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Saturday, 17 February 2018

DTDF (DT) Space Explorer

Morning all, a bit of a snuffly Squirrel today.  I am soooooo fed up with germs.

So anyhoo, it is Daddy Squirrel's birthday tomorrow, and I would normally go something with gardening or DIY themes, but this year I wanted to show that "actually Houston, we have the problem covered"



I've painted all the image bits with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and I used a sheet
of old Basic Grey for the background as once I cut with the Lawn Fawn die, it did, to me, look like a scene from a science fiction movie!

Hugs to all



Thursday, 15 February 2018

AYLI (DT) Favourite Way To Add A Sentiment

Hello peeps, is it warm enough for you?  Over here in the east the wind has been so bitter that I have had to resort to my Savage Squirrel pink bobble hat, which has caused one or two raised eyebrows at work!

Right then, it's Thursday so that means the start of new challenge with the AS YOU LIKE IT team.   This fortnight the theme is Your Favourite Way To Add A Sentiment (and why).

My most often way to add a sentiment is to stamp it direct to the image panel.  Unlike some of my teamies, this has never scared me and with the aid of an acrylic block I can usually get it straight!  I have an enormous library of sentiment stamps now, but there is always room for more.  I do love a sentiment with a good pun in it too.
As a bonus, I have added a stacked word die to this card, simply because it worked so well with the stamped words


For this little one I have used:

(sentiment came with the fawns)
Friend word die from Whimsy, cut three times from 300gsm card, and once from the Dovecraft paper so it's a nice deep stack and really stands off the card
Image is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Our sponsor for this theme is 


Hope you will find a way to have fun with your words and share them with us

Hugs to all
Squirrel x

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Stamp Journal

I have been wanting to start a stamp journal for a long time.  Finally, in Paperchase, I found just the sort of book I wanted.  I bought 5 of them.

They have been staring at me, accusingly, for a while.

No more!  Today, I have finally made Page 1 inky/pencilly.  I even made a panel for inside the front cover.



I have used CC Designs: Dear Diary
Some old Basic Grey papers
Your Next Stamp: Alpha Bold
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils

Hugs to all
Squirrel

Saturday, 10 February 2018

DTDF (DT) Hog Heaven

Pssst, me here, popping by to share the Valentine's card I made for himself
(keep it secret for now)


Lovely things used:

I cut the word die three times, two from thicker card, and once from the Plaid paper, to stack them for depth.  I love this effect, but I am so clumsy with glue that these "thicker" words work better for me.

I masked the piggy and fence panel rather than fussy cutting, and the entire image is
painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

We're celebrating early because Valentine's falls on Ash Wednesday this year and Ash Wednesday is a "fast" day, so tonight I shall be tucking into a romantic (!) Chinese takeaway.

Hey, don't knock it, no cooking means more crafting time!

Hugs to all


Saturday, 3 February 2018

Blowing Kisses (DTDF DT)

Morning all, here I am with a card that says it all about my organisational skills!

I do like a stamp that is versatile and multi-purpose, and although I bought this one for a specific reason, it came in very handy this week for something else


How could you be cross with that little face?

(you can find the matching die here)

As you can see, I kept with the polka dot theme and paper pieced her dress, but the leftover bits are painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

I tried keeping a diary, but kept forgetting to write in it.

Sigh.

Hugs to all


Thursday, 1 February 2018

AYLI (DT) Faux or Real Stitching?

1 February, thank goodness, that means miserable January is out of the way!  Let's get on with the rest of the year and another challenge from the AS YOU LIKE IT team.

This time the theme is FAUX OR REAL STITCHING - you will need to use either on your make, and tell us about your preference.

I love the look of real stitching on a card, it seems to add that little bit of extra, but I just can't do it.  I have tried, unpicked, tried, unpicked ...... binned the card.  You get the picture.  So, when the advent of faux stitched dies came along, I thought all my prayers had been answered.  Why have all the stress when the fiddle has been done for you!  The faux stitching adds interest, without being overpowering, and finishes layers off beautifully.


I have used for this little one
and the little Leo is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with some
Polychromos Pencil help for his mane

The sponsor of this challenge is Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez 
who is providing a prize of 3 images from her store:


So, you can either dash off and haul that sewing machine out of the cupboard, get a needle threaded, or find your favourite faux stitch die, the choice is yours.

Hugs to all




Saturday, 27 January 2018

DTDF (DT) Friends Furever

Morning peeps, a very quick post from me today, you could call me
a flying Squirrel



Hugs to all


Don't forget, if you are anywhere near Thetford, Norfolk, tomorrow
the Sincerely Yours Papercraft Show is on at the Breckland Leisure Centre
Tracy will be there with a DTDF stand, and Faye with her Copics

Saturday, 20 January 2018

DTDF (DT) Wendy's Cupcakes

Morning all, it's Saturday (hurrah) and I have a lot to squish in to today, so best I make a start by showing you my DIES TO DIE FOR make for this week.

As it has been so dark and miserable, I made this bright and cheery card for a friend's birthday last Monday.  She said it did indeed make her think of summer with the hot colours.




Now this is done, I need to get a gammon joint in the oven, go and get my haircut, dash over to the doctors' and collect a prescription for dad (he is still very under the weather), whip the gammon out of the oven, visit mum and dad, scoot back home to sort some stuff out (laundry etc), cook the rest of dinner, eat, and finally relax with a dose of Casualty!  Hope your day isn't going to be quite so rushed.

Hugs to all


Thursday, 18 January 2018

AYLI (DT) Favourite Die

I'm scheduling this post for Thursday and our new challenge over at AS YOU LIKE IT - I hope by then we might have had a little bit of sunshine because, seriously, I am starting to feel like a mole with all this darkness.

Darkness is my excuse for a not very good photo this week, I had to take it under artificial light, which never gives a true reading of colour.

Anyhoo, our theme for this fortnight is FAVOURITE DIE (and why).  This was so difficult, it was like asking me to choose my favourite pet, impossible.  I use a lot of stitched effect dies, and I absolutely love these double stitched ones, they just finish the image panel off beautifully.  This simple square is one of my most used.


So, the things I have used to make this are:
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Die-Namics Double Stitched Square Stax
Not sure about the border die, so if anyone could shed light on that I'd be grateful
LOTV: Circular Sentiment stamp
Die-Namics Stitched Circle Stax
Tonic dies (it's a scalloped frame from within a set (label long gone)
MFT 6x6 Dots & Stripes
Lilac cardstock from Rymans


and our generous sponsor for this challenge is

Lawn Fawn

Prize:




That's all from me folks.
Hugs

Saturday, 13 January 2018

DTDF (DT) Raven Loves Ribbon

Thank Crunchie it's Saturday!  Oh wow, it has felt like a really long week.
 Anyhoo, I am here with a hoooge dose of sisterly love for my
Dies To Die For make for this week.

(pssst, this is why I should stick with CAS designs)


Here is the list of loveliness that I used (deep breath)
That fabulous sentiment comes with the stamp

Lots to do today, including some errands for my parents as dad is still poorly.
After that, I'm hoping for a quick nap!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx




Saturday, 6 January 2018

Viking Henry (DT) DTDF

Hello peeps, and welcome to the first Saturday of the New Year!  I'm here today with a dose of adventurous spirit for those men in your life (young or old) for my DIES TO DIE FOR
inspiration make.


and the list of wonderfulness used is

The font set used is "A Hint of Lime" from Die-Versions (bought from DTDF a long time ago) but any small font would work, this one is only 1/4" (6mm) and was a challenge!
The Impression Obsession Alphabet Plain LC would make a good substitute.

Image was painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
The background green paper is from an old pad of Basic Grey and I stencilled the Birch Trees with Gathered Twigs Distress Inks

Hugs to all



Thursday, 4 January 2018

AYLI (DT) Anything Goes

It doesn't seem two seconds ago that AYLI was wishing you all a good Christmas, and whoosh, here we are with the first challenge of 2018

AS YOU LIKE IT challenge has an ANYTHING GOES theme for the next fortnight, so it
really is up to you, make what you want to show us your style!

I knew I needed a birthday card, and it gave me a great reason to use one of my new stamps too


Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
My Favorite Things Mini Cloud Stencil
Magazine freebie word die
Dovecraft design paper

Big furry bear hugs to all
xxx

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

New Best Friend

Me again, just popping in with the details of my SNSRC card from the previous post.

It's been an absolute age since I have done anything other than DT work, so thought this would be a nice change to enter a card into a challenge and the sentiment of this card, along with the stamp set, fit beautifully at Sweet Stamping Challenge - Anything New


I have used my new stamp set
Martha Stewart grass border punch
Image has been, as always, painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

OK, that's me done for now, time to get sorted for work.

Hugs to all


SNSRC # 7 : Celebrate!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS!



So sorry that the last SNSRC challenge didn't appear, I was ill for most of October, and after that it just seemed too close to Christmas, so we took a vote and decided to wait until now.

So to get the New Year off to a flying start, our theme for this challenge is
CELEBRATE

Here is what the Little Acorns +1 have been up to

Get an eyeful of this colourful and quirky anniversary card



It should always be a celebration when someone adopts a new pet



Really showing off on how to colour those tricky reds, this is a card
I want for my birthday!




Sue still seems to be celebrating Christmas, or getting ahead for the next one!



We are thrilled to be joined by the ever lovely Christina, who is celebrating a very
special little man's birthday



So that's your theme, off you go and create a celebration to share with us.
Challenge runs until 28 February

There were only six entries for the last challenge so there isn't a Top 3 this time
but the Winner is

Irene's Scrapbook



Please contact me, Squirrel, if you want to claim your prize

Hugs to all
Squirrel & The Little Acorns





Saturday, 30 December 2017

I Heart You (DTDF DT)

Happy Saturday everyone, I hope your Christmas has been
a good one, whatever you have been up to.

Despite being spoiled by Santa, I may, or may not, have made a little purchase or two from the
latest Stamping Bella release - and then wondered what to do with the stamp.

After a great deal of pondering, as Gru would say ...... Liiiiightbulllllb!


What else do you do with photos of mates - you pin them to your corkboard
along with all your little sticky notes of course!


See you in 2018

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx



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