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Monday, 31 August 2015

Do you have purple friends? (SRC)

Hello everyone - happy Bank Holiday Monday (UK) to you.

It's about time we had another Squirrel Random Challenge so here it is.

I managed to recruit the naughty scamps to help me out again so here are some inspiration pieces for our theme of
FRIENDSHIP (please include something PURPLE)












The challenge is open until 9.00pm September 30 and you can enter up to three times.

There will be a prize for the winner, but you need to follow the theme to qualify.

Hugs to all
Squirrel, Annette & Jayne
xxx


A New Challenge

Morning folks!  There is a new SRC coming in an hour's time (Squirrel's Random Challenge) - I won't tell you any more except to show you my first make for it.



This (complete with Rosie hair in the corner) is Puddle Jumper Twila from CC Designs
She's been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with Polychromos Pencils for hair
The stitched clouds border is from L'il Inkers
Purple papers from different LOTV pads
Sentiment by Hero Arts stamped in Grape Jelly Memento

My talented little helpers, Annette and Jayne, have both made some fabulous inspiration pieces for the challenge so best you come back later this morning - and of course we want you to join in the fun!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Snowy Presents

Hi all, just popping by with what looks like a Christmas quickie but actually it took an age to colour!


This is Snowy Presents from LOTV
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment also from LOTV - Set 75

Told you - simple, deceptively so.

Hugs

Monday, 24 August 2015

Take Two, well three really

Happy Monday y'all!  Oh, who am I kidding, it's Monday again, yadda yadda groan.  But enough of all that, there is Part II of the Lili Of The Valley Christmas release on the way, hurrah! 

If you have been taking notice of the Design Collective's sneak peaks you will know that the release is all about Trios.  There are six to collect:  Penguins, Snowmen, Elves, Santa, Reindeer and Robins - and I will let you into a secret too, if you collect them all, there is set of sentiments as well, bonus!

I was asked to do samples for the Reindeer Trio and this is my second outing with them.



LOTV Reindeer Trio stamps
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Circle dies are Tonic
Memory Box Precious Snowflake (but I used the longer bow and string from Precious Stars)
Glamour Dust
6x6 card base


Hope the rest of your week is a good one folks.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx


Saturday, 22 August 2015

James says Hello

Afternoon everyone.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend - it's "scorchio" here in the east, bright blue skies, sunny, and heading towards 30C.  You probably know that I am limp lettuce when it comes to hot weather, so it will come as no surprise that I have been taking refuge indoors and watching the qualifying for tomorrow's F1 Belgian Grand Prix!

The craft space is started to get back to normal after all the upheaval of the plumbing so I hope to be able to get inky again very soon, but in the meantime here is something I made a couple of weeks ago.


This is James Butterflies from LOTV
Painted, as usual, with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
The Hello die is by Penny Black - I had to cut the twirly tail off the O for it to fit the card - I cut it three times to make a word stack
Design papers are First Edition: Boho Chic

We were going to go and see the Oldies this afternoon, but mum was otherwise engaged so Toad is cutting the grass and I am going to experiment with my newly delivered Ground Espresso Distress Ink.  Rosie has her nose in the biscuit dish, some things don't change.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx


Thursday, 20 August 2015

In The Pink (DT) Fly Away

Morning all, I hope you are all feeling in the pink today, because it's a new IN THE PINK challenge!

The post title might be a bit of a give-away but I am thrilled to tell you that I am now a Pink Lady.  I am doing a job share with my talented blog buddy Annette so you will see us in turns as the challenges go on.


So, for my first official appearance the theme is
FLY AWAY
that's things with wings please



I love these Flower Fairies from Wee Stamps - they are just adorable, and suit pink so well!
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with Polychromos Pencils for her hair and flowers, and a sprinkle of Glamour Dust on her wings
Lucy Cromwell papers
Chalked clouds by me
Die-Namics double stitched circle die, Tonic scalloped circle die, Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds border dies, Die-Namics brushstrokes word die

Of course you want to know who the sponsor is, and it's the lovely Nikki at
BUNNY ZOE'S CRAFTS with a £10 voucher
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So come on, you have two weeks to get your wings on and be pink!

Hugs
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The Apprentice

Morning all.  Bit late for me today, but there is a reason......the same reason that I have not been able to get near my craft space for a week, grrrrrrrr.

We have lived here 17 years.  The house was 8 years old when we moved in, so built in about 1990.  By a big name developer.  Who you would think would have higher standards.

Now, I have absolutely nothing against apprentices.  I did a type of apprenticeship myself when I left school, and it was brilliant.  However, I do have something against unsupervised apprentice plumbers!  On Friday night, we discovered the third major plumbing cock-up in this house and this one involved the kitchen sink and a LOT of water - all over the kitchen floor.  As I type, our own plumber is downstairs with his head in a smelly under-sink cupboard trying to sort out the mess.

I know the builders that work for the developers are on a tight time schedule, and an even tighter budget, but honestly, the plumbing is nothing short of shoddy!

Anyhoo, enough of me woffling on, you don't want to know that I was up to my elbows in drain rods and black slime on Saturday, so let me show you a happy card.


This is Tiny Townies Bree Loves Buttercream by Stamping Bella

She was sent to me by my darlin' bloggy friend Annette.  Annette had bought Bree for herself, stamped her twice, had a nervous breakdown over the hair and dress and promptly sent the stamp to me!
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is from MFT
Fuschia pink matting layer by DCWV

Another CAS card from me, but that's the way I roll.

I can hear a lot of muttering from downstairs so either the plumber is having problems or Rosie has her nose in the cupboard with him.  I had better go and see.

Will be back tomorrow with something exciting.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Up A Tree

Morning all.  Just popping by quickly with my second August Design Collective card for Lili Of The Valley.

This one features my cousins ......


Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are all from LOTV/Nitwits Woodland Wishes
The only extra is the single brown pearl from my stash
Not a single die in sight!

So that's me for today, sweet and simple.


Hugs to all
Squirrel xx


Friday, 14 August 2015

Three Is A Magic Number

Morning everyone - it's Friday at last, whooooooo!  Mind you, I suppose I ought to save the whoooo until the END of Friday (grin).

Right then, down to business.  We all know that Christmas is unavoidable and if you make your own cards you can never start on them soon enough.  Bored with the Christmas stamps you have? Wish they were more versatile? Well, this could be your answer!  Lili of the Valley will be releasing Part II of this year's Christmas images in a couple of weeks and you will be getting something special - they are all Trio stamps, which makes them adaptable, fun, and brilliant value.

I was asked to sample the Reindeer Trio and I admit it, I was a little bit excited.


How cute are these guys huh?!
So, LOTV Christmas Trios - Reindeer
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
I cut them out and matted them on circles of red card die cut with the double stitched circles from Die-Namics
The stripy paper is from Dovecraft and the packet is dated ....wait for this....2007 (eeek)
X-Cut palm punch and some DCWV yellow cardstock for the stars

Now then, I was so excited by this concept that I ordered the full set, so there will more sneaky peeks from me over the next two weeks, and also from my fellow Design Collective teamies.  Watch out for them, they are super.


Hug to all
Squirrel xx




Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Rudolph.....

Does anyone know why Rudolph has such a red nose?  Is it the North Pole chill, the high altitude, the fast speeds, or has he been punched by Dancer?

Whatever the reason, it sure does make him distinctive, so when I saw his hairy little face grinning at me from this adorable stamp there was no conscience wrestling argument, I just clicked Add To Basket immediately.


This is Santa and Rudolph from Wild Rose Studio
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and fussy cut
Papers are from Dovecraft
Jingle All The Way die from Penny Black

It looks like my camera might finally be on the way out, pictures are darker one end than the other, so I guess that means I need to start saving hard, which will seriously reduce the new rubber intake for a while, sob!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Handsome!

Morning all.  Tis warm is it not?  I think the reason for my "out-of-sorts" at the weekend is that I am coming down with something - the throat is sore, the glands are up, the snuffles are starting.  What a time of year to catch a flippin' cold!

Colds are for Christmas, and so is this handsome young man - he is my first outing in August for the Lili Of The Valley Design Collective:


Oh I do love me some James Bear!
Painted (of course) in Distress Inks (ReInkers) with some dots of Ice White Viva Pearl Pen
Papers are all Dovecraft Krafty Christmas
Sentiment by Paper Smooches
Pearls from stash


You may have noticed that the Lili bricks-n-mortar shop is closed at the moment.  Don't panic people, this is simply down to relocation - the on-line store continues as normal supplying all those lovely goodies.  Speaking of goodies, there are more to come this month with Part II of the Christmas release - keep an eye out for the release date and the obligatory sneak peeks soon.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx


Saturday, 8 August 2015

Piggin' Birthdays

Today finds me a little bit out of sorts with myself.  It's the weekend, the sun is shining, I have time to craft, so I don't understand the mood, so hopefully it will get itself shifted, and fast!

A little while ago I might have indulged a bit in some new rubber from Stamping Bella, and I have been itching to get this one inky.



Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with a chalk sky
Happy Birthday die is from Impression Obsession - Bottom Edgers
Papers are from an ancient pad of Basic Grey

And that's all she wrote!

Hugs
Squirrel xx

Monday, 3 August 2015

Without Words (DT) August: Harvest Home

Morning all, and welcome to the first Monday of August.  That means another new challenge from the Word Birds over at Without Words.

The theme for August is Harvest Home - with so much around in the way of fresh fruit and summer vegetables that is what we would like you to use, fruit and/or veg!

Here's my card:


So, the image is, well obviously, it's an apple - from the Tim Holtz Schoolhouse Blueprint set
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
MFT Stitched Circle die, and Tonic Scalloped Circle and Scalloped Square dies
Papers are a mis-mash of scraps but the fruity one is from an old pad by DoCrafts

Will it keep the doctor away?

Hope to see you joining in the fruity fun over at the challenge - it's a short one this time because of holidays so the closing date is 27th August.  Back to normal for September.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Get Your Skates On

Morning all, yawwwwwwwwwwn, had a nice lay-in with Rosie curled up by my feet.  She can be so cute, and in an instant she can be the devil's own!  Just ask Toad - he has an impressive four inch claw slash across his arm.  Totally unprovoked.  She can be such an unpredictable little madam!

Anyhoo, it's the 1st of August, which means it's about time I started thinking about Christmas cards.  Yes I know!  I should have started months ago, but I was in denial that another one could be coming quite so soon.  Sigh.



So, this is Skiddy Skates - from the new release over at Lili of The Valley
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and it was an absolute joy to colour
There's a sprinkle of Glamour Dust on the ice too
Papers are all from the LOTV/Nitwits Twas The Night pad
Spellbinders Labels 18 die and some festive Card Candi to finish

Now, Christmas Cards are very much like popcorn.  You can resist for so long, but once you start, it's hard to leave them alone!

Have a happy Saturday everyone.
Hugs
Squirrel xx


Friday, 31 July 2015

Sweet!

I am sneaking this one under the radar for the soon-to-end challenge over at House Mouse & Friends.  The theme is House Mouse and A Friend OR Anything Goes, and I have chosen the latter option.


This stamp from House Mouse is called "Carry Mints"
The sweets reminded me of those yummy fruit and yoghurt candies, hence the colours.  
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is from Personal Impressions
Coloured cardstock from Papermania
Custom sized card base


I am also going to "squeak" this in at As You Like It for their Fur or Feathers challenge.  So why do I prefer fur to feathers?  Well, I have had some strange experiences with birds - for one, I am scared of chickens.  Yes, chickens, they look at you sideways just before they attack you.  When I was little, our budgie fell off his perch halfway through The Archers, I have been sworn at by a cockatiel, and as for seagulls!!!  Anyway, I prefer the comforting softness of a warm and furry body, that I can stroke, and cuddle and sniff.  And then find the Savlon afterwards (cheers Rosie).


Hugs to all
Squirrel xx


Thursday, 30 July 2015

March

This is the last of my sneak peeks for the Lili of The Valley release on Saturday, and this little lady is the March Fairy.


Don't you wish Easter Eggs were really that size?!

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Striped paper from a Papermania Capsule Collection
Spellbinders loopy square die
Woodware flower punches and a smidge of Card Candi

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Simplicity

I have another couple of cards for you today that I made using the November Calendar Fairy that is being released, along with her 11 sisters, on 31 July from Lili of The Valley.

The key to these two is simplicity!


Fireworks always make me think of bright and vibrant colours!
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Glamour Dust

If you order the full set of 12 Fairies, you get the set of word stamps too as a bonus.


Again, simple little card but this time with some paper piecing of her coat to match the matting layer
Distress Inks for the rest of her with Glamour Dust wings and sparkler
Sentiment from Hero Arts
Papers by Dovecraft
Speech bubble die from Die-Namics

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

July

Yes, believe it or not, it is still July, brrrrrrrrrrrr.  Lol, you just can't win with the British weather!

Anyhoo, you might have twigged by now that at the end of this week, there is another super duper Fairy and Christmas stamps release coming from Lili of The Valley.

I am officially in love with the Calendar Fairies.  Here is a little peek of a summer one for you.


This little lady is the July Fairy
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are LOTV/Nitwits Bonnets & Bowties Solids
Thinking of You die and Butterflies dies are Impression Obsession
Border die is Joanna Sheen "Samantha" Signature die
Custom sized card base

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 26 July 2015

September

Do you remember, dancing in September?!

I've had that tune in my head (Earth Wind and Fire) for days now, and there is a good reason why.  At the end of this month, Lili of The Valley have another release, and part of that release are the Calendar Fairies.  I have already showcased one version of my sample stamp, November, and although I resisted, I ended up with the full set of Fairies.

Oh you are going to love these little cuties!


Stamp: Fairy September from Lili of The Valley
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Leaf paper from an old DoCrafts pad
Coloured cardstock is DCWV
Stitched Leaf dies from Lawn Fawn
September die from Die-Namics Accent It Months Of The Year
Stitched circle die from MFT
Scalloped edge circle die from Tonic

There will be another couple of Fairies to come from me before the launch next weekend.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Odd

Morning all.  Wow, what a night, wind and rain from midday yesterday right through the night and into this morning.  Last night was brilliant, as I laid in bed with Rosie, the wind was howling through the bathroom window and the rain was lashing against the glass.  It was so good!

Anyhoo, I have something a little sunnier for you today.


This is Odd Dog - Flowers for You from Lili of The Valley
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
MFT Die-Namics Stitched Speech Bubble die
Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks die
Papers are scraps from the box

A simple little card, but, love it or loathe it, that's the way I roll.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Strum Along With Me

This is my third July posting for the Lili of The Valley Design Collective, and today I am showcasing a stamp and papers that have been around for a little while now, but are still absolutely adorable.


Papers: LOTV/Nitwits On A High Note
Sentiment: LOTV Set 27 Vintage Labels
Medium:  Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Extras:  X-Cut Postage Stamp die, MFT Music notes die set
Card Base: Custom sized Advocate 300gsm Brilliant White

What tune are you now humming?

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Sneak Peek 1

Guess what?!

There is another new stamp release from Lili of The Valley at the end of the month!  Whoop whoop!

You will be getting Part 1 of the Christmas release, AND a whole new batch of Fairies, in fact a whole year's worth, and I cannot begin to tell you how cute they all are.

As a member of the Design Collective, I was lucky enough to be assigned a Fairy to showcase for you, and here she is


This is November Fairy - isn't she just darling?
I have painted her with my beloved Distress Inks (ReInkers) with a smidge of Polychromos for her hair
Her wings have A Wink Of Stella which the camera hasn't picked up but which looks so pretty shimmering in sunlight so you will just have to trust me on that one
The papers, which made me think of fireworks, are all First Edition New Bloom
The sentiment is from LOTV Set 23 Girlie Banners, which I trimmed down to remove the curls
Stitched stars are from Memory Box, and the smaller stars are an X-Cut punch

My fellow DC pals have the other 11 Fairies to share with you, and some have the Christmas stamps, so there will be loads of sneak peeks for you to look out for over the next 10 days before the release.  Perfect amount of time for you to decide which ones to buy - it's going to be hard to choose, I promise.

Hugs to all
Squirrel (LOTV DC)
xx


Monday, 20 July 2015

Garfield and Gnomes

In my feelings for Mondays, I'm with Garfield on them, and this one will be worse because it is the first day back after a lovely relaxing week off.


Thankfully for me, and for everyone else around me, the feeling wears off by the afternoon!

Anyhoo, I thought I would start Monday with a smile for a change.  I shall go into work beaming, and that is really going to worry them.

And let's start the week here with a smile too.


So, this is an MFT stamp from the You Gnome Me set
thankfully I got the matching dies, although he's easy enough to fussy cut
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Background paper is Maja Designs - Life In The Country
Sentiment by Dovecraft
Shaped dies are by Spellbinders Nestabilities

Hoping your Monday is a good one folks
Hugs
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Fancy a Cuppa?

Morning all, hope this finds you well on what is, in Suffolk, a beautiful summer's morning, very sunny, very warm and a light breeze.  I feel as if I ought to be out there but the call of the studio is too strong to resist!

There is something very British about having a cuppa.  It seems to solve so many things.  I stopped drinking full strength tea and moved over to decaff about ten years ago, (roughly when I started card making, lol) and I could never go back to real tea now.  I did try a variety of the herbal, fruit, flower, who-knows-what teas, but they really didn't float my boat.  I never tried acorn though.....


Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Dovecraft Bright Spark (green) and True Blue (brown)
Sentiment made up from one of the new LOTV sets but I can't find it on the website now
Border punch by Martha Stewart
Dots punch by Rymans Office Stationery

That's put me in the mood for a cuppa now - anyone else fancy one?
There's bisquits.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx




Friday, 17 July 2015

Midway Reminder for Without Words

It's halfway through July so the perfect time to fly-by with a midway reminder for our challenge over at WITHOUT WORDS where the theme is BLUE & BROWN.

There have been some superb entries so far, but there is always room for more!



Oh yes, it is my most favourite Christmas bear EVER, it's James Snow Angel from LOTV
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papermania Kraft Card
Sentiment from Paper Smooches
Snowflake die from Noor Design

Some of you will no doubt mention the snowflakes.  Yes, they are embellishments, but minimal.

Don't forget that you have until the end of the month to enter, so even with the school holidays (bah) you should still have enough time, and there is a fabulous prize on offer from our new sponsor


Hope to see you there

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Yay!

Morning all.  How are you?  I can't believe that it is already over halfway through my holiday week, sob.  Still, it has been a lovely and relaxing week, which is just what the doctor ordered, and I have managed to get some crafting done, not much, but some.


I could not resist this little guy from the latest Stamping Bella release
He is called "Milton"
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is from Paper Smooches and just seemed to match his expression so well

Hugs to all
Birthday Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Dainty Dancing

Morning all, how are you today?  We are having a relaxing, mooching about, hollibob day - Toad has popped out to get some stuff to repaint the shed so that will be a fun (!!) job for this afternoon if it doesn't rain.

In the meantime, I am popping by with my second July card for the Lili of the Valley Design Collective


Sorry, I should have warned you it's a bright one!

Extras: Nestabilities Superellipse dies and Poppy Stamps simple banner die
Medium:  Distress Inks (ReInkers), Polychromos Pencils and paper piecing

I am so sorry that I haven't been around much, and certainly huge apologies for the lack of comments over the past few months.  Some of you may know that my mum has been really unwell so it has meant, naturally, that blogging has had to take a back seat.  It has been all I can do to keep on top of my DT commitments.  Thankfully, mum now seems to be on the mend at last so I am hoping that I shall soon be able to have the time needed to come and visit you all again.

Hugs to anyone still out there who visits
Squirrel xx



Saturday, 11 July 2015

Front Step?

Hi all, slightly later than normal for a weekend but I am here at last.  We took my best friend's son to the cinema to see The Minions Movie as a treat for him.  I think it is the first time I have seen an animated film accompanied by a child!!  Mind you, it's not fair to call him a child any more, he is taller than me and a lovely young man.

Anyhoo, earlier in the week I bought the Quick Cards magazine and noticed the Front Step cards that had been designed by the lovely Kitty Frampton, and I really wanted to give one a try.  However, I kind of added in some adaptations...... so now it is a Front Step Easel Secret Drawer card!!

Apologies for so many photos:











Stamped image:  Stamping Bella Tiny Townies Hayley The Hero
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Little Claire Quirky Quilts and Ombre
Sentiment from My Favourite Things
All mistakes entirely my own

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx


Friday, 10 July 2015

For all of you .....

I was feeling a bit sentimental when I made this one, and it got me thinking about all my friends, at home and here in blogland, so this one is for you guys.


Stamp is LOTV Little Pals
Hugs die is from Lawn Fawn
and so is the cloud border die
Butterflies are Impression Obsession
Papers are LOTV - blue (Nitwits) Bonnets & Bowties Solids, and pinky orange (Raspberry Road) Baskets & Bunnies
Painted by my own fair hand in Distress Inks (ReInkers) on Daler Rowney Bristol Board
Pearls from stash

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Beach Baby

If I had a choice today, this is what I would like to be doing


Yes, the squinty, one-eyed, wonky photographer is back in town!

Stamp is CC Designs Roberto's Rascals - Beach Babe Twila
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Papers are a mixture of Dovecraft and First Edition
Sentiment is Paper Smooches
Doodling by Squirrel

Who knows, I might even get the chance to do this next week!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx


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