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Thursday, 16 April 2020

Happy birthday alligator

Hello crafting friends!

It's another sunny day here in the heart of England and so peaceful it wouldn't be hard to imagine that all was well with the world. But instead of thinking about that, I did a little crafting. Come and see:


I stamped this adorable little alligator from MFT's Safari Party onto some white card stock and cut it into a tw'inchie on three sides. On his snout side, I cut as far up and down as possible using my guillotine trimmer and cut the rest with sharp scissors, allowing his snout to poke out of the square (yes, it's pretend partial die cutting, which I personally find much easier than actual partial die cutting!)


Inside the cut square, I drew a square frame, using a fineliner and ruler, and then coloured my alligator friend, and the background, using alcohol markers. The top and right of the square was masked off so I could stamp the sunshine which is from Hello Sunshine by Concorde & 9th


I wanted to add googly eyes but the adhesive ones in my stash turned out to be too big! No problem! I simply added two tiny circles cut with my cropadile and doodled black dots in the centres of them. The sentiment is from Uniko's Simply Said Blocks.

CHALLENGES
I've been thinking about Just Us Girls' Squares challenge all week and this card is the result of my ponderings, so I shall link up there. I'm also going to play along with the Sisterhood of Crafters, where they want to see cards for kids, and Addicted to CAS, where Animals is the code word.


AND IN OTHER NEWS
Alligators are not the only wild animals around here today! Here's The Beige Beast about to savage a stick...


She's got what we call her 'smoosh face' on. It's where she's looking down at something and her ears flop over her face and she gets little puppyish wrinkles in her face! She is so adorable that it's astonishing I ever get anything done around here!

What are you up to today?

Hugs,

20 comments:

  1. Ha ha! I'm with you - I never quite mastered partial die cutting but I'll happily fussy cut anytime. This is super adorable - I love that gator's little smile.
    Just back from a walk with Chica and now we're off to make some cards ourselves. Have a lovely day, Vicky!

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    1. Thank you Jen, I DID have a lovely day! You sound as if you had one too - walking the pup and card making is my idea of an excellent day! Glad it's not just me with the partial die cutting :/

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  2. What a cute little gator...not one bit of scariness in him at all! Adorable!

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    1. Actually the expression on his face is probably what I look like when I go into a room and forget what I went in there for!

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  3. I LOVE this card with it's croc and the partial cutting, so clever and wonderful, love the background.
    Keep safe and well
    Faith x

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    1. He's a cute croc isn't he! You too Faith x

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  4. Well, Vicky I have to say that you are the number one CAS/LIM card maker.
    Another brilliant creation, super idea for the eyes, great image and background.

    Kath x

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  5. What a cute alligator - and the partial cutting works like a charm, who needs dies? As for Eva, she looks like she’s having fun!

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    1. I definitely DO need dies, just not for partial die cutting!
      Eva is the happiest dog I know :)

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  6. What a gorgeous clean design! Your tricky fussy cutting is absolutely amazing. Thanks so much for joining us at Just Us Girls this week.

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    1. Thanks Cécile and thanks for the fun challenge!

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  7. Oh Vicky your card just brought an instant smile to my face ... thanks! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Darlene
    SISTERHOOD OF CRAFTERS
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS
    Please stop in for a visit!

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    1. An instant smile to your face means my work here is done Darlene! I've subscribed to The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge and am loving joining in with you :)

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  8. I love your pretend partial die cutting, Vicky. It worked so well for that darling alligator's snout. Thanks for sharing him with us at Just Us Girls.

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  9. This card put a big smile on my face, Vicky. I especially love those eyes, and like many others, your alternative for "real" partial die cutting. I laughed right out loud at that one. So glad you joined us at Addicted to CAS.

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    1. Glad to have given you a smile Steph. Let's face it, that's not the only pretend technique I have up my sleeve lol!

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Do leave me a comment - it always makes my day! Vicky x


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