Squirrelz Stash Bash: January

Hello, crafty friends and welcome to our fresh and renewed hop for the year 2022! Your previous stop should have been the fabulous Anna.

After a break in December, my dear Squirrel Squad friends and I are back with the new Squirrelz Stash Bash year-long hop 🙂

Look how cute our new squirrel is 🙂

After having the hop going for a full year and barely scratching the surface, we decided to keep it going for another year. The purpose of this hop is every month to use all these squirreled away/forgotten/not enough loved supplies combined with fun themes, techniques and even sketches. So, for January we have “Love/Friendship + Sketch”.

This is the sketch that was selected (from Paper Play Sketches):


I find sketches intimidating and every time I see one, lots of layers of patterned paper come to my mind. However, I decided to replace most of the elements with stamped images. Also, when it comes to love/friendship I always go with flowers. This time I chose critter friends who came together to celebrate their friendship by baking 🙂 The stamp set it “Bake off” by Clearly Besotted and this is the first time I use it since I bought it. I stamped the bunny and two bears with Copic friendly ink on die cut rectangles and colored them in. At this point I realised that the rectangles won’t fit one under other so I had to: a) change the stamp set or b) rotate the sketch… I chose b) and I hope it’s not considered cheating 😀

To create the card panel (the background) I used the small stamps from the set together with the berries from another barely used stamp set “Celebration Cupcakes”, again by Clearly Besotted. I used a very light ink: Jellyfish (Lawn Fawn) and then lightly ink blended Scattered Straw Distress ink. To step it a little bit up, I used the brick “Build It” stencil, again by Clearly Besotted, with Antique Linen Distress ink. I stamped and colored 3 strawberries to represent the 3 small circles in the sketch. Then I found a leftover piece of patterned paper (Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid Christmas) on my table and decided to use it for the piece behind the rectangles so that the furry friends stand out. I also made masks for them and went over with Scatterd Straw Distress ink just to give them some color around. Next: assembling it all together.

I stamped “You’re a berry best friend” on the inside of the card (Lawn Fawn’s Sweet Friends stamp set) and 3 berries. And my card was finished.

I hope you’ll head over to check the amazing Karen and also the rest of the lovely Squirrel Squad for more inspiration 🙂

Have a great day!


  1. I agree with Lounon, definitely not cheating… especially since I did it too 😉 You and I were actually on similar wave lengths! Critters, stamped tone on tone background, and tiny stamp for embellishment in the sketch! I wishing I had thought to ink blend my rectangle panels too!!! I think this card is so stinkin’ adorable, Bory! And the sentiment inside is super sweet. Also, those strawberries look good enough to eat!!!

  2. Flipping the sketch isn’t cheating at all, Bory! I see it being done quite often. Your card is “berry” cute, and I love everything you did to pull it together. 🙂

  3. Super cute card Bory! And definitely not cheating! I veered even farther away from the original sketch myself! I love how you colored in the images, they look good enough to eat!

  4. This card came out so darn cute!!! I love the idea of the berries as the circles in the sketch! I never would have thought of that!

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