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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Bit of a theme going ......

Morning all, ok?  Super toasty again then.  Phfft, my squirrelly tail was frizzy, then it wilted, and now it's just dangling.

You might notice a wee bit of a theme going on here for a few days, as I had a run of cards to make all for the same reason.  I was spoilt terribly for my birthday last week, not just family and close friends, but some of my bestest blogging buddies too, so I have been on a "thank you" card spree.  You had the little Fairy Tea one on Tuesday, so here is the next:

So this little cutie is Birthday Princess from Sugar Nellie
Coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos pencils
Blue paper is from Maja Designs - Coffee In The Arbour
Not sure about where the pink came from, it was to hand and the right colour so it got used
Sentiment is from a Penny Black clear set which I think is called Kind Words

The other day Helen asked me why I was using Polychromos a lot now.  Well, it's a long story that I won't bore you with, but I also started experimenting with them for hair colouration as I was finding it difficult to get the fine definition with the Distress Inks and a paintbrush.  I am now getting to grips with the pencils and am finding them really satisfying for the hair detail and highlights, so sorry if you think I am crossing to the dark side - I'm not, nothing will ever replace my beloved ReInkers, but, just occasionally, even they need some back up.

Hope you have a good day.  Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Christmas In July

It feels so strange posting about Christmas in July when we have been through a heatwave and summer storms, but that is what we are celebrating at The Stamp Basket at the moment ..... so here is a card to cool you down.

I'm sorry if this comes as a shock to my CAS fans, I got a little carried away, lol

Ingredients for this card available from The Stamp Basket store are:
Stamping Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Maja Design (1) Coffee In The Arbour and (2) Walk In The Forest

And from my stash were pencils and the sentiment

Don't forget, if you want to stock up on some stash, including Christmas items, there is a Summer Sale on with some great savings available

Merry Christmas everyone!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


OK, so I have written this post (in my head) two or three times, and thought better of it.  I felt that the original versions were probably too controversial and would end up with me being locked into virtual stocks and having virtual rotten fruit and veg hurled at me, so I chickened out.

School holidays have started, so begins six to eight weeks of talking to myself (possibly) but if you are one of those bloggers who no are no longer bound by the responsibilities of children in their various shapes and forms, or indeed never have been, then hellooooooooo, welcome, how are you?!

Anyhoo, I ramble.  Here's a card:

Small and sweet
LOTV Fairy Tea stamp
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos pencils
Papers are Maja Design - Coffee In The Arbour
Sentiment and the squiggle are, I think, Penny Black
5x5 card base

A little while ago I submitted a card to a magazine - something I recklessly do once in a blue moon.
It was ignored.  Again.  I don't think I shall be feeling reckless again any time in the foreseeable future.
(originally posted on my blog on 31 May - here)
If you recognise the papers then you will know which magazine it was.  They are off my Christmas card list for this year, not that they were on last year's either.

Whatever you are up to, I hope you have a fun day

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Favourite? Maybe!

Morning all, this is a scheduled post so am keeping my fingers crossed that Mr B behaves himself today.  It's been an age since I entered a few challenges but as it was so stinky hot n humid yesterday, I sat and made a card for the fun of it, and it fits a few themes.

This is Relax from the Mulberry Wood Everyday range of stamps at Crafters Companion
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Maja - Coffee In The Arbour (absolutely delicious)
Memory Box Macarena corner die
Nestabilities Classic Circles dies
Hero Arts sentiment
and basic office hole punch for the dots

So, the challenges that I would like to enter this one in are
Love these words as they cover so many occasions - how can you go wrong with that?!
I've used this little bear a lot as it can be used for male or female cards with just a change of colour

Crumbs, I think that must be the most I have ever entered with one card - feels a bit cheaty really!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Things are getting desperate

Morning all.  Well, I say morning but my poor, tired, body says that it ought to be bedtime.  What a storm we had at 4.00 this morning.  Temperatures yesterday clipped 32C and a storm was inevitable as it was so sticky and humid.  I woke up to the sound of rain on the conservatory roof and then the light show began.  I have never seen so much lightning in such a short time.  The thunder was pretty loud too!  I came down to check that Vince was ok, and he was, happily snoring in my armchair.  Not sure what time I crawled back into bed but sleep was elusive.  I feel like the proverbial limp lettuce today - and we are supposed to be out for a meal with friends this evening!

Surprisingly for a holiday week, I have done very little crafting so things were getting desperate for something to share with you.  I had a trawl through my folders and found this little card that I made a couple of weeks ago.

This is another of those A Random Fan stamps - it's Birthday Girl
Coloured with a mix of Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos pencils
Not sure what went wrong with her hair but I'm not overly happy with it
Papers are all LOTV/Nitwits
Sentiment is from one of my many clear sets
Gold diamond borders from stash

And that's it.  I really need to get on with something if I want to be able to share with you tomorrow.

Hope your day isn't too sticky.

Hugs Squirrel xx

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Well of course it's CAS!

Morning all - two reasons for a CAS card today.  1. Addicted To Stamps & More and 2. It was far too hot and sticky in the craft room yesterday to do any more than sit and colour.

So, this fabulous stamp is Roberto's Amigas Margarita Time from CC Designs
She has been coloured with Polychromos pencils
The sentiment is from Paper Smooches
The card base was 6x6 which I cut down to 6x4 to have the fold on the left

Cheers to you
Hugs Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Noah's First Flight

Morning everyone, and thank you for all the birthday wishes - it would seem that, as hard as I have tried to hide it this year, I have been discovered!  Yes, this little ol' squirrel is now getting emails from Saga!!!

Anyhoo, just popped by to share another of my new stamps with you today.

This adorable little chap is Noah's First Flight from A Random Fan
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) apart from his little bit of hair which is pencil
Papers are Crafters Companion Angelia & Adam
Sentiment is Personal Impressions

Hope you have a good day, whatever you are up to

Hugs, Old Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Magical Midway Reminder

Yoo-hoo!  It's time for a mid month reminder for the super challenge over at A Little Bit Crafty where the theme is Magic.

I have used Abracadabra from LOTV
Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils
Papers are a mixed bag of Dovecraft, LOTV, WH Smith and Basic Grey
Stars and lettering from stash

There are some amazing prizes up for grabs so please do not miss out!

Izzy whizzy, go and get busy!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

Monet The Mermaid

On Saturday morning the postman delivered a new batch of rubber that I had been getting very excited about, it was the new A Random Fan release, and I couldn't wait to start playing.  These images are cute and quirky and here is my first of the new ones:

OK, so this is A Random Fan - Monet The Mermaid
Coloured with Polychromos pencils and Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are a mixture of First Edition, Crafters Companion and some holographic card
The bubbles stamp on the orange dotty paper is from Creative Expressions
Sentiment is Hero Arts
And the bubbles cut from the holographic card is the Memory Box Large Ringlets die
which I took the craft knife to and separated into sections

It's day 1 of holiday proper and we're off into town later for Toad to get a haircut, for him to part with some cash in the jewellers to buy my birthday present, and we are off to the cinema to see
How To Train Your Dragon 2

Whatever you are up to I hope you have a good Monday

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Think Pink

Afternoon all, hope this finds you well - we've had a bit of a strange day and I'm feeling a bit out of sorts (we had some awful news earlier) but I had started this card yesterday and was determined to get it finished.  I don't know about you, but crafting is my release valve - if I feel stressed or sad or just hassled, I go off to craft and within minutes of picking up a paintbrush or pretty papers I can feel the tension start to ebb away.

Anyhoo, I made this card for the In The Pink challenge whose theme is Get Well/Thinking Of You.

The stamp is LOTV Hugs
Coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos pencils
Papers are LOTV/Nitwits Always & Forever (patterns and solids)
Sentiment is Hero Arts
And those gorgeous striped candy dots are from My Mum's Craft Shop

We've had a weekend of sun, rain, thunderstorms, and this afternoon a brief monsoon - I could hardly see the shed for a while and we don't have a large garden.  I am hoping that things pick up for the coming week as I don't really fancy trailing a rain coat, wellies and an umbrella everywhere we go!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

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