Welcome to Squirrel's slightly nutty world of rubber stamping, papercraft, cats, Formula 1 and a variety of other off-the-wall topics. It's fabulous to see you and I hope you enjoy your time here. Please do pop back and visit me again soon!

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Birthday Besties (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello peeps, I'm here, but I think I should change my middle name to "sorry I'm late again" - there is just so much going on at the moment that I really don't know my knees from my elbows.

Anyhoo, I have a sweet but very simple birthday card to share with you today

I have used
MFT Pure Innocence Birthday Besties MFT-PI-301 (there are two girls in the set) 

I have paper pieced her dress from the gorgeous plaid papers - I love this set of papers, they all coordinate colourwise so beautifully
The rest of her is Distress Ink'ed (ReInkers)

It's my mum's birthday today, so we are about to dash off to visit with her presents and a yummy cake, and a bucketful of blackberries that Toad picked for her yesterday

Hugs to all

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Round or Straight (Circles or Squares) (DT) As You Like It Challenge

 Morning all, just popping by with my DT make for the

The theme for this fortnight is Round or Straight (Circles or Squares)
and please remember to tell us about your choice

I have nothing against circles, don't get me wrong, but I do prefer the nice symmetry and straightness of a square.  In fact I have used lots of squares here.  Can you count how many there are?

Wild Rose Studio - Milton With Gifts
MFT 6x6 papers
Impression Obsession Happy Birthday die

Milton was painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and the matting layer and Happy Birthday were Copic coloured

Our sponsor for this challenge is


Saturday, 4 September 2021

Warm & Feathered Hugs (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello chaps, I'm here again with another Dies To Die For DT post, and this time with something
warm and feathery

This is
The stamp and die sets are available together for an excellent price at DTDF

The rather messy night time sky was done with Distress Oxides, and I cut a mask out of a Post-It Note for the snowy ground.

A very simple card, but that owl does make me smile.  He was painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers).


Saturday, 28 August 2021

The Walrus, The Polar Bear, And The Penguin (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello peeps, sorry I was MIA for my DTDF post last week, I was laid low by a rather unpleasant bug, which knocked me off my feet for four days.  Still not 100% but am getting there.

Anyhoo, today's offering reminds me of a joke

A penguin walks into a pub.  He goes to the bar and says to the landlord
"Have you seen my brother?"
The landlord looks at him, scratches his head, thinks for a minute, and asks
"I'm not sure, what does he look like?"

Sooooooooo, on to today's make then

And the lovely things used are

The image is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and fussy cut - I don't know if there even was a die  issued for this stamp but, if there was, I don't have it, so back to the trusty scissors and the craft knife for the nooks and crannies.

I was a bit frugal with the papers as there are only 2 sheets of each design in the pad, and they are all so lovely, so I was a miser and only used one - I did the technique of cutting from the centre of the sheet so I had my mini matting layer and a hollowed out bottom layer - I "patched" the hole (slight overlap) with the white card.  I'm not sure which stitched dies I used for the white, but I think it might have been my Crealies set.

Hmmmm, I've not had a Penguin in ages, but I know where there is a stash of dark mint Kit-Kat


Thursday, 26 August 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Wild Animal

 Oh dear, I really am on the naughty step, so sorry I am late, about 12 hours late to be precise.

It's new challenge day over at AS YOU LIKE IT and this time we want you to tell us all
about your Favourite Wild Animal

Hmmm, did I really need to think about this one?  Actually yes, because I love ALL animals (so long as they are furry and don't have more than four legs), and the Big Cats are high up on my list, especially the beautiful and magnificent leopards and jaguars, but on a less exotic level, my favourite animal is the humble British (and European) Red Squirrel - I mean, they are just so flippin' cute!

MFT Stencils

I've gently stencilled the brickwork stencil through the watercolour square stencil, so my background has softer edges
Squirrel! has, naturally, been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Our fabulous sponsor for this challenge is
and I have linked my items used straight to the right pages on the website for you

Looking forward to hearing all about your favourite wild critters


Saturday, 14 August 2021

Pile On The Hugs (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello peeps, here I am again.  One of my Dies To Die For teamies has shamed me into making a start
on the C cards, and it is still only August.  I may never recover from this.

So, I have used

Images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Background sort of went a bit streaky, but I quite like it, it looks like the wind is whirling the snow around.
Additional blobbed on snowflakes added with an opaque white detail paint which I am still trying to clean out of my brush.


Thursday, 12 August 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Primary Colour

 Hello peeps, hope you are all well.

Today, the new theme over at AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE
is for you to tell us all about your Favourite Primary Colour.
(if you are not sure, there are only three, Red, Blue, and Yellow)

I am rather partial to a splash of yellow, it is such a bright and happy colour, and it makes me think of Spring.

So, for this I have used

Images painted with Zig Real Color Brush Pens as watercolours
and the yellow matting layer is simply white card edged up with a Copic pen

Our sponsor for this challenge is

So, what's stopping you, come on over and get colourful with us!


Saturday, 7 August 2021

Saddle Up & Celebrate (DT) Dies To Die For

  Morning all, it's a damp and dreary day here in the east of England, but I have something bright and cheerful to share with you.

I got a little bit excited last month when MFT did a Vault Release of a lot
of their Birdie Brown designs - it meant I have been able to top up my collection!

For this slimline card (9x4) I have used

Images all painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.


Thursday, 29 July 2021

Favourite Pet Animal (DT) As You Like It Challenge

 The new challenge starting today from the AS YOU LIKE IT team is
Your Favourite Pet Animal
(and please do tell us why)

I'm a crazy cat lady I'm afraid.  There has always been a cat in my life right since I was a baby.  Even during a couple of years where I wasn't able to have my own, I still had the pleasure of the furry residents at my parents.  I have been owned by several hairy overlords over the years, and I am currently owned by Rosie who was adopted from the Blue Cross six years ago.  She is twelve now but shows no signs of relaxing her reign of terror.

For my card, I have used a stamp from Gerda Steiner Designs - Only For You
and teamed it with a die-cut from MFT DieNamics - Twice The Hugs
Papers are a mix of Lawn Fawn and MFT
Stamped sentiment is Lawn Fawn

Our sponsor for this challenge is

and we have a new DT member so please do pop over to say a warm hello to the fabulous Chrissy from Chrissy's Cardland


Monday, 26 July 2021

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Lookin' Shark (DT) Dies To Die For

  Morning all, today for my Dies To Die For make I am bringing you a dose
of Whimsy fun from Dustin Pike, guaranteed to raise a smile

Thankfully I didn't see any of this kind of drama at the beach yesterday!  The nearest we got to that was a small child throwing an absolute tantrum because she'd been told to return an item that she'd "acquired" from somewhere along the prom.  I'd rather take my chance with a shark!

Images all painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and fussy cut,  The shark is a separate stamp to the porthole (just in case you were thinking it was an all in one) so the hole has been layered over the shark.


Thursday, 15 July 2021

Favourite Shape (DT) As You Like It Challenge

 So, here we are at Thursday again, so that means it is a new theme from the

This time around AYLI are asking for your Favourite Shape for a card
(but NOT a square or rectangle please)

Personally, I love squares and rectangles so I had a bit of a job with this one.  I cut circles and ovals, and weird shapes, but somehow none of them floated my boat (or would stand up) so I'm afraid I ended up with a rather predictable hexagon card.  I do like a good hexagon and use the shape a lot ON cards, but haven't made many AS cards.  I quite enjoyed it!

I have used:
Rodney from CC Designs
MFT Bitty Holiday Wishes sentiment set
Lawn Fawn 6x6 papers - Snow Day
MFT DieNamics Stitched Hexagon Stax

Rodders has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and I used a tiny bit of some thick and goopy white paint that I bought for his freckles.  His nose highlight is just bare paper.

And this is the FIRST of my Christmas cards made this year!

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Did you know that LOTV are doing stamps again?  Hurrah!  They have recently released two polymer stamp sets, one for the boys, and one with cupcakes and cute animals.  I had to have both, naturally, but hubby has bought me one of them for my birthday (grin).

Anyhoo, let's be hearing about your favourite shape for card base (that isn't a square or a rectangle)


Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Mice Day

 Oh me oh my, what is the world coming to .... since Himself lost his job last year, I seem to have had even less time to do things, even though he is here and I'm at work, so to find time to actually make a card to enter a challenge, well, it was a challenge in itself.

Except I have missed the closing time.  Aargh!!

Anyhoo, here it is

My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge
MFT Birdie Brown Mice Day stamps & dies
MFT DieNamics Double Stitched Circle Stax
MFT 6x6 papers - Dots and Stripes Sorbet
Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Hugs all

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Art Is (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello peeps, hope you are ok.  It's been a bit of a damp start to the weekend, but actually, I really don't mind.  It gives me a great reason to park my ample behind at my craft bench and get inky without feeling too guilty!

I seem to be having a phase of extra CAS cards at the moment, and here's another one

The cute little squirrel in the portrait is a separate stamp within the set, and I could not resist stamping him onto the easel to be immortalised by the rabbit.

This is a large stamp, and I found it difficult to get a clean image with a traditional block, so you might want to use a stamping platform for this one.

Main image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers), terrible grass done with Polychromos Pencils



BTW, the new MFT release, including the first Vault Release of Birdie Brown stamps, is now in store, if there is anything left by now that is.

Saturday, 3 July 2021

Housecats (DT) Dies To Die For

  Morning all (just), I'm popping in today with a CAS card.

A card doesn't need to be overflowing with detail to have impact.

I used two pieces of the Party Plaid (same pattern, different colours) and pattern matched to get the blue top border lined up with the yellow statement piece
Images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

And that's really all.


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