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Thursday, 23 February 2017

AYLI (DT) Favourite Non-Card Project

Hi ya'all, how are you on this particular Thursday?  I've been laid low with the germs that are doing the rounds so I hope you have all managed to avoid the cough/splutter regime.

Anyhoo, today over at AS YOU LIKE IT we are asking you to share your Favourite Non-Card Project with us.  Now is your chance to think outside the box, or inside it box if you like!

I love making small, personal, gifts for friends and the coordinating bag or box to go with the item.

So, I made the keyring (leftover from my cross stitching days) using
My Favorite Things - Snuggle Bunnies
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

and the bag using the same stamp set, plus the Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames
and a few punched hearts to emphasis the lurrrrve

The sponsor of this challenge is

Prizes: - 3 digi stamps voucher worth £6.75

Hugs to All

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Wyanet (DT) DTDF

Morning all!  A bit earlier for me today but it's dad's birthday and, knowing me, I will be finishing wrapping his presents before we pop over later today with the gifts and some cake!

Today, for my DIES TO DIE FOR make, I am using this little sweetie

So the main ingredients for this are:

I painted the image with my usual Distress Inks (ReInkers)
I used some linen card for the matting layer and also the underlay (?) to put the blue behind
the zig-zag holes and coloured both with Copic colours.  I tried to match as near as possible to the Distress Ink colours.  I coloured a scrap of it to use for the die-cut words too, so for me, this is just about coordinated!

Now, Mr Toad has a narrow gauge model railway.  It's been getting bigger, and now he
has ventured into the realms of building scenery.  Scenery (rocks and cliffs at the moment) that involve wet plaster and silicon moulds.
  They come out white and looking like lumps of chalky plaster.
The sets come with little pots of paints.
He has now decided that the colours of some of my Distress Inks are better.
I've told him to buy his own!

Have a super weekend all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 12 February 2017

For my daddy

I love my daddy to bits, he is my hero.  Next weekend will be his birthday, and I always like to try and make him a card that is really relevant to either our relationship (amazing), or his hobbies and interests.

He has always been a bit of a handyman, although as mum often says "whatever your father makes never falls apart"- his items do tend to be rather heavy duty!

He has his sheds, of course, but he also has a part of the house that has evolved over the years into "the  Cubbyhole", which is where you can often find him hiding, tinkering with something or other.   I have many happy memories of spending hours with him, just pottering, and emerging smelling of wood shavings.  When I saw this stamp I had to have it just for him.

The ingredient for this are:
Lili of The Valley "The Workbench" stamp
and LOTV For Him Circular Sentiments (retired)
and I picked out one of the colours to use as the matting layers, a ProMarker on white card
I used the same colour for the buttons which are Impression Obsession dies
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) used as watercolours

And as Sweet Stamping Challenge have a "Masculine" theme, it would be rude not to enter

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Woodland Bunny (DTDF DT)

Mornin' all, how are you?  I'm popping by with a huge dollop of cuteness for my DIES TO DIE FOR Design Team make today.

Brace yourself for a large moment of "awwwwh"

Ain't he just the cutest wabbit?!

Things that I used ....

all available from the Dies To Die For on-line store

Other ingredients use are Distress Inks (ReInkers) and
Customs sized card base (5 1/4 x 5 1/4)

Hope you have a super-duper weekend.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 9 February 2017

AYLI (DT) Ribbon or Lace

Morning everyone!  It's a new challenge from those lovely ladies over at AS YOU LIKE IT and this time your choice is RIBBON OR LACE.

Whichever is your favourite, please remember that you must tell us why, otherwise you may not be considered for the Top 3/Winner slots.

Most people know that I consider ribbon to be the frippery of the Devil, and if I am honest, lace isn't far behind - neither of them really suit my CAS style, but for this one a faux lace matting layer actually worked well enough for me to have a little smile.

This one was a card order from my mum, she wanted one for a friend of hers.  The friend, and the friend's husband, are greatly amused by me being called Squirrel, and often tell mum if they have heard me on the local BBC radio station.  So, when mum said "I want a Squirrel squirrel card" I wasn't sure what she meant - I didn't hear the capital letter, and then the penny dropped.

Lili of The Valley - Squirrel Presents Trio
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment from Clearly Besotted
Papers are all Papermania
Martha Stewart - Punch Around-The-Page - Eyelet Lace
Die-Namics stitched circle
Tonic scalloped circle

Our sponsor for this challenge is
Crafty Ribbons
£10 voucher

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Moody? (DTDF DT)

OK, so I couldn't wait to start playing with my new stash purchased from DIES TO DIE FOR  from last weekend - it was just a question of what to play with first.  In the end, it was an easy choice - who could resist this smile?!

Sorry, it's making me grin just looking at him
So, the ingredients I have used for this cheesy little chap are
I've coloured him with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and highlighted his pink hair with a Polychromos pencil
The sentiment (which I think I may be using a lot) came with the unicorns
and a layer of black card just to pop the colour from the white

There is a matching die set for the Moody Unicorns but I fussy cut this one
as I don't yet have the dies

Thanks everyone for coming by today
I hope your weekend turns out to be a magical one

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 2 February 2017

In The Pink (DT) With Love

Yes, we know it's coming up - so over at IN THE PINK we are helping you get ready for the Day of Lurrrrve - our theme is, naturally, With Love.

Of course you don't HAVE to make it for your partner, it could be for a friend, your mum, your dad, whoever you want to say "I love you" too, and actually, in this strange ol' world we live in, I think it needs to be said a lot more often.

Here's my With Love themed card
(warning: it's quite pink)

Pink enough?!
So, I have used
CC Designs - Meoples Meowy (stamps and dies)
Die-Namics Inside-Out Stitched Rounded Corner Square
Echo Park papers
Hobbycraft heart punch
Distress Inks (ReInkers)

The sponsor for this challenge is DI'S DIGI STAMPS

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 30 January 2017

So much love in the room ......

..... I am exhausted, emotionally and physically.  Yesterday was the Sincerely Yours Papercraft Show in Thetford so off we went, having set Wayne, the SatNav, with the postcode.  Now, Wayne is a bit thick.  He gets it into his tiny little chip which direction he wants you to go, even if it isn't the route you want, and he is determined to get you that way.  We experienced that on the way to the Lake District.  We wanted the M6, he wanted us on the A1.  We were nearly to Manchester before he actually gave in.

Yesterday was no better.  He wanted us on the A14, we wanted the A140/A1066.  If he said "recalculating" once, he must have said it about twenty times as I confidently ignored his instructions (well, you do when you are on local roads don't you).  It was a very pretty drive up through Suffolk and into Norfolk - a route I hadn't been on for several years.  However, as much as it pains me, for a shorter journey (not by much mind) and a quicker route, the blasted SatNav was actually right!  But if we had followed him we would have had a journey of HGVs and a boring duel carriageway.  Swings and roundabouts I guess.

Anyhoo, we got there safely, and within two minutes of entering the hall, I was swamped in Dies To Die For hugs!  Finally, I get to meet my precious girls - Annette, Sue, Tracy, Faye, Kat, Debbie, and of course Tracy's amazing man, Andy!  

Lots of squeals and giggles.  At which point, Toad is a bit outnumbered and overwhelmed so he took himself off for a nice swim in the pool next door, bless him.

I did some shopping (cough), a lot of chattering, some more shopping (sorry Andy) and cemented some already longstanding friendships.  I didn't want to leave.

But leave we had to, and actually listened to Wayne on the way home.  He didn't have to shout at me once.

So, today I am off work (holiday) and recovering.  I know how I feel so dread to think how tired and aching the others must be who had far longer journeys.  Yes, bits of me ache that I had forgotten could ache, but it was soooooooooooooo worth it to be able to meet my gorgeous teamies.

So, after all that ramble, I do actually have a little card for you - and this sums up yesterday.

When one heart isn't enough, make a string of them!
This little lass is Twila from CC Designs - Roberto's Rascals String of Hearts
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with Polychromos Pencil for hair detail
A real pick n mix of paper and card, I can't even remember which pad the heart paper came from
Spellbinders dies - I've lost the label but they are probably large scallop something

Thank you girls, it was a blast!
What goes on tour, stays on tour (and Debbie, I am sorry about Toad and your camera!)

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Beary Special at DTDF

Happy Saturday everyone!  I'm pacing the floor a bit today as tomorrow is the Sincerely Yours Papercraft Show in Thetford and if all goes well, I'm hoping to visit.  Not only will the fabulous Tracy with her Dies To Die For be there, but I am hoping to be able to meet some of my new teamies AND my BBFF (that's Best Blogging Friend Forever)!  I have butterflies!

Anyhoo, down to business, it's my day for the Dies To Die For Design Team and here is my make:

So, I have used

MFT Beary Special Birthday
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment from the Beary set - embossed in white
Die-Versions Express Edges
I used the Birthday word but the Celebrate one would work equally well
Custom sized card base

Right then, I'm off to run around like a headless chicken - catch up with you soon
with a post Show report!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Dies To Die For On-line Store

Thursday, 26 January 2017

AYLI (DT) Favourite Flower

Hello chaps, and welcome to another Thursday challenge with the girls at AS YOU LIKE IT

This time the theme is FAVOURITE FLOWER

For me, flowers are seasonal, I love daisies all year round, but there are certain flowers that fit the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter slots too.  For Spring, when the air is full of hope and promises, there is nothing like the splash of colour from the nodding heads of tulips to make you think everything is going to be just fine

For this card I have used
Wild Rose Studio - Milton with Tulips
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
The word die is from W Plus 9 Design Studio "Sending Hoping Wishing" set and I have made a stack using two layers of kraft card for depth before adding the top layer
The gingham and polka dot papers are from My Favourite Things
and the matting layer is a sheet of First Edition
Die shape is Spellbinders Labels 18

The sponsor of this challenge is

Wild Orchid Crafts
£12 gift voucher

I'm "hoping" that on this chilly January day, this has helped you feel a little more Springy!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 21 January 2017

DTDF - the debut!

Morning all, thanks for calling by today, and a huge thank you for all your good wishes!
It's all happened rather quickly, but I have had over a week of grinning and itching to tell you all.

So, today is my debut appearance for the design team at
and I cannot thank Tracy and the girls enough for the opportunity

So, here we go with my first make

So, I bought this cheeky little chap last year as I thought he could be used for so much more than Valentine's but in the end he didn't get inked until this year - and it's still not for Valentine's

I have painted Henry with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
The only extra ingredient is the black card for the matting layer to make him
pop out from the flowery background (which I absolutely lurrrve)

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 20 January 2017

OMG! It's Official - Squeeeeeeeeeeeeal !

OK, I can share it with you - it's official!

I am a very lucky little Squirrel - I have been invited to join the incredible Design Team
for the lovely Tracy at DIES TO DIE FOR - Wow Wow Wow!

If things work to plan this evening, you will be able to see my first post for them tomorrow

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Giving shelter....

Hi all, hope Tuesday finds you fine and dandy!

I have a wee spring in my step this morning but you will have to wait a bit longer to find out what that's all about (oh I can be such a terrible tease, lol).

Anyhoo, I have been stocking up my emergency supplies and realised that I was out of sympathy cards.  I wanted to make something that was a bit different from the normal flowers so when I saw the stamps with Creative Stamper magazine, I think I had a light-bulb moment - judge for yourselves....
Ok, I didn't say it was 100 watt did I?!

So, the umbrella, clouds and heart shaped raindrops all came from Creative Stamper
The "with sympathy" was also a magazine freebie
Papers are MFT Tiny Check Brights
And a tiny smidge of Distress Ink (ReInkers) on the clouds and brolly handle

I just hope that it's not needed for a very long time to come.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 12 January 2017

As You Like It (DT) Favourite Hair!!

Now then, when Auntie Annette chooses a challenge theme, she does choose some crackers, but please don't be as scared of this one as I was when I first saw it!  It's much easier than it sounds, honest.

It's AS YOU LIKE IT challenge day and our theme is FAVOURITE HAIR COMBO
(basically, your favourite way to colour hair, and the colours you use)

Here is my DT card

When I do brown hair (a favourite because it always feels so warm), I use a light wash of Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (ReInker) and then get busy with the Polychromos Pencils (Brown Ochre, Nougat, Bistre, Van-Dyke Brown, Walnut Brown)

Which means that of course I have used Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Tiddly Inks: Wryn - Smart Cookie
Raspberry Road papers Pressed In Time
MFT Die-Namics double stitched rectangle die

and of course you want to know who the sponsor is, and it's

Prize is 3 images of winners choice.

So, assuming you are not too freaked out, we look forward to seeing
all your hairy creations!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Monday, 9 January 2017


Showing my age here this morning (and certainly feeling it) with a trip down memory lane to Junior Choice!

One of the songs that was regularly played was Puff The Magic Dragon ....

 I have used
My Favorite Things - Magical Dragons stamp set
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
"Charming" sentiment from the MFT set
"Thank You" from Clearly Besotted
Green matting layer is a scrap of Dovecraft Back To Basics paper
6x4 card base - custom cut to landscape format

Hope you have a magical Monday

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 5 January 2017

In The Pink (DT) Anything Goes

Happy Pink New Year to you!  Yep, it's January, it's Thursday and it's the start of a new
IN THE PINK year, and to ease you in gently our first theme is Anything Goes.

Here's my DT card

OK, so the ingredients for this one are
MFT Pure Innocence Bookworm stamp
MFT Our Story stamp set
MFT Die-Namics Window die
MFT Die-Namics Stitched Sentiment Strips
Clouds paper is from Nitwits
Pink card is Hunkydory Adorable Scorable
Images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

and our sponsor of this challenge is ALL DRESSED UP

So, what's stopping you, go and get PINK!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 2 January 2017

Thank You

As we have had a really quiet Christmas, and neither of us have had to go into work, I have managed quite a bit of play time since Boxing Day - which is good, in many ways, but especially as I had rather a lot of thank you cards to get made!  You may spot a theme over the next week or so, lol.

This first one is for my boss, Emma.  Regular readers will know that Emma is not only my boss, and I went with her when we changed firms in April, but she is also a good friend.  There is a story behind this card, but unfortunately it is not one I can share with you here.

I wish I could remember the name of the stamp, but I can't - 
it's from Lili of The Valley from a few years ago.
Sentiment stamp is a magazine freebie.
Snowflake is an X-Cut small palm punch
Pink card stock from Rymans
and a custom made 6x4 card base
What little colouring there is has been done with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

I shall be entering this in the LOTV Facebook Challenge - Anything Goes

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 1 January 2017

(Some) Favourite Makes of 2016

OK, so, I have been "encouraged" to share again a few of my favourite makes from 2016.

When I say "encouraged", I think you know what I really mean.  Anyhoo, here's a whistle-stop tour of what happened in the last year with a baker's dozen:

Blimey, that was a year wasn't it?!  Thanks for sharing it with me.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Penguin in Paradise

Hello to anyone who might be out there in blogland!  It's that bit between Christmas and New Year when no one knows what day it is.  I hope you were all able to enjoy the festivities.

I have something a little warmer than Christmas for you today:

Here's the sketch

I have used
MFT Penguins In Paradise stamp set
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are from BoBunny

Keep warm, even if you are not on a tropical beach!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 22 December 2016

'Elf and 'Appiness

Well, here we are, the penultimate working day for me before we break up for Christmas tomorrow.  I'm not sure what time we are finishing yet, in theory we're in for the whole day, but we are all secretly crossing our fingers that the senior partner gets fed up of the tinsel around 3.30!

I said on Monday that I had been playing with elves at the weekend and this is the second of them.  Part of my morning routine (and it's very decadent) if the bus doesn't get held up anywhere is to head for the local coffee shop for my favourite coffee and some toast for my breakfast.  I'm one of these people who can't face food immediately, so by the time I get into town I am feeling hungry.  When I called in last week, one of the barristas slipped something onto my tray - it was a Christmas card, addressed to "the lovely flat-white lady" - how sweet is that?!  So this one has been made for them, they are a great crew and always ready for a smile, as well as making great coffee and toast.

Another elf from the CC Designs Roberto's Rascals Elves set
Again painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Star corner die is MFT Die-Versions
Papers are all Dovecraft
The tag is from MFT Die-Namics Stitched Sentiment Strips
and the sentiment is Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Wishes

This will be my last post before Christmas, so I would just like to take the opportunity
of wishing all my faithful Followers
a very Merry Christmas and a happy and crafty New Year

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 19 December 2016

Your good 'Elf.....

Saturday was full on here, I'd like to say dashing through the snow, but it was just fog, and that doesn't have quite the same ring to it.  However, it meant that the nearest I got to craft was being in the middle of a mountain of wrapping paper, ribbons, sticky tape and tags.  I was missing my paintbrush!

So, yesterday afternoon I sat myself down in between the domestic stuff (yawn) and got inky with some elves.

Here's the first one:

This happy little chap is from CC Designs - Roberto's Rascals Elves set
Love all three of the elves - they are so cheeky
Painted as usual with Distress Inks (ReInkers) used as watercolours, with some Polychromos Pencil for hair definition
Papers are an older set of Dovecraft Back to Basics - Modern Christmas
Martha Stewart border punch
Sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments
Custom sized card base

It's our office Christmas dinner today - looking forward to it, it's my first one with
this firm.  Eight months and it feels like home already.

Happy Monday to you all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 15 December 2016

AYLI (DT) Favourite Christmas Carol/Song

Hello peeps, how are your festive preparations going?  Mine are in their usual state of chaos I'm afraid.  I'm never sure how Christmas manages to sneak up on me every year like this.

Anyhoo, it's a new challenge from AS YOU LIKE IT today and the theme is Favourite Christmas Carol or Song.

For me it's a song rather than a carol, and it is a bittersweet one this year as Greg Lake has just passed away.  "I Believe In Father Christmas".  I have loved this ever since it was released, and the first hearing of it always reminds me of how close to Christmas we are.  The words are quite thought provoking.

High Hopes large Stackable Santa stamp
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
MFT stitched hexagonal dies
MFT Holiday Subway Art sentiments
MFT chevron die
Papers from Helz Cuppleditch - Dear Santa

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Crafty Ribbons
£10 voucher

This is our last challenge for 2016 but we'll be back bright eyed and bushy tailed in January.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

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