Thursday, April 1, 2021


Hello friends!  Happy April Fool's Day! I'm back on the blog today because it's time for a new monthly challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  WOOHOO!  This month's sponsor is SheepSki Designs.

The image I chose to use is called Elsa, and she is a beautiful fox.  Here is my card:

I don't really have any decent typical fox "colors" in my marker collection, so I thought I would color her up as a gray fox.  When I looked up images of the gray foxes, I was surprised to find they have quite a bit of brown and white in their fur also, so that is the direction I took.  I used cool grays rather than the warm ones, as I thought they matched the pictures better.  Clearly, I still need to work on adding furry texture, but she doesn't look half bad. 
 I found the leafy patterned paper in a 12x12 K & Company paper pad called Wild Saffron that I picked up for $1.97 at my local Goodwill.  Can't beat that!  I used Spellbinders Card Creator sets A and B to make the thin frame, and to cut the main panel.   A Spellbinders Classic circle die was used to cut out Elsa.  I found the stark white of the Accent Opaque cardstock to be a bit glaring on top of the more natural-looking kraft card base and the leafy paper, so I used Frayed Burlap Oxide ink to soften the edges a bit.  That made me much happier! 
 I struggled for a time to figure out what sentiment to use, but then I remembered this Awesome die set from Neat and Tangled.  I cut the shadow layer from vellum, and the word from black 3 times.  Gluing those layers together was cause for some cussing on my part, and hubby thought I was losing it!  LOL  Anyway, the "you are" comes from the Honey Bee Happiness stamp set, and was heat embossed in white on black.  Here's a closer may want to squint your eyes a bit...


CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #57:  ATG (1/5)
Mix it Up #48:  ATG (1/5)
Moving Along With The Times #29:  Animals/Birds (1/3)
Colour It, Create It, Show It Off:  ATG with coloring (1/3)
Crafty Animals #49:  ATG with animals
The Paper Funday #27:  ATG w/optional twist -  Use green (2/4)
SheepSki Designs #49:  Animal Magic
Double Trouble #80:  Something, Anything, Everything w/ optional twist - coloring (alcohol markers)
Aud Sentiments #271:  Animals + sentiment (2/5)
Digi Choosday #13:  ATG (2/2)

I truly appreciate you stopping by my blog today.  I hope that you make it through today without too many jokes being pulled on you! 😆 Until next time my friends,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!



  1. Great coloring and detail, Marie! Perfect background paper, too. Thank you for playing along with us at Double Trouble #80.

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  3. Marie, I think your foxy Elsa is quite adorable! Your coloring of her is unique and eye catching. Thank you for sharing your coloring talents and cute card with us at Double Trouble!!! -Donna

  4. So adorable! I love the colour palette. Thank you for joining our Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge. Hope to see you again!

    Merja DT

  5. Lovely card 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

  6. Your Elsa is beautiful in grey! Such a lovely card! Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational!

  7. Elsa, what a pretty color you are and love your forestry background... adorable and fun card. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble, The Paper FunDay and Crafting Happiness our previous partners.

  8. wow! I'm loving the texture of the fur! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge.  Please join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Owner and Coordinator

  9. Cute image. Sweet texture to the fox fur and coloring. So glad you shared your beautiful card over at Aud Sentiments.

  10. Lovely project and great coloring! Thanks for entering the Challenge at The Paper Funday and hope to see you again soon! Donna, DT

  11. Great colouring. Thank you for joining in the Aud Sentiments animal challenge.

  12. Pretty card. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's.
    DT Stacey

  13. Love your colouring and the texture you've given to the fur! Gorgeous card!
    Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Gem of a Challenge! Jane S (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

  14. Hi Marie,
    what a wonderful card and such a sweet image of that fox.
    You have coloured him wonderfully too.
    Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  15. Great coordination with the background paper with the image. The fox is super cute which makes a super cute card! Thanks for joining the challenge at the Love To Craft Challenge Blog. Dorlene DT LTCCB

  16. Marie, your colouring is fantastic. Wonderful card. Thanks for joining in our Digi Doodle Studios challenge. Hope to see you again. Patsy DT

  17. This is a smashing project!
    We do love to see all the entries at Classic.
    Stay safe and well.
    Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic Design Challenge we really appreciate you joining in.

    Jackie DT

  18. A ver nice card. Thank you for playing at Penny's.
    Gretings Geesje DT

  19. Great card. So cute. Thanks for entering Polkadoodles Digichoosday Challenge. Madison

  20. Marie, I love your card using our fox. Thank you for joining us at SheepSki Designs Blog Challenge and good luck with your entry. Gail DT

  21. This is just so beautiful. Love it. Nice work here.

    Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic

    Design Challenge
    we really appreciate you joining in.



  22. This is such a sweet foxy card. Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Animals. Lisa DT

  23. adorable card! beautiful coloring =) thank you for sharing with us at My Besties International Challenge Blog =)

  24. Beautiful card Marie! Love the little fox and the card design. Thank you for sharing with us over at ColorIt! Create It! Show It Off!. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Gale DT

  25. Lovely card
    Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Studios Challenge
    Julie T

  26. Fabulous creation! Thanks for joining our "Include an Animal" Challenge at Digi Doodle Studios!

  27. This is just gorgeous and perfect for our April 2021 challenge. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us. Good luck and please stay safe and healthy.
    {Color It Create It Show It Off Challenge DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  28. Love your funky fox! Thank you for sharing with us your patterned papers at Crafty Hazel Nut's Patterned Paper Monthly Challenge - Myrna DT

  29. Beautiful project - thanks for sharing it with us at the Love to Craft Challenge.

    Helen x



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