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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

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Game On

You MUST know by now that Lili of The Valley have a new release out on 31 March featuring Jasmine and Oliver.  My teamies have been posting peeks like crazy so you may have seen some of them.

I only had the one image - Oliver Game Boy - to sample, I posted my first version of him a week or two ago, but have made two further versions since.  Here they are:

I got really inky with this one making the camouflage background with Distress Inks
Image is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Cog wheel dies from Memory Box
Sentiment is from Set 101 Teenage Boy Sentiments also being released at the same time

Again, painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
The backing paper is from an old Basic Grey pad but the little critters reminded me of some of the Wii games that Toad plays, endlessly!
Spellbinders Nestabilities octagon nesting dies
Again, sentiment being released on 31 March alongside the image stamps

As you can see from the colour choices, you can use Oliver for the younger or older ends of the age spectrum.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 17 March 2016

In The Pink (DT) Spring Flowers

Hello Pink Fans, it's that time again - a new challenge from those lovely ladies over at

As we are almost at the Spring equinox, what better time to look forward to SPRING FLOWERS

Here's my DT card

Sorry for the squint, there's been a lot of that lately!

Image is a retired LOTV stamp
painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Tonic Square Lattice die (you'll be seeing this more often) with pink card behind
Personal Impressions sentiment
MFT stitched rounded rectangle die
Woodware small retro flower punch

Our sponsor for this challenge is the fabulous

Just remember, you need to use lots of pink and follow the theme to qualify for the sponsors prize.

Unless my appointment is cancelled again, I shall be going into hospital tomorrow morning so won't be around for a little while but I hope to catch up with your entries before the challenge ends.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Game Boy

Morning all, how's Tuesday for you then?

There's a new release of stamps coming from Lili of The Valley at the end of the month, and it is a return of two characters, Jasmine and Oliver, but my how they have grown!  No doubt you will see sneaky peeks from my Design Collective teamies over the next couple of weeks.  However, there is something very new - these are available to PRE-ORDER NOW!  How cool is that huh?!

Anyway, I have made a couple of versions with the same stamp - Oliver Game Boy - and here is V.1 for you.

As the image has a sketchy feel to it, I left lots of white space around it to keep it
feeling like an illustration.
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
The Just For You sentiment is from a new set - Set 102 Block Sentiments
I had a rummage and found my old LOTV ticket stamps and grunge words,
they seemed a perfect partner.
Can't remember the maker of the paper, but it makes my eyes wiggle!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 14 March 2016

Besotted with Easter

Morning all, hope this finds you well!  I've been making a lot of Easter cards recently, in fact I think I have made enough to last about three years of Easters.  Every year I tell myself that I don't need any more images but then all these cuties get released and resistance is completely futile.  Sigh.

I am currently besotted with Clearly Besotted Easter stamps so you will be seeing a few of these in the coming days.

I adore these Best balloon designs - I already have Christmas and Birthday, so it was only right that I should complete the set with Best Easter (out of stock at the moment, due back on 22 March)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Quirky Quilts papers from Little Claire

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 12 March 2016


You might have seen a rather dingy photo of this on Facebook the other night - I was too impatient to wait for daylight - and I'll be honest, this one isn't that much better, but at least you can see it a bit bigger!

Love this new set of Caped Cuties from Clearly Besotted
They are a bit wee though, so the Distress Ink (ReInkers) painting was a challenge
Background stamp is part of the Penny Black Skyline image
Papers are from my scraps box
Image is from the same Caped Cuties set

Doesn't he remind you a little bit of SuperTed?

Hope you are having a super weekend

Hugs to all
SuperSquirrel xx

Thursday, 10 March 2016

AYLI (DT) Embossing

Hello chaps, time for another challenge with the super talented AS YOU LIKE IT team!

For this challenge we would like you to use EMBOSSING
either HEAT or DRY, and you must remember to tell us about your choice.

Here's my DT card

I used to heat emboss all the time when I first started card making but that was before there was the choice of so many inks to stamp with.  Since I've been using Memento I have hardly used the heat gun.  I've been experimenting recently with embossing cutting dies, some successful, some not so, but it is a fun technique and I am learning a lot about what will work and what won't.

So, the stamped image for this card is April from Penny Black
Fussy cut by me
The die that I embossed with is Die-Namics Chicken Wire
and the Hello die is from Hero Arts
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and I promise that the Hello is smothered in clear Wink of Stella

Our sponsor for this challenge is FRECKLED FAWN

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 7 March 2016

Spring in my step

Yoo-hoo!  Hopefully the scheduling has worked and you are reading this on Monday 7 March.  I should have been in hospital for surgery today but it has been postponed, twice.

Anyhoo, this is a toot for the LILI OF THE VALLEY FACEBOOK CHALLENGE (yep, over on Facebook) where the theme is SPRING.  There are loads of generous prizes to win and you have until Sunday 13 March to enter.  Get yourself over there for all the gorgeousness, and enter your Spring themed make (using a Lili product of course).

For my Spring card I have used Balloon Bunny (awwh)
and a retired grungy sentiment
Papers are Angelica and Adam (Female)
Diecut is a Nestabilities set but for the life of me I can't tell you what
the set number is
and of course the image has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

So, you still have quite a few days to enter, but don't leave it too late, Sunday will be here before you know it!

Hugs to all, and hope to see you soon
Squirrel xx

Monday, 29 February 2016

Sail Away With Me

Happy Monday all!  No, really, I want it to be a happy Monday - so if we all wish hard enough, it just might work out that way.

Unless you have been living in a cave with no wi-fi lately then you know that Lili of The Valley have brought back some of the most popular stamps that had been retired a while.  They are limited in numbers, so if you want one, best order early.  Anyhoo, I was particularly pleased to see two of my favourite boys come back, and this is one of them.

So, this is the Sailing Boat stamp
Painted, as always, with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are BoBunny Double Dots
MFT double stitched rectangle die
and the die-cuts are Die-Namics Sea Charms
Custom sized card base

There's something happening over on the Lili Facebook page tomorrow, so do keep an eye open for that, it's going to be fun!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Rosie With Cake

I'm having problems with Saturday mornings lately, there always seems to be something going on that gets in the way of me being able to blog.  I blame the Toad!

Anyway, just a quick post today to bring you a rather colourful card.  In my head, this all coordinated, but now ........ well, judge for yourselves.

OK, so this is Rosie With Cake - one of those returning images from Lili of The Valley.
I've used her a lot over the years, and she is definitely a favourite of mine.
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Goodness knows what the papers are, but they're bright
DCWV purple cardstock
Martha Stewart stars border punch
Germs from stash
Lili of the Valley sentiment from Set 28

That's all from me today

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Thursday, 25 February 2016

AYLI (DT) Favourite Occasion

Happy Thursday everyone!  Over at AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE this time the theme is FAVOURITE OCCASION.

We would like you to make your favourite type of card AND tell us why that occasion is your favourite (if you don't tell us, your entry cannot be considered for the sponsor's prize, sorry).

Here's my DT card

I love making birthday cards for friends, to help celebrate their special day.  It's great that you can use such a wide variety of images, and even be really cheeky with them too.

So, I have used Cupcake Nancy from Roberto's Rascals
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Matting layer is from an old pad by Wild Rose Studio of oriental designs
Banner die from La La Land Crafts
Sentiment - anyone's guess but I think it's MFT!

That's all there is to it, a CAS card that does what it says on the tin.

Our sponsor for this challenge is the wonderful Nikki at BUNNY ZOE'S CRAFTS
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You may have noticed that Nikki has decided, after many years selling fabulous products, to close this store.  However, there will be tons of bargains to be had there for the winner of this voucher as there is a big sale on right now.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Three Little Ducks

I was going to say morning all, but see that it is now afternoon.  I obviously spent more time than I thought ranting at Royal Mail about the non-delivery of my happy mail (which I had paid a customs charge on and they'd said would be delivered yesterday).  Still no answer as to where it is, and trust me, if they have lost it I shall be more than ranting at them!!

Anyhoo, on a happier note, I have been playing with a new-to-me Gerda Steiner stamp set.

I had recently been chatting with a friend about stepper card dies and realised that I hadn't used mine lately, so out it came.

Stamp set is Lucky Duck from Gerda Steiner
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Stepper die is from CC Designs
The Hello frame die is a Die-Versions Sweet Frames
Orange card by Papermania
Spotty paper from Dovecraft Back To Basics
Fussy cutting by me

Have yourselves a quacking weekend

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 19 February 2016

Look Who's Back !!

Those clever girls at LILI OF THE VALLEY know what we like - in fact they know what we like so much that they are re-releasing some of the gorgeous stamps that had previously been retired.

The first two to make a come-back are Spring Bunny with Daffs and Balloon Bunny - they are available on the website RIGHT NOW!  Limited numbers so be there or be bunnyless.  Over the next few weeks there will be more stamps making a return so keep your eyes open for them.

I think you might be able to work out which one of the two that I have used for this card for the Design Collective.

Lots of ingredients for this J fold card so here we go
Well of course it is, Spring Bunny with Daffs!
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is LOTV Scroll Sentiments
Papers are all old K&Co (the daffodil pad and the daisy pad)
Border die is Magnolia (think it might be Swedish Lace)
Corner dies are by Whimsy
Three toned green ribbon by Anita's
Resin flowers bought in Lakeland (been waiting for a chance to get them out again)

I hope you are having a Happy Friday!

Rosie sends her love ....

Hugs to all
Squirrel xxx

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