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Updated on July 30, 2014

Graphical freedom with SquidArt

Becoming addicted to Squidoo, and creating lenses is certainly not uncommon around here and can lead to tangents. Mine came about in graphical form when I started doing some Squidoodles for one of my lenses, Squidoo for fun and nonprofit. The rest, as they say, is history. This little Squidoo Revue, will tell a bit of the story behind it all.

So, without further ado...on with the show!

When I first ventured into Squiddom, I was fortunate to have help from some of the old tentacles at this. One of them, Comfortdoc (aka Kirsti Dyer, MD), had created, amongst her vast array of excellent lenses, quite a few wonderful adaptations of the Squidoo Mascot and logo she called "Squidoodles". After realizing that such graphical freedom was allowed, I decided to try some on my own for a new lens I wanted to do on the task of "Squidooin" for non-profit and took a cue from one of the original Squidoodlers herself!.

It only took a few of these little "squidoodles" to get me hooked! Who knew that dressing up a one-eyed orange squid could be so much fun? Since it became as addicting as Squidoo itself, I decided to build a collection of them and along with Comfortdoc and others, allow the use of them by other lensmasters for their own works. Before I knew it, I was filling up the first lens of Squidoodles that I aptly named SquidArt.

Soon I started receiving wonderful comments from those that saw my creations as well as requests and suggestions for new ones. The creative juices kept flowing and coupled with the fun that ensued, I charged onward. I initially stated it was a work in progress, or under "Squidstruction" and that I would add to it as I went. In no time, I realized that the SquidArt Lens was growing in length, so I decided to do what every faithful Squidoo'er would do....add another lens! A few clicks later, and Part 2, a sequel was born and lovingly named SquidArtToo..."The Sea Quell". Since their inception, both lenses have had additions over time and continue to grow on a regular basis!

Although I've always enjoyed writing, I by no means consider myself an author. Some of my lenses were purely of a personal nature and meant far more to me than most others, but still, I felt compelled to write them. I suppose the same applies to my graphical ability as an artist, of which I also do not consider an appros title. At least not in the classical sense, as given pencil and paper would likely produce totally unrecognizable scribbles. Canvas and paint would only be worse!. I am however in a graphics related industry, so I certainly have had the opportunity to dabble in digital graphics, and of course clip-art and such definitely fall into that category.

Take all of that and couple it with a half-working knowledge of graphics programs, a penchant for fun and bad puns along with a strange sense of humor and you wind up with SquidArt. Squidoo just happened to provide me the inspiration, as well as the perfect canvas with which to display my derivative works of the logo and mascot. As with writing, most of the satisfaction comes from within and it has great thereputic value, hence the nickname "Squiderapy". Anyone who takes the plunge into lenses should above all else, have fun, and I certainly do!

It has always been heartwarming to get the kind comments and encouragement from the Squidoo Community as they visited, and a real pleasure to be able to offer something back in exchange for the good I've received. It's nice to see that many have found a home on one or more of their lenses where the Squidoodles have fit right in! Of course I also love seeing other creative adaptations, and decided to showcase them together in one lens that's called Squidart, Squidoodles and Squidgraphics. If you've created your own Squidoodles, by all means submit your lens. If you haven't created your own, there's no better time to start!

All of this said, it's back to the drawing board for more Squidoodles and SquidArt. I've enjoyed the suggestions and requests that have come along and welcome more from the other Squidoo'ers. Who knows?...I may even sneak in a little writing along the way too! Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy my art, such as it is, and can find one to suit one of your lenses! If you do, please be sure to read the dreaded Fine Print below, and they're good to go.

Stay tuned....

Coming soon to a monitor near you!

Be sure to stay tuned to your favorite SquidArt channel as all of them are truly are a work in progress. I'll continue to update and add new Squidoodles as I go. One never knows what may appear next!

Suggestions, badges, requests and other assorted Squidoodles laying around!. - Special creations that do not appear on the SquidArt or SquidArt Too lenses. Clic

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Created in honor of our Fearless Editor, Megan at Squidoo HQ.Squidoo pays!Looking for something?...try Squidoo!The search never ends for good key words.Ye Olde Stomping GroundsSquid LinksHome Decor...Squid styleSquidfucious says, High level Squid one with complete balance up top!Even squids need a place to live!'s the new 100!
Created in honor of our Fearless Editor, Megan at Squidoo HQ.
Created in honor of our Fearless Editor, Megan at Squidoo HQ.
Squidoo pays!
Squidoo pays!
Looking for something?...try Squidoo!
Looking for something?...try Squidoo!
The search never ends for good key words.
The search never ends for good key words.
Ye Olde Stomping Grounds
Ye Olde Stomping Grounds
Squid Links
Squid Links
Home Decor...Squid style
Home Decor...Squid style
Squidfucious says, High level Squid one with complete balance up top!
Squidfucious says, High level Squid one with complete balance up top!
Even squids need a place to live!
Even squids need a place to live!'s the new 100!'s the new 100!

I am humbled and honored!

I have been lucky to have so many enjoy my Squidoodles and I've managed to fulfill requests from quite a few lensmasters that have utilized my creations on their site. While I have always been pleased with the warm and wonderful comments, I never expected anyone to do a tribute lens on little old me!

Lo and behold though, one of the prominent Giant Squids and Squid Angels Norma, fell in love with some of my art and decided to do just that. Before I knew it, Norma asked if she could do a lens as a tribute to me! I am deeply honored, and though feeling undeserving, I have to say she did an excellent job of presenting my works to the Squidoo community.

For those that may want to hear a bit more of my story, or list your lenses featuring my squidoodles, please visit her story about me, Who is Steve Thompson? I thank everyone for their kind comments and support...and to Norma, a special and heartfelt thanks!

Another honor is bestowed!

I'm pleased and extremely honored that Squidoo awarded this lens a Purple Star on October 18th, 2010. I'm thrilled to be considered and appreciate the nomination for receiving such an honor! Thanks to all concerned.

This lens has been blessed!

...with great appreciation to the Squid Angels that have sprinkled their blessings on this lens as well as the other two SquidArt lenses, I thank you!

Squid Graphics by Steve Thompson / tagsforkids is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License Squidoo logo is a trademark of Squidoo LLC. Graphics, Squidart and Squidoodles © 2009 by tagsforkids (Steve Thompson) . Some rights reserved. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License. You may use these Squidoodle images for lenses, but not for commercial use (i.e. you can not sell them or use for advertising products), as long as you include credit and a link back to the SquidGraphics lens. Please note that I am not affiliated with, nor endorsed by Squidoo LLC. Thank you.

Are you a fan of Squidoodles? - I'd love to hear your comments!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey Steve, snagged your News Squid for my How well do you know me Quiz lens, thank you.

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      Most Definitely I am a fan of Squidoodles! How could anyone not be? I did not forget to like you on FB and have posted Squidville, Squidsonian, and Squid Ads on my FB page. You are one of the reasons that Squidoo is the Best Place on the Web!

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      wjlambert lm 4 years ago

      Oh wow, I did not realize that it was another lensmaster who created all the awesome logo renditions. I thought they were all crafted by someone at HQ. Thank you for the lens on the squidoodles.

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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      Liked, pinned and tweeted! :-)

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      greytdogz 4 years ago

      Just found these lenses today and I can definitely say "Yes, I'm a fan". I love them all!

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I love your squid art you are very talented.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I absolutely am a fan of squidoodles - and sprinkled some angel dust because of all you give Squidoo with your Squidoo art.

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      Joy Neasley 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Squidoodles are sooooooooooo cute! Thank you for sharing them.

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      KimberlyBthatsme 5 years ago

      so talented!

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      Srena44 5 years ago

      great lens

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Am I a fan? Who wouldn't be! Your talent is exceeded only by your generosity. Blessed!

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      These are absolutely fantastic, and so are you for so generously allowing your fellow lensmasters to use them in their lenses. Blessed!

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      You are fantastic! Thanks for the visit to one of my lenses! Blessed!

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      simpsonia 5 years ago

      I'm a fan of your wonderful work!

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      simpsonia 5 years ago

      I'm a fan of your wonderful work!

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the use of your graphics on my newest lens, Top Ten Simple Squidoo Tips from a Giant Squid 100. You make me look good! Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Mim Art 5 years ago

      You have such a gift. I'm in awe of your flair and talent with graphics!

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      Teri Hansen 5 years ago

      Thx for the fab resources and creative images for this non techie wanna-be I have used some of your images on my lens "I wanna be a giant squid' I hope I have followed your directions correctly to be able to use your genius. please correct me if I haven't. thx

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I am now a fan and addicted to your Squid art.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I am now a fan and addicted to your Squid art.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thank

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      Christine Hulme 5 years ago from SE Kent, England

      lovely- thanks for sharing!

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      megabu717 5 years ago

      you got me

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      girlfriendfactory 6 years ago

      I love all of your Squidoodles! This will get a hearty blessing and I am going to use the SquidAngel on it for my own lens to show off what I bless! You do awesome work! :)

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      williemack58 6 years ago

      I have enjoyed this lens it is quite creative. Thank You for your creativity.

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      EMangl 6 years ago

      just became one!

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      Coreena Jolene 6 years ago

      Love your squidart, your personality brings the alive. :)

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      luvmyludwig lm 6 years ago

      Your work is amazing! Wow! Do you happen to have a Squidoo Burnout One hiding some where?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a fun lens and your Squidoodles are AWESOME really like this a lot. Excellent... :)

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      I love your squidoodles. Awesome job and well deserved purple star!

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Congrats on the purple star. The lens is great.

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      journey103 6 years ago from USA

      Yes and these are awesome!

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I AM NOW!

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      Jen 6 years ago from Canada

      Your squidoodles are fantastic.

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      remax5star 6 years ago

      I love your work !

      I am Fan Squidooles!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      How fun! I am glad to find this lens. Thank you so much for all your artistic work! AND for sharing it with us too.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      I just became a big fan as well!! :)

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      Vicki 7 years ago from USA

      I love your Squidart and I admire your talent!!! Your squid guys are adorable. Great lens, I give it 2 thumbs up, 8 tentacles up & 5 stars! ~Vicki~

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Love this lens, you are just so clever. Big cheer for Steve and his wonderful skills. Featured this on How to Build a Lens.

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      I'm a big fan!

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      jackieb99 7 years ago

      Hey, I love the art! Well done.

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      Nightowl John 7 years ago

      Stopping back by now that I have wings. Squid Angel blessed.

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      BarbaraCasey 7 years ago

      Learned something new... I did not know it was okay to play around with the Squid (graphically speaking). Fun lens, thanks.

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      javr 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great looking images. This lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      TWOnline2 7 years ago

      i need to learn this stuff

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      JJNW 7 years ago from USA

      BRAVO for your wonderful work here and your community spirit! Purple star well deserved!! Thanks for what you do!!

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      Sue Mah 7 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Wow you have some great Squid graphics. Since I have zero knowledge I can appreciate all the hard work and creative juices to come up with some really fun Squids. You truly deserve the Purple Star.

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      Tagsforkids 7 years ago

      @LisaAuch1: Thank you Lisa, I appreciate the kind words and the blessing! You are more than welcome to find a home for the Angel or any of the other graphics. Thanks again!

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      Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

      I was reading a thread over in the Forum, and your beautiful angel sprinking her dust was there brightning up everybodys day, thankyou for all your hard work around the community of Squidoo, it is appreciated. (now I've done that great part, can I steal your angel for my SquidAngel Lens...;-) ) anyway its a pleasure to be able to bless this lens! Blessed By a November Angel!

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      Nightowl John 7 years ago

      Wow, neat stuff! You are very talented, indeed.

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      SquidAngel blessing dust just makes the purple star shine brighter!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on the Purple Star Award. ~ What fun to get a well deserved honor for your work and very creative lens idea.

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      Squidoo_Queen 7 years ago

      I totally am in love with this lens!

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Oh, yes. I love your Squidoodles!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm totally impressed, fantastic Squid Art, such talent! - Kathy

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      Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

      I just had to stop on over here after that Pint of Beer! Truly creative, I am in awe of the guys on here who are so talented, and points out I have a LONG way to go...definately bookmarked! Lisa

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      Wendy Leanne 7 years ago from Texas

      Great stuff. I've been browsing all of your squid art on a number of your lenses. I was wondering if you could make a frog squid? I have a frog lens and am building up a frog niche right now and need an image for the Plexo module that lets lensmasters add their frog related lenses. Thanks

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      Penny Pincher G 7 years ago

      I didn't know you could use the Squidoo mascot.

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Steve, thanks so much for your generosity! I've used one of your creative masterpieces on my I Squidoo, Do You? blog post today.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Steve, I always get such a warm feeling and a smile when I visit your work! Amazing and so topicable!

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      Yep, I used another of your wonderful graphics! And as always, gave you the much deserved credit.

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      @Tagsforkids: I forgot that I suggested this! My, I am getting old.

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      lakern26 lm 7 years ago

      Your artwork is fantastic and you are so generous to share your talent with other Squidooers!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Your newest fan loves SquidArt and Squidoodles!

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      Tagsforkids 7 years ago

      @Mickie Gee: Hmmm, I;ll take that up with the development department and see what happens. Thanks for the idea! :-)

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      I love squidoodles. Is there a SquidEtch-a-sketch coming out soon?

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      My, my, my! I can't seem to leave the Squid world you've created. I do hope you continue writing, though, because I enjoy your writing, too.

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      Leanne Chesser 8 years ago

      I'm definitely a fan of SquidArt! Blessed by an angel!

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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      A+++ ~ 5* ~ Fav'd! Super!

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      BW Duerr 8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Ooo, more. Love it all! :D 5 stars and Fav.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I am returning to this lens to give you a Squid Angel Blessing and to thank you for all you do for the Squidoo Community.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Amazing stuff! Love it!

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Brilliant Squid graphics - blessed by an Angel.

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      thepartyanimal2 8 years ago

      I always lobe your work and it is so well done so now that I am an angel I have Blessed You Today!!! Party On....

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      OMG! These are great! Thanks again.

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      strayspay 8 years ago

      Really cute! Thanks.

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      puzzlerpaige 8 years ago

      This made me smile. I wondered who (or should I say Squidwho) was behind all the neat little graphics.

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      Yvonne L. B. 8 years ago from Covington, LA

      Wonderful Work. Love all of your graphics.

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      all your lenses are great!5*

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Wow, Steve - really nice graphics! Blessed by a SquidAngel today! :-)

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I love your lenses!

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      So fun! and cute. I love your creations.

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      Woo hoo, more Squid Art fun for everyone - this lens is now featured at Senior Geek Squids group!

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      Tagsforkids 8 years ago

      [in reply to BevsPaper] Thanks for the hint! :)

      There is now a salute to the Giants on the SquidArToo lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is so neat. Thank you.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I just love your Squidoodles! I wish there was one for a Giant Squid...hint hint.

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      Anthony Godinho 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Simply excellent work...5*s!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Blessed by this joyful angel with thanksgiving!

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I absolutely love your art! I've featured your lenses on the Image & Video Mentor lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I want to pick up a pen and start drawing when I see your work!

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      jaye3000 8 years ago

      Thank you for the graphics, I don't think people realize just how much of a help they can be! 5 stars and a fav :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great SquidArt - and Squidoo Angel blessings!

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      Light-in-me 8 years ago

      Very nice, I love them very cute and creative.

      Great job !


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      A8ch 8 years ago

      What a delightful imagination!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      I am a huge fan and I love all your Squidart! What fun and what a beautiful gift to the entire Squidoo community! Thank you! You are most definitely an artist!