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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Flower Bouquet Bunny (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello chaps, it's the weekend, yaaaaay!!

There has been an explosion in the size of the bunny population (which is what happens when you have more than one bunny) here this week and there will be more of those to come soon (they are all incredibly cute!) but today I have one from that very talented designer and illustrator, Lee Holland

So this absolutely adorable little chap is

Image watercolour painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Have yourselves a very "hoppy" weekend

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Dies or Stencils (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Hello my lovelies, and here we are at Thursday again!  I can't believe we are already halfway through March - just what is happening to this year?!  Anyhoo, this brings us to a new challenge with the AS YOU LIKE IT team, and the theme for this fortnight is Your Favourite Dies or Stencils.

So, I use dies.  I use them a lot, but just recently I have rediscovered the joy of stencils, especially as there are now some really clever and imaginative ones out there, they are not just background any more, they are an integral part of your design.

So I have used
Watercolour effect background paper from Hobbycraft

The "bubbles" were inked with two shades of Distress Ink and the Mermaid was
painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.
The detail of her hair has been added with Polychromos Pencils.

Our sponsor for this challenge is

See you there!

Thursday, 28 February 2019

One Layer or Many (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Morning all, well, it is another Thursday, and I'm guessing you will know what that means?
Yups, time for a new challenge over with the AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE

Our theme for this fortnight is
One Layer or Many (and please tell us why)

I'm more of a middle ground kind of girl, two or three layers at most, but this time I
chose to challenge myself with a one layer make, mainly because I really wanted
to use some of my new kraft cardstock

So this cute is
The sentiment is an old one by Kaisercraft
Llama coloured by Polychromos Pencils
Cardstock from PDA Card & Craft

The sponsor of this challenge is

Polkadoodles Ltd

Prizes: - 3 digi stamps voucher worth £6.75

Hugs to all

Saturday, 23 February 2019

For The Birthday Girl (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, a very weary Squirrel today, but on the up side, I have a four day weekend!

Did the FaceBookers of you see that my mousy make for DTDF last week was "Whimsy Stamps Sunday Spotlight"?  (cheesy grin)

Anyhoo, today's make isn't mousy or cheesy, but it's still pretty darned cute.

So, ingredients

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Lee Holland Mouse On Flower (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease tell me that this is actually the weekend!

I didn't receive any flowers for Valentine's this week - vegetation in this house either gets nibbled by the cat, or quickly shrivels.  I'm not good with indoor florals.  However, this little chap seems to have developed better green paws than I have!

MFT Safari Friends (sentiment)

As usual, the image has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and I just used a simple single hole punch to add coordinating dots of colour.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Thursday, 14 February 2019

As You Like It (DT) Birthday or Christmas

So, whilst ever other challenge in the world has probably gone for a Love or Valentine theme, the team at AS YOU LIKE IT have gone a little bit different!

Our theme for this fortnight is Birthday or Christmas (your favourite and why)

I am actually still twitching from the volume of Christmas cards that I made last year, so before I dive in and start the process all over again, I am really enjoying having some time to make fun and happy birthday cards.

Love this CC Designs stamp - Nancy With Cupcake
Teamed up with some gorgeous papers from Sunny Studio
a text die from Simon Says Stamp
and a frilly border from Crafters Companion

Nancy has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and some brown drawing ink pens for her hair

The sponsor of this challenge is
Lawn Fawn

Looking forward to seeing your wonderful makes.


Saturday, 9 February 2019

Saddle Up (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, hope this finds you well.

I'm probably going to be spending the day trying to sort out my increasingly frail but frustratingly stubborn Oldies and attempting to persuade them that they need some additional help in their lives.

Anyhoo, before I go off to tear my hair out, here is a birthday celebration

So for this birthday celebration I have used

The corner dies are Whimsy Shapeology and it looks as if they have finally retired.
All images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Hugs to all

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Happy Hippos (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello peeps, it's been a funny old week (more about that another time) so I am popping by with a very simple but, hope you will agree, sweet make for you

So I have used

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours, and I used a smidge of Distress Oxide for the clouds.

Those must be super strength helium balloons!


Thursday, 31 January 2019

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Shape or Fold

Hello everyone, a new Thursday, a new challenge from AS YOU LIKE IT

For this fortnight our theme is going to be
Your Favourite Shape or Fold

I've gone simple with this one, and it is a variation on the square theme
made much easier with the dies I used for the base and layers

 Entire scene painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

The sponsor of this challenge is
£10 Voucher from 
Fantastic Ribbons

I do hope you will be able to join in this challenge


Sunday, 27 January 2019

Sunday Surprise

It's not often that I get to blog on a Sunday these days, there always seem to be things that steal my time, but today, somehow, not only have I made a large batch of pasta sauces to go in the freezer, but I have also had enough time to have a go at a challenge!  Whoooo, get me!

The Wednesday Sketch Challenge at My Favorite Things is a favourite of mine, I just don't get to join in as much as I would like to, but today's the day that I do it.

The sketch is, as always, deceptively simple.

And as always, I have gone my own way - I followed the general layout but changed up the proportions.

I've used the MFT Birdie Brown set - Beary Special Birthday
Painted him with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and then fussy cut (don't look too closely)
I can't remember the name of the stitched circle frame, but that is MFT Die-Namics too

So, it is absolutely chuffy freezing cold over here in the east, so you will have to excuse me while I dash off for a thicker cardigan and some warmer socks.  I see that the Met Office has issued us with a Yellow Snow Warning for midweek, so I may have to hunt out my thermals as well.

Whatever you are up to, keep warm!

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Sweet Pea (DT) Dies To Die For

Good morning chaps!  Thank chuff today is not quite as nippy as the last week has been - I'm off for a tail trim this morning and I'm wondering whether or not to take a woolly hat with me!

So, for today's DT make I am making myself smile with some horticultural happiness.

So for this little lovely I have used
and the matching Cut It Out Sweet Pea die

The Frilly Frames Lattice comes in two sections, so I put them together to create the purple lattice frame, and then cut it again with just the frame die in black so that I could layer them together.  They are not perfectly aligned, but I won't tell anyone if you don't.

Image is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) on watercolour paper.  I found the Polychromos Pencils don't work so well for hair on this surface, because it is much softer than Bristol Board, so I have been brave and done the hair highlights with WH Smith Artists Drawing Pens, 0.1 and 0.3 nibs.

OK, that's me done for now, have a fab weekend.

Hugs to all

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Celebrating Squidgy (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, just popping by with my DT for today before we get togged up and head over to the Oldies where we have a little job waiting for us of shifting half a trailer (and I mean tractor trailer) load of firewood into the shed in the dry!

Something a bit busier for you than usual today, I got a bit carried away with pretty colours.

So for this cheekycreation I have used:

The Squidy is painted with Distress Inks ReInkers and I used some fineliner pens to add colour to the champagne bottle labels .  After she was die-cut, I popped her onto to some foam pads to lift her away from all those papers and give a tiny bit of dimension.

OK, time for me to strap my knee up and put my big girl boots on ready to go lumberjacking!

Have a super weekend everyone

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Buttons or Pearls (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Well hellooo there Thursday!  Morning all, hope you are feelin' fine and dandy.

So, off we go with another challenge from AS YOU LIKE IT
and our theme for this one is
Buttons or Pearls (your favourite and why)

I like using both, buttons particularly for "younger" cards, but for a little bit of sophistication I think pearls just take the edge, particularly for feminine cards.

A simple card
Wild Rose Studio - Milton With Tulips which I have
watercolour painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Clearly Besotted - Laugh Out Loud
MFT leftovers from scraps box
and a good old fashioned sprinkling of pearls

The sponsor of this challenge is: 

Hugs to all

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