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Sunday 17 December 2023

My Final As You Like It (DT) Anything Goes

 Let's face it, if you are going to be late, you might as well be late with style,
so here I am a few days behind schedule for my final DT outing with the

The theme for this time is Anything Goes
but a little word about why you make what you make would be helpful

I always try to make at least one LOL card each year for a quirky friend, and as soon as I saw this stamp I just knew that I had to have it.  It had me rolling on the floor (well, it would have done if I didn't have a bad back and wonky knees) - I mean, just look at the expression on the reindeer, priceless!

I just LOVE this Oddball Girl with her reindeer from Stamping Bella
Painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Random Merry Christmas sentiment
MFT 6x6 tartan paper

The sponsor of this challenge is

Well, it's been a blast, I've loved seeing all your amazing creations - keep going and keep challenging yourselves!

Hugs to all

Thursday 30 November 2023

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Your Favourite Person To Make For

 Hello chaps, hope you are all keeping your toes toasty warm in this
little cold snap, anyone would think tomorrow was December!

So, before I tell you about the theme for this challenge, I have a little bit of news for you.  This is my penultimate post as a DT member for AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE.  After several years of putting up with my scatterbrainedness, insanity, and hysteria, the team have finally sacked me.
KIDDING!  But I am stepping down, it wasn't an easy decision, and I'm sure I will regret it by January, but I need some time to recharge some creative batteries.  I have had a blast with the team, will miss all my teamies, and I should say that I will miss Red Leader, but she doesn't get rid of me, mwahahahahaaaaa.

ANYWAY - the theme for this challenge is
Your Favourite Person To Make For (and please tell us why)

For me, it's my darlin' mum, she loves receiving something unique that she knows has been
hand crafted just for her, and I know she stashes all her cards in a drawer in the dining room (she thinks I don't know about that)

What could I use for Mummy Bear other than the adorable James Bear from LOTV
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is from a set of rubber stamps (ancient now) from C C Designs
Papers are from two different Christmas sets from Dovecraft
Star punch from Hobbycraft
Red cardstock from somewhere random on Amazon

The sponsor of this challenge is

I do hope you will be able to pop over and join the fun, after all, everyone has someone to make for


Thursday 16 November 2023

As You Like It (DT) Favourite Christmas Critter

 Hoorah!  It's Thursday, it's challenge day, and I'm ON TIME!

Yes folks, it's another challenge from the AS YOU LIKE IT team and this time around
the theme is Your Favourite Christmas Critter (and why)

I do love a teddy at Christmas, they're cuddly, cosy, and oh-so-comfy to squeeze, there is
something reassuring about a snuggly bear, especially a slightly plump one

So we have
painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
absolutely no idea about the Christmas word die (sorry)
the wishes word is from a Clearly Besotted typeface set
Matting layers, including Lawn Fawn 6x6 papers
and please don't ask me about the stencil

The sponsor of this challenge is


Thursday 2 November 2023

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Modern or Traditional (Colours)

 Well looky here, first Thursday of November and the Christmas adverts
have started on the telly already!

And speaking of Christmas, the AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE
would like you to join in with the new challenge and the theme is
Modern or Traditional Colours (and why)

I tend to flip-flop between the two, one year modern, the next year traditional.  This year
traditional is back in favour, I love the richness and warmth of the reds, greens, and a sprinkle
of gold, it's just a lovely cosy feel.

You can't get much more traditional than holly for Christmas
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours
Odds and ends of papers from my scraps box
Martha Stewart holly border punch
Crafters Companion sentiment

The winner of this challenge will receive a digi prize from:

Do come on over and join the festive fun


Saturday 21 October 2023

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Santa or Snowman

 Yes, it is Saturday and not Thursday, so I am shockingly late again with my
DT make for the

This time the theme is Santa or Snowman
(please explain your preference)

I love both, and have copious numbers of stamps, but for a burst of colour I tend
to favour a Santa, he works especially well for a simple CAS card

So, I inked a band of Distress Inks colour across the card and overstamped
with the little stocking motif which came with the Santa stamp set
The MERRY lettering is die cut from the 
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and fussy cut to add to the card

The sponsor for this theme is

I do hope you will be able to join in with the festive fun


Thursday 5 October 2023

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Halloween or Fairies


has gone a bit supernatural for this theme and are asking for
Halloween or Fairies as your choice (and your reason)

We don't celebrate Halloween at home, but have friends who do so I always end up
making a card or two, especially if we haven't seen those friends for a while.  Anyhoo, I don't really
need an actual excuse to get a a gargoyle out!

Martha Stewart Goo Border Punch
Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours

Our sponsor for this theme is


Sunday 24 September 2023

Silver Wedding Anniversary

 Well, I'm not sure how we achieved it, but me and the Toad celebrated
our Silver Wedding Anniversary this past week.

How can it possibly have been 25 years?  That actually scares me to think
how much has happened in that time, but how quickly the years
have flown past.

Anyhoo, we had a lovely day, including a marvellous lunch out, and
are now working on year 26!

(I know we're not, but the image was too cute to resist using)
a mixture of grey toned papers from Honey Bee, Sunny Studio, and MFT
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours and fussy-cut


Thursday 21 September 2023

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Harvest Colours

 So, here we are, just over halfway through September and into the
very beginning of autumn.  This time of year is always the time of harvest festivals
and that is why for this challenge at AS YOU LIKE IT
we're asking for your favourite Harvest Colours

I love the warmth of harvest colours, the golds, reds, and greens of ripe
fruit and vegetables, a season of plenty, a full table of tasty things,

Like this little chap with his golden beetroot, delicious!

Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours
Polychromos Pencils
Sentiment by Penny Black

Our sponsor for this theme is the ever fabulous


Thursday 7 September 2023

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Autumn or Winter

 Brace yourselves, I'm on time this week!  It's another new challenge from the
AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE team and this one is
Your Favourite - Autumn or Winter (and why)

With the exception of wasps, I love everything about autumn, the soft light, the gorgeous colours, sunny days but (in theory) cooler nights.  I don't even mind it getting darker earlier because I can be cosied up indoors!

This little foxy is from Lili Of The Valley
painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment from My Favorite Things
and a mixture of papers from MFT and Honey Bee

Our sponsor (with a gorgeous range of autumn animals to choose from)


Saturday 26 August 2023

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Animal

 Oh my goodness me, there is late, and then there is my style of late, so let's pretend
it is still Thursday shall we.

The new challenge theme from As You Like It Challenge is
Your  Favourite Animal (and why)

I love all animals so this was a difficult choice, but in the end I went down the fantasy
route and chose a dragon.  I'm particularly partial to cute dragons, especially this sort.
The joy of them being fantasy is that you can use whatever colour you fancy!

Isn't he just super cute all covered in sugar frosting?!

The things I used for this make are:

Whimsy Stamps DP1052 Birfday Dragons, and
Taylored Expressions papers TEPP120 Playful Patterns Sweet
MFT papers Petite Plaid
and lots of Distress Inks (ReInkers) as water colours

The sponsor of this challenge is

I do hope you will find time to join in the animal fun!


Thursday 10 August 2023

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Two Colour Combo

 Oooh, it's a colour challenge theme over as
this time, and we would like to see (and hear about)
Your Favourite Two Colour Combo

I have lots of favourite colour pairings, but I always seem to come back to
blue and brown, I don't know why, to me it's just a comforting combo, and can be
used in so many different ways.

I've used one of the Lili of The Valley Spring Gnomes stamps
Teamed with a mix of Honey Bee and Sunny Studio papers
and a sentiment from Clearly Besotted
Gnome coloured up with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils

The sponsor of this challenge is


Thursday 27 July 2023

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Floral Or Gingham

 Hellooooooo to anyone out there in the wonderweb world, here I am 
again to tell you about this fortnight's new theme over at

and this time it is your favourite of
floral or gingham

It wasn't an easy choice but I have gone with the gingham option this time as it
worked so well for paper piecing the ribbon and also for framing
the image

I've used an old Wild Rose Studio stamp which is
mostly painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and I have paper pieced the parcel ribbon
I've used Sunny Studio Pastel Ginghams 6x6
and a combination of MTF Die-Namics Happy Words and Happy Everything dies

The sponsor of this challenge is


Monday 17 July 2023

Christmas In July

 Having a mooch through my phone photos at the weekend, I discovered a
couple of cards that I haven't shared with you yet.

My extremely talented BFF's husband has a habit of commissioning cards from me for her
for special occasions, and this is the one from last Christmas.

So, I used this gorgeously cute chap (well, he was before I got hold of him) from
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours
The holly die cut border is one I bought online but now I can't remember the make or where I bought it
Rymans coloured cardstock
Tonic word die with handcut shadow layer


Thursday 13 July 2023

As You Like It Challenge (DT) To Beach Or Not (Holidays)

 It's time for another new themed challenge over as the

It's all about holidays, your favourite, to beach or not to beach!

I only live about 8 miles from the coast, so spent most of my childhood on beaches.  Our beaches though aren't beautiful soft, golden, sand, they're hard and lumpy pebbles!  I do like a day-trip to the beach, for a picnic or a paddle, but I couldn't spend a week there, I'd be bored rigid after one day.

So I have used one of the uber cute Dustin Pike dragons from Whimsy Stamps
and a tiny shrub from Colorado Craft Company
with the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil from MFT
all painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are a mixture of Sunny Studio Designs

Our sponsor for this theme is DIES TO DIE FOR


Saturday 1 July 2023

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Plain or Patterned Papers

 Yes, I know, I'm late - sorry chaps, should have been here Thursday but was feeling a
bit under the weather, so our Beloved Leader was very kind and didn't shout at me when I
promised I would catch up!

So, if you haven't already seen it, the AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE
this time is Plain or Patterned Papers (explain your choice please)

I'm a complete and absolute sucker for patterned papers, they can add so much to a card, they can be subtle or in-your-face, but add instant interest.  I love it when manufacturers coordinate colours throughout their range so you can choose papers from any pad they've made and know they will still work together nicely.  I've gone for contrast in this one, spots and stripes, with complementary yellow and purple, and coloured up my image to pick out those colours

I've used these cute meecies from the CC Designs "Celebrate" clear stamps set
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Used a tiny birthday sentiment
and teamed them up with delicious Lawn Fawn papers

The winner of this challenge will receive a digi prize from:


Thursday 15 June 2023

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Non-Birthday Occasion

 So, when January clicked around this year, I was determined to be a better blogger than last year.  Well that worked well didn't it?!  Unfortunately, due to the change in family circumstances, I have far less crafting time than previously, so I'm not getting as much made as I would like

However, I have so far managed to squeak in a make for the
and this time around our theme for the fortnight is
Your Favourite Non-Birthday Occasion

I like making get well cards for poorly friends, to give them a little lift of spirits or a
smile when they are feeling low.  I made this one for an elderly friend when she had a bout
of shingles, apparently it hurt when she laughed, which wasn't part of the plan!

So, I have used
Layered with a piece of MFT 6x6 spotty paper
and painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

And the sponsor of this one is


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