Welcome to Squirrel's slightly nutty world of rubber stamping, papercraft, cats, Formula 1 and a variety of other off-the-wall topics. It's fabulous to see you and I hope you enjoy your time here. Please do pop back and visit me again soon!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Tessie The Teacher (DTDF DT)

Morning everyone.  Welcome to the world of germs, well, certainly a house of germs.  How is it, that everytime the schools have half-term, full term, PD days, and the kids are roaming loose around the world (instead of being held in captivity, which they should be until at least the age of 14) there is an almighty outbreak, within three days of them being released, of hideous germs that sweep through civilisation like a wildfire?!

This house has been infected with germs since just after the start of the last half term.  Toad came home with it.  To be fair, he may not have been the carrier, as the office is also riddled with coughs and sneezes.  I travel to work on public transport and for weeks those journeys have been like travelling with a TB epidemic.

I kid you not - anyone under 5' is infected with every germ known to mankind, and some that aren't yet discovered.  Seriously, every childless adult should be issued with a free-for-life supply of Dettol Wipes.

Anyhoo, it's Saturday, so it is my day to share a DIES TO DIE FOR make with you, and as I have been grumbling about children, here is Tessie The Teacher, who doesn't look as if she has been near a germ in her entire life!

The image, as always, has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and I have stamped and painted on Daler Rowney Bristol Board

Hope your weekend is sneeze free

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 23 February 2017

AYLI (DT) Favourite Non-Card Project

Hi ya'all, how are you on this particular Thursday?  I've been laid low with the germs that are doing the rounds so I hope you have all managed to avoid the cough/splutter regime.

Anyhoo, today over at AS YOU LIKE IT we are asking you to share your Favourite Non-Card Project with us.  Now is your chance to think outside the box, or inside it box if you like!

I love making small, personal, gifts for friends and the coordinating bag or box to go with the item.

So, I made the keyring (leftover from my cross stitching days) using
My Favorite Things - Snuggle Bunnies
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

and the bag using the same stamp set, plus the Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames
and a few punched hearts to emphasis the lurrrrve

The sponsor of this challenge is

Prizes: - 3 digi stamps voucher worth £6.75

Hugs to All

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Wyanet (DT) DTDF

Morning all!  A bit earlier for me today but it's dad's birthday and, knowing me, I will be finishing wrapping his presents before we pop over later today with the gifts and some cake!

Today, for my DIES TO DIE FOR make, I am using this little sweetie

So the main ingredients for this are:

I painted the image with my usual Distress Inks (ReInkers)
I used some linen card for the matting layer and also the underlay (?) to put the blue behind
the zig-zag holes and coloured both with Copic colours.  I tried to match as near as possible to the Distress Ink colours.  I coloured a scrap of it to use for the die-cut words too, so for me, this is just about coordinated!

Now, Mr Toad has a narrow gauge model railway.  It's been getting bigger, and now he
has ventured into the realms of building scenery.  Scenery (rocks and cliffs at the moment) that involve wet plaster and silicon moulds.
  They come out white and looking like lumps of chalky plaster.
The sets come with little pots of paints.
He has now decided that the colours of some of my Distress Inks are better.
I've told him to buy his own!

Have a super weekend all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 12 February 2017

For my daddy

I love my daddy to bits, he is my hero.  Next weekend will be his birthday, and I always like to try and make him a card that is really relevant to either our relationship (amazing), or his hobbies and interests.

He has always been a bit of a handyman, although as mum often says "whatever your father makes never falls apart"- his items do tend to be rather heavy duty!

He has his sheds, of course, but he also has a part of the house that has evolved over the years into "the  Cubbyhole", which is where you can often find him hiding, tinkering with something or other.   I have many happy memories of spending hours with him, just pottering, and emerging smelling of wood shavings.  When I saw this stamp I had to have it just for him.

The ingredient for this are:
Lili of The Valley "The Workbench" stamp
and LOTV For Him Circular Sentiments (retired)
and I picked out one of the colours to use as the matting layers, a ProMarker on white card
I used the same colour for the buttons which are Impression Obsession dies
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) used as watercolours

And as Sweet Stamping Challenge have a "Masculine" theme, it would be rude not to enter

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Woodland Bunny (DTDF DT)

Mornin' all, how are you?  I'm popping by with a huge dollop of cuteness for my DIES TO DIE FOR Design Team make today.

Brace yourself for a large moment of "awwwwh"

Ain't he just the cutest wabbit?!

Things that I used ....

all available from the Dies To Die For on-line store

Other ingredients use are Distress Inks (ReInkers) and
Customs sized card base (5 1/4 x 5 1/4)

Hope you have a super-duper weekend.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 9 February 2017

AYLI (DT) Ribbon or Lace

Morning everyone!  It's a new challenge from those lovely ladies over at AS YOU LIKE IT and this time your choice is RIBBON OR LACE.

Whichever is your favourite, please remember that you must tell us why, otherwise you may not be considered for the Top 3/Winner slots.

Most people know that I consider ribbon to be the frippery of the Devil, and if I am honest, lace isn't far behind - neither of them really suit my CAS style, but for this one a faux lace matting layer actually worked well enough for me to have a little smile.

This one was a card order from my mum, she wanted one for a friend of hers.  The friend, and the friend's husband, are greatly amused by me being called Squirrel, and often tell mum if they have heard me on the local BBC radio station.  So, when mum said "I want a Squirrel squirrel card" I wasn't sure what she meant - I didn't hear the capital letter, and then the penny dropped.

Lili of The Valley - Squirrel Presents Trio
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment from Clearly Besotted
Papers are all Papermania
Martha Stewart - Punch Around-The-Page - Eyelet Lace
Die-Namics stitched circle
Tonic scalloped circle

Our sponsor for this challenge is
Crafty Ribbons
£10 voucher

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Moody? (DTDF DT)

OK, so I couldn't wait to start playing with my new stash purchased from DIES TO DIE FOR  from last weekend - it was just a question of what to play with first.  In the end, it was an easy choice - who could resist this smile?!

Sorry, it's making me grin just looking at him
So, the ingredients I have used for this cheesy little chap are
I've coloured him with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and highlighted his pink hair with a Polychromos pencil
The sentiment (which I think I may be using a lot) came with the unicorns
and a layer of black card just to pop the colour from the white

There is a matching die set for the Moody Unicorns but I fussy cut this one
as I don't yet have the dies

Thanks everyone for coming by today
I hope your weekend turns out to be a magical one

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 2 February 2017

In The Pink (DT) With Love

Yes, we know it's coming up - so over at IN THE PINK we are helping you get ready for the Day of Lurrrrve - our theme is, naturally, With Love.

Of course you don't HAVE to make it for your partner, it could be for a friend, your mum, your dad, whoever you want to say "I love you" too, and actually, in this strange ol' world we live in, I think it needs to be said a lot more often.

Here's my With Love themed card
(warning: it's quite pink)

Pink enough?!
So, I have used
CC Designs - Meoples Meowy (stamps and dies)
Die-Namics Inside-Out Stitched Rounded Corner Square
Echo Park papers
Hobbycraft heart punch
Distress Inks (ReInkers)

The sponsor for this challenge is DI'S DIGI STAMPS

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx
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