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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Less Is More Sketch

Hello chaps, how are you?  I'm still coughing and snuffling but at least I managed a few hours sleep last night, and I managed to get all the way through Mass without embarrassing myself by having to run off to find a glass of water.  Can't say that my singing voice is up to much though, lol!

LESS IS MORE have a sketch to play with this week, and the ladies have been quite clear that the proportions of the sketch should be stuck to ....... but I haven't, so that's me disqualified.  Got lots of white space though!


I've used a stamp from a Magenta Puzzle Set, and coloured with pastel FlexMarkers - I just adore that soft blue.  Layered on cream card, with a Hero Arts sentiment.  Voila.

You may not see much of me this week as I'm behind with DT stuff but I will try and squeak in something before Thursday.

Hugs, Sxx

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Fluffy? Yes - Cute? Hmmmm

Do you ever make yourself laugh?  Just one of those moments that strikes you as being really funny, but no one else gets it?  And the more you think about it, the more you get the giggles?

That's what happened when I added the sentiment to my card for SECRET CRAFTER'S SATURDAY CHALLENGE "Cute n Fluffy".  Toad came over to see what the fuss was about and just walked away shaking his head.


Ingredients for this card:
Stamped Image  High Hopes - Leo
Medium  Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment  Lili of the Valley Ticket Words
Papers  Dovecraft Funky Vintage (last sheet, sob)
Matting Card  DCWV Neutral Stack
Extras  Fine line gold border peeloffs

I think I have found a way to stop a coughing fit.  Hold your breath!  It's not practical long term, but it seems to at least stop me spluttering til my nose runs.  Just thought I'd share that one with you.

Hugs, Sxx

Just A Little One

Cough.  Cough cough cough splutter sniff.  Happy Saturday everyone, hope this finds you well!  Bit under the weather myself (and what wonderful weather to be under).  Germs!  Honestly, who do they think they are.

Anyway, I have a little card for you.  It didn't start off as little, but the image I used is tiny so I had to reduce proportions accordingly.

Two challenges for this one:


Sorry for the poor photo - the light yesterday was awful, even between the downpours.

I've used this sweet little House Mouse and coloured lightly with Distress Inks (ReInkers).  The Nestie circles I have inked in the same colours (Scattered Straw and Faded Jeans) as the cheese and the ribbon.  Sentiment is Personal Impressions.

Hugs, Sxx

Friday, 27 April 2012

Winter Wonderland (DT) Here Come The Girls!

Morning all, have you got that Friday feeling?  I certainly have, especially as Fridays mean WINTER WONDERLAND!

We have a challenge for you this week that had me smiling - Here Come The Girls - there are just so many wonderful images available for a girly Christmas, so let's be seeing all those fabulous feminine creations please!

And as an added incentive (as if you needed one) our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp who are offering a $15 voucher.

Here's my DT card:


Ingredients are
Stamped Image  Lili Of The Valley - Skating Along
Medium  Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers  Wild Rose Studio
Sentiment  Lili Of The Valley
Snowflake  EK Success punch
Extras  Pearls from stash

Hugs, Sxx

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Lili's Little Fairies - A Sketch (GDT Week 2)

Morning all, today is my second week as an Extra Fairy over at LILI'S LITTLE FAIRIES CHALLENGE and this week we have a totally fabulous sketch by our Fairy Teamie Jacque for you to play with.

As always, the regular Fairies have provided some totally amazing inspiration, I am sure you will all agree that their standard is incredible.  It is what I am aiming for when I grow up!

Anyway, enough waffle, here is my GDT card - I hope you are prepared for an overload of 80s retro.

Ingredients for this card
Medium  Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers  Dovecraft Funky Retro
Sentiment  Personal Impressions
Extras  Craftword Card Tiger Card Candi

Does this not just scream 80s at you, with the clashing colours, the denim, the animal prints, and the sales rep's striped shirt with a wider than wide tie?!  Takes me right back to my teenage years - thank goodness the clothes fashions have vanished - those shoulder pads were killers!

So, I hope you have a fun time with Jacque's sketch and shall look forward to nosing through all your fabulous entries.

Hugs, Fairy Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Totally Gorjuss - Boys Toys

Just me sneaking in with an entry for this week's challenge at TOTALLY GORJUSS with Boys Toys.

I spent a fortune on Hanglar and Stanglar stamps last year and have hardly used any of them since.  Not because I don't love them, but because I get such a negative reaction from the Toad (he doesn't like the no face thing) but to heck with it - I made this little chap Sunday afternoon!


Ingredients for this card are:
Stamped Image Hanglar and Stanglar
Medium  Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers  Mixed selection of Basic Grey
Sentiment  Personal Impressions
Extras  Craftwork Cards Card Candi (Hallowe'en)
Anonymous border punch

Hugs, Sxx

Monday, 23 April 2012

CANDY WINNER

Oh my word, I am not sure where my head is at the moment so thank you Marianne for reminding me about posting my Candy Winner!

So drum roll please ......

AND THE WINNER IS .... No 16

and that is LISA JANE

Congratulations hunny - please email (address in sidebar) me so we can sort out your gift voucher

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in and helped me celebrate my third blogoversary, and a big welcome to my new Followers too

Hugs, Sxx




House Mouse And Friends GDT No 2

Hello folks, and welcome to Monday - and what do Mondays mean?  They mean House Mouse And Friends Monday Challenge of course!



This is my second and last GDT with the HM team and I have to say a huge thank you to them all for the opportunity and for the wonderful warm welcome I received.  You guys rock!  It was been a privilege and an honour working with such a talented crew.

So, the challenge this time around should float your boat - it is Anything Goes!

I made this card during one of my brown phases, lol


Ingredients for this card are
Stamped Image  House Mouse (yeah, ok I forgot to check the name, again)
Medium  Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers  Melissa Frances "Attic Treasures"
Sentiment  Craftwork Cards

Well, unless I have a rush of blood to the head I probably won't be back again until Thursday with my second Lili GDT card.  Hope to see you all then, if not sooner!

Hugs, Sxx

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Wishing You Well

Thunder, hail, sleet, sunshine, rain - come on weather, this is East Anglia, not the tropics!  And that's just the last hour.  Move over Vince, I'm coming in the wardrobe with you.

Now then, this week PENNY BLACK SATURDAY CHALLENGE are asking for No Patterned Papers.  The perfect opportunity to get embossing and distressing and stamping backgrounds etc.  So what did I do? Yep, another CAS card.  How predictable.  Low on mojo just now, what with head being full of the old snuffly spluttery cold germs, so this is as imaginative as it gets today I'm afraid.


This is a Penny Black Slapstick stamp called Wishing You Well and if you think the artwork is familiar then, yes, you're right, it's Mo Manning.  Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers) and a coordinating Distress Inks Tumbled Glass matting layer.  Sentiment is Hero Arts.

Time I was prepping vegetable for tonight's dinner (anyone else have a fight with peeling butternut squash) so I'd better go and put my domestic hat on.

Be back tomorrow with my House Mouse And Friends Monday Challenge GDT card.

Hugs. Sxx


Saturday, 21 April 2012

Inspired By A Film Title

I got quite excited when I saw this week's theme from Secret Crafter's Saturday Challenge was Inspired By A Film Title.  Toad and I sat down and had a chat about ideas and we came up with a few, and then a few more, and then far too many and I got totally confused!

The favourites were The Silence of The Lambs, Halloween, The Colour Purple, Babe, and Finding Nemo.  In the end I went for something so obscure that I had to Google it to make sure it existed, lol!


After the Fairy extravaganza on Thursday I am back to CAS again!  Much safer ground for me.

Ingredients for this card are so few - stamp is Sugar Nellie "Daisy" a sentiment from Hero Arts and painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers).  I kept to a very limited palette of Bundled Sage, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Victorian Velvet and a tiny hint of Scattered Straw as I wanted to keep that oh-so-soft wistful look.

Oh, and the film title?  The Little Flower Girl - it's a silent film from 1908.  No idea how I was aware of it - just one of those pieces of trivia that my wonky brain holds on to, but like I said, I had to check!!

Hugs, Sxx

Thursday, 19 April 2012

First Time As A Fairy

Good morning everyone - picture the scene if you will - a 40+, slightly plump lady, in baggy tights, sparkly ballet slippers, fairy wings, and antennae.  Am I taking being a Fairy a bit too seriously?  What do you mean, the costume isn't compulsory?!

Well, it is my first week as a GDT member for LILI'S LITTLE FAIRIES CHALLENGE and I think the last time I was this nervous was when I took my driving test.  And that was a long time ago.  Wheels were still carved from stone then.

The theme for this week's challenge is a gorgeous one of DIAMONDS AND PEARLS so get your bling on girls!

Here is my card:

Ingredients for this are:
Stamped Image  Lili of the Valley Positively Pampered
Medium  Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Paper/Card  White hammered cardstock, Cuttlebugged with tiny flower folder, coral DCWV 
Extras  pale blue satin ribbon, pearl ribbon slider, gems and pearls from stash
Martha Stewart butterfly punch, EK Success small retro flower punch,
Craftwork Cards sentiment

So that's my first one!  Thank you to all my wonderful followers and regular visitors who have left me such kind and supportive comments.  I know I have gone on about this quite a bit, but this is the ultimate for me, especially as you know how much I adore my Lili stamps.  One down, three to go!



Hugs, Squirrel xxx

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Fancy A Mid Week Quickie?

As the actress said to the bishop!  Bet you didn't expect to see me tonight - I should be having a nervous breakdown in Tesco (other annoying supermarkets are available).  Anyone else shop in Tesco?  Have you had a refit of the freezer cabinets?  Can you still reach the broad beans?  I have to stand around in the aisle now like a little lost soul and nab hold of the first tall person to come near me.  How on earth do they stock these cabinets anyway?  Open the door and throw the stuff in overarm?

Anyway, we've had a change of schedule as the Toad has been out for a meal after work (what he called "old cow and posh prawn but I think is referred to in better class establishments as Surf & Turf) so that left me tonight to craft and tomorrow night for groceries.


This tiny little card contains
Medium  Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers  Papermania scraps and white card Distress Inked
Sentiment  Hero Arts
Extras  Doodlebug Twine

Right then, I'm off downstairs to enjoy an uninterrupted episode of Waterloo Road.  I'll be here bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning for my first week as an Extra Fairy.

Hugs, Sxx

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Experimental Tree

Evening all - did you manage to get through the day without getting caught in a "little April shower" then?  Not me, a complete deluge of rain, hail and sleet - my shoes have been quite squishy all afternoon so have just put them in the airing cupboard!

Nearly two weeks ago, I saw a card created by my incredibly talented crafty friend Helen and was totally inspired by it and now I have been paid I indulged in purchasing the Marianne Design die that she used.

Now, me being me, and never thinking things through too well when I'm excited, I dashed home tonight, ripped the packet open and got busy with the Bug, tree die and Nesties.  I hope you are not too shocked when you realise that there is absolutely no stamping or painting involved!  This is so far removed from my normal style that it even gave me the colliewobbles


Looking at it now, I should have left off the snowflakes and words and just drawn on some snow dots with a gel pen, but this was an experiment after all, and I think that with a few adjustments, this might just be the production-line card for my Christmas this year!  I quite like the bleakness of a snow covered tree on a dark night.

I'll tinker about with it for a few days until I'm happy and then show you the final version.

Hugs, Sxx

Monday, 16 April 2012

Bella With Flowers

I made this card on Sunday afternoon after a session of DT work when I wanted to make something just for fun.

I've had this stamp a little while and simply not had the time to use it yet, which seemed a shame, so out it came



Ingredients for this card are:
Stamped Image  Wild Rose Studio - Bella With Flowers
Medium  Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers  White card inked in Dusty Concorde Distress Ink, punched with a Martha 
Stewart round the page punch set, Dovecraft Back to Basics III
Sentiment  Personal Impressions

I seem to have a thing about using this sentiment with elephant images, they just go together so well!

Hugs, Sxx

Sunday, 15 April 2012

You Make Life Wonderful

Happy Sunday afternoon to you folks!  The sun is out now but we've had rain, wind and hail today.  Yesterday we had a hail storm of epic proportions - never seen Vince run so fast (it was the noise of the ice hitting the conservatory roof that did it).

Best I just clear something up - the ginger kitties from yesterday are NOT mine - although I wouldn't refuse either of them!  Sorry, they were simply internet pics.

So, to today's card - Penny Black And More At Allsorts have my kind of challenge for April with a theme of Oh So Cute:


Sorry, I should have issued a sunglasses warning!

Ingredients for this little chap are:
Stamped Image  Marianne Design - Stamp Fairy - Icecream
Medium  Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers  All from DCWV (various pads)
Sentiment  Lili of the Valley

And for all you F1 fans out there who have not seen today's Chinese Grand Prix or heard the results yet I shall keep quiet - but I'm smiling!

Back to a full week of work tomorrow, but am on countdown to the May Bank Holiday weekend as Toad and I have tacked on an extra couple of days.  Two weeks four days to go ......

Hugs, Sxx

Saturday, 14 April 2012

No Card Today


Afternoon all, how are things with you today?  Not done much really as the traumas of yesterday have left me feeling flatter than the flattest flat thing.

Did have a go at some GDT stuff but had a sudden attack of pre-challenge nerves and had to walk away from it.  Will have another go tomorrow. So no cards today, but a couple of oh-so-cute kitties instead!


Friday, 13 April 2012

Winter Wonderland (DT) Pretty In Pink

Morning all - hope that the chocolate hangovers have worn off by now and you are feeling fine and dandy and ready to tackle Christmas with us at WINTER WONDERLAND!

We have a fab challenge (aren't they all?) for this week with our theme of Pretty In Pink - so, we would like to see your creations with pink as the predominant colour.

We are lucky to have one of our regular sponsors with us and that is  Crafty Emma's Store


The Design Team have had fun with the pink and come up with some great inspiration for you so I hope you will take time to pop over and see them all.  Here is my little creation:


I've gone a bit Wild Rose Studio with this one and used papers from Milton's Christmas, the stamp is Mia With Cracker and I have coloured her with ProMarkers (their first use in ages).  The gorgeous sentiment circle is from Craftwork Cards.

I will be back on Sunday with the winner and Top 3 of the previous challenge so I do hope you won't forget to come visit the WINTER WONDERLAND blog - after all, it could be you!

Hugs, Sxx

Lili's Little Fairies - Transport

Morning all - it is almost the weekend at last!  Over at LILI'S LITTLE FAIRIES the theme of the challenge, set by the apple-pie-munching Jayne, is Transport.  Now this one had me scratching my head for a while. 

And then a tune came into my head and I was off rummaging in the stamp box for this little cutie


Ingredients for this card are
Stamped Image  Lili of the Valley
Medium  Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers  We Are Memory Keepers - Travel
Sentiment  Lili Of The Valley
Extras  Nestabilities Octogons - they made me think of nuts and bolts, a
very masculine shape

Did I tell you that I'M GOING TO BE A FAIRY?
I am so excited about this - GDT for four weeks, starting on 19 April - it is a real honour and a privilege to be working with this extremely talented bunch of ladies.  Thank you Fairies for have me on board.

Hugs, Sxxx


Thursday, 12 April 2012

Just Call Me Mavis .....

.... Mavis Cruet that is.



I had come to the conclusion that when it comes to card making I must be related to Mavis, enthusiastic but ineffectual.

And when it comes to fairies (Lili's Little ones), I thought that I was the too-fat-too-fly fairy.  But wait!  What's this?

I'M GOING TO BE AN EXTRA FAIRY!

Wheeeeeeeee!  I cannot tell you how exciting this is - and how grateful I am to the Regular Fairies for their vote of confidence and allowing little ol' me to GDT with them for a while.

Happy dance.

Hugs
Mavis xx

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

A CAS Spring

Hello all.  Well, here we are at midweek - and I'm still not sure what day it is, just glad that it is another day closer to the weekend!

Taking a leaf out of Wishcraft's book on Waste Not Wednesday, I have today used a stamp that has been uninked since purchase (oh the shame of it).  I won't be spending much, if anything, on craft toys this month as I have been a bit of a naughty Squirrel and indulged in my other addiction ... I've just ordered a new Kipling handbag!  I am hopeful that it will arrive by the end of the week so at least I can sit and stroke it and take my mind off rubber (ooh err missus).

Anyhoo, here is my clean and simple Spring card for you made using the sweetest Marianne Design stamp


Isn't she such a cutie?  I bought her from Bunny Zoe's Crafts - she's called Finding A Crocus and you can find her here.  Painted in Distress Inks, with a Hero Arts sentiment and a matting layer coloured with Orchid ProMarker, the tiny little butterflies were a punch that I bought in a local supermarket (three punches for £2.50).

Oh my gosh, I wish I hadn't gone over to BZ's to find the links as I have just spotted some more MUST HAVE stamps ......... someone stop me!!!

Hugs, Sxx

Monday, 9 April 2012

A Vintage Totally Gorjuss

For my earlier post today (House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge GDT) please click here or scroll down.

Well, it's a very wet Bank Holiday Monday which means that we haven't gone anywhere today.  We had a very lazy morning, had a Wii challenge (I think we were about equal on wins), and this afternoon Toad has been on the Wii Fit and watching Despicable Me while I had a little play.

It's been ages since I said hello to my old teamies at TOTALLY GORJUSS and joined in with a challenge so when I saw Net's super sketch this week I just knew I had to have a go.  And while I was at it I thought I would sneak a late entry to this week's SIMON SAYS STAMP challenge Use Your Favourite Tool - Cuttlebug, Epiphany and Inkssentials Blending Tool.


I told you I was heading into another brown phase!

Ingredients for this card are
Stamped Image  Lili Of The Valley
Medium  Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers  Melissa Frances Attic Treasures
Extras  Epiphany Round 14s
Sentiment  Wild Rose Studio

Oh well, that's Easter over for another year so it is back to work tomorrow.  It is going to feel strange going back, even after only four days.  I was confused by the days last Thursday so not sure how the morning will feel!

Hugs, Sxx

House Mouse & Friends - So Sweet (GDT)

Happy Monday everyone, hope you are having a super Easter weekend!  Well, as it is Monday, it must be time for HOUSE MOUSE & FRIENDS MONDAY CHALLENGE and I was mega excited to be asked if I would like to GDT for a couple of challenges as part of my win the other week.


I'm sure you can imagine how long it took me to think about it, lol!  Anyway, my first GDT is for the newest challenge with a theme of So Sweet.  Here's my card


I was lucky enough to get this stamp as part of my spend with my winner's $25 voucher, and it arrived with perfect timing too!

I hope all you Eeekers out there will be having a go.

And this fits so nicely with CUTE CARD THURSDAY I Want Candy theme too.

Hugs Sxx

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Chocolicious

This is my second post today, for the first either scroll down or click here.

When Lili of the Valley did their most recent release, there were some stamps that featured neither cute animals or boys and girls.  Something of a departure for Lili I think and initially I wasn't a hundred percent sure what to make of the new designs but ..... I have to admit that they are growing on me.  I bought two on release, this one called Chocolate Box and the other being Kitchen Herbs (still to be inked up).

There are still people out there who are afraid to admit to their inner child and they loudly deny that they don't like the cute images (how is that possible?) so I think this one will be perfect for them and also the chocolate lovers among us!


I've painted the image with Tim Holtz Distress Inks (ReInkers), the background paper is Papermania Blueberry Capsule Collection, the swirly die is Memory Box, and used a simple hole punch for the dots.  Brown card is a sheet of First Editions but not sure which pad it's from.  Sentiment is Personal Impressions.

And on the subject of chocolates, that brings me rather neatly to a Candy Reminder - if you would like to win a £20 gift voucher to spend at either Bunny Zoe's Crafts, Lili Of The Valley or The Glitter Pot then you still have until midnight on 20th April to add your comment.  The winner will be randomly drawn shortly after that date.  And my candy post is only a hop skip and a click away .... here!

And I'll be back in the morning with something that I've been very excited about but not able to share with you until then!

Hugs, Sxx

Even Boys Can Have Cute!

Afternoon all, and a very Happy Easter to you.  We enjoyed a wonderful Mass this morning, the Church was full to bursting with daffodils and spring flowers and it was a truly lovely service.  Toad is already back on the chocolate after his Lent fast but is saving his beer til tonight.  I haven't touched the crisps yet but I do keep opening the cupboard door to worry them.

Anyhoo, you know me and cute, I just can't resist it, and who said boys can't have cute too?


Ingredients for this are
Medium  Distress Inks (ReInkers), edges inked in Brushed Corduroy distress ink
Papers & Card  Melissa Frances "Attic Treasures", and pearlised brown cardstock
Sentiment  Hero Arts
Extras  Cheery Lynn corner dies, basic hole punch

I'm in danger of slipping into another brown phase of cardmaking so off to play with something more colourful!

Hugs, Sxx

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Ribbons n Bows Take 2

Having scanned the rules over at LILI'S LITTLE FAIRIES I can't see a mention of one entry only so here is my Take 2 on the Ribbons n Bows theme this week.

Before you all shout - I did say that I don't do ribbons and/or bows - let me clarify that, I don't do FABRIC ribbons and/or bows.  Paper ones work just fine (grin).


Ingredients
Stamped Image  Lili of the Valley
Medium  Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers  First Edition
Ribbon & Bow  Lili of the Valley
Sentiment  Craftwork Cards

Is anyone else watching The Voice on BBC?  Really enjoying the interaction between the judges, particularly Will.I.Am and Danny!  Interesting concept, looking forward to seeing where it goes next once the auditions are over.

I might, or might not, be back tomorrow, depends on how the day pans out, so if I am not I shall take the opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Easter.

Hugs, Sxx

LIM # 62 - Colour Challenge

Morning all.  A hosepipe ban in place and it's rained all night, lol.  Seriously though, we are in one of the areas of the country in drought and we need soooooo much rain to put things even halfway right.  Bring on the wet!

Mind you, it is lovely and sunny this morning, so far.

Today at LESS IS MORE the ladies have a Colour Challenge for us and it is Three Shades of Green.  I'll be honest - since being forced to wear a bottle green school uniform for five years, I developed an allergy to green, but it is getting better as I'm getting older and I was determined not to let my teenage prejudice get in the way of me having a go at this!


I masked and sponged the background with Distress Inks in Forest Moss and Shabby Shutters, then I inked up some card in Peeled Paint and die cut the Cheery Lynn butterflies.  Hero Arts sentiment is also stamped in Peeled Paint.  Then I added mint green pearls to the bodies of the butterflies to give a bit more dimension and texture.  Voila.

Hugs, Sxx

Friday, 6 April 2012

We Have Lift Off!

Before I start ranting this morning (because it could be our computer and not Blogger) has anyone who has upgraded noticed that you can only have one tab open from your Reading List?  You click on a second blog and instead of opening another tab, it just overwrites the first one.  Or is that just me?  Makes it awkward if you are entering multiple challenges!

Anyhoo, one or two of you asked about my issue with ribbons and bows (yesterday's post), well I can't do them.  It makes no difference how hard I try, how carefully I place the ribbon and/or bow, they simply do not look as if they are part of the card - they just look plonked on as an afterthought.  I guess I'm simply not a girl for excess frippery.

Which brings me very nicely to today's challenges:


And the other lovely this about CAS cards is there aren't too many ingredients to remember
Stamped Image  Lili Of The Valley
Medium  Tim Holtz Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Clouds  Woodware
Sentiment  Hero Arts

Hugs, Sxx

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Give In Gracefully? Nah!

There comes a time in the life of a woman of certain years when she really ought to know when to give in gracefully, to know when she is beaten and admit defeat, rather than carrying on blithely and making a complete arse of herself.  Unfortunately I haven't reached that stage yet.

This week, of all the darned weeks, Lili's Little Fairies are offering a four week GDT - but the theme of the challenge is Ribbons n Bows.  Aarrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!  Oh well, time to make myself look a complete fool yet again.


Ingredients for this card are
Stamped Image  Lili of The Valley Ride With Me
Medium  Tim Holtz Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers  A mix of black n white from DCWV and Dovecraft
Red matting layers are white card edged with Poppy ProMarker
Ribbon  Fantastic Ribbons - dotty black organza
Extras  Flower punch, spacer and crystal brad from stash

I'm off to hide now until the shame wears off.

Ooh, meant to mention, yes, the Dear Customer Services letter was mailed yesterday.  Let's see if I get any kind of responses, lol!

Hugs, Sxx

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Dear Customer Services



Dear Customer Services,

I like Jelly Babies. They make me smile. They taste nice, and they don't make me feel quite so guilty as some other confections do.

However. Why are there so many orange Jelly Babies? I recently opened a bag that was probably 75% orange. Now this is just not playing fair.

I will eat the orange ones, under sufferance, but readily hold my hand up to these not being at the top of my favourites list. The plan is – eat an orange one, then have another colour (preferably pink, a rare creature) to neutralise the taste of neat orange squash, but that bag contained so few non-orange that I had to resort to Plan B, skewer the orange ones on a paperclip to form an orange Jelly Babies kebab and give it to my friend. I do not like giving away my Jelly Babies, I am very selfish with my treats.

Other stores make their own version of Jelly Babies and their orange flavour is more mandarin but, I am afraid to say, yours is toxic.

I know you are going to tell me that the bags are filled randomly but it is surprising how much randomness affects the orange ones. Or is it that they just breed faster?

I would like to buy a bag that has more than its fair share of pink random filling, but I think I stand a far better chance of winning the Lottery.

Yours, demanding more colour equality

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Fat And Cuddly

Afternoon all - how's your day?  Do you have sunshine?  We do, but it is quite cool today, but lovely and bright.  Don't want to worry you but I did hear the weather man mention the S word as part of the forecast for the coming week.  Eeeek.

Anyhoo, I've been getting inky this afternoon and popped on to show this happy card I made - it wasn't intended for any challenges as I made it for the fun of it, but it does fit nicely for the Moving Along With The Times theme of Cute and Cuddly.

Yes, he's cute, yes, he's cuddly, but I also think he's just a teensy bit fat!!


Ingredients for this card:
Stamped Image  Lili of the Valley - Patchwork Daisy
Medium  Tim Holtz Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers  Basic Grey Manilla (all distressed with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink)
Sentiment  Personal Impressions
Dies & Punches  EK Success daisy punch, Marianne Creatibles leaves
Extras  Card Candi

You may have noticed a small change my blog header, I've been trying to think of a name to "brand" my cards for sale and, because I paint with ink so much, Squirrel's Ink seemed to make sense, and it contracted to Squink quite nicely! 

Right then, time for me to get prepping some vegetables for dinner so I'll see's ya later.

Hugs Sxx.
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