Thursday, February 13, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch: Hang In There

Yesterday morning, I wanted to make a quick card of encouragement for my youngest son. I went to a great source of inspiration - the sketches at CAS(E) this Sketch - and  realized the sketch would be a fun way to use some new stamps and dies that I recently added to my stash.

CtS Hang In There

The new stamps and dies are the Poppy Stamps Busy Squirrel Trio and their Whittle Everyday sentiment set (plus I got a number of other Whittle animals to go with many of the stamps in the set!)  I knew I would be using the squirrel for my youngest son.  He's in his freshman year at a college multiple states away and even with all the big new experiences he's having - somehow he was quite thrilled with the squirrels there - "Mom...the squirrels are black!"  I think my "hanging" squirrel is actually just climbing a tree, but I thought if I put him off-kilter, he would definitely look like he needed to hang in there!

 (Poppy Stamps also has a Birch Stitched Frame die which is perfect for the squirrels and was in and out of my cart a number of times - but I looked at the sheer volume of tree dies in my stash and just couldn't justify it.)

Here is my inspiration!

I also want to credit the challenge at Poppy Stamps - Animal Menagerie.  Three squirrels may not be a menagerie, but if you saw all the other Whittle animal dies on my desk right now, you'll see I purchased the full menagerie!!

Stamps: Poppy Stamps Whittle Everyday
Dies: Poppy Stamps Busy Busy Squirrel Trio, Taylored Expressions Birch Tree Border, The Greetery Sentiment Suite Basics die, Lil Inkers Stitched Woodgrain
Paper: Avery Elle Spring Collection


  1. You did it again! Kim, this is a super card, I just love the elements and textures. What a special card for your son and a great take on the sketch. That woodgrain adds so much detail. I'm off to check out the menagerie. I admire your cards so much!

  2. I think this will give your son a smile and a pick me up, it's cute!

  3. I ABSOLUTELY love your card (as always)!!

  4. This is so adorable! You work magic with dies!

  5. Such a clever take on the sketch, Kim! Happy to see you as a CTS Fave!

  6. What a delightful scene! Love all your layers and textures! Thanks for playing along with us at Poppystamps!

  7. Your squirrels playing in the trees make me smile; such sweet - and clever - scenes! Once again, your creativity dazzles!

  8. This is fabulous Kim! I love the squirrels - they always entertain me. your layout and clean lines / colors are wonderful!


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