Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Christmas Presents

Christmas may be over but as Santa bought me a few Christmas image stamps it would be a shame not to get a few of them inky!  He was kind enough to send me this lovely set from Colorado Crafts, and I've inked up all 3 images from it, the first being these cute critters playing with their presents.

Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 16 January 2021

Tea Party

 SNOW!  We finally have snow (we're usually the last, or miss out entirely), so this little Squirrel was very excited to see it all beautiful, crisp, pristine, and white, this morning.  Mind you, it's all slushy and horrible now so not quite so much fun!

Anyhoo, from the sublime to the ridiculous, last week I used about a billion items on my make, this week just three.


This dinky little card features:

And that's it, just like me, short and sweet, LOL!

Hugs


Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Gnome For Christmas

I've used Whimsy Stamps Gnome for Christmas on today's circle shaped card, and a little plaid paper from MFT.



Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 9 January 2021

Woof Pack Catastrophe

 Hello peeps, Squirrel here today, I hope you are all doing your best to keep safe and well in these troubling times.  For anyone who is unfortunately ill with this damnable virus, I wish you a good recovery.  For the rest of us, HANDS-FACE-SPACE, it is important, now more than ever.

Right then, on with today's make


Lots of goodies used on this one, all from DIES TO DIE FOR of course

Phew, a lot of stuff for a wee card!

Right, I'm off to rescue a pork loin joint from the oven - guess what we are having for dinner tonight!

Hugs to all




Friday, 8 January 2021

Whimsy Stamps Slimline Woodland Die

 Hello everyone!

I hope today is being kind to you!

I'm here today to show you a card I made which is something a bit different from me as there is no colouring!

That said, I had a lovely time creating the inky background and putting the design together!

I used some new release goodies from Whimsy Stamps which are now available in our store
Ingredients from Dies To Die For 
I created the inky piece of card by blending Distress Oxides in Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire over a piece of Strathmore Bristol Vellum Card.

Then splattered the card with water and Mica Powder. 

When everything was dry I die cut the card with the 
and then splattered white paint over it.  (I do this after diecutting as white paint leaves a slightly raised texture which I rather like and it gets crushed if you add it before die cutting!

I then die cut a piece of white card with the same die and mounted it behind the inky die cut, showing the edge slightly like a light reflection.

Next I die cut a piece of white glitter card with the frame from the 

I fixed the inky die cut behind the frame with tape and the fixed the entire design to a piece of design paper from the 
Slimline Paper Pack - Frozen
 I used foam tape for this to give a slight 3D effect.

Finally I added a sentiment from my current favourite sentiment set 
which I stamped in grey ink onto a piece of card die cut with a

Thank you for popping by!
Look after yourselves and happy crafting!
love from
Sue...xxx

**NEW Slimline Woodland Cottage Die - Whimsy Stamps  **NEW Slimline Paper Pack - Frozen - Whimsy Stamps  Slimline Scenic Countryside Die - Whimsy Stamps     
 *NEW Simple Sentiment Strips Clear Stamps - Whimsy Stamps Quick Strips Die Set - Whimsy Stamps
Other Ingredients
Distress Oxide Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassPeacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire
Mica Powder (Perfect Pearls)
White Glitter/Sparkle Card
Copic Opaque White


Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Bundles of Hugs

I've got one final page left to share with you from my planner (which turned out to be a labour of love, as the pages took a while to plan out themselves!)  This one features Bundles of Hugs from Whimsy Stamps, watercoloured as usual, and cut out using MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangle.  

I thought he was a autumnal kind of image so he's been used to decorate September's page.




Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 2 January 2021

Let's Curl Up

 I can't think of anything better to do today than curl up, preferably under the duvet!

Hello chaps, Squirrel here today with my first post of 2021.  Let's make this year a positive one if we can.


Lovely things used from DTDF for this card are:

Background paper is a scrap of MFT 6x6 True Blue Houndstooth (retired)

For any other details or Saturday ramblings, please feel free to pop over to my own blog.

Hugs & Stay Safe




Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Christmas Cheer

This was the card I made for the recent Dies to Die For Winter/Christmas Card Swap.  I stamped a couple of the images with pale grey ink to get a no-lines image and watercoloured as usual.  These no-lines images take me two or three times as long to paint as 'normal' images but I do love the softer look for a change.
From Dies To Die For:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Polar Pals

I really love making special cards for people who I think will understand how much effort (for 'effort' read: 'blood, sweat and tears') have gone into making their creation.  Today's card is one I've made for a friend who I met at Uni, more than 20 years ago, when she was living in the UK. She's now back in her native Tokyo, but has previously sent me very intricate traditional Japanese cards, so I like to make more of an effort with a fancy fold or shape.  I've made a twist 'n' pop card which is actually easier than it looks and I was really pleased with the outcome.




Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx




Saturday, 19 December 2020

Winter Kisses

 Hello chaps, Squirrel dropping by today, did you miss me last week?  Sorry about that, things all went a bit wobbly.

Anyhoo, not to worry, here are some Winter Kisses for you.


Things used
I used the double stitched stax dies on this but the single stitched are

Hugs





Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Happy Campers

I've used the Happy Campers image from MFT to make this fun card.  I think the bunny is my favourite, but they all look adorable!
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 13 December 2020

Whimsy Stamps Pine Bough Background

 Happy Sunday friends!

Whilst I am writing this post it is absolutely checking it down with rain and still dark!  - So not very festive at all to be honest!

Hopefully I can change that feeling with today's card with is something a bit different from me but I did enjoy putting it together.

I used some gorgeous goodies from Dies To Die For

To make the delicate looking stamped background I painted directly onto the 
with brush markers.  (I used Arteza but any would be fine, you could even use straightforward watercolours and apply them with a brush.  

I used a selection of browns and greens and just dabbed them on the star roughly where I wanted the colour to be.

I then very lightly sprayed the stamp with water and stamped direct onto watercolour card.  I dried it with a heat tool (because I'm impatient, you can let it dry naturally)!

Next I sprinkled on some chunky embossing enamel and heat set it from underneath.  

I assembled the rest of the card with goodies from Dies To Die For as shown.

Ingredients from Dies To Die For

Thank you for popping by!  Stay safe and happy crafting

from Sue...xxx <3

Slimline Card Builder Die - Whimsy Stamps Pine Bough Background Rubber Cling Stamp - Whimsy StampsBookmark and Tags Die Set - Whimsy Stamps

*NEW 6x6 Paper Pack - Tartan - Whimsy Stamps **NEW Simple Sentiment Strips Clear Stamps - Whimsy Stamps


Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Snow Swissie

I'm trying to finish decorating one of my planners in time for the new year so today's image using the adorable Snow Swissie from CC Designs is featured on my January page.  I really love this image and it's the second time that I've inked her up recently.




Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 5 December 2020

Gnome With A Candy Cane

 Afternoon all, a very tardy Squirrel here today so apologies for the delay in posting.


So for this I have used a stamp I had been coveting since it was released, and now it is mine, mwahahahahaaa

Hugs





Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Hello Bear

Today I've been playing with this little bear!  

Of course his shirt had to be red!  ;0) 

Isn't he a cutie!
Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 26 November 2020

Magical Winter - Whimsy Stamps

 Hello friends...

I hope you are well! 

I am just whooshing by today with a really straightforward card design using the fabulous stamp set from Whimsy Stamps

Magical Winter Clear Stamps (Deb Davis Amped2Stamp)

Ingredients from Whimsy Stamps

I have used watercolours for my design but you could colour the image and background however you wish!

Thank you for popping by!

Happy Crafting love from Sue...xxx

Wonky Stitched Rectangles Die Set - Whimsy Stamps **NEW Magical Winter Clear Stamps - Whimsy Stamps Happy Large Word Die - Whimsy Stamps

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Little Lion

I love Lee Holland images and this little lion is my latest indulgence.  I've finished him off with the fabulous Whimsy Stamps Birthday Shaddow die which has become my new favourite sentiment die.

Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Bundles of Hugs

I've made another autumnal giant tag using my new Squirrel stamps.  The tag shape is made by combining some rounded rectangle and oval dies.






Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Holiday Penguins

There is a cute penguin playing on today's card as I'm building up my Christmas card stash.

Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Monday, 9 November 2020

Fairy Sweet - Whimsy Stamps New Release

 Hello everyone...

I'm here today to show you some of wonderful Whimsy Stamps New Release goodies which are all available in store now!

Fairy Sweet by Crissy Armstrong

Ingredients from Dies To Die For
Background - Watercolours and White Gel pen
Copic Markers - Skin BV31, E53, E51, E50, Hair N6, N8, N9, Clothes E19, R08, R14, B37, B34, B41, C2, C1, C00, Wings B53, B11, B10, Seal, E43, E41, E40
Thank you for popping by!
Please stay safe and well and enjoy some happy crafting!
from Sue...xxx
**NEW Fairy Sweet Rubber Cling Stamp Pierced and Stitched Circles Die Set - Whimsy Stamps  **NEW Slimline Scenic Countryside Die

**NEW Magical Winter Clear Stamps  6x6 Paper Pack - Vampire - Whimsy Stamps