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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Mouse With Rose (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello chaps, it is the weekend (yay) and Spring really does seem to have sprung now, at last!  We have a busy weekend ahead, what with Mother's Day tomorrow, Church twice, the start of the 2017 Formula 1 season (yippee!) and I have some special design work to get on with.  So without more ado, here is my make for the DIES TO DIE FOR blog today.

All the linked ingredients are available from the
Dies To Die For on-line store - the links will take you to the right pages

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and I used the off-the-page technique
with the rose.  It proved a little tricky with the double-stitched die but I got there
in the end
Heart punch from the bargain bin at Hobbycraft

I have made this for my Oldies' wedding anniversary for this coming Tuesday.
A little while ago I had a phone call from my dad, it isn't often he will make a call so I was a little concerned, but I had to have a chuckle.
Dad:  You know what this year is?
Me:  Yes dad, it's 2017.
Dad:  Me and your mum have been married 60 years.
Me:  No, you haven't.
Dad:  We have.
Me:  No dad, you really haven't.  It's 58.
Dad:  Are you sure?
Me:  Yes dad, you got married in 1959, that's 58 years.  You have 2 years to go.
Dad:  Oh bugger.

Bless his little heart.  But it did give me the opportunity to remind him that it might not be an 0 anniversary, but it is an 0 birthday for my mum.  He was grateful that I had mentioned it, and asked me to remind him again nearer the time!

Hope you have a super weekend, whatever you are up to

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Thursday, 23 March 2017

AYLI (DT) Favourite Colouring Medium

Hello chaps, today sees the start of a new challenge over at
and our theme is Your Favourite Colouring Medium
(and purrleeease remember to tell us WHY it is your favourite)

I've tried just about everything - watercolour pencils, watercolour paints, ProMarkers, Copics, art pencils ..... but the one I feel most comfortable with and come back to time and time again are the Distress Inks (ReInkers) used as watercolours - they are such fun colours to work with and I love how you can create so much depth and tone with them - although as with most water based medium, they can be a little unpredictable at times, but that's half the fun!

So, I have used an older Stampavie image called "Being Together"
and of course, she has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
I have sponged the sky with Broken China Distress Ink and a home made stencil
Matting layers are from Your Next Stamp "Hugs & Kisses" and MFT "Watercolor Wash"
Sentiment is from MFT "Lots Of Hugs " sentiment stamp set

I hummed and haard about making her into a card, but instead have added her to a page of my memories book.

Looking forward to seeing you over at the challenge.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Happy Bird-Day (DT) Dies To Die For

Happy Squirrel day everyone!

Well, it's not Squirrel day, it's Saturday, but that's the same thing in my book (grins), especially as it is my day to showcase over on the DIES TO DIE FOR blog

The linked products are all available on the Dies To Die For store
and the extras used are
Tonic layered circle dies
A small star punch and a corner punch that I used to nibble away at
the sentiment panel to give a rustic look
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

As you can probably see, this is one of those odd shaped cards - I marked out the circle from
mid-line in pencil and then carefully cut with a knife so that half the circle overlaps the
inside of the card, which is where the contrast paper layer is, so I got the circle shape without
adding an extra layer

It's the first time I've tried this and I really like the effect, it just gives a CAS
card that something extra without being cluttered with other stuff but I could really do with
practising my knife skills!

I'm off for a tail colour and trim at lunchtime, and then it will be an afternoon of
clipping back shrubbery in the back garden.  I would be much happier sat
with a paintbrush in my paw

Have a super day, whatever you are up to

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Bluebell (DT) Dies To Die For

Happy Saturday everyone, here I am again with some loveliness
brought to you from Dies To Die For

All the linked items below can be found in the store
Lawn Fawn - Puffy Clouds Borders
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

I've been under the weather for the last couple of weeks with this hideous cold virus that has been doing the rounds.  It went through our office like wildfire.  I thought I was getting over it and then WHAM! back it came with a vengeance.  Hopefully I am now on the right side of it, hope so, as we are beginning to squabble over the tissue box! 

Squirrel xx

Dies To Die For on-line store

Don't forget to check out the Events Page, there could be something
DTDF happening near you!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

AYLI (DT) Favourite Stamp Brand

Hello all, hope you are ok - there is a new challenge over at AS YOU LIKE IT starting today and it is (for me) a stinker!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to tell us about your FAVOURITE STAMP BRAND.

Our Team Leader might as well have said "Oh, just choose your favourite pet"!
Good grief, favourite stamp brand?  Impossible.
OK, so I did the thing of "what do I have most of?" - erm, yeah, that went well, the answer is rubber.
So, next "what have I used most in the last twelve months?" - erm, ok, getting warmer.
This could go on for some time so I am going to plump for CC Designs because I adore the Roberto's Rascals range, especially Twila, Nancy, Sue and Henry, they are cheeky, funny, and just that little bit sassy.

So, when I eventually chose a stamp it was CC Designs Roberto's Rascals Chicky Henry
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with a smidge of Polychromos
Papers are Echo Park - Sunny Days Ahead
Matting layers are just white card edged with an orange marker
Sentiment from Clearly Besotted

Our sponsor for this challenge is

£10 voucher

OK, get your thinking caps on, and let's be seeing your favourite (and the reason!)

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Forgotten What It Feels Like

Morning all, how are you?  I've been away from work for a couple of days with the lurgy, but by the time this posts, I should be shackled to my desk again.

It seems such a very long time that I made a card just because I wanted to (rather than for a DT or for an order) so I really rather enjoyed myself.  Probably disproportionately considering the small size of the card!

Not many ingredients for this one:
CC Designs - Carrot Love
Echo Park papers - Sunny Days Ahead
MFT Die-Namics Double Stitched Rectangle die
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sponged clouds using a homemade stencil

I have added a sentiment since, but it was personal to the recipient, so I took the
card photo first.

Hope your Tuesday is a good one.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Friends Furever (DTDF DT)

Happy Saturday everyone, I hope you have a super weekend lined up!

It's my day to showcase over on the DIES TO DIE FOR blog
and I have been itching to share these cuties with you all week

MFT Dots & Stripes Sorbet 6x6 Paper Pad
The bears are painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and fussy cut
There is a matching die set, which I have ordered, but I didn't have it to hand
Hearts are done with a Hobbycraft punch from their bargain bin

And while I was playing with the bears and the Hugs dies, this
little one sort of popped into being as well

and when you open it up


Anyhoo, that's me for today, so I shall toodle off and
leave you to enjoy your weekend, whatever you are up to

Hugs to all

Thursday, 2 March 2017

In The Pink (DT) Special Lady

So, now we are into March - so it must be Hello Spring at last!

Today, over at IN THE PINK the theme for the next two weeks is SPECIAL LADY which is perfectly timed for all of you out there making Mother's Day cards.

Here is my make:

So I have used:
Tonic heart dies
Doodlebug paper
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils

and our sponsor of this challenge is ALL DRESSED UP

So, what's stopping you, go and get PINK!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Squirrel's Not So Random Challenge #4 - Spring Fever

According to the MetOffice it is the first day of Spring, in meteorological terms anyway, and I'm happy with that, because it means, technically, that the long and dark days of winter are officially behind us!

Apologies to anyone who popped by on 1 February expecting a new challenge from us, things didn't quite go to plan, but here we are now with a theme that should suit you all beautifully for the next couple of months

So, anything Spring related is what we are looking for, it could be your image, the colours you use, flowers, anything that screams Spring at us

Here is what my clever Little Acorns have been up to


Don't those just fill you with sunshine?

And of course the long overdue winner from our last challenge

 Your prize will be with you shortly Lucy

Remember, this challenge will run for two months, closing at 6.00pm (UK time) on
Saturday 29 April

Squirrel and The Little Acorns

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

Monday, 30 January 2017

So much love in the room ......

..... I am exhausted, emotionally and physically.  Yesterday was the Sincerely Yours Papercraft Show in Thetford so off we went, having set Wayne, the SatNav, with the postcode.  Now, Wayne is a bit thick.  He gets it into his tiny little chip which direction he wants you to go, even if it isn't the route you want, and he is determined to get you that way.  We experienced that on the way to the Lake District.  We wanted the M6, he wanted us on the A1.  We were nearly to Manchester before he actually gave in.

Yesterday was no better.  He wanted us on the A14, we wanted the A140/A1066.  If he said "recalculating" once, he must have said it about twenty times as I confidently ignored his instructions (well, you do when you are on local roads don't you).  It was a very pretty drive up through Suffolk and into Norfolk - a route I hadn't been on for several years.  However, as much as it pains me, for a shorter journey (not by much mind) and a quicker route, the blasted SatNav was actually right!  But if we had followed him we would have had a journey of HGVs and a boring duel carriageway.  Swings and roundabouts I guess.

Anyhoo, we got there safely, and within two minutes of entering the hall, I was swamped in Dies To Die For hugs!  Finally, I get to meet my precious girls - Annette, Sue, Tracy, Faye, Kat, Debbie, and of course Tracy's amazing man, Andy!  

Lots of squeals and giggles.  At which point, Toad is a bit outnumbered and overwhelmed so he took himself off for a nice swim in the pool next door, bless him.

I did some shopping (cough), a lot of chattering, some more shopping (sorry Andy) and cemented some already longstanding friendships.  I didn't want to leave.

But leave we had to, and actually listened to Wayne on the way home.  He didn't have to shout at me once.

So, today I am off work (holiday) and recovering.  I know how I feel so dread to think how tired and aching the others must be who had far longer journeys.  Yes, bits of me ache that I had forgotten could ache, but it was soooooooooooooo worth it to be able to meet my gorgeous teamies.

So, after all that ramble, I do actually have a little card for you - and this sums up yesterday.

When one heart isn't enough, make a string of them!
This little lass is Twila from CC Designs - Roberto's Rascals String of Hearts
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with Polychromos Pencil for hair detail
A real pick n mix of paper and card, I can't even remember which pad the heart paper came from
Spellbinders dies - I've lost the label but they are probably large scallop something

Thank you girls, it was a blast!
What goes on tour, stays on tour (and Debbie, I am sorry about Toad and your camera!)

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Beary Special at DTDF

Happy Saturday everyone!  I'm pacing the floor a bit today as tomorrow is the Sincerely Yours Papercraft Show in Thetford and if all goes well, I'm hoping to visit.  Not only will the fabulous Tracy with her Dies To Die For be there, but I am hoping to be able to meet some of my new teamies AND my BBFF (that's Best Blogging Friend Forever)!  I have butterflies!

Anyhoo, down to business, it's my day for the Dies To Die For Design Team and here is my make:

So, I have used

MFT Beary Special Birthday
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment from the Beary set - embossed in white
Die-Versions Express Edges
I used the Birthday word but the Celebrate one would work equally well
Custom sized card base

Right then, I'm off to run around like a headless chicken - catch up with you soon
with a post Show report!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Dies To Die For On-line Store

Thursday, 26 January 2017

AYLI (DT) Favourite Flower

Hello chaps, and welcome to another Thursday challenge with the girls at AS YOU LIKE IT

This time the theme is FAVOURITE FLOWER

For me, flowers are seasonal, I love daisies all year round, but there are certain flowers that fit the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter slots too.  For Spring, when the air is full of hope and promises, there is nothing like the splash of colour from the nodding heads of tulips to make you think everything is going to be just fine

For this card I have used
Wild Rose Studio - Milton with Tulips
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
The word die is from W Plus 9 Design Studio "Sending Hoping Wishing" set and I have made a stack using two layers of kraft card for depth before adding the top layer
The gingham and polka dot papers are from My Favourite Things
and the matting layer is a sheet of First Edition
Die shape is Spellbinders Labels 18

The sponsor of this challenge is

Wild Orchid Crafts
£12 gift voucher

I'm "hoping" that on this chilly January day, this has helped you feel a little more Springy!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 21 January 2017

DTDF - the debut!

Morning all, thanks for calling by today, and a huge thank you for all your good wishes!
It's all happened rather quickly, but I have had over a week of grinning and itching to tell you all.

So, today is my debut appearance for the design team at
and I cannot thank Tracy and the girls enough for the opportunity

So, here we go with my first make

So, I bought this cheeky little chap last year as I thought he could be used for so much more than Valentine's but in the end he didn't get inked until this year - and it's still not for Valentine's

I have painted Henry with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
The only extra ingredient is the black card for the matting layer to make him
pop out from the flowery background (which I absolutely lurrrve)

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Friday, 20 January 2017

OMG! It's Official - Squeeeeeeeeeeeeal !

OK, I can share it with you - it's official!

I am a very lucky little Squirrel - I have been invited to join the incredible Design Team
for the lovely Tracy at DIES TO DIE FOR - Wow Wow Wow!

If things work to plan this evening, you will be able to see my first post for them tomorrow

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Giving shelter....

Hi all, hope Tuesday finds you fine and dandy!

I have a wee spring in my step this morning but you will have to wait a bit longer to find out what that's all about (oh I can be such a terrible tease, lol).

Anyhoo, I have been stocking up my emergency supplies and realised that I was out of sympathy cards.  I wanted to make something that was a bit different from the normal flowers so when I saw the stamps with Creative Stamper magazine, I think I had a light-bulb moment - judge for yourselves....
Ok, I didn't say it was 100 watt did I?!

So, the umbrella, clouds and heart shaped raindrops all came from Creative Stamper
The "with sympathy" was also a magazine freebie
Papers are MFT Tiny Check Brights
And a tiny smidge of Distress Ink (ReInkers) on the clouds and brolly handle

I just hope that it's not needed for a very long time to come.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

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