Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Sneaky Raccoons

Tuesday greetings, friends!  I was on quite a stamp buying binge earlier this year, but I'm much better now, thank you.  I piled not-yet-used stamps atop not-yet-used stamps in my basket, plus added many new digital stamps to my files.  Among the stamps in the basket were six Gerda Steiner sets... because I couldn't choose just one.  I finished up one set and have just now played with the second set -- Sneaky Raccoons.

I sat down one morning and colored every stamp, some more than once, then cut everything out and left it for another day.  I figured I'd make a card now and then over time, but I ended up making four cards all in one day.  I hope you don't mind that I share them all at once with just two photos and minimal explanation.


Dies on these two cards:  Spellbinders circle dies, MFT Die-namics Star Stax and Stacking Stars, Poppystamps Woodland Oval, Paper Smooches Foliage 1


All coloring was done with Copics.  I used designer papers and dies and cardstocks that have been in my collection for a good long time.  In the photo below I have one card with a sanded Core'dinations base, and each card is embellished with SU Candy Dots I've had forever.


Dies used on these two cards:  Spellbinders Scored and Pierced Rectangles, Poppystamps Scribble Daisy Heart Frame, Tutti Designs Stitched Nesting Hearts, Cottage Cutz Double-Stitched Square Set

Well, this was fun and I'm glad to add four more cute cards to my stash.  I've been mailing a lot lately.

Take good care of yourselves, friends.  I know I don't have to say more than that.  Hugs and love to all.


28 comments:

aussie aNNie said...

Sure is a pack of absolutely fun cards, you are full of creativity and inspiration values coming my way.xxxx

Glenda said...

So cute! In fact I think I've seen the little tree hanger in my back yard just last week! I have racoon, possoms, rabbits, squirrels and groundhog running through! Oh the joys of country living in the south!

Pauline said...

What a fun and great post to see first thing this morning. I love when you create, and these 4 cards sure bring forth your creativty! Love them all Leslie! These raccoons are so adorable. I bet you had fun creating these. Thanks for the inspiration today. Hugs,

Darnell said...

Oh, my goodness, Leslie, I can see why you had to have this set! You have made it shine and sold a million copies! Gerda should put all of these cards on the website! In fact, she has her own challenge where you can enter and, of course, you can share these at NBUS, too! Thank you for all the amazing design and coloring inspiration! You take good care, too! Mwah! Hugs, Darnell

Yogi said...

Oh so cute. Good bunch of cards. Have a great day

Cat Craig said...

Leslie, You have created just the cutest little scenes. They have such life. Your cards are fabulous and you have inspired me!

In addition to my bin of new stuff I have a bin of stamp offs from friends to dive into.

Bonnie said...

These racoons are adorable, Leslie! I can understand why you had to play with all of them. Can't wait to see more!

nancy littrell said...

OMG..Adorable coons and love how you used all your designer papers and die cuts for your wonderful backgrounds. Such cute sentiments from the set too. TFS my friend. Love and Hugs...Nancy

Verna Angerhofer said...

Those raccoon cards are so darling and the coloring is fantastic!

Traci M said...

Gosh, Leslie...these are all adorable!!i love to see how you use your dies with cut out critters because I never know what to do with them. And your paper is a perfect match for the woodland scene and the raccoons. I am always amazed at your coloring skills to get all of those colored in one sitting… You are very talented!!

Donna Ellis said...

Leslie, these are just so "gosh-darn" cute! I love the contrast of colors, and the utter sweetness of each card! What a great idea using those stars! Love each one of these cuties. Sounds like you have been busy with the coloring and fussy cutting/ die cutting! Looking forward to doing the same here. Wishing you great health fun! xx

Margaret said...

Those sneaky raccoons are just adorable. Maybe not so much when they are sneaking onto my patio at night to see what food the kitties have left behind. they are not aggressive though and will just take off when I open the door. I haven't seen them for a while though. All your cards are great and I so enjoy seeing what is on your creative table.

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous raccoon stamps and love the selection of papers
Carol x

Cindy Beach said...

Of course we don't mind! Four cards and they are delightfully cute and colorful. Love the candy dots, that's the way to used them up! I think your idea is a great one. Prepping things to stamp later when I feel like it is a great way to go. Love your results, Leslie!

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

I can see why you had to keep coloring! These little guys are adorable! I love him hanging from the limb. The other one reminds me of Oscar the Grouch! Its nice to have a stash available.

CaroleAnn said...

These cards just shriek with mischievous antics and fun! Your coloring is perfect on these guys and I can see the fun you had putting this all together. All the paper and the card designing you did for these raccoons just showcased them perfectly! John and I use to go camping and one time we woke up in the middle of the night and there was a family of raccoons just helping themselves to our cooler full of food - and they were tossing the contents out to the other members of raccoons sitting around!!! It was the funniest scene for us to witness as we were young, inexperienced campers, and learned real fast just how mischievous raccoons can be on that one camping trip!!!! Great cards!!! Hugs

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Leslie, these are just too adorable, there must be something in the air because I just finished a racoon card also :) I love the hang in there sentiment with the little guy hanging from the branch! Great designs on all of these! Love the outdoor night scene! The love you card sign is just too sweet! Like the rustic feel on the last ones, fantastic job with these cuties!!

Christine Alexander said...

I love Gerda Steinier stamps :) these little Raccoon's are adorable. wonderful selection of cards for us to be inspired by :) I can see some purchases in the future :)

Lynette said...

I'm happy you've had so much time for card-making, and I'm so glad you shared! Your cards are all SO cute and well-done. I love all the elements you add to your cards - they are designed so well!

Ros Crawford said...

They are fantastic!!! I love the raccoons (and he's wearing a mask Lol!)
Every one is beautifully crafted and coloured and my favourite is the one with the raccoon in the bin. Have a lovely day!

Diane said...

These sneaky raccoons are just the cutest and I would much rather see them on a card then in real life, pesky as they are..hah!! You are so clever with your designs, the one that looks as though they are in the light f the moon and stars, well how darn cute is that? ALL are fabulous designs!! Six sets, wow, you sound like me, I have a few new ones to pull out someday!! Have a great weekend, some things are opening up in Michigan, but not in my neck of the woods unless I want to cross the state line, which I don't LOL!!

Vicki said...

What a collection of fabulous cards! Those raccoons are too cute. Is that some old BG I see in the background of the first card? One of my favorite collections. So nice to hear from you! Hope you and your family are well!

pam said...

Sorry I`m late to leave you a comment on these fantastic cards Leslie, they are just so cute, adorable stamps and wonderful colouring.. love the layouts.
Stay safe Pam x

laurie said...

LOl what a cute set of cards...love them all!

Cynthia said...

Your coloring is so professional. Such cute critters too! Love!

Loll said...

Thank you for the smile today, Leslie!! :) These raccoon cards are ADORABLE! Of course, your colouring is ALWAYS amazing and inspiring. Add in the fun layers of papers and embellishments and voila ... a bevy of fun and happy cards that are sure to brighten everyone's day! Off to check out Gerda Steiner's latest stamps ... thanks for enabling!! xx

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Leslie, I'm catching up with your blog, so sorry for these late comments.
These raccoons are just adorable, I love the way you framed them, showcasing their sweet messages, I know how mischievous they can be and these images are a sweet example.
Love the pattern papers, I love the Core'dinations card stock, I think I have a pad somewhere in here.
Awesome cards Leslie, thank you for sharing.
Stay safe and healthy.
XO

Stacy Morgan said...

Oh these are totally cute! I like the sentiments with this guy. So fun and great sketch on all cards.