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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

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