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Monday, 28 December 2015

Favourite Christmas Colours

Afternoon peeps!  I hope you managed to have a good Christmas - we did, it was so relaxing with it just being the two of us and Rosie on Christmas Day, and Rosie was so relaxed that she fell asleep in the middle of a Scrabble game, literally, right across the board!

Anyhoo, I'm here today with a late entry for the challenge over at As You Like It where you have to say what your favourite Christmas colours are and why.

Although I make a lot of traditional coloured projects at Christmas, I do really love being able to make non-traditional ones too, and my favourite colours are pink, purple and turquoise for these.  They still look festive but with extra pizazz!  Many of my makes are for girlfriends, so it's so nice to be able to feminise Christmas.

This little lady is Pollycraft's Snowflake
and she was just crying out for pink and purple
She's painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and I went over the snowflake with a white Polychromos pencil to stop contamination with ink
Papers are from an old Papermania collection, and the sentiment is from one of those pages
A bit of fussy cutting and a custom sized card base
and she's done

You know that saying "as one door closes......", I have some news!  Can't share it just yet but will let you know as soon as I can.

Anyhoo, that's me for today, I am busy with DT work and fighting to keep Rosie off my craft bench.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Merry Christmas

I probably won't get the chance to post again this side of the big day, so wishing you all a very
and all good wishes for health and happiness in 2016

Squirrel xx

Monday, 21 December 2015


What would Christmas be without some romancing under the mistletoe?  Even if it is only a cheeky peck, lol.

My second December card for LILI OF THE VALLEY Design Collective

The wonky fairy seems to have got hold of this one, sorry folks, but I was unbelievably tired when I made it!  Probably only a millimetre out, but it might as well be a kilometre!
Stamp is LOTV Happy Kissmas
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Dovecraft Back To Basics Christmas (2013) Modern
Bazzil red card stock
Martha Stewart heart border punches
Tesco Craft gold shiny card

Lili are having a well deserved break for Christmas so any orders placed after 11 December will be despatched after the festivities are over.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 14 December 2015

Can't build one from raindrops.....

It's the middle of December - where's the SNOW?  Do you want to build a snowman?  I do, but you can't build one of of raindrops, sigh.

This is the first of my December cards for the LILI OF THE VALLEY Design Collective:

Stamp is LOTV Snowman Serenade
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are LOTV/Nitwits Snow Princess (now retired, sorry)
Oval stitched die from Lawn Fawn
Snowflake punch from X-Cut
Sentiment by Paper Smooches
Tiny snowflake stamp from Woodware

Lili are now on their Christmas break so if you placed an order after 11 December, it will be dealt with when everyone returns after the festivities.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 10 December 2015

In The Pink (DT) Pink Christmas

Yoo-hoo!  Morning all, hope you are feeling in the pink - geddit, IN THE PINK?!  Well, it just had to be done eventually.

It's the last challenge of the year this time (we're being allowed a breather for Christmas) so you get extra time to get your entries in, bonus!

The theme for this challenge is, what else, PINK CHRISTMAS

Here is my DT card

I did warn you when I joined the Pink Ladies that I would be the team's simple member, lol.

I am LOVING these little chaps, the whole set is just brilliant - it's
Santa's Elves (Birdie Brown) from MFT Die-Namics
There is a matching die set as well but I didn't use it for this one
Sentiment is from the same set
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Snowflake border from Wild Rose Studio
Matting layer is white card edged up with Pure Pink Copic

I'm kinda in love with this one myself, so it might accidentally not get sent!

Our sponsor for this very special challenge is PAPER NEST DOLLS - $15 voucher

I do hope that pink features somewhere in your festivities and that you might like to come over and share it with us at the challenge, you never know, you could be our next Perfect Pinky

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 7 December 2015

Without Words (DT) Feeling Festive

Morning all, hope this finds you well.  It is with a tinge of sadness that I bring you my DT card today as this is the final ever challenge over at WITHOUT WORDS.

The December theme is FEELING FESTIVE
so there really is no excuse for not joining in, just remember, CAS and hand coloured please

I couldn't let Without Words end (I started it in September 2012) without going back to our roots and have created three CAS cards for you

All three stamps and the sentiment are from the Best Christmas set
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and some red card for the matting layer

Simple as, but that's what the challenge has been all about, letting the image do the talking.

It would be lovely if you could come on over and say a hello, or a thank you to the best ever design team on the planet.  I have been absolutely honoured to work with these very talented ladies.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 30 November 2015

Scootin' along

Happy Monday folks!  The start of another working week for me, which is really difficult at this time of year with so much still to be crafted for Christmas!  Never mind, tomorrow we can start on opening the advent calendars - and if that doesn't fill you with fear, the chocolate countdown, then very little will, lol.

Mind you, all that Christmas stuff still to be done, and here is me with another non-Christmas card!

It feels like a very long time since I used a WRS cutie but this one was a gift from a dear bloggy friend, and it is just too sweet to ignore!

Stamp is Wild Rose Studio - Bunny On Scooter
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are LOTV/Nitwits
Corner die is also Wild Rose Studio - Corner Flourish
Sentiment is LOTV
Die cut shape is Nestabilities Labels 18
Pearls from stash

Have a good week everyone!

Squirrel xx

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Evenin' All

Afternoon chaps!  I bet you are all busy busy busy with your Christmas shopping and plans aren't you?  Me, so far I have adopted the Ostrich Principle about the whole thing, but I know that come Tuesday, 1 December, I shall be spiralling into full-on panic mode!

As evidence of the denial that it really is going to happen, I have turned my back on the Christmas cards today and made this little fun one, just because.

So, this is the Little Heroes policeman from Lili of The Valley - he's part of the Cops & Cooks stamp
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
You would not believe the debate that Toad and I had over the colour of a policeman's uniform
Sentiment stamp is from Clearly Besotted
Simple black matting layer

Nothing much going on at Squirrel Towers today, except that we will be popping out later to go and have a look for a dishwasher.  Toad's dream has finally come true.   He thinks the expense of it will be offset by what we save in not getting him Marigolds, lol!  Oh, and a Chinese Takeway in from of the telly tonight for the last F1 of the season.  Feels like Christmas already!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 26 November 2015

IN THE PINK (DT) A Favourite Stamp

This time at IN THE PINK the challenge is to use a favourite stamp.  It doesn't have to be THE favourite, but one of your favourites, and of course it needs to be pink!

I found it really hard to choose so I went with a stamp of my favourite character
This is Angel Twila from CC Designs
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with Polychromos Pencils for hair
Papers are Wild Rose Studio from a Bella Christmas collection
Joanna Sheen Signature die - Starry Night Edger
and the pink stars around Twila are the waste from the die cut

A Favourite Stamp challenge is sponsored by

gif maker

So, off you go, two weeks to get pink!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Making A Stand

Hello chaps, I hope this finds you well and a little bit warmer than frosty yesterday!

Today the time has come, I am making a stand!  Facebook has become a menace to Blogland with all the immediate and instant gratification, along with the one click Like without the need to make an effort to leave a comment.  However, many of us have been forced into using it as a way to get our work seen and, like it or loathe it, it seems to be the place to be.  However, Facebook has done untold damage to Bloggers and this is where I make my stand.

I used to post here, and add a link with a photo to Facebook.  In my naive little world, I had thought that this might bring more traffic to my blog but, in the one-click world, it has had the opposite effect.  So, from now on:
  • I shall be seriously reducing my Facebook time 
  • I shall only post a link back to the blog post for that day with a partial photograph
  • Yes, I shall probably continue to post Rosie updates if anyone is interested enough but otherwise they will be here, on my blog
How many hours do I waste trawling through posts about who had what for dinner and where they have been shopping?  Is it really funny to have the F and C words used so much?  What does that really add to anything?

One voice in millions won't change the way Facebook works, but if more of you are brave enough to take the same stand, we might make Blogger the thriving community it once was, without all the dross.

Anyone out there prepared to join me to try and make 2016 a Blog Year?

When I was rummaging for stamps last week, I found poor old neglected Henry and thought it was about time that he came out to play again.
This is Skating Henry from Whiff of Joy (retired I think)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are from a pad of BoBunny that is at least a couple of years old
Sentiment die from Clearly Besotted
Starry Night Edger from Joanna Sheen Signature Dies

Hugs to all, and solidarity to Bloggers!

Squirrel xx

Monday, 23 November 2015

Gone Fishing

Well, it's Monday and it's back to work for me after a week of chillin' (snuffling with a stinky cold) and crafting, so this morning is going to come hard.  If only I had bought that winning lottery ticket this week!

I could get used to a life of leisure, just like this little chap for my second LOTV Design Collective card for November.

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are Dovecraft Back to Basics
Die is from Whimsy
Baker's Twine from stash
I chose not to add a sentiment until he was needed as I couldn't decide what occasion
he would suit best

Now, where did I put my worms...?

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Come on baby, light my fire

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!  November has arrived at last.  I'm hoping this snap of cold will knock some of those pesky germs on the head good and proper!  I might be slightly perverted but I actually love days like this, blustery and squally showers of sleet, but only when I am tucked up safe and warm indoors, lol.  It just makes me feel even cosier.

Speaking of cosy, there is nothing quite like it for making you feel cosy than a real fire.  That is something I miss in a modern house - the gas fake fire doesn't do it for me, and it certainly isn't the same kind of warmth.  We are popping over to the Oldies this afternoon where it is guaranteed for there to be a real fire in the kitchen, and I'm not talking about mum burning the dinner!

Did you get your fill of the recent release from Lili of the Valley, the Little Folk and Little Critters?  

This simple little card was made using the Little Heroes stamp (fireman and soldier)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment from My Favourite Things
Really straightforward matting with black art card
Custom sized card base

Don't forget there is also the LAST CHANCE TO BUY offer going on at Lili - many stamps reduced to £2.50 each!  They are going fast so be quick if you want to snaffle a bargain.

That's it from me today, I need to get a chicken in the oven, load the washing machine and get myself sorted for the Oldies visit.

Catch ya laters!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Ready for the weekend

Morning all!  Have you heard the forecast for the weekend?  November weather at last, AND there is a chance of a flurry of the white stuff for us over here in the east ...... thermals at the ready!

I received some very welcome happy mail this week, and I could not resist getting this little fella inky immediately.

Isn't he just the most adorable?!
This is Winter Bunny from Roberto's Rascals at CC Designs
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Dies are Poppystamps/Memory Box Evergreen Landscape and Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillsides
The night sky paper was a scrap that was just laying on my desk
Matting layer is Bazzil Bling Raspberry
Sentiment from Sweet Little Sentiments set by Clearly Besotted

Well, that's me for today - I'm popping into town this morning once my hair is dry, and then this afternoon Rosie has a trip to the v.e.t for her six month check-up.  You may hear the screams about 2.15ish.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Fit and Elfy

Morning all.  How are you doing?  I am finally starting to get rid of Toad's germs and beginning to feel like a squirrel again.

There's a fab challenge going on over at The Cutie Pie Challenge that is right up my street which is Simply Cute and Christmassy and you all know how much I like my clean and simple designs.

So this little chap, and his tree, are from the MFT Die-Namics set Santa's Elves
and I used the matching dies
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are from a very old pad of DCWV papers
MFT pierced circle die
Tonic scalloped circle die
Sentiment die from Clearly Besotted

And that's it, clean and simple!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Not Just For Christmas

Morning all (just), hope you are all ok.  I'm running a little late today as I have been for a tail trim and colour, and then I made the mistake of sitting down with Rosie.  It was a bit of an effort to pull myself away if I'm honest.  She makes a great chair warmer.

Back in the summer, Lili of The Valley released their Odd Dog collection.  The stamps are all super adorable and can be used for so many occasions.  I had been looking at one in particular for an idea I'd had and thought "why not".  Here he is for my first November Design Collective make.

This stamp is Odd Dog Handwritten
If he fills that book with Christmas wishes then he must have been a very good pup indeed!
Painted with Distress Inks ReInkers)
Papers are Dovecraft Back To Basics
Dies are Die-Versions Corner Concepts
Sentiment from Trimcraft

With apologies to you and to Lili for this not being a particularly imaginative or ambitious make.  Ever since early September, just before the shingles outbreak, I have felt out of sorts and run down.  I'm really lacking in energy just now.  Hopefully a break from work this week will help sort that out and I might get some of my bounce back.

Hug to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Ramona Shares

I was very lucky to receive some happy mail at the end of last week from a friend that really perked me up no end.  This was just before contracting Toad's filthy germs but I did manage to have a play before the grot set in.

I'm not sure that I would want to share anything chocolate related, but if I was sharing with this cute little fella I may feel differently about it, even if he does smell of fish.

Image is Ramona Shares Her Hot Chocolate from Stamping Bella
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are LOTV/Nitwits Festive Trimmings (retired)
Cottage Cutz holly corner die
MFT double stitched square dies
and the Merry is one half of a Dovecraft Merry Christmas sentiment

I shall share the other happy mail make with you in a day or two.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 9 November 2015

Pollycraft Candy (Before and After)

Morning all.  Cough cough splutter sneeze.  What a way to start a Monday.  Poor ol' Toad has been really poorly over the last few days with an absolute stinker of a cold, and the rotten meanie has passed it on!  

Anyhoo, some of you may have seen on Facebook on Saturday that we had an inky paws incident.  Here's the evidence.

I thought that I had positioned my elbow in an anti-Rosie place, but she can be a determined little devil.  So, she jumped up, over my arm, and front paw into the inks.  The picture shows Walnut Stain, but my craft bench and her white fur also showed more than a bit of Salty Ocean!  

I almost binned this to start again but a very encouraging blogging buddy convinced me that the image was saveable, and she was right (of course).

So, this is Candy from Pollycraft (CC Designs)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Grand Merry Christmas from Memory Box
Scalloped circle from Tonic
Double stitched circle from MFT
Red card by Bazzil
Snowflake paper by BoBunny
Snowflakes by X-Cut Palm Punch

I may rename her Phoenix

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Remember remember the 10th of November

OK, so it's a little poetic licence, but hey, we don't want you to miss the date for the Lili of the Valley release of the cutest little folk and critters!

Self portrait time today:

This very simple little card uses the squirrel image from the Woodland Friends stamps
Isn't that such a cheeky face?!
Papers are the LOTV/Nitwits Enchantment pad
Sentiment from Personal Impressions
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Scalloped stitched circle dies from Memory Box
Custom sized card base

Remember - 10th November - these guys are going to sell FAST!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 5 November 2015

There's a moose loose about this hoose

Oh ok, so it isn't a real moose, after all, you would surely notice if there was one of those on the loose in your house.  The footprints would be a dead giveaway.

I'm showing my age with the title of this post, oh those blissful mornings of Junior Choice with Ed Stewpot Stewart!  And if you are wondering ..... have a listen

Anyhoo, in case you have been living in a cupboard for the past week, there is a new Lili of The Valley release on the way (sooner if you are at the NEC this week) on 10 November.  

This adorable little Harvest Mouse is part of the Woodland Friends stamp (with a Squirrel and a Hedgehog)
I've painted him with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
The straw paper is an ancient remnant, in fact I think it was the last of what I had
Brown card is Bazzil
MFT double stitched circle die, Tonic plain circle dies, Memory Box stitched scalloped circle die
Lawn Fawn Scripty For You die (double cut for the shadow effect)
Martha Stewart grass border punch
Viva Pearl Pen - gold

Keep your purse on standby!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 2 November 2015

Without Words (DT) November

First Monday of November, and winter is upon us (well, yes, I know, technically it isn't, but it's dark nights now and cold, so that makes it winter in my book!).

This month over at WITHOUT WORDS the theme is WINTER BIRTHDAY

Here's my make:

Very CAS, but that's what the challenge is about!
Stamped image is CC Designs Latte Sue
I had a ball painting her in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is by Clearly Besotted from the Fancy Sayings set
Matting layer is Dovecraft Back to Basics

The sponsor this month is CLEARLY BESOTTED - it would be silly not come over and join in!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Woodland Friends

You can probably guess by now that if you hear me squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeealing then there is a new LILI OF THE VALLEY release on the way.

I think this time my squeal has been heard all over the place - oh my, this is a cute one coming up on 10 November (or earlier if you are going to the NEC this week) - there are little folk in occupations and sports, and little critters being friendly, and every single one of them is adorable!

The Design Collective have been busy making samples and I chose this one, which is no real surprise!

Told you it wouldn't be a surprise, lol
So, this is Woodland Friends - there are three images and lots of sentiments
There is a sweet little harvest mouse that I used on the inside of the card but I was such a numpty that I forgot to take a photo of him
Papers are all from the LOTV/Nitwits Enchantment pad
Friend die is possibly Mama Elephant
and the Leaf dies are definitely Lawn Fawn
Images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Look out for all the other brilliant samples from my Design Collective team-mates.  This is one release that you won't be able to resist.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 29 October 2015

In The Pink (DT) Magical

Well helloooooo, how the devil are you all?  Lookie here, it's a new challenge from
and with Halloween so near, we would like to see some pink magic this time please

I've used a Tiddly Inks clear stamp - Wryn as a witch is so cute!
Painted with every pink Distress Ink (ReInkers) that I own
Woodware Latin Script stamp - thought it looked like she's casting a spell
Papers are a mish-mash of Papermania and Dovecraft
Rymans 250gsm brilliant white coated card
Sparkly pink dots from stash
Fussy cutting by me

This challenge is sponsored by LIVE & LOVE CRAFTS with a £10 voucher

Don't forget, you have two weeks to enter, and your make must have more pink than any other colour!

See you there

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 27 October 2015


Morning all!  I had more happy mail arrive at the end of last week and I am not known for patience when it comes to Roberto's Rascals so out came the inkies, and yes, more of the dreaded red, it really does have a mind of it's own!

Who said Santa can't be feminine huh?
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with Polychromos for hair
Poppy Stamps Jumbled Merry Christmas die (the "Christmas" part is inside)
Crealies XXL rectangle stitched dies
Bazzil red cardstock

And that's all she wrote, sweet and simple.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 24 October 2015

My first Gerda

Hello chaps!  Late in the day for me, I know, but having had the washing machine plumbed and plugged in for the first time in two weeks I have had a frantic morning loading and unloading it and the tumble dryer, desperately trying to reduce the size of Mount Dirtysocks.

We've got the builders in, turning part of our garage into a functional utility area, and the estimated two week job is now about to roll into week four.  So nearly there, but not quite.  It's becoming quite frustrating!

Anyhoo, I had some very happy mail this week - I placed my first order with Gerda Steiner and with ultra fast delivery I am now the proud owner of a set of her brilliantly cute stamps.  Thank you Gerda, it might have been my first order but it won't be my last.


How could I resist?

So this adorable little chap and the accessory stamps are all from the Gerda Steiner
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are all Maja Designs - Walking In The Forest
Hello die from Mama Elephant
Leaf dies from Lawn Fawn

I used five of the stamps from the set, the squirrel, the stump, the acorn, and two leaves.
I had to mask the squirrel's feet for the placement of the stump, I think it looks ok

This happy little chap with his guilty look really makes me smile.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 23 October 2015

Feelin' Purple

It's Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiidaaaaaaaaay!  Whoop whoop!

Morning all, and Friday at last, hurrah, the weekend starts in nine hours, and can't get here soon enough.  This horrid shingles virus hasn't gone completely yet and I am absolutely shattered by the end of each working day, so you can imagine how tired I am by the end of the week.  A lot of sleep is on the menu for Saturday and Sunday!

Anyhoo, I am bobbing by with my second outing for October for Lili Of The Valley Design Collective.  You might have noticed a lot of purple featuring in my cards of late, and this one is no different.  I blame that Mr Holtz and his new Wilted Violet Distress Ink, it is just so yummy.

Of all the Odd Dog characters from LOTV, I think this one, Mug Of Tea, is my favourite
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers (more purple) from LOTV/Nitwits Promises pad (patterned and solids)
Papermania enamel dots (purple, lol), MFT double stitched rectangle die, and the twiddly bits poking out from under the sentiment are two cuts of a Whimsy corner die back-to-back

So, that's me for today.  Keep an eye on this space for some exciting Lili news coming soon.  Also, if you weren't already aware, Lili have recently moved (same site, different address) and will shortly be opening a COFFEE SHOP!  Oh how I wish I could pop upto Leeds and back in a couple of hours, lol.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

I Hate Red!!

Hello chaps!  It's official, I hate red ink!  I have been making the unmentionables this weekend - and they have involved a lot of red (Cola Cola has a lot to answer for).  For my next one I shall be going back to the traditional pre-advertising green, so there!

I received some very happy Happy Mail on Saturday and just had to get stamping.......

Sorry for the poor quality photo - there's not been a lot of sunshine!

Thank you to the wonderful Tracy at Dies to Die For for pulling out the stops on this for me.

Image stamps and sentiment are from the MFT Jingle All The Way set
(yes, I know it's like hens teeth, still can't find the dies so had to fussy cut - was at risk of turning reindeer into a labrador late Saturday afternoon)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Circle die from CC Designs to create the aperture
Tree papers from LOTV/Nitwits but now discontinued (sad face)

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Psst:  Rosie news!  She sat on my lap for the very first time at the weekend.  Voluntarily!

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Final Reminder

Hi all, just popping by with a final reminder for the Lili Of The Valley special offer on many rubber stamps that finishes tomorrow.  If you haven't already indulged, make this a treat to yourself!

For my last card I have gone CAS with this super cute, and very simple to colour, image.

Stamp is A Star On Top
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) - how cute is that penguin?!
Papers are LOTV Frosty Christmas
Sentiment is from Christmas Wishes Set 75
Stars were the waste from a Martha Stewart border punch and were the perfect size for what I needed

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 16 October 2015

It's been a long time coming.....

.... I've got a couple of days off this week, using up holiday before I lose it, and although the weather is rubbish it doesn't matter, Rosie and I have been busy in the craft room, her sound asleep in the chair and me painting away like a mad thing.

In between DT jobs I decided that it was finally time for me to make a start on something I have wanted to do for a long time, and that is do an Art Journal.

I'm a self-taught colourist but am so inspired by the talents of so many crafters, it wouldn't be fair to list them all here in case I accidentally missed someone off, but take it from me, there is some amazing talent out there!  I will never reach those dizzy heights but even I can see how much I have improved over the years and my style has changed too, I have become more confident with colour and shading and I am no long afraid of the dark!

Anyhoo, here is Page 1 of my first Art Journal and as it is October, what better to start with than a pumpkin.

It's my favourite girl!
CC Designs Roberto's Rascals - Pumpkin Twila
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with Polychromos hair
Die-Versions Marker Micro alphabet die for her name
Papers are random Basic Grey pages and a page of black art card
MFT double stitched rectangle die

I can see this becoming addictive

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 15 October 2015

In The Pink (DT)

Hello peeps, we have a special IN THE PINK challenge for you this time as it is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so we would like you to use some pink ribbon on your make in recognition of this very important campaign.

I have a confession to make - my last piece of pink ribbon was used to wrap a birthday present recently so I had to wing it and fake some ribbon with some pink stitched effect card I had!
Stamped image is CC Designs Baker Nancy
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Papers are Simple Stories Colour Vibe
And the sentiment is LOTV Vintage Labels Set 28 Occasions
Custom sized card base

Our sponsor for this very special challenge is PAPER NEST DOLLS - $15 voucher

Hug to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Today's The Day!

Are you ready for it?  Yes, today the Special Offer from Lili of The Valley starts and includes many, many gorgeous stamps that you really do need to have in your stash!  The offer runs from today until Sunday so make sure you get over there for a peek, it will be first come first served so don't be late.

There is also a challenge running from today on the Lili Facebook page so please do come and join the fun.

As I mentioned on Monday, the Design Collective have been making cards like crazy to inspire you with the offer stamps, and this is my second card.  If you missed it, my first one was Teddy With Penguin.

OK, for this one I have used Playtime Kitten - awwwwh
(there is a Playtime Puppy available too if kitties are not your thing)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are all from the LOTV/Nitwits pad - Perfect Pair
Stars border is a Joanna Sheen Signature die - Starry Night Edger
Sentiment is a banner flag stamp from Clearly Besotted

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 12 October 2015

Special Offer

Calling all Lili fans, here is a date for your diary - from midday Wednesday this week, until Sunday, there will be a special offer over at Lili of The Valley on many, many yummy and delicious stamps!  There will also be a challenge running over on the Facebook page so make a date for Wednesday 14th October and come over and join in the fun!  

The Design Collective have been busy having a wonderful time making samples for you from the stamps that are going to be on offer and you will see these sprinkled throughout blogland and Facebook over the next few days.  If they don't tempt you into treating yourself to some of the stamps then you must have ice in your veins!

Here is my first sample card for the week:

The LOTV stamp used is Teddy With Penguin
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers used are LOTV Frosty Christmas and, just peeking through, Krafty Christmas
Lots of dies used for this one:  Tonic circular trellis set, Tonic classic circles, Memory Box Stitched Snowflake Circle Frame and Memory Box Twilight Snowflakes
And very subtle, between the trellis and the snowflake frame, there is a twinkle of Glamour Dust

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

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