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Saturday, 29 April 2017

DTDF (DT) 4 Seasons

Hello chaps, it's Saturday (hurrah), it's a bank holiday on Monday for the UK (hurrah), and I'm on holiday for the week (hurrah hurrah!) but I am here, not to rub it in that I'm not at work next week, but to share my DIES TO DIE FOR make with you.

It is only a wee one today but, with the right design, small can still make an impact.  I have kept this clean and simple.

These links will take you direct to the Dies To Die For store
and in addition
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Polychromos Pencils
Clearly Besotted sentiment
Custom sized card base

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 27 April 2017


Hello Pink fans!  It's a new challenge over at IN THE PINK and our celebratory theme for this fortnight is BIRTHDAYS.

I work with a lady who didn't want anyone to know it was her birthday, didn't want any celebrations blah blah blah, but of course, we all ignored that and made a big fuss of her, and lots of cards too, and she loved it.  Even the biggest birthday grump loves to receive happy cards!

So here is my DT make to share with you:

So, for this pink sweetie I have used
CC Designs Swiss Pixie Birthday Birgitta
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and fussy cut
Cherry Blossom cardstock from Hunkydory
and My Favorite Things Die-Namics Happy Birthday To You die

and our sponsor for this challenge is

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Girl Time (DT) DTDF

Morning all, I'm here today with my DIES TO DIE FOR make and something all
us ladies need from time to time - a little pampering session.
I'm fairly sure I'd be the little mite at the front!

I have used:

Image has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and the sentiment comes with the image stamp
and I finished off with an eyelet set with my Crop-a-Dile plus a little bit of ribbon, after all, what's a good bookmark without some ribbon

To get that "one size up" layer, I simply laid the die I had used on to the back of the patterned paper, ran around it with a pencil and then cut it out by hand.  Sometimes the gaps in sizing between dies is just that wee bit too big for the look you want!

Wishing you all a relaxing weekend.

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Thursday, 20 April 2017

AYLI (DT) Mainly One Colour

Hello.  I am glad today is Thursday, and that it is AS YOU LIKE IT challenge day, because
it's the first day this week that actually feels like the day it is!

The AYLI theme for this challenge is your
Favourite One Colour (you may use others but your make should be predominantly one colour)
and yes, you need to tell us about your choice please

Here's my make

Like my other team-mates, I do like all colours to a degree, so the choice for this one was determined more by the image than by any particular preference, although I am getting very fond of oranges and yellows lately

I have used:
Spellbinders Long Rectangle dies
Spellbinders Long Scalloped Rectangle dies
Lili of The Valley circular sentiment stamp
Tonic scalloped circle die
Hobbycraft flower punch
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Wild Orchid Crafts
£12 gift voucher

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Spring Chick (DT) DTDF

Happy Saturday all!  I hope you are enjoying your Easter break (or itching for the kids to return to school, depending on how the holidays are going!).

It's my day over at the DIES TO DIE FOR blog and I have some Spring cuteness for you

The linked ingredients used are all available at the Dies To Die For online store

So  for the third in my clutch of chicken themed cards I have used
Die-Versions font die - this one is Hint of Lime, but Hint of Mint would work equally well
and additionally, Distress Inks (ReInkers)

I love Krista's quirky designs, they always make me smile, and this little chick certainly does that, she just looks so very happy

There's a cheeky little FREE POSTAGE offer on at Dies To Die For for UK customers over the Easter Weekend so it would be rude not to at least have a look!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Anabelle Needs Your Address

Hello chaps, a bit of a surprise for me to be here on a Sunday evening, but I made a card that I wasn't going to blog and then a bloggy friend pointed out that it would fit with a challenge and I didn't have many hours left to squeak it in, so here it is.

So this little one contains:
Stamping Bella - Anabelle Needs Your Address
Woodware Time To Go sentiment
MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 31
MFT Graphic Grid papers
Tim Holtz Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and a teeny flower punch from Hobbycraft

and the challenge that this card coincidentally fits is

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 8 April 2017

DTDF (DT) Chicky Girl

Well hellooo peeps!  Hope this finds you well on a sunny and springy April day.  How is it Easter next weekend already?  Been waiting since Christmas for it and then, zoom, it's here!

So, today is my day on the DIES TO DIE FOR blog and I have some Easter cuteness for you.  Are you ready for this?

These are the products that I used from the Dies To Die For store:

Just look at that little chick, isn't his expression priceless?!

and the extras from my stash are
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Polychromos Pencils
and a custom sized card base

Looking forward to being able to put my paws up this weekend, if only for a little while.
Hope you all manage to find some relaxing time too.

Squirrel xx

Thursday, 6 April 2017

As You Like It (DT) Favourite Shape

Hello peeps, it's time for a new challenge from the lovely gang that are AS YOU LIKE IT

and this time, it is FAVOURITE SHAPE CARD BASE
(and it can be square) but please tell us why it is your favourite

My current favourite card shape is rectangle - it satisfies my CAS streak, but is infinitely adjustable to create different shapes and sizes, from long and skinny, to short and squat (I know that feeling!), and it can be used as portrait or landscape too so a very versatile shape

the outside
and the inside

For this one I have used
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Pink card for matting layers
Custom sized rectangle card base - 4.5" x 6.5"

and our sponsor for this time is

No excuses for not joining us for this one,
it's all about the base, 'bout the base, no troubles!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 1 April 2017

SNSRC #4 Midway Reminder for Spring Fever

Me again, with a very important message - we are halfway through the SPRING FEVER challenge so if you haven't entered yet, you still have time.

Here is a stunning midway reminder make from the amazingly talented JAYNE

Can't you just smell that hyacinth's sweet perfume?

OK, we've poked you, now get crafting some Springiness!

Hugs to all
The Little Acorns

DTDF (DT) Sweaty Chicks!

Morning all, it's my turn to share some fun over on the DIES TO DIE FOR blog today, and this time it is some Stamping Bella smiles....

All the following items are available instore at DIES TO DIE FOR
Stamping Bella - Sweaty Chicks (image and sentiment)

and the extras were
Distress Inks (ReInkers) and the star punch from Hobbycraft

Hugs to all
Squirrel xxx

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