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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Does Ivy Have Berries?

Morning all.  Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  Although Toad is back to work today, I'm not.  This is my last day's leave before Christmas now, but I kinda forgot myself so when the alarm started ringing, instead of giving it a good slap I got up.  I came shuffling downstairs in my very old and very tatty dressing gown (towelling dressing gowns and cat claws don't make good companions - both Mollie and Vince have had a go at this one over the years) and my fleecy slippers and nearly gave Toad a funny turn as he was shovelling in his cereals.  Yeah, I could have gone back to bed I suppose, but I had such a rubbish night that I didn't hold out much hope of any decent sleep.  I might have a nap later.

Is there an award for woffle?  I think I may be in contention for it.  Anyhoo, does ivy have berries?  Well, yes, it does, but they are not glossy and bright like holly or hawthorn, they are small and dull and black, rather boring really, so I feel something needs to be done to brighten them up and make them more attractive.  Why?  Because I feel something is missing from this make, and that something might be berries......

Lili of The Valley stamp - Cosy and Warm
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Dovecraft Back To Basics Christmas
Sentiment is from a Personal Impressions set
Joanna Sheen Signature die - Ivy Corner
Tonic layering rectangles dies
I miss having an open fire.  We have central heating plus a flame effect gas fire but we hardly ever use the fire, in fact I think I can count the occasions on one hand that it has been switched on over the past 17 years.  Mum and dad still have an open fire and it always feels so much warmer and welcoming.  I don't miss the mess they create though!

Right, that's my ramblings done for today and as I am up and about already, that will mean more crafting time, whooo, I just hope Mr Mojo plays ball today.  I have put the heater on in the studio for him just in case.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 24 November 2014

Snow Pals

Morning all, how are we today?  Thanks for everyone who asked after mum - I am pleased to report that the endoscopy last week didn't reveal anything and she is slowly improving.  The poor old girl managed to pick up a dose of campylobacter (a food poisoning bacteria) and has been really poorly.  I didn't appreciate just how serious this particularly bug can be and what permanent damage it can do (heart problems, paralysis, and in worst case, death) so dad and I are somewhat relieved that mum is now, after five weeks, starting to feel brighter.  Thank you for all your good wishes.

Right, parental report over, let's do a card shall we?

So, what do we have here then:
Stamp is Snow Pals - a Mo Manning design from Stamping Bella
Painted with a limited palette of Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Peacock Feathers, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose, Black Soot, Weathered Wood
The trellis die is a Spellbinders one but I have cut it down to fit
Papers are a mixture of Nitwits/LOTV pads
Woodware and X-Cut snowflake punches
Sentiment was a magazine freebie
Sparkly silver border peel-off from stash

Our old car (17 year old Toyota) went in for it's MOT on Friday and thankfully it passed but needed a new wiper blade and we have an advisory note for two front tyres so we are pretty pleased.  When we picked the car up there was no Pass certificate with the other paperwork (which I didn't notice at the time) so we are popping down to the garage today to collect it.  Which gives us a great excuse to have a wander around town looking for Christmas presents.  And Toad can buy me lunch, although I haven't told him yet.

Have yourself a happy little Monday.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Final Reminder

Morning all.  Brrrrrr, tis becoming November like now!  Anything planned for your weekend?  I hope it is something nice.  It's the last long weekend for me this year - four days, hurrah, as I can't take any holiday in December (not that I would want to).  I have a feeling that there might have to be some C Shopping crammed into the time off.

Well, I am here today with the final reminder for the Snow-vember challenge - there is just one week left to enter so if you are making a snowman/snowwoman/snowanimal card and would like to share it with us you can enter the challenge here.

This is an LOTV stamp called Gifts On The Tree
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is from the Whimsy Snarky Christmas set
Papers are Dovecraft Kraft Christmas
and the white blobs snow is Viva Pearl Pen

I would like to thank everyone who has entered so far - the winner will be announced here a few days after the challenge closes - but I would like to give a special thanks to my fellow Snowflakes, Annette and Jayne, for all their hard work and for helping me with this silly idea,

I know a lot of you also enjoyed the Penguin challenge, so if you would like to me to do another themed challenge sometime into the New Year, please don't be afraid to leave a comment to tell me.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Where's the candle gone?

Morning all.  Sorry?  Yes, it is morning, yes I know it is dark but, really, it is the start of the day, not the end.

I'm not working today as I am chauffeuring mum to the hospital later for some tests (she's been a poorly little thing of late) so before I go and put the Nurse Squirrel uniform on, I thought I would drop by with this little number: 

This is one of my new Stamping Bella stamps - it's a Mo Manning image called
(I am a bit worried about where the birthday candle might have gone)
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment comes with the stamp
Papers are Nitwits/LOTV Up And Away
Dies used are from the Die-Namics Blueprint 13 set

I can see this little chap being used for so many occasions - sorry, thank you, birthday, and he would be great for his or hers cards.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 17 November 2014


Evening all.  I'm running a bit late today but poor Toad is running even later, which gives me time to post this now!

Have you every merrily sat down to colour, got almost to the end of the job, taken a look at your image and thought "dammit"?  Yep, one of those moments.

This little cutie is called "Kisses" from CC Designs Roberto's Rascals
She is coloured with Polychromos Pencils and Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Matting layer is Nitwits Snow Princess Solids
5x5 scalloped edged card base
Sentiment is from Whimsy's Snarky Christmas set
Corner rounder and hole punch to finish off

Have you spotted the deliberate mistake yet?

Yep, I have coloured the mistletoe in as holly berries.
BUT in my defence, since when did mistletoe have prickly leaves?

That's my excuse, and I am sticking to it.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 16 November 2014


A month ago, two of my dearest crafty buddies got together and plotted and schemed.  I won't name anyone as I don't want to embarrass them but I was so overwhelmed by their kindness.  When we lost Vince we were faced with a big vet bill.  I had only a few days before placed a large crafty order so I emailed asking if it could be cancelled as the money was needed for the vet.  So, that was all sorted out.  A week later, I reordered a small part of the original order, with the intention of going back and completing the order a few items at a time.

So you can imagine my surprise (that has to be an understatement) when my smaller order arrived, together with another package from the same company.  I thought at first there had been an enormous mistake and that my original order wasn't cancelled after all - and then I found the note.  And I cried.  A dear and loving friend (who is more special than I could ever say) had gone into cahoots with the store owner, and between them had sent the rest of my order.  There were a lot of tears.  I am a very emotional little squirrel - but they were happy tears, and shocked tears, and full of love tears.  

There are times when friends can take you so totally by surprise that it takes your breath away.

This was made with one of the stamps in my order for one of the two naughty pixies - I am still planning something for the other one.

This is Callista Loves To Craft from Stamping Bella
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are from Crafters Companion
Pearls from stash
Scalloped edged dies are Tonic
Sentiment is Paper Smooches

Like a numpty I forgot to take a photo of the inside which is another Paper Smooches sentiment
from the same set which says
Thank you from the bottom of my [he]art

So, to the two naughty pixies (you know who you are) - I love you!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

I rediscovered some photos of Vince on the external hard drive so thought I would share these two with you.  It was a very sunny day and he was lounging about on the carpet in a patch of sunshine from the front window.  Toad grabbed his camera and got down there with him.  Vince didn't bat an eyelid but happily posed for several shots.  I think he knew how handsome he was.

Saturday, 15 November 2014


Morning all.  I don't know what has happened to the bright eyed and bushy tailed me this morning, it is more of a flumpy slightly grumpy me today.  I had a nice lay in, and I am still in the dressing gown and slippers, we have nothing much planned for today apart from a visit to the Oldies and a meal out tonight with friends, so there is nothing to explain this.  Maybe a nice bowl of porridge to warm me up will do the trick (tis a bit chilly and quite foggy out there today).

Anyhoo, it's not quite this cold.

These two always made me smile!
CC Designs Meoples - Snow Cute
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Dovecraft Back To Basics Christmas and Kraft Christmas
and that's it

As well as this being a reminder for Snow-vember I shall enter it at

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 14 November 2014

Get Well Soon (Edited)

It's wet, it's windy, it's dark and it's Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday at last, hurrah!
With apologies for the dingy photograph - this was last night, with lots of white lights, but it still came out on the gloomy side.

Taken with a different phone camera under the same conditions - what a difference! 

This is Alfie Bear from Craftwork Cards
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is Personal Impressions
Papers are First Edition
Flower centres are Creme Viva Pearl Pen
5x5 scalloped edged card base

Wishing you all a good day, and hopefully a dry-ish one.

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Furry or Hairy?

Morning all.  It does seem a long time since I posted, when it fact it was only Saturday!

Over at The Cutie Pie Challenge the theme this month is Festive Furry Friends - well I couldn't resist that one could I. 

However, there is a little bit of a debate over whether this fella is furry or hairy.....

Yes, it's that Rodney again, from CC Designs this is Rodney's Ride
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are from a foiled pack I bought last year but I can't remember the brand
Sentiment is Personal Impressions

And speaking of whether something is furry or hairy (oh you lot are disgusting!!), Toad is taking part in Movember and is growing a tashe.  At the moment, I have to say he is bearing a striking resemblance to George Roper (some of you will remember - actor Brian Murphy).  The tashe is now being called Colin (the Caterpillar) and is developing his own personality.  Apparently it was Colin who stole the last square of my special Roasted Sesame Lindt chocolate, and it was Colin who forgot to lock the front door last night.  Colin needs to watch himself, or he might find he is not quite so hairy when he wakes up in the morning.  There is a threat that Colin might become purple for the last day of the month, so if anyone wants to see a purple caterpillar attached to my husband's face, don't forget it is in aid of a brilliant charity and donations to Movember are more than welcome. 

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Saturday, 8 November 2014

The Perfect Snowman

Morning all, hope this finds you well.  Slightly later than planned because I have been for the six weekly tail trim and wasn't organised enough to schedule this, so you have a live Squirrel today!

I seem to be making a lot of these 6x4 CAS cards this year so I hope you are not getting too fed up with them.

You might have guessed this is a reminder for the SNOW-VEMBER challenge, so if you haven't got your snowies inky yet you have until the end of the month to enter.

For this one I have used:
LOTV stamp - The Perfect Snowman
Sentiment - Hobby Arts
Medium - Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Matting layer from scraps box and a 6x4 card base

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 7 November 2014

Morning Sue

This could almost be me in the mornings - except I'm not that skinny and don't do PJs because I suffer from that strange "hot legs in bed" syndrome.  I can't bear anything on my legs at night because after half an hour I am wrestling to rip them off before my knees spontaneously combust.

Anyhoo, I made this for a friend's birthday - I am sure she is more glamorous in the mornings but it just made me laugh.

This is "Morning Sue" from Roberto's Amigas at C C Designs
Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils
Matting layer from a pad of Forever Friends papers (because the stripes matched the PJs)
Paper Smooches sentiment

Happy Friday everyone
Hugs, Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Snowy Stepper

On Sunday afternoon, I had an urge to dig out one of the very first stamps I bought, way back in 2005.  My first love in rubber was (and still is) Penny Black and I could not resist owning this adorable snowman.  He has been used many, many times since he arrived here.

So, this is Penny Black "Snowy"
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and a good helping of Glamour Dust
Stepper die purchased from the lovely Sarah Wright
Snowy's panel die is Nestabilities Labels 11
Holographic card from stash
Snowflake paper is LOTV Frosty Christmas
Sentiment is Hero Arts
And a variety of snowflake punches to finish off

And of course he is the perfect thing to remind you about the SNOW-VEMBER challenge that is running here for the whole of November, so get those snowies inked up and come and join the fun!

I know that I don't need to apologise because so many of you understand but I will anyway.  I am sorry if I have not visited you recently.  I have been in quite a dark place since we said goodbye to Vince and I am finding it difficult to focus on much.  I promise that I will try to do better, and thank you for your patience and kindness, it means a lot.
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 3 November 2014

Without Words (DT) November

Hello my little muffins, how are we on this first Monday of the month?  I had a fright and a half last week when I realised that is now only just over 7 weeks to Christmas.  SEVEN WEEKS!  Ohmygosh.  So if, like me, you are still in headless chicken mode, the challenge for November at WITHOUT WORDS might just help you out.
The theme is PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS - so we would like to see your festive makes this time.
Here is my DT card:

 Looks like Bamboo is busy getting his cards ready to post!

The stamp is Crafter's Companion: Party Paws - Sending Love
Papers are previous seasons' Dovecraft Back To Basics Christmas
Sentiment is erm, oh, err, oops, need to check that one for you!
What would a challenge be without a brilliant sponsor prize? This month we are pleased to welcome back the ultra-talented Elaine from QUIXOTIC PAPERIE with a £10 store voucher for the winner
As always, CAS cards please with a hand-coloured image, minimal or no embellishments,
and yes, you can use a sentiment.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 1 November 2014


Yes, it's a new challenge!

We suspect you might have guessed from the countdown clues this week but the theme this time is

That's snowmen, snowwomen, snowanimals - lots and lots of lovely snow.

My fellow Snowflakes have been busy so here is some inspiration to get your own flakes a fluttering




So you know the routine by now

  • Get your snowy entries made
  • Enter using the link tool below
  • You can enter up to three times
  • Any technique for your cards
  • Please link your entry to your challenge card only, not your whole blog
  • New projects please, no backlinking to something you posted a month ago
  • No obligation to promote the challenge on your blog, but it would be fab if you could
  • Challenge closes at 6.00pm (UK) on 30 November
  • There will be a prize for the winner
Edited to add that Mary from THE RIBBON GIRL has very kindly offered to sponsor this challenge with a £10 voucher for the winner.  Thank you Mary, you are a star!

The most important thing of course is to have fun!
Snowy hugs
Squirrel, Jayne and Annette

Friday, 31 October 2014


See you tomorrow!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Sunday, 26 October 2014

A Squirrel First

Morning all.  It would seem that yesterday's penguins didn't really float your boat as much as they did mine!  Sorry about that.

Here is a real soft and cutie for you today, and a first for me.  I cannot believe that I had never attempted a rocker card before now:

LOTV stamp - Big Hugs
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment from a Hero Arts set
Slightly lairy cardstock from anonymous heap in my stash
Lacy edged circle die - Grand Nestabilities
Normal circle dies - Nestabilities Classic Circles

I was making this as a thank you card anyway, so maybe fortune smiles on the brave because it is a Thank You theme over at Crafty Catz this week

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 25 October 2014

They are addictive

Morning all, or is it afternoon, hang on, yes it is, where has the morning gone?  Oh, yeah, I know, I overslept, oops.  Oh well, never mind, we had nothing much planned for today anyway.

You will no doubt remember The Great Penguin Challenge that was running here last month; I had no idea when this daft idea was spawned how many cute penguins there are out there, and I have just got my furry little paws on a new, ultra cute, pair of penguins.

Aren't they just adorable?
These are Holiday Penguins from CC Designs
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with a touch of white Polychromos for the highlights
I think the spotty paper is Carta Bella, but the matting layers are WH Smith and Papermania
MFT Fishtail Banner die
Paper Smooches Sentiment

I haven't entered many challenges lately but would like to pop this one into

Before I go, I must just mention the closing down sale at THE STAMP BASKET - not many days left but still plenty of bargains to be had, so get yourselves over there, you won't regret it.

Hope you have a very happy Saturday, and don't forget (UK) that the clocks go back tonight.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Hanging In There

Well I hope Gonzalez doesn't get you this morning - it is certainly wet and windy here although I think we are going to get away with it more lightly than some areas.  Stay safe my friends.

So, I had this daft idea (nothing new there) - Whimsy Inspiration Blog have a DT Call out at the moment and I thought I might as well have a try for it.  Part of the blurb about what they are looking for says they are wanting "excellent colourists".  There are so many ultra-talented colourists out there that I might be up against it, but I'll give it a go.  Anyway, it gave me a great excuse to play with one of my favourite Whimsy stamps.
There are so many designs from Whimsy, by amazing artists, that I have not yet had the pleasure of being able to use so to get a place on the DT would allow me to broaden my range and it would be a super reason to have to sit down and colour once a week - I'm sure Toad would understand why he's been landed with the washing up, again.  Anyhoo, as I said, this is one of my favourites -

This is Fluffy Hanging In There from Whimsy Stamps/Wee Designs
I spent three evenings faffing about with his fur and Polychromos Pencils
The flowers and basket are done in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Nitwits
Corner dies (that paper is purple, not black, I promse) from Whimsy
Woodware small retro flower punch
Pearls from stash
Sentiment from LOTV
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

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