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Sunday, 23 July 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge #342

Afternoon everyone, hope your weekend is going well.

Today I made a little card for a sketch challenge over at My Favorite Things blog.  I do like a nice simple sketch, it actually helps the design when it's not too complicated, and as we all know, I do like simple!

Having said that, there was still a lot of work went into this one.

and here is the original sketch

For my card I used
I don't have the die set so this is all fussy cut
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

OK, having actually made a card specifically for this challenge, blogged and entered, I think I feel a bit light headed on that achievement.  Time to go and sit down at my craft bench and relax with some colouring!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 22 July 2017

DTDF (DT) Good Morning .......

And a very good morning to you too! I'm starting today with a CC Designs adorable lady to share with you.

I think someone has been spying on my early routine .....except my bunny slippers aren't green

Oh my gosh, I feel so weary I need to lie down again

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

In The Pink (DT) Fantasy

Hello Fans-of-Pink, welcome to a new challenge from IN THE PINK
This time, a little change - we are now 4-weekly so lots of time to enter!

A favourite theme I think for this one, and it is FANTASY

Just lurrrrve this cute little chap!
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment comes with the stamp set

and our sponsor for this challenge is one very dear to my heart
£15 - Dies To Die For (you lucky things)

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 15 July 2017

DTDF (DT) Baker Nancy

Good morning everyone, happy weekend!
What an exciting one it is, lots of Tour de France action, and the British F1 Grand Prix, and my birthday!  What more could a girl ask for.

Right then, Saturday, if you didn't know it by now, is my day to post over on the
DIES TO DIE FOR BLOG and I have a birthday themed card for you.

All of the links to the following items of loveliness will take you straight to the right places

and additional items are Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Polychromos Pencils
and a custom sized card base

Hugs to everyone
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 13 July 2017

AYLI (DT) Pearls or Gems

So then crafters, the next fortnight's challenge over at AS YOU LIKE IT
Make us a project with your favourite and tell us all about it, particularly why you prefer one over the other

Easier said than done, I like them both - pearls for a more sophisticated and classy look, but for bright and blingy it has to be gems!

Adding gems to this (over the snowflake circles) seemed like a good idea at the time
until I realised just how many I was adding - and I still managed to miss one!
CC Designs Pollycraft "Snowy"
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Paper is Kaisercraft Christmas Collections

and our sponsor for this challenge is

Hugs to all

Saturday, 8 July 2017

DTDF (DT) Beach Bunnies

So, what do you normally find on the beach?  Pebbles, sand, crabs, dead fish, yep, all of
those, occasional stray dogs, but bunnies must be quite rare, surely?

There must be some funny beaches over in the States, as where else could MFT have
taken their inspiration for the Beach Bunnies set?

Additional ingredients for this are Distress Inks (ReInkers), Authentique Seasons: Autumn 6x6 pad,
Clearly Besotted "Say What" sentiments, and custom sized card base

Happy weekend!

Hugs, Squirrel

Sunday, 2 July 2017


Brace yourselves!  I've made a card that's not DT, I made it all for me for fun!

and as I have lots of both I thought it was about time to join in
with a challenge that I love but have not had a chance to do for absolutely ages

So for this little cutie I have used
and an old Hero Arts sentiment
Image is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 1 July 2017

DTDF (DT) Sweet Honey Bee

Happy 1st July folks!  Cripes, halfway through the year already, so that is six happy months I have been DTing for the DIES TO DIE FOR blog!

Today I am bringing you a dose of sweet summer stickiness.

I love this cute little girl, and she was so much fun to colour with the Distress Inks (ReInkers).  The ARF stamps all have a LOT of hair, so if you love colouring hair then these stamps are the ones for you.  My hairiness was done with the help of a variety of brown toned Polychromos Pencils.

All the linked ingredients are available in the Dies To Die For on-line store

Having a buzzing weekend guys
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

While I'm here, the closing date for the SNSRC Fantasy Challenge
has been extended until 30 July
so you have more time to enter your fantasy makes

Thursday, 29 June 2017

AYLI (DT) Favourite Way To Use Ribbon

Morning all, it's a new AS YOU LIKE IT challenge starting today and the theme for this fortnight is Favourite Way To Use Ribbon (and please remember to tell us about why)

I like this ribbon, and I like this ribbon - but I don't like using ribbon!
Ribbon is my bĂȘte noire, always has been, probably always will be, so when it comes to using ribbon on cards I keep it as simple and painless as possible

Lili Of The Valley - A Hand To Hold
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Nitwits papers
MFT Essential Sentiments set
Die-Namics Stitched Basic Edges & Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges
Anita's Ombre Sticky Ribbon
Woodware flower punches
Kraft card base

I know there are a lot of ribbon addicts out there, so do come and share
your secrets with us!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 22 June 2017

In The Pink (DT) Special Occasion

Morning all, it's a new challenge for the next fortnight with IN THE PINK
and the theme is
(NB: this theme is running for 4 weeks while the Pinkies have a wee summer breather)

CC Designs - Surprise
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Sentiments are both Hero Arts
Papers are magazine freebies
Martha Stewart crochet border punch
Star shaped hole punch

Sponsor for this challenge is

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 17 June 2017

DTDF (DT) Under The Sea

Hello folks, sorry I am running late today, it has been a chaotic week with illness at home (not me) but it has meant my normal schedule has totally gone to pot.  Anyway, better late than never.

Today's DIES TO DIE FOR make is just where I want to be - it's hot hot hot already here

Would you believe that Die-Namics have now released a porthole die?!  And there was me spending ages fiddling about with those dots to make studs for my own version

As always, the linked items will take to straight to the right place

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 15 June 2017

AYLI (DT) Fruity!

Hello peeps, it is time for a new AS YOU LIKE IT challenge and this fortnight our theme is
Your make can either depict your favourite fruit, or be inspired by fruit colours

I'm not a fan of any one particular fruit, but I do love a nice fruit salad, especially if it is accompanied by a good old fashioned dollop of vanilla of ice-cream.  The inspiration for this card came from the backing paper, which made me think of that fruit salad.

CCD Designs - Surprise stamp set
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Papers are Basic Grey (old pad, sadly cover page long lost)
Martha Stewart corner and border punch
Lili of The Valley circular sentiment

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Prize is 3 images of winners choice.

Come on, come on over and get fruity!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Yee-haw! (Dies To Die For DT)

Another week has whizzed past, and here we are again at Saturday (hurrah).  As you know by now, it is my day to share something with you on the DIES TO DIE FOR blog.

So, we have a little bit of Bella today, and a very simple design

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and a matting layer of wood effect paper for that "western" feel

You would not believe the tears I shed over her skirt - I found it to be
a tricky little devil, but my wonderful teamies assure me it's ok!

Have a wonderful time, whatever you are up to

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Rose With Balloon (DT) Dies To Die For

Happy Saturday everyone, I hope everything is sunny in your world today.

It is of course my day to post on the DIES TO DIE FOR blog

all the links will take you to the right places in the Dies To Die For store

I think you might be able to guess the additionals by now
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Polychromos Pencils
Custom sized card base

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 2 June 2017


At last, it has finally happened, I'm in print!

This month's Papercraft Essentials (issued yesterday) has a feature
using Stamping Bellas and the wonderful team at
Dies To Die For were asked to make a selection of cards

and here is the card that I made

Love, Squirrel xx

Thursday, 1 June 2017

AYLI (DT) Favourite (Non Birthday) Reason

Hello again peeps, well, here we are in June and it's time to start another
AS YOU LIKE IT challenge!

For this fortnight our theme is Your Favourite Reason To Make A Card (other than birthday)

For me, I love making friendship cards - a lot of my friends don't live local to me, so this
is a wonderful way to keep in touch and say "I'm thinking of you"

So for this little cutie I have used
CC Designs - Hearts To You
MFT Dots and Stripes Confection 6x6 pad
Die-Namics Stitched Heart Stax
MFT Clear Sentiments You Make My Day
Martha Stewart Heart Doily border punch
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Polychromos Pencils
Custom size card base

and our sponsor for this challenge is

Prize - a $10.00 Gift Certificate for Sweet Stamp Store
SweetStamps.com manufactures artistic rubber stamps on cling cushion for use with acrylic blocks. We carry a variety of stamping and paper crafting goodies like our own Shades dye inks, metal embossing plates, embossing folders, cutting & embossing dies (Our very own Sweet Cuts Dies, Cheery Lynn, Marianne, Joy! and Nellie's), fine detail embossing powders, specialty cardstock and vellum along with supplies for parchment crafting. 

Hope you will have a non-birthday reason for making cards that you will share with us

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Monday, 29 May 2017

Super Hero ..... Sam

Happy Bank Holiday Monday to you peeps!

I'm popping by today to share a card that I made for a very special
young man - I have mentioned Sam before, he is Julie-Pig's son, and
he is amazing

As well as receiving a Headmaster's Commendation a little while ago (for an act
of incredible kindness and bravery), he's only gone and been made Head Boy
at his high school!  Way to go Sam!

CC Designs -Super Hero Henry
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Waffle Flower - Awesome die
Clearly Besotted Notebook Edger die
Clearly Besotted - City Skyline die
Papers are a mixture of Echo Park, Basic Grey and Hobbycraft

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 28 May 2017

You Have My Heart

Afternoon all.  I have surprised myself today and found that I am (reasonably) up-to-date with stuff so I have had time to make a couple of just-for-fun cards!

I found a nice sketch over at the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge so thought I would have a little bit of a play with it.

Here's the sketch

I used the You Have My Heart stamp set
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and sponge inked the clouds with a
home-made stencil, a few Polychromos for hair detail
Papers are Nitwits Promises (and Promises Solids)
MFT Love Is In The Mail sentiments

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Squirrel With Flower (DTDF DT)

Yippee!  It's a three-day weekend, AND it's the Monaco Grand Prix, AND Jenson is back for this race, AND we're having takeaway tonight, AND it's my Dies To Die For day!

I have some woodland cuteness to share with you all

Oh my word, that tail was interesting!

Here's the list of linked ingredients from the Dies To Die For online store

The only extras were a custom sized card base, and of course my Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Whatever you are up to, have a wonderful weekend

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Thursday, 25 May 2017

In The Pink (DT) Embossing

Hello peeps, it is my turn on the Pink Job-Share with Annette to bring you something for the challenge starting at IN THE PINK today.

For this fortnight's challenge we are asking to see your EMBOSSING - that can be wet or dry, or with dies/stencils - there are a surprising number of embossing techniques so we would like you to show yours.

I have been wanting to try the white outline style of embossing for a while but couldn't see to find the right stamp/image, until I bought a magazine with a fabulous floral stamp/die set as the free gift.

Ooh get me, all subtle!
So the flowers were stamped with VersaMark and I used a fine white heat embossing powder.  I painted the petals and leaves with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and then fussy cut the whole bouquet.
The vase was also stamped, embossed and painted, but there was a vase die with the freebies so that was simple.
Some polka dot and candy striped paper from my scraps box
Tonic scalloped edged dies for a little bit of interest
and a Tattered Lace sentiment die (which was a freebie with their magazine)

We are thrilled to have on board Tracy from Dies To Die For as
our very generous sponsor of this theme with a £15 store voucher for the lucky winner.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 20 May 2017

DTDF (DT) Doggie (not Dodgy) Artist

Morning all, as it is Saturday it is my day to share a design for the DIES TO DIE FOR blog and this week it is a typical Squirrel CAS affair, although not quite as CAS as last week.

I'll be honest, I was a little bit lost with this stamp (even though I just had to have it) but
his cheeky little smile rather dictated the covers-most-events sentiment

All the linked items are available from the Dies To Die For online store
The only extras this time are
my beloved Distress Inks (ReInkers) and
the custom sized card base

Hugs to all, and happy weekend
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 18 May 2017

AYLI (DT) Skin/Fur Colour Combo

Morning all.  Today I am feeling pawly and a bit ruff ......

It's the start of a new challenge over at AS YOU LIKE IT and the theme for this fortnight is your favourite colour combination for skin or fur.  

I tend to colour far more critters than I do human beans, and over time I have discovered that my favourite combination of Distress Inks for a golden fur colour is a base coat of Scattered Straw, washed over with Tea Dye, and Brushed Corduroy for shading.  If I am feeling particularly brave I will use Walnut Stain for darker areas, and on a particularly courageous day, Black Soot might make an appearance.  Another combination is a very simple Antique Linen/Frayed Burlap pairing, but the golden theme seems to prevail in my world!

as you can see, the little dog is peeking through the window, but what on earth is
he standing on?

what a cheeky pooch!

For this make I have used
Doodlebug pawprint paper
and of course
Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Prizes: - 3 digi stamps voucher worth £6.75

Do come and share your colouring secrets with us!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Not another mermaid?!

Hello peeps, happy Tuesday.

Now, unless you have been locked in a shed for the last two weeks, you will have seen these mermaid images everywhere in Blogland and on FaceBook.  However, I am a wee bit behind as my own package of loveliness only arrived on Saturday but I simply could not wait to play so on Sunday, out came the fishiness!

Distress Inks (ReInkers), Memento ink pads, Copics (for the splatter background)
aided by a Tim Holtz air-puffer gadget (Distress Marker Spritzer)
Marker Spritzer
Do Copics wash out of clothes?  A fun method of applying colour, but not
particularly directional!

Just keep swimming

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

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