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Thursday, 11 February 2016

AYLI (DT) Shape or Fold

Well hello there!  Welcome to another Thursday at Squirrelville where it is DT day for the AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE.

This time the challenge is SHAPE or FOLD (and you must tell us why you made your choice)

It was a tussle whether to do a fold or a shape, and ended up combining the two into a "fol-ape".  I think it qualifies more as a fold though.  I love to see both, they always make cards feel more special, I'm just not very good at thinking outside the square

So I found the tutorial for this on SplitcoastStampers and it was really easy - of course, I added to it by punching the top border and then swearing because it wouldn't line up at the join, lol.
Stamped image is a Wryn from Tiddly Inks
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Papers are all First Edition from the Paper Flowers collection
Sentiments and banner from Clearly Besotted
Oval dies by Tonic
Border punch is Martha Stewart

Here's a picture of her flat and ready for the envelope

Our sponsor supporting this challenge is
Sweet Stamps with a $10 store voucher

You have two weeks to get folding or shaping, and remember to tell us why you made your choice

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Bit of a Beast

Hello peeps.  Sorry that I haven't been around much lately, there's a lot going on in my life at the moment and my mojo is missing again, presumed dead this time.  Even new stash isn't really lighting my fire that much, which is always bad news, especially taking into account the volume that's been plopping onto the doormat lately.

Anyhoo, I managed to slap this little chap onto Facebook yesterday before work but didn't have time to blog him, so here he is.

I "may" have fallen in love with a new-to-me stamp designer
This critter and the cake sentiment are from the Monster Party stamp set by the lovely Gerda Steiner
If you haven't been over to her site, and you like cute, then you really should pay a visit.
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Wood effect paper from Craftwork Cards Potting Shed pad
Happy Birthday sentiment by Hero Arts
Green gingham candy from Craftwork Cards
Goopy border punch from Martha Stewart
Stitched edge die from My Favourite Things

Now that surprised me, quite a list of ingredients for such a simple card!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

PS.  I won't even begin to start ranting about Google blocking followers who don't have a Google account.  Remember, you can still keep up to date with me by Bloglovin' or signing up for emails

Thursday, 28 January 2016

AYLI (DT) One or Multi Layers

Yoo-hoo folks, it's Thursday, so that means a new challenge over at AS YOU LIKE IT

For this challenge we would like you to tell us about your preference of 

This was a tough choice really as I quite like to play with both, but as my style is principally CAS I have gone with the one layer to show off the image more.

I've used LOTV's James with Umbrella stamp (retired)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and a sentiment stamp from My Favourite Things Blue Skies Ahead set

and that's all there is to it!

Our sponsor for this challenge with a £10 voucher is

You have two weeks to enter the challenge, but you must tell us why you chose one or multi layers for your make!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Nutty But Nice

Apparently that's what some people say about me.  A bit nutty, but quite nice really.

Just a little one to share with you today, made as a thank you card.

I've used a squirrel from the Clearly Besotted Nutty But Nice stamp set
and used the coordinating die set to cut him out
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Leafy Branch is a CC Cutters die
and the sentiment is from LOTV Quotables - Friendship - Set 62

Hugs to all
Nutty but nice, Squirrel xx

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Just keep swimming, swimming......

I love Finding Nemo, it's up there in my Top 20 films.  Mind you, I love anything Pixar so my Top 20 is a bit crowded with their animations.

Anyhoo, I was thinking Finding Nemo when I made these two cards for the Lili Of The Valley Design Collective

The stamps are from the recent Little Critters release and this one is Little Fishes (you get all three fish, the bubbles, and more!)
Both cards painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Card 1 - papers are Wild Rose Studio and I used dies from MFT, Tonic and Memory Box
Card 2 - papers are Crafters Companion, the circle die is CC Designs and the "weed" frond is a Martha Stewart border punch
Sentiment is LOTV Vintage Labels Set 28 with a slight adjustment with the letter F

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 21 January 2016

In The Pink (DT) Bling It On

It's another pink day chaps, and over at IN THE PINK this time the challenge is BLING IT ON
so we'd like to see your sparkle!

I may have gone a little over-the-top

OK, so I made the gift box with pre-glittered cardstock by First Edition
and bordered it with some beautiful cotton lace that I had in my stash
The enormous flower was punched from some self-adhesive holographic foil and then
I layered on the gorgeous fabric flower with the gemmed centre
The ivy swag is a Joanna Sheen Signature die which I cut from kraft card and then green glittered the leaves only, leaving the stems bare
I cut the sentiment from the same foil with Lawn Fawn Scripty For You die
Gems and pearls from stash

It's quite spectacular in the sunshine!

Of course, we have a sponsor for you too and it is the lovely Tracy
from DIES TO DIE FOR with a £10 voucher for the winner

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Bunny And Butterfly

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!  Tis a tad chilly over here in the east this morning, a lovely bright and sunny day, with a fabulous crisp frost.  What a day to be off to the dentist and then venturing back to work this afternoon (first time since Christmas Eve).  I'm still not feeling brilliant, but got to make a start somewhere in returning to some kind of normality while I await the hospital appointment.

Anyhoo, as an antidote to all this chilliness, here is something sunny and Springy for you.

I couldn't resist the recent release from Wild Rose Studio, and this one in particular
stole my heart - this is Bunny And Butterfly
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Shaped card and mats made with Crealies XXL32 dies
Backing paper is Dovecraft Back To Basics
Pearls from stash

Wishing you all a super Tuesday.  While I've been out of action I have got way behind with visits but I will do my best to get back on track as soon as possible.  Thank you all for sticking with me.

Hugs Squirrel xx

Saturday, 16 January 2016

New Trios - coming soon!

Morning everyone.  Those of you who use Facebook regularly or who receive the Lili of The Valley newsletter possibly know by now that there is a release coming of some new Trios stamps.  The date is to be confirmed, but possibly end of this month, so keep your eyes peeled for details.

I was asked to sample the Birthday Trios, there's a cake, flowers, balloons and three sentiments that make them usable for many more occasions than birthdays.

Here's my card:

I have painted the two images with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and the sentiment is one of the three that comes with them
Papers are LOTV/Nitwits Bonnets & Bowties (sadly retired)
Daisy border punch by Martha Stewart
Floral border punch (the bottom one) by X-Cut
Butterflies from Impression Obsession

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 14 January 2016

As You Like It (DT)

Morning all.  As you might have twigged from the post title, I have been invited to join the Design Team of those super talented crafters over at As You Like It Challenge!

This is my first challenge for the team and the theme for this fortnight is
Paper or Non Paper Project
(and remember to tell us why you chose what you did)

Here is my first DT project

It wasn't a difficult choice for me, having tried many crafts over the years, some more successful than others, I have always come back to papercraft.  I love that you can create something so colourful and/or dimensional from a flat piece of paper!

I decided to have a go at making a perpetual calendar, which I did completely freestyle with no template.  It took the best part of a whole day to make but I am quite chuffed with the end result.

Papers used are all from the First Edition Sweet Owl pad, with the exception of the black card
Numbers done with Memory Box dies
Days with letters from a Clearly Besotted set
Months (cut down, they were too long otherwise) from a MFT Die-Namics die set
Flowers made with Woodware punches and an office hole punch
And some lace trim from my leftovers box

This challenge is sponsored by DIGISTAMP BOUTIQUE with a £10 voucher

So there you have it, do come on over and join in the fun - this challenge is wide open for you to make all sorts of projects, from a simple card through to a wedding cake (if you feel that ambitious!), it's all about your style of craft.

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Monday, 11 January 2016

I'm not Lion

Honestly, I'm not Lion.  Would I fib to you?

I've used the lion from the LOTV Faraway Friends mini stamps
The little tag is from LOTV Sentiment Tags - Set 24
(there's a nelliphant and a monkey too)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Memory Box Corner Bow die
Martha Stewart leaf punch
My Favourite Things Wonky Windows die
Papers are an allsorts mixture of old Basic Grey and ancient Papermania

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Thursday, 7 January 2016

In The Pink (DT) Anything Goes

OK, so we are a week into it now but still wishing you all a Happy Pink New Year!

It's the first IN THE PINK challenge of 2016 and to ease you in the theme is
ANYTHING GOES (so long as there's a lot of pink)

Yes, I was spoilt at Christmas and have had to make a lot of thank you cards!

So, this stinkin' cute little critter is a Stacey Yacula image from Purple Onion Designs
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are all Tonic "Woodland Friends" collection
Dies used are Crealies stitched rectangles
Cheery Lynn Celtic border
Martha Stewart heart border punch (just the hearts used)
Sentiment from Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings

There is a super pink prize for the winner from our sponsor THE RIBBON GIRL

So now it's over to you, go and get pink!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 3 January 2016

A New Thank You

I'd like to say that the New Year is going well ..... it was until last night when I cracked a tooth on a rather hard almond.  So that will be my crafting allowance spent on dental bills then.  Ever since I broke my jaw in three places (in 1988) I have had a very real fear of dentists so at the moment I am not sure which is worse, the pain or the treatment.

On a happier note, I did make a card yesterday, which I would like to share with you and enter into a few challenges.

This is Happy Twila, one of my new CC Designs stamps
and the sentiment is also a new one for me from Clearly Besotted
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Matting layer papers from LOTV/Nitwits

Thanks everyone, see you soon.

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Monday, 28 December 2015

Favourite Christmas Colours

Afternoon peeps!  I hope you managed to have a good Christmas - we did, it was so relaxing with it just being the two of us and Rosie on Christmas Day, and Rosie was so relaxed that she fell asleep in the middle of a Scrabble game, literally, right across the board!

Anyhoo, I'm here today with a late entry for the challenge over at As You Like It where you have to say what your favourite Christmas colours are and why.

Although I make a lot of traditional coloured projects at Christmas, I do really love being able to make non-traditional ones too, and my favourite colours are pink, purple and turquoise for these.  They still look festive but with extra pizazz!  Many of my makes are for girlfriends, so it's so nice to be able to feminise Christmas.

This little lady is Pollycraft's Snowflake
and she was just crying out for pink and purple
She's painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and I went over the snowflake with a white Polychromos pencil to stop contamination with ink
Papers are from an old Papermania collection, and the sentiment is from one of those pages
A bit of fussy cutting and a custom sized card base
and she's done

You know that saying "as one door closes......", I have some news!  Can't share it just yet but will let you know as soon as I can.

Anyhoo, that's me for today, I am busy with DT work and fighting to keep Rosie off my craft bench.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Merry Christmas

I probably won't get the chance to post again this side of the big day, so wishing you all a very
and all good wishes for health and happiness in 2016

Squirrel xx

Monday, 21 December 2015


What would Christmas be without some romancing under the mistletoe?  Even if it is only a cheeky peck, lol.

My second December card for LILI OF THE VALLEY Design Collective

The wonky fairy seems to have got hold of this one, sorry folks, but I was unbelievably tired when I made it!  Probably only a millimetre out, but it might as well be a kilometre!
Stamp is LOTV Happy Kissmas
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Dovecraft Back To Basics Christmas (2013) Modern
Bazzil red card stock
Martha Stewart heart border punches
Tesco Craft gold shiny card

Lili are having a well deserved break for Christmas so any orders placed after 11 December will be despatched after the festivities are over.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 14 December 2015

Can't build one from raindrops.....

It's the middle of December - where's the SNOW?  Do you want to build a snowman?  I do, but you can't build one of of raindrops, sigh.

This is the first of my December cards for the LILI OF THE VALLEY Design Collective:

Stamp is LOTV Snowman Serenade
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are LOTV/Nitwits Snow Princess (now retired, sorry)
Oval stitched die from Lawn Fawn
Snowflake punch from X-Cut
Sentiment by Paper Smooches
Tiny snowflake stamp from Woodware

Lili are now on their Christmas break so if you placed an order after 11 December, it will be dealt with when everyone returns after the festivities.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 10 December 2015

In The Pink (DT) Pink Christmas

Yoo-hoo!  Morning all, hope you are feeling in the pink - geddit, IN THE PINK?!  Well, it just had to be done eventually.

It's the last challenge of the year this time (we're being allowed a breather for Christmas) so you get extra time to get your entries in, bonus!

The theme for this challenge is, what else, PINK CHRISTMAS

Here is my DT card

I did warn you when I joined the Pink Ladies that I would be the team's simple member, lol.

I am LOVING these little chaps, the whole set is just brilliant - it's
Santa's Elves (Birdie Brown) from MFT Die-Namics
There is a matching die set as well but I didn't use it for this one
Sentiment is from the same set
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Snowflake border from Wild Rose Studio
Matting layer is white card edged up with Pure Pink Copic

I'm kinda in love with this one myself, so it might accidentally not get sent!

Our sponsor for this very special challenge is PAPER NEST DOLLS - $15 voucher

I do hope that pink features somewhere in your festivities and that you might like to come over and share it with us at the challenge, you never know, you could be our next Perfect Pinky

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 7 December 2015

Without Words (DT) Feeling Festive

Morning all, hope this finds you well.  It is with a tinge of sadness that I bring you my DT card today as this is the final ever challenge over at WITHOUT WORDS.

The December theme is FEELING FESTIVE
so there really is no excuse for not joining in, just remember, CAS and hand coloured please

I couldn't let Without Words end (I started it in September 2012) without going back to our roots and have created three CAS cards for you

All three stamps and the sentiment are from the Best Christmas set
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and some red card for the matting layer

Simple as, but that's what the challenge has been all about, letting the image do the talking.

It would be lovely if you could come on over and say a hello, or a thank you to the best ever design team on the planet.  I have been absolutely honoured to work with these very talented ladies.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 30 November 2015

Scootin' along

Happy Monday folks!  The start of another working week for me, which is really difficult at this time of year with so much still to be crafted for Christmas!  Never mind, tomorrow we can start on opening the advent calendars - and if that doesn't fill you with fear, the chocolate countdown, then very little will, lol.

Mind you, all that Christmas stuff still to be done, and here is me with another non-Christmas card!

It feels like a very long time since I used a WRS cutie but this one was a gift from a dear bloggy friend, and it is just too sweet to ignore!

Stamp is Wild Rose Studio - Bunny On Scooter
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are LOTV/Nitwits
Corner die is also Wild Rose Studio - Corner Flourish
Sentiment is LOTV
Die cut shape is Nestabilities Labels 18
Pearls from stash

Have a good week everyone!

Squirrel xx

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Evenin' All

Afternoon chaps!  I bet you are all busy busy busy with your Christmas shopping and plans aren't you?  Me, so far I have adopted the Ostrich Principle about the whole thing, but I know that come Tuesday, 1 December, I shall be spiralling into full-on panic mode!

As evidence of the denial that it really is going to happen, I have turned my back on the Christmas cards today and made this little fun one, just because.

So, this is the Little Heroes policeman from Lili of The Valley - he's part of the Cops & Cooks stamp
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
You would not believe the debate that Toad and I had over the colour of a policeman's uniform
Sentiment stamp is from Clearly Besotted
Simple black matting layer

Nothing much going on at Squirrel Towers today, except that we will be popping out later to go and have a look for a dishwasher.  Toad's dream has finally come true.   He thinks the expense of it will be offset by what we save in not getting him Marigolds, lol!  Oh, and a Chinese Takeway in from of the telly tonight for the last F1 of the season.  Feels like Christmas already!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 26 November 2015

IN THE PINK (DT) A Favourite Stamp

This time at IN THE PINK the challenge is to use a favourite stamp.  It doesn't have to be THE favourite, but one of your favourites, and of course it needs to be pink!

I found it really hard to choose so I went with a stamp of my favourite character
This is Angel Twila from CC Designs
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with Polychromos Pencils for hair
Papers are Wild Rose Studio from a Bella Christmas collection
Joanna Sheen Signature die - Starry Night Edger
and the pink stars around Twila are the waste from the die cut

A Favourite Stamp challenge is sponsored by

gif maker

So, off you go, two weeks to get pink!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Making A Stand

Hello chaps, I hope this finds you well and a little bit warmer than frosty yesterday!

Today the time has come, I am making a stand!  Facebook has become a menace to Blogland with all the immediate and instant gratification, along with the one click Like without the need to make an effort to leave a comment.  However, many of us have been forced into using it as a way to get our work seen and, like it or loathe it, it seems to be the place to be.  However, Facebook has done untold damage to Bloggers and this is where I make my stand.

I used to post here, and add a link with a photo to Facebook.  In my naive little world, I had thought that this might bring more traffic to my blog but, in the one-click world, it has had the opposite effect.  So, from now on:
  • I shall be seriously reducing my Facebook time 
  • I shall only post a link back to the blog post for that day with a partial photograph
  • Yes, I shall probably continue to post Rosie updates if anyone is interested enough but otherwise they will be here, on my blog
How many hours do I waste trawling through posts about who had what for dinner and where they have been shopping?  Is it really funny to have the F and C words used so much?  What does that really add to anything?

One voice in millions won't change the way Facebook works, but if more of you are brave enough to take the same stand, we might make Blogger the thriving community it once was, without all the dross.

Anyone out there prepared to join me to try and make 2016 a Blog Year?

When I was rummaging for stamps last week, I found poor old neglected Henry and thought it was about time that he came out to play again.
This is Skating Henry from Whiff of Joy (retired I think)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are from a pad of BoBunny that is at least a couple of years old
Sentiment die from Clearly Besotted
Starry Night Edger from Joanna Sheen Signature Dies

Hugs to all, and solidarity to Bloggers!

Squirrel xx

Monday, 23 November 2015

Gone Fishing

Well, it's Monday and it's back to work for me after a week of chillin' (snuffling with a stinky cold) and crafting, so this morning is going to come hard.  If only I had bought that winning lottery ticket this week!

I could get used to a life of leisure, just like this little chap for my second LOTV Design Collective card for November.

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Dovecraft Back to Basics
Die is from Whimsy
Baker's Twine from stash
I chose not to add a sentiment until he was needed as I couldn't decide what occasion
he would suit best

Now, where did I put my worms...?

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Come on baby, light my fire

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!  November has arrived at last.  I'm hoping this snap of cold will knock some of those pesky germs on the head good and proper!  I might be slightly perverted but I actually love days like this, blustery and squally showers of sleet, but only when I am tucked up safe and warm indoors, lol.  It just makes me feel even cosier.

Speaking of cosy, there is nothing quite like it for making you feel cosy than a real fire.  That is something I miss in a modern house - the gas fake fire doesn't do it for me, and it certainly isn't the same kind of warmth.  We are popping over to the Oldies this afternoon where it is guaranteed for there to be a real fire in the kitchen, and I'm not talking about mum burning the dinner!

Did you get your fill of the recent release from Lili of the Valley, the Little Folk and Little Critters?  

This simple little card was made using the Little Heroes stamp (fireman and soldier)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment from My Favourite Things
Really straightforward matting with black art card
Custom sized card base

Don't forget there is also the LAST CHANCE TO BUY offer going on at Lili - many stamps reduced to £2.50 each!  They are going fast so be quick if you want to snaffle a bargain.

That's it from me today, I need to get a chicken in the oven, load the washing machine and get myself sorted for the Oldies visit.

Catch ya laters!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

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