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Friday, 1 August 2014

ALBC (DT) Sew What?

Morning all!  Well it is the 1st of the month, so that means it is time for a new challenge at A LITTLE BIT CRAFTY and this time around the theme is Sew What?

The clue is in the title but we would like to see some reference to sewing in your make please.

Here is my DT card:

I've used those super cute Makey Bakey Mice from Crafter's Companion
This stamp is called Stitched With Love
Coloured with Polychromos Pencils
Papers are from the Kaisercraft Confetti collection
Stitching detail stamps are LOTV
Sentiment came with the mice stamp
Button dies are from Impression Obsession

As always, Paula has lots of delicious prizes lined up for you to win, so looking forward to seeing all your fabulous sewing themed entries!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

In a Hurry?

Ever had the need to make a card in a hurry but not had the time to sit and colour up a detailed image?  Wondered what papers go with what, and which embellishments to choose?  Panic no more, the answer is waiting for you at The Stamp Basket store with one of their Craft Kits!

All the ingredients for this card are from the
You get everything you need, Hobby House toppers, Wild Rose Studio Antique Library papers,
ribbons, pearls, buttons, twine, base cards and envelopes - in fact enough to make four complete cards
Just so easy and stress free.

While I'm here, I have some news for you too - brace yourselves
The new Wild Rose Studio Christmas stamps are available to pre-order now, and oh my word, they are so cute it is guaranteed that you will want them all, I know I do!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 28 July 2014


I heard on the radio the other week that sniffing rosemary (the herb, not a person) improves the memory.  I guess that is ok, so long as you remember to do it.
I could do with something stronger than rosemary at the moment.  I am forgetting all sorts of things, some of them reasonably important, and the more I forget, the more stressed I get about forgetting, and the more stressed I become, the more I forget.  And so it goes.
One of the things that I have been forgetting a lot, despite having all the dates written down, is birthdays.  So this card will no doubt be used before too much longer.

This is "Huh?" from CC Designs Roberto's Amigas
Skin and hair in Polychromos pencils, the rest in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are from the new LOTV/Nitwits pad "Up And Away" except for the
pink matting layer - can't remember which pad that's from, but it is LOTV too
Sentiments are Personal Impressions and Paper Smooches
Corner dies are Cheery Lynn
Right then, where's the rosemary......
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Amazing what you can find in a tree

Afternoon everyone, I hope this finds you well.  Nothing much happening in Squirrelville today, except the last day of the Tour de France when the boys ride home to Paris, and later the highlights of the Hungarian Grand Prix.  It is officially a lazy day, just watching the Tour riders will be enough exercise for me.

Toad has just brought in another couple of ripe tomatoes from the two plants we have in a wall basket at the front.  Add those to the ones we have already picked and you might just have enough to fill a teacup.  I think you could call them bite sized!

Anyhoo, I do have  card for you:

This adorable little stamp is my much neglected Little Acorn from LOTV
Not sure why a rabbit would be up an oak tree!
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are all Maja Designs - Walk In The Forest collection
A Hazelnut Copic on white card for the matting layers and the Rusty Hinge DI pad for definition of other layers
Sentiment is from my favourite set of the moment from Personal Impressions

Hope your weekend is a fabulous one.

Hugs to all, Squirrel xx

Saturday, 26 July 2014


Oh deep, deep, joy - 29C again today.  Yeah, I know it's summertime, I am a summer baby, but that makes no difference to me, I really struggle in heat.  So imagine my delight when the radio weather lady announced happily this morning that tomorrow was going to be "a lot cooler" - top temperature 25C.  That's not a LOT cooler lady, that is only a TINY bit cooler!!  She needs to come back to me when it is nearer to 20C (preferably on the down side of it) and then we can talk.  See, told you heat makes me grumpy!

But you didn't visit to hear me whittering about the temperature so here is a card for you.

This is Suzy With Bunny from Whimsy/Wee Stamps
Entirely coloured with Polychromos pencils this time
Papers are Crafters Companion Angelica & Adam (female)
Sentiment is Personal Impressions
and the border die (which I am totally in love with) is Celtic Chain from Cheery Lynn

I've got some DT stuff I absolutely have to get done this weekend so I am not looking forward to sitting out in the conservatory.  The next time you see me I might be a soggy patch on the floor.

Enjoy your weekend, whatever you are up to
Hugs, Squirrel xx

Friday, 25 July 2014

A tiddly Tiddly

You know sometimes how a challenge just "grabs" you?  Well that is what this one did with me.  I always love the challenges from Tiddly Inks but the theme this week made me smile and I just had to have a go, and the theme is Tiny Creations or ATC, so basically something really small!

And of course I couldn't just settle for one stamp, I used four (and one of those three times!).

I've used stamps from three different clear sets, plus a Personal Impressions sentiment
Rabbit is from Some Bunny
Flowers are from Celebrate Joyfully
Cloud (x3) is from Cloud 9
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Maja Design Coffee In The Arbour
Card base is roughly 3.75 x 3.75 inches

And to prove it is a tiddly Tiddly, here it is on a piece of 6x6 card stock

Happy Friday everyone!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Bit of a theme going ......

Morning all, ok?  Super toasty again then.  Phfft, my squirrelly tail was frizzy, then it wilted, and now it's just dangling.

You might notice a wee bit of a theme going on here for a few days, as I had a run of cards to make all for the same reason.  I was spoilt terribly for my birthday last week, not just family and close friends, but some of my bestest blogging buddies too, so I have been on a "thank you" card spree.  You had the little Fairy Tea one on Tuesday, so here is the next:

So this little cutie is Birthday Princess from Sugar Nellie
Coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos pencils
Blue paper is from Maja Designs - Coffee In The Arbour
Not sure about where the pink came from, it was to hand and the right colour so it got used
Sentiment is from a Penny Black clear set which I think is called Kind Words

The other day Helen asked me why I was using Polychromos a lot now.  Well, it's a long story that I won't bore you with, but I also started experimenting with them for hair colouration as I was finding it difficult to get the fine definition with the Distress Inks and a paintbrush.  I am now getting to grips with the pencils and am finding them really satisfying for the hair detail and highlights, so sorry if you think I am crossing to the dark side - I'm not, nothing will ever replace my beloved ReInkers, but, just occasionally, even they need some back up.

Hope you have a good day.  Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Christmas In July

It feels so strange posting about Christmas in July when we have been through a heatwave and summer storms, but that is what we are celebrating at The Stamp Basket at the moment ..... so here is a card to cool you down.

I'm sorry if this comes as a shock to my CAS fans, I got a little carried away, lol

Ingredients for this card available from The Stamp Basket store are:
Stamping Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Maja Design (1) Coffee In The Arbour and (2) Walk In The Forest

And from my stash were pencils and the sentiment

Don't forget, if you want to stock up on some stash, including Christmas items, there is a Summer Sale on with some great savings available

Merry Christmas everyone!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


OK, so I have written this post (in my head) two or three times, and thought better of it.  I felt that the original versions were probably too controversial and would end up with me being locked into virtual stocks and having virtual rotten fruit and veg hurled at me, so I chickened out.

School holidays have started, so begins six to eight weeks of talking to myself (possibly) but if you are one of those bloggers who no are no longer bound by the responsibilities of children in their various shapes and forms, or indeed never have been, then hellooooooooo, welcome, how are you?!

Anyhoo, I ramble.  Here's a card:

Small and sweet
LOTV Fairy Tea stamp
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos pencils
Papers are Maja Design - Coffee In The Arbour
Sentiment and the squiggle are, I think, Penny Black
5x5 card base

A little while ago I submitted a card to a magazine - something I recklessly do once in a blue moon.
It was ignored.  Again.  I don't think I shall be feeling reckless again any time in the foreseeable future.
(originally posted on my blog on 31 May - here)
If you recognise the papers then you will know which magazine it was.  They are off my Christmas card list for this year, not that they were on last year's either.

Whatever you are up to, I hope you have a fun day

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Favourite? Maybe!

Morning all, this is a scheduled post so am keeping my fingers crossed that Mr B behaves himself today.  It's been an age since I entered a few challenges but as it was so stinky hot n humid yesterday, I sat and made a card for the fun of it, and it fits a few themes.

This is Relax from the Mulberry Wood Everyday range of stamps at Crafters Companion
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Maja - Coffee In The Arbour (absolutely delicious)
Memory Box Macarena corner die
Nestabilities Classic Circles dies
Hero Arts sentiment
and basic office hole punch for the dots

So, the challenges that I would like to enter this one in are
Love these words as they cover so many occasions - how can you go wrong with that?!
I've used this little bear a lot as it can be used for male or female cards with just a change of colour

Crumbs, I think that must be the most I have ever entered with one card - feels a bit cheaty really!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

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