Sunday, 31 January 2021

Couldn't ask for a better friend

Here is another card with a collection of items from my Awaiting Crafting boxes.  I also found an embellishment that I had prepared for a card and had decided against using.


I would like to enter:

Ike's Art - Friend/Friendship
https://ikesworldchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2021/01/ikesworld-challenges-140-friends-or.html

Show Us Your Pussycats - Furrything Goes
https://showusyourpussies.blogspot.com/2021/01/show-us-your-pussycats-challenge-62.html

I have used a digital paper from Little Scraps of Heaven.  The image is from Ike's Art and the sentiment is from Create with TLC.  Colouring is with copic markers.  I found a matting cardstock thatwas a really good match for the red stripes in the background paper.  I alo added a flower that I had coloured some time ago but not used and a matching pearl.

Saturday, 30 January 2021

Joyeux Noel

 I started playing with this sketch a few days ago and finally got it sorted out to my satisfaction today.


I would like to enter:

CRAFT Challenge - Christmas
https://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-584-christmas.html

Tuesday Morning Sketches - Sketch
http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/2021/01/tuesday-morning-sketches-590.html

I have used two digital papers from Trimgym.  The image is from Lacy Sunshine and I think the sentiment may be a clear or rubber stamp.  Colouring is with copic markers.

I followed the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches:



You Make The World A Better Place

The digital papers, image and sentiment for this card are from my Awaiting Crafting boxes.  I am gradually making headway with two of the boxes but I came across some more printed out sentiments the other day and so that one has increased!



I would like to enter:

Sweet Sketch Wednesday - Sketch
http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/2021/01/lets-get-sketchy-with-fred-she-said.html

The Outlawz Monday Challenge - Anything Goes with a sentiment
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/monday-greetings/forum/topics/monday-greetings-january-18-to-january-31-2021-anything-goes


I have used digital paper scraps from Fred She Said (plaid) and My Grafico (music).  The image is from Fred She Said and the sentiment is from Desert Diva.  Colouring is with copic markers and Kindy Glitz.  I also added some pearls and washi tape.

I followed one of the sketches at Sweet Sketch Wednesday:



Happy Birthday

 January 31st


I would like to enter:

The Paper Shelter - Happy Birthday
https://thepapershelter.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-454-happy-birthday.html

Try Stamping on Tuesday - Sketch + Musical
http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-490.html

Double Trouble - Kazoolong
https://doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-75-kazoo-long-partnering-with.html


I have used a background that I made some time ago (so long ago that I can't remember what I used for it but suspect it may be Dylusions Spray).  The image is from The Paper Shelter and the sentiment is one that I typed on the computer (see below)

A couple of days ago, I was looking for some embellishments and came across several packs of sentiments that I had typed on the computer:


So, my sentiment total in my Awaiting Crafting box has just increased by quite a bit!



You're The Beary Best

This month at Beccy's Place, the optional twist is Zentangle.  It is not something I have attempted before but I like to include Beccy's twist and step outside my comfort zone.  I am quite pleased with my first attempt and may give this another go at some point.  I zentangled the background paper, and the image (ears, nose, paws, heart and cord).  I also added a bit to the fur of the bear.


I would like to enter:

Beccy's Place - January Challenge
https://beccysplace.blogspot.com/2021/01/january-challenge.html

CHNC Patterned Paper - January Challenge
http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com/2021/01/craftyhazelnuts-patterned-paper-january.html

I have used some offcut pieces of digital paper from Beccy's Place to create the background.  The image and sentiment are also from Beccy's Place.  Colouring is with copic markers and zentangling is with Staedtler Pigment Markers.

Merry & Bright

This week at CHNC our optional twist is "Christmas Gnomes"


I have used a digital paper, image and sentiment from Beccy's Place.  Colouring is with copic markers.  I also added some lace that worked with the colour scheme I was using.


I would like to enter:
Beccy's Place - January Challenge
https://beccyschallenges.blogspot.com/2021/01/january-challenge.html

CCC Digi - Include a Sentiment
https://cccdigicreations.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-121-include-sentiment.html

Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
http://craftyfriendschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-148.html


Friday, 29 January 2021

Thank You

I have made a couple of masculine cards this month.  It is something I normally steer clear of but for some reason I've felt more inspired this month.  

I would like to enter:

Beccy's Place - January Challenge
https://beccysplace.blogspot.com/2021/01/january-challenge.html

Carlins Map Paradise - Mode of Transport and Monochrome
https://carlinskaartenparadijs.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-30-januari.html

I have used a digital paper from Beccy's Place.  The image and sentiment are also from Beccy's Place.  Colouring is with copic markers.  I also added some polka dot cloth tape.

Risk must be taken

 I finished this card yesterday but only managed to photograph it earlier today.  


I would like to enter:

Gecko Galz - Monthly Image Challenge
http://geckogalzscrapbooking.blogspot.com/p/gecko-galz-image-challenge-of-month.html

I have used a digital paper from Manu Design Studio (from a set I won in the month of Gecko Challenges at the start of the pandemic).  The image is from Gecko Galz and I'm not sure of the source of the sentiment.  I inked the edges of the sentiment, image and paper with Distress Ink Vintage Photo.  I also added a tiny pearl to the sentiment tag.

Wishing You A Cherry Kind of Day

 This card isn't embellished how I would have liked to.  I couldn't find the embellishments that I wanted to use.  I made a declaration that I wouldn't buy any crafting supplies in January so I also needed to stick to that.  I have run out of time to find the embellishments that I wanted to use - you can guarantee I'll find them in the next day or so when I'm looking for something else though.


I would like to enter:

Gecko Galz - January Challenge
http://geckogalzscrapbooking.blogspot.com/2021/01/gecko-galz-january-challenge.html

I have used an oriental paper that I bought from a Japanese store called Daiso.  I bought it well before the pandemic hit so my memory might be wrong but I think they were designed as origami papers.   The image is from Gecko Galz and I'm not certain of the source of the digital sentiment (it is from my Awaiting Crafting box). I added some Wink of Stella (silver and clear) to the image.  I also added some velveteen ribbon and some metallic silver matting.

Thursday, 28 January 2021

Kitties

 Another card where I have followed a sketch and used up some of my digital paper and image stash.


I would like to enter:

Cheerful Sketches - Sketch
http://cheerfulsketcheschallenge.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-januari.html

Show Us Your Pussies - Furrything Goes
https://showusyourpussies.blogspot.com/2021/01/show-us-your-pussycats-challenge-62.html


I have used digital papers from DIY and Digital Designs (check) and Décosse's Dynamite Doodles (gingham).  The image is from Dr Digi's House of Stamps.  Colouring is with copic markers.



Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Shoes

 I  printed out this image a while back and still hadn't got around to colouring it.  I don't make many masculine cards so thought it was time I remedied that.  


I would like to enter:

Sheepski Designs - Anything You Want
https://sheepski-designs-challenges.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-46-anything-you-want.html

Cheerful Sketches - Sketch
http://cheerfulsketcheschallenge.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-januari.html

Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.com/2021/01/january-2021-challenge-83-crafts-galore.html

A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes
http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/01/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge.html

A Bit More Time To Craft Extra - January Challenge
https://abitmoretimetocraftextra.blogspot.com/2021/01/abmttc-extra-challenge-january-anything.html

The digital papers are from Lozzy from a set called Copper Pot.  The image is from Sheepski Designs.  Colouring is with copic markers.  Inking of the edges is with Distress Ink.  I changed the flowers in the image to some gemstones.

I followed the sketch at Cheerful Sketches:





Monday, 25 January 2021

Happy Easter

I am doing well today with diminishing my Awaiting Crafting boxes.  This is the second card using items from the boxes but this time one from each.  


I would like to enter:

Catch The Bug - Colour Palette
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/2021/01/new-challenge-color-challenge.html

Stella Says Sketch - Sketch
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/2021/01/stella-says-sketch-challenge-902.html

Passion For Markers - Anything Goes
https://promarkerchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/01/week-575anything-goes.html

Creative Craft Cottage - Must Have A Digi Stamp (image and sentiment are both digital)
https://creativecraftcottage.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-136-must-use-digi-stamp.html


I have used a digital paper (source unknown).  The image is from Bugaboo Stamps and the sentiment is from Netty's Cards.  Colouring is with copic markers and Kindy Glitz.  

Happy New Year

 I am still working through using items from my Awaiting Crafting boxes.  This card uses an item from two of them - digital paper and image.

I would like to enter:

QKR Stampede - Anything Goes
http://qkrstampede.blogspot.com/2021/01/qkr-stampede-challenge-412.html

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - January Challenge
https://2craftycrittercrazies.blogspot.com/2020/12/january-2021-challenge.html

CRAFT Challenge - New
https://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-583-new.html

Show Us Your Pussycats - Furrything Goes
https://showusyourpussies.blogspot.com/2021/01/show-us-your-pussycats-challenge-62.html

I have used a digital paper from Trimgym.  The image is from Eureka Stamps and the sentiment is from QKR Stampede.  Colouring is with copic markers.  I also added some satin ribbon, and some puffy cat themed stickers.


Sunday, 24 January 2021

Love You Loads

 This card is made almost completely of things in my Awaiting Crafting boxes.  I also used an offcut piece of cardstock for the base.  


I would like to enter:

Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
http://lemonshortbreadchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-137-anything-goes.html

CHNC Patterned Paper - January Challenge
http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com/2021/01/craftyhazelnuts-patterned-paper-january.html

I have used a digital paper from Doodle Pantry for the base.  I also added some grosgrain ribbon from American Crafts.  The image is from Lemon Shortbread and the sentiment is from Digital Doodling.  Colouring is with copic markers and Wink of Stella.

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Me 1st

 This is a goal that I will probably slip up on more often than not.  So far this year I am doing better than I have in the past of putting my needs ahead of others.  I have made a tag to remind myself of that goal



I would like to enter:

Little Scraps of Heaven - New This Year
http://lshdesigns.blogspot.com/2021/01/january-challenge-and-this-weeks-free.html

I have used a die from Memory Box to cut the two tags.  I layered them together using an eyelet.  The image on the top tag is from Little Scraps of Heaven.  Colouring is with copic markers.  The bottom tag is covered with a digital paper and then the sentiment added using some letter stickers.

Winter Friends

 This week at CHNC, our optional twist is "No Sentiment"


I have used two digital papers and an image from Bugaboo Stamps.  Colouring is with copic markers and Kindy Glitz.  I also added some Glossy Accents to the ornaments to give them some shine.

I have followed the sketch at Stella Says Sketch:


I would like to enter:
Stella Says Sketch - Sketch
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/2021/01/stella-says-sketch-challenge-902.html

Passion For Markers - Anything Goes
https://promarkerchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/01/week-575anything-goes.html

Creative Craft Cottage - Use a Digi Stamp
https://creativecraftcottage.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-136-must-use-digi-stamp.html

Friday, 22 January 2021

Ho Ho Ho

 Another card using papers, image and sentiment that have been sitting in my Awaiting Crafting boxes for some time.  I know I counted either the images or sentiments and I would have to use at least one per day to empty it by the end of this year!  Not going to happen - but at least I can try.


I would like to enter:

Digi Choosday  - Anything Goes
https://digichoosday.blogspot.com/2021/01/wk-3-cardmaking-crafting-challenge.html

Cupcake Inspirations - Arctic Animal
http://cupcakeinspirations.blogspot.com/2021/01/cupcake-inspirations-510.html

Colour Crazy - Hand Colouring
https://colourcrazychallenge.blogspot.com/2021/01/week-2-anything-goes-colouring.html

I have used two digital papers - I'm not sure of the source of the Ho Ho Ho one but the frosty one is from Miss Daisy.  The image is from Polka Doodles and the sentiment is from Mudmaven Designs.  Colouring is with copic markers, Wink of Stella and Kindy Glitz.  I raised the sentiment up using Mount Tape.  I also added some PeelCraft border stickers along the patterned paper joins.

Sending Buckets of Love

This is my final card following the BINGO board at Catch The Bug.  This time I followed the bottom row.  I have used an item from each of my image and sentiment Awaiting Crafting boxes.  I didn't have a suitable yellow paper so I printed one out for this card.


I would like to enter:

Catch The Bug - January BINGO (Monochromatic + Charm + Ribbon)
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/2021/01/january-b-i-n-g-o-challenge.html

I have used a digital paper from Bugaboo Stamps.  The image is also from Bugaboo Stamps and the sentiment is from From The Heart Stamps.  Colouring is with copic markers.  I added the charm to the ribbon before adding to the card.

Believe

I have made gap cards before but often had difficulty stabilising the card.  I think that this time I have managed to stabilise it much better.  


I would like to enter;

Butterfly Challenge - G is for..
https://butterflyspotchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/01/150-spin-butterfly-wheel-with-g-for-gap.html

A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes
http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/01/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge.html

A Bit More Time To Craft Extra - January Challenge
https://abitmoretimetocraftextra.blogspot.com/2021/01/abmttc-extra-challenge-january-anything.html

I followed the wheel at Butterfly Challenge - using all the prompts:


I have used a paper from a paper pad for the main piece.  I added a digital paper (gingham) from Lozzy across the bottom piece of the card.  The believe is a die that I won and hadn't actually used before.  I also added a butterfly from my stash - I tend to buy anything butterfly themed when I see it as they are so versatile to add to cards.

Love

This is the second of the January BINGO cards that I have created using items from my Awaiting Crafting boxes.  Little by little the amount in them is decreasing.


I would like to enter:

Catch The Bug - January BINGO (second row of Distressed + Bugaboo Image + Die/Punch)
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/2021/01/january-b-i-n-g-o-challenge.html


I have used a digital paper from Bearly Mine Designs from my Awaiting Crafting Box.  The image is also from one of my Awaiting Crafting boxes.  I distressed the edges of the image with scissors and then inked with Distress Ink.  Colouring is with copic markers and Wink of Stella.  I also added some pink glitter ribbon, some gems and a heart die-cut (cut from offcut cardstock using a Memory Box die).

Thursday, 21 January 2021

Let It Snow

I am really going to try hard this year to reduce my Awaiting Crafting Boxes.  I have three - one of digital paper, one of digital images and one of digital sentiments.  I had a habit at one stage of printing extras to decide which I wanted to use.  I have mostly broken that habit but I do have a lot left over from when I did this.  This card uses one from each box - so some progress!


I would like to enter:
Di's Digi Designs - Show Some Snow
http://disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.com/2021/01/show-some-snow-challeng.html

I have used a digital paper from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.  The image is from Di's Digi Downloads and the sentiment is from Beccy's Place.  Colouring is with copic markers and Kindy Glitz.  I also added a glitter foam snowflake embellishment.  Matting is lilac cardstock.

January

What better image for January BINGO than one that says January!


I would like to enter:

Catch The Bug - January BINGO (Top Row of Button + Snowflake + 3 Layers)
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/2021/01/january-b-i-n-g-o-challenge.html

I have used a digital paper from Free Digital Scrapbook.  The image/sentiment is from Bugaboo Stamps.  Colouring is with copic markers and Kindy Glitz.  Double matting is red cardstock and white textured cardstock (DCWV), I also added a glitter foam snowflake and a red button.

A trio of girls

 When I saw the inspiration picture at Paperbabe Stamps, I immediately thought of this image that has two different versions - one of which lends itself well to grey.  I also had the perfect paper to go with it sitting in my Awaiting Crafting Box.


I would like to enter:

Paperbabe Stamps - Picture Inspiration
http://paperbabestamps.blogspot.com/2021/01/paperbabe-stamps-challenge-135-picture.html


I have used a digital paper from Create with TLC.  The image is from Paperbabe Stamps.  Colouring is with copic markers.  I added some "ground" to stop the girls looking like they were floating.


Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Never Ever Give Up

Everything on this card (with the exception of the paw prints) has been in  my Awaiting Crafting boxes for some time.  I am doing well so far this year with using some of the items - but it still looks like I am hardly making a dent in it.


I would like to enter:

The Paper Shelter - Digital Image
https://thepapershelter.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-452-digital-image.html

Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com/2021/01/pennys-challenge-487.html

I have used two digital papers (sources unknown).  The purple one that I used for matting is a solid colour.  The image is from The Paper Shelter and the sentiment is from Create with TLC.  Colouring is with copic markers.  I also added some paw print stickers.


Monday, 18 January 2021

Gnomes

This one has a bit of an autumn theme even though autumn isn't for another couple of months!  I found some papers in my Awaiting Crafting digital papers box that worked with the image but were both in autumn colours.


I would like to enter:

The Outlawz Wednesday Challenge - Sketch
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/wednesday-sketch/forum/topics/sketch-challenge-jan-6-jan-19

I have used a digital paper from Free Digital Scrapbook along with some small pieces from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.  The image is from Sheepski Designs.  Colouring is with copic markers and Wink of Stella.  The male gnome's beard wasn't meant to be silver but I picked up the wrong Wink of Stella pen!

I followed the sketch at The Outlawz:



Eat Healthy

 We are at the midway point of the Look For The Positive Challenge at Path of Positivity. This month, we are sponsored by Sheepski Designs and Scribbles Designs.



I have used the following images from Scribbles Designs:

Scribbles Designs - Tomato Doodle 

Scribbles Designs - Kiwifruit Doodle

Scribbles Designs - Watermelon Doodle

Scribbles Designs - Artichoke Doodle


I have also used a digital paper from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.  

I would like to enter:

CCC Digi Creations - Include a Sentiment
https://cccdigicreations.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-121-include-sentiment.html

Lazy Days on The Beach

Incy Wincy Designs welcomes you to the first challenge of 2021.  To ease everyone into the year, the first challenge has an Anything Goes theme.  For this challenge, we are sponsored by Star Stampz, Pattie's Creations and Lee Holland Designs.




I have used an image from Star Stampz called Shipwrecked.


I also used some digital papers - the spotted paper is from Trimgym but I'm not certain of the source of the other one.  The sentiment is from Netty's Cards. Colouring is with copic markers.  I also added some shell embellishments.

I would like to enter:

CHNC Patterned Paper - January Challenge
http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.com/2021/01/craftyhazelnuts-patterned-paper-january.html

Star Stampz - Dots
http://starstampz.blogspot.com/2021/01/challenge-18-stripesdotsplaids.html

Rock Around The Clock

This is my first post on the Design Team for Jan's Digi Stamps.  It is the midway point of the January challenge 

I have used an set called Malt Shop.



I followed a tutorial for a Four Fold Card.

Colouring is with copic markers.

I would like to enter:

Creative Knockouts - Something To Say (Just For Fun)
http://creativeknockouts.blogspot.com/2021/01/384-something-to-say-jans-digi-stamps.html

Creative Sketchy Girls - Anything Goes
http://creativesketchygirls.blogspot.com/2020/05/chalenge-55-alles-mag-20-december.html

Classic Design Open Challenge - January Challenge
https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/01/classic-design-challenge-january-2021-1.html

Sunday, 17 January 2021

Let It Snow

 I'm back in my Awaiting Crafting boxes today.  One from each of the digital papers, images and sentiment boxes.

I would like to enter:

Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2021/01/anything-goes-challenge.html


I have used a digital paper from an unknown source.  The image is from Crafty Sentiments and the sentiment is a clear or rubber stamp.  Colouring is with copic markers, Wink of Stella and Kindy Glitz.  I added a PeelCraft border sticker at the edge of the patterned paper.  I also added three silver glitter domes.

6th Birthday Celebration at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends

 January 17th LPCF

This month we are celebrating six years of Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.   I have been a Design Team Member for nearly all of that time - I started in the December of the first year.  


For this second challenge in our birthday month, we are sponsored by Ching-Chou Kuik and Le'Ann's World.

My first project is with an image from Ching-Chou Kuik, called Grey Scale Dahlia.



I would like to enter this card into:

Ching-Chou Kuik - Happy Happy
http://cck-digitalstamps-challenge.blogspot.com/2020/12/ching-chou-kuik-digital-stamps_31.html

Colour Crazy - Hand Colouring
https://colourcrazychallenge.blogspot.com/2021/01/week-1-anything-goes-colouring.html

My second project is with an image from Le'Ann's World called Poinsettias.


I have used a digital paper from Lozzy.  I printed out the image three times and then fussy cut.  Colouring is with copic markers and Nuvo Drops.  I also added some foliage ephemera and a sentiment from Create with TLC.

I would like to enter this card into:

Le'Ann's World - Anything Goes
http://challengeleannsworld101.blogspot.com/2021/01/leanns-world-101-challenge-34.html



Saturday, 16 January 2021

PS I {Heart} You

In my quest to diminish my Awaiting Crafting Boxes, I came across this blue paper with hearts on it.  So inspired by the paper, I have created an almost monochromatic blue card:


I would like to enter:

The Outlawz Monday Challenge - Hearts
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/monday-greetings/forum/topics/y0y172021

I have used a digital paper from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles.  I matted the digital paper onto some white cardstock (edges inked with Distress Ink).  I also covered the edge of the digital paper with PeelCraft Stickers.  

The image is from Paper Nest Dolls and the sentiment is from Desert Diva.  Colouring is with copic markers.  I added some glitter foam hearts.

Joy

This week at CHNC, our optional twist is to "Use A Sentiment".


I have used two digital papers from Bugaboo Stamps.  The image and sentiment are also from Bugaboo Stamps.  Colouring is with copic markers and Wink of Stella.  I added some glitter ribbon a die cut a banner.  I inked the edges of the image, sentiment and banner with Distress Ink (Pumice Stone).

I followed the sketch at Stella Says Sketch.


I would like to enter:

Stella Says Sketch - Sketch
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/2021/01/stella-says-sketch-challenge-happy-new.html

Holly and Ivy Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes
http://thehollyandivychristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2020/12/challenge-85-anything-christmas-goes.html

Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com/2021/01/pennys-challenge-487.html

Friday, 15 January 2021

Kick Up Your Heels and Have a Happy Birthday

 This is the final card for the week long Woodland Birthday Bash at Catch The Bug.  I'm not totally happy with this one but I can't work out why (think I'm just too tired) so I'm just going to go with what I have got now.


I would like to enter:

Catch The Bug - Woodland Birthday Bash - Day Seven
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/2021/01/day-seven-11-annual-bugaboo-birthday.html

I have used two digital papers for the background - the music one is from My Graphico and I'm not certain of the source of the other one.  I covered the joins between the papers with some PeelCraft Stickers.  

The image and sentiment are from two different sets from Bugaboo Stamps.  Colouring is with copic markers to match the colour palette inspiration for this challenge.  That is part of the reason for the blue fox - and I felt like a change of colours for the fox.  Maybe the fox is feeling the cold a bit?