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 🙂
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!