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Saturday, 14 April 2018

DTDF (DT) Hoola Twila

Hello peeps, I'm here today with a little bit of happy for you

I do have a real soft spot for the Roberto's Rascals characters, especially this
cheeky little girl, Twila - there is just something so absolutely joyful about her, whatever
she is doing, and she always makes me smile - I hope she will do it for you too!

So, the things I have used:

Twila has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with Polychromos detail for her hair.

Whatever you are up to, have a wonderful weekend!  We are off to visit my Oldies in a little while, then dashing back for me to make a "Somerset Pork Casserole" for dinner, and watch the F1 qualifying for the China Grand Prix.  In there somewhere I intend to have a good inky session!


Thursday, 12 April 2018

AYLI (DT) Favourite Colouring Medium

Not quite sure where the last fortnight has gone but it is time for another challenge from the AS YOU LIKE IT team and this time the theme is "Your Favouring Colouring Medium".

So, I bet you think I am going to straight in there and boldly say Distress Inks (ReInkers)!

You would be partly right, but I have been venturing deeper and deeper into the world of
mixed media, and I have to say, I am surprising myself by how much I am
loving it.

A very simple CAS card, but this shows off the colours very well.

Supergirl is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) but
her hair is done with Polychromos Pencils
and the splatter background was done with Copics and ProMarkers with

I had so much fun splatting the background that I completely forgot I had intended to
stamp and mask the image before getting inky, so in the end I stamped and
fussy cut her.

Our sponsor for this challenge is a perennial favourite

Hugs to all

Saturday, 7 April 2018

DTDF (DT) Bitty Bears

Morning all, hope the Spring sunshine of the last couple of days is cheering everyone up.

There's rather a lot of sunny colours and little bodies on my make today,
and all the little bodies are bear

MFT Die-Namics Celebrate die (currently o.o.s)

A lot of Post-It Notes sacrificed themselves in the name of masking for this one, and
the bears are all painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

It's the F1 Bahrain grand prix this week, and it's a live race (rather than hightlights) so if anyone needs me, you won't have to search far.

Happy weekend everyone!


Saturday, 31 March 2018

Easter Funnies (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, just wanted to wish you a (slightly early) Happy Easter, and what better way to do that than with a super cheeky but very cute Easter Bunny!

And the goodies used for this one are
CC Designs: Alphabits (sorry guys, can't find the link)
MFT 6x6: Watercolor Wash (again, no link)

I used a Martha Stewart border die for the grass.  I originally had just the one layer but it needed more depth so I punched again from a darker green and layered that behind.

And would you look at that, real string!  OK, it is baker's twine, but it is probably the nearest to ribbon I will ever get, rofl.

I was going to do masking for the additional eggs by the Bunny's feet, but in the end I just stamped and fussy cut them.  There is a mixture of Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils here.

Whatever you are up to, I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.

Hugs to all

Thursday, 29 March 2018

AYLI (DT) Favourite Flower

Hello peeps, and a happy Maundy Thursday to you.  There's a new challenge starting today over at AS YOU LIKE IT and theme is perfect for this time of year, we would like to know about your FAVOURITE FLOWER

I love many flowers, one of my favourites to look at is the humble daisy because it is such a happy little bloom, but for fragrance the most evocative for me is lily of the valley.

A very simple design
Leftover papers from scraps
and a magazine freebie sentiment
Not a Distress Ink in sight - she's all Polychromos this time

Normally at this point in the post I would tell you who our sponsor is but this time
it is a little bit special as there is a Guest Designer place up for grabs!

OK, time for you to get your blossoms on.


Saturday, 24 March 2018

Four Seasons (DT) DTDF

Hello chaps, sorry I am late this morning, we have been dashing about all over the place today and I completely forgot about my post.  Still, better late than never hey?

So for this colourful little number I have used

I cut down the Collage die to make a square
Image coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils

The 2018 F1 season starts today (wheeeeeeeeeeeee) and I am super excited, as always.
Will be sitting down shortly with a sausage roll and a latte to watch the Qualifying, even though I do already know the top three placings.

Have a super weekend everyone

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Little Duck (DT) Dies To Die For

So, I am getting excited about Spring putting in an appearance, as it is my favourite season, and have been inking up Spring themed images in readiness

For this cheeky little chick I have used
Die-Namics Double Stitched Circle Stax dies
this is the link to the Stitched Circle Stax
MFT 6x6 County Fair Plaid papers

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Scalloped circle die is from Tonic

Whatever you are up to this weekend, stay warm, stay safe

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Favourite Easter Character (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Morning all!  Oh my goshness, can you believe we are halfway through March already?  Only a week and a bit and I shall be on my Easter holibobs, hurrah!

Righteo then, over at AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE I am in charge this week, so I shall be expecting you all to behave nicely - our theme for this fortnight is

Well, I cannot resist a cute ickle bunny wabbit, those little twitchy noses, cute whiskers, such soft ears, and that fluffy bit behind, soooooooooo adorable!

I have finally twigged how to deal with a wonky photo - make it wonkier and no one will ever know!

So, for this I have used
Hoppy Easter from Clearly Besotted
Easter Greetings from Woodware
Papers from my scraps box
Image, after a bit of masking to add eggs, was painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

That's it, nicely clean and simple.

The sponsor of this challenge is

crafty ribbons

So, as I am sure you are all furiously making Easter cards, don't forget to come and share them with us at AYLI

Hugs to all

Saturday, 10 March 2018

DTDF (DT) Lovey Gnomes

Morning all, happy weekend!

If you have seen the new Stamping Bella release then you will know that there is an awful lot of gnome-ness coming your way.

I am finding these little critters irresistible so I made my parents' anniversary card using a pair from the last release.  It's their 59th in a couple of weeks, and honestly, this could be their wedding photo, lol!

And the list of loveliness that I have used to make this is:

The gnomes and the background are painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
It's pretty obvious but the hills are freehand!

Hugs to all

Saturday, 3 March 2018

DTDF (DT) Rosetta

It's me with a scheduled post this morning because I'm hopefully on the way for a haircut, snow permitting!  I'm sure we used to cope with more snow than this when I was younger, but I guess we're out of practice - or the local authorities are actually now so short of money that they can't get the gritters/ploughs out.

Anyhoo, it's always good to push yourself now and again so I decided to challenge myself and create something more "delicate" than usual.  It was so hard to resist adding more colour!

The butterfly die is old but this one would work beautifully

Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Old papers from Dovecraft with an oriental theme

Hugs to all 

Friday, 2 March 2018

SNSRC #8 - It's A Spring Thing

A wee bit later than planned, amazing what effect this b****d snow has had!
Hello everybody, it's time for another of those Squirrel's Not So Random Challenges and, despite the white stuff over the past week, we are going to look forward and our theme is It's A Spring Thing!


Thanks to those who took part in the last challenge - the winner of that is

Jacky - Paddington Fan
We just love a good pun on a card, and the PB pups are adorable

Could you email me please Jacky - Squirrel

This It's A Spring Thing challenge will close on Sunday 29 April.

Hugs to all
Squirrel & The Little Acorns

Thursday, 1 March 2018

AYLI (DT) Single or Multiple Layers

Well goodbye February, hello March!

Morning all, time for a new challenge theme over at AS YOU LIKE IT and this time it is Single or Multiple Layers (your favourite, and why).

The cardstock I use for my base cards, although good and sturdy, does not take watercolouring very well, so I favour the multiple layers option which allows me to use my Bristol Board for the Distress Inks.  Sometimes it is only a couple of layers, but that's still ore than one so it has to be, by definition, multiple!

Thanks to the fabbie die, this looks like it has more layers than it really does, in fact there are only three, the base, the coloured papers, and the chicks

Distress Inks (ReInkers)

So it's over to you now, don't forget to enter

The sponsor of this challenge is

Hugs to all

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Puppy's Favourite Things (DTDF DT)

Morning all, TGI Saturday!

I started this project with a Distress Ink (ReInkers) coloured puppy, a bit of fussy cutting, and ended up with a little scene, it wasn't planned, it just sort of evolved of it's own accord.

The longish list of lovely things used on this are:

Hope you have a lovely weekend - keep warm, even if it does mean a vest and long-johns!

Hugs to all

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

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

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