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Thursday, 22 June 2017

In The Pink (DT) Special Occasion

Morning all, it's a new challenge for the next fortnight with IN THE PINK
and the theme is
(NB: this theme is running for 4 weeks while the Pinkies have a wee summer breather)

CC Designs - Surprise
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Sentiments are both Hero Arts
Papers are magazine freebies
Martha Stewart crochet border punch
Star shaped hole punch

Sponsor for this challenge is

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 17 June 2017

DTDF (DT) Under The Sea

Hello folks, sorry I am running late today, it has been a chaotic week with illness at home (not me) but it has meant my normal schedule has totally gone to pot.  Anyway, better late than never.

Today's DIES TO DIE FOR make is just where I want to be - it's hot hot hot already here

Would you believe that Die-Namics have now released a porthole die?!  And there was me spending ages fiddling about with those dots to make studs for my own version

As always, the linked items will take to straight to the right place

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 15 June 2017

AYLI (DT) Fruity!

Hello peeps, it is time for a new AS YOU LIKE IT challenge and this fortnight our theme is
Your make can either depict your favourite fruit, or be inspired by fruit colours

I'm not a fan of any one particular fruit, but I do love a nice fruit salad, especially if it is accompanied by a good old fashioned dollop of vanilla of ice-cream.  The inspiration for this card came from the backing paper, which made me think of that fruit salad.

CCD Designs - Surprise stamp set
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Papers are Basic Grey (old pad, sadly cover page long lost)
Martha Stewart corner and border punch
Lili of The Valley circular sentiment

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Prize is 3 images of winners choice.

Come on, come on over and get fruity!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Yee-haw! (Dies To Die For DT)

Another week has whizzed past, and here we are again at Saturday (hurrah).  As you know by now, it is my day to share something with you on the DIES TO DIE FOR blog.

So, we have a little bit of Bella today, and a very simple design

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and a matting layer of wood effect paper for that "western" feel

You would not believe the tears I shed over her skirt - I found it to be
a tricky little devil, but my wonderful teamies assure me it's ok!

Have a wonderful time, whatever you are up to

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Rose With Balloon (DT) Dies To Die For

Happy Saturday everyone, I hope everything is sunny in your world today.

It is of course my day to post on the DIES TO DIE FOR blog

all the links will take you to the right places in the Dies To Die For store

I think you might be able to guess the additionals by now
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Polychromos Pencils
Custom sized card base

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 2 June 2017


At last, it has finally happened, I'm in print!

This month's Papercraft Essentials (issued yesterday) has a feature
using Stamping Bellas and the wonderful team at
Dies To Die For were asked to make a selection of cards

and here is the card that I made

Love, Squirrel xx

Thursday, 1 June 2017

AYLI (DT) Favourite (Non Birthday) Reason

Hello again peeps, well, here we are in June and it's time to start another
AS YOU LIKE IT challenge!

For this fortnight our theme is Your Favourite Reason To Make A Card (other than birthday)

For me, I love making friendship cards - a lot of my friends don't live local to me, so this
is a wonderful way to keep in touch and say "I'm thinking of you"

So for this little cutie I have used
CC Designs - Hearts To You
MFT Dots and Stripes Confection 6x6 pad
Die-Namics Stitched Heart Stax
MFT Clear Sentiments You Make My Day
Martha Stewart Heart Doily border punch
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Polychromos Pencils
Custom size card base

and our sponsor for this challenge is

Prize - a $10.00 Gift Certificate for Sweet Stamp Store
SweetStamps.com manufactures artistic rubber stamps on cling cushion for use with acrylic blocks. We carry a variety of stamping and paper crafting goodies like our own Shades dye inks, metal embossing plates, embossing folders, cutting & embossing dies (Our very own Sweet Cuts Dies, Cheery Lynn, Marianne, Joy! and Nellie's), fine detail embossing powders, specialty cardstock and vellum along with supplies for parchment crafting. 

Hope you will have a non-birthday reason for making cards that you will share with us

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Monday, 29 May 2017

Super Hero ..... Sam

Happy Bank Holiday Monday to you peeps!

I'm popping by today to share a card that I made for a very special
young man - I have mentioned Sam before, he is Julie-Pig's son, and
he is amazing

As well as receiving a Headmaster's Commendation a little while ago (for an act
of incredible kindness and bravery), he's only gone and been made Head Boy
at his high school!  Way to go Sam!

CC Designs -Super Hero Henry
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Waffle Flower - Awesome die
Clearly Besotted Notebook Edger die
Clearly Besotted - City Skyline die
Papers are a mixture of Echo Park, Basic Grey and Hobbycraft

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 28 May 2017

You Have My Heart

Afternoon all.  I have surprised myself today and found that I am (reasonably) up-to-date with stuff so I have had time to make a couple of just-for-fun cards!

I found a nice sketch over at the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge so thought I would have a little bit of a play with it.

Here's the sketch

I used the You Have My Heart stamp set
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and sponge inked the clouds with a
home-made stencil, a few Polychromos for hair detail
Papers are Nitwits Promises (and Promises Solids)
MFT Love Is In The Mail sentiments

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Squirrel With Flower (DTDF DT)

Yippee!  It's a three-day weekend, AND it's the Monaco Grand Prix, AND Jenson is back for this race, AND we're having takeaway tonight, AND it's my Dies To Die For day!

I have some woodland cuteness to share with you all

Oh my word, that tail was interesting!

Here's the list of linked ingredients from the Dies To Die For online store

The only extras were a custom sized card base, and of course my Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Whatever you are up to, have a wonderful weekend

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Thursday, 25 May 2017

In The Pink (DT) Embossing

Hello peeps, it is my turn on the Pink Job-Share with Annette to bring you something for the challenge starting at IN THE PINK today.

For this fortnight's challenge we are asking to see your EMBOSSING - that can be wet or dry, or with dies/stencils - there are a surprising number of embossing techniques so we would like you to show yours.

I have been wanting to try the white outline style of embossing for a while but couldn't see to find the right stamp/image, until I bought a magazine with a fabulous floral stamp/die set as the free gift.

Ooh get me, all subtle!
So the flowers were stamped with VersaMark and I used a fine white heat embossing powder.  I painted the petals and leaves with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and then fussy cut the whole bouquet.
The vase was also stamped, embossed and painted, but there was a vase die with the freebies so that was simple.
Some polka dot and candy striped paper from my scraps box
Tonic scalloped edged dies for a little bit of interest
and a Tattered Lace sentiment die (which was a freebie with their magazine)

We are thrilled to have on board Tracy from Dies To Die For as
our very generous sponsor of this theme with a £15 store voucher for the lucky winner.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 20 May 2017

DTDF (DT) Doggie (not Dodgy) Artist

Morning all, as it is Saturday it is my day to share a design for the DIES TO DIE FOR blog and this week it is a typical Squirrel CAS affair, although not quite as CAS as last week.

I'll be honest, I was a little bit lost with this stamp (even though I just had to have it) but
his cheeky little smile rather dictated the covers-most-events sentiment

All the linked items are available from the Dies To Die For online store
The only extras this time are
my beloved Distress Inks (ReInkers) and
the custom sized card base

Hugs to all, and happy weekend
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 18 May 2017

AYLI (DT) Skin/Fur Colour Combo

Morning all.  Today I am feeling pawly and a bit ruff ......

It's the start of a new challenge over at AS YOU LIKE IT and the theme for this fortnight is your favourite colour combination for skin or fur.  

I tend to colour far more critters than I do human beans, and over time I have discovered that my favourite combination of Distress Inks for a golden fur colour is a base coat of Scattered Straw, washed over with Tea Dye, and Brushed Corduroy for shading.  If I am feeling particularly brave I will use Walnut Stain for darker areas, and on a particularly courageous day, Black Soot might make an appearance.  Another combination is a very simple Antique Linen/Frayed Burlap pairing, but the golden theme seems to prevail in my world!

as you can see, the little dog is peeking through the window, but what on earth is
he standing on?

what a cheeky pooch!

For this make I have used
Doodlebug pawprint paper
and of course
Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Prizes: - 3 digi stamps voucher worth £6.75

Do come and share your colouring secrets with us!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Not another mermaid?!

Hello peeps, happy Tuesday.

Now, unless you have been locked in a shed for the last two weeks, you will have seen these mermaid images everywhere in Blogland and on FaceBook.  However, I am a wee bit behind as my own package of loveliness only arrived on Saturday but I simply could not wait to play so on Sunday, out came the fishiness!

Distress Inks (ReInkers), Memento ink pads, Copics (for the splatter background)
aided by a Tim Holtz air-puffer gadget (Distress Marker Spritzer)
Marker Spritzer
Do Copics wash out of clothes?  A fun method of applying colour, but not
particularly directional!

Just keep swimming

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 13 May 2017

DTDF (DT) Pinkies Cupcakes & Balloons

Phew!  How is the week back at work after a holiday always the toughest?  Crikey, glad that's done with.

Anyhoo, happy Saturday folks, it is my day to design on the DIES TO DIE FOR blog and I have not one, but two, for you today.

OK, so they are verrrrrry clean and simple, but I think it just shows these super cute girlies off beautifully.

From the Dies To Die For online store I have used:

and in addition:
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Polychromos Pencils
A sentiment from an ancient Personal Impressions set
and an equally ancient piece of a Papermania pad

There is a Pinkies Christmas stamp too called Peppermint, she is cute too so I might use her soon.

That's me done for today so I wish you all a wonderful weekend

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Friday, 12 May 2017

Happy Birth Day

No, it's not a typing mistake, I really did mean Happy Birth Day.  My mate at work has become a second time grandma and I made this to celebrate the birth of baby Jack and his safe arrival.

I have entered it as a twist on the Happy Birthday theme on the Lili of The Valley FB Challenge (1-14 May)

I think the stamp is perhaps called Special Delivery but it is one that I forgot to write the name of on the packet when it arrived.  It is most definitely LOTV though!  (EDIT: "Just Arrived")
I have painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are from an el-cheap-o pad that I bought from The Works, but they
seem to be ok and certainly cope with wet glue so I may well get some more
Die-Namics Double Stitched Circle Stax die
Die-Namics Stitched Sentiment Strips die
Crealies Double Dots Squares die
Tonic Scalloped Squares dies
Clearly Besotted sentiments from their baby stamp set
Stars done with a shaped hole punch

For a simple card it seems to have a lot of ingredients!

Anyway, my mate was thrilled and she has had it on display on our reception desk
all week for everyone to see, even our clients, bless her

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 9 May 2017


I'm happy dancing!


Saturday, 6 May 2017

DTDF (DT) Frog Prince

Morning all.  Now then ladies, who amongst you will admit to having kissed a few frogs before they found their prince?  Strangely, I kissed the frogs but married the Toad!

I'm here today with my make for the DIES TO DIE FOR blog 

Quite a list of ingredients for this one, all from the Dies To Die For store

in addition I have used Distress Inks (ReInkers), Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and Bristol Board
plus a custom sized card base

I wanted to try a new colouring technique with the DIs and have been so inspired by
Tamara.  I think it will take a lot of practice, and it really isn't as easy as it looks.
Less really is more in this case.

That's all from me today, so I hope you have a super weekend
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 4 May 2017

AYLI (DT) Favourite Die(s)

Hello peeps!  Today I'm bringing you my DT card for the AS YOU LIKE IT challenge
and the theme for this fortnight is FAVOURITE DIE(S)
and remember, you need to tell us why it's your favourite!

For me, I love dies with detailed edges, so anything stitched or pierced makes me
very happy.  They just give a lovely finish to a project without the need
for too many matting layers

Here's my make

Lot of ingredients for this one
MFT Furever Friends stamp set
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Lawn Fawn stitched banner die
Die-Namics Blueprints 26
Die-Namics Pierced Heart Stax
Die-Namics Pierced Fishtail Banner Stax
Die-Namics Stitched Strips
Die-Namics Tag Builder Blueprints 6
Sentiment from the MFT Lots of Hugs set
MFT Trail Mix 6x6 pad


Before I disappear

The sponsor of this challenge is

A stamp set and 6x6 pad of the winner’s choice
Lawn Fawn

So over to you - we are die-ing to know your favourite!
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Hang In There

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!  What happened this morning?  It's perishing!  We were supposed to be having a day out today, but heard the forecast and rapidly changed our minds.  It's like the middle of November instead of the beginning of May.

So, as we are mooching about I thought I would go through my card photos and I found a few that I haven't blogged yet.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought "hang" was a skateboarding term.  I have absolutely no idea what it means, so if I have used a totally inappropriate sentiment on this then I apologise!  

A simple card for the fellas.

CC Designs - Roberto's Rascals Sk8tr Henry
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is from the Gerda Steiner Happy Fall squirrel stamp set
Not sure about the striped paper, it may have been a scrap
WH Smith black art card
Custom sized card base
and that's it

Hope you are having a happy Wednesday

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Happy Together

Morning (sorry, afternoon) all.  Well, what a morning!  I had prescription review with the doc at 8.40 in Woodbridge, Toad had dentist in totally the opposite direction on the far side of Ipswich at 9.45, and Rosie had her v.e.t. appointment five mins from home at 11.15.  We are all medic-ed out!

Apart from brief resistance to being bundled into the carrier head-first, and howling all the way to the v.e.t, Her Ladyship was the model of good behaviour today.  Mind you, she did get Dr Dreamy so I can't blame her for just sitting there and gazing at him!

Anyhoo, she is now sprawled out on the floor.  Her vaccinations always leave her a bit dopey for 24 hours so we will go out this afternoon and just leave her to be quiet.

Can someone please explain why I do this to myself?  I love the idea of a colour challenge, but by crikey I don't half have trouble with them!  Over at MFT Card Challenges the Color Challenge # 68 is:

Now, to me, that Lemon Chiffon looks pinkish, but it's name suggests yellow, so yellow I have used.  I've had to wing it and use the nearest colours I had to hand.

I have used
Sentiment from the MFT Lots of Hugs set
and a whole lot of Distress Inks for the stamped flowers
and watercolouring the image

All the linked MFT items were purchased from the Dies To Die For online store

Ok then, Rosie is sleepy and Toad is restless and, despite having a filling done, he wants
to go out for a cuppa and a cake.  Who am I to argue with that?!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 1 May 2017

Garden gnomes ARE real!

Hello peeps, just popping by to share my make for Squirrel's Not-So-Random challenge in case you are interested in any of the details.

So, for this little chap I have used:
MFT You Gnome Me - stamp set and matching dies
Lawn Fawn - Puffy Cloud border dies
MFT Watercolor Wash 6x6 -pad
MFT County Fair Plaid 6x6 pad
Martha Stewart grass border punch
Sentiment is a magazine freebie
Images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Hugs, Squirrel xx

SNSRC #5 - Fantasy


Hello everyone, and a very happy 1st of May to you all.  Thanks for visiting today for the next instalment of the Not-so-Random Challenges.

Before we get down to business, let's announce the Winner and Top 3 from the last challenge, which was Spring Fever

Winner - Katrina
Sending you Sunshine

Top 3



Huge thanks to everyone who entered - fabulous entries from all of you

Right then - this time, the theme for the challenge is FANTASY
and those nutty little fruitcakes of mine have pulled out all the stops, as usual.  

Here is your amazing batch of inspirational makes from the team

So, it's over to you - let's be seeing your fantastic fantasy makes!
You have until 28 June to enter.

The Little Acorns

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