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!

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.


Thursday, 1 July 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Stitching

 Hello all (and especially to Faith, waving) I hope you are all ok.

It's time for another As You Like It Challenge and the theme this time is
Stitching (real, doodles, or dies)

I used to doodle my stitches onto cards, but then came the advent of stitched dies and I have never looked back.  I love that this tiny piece of detail can add so much to your layers without being intrusive, it is the perfect finishing touch.

MFT Stitched Hexagon Stax
Crealies XXL Stitched Squares

Gnome painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)

And our sponsor of this theme is

Looking forward to seeing you there and hearing about your favourite way to add stitching to your makes,


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