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Saturday, 21 May 2016

CAS-ual Fridays

Yes, I know it's not Friday now, it is most definitely Saturday!  I follow the CAS-ual Fridays blog by email, and every week their post pops up, and every week I drool over what the very skilled DT have made.  Every week I think, I love CAS, I should enter this, and every week I am either too late, or too scared.

So, this is a first (or it might be a second, I'm not sure) - I am going to enter the challenge.  I am!

The theme is Birthday Boy.  I really don't mind making male cards, but perhaps that is because of my style, fluff free.  Anyhoo, this is what I shall be entering in a few moments.

I absolutely love this "Surprise" set of stamps from CC Designs, Roberto's Rascals - I have used the two girls for a couple of makes already, but this is the first outing for the little chap.
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils for his hair
Sentiment from the same set
Simple white image panel with a coloured mat on a white card base

We have been to the v.e.t. this morning.  The last appointment we had was cancelled as someone wasn't playing fair, but this morning, with Toad as an extra pair of hands, we managed to get her in the carrier.  There was the usual howling in the car but once we arrived she was relatively calm ..... until the worming tablet.  Would she swallow it?  Would she heck.  The poor vet even had to resort to the technique of thumb over the nose, but Rosie is a stubborn girl.  She only consented to swallow once she had so much dribble in her mouth that the tablet must have dissolved on her tongue, and we all know what that tastes like!  So, she is vaccinated for another year, wormed and claw clipped.  Phew.

This is the post-vet-trauma-shock photo

Feeling sorry for her?!

Hope you are having super weekends
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 19 May 2016

AYLI (DT) Big Bows or Little Bows

Hello my darlin's!  Welcome to another Thursday of fun, and of course it is fun, it's another challenge from 

This time, we are asking you to choose between BIG BOWS OR LITTLE BOWS and tell us why you made that choice.

Personally, bows are the frippery of the devil, so I avoid them wherever I can, but, I had to use one for the challenge!  I prefer little to large, so, awkward as ever, this one is sort of medium sized.

So, for this one I have used
CC Designs Roberto's Rascals Cake Nancy
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Cardstock is Bazzil Bling that I had in my stash
Bow die is the smaller one from Lil' Inker Designs
(should not have checked for the link, just spotted there is a mini one too)

The sponsor of this challenge is

Sweet n Sassy Stamps
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

OK, all you bow fans, get busy with the fizzy and join the challenge - you have two weeks!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 16 May 2016

WILD THINGS (A Squirrel Random Challenge)


It's time - time for another Squirrel Random Challenge, are you ready?

This time the theme is WILD THINGS
so that could be animals, plants, weather .... you get the idea

The challenge will run from today until 6.00pm (UK time) on
Friday 17th June - that means you have 5 weeks, so no excuses!

There is a whole stack of prizes up for grabs, so we might divi those up if we can't choose an outright winner, or someone is going to be very lucky

I am honoured to have been joined again by my Little Acorns, Annette and Jayne, to bring you some SRC Inspiration, so here we go


Jayne  (Happy Birthday today!!)

TOTAL coincidence that there are three giraffes as none of us knew what the others were making!

That ought to give you a few ideas, so we can't wait to see what you produce.


Squirrel, Jayne and Annette


Saturday, 14 May 2016

Oh, hello, long time no see!

So, it has been a long time, a verrrrrrrrrrrrrry long time, but I have, at last, managed to do it.  I had promised Sam (Whispers Cards) that I would, and I have.

Yay!  I started hauliing my beloved, but neglected, Penny Black stamps out again, whoop whoop!

So, in my excitement I forgot to check the name of this one but it's it just adorable?
Edited:  It's called Peek-A-Boo (thanks Sam)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is from a clear set that is unlabelled
Papers were a magazine freebie
Woodware medium retro flower punch
and pink gingham Card Candy to finish

I had forgotten how much I enjoy colouring up these fabulous images.  Rest assured, there will be more to come.

Penny Black And More - May Challenge: Anything Goes

Hope you have an awesome weekend
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Oh, you might want to pop back on Monday - there could be a Random Squirrel Challenge starting

Thursday, 12 May 2016

In The Pink (DT) Happy Anything

Hi peeps!  I am on the Big Pink Naughty Step this time around - I should have posted this morning but unfortunately life has a habit of disrupting plans, so here I am now.  The right day, just running a tad late!

Anyhoo, a fabulous new challenge from the IN THE PINK team, and for this fortnight we would like you to celebrate HAPPY ANYTHING - your card can be for any occasion or event so long as it is happy!

Here is my DT card - it's different for me, and could be used for lots of occasions.  I do like to have versatile cards in my stash!

I have used the Penny Black "Petal Party" clear stamp set and two Memento inks
This really was easy peasy to make
Once the base card was stamped with the flower and leaf
I stamped the bigger flower onto the scrap of patterned paper and fussy cut, the leaf was stamped onto white card using the same green as the base leaves
I edged a strip of white card with the pink ink, and layered a white mat over.  
Finally I cut the Mama Elephant happy die from the same paper as the flower and added a Card Candy centre to the bloom

Our scrumdumptious sponsor for this challenge is the amazing Tracy from DIES TO DIE FOR

Two weeks to enter - go off and get happy, but don't forget to come back and enter!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Lili of the Valley May Challenge

Hello peeps, happy Tuesday!

1 May saw the launch of the new Lili of The Valley Facebook Challenge
and this time you are being asked to follow a sketch designed by our very own Jen.

Here is my second make for the theme

I've used a favourite baby image for this one, taken from the Babies clear set (sadly retired)
but still available in rubber as Baby Blanket
The shoes are from the same clear set - they were also released in rubber but have been retired now
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are leftovers from a girl themed baby paper pad I had
Sentiment stamp is also from that much missed Babies set

Here's the sketch

The challenge runs until 15 May so you still have a little bit of time to get your entries in.  There are some super prizes for the winner.

Looking forward to seeing you there

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 5 May 2016

AYLI (DT) Patterned Paper or Embossed

It scares me sometimes how quickly these Thursdays come round!  Blink, and suddenly it is time for another challenge from AS YOU LIKE IT.

This time around, the challenge for you is to choose your favourite between Patterned Paper or Embossed Paper.

I'm pretty sure that our Annette will have something to say about me and my love of patterned papers!  I have never really found the love for embossing, but I have certainly found it for pretty papers.  I love the challenge of being able to match the design to an image!

Here's my card

See, tiny pink cups!

Image is LOTV Jasmine Coffee
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
MFT double stitched circle die
Tonic plain circle die for matting
Dovecraft Tea House papers with Basic Grey Kraft papers
Sentiment is LOTV from Set 103 Sweet and Simple
Martha Stewart border punch to finish off

It's a digi sponsor this time, so for all you digi lovers out there
The sponsor of this challenge is

2 digital images of winners choice

Now it's over to you, you have two weeks to show us your make AND tell us why you made the choice you did.

Have fun!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

LOTV May Challenge

Hi All,  Well, May is here at last with, hopefully, some warmer and sunnier weather!

1 May saw the launch of the new Lili of The Valley Facebook Challenge
and this time you are being asked to follow a sketch designed by our very own Jen.

Here is my first make for the theme

I've used my favourite bear, James with Daisy, which is a retired LOTV stamp
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are from the Nitwits Bonnets & Bowties pad
Sentiment die is Clearly Besotted
Flower dies are MFT
with some gingham Card Candy to finish

Here's the sketch

The challenge runs until 15 May so you still have lots of time to get your entries in.  There are some super prizes for the winner.

Looking forward to seeing you there

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 2 May 2016

Senior Pest Control Officer

One of the pages that I follow regularly on Facebook is that of Felix, the Hudderfield Station Cat.  Felix is the Senior Pest Control Officer at Huddersfield Railway Station.

She even has her own name badge and hi-vis jacket, and she can often be seen out on the station platforms chasing away pigeons and hunting for mice, although she does seem to spend quite a bit of time mooching in the Station office!

When I received the Playful Kittens stamp set from Simon Says Stamp, there was one kitty on that set who, with the addition of a couple of pen lines, was also wearing a hi-vis jacket.

and here is Felix herself

Rosie asked me to post the card to Felix, which I did, and it is on her Facebook today, currently receiving more Likes than I could ever have dreamed of for one of my cards!

Have a super Bank Holiday Monday everyone.

Squirrel xx

Saturday, 30 April 2016


Well, three surprises really - the first one is that I am actually here!  I have been a bad blogger lately.  Honestly, if anyone says changing jobs is a piece of cake, I would recommend that you slap them.  I am glad that I made the move, but two weeks in and I still feel like a complete novice, even after 35 years experience!

Second surprise was a envelope of amazing Happy Mail from a dear friend.  I am always cautious about naming friends who send gifts, just in case they don't want it known, so she will know who she is and will know how excited it made me - thank you sweetness!

And the third surprise is here:

Isn't she a doll?!
She is from the new CC Designs Roberto's Rascals Surprise stamp set,
OMG, I love this set sooooo much
I have painted her with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and her hair is done with Polychromos Pencils
That perfect sentiment is from the Casual Fridays Exclamations set
Papers are LOTV/Nitwits (now retired, sorry)

It's a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, so that's a whole extra day of crafting, which means this little lady may well be getting inky again, lol.

Whatever you are up to this weekend, I hope you have a super time, and that we actually manage to get a little bit of Spring sunshine.  It is sunny here at the moment and Rosie has taken full advantage of it.

Speaking of Rosie, oh am I in the Cat House - guess who forgot her 7th birthday yesterday until suppertime.  Whoops.  She must have forgiven me though, because we had a Rosie first this morning.  She came paddling up the bed and gave me a tiny little head-butt/face-rub on my cheek!  She's not been that intimate before, and it was so darned cute.

Anyhoo, have a good one folks.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 21 April 2016

AYLI (DT) Favourite Animal

Morning all, time for another brilliant challenge from the AS YOU LIKE IT team, and this time the challenge is for you to use your favourite animal (and tell us why) for your make.

I found this a really difficult challenge as there are so many animals that I love to use on cards - cats, teddies, bunnies, hedgehogs, but when you have been called Squirrel for 30+ years then what else could it be?!

Loving these Nutty But Nice squirrels from Clearly Besotted
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and cut out using the companion dies
Papers are stray sheets of Basic Grey and Echo Park
and I have used my favourite MFT inside out rounded corner stitched squares
The wonderful word die is a new one, to me, from Paper Smooches

The sponsor of this challenge is

Crafty Ribbons
£10 voucher

Hugs to all, and really looking forward to seeing your critters!

Squirrel xx

Friday, 15 April 2016

Belated Bunnies

I've been wondering which card to share with you today, and I realised that I've not shown you this one ... a little bit late, but better than never!

So, I made this using Gerda Steiner Happy Hoppy stamp set
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Cloud stencil and DI sponging for the sky
Sentiments are both from Whimsy
Harlequin and bunny face paper from stash

Well, it's a right gloomy day here, and I think it probably is over most of the country today.  I'm taking mum to the eye clinic at the hospital this morning and as she's not too quick on her feet these days I shall be going armed with a couple of large umbrellas, especially as you can't ever seem to park anywhere near the clinic you need to be at.  Which reminds me that I need to find some money for the parking machine.  I know hospitals have to raise funds these days, but paying to park when you are having treatment seems like the ultimate insult.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 14 April 2016

In The Pink (DT) Pearls

Happy Pink Thursday everyone!  It's time for a new challenge from IN THE PINK and this time our theme is Pearls.

We have another super sponsor too, but more of that further down.  Firstly, here is my DT card.

So, what have I used then:
Stamped image is a clear set from Tiddly Inks featuring Ellie Says Be Happy
She's painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils but I have
paper pieced her dress.
Papers are all from the Wild Rose Papermania Capsule Collection
That fabulous sentiment is by My Favourite Things
Pearls are from my stash

As if pink and pearls weren't enough to tempt you, there is a prize for the winner from

You know the rules by now, you have two weeks to enter, please use predominantly pink
and follow the theme.  Easy peasy!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Hello Honey

I was at a loose end yesterday and just rummaging through stamps to see what would inspire me, and I found one that started the ball rolling.  Whether it was inspired or not remains to be seen!

You can tell that the camera doesn't know how to deal with a lot of white space!

So, I started with masking off the edges of the card and then in the centre panel
I stamped with a Woodware Old Letter stamp
Then I stamped, coloured up Honey from CC Designs and fussy cut her
and finally added the Memory Box hello word die

and that's it.

Hope your day is a good one.  It is piddling down here, has been since yesterday afternoon.  Rosie has an appointment with the v.e.t for a claw clipping this morning (if I can catch her) and then it's off to the garage again as the exhaust saga continues.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

update:  claw-clip cancelled. I'm bleeding and she's scarpered in a right hissy fit. The joy of cats. Sigh!

Monday, 11 April 2016

Ooh, Cheeky!

So I have no willpower ..... I hold my hands up to that.  If it's cute and it's rubber, it ends up living with me (grin).

New release from Clearly Besotted last week ...... here's a couple of quick and cheeky little makes.

Both cards using the new Cheeky Monkey stamps and dies
Sentiment on 1 is with the monkeys
Sentiment on 2 is from MFT
Paper on 1 is Dovecraft
Paper on 2 is First Edition
Both painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Don't Worry, Bee Happy

Morning all, how are you today?  It's a bit damp over here, and chilly, and we are having to have a new exhaust fitted on the car this morning.  I hate it when the car needs something done, why can't they make the parts of something stronger?!

Anyhoo, I have a happy little card for you today:

You know by now that I am a sucker for Roberto's Rascals stamps
This little chap is Bee Henry from CC Designs
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Orange paper is a scrap of Basic Grey, that I edged with a Martha Stewart border punch
Matting layer and lettering cut from a sheet of chocolate brown Bazzil Bling card
The happy die is from a Paper Smooches Christmas set
The bee was cut using Memory Box Alphabet Soup dies

Sweet and simple but I hope he makes you smile as much as he does me.

Yesterday was my last day in my job of 11 years.  Crumbs.  It still feels surreal, like it has been happening to someone else, but today I am unemployed.  Don't panic, I start my new job on the 18th, but it means I have a week of "me" time to craft and relax.  Hurrah.  My beloved boss, the lady I have worked with all those years, has also left, and we are going to be starting a whole new adventure together!

Well, that's me for today, have a happy weekend.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 7 April 2016

AYLI (DT) Anything But A Card

Hello chaps.  It's Thursday, but not any ordinary Thursday, it's my last Thursday and penultimate day  in my current job.  Tonight, a gang of us are hitting the town .......I may have a sore head tomorrow, which considering I don't drink shows my current state of mind, lol!

Anyhoo, Thursday also brings us a new challenge from the AS YOU LIKE IT team and this time it's
 ANYTHING BUT A CARD (and why - you must explain why it's your favourite style).

I love the excitement of receiving interestingly wrapped gifts, so I always try to make the effort to give in the same way.  I am really into gift bags and boxes at the moment, bags for the awkward shapes of course!

By the time this post is read, this gift bag may be looking a little weary as I am filling it with yummy biscuits for my department colleagues!

I have used
Tiddly Inks - Cookie Wryn (she was perfect for this)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Tonic oval dies
Crealies stitched rectangle die
Papers from Nitwits and the gingham is from Create & Craft
Martha Stewart border and corner punches
L'il Inkers bow die
Purple gems/dots from Papermania

The sponsor of this challenge is
Lawn Fawn
A stamp set and 6x6 pad of the winner’s choice
Lawn Fawn

Looking forward to seeing all your non-card makes!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Lili's April Facebook Challenge

For all you fans out there of LILI OF THE VALLEY there is a new challenge happening over on the Facebook page.  It started on 1 April and closes on 17 April, so you have bags of time left to enter.

It's a colour themed challenge - choose any three of the following five:
  • A - aqua
  • P - pink
  • R - red
  • I - ivory
  • L - lilac
Here's my card, I chose aqua, red and ivory

So, I have used April Fairy
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
MFT double stitched circle die, with Tonic plain circle die for mat
Crealies XXL die
Martha Stewart crochet loop border punch
Papers are Nitwits and a piece from my leftovers
Sentiment is from a set that Lili has now retired (sorry)

Right, that's me done, it's over to you now - looking forward to seeing your Lili makes.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Spring Gardening

Hello peeps.  You all know by now that I am an absolute sucker for the Twila and Nancy character stamps from Roberto's Rascals at CC Designs so when there is a new release I am there like a shot.  Unfortunately, my last few orders have all been held to ransom by the Royal Mail until a Customs fee has been paid - this is starting to make the stamps very expensive ........sigh.  Anyhoo, having paid the most recent exorbitant charge, I FINALLY got my hands on the last ones I ordered.

This is Nancy Gardens
I've painted her with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and got busy with the craft knife to fussy cut her 
The smile word die is also a recent addition, by Impression Obsessions, which I've stacked and covered in clear Wink of Stella
Papers are LOTV/Raspberry Road Baskets & Bunnies (retired)
6x4 card base

Hope you have had a lovely weekend enjoying the Spring sunshine!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Here It Is Anyway.....

Hello peeps, yep, it really is me - sorry that I haven't been around much over the past few weeks, there has been a lot going on, not least of which is me handing in my notice at work after 11 years!  Eeeek.  Don't worry, I haven't done anything ridiculously daft, I have a new job to go to.  In fact, I am moving with my boss - we both leave on the same day, and start at the new one on the same day too.  Anyhoo, it has meant a lot happening, and that means less crafting and blogging time.

So, this morning I saw the new Less is More Challenge which is White Space But Not White.  In a fit of insanity I made a card for it.  I've never been successful with this challenge, so I think my head was already defeated before I had even started.  I'm not overly happy with the end result either but a rather persistent friend talked me into posting it.  So here it is, judge for yourselves.

So, some Bazzil pink and green cardstock and white card from stash
A free tree die from Die-Cutting Essentials magazine
And the hello die from Impression Obsessions

Done.  Hmmmm.

See you again soon with something that is more "me".

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 26 March 2016

It's That Girl Again

I was reminded on Thursday by FaceBook about a couple of cards I made this time last year.  I was in love with the stamp and couldn't decide on a colour scheme so I made two cards.  You can see those ones here.

Apart from astonishing me that a year has passed, it also nudged me into getting that stamp out again, because she is just too cute to resist.

Yep, it's Bunny Twila by Roberto's Rascals from CC Designs
The egg is from the Easter Funnies set, also CC Designs
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and fussy cut
Papers are First Edition Hideaway
MFT double stitched rectangle dies
Sentiment from Crafters Companion

That's me done for today, we're off to take the Easter goodies to the Oldies this afternoon but have to make a detour to find some fat balls for dad.  Well, not actually for dad, he wants them for the birds!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 25 March 2016


Morning all, how are we today?  We'll be off to Mass this afternoon, with fish n chips on the way home, but at the moment Toad is playing with his new mountain range model train landscape, Rosie is sunbathing in the conservatory and I'm sat here still in my dressing gown!

Anyhoo, I thought I would share another little Easter card with you this morning.

Mr Toad bought me this Chirpy Chicks stamp set from Clearly Besotted
for Valentine's - he's finally worked out what makes this girl happy!
Sentiment is from the same set
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Corner punch from Woodware
Matting card by DCWV

Simples, does what it says on the tin.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 24 March 2016

AYLI (DT) Favourite Line (Bingo)

Hello chaps, I wasn't sure if I would scrape this one or not but I managed it - thanks to my wonderful teamies at AS YOU LIKE IT for their support.  As you read this I shall be on my way back to the hospital for my follow-up appointment.  Keep your fingers crossed pleased.

Anyhoo, I am hosting this challenge and it is FAVOURITE LINE
from our Bingo Board (yep, I did that too)

Easy peasy, choose your favourite line and tell us why you made that choice!

The sponsor of this challenge is

Wild Orchid Crafts
£12 gift voucher

Here's my DT card (sorry, Fairy Squint was on photographic duty)

I opted for the Gems, Purple, Clean And Simple line - it was a no-brainer for me, I simply cannot do fluff!
The stamp is from Molly Blooms - had her a while but it is her first inking.
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Flower border is a Martha Stewart punch
Papers are from Nitwits/LOTV Snow Princess pad
Sentiment is Personal Impressions
and the lavender (yes, they are really lavender) gems are from my stash

I do hope you will be able to join in the bingo fun - you have two weeks

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

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