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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Penguin in Paradise

Hello to anyone who might be out there in blogland!  It's that bit between Christmas and New Year when no one knows what day it is.  I hope you were all able to enjoy the festivities.

I have something a little warmer than Christmas for you today:

Here's the sketch

I have used
MFT Penguins In Paradise stamp set
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are from BoBunny

Keep warm, even if you are not on a tropical beach!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 22 December 2016

'Elf and 'Appiness

Well, here we are, the penultimate working day for me before we break up for Christmas tomorrow.  I'm not sure what time we are finishing yet, in theory we're in for the whole day, but we are all secretly crossing our fingers that the senior partner gets fed up of the tinsel around 3.30!

I said on Monday that I had been playing with elves at the weekend and this is the second of them.  Part of my morning routine (and it's very decadent) if the bus doesn't get held up anywhere is to head for the local coffee shop for my favourite coffee and some toast for my breakfast.  I'm one of these people who can't face food immediately, so by the time I get into town I am feeling hungry.  When I called in last week, one of the barristas slipped something onto my tray - it was a Christmas card, addressed to "the lovely flat-white lady" - how sweet is that?!  So this one has been made for them, they are a great crew and always ready for a smile, as well as making great coffee and toast.

Another elf from the CC Designs Roberto's Rascals Elves set
Again painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Star corner die is MFT Die-Versions
Papers are all Dovecraft
The tag is from MFT Die-Namics Stitched Sentiment Strips
and the sentiment is Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Wishes

This will be my last post before Christmas, so I would just like to take the opportunity
of wishing all my faithful Followers
a very Merry Christmas and a happy and crafty New Year

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 19 December 2016

Your good 'Elf.....

Saturday was full on here, I'd like to say dashing through the snow, but it was just fog, and that doesn't have quite the same ring to it.  However, it meant that the nearest I got to craft was being in the middle of a mountain of wrapping paper, ribbons, sticky tape and tags.  I was missing my paintbrush!

So, yesterday afternoon I sat myself down in between the domestic stuff (yawn) and got inky with some elves.

Here's the first one:

This happy little chap is from CC Designs - Roberto's Rascals Elves set
Love all three of the elves - they are so cheeky
Painted as usual with Distress Inks (ReInkers) used as watercolours, with some Polychromos Pencil for hair definition
Papers are an older set of Dovecraft Back to Basics - Modern Christmas
Martha Stewart border punch
Sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments
Custom sized card base

It's our office Christmas dinner today - looking forward to it, it's my first one with
this firm.  Eight months and it feels like home already.

Happy Monday to you all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 15 December 2016

AYLI (DT) Favourite Christmas Carol/Song

Hello peeps, how are your festive preparations going?  Mine are in their usual state of chaos I'm afraid.  I'm never sure how Christmas manages to sneak up on me every year like this.

Anyhoo, it's a new challenge from AS YOU LIKE IT today and the theme is Favourite Christmas Carol or Song.

For me it's a song rather than a carol, and it is a bittersweet one this year as Greg Lake has just passed away.  "I Believe In Father Christmas".  I have loved this ever since it was released, and the first hearing of it always reminds me of how close to Christmas we are.  The words are quite thought provoking.

High Hopes large Stackable Santa stamp
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
MFT stitched hexagonal dies
MFT Holiday Subway Art sentiments
MFT chevron die
Papers from Helz Cuppleditch - Dear Santa

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Crafty Ribbons
£10 voucher

This is our last challenge for 2016 but we'll be back bright eyed and bushy tailed in January.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 9 December 2016

SNSRC #3 - Then And Now (Part II)

Hi, all, for those of you who missed the start of Squirrel's Not So Random Challenge #3, you can find it here.

The theme is Then and Now, so we would like you to look back through your old stuff and remake one of your earlier creations.  It doesn't have to be an exact replica, but we would like you to use the same image as before.

On the original post, Annette, Jayne and myself shared our makes, so this time around it is Becky with hers.


and now

We have found this challenge fascinating to see how we have all progressed and styles have changed, in one way or another, over the years, and we are looking forward to seeing who will be brave enough to share theirs with us.

The challenge link is on the original post, and you have until 30 January to enter.

Hugs to all
The Little Acorns xx

Thursday, 1 December 2016

AYLI (DT) Gold or Silver

Yes, it's me again, twice in one day - this post is my DT for As You Like It Challenge

The theme set for this time is your favourite of
(and you must tell us why)

I've always been more of a gold girl myself, it suits my skin tone better
and I love the warmth and richness of its mellow tones.
Apart from that, it was one of the gifts brought by the Three Wise Men to the birth of
Our Lord Jesus Christ
so, if it's good enough for that kind of event, it's good enough for me!

Here's my DT make (steady yourselves)

Look at that, not a stamp in sight!

So, for this goldfest I have used
MFT Die-Namics Rectangle stitched scalloped frames
MFT Die-Namics Merry Christmas
Wild Rose Studio snowflake corner
Kraft card, and custom sized card base

The sponsor of this challenge is
Sweet n Sassy Stamps
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

It is the time of year for all things sparkly and shiny, so off you go

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

SNSRC #3 Then And Now

OK, so not only is it December already (eeeek) it is also time for
Squirrel's Not-So-Random Challenge No 3
and our theme is

Oooh, be afraid, be very afraid.  We want you to trawl back through the achieves and find one of your early creations, and then we want you to make it again!  

The first inking, dated October 2010!  

and here's Annette's new version.....

From 2012

and Jayne's new version

Waaaaay back in 2009

and the 2016 version

Nutty Sue is on the poorly step but she'll be here next week

Nutty Becky is on incredibly busy step, but will be back soon

I think we have all been surprised at the comparisons, it has been a big reminder of how much our styles have changed and our skills improved.

OK then, so that's the new challenge, what about the last one and our winner?
We didn't have many entries, it would seem the theme scared you all away,. The entries we did receive were superb, but there can only be one winner and that one is....
Congratulations, your little owl looks superb in that pretty blue!
Please email me, Squirrel 

We really hope you are brave enough to join in the fun.  You have until 30 January, so once Christmas is over you can all get busy - unless of course you want to choose a Christmas card to remake!

Hugs to all
The Acorns

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