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Friday, 18 April 2014

Scared of my own shadow

Morning all, and a Happy Good Friday to you!  I had a nice lie-in this morning and didn't shed the dressing gown until an hour ago.  We are having a pootling about morning, and then this afternoon we will be off to Church for Good Friday Mass.  Hope that whatever you are up to it is enjoyable.

When Toad and I attended evening art classes, one thing that our tutor always said to me was not to be afraid of shadows.  But I am.  Still.  It takes a certain kind of bravery to start adding darkness.  I began playing with this image last weekend, and have been slowly working away at it.  I would do a bit, leave it for a while, come back and have another look, do a bit more, walk away, come back, add more.  Last night, I reached the point where I thought I don't know what else I can do without totally mucking up what I have done so far, so I have left it now and am calling it finished.  Although there are many artists out there who will scoff with undisguised amusement at my efforts.  I am still learning with these darned pencils, and it is a steep learning curve!


This little lady is Senio-rita Gladys The Superhero from Stamping Bella
The sentiment comes with the stamp
Coloured with Polychromos pencils
Tiny stars and matting layer are BoBunny Double Dots papers
Stars punched with an old Fiskars hand punch


Told you that I still have a lot to learn!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx



Thursday, 17 April 2014

Crafty Little Fairies (DT) Up, Up, And Away

Good morning everyone, hope this finds you well.  It's the dreaded Thursday, but it is also a kind of Friday (as I certainly won't be working tomorrow, although I appreciate some of you will be) as Easter has arrived at last!  But before the Big Bunny arrives with all the chocolate, we have a new challenge at Crafty Little Fairies to deal with.

This week our theme is Up Up And Away - so that could be birds, balloons, butterflies, kites, aeroplanes.....I nearly used an astronaut stamp but changed my mind at the last minute for these little cuties -


The stamp is LOTV Birthday Balloons
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Not sure why the sentiment came out blotchy, it was a Memento inkpad, same as the mice - and it looks squint here but I'm not certain it's that obvious on the card - anyway, it's a Hero Arts one
Papers are Papermania - Spots & Stripes 
And some WH Smith black art card for matting

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Mountain Lily

Morning all.  I'm not sure what it is about this lady that makes me think of Christmas, especially as she is carrying a flower and wearing open toe sandals, but she does, and that is why she has been called into use for this card.


Things I have used that are available at The Stamp Basket store
Stamping Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Colouring Medium: Ranger/Tim Holtz - Distress Inks - Reinkers and Pads

and some things from my stash
White card base
Pink Gem sentiment

Hmmmmm, I enjoyed making this one, so maybe it will be the start of many for this year's festivities!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx




Tuesday, 15 April 2014

ALBC midway reminder - Birds n Bees

It's time for a midway reminder for the challenge over at
Birds n Bees


High Hopes (Dustin Pike) Sting
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Prima - Sun Kiss
First Edition, Authentique
Paper Smooches sentiment

And sneaking this little chap in at
ABC Challenge - Just As You Like


Hugs to All
Squirrel xx


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Grant : The Remake

Afternoon all.  Just popping in with Version II of the card I mucked up yesterday.  This time I left out the paper piecing simply because I couldn't be a****d.


So, this is CC Designs Pollycraft Grant
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are LOTV/Nitwits Candles And Cake
Banner sentiment is by Die-Versions
Text sentiment is Hero Arts

I think I should have had a break from crafting this weekend but I needed to get some DT stuff done.  I've had rather a lot of things that have been occupying my thoughts of late.  Hopefully the Easter break will sort me out!

See you Tuesday with my ALBC midway reminder.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx





Saturday, 12 April 2014

BBB

Which currently stands for Blasted (or other expressive B word) Bristol Board.  Oh, and Blaaaahh!  Today's card isn't today's card.  Today's card is now languishing in the bottom of the rubbish bag.  Having spent a while faffing about with paper piecing, I went to Distress Ink the rest of the image only to discover that I had a blodgy sheet of Bristol Board.  This happens on rare occasions, it is as if the finish on the sheet of paper isn't right, and the ink soaks in like it was blotting paper.  

I sent a complaint to Winsor & Newton (the manufacturers) who sent a rather curt reply telling me to return it to the retailer.  Excuse me guys, but it isn't the retailer who makes the paper.  I was letting you know that you appear to have a glitch in your process.  Not interested?  Apparently not.  If I could find an alternative, I would be using it.

So, you aren't getting that card.  You are getting a quickie LOTV Art Pad one instead.


So, I have used a James Bear image from the Art Pad
A sheet of Bo Bunny Double Dots
And a Die-Versions border die
And that's kind of it


Keep your fingers crossed that tomorrow's session is more successful.

Hugs all
Squirrel xx



Friday, 11 April 2014

Going Dotty

Evening all.  Anyone else agree that there have been far too many days in this week?  But it's the weekend for me now, whoooo, and a four day week next week before a four day weekend, double whoooo!

Anyhoo, because of the amount of discomfort I've been in for the past few months, my crafting time has been limited, and my cards have become (even by my standards) more simplified.  It's annoying me now because my colouring is starting to suffer.

Here is another pretty basic layout but I just could not resist the chance to play with some new rubber.


This little sweetie is a new stamp from CC Designs called Pollycraft Dotty
She has been coloured up with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Distress Markers
Pretty pink floral paper was a magazine freebie
Gold borders are from stash
And that awesome sentiment stamp is from Paper Smooches

She does make me smile.  There will be more of these cuties to come soon.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx


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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Crafty Little Fairies (DT) Buttons

Morning all, Fairy day again!  Don't the weeks fly past?  Crumbs, before you know it we will be getting stuck into the Christmas cards, lol.  Anyhoo, let's first enjoy some Spring sunshine with Crafty Little Fairies and our theme this week is Buttons.

Here is my card:


Stamped image is LOTV Rocking Horse
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) on Bristol Board
DP is from an old pad of Little Sizzlets papers
Matting layers are Bazzill Basics cardstock
Those beautiful pastel blue buttons are by Dovecraft
Sentiment is also LOTV
And the lonely little gem is from my stash of twinkles

You can use real buttons or faux buttons on your make, just as long as you use a stamped or digi image.

I wonder how many men will be missing buttons from their shirts and jackets this week?!

Have fun
Squirrel xx


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Aaaatishhoo

Anyone suffering from hayfever at the moment?  Yep, me too - dry eyes, snuffly nose and a really husky voice.  I wouldn't recommend getting too close to Bella today, as she may start you sneezing again.

Credit for the shape of this card must go to my Stamp Basket DT colleague, Debs, as I nicked the idea from a card she made a few weeks back, and I had been itching to try it with a shaped card base for myself.  Thanks Debs for the inspiration.  Here is Debs original card.

Not the easiest shape to photo, so you have got some arty shots this week!




Ingredients used that are available at The Stamp Basket store:

Have a Happy Wednesday everyone!
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Without Words (April DT) Gentlemen Only

Morning all, it's the first Monday of April so that means a new challenge at

And this month our theme is Gentlemen Only, which means we would like to see birthday cards for the boys please.


Wild Rose Studio stamp (now retired)
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are from Wellington Bear set
Matting layers are WH Smith black art card
Sentiment is Paper Smooches

And that's it - a Ronseal card, does what it says on the tin.

I must offer my apologies for my rather brief comments and posts lately - I am trying to restrict the amount of time I spend on the laptop because of my shoulder.  If only I could do the same with the other computer I have to use!

Hugs, Squirrel xx


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