Thursday, April 28, 2016

X is for Xerus

 X is for Xerus.  What is a Xerus you ask?  It is an African Ground Squirrel.  I know!  I didn't even know there was an animal besides the x-ray fish that started with the letter X. 
This picture I found of the Xerus makes me think that he wants to say something.   Maybe he is telling us to go away?  Their diet is roots, seeds, fruits, pods, grains, insects, small vertebrates and bird eggs.
From what I read, these little creatures can be pets and roam just like the house cat.  You might need to have more than one of these little guys, because they like to live in groups.
An interesting thing about this breed is that mature males like to form their own groups and there can be 19 to 20 individuals in one group. These groups are called bands.
So, I hope you learned about another animal in this great world.  Until I did this challenge I had no idea.
Since I don't have a Xerus stamp, a squirrel stamp will have to do.
The base of the card is Butter Cream cardstock that I stamped with Ink Splat in Pineapple Smoothie ink.  I then die cut a Banner Parade with Journey Basics: Brights Pattern Paper.  I then cut a strip from Hazelnut Blend cardstock.
Next, I die cut a Journey Rectangle with the piercing element out of Butter Cream cardstock.  I stamped the Share Life ATS with Hazelnut Blend ink.  I then sponged Beach Breeze ink around the image, lightly. 
I then die cut a Journey Circle from Oatmeal Cookie Cardstock.  I then stamped with the sentiment from the stamp set Branch Out with Hazelnut Blend ink.  I adhered the circle to the back of the "squirrel" piece and then adhered the whole piece to the card with foam squares.
I finished the card by adding a little color to the leaves of the branch and wrapping Natural Journey Twine around the card and tying it into a bow.  Enjoy!

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