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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.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

DTDF (DT) Raven Loves Ribbon

Thank Crunchie it's Saturday!  Oh wow, it has felt like a really long week.
 Anyhoo, I am here with a hoooge dose of sisterly love for my
Dies To Die For make for this week.

(pssst, this is why I should stick with CAS designs)

Here is the list of loveliness that I used (deep breath)
That fabulous sentiment comes with the stamp

Lots to do today, including some errands for my parents as dad is still poorly.
After that, I'm hoping for a quick nap!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Viking Henry (DT) DTDF

Hello peeps, and welcome to the first Saturday of the New Year!  I'm here today with a dose of adventurous spirit for those men in your life (young or old) for my DIES TO DIE FOR
inspiration make.

and the list of wonderfulness used is

The font set used is "A Hint of Lime" from Die-Versions (bought from DTDF a long time ago) but any small font would work, this one is only 1/4" (6mm) and was a challenge!
The Impression Obsession Alphabet Plain LC would make a good substitute.

Image was painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
The background green paper is from an old pad of Basic Grey and I stencilled the Birch Trees with Gathered Twigs Distress Inks

Hugs to all

Thursday, 4 January 2018

AYLI (DT) Anything Goes

It doesn't seem two seconds ago that AYLI was wishing you all a good Christmas, and whoosh, here we are with the first challenge of 2018

AS YOU LIKE IT challenge has an ANYTHING GOES theme for the next fortnight, so it
really is up to you, make what you want to show us your style!

I knew I needed a birthday card, and it gave me a great reason to use one of my new stamps too

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
My Favorite Things Mini Cloud Stencil
Magazine freebie word die
Dovecraft design paper

Big furry bear hugs to all

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

New Best Friend

Me again, just popping in with the details of my SNSRC card from the previous post.

It's been an absolute age since I have done anything other than DT work, so thought this would be a nice change to enter a card into a challenge and the sentiment of this card, along with the stamp set, fit beautifully at Sweet Stamping Challenge - Anything New

I have used my new stamp set
Martha Stewart grass border punch
Image has been, as always, painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

OK, that's me done for now, time to get sorted for work.

Hugs to all

SNSRC # 7 : Celebrate!


So sorry that the last SNSRC challenge didn't appear, I was ill for most of October, and after that it just seemed too close to Christmas, so we took a vote and decided to wait until now.

So to get the New Year off to a flying start, our theme for this challenge is

Here is what the Little Acorns +1 have been up to

Get an eyeful of this colourful and quirky anniversary card

It should always be a celebration when someone adopts a new pet

Really showing off on how to colour those tricky reds, this is a card
I want for my birthday!

Sue still seems to be celebrating Christmas, or getting ahead for the next one!

We are thrilled to be joined by the ever lovely Christina, who is celebrating a very
special little man's birthday

So that's your theme, off you go and create a celebration to share with us.
Challenge runs until 28 February

There were only six entries for the last challenge so there isn't a Top 3 this time
but the Winner is

Irene's Scrapbook

Please contact me, Squirrel, if you want to claim your prize

Hugs to all
Squirrel & The Little Acorns

Saturday, 30 December 2017

I Heart You (DTDF DT)

Happy Saturday everyone, I hope your Christmas has been
a good one, whatever you have been up to.

Despite being spoiled by Santa, I may, or may not, have made a little purchase or two from the
latest Stamping Bella release - and then wondered what to do with the stamp.

After a great deal of pondering, as Gru would say ...... Liiiiightbulllllb!

What else do you do with photos of mates - you pin them to your corkboard
along with all your little sticky notes of course!

See you in 2018

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Reindeer Games (DTDF DT)

Hello peeps, happy Christmas Eve Eve, I'm here with my Dies To Die For Inspiration Blog post and if you have already been over there you will know I have a little challenge for you

Can you name me all 10 of Santa's reindeer?

On your marks, get set, go!
(and no cheating please, it's Christmas after all)

The correct answer will be at the end of this post.

I used Die-Versions A Hint of Lime for the lettering but any font of the
right size would do, or even a Merry word die like this

Everything on the image panel painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Thanks everyone for all your visits and your loving support during my first
year on the DTDF team, it means a lot.  All that remains for me to do this week is
to wish you all a very

Hugs, Squirrel xx

(please note that orders placed over Christmas will not ship until 2 January)

So, the reindeer
Dasher and Dancer
Prancer and Vixen
Comet and Cupid
Donner and Blitzen
Rudolph and Olive

What do you mean, you have never heard of Olive?

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
and if you ever saw it
you would even say it glows.
Olive the Other Reindeer used to laugh
and call him names.....

Saturday, 16 December 2017

DTDF (DT) Christmas Mash-Up

Morning peeps, I hope you are all well, that your festive plans are coming along and all is joyful.  Our Christmas is currently going to hell in a rapidly accelerating handcart and I am not sure there are any brakes!

Never mind, it will be what it will be, and we will still enjoy it I'm sure.  I'm fretting somewhat because I still have so much to do, combined with a full week of work to go, and something is going to have to give way, before I do, but in the end it doesn't matter, it's celebrating the event with family and friends that matters the most, and who needs the frills to be able to do that?!

Anyhoo, today I have a little mash-up for you, and I'm not talking potatoes.

So, the list of deliciousness used for this is:
The bottom border die is also Die-Namics (I think it is Dainty Doily Border) but it has
been retired by MFT.  
There are still some  related products available in the DTDF store, just search for Dainty Doily.

I painted the entire design with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with the exception of the two
Glamour Dust sections of the tree.

For those of you who haven't attempted masking yet, give it a try!  All you need is a Post-It Note pad (other brands are available) and a steady hand.  You just need to work out whether you want your image at the front (stamp first) or behind (stamp last). 

That's me for today, I'm off to continue my panic elsewhere, we have a lot to do today and there isn't that much time to get it all done in.

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 14 December 2017

AYLI (DT) Box or Bag (non card project)

Hello chaps.  I'm having a bit of a panic right about now as I have just realised what the date is and how flippin' far behind I am with the preparations for you-know-what.  I'm beginning to reach the stage of "what the heck"

However, for those of you far more organised than I am, there is the start of another new challenge with the
AS YOU LIKE IT blog, and this time the theme is BOX or BAG (this is a non-card project)

I love making boxes, there are endless variations on size, and it is so much fun
to make one tailor made for the gift it contains.  I think I have just about cracked
the square/rectangle, so maybe now it is time to be more adventurous!

So for this cutie, I used my Martha Stewart score board to make the
box, and of course I still forgot which piece was top and which was bottom!
A variety of Dovecraft Back to Basics Christmas papers
Nestabilities snowflakes
and Nestabilities circle and scalloped circle dies
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Gingerbread Lucy

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!  Well, it is well and truly December this weekend!
I hope all of you that have snow are snug and warm (and safe) indoors.  We haven't had
any of it yet, and although it can be a bit of a nuisance, part of me is really hankering
to see a little flurry or two.  All we have are sub-zero temperatures and an
evil north-westerly wind.  Mind you, rain forecast for tomorrow so I guess that
might just, maybe, turn white and fluttery!

Anyhoo, I am here today with a little heart warmer for you today.  Last week
my DTDF Teamie, Kat, (Festive Bottle Tags) showed you how to use this die as a stunning tag for a
wine bottle, but I have used mine to make a door hanger
(yes, I know it's not on a door, it's actually hanging from one of my saucepan hooks!)

I have painted Lucy with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and followed
the colour scheme on the stamp pack because it was so warm and cosy.

The gingerbread man background paper is Dear Santa by Helz Cuppleditch (Trimcraft)

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 7 December 2017

In The Pink (Final DT) Christmas

Hello all.  Normally on a Thursday we would be bursting with happy Pinkness, but today's challenge is tinged with a great deal of sadness.  Today sees the start of the final challenge at IN THE PINK.

Our favourite Pink Lady, Christine, has decided that after five years of dedicating her soul to the Pink Purpose, now is time to call it a day.  We hope that you will take the time to pop over to her own blog to express your thanks/thoughts.

So, for our final theme, it is of course, CHRISTMAS.

CC Designs: Pollycraft Snowy
Impression Obsession: Let It Snow
Die-Namics: Rectangle Stitched Scallop Edge Frame
MFT 6x6 Tiny Hearts Pastels
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and a hint of Polychromos

Looking forward to seeing you there one more time.

Hugs, Squirrel x

Saturday, 2 December 2017

DTDF (DT) Winter Bunny

Morning all, a somewhat chilly Squirrel here.  The Toad and I have just had our last couple of
days holiday before Christmas and I have to say that Thursday was subzero temps over here.
In fact, it was too cold for the snow that everyone else seemed to be getting (we had three flakes at most) and I felt decidedly cheated!

When it is as cold and windy and snowy (here and there) as the UK weather
has been this week, what you need is a matching hat and scarf combo!

Lovely things used

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead - I plan to be snug and warm in
the studio and getting immersed in the last of the Christmas cards

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 30 November 2017

AYLI (DT) Animal

Hello everyone, doing anything special for the last day of November?  Eeeeek, 
where did that month go?!

As well as that, it's time for another challenge over as AS YOU LIKE IT and the theme
for this fortnight is ANIMALS (your favourite, and why)

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am most definitely an animal lover, and
top of that list is cats (yes, even you Rosie), followed closely by dogs, rabbits, squirrels, donkeys, alpacas, oh let's face it, anything with fur on is good for me!

I could not resist this goofy chap

Isn't he fun!
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papermania snowflake paper
Rymans pink and purple cardstock
Clearly Besotted sentiment Say It's Christmas

Our sponsor for this challenge is

£10 voucher

Looking forward to seeing all your favourite critters!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 25 November 2017

DTDF (DT) Happy Pawlidays

Happy Saturday folks.  The arrival of this weekend is so welcome!

Don't tell Faye but over at the DIES TO DIE FOR inspiration blog
things are starting to look a lot like Christmas C*mas

I imagine that now we have only four and a bit weeks to the C*mas event, us crafters are
probably up to our elbows in festive stuff, so here's a small contribution to this year's
C*mas card mountain - still many more to make, eeeek

And the yummy things used are

Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Polychromos Pencils
LOTV Frosty Christmas papers (retired)

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Filled With Joy

It's been a long time since I entered
saw this weeks I knew immediately that
I wanted to use my new Pure Innocence stamp

So I have used:
MFT Pure Innocence - Filled With Joy
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and Polychromos Pencils
Die-Namics Stitched Rounded Corner Frame
Clearly Besotted sentiment
Die-Namics Stitched Sentiment Strips
Rymans red cardstock and
LOTV papers

Hugs to all
Squirrel x

Saturday, 18 November 2017

DTDF (DT) Whimsy/Wee Sarah

Yoo-hoo chaps!

Here I am with my DIES TO DIE FOR inspiration blog make, on what is (here) a rather nippy November day.  It's warm hat, coat and boots weather - all you need is a furry friend to finish it all off

So, the yummy things used here are

I painted the image with various shades of Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and the papers are LOTV Krafty Christmas

Right then, when did I put my bear ....

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

for all of the above and a huge amount more

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