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Saturday, 19 August 2017

DTDF (DT) Milton

Happy Saturday to you all from me - do you have anything exciting planned?

We're waiting for our builder to pop round to have a look at a rather suspicious damp
patch that has appeared, and then, if he isn't too late, we're over to the Oldies for a cuppa
and a sneaky assessment of garden vegetables!

For my DTDF make today I have a cheeky little fella to share with you

Look at that smile!

Have yourselves a wonderful crafty weekend!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Thursday, 17 August 2017

In The Pink (DT) Anything Goes - 5th birthday celebrations

Hello Pinkies!  Can you hear the corks popping from those naughty Pink Ladies?
At IN THE PINK we are celebrating our 5th birthday and what better way to do with than with a theme that everyone loves - ANYTHING GOES

So this lady is celebrating in the best way possible - with a big ol' chunk of cake!

CC Designs - Roberto's Rascals OMG Cake
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Your Next Die - Alpha Bold die set
Rymans bright pink cardstock
Office hole punch

Our sponsor waiting patiently for glass of fizz is the lovely Tracy from
with a £15 store voucher for the lucky winner

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 12 August 2017

DTDF (DT) Hold You Close

Hello chaps, here I am again with a dose of cuteness for my DIES TO DIE FOR blog inspiration

So what else would you do with a squirrel but cuddle it?

As usual, image has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and Polychromos Pencils
The papers are Maja Design - Coffee In The Arbour

Hope you have a super weekend lined up with lots of crafting involved

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

AYLI (DT) Embellishments

Yoo-hoo folks, happy Thursday to you!  Alternate Thursdays mean a new challenge from AS YOU LIKE IT and this time around we would like you to share with us your Favourite Embellishment(s) and tell us why they are your favourites.

You may have guessed that I didn't choose the theme!  Embellishments, phooey!  I'm a clean and simple kinda girl, some days more simple than others (ha), so I tend to restrict embellishments, a lot.  Rather than being able to add lots of stuff skillfully, my makes tend to look a little, shall we say, rugged.  So I keep it simple.  I love die-cut embellishments but try to use them to echo the theme, like this one with the stars

So, for my simple card I have used:
CC Designs - Dancing
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Joanna Sheen Starry Night Border Die
Sentiment from who-knows-where but it was one of those "that'll be useful" purchases years ago
MFT 6x6 Tribal Prints
DoCrafts wood pattern paper

Our sponsor for this challenge is CRAFTS U LOVE

Looking forward to seeing how much you can attach to a card all your beautiful and creative uses of embellishments!

Love and hugs
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 5 August 2017

DTDF (DT) Beach Babe Twila

Hello everyone, here I am at the end
of a week's holiday - I would like to say I had a chance to do this
but unfortunately it wasn't really a paddling kinda week!

This is my post for the DIES TO DIE FOR inspiration blog, but it is also a nudge for

Hope you are all having a great weekend

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

SNSRC #6 - Holiday Fun

Hello everyone - today sees the start of a new Squirrel's Not So Random Challenge
and this time the theme is Holiday Fun

This is the time of year when just about everyone has had, is having, or about to have, a holiday, even if it is only a few days at home with a paddling pool in the back garden - so we would like you to share your idea of holiday fun with us.

We are a little low on DT inspiration for you today, but don't worry, we will inundate you with
suitable reminders as the weeks tick by!

Who doesn't love an ice-cream, especially a chocolate one

Surely no holiday is complete without a sandcastle which gets washed away at high tide

and our winner from the last challenge is Julye B with her adorable teddy-bumps card
Please contact me Julye to claim your prize - email to Squirrel

This challenge will run until 29 October at 6.00pm

Little Acorns

Monday, 31 July 2017

MFT Colour Challenge #74

Hello peeps, yes, it is Monday, no, it's not a mirage, it really is me posting on a Monday!

Every week, I have a look at the MFT Colour Challenge (or should I say Color Challenge)
and every week I drool over all the fabulous entries.

Sometimes I have a go, but mostly I just shake my head and fret about it.
However, this week I am not being a wuss and I have squirrelled up and taken the plunge.

and here are the colours/colors that were on the list

Hmmmm, maybe not the best match, but it was the best I could do this afternoon
with the inks

I have used the MFT Mermazing set
painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and the paper is MFT Dots & Stripes Confection

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 29 July 2017

DTDF (DT) Peppermint

Morning all.  I'm now officially on my "summer" holidays and am therefore very much in denial until at least October about that thing that's coming ......

and additional bits are
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Some quite aged Dovecraft Christmas papers
and a sprinkling of Crystal Glamour Dust

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 27 July 2017

AYLI (DT) Favourite Colour Duo

Hello peeps, today sees the start of another challenge over at AS YOU LIKE IT and this fortnight the theme is Favourite Colour Duo (please remember tell us why you made the choice you did)

I have lots of favourite combinations, depending on what type of card I am making, but one of my all time duo favourites is purple and aqua.  It is suitable for so many occasions and has a lovely clean and fresh feel about it.

For this little card I have used
Whimsy/Wee Stamps Iris
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are MFT and Papercraft House
a few dots of the paper created with an office hole punch
and a Woodware shaped corner punch
and Bob's your uncle

Everyone has a favourite colour combination, so please come and share yours with us

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Prizes: - 3 digi stamps voucher worth £6.75

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Monday, 24 July 2017

Anyone can be cool .....


Sorry, didn't mean to make you jump, I mean, it's Monday and I'm blogging, what's that all about huh?

Well, I had my second mahoosive delivery of happy mail in a week and, like the first lot, I could not wait to get stuck in.  It was just a question of what to do first.  So, after some humming-and-harring, I decided to go with this sassy little lassie and some bright colours.

This is from the last release by CC Designs
Rockabilly Girls set (and they are rubber, not clear stamps - 4 in the set)
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is from an old CC Designs set called Teen Scene
and the papers are MFT Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot

all together now
"she wore an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini
that's what she wore for the first time today"

Well I won't be wearing one of those today, I'm on my way to work

Have a fab day everyone - be awesome!

Hugs, Squirrel xx

Sunday, 23 July 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge #342

Afternoon everyone, hope your weekend is going well.

Today I made a little card for a sketch challenge over at My Favorite Things blog.  I do like a nice simple sketch, it actually helps the design when it's not too complicated, and as we all know, I do like simple!

Having said that, there was still a lot of work went into this one.

and here is the original sketch

For my card I used
I don't have the die set so this is all fussy cut
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

OK, having actually made a card specifically for this challenge, blogged and entered, I think I feel a bit light headed on that achievement.  Time to go and sit down at my craft bench and relax with some colouring!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 22 July 2017

DTDF (DT) Good Morning .......

And a very good morning to you too! I'm starting today with a CC Designs adorable lady to share with you.

I think someone has been spying on my early routine .....except my bunny slippers aren't green

Oh my gosh, I feel so weary I need to lie down again

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

In The Pink (DT) Fantasy

Hello Fans-of-Pink, welcome to a new challenge from IN THE PINK
This time, a little change - we are now 4-weekly so lots of time to enter!

A favourite theme I think for this one, and it is FANTASY

Just lurrrrve this cute little chap!
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment comes with the stamp set

and our sponsor for this challenge is one very dear to my heart
£15 - Dies To Die For (you lucky things)

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 15 July 2017

DTDF (DT) Baker Nancy

Good morning everyone, happy weekend!
What an exciting one it is, lots of Tour de France action, and the British F1 Grand Prix, and my birthday!  What more could a girl ask for.

Right then, Saturday, if you didn't know it by now, is my day to post over on the
DIES TO DIE FOR BLOG and I have a birthday themed card for you.

All of the links to the following items of loveliness will take you straight to the right places

and additional items are Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Polychromos Pencils
and a custom sized card base

Hugs to everyone
Squirrel xx

Thursday, 13 July 2017

AYLI (DT) Pearls or Gems

So then crafters, the next fortnight's challenge over at AS YOU LIKE IT
Make us a project with your favourite and tell us all about it, particularly why you prefer one over the other

Easier said than done, I like them both - pearls for a more sophisticated and classy look, but for bright and blingy it has to be gems!

Adding gems to this (over the snowflake circles) seemed like a good idea at the time
until I realised just how many I was adding - and I still managed to miss one!
CC Designs Pollycraft "Snowy"
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Paper is Kaisercraft Christmas Collections

and our sponsor for this challenge is

Hugs to all

Saturday, 8 July 2017

DTDF (DT) Beach Bunnies

So, what do you normally find on the beach?  Pebbles, sand, crabs, dead fish, yep, all of
those, occasional stray dogs, but bunnies must be quite rare, surely?

There must be some funny beaches over in the States, as where else could MFT have
taken their inspiration for the Beach Bunnies set?

Additional ingredients for this are Distress Inks (ReInkers), Authentique Seasons: Autumn 6x6 pad,
Clearly Besotted "Say What" sentiments, and custom sized card base

Happy weekend!

Hugs, Squirrel

Sunday, 2 July 2017


Brace yourselves!  I've made a card that's not DT, I made it all for me for fun!

and as I have lots of both I thought it was about time to join in
with a challenge that I love but have not had a chance to do for absolutely ages

So for this little cutie I have used
and an old Hero Arts sentiment
Image is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

Saturday, 1 July 2017

DTDF (DT) Sweet Honey Bee

Happy 1st July folks!  Cripes, halfway through the year already, so that is six happy months I have been DTing for the DIES TO DIE FOR blog!

Today I am bringing you a dose of sweet summer stickiness.

I love this cute little girl, and she was so much fun to colour with the Distress Inks (ReInkers).  The ARF stamps all have a LOT of hair, so if you love colouring hair then these stamps are the ones for you.  My hairiness was done with the help of a variety of brown toned Polychromos Pencils.

All the linked ingredients are available in the Dies To Die For on-line store

Having a buzzing weekend guys
Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

While I'm here, the closing date for the SNSRC Fantasy Challenge
has been extended until 30 July
so you have more time to enter your fantasy makes

Thursday, 29 June 2017

AYLI (DT) Favourite Way To Use Ribbon

Morning all, it's a new AS YOU LIKE IT challenge starting today and the theme for this fortnight is Favourite Way To Use Ribbon (and please remember to tell us about why)

I like this ribbon, and I like this ribbon - but I don't like using ribbon!
Ribbon is my bĂȘte noire, always has been, probably always will be, so when it comes to using ribbon on cards I keep it as simple and painless as possible

Lili Of The Valley - A Hand To Hold
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Nitwits papers
MFT Essential Sentiments set
Die-Namics Stitched Basic Edges & Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges
Anita's Ombre Sticky Ribbon
Woodware flower punches
Kraft card base

I know there are a lot of ribbon addicts out there, so do come and share
your secrets with us!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx

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

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