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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

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Pure Innocence

That is the stamp, not me!  

I really enjoy the MFT Colour Color Challenges because they put together colours that I wouldn't normally combine, and it is good to stretch yourself now and again......

I have used
Sentiment: MFT Gifting Fun
Homemade cloud stencil
Rymans coloured cardstock
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Happy Sunday to you all
Squirrel xx

Linked products all available at Dies To Die For online store

Saturday, 26 August 2017

DTDF (DT) Snail Mail

Morning all - three day weekend, wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

It's my day for the DIES TO DIE FOR inspiration blog and I have some
Squidgy cuteness for you

I just love receiving letters by post (not those sneaky former-brown-envelopes-now
disguised-as-white-ones) but I cannot remember the last time I actually sat
down and wrote anything other than a card - maybe we should try and
bring back the tradition of proper letter writing, in pen!

Coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils

DTDF Holiday Closure - see below for details

Have a fabulous weekend, whatever you are up to

Tracy says
Please be aware that I will be taking my annual holiday from  Friday 18th August until Monday 4th September.  Orders received after 3pm Thursday 17th August will not start shipping until Tuesday 5th September.  Whilst I am away the website will be updated with any new stock and restocks and you will still be able to place orders online.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

AYLI (DT) Fur or Feathers?

Morning all, hope things are going well for you on the run in to the Bank Holiday weekend!  Oh three glorious days in a row, bliss.

Ok then, it's a new challenge over at AS YOU LIKE IT and the theme for the next two weeks is FUR OR FEATHERS - your favourite, and tell us why.

For me, there is no contest, it is fur all the way, soft, strokeable, sniffable, snugglable, warm and cuddly fur, preferably when it is wrapped around an amenable animal!  Rosie simply does not accept my overtures for letting me dump her onto my lap for a cuddle session - how I envy those owned by lapcats.

Lili of The Valley - James Bear with Daisy
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Clouds done with Distress Inks (pad)
Sentiment is from an old Hero Arts clear sentiments set
Papers from Papercraft House

Our sponsor for this challenge is

So, come on over and share your furry/feathery makes with us!


Saturday, 19 August 2017

DTDF (DT) Milton

Happy Saturday to you all from me - do you have anything exciting planned?

We're waiting for our builder to pop round to have a look at a rather suspicious damp
patch that has appeared, and then, if he isn't too late, we're over to the Oldies for a cuppa
and a sneaky assessment of garden vegetables!

For my DTDF make today I have a cheeky little fella to share with you

Look at that smile!

Have yourselves a wonderful crafty weekend!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Thursday, 17 August 2017

In The Pink (DT) Anything Goes - 5th birthday celebrations

Hello Pinkies!  Can you hear the corks popping from those naughty Pink Ladies?
At IN THE PINK we are celebrating our 5th birthday and what better way to do with than with a theme that everyone loves - ANYTHING GOES

So this lady is celebrating in the best way possible - with a big ol' chunk of cake!

CC Designs - Roberto's Rascals OMG Cake
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Your Next Die - Alpha Bold die set
Rymans bright pink cardstock
Office hole punch

Our sponsor waiting patiently for glass of fizz is the lovely Tracy from
with a £15 store voucher for the lucky winner

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 12 August 2017

DTDF (DT) Hold You Close

Hello chaps, here I am again with a dose of cuteness for my DIES TO DIE FOR blog inspiration

So what else would you do with a squirrel but cuddle it?

As usual, image has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and Polychromos Pencils
The papers are Maja Design - Coffee In The Arbour

Hope you have a super weekend lined up with lots of crafting involved

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

AYLI (DT) Embellishments

Yoo-hoo folks, happy Thursday to you!  Alternate Thursdays mean a new challenge from AS YOU LIKE IT and this time around we would like you to share with us your Favourite Embellishment(s) and tell us why they are your favourites.

You may have guessed that I didn't choose the theme!  Embellishments, phooey!  I'm a clean and simple kinda girl, some days more simple than others (ha), so I tend to restrict embellishments, a lot.  Rather than being able to add lots of stuff skillfully, my makes tend to look a little, shall we say, rugged.  So I keep it simple.  I love die-cut embellishments but try to use them to echo the theme, like this one with the stars

So, for my simple card I have used:
CC Designs - Dancing
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Joanna Sheen Starry Night Border Die
Sentiment from who-knows-where but it was one of those "that'll be useful" purchases years ago
MFT 6x6 Tribal Prints
DoCrafts wood pattern paper

Our sponsor for this challenge is CRAFTS U LOVE

Looking forward to seeing how much you can attach to a card all your beautiful and creative uses of embellishments!

Love and hugs
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 5 August 2017

DTDF (DT) Beach Babe Twila

Hello everyone, here I am at the end
of a week's holiday - I would like to say I had a chance to do this
but unfortunately it wasn't really a paddling kinda week!

This is my post for the DIES TO DIE FOR inspiration blog, but it is also a nudge for

Hope you are all having a great weekend

Hugs, Squirrel xx

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