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Thursday, 2 July 2015


So only two days to go now before the new stamp release from
Have you chosen your favourites yet from all the sneak peeks?

This little chap is definitely one of mine

Odd Dog - Balloon
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Pearls from stash

One more Odd Dog to come from me tomorrow

Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Summer Bunches - Take 3

Happy 1st July everyone!

Popping by with a third version of the new Summer Bunches stamp, soon (very) to be released from Lili of The Valley

Have kept this one fresh and clean and simple
Summer Bunches stamp
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment from All The Best Set 91

Will be back again tomorrow with another Odd Dog for you.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Sweet Dreams

Today, after many months of deliberating, I thought I might have a rant and rave about the insidious/invidious nature of Facebook v Blogger, but you know what? I really haven't got the energy as I might well be talking to myself the way things are going these days.

Instead I bring you another Odd Dog sneak peek from Lili of The Valley - these little cuties will be available to purchase on 4 July.

This little chap is Sweet Dreams
Papers are LOTV?Raspberry Road Shabby Shack
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is an old LOTV one (retired)
Pet tag and bones are Whimsy dies Pet Accessories
Shaped die is Nestabilities

This grumpy old Squirrel will get grumpier as the week goes on, with the increasing temperatures and lack of sleep, but I will still be posting.  Visit if you dare!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 29 June 2015


The countdown has begun for the Lili of The Valley release of new gorgeousness on 4 July, so you still have a few days left to save those pennies!

I'm starting the week off with another Odd Dog sneak peek, and this one is called Handwritten.

Lili of The Valley - Odd Dog: Handwritten
LOTV/Nitwits - Sunny Side Up papers
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Thinking of You words die
Memory Box Speech Bubble die

Thanks for popping by today, there will be more cuteness as the week goes on.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Sleepy Sneak Peek

Happy Saturday everyone - hope you are having a super day so far.

Well, it is only a week to go now before the new release of gorgeousness from Lili Of The Valley so I am popping by to share another sneak peek that I hope will persuade you that you really will need all this forthcoming cuteness from the Odd Dog character!

Stamp: LOTV - Sleepy Book
Medium: Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers: Joy Crafts
Sentiment: Kaisercraft
Extras: MFT Inside & Out Stitched Rounded Edge Squares dies and 
Dovecraft Back To Basics buttons

Looks like the perfect way to spend a day!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 26 June 2015

Take Two

Morning all, you might want your sunnies for this one!

Earlier in the week I posted a Sneaky Peeky of a new flowery stamp being released on 4 July from LILI OF THE VALLEY.

I did the first version as sunflowers (you can find it here if you missed it) but mentioned that the flowers would work in all colours.

So here is the "in your face" version!

So, yes, it is Summer Bunches stamp again
This time coloured purely with Polychromos Pencils
Sentiment is also LOTV from Scroll Sentiments
Image coloured to match in with the super bright and happy papers from
LOTV/Nitwits Sunny Side Up

That's me done for today - will be back over the weekend with maybe a poochy peek or two!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Pink GDT Take Two

Hello everyone, and welcome to Thursday.  In my book, you are welcome to normal Thursdays, as I certainly don't want them, never could get the hang of them.  But this Thursday is ok, as I am back as GDT at IN THE PINK for my second and final appearance.

This fortnight's theme is Vintage/Shabby Chic.

Regular readers will know that this will have sent me screaming and running for the hills, but it is meant to be a challenge, right?!

Anyhoo, here is my interpretation of the theme:

Stamp is an old Belles & Whistles - no name on the packet unfortunately
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are the new LOTV/Nitwits Dress Shoppe
Ownership of the lace die is lost in the mists of time
Sentiment is LOTV Vintage Labels
Pearls from stash

Actually, looking at it now, the sentiment is a bit squint, but for some reason a lot of my cards have been squint lately so you probably won't notice anything new there!

Thanks to Christine and Kat and the Pink Ladies for having me on board for a while, it has been a bubble of pink champagne girls!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Sneaky Peeky folks!

There will soon be a lovely new batch of rubber released by Lili Of The Valley, and you don't have too long to wait - just long enough to put some pennies to one side because, believe me, you are going to want ALL of these.

As a member of the Design Collective I was asked to showcase this beauty:

Oh my, so love this stamp!
This one is called Summer Bunches - there will be other delicious flowers in the release too
It screamed sunflowers at me, but those blooms could be any colour scheme you wanted
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are First Edition: Boho Chic
Memory Box bamboo die, and Cheery Lynn butterfly die
Pebbles Inc yellow Candy Dots, and small pearls from my stash

Keep an eye out for other sneaky peeks from my very talented teamies, there is going to be so much to make you drool and covet!

Hugs to all for a sunshine day
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Oh Baby!

Yoo-hoo!  Happy Weekend!

Just popping by with my second Design Collective card for June, and it is a cutie

I always get caught out with not having the "right" card ready so kept this one safe and neutral

Medium: Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers: LOTV/Nitwits - Always & Forever Solids
Petal Fresh (retired)
LOTV/Raspberry Road - Pressed In Time
Dies & Punches: MFT Inside & Out Stitched Rounded Edge Stax
Martha Stewart Stars

I don't do babies, but love seeing cute baby cards!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 19 June 2015

In The Country

Morning all!  A slightly later post than usual from me today, because I didn't have to be getting up at silly o'clock as I have the day off, wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

I was humming and harring about what to post today when I realised that I hadn't posted my Father's Day card.  There is no danger of mum or dad seeing it accidentally as they don't have a computer, so I shall share with you today.

This one is a potpourri card 
Stamp is LOTV In The Country
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are a mish-mash from my 12x12 scrap booking box - the grass and straw were some of the very first 12x12 papers that I ever bought, plus a strip of Doodlebug stripes, and a wee piece of Maja Designs gingham
Bazzil Basics brown card
Fence die is, I think, a Marianne Creatables
Tiled sentiment stamp is a magazine freebie
So is the rosette stamp
Glittered number 1 from my stash of peel-off emergency numbers

On the inside I have matted a white panel onto a layer of the green gingham and added the words
I SMILE because you are my daddy
I LAUGH because there is nothing you can do about it!

That's me done.  I am off to load the washing machine, give Rosie a prod, and then get down to some serious crafting.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

REALLY Big Present!

Morning all.  At the weekend, I had a colouring session, just for the fun of it, and this is one of the images I sat down and got inky with.

The stamp itself is retired now but you can still find the Mini Masterpiece toppers for it on the Lili Of The Valley ebay outlet.

Stamped image is Big Present (retired - see above)
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers) with a sprinkle of Polychromos Pencils for his hair
That awesome polka dot paper is from the new LOTV/Nitwits Sunny Side Up paper pad
Sentiment from Clearly Besotted Sweet Little Sentiments
Extras: WH Smith black art card

Really enjoyed painting this little chap - he was just the therapy I needed!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Totally Tilda? Hmmmmm.....

Hi all, hope this finds you feeling fine.  We are now well into the week (isn't it a relief to get Monday over - it always feels longer than any other day) so I am happy that it is now heading towards the weekend, lol.

Anyhoo, a friend tipped me the wink about the Gifts/Balloons challenge over at Totally Tilda - and I was surprised to find that I didn't have to use a Tilda stamp to enter, which is a good thing as I don't have that many of them any more.

I made this little card at the weekend without realising I could enter it, but enter it I will, as I am allowed.  So there.

So, I have used one of the LOTV Happy Bears
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and the beautifully coordinated papers (yes, I chose them first for a change) are the new LOTV/Nitwits Romance and Roses
A LOTV sentiment from the Vintage Labels Occasions set
And my trusty small Woodware flower punch with some pearl centres

And as they as furry and friendly little critters I shall also enter at Bunny Zoe's Furry Friends challenge

Thanks for taking the time to come over for a visit.  I know you don't get the instant gratification of a Facebook "Like" with Blogger so I really do appreciate the effort you make in leaving me comments.  Each and every one is read and treasured.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 15 June 2015

Holiday Reminder

Yoo-Hoo!  Just popping by with a quick midway reminder for you - over at WITHOUT WORDS the June Challenge is Summer Holidays .....

This little chap is an old Stamp Fairy stamp
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Dovecraft: Bright Spark
and the sentiment is half of a Christmas "Happy Holidays" one

Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy, but that is what we want - clean cards that show off your colouring skills

Hope you have time to come and play

Squirrel xx

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Guest DT

Morning all.  A surprise for you this morning, and it was a heck of a surprise for me too, as the lovely Christine asked if I would like to GDT for a couple of challenges over at In The Pink.  It took me all of three seconds to say yes!

My first card for them is for this fortnight's theme of Summer.

I love the look of stepper cards but they are nearly as difficult to photograph as easel ones!

I have use Little Miss Muffet - Fancy Sunbonnet Flowers stamp
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are the new LOTV/Nitwits Romance & Roses
Stepper die from By DieZyne
Sentiment tag from LOTV Sentiment Tags set
Flower dies could well be MFT but I have lost the packet

I do hope you will be able to join in the summer theme, just remember to use lots of pink!
Challenge sponsor is THE RIBBON GIRL

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 6 June 2015


No Jim Carrey to be seen today, but there is some smoke.

This is the first of my cards for June for the Lili of The Valley Design Collective and uses one of the little ladies that was released not that long ago.

This stamp is Smoke Signal
Isn't she fun?  You can translate those puffs into anything you want ;)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) - I have tried to keep to what I felt would be traditional colours but maybe that is more Hollywood influence than actual truth
Papers are from Country Gent and Promises Solids
The sentiment stamp (which probably isn't very PC) is from Kaisercraft

There is a Summer Special Event going on at the LOTV shop today, so if you are planning to go I hope you have an amazing time.
If you are not planning to go, why not?!!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

PS.  Antiques Roadshow Winner announced here

And the winner is

Go on, I will let you smack my wrists for being so bad ..... ouch, not quite so hard, thank you!

Sorry that I am so late announcing the winner of the Antiques Roadshow challenge, totally went out of my head.

No messing about, the winner is

Congratulations Lisa, could you email me, Squirrel, to claim your prize

Thanks to everyone who joined in, it was great fun hopping around to see what you have had stored away in your cupboards for so long!

Who knows, we might even do another challenge later in the year, if you behave yourselves.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Dress Shoppe

Yoo-hoo, it's Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday!  Phew, and I think it's going to be an interesting one, lots of storms so keeping fingers crossed for an office based power cut.  It mustn't rain at home though as our garage flat roof is being replaced today!

Anyhoo, you must have noticed that there is a Summer Event at Lili of The Valley tomorrow, and there is a launch of some new paper pads too.  Oh my, every page of the three pads is delicious and as soon as I get paid on Monday I shall be whapping that order in!

Just to show you a few of the papers from the Dress Shoppe pad, I made this simple card:

Something you don't often see from me, I have used an Art Pad!
Papers are all from the forthcoming LOTV/Nitwits Dress Shoppe pad
Nestabilities Labels 18, and retro flower punches with pearls
I wish I could have showed you more of the paper that I punched the flowers from on this one, it is absolutely to die for, in fact a whole pad of that and I would be a happy  girl!

So, what I would like you today is stay at home and away from the computer.
Reason - save your pennies and get ready to spend at Lili
The new products will be irresistible!

Have a happy Friday
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Sweet Tea

Morning all.  Nearly the end of the week, hurrah!  Hasn't the weather picked up nicely?  Can we be lucky enough for it to last more than 48 hours I wonder......

Anyhoo, popping by with something a little different in style for me today:

So this Gorjuss Girl stamp is Sweet Tea
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and then fussy cut
Papers are Craftwork Cards, I think the pad is called Tea Party
The Roman Clock stencil is from Imagination Crafts and is inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and cut out by hand
Base card is pearlised kraft card

I am really pleased with how this one turned out, all the elements just came together nicely, almost as if I had planned it, and we know how rarely that happens!

Have a happy day
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

A Summer Event

Yoo-Hoo!  Just popping by with a card for the Lili Of The Valley Design Collective and to tell you all about the Summer Event competition on Facebook.

First off, there is a Summer Special this coming Saturday at the shop, so for anyone within travelling distance of Leeds, this has to be a must go to event

Join us for a Summer Special Saturday at the shop!
Come and spend some time browsing our new products and fantastic displays, as well as enjoying a cream tea and strawberries!
So why not celebrate the start of summer (nearly!) with LOTV. You never know the sun might even be shining!
Open 10am - 3pm.
Free Parking 

The next time to tell you about is the Facebook Competition - starting today and running
until Friday 5 June
Do come over and have a look, there are three voucher prizes up for grabs

The Design Collective have been busy making Summer themed inspiration pieces for you and here is mine

I loved making this one, even if it did mean getting a rash from the euonymus shrub to take the photo!

LOTV "Big Hugs" (pssst, there is a half  price sale on the Jack Patch & Puss stamps right now)
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Floral and spots papers are LOTV/Nitwits One Birdie Lane
Orange paper is Dovecraft Bright Spark
Scroll die from Memory Box
Flutter Vine die from Memory Box
Flower punch from Woodward
Flower centre gems from stash

So, with the weather set to warm up by the end of the week, let's hope this has put you in a summery mood - do come and join us at the FB challenge, and hope you are able to visit the shop at the weekend.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 1 June 2015

Without Words (DT) June: Summer Holidays

First Monday of June and Summer is almost here (believe it or not)

So over at WITHOUT WORDS this month the challenge is for you to be thinking about your

Scrapberry stamp "Cherry"
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Dovecraft Bright Spark papers
Personal Impressions sentiment

Yes, now, I can hear you shouting "what's that to do with summer holidays?"
Well, as a child and in my early teens I spent just about every summer holiday there was up at the fields fruit picking, sometimes with my mum and nan on the blackcurrants, but as I got older on my own on any fruit that needed to be done - all to earn a few pennies.  Summer means fruit to me, maybe that's why I don't eat as much of it as I should - I ate it all back then!

Hope you will be able to join in this month - there is a voucher prize from Crafter's Companion for the winner - and we look forward to seeing your interpretation of the theme.  Just remember to follow the simple rules please.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Celebrating Love

Morning all (it is, just) hope this finds you well.

I struggle to remember birthdays, I can write them down all over the place but then forget to look at the notes.  I have developed a reputation for delivering cards over a week late.  So if I can't remember birthdays, imagine how hard it is for me to remember other dates, like anniversaries.

Well, I did remember this one, and I had the card all made, enveloped and ready to go.  I even took it to work with me to post.  So why was it still in the office post tray the day after it should have gone?!  It's a conspiracy I tell you!

Stamped image is Tiddly Inks
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and a touch of Polychromos
Papers are all LOTV/Nitwits
Sentiment and Scroll are both LOTV
Memory Box Precious Hearts dies

Have a super weekend - see you all on Monday for a new Without Words challenge

Squirrel xx

Thursday, 28 May 2015

You've had the girl, here's the boy - super!

The other day I posted Winnie's card featuring Super Girl from Whimsy stamps, illustrated by the very talented Krista Heij-Barber - love this lady's work, and I have several more of her stamps on my wish list.

Anyhoo, I am popping by today with my version of another of her stamps.

Self explanatory I think - this one is Super Boy
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and a touch of Polychromos
Cardstock is all from That's Crafty
Custom card base - it opens just to the left of the stars

Sorry for the poor quality photo, I took it Tuesday evening and must have just missed the decent light.  Will try and get a better one at the weekend to replace it with.

I have a couple more of Krista's images still to ink, so look out for those coming in the
not too distant future!


Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Happy Mail Wryn (updated)

Hi all, sorry it was such a rushed post this morning!  I meant to schedule this last night for this morning but then I fell asleep in the chair and by the time I woke up it was way past my bedtime.  I thought I would have more time before I went off to work but Rosie was demanding mouse football, so I'm afraid the post didn't happen then either!

So, on Sunday, I made a couple of order cards and then decided to sit down and have a colour of a Wryn just for the fun of it.

This is Happy Mail clear stamp from Tiddly Inks
She has been painted with my favourite colours in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Her hair is a base coat of ReInker and then overlaid with various shades of orange in Polychromos Pencils.  I could have gone a shade darker at the roots and tips but didn't want to dull down the gingerness!
Papers are Dovecraft Pretty Ink Pink
Border punches are both Martha Stewart
Sentiment is from a Hero Arts clear set
Tiny flower punch and the corner rounder are Woodware and the pearls are from stash

Got there in the end!

Squirrel xxx

Monday, 25 May 2015

Winnie's 100th

A couple of weeks ago I saw an appeal on the BBC Radio Sheffield Facebook page - Winnie, a resident in one of the local care homes, will be celebrating her 100th birthday at the end of May.  Winnie doesn't have any family or know many people outside of the home so Radio Sheffield asked for help in making her day a special one.  So far, cards have been sent by the 1000s from all over the world.  I think Winnie may be opening them for many months to come!

Here is the one I made for her:

I decided that you had to be a certain kind of "super" to reach 100
Whimsy Stamps - Super Girl
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers) with Polychromos hair
Dovecraft Pretty In Pink papers
Hero Arts sentiment
Gold stars and borders from stash

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Patchwork Balloons

Hello everyone, just dropping by with my second card for May for the Lili Of The Valley Design Collective.  I still have a little giggle to myself about this, I can't quite believe that I am part of it!

I made this one for a sweet friend who has left work (last day yesterday) to move on to pastures new.

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Memory Box Stitched Cloud dies
Sentiment unknown

Hope you all have an absolutely super duper weekend
Hugs to you
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Going freestyle

Morning all.  Hope this finds you well now that we are on the downward slope towards another super Bank Holiday weekend.  I may start a campaign to get one a month!

Anyhoo, I have been lucky with my entries for this challenge in the past, but am not sure that luck will hold out for this one.

I have loads of "stitched" effect dies now, so heaven knows why I decided to go freestyle

Image stamp is Sugar Nellie: Best Day Ever (minus the mouse)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment from Clearly Besotted - it's a straight line one so I did it half at a time
Papers are Dovecraft: Pretty In Pink
Tiny Woodware retro flower punch, and office hole punch
Custom sized card base

Note to self: use a ruler next time!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Gnome from Gnome

OK, so you have seen these little chaps popping up all over the place, I know, but as soon as I saw my first one that Mrs Fluff did, I could not resist.  Fair enough, I had to wait a while for them to come back into stock but the gang arrived on my doormat at the weekend, hurrah!

My Favourite Things - Gnome Stamp Set
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Dovecraft: Bright Spark papers
DieNamics Stitched Oval Stax dies
And a custom sized card base

The gnome and the mushroom are in the same set so I masked them together.  Well, he has to be leaping over something doesn't he?!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 18 May 2015

A Party Needs A Balloon

Flying visit this morning chaps, I meant to do this last night but had such an awful headache that I couldn't face turning the computer on.  Feeling much better after a good sleep.

CC Designs Roberto's Rascals - Birthday Twila
Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
BoBunny Double Dots papers
Can't remember where the sentiment came from

As this is pink, blue and yellow, it will act as a final reminder for the WITHOUT WORDS colour theme challenge!

Right, gotta dash, need to get ready for work!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Antiques Reminder

Morning all.  Well, Toad has been delivered to the train station so should be well on his way to the wedding by now.  At least, I hope he is and that he didn't get on the train to Norwich.  There is a football match going on today, the second half of the local derby between Ipswich and Norwich, for a chance at promotion to the Premiership.  There were an awful lot of footie fans milling around the station entrance, and quite a few policemen too!

So, anyway, we are halfway through May so it's time for a reminder about the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW CHALLENGE (use your old stuff).

A very simple card but made with men in mind, and we know they don't do complicated!

I don't know how long I have had this stamp but I bought it second hand and it has been buried in a pile on the dining room table for well over a year, maybe two.
Penny Black - You Make Me Bob
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment was a magazine freebie
Papers are LOTV/Nitwits Country Gent
Matting layer from stash of scraps

You still have until the end of the month to enter!

Right then, I am off to continue the search for the missing MoJo.  Rosie says she hasn't seen him but she thinks he is still hanging around because she can smell him.  Perhaps I should try and tempt him out with some Dreamies - they work well enough on her!

Hugs to all and have a super weekend
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 14 May 2015



Reward Offered


MoJo is quite old and getting very slow these days.  He used to be quite a busy little soul and was always thinking about colours, shapes, rubber stamps and patterned papers.  He was last seen over a month ago after a badly planned incident with a glue gun and stranded glitter.

You might think MoJo is my invisible friend, but I used to be able to see him out of the corner of my eye, and he does talk to me about all sorts of things.  At least, I think it is his voice I am hearing.

If anyone has seen MoJo, or has knowledge of where he might be, there is a reward for information leading to his return.

Thank you
MoJoless Squirrel xx
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