Saturday, 28 March 2020

Dancing

Morning all, Squirrel here today, a bit later than usual but I had to have a lay-in to tell the difference between weekdays and the weekend!

So, what are you doing for exercise while you are trapped at home?
I'm not a great one for jogging or gym work, but I do love a boogie, so I have been dancing around in the kitchen to the radio - good job we are not overlooked by the neighbours too much.



Please keep safe and well and listen to the right advice.

Hugs

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Let them eat cake!...

Hello friends,

It's Sue here today, I hope you are all staying safe and well!

I'm here today with a something I have been wanting to practice for aaaaages! - the very scary no line colouring!   o-:

I thought this beautiful 
from
would be a good place to start!
Ingredients from

Other Ingredients
Copic Markers
Skin - E71. E21, E00, E50
Hair - YR24, E18. E19
Frock - RV95, RV93, RV91, White Gel Pen
Flowers - BV29, BV13, BV02, BV31, YG17, YG61
Cake - E40, E41, E33, E31, R22, Wink of Stella
Caran D'Ache Luminance Pencils - French Grey, Anthraquinoid Pink
Quickie Glue Pen
Cosmic Shimmer Frosted Sparkle Glitterbitz
Tim Holz Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass
Archival Ink pad in Watering Can
I have n't done very much no lines colouring so in all I am really happy with how this turned out!  I nearly gave up while I was colouring her hair - I'n glad now that I stuck with it!
I think you can even see some sparkle if you look closely enough at the flowers!

Whatever your crafting adventure is today I hope you are having fun!


Be sure to have a look around our
to see the gorgeous DT creations there and then to 
to engage in some essential retail therapy!


Thank you for popping by!
Happy crafting
from Sue...xxx



Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Wild Meadow

I'm not sure I've used this stamp before.  It's a little outside of my 'cute critter' comfort zone but the florals are really pretty.  Both the stamp and scripty die are Mama Elephant but I've matched it with some MFT papers and stitched frame die.  Unfortunately the Hello die is now out of stock, but there's an MFT one which is very similar.





Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 21 March 2020

Flower Fairies

Hello everyone, Squirrel here today.

To you all, if you are well and carrying on as best you can, if you are social distancing or self isolating, stay strong, we can beat this.



Hugs

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Best Friends...

Happy Friends!

Sue here, I hope you are all managing to stay safe in these unsettled and rather worrying times!

I'm here today with a colourful creation made with a fab image from Whimsy Stamps
This card was great fun to make because I used my favourite colouring medium - pencils!... and made an inky background!

I stamped this super image from Voo Doo Clear Stamp set
onto Bockingford Watercolour card, coloured it with Derwent Lightfast pencils and then cut it out.

Lightfast Pencils Used
Browns - Chocolate, Autumn Brown, Venetian Red, Sienna
Reds - Autumn Red, Strawberry

I then used the second largest Whimsy Stamps
to die cut a second piece of Bockingford card.

I then blended Distress Oxide Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Abandoned Coral, Tumbled Glass and Seedless preserves over the card.  I then splattered water and white paint over the inks to create some texture.

Using the largest 
Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die
I die cut a piece of Pearlized Purple card and fixed the background to it with foam tape. 


Then again using tape I fixed the image to the background as shown.

In Black Ink I stamped the Best Friends sentiment from the Voo Doo Clear Stamp set
onto the same card and cut each word out individually.

I fixed the sentiment to the card design as shown.
Be sure to have a look around our
to see the gorgeous DT creations there and then to 
to engage in some essential retail therapy!

Happy Crafting

From Sue…xxx

Voo Doo Clear Stamps  Wonky Stitched Rectangles Die Set


Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Barrow of Presents

I'm on a mission to use some of my older stamps again and have used a sweet Wild Rose Studio stamp which was actually a gift from one of my fellow DTDF DT crew several years ago.  I love these cute critters!


Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 14 March 2020

Absolutely Abominable

Hello chaps, Squirrel here today, with a couple of right little monsters for you.

When I say "monsters", I am using the term quite loosely, as these are
the sweetest monsters ever.

Snow cone anyone?




Aren't they gorgeous?!


Hugs



Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Bella with Dalia

I've been trying to use some stamps that I've had for a while and this cutie is such a sweet image he was begging to be inked up again. 

It's also currently on sale with 25% off!  




Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 7 March 2020

Friends Forever

Morning chaps, sorry I am a late Squirrel today, I was meant to do this last night but I might have accidentally dozed off in the armchair!  

So I have a sweet but simple make for you today



and that's it!

Hugs


Thursday, 5 March 2020

You are loved...

Hello everyone!

It's Sue here today to show you a fabulous product from Whimsy Stamps which has just arrived in store!

I absolutely loved making this card, it is something a little different for me but I enjoyed getting inky!

I cut a rectangle of watercolour card and used a die from the 
tomato the bottom edge curvy.

Then splattered ink across the card.  (Catherine Pooler Ink pad in Samba dabbed on my glass mat, spritzed with water and splattered with a largish paint brush)

Next I die cut a selection of hearts using the 
(I used the same water colour card)

Leaving the hearts in the dies I blended ink over them - I love that technique, it leaves a really nice border around the die cuts! 
I used Catherine Pooler Ink pads in Samba and Over Coffee

I the fixed the hearts across the centre of the splattered card.  I glued some directly to the back ground and fixed a few with foam tape to add depth.

I stamped the you are loved sentiment from the 
across the bottom of the design in black ink

Finally I tied some twine around the top of the card design and layered it onto a rectangle of kraft card.
Be sure to have a look around our
to see the gorgeous DT creations there and then to 
to engage in some essential retail therapy!

Happy Crafting

From Sue…xxx

*NEW Primitive Shaker Shapes Die Set  Wavy Edgers Die Set  You Are Clear Stamps



Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Friendly Foxes & Piles of Fun

I've played with 2 stamp sets featuring a couple of cute critters to create a sweet scene for today's card.  I love these Stacey Yacula images from MFT and I've combined it with some complementary MFT papers to bring a Springtime theme.



Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 29 February 2020

Birthdays Take The Cake

"Yippee", said the Squirrel, "it's the weekend!"

So, everyone has a birthday, some people have more birthdays than others, tis true, but we all have one, every single year, so you would think that by now I would be better prepared for them than I usually am!  Having spent last year being constantly taken by surprise by dates in the diary, this year I am determined to try and do better.


When this MFT set was released I almost wept for joy!



If you have been to one of the recent shows to visit the Dies To Die For
stand, you may well have seen this one on the display


Anyone else feeling a bit peckish now?

Hugs



Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Who does n't love a donkey!!!...

Hello friends,

It's Sue here today!

I'm trying to catch up with all my blog posts so here is card I made a while ago for a lovely friend of mine.
I have a real soft spot for donkeys! <3 (Be honest - who does n't)???

This card is made with the gorgeous 

I used my favourite card for pencils - Bockingford Hot Pressed, coloured this cutie with Faber Castell Polychromos and cut him/her (?) out! (:

To create the background I cut a 10cm x 13cm rectangle of Bockingford card and blended Distress Oxide Inks in Scattered Straw and Worn Lipstick over it.  I also splattered it with water and Perfect Pearls to create texture. 

I then used the largest Fishtail die to cut a piece another piece of Bockingford and fixed it to the background.

I cut out a fishtail banner die... (Your Next Stamp - discontinued - but any small die would do, you could adapt this bit)!... and stamped the sentiment from
Stamping Bella Mail Chick
in black ink onto it.  I fixed the sentiment to the card design as shown, along with the donkey!
Be sure to have a look around our
to see the gorgeous DT creations there and then to 
to engage in some essential retail therapy!


Thank you for popping by!
Happy crafting
from Sue...xxx

Bears

I'm back in bear-mode again today with this quirky chappie!  I love his adorable expression and the fun birdie sneaking a peek with him too.




Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx


Saturday, 22 February 2020

Bundle Girl With Snowdrop

Hello everyone, Squirrel calling by today, and I have a dose of Spring for you.

My mum's garden has hundreds of these now, and if you are a fan of Countryfile you will see them featuring a whole festival of these tomorrow night.

Yes, it is the beautiful snowdrop.



I think we could all do with a few signs of Spring right now.

Hugs

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Love is a magic potion...

Happy Thursday friends!

Sue here today!

I made this card with the fabulous 
Stamping Bella Love Potion Oddball Rubber Stamp

This card was such fun to make!  

I made it for a colouring technique feature in January's issue of Making Cards Magazine.  If you want to find out more about how I coloured this image and created a glow then follow the link

Ingredients from Dies To Die For

Other Ingredients
White card for card blank (I use Craft UK Premium 300gsm from Limetree Crafts)
White Card Suitable for Alcohol Markers (I use make it Colour Blending Card by Elaine Hughes)
Alcohol Markers (I used Copics - Glow YG17, YG23, YG06, YG00, Skin E04, E11, E00, E000, Eyes, BG01, BG000, Hair BV04, N8, N6, N4, Frock E59, E83, E81, Tights R83, R81, N6, N4, Shoes, W7, W5, W3, Ground, W3, YG00)
Flirty Flowers 6 x 6 paper pack by Sunny Studios
1mm foam by Stix2
White Gel Pen (I use Uni-Ball Signo)



Be sure to have a look around our
to see the gorgeous DT creations there and then to 
to engage in some essential retail therapy!

Thank you for popping by!
Happy crafting
from Sue...xxx

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Cute Cats

It's the turn of the kitties this week!  This card was made for a kitty loving friend and the sentiment is purr-fect indeed.  I've used my favourite Nottingham Border die again. It's getting a real dusting off at the moment!




Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Bookworm Squidgy

Gasp, pant pant, sorry I am late today chaps, I had some Squirrel family errands to run
and I wanted them done before Storm Dennis arrived.

So, what do I have for you today - well, let me tell you a story.....




Stay warm, stay dry, stay safe

Hugs


Thursday, 13 February 2020

A week of love...

Hello everyone

It's Sue here today!

Well - I know it's February and we have had of one of the worst ever UK storms but this week is one of my favourite's!

Here's why...

Monday was our 'Happy Gotcha Day for our gorgeous Serbian rescue Pointer - Neo Boo (Boo because he would n't say Boo to a goose)! (:

Tuesday was our 31st Wedding Anniversary!

Tomorrow it is Valentines's day!

That's quite a week of love! <3 

So - I have tried to share lots of LOVE-ly (; cards this week!
Ingredients from Dies To Die For

Other Ingredients
First Edition Perfect Moments 6x6 Paper Pad
Red Sparkly Ribbon

Copic Markers
Skin - E04, E11, E00, E000
Hair - E44, E43, E42, E59, E39, E44, YR21
T shirts - E84, E81, E43, R79, R89, R27
Background - R12, E93

Be sure to have a look around our
to see the gorgeous DT creations there and then to 
to engage in some essential retail therapy!

Thank you for popping by!
Happy crafting
from Sue...xxx

This card is featured in February's issue of Making Cards Magazine  which is available by following the link