Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Squirrels! and a Thank You. (Projects 7, 8, and 9)

I’ll start with the thank you.  Ms. Di over at Pixie’s Snippets Playground featured my Autumn Greetings card.  Thank you so much, Ms. Di.  I felt so special.  Now on to the cards:
So I have a fair number of squirrel stamps because my mother is affectionately known as the crazy squirrel lady.  She does wildlife rehab and has rehabilitated and released many squirrels over the years.  She currently has a permanent resident of a three legged squirrel named Tripod Nubbins.  So I’ve accumulated many squirrel stamps.
Card 1


I stamped the squirrel with Hero Arts Shadow ink in Just Right and layered it on textured cardstock squares, putting the brown square at an angle.  The top is actually orange but it looks more yellow in the picture. The purple textured cardstock is punched with a Fiskar border punch and I stamped the sentiment with the HA Just Right Shadow ink.  It still needed something, so I took the pieces punched out of the purple and attached three to the top corner. (Do they count as snippets?) I’ve got tons of little ziplock baggies full of the punched bits from when I use border punches.  I’m such a pack rat; I can't throw the bits out. I figure I'll use them eventually.  So at least I used a few on this one. The rest went in a baggie.
The squirrel is an Inkadinkado stamp and the sentiment is by TPC Studio.
Card 2
This little guy is a digital stamp by A Day for Daisies.  I used my silhouette to print him and then cut the shape out.  I colored him with chalk and sprayed with a sealer.  The pattern paper I found in a paper storage container I bought when I first started card making, about seven years ago, and that I uncovered when I was organizing my papers a couple of months ago.  So I’ve probably had this paper that long.  I originally planned on adding some paper flowers to this piece, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  I decided to leave this one fairly simple.
Card 3
For this one, I stamped the image on X-press It paper with Memento Tuxedo Black.  I stamped the big acorn on a snippet of X-Press It paper with Memento Rich Cocoa and the acorn hat on a snippet with Memento Tuxedo Black.  I colored the images with Copics (the list of colors are at the bottom of this post) and a silver metallic color pencil.  I fussy cut the acorns with my Fiskar fingertip craft knife.  I love that thing for fussy cutting.  It takes a little getting used to but once you do, the control is amazing.  I popped the large acorn with foam squares but I just glued the hat on flat.  I wanted a little dimension but I was afraid popping it up would hide the squirrel's eyes.  The stamps are by Inky Antics.  The pattern paper and textured cardstock are from my stash.
Here's a close-up of the squirrel's acorn cap.
Acorns – E21
Squirrel – E11
Basket – YR20
I'm entering Card 1 and 3 over at Pixie’s Snippets Playground
Thanks for stopping by and please come again.



  1. Hi Sarah, Congratulations on your highlight at the Snippets Playground. That was my very 1st place to submit anything, and Miss Diane was so helpful - and patient - & it's really a fun place with lovely people. Unfortunately, I've not been able to visit so often as I'd like, lately. I'm loving each one of your cards. Squirrels are delightful to watch (they can do some awesome damage to a house though so we've learned not to encourage them too much). I much prefer the cuties on your card. Each card was just cute as could be, but must confess the squirrel with the acorn hat was my favorite. What a cheeky fella...looks like some I see around here (without the hat of course!). TFS & thanks for your sweet comments. Hugs

    1. My parents had to rescreen their porch because of wild squirrels breaking it to steal food from Tripod. And when they go out of town, I have to feed the outside squirrels or they will try to break in.

    2. Oh these are lovely cards Sarah! I'm glad you liked the welcome to the Playground, and also that you came back to play again :)

      Many years ago, a caravan site warden showed us a load of chewed plastic boxes - where squirrels had eaten their way in. Apparently they even used to nip into the restrooms and pinch the soap to eat!

      Hugs, Di xx

  2. Congratulations on being featured! The squirrel cards are gorgeous, can't pick a favourite as I like them all. I love to watch squirrels climbing up the trees and then jumping to the next tree, though they can feel a bit scary if they make a run against you. Maybe it's just me!

    Warm hugs

    1. I completely understand. I've had to critter sit my mom's squirrel and that squirrel is mean and attacks. Thanks for stopping by.