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Wednesday, 10 September 2014


OK, hands up, who used to be given Sanatogen Tonic Wine when they were feeling under the weather?

My mother always used to have a bottle of this stuff on stand-by, and I remember the dread of it being pulled out of the cupboard if I was off colour or particularly run down.  Thankfully, now I am a grown woman I can take the tonic of my choice for occasions like this, and one of the best tonics I have found as a pick-me-up is a good colouring session.

I was definitely in Squirrel's World for this one, for at least three hours, bliss.

The stamp is Whimsy/Wee Stamps - Oak Tree Girl
I have coloured her hair with Polychromos Pencils, ranging from Light Cadmium Yellow right through to Walnut Brown
The rest of her has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Backing papers are all from the BoBunny pad of Autumn Song
and the maple leaves were done with a Martha Stewart punch with papers from the same pad

I haven't attached a sentiment as I haven't decided what to do with her yet, but I am really tempted to buy a square frame and mount her up to keep.

One of the best compliments I have ever had came from a dear blogging friend who, when I sent her this picture, said she thought at first glance it was a professionally coloured topper.  That gave me the most wonderful warm glow for quite some time!

Sorry for the poor photo quality.  A camera with a decent macro is on my wish list.
Now just to win the lottery.

Happy autumnal hugs to you all
Squirrel xx


Gaby Dierx said...

Lovely autumn card!!!
Hugsss, Gaby

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,fab design and image.xxx

debby4000 said...

Love your gorgeous card and the image is so sweet.

Granmargaret said...

Lovely card. Beautiful colouring.

KraftyKoolKat said...

So gorgeous Squirrel, love your awesome colouring and layout. It is professionally coloured because you coloured it and not me. Lol!!!!


Jennifer said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Squirrel...definitely worth framing!!!

Jennifer. x

Alison59 said...

Sanatogen lol ;-)

What a fabulous card. I envy your superb colouring skills. Well done :-)

Elaine Hughes said...

Haha!! I also remember the feeling of dread when I scraped my knee and Mum would reach for the giant bottle of Iodine. *shudder*

Colouring is definitely better. ;) Love your colouring on this one, looks gorgeous!

Sue said...

Colouring is definitely my choice of tonic, it may not cure anything but it makes you feel better for a while and is a great distraction.
Your card is so beautiful. I adore the sweet image and your colouring is stunning! Yes, you should put this in a frame!
hugs Sue xx

Sarah said...

Sanatogen...there's a blast from the past. My Sister and I used to have Sanatogen vitamins every morning. Mum would put them on our breakfast plates!! I really love your card and I would definitely frame it Squirrel, it's too gorgeous to give away!! xx

Mickymunchkin's little space said...

Sanatogen? sounds scary, don't think we have it over here.... Probably a good thing? ;)
Lovely creation again, yes, the colouring is fantastic! fingers crossed that you win the lottery! sending you big hugs!
(who saw another squirrel today! they keep coming :) )

Whisper said...

Absolutely stunning hun and you have really captured the essence of Autumn in this card too.

I remember Sanatogen orange tablets, that my mine used to make us take !!, Luv Sam x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

She is a beauty, love Autumnal colours. Hope you will enter my candy x

Annette said...

I don't remember the tonic wine, but I do remember the orange tablets!

Talking of orange, your autumnal card is GORGEOUS hun. Yes, it's really stunning and you SHOULD keep her. I think she'd be wonderful inspiration to you if you're ever lacking in the old mojo front. The colouring of her hair is stunning and I love all the detail even down to the flecks on the acorns. The leaves and leafy papers are just perfect match for theme and tone.
She's a special one hun.

Ella's Design said...

Seems we're all in agreement, Squirrel - 3 hours of colouring is a far better medicine than any Tonic Wine and boy have you coloured this little sweetie beautifully! Love the Autumnal tones and I'm sure she'd look lovely in a nice wooden frame! Hugs, Lisa x

Chrissy said...

Stunning colouring Squirrel..her hair is amazing..beautiful colours and leaves and love the papers too..


Jackie said...

Never had the dubious pleasure of Sanatogen, but it's always a pleasure to see your delightful cards, and this one is so sweet. I love the Autumn colours and your colouring is perfection :o)
Jackie xx

Faith A said...

Yep! I remember the Sanatogen, I used to work in Boots on the "Drug" counter as it was called back then LOL. We used to sell loads of it too.

Your card is amazing and it would look gorgeous in a frame and I also agree with your friend, it looks professionally coloured, but then YOU are the professional aren't you?

cebelica said...

Perfect card for this time of year, when Fall is knocking on the door. And I agree with your friend - the image is coloured perfectly. :)
Hugs! xx

coops said...

so beautiful squirrel.the image is so sweet and i love your fabulous autumnal colours.
i remember if i was ill as a child it was always lemon barley cordial i was given.

xx coops xx

thecraftycavalier said...

Oooh! I love, love, love this one hun :) STUNNING colouring - the hair is absolutely perfect. Love the image and the Autumnal colours are beautiful. It does indeed look like a professionally coloured topper. Well done you! Hugs, Jayne xx

Lorraine said...

She looks gorgeous, love it.
Lorraine x

Kat W said...

Yep, your colouring is absolutely stunning, such great detail and texture - no wonder your friend thought it was pre-coloured, it looks so professional :-D
And those colours are so rich and lovely too.
I'm sure she would be really inspirational framed up in your craft space :-)

Big hugs, Kat xx

Rebecca Bradshaw said...

Such a gorgeous card! I love the cute image and autumnal colours. The leaves are a lovely touch!

brenda said...

Fabulous colouring of the image Squirrel and glowing with Autumn colours.

Thanks so much for sharing your lovey work with us at Penny Black and More challenge.

B x

linda said...

such a sweet card with perfect autumn colours! i love the papers and the leaf accents. thank you so much for playing along with us this month at penny black and more.

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Gorgeous colouring, so beautiful and cute autumn card.
Thank you for sharing at Penny Black and more, good luck;-))m

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Squee! Fall colors! I just love it. And you are so right, you've hit on the best tonic around, Dr. Squirrel!

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