Monday, September 17, 2012

Fun Squirrel Card

Still having a wonderful visit with my Mother and Father in Law.  We don’t sit still so much, we make day trips out here and there.  The days are interesting and we are building precious family memories.  I’ll share here more later.

It was my birthday on Saturday and they treated me out, I’ve ate and ate and ATE!

Thanks so much to all of you for all the birthday wishes I’ve been wished, I’m humbled.

A friend asked me to make a card for her and I know she has been given the nickname “Squirrel” recently. Something to do with being so cute and quick and industrious.   I figured it would be cute to go with that theme.  I’m going to link my card at the Graphics Fairy today (I really need to do this more often because Karen’s graphics are a constant source of inspiration to me!) and also entering into The Crafty Pad’s challenge this week - my first time with this challenge! 

CHALLENGE 188 - AUTUMN COLORS

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SUPPLIES:

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Squirrel Graphic - Graphics Fairy

Designer Paper - various scraps (love using them up)

Ribbon

Stamps -

Leaves - Studio G

Letters - Studio G

Glue Dots

Wire

Wire Cutters

 

METHOD:

I noticed Debbie had posted a youtube tutorial for a “wobbler” on her blog the other day and I was instantly hooked, so I had to whip one up. Check out her post HERE which has instructions and an embedded video on how to make your own Wobbler  (and she has a wonderful FREE download to make a monster!)

I got this fun squirrel graphic from The Graphics Fairy, I took it into Photoshop and extracted the critter from the background (it was on a white background).  Next, I added a white “stroke” around him, then I added a thin black stroke around that… the reason?  I find the Silhouette software has a hard time detecting the “edge” when it’s white, so I used black.  I then traced the image and cut a sheet of them out.  I could have asked my machine to cut inside that black line but I left it so that if you want to simply print and cut you can - it will have the thin outline for you to use with your scissors. 

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DOWNLOAD

Print and Cut Sheet

Here’s a link to the print and cut Silhouette sheet (letter size) with registration marks all ready to go.  Note: when using these images in your projects be sure to give The Graphics Fairy credit!

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I would like to note that most of the videos I saw called for you to either tape or glue the wire between two circles for the wobbler, I made my own adjustment to this which I think works and saves time.  I simply punched a TINY hole into the circles, threaded the wire through and then used a Glue Dot on the OUTSIDE of each one, this way, the wire is held fast and it’s ready to stick on right away… bonus?  It’s all neat and tidy!

Thanks for visiting! 

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10 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! It was my birthday also on Saturday. Sounds like you had an enjoyable birthday with family. Mine was also. Fun card. Just love the squirrel!

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  2. What a fun little card! Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at The Crafty Pad in our Autumn Colours challenge this time!
    Good Luck
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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  3. Happy happy birthday! I want to bake you a whole batch of cupcakes all for yoruself!! :) ( and hang them in a cupcake tree perhaps? hmmm, ideas are formuing . . .) LOVE LOVE LOVE the sqyuirrel card you brilliant lady, you! Can\'t wait to catch up with you soon and shower you with birthday cupcakes!
    loves, xo

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  4. Happy belated Birthday my sweet friend!!! I've been a bit out of touch with the birth of our newest granddaughter on the 11th and then off to celebrate two of our grandson's birthdays while you were celebrating yours!

    September is a very busy birthday and anniversary month on both sides of our family, so I shall have no reason to ever forget the day you made your debut!

    A personal thank you this side for sharing my goodies posted earlier this month. You are far too kind you know!

    I absolutely adore your "Nuts About You" card with the darling little squirrel :) I don't see a PIN button Barb, however, I am able to pin with a right-click of my mouse, so I am hoping you do not mind me adding this to my Make Me - Cards board and sharing your creative talent!

    Happy Monday lovely lady and may your week be ever as sweet as you are - XOXO

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  5. Hi Barb, thanks for linking me. I was happy to come here and see your darling, fun, squirrel card. Squirrels are always up to give us a good giggle with their cuteness. Animating him with a wobbler makes him come to life. xxx- Debbie

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  6. Thanks for sharing another cute idea for a card.
    Jocelan

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  7. Happy Birthday, I'm glad you had a lovely time.
    Fab card, I love your cute squirrel and pretty leafy papers.
    Pauline
    x

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  8. Bet your friend gets a kick out of this card. :-) Great use of that graphic and the wobbler is really clever and fun. :-) Thanks for your visit to my blog and sweet comment. Have a great week!

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  9. Good evening Barb:)
    I too LOVE your card and think the squirrel is CUTE!!:) I LOVE seeing what you come up with. "Nuts about you" hehe!
    Happy to hear you are enjoying your time with the folks.:)Time spent with the family is precious!:)
    So HAPPY you had a great Birthday.:)

    Love,
    Valinda

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  10. haha, this is sooo cute! I love it! http://apalaceinwonderland.blogspot.com/

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