Friday, 28 February 2014

Sporty Bear

I'm still in C&S mode, but today it's almost out of necessity because I've made a (kind of) masculine card featuring Stampavie's Sporty image of a cute footie bear.  It's also nice and flat for posting!  Although it's a sporty theme, I think the papers are still really pretty, even though I've steered clear of florals! :0)

Card Recipe, featuring items from The Stamp Basket:
Happy crafting

Thursday, 27 February 2014

New arrivals!!

Evening all!

Just a quick note from me this evening to let you know that the new Dovecraft 'Curiosity Corner' papers have arrived in stock...mmm, these are lovely!

Lots of other new arrivals will be added to the website over the next few days, so do keep a look out!

Janet xx

Wednesday, 26 February 2014


Morning everyone.  For my DT for The Stamp Basket this week I've gone a bit pastelly in tone, soft and gentle - which is exactly how I image little Bella to be!

All of the following ingredients are available at The Stamp Basket store
Stamp:  Wild Rose Studio Bella With Posy
Medium:  Stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black
Painted with:  Tim Holtz (Ranger) Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers:  BoBunny Prairie Chic
Die:  Memory Box Vivienne butterflySpellbinders Lacey Circle
Base card:  Craftword Cards Straight Edged Card Size 6

And from stash - Wild Rose Birthday Circles sentiment, Bristol Board (which Janet hopes to stock soon)

Have a happy day everyone!
Hugs, Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

New Wild Rose Studio die sets...

Hello! I’m here again to sing the praises about the new Wild Rose Studio collection of dies! Wow! Matthew and Dulcie, Managing Directors of Wild Rose Studio, really have thought of everything with their new die release…
…I’ve been having another play with this fabulous collection of dies and have discovered that the two sets of dies, the oval frame (which has three dies) and the floral frame (which has two dies), are pre-mounted onto magnetic sheets all of their own…now how handy is that for storage?!
So if you’ve not had chance to check out the new range yet, do pop over to The
Stamp Basket online store – we have the full collection of dies in stock, as well as the new Bluebell Collection of stamps and new WRS paper pads.  

Janet xx

Monday, 24 February 2014

Mimosa Lighting Up

I've made another 'tag' style card as I am really liking the C&S style at the moment.  This one's a Christmas card, featuring Bildmalarna Mimosa Lighting Up.  I've popped some die cut snowflakes behind the tag, and some little rhinestones in the corner.  This one's been kept fairly flat, so it shouldn't cost a fortune to mail.

Card Recipe, featuring items from The Stamp Basket:
Happy crafting

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Bunny With Flowers Thanks

Good morning crafty peeps.
Debs here with a little Sunday inspiration for you using some scrummy stash from 

and this week I have a little Thank You card to share with you but with this adorable image it could just as easily have been a Mother's Day card or even a Happy Birthday card - but I had a fabulous 'THANKS' 
die cut that I wanted to use so here's what I did :o)

Card Ingredients - Available from The Stamp Basket - just click the links to take you straight there:

Coloured with: Copics
Design Papers: My Minds Eye 'Dolled Up'

Have you seen the latest new releases from Wild Rose Studio - the most adorable images and the most stunning dies - all available now over at The Stamp Basket - but be quick because they are selling fast!!!

Hope you feel inspired to get crafty this weekend.


Saturday, 22 February 2014

Teddy Bear's Spring Outing

Morning all! It's another glorious day here - the sun is shining, the birds are in song and spring is in the air!

Today's selection from the archives brings back wonderful memories of teddy bears' picnics amongst the bluebells and primroses...our theme is....
...Teddy Bear's Spring Outing
Hope you enjoy!
Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!
Janet xx

Friday, 21 February 2014

Alex in the Snow with Puppies

I'm still on a mission to make my Christmas cards throughout the year, so I've got another one to share today.  This one is a cute Stampavie image of a little boy and puppies.  I've teamed it with some of my favourite Silent Night papers, and some die cuts.  The die cuts were originally cut in white, but I've coloured the lamp in brown copic, and then popped some orange card behind the cut outs, and given the orange some sparkle with some shimmer gel pens.

Card Recipe, featuring items from The Stamp Basket:
Happy crafting

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Tilda's Heartflowers

Morning all!

I have a 'Thank You' card to show you today which is quite different from my usual cards but I'm really pleased with the result!

The card base has been cut from Neenah Classic Crest cardstock using one of the Spellbinder 'Timeless Rectangle' dies. I then coloured the Magnolia Tilda's Heartflowers image with my copic pens, added a Memory Box 'Thanks' die cut which I also coloured with copics...and a little bit of 'opal' liquid pearls to give a bit of sparkle...and voila!

Hope you have a great day!

Janet xx

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Snowball George

Hi guys, hope this finds you well.  OK, we've had the rain but we've not had the snow so maybe George is a bit previous - or a sign of things to come!

It is my day for DT at THE STAMP BASKET and I had great fun with this one.

All the following items used are available at THE STAMP BASKET store

Ingredients List
Distress Ink Pad (for edging) Peacock Feathers

And from stash - Spellbinders Scalloped Labels 1, Polychromos Pencils

Hope you all have a great day, and don't get too many snowballs!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

New arrivals!!!

Evening all!

I'm bursting with excitement...the new Wild Rose Studio Spring Woodland dies, stamps, paper and panels have arrived and are ready for shipping!!!...OMW, they are fab-u-lous...

Check them out at

Janet xx

Day 2 of the New Wild Rose Studio Release....

Morning all! I'm still in love...

...with the new Wild Rose Studio Spring Woodland stamps...

... due for delivery today at The Stamp Basket Headquarters!!

 I'm just bursting with excitement...

There are 8 new stamps in this collection...all absolutely adorable...and just right for all occasions including Easter!

So if you haven't already taken a look, why not pop over to The Stamp Basket store and take a browse...

...and don't forget the New Year sale ends today, so if you haven't already done so, there's still time to grab a bargain...

Janet xx

Monday, 17 February 2014

Coming Soon - new specialty dies from Wild Rose Studio!!!

Morning all!

I have some fabulous news to tell you this morning! The long-awaited dies from Wild Rose Studio have just been released...

...and they are ....
Of course, I'm going to be biased because I love all Wild Rose Studio products...
...but they really are beautiful designs, just right for the spring!
So if you are looking to top up your stash or need to buy a special little gift for a crafting friend or relative, then look no further...
.....with 16 new dies to choose from you are going to be spoilt for choice!
....and that's not all, there are some fabulous new papers and stamps too!
Full details can be found at The Stamp Basket store 

Maya and Kitty Sledging

I know it's only mid February but I'm continuing my mission to get my Christmas cards made throughout the year.  So I've got another one to share today.

This one features one of my favourite Whiff of Joy images of Maya and Kitty sledging.  I've used mainly browns (to match the papers and embellishments) but added a sprinkling of pink to give it a bit of a pop.

The Village Lamp is a lovely die that I've used for the first time today, and I've coloured it in gold, but perhaps not using something that you might expect!  That's where the make-up hint lies in the title of this post.

The gold is actually an eye-liner that I bought in a Body Shop sale a looooong time ago, and found in an old make-up bag completely unused a couple of years ago.  At that time, I decided that I had no idea what on earth I was thinking when I bought it, but I certainly don't think I would ever wear gold make-up.  So it became a crafting item instead (which might have been the original intention anyway!).  And it's laid unused until today!  To be honest I thought it would have dried up by now.  But nope!!  Still good, and the little brush applicator was perfect to paint the die cut.

I'll admit that on the make-up front, I'm a simple mascara kind of girl.  I wouldn't want to be seen dead without that.  And I do also wear a spot of eyeshadow in the week for work.  But that's it.  The whole foundation-concealer-lipstick-blusher-bronzer stuff escapes me.  I'd rather have an extra 10 minutes in bed than be under the false impression that anything I do with various pots, sticks, brushes and lotions can make much improvement!!  Plus any lippy seems to have blotted off within an hour if I do wear it for a special occasion / wedding etc.

Lip-balms on the other hand, well .. I have dozens of those little suckers!!   And I think that lip-balm is much more suited for little Maya as she goes sledging with her kitty on a cold winter's day!  :0)

Don't forget it's the final few days of The Stamp Basket Sale, so pop over there to grab your final bargains before it finishes.

Card Recipe, featuring items from The Stamp Basket:
Happy crafting

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Flowers for You - With Love

Good morning.
Debs here with a little crafty inspiration for you this weekend using some gorgeous stash from 

I thought this would be perfect for Mother's Day 

Card Ingredients:
Just click on the links to take you direct to The Stamp Basket - where you will find some amazing bargains still in the Sale

Image: Wild Rose Studio 'Flowers for You'
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: Basic Grey 'Mint Julep'
Coloured with Distress Inks and then Glittered with Diamond Stickles 

Hope you are enjoying a crafty weekend.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Flutter by Butterfly

Morning all and a very happy weekend wherever you are and whatever you're doing!

We have a wonderful selection of projects for you today chosen from our archives. These gorgeous creations have been made by our design team past and present...and there are some fab ideas for Mother's Day with many images still available in our sale!

Our theme is....

 Flutter by Butterfly
Last few days of the sale... make the most of it this weekend!
Janet xx

Friday, 14 February 2014

LovelyPop Tilda

Happy Valentines Day!!!!

To celebrate Valentines day today, I've sneaked some pink and a little heart into my project today.  I let the pretty pink and aqua papers dictate this card and followed the colour theme into the image, ribbon and flower embellishments.  I think these papers are some of my all time favourites.

This little Tilda is from the 'Sweet Crazy Love' collection and I don't think I've used her before today.  I inked all around the pretty papers with bright pink ink and layered all the panels onto kraft colour card.

Card Recipe, featuring items from The Stamp Basket:
Happy crafting

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Bunny with Flowers

Hi everyone!
I have a Get Well card to show you today using Wild Rose Studio ‘Bunny with Flowers’ which I’ve combined with the gorgeous First Edition ‘Silent Night’ papers and Nellie Snellen Multi-Frame Heart 2….all available in our current sale!  

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Sweet Crazy Love

Morning all, and here we are, only a few hours from halfway through the week, and just about halfway through the month too, how did that happen?!  But of course, it being Wednesday means it is my turn to DT for The Stamp Basket, wheeeee!

A change of style for me today.  I had such fun with the various bits and bobs that I got a little carried away (and some say that I should be).

So, the ingredients for today's card which are available at The Stamp Basket store are
And from my stash are Polychromos Pencils and a Paper Smooches sentiment

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday
Hugs, Squirrel xx

Monday, 10 February 2014

Tilly With Gift

With Valentine's Day later this week, I've got a bit of a love theme happening today, with sweet Tilly the puppy from Wild Rose Studio. The whole card was inspired by the papers and I tried to match the colours used on my image to the papers.

I'm really liking the double bow effect at the moment, and seem to do it on every bow now!  I got myself a little bow maker about a month ago, and love that I can now do double bows with it.  It works really well with this vintage style ribbon as the knot isn't too thick.  On the thicker satin ribbons I usually use a pearl brad to hold the bow onto the card, but it's not needed here.

Card Recipe, featuring items from The Stamp Basket:
Happy crafting

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Little Love Bear

Good morning.
Debs here - thrilled to be back with some inspiration for you using some scrummy stash from 


With Valentine's less than a week away I thought I would share a 'love' make with you today:

Card Ingredients with links to items available at The Stamp Basket:

Image: Stampavie 'Little Love Bear'
Stamped onto Neenah Classic 'Solar White' using Memento 'Tuxedo Black'
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: Magnolia Sweet Crazy Love 'Vintage Pink' and 'Cloudy Hearts'
Die Cuts: Cut from Neenah Classic Nellie Snellen 'Multi Frame Heart 2' Magnolia 'Sweet Lovely Lace'
Spellbinders: Floral Ovals and Labels 18
Ribbon: Vintage Style 'Walnut'
Adhesive Pearls: The Hobby House '3mm Ivory Silk'
Base Card: Craftwork Cards 'On the Edge -Scallop White'

Have a fabulous crafty weekend.
Debs xx

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Teddy Surprise!

Morning everyone! I do hope you are all keeping well! With all the rain that there has been here in the UK recently, it feels as though we could all do with flippers at the moment!

Today's selection from the archives showcases one of my favourite Teddy stamps from Wild Rose Studio called...

Teddy with Present

...isn't it amazing what different projects you can make with just one stamp...hope you enjoy!




Hope you have a lovely weekend,


Janet xx