Saturday, 8 May 2021

Dragon Water Fun

 Hello peeps, Squirrel here on this wonderfully wet Saturday!  Rain, at last, we've had the occasional brief shower this week, and some hailstones, but now we have a good, old-fashioned, wet to the bone, downpour.  I can almost hear the garden sighing with relief!

This little chap is totally prepared

Not many ingredients this week


Thursday, 6 May 2021

Curvy Girl With A Diamond - Stamping Bella

  Hello everyone,

I hope this week is being kind to you!

Today I have a card to show you that I made a while ago, I had a complete lack of confidence about showing it to you because it was the first card I made after I broke my leg last year!
It took me ages to colour and I felt a bit out of sorts at the time!

However, I really want to share it because it is coloured with pencils - which I love doing, and was a birthday card for my son's gorgeous girlfriend Emily - and she adored it!

Ingredients from Dies To Die For
Thank you for popping by today!

Look after yourselves and happy creating!
Other Ingredients
Bazzill Basics Kraft Card
Archival Ink - Potting Shed
Distress Oxide in Tumbled Glass
Pink Organza Ribbon
Starry Skies Sparkletz (Whimsy Stamps)
Wink of Stella Clear Pen

Skin - Aubergine, Salmon Pink, Granite Rose 
Hair - Umber, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Golden OchreLeaves - Emerald Green  
Diamond - Steel Gray, Bluish Pale, White
Dress - Olive Grey, Purple Violet, Purple, Light Purple, White
White Details - Brownish Beige, Light Beige, White 
Ground - Sepia, 

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Squidgy and Teddy

I have loved this image since it was released and missed out on it originally, but it's come back into stock at Dies to Die For along with a few other oldies! I've created one of my favourite oversized gift tags for this bear in blues and purples using papers from Your Next Stamp. 

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Curvy Girl Gardener

 Hello peeps, it's Squirrel again

Is it just me or is it chuffy cold at the moment?  I'm looking out at all that needs to be done in the garden and thinking "nah, I'll wait 'til it's warmer"

This little lass however seems to be having great results with her blooms

For this I have used


Thursday, 29 April 2021

Whimsy Stamps - Gnome Get Well

 Hello friends...

It's Sue today to show you a simple card made with a gorgeous new family of gnomes - (my favourite people to colour) - from Whimsy Stamps 

This was so sweet to make - I really am falling in love with making a more CAS style!  

I used a rectangle of inky card from the box of pieces I hoard (...because you never know when they will come in useful - right)?!

I stamped the Get Well Gnome image onto the card in black ink and coloured it with Copics.  (I'll pop a list of the colours I used at the end of this post for you).

I have used Copics to colour over Distress Inks.  As the inks are water based it is totally safe to do this but please do your own swatch tests first if you aren't sure!  I also coloured onto watercolour card, the card soaks up a lot of ink and I love the effect it gives - you can really lay down a lot of ink and I love that!

I layered the coloured image onto a piece of paper from the 

I added a sentiment from the Get Well Gnome Stamp Set and finished the card with some glittery rain and some clear drops.  The rain is made with a glue pen and Glamour Dust.
Thank you for popping by today.

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday...
Happy creating from

**NEW Gnome Get Well Clear Stamps - Whimsy Stamps 6x6 Paper Pack - Mermaid - Whimsy Stamps

Rainbow Brolly - V22, R05, R12, YR12, Y11, Y19, YG41, G11, BG32, B41, B63
Skin - E04, E11, E00, E000
Beard, Hat, Shoes, -  E44, E43, E42, E41
Bunny - C6, C3, C2, C1
Robe - R39, R37, R35, R32

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Happy Day!

A bit later than planned (I thought I'd scheduled this to post earlier today!) I'm sharing today's card featuring an adorable bear. As soon as I saw this stamp set I knew I 'needed' him!  He makes me smile!

Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting

Saturday, 24 April 2021

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Be Creative

I love this little meecie holding his paintbrush. He's a lot dinkier than I thought he was going to be, and the sentiment text is miniscule, but he's perfect for a little note card.  I've doodled around the edge of my image panel and framed him with some plaid papers in matching colours.  For a bit of added interest, I've rounded the corners of my card.

Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Mixed Media Butterflies - Whimsy Stamps

 Hello everyone.

It's Sue here today!

I hope this week is being kind to you.

I am having such fun lately making an inky mess! I have been playing with texture paste and sparkle again!

I have made a set of scripture themed cards - it meant a lot to me to make these, I'm probably not alone in saying that faith has been on somewhat shaky ground recently!
To create the backgrounds I used Magical Powders by Lindy's Stamp Gang.  I have only just discovered these little pots of gorgeousness but oh my word, if you like getting inky they are game changers!

I combined the backgrounds with some beautiful Dies To Die For products and have to say I did feel happy with the final designs!

Ingredients from Dies To Die For

Thank you for popping by today, look after yourself and those you love,

Wonky Stitched Rectangles Die Set - Whimsy Stamps Stained Glass Scripture Sentiments Clear Stamps - Whimsy Stamps Honeycomb Drips Stencil - Whimsy Stamps

Butterflies Clear Stamps - Whimsy Stamps Slimline Card Builder Die - Whimsy Stamps Brick Pattern Stencil - Whimsy Stamps

Rounded Rectangles Die Set - Whimsy Stamps Farmhouse Basket Stencil - Whimsy Stamps


Saturday, 10 April 2021

Knitting Dandies

 Hello chaps, Squirrel here again

Now, I am useless with knitting, I get into all sorts of tangles, so this stamp really caught my eye.

Sentiment comes with the Dandies stamp.


Monday, 5 April 2021

Gnome Gardener

 Happy Monday everyone! 

Sue here today to show you a gorgeous set of gnomes by Whimsy Stamps
It is probably the worst kept secret ever but I LOVE colouring gnomes!

I experimented with this little chap by first creating the background with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide and then stamping and colouring him over the top.  (To avoid that pesky mask fussy cutting)! 

He's coloured with Areteza Pencils, (I'll pop the colours at the end of this post for you)

Personally I think he looks a little pale but again, I am struggling with the light conditions here and taking photos has me tearing my hair out!
Ingredients from Dies To Die For

Thank you for popping by today.
Wishing you all a super Monday - with some happy crafting!

**NEW Gnome Gardeners Clear Stamps - Whimsy Stamps FaDoodles Frames Scalloped Rectangles Die Set - Whimsy Stamps

Skin - Lavender, Earth Red, Apricot, Peaches and Cream
Beard - Elephant Grey, Mushroom Grey, Shadow Grey
Hat, Garnet Red, Venetian Red, Rose Red
Robe, Olive Green, Apple Green, Fluorescent Yellow
Shoes, Black, Onyx Black, Ash Black, Charcoal Grey
Ground, Elephant Grey, Mushroom Grey
Flower Pot - Raw Umber, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre
Tulip - as Hat and Gown

Other Ingredients
MFT Ink Pad in Cement Grey
Bakers Twine

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Easter Wishes

 Hello peeps, Squirrel here today on Holy Saturday (yep, Easter Saturday is actually next weekend)

and that really is it, simple but sweet


Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Maisy and Madeline have some Tea

I'm on a mini-mission to make some 'just because' cards, not for a specific occasion, like a birthday, but just to tell someone I'm thinking of them and am popping into their thoughts to say 'Hi'.  This one uses a sweet image that I've not inked up for a while, so I have watercoloured it and kept the layout simple with a stamped/die cut combo sentiment and little layering.

Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Easter Honey Bunnies!...

 Happy Sunday friends!...
Hands up! - who forgot that the clocks sprang forward an hour! /-; 

I 'm here today (an hour late)!... (:
with some simple Easter cards made with quite possibly my most favourite bunny image EVER!
from fabulous 
I coloured these cuties a while ago and finally found time to turn them into a set of Easter cards.

The Honey Bunnies are stamped in grey ink onto Bockingford Card.  I then masked them and gently inked the backgrounds with Catherine Pooler Inks.  (I'll try and remember which colours and guess them below for you).  I splattered a bit of water on the backgrounds to add texture.

I coloured the bunnies with Prismacolor pencils - it was a while ago and I did nt make a note of the colours at the time.  If you want to try this then perhaps practice some brown and grey blends first to see which you like!

I die cut the cards with a standard 7.5cm x 9.5cm rectangle die and added a sentiment from the Honey Bunny Stamp Set.

So - that's me with Easter covered! (:
Catherine Pooler Inks in

Thank you for popping by today.
Have a lovely Sunday.

Saturday, 27 March 2021

Bring Out The Sunshine

 Well hello!  Squirrel here again, and as we are now into Spring (don't forget to change your clocks tonight UK) I'm bringing you a Spring-feel card.

Lovely things used
(Special Offer in store - stamps and dies £10)
and the papers used are a selection of
I used MFT Stitched Cloud dies (retired) but there are lots of similar available

Have yourselves a wonderful weekend



Thursday, 25 March 2021

Spring Birds - Whimsy Stamps

 Hello everyone...

I hope you are all having a good day.

I have gone all experimental today with a fab and fun stamp set from Whimsy Stamps

Let me explain the experimental bit!...

I wondered what would happen if I stamped onto a Distress Oxide background and coloured over it with pencils..?

I attempted this to avoid cutting an intricate mask - (fussy cutting is not my favourite thing)!

I was fairly happy with the result.  I discovered that the ethos is similar to colouring on Kraft card as I had to amend my colour choices to take account of the background not being white.

so - in all a worthwhile experiment and I have more to show you in the coming weeks with the same technique!
I cut a piece of white card with the 
and blended Distress Oxides in Tattered Rose, Dried Marigold and Scattered Straw in opposing corners was shown.

I stamped the sweet 
in black ink and coloured them with Derwent Pro Colour Pencils.  (I'll add the colours I used at the end of this post for you)

I die cut a piece of gorgeous 
with the 
and fixed that to the centre of the card as shown.

Then I stamped the Birthday sentiment from the
onto a 
and fixed that below the Happy die cut.

Finally I added some sequins.
Ingredients from Dies To Die For

Thank you for popping by today!
Take care of yourselves and happy creating 
love from

**NEW Spring Birds Clear Stamps - Whimsy Stamps  Slimline Card Builder Die - Whimsy Stamps  6x6 Paper Pack - Calico - Whimsy Stamps
Happy Large Word Die - Whimsy Stamps You're My Favorite Clear Stamps - Whimsy Stamps Quick Strips Die Set - Whimsy Stamps

Other Ingredients
Distress Oxides in Tattered Rose, Dried Marigold and Scattered Straw

Birds - Delft Blue, Sky Blue, Light Blue, Kingfisher Blue, Turquoise Green, Spectrum Orange, Middle Orange
Tree/Foliage, Bird House - Chocolate, Venetian Red, Copper Beech, Sunset Gold, Foliage, Grass Green