Tuesday, February 15, 2022


Hello friends, and welcome back!  Today is the day that the Squirrel Squad gets together to bust out our squirreled-away stash and wow you with our creations!  If you're here just to check in on me, you're in luck, as I am starting off the hop this month!  Here is the full line up for you:

Marie -- that's me!

Our theme this month is BOTANICAL, with a COLOR PALETTE as inspiration:

And here is my card:

For the botanical aspect of my card, I grabbed those gorgeous Honey Bee Lovely Layers:  Coneflower Honey Cuts that I just HAD TO HAVE after seeing so many beautiful cards made using them.  And then they just sat here after I inventoried them and put them away.  Like so many of my other HAD-TO-HAVES...but that is the purpose of our hop, isn't it? 😁 For the colors, I grabbed an old paper pack from Michael's that just happens to have most of these colors in it; in fact, I think the paper pack is even named "botanical."  I die cut all the layers from the 2 shades of pink, and then chose some pink Copics to match.  I couldn't just have them all one flat color when there is so much actual dimension to this flower!  I'm pretty sure I used RV13 and RV14 on the darker pink, and RV21 and RV23 on the lighter pink.  The bottom-most flower layer received many applications of color, while the upper layers received progressively less applications.  I think the petals turned out to have a nice variation of shades in the final result.  The center of the flowers was colored using R39 and R89.  It did take quite a bit of fiddling around, laying the layers on top of each other over and over again to make sure that my coverage was good!  It's still worth it though!  For the leaves, I just added the darker green ones behind the lighter green as a sort of shadow.  I glued the coneflowers to the 5.5"square kraft card base, but underneath them, I glued a Spellbinders Big Scalloped Square die cut on which I stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment in Rich Cocoa Memento ink.  Despite all the flower layers, I think this card is pretty CAS.

Squirreled away items used:  Coneflower die set
Memento ink
sentiment stamp


Crafty Calendar:  ATG (2/3)
Daisy Chain #60:  For the Girls
Digi Choosday #7:  ATG (1/2)

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Don't forget to keep going in our little hop; you don't want to miss out on what my Squirrely Sisters have created!  Your next stop is my fabulous Squirrel Sister, Karen!  Have a great day, friends, and until next time,

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



  1. I love the pop of dimension on the flowers and the extra layers on leaves! That font of the sentiment is gorgeous too! Such a beautiful card, my friend! For the Queen of Cute, you did a great job with this botanical theme!!!

  2. Brilliant idea to add more shading to the flowers! They came out gorgeous! The center looks like it would really be puffy and soft if I touched it, like a real flower!!! I agree that it is CAS in the end! Love it!!!

  3. I just love the different shades of pink for the petals.. it does create an illusion of more dimension! Your card is absolutely beautiful, Marie!!

  4. It looks so pretty Marie ! I like the dimension you added on your flowers !

  5. What a different card than your usual ones, Marie! These flowers turned out so lovely with the layers and shading! Stunning card <3

  6. Your squirrel gang is such a great idea and I love your pretty cone flower design, Marie! You girls should link to NBUS (mynbus.blogspot.com) and inspire others to use their schtuff like you do! Hugs, Darnell

  7. Great card, Thanks for joining us at Pearly Sparkles this month for our "Anything Goes" Challenge.

  8. Such a cute card! I love the spring colors!! Great job! I hope to see your creations again soon! Thanks for participating in A Gem of a Craft Challenge! ~Michelle, DT Polkadoodkles https://www.instagram.com/thecraftmarketsc/

  9. Great card, lovely flowers. Thanks for joining 613 Avenue Create and TTCRD challenges. Anesha

  10. Beautiful, I loved these cone flower dies the minute I saw them and bought them!..
    Fabulous pretty card..
    Thank you so much for joining in with us at 613 Avenue Create..hope you will play along again..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  11. Stunning flower die-cuts making a really beautiful card!
    Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday! Jane S (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things! xxx

  12. Beautiful card, I love the colours. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Calendar Challenge this month. Good luck!
    Liz xx

  13. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Mirtillamente, we love to see everybody’s entries. Good luck and do come back!
    Jackie SGD

  14. I love your card, thanks for sharing it with us at the Daisy Chain Challenge Blog.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  15. Wonderful creation!Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge February "ATG".

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  17. Such a beautiful card with awesome colours you have created. Thank you for playing along at Papercraft Challenge, good luck and I hope you will join us again.



Hello friends; welcome back to my blog!  My Squirrel Sisters and I are back at it again, hoping to inspire you to dig out your supplies, old...