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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Ahoy and Avast!

19th September was our wedding anniversary.  It was also Talk Like A Pirate Day.  Which is mostly what Toad and I did on the few occasions I spoke to him during the day.  He loves Talk Like A Pirate Day.  In fact he sometimes does it when it's not the right day.  

Which gave me an idea for his birthday card:

I'd only half made one of these wibbly-wobbly (technical term) cards before so this was a challenge to say the least, especially as I didn't have a template!

This bit is A Random Fan - Pirate Adventure
I tried to make his hat look like distressed velvet, but it may just look splodgy

This bit is Whimsy (Crissy Armstrong) - Mr Gullible

Both images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are all Papermania - Ahoy There
Nautical dies are Die-Namics Sea Charms
Label die is X-Cut
Die cut letters are Memory Box Uppercase Typewriter
Stamped sentiment is Hero Arts

For a change, he doesn't have a clue what I have made so hopefully he will be suitably surprised (and hopefully impressed) on Tuesday morning.  I will let you know!

I would like to enter this in the challenge over at

Have a super Sunday everyone
Squirrel x

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Penguin or Chicken?

I've been trying to think of famous penguins.  There is Feathers McGraw (above) in his evil disguise, Chilly Willy (for those of a certain age), Pingu, Wheezy (Toy Story), Mumbles (Happy Feet) and Cody (Surf's Up) - my fellow penguinista, Annette, sent me a Wikipedia Fictional Penguins link and I was amazed at how many there are that I had never heard of.  What a sheltered life I lead!

Annette and Jayne have been posting beautiful reminder posts for The Great Penguin Challenge 2014, thank you girls!

Here is a simple one from me.

Image is a Stampavie clear stamp (I think it's a Gillian Roberts)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is Lindsay Mason
Tartan backing paper is Nitwits/LOTV

Only ten days left of the challenge so if you haven't joined in yet, you had better get a wriggle on, and there is a prize for the winner.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 19 September 2014

Bear With Me

Happy Friday to one and all!  I've got the bear bug again I'm afraid, there is just something so beary about James, I can't resist his furry little face.

As if you can't work it out, this is LOTV James - Christmas Cracker
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Dovecraft Back To Basics Christmas (2014 Modern collection)
Sentiment is a magazine freebie
Star punch is an X-Cut

Today being the first day of the holibob, you would think I would be skipping around.  Well, not quite, I shall be squirrelled away in the studio shortly making Toad's birthday card and then I am off to the doc to try and persuade him that two weeks really is too long to have earache!

See you tomorrow with another TGPC reminder!

Hugs to all
Squirrel x

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Beloved James

Hello chaps!  I hope this finds you fine and dandy, but sending you furry hugs if you are not up to scratch and wishing you well.

I have a spring in my step today as it is only two more days of work before the holibob and I am so looking forward to Friday.  Unfortunately for Toad, he will be working until Friday evening, but good for me because I get a whole wonderful day of uninterrupted crafting.  Just me and Vince (so I shall be called upon to top up his food bowl at regular intervals).  For a cat that is so skinny, I am not sure where he is packing the grub (and yes, we have had his thyroid levels checked) but on a good day we are waving goodbye to 3-4 pouches of Felix!

Anyhoo, I have been making a start on the C cards.  Once 1 September arrived I knew I couldn't put it off any longer.  To make the task a little easier, out came my beloved James Bear.

This is one of my very first LOTV James and it is Balancing Act
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are this year's Christmas collections (Modern and Vintage) from Dovecraft
Stitchy die is MFT Die-namics from the Blueprint 13 set
Gold edged rope border from stash
And the Ho ho ho sentiment is Cuddly Buddly

Did you notice?  Coordination!!  This time I actually sorted the papers before I started painting the image, lol.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 15 September 2014

Without Words - Midway Reminder

Monday morning again folks, don't they come round too fast?  I'm not too grumpy today as I know I only have four days (including this one) and then it is holibobs for me!

Anyhoo, I am just popping in quickly with a midway reminder for the It's A Celebration challenge at Without Words - you have until the end of the month to enter.

The layers on this give it the impression of being busier than it is, but it still works as CAS with minimal embellishments.
LOTV Starry Ted stamp, coloured with Distress Inks and Polychromos
Papers are Crafters Companion Angelica And Adam
Craftwork Cards gingham Card Candi
Personal Impressions sentiment

Do hope you will find time to come and celebrate with us!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Distraction Crafting

Evening all.  Today hasn't gone well in the way of craft - first of all I got distracted by Mr Popper's Penguins, then Vince and I had a slightly longer than 40 winks nap, then I finished a card I started yesterday, and instead of getting on with Toad's anniversary and birthday cards, I made a Christmas tag because I rediscovered the stamp when I was rummaging for something else.  Is there no hope?

LOTV stamp - Furry Festive Friends
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Die-namics Pierced Tag die and Pierced Circle die
Leftover LOTV paper scraps
Cuddly Buddly snowflakes
Personal Impressions sentiment

And look at that, I should be peeling carrots but have already been distracted by posting this!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Have YOU Penguined Yet?

Morning all, this is a scheduled post as hopefully I am enjoying a long awaited lie in!

Just popping by with a reminder about

Want to enter?  There's a fun penguiny prize for the winner!

and you have until 6.00pm (UK time) on 30 September to join in.

This little chap is an old Wild Rose Studio stamp called Pickle With Gift
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are LOTV Frosty Christmas
Sentiment is a Whimsy Letter Seal stamp
Sweet and simple

There will be another reminder before the challenge ends

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Also sneaking this little chap into

Wednesday, 10 September 2014


OK, hands up, who used to be given Sanatogen Tonic Wine when they were feeling under the weather?

My mother always used to have a bottle of this stuff on stand-by, and I remember the dread of it being pulled out of the cupboard if I was off colour or particularly run down.  Thankfully, now I am a grown woman I can take the tonic of my choice for occasions like this, and one of the best tonics I have found as a pick-me-up is a good colouring session.

I was definitely in Squirrel's World for this one, for at least three hours, bliss.

The stamp is Whimsy/Wee Stamps - Oak Tree Girl
I have coloured her hair with Polychromos Pencils, ranging from Light Cadmium Yellow right through to Walnut Brown
The rest of her has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Backing papers are all from the BoBunny pad of Autumn Song
and the maple leaves were done with a Martha Stewart punch with papers from the same pad

I haven't attached a sentiment as I haven't decided what to do with her yet, but I am really tempted to buy a square frame and mount her up to keep.

One of the best compliments I have ever had came from a dear blogging friend who, when I sent her this picture, said she thought at first glance it was a professionally coloured topper.  That gave me the most wonderful warm glow for quite some time!

Sorry for the poor photo quality.  A camera with a decent macro is on my wish list.
Now just to win the lottery.

Happy autumnal hugs to you all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Pop(py) of Colour

Morning all, hope this finds you well.  For anyone looking for The Great Penguin Challenge 2014, you can find it here or there is a link at the top of my sidebar.

TIDDLY INKS CHALLENGE this time are looking for a Pop of Colour, and here is the inspiration photo.

and here is my make

I have used Purfect Birthday Wryn clear stamp
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Coloured cardstock is Papermania
Pierced fishtail dies are MFT Die-Namics
(they are much longer than this so I had to do a bit of tweaking)
Sentiment is Hero Arts

Hope your Sunday is a super one.  When I go back to work tomorrow the holiday countdown will officially begin - nine working days to go.  That will brighten up Monday!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 6 September 2014

IT'S HERE! The Great Penguin Challenge of 2014

It has been noticed that there are rather a lot of perfectly gorgeous penguin images around at the moment (old and new) so for a bit of fun I am pleased to announce the launch of the one-off

So, if you fancy some flipper related excitement, and to be in with a chance of winning a prize that is decidedly fishy, you have come to the right place.

I am delighted to be joined by my two fellow Penguin partners-in-crime who have produced some fabulous DT cards for you




What do you have to do?  Make a something penguiny of course!  Enter using the InLinkz thingy before 6.00pm (UK time) on 30 September 2014
and the winner will be randomly sniffed out by Mr Vince (well, he is black and white so maybe he is part penguin)

Hope you can join us in some seasonal silliness (with a prize)

Hugs to all
Penguinos Squirrel, Annette & Jayne

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Monday, 1 September 2014


Happy Monday, Happy 1 September, Happy Everything!

We have a new challenge at WITHOUT WORDS today and our theme is IT'S A CELEBRATION.

You can celebrate any event you want, a wedding, a birth, passing a driving test, passing exams, buying a new home, anniversary, the list is endless.  Without Words is celebrating its second anniversary and we would like you to celebrate with us.

Here is my DT card

This one was made for celebrating exam success
The images are CC Designs Roberto's Amigas - Coffee Sue
and she is sitting on La La Land Crafts Book Stack
I stamped the books on the base layer.  Sue was stamped separately, fussy cut and layered over the books.
Both are coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with a touch of Polychromos pencils for her hair
Matting layer paper is First Edition Vintage Noel
Sentiments are Hero Arts

We are sponsored this month by the fabulous Zoe at Make It Crafty with a $15 voucher for her store

Time to get celebrating!  Looking forward to seeing your makes.

Squirrel xx

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Ellie Says Hi

It must be the time of year, as I have heard many others complaining that this virus has affected them too.  It seems to start mid July and last right through to the first week of September.  It's a really nasty germ too, it leaves you feeling very "meh" and limp.  No one has found the cause of it, or the cure, but it does seem to spontaneously vanish.  Of course I am talking about the dreaded "nomojoitis".

I've had my fair share of nomojoitis this year, so I was very happy when it suddenly decided to bugger off and leave me and my mojo alone, at least for a little while.

I had a glorious inky session with this card.

and even if I do have to say so myself, I think she's super!

Ok, so what I did was, stamp the image (Tiddly Inks - Ellie Says Hi) and then mask her with Eclipse masking paper, added the speech-bubble (can you believe it is a WH Smith Sticky Note?), and then got the Ink Duster brush out and got messy with Distress Inks, Broken China, Worn Lipstick and Dusty Concord.  Still with the masks in place, I stamped the swirls (free magazine stamp).
After peeling the masks off I stamped the Personal Impressions sentiment, and sat happily colouring up Ellie with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos pencils.
A couple of matting layers of white card edged with ProMarkers and job done.

It seems like a good card to enter at

Hope you are having a super weekend
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Happy 21st

Own up, who likes cake?  Who likes a really big cake?  Who would like a cake nearly as tall as they are?
Well yeah, I think we have all dreamt of a cake like that but actually faced with it we might feel a bit differently about it, lol.
This is a commissioned 21st birthday card - one of my ladies from Church, Doreen, asked for "something young" for her granddaughter, and what could be more young than an Uptown Girl!

So this is Bianca Loves Her Big Cake (Uptown Girls) from Stamping Bella
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are my new favourites from LOTV/Nitwits - Country Meadow
LOTV sentiment
Lots of Nestabilities dies - oval, scalloped oval, circles, and flower
Wild Rose Studio - Corner Flourish die
8x8 card base
and for the inside, another piece of that pretty paper, and I have simply stamped Opal The Optimist (with her champagne of course), and a Paper Smooches celebrate sentiment

I am so confused over the days this week - how can a four day week at work feel like a fortnight?  I might eventually suss it out in time for the weekend.  Just so long as I don't turn up at the office on Saturday morning!!
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Last One

Morning all, and welcome.  It is my final card for The Stamp Basket DT, my how the last six months have flown.  I would like to take the opportunity of thanking Janet for the opportunity, I have had a blast, and she has been so kind, encouraging and patient with me.  Thank you hunny, I will miss you.

So, what do I have for you for my last card?  Well, it is another of those super gorgeous new Wild Rose Studio Christmas releases.

Ingredients that are available from The Stamp Basket Store
Stamping Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Colouring Medium: Distress Inks (ReInkers)

And from my stash, pencils, Spellbinders Scalloped Ovals, and plain card base
Can I just say, if you have never tried the Wild Rose Studio dies, you have been missing out.  They cut beautifully, first time every time, and there is none of this struggling to get the paper out of the die.  Like the summer collection, these winter ones almost fall out on their own.
So, that's me done, thanks to everyone who has been so supportive of my time as a member of The Stamp Basket DT, including my amazing and talented teamies, Annette and Deb, and of course Janet.
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 25 August 2014

Twist and Shout!

Happy Bank Holiday Monday to all my UK bloggie pals, and a Happy Monday to anyone overseas.  Today is forecast to be wet and windy so Toad and I are heading off to a favourite garden centre this morning where they sell homebaked cakes, bagsy a cheese and ham scone with a big mug of latte!  Then we are popping over to see the Oldies to make sure they aren't up to any mischief.

Speaking of the Oldies, it is my beloved mum's birthday in a couple of weeks and I wanted to make her something a bit different from my normal.  So, when a pal suggested I make a twisted easel card I thought she had lost her mind, I don't do complicated.  But I sat down and watched a tutorial on YouTube and wondered why I had panicked - if someone had told me before it was only one fold I would have been turning these out by the bucket load.  I made my first one on Saturday (can't show you that yet) and my second one yesterday, which will be mum's birthday card.

Really sorry about the dark/light photo - it was a bugger to get a good shot of this.
So, LOTV James With Daisy
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
LOTV/Raspberry Road papers Baskets & Bunnies
Wild Rose Studio dies - Rose Corner and Wild Rose
Sentiment stamps from Personal Impressions
Pearls from stash

I made a little triangular block for the sentiment so it was raised at an angle, but it has more angle than originally anticipated, so it will be difficult to shove into an envelope.  Next job, a shallow box!

Thanks ever so much for popping over today.  I know I am way behind (again) with visits and comments so I really appreciate you taking the time out to still come and see me; it means a lot.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 23 August 2014


Morning all.  How are things in your world?  Good I hope.  It's a bit of a meh morning here.  I was late getting up after a much needed lie in, didn't get dressed until an hour ago, and now I'm at a bit of a loose end.  Toad has already been out and about collecting a parcel from the people who had tried to deliver it twice in the week and now he is upstairs furtling about with cables and plugs.  I can hear the odd bad word coming down the stairs so I shall be keeping a low profile before a fight breaks out.

And speaking of fights (see what I did there, clever huh, lol) here is a simple card I made in the week.

It's LOTV's Jack, Patch and Puss having a Snowball Fight
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment banners are Penny Black
Gorgeous stripy paper is LOTV/Nitwits from Twas The Night pad
and that's it.

At work last week, my boss picked up one of my card mags and was flicking through it when she came upon the entry for the Cardmaker Of The Year 2014 competition.  Somehow (and I am still not certain how this happened) she has talked me into entering this year.  I know that I don't stand a snowball's chance in hell as my stuff is so no-frills but if it keeps her happy, and kind of to prove my point, I shall have a go.  I must admit though, I am a little bit frit.

Hope you have a super weekend (+1 for the UK) and have fun in everything you do.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 22 August 2014

Hello Little Frog

I've been wanting to use this little frog since he arrived on my doormat so that I could make a card for my darlin' Toad.

Love that expression!

This is Broasca Frog from Little Miss Muffet
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are from the LOTV/Nitwits Twas The Night pad
Green pearls from Crafty Devils
Sentiment from Paper Smooches

Inside, with more Paper Smooches sentiments, it says Love & Kisses Forever

It cheered him up.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Say A Little Prayer

This was not my finest hour with a paintbrush and red ink.  There is something about red.  It has a mind of it's own and can be very stubborn and when it decides not to shift, then shift it doesn't.  It's like Vince in his litter tray with constipation.  Oh the other hand, it can also spread itself all over the place, also like another litter tray issue.

LOTV stamp - A Little Prayer
Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos pencils
LOTV Sentiment
LOTV/Nitwits Twas The Night papers
Hobbycraft bow stamp
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Plain And Simple

Morning all, as it is Wednesday I am here with my DT card for The Stamp Basket blog.  Only one more week before I step down so I am feeling a little sad.

Today's card isn't so much CAS as PAS, plain and simple, but it does use such a super sweet image and very pretty papers.  Are you ready?

Ingredient available from The Stamp Basket store
Stamping Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black

and from my stash, pencils and sentiment
Snowflake die is from a Shapeabilities set that I bought from The Stamp Basket
(not sure if this will come back but I hope it does, the set is gorgeous)

Loving these Wild Rose Studio stamps, each one is so darned cute!

And don't forget, the Summer Sale is still on so you still have time to snaffle a bargain or three.

Love n hugs
Squirrel xx

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