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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Plain And Simple

Morning all, as it is Wednesday I am here with my DT card for The Stamp Basket blog.  Only one more week before I step down so I am feeling a little sad.

Today's card isn't so much CAS as PAS, plain and simple, but it does use such a super sweet image and very pretty papers.  Are you ready?

Ingredient available from The Stamp Basket store
Stamping Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black

and from my stash, pencils and sentiment
Snowflake die is from a Shapeabilities set that I bought from The Stamp Basket
(not sure if this will come back but I hope it does, the set is gorgeous)

Loving these Wild Rose Studio stamps, each one is so darned cute!

And don't forget, the Summer Sale is still on so you still have time to snaffle a bargain or three.

Love n hugs
Squirrel xx

Monday, 18 August 2014


Acronyms are us!  Cute Card Thursday, Clean And Simple, Tiddly Inks Christmas Card!

Quick Cards magazine freebie Tiddly Inks Stamps
Fa La La sentiment from stash
Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos pencils
LOTV/Nitwits blue paper


Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Not My Retirement!

Happy Sunday everyone.  A while ago I was asked to make a retirement card for one of the ladies at work.  It had to be big enough for the whole office to sign, which was a challenge in itself, but I accepted and off I went.

So I stuck four 8x8 card bases together to form a concertina card with lots of pages
Main image is a Stampendous stamp Vase Bouquet (CRR170)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Then out came a couple of old but pretty Papermania Colossal paper stacks
I made the patchwork background on a square of card and then shoved it through the Calibur with a Grand Label 1 Nestie.
The image shape is also Nestie and is Labels 11
Memory Box Vivienne butterflies
LOTV retirement stamp
Inside I used more Papermania sheets, and stamped each page with a different LOTV sentiment
It ended up with nine signable pages

When the lady was given her presentation, we were amazed to hear that she had been with the firm for 45 years - that is one very well earned retirement indeed.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 16 August 2014


Afternoon all!  How is your weekend going?  I had my six-weekly tail trim this morning and am feeling much better for it.  I swear we have fertiliser in our water as my hair seems to grow like a weed at times.  Remember the immortal line in Despicable Me "It's sooooo FLUFFY"?  Yeah, that was me before the trim.

Anyhoo, a quiet couple of days for us as we are both shattered after a hard work week, so I have been crafting this morning.  I seem to have a lot of significant birthdays this year to deal with, some for friends, some for customer orders.  This particular one is for a former boss of mine.  Ever since I have known him, which has been many years, he has been fanatical about county cricket.

The stamp is an old one from Wild Rose Studio when they did a quirky range of stamps for men
I collected a few of them but wish there were more
Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils
Memory Box Typewriter dies for the letters and numbers
Green paper is from the LOTV/Nitwits Bonnets and Bowties Solids pad

We have Hoi Sin Pork for dinner tonight.  Toad found it in the supermarket reduced-to-clear corner so wish me luck with it.  We have had some very hit-and-miss dinners from that corner but no harm in trying something new, huh.

OK then, I have orders for 18th and 21st birthdays to deal with so best I get on with it.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 15 August 2014

ALBC Midway Reminder - Sew What?

Happy Friday all!  Just popping by with a midway reminder for the Sew What challenge over at A LITTLE BIT CRAFTY this month.

Stamp is a Penny Black favourite of mine called Mice Day
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
The sewing themed papers were a magazine freebie
and the bow die is from Sue Wilson Finishing Touches 3D Dotty Bows
and that's all there is to it!
And sneaking this in for the Penny Black And More August challenge
Anything Goes

Just to prove that I can actually do more than make basic cards, here is another sewing project I did

Small sampler design from an old Cross Stitcher magazine
DMC threads
Coaster from Heritage Crafts (as it was then)

Although I have only been with ALBC for six months, this is my last post as a DT member as I have stepped down from this one as well.  I would like to take the opportunity to thank Paula for having me on board and the wonderful team for all their support.  It's been fun!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Is it a bird, is it a plane....?

Well no, actually it isn't, and it isn't Superman either!  Morning all, welcome to Wednesday and my DT day with The Stamp Basket.

In case you hadn't spotted them yet, the delicious Wild Rose Studio Christmas stamps (and soon the new dies and papers - on preorder now) are in stock so I have been having a happy play with one of them.

Ingredients for this card which are available from The Stamp Basket store are:
Ink & Medium: Memento Tuxedo Black and

From my stash: sentiment

For the background on this one, I stamped the Reindeer, made a mask (we lost a hoof and half an antler during the cutting out!) and then with DI pads of Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot I got inky with a big stiff bristled brush.  The little stars I did with a punch and the masking paper.  Which was fine until I inked over them and then couldn't find them to peel them off!

Hugs to all, Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

You have a what in your tree?

Morning all!  Sorry I wasn't around at the weekend, we had a busy one and I had very little crafty time (boo hiss) but I intend to make up for it this coming weekend as I have some orders to get done.

When LOTV were showing us the sneak peeks for the recently released Christmas stamps, there was one in particular that caught my eye and it went straight to the top of my "must have" list.

A very simple card, but boys prefer simple don't they?!!
Stamp is LOTV The Perfect Tree
Well it has to be perfect with a squirrel in it!
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and teamed with the new LOTV/Nitwits Festive Trimmings papers
Sentiment is Hero Arts

Sweet, simple and squirrelly!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 11 August 2014

Creative Bloggers Hop

Morning all.  I have been asked by the lovely JANINE at CRAFTING CRACKERS if I would like to take part in this Creative Bloggers Hop, which is a continuous hop every Monday with a host of creative and inspirational bloggers taking part.  JANINE is part of the Sugar Nellie DT, a very talented crafter and an amazing colourist, so I was very flattered that she has asked little ol' me to join in with this.

Only four questions, which on face value seemed ok, until I tried to form my answers, lol.  Let's see what happened shall we:

1.  What Am I Working On At The Moment?

I was going to say "not so much" at the moment as I have just surrendered three of my four design team posts, but then I realise that I really need to get cracking with the Christmas stuff.  Out in the "studio" (ha) I have lots of images stamped out ready to get coloured up.  I have been toying with various mediums lately but still come back to the Distress Inks (ReInkers) for watercolouring with, although I am developing a love affair with the Polychromos pencils.  I have lots of new rubber sitting around and (oh the shame) more on the way, so I think I know what I will be doing now that I shall have more time for me as I won't have the DT demands to squeeze in.

2.  How Does My Work Differ From Others In My Genre?

There are many answers to this, but none that you want to read!  Honestly?  I'm not sure that it does really.  For sure, I have my own style - I imagine regular followers can spot one of my makes from a mile away - so maybe what I do is different simply because of the way I combine a clean and simple design with a (hopefully) well coloured image.  I have never been able to get to grips with over embellished cards and although I did wrestle with them for a while, I came back to what is me, straightforward!

3.  Why Do I Create What I Do?

Addiction!  I started card making as an occupation therapy during a post surgery recovery.  Now I need therapy for the therapy.  I have quite a stressful full time job and it is all too easy to allow that stress into home life, but I only need to sit down with a stamp, inks and a paintbrush and within minutes I can start to feel the tensions ebb away.  I can lose myself for hours in colour.  Apart from that, everyone now seems to expect a handcrafted card from me, so the process it self perpetuating.  It is such a good job that I love it!

4.  How Does Your Creative Process Work?

You will hear crafters say that they choose their papers and then design from there.  My head doesn't quite work like that.  I have "a lot" of stamps and an image will pop into my mind and I know that is the one I want to use.  The tricky part is tracking down that one particular stamp!  The colours I choose to use depend very much on my mood, and then once the image is ready I have to sit back and think what to do with it, and try to find papers to match.  I really ought to learn that it is easier to allow the papers to dictate the colour scheme rather than the colour scheme dictating the papers.  If I have gone too random with my colour choices, then it often becomes a very simple CAS card.  So, it isn't so much a creative process, more of a creative chaos, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

So now it is my turn to nominate - there should be three crafters here but with prior commitments and holidays I was only able to twist the arms persuade two lovely ladies to join me, but oh boy, are they quality!  You will be able to see their contributions to the hop on Monday 18 August.

I've been a fan of Annette's work for ages, so it was a real joy for me when we DT'd together, twice, at Lili's Little Fairies/Crafty Little Fairies.  Annette has such style and the knack of being able to choose the perfect papers for an image, and her colourwork is awesome.  She can also seem to turn her hand to almost anything - doesn't matter how complex or straight foward, nothing seems to phase her.  Not only that, she is also a fabulous person and a dear friend, despite the fact that she is such a bad influence on my spending habits.

Bridget is one of my Word Birds team mates at the Without Words challenge and has to be one of the most understated crafters!  Her work is amazing (oh my, just check out her colourwork) but she goes about it so quietly and calmly, a fabulous influence on a frantic Squirrel.  Not only is Bridget a team mate, she is also such a caring and considerate person.  Definitely a lady on my crafting heroines list!

Thanks for joining me today for the Hop, and I hope you will enjoy Annette and Bridget's posts next week too.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 8 August 2014

Claudia's Kitty

Morning all, it is almost the weekend, wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

It was the first birthday of a very special little lady this week and this is the card I made for her.

Stamp is Claudia's Kitty from Little Miss Muffet
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Maja Designs - Life In The Country
Sentiment is from LOTV
And gold borders are from my stash
That's it from me today, not sure when I shall see you again as it's a busy weekend lined up.
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Crafty Little Fairies (My final DT) Cute n Cuddly

Morning everyone - it's August, it's the first Thursday, so guess that means a new challenge with those CRAFTY LITTLE FAIRIES.

The theme this time is a favourite - it's Cute n Cuddly, so time to get the awwh factor going.

This is a sad post for me as after almost two years at the helm of the Fairies and going through some major changes (rebranding, new team members, weekly to monthly) I feel it is time for me to hang up my wings and move on to pastures new.  

Another very CAS card from me today.
Image is Gathering Bunnies from Stampavie (Penny Johnson)
Coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos
Sentiment is LOTV Handwritten Phrases
Mattings layers are LOTV Nitwits Solids

So, thanks for your company over the past couple of years, it has been hard work but it's been a blast and I have had the privilege of making some true and lifelong friends along the way.  What more could a girl as for.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx (back to being Mavis)

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

I Love George

Hello chaps, it's DT day for The Stamp Basket and today I am using one of my newly favourite Christmas stamps.

This is very much one for the boys!
Ingredients available from The Stamp Basket store
Ink and Medium:  Memento Tuxedo Black and
Pearls:  Hobby House

And from my stash, the sentiment and a snowflake punch

Don't forget, the Summer Sale is on, with many great discounts.  Also, if you are starting on the festivities, those gorgeous new Wild Rose Studio  Christmas stamps have arrived!

Hugs to all, Squirrel xx

Monday, 4 August 2014

Without Words (DT) August

Well you know by now what the first Monday of the month means - it's a new challenge from

Before I tell you what this month's theme is, we have had a few questions about why the challenge is called Without Words when we do actually use sentiments - at the top of the challenge is the quote from Horace (a Roman poet) that actually inspired the creation of the challenge
"A picture is a poem without words"
which, when you consider that our focus is on handcoloured images and encouraging you to practice and improve your colourwork rather than hiding behind embellishments, you can see why that quote is so perfect.
But yes, we still use sentiments (because we can)!

Right then, onto our new theme and it is an old theme
The past challenges are all listed on their own page, so it is your choice this month, just remember to tell us which one you have chosen

I chose Beach Holiday from August 2013

This is Pollycraft Nipper from CC Designs
Coloured with Polychromos Pencils and Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are from odd scraps of Basic Grey pads
and the sentiment is Casual Fridays

There are two years' worth of themes for you to choose from, so no excuses!

Hugs to all, Squirrel xx

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Is there a doctor in the house?

Afternoon all - it's a warm one here in East Anglia but I understand some of you are having a cooler day, you lucky things!

Now then, I am a great believer in giving credit where credit is due, so I have to mention Faye (Stampin Fluffnstuff) at this point.  The first time I saw this stamp being used was by Faye, and I just knew that I had to have her in my collection (the stamp, not Faye).  Unfortunately it also lead to me indulging in more stamps than anticipated ....... so I think I now have all but one of the A Random Fan stamps that have been issued in rubber!  Thanks Faye!

This is Dr Autry by A Random Fan (Sherri T Designs)
Coloured in Polychromos and Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are LOTV Nitwits Country Meadow
Sentiment is Personal Impressions

What I have done is not a patch on what I have seen elsewhere but I still love her

I'm off to get inky with some of my new LOTV rubber for the rest of the afternoon, but do pop back tomorrow as it is time for a new challenge from Without Words

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Cream, Magnolia, Ivory or Off White?

Happy Saturday everyone, hope this finds you ok.  I'm spending the weekend chasing my tail trying to catch up on stuff (mostly the mountain of washing that is slowly seething its way across the landing) and prepping for the craft "exhibition" next weekend that my mother signed me up for.  Sigh.

Now then, I made this card for a bitter sweet occasion.  Our caretaker/handyman/all-round-marvel is retiring in a couple of weeks.  The ladies of the office are distraught.  But we are happy for him in that he is finally able to hang up his tool box.  Over the years, he must have repainted the building, top to bottom, in magnolia/cream/ivory/off-white (call it what you will) about ten times, and that is what inspired this make:

LOTV stamp - Lick of Paint
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are LOTV Nitwits - Up And Away
Pierced Fishtail Banner dies are MFT Die-namics
Splat stamps are Kaisercraft and Visible Images
Silver rope border from stash
Sentiment from my tiny brain

Have a super weekend, whatever you are up to - just don't ask me to bail you out!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 1 August 2014

ALBC (DT) Sew What?

Morning all!  Well it is the 1st of the month, so that means it is time for a new challenge at A LITTLE BIT CRAFTY and this time around the theme is Sew What?

The clue is in the title but we would like to see some reference to sewing in your make please.

Here is my DT card:

I've used those super cute Makey Bakey Mice from Crafter's Companion
This stamp is called Stitched With Love
Coloured with Polychromos Pencils
Papers are from the Kaisercraft Confetti collection
Stitching detail stamps are LOTV
Sentiment came with the mice stamp
Button dies are from Impression Obsession

As always, Paula has lots of delicious prizes lined up for you to win, so looking forward to seeing all your fabulous sewing themed entries!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

In a Hurry?

Ever had the need to make a card in a hurry but not had the time to sit and colour up a detailed image?  Wondered what papers go with what, and which embellishments to choose?  Panic no more, the answer is waiting for you at The Stamp Basket store with one of their Craft Kits!

All the ingredients for this card are from the
You get everything you need, Hobby House toppers, Wild Rose Studio Antique Library papers,
ribbons, pearls, buttons, twine, base cards and envelopes - in fact enough to make four complete cards
Just so easy and stress free.

While I'm here, I have some news for you too - brace yourselves
The new Wild Rose Studio Christmas stamps are available to pre-order now, and oh my word, they are so cute it is guaranteed that you will want them all, I know I do!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 28 July 2014


I heard on the radio the other week that sniffing rosemary (the herb, not a person) improves the memory.  I guess that is ok, so long as you remember to do it.
I could do with something stronger than rosemary at the moment.  I am forgetting all sorts of things, some of them reasonably important, and the more I forget, the more stressed I get about forgetting, and the more stressed I become, the more I forget.  And so it goes.
One of the things that I have been forgetting a lot, despite having all the dates written down, is birthdays.  So this card will no doubt be used before too much longer.

This is "Huh?" from CC Designs Roberto's Amigas
Skin and hair in Polychromos pencils, the rest in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are from the new LOTV/Nitwits pad "Up And Away" except for the
pink matting layer - can't remember which pad that's from, but it is LOTV too
Sentiments are Personal Impressions and Paper Smooches
Corner dies are Cheery Lynn
Right then, where's the rosemary......
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Amazing what you can find in a tree

Afternoon everyone, I hope this finds you well.  Nothing much happening in Squirrelville today, except the last day of the Tour de France when the boys ride home to Paris, and later the highlights of the Hungarian Grand Prix.  It is officially a lazy day, just watching the Tour riders will be enough exercise for me.

Toad has just brought in another couple of ripe tomatoes from the two plants we have in a wall basket at the front.  Add those to the ones we have already picked and you might just have enough to fill a teacup.  I think you could call them bite sized!

Anyhoo, I do have  card for you:

This adorable little stamp is my much neglected Little Acorn from LOTV
Not sure why a rabbit would be up an oak tree!
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are all Maja Designs - Walk In The Forest collection
A Hazelnut Copic on white card for the matting layers and the Rusty Hinge DI pad for definition of other layers
Sentiment is from my favourite set of the moment from Personal Impressions

Hope your weekend is a fabulous one.

Hugs to all, Squirrel xx

Saturday, 26 July 2014


Oh deep, deep, joy - 29C again today.  Yeah, I know it's summertime, I am a summer baby, but that makes no difference to me, I really struggle in heat.  So imagine my delight when the radio weather lady announced happily this morning that tomorrow was going to be "a lot cooler" - top temperature 25C.  That's not a LOT cooler lady, that is only a TINY bit cooler!!  She needs to come back to me when it is nearer to 20C (preferably on the down side of it) and then we can talk.  See, told you heat makes me grumpy!

But you didn't visit to hear me whittering about the temperature so here is a card for you.

This is Suzy With Bunny from Whimsy/Wee Stamps
Entirely coloured with Polychromos pencils this time
Papers are Crafters Companion Angelica & Adam (female)
Sentiment is Personal Impressions
and the border die (which I am totally in love with) is Celtic Chain from Cheery Lynn

I've got some DT stuff I absolutely have to get done this weekend so I am not looking forward to sitting out in the conservatory.  The next time you see me I might be a soggy patch on the floor.

Enjoy your weekend, whatever you are up to
Hugs, Squirrel xx

Friday, 25 July 2014

A tiddly Tiddly

You know sometimes how a challenge just "grabs" you?  Well that is what this one did with me.  I always love the challenges from Tiddly Inks but the theme this week made me smile and I just had to have a go, and the theme is Tiny Creations or ATC, so basically something really small!

And of course I couldn't just settle for one stamp, I used four (and one of those three times!).

I've used stamps from three different clear sets, plus a Personal Impressions sentiment
Rabbit is from Some Bunny
Flowers are from Celebrate Joyfully
Cloud (x3) is from Cloud 9
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Maja Design Coffee In The Arbour
Card base is roughly 3.75 x 3.75 inches

And to prove it is a tiddly Tiddly, here it is on a piece of 6x6 card stock

Happy Friday everyone!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Bit of a theme going ......

Morning all, ok?  Super toasty again then.  Phfft, my squirrelly tail was frizzy, then it wilted, and now it's just dangling.

You might notice a wee bit of a theme going on here for a few days, as I had a run of cards to make all for the same reason.  I was spoilt terribly for my birthday last week, not just family and close friends, but some of my bestest blogging buddies too, so I have been on a "thank you" card spree.  You had the little Fairy Tea one on Tuesday, so here is the next:

So this little cutie is Birthday Princess from Sugar Nellie
Coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos pencils
Blue paper is from Maja Designs - Coffee In The Arbour
Not sure about where the pink came from, it was to hand and the right colour so it got used
Sentiment is from a Penny Black clear set which I think is called Kind Words

The other day Helen asked me why I was using Polychromos a lot now.  Well, it's a long story that I won't bore you with, but I also started experimenting with them for hair colouration as I was finding it difficult to get the fine definition with the Distress Inks and a paintbrush.  I am now getting to grips with the pencils and am finding them really satisfying for the hair detail and highlights, so sorry if you think I am crossing to the dark side - I'm not, nothing will ever replace my beloved ReInkers, but, just occasionally, even they need some back up.

Hope you have a good day.  Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Christmas In July

It feels so strange posting about Christmas in July when we have been through a heatwave and summer storms, but that is what we are celebrating at The Stamp Basket at the moment ..... so here is a card to cool you down.

I'm sorry if this comes as a shock to my CAS fans, I got a little carried away, lol

Ingredients for this card available from The Stamp Basket store are:
Stamping Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Maja Design (1) Coffee In The Arbour and (2) Walk In The Forest

And from my stash were pencils and the sentiment

Don't forget, if you want to stock up on some stash, including Christmas items, there is a Summer Sale on with some great savings available

Merry Christmas everyone!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


OK, so I have written this post (in my head) two or three times, and thought better of it.  I felt that the original versions were probably too controversial and would end up with me being locked into virtual stocks and having virtual rotten fruit and veg hurled at me, so I chickened out.

School holidays have started, so begins six to eight weeks of talking to myself (possibly) but if you are one of those bloggers who no are no longer bound by the responsibilities of children in their various shapes and forms, or indeed never have been, then hellooooooooo, welcome, how are you?!

Anyhoo, I ramble.  Here's a card:

Small and sweet
LOTV Fairy Tea stamp
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos pencils
Papers are Maja Design - Coffee In The Arbour
Sentiment and the squiggle are, I think, Penny Black
5x5 card base

A little while ago I submitted a card to a magazine - something I recklessly do once in a blue moon.
It was ignored.  Again.  I don't think I shall be feeling reckless again any time in the foreseeable future.
(originally posted on my blog on 31 May - here)
If you recognise the papers then you will know which magazine it was.  They are off my Christmas card list for this year, not that they were on last year's either.

Whatever you are up to, I hope you have a fun day

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

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