I’m so excited to tell you about a new monthly Hop group I’m in! I started the Collected Crafty Collabs hop group with 3 dear friends of mine: Anna Mahtani, Marie Bingaman, and Virginia Fairchild, and we have affectionately been calling ourselves the Squirrel Sisters! Not only do we each love the little critters, we are seriously sidetracked by any little thing! And like squirrels, we have collected a little hoard of
nuts, er… stash of crafty supplies and its time to dig them out and give them some love! Since forming the group we’ve had some talented artists join us to make this a hop you won’t want to miss. Every month, the hop will be inspired by a prompt or theme, along with a supply type. We can use either just theme, just the supply, or for a real challenge, use both! So check out my projects (yes, two!!!) and hop along with us to see what the rest of the group created with the prompt. And along the way, if you enjoy a post please consider subscribing to their blog! Take a look at the first card:
Some consider me an overachiever for making 2 cards, and while that can be true sometimes, this time I just couldn’t decide what I wanted to do or which card to use! For the debut hop of the Collected Crafty Collabs, I couldn’t help but use squirrels for my images!!! Not only did I use both a Critter and a stencil, I did a ton of masking! This design is not for the faint of heart, and it took so long that I tried to save time with the coloring and instead messed it up with the coloring method. While I watercolor with Tombows all the time, I do so on Bristol paper, but I prepped this one layer wonder on a standard card base thinking I would have time for pencils or alcohol markers. I’m still happy with how all the stamping and masking turned out and how many squirrels I manged to get on one card! The squirrels are from a Poppy Stamps set called Cover Squirrel and the stencil is Simon Says Stamps Grassy, inked in 3 shades of Distress Oxides. The speech bubbles are from Lawn Fawn A Birdie Told Me. I would love to claim this idea as my own, but I was totally inspired by Eloise Blue and her card here. OK, ready for the next one?
This card was so much faster to make! The background is made with 4 colors of Distress Oxides and the stencil used is called Patterned Leaf by Gina Marie Designs. For my image, I actually remembered to use Bristol paper for Tombow watercoloring this sweet image, and coordinating sentiment, both from the My Favorite Things set aptly named Squirrel! I used stitched dies from Simon Says Stamps for the card front and focal layer. A little more ink blending and popping up my squirrel buddy on foam tape, and this one was done. I feel like it needs some bling or epoxy dots, but the card is for a guy and I resisted adding any distractions.
I’m eager to see what the rest of the group did with this month’s prompt, and I know you will be blown away by their talent. Many are design team members for brands or sites and will be familiar faces, but there is new talent to be discovered as well, so check out the full line up below and enjoy your trip around our crafty blogland! Thanks for stopping by, and if you are new here following the hop from a different starting point, please consider subscribing to my blog and checking me out on Instagram!
I am submitting one of these cards to the following challenges:
- Make My Monday – #125 – Use Stencils – ends 7/4
- The Sisterhood of Crafters – Stenciling – ends 7/5
- HLS Dies – June – Anything Goes with Dies – ends 6/30
- Colouring in Scrapland – AG or Unconventional Card – ends 7/5
- Stamping Sensations – June – Make it Colorful – ends 7/4
- Crafty Sentiments Designs – Anything Goes – ends 6/29
- Try it on Tuesday – Create a Scene – ends 7/5
- Arty Divas – #24 – Anything Goes – ends 6/30