nuisance!! Nonetheless you replacement is fab!! xx

Julye said...

I love your quickie the image is fab wish LOTV would do this James as a stamp and the colours are just my cup of tea. I have been looking at border dies but as even my fussy cards aren't really fussy i wasn't sure how I would use them as there are some fab ones out there, but love how you used yours . Should just have asked you so thank you for sharing your lovely card.

Pop's Cards said...

This is beautiful sweetie, hope your having a good weekend huggles Pops x x x

Chrissy said...

I know what you are saying Squirrel..my last batch of card was a bit "different"to say the least.. and the blending oil reacted with the ink..but use some old stuff..no problems..but I love this card..the papers are a fabulous colour and love the birthday die and that sweet Bear..


Annette said...

Love this card, and the die is perfect. Sorry to hear your woes with the BBB. Hope you were not too far into your image before hitting the B spot!

Lorraine said...

Love today's card, fab cas style and gorgeous birthday die.
Have a good weekend
Lorraine x

Claire said...

Love your replacement card, so cute and a fab colour and I love the die cut down the side. Hugs, Claire x

Tanya said...

I think if that was me, it would be an F situation :P

Seriously though, I hate crappy customer service, it really sucks.

The card you made instead is lovely anyway though :) I can't wait to actually get making cards again - I've been making wedding invitations for a couple for the last THREE MONTHS, and I finally handed them over to her on Thursday, so glad I never have to see them again haha :D I have literally made like three other cards since Christmas, don't know if I'll even be able to remember how to colour at this stage haha! Taking the weekend off and then straight back into crafting on monday, looking forward to it hehe :)

Tags xx

Debs said...

Totally fabulous!!!
Debs xx

Dot said...

I love today's card, cute image,
hugs Dorte

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,fabulous image and design.x

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,fabulous image and design.x

Sue said...

Oh, how annoying and crazy they ask you to return it to the retailer.
However, your replacement card is wonderful. I LOVE the image and fabulous sentiment die.
hugs Sue xx

Kathyk said...

And another B, this time for BAD Customer Service from W&N - hope they realise how crafters "chat" amongst themselves.

Your replacement card is just delightful though, thanks for sharing


Vicky said...

My dad used to use the word 'Bar-Steward' a lot ;0) Fabulous card sweetie of course I lurbe the lush lotv image & the die is fab!! Bit of a crappy response from the manufacturer mind, I've never used bristol board for distress ink colouring, tbh I keep forgetting its in my drawer :0(

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Jackie said...

Quickie or not, it's a gorgeous card. I do like that border die :o)
Jackie xx

Rebecca Bradshaw said...

What a fantastic card, this really caught my eye! Love the cute image and gorgeous colour. The Birthday border looks stunning!

Helen in the UK said...

Sorry you are having these problems with the card. I'm not half the artist you are, but I've had success with the reverse side of Crafter's Companion's Centura Pearl cardstock. Sheena Douglas uses it for all inky things and I've found it takes painted distress inks well. It might be worth a try :)

McCrafty's Cards said...

Gorgeous card Squirrel, I like the design the adorable image and the colours.
Kevin xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Oh dear, B to the board but this is fab. That die sets it off beautifully x

Stamps and Paper said...

Quick or not its a fabulous card squirrel...


Faith A said...

"And that's kind of it" isn't at all bad, in fact bl..dy brilliant :)

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is gorgeous Squirrel, sorry you had to use the B word on your other creation.


coops said...

so stunning squirrel.james is gorgeous and I really love the diecut birthday down the side :D

xx coops xx

Kat W said...

I can think of a few 'B' words that would have been appropriate here! So frustrating for you :-(

I'm glad this card had a chance to be made and shown though because it is downright FABULOUS! Really, for a card with so few elements, the design is sooo eye catching - straight on my Pinterest board with that beauty :-)

Big hugs, Kat xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

This is a fun card. I love the border die. And BLAH! to the paper company who won't listen to what a customer has to say.

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