Wednesday, January 20, 2021


 Hello friends, and welcome back to my blog!  For those of you that stop by regularly, you may have seen the posts over the past 6 or 7 months that revolved around being a part of the Collected Crafty Collabs hop with my Squirrel Sisters; Karen, V, and Anna.  We made some awesome new friends, and the bond among the Squirrels became stronger.  Because of this, we have decided to continue hopping, but with a bit of a different plan in place...AND a fun new name:   SQUIRRELS GONE NUTZ!  A few of our newfound friends wanted to join in to be "Honorary Squirrels."  So please join me in welcoming Bory, Lounon, and Natasha to our crazy group!  We are 7 "NUTTY" Squirrels, out to have a good time making pretty things!

For our first monthly installment, and in keeping with the start of a new year, we are concentrating on all things "NEW."  New house, new baby, new ideas; wherever the thought of something new takes you! And, to be difficult, I suggested the supply of "leftovers."  No, not as in last night's supper, but the leftovers we have laying around in our crafty areas.  You get the idea.

I decided I wanted to find a quote that spoke to me about new beginnings, so I scoured the internet.  I finally came upon one that fit the leftover image I planned to use, and here is my card:

This cutie from Simon Says Stamp's Snow Much stamp set was one of the many snowman images I had stamped and cut out with my Brother Scan N Cut when I was prepping for my last Collected Crafty Collab project.  At the time, I had GRAND PLANS of making a boat-load of cards for the occasion; but time got away from me, as it often does.  When I found this quote, I knew they were the perfect match!   The patterned paper was left sitting on my desk from another project, so it went onto the card too!  I found a nice piece of pastel blue glitter card stock to mat the paper with for some subtle sparkle.  I typed the quote into the Silhouette design program using the Amarillo font, and used the offset tool to create an outline to cut out with my Cameo.  Both the snowman and sentiment were popped up with Scotch foam tape.  As a final touch, I added Crystal Stickles to the edges of the snowman.


CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper

Love to Craft #54:  ATG (4/5)

Mix It Up #45:  ATG (4/5)

Cutie Pie #155:  The Boys are Back in Town

Moving Along with the Times #126:  New (1/3)

Craft Rocket #77:  For the Boys/Men 

613 Avenue Create:  ATG (3/5)

Classic Design #1:  ATG

The Paper Funday #25:  ATG (3/4)

Unicorn Challenge #61:  CAS

A Place to Start #1:  ATG (3/8)

Jan's Digi Stamps:  ATG (3/5)

Perfect Time to Craft #1:  ATG

The Creative Crafters #36:  ATG (1/3)

Let's Craft and Create #167:  ATG (3/3)

The Corrosive Challenge #1:  ATG (1/4)

Gem of a Challenge #2:  ATG (1/2)

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #150:  ATG (3/3)

Word Art Wednesday #475 - #476:  ATG (1/5)

Aud Sentiments #266:  ATG + a sentiment (1/5)

Through the Craft Room Door:  ATG (1/2)

The Paper Shelter #453:  New Beginnings (1/3)

Digi Choosday #3:  ATG (1/2)

Thanks for stopping by!  If you are hopping along, that means you came here from my Squirrel Sister Karen's BLOG, and you will want to continue on to dear V's BLOGDon't forget to leave everyone some love along the way! πŸ’—

Until next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!


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  1. Well done my squirrel sister! I love the coloring of your sweet snowman, and think this was a perfect interpretation of the theme!!! And we'll get all those snowmen used up this year to make that boatload of cards... just maybe not all in one month!

  2. Marie, you always have the most adorable snowmen 😘! This one is no exception and I love the added sparkle :)

  3. Your card is adorable and this snowman is so cute ! I really like how you matched the sentiment with him ;)

  4. I love everything about this card! The wonderful background, the adorable snowman and the perfect sentiment! I'm so happy we are hopping along together this year.. I'm reaplly looking forward to it! πŸ’•

  5. Marie, this card is perfection!!! The snowman with that quote is kismet! And as always, your coloring is awe inspiring!!

  6. Wonderful post!! Beautiful card! 🀩
    That Snowman is pretty adorable, and you're right, he works perfectly with that sentiment!!! 🀩🀩🀩
    Gorgeous! 😍

  7. So cute. great snowman and background. Thanks for sharing over at Aud Sentiments.

  8. Sweet card, beautiful sentiment. Thanks for joining us at A Place to Start this month for our "Anything Goes" challenge

  9. Very nice card thank you for joining us at TPS
    Christine DT

  10. Fabulous image for this time of year for sure, we have plenty of snow in our neck of the world. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

  11. Fabulous card and sentiment Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge atThrough The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge. Good luck Ginny
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  12. Marie, Imaginative! Great use of supplies on hand. Thank you for sharing your lovely card with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. Love the touch of glitter. Join us each month for a NEW challenge. Stay safe and happy crafting!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  13. Great card and matching sentiment. Great to use up "leftovers" for your card. Thank you for entering the Anything Goes Challenge at Jan's Digi Challenge Blog.

    1. And with a different DT hat on - Thank you for entering the Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

  14. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn. Have a nice day,.. Succes!!
    DT Anneke

  15. Adorable card and I love that sentiment/font. Thanks for playing in the challenge at The Paper Funday and Best of Luck in the draw. Donna, DT

  16. What a cute card! Love the snowman. Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper.

    DT Stacey

  17. Great card, well done! Thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket Challenges.

    groetjes, Ellen

  18. Hi Marie. Your little snowman is so cute and love the colour of your background paper. Thank you for doing in at the Cutie Pie challenge. Lynne DT

  19. Wow such wonderful coloring! Thank you for joining our challenge at Digi Choosday . I hope you come back for the next one!
    Hugs, Joy
    Polkadoodles DT

  20. Your snowman is simply adorable and so nicely colored! Thanks so much for playing along with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah, Owner



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