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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Happy Hugs

Hello peeps.  I meant to pop back in the week and a share something with you that I made using one of my birthday presents from the Toad, but I don't know what happened to the rest of the week, it passed in a sweltering blur.  Mind you, this morning isn't much better either.  Even Rosie has submitted to the fan and is sprawled on the floor in front of it.

So, the Toad, with some guidance, very sweetly bought me some stamps.  They arrived about 10 days before my birthday and it was soooooooooooo hard resisting a sneaky inking, but resist them I did.  Anyhoo, here is the first thing made with them.

Dammit, not sure why this is fuzzy - can't take another as the card has been posted
Squint a bit, that helps

So, I have used the Happy Hugs set from Clearly Besotted
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
MFT stitched scalloped circle frame die
Old papers from a Forever Friends set
Sentiment from the Happy Hugs set

That was the front, and here is the inside

I patiently lined everything up so that the placements are identical for front and inside

Hope your weekend is a super one

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 21 July 2016

In The Pink (DT) Use a Rubber Stamp

Okay, okay, it's not my week on the IN THE PINK job share, but I am sneaking in as an extra because I couldn't resist the theme of Use A Rubber Stamp.

I have more rubber in my life than Ann Summers, rofl!

The stamp I have used is Lucy with Teddy from CC Designs
Papers are all Nitwits
Window-frame die from Die-Namics
Hugs die from Lil' Inkers
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils

Our sponsor (£10 voucher) for this rubbery challenge is

So, what's keeping you, go and get stamping!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Shy Calum

Morning all!  Hope this finds you well and ready for your weekend.

Today I have the last of the chameleons to share with you (for a little while anyway).  I would like to introduce you to Calum.  Calum is quite shy and artistic, and his shyness is why he would not appear without his cousin, Charlie, for company.

Despite Toad's best plans of my having a Kindle reducing the number of books that find their way into the house, I cannot resist a real book!  Of course, reading a real book means needing a bookmark so I shall have Calum and Charlie to keep me company.

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Your Next Die bookmark dies
Sentiment stamps from the Chameleon set
Papers are BoBunny and Basic Grey

A lazy day ahead, when Toad gets back from his haircut we'll be toodling over to see the Oldies, and then back for some Tour de France and a Chinese takeaway this evening.  Perfick.

I'll be back tomorrow with a make created from my birthday presents!

That's all for now folks
Squirrel xx

Friday, 15 July 2016


And just where has this week gone?  Whoosh.  It only seems a moment since it was last Friday and I was looking forward to my holiday, and now here we are and it is almost over.  Sob!

Oh well, let's cheer things up a little bit.  You've had Colin and Charlie, now it's time to meet Camellia, the girl cousin.

Camellia loves her make-up and lots of bright colours - I think she's a bit of an 80's girl
Yep, it's that Colour Chameleon set again from Clearly Besotted
Lots of Memento colours for the paint swishes
Sentiments from the same set
Camellia pained with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and fussy cut

Only one more cousin from the set to go.....

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 14 July 2016

AYLI (DT) Your Trademark

Good morning chaps, it's the start of a new challenge with As You Like It and this time around the team are asking you to tell us about your trademark.

Easier than it sounds ....... so my trademark - the simple answer is CAS.  I tend towards a feature image, watercolour painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers), and I try to match a sentiment to the image.  It has been said that my makes are readily identifiable ..... !

So, we have a House Mouse taking a dive into a sprinkle covered cupcake
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is from MFT
Mattiing layer is a scrap of Basic Grey
Custom sized card base

and that's it, it certainly sums me up - simples.

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Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Colin's Cousin, Charlie

Hello peeps.  For those of you who fell in love with Colin the other day, I would like to introduce you to his slightly more flamboyant cousin Charlie.

Charlie also comes from the Colour Chameleon set by Clearly Besotted.
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and fussy cut
Colour streak from the stamp set, as are the sentiments
Memento inks used for the coloured stamping
Wonky stitched rectangle from MFT Die-Namics
Paper from scraps

There are two more cousins to introduce you to, so keep your eyes peeled for those!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Just Keep Swimming....

Me again!  So far today, we have been to a local nursery and bought some bedding plants (50% off) and I have been to the dentist for a check-up (got the all clear).  This afternoon we are off into town for a naughty treat and a visit to the cinema to see The Secret Life Of Pets, can't wait!

Anyhoo, before we disappear for the afternoon I'm popping by with this cute quickie.

So this little fella is from the CC Designs Splashies set
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Sentiment is from the same set
Stencil background is called Splash
Matting paper is from a freebie pad 
Stitched scallop square frame from MFT

Hope to see you all tomorrow!

Squirrel xx

Little Acorn Announcement

Yoohoo!  Well, the Design Team Call for the Little Acorn position closed yesterday, and the vote was taken.

Before I make the announcement, we would like to express our thanks to everyone who took time to audition, every one of you is amazing.  As there was only one permanent place available, we would like to offer any of you interested a GDT place as the challenges progress.  If you entered, and would be interested in a GDT in the future, please email me to confirm.

So, drum roll please, and a huge welcome to the newest Little Acorn .....

Welcome aboard Becky.

Now to an important date for all your calendars, the first Squirrel's Not-So-Random Challenge will be on 1 August.  It's not that far away, so keep an eye out, it will be launching here, and there will be a post on each of the Acorns blogs, with a nudge on Facebook.

Thanks again to everyone who expressed interest.

Squirrel & The Little Acorns


Monday, 11 July 2016

Colin The Chameleon

Morning all, hope this finds you well.  I had a super package of happy mail arrive last week and couldn't wait to get stuck in.

Oh my word, isn't he ADORABLE?!  I have named him Colin.

Clearly Besotted - Colour Chameleon
The word stamps are from the same set
Papers are from a Papermania Colossal set, probably one of the first paper pads I ever bought, and it never seems to run out
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Stamped with Memento inks (various colours)

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Lilac Blossoms

I am exhausted.  So far today, I have done the Silverstone Grand Prix, a mountain stage of the Tour de France, and the Men's Singles Final at Wimbledon.  I'm pooped!!

Honestly, armchair sport is hard work!

Anyhoo, I did have time for some inky play

So, I have used a retired LOTV stamp of Lilac Blossoms
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Those delicious papers are Dovecraft: Berry Burst
and that's it, no die, no sentiment, just very simple layers

There is a LOTV challenge running on Facebook called Summer In The Garden.  I am entering this, although my style doesn't fit with Lili's.  I'm probably speaking out of turn, but do feel it is a shame when a company feels it can dictate how their images should be used by only promoting one look.
C'est la vie.

Right then, tomorrow is the last day for anyone interested in becoming a Little Acorn, so be quick if you would like to be considered.

Oh, and I draw the line at football as well ......!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Summer Sunshine

Hello chaps!  I'm in holiday mode now (for this week anyway) and thought I would start my break with a dose of sunshine for you.

I had been patiently waiting (ok, maybe not so patiently) for the arrival of my CC Designs June release and they plopped onto the doormat this week.  Naturally I was straight into them.

So, what do we have?
Image from the CC Designs Roberto's Rascals "Splashies" set of clear stamps
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Papers are all old Papermania Colossal collections, except the green which is Echo Park
Dies used are:  MFT double stitched circle, Crealies stitched squares, MFT Sunny Skies and Impression Obsession Sunshine word die

So that's a little dollop of summer sunshine for you - I'm off to watching the qualifying session for this weekend's British Grand Prix.  (Wave to mate, Karina, who is there)

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 7 July 2016

In The Pink (DT) All or Nothing

Happy Pinkday everyone!  Yep, it's time for the Pink Ladies to strut their stuff again and this week at IN THE PINK the challenge is ALL OR NOTHING (so CAS or FAF).

There was nothing for it, I've gone for FAF.

Shocked you?

Good, only kidding, it's CAS of course, rofl!

Painted, naturally, in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is from MFT
Border punch is Martha Stewart and papers Basic Grey

Our fabbie sponsor for this challenge is

Ok, you have two weeks to go and get (p)inky, on your marks.....

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Penny Black One Layer

Happy Saturday everyone.  We have just come back from a visit to the Oldies.  While we were sat indoors chatting I suddenly noticed it was raining hard, even though the sun was still shining.  "Oh my washing" squeals mum, so I dashed outside to rescue it.  Put it this way, I was a darned sight wetter and colder by the time I came back in, but the majority of the washing was saved!

Anyhoo, in between the showers, I thought I would do something that I haven't done for an age, and that is enter the Penny Black Saturday Challenge where the theme is one layer this month.

So, for this card, I cut a base card from Bristol Board
Embossed it (instead of cutting) with a MFT Die-Namics Square Stitched Scallop Frame
Stamped my cute bear from the Teddy And Company T for Transparent set
and the sentiment from the same set
Bear is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Cloudy sky with home made template and Broken China Distress Ink

It sort of works, although embossing with the cutting die has slightly distorted the cardstock so it has a wave to it now.  I will leave it overnight under a stack of books, which should help.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 30 June 2016

AYLI (DT) Favourite Markers Inks or Pencils

Morning all, and happy Thursday.  It's another new challenge over as AS YOU LIKE IT today, and it's a fun one.

We would like to know about your Favourite Markers, Inks or Pencils and why.

I've tried various types markers (personally, I like Copics the best) but when I discovered the Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks ReInkers for watercolouring I knew I had found MY happy medium.  Occasionally supplemented with pencils for fine detail because I'm not that clever, or patient, with a brush.

Love these little guys!  Stamping Bella Honeybear Stuffies
Watercoloured with DI ReInkers
Background papers are a mixture of Basic Grey and Doodlebug
Sentiment is Lili of The Valley
Not sure what has happened to my formatting today, text alignment and font choice are all over the place.

The sponsor of this challenge is

Prize - £10.00 Voucher

OK, you have two weeks to get colourful, just remember that you need to tell us why you used what you did.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 27 June 2016

You dig it?

There was some debate here at Squirrel Towers earlier in the Spring about what to put in the little bit of flowerbed we have by the shed.

Last year, we filled everything with flowers, which was very pretty, and Toad wanted to do the same again this year, but I dug my paws in (dug, geddit?) and suggested we grow a few veggies.  So, our tiny little bit of this earth is currently hosting a crop of sweetheart cabbages and patio peas.  

In fact, with a bit of luck, there might be some peas edible soon.  We're not picking them too early, I don't want green freckles on my dinner, but don't want to leave it too late either.

Anyway, this rambling leads me to this:

This dinky little card was made using one of the Vegetable Patch bunnies from Clearly Besotted
The sentiment is from an older CB set called Garden Fresh which I can't find on the website now so it looks like it's been retired
Papers are scraps of Nitwits
and yes, it's that MFT double stitched rectangle die again
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and a small brush!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Just Saying ........

I had been wanting to use this little girl by Mo Manning (stamp from Stamping Bella) again for quite some time, and I happened to locate her during a rummage yesterday.

I think this speaks for itself.

Stamping Bella (Mo Manning) image Big Girl Pants
Sentiment came with the image
Forever Friends Best of Britain papers
Poppystamps simple bunting die
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInker) and Polychromos Pencils for her hair

Just saying.......

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Sweet Treats

I have a sweet tooth, it's well known and definitely evidenced by my waistline.  However, there was one sweet treat recently that is not edible (unless you are REALLY hungry), and has no calorie content

I couldn't resist this release from Clearly Besotted!
Sweet Treats

Sweet Treats can be found here
and there is a matching die set if you're interested

I coloured my little hamster/doughnut with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and used a sentiment from the set
The paper is Dovecraft Back to Basics and I have edged it with a Lawn Farm
Stitched Scallop Edge die
Darker matting layer to bring the image panel forward

and that's it, simple but sweet

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Wild Things WINNER

A big thank you to all you wild crafters who entered the
SRC Wild Things challenge

Now it's time to choose the winner from all the FABULOUS entries
OK, to be fair, it was too difficult to choose just one so we enlisted the help of
Mr Random, and after cranking up the generator, he chose....

So No 13 is very lucky and the winner is
this stunning card

and that's you LUCY WOODS

Congratulations hunny - could you email me please and we'll get your prize organised.

Thanks to everyone who entered - brace yourselves as there will be a new and more
regular version of Squirrel's Random Challenge coming soon.  Watch this space for updates.

Hugs to all
Squirrel & The Little Acorns

Monday, 20 June 2016

Last Day of Spring

Well, that's it, today is the last day of Spring, so tomorrow will be Hello Summer!  No, really, summer.  Days of endless blue skies, hot sun, ice-creams, school holidays, Wimbledon, strawberries and cream, wasps ....... honestly, Summer.

Anyhoo, to celebrate the final day of 2016's Spring, I'm bringing you this:

So, we have Spring Medley stamp from A Random Fan
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
The birthday words collage is from Hobby Arts
and the rubbish doodling is all mine
I was going to mask this little lady to stamp the words but in the end I fussy cut her
and laid her over the top to get the positioning how I wanted it

So, that's me for now,  I'm about to head outside into glorious sunshine.  Just where did I leave my umbrella, shower jacket and wellies .......

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Ahoy Matey!

It's Father's Day in the UK, and I had been wondering for quite some time what I would do for my darlin' dad this year.

After a rummage through my stamps, I came across this one and thought that it would make him laugh, and it did.

Stamp is Pirate Boy by one of my favourite Whimsy artists, Krista Heij-Barber
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Whimsy corner dies
Gingham paper from Create & Craft
Red cardstock is Bazzil
Custom made gatefold card base

Right then, it's European Grand Prix day and it's a new circuit which could be a bit
of a challenge - I'm off to get the inks out and watch the race!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 16 June 2016

AYLI (DT) Favourite Die

Hello everyone, hope this finds you well and itching to get crafty.  So, it is a new challenge day over at AS YOU LIKE IT and the theme this time is rather tricky......... we would like you to use your FAVOURITE DIE.

I think they should have renamed this challenge as Mission Impossible.  I started off with a huge pile of "favourite" dies on my desk, and gradually whittled them down by the number of times they have been used, and practicality.  They I got some back from the discarded pile, threw out (not literally) some others, started all over again, and I still couldn't narrow it down to just one favourite.  So, this is what you are getting

So, for this I have used
CC Designs Nancy With Sunflowers stamp
painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with a few Polychromos for her hair
I have used two Crealies stitched rectangle dies
I believe the word die is an Impression Obsession word edger die
and as for the top border .......... hmmmmm (missing packaging)
Matting layer is First Edition cardstock

I made this for a very special friend who has been having a tough time lately
but she has received it so it is now safe to post here.

Our sponsor for this challenge is


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So now you can go and give yourselves the same kind of headache I had, but don't forget to enter the challenge to show us what you made!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

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