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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Gingerbread Lucy

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!  Well, it is well and truly December this weekend!
I hope all of you that have snow are snug and warm (and safe) indoors.  We haven't had
any of it yet, and although it can be a bit of a nuisance, part of me is really hankering
to see a little flurry or two.  All we have are sub-zero temperatures and an
evil north-westerly wind.  Mind you, rain forecast for tomorrow so I guess that
might just, maybe, turn white and fluttery!

Anyhoo, I am here today with a little heart warmer for you today.  Last week
my DTDF Teamie, Kat, (Festive Bottle Tags) showed you how to use this die as a stunning tag for a
wine bottle, but I have used mine to make a door hanger
(yes, I know it's not on a door, it's actually hanging from one of my saucepan hooks!)




I have painted Lucy with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and followed
the colour scheme on the stamp pack because it was so warm and cosy.

The gingerbread man background paper is Dear Santa by Helz Cuppleditch (Trimcraft)

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx




Thursday, 7 December 2017

In The Pink (Final DT) Christmas

Hello all.  Normally on a Thursday we would be bursting with happy Pinkness, but today's challenge is tinged with a great deal of sadness.  Today sees the start of the final challenge at IN THE PINK.

Our favourite Pink Lady, Christine, has decided that after five years of dedicating her soul to the Pink Purpose, now is time to call it a day.  We hope that you will take the time to pop over to her own blog to express your thanks/thoughts.

So, for our final theme, it is of course, CHRISTMAS.


CC Designs: Pollycraft Snowy
Impression Obsession: Let It Snow
Die-Namics: Rectangle Stitched Scallop Edge Frame
MFT 6x6 Tiny Hearts Pastels
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and a hint of Polychromos

Looking forward to seeing you there one more time.

Hugs, Squirrel x

Saturday, 2 December 2017

DTDF (DT) Winter Bunny

Morning all, a somewhat chilly Squirrel here.  The Toad and I have just had our last couple of
days holiday before Christmas and I have to say that Thursday was subzero temps over here.
In fact, it was too cold for the snow that everyone else seemed to be getting (we had three flakes at most) and I felt decidedly cheated!

When it is as cold and windy and snowy (here and there) as the UK weather
has been this week, what you need is a matching hat and scarf combo!


Lovely things used

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead - I plan to be snug and warm in
the studio and getting immersed in the last of the Christmas cards

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx



Thursday, 30 November 2017

AYLI (DT) Animal

Hello everyone, doing anything special for the last day of November?  Eeeeek, 
where did that month go?!

As well as that, it's time for another challenge over as AS YOU LIKE IT and the theme
for this fortnight is ANIMALS (your favourite, and why)

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am most definitely an animal lover, and
top of that list is cats (yes, even you Rosie), followed closely by dogs, rabbits, squirrels, donkeys, alpacas, oh let's face it, anything with fur on is good for me!

I could not resist this goofy chap


Isn't he fun!
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papermania snowflake paper
Rymans pink and purple cardstock
Clearly Besotted sentiment Say It's Christmas

Our sponsor for this challenge is


£10 voucher

Looking forward to seeing all your favourite critters!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 25 November 2017

DTDF (DT) Happy Pawlidays

Happy Saturday folks.  The arrival of this weekend is so welcome!

Don't tell Faye but over at the DIES TO DIE FOR inspiration blog
things are starting to look a lot like Christmas C*mas

I imagine that now we have only four and a bit weeks to the C*mas event, us crafters are
probably up to our elbows in festive stuff, so here's a small contribution to this year's
C*mas card mountain - still many more to make, eeeek



And the yummy things used are

Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Polychromos Pencils
LOTV Frosty Christmas papers (retired)

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx


Sunday, 19 November 2017

Filled With Joy

It's been a long time since I entered
saw this weeks I knew immediately that
I wanted to use my new Pure Innocence stamp



So I have used:
MFT Pure Innocence - Filled With Joy
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and Polychromos Pencils
Die-Namics Stitched Rounded Corner Frame
Clearly Besotted sentiment
Die-Namics Stitched Sentiment Strips
Rymans red cardstock and
LOTV papers

Hugs to all
Squirrel x

Saturday, 18 November 2017

DTDF (DT) Whimsy/Wee Sarah

Yoo-hoo chaps!

Here I am with my DIES TO DIE FOR inspiration blog make, on what is (here) a rather nippy November day.  It's warm hat, coat and boots weather - all you need is a furry friend to finish it all off


So, the yummy things used here are

I painted the image with various shades of Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and the papers are LOTV Krafty Christmas

Right then, when did I put my bear ....

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

for all of the above and a huge amount more



Thursday, 16 November 2017

AYLI (DT) Favourite Christmas Colours

Good morning peeps, happy Thursday to you.  It's time for another challenge
with AS YOU LIKE IT and this fortnight the theme is Favourite Christmas Colours (and why)

Although I do enjoy venturing into the world of pink and purple Christmas
occasionally, I really prefer the more traditional colours of red, green and beige.
They remind me so much of the seasonal plants we bring indoors to
decorate with, the holly, the ivy, the mistletoe, and they
just make me feel so warm and cosy


I have used
and some Dovecrafts Christmas papers from a couple of seasons ago
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

I do hope, now that we are all getting into the swing of the festive cards, that
you will find time to join in the challenge.

Our sponsor for this one is


Prizes: - 3 digi stamps voucher


Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Edna Needs A(nother) Martini (DTDF DT)

Hello all, here I am again with my post for the
DIES TO DIE FOR Inspiration Blog

You might have noticed this little lady earlier in the week, but hey, I absolutely
love her so why not use her again



Image coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and a smudge of Polychromos

Right then, where's the martini ..........

Have a super weekend!

Hugs, Squirrel xx



Thursday, 9 November 2017

In The Pink (DT) Spots/Stripes

Hello Pink Fans - it's a new challenge starting today over at IN THE PINK
and the theme this time around is SPOTS/STRIPES

Once I started looking at my stamps, I was seeing spots and stripes everywhere
but I decided to use this one just because she is sooooo much
fun and a joy to colour


This is Stamping Bella: Edna Needs A Martini
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
the sentiment comes with the stamp
I'm not 100% sure about the striped paper but it could well be First Edition

A very simple card, but Edna doesn't need anything else!

Our sponsor for this challenge is

You have a month to get your pink on

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 4 November 2017

DTDF (DT) Lumberjack Guys

Morning all, I'm here today with one for the boys as my
inspiration piece for the DIES TO DIE FOR blog

Yesterday was young Sam's birthday, well I say young, he is well into being
a teenager now, and teenage years are when the cards start getting tricky.  Thankfully
Sam is a softie so I am certain he will appreciate the small and furry element!


CC Designs: Lumberjack Guys (set of 4 stamps)

The gold star peel-offs that I layered over the Lawn Fawn paper are a staple
in my stash, and (oddly) always make their annual appearances round about this time of year

Images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and a wee smidge of Polychromos

Have a lovely crafty weekend all

Hugs, Squirrel xx


Thursday, 2 November 2017

AYLI (DT) Christmas or Non-Christmas

Morning all!  A new challenge starts today over on the AS YOU LIKE IT challenge blog, and our theme for this fortnight is Christmas or Non-Christmas (which do you prefer making for) - you must explain why!

I tolerate Christmas.  I have been up to my ears in Christmas cards since June with orders, and have barely made a start on my own, so right at the moment I am feeling decidedly bah-humbug.  I have to say that I enjoy making the first one or two, but after that I've had enough.  Non-Christmas cards I can happily make all year round with no problems!


Oh, look, a non-Christmas card, lol

CC Designs: Rockabilly Girls stamp set (4 images)
Whimsy Stamps sentiment
Papercraft House floral papers
Martha Stewart border punch
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

The sponsor of this challenge is

Crafty Ribbons
£10 voucher



You have two weeks - Christmas or not, please do share with us.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 28 October 2017

DTDF (DT) Polar Bear Pals

Morning all, me again with another post for the DIES TO DIE FOR inspiration blog.

Am I detecting a nip in the air yet?
OK, I know it is the end of October, and the clocks go back this weekend, but I'm
not sure it is really chilly enough for these two yet.



Lawn Fawn: Mini Snowflakes

The only additions to this were the Distress Inks (ReInkers), Hunkydory holographic card and
some patient fussy cutting

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Hugs to all

Thursday, 26 October 2017

In The Pink (DT - belated) Ribbons/Bows

Okay, so I missed getting this made in time for the IN THE PINK challenge of RIBBONS/BOWS (Breast Cancer Awareness) so I'm pretending that this was meant to be a midway reminder!

As this awful disease has no boundaries on age, I used this particular
image to highlight the fact that it can affect young and old alike


Pink gingham cardstock from stash
L'il Inker Designs stitched bow die
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils

The sponsor for this challenge is

and the closing date is 8 November, so you still have time to enter

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx



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!


Awwwwh!

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
Hugs
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

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