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Thursday, 22 September 2016

AYLI (DT) Fave Colour Combo

So, it's AS YOU LIKE IT challenge day today, and this one really had me scratching my head.....we would like you to use your favour colour combo please!

I thought I knew what my favourite colours were until I started, but then I had several combinations competing with each other to be used, so I went back to my ink palette to see which colours I use most often, and they are .....

Pink, turquoise and purple

So, I have used one of my favourite stamps - this is Happy Twila from CC Designs
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
MFT stitched circle frame
Dovecraft Happy Birthday banner stamp
and the box made with my WRMK Box Punch Board
Papers used are an assortment of whatever was to hand in the right colours!

Our sponsor for this challenge is

£12 gift voucher

OK, so off you go to find your favourite colour combo, and then come back and share it with us

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 8 September 2016

AYLI (DT) Favourite Song or Film

Hello peeps, it's AS YOU LIKE IT Thursday today (personally I'd like mine asleep in bed, but sadly I'm at work instead) and we have one of my most favourite challenges for you this time.

We would like you to be inspired by your Favourite Song or Film
and please explain your choice.

I always have too many ideas for this theme, so this time I went with my first thought, and stuck with it!  If ever I had to choose ten films to take to a desert island, all ten of them would be Pixar animations.  Every film they produce is in a class of its own, but I shall always have a soft spot for Toy Story.

Thankfully there's no snake in my boots, or his!
I have used Young Rebel Revolver Hero from Nellie Snellen
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is from the MFT The Whole Herd stamp set
Cloudy sky sponge inked with a home made stencil and Distress Inks
Matting layer is a piece of Papermanic kraft card
Custom sized card base

You have two weeks to enter the challenge, but of course you will need to know that
our sponsor for this one is

who are offering a $10 gift certificate to our winner

Looking forward to seeing your makes.

Squirrel xx

Thursday, 1 September 2016

In The Pink (DT) Buttons and/or Bows

It's a another Pink Thursday chaps - a new challenge over at IN THE PINK and the theme this time around is Buttons and/or Bows!

Yes, it's that baby stamp again - I do have others, this just happens to be a favourite to colour
Baby Blanker from Lili of The Valley
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
MFT stitched hexagonal die
Sentiment from Lili of The Valley
Papers are Nitwits
Button stamp was a £1 purchase
Bow die from Lil'Inkers
and flower shaped button from stash

and our fabulous sponsor for the challenge is

$6 store voucher

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 29 August 2016

Almost a midway reminder

Hello folks, just dropping by with an almost midway reminder for Squirrel's Not So Random Challenge where the theme is Anything Goes - the challenge runs until the end of September so you still have loads of time to enter.

The word has got out at work that I make cards, so I was really chuffed when one of the ladies asked me (I've only been there four months) to make a birthday card for her golf-mad husband.

So for this I have used:
CC Designs Roberto's Rascals Golfing Tom
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
I cut around his head and shoulders so I could slip the die cut cloud paper behind
Paper is Nitwits, but darned if I can remember the make of the die
Sentiment is from Lili of The Valley
Grassy background sponge inked with Distress Inks

I'm pleased to say that the husband really liked it, and apparently sat for quite a while trying to work out how it had been made!

Anyway, reminder delivered, it's an Anything Goes theme, so nothing to stop you.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 25 August 2016

AYLI (DT) Favourite - Shaped or Standard

Morning all, time for a new challenge over at AS YOU LIKE IT - and our theme this time is to choose your favourite card base - shaped or standard.

My most used card base is a square, doesn't matter what size - I just find the space so adaptable and I love the symmetry of it.  I think there must be a teeny weeny (and I mean microscopic) bit of neat-freak in me that makes the square so appealing!

OK, so I went a bit MFT loopy piggy mad with this one, but it was for my best mate, Pig.
MFT Hog Heaven painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

and MFT sentiment from Big Birthday Sentiments
Nitwits papers
MFT double stitched rectangle die
Cheeky peeking piglet was fussy cut by me!
and a few Post-It Notes for masking the stamps

and our sponsor is


Don't forget that you must explain your choice of shaped or standard!

Hogs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Cute Alert

Morning all (well, it should be, I'm scheduling for morning so we'll see.....).  It's midweek, so I thought we could do with a dose of cuteness to get us through the next few days to the weekend.

On Monday, I mentioned the Lee Holland Collection from Whimsy Stamps - Lee is a very talented artist and his observations of wild animals are so gorgeous.  I have fallen in love with far more of his little critters than I dare to admit (they are slowly finding their way here, lol).

Go on, you said "awwwh" didn't you?
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with the teensiest touch of Polychromos Pencil for more depth of shading
The sentiment stamps are from MFT Simply Fabulous Sayings
And finally a little matting layer of some pale blue paper

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 15 August 2016

Beary Fun

Monday, ugh!

Anyhoo, as Saturday's post didn't appear in the Reading List until 1.00am Sunday, I am hoping this one actually pops up at the right time.

I had a cute critter weekend, and this is the first of them.

This little fella is from the Beary Fun set - Lee Holland Collection from Whimsy Stamps
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sky sponged with Distress Inks and a cloud stencil I cut with a die
Sentiment is from MFT
Papers are BoBunny

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 13 August 2016

English Rose

I seem to have gone a bit flowery lately, not sure what's got into me but, don't worry, there will be some more cute characters here soon!

When dad retired from work he had spent over 42 years with his employer, Notcutts Garden Centres (founded in 1897 and now the UK's largest family owned garden centre business).  Dad worked out on the plant fields, driving his tractor, lifting roses, cutting hedges, all the heavy stuff.  Before that he did a spell with the landscaping team, and before that on the HGVs until migraines meant he couldn't do that any more.

The boss of the firm, Charles Notcutt, later Sir Charles Notcutt, was a fabulous man.  In the days when there was just the Woodbridge centre, and latterly when they started to expand, he knew just about everyone by name who worked for him.  He certainly knew my dad very well.  Sadly, Sir Charles died this year.

This week mum and dad were invited to a Celebrating the Life Of garden party at the home of Sir Charles and Lady Notcutt, along with several of the "old" employees who were there, back in the day. They had a lovely time, catching up with old pals, and Lady Gill had done them proud with her generous hospitality.

Anyhoo, mum asked me to make her a "nice" thank you card.  I'm not sure what other sort she thought I would make!  And this fitted really well with a rather large package of happy mail that arrived this week.

Notcutts won many gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show for their roses so ........

I've used my new English Rose stamp set from Clearly Besotted
Inks for the roses are Altenew
and I used Memento inks for the leaves
Crealies stitched rectangle die for the image plate
I inked a scrap of card with the midtone rose colour and cut the MFT Thanks word die
and a piece of grass green Papermania for the matting layer

Heading off to the Oldies to deliver to mum.  Hope she likes it!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 11 August 2016

AYLI (DT) Favourite Flower

Morning all, time for another new challenge from the AS YOU LIKE IT team

This time we've gone all green fingered and are asking you to show us your
and don't forget to tell us about your choice

Here is my make:

Oh my, another difficult choice to make - if they were in-the-ground flowers then I would choose daisies every time as they are just such happy little blooms - but if I were to receive a bunch for a vase then it would be roses, especially if they were scented.  Mum always cuts some from the garden to have indoors and they make the house smell so lovely.

For this card I have used the bunch of roses and rounded vase from a Clearly Besotted set called
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Dovecraft Bloom and Grow
and the sentiment die is a top edger from Impression Obsession

Our sponsor for this challenge is
£12 voucher

Off you go, bloom where you grow!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 4 August 2016

In The Pink (DT) Anything Goes

It's Thursday, it's Pink Day, it's Anything Goes!

It is also IN THE PINK birthday celebrations
4 years and our 100th challenge - whooooo, pink rocks!

This very simple card was made using
CC Designs Cupcakes & Balloons stamp
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
I'm pretty sure that the Wish sentiment is by MFT
Bazzil card for the matting layer
Scalloped edge card base

Now, this is where I would normally tell you about the sponsor, but this time is a little bit different and the Pinkies are creating their own little bundles of pinkness for prizes!

Anything Goes - so long as it is pink

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 1 August 2016

SNSRC (1) Anything Goes

Well, would you look at that, 1 August.  Not only does that mean that we are a month closer to the C word, but today is (drum roll, trumpet fanfare) the first
Squirrel's Not-So Random Challenge!

To kick things off, and welcome you all aboard, we're going with an easy theme to get us started
Anything Goes

The challenge will run for two months, ending on Friday 30 September at midday, so there is no excuse for you not having time to enter.

We don't have sponsors (yet) but of course there will still be a prize for the winner, and the option of a GDT spot for a future challenge if you fancy it.

Anyhoo, enough with the woffle, let me show you what the Little Acorns have created for you with their amazing inspiration pieces.

In alphabetical order, we have:

Nutty Annette

Nutty Becky

Nutty Jayne

Nutty Squirrel (that's me)

Nutty Sue

Thank you team, absolutely gorgeous makes!

Now, that means it's your turn, here's a tiny rules thingie
Maximum of two entries per person
Follow the theme
Please link back to this challenge post
and that's it

Get making!

The Little Acorns

Ramona Loves Cake (don't we all)

It seems really odd posting this on the same day that the challenge I made it for is posting, on my own blog, but otherwise I wouldn't be able to tell you anything about the card!

Today is the launch of Squirrel's Not-So-Random Challenge.  Regular readers will know about Squirrel's Random Challenges, and they have become quite popular so we're going to be regular now, once every two months, and today's the day.  The challenge post will appear at 8.00am so do come back for it!

Anyhoo, here is my first DT card for my own challenge (I can't tell you how weird this feels).

I just lurrrrrrrve these Ramona stamps from Stamping Bella
This one is Ramona Loves Cake
Painted entirely with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
I've used the Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds die for the top border
and some luscious red paper from Nitwits for the matting layers
The totally appropriate sentiment is from My Favourite Things

Thanks for popping over - don't forget to come back in a bit for the challenge launch

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Flower Power

I was going to say good morning, but it isn't any more!  Where has the day gone?  Anyhoo, it feels an age since I blogged (it isn't really) and I have something new to share with you 

Professor McSquinty is alive and well!
So, I have used a Whimsy stamp from the Lee Holland Collection and 
this one is called Flower Bouquet Bunny
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are from LOTV pads
Flower corner punch is Martha Stewart
Butterflies are an Impression Obsession die
and the sentiment is from Lil'Inkers Read Between The Lines set

for the short-sighted of you the sentiment says

you are my best friend ever

As well as Prof McSquinty taking his usual squint photo, he seems to have done something whacky with the colours too - I swear the rabbit wasn't that orange when I put the card in the mail!

Anyhoo, that's me done for today.  I'm just about to take the roast chicken out of the oven and this afternoon we are going on a broad-bean raid in the Oldies garden.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 28 July 2016

AYLI (DT) Favourite Papers

Hello AYLIers, it's your favourite day chaps, time for a new challenge with the talented

This time the challenge is a tough one, it's your Favourite Papers - and please remember that you need to tell us why they are your favourites.

What a silly thing to make us choose!  Favourite papers, favourite pet, same thing.  OK, if I am forced to make a decision based on what papers do I go to most often, then it's going to be Nitwits, which is what I used for this card.....or Dovecraft, which I didn't.

So for this I have used one of the Flower Fairies from Wee Stamps
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) to match with the
Country Lady paper pad from Nitwits (sold by LOTV)
Sentiment is by Kaisercraft
Top die is from Tonic, one of a set of three
and the one underneath that is a Joanna Sheen edger die I think

and of course we have a super sponsor for the challenge and it is

£10 voucher
It's your turn now, you have two weeks to rummage through that stash of papers and choose YOUR favourite!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

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

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