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Monday, 2 March 2015

Without Words (DT) March: Easter / Bunny

Happy Monday everyone.  It's time for another monthly challenge at WITHOUT WORDS and this time around we are looking for either
Easter or, for those who do not celebrate it, a bunny rabbit!
I recently took delivery of some of the sweetest bunnies in the world so simply had to use one for my DT card for this challenge
OK, hands up, how many of you said awwwwh?
This little darling is "Plum" by Scrapberry
She's painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers) and that rather spectacular colour
is Seedless Preserves
Sentiment is by Clearly Besotted
Matting layer is Papermania cardstock
Pearls are from stash
If you would like to come and join in the fun and be in with a chance of winning a super prize from our sponsor, then you need to follow these simple rules
A CAS design
Must feature a handcoloured image
Minimal or no embellishments
You may use a sentiment
At some stage in the future I will find the strength to explain minimal!
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 28 February 2015

What happens when your card is too long.....

.... and you can't be bothered to cut it too size?  You get a little bit crazy with the bone folder and come up with a fold that doesn't even have a name yet.  Or does it?  Perhaps the more experienced out there can tell me.

It's sort of a concertina not-quite-gatefold thing!

Anyway, this is Russell from Pollycraft
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is Personal Impressions
and papers are a very old Papermania Colossal pad 
I've papered the inside as well but you can't see that from the photos

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Long time no Bella

Do you go through phases of using certain styles or brands of stamp?  I know that I do, it's like the needle getting stuck on an LP when it used to take a gentle nudge to get things moving again.  For younger readers, LP records came before CDs and downloads!!

It ages since I used this little lady and it was an absolute delight to get her out to play again.  I did apologise to her for leaving it so long.

This is Bella With Presents from Wild Rose Studio
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is by Dovecraft
Papers are all Nitwits/LOTV - from Always & Forever and Woodland Wishes pads
Bella's background shape is a Nestabilities die

I have a couple of days off work, using up the leftovers of 2014 holiday, and Toad is also off tomorrow so today is my one chance of a Me day, and I shall be getting inky later.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Another Happy Bear

We still haven't had a chance to get the laptop fixed.  Not only has it taken me a disheartening 40 mins to log in this morning, something random is now happening with the keyboard.  If you find there are a load of repeated letterssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss (yes, like that) I do apologise.  I am too scared to press the delete key and I have lost whole posts before now.

Anyhoo, as I am here I had better share a card with you:

Yes, it's another one of those Happy Bears from Lili of The Valley
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is from the same set
Cloud shaped die is from L'il Inkers Border Builders set
Papers are from a pad of Forever Friends

We are planning on a vegetable weekend, similar to being couch potatoes but without so much tv.  In a moment I shall be headed to the conservatory to be a crafting carrot as I have some orders to deal with, and Toad is currently being a model train turnip in the spare room.

Whatever vegetable you are being this weekend, I hope it's a tasty one.

Hugs to you all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Pressing The Embelly Button

Now, you know me and embellys - they don't naturally go together, so you can imagine how I must have been feeling when I had the sudden and desperate urge to use some flowers.  This is a direct side effect of inhaling too much of the steam from cooking cabbage apparently!
This Uptown Girl is Fiona Loves Flowers from Stamping Bella
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with a few Polychromos for her hair
Dies are from MFT (oval) and Tonic (scalloped rectangle)
Sentiment is Personal Impressions
Wood effect paper from Joy Craft
Flower from Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls from stash
See, I even sat and fiddled with curling the wires on the flower stems,
I feel all lightheaded now.
Have a super day
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 16 February 2015

Everything's Looking Rosie

OK, so it's Monday, and I am back at work today so you wouldn't think things were too rosie at all.

However, having failed miserably with the New Year Resolution of cutting back on spending on rubber, I thought it only fair to share one of the culprits that had me falling off the wagon so soon, and she certainly is rosie.

This little lady is Rosie from CC Designs
with matching die
Coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Sentiment is from Clearly Besotted
The cross stitch border dies are Memory Box
and the double sided blue graph/chevron paper is Doodlebug
The little hearts are the punch waste from a Martha Stewart corner punch
So that's me done.  Hope you have an absolutely super Monday.
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Smart Cookie

Now then, I thought I was being a smart cookie taking a day off work for Friday 13th - not that I am superstitious or anything but it never hurts to play it safe does it.  All was going well, until I got out a new set of dies that were all tagged together with those little bits of wire.

I couldn't find the wire cutters so, as I have done before, I reached for my sturdy scissors.  It's amazing how much finger can be snipped with those scissors.  The wire cut quicker than I anticipated and the scissors managed to take a rather large chunk out of the knuckle of my left index finger!

Anyhoo, the day did improve as the postie delivered my new Tiddly Inks stamps and I just had to play.

So this little cutie is
Tiddly Inks - Smart Cookie Wryn
Coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and with Polychromos Pencils for her hair
Sentiment is from Clearly Besotted
Stitched scalloped border is Lawn Fawn
Paper is LOTV/Nitwits Solid Promises
Chocolate Chip pearls are from Crafty Devils

Hope you have a super weekend.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 12 February 2015


What an honour, to be asked to GDT for AS YOU LIKE IT challenge!  I was rather bowled over as those girls are a serious bunch of talent.

The theme (and the reason why) is CAS or FAF (Clean And Simple or Fussy And Fancy).  Funny isn't it how we all know what CAS means, but you rarely see anyone use FAF.  I think it is the perfect acronym really, because if I add embellies it is what I end up doing, FAFfing around!

Anyway, here is my style, and of course it is CAS:

Oh you just have to love that bear!
Peek A Bear from CC Designs
Painted entirely in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is by My Favourite Things
And the papers are from my leftovers box

I was asked by AYLI to define why I prefer the clean and simple style to fussy and fancy.  Blimey, I never thought it would be so difficult but this is what I came up with (sorry if it sounds pompous, it wasn't meant to).

Am I an artist?  Technically, no, I can’t draw for toffee, but I am a colourist and, despite opinions to the contrary, this is an art-form in its own right.

I find that there is something magical, almost meditative, about taking a black and white line drawing and breathing life into it with colour, light and shade.  I can spend hours with inks and brushes, losing myself in the joy of seeing something transform by my own hand.  I can often come back to a coloured image after a couple of days and find it hard to believe that I created it.  A dear friend calls it a “warm glow” effect, and I cannot disagree with that.

So why clean and simple instead of fussy and fancy?  After spending hours painting, the last thing I want to do is hide the image under a ton of fluff, I want it to be front and centre and allow the artwork to sing solo and be heard rather than being a small voice in the back row of a large choir.

So there you have it folks, CAS - definitely showing my style!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 9 February 2015

Smile! (It's Monday)

Flying visit for a Monday morning - a very joyful little bundle plopped on to the doormat on Friday so even though you probably saw enough of these in sneaky peeks, here is what I did with them:

One of the LOTV Happy Bears
Painted in Distress Inks
Die-Namics Stitched Snowdrifts border
Basic Grey papers

and another Happy Bear, again ReInkered
Whimsy tag die
Clearly Besotted sentiment

Hope you all have an absolutely super Monday!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Life's Gremlins And A Bunny

So, I've not been around that much since October, and for a variety of reasons.  The start of the decline was losing our precious Vince, that really knocked me for six and I miss him so much every day.  Then mum was really unwell.  Then it was the laptop playing silly beggars, that still hasn't been fixed because of the next reason - we are trailing all over the place looking for someone to do our kitchen (complete rebuild), and then the bathroom leaked which meant three visits from a plumber.  We are only one week into February and I am exhausted already!

The really worrying thing is that the longer I have been away from blogging, the less I am missing it.  I really need to get my act together and attempt to blog more often, even if it does take me an hour to get the laptop running.  I notice I have lost a couple of followers recently, and I am not surprised.  What does surprise me is that more of you haven't given me up as a lost cause, so a huge thank you to those who are sticking with it.

Not blogging does not equate to not crafting though.  I am still beavering away happily, and I would like to share with you a card I made last weekend for someone special.

 So, what we have here is
Scrapberry "Cherry" stamp from Funky Kits
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment by Clearly Besotted
Papers are Dovecraft Back To Basics
Border punch by Martha Stewart

and I do love my fabulous friends
Plenty of pretty hearts on this one
I challenge you to say this is not cute!

So, that's me, a whole post!  And I have a special one lined up for Thursday too.

Hugs to you all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 2 February 2015

Without Words (DT) February

Hello chaps!  What a wonderful way to start the week - a new challenge from Without Words!

As it is February, the month of lurrrve, our theme at the challenge is Je t'aime
Yes, we want you to be saying "I love you"
It doesn't have to be Valentine, it could be for a friend, a parent, a sibling, or even a pet, but we want to see you getting loved up and romantic.

Here is my DT card

So, this is one of the four Wee Playful Kittens by Sylvia Zet
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is Paper Smooches
Shaped die is Spellbinders
Stitched circle die is MFT Die-Namics
and that really is it - small but perfectly formed, lol

We would love you to join in with the challenge but please do remember to check on the rules first, and step away from those pesky embellishments!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Sneakin' up on it.......

Yoo-hoo, it's me! Anyone home?

Hello everyone, you are probably just about ready to give me up as lost!  I must have taken this belligerent laptop by surprise this morning because it let me in quite quickly, so perhaps sneakin' up on it is the way to go.

Anyway, after scheduling a couple of posts, I suppose I ought to share something with you today before you all UnFollow me.

Yes, it's another Tiddly Inks stamp - this one is Willow Greetings Fairy
Just look at the length of those legs!
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps
Heart border punch is X-Cut
Papers are BoBunny Double Dots
And if you have very good eyesight you might find the Wink of Stella on her wings

I hope you are all ok - I am trying to keep an eye on what you are up to, either from the computer at work or via my phone.

Huge hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 16 January 2015


Morning all - just popping by quickly to say hello.

It must be a conspiracy - not only is the laptop still playing silly buggers at home (it should have gone to the doctor last weekend but I was poorly most of Saturday so it is still sitting there sneering at me) but now I find that I cannot add pictures to posts from my work computer.  Don't know if it is the computer or Blogger, to be fair, but the way things are going with electronics, I have my suspicions!
Anyway, hope you are all well, and I hope to be able to resume normal service soon!!
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 5 January 2015

Without Words (DT) Dreaming Of Spring

Happy New Year to you!  I must apologise again for not being around much in blogland - this laptop has an unpredictable fault (it only took 5 mins to log in instead of the usual 30-40 mins, but there is no telling that when you turn it on) and is going off to the man with a screwdriver shortly.  So, while I have the chance I am scheduling my post for the new challenge over at WITHOUT WORDS.

As we are in the middle of winter, we thought we would cheer things up a bit with our theme of Dreaming of Spring.

Here is my DT card:

So, the stamp is A Random Fan - Tree Friends
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers), ProMarker (Caramel) for the base coat of her hair, and Polychromos Pencils for the hair detail
Papers are a mixture of Nitwits/LOTV Up Up And Away and Basic Grey Simple Stories Snap Color Vibe
Sentiment is LOTV Mixed Circular Sentiments
Banner die is from Die-Namics Blueprint 13 set

I'm going to call it quits while the going is good, rather than risking another
bout of intense swearing!

Hope you will be able to find time to come on over and join the challenge.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Was, Wasn't, Isn't

Evening all, just a quick flyby post from me tonight while I am patiently waiting for a pan full of onions to caramelise to go with the leftover roast beef for dinner.

I noticed that Tiddly Inks have another DT Call open.  I tried for it last time and missed out so I thought I would try again.  Then the old wobbly confidence kicked in and I talked myself out of it after I had made my card.  Then I read the requirements more carefully and as I don't use digi images (I'm a pure rubber girl me) it rather sealed the issue.  

So here is the card that was, wasn't, isn't.

I used the Bloom Beautifully clear set of stamps for the image
and a clear sentiment from one of my many (now unlabelled) sets
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and a touch of pencil to define her hair
Papers are white card coloured with Mustard ProMarker and the chevron paper is Basic Grey

I'm not sure what road signs are like outside of the UK, but this turned out rather
like an AA information sign!

That's me done for tonight - better go and give the onions a prod.

Hope to see you in the morning for the new Without Words challenge.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 1 January 2015

A Year In Cards

Afternoon all, and a Happy 1st January to you.  Now I'm not  much taken with retrospectives but as we are sitting here just flumping and Toad is winning all the piggin' medals on Wii Play I thought "why not" for a change, especially as I actually managed to log on within 10 mins today.

Grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy this short trip down memory lane.

June (2)

So there you go, my 2014 in card.  Thanks for stopping by for a look.

Hoping 2015 is a happy, healthy and prosperous one for us all.

I'm also not a great one for making resolutions (well, I make them, I'm rubbish at keeping them) but I'm trying again this year.
1.  To be more restrained in my crafty spending
2. To shift some of this lard
3. To use my old stash before buying new
Not earth shattering, but any bets on which one crumbles first?

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Baby Heart

Morning all.  I'm sneaking in a quick one from the office while I have access to a computer.
Amongst the lovely crafty goodies that Santa was kind enough to deliver, I received a few of the most recent Lili of The Valley stamps. 

This one is called Baby Heart
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
I made the background paper with four colours of ProMarker and my squeezy Ranger "airbrush"
Sentiment is from Cas-ual Fridays "Frankly My Dear" set
A very simple little card, but honestly, it was too chuffing cold to do much more yesterday!
Hope you are all well.
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Thank You

Just a fleeting visit, while the laptop is playing nice, to say THANK YOU to all my beautiful bloggy friends for your festive wishes and for sticking with me while things are, shall we say, unpredictable!  I am beginning to feel a little like Banksy - you never know when you will see me again.

Santa was particularly kind to me this Christmas with lots of crafty goodies

and I made time today to get the inks out before I forgot how to paint!

Hope you are all having a super (snowy?) time.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Have a Merry One

To all my lovely bloggy friends, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

One bite

Morning all.  Sorry I haven't been around - still have a useless laptop so this is a very quick post from the office before I start work today.
When I saw the new stamps from Christine Grove/Stamping Bella I rather over indulged, but
rubber is low calorie ..... right?
Which is more than you can say for candy canes, all that sugar, can't be good for the waistline.
Apologies for the shockingly poor photo - as I am laptopless I had to take it on my smartphone, and the camera is worse that rubbish on macro settings.  I have tweaked with PIXLR and this is the best I could get.  Am hoping the recipient might be able to help me out!
So, this is Christmas Mouse by Christine Grove from Stamping Bella
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and a smidge of Polychromos pencil
Papers are all Dovecraft Back to Basics Christmas
The sentiment came with the stamp
Gold rope border from stash
He does make me chuckle - not sure I could do that with a candy cane!
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 12 December 2014

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, I hate computers!

Hello my lovelies, hope this finds you ok.  Sorry I haven't been around much this past couple of weeks - I am experiencing really annoying problems with the laptop (it took me 25 mins to get past the password stage tonight) and I have resigned myself to it having to be taken to the PC doctor to be fixed.  So you probably won't see much of me until that has been done, unless I can do some quick commenting from the office before I start work.

So, while I have actually managed to get here, I made a card last night for the new Tiddly Inks Challenge Get The Happy Winter Blues

Wryn was a magazine freebie stamp and I have painted her with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
She has been fussy cut and layered over my very last sheet of this stunning winter moonlight
and then layer over a sheet of BoBunny blue paper
And that's it - the winter scene paper does it all for me!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

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