Saturday, January 15, 2022


Hello friends, and welcome back to my blog!  Today is the day where my Squirrely friends and I get together and have some fun, but we decided to shake it up a *tiny* bit by changing our name to...

Anna also provided us with a new logo, which is just too stinkin' CUTE! πŸ˜€ We're still keeping the premise of our monthly hop, which is to use those supplies that we have "squirreled away," and to try out a new technique.  This year, we have added in using sketches also.  I think this year is gonna be a fun one!

So for this first hop of 2022, we are focusing on a sketch right off the bat, and it comes from Paper Play SketchesThe challenge is currently inactive, but they don't mind that the sketches still get used.  We all chose a favorite sketch, and then they were entered into a random pick tool, which resulted in this one being the winner:
This wasn't my choice, but I made do. πŸ˜‰ Here is my card:

I took this sketch at face value, mostly because I was very limited on time!  I did emboss resist on the 3 little panels using Gina K's Holiday Tapestry stamp set, and some of her inks, which I had never used before.  The ones I used (in rainbow order) are:  Tangerine Twist, Wild Dandelion, Lucky Clover, Turquoise Sea, Wild Lilac, and Passionate Pink.  Boy, do I like her inks!  I may have to see if I can get my hands on more of them!  Shhh, don't tell my hubby!  I used blending brushes to apply the ink to the panels, and then wiped any extra ink off the embossed images with a paper towel.  Occasionally, I had to add a bit of moisture to really get it off, but not too much, as I didn't want the ink to react.  In true Gina K style, I adhered the panels on a black strip so the colors would really POP.   I added foam tape to the panels to add dimension.  The die cut "hello" comes from Honey Bee Stamps Bitty Buzzwords Honey Cuts, and the "sweet friend" comes from the coordinating Bitty Buzzwords stamp set.  I love these so much!  There are SO MANY ways to use them!  I die cut the hello 5 times from black cardstock and layered them together for dimension and used VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink to stamp the sentiment.  The 3 rainbowy gems in the top right corner are unknown.  As a final touch, I grabbed my clear Wink of Stella pen and added several layers to the hello, and to the visible parts of the black strip.  Here are a couple more pics:


Gina K stamp set -- I've had this for a little while now, and have been DYING to use it
unknown gems

Hmm, I guess I didn't do *too* well on using the ole stash, but there's always next month! 😁
You know the drill...if you've been hopping along, then you came from the wonderful Lounon, and your next stop is the fabulous VDon't forget to leave us some precious comment love!


Love to Craft #66:  ATG (2/8)
Mix it Up #57:  ATG (2/8)
613 Avenue Create:  ATG (1/8)
Stamping Sensations #1:  ATG w/stamping and optional Add a die
Fab 'n' Funky:  Keep it Simple
Aud Sentiments #290:  ATG + a sentiment (1/5)
Polkadoodles #3:  ATG (1/2)
Digi Choosday #2:  ATG (1/2)

That's all for today, friends!  Thanks for stopping by, and until next time...

 πŸ’—Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless! πŸ’—

~ Marie


  1. It looks so pretty Marie ! The colors are sweet and beautiful !

  2. Wowsers, my friend!!! Very elegant! I love all the rainbowy goodness and sparkle!That stamp set is so pretty and your card is absolutely gorgeous!

  3. A nice design for a CAS creation, many thanks for sharing with us and joining our January theme at We Love Stamping challenges.

    B x

  4. Great CAS card and thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar hugs Sue x

  5. Great card and lovely sketch. Thanks for sharing your lovely project with us at The Paper Funday Challenges. Donna

    The Inspiration Station - Owner/DT
    The Paper Funday Challenges - Owner/DT

  6. Very nice card! Thanks for playing at Digi Choosday!

  7. Nice colourful card! Thanks for joining us at Penny's paper challenge. Hugs Ela DT

  8. Gorgeous- the embossed panels are beautiful and contrast perfectly with the black and white design. Thank you for joining us at Fab'n' Funky.

  9. You did an amazing job with this card, my sweet squirrel sister! I love the idea of the emboss resist on those little rectangles.. I'm going to have to give this a try! Thank you for the inspiration!

  10. Even when you say you did t have a lot of time, you still put together something completely knocking it out of the ballpark! I love the color combos on the emboss resist! And I think the wink of stella was the perfect addition to the rectangle and die cut! Beautiful work!!!!

  11. Such a pretty card. Thank you for joining us over at Polkadoodles Gem of a craft Challenge we hope to see you again soon. Alison DT

  12. It's a great take on the sketch and a lovely contemporary design. Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

  13. This is extremely pretty!

    Thanks for sharing with us at MAWTT and Creative Moments,

    Hugz Tinz

  14. Absolutely beautiful card! I love Thank you so much for joining us for the Friday Challenge at Polkadoodles! Xo, Kim DT!

  15. Marie, your card is stunning!! Love these soft colors and the emboss resist! Gems are pretty too :)

  16. fab card and thanks for sharing at crafty catz hope you will join in the next challenge

  17. I really love this CAS style and those colours! Thank you for sharing at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge. Hope to see you again!

    Merja DT

  18. Beautiful card. I love that sketch layout and the colours you've chosen.
    Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday
    Annette - Netty's Cards
    Proud to design for :
    Polkadoodles Digi Choosday,
    Lili of the Valley,
    Dies to Die For,
    As You Like It Challenge.

  19. Beautiful new logo for your gang. It seems so fun what your group do.
    Love the card and its clear style.
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Polkadoodles challenge blog.
    Nunzia DT

  20. I love your card, thanks for sharing it with us at the Let’s Craft and Create Challenge Blog.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  21. A beautiful and elegant card, Marie. Thank you for sharing your project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore “Anything Goes” January Challenge. Good Luck and hope to see you again soon!
    Carole x DT Craftilicious Creations

  22. Lovely CAS design! You did a fabulous job with the sketch! Thanks for playing along at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  23. Lovely project Marie. Thank you for sharing with us over here at The Creative Crafters Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Wendy DT Member for

  24. Your card is gorgeous… thanks for joining our ‘For a Lady/Girl’ challenge over at Moving Along With The Times. Hope you will join us again. Good Luck.
    Diane Louise, Team Leader MAWTT xx

  25. Love it - the pastel goes well with the bold sentiment.

    Thanks for joining us at the Aud Sentiments Challenge.

    Helen x



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