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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Filled With Joy

It's been a long time since I entered
saw this weeks I knew immediately that
I wanted to use my new Pure Innocence stamp

So I have used:
MFT Pure Innocence - Filled With Joy
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and Polychromos Pencils
Die-Namics Stitched Rounded Corner Frame
Clearly Besotted sentiment
Die-Namics Stitched Sentiment Strips
Rymans red cardstock and
LOTV papers

Hugs to all
Squirrel x

Saturday, 18 November 2017

DTDF (DT) Whimsy/Wee Sarah

Yoo-hoo chaps!

Here I am with my DIES TO DIE FOR inspiration blog make, on what is (here) a rather nippy November day.  It's warm hat, coat and boots weather - all you need is a furry friend to finish it all off

So, the yummy things used here are

I painted the image with various shades of Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and the papers are LOTV Krafty Christmas

Right then, when did I put my bear ....

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

for all of the above and a huge amount more

Thursday, 16 November 2017

AYLI (DT) Favourite Christmas Colours

Good morning peeps, happy Thursday to you.  It's time for another challenge
with AS YOU LIKE IT and this fortnight the theme is Favourite Christmas Colours (and why)

Although I do enjoy venturing into the world of pink and purple Christmas
occasionally, I really prefer the more traditional colours of red, green and beige.
They remind me so much of the seasonal plants we bring indoors to
decorate with, the holly, the ivy, the mistletoe, and they
just make me feel so warm and cosy

I have used
and some Dovecrafts Christmas papers from a couple of seasons ago
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

I do hope, now that we are all getting into the swing of the festive cards, that
you will find time to join in the challenge.

Our sponsor for this one is

Prizes: - 3 digi stamps voucher

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Edna Needs A(nother) Martini (DTDF DT)

Hello all, here I am again with my post for the
DIES TO DIE FOR Inspiration Blog

You might have noticed this little lady earlier in the week, but hey, I absolutely
love her so why not use her again

Image coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and a smudge of Polychromos

Right then, where's the martini ..........

Have a super weekend!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Thursday, 9 November 2017

In The Pink (DT) Spots/Stripes

Hello Pink Fans - it's a new challenge starting today over at IN THE PINK
and the theme this time around is SPOTS/STRIPES

Once I started looking at my stamps, I was seeing spots and stripes everywhere
but I decided to use this one just because she is sooooo much
fun and a joy to colour

This is Stamping Bella: Edna Needs A Martini
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
the sentiment comes with the stamp
I'm not 100% sure about the striped paper but it could well be First Edition

A very simple card, but Edna doesn't need anything else!

Our sponsor for this challenge is

You have a month to get your pink on

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 4 November 2017

DTDF (DT) Lumberjack Guys

Morning all, I'm here today with one for the boys as my
inspiration piece for the DIES TO DIE FOR blog

Yesterday was young Sam's birthday, well I say young, he is well into being
a teenager now, and teenage years are when the cards start getting tricky.  Thankfully
Sam is a softie so I am certain he will appreciate the small and furry element!

CC Designs: Lumberjack Guys (set of 4 stamps)

The gold star peel-offs that I layered over the Lawn Fawn paper are a staple
in my stash, and (oddly) always make their annual appearances round about this time of year

Images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and a wee smidge of Polychromos

Have a lovely crafty weekend all

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Thursday, 2 November 2017

AYLI (DT) Christmas or Non-Christmas

Morning all!  A new challenge starts today over on the AS YOU LIKE IT challenge blog, and our theme for this fortnight is Christmas or Non-Christmas (which do you prefer making for) - you must explain why!

I tolerate Christmas.  I have been up to my ears in Christmas cards since June with orders, and have barely made a start on my own, so right at the moment I am feeling decidedly bah-humbug.  I have to say that I enjoy making the first one or two, but after that I've had enough.  Non-Christmas cards I can happily make all year round with no problems!

Oh, look, a non-Christmas card, lol

CC Designs: Rockabilly Girls stamp set (4 images)
Whimsy Stamps sentiment
Papercraft House floral papers
Martha Stewart border punch
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

The sponsor of this challenge is

Crafty Ribbons
£10 voucher

You have two weeks - Christmas or not, please do share with us.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 28 October 2017

DTDF (DT) Polar Bear Pals

Morning all, me again with another post for the DIES TO DIE FOR inspiration blog.

Am I detecting a nip in the air yet?
OK, I know it is the end of October, and the clocks go back this weekend, but I'm
not sure it is really chilly enough for these two yet.

Lawn Fawn: Mini Snowflakes

The only additions to this were the Distress Inks (ReInkers), Hunkydory holographic card and
some patient fussy cutting


Hugs to all

Thursday, 26 October 2017

In The Pink (DT - belated) Ribbons/Bows

Okay, so I missed getting this made in time for the IN THE PINK challenge of RIBBONS/BOWS (Breast Cancer Awareness) so I'm pretending that this was meant to be a midway reminder!

As this awful disease has no boundaries on age, I used this particular
image to highlight the fact that it can affect young and old alike

Pink gingham cardstock from stash
L'il Inker Designs stitched bow die
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils

The sponsor for this challenge is

and the closing date is 8 November, so you still have time to enter

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 19 October 2017

AYLI (DT) People or Animals?

I'm sure it is a question many of us have asked ourselves, which do I prefer, people or animals.  

Well, that is the theme for this fortnights challenge over at AS YOU LIKE IT but you will of course have to explain yourself!

I do seem to have used a lot of people images on my cards lately, but I prefer the animals, in real life too.  They tend to appeal to everyone, and the same image can be adjusted for either a male or female recipient, and the majority of them are sooooo cute!


I have used:
Clearly Besotted: Little Donkey
Clearly Besotted: Say It's Christmas
Die-Namics: A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax Set 1 & 2
Distress Inks (ReInkers) & Polychromos Pencils

and the sponsor for this challenge is

Prize is 3 images of winners choice.

Looking forward to seeing your entries.

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Saturday, 14 October 2017

DTDF (DT) Puddle Jumping Twila

Hello chaps, hope this Saturday finds you fine and dandy.

Sorry for the absence from blogland and social media over the past ten days, I've been a
"bit" under the weather, but am hopefully now on the mend.

Speaking of under the weather, my DIES TO DIE FOR make today shows that
even the weather needn't get you down

With the right pair of wellies, a girl can do anything!

And the lovely things used are

Image has been painted, as always, with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and I used the Faded Jeans Distress Ink pad for the clouds

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 5 October 2017

AYLI (DT) Flowers or Ribbons

Hello gang, hope this finds you well.  There's another new challenge starting
over at AS YOU LIKE IT today and the theme for this fortnight is
Your Favourite - Flowers or Ribbons
(and purrrleeeeeeeeease tell us why)

OK, so, here's the dilemma, I don't often use ribbons or flowers!
I have tried in the past, but "dog's dinner" comes to mind, froo-froo just isn't
my style.  So, I furtled about in the stash to see which of the two evils I have the
most of, and was horrified to find a rather sizeable collection of flowers, so I thought I had better use some!

The lovely things I have used
Stamping Bella Tiny Townies Garden Girls: Rose (stamp and die)
Nitwits paper pad (LOTV) Always & Forever
LOTV Krafty Christmas
Die-Namics Bold Stripes Cover Up
LOTV Circular Sentiments
Wild Orchid Crafts - small flowers and rose leaves
Image painstakingly painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Crafts U Love
£10 voucher

and all that remains is to wish our beloved leader, Annette, a VERY happy birthday for today!

Hope you will have a rummage in your own stash and then share your
fabulous makes with us.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 30 September 2017

DTDF (DT) More Than Pie

Morning all, I'm here today with my post for the

OK, so I am known to be partial to a nice slice of cake, but hey, I'm up for being
all inclusive and I kinda like a slice of pie too!

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Heart punches from Hobbycraft
and I embossed the base card into a chequerboard to match the
gingham paper

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

(where there are many more Gerda sets also available)

Saturday, 23 September 2017

DTDF (DT) Jungle Bells

Morning chaps, it's my day for the DIES TO DIE FOR inspiration blog

We are into autumn now, so that means the C.... cards begin with serious purpose.  However these two aren't really all that serious.

Elephant Card
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Scalloped Circles

I decided to have another go with the no-line colouring technique for the next one but......

Lion Card
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Tonic Dies
Clearly Besotted

As you can see, I did't achieve the no-lines, I never learn.  Memento Ink acts like a sponge
for Distress Inks (ReInkers) and soaks up the colour, so the sections have lines, but they are the right colours!  His nose, hat and eyebrows show this particularly well.

Happy weekend to you
Squirrel xx

All linked items (and many many more) can be purchased from the

Thursday, 21 September 2017

AYLI (DT) Favourite Paper Pad

Hello peeps, it is Thursday again and another challenge begins!  Today it is AS YOU LIKE IT and the theme for the fortnight is Your Favourite Paper Pad (and why).

There is a paper mountain (possibly even the whole range of mountains) growing in my craft space.  I am a sucker for pretty papers.  I have lots of favourite pads, but my all time, take it to a desert island, last pad on earth, favourite is from Nitwits (when they used to sell through LOTV) and it is Petal Fresh.  It so makes me think of freshly laundered cotton sheets that I can almost smell then on the washing line in the sunshine - the sheets, not the papers.

So, I have used the Petal Fresh papers, and have teamed them up with Stamping Bella Tiny Townies Garden Girl - Sweet Pea.  Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)  Sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.

The sponsor of this challenge is

Lawn Fawn
A stamp set and 6x6 pad of the winner’s choice
Lawn Fawn

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 16 September 2017

DTDF (DT) Santa Penguin

Morning all, me again with my make for the DIES TO DIE FOR inspiration blog.

Is it Santa?  Is it a Penguin?

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

There's not much I can really add to that, except he is such a fun stamp
to play with!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 14 September 2017

In The Pink (DT) Flower Power

Hello chaps, it's time to start another challenge over at IN THE PINK and this time it's pretty petals with FLOWER POWER.

I think this little chap forgot about his eyeliner
Wild Rose Studio: Panda With Flowers
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Die-Namics: Stitched Tiny Tags
Clearly Besotted: Say What
Papers are a gorgeous pad of textured (almost) card that I
found in The Works

Our sponsor for this challenge is All Dressed Up
who are offering two digis to the Winner

Let's be seeing your pink and flowery!

Hugs to All
Squirrel xx

Monday, 11 September 2017

Bitty Bears

Hello chaps, how is your Monday afternoon?

Having entered the MFT colouring competition yesterday, the adrenaline has
gone to my head and I thought I would try the CAS category too

Tis not the cleanest photo ever, but it's rather wet and gloomy here today.
Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Memento pads

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Put A Spell On You

Thanks to a superbloggy friend, I was able to finally get my paws on this stamp set.  I missed it before it was retired, so when it made a comeback I had to have it this time.

Then another superbloggy friend put the squeeze on, to get me to enter the amazing Superstar 2017 challenge over at My Favorite Things.  I am certainly no superstar, and my colouring is not Virtuoso standard, but I'm having a go anyway.

So this is
MFT Witch Way Is The Candy
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
I used the Mini Cloud edges with purple Distress Oxide for the sky
and again but closer together for the Distress Ink ground
I wanted a lumpy, tussocky, moorland in moonlight look, it kinda worked
Papers are MFT Bundles of Blossoms Brights

Batty hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Holiday Fun (SNSRC) Reminder

Hi all, just popping by with a reminder for the Squirrel's Not So Random Challenge that is currently running until the end of October with the theme of Holiday Fun.  Even though the kiddies are back in school, there are still people taking holidays!

I have used a CC Designs stamp from Roberto's Rascals
featuring Henry
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
A Copic edged matting layer
and a Hero Arts sentiment

Reminder delivered.

Hugs, Squirrel xx

DTDF (DT) Feel Better

Hello peeps.  It's my day for a design over at the DIES TO DIE FOR inspiration blog.

I have had Toad snuffling this week (nothing wrong with him apart from tiredness) but
we all know how hard it is to have a dose of man flu is, but a get well card for a man with man flu is even harder, until now!

Medicine bottles and spoon were masked, painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and fussy cut

The sentiment is from MFT Get Well Wishes but I can't locate it at the moment

Have a germ free weekend everyone

Hugs Squirrel xx

Thursday, 7 September 2017

AYLI (DT) Flora or Fauna

Hello everyone, and a very happy Thursday to you.  It's almost the end of the week, which means I only have to get through today and tomorrow and then it's HOLIDAY!!

Anyhoo, before I start rambling, I am here with my DT make for AS YOU LIKE IT and our challenge for the next two weeks is FLORA OR FAUNA (your favourite, tell us why)

I love animals, all animals (with fur) but please don't put me near an insect!
Leopards are my favourite of the big cats, and I have been known to sit for hours
watching them at our zoo.
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Matting layer edged with a Copic (oh the heresy)

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Two weeks - Flora or Fauna - off you go!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Sunday, 3 September 2017

You Have My Heart

Afternoon all.  It's been a quiet day at Squirrel Towers, so while I have been waiting for the Italian Grand Prix, I thought I would have a little play with this week's sketch challenge over at MFT.

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and I have used again the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil
Papers are a mixture of MFT
X-Cut small heart punch

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Santa's Gifts (DTDF DT)

One of my DIES TO DIE FOR teamies gets a bit twitchy when the C-mas word is used, so we have to find ways around it ......... sometimes it is easier simply to drug her with choklit.

Other ingredients are Distress Inks (ReInkers) and some of last year's Dovecraft C-mas papers

Tracy will be back from her holidays this weekend, so shipping of orders will be underway on Tuesday 5 September

Hugs, Squirrel xx

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