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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Little Duck (DT) Dies To Die For

So, I am getting excited about Spring putting in an appearance, as it is my favourite season, and have been inking up Spring themed images in readiness

For this cheeky little chick I have used
Die-Namics Double Stitched Circle Stax dies
this is the link to the Stitched Circle Stax
MFT 6x6 County Fair Plaid papers

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Scalloped circle die is from Tonic

Whatever you are up to this weekend, stay warm, stay safe

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Favourite Easter Character (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Morning all!  Oh my goshness, can you believe we are halfway through March already?  Only a week and a bit and I shall be on my Easter holibobs, hurrah!

Righteo then, over at AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE I am in charge this week, so I shall be expecting you all to behave nicely - our theme for this fortnight is

Well, I cannot resist a cute ickle bunny wabbit, those little twitchy noses, cute whiskers, such soft ears, and that fluffy bit behind, soooooooooo adorable!

I have finally twigged how to deal with a wonky photo - make it wonkier and no one will ever know!

So, for this I have used
Hoppy Easter from Clearly Besotted
Easter Greetings from Woodware
Papers from my scraps box
Image, after a bit of masking to add eggs, was painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

That's it, nicely clean and simple.

The sponsor of this challenge is

crafty ribbons

So, as I am sure you are all furiously making Easter cards, don't forget to come and share them with us at AYLI

Hugs to all

Saturday, 10 March 2018

DTDF (DT) Lovey Gnomes

Morning all, happy weekend!

If you have seen the new Stamping Bella release then you will know that there is an awful lot of gnome-ness coming your way.

I am finding these little critters irresistible so I made my parents' anniversary card using a pair from the last release.  It's their 59th in a couple of weeks, and honestly, this could be their wedding photo, lol!

And the list of loveliness that I have used to make this is:

The gnomes and the background are painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
It's pretty obvious but the hills are freehand!

Hugs to all

Saturday, 3 March 2018

DTDF (DT) Rosetta

It's me with a scheduled post this morning because I'm hopefully on the way for a haircut, snow permitting!  I'm sure we used to cope with more snow than this when I was younger, but I guess we're out of practice - or the local authorities are actually now so short of money that they can't get the gritters/ploughs out.

Anyhoo, it's always good to push yourself now and again so I decided to challenge myself and create something more "delicate" than usual.  It was so hard to resist adding more colour!

The butterfly die is old but this one would work beautifully

Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Old papers from Dovecraft with an oriental theme

Hugs to all 

Friday, 2 March 2018

SNSRC #8 - It's A Spring Thing

A wee bit later than planned, amazing what effect this b****d snow has had!
Hello everybody, it's time for another of those Squirrel's Not So Random Challenges and, despite the white stuff over the past week, we are going to look forward and our theme is It's A Spring Thing!


Thanks to those who took part in the last challenge - the winner of that is

Jacky - Paddington Fan
We just love a good pun on a card, and the PB pups are adorable

Could you email me please Jacky - Squirrel

This It's A Spring Thing challenge will close on Sunday 29 April.

Hugs to all
Squirrel & The Little Acorns

Thursday, 1 March 2018

AYLI (DT) Single or Multiple Layers

Well goodbye February, hello March!

Morning all, time for a new challenge theme over at AS YOU LIKE IT and this time it is Single or Multiple Layers (your favourite, and why).

The cardstock I use for my base cards, although good and sturdy, does not take watercolouring very well, so I favour the multiple layers option which allows me to use my Bristol Board for the Distress Inks.  Sometimes it is only a couple of layers, but that's still ore than one so it has to be, by definition, multiple!

Thanks to the fabbie die, this looks like it has more layers than it really does, in fact there are only three, the base, the coloured papers, and the chicks

Distress Inks (ReInkers)

So it's over to you now, don't forget to enter

The sponsor of this challenge is

Hugs to all

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Puppy's Favourite Things (DTDF DT)

Morning all, TGI Saturday!

I started this project with a Distress Ink (ReInkers) coloured puppy, a bit of fussy cutting, and ended up with a little scene, it wasn't planned, it just sort of evolved of it's own accord.

The longish list of lovely things used on this are:

Hope you have a lovely weekend - keep warm, even if it does mean a vest and long-johns!

Hugs to all

Saturday, 17 February 2018

DTDF (DT) Space Explorer

Morning all, a bit of a snuffly Squirrel today.  I am soooooo fed up with germs.

So anyhoo, it is Daddy Squirrel's birthday tomorrow, and I would normally go something with gardening or DIY themes, but this year I wanted to show that "actually Houston, we have the problem covered"

I've painted all the image bits with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and I used a sheet
of old Basic Grey for the background as once I cut with the Lawn Fawn die, it did, to me, look like a scene from a science fiction movie!

Hugs to all

Thursday, 15 February 2018

AYLI (DT) Favourite Way To Add A Sentiment

Hello peeps, is it warm enough for you?  Over here in the east the wind has been so bitter that I have had to resort to my Savage Squirrel pink bobble hat, which has caused one or two raised eyebrows at work!

Right then, it's Thursday so that means the start of new challenge with the AS YOU LIKE IT team.   This fortnight the theme is Your Favourite Way To Add A Sentiment (and why).

My most often way to add a sentiment is to stamp it direct to the image panel.  Unlike some of my teamies, this has never scared me and with the aid of an acrylic block I can usually get it straight!  I have an enormous library of sentiment stamps now, but there is always room for more.  I do love a sentiment with a good pun in it too.
As a bonus, I have added a stacked word die to this card, simply because it worked so well with the stamped words

For this little one I have used:

(sentiment came with the fawns)
Friend word die from Whimsy, cut three times from 300gsm card, and once from the Dovecraft paper so it's a nice deep stack and really stands off the card
Image is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Our sponsor for this theme is 

Hope you will find a way to have fun with your words and share them with us

Hugs to all
Squirrel x

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Stamp Journal

I have been wanting to start a stamp journal for a long time.  Finally, in Paperchase, I found just the sort of book I wanted.  I bought 5 of them.

They have been staring at me, accusingly, for a while.

No more!  Today, I have finally made Page 1 inky/pencilly.  I even made a panel for inside the front cover.

I have used CC Designs: Dear Diary
Some old Basic Grey papers
Your Next Stamp: Alpha Bold
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils

Hugs to all

Saturday, 10 February 2018

DTDF (DT) Hog Heaven

Pssst, me here, popping by to share the Valentine's card I made for himself
(keep it secret for now)

Lovely things used:

I cut the word die three times, two from thicker card, and once from the Plaid paper, to stack them for depth.  I love this effect, but I am so clumsy with glue that these "thicker" words work better for me.

I masked the piggy and fence panel rather than fussy cutting, and the entire image is
painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

We're celebrating early because Valentine's falls on Ash Wednesday this year and Ash Wednesday is a "fast" day, so tonight I shall be tucking into a romantic (!) Chinese takeaway.

Hey, don't knock it, no cooking means more crafting time!

Hugs to all

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Blowing Kisses (DTDF DT)

Morning all, here I am with a card that says it all about my organisational skills!

I do like a stamp that is versatile and multi-purpose, and although I bought this one for a specific reason, it came in very handy this week for something else

How could you be cross with that little face?

(you can find the matching die here)

As you can see, I kept with the polka dot theme and paper pieced her dress, but the leftover bits are painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

I tried keeping a diary, but kept forgetting to write in it.


Hugs to all

Thursday, 1 February 2018

AYLI (DT) Faux or Real Stitching?

1 February, thank goodness, that means miserable January is out of the way!  Let's get on with the rest of the year and another challenge from the AS YOU LIKE IT team.

This time the theme is FAUX OR REAL STITCHING - you will need to use either on your make, and tell us about your preference.

I love the look of real stitching on a card, it seems to add that little bit of extra, but I just can't do it.  I have tried, unpicked, tried, unpicked ...... binned the card.  You get the picture.  So, when the advent of faux stitched dies came along, I thought all my prayers had been answered.  Why have all the stress when the fiddle has been done for you!  The faux stitching adds interest, without being overpowering, and finishes layers off beautifully.

I have used for this little one
and the little Leo is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with some
Polychromos Pencil help for his mane

The sponsor of this challenge is Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez 
who is providing a prize of 3 images from her store:

So, you can either dash off and haul that sewing machine out of the cupboard, get a needle threaded, or find your favourite faux stitch die, the choice is yours.

Hugs to all

Saturday, 27 January 2018

DTDF (DT) Friends Furever

Morning peeps, a very quick post from me today, you could call me
a flying Squirrel

Hugs to all

Don't forget, if you are anywhere near Thetford, Norfolk, tomorrow
the Sincerely Yours Papercraft Show is on at the Breckland Leisure Centre
Tracy will be there with a DTDF stand, and Faye with her Copics

Saturday, 20 January 2018

DTDF (DT) Wendy's Cupcakes

Morning all, it's Saturday (hurrah) and I have a lot to squish in to today, so best I make a start by showing you my DIES TO DIE FOR make for this week.

As it has been so dark and miserable, I made this bright and cheery card for a friend's birthday last Monday.  She said it did indeed make her think of summer with the hot colours.

Now this is done, I need to get a gammon joint in the oven, go and get my haircut, dash over to the doctors' and collect a prescription for dad (he is still very under the weather), whip the gammon out of the oven, visit mum and dad, scoot back home to sort some stuff out (laundry etc), cook the rest of dinner, eat, and finally relax with a dose of Casualty!  Hope your day isn't going to be quite so rushed.

Hugs to all

Thursday, 18 January 2018

AYLI (DT) Favourite Die

I'm scheduling this post for Thursday and our new challenge over at AS YOU LIKE IT - I hope by then we might have had a little bit of sunshine because, seriously, I am starting to feel like a mole with all this darkness.

Darkness is my excuse for a not very good photo this week, I had to take it under artificial light, which never gives a true reading of colour.

Anyhoo, our theme for this fortnight is FAVOURITE DIE (and why).  This was so difficult, it was like asking me to choose my favourite pet, impossible.  I use a lot of stitched effect dies, and I absolutely love these double stitched ones, they just finish the image panel off beautifully.  This simple square is one of my most used.

So, the things I have used to make this are:
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Die-Namics Double Stitched Square Stax
Not sure about the border die, so if anyone could shed light on that I'd be grateful
LOTV: Circular Sentiment stamp
Die-Namics Stitched Circle Stax
Tonic dies (it's a scalloped frame from within a set (label long gone)
MFT 6x6 Dots & Stripes
Lilac cardstock from Rymans

and our generous sponsor for this challenge is

Lawn Fawn


That's all from me folks.

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