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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

DTDF (DT) Feel Better

Hello peeps.  It's my day for a design over at the DIES TO DIE FOR inspiration blog.

I have had Toad snuffling this week (nothing wrong with him apart from tiredness) but
we all know how hard it is to have a dose of man flu is, but a get well card for a man with man flu is even harder, until now!



Medicine bottles and spoon were masked, painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and fussy cut

The sentiment is from MFT Get Well Wishes but I can't locate it at the moment

Have a germ free weekend everyone

Hugs Squirrel xx




Thursday, 7 September 2017

AYLI (DT) Flora or Fauna

Hello everyone, and a very happy Thursday to you.  It's almost the end of the week, which means I only have to get through today and tomorrow and then it's HOLIDAY!!

Anyhoo, before I start rambling, I am here with my DT make for AS YOU LIKE IT and our challenge for the next two weeks is FLORA OR FAUNA (your favourite, tell us why)


I love animals, all animals (with fur) but please don't put me near an insect!
Leopards are my favourite of the big cats, and I have been known to sit for hours
watching them at our zoo.
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Matting layer edged with a Copic (oh the heresy)

Our sponsor for this challenge is
(yum)


Two weeks - Flora or Fauna - off you go!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Sunday, 3 September 2017

You Have My Heart

Afternoon all.  It's been a quiet day at Squirrel Towers, so while I have been waiting for the Italian Grand Prix, I thought I would have a little play with this week's sketch challenge over at MFT.


Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and I have used again the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil
Papers are a mixture of MFT
X-Cut small heart punch



Hugs to all
Squirrel xx



Saturday, 2 September 2017

Santa's Gifts (DTDF DT)

One of my DIES TO DIE FOR teamies gets a bit twitchy when the C-mas word is used, so we have to find ways around it ......... sometimes it is easier simply to drug her with choklit.




Other ingredients are Distress Inks (ReInkers) and some of last year's Dovecraft C-mas papers

Tracy will be back from her holidays this weekend, so shipping of orders will be underway on Tuesday 5 September

Hugs, Squirrel xx



Sunday, 27 August 2017

Pure Innocence

That is the stamp, not me!  

I really enjoy the MFT Colour Color Challenges because they put together colours that I wouldn't normally combine, and it is good to stretch yourself now and again......




I have used
Sentiment: MFT Gifting Fun
Homemade cloud stencil
Rymans coloured cardstock
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Happy Sunday to you all
Hugs
Squirrel xx

Linked products all available at Dies To Die For online store


Saturday, 26 August 2017

DTDF (DT) Snail Mail

Morning all - three day weekend, wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

It's my day for the DIES TO DIE FOR inspiration blog and I have some
Squidgy cuteness for you

I just love receiving letters by post (not those sneaky former-brown-envelopes-now
disguised-as-white-ones) but I cannot remember the last time I actually sat
down and wrote anything other than a card - maybe we should try and
bring back the tradition of proper letter writing, in pen!




Coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils

DTDF Holiday Closure - see below for details

Have a fabulous weekend, whatever you are up to
Hugs
Squirrel


Tracy says
HOLIDAY CLOSURE
Please be aware that I will be taking my annual holiday from  Friday 18th August until Monday 4th September.  Orders received after 3pm Thursday 17th August will not start shipping until Tuesday 5th September.  Whilst I am away the website will be updated with any new stock and restocks and you will still be able to place orders online.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

AYLI (DT) Fur or Feathers?

Morning all, hope things are going well for you on the run in to the Bank Holiday weekend!  Oh three glorious days in a row, bliss.

Ok then, it's a new challenge over at AS YOU LIKE IT and the theme for the next two weeks is FUR OR FEATHERS - your favourite, and tell us why.

For me, there is no contest, it is fur all the way, soft, strokeable, sniffable, snugglable, warm and cuddly fur, preferably when it is wrapped around an amenable animal!  Rosie simply does not accept my overtures for letting me dump her onto my lap for a cuddle session - how I envy those owned by lapcats.


Lili of The Valley - James Bear with Daisy
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Clouds done with Distress Inks (pad)
Sentiment is from an old Hero Arts clear sentiments set
Papers from Papercraft House

Our sponsor for this challenge is



So, come on over and share your furry/feathery makes with us!

Hugs

Saturday, 19 August 2017

DTDF (DT) Milton

Happy Saturday to you all from me - do you have anything exciting planned?

We're waiting for our builder to pop round to have a look at a rather suspicious damp
patch that has appeared, and then, if he isn't too late, we're over to the Oldies for a cuppa
and a sneaky assessment of garden vegetables!

For my DTDF make today I have a cheeky little fella to share with you


Look at that smile!

Have yourselves a wonderful crafty weekend!

Hugs, Squirrel xx





Thursday, 17 August 2017

In The Pink (DT) Anything Goes - 5th birthday celebrations

Hello Pinkies!  Can you hear the corks popping from those naughty Pink Ladies?
At IN THE PINK we are celebrating our 5th birthday and what better way to do with than with a theme that everyone loves - ANYTHING GOES


So this lady is celebrating in the best way possible - with a big ol' chunk of cake!

CC Designs - Roberto's Rascals OMG Cake
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Your Next Die - Alpha Bold die set
Rymans bright pink cardstock
Office hole punch

Our sponsor waiting patiently for glass of fizz is the lovely Tracy from
with a £15 store voucher for the lucky winner


Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 12 August 2017

DTDF (DT) Hold You Close

Hello chaps, here I am again with a dose of cuteness for my DIES TO DIE FOR blog inspiration

So what else would you do with a squirrel but cuddle it?



As usual, image has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and Polychromos Pencils
The papers are Maja Design - Coffee In The Arbour

Hope you have a super weekend lined up with lots of crafting involved

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx




Thursday, 10 August 2017

AYLI (DT) Embellishments

Yoo-hoo folks, happy Thursday to you!  Alternate Thursdays mean a new challenge from AS YOU LIKE IT and this time around we would like you to share with us your Favourite Embellishment(s) and tell us why they are your favourites.

You may have guessed that I didn't choose the theme!  Embellishments, phooey!  I'm a clean and simple kinda girl, some days more simple than others (ha), so I tend to restrict embellishments, a lot.  Rather than being able to add lots of stuff skillfully, my makes tend to look a little, shall we say, rugged.  So I keep it simple.  I love die-cut embellishments but try to use them to echo the theme, like this one with the stars


So, for my simple card I have used:
CC Designs - Dancing
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Joanna Sheen Starry Night Border Die
Sentiment from who-knows-where but it was one of those "that'll be useful" purchases years ago
MFT 6x6 Tribal Prints
DoCrafts wood pattern paper

Our sponsor for this challenge is CRAFTS U LOVE










Looking forward to seeing how much you can attach to a card all your beautiful and creative uses of embellishments!

Love and hugs
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 5 August 2017

DTDF (DT) Beach Babe Twila

Hello everyone, here I am at the end
of a week's holiday - I would like to say I had a chance to do this
but unfortunately it wasn't really a paddling kinda week!



This is my post for the DIES TO DIE FOR inspiration blog, but it is also a nudge for

Hope you are all having a great weekend

Hugs, Squirrel xx




Tuesday, 1 August 2017

SNSRC #6 - Holiday Fun

Hello everyone - today sees the start of a new Squirrel's Not So Random Challenge
and this time the theme is Holiday Fun



This is the time of year when just about everyone has had, is having, or about to have, a holiday, even if it is only a few days at home with a paddling pool in the back garden - so we would like you to share your idea of holiday fun with us.

We are a little low on DT inspiration for you today, but don't worry, we will inundate you with
suitable reminders as the weeks tick by!

Annette
Who doesn't love an ice-cream, especially a chocolate one



Squirrel
Surely no holiday is complete without a sandcastle which gets washed away at high tide


and our winner from the last challenge is Julye B with her adorable teddy-bumps card
Please contact me Julye to claim your prize - email to Squirrel

This challenge will run until 29 October at 6.00pm

Little Acorns
x



Monday, 31 July 2017

MFT Colour Challenge #74

Hello peeps, yes, it is Monday, no, it's not a mirage, it really is me posting on a Monday!

Every week, I have a look at the MFT Colour Challenge (or should I say Color Challenge)
and every week I drool over all the fabulous entries.

Sometimes I have a go, but mostly I just shake my head and fret about it.
However, this week I am not being a wuss and I have squirrelled up and taken the plunge.



and here are the colours/colors that were on the list


Hmmmm, maybe not the best match, but it was the best I could do this afternoon
with the inks

I have used the MFT Mermazing set
painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and the paper is MFT Dots & Stripes Confection

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 29 July 2017

DTDF (DT) Peppermint

Morning all.  I'm now officially on my "summer" holidays and am therefore very much in denial until at least October about that thing that's coming ......





and additional bits are
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Some quite aged Dovecraft Christmas papers
and a sprinkling of Crystal Glamour Dust

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx



Thursday, 27 July 2017

AYLI (DT) Favourite Colour Duo

Hello peeps, today sees the start of another challenge over at AS YOU LIKE IT and this fortnight the theme is Favourite Colour Duo (please remember tell us why you made the choice you did)

I have lots of favourite combinations, depending on what type of card I am making, but one of my all time duo favourites is purple and aqua.  It is suitable for so many occasions and has a lovely clean and fresh feel about it.



For this little card I have used
Whimsy/Wee Stamps Iris
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are MFT and Papercraft House
a few dots of the paper created with an office hole punch
and a Woodware shaped corner punch
and Bob's your uncle

Everyone has a favourite colour combination, so please come and share yours with us

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Prizes: - 3 digi stamps voucher worth £6.75

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 24 July 2017

Anyone can be cool .....

Yoo-hoo!

Sorry, didn't mean to make you jump, I mean, it's Monday and I'm blogging, what's that all about huh?

Well, I had my second mahoosive delivery of happy mail in a week and, like the first lot, I could not wait to get stuck in.  It was just a question of what to do first.  So, after some humming-and-harring, I decided to go with this sassy little lassie and some bright colours.


This is from the last release by CC Designs
Rockabilly Girls set (and they are rubber, not clear stamps - 4 in the set)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is from an old CC Designs set called Teen Scene
and the papers are MFT Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot

all together now
"she wore an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini
that's what she wore for the first time today"

Well I won't be wearing one of those today, I'm on my way to work

Have a fab day everyone - be awesome!

Hugs, Squirrel xx



Sunday, 23 July 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge #342

Afternoon everyone, hope your weekend is going well.

Today I made a little card for a sketch challenge over at My Favorite Things blog.  I do like a nice simple sketch, it actually helps the design when it's not too complicated, and as we all know, I do like simple!

Having said that, there was still a lot of work went into this one.


and here is the original sketch


For my card I used
I don't have the die set so this is all fussy cut
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)


OK, having actually made a card specifically for this challenge, blogged and entered, I think I feel a bit light headed on that achievement.  Time to go and sit down at my craft bench and relax with some colouring!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 22 July 2017

DTDF (DT) Good Morning .......

And a very good morning to you too! I'm starting today with a CC Designs adorable lady to share with you.

I think someone has been spying on my early routine .....except my bunny slippers aren't green



Oh my gosh, I feel so weary I need to lie down again

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx



Thursday, 20 July 2017

In The Pink (DT) Fantasy

Hello Fans-of-Pink, welcome to a new challenge from IN THE PINK
This time, a little change - we are now 4-weekly so lots of time to enter!

A favourite theme I think for this one, and it is FANTASY


Just lurrrrve this cute little chap!
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment comes with the stamp set

and our sponsor for this challenge is one very dear to my heart
£15 - Dies To Die For (you lucky things)

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx



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