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Monday, 25 May 2015

Winnie's 100th

A couple of weeks ago I saw an appeal on the BBC Radio Sheffield Facebook page - Winnie, a resident in one of the local care homes, will be celebrating her 100th birthday at the end of May.  Winnie doesn't have any family or know many people outside of the home so Radio Sheffield asked for help in making her day a special one.  So far, cards have been sent by the 1000s from all over the world.  I think Winnie may be opening them for many months to come!

Here is the one I made for her:

I decided that you had to be a certain kind of "super" to reach 100
Whimsy Stamps - Super Girl
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers) with Polychromos hair
Dovecraft Pretty In Pink papers
Hero Arts sentiment
Gold stars and borders from stash

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Patchwork Balloons

Hello everyone, just dropping by with my second card for May for the Lili Of The Valley Design Collective.  I still have a little giggle to myself about this, I can't quite believe that I am part of it!

I made this one for a sweet friend who has left work (last day yesterday) to move on to pastures new.

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Memory Box Stitched Cloud dies
Sentiment unknown

Hope you all have an absolutely super duper weekend
Hugs to you
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Going freestyle

Morning all.  Hope this finds you well now that we are on the downward slope towards another super Bank Holiday weekend.  I may start a campaign to get one a month!

Anyhoo, I have been lucky with my entries for this challenge in the past, but am not sure that luck will hold out for this one.

I have loads of "stitched" effect dies now, so heaven knows why I decided to go freestyle

Image stamp is Sugar Nellie: Best Day Ever (minus the mouse)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment from Clearly Besotted - it's a straight line one so I did it half at a time
Papers are Dovecraft: Pretty In Pink
Tiny Woodware retro flower punch, and office hole punch
Custom sized card base

Note to self: use a ruler next time!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Gnome from Gnome

OK, so you have seen these little chaps popping up all over the place, I know, but as soon as I saw my first one that Mrs Fluff did, I could not resist.  Fair enough, I had to wait a while for them to come back into stock but the gang arrived on my doormat at the weekend, hurrah!

My Favourite Things - Gnome Stamp Set
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Dovecraft: Bright Spark papers
DieNamics Stitched Oval Stax dies
And a custom sized card base

The gnome and the mushroom are in the same set so I masked them together.  Well, he has to be leaping over something doesn't he?!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 18 May 2015

A Party Needs A Balloon

Flying visit this morning chaps, I meant to do this last night but had such an awful headache that I couldn't face turning the computer on.  Feeling much better after a good sleep.

CC Designs Roberto's Rascals - Birthday Twila
Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
BoBunny Double Dots papers
Can't remember where the sentiment came from

As this is pink, blue and yellow, it will act as a final reminder for the WITHOUT WORDS colour theme challenge!

Right, gotta dash, need to get ready for work!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Antiques Reminder

Morning all.  Well, Toad has been delivered to the train station so should be well on his way to the wedding by now.  At least, I hope he is and that he didn't get on the train to Norwich.  There is a football match going on today, the second half of the local derby between Ipswich and Norwich, for a chance at promotion to the Premiership.  There were an awful lot of footie fans milling around the station entrance, and quite a few policemen too!

So, anyway, we are halfway through May so it's time for a reminder about the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW CHALLENGE (use your old stuff).

A very simple card but made with men in mind, and we know they don't do complicated!

I don't know how long I have had this stamp but I bought it second hand and it has been buried in a pile on the dining room table for well over a year, maybe two.
Penny Black - You Make Me Bob
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment was a magazine freebie
Papers are LOTV/Nitwits Country Gent
Matting layer from stash of scraps

You still have until the end of the month to enter!

Right then, I am off to continue the search for the missing MoJo.  Rosie says she hasn't seen him but she thinks he is still hanging around because she can smell him.  Perhaps I should try and tempt him out with some Dreamies - they work well enough on her!

Hugs to all and have a super weekend
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 14 May 2015



Reward Offered


MoJo is quite old and getting very slow these days.  He used to be quite a busy little soul and was always thinking about colours, shapes, rubber stamps and patterned papers.  He was last seen over a month ago after a badly planned incident with a glue gun and stranded glitter.

You might think MoJo is my invisible friend, but I used to be able to see him out of the corner of my eye, and he does talk to me about all sorts of things.  At least, I think it is his voice I am hearing.

If anyone has seen MoJo, or has knowledge of where he might be, there is a reward for information leading to his return.

Thank you
MoJoless Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

All of a dither

Morning all.  Hope this finds you well - halfway through the week (almost) so nearly the weekend, wheee!

Actually, it's the weekend that has had me all of a dither.  There is a wedding on Toad's side of the family, his nephew in fact, so there was a certain amount of implied pressure for a wedding card to be made.  However, it wasn't all that straightforward as we have been lead to believe that the bride has either been married before, or in a long term relationship, and she has children.  The wedding is a registrar affair in a country house, so it's not all meringues and flounce, well, we don't know for sure, so the card was a bit of a puzzle.

Did I do a normal wedding, a more modern theme, something completely different?  There were two or three dry runs and in the end I thought, oh to heck with it, a wedding's a wedding after all.

So, I have used Whimsy/Wee Stamps - Love Me Do
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers), Polychromos and A Wink Of Stella
Sentiment is from LOTV Quotables: Love clear stamps set
Papers are LOTV/Nitwits Petal Fresh and Frosty Christmas (the blue, honestly)
Love die from Whimsy, corner die a magazine freebie
MFT In & Out Stitched Rounded Corner die
and a smudging of Antique Linen Distress Ink around the layers to soften it all up

Toad will be travelling down to the wedding by train.  I'm not going, for various reasons, but we don't feel that we can leave Rosie for such a long day on her own just yet.  Which means, she and I get a crafty day together!

Anyhoo, that's me done for midweek - hope the rest of yours goes well.
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 11 May 2015


Morning all.  Just popping by with a first reminder for the WITHOUT WORDS challenge - it's a colour theme that seems to be scaring you but, honestly, there is nothing to be afraid of!

Tim Holtz - Bird Crazy stamp
(yes, I finally got hold of them!)
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Paper Smooches sentiment
and following the WW theme of Pink, Blue & Yellow

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Baker Nancy

Morning all.  Sneeze splutter snuffle.  Hayfever season is with us good and proper now!  Toad has been busy out in the garden this week, giving shrubs a haircut and potting up his tomatoes.  I think the pruning was a bit ad hoc to say the least, so I am a little bit nervous of what will thrive and what will go backwards now.

You would never believe that I was brought up in a gardening family.  I am hopeless.  I can identify lots of things, but I'm not too sharp on growing them.  We had a plant by our front door that was clinging on to life by it's leaf tips but I think the powdery mildew has done for him and he is now a stick in a pot.

Anyhoo, this card has nothing to do with gardening at all.  I own up to having a huge weakness for CC Designs Roberto's Rascals range of stamps, and there are two little ladies, Twila and Nancy, who have stolen my heart completely.  

This stamp is Baker Nancy
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Basic Grey, including my last piece of that beautiful watercolour effect, sob
Dies are Double Circles from By DIEzyne
Sentiment is from Clearly Besotted

I can't believe my week's holiday is almost over.  We've not done much really apart from potter around but it has been really nice and I am not ready to be going back to work!  Oh well, lots to do today, including a builder popping in about 11.00ish, so best I crack on with it.

Hugs to all, hope your weekend is a brilliant one
Squirrel xx

Friday, 8 May 2015

Teensy Bit Late

OK, so it is May, so a teensy bit late for April Showers but we have had a few this week ......

This little chap was made for the LOTV Design Collective.

Stamp: LOTV April Showers
Papers:  LOTV/Nitwits - Up Up & Away and One Birdie Lane
Sentiment:  LOTV Vintage Labels - Occasions
Medium:  Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Doodling: just Squirrel

And if you didn't already know, there is a 15% off SPRING FEVER discount on Spring themed products at LOTV until noon on Saturday 9 May!

Hugs to you all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 6 May 2015


Morning all.  Well, me and Rosie have been to the vet this morning for her vaccinations.  I had bought a pair of leather gardening gloves in readiness for getting her in the carrier but with a little encouragement from some Dreamies treats I didn't actually need them.  I am pleased to say that even though she howled all the way there, she was putty in the vet's hands (I would have been too, he's very handsome) and she had her vaccine and worming tablet without a squeak.  I am very proud of her.  The return visit in three weeks for the top-up might be a different matter though!

It's said that great minds think alike, and I notice that my bloggy pal Annette has posted a card using the same image today!

This cutie is Springtime from Whimsy/Wee Stamps
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
I have used my favourite dies of the moment
MFT In & Out Stitched Rounded Corner Squares
a border punch from Martha Stewart
Petal Party dies from Memory Box
and a lot of Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks with a blending sponge
Sentiment is from LOTV
and the sparkly gems from my stash

Hope you are having a super day
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

It's A First!

Morning all.  Yes, I am posting live at 10.15.  No, I'm not at work this week. Yes, I am on holiday!!  Whoop whoop.  Toad is on hollibobs too for a much needed break from the hamster wheel.

I have a first for you today.  You may, or may not, have noticed the rather obvious logo at the top of my side bar.  I am now a member of the Lili of The Valley Design Collective!!  It came as a surprise to me too, having missed out on the original selection, but a vacancy came up and it was offered to me.  It would have been rude to say no wouldn't it!

Anyhoo, here is my first Design Collective outing:

So, the ingredients for this are:
Lili of The Valley stamp - The Potting Shed
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are LOTV/Nitwits - Country Lady
Sentiment from LOTV clear set - Handwritten Phrases
Flower punch is a Woodware one, with Card Candi centres
Twine from stash
Banner die from Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners

The weather forecast for today isn't fantastic so I might have a little crafty session this morning.  Toad wants to go to the seaside this afternoon but I had heard "gales expected on exposed coasts" so that should make for a bracing experience!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 4 May 2015

Without Words (DT) May: Colour Challenge

Happy (UK) Bank Holiday Monday!  And a happy Monday to everyone not lucky enough to have the bonus day off work.

Right then, first Monday means a new WITHOUT WORDS challenge and this month is is a colour theme of PINK, BLUE & YELLOW.  There is an optional extra of floral if you fancy it.

Here's my DT card

So, the image stamp is from CC Designs and is Robertos Rascals #selfiegirls
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers) with Polychromos hair
Sentiments are CC Designs Amy R Teen Scene
Papers are a mixture from  my scraps box
The date stamp is completely random, no significance

Just loved working on this stamp

Hope you will be able to join us!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Antiques Roadshow Challenge

Morning all!  Welcome to the first random challenge of this year - so many of you enjoyed the Snowman and Penguin challenges from 2014 that we decided to do it all over again.

This time the theme is ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
which means that we would like you to create your projects using up your neglected stash (a minimum of a year old please).  Obviously this will be impossible for us to police, so we are having to trust you to play fair!

So, here are some inspiration items for you from the Old Crocks

My first card features LOTV's Playing Golf and he is one of my favourite "male" stamps, and he has been teamed with some old papers from Dovecraft and Basic Grey.  Painted with good old Distress Inks (ReInkers)

And this is probably one of my very first Wild Rose Studio stamps, called Milton With Tulips. Again painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and teamed with some Basic Grey papers using octagonal Spellbinders Nestabilities dies.  Sentiment is an old Hero Arts one but still much loved.

Penny Black stamps were the images that started my addiction to stamping; I just adored those little hedgies and mice.  The border die I've used is also one of my oldest, and I've even had the green pearls for about 2 years (I bought a bag of 100 so even by using them in trios, they're lasting me a while!)

Lili images were my next addiction in rubber. This image is now sadly retired, and I've not even used it very much.  The sentiment stamp is an oldie too; a freebie from a magazine I think.  The flowers and the Go Kreate die that I've used to cut the card-base and image panel are also favourite oldies.

So, over to you, there is a link-tool below so off you go!  It would be lovely if you could spread the word on your own blog or Facebook page but there is no obligation.  

Challenge closes at 6.00pm (UK time) on 31st May and you may enter up to three times.  The winner will be chosen a couple of days later and announced on this blog.

Hugs to all
Squirrel, Annette and Jayne

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Birgitta has a Birthday

Morning all, hope you are having a happy Tuesday morning so far.  Hugs to everyone in need of one.  Just popping by with a happy little birthday card to share.

This is Birthday Birgitta from CC Designs
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Sentiment is Personal Impressions
Papers were freebies by Jennifer Ellory
and my new favourite dies that I made the frame with are
MFT Inside Out Rounded Corner Stitched Squares!
Custom sized card base

Love, Squirrel 

Saturday, 25 April 2015


Morning all, happy Saturday to you!  I've not done much crafting this week, time has slipped away like the slipperiest slippery thing, so I find myself at this end of the week with not much I can show you.

I did make this card, but I'm not sure I should have done.  I spent ages on the image, wasn't overly happy with it but because I had faffed around with it for so long it got made into a card anyway!

The really cute stamp is Doggie Gift from Whimsy
Coloured in part with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and part in Polychromos Pencils
Papers are Basic Grey Max and Whiskers
Sentiment is Clearly Besotted
and I have had the paw brad for so long there is no hope of remembering who made it

I think it is obvious that the trouble with this one started when I decided to give the grey terrier a hairy coat!

Well, Rosie has made herself well and truly at home in the three weeks she's been here, and her confidence grows by the day - too much sometimes!  She is a nosey little devil.  Last night she managed to evade my attempts to keep her out of the garage and shot between my legs and disappeared into the deepest, darkest corner.  I think Vince may have left her a note to say "if you go here, they can't reach you".  It took a lot of rolling of the pingpong ball around the kitchen floor (she can't resist it) and shaking of the Dreamies for her to eventually reappear.  This morning she is in the conservatory, unsupervised.  Don't worry - my inks are well covered.  This time.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Chocks Away!

It's not often that I get to play along with challenges these days, but I had one of those "lucky" moments when a stamp I have had for ages and have been wanting to use just fitted perfectly with a challenge that posted at the weekend.

So, the stamp is Molly Blooms Chocks Away MB-0270J
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Striped hillside is Echo Park Bundle of Joy, Dots & Stripes
Stitched border is Lil'inker Designs Border Builders set
Best Wishes sentiment is Clearly Besotted Sentimental Type clear sentiments set

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

PS.  Adventurous cat's paws and Gathered Twigs DI ReInkers are not compatible with blue/grey dining room carpet.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Senior Moment

Morning all, just a quick post before I dash off to do some shopping for mum and dad, deliver it, dash back, get some washing on, get the pork in the oven to roast, try and watch the live F1 qualifying, finish getting dinner ready ....... yeah, you know that sort of day.

I only made this card about six weeks ago, but have forgotten where most of the ingredients came from!

I really should learn to write these things down as I go.
However, I can tell you that the image stamp is LOTV Giant Cake, painted with Distress Inks, and I think the papers are Basic Grey, the sentiment might be MFT, and the curvy stitched die might be Lawn Fawn.  That's the best I can do!

Have a good weekend.
Squirrel xx

PS.  I have noticed something odd - everytime I post something from my office computer, it seems to start a new section of my blog.  If you click on Older Posts it is all still there, I promise!

Friday, 17 April 2015


Morning all.  Oh boy, am I glad it's Friday, it means the weekend is only a few hours away.  Poor mum has been really unwell again this week so I have been on Nurse Squirrel duty, so for those of you who Believe, please keep her in your prayers.

On a lighter note, Rosie, that cheeky little minx of tabbiness, has really made herself at home, even to the extent of pinching my warm armchair Wednesday night, and she has just dumped her rather portly frame in front of the computer - it's been a long time since I tried to schedule a post by touch alone!

And speaking of cheeky, this one looks like she is too!
This is "Freckles" from CC Designs Pollycraft
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Pink patterned paper was a magazine freebie
So was the floral corner die
Purple cardstock is Bazzill Basics
and purple gingham Card Candi is from Craftwork Cards

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Springs In

After the past two days you would be forgiven for thinking that summer is here, but honestly, it is still mid April!

The challenge this time at Tiddly Inks Challenges is Springs In and, for me, there was one obvious stamp.

So this is a Wryn stamp from Tiddly Inks called "Hopping By"
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and with some help of Polychromos Pencils for her hair
I have been rummaging about in my ancient papers box - I think the greens with daisies on are from Wild Rose Studio and the mustardy yellow card is Bazzill Basics.
Sentiment from LOTV

Thanks for popping over for a visit, always lovely to see you.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 13 April 2015

Spring Bella

It's a beautiful Spring morning, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, the flowers are starting to bud and bloom - oh, and yeah, it's piggin' Monday!

Anyhoo, as an antidote to Monday, and in celebration of Spring, I have a delicate little number for you all today.  Remember the order for an elephant card?  Well this is the customer's accepted version, thank goodness, I was getting a little ellietwitchy.

So we have Bella With Daisy from Wild Rose Studio
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Nitwits and sentiment is LOTV
MFT Stitched Circle die and Nesties Classic Circle die
Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch to finish off

We had a really good and rewarding weekend with Rosie.  I can't believe she has been with us a week today.  Having lived previously in a bungalow, noises from upstairs were freaking her out a bit but she has been brave and ventured up on her own and discovered a whole new and exciting world that includes beds for jumping on in the wee small hours.  It's a good job I am already on beta blockers for my blood pressure!  We bought her lots of new toys, and each of them has taken a hammering, and she has also taken quite a shine to my Glitter Pot cardboard box.

Hugs to all

Squirrel xx

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