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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

It's A Long Wait

Morning everyone, and welcome to Wednesday, my day to DT for The Stamp Basket blog!

This little lass is awaiting the arrival of the big jolly man in the red suit, I think someone ought to tell her that she has a few months to go yet.

Products used that you can buy at The Stamp Basket store are
Stamping Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Dies: Spellbinders - Classic Circle (this is the link to Grand Circles)
When I made the card the Cottage Cutz Holly Corner was available too but this is no longer, sorry
And from my stash
Polychromos pencils
Paper Smooches sentiments

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 21 April 2014

Hairy Hair

Morning all, hope your Bank Holiday Monday (UK) is going to be a fun one.  The sun is shining at the moment and we are about to pop out an collect the chocolate sponge cake that my mum insisted on making us!

But before we do that, I thought I would share with you this little lady who arrived from a very dear friend as a replacement for Easter chocolate.  Rubber is always better in my book, lol.

So, she is A Random Fan stamp (Sherry T Designs) called Little Miss Sassy
She has been coloured with a mixture of Polychromos pencils and Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Crafters Companion Angelica & Adam Female
Sentiment is Personal Impressions
Flowers are an MFT Die-Namics die that I have forgotten the name of
And a little Craftwork Cards purple gingham Card Candi to finish off

This is the first time I have attempted hairy hair with pencils, and I have to say, I am quite pleased with how she turned out.  OK, she's not perfect, but for a first attempt I'm chuffed.

Hope you all have a super day

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Fur Pile

Morning all, and a very HAPPY EASTER to you!  When this posts we will be on our way to Church for Easter Mass and I am looking forward to it as after weeks of everything being shrouded in purple cloth, today the Church will be restored to all its prettiness and grandeur, and should be (Father's hayfever permitting) full of Spring flowers.

Today I have a card to share with you that I made yesterday, and it just happens to fit two of this weeks challenges:

I have used a Whipper Snapper stamp called (be prepared to be surprised) Dog Cat & Mouse
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and fussy cut to lay over the design paper.
I stamped it on the paper as well because the whiskers and tail would have been a nightmare to cut out!
Papers are what was in my Glitter Pot parcel yesterday - they are the Angelica & Adam Male collection from Crafters Companion
Sentiment stamp is by Paper Smooches

Hope you have a fabulous Easter day!
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Emily Walking

Morning all.  Happy Saturday to you!  Toad has just got back from the doctors, his shoulder was still hurting after his Superman episode a while back, but is relieved to be told it's nothing (ha!) more than a trapped nerve.  Poor little chap has been in quite a lot of pain but I think the relief of knowing will help things get better faster.  So we are a household of poorly shoulders now!  Even Vince is limping - he is getting stiff on his back end, poor old boy, so what a bunch of crocks we are.

Anyhoo, just popped by to share this card with you which I made for a work mate, her birthday was in the week so I am safe to post.

I just love this Wild Rose Studio Stamp - Emily Walking
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are a mixture of LOTV/Nitwits from various pads
Circular sentiment is Little Claire, Happy Birthday is Paper Smooches
Flowers are Die-Namics Upsy-Daisy dies
Image panel was a Spellbinders label die

I am laying in wait for the postman this morning - am expecting a bundle of goodies from the Glitter Pot and also an eBay auction win of a new Kipling handbag.  I am trying not to make it too obvious or Toad will get suspicious, lol.

We will be off to visit the Oldies with their Easter goodies later, and then back to watch the highlights for this weekend's Grand Prix, and a Chinese takeaway for dinner.  A perfect day me thinks.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 18 April 2014

Scared of my own shadow

Morning all, and a Happy Good Friday to you!  I had a nice lie-in this morning and didn't shed the dressing gown until an hour ago.  We are having a pootling about morning, and then this afternoon we will be off to Church for Good Friday Mass.  Hope that whatever you are up to it is enjoyable.

When Toad and I attended evening art classes, one thing that our tutor always said to me was not to be afraid of shadows.  But I am.  Still.  It takes a certain kind of bravery to start adding darkness.  I began playing with this image last weekend, and have been slowly working away at it.  I would do a bit, leave it for a while, come back and have another look, do a bit more, walk away, come back, add more.  Last night, I reached the point where I thought I don't know what else I can do without totally mucking up what I have done so far, so I have left it now and am calling it finished.  Although there are many artists out there who will scoff with undisguised amusement at my efforts.  I am still learning with these darned pencils, and it is a steep learning curve!

This little lady is Senio-rita Gladys The Superhero from Stamping Bella
The sentiment comes with the stamp
Coloured with Polychromos pencils
Tiny stars and matting layer are BoBunny Double Dots papers
Stars punched with an old Fiskars hand punch

Told you that I still have a lot to learn!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Crafty Little Fairies (DT) Up, Up, And Away

Good morning everyone, hope this finds you well.  It's the dreaded Thursday, but it is also a kind of Friday (as I certainly won't be working tomorrow, although I appreciate some of you will be) as Easter has arrived at last!  But before the Big Bunny arrives with all the chocolate, we have a new challenge at Crafty Little Fairies to deal with.

This week our theme is Up Up And Away - so that could be birds, balloons, butterflies, kites, aeroplanes.....I nearly used an astronaut stamp but changed my mind at the last minute for these little cuties -

The stamp is LOTV Birthday Balloons
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Not sure why the sentiment came out blotchy, it was a Memento inkpad, same as the mice - and it looks squint here but I'm not certain it's that obvious on the card - anyway, it's a Hero Arts one
Papers are Papermania - Spots & Stripes 
And some WH Smith black art card for matting

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Mountain Lily

Morning all.  I'm not sure what it is about this lady that makes me think of Christmas, especially as she is carrying a flower and wearing open toe sandals, but she does, and that is why she has been called into use for this card.

Things I have used that are available at The Stamp Basket store
Stamping Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Colouring Medium: Ranger/Tim Holtz - Distress Inks - Reinkers and Pads

and some things from my stash
White card base
Pink Gem sentiment

Hmmmmm, I enjoyed making this one, so maybe it will be the start of many for this year's festivities!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

ALBC midway reminder - Birds n Bees

It's time for a midway reminder for the challenge over at
Birds n Bees

High Hopes (Dustin Pike) Sting
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Prima - Sun Kiss
First Edition, Authentique
Paper Smooches sentiment

And sneaking this little chap in at
ABC Challenge - Just As You Like

Hugs to All
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Grant : The Remake

Afternoon all.  Just popping in with Version II of the card I mucked up yesterday.  This time I left out the paper piecing simply because I couldn't be a****d.

So, this is CC Designs Pollycraft Grant
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are LOTV/Nitwits Candles And Cake
Banner sentiment is by Die-Versions
Text sentiment is Hero Arts

I think I should have had a break from crafting this weekend but I needed to get some DT stuff done.  I've had rather a lot of things that have been occupying my thoughts of late.  Hopefully the Easter break will sort me out!

See you Tuesday with my ALBC midway reminder.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 12 April 2014


Which currently stands for Blasted (or other expressive B word) Bristol Board.  Oh, and Blaaaahh!  Today's card isn't today's card.  Today's card is now languishing in the bottom of the rubbish bag.  Having spent a while faffing about with paper piecing, I went to Distress Ink the rest of the image only to discover that I had a blodgy sheet of Bristol Board.  This happens on rare occasions, it is as if the finish on the sheet of paper isn't right, and the ink soaks in like it was blotting paper.  

I sent a complaint to Winsor & Newton (the manufacturers) who sent a rather curt reply telling me to return it to the retailer.  Excuse me guys, but it isn't the retailer who makes the paper.  I was letting you know that you appear to have a glitch in your process.  Not interested?  Apparently not.  If I could find an alternative, I would be using it.

So, you aren't getting that card.  You are getting a quickie LOTV Art Pad one instead.

So, I have used a James Bear image from the Art Pad
A sheet of Bo Bunny Double Dots
And a Die-Versions border die
And that's kind of it

Keep your fingers crossed that tomorrow's session is more successful.

Hugs all
Squirrel xx

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