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Jan 18, 2022

Squirrel Hugs, Pinecones and Winter

Hello and welcome!

It's time for some midmonth inspiration at Stamping Sensations challenge, still plenty of time left to join us if you haven't already and we always welcome up to 3 entries so hope you'll share your creativity with us! Our theme for January is "Stamping with option of Use a Die". As a reminder our winner will receive a prize package from  Oakwood Archer

And here is what I made:

For my card I've taken inspiration from a challenge blog I recently discovered, the Four Season's challenge where there is always a pretty mood board given as an optional inspiration and my card was inspired by one of the pictures. I'm sure you can guess which one :-)

Aren't these all wonderful! I actually thought about using the bottom right and then bottom left first, but then decided that my cute squirrel stamp needed an outing :-)


I started out by stamping Penny Black's Brush Pines using Distress Oxide inks Gathered Twigs and Iced Spruce. My stamp platform (options) always comes in handy with these brushstroke stamps.

Next I stamped the squirrels from Penny Black set Share a Hug. Using Walnut Stain ink for stamping and colored using Vintage Photo ink, then fussy cut. 

I wasn't really "thinking" when I added some vintage photo ink spatters, but then decided the card could use some snowflakes so I added more ink spatters using my new Posca pen.  But I do like how the mix of white and brown spatter turned out. 

Related Love Themed Products:

For the sentiment I used a "love" die, an oldie which I think is from Whimsy Stamps  and the snowflake die cuts were done with Penny Black's Dancing Snowflakes die set, which I just purchased at the end of last year. 

Before adhering the card front to the base, I inked the edges with Iced Spruce Oxide ink using my new blending brushes for a soft look.


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My card also fits these challenges so linking up:

613 Avenue Create - AG // Crafty Calendar - AG // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Use PB Stamps // Craft Rocket Challenges - Dies // A Place To Start - AG // Crafting Happiness Challenges - AG // Get Creative Challenges - AG // Make My Monday - Snowflakes // Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges - AG // Path of Positivity - AG // Stamps & Fun = Creativity - AG // 

And these are Always Anything Goes and Link Parties:

Taylor Made Cards 4 U // 613 Avenue Create opt. twist watercolor // Creative Moments // Through The Craft Room Door // The Corrosive Challenges // A Bit More Time to Craft // A Perfect Time To Craft // Classic Design  Challenge * // Crafts Galore Encore // DL.Art Linky Challenge // Love to Craft // QKR Stampede // The Creative Crafters // World Wide Open Design Team Challenge // Lil Patch of Crafty Friends 

Dare to Share // Sunday Showcase - First Sunday with Ada and Mireille  //  Inspire Me Monday //  Link Up Potpourri //  Random-osity Good, Random, Fun // You're The Star Blog Hop Link Party @Stonecottage Adventures // Anything Goes with Your Hosts @ My Random Musings // Jenerally Informed The Happy Now // Spread the Kindness Linkup @ Shelbee on the Edge //  Thursday Favorite Things // Little Things Thursday // Encouraging Heart and Home @ Slices of Life // 


  1. Wow Ellie - I really love this card. You’ve inked , stamped and splattered to perfection! Simply gorgeous.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  2. An adorable card - love those squirrels. Vee xx

  3. So sweet Ellie, makes for a really different but lovely card for Valentines and perfect splatters as a finishing touch.

    B x

  4. Those squirrels are so sweet (never seen that PB before) and the way you've framed them with your embellishments and other stamps looks just wonderful.

  5. Fabulous! Thank you so much sharing at Crafting Happiness Challenges.
    Blog, Pause Dream Enjoy
    Owner & Design Team, Crafting Happiness Challenges, Anything Goes
    Design Team, Let’s Craft & Create
    Design Team, Christmas Crafts All Year Round

  6. This card is fabulous Ellie … I love the image and everything about it. I have now got a set of those brushes and am liking them for soft blending 😀
    Pauline xx

  7. fab card those cute little squirrels.


  8. Such a cute card!

  9. Those squirrels are so cute. Love your card. Thanks for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Barbara DT member for { World Wide Open Design Team Challenge}

  10. Adorably cute cute card, surely to bring a bog smile to the recipient! Love your fur babies on your side bar too, the first one looks just like my Red! Thank you for joining our challenge at Four Seasons!
    Diane FS DT
    {Nellies Nest}
    {Four Seasons}

  11. OMG this card is just ADORABLE! Great coloring and design! SURE to bring a smile ... I know it brought a smile to my face! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.


  12. A lovely card Ellie, those squirrels are so sweet and they fit perfectly on those pinecones, a lovely design.
    Avril xx

  13. Such a sweet image and the squirrels are adorable nestled in those pine cones, gorgeous card..
    Thank you so much for joining in with us at 613 Avenue Create..hope you will play along again..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  14. This card is just so gorgeous Ellen. What a cute pair!

  15. Wonderful card, love the images used. Thanks for joining 613 Avenue Create and TTCRD challenges. Anesha

  16. You Are Amazingly Creative - Well Done There - All The Best In 2022


  17. Ellie this is absolutely adorable, I love it.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  18. What an exquisite card Ellie - love it!!
    Stay safe

  19. Such a sweet card! I adore the stamp you have used.

  20. Hello there, your image is so cute and the card overall wonderfully adorable! Love it!

    Thanks for joining in with us at Crafty Calendar Challenge this time!
    DT Crafty Calendar

  21. Adorable card Ellibelle. Thank you for entering the Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

  22. This card is wonderful! I love the stamp, but your coloring is awesome. Thank you for joining our Make My Monday Challenge.

  23. WOW Ellie your card is so beautiful, I love it.


  24. Anonymous13:36

    Awwww…. This is so sweet!


  25. Awww, what a sweet card!

  26. Oooh, how cute is this! Love the little squirrels! Thanks for joining us at S+F=C.

  27. This is AWESOME. I absolutely LOVE it. Thanks for sharing this with us at The Four Seasons Challenge and please visit again soon. Your art is a wonderful blessing.
    Karen L, DT
    The Four Seasons

    1. I'd LOVE to have you join us at Word Art Wednesday.
      Always Anything Goes/Family Friendly challenges with AWESOME prizes.

  28. What a darling of a card. Great stamping and the cutest of image x.

  29. Wonderful card. Love it and so glad you shared over at Make My Monday

  30. Very cute. Loving the squirrels. Thanks for joining us at LTCCB
    Tina DT

  31. This is beautifully done! I love the splattered background! It is sparse and visually so impactful! You did a fabulous job with the composition of this project! Thanks for sharing your creative efforts with us at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  32. Congratulations! You were selected as A Rising Star for the week of January 17-22, 2022 at A Place To Start! !Please stop by our blog and grab your badge!

  33. Cute image and project. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

  34. Such a lovely winter card and those images are amazing together. Your splats added just the right touch!! Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black Saturday Challenge. I hope you will join us for the February Challenge too. ♥ Sue Kment

  35. Congratulations, Ellibelle!
    You were chosen as the winner of the January challenger at 613 Avenue Create!
    The winner will receive:
    Choice of 2 digital Images. from our sponsor Mirtillamente!
    Possibility to be a Special Guest Designer at Mirtillamente
    An "Ampolix Card" for a 10% discount on all digital products in the shop throughout the year.
    The winner was chosen by a random generator
    #221 - Ellibelle
    Please contact me at to claim your prize.

  36. Lovely card - super cute! thank you for entering the february challenge at Creative Moments


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