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Saturday, 22 September 2018

Bear on A Bun (DT) DTDF

Well, ok, it can be a cupcake if you want to be fancy!

Had a week off work, but instead of managing to secure myself some lovely crafting time, the husband has been dragging me out of the house, kicking and screaming because I've been parted from the paintbrushes.  Which rather explains why I am here with a very CAS but still festive little make.

Sorry for the greyness of the photo - yesterday had a limited amount of sunshine and it was heading towards seriously rather wet by the time that I remembered I hadn't done this.  I need to get my "winter-time" lighting arrangement sorted out.

Whimsy Stamps - Christmas Greetings

Painted entirely with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

and that's all she wrote folks


Sunday, 16 September 2018

Tick Tick Tick

Afternoon all, happy Sunday to you.  Yesterday, when we popped into town, I bought a little clock for my craft desk.  I'm not sure it was a great idea as I've been working on a make for the MFT 2018 Superstar Challenge and it all has done is remind me how little time there is left to enter!

I entered the Clean and Simple category previously, and I honestly had not wanted to enter the Colouring Virtuoso category because in my heart of hearts I know I will just be making up the numbers.  Don't ask me what changed my mind, it certainly wasn't a late flush of confidence or a bolt of talent from the heavens, I rather suspect it was more of a well intentioned nagging mate!

Having looked at the already entered cards, there are so many done using Copics, but you know me, I like my paintbrush and inks, so there's a point of difference for you right there.

The two stamp sets used are:
MFT New Best Friend; and
MFT Little Buddies
I'm not sure what the circle frame is called, but it is definitely Die-Namics
MFT Mini Cloud Edges Stencil
Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours, with a dash of Polychromos Pencils for hair detail.

That's it.

Hugs to all

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Dies To Die For (DT) Kitten Flowers

Happy Saturday everyone, I'm here today with someone who is feeling feline furry!
Geddit, see what I did there?

This cute, but slightly shy, little critter is

I've painted the kitty with a very smallpalette of autumnal colours of Distress Inks (ReInkers) although I think, looking at it now, I could have gone a lot deeper with the shading tones,
and with a Pumpkin Copic I inked up the matting layers and a swatch to cut the Smile from
so that everything coordinated

I'm now away from work for a week, so with two weekends and five days in between, I am aiming for at least a couple of days of serious colouring therapy!

Hugs to all

Thursday, 13 September 2018

As You Like It (DT) Boy or Girl

Hello peeps, you see me today with the start of a tiny scamper in my step as I only have to get through two more days of work and then it's HOLIDAAAAAAAAAAAYS!

So, before I get all hysterical and giggly, I am here with my DT make for the
As You Like It Challenge and our theme is Boy or Girl.

I actually like making cards for the boys, they suit my CAS style really well, but, the majority of my makes are for the ladies.  I made this one for my wonderful mum who had her 81st birthday this week.  Love you mum!

So for this one I have used
Papers from Nitwits and MFT

Lucy has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils and then fussy cut, including that balloon string (which was a heart stopper).

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Hugs to all

Sunday, 9 September 2018

It's that time of year folks ......

Somehow, despite a great deal of resistance, I have agreed to be thoroughly humiliated again this year, it will be 2017 on repeat, GroundHog Day, deja vue, and all that jazz.

Yes, it is time for the MFT 2018 Card Design Superstar Challenge.  Sigh.

Last year I wept buckets over the Colouring Virtuoso category, so we are giving that a definite miss this time, but instead will pop something of very little hope into the Clean And Simple Genius (ha) category.

Probably not enough white space, but there is lots of sky...... who am I kidding.

MFT ingredients used are

Black card from PDA Card & Craft
and the whole thing painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

I must be insane.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Dies To Die For (DT) Furever Friends

Hello everyone, I'm here today with a double dose of some furriness to share with you.

Now, we all love our friends, but how may of us take the time to tell them we do?  I really enjoy making random friendship cards, those ones for no particular reason but just because, and this super cute stamp set is perfect for that.

So for this one I have used

and because I was having so much fun

again the

Both cards are painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours but rather than use my
usual Bristol Board this time I have pushed the boat out and used proper watercolour paper.
I normally stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black, which dries really fast on the BB, but the trick with watercolour paper is to plan ahead and stamp one day and paint the next, it gives the ink a chance to dry properly and stops it bleeding into your colours when you get it wet.

I've been asked about the clouds using the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil - I do these with Distress Ink Oxide Broken China - I used to do it with my finger, but found it was too mucky and I was getting blue ink in places no squirrel ever wants to find it, so I experimented with a few things and, after some trial and error, I have found that for me the Tsukineko Finger Daubers are the best thing EVER!

The background paper on the second card is from an old Papermania pad that was purple and green themed.  This "sunburst" design is the last page of that pattern, which is a shame.

Hugs to all

(new releases from MFT and Stamping Bella now available guys!)

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Dies To Die For (DT) CCD Nerdy

Morning all, here I am again.  Welcome to September, my favourite month of the year.

I have a confession today - I am a Stationery Addict.
(note the capital S and capital A, it is that serious)
I love pencils and pens and pretty notepapers, and I cannot walk into a stationery store and come out of it empty handed, it might only be a packet of standard envelopes or a pencil sharpener but it still makes me happy, very happy.  I may have to live for many more years than my prescribed allotment just so that I can use up some of the numerous notebooks that I just "had to have" (and if I really like a particular one, I have to get a spare as well).
I wonder if there is a therapy available for this, surely I can't be alone in my madness.

So, anyhoo, when I saw this on the CC Designs new release list, I knew it had my name written all over it, in crayon of course.

And for this colourful little number I have used:

The images stamped with multiple masks and painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers).
Black card (super heavyweight) from PDA Card & Craft

A simple little card this time but with a lot of impact and a whole lot of fun


Thursday, 30 August 2018

As You Like It (DT) Non Card Project

Morning peeps, hope all is well in your world today.
I'm here again with a DT post for the AS YOU LIKE IT challenge, and this
time our theme for you is a Non-Card Project

A friend's son is space mad, he adores Prof Brian Cox, and wants to be an astro-physicist when he
grows up (got to admire his ambition).  He is now of an age where said friend is about to bestow
upon him a door key - and for a door key, you need a keyring

I may rather have over ordered a batch of keyring blanks, so there will be several keyring stocking fillers around at Christmas this year, rofl.
MFT Stamps - Space Explorer
Clearly Besotted alphabet stamps
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
And one of many keyring blanks!

The sponsor of this challenge is

Lawn Fawn



Saturday, 25 August 2018

Baseball Squidgy (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, or should I say Strike One!

I am getting to be a terror at forgetting birthdays until after the event, so this little chap works well for my newly acquired but really annoying failings,  It has become something of a joke these days so that's what I am turning it into "Yeah, I failed again, but I know I did"

Lovely things used

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInker)
Red cardstock from Rymans

Enjoy your Bank Holiday (UK) weekend folk!

Sunday, 19 August 2018

On The Bookshelf

"On the bookshelf" is a commonly heard phrase in this house, usually in response to "Have you seen my ......?"  Don't get me wrong, there a a LOT of books on the bookshelf, but somehow a certain someone always manages to find a space to put down his treasures!

What there isn't room for on any of our bookshelves is Rosie.  Bless her, she is rather rotund in her physic (it runs in the family) and the overhang plus gravitational pull would be too much for her.

Anyhoo, where is all this leading ...... a sweet friend bought me a stamp set for my birthday and this is its first inking.

Papers are from (I think) and old Bo Bunny collection

I used seven of the stamps from the set, and all are coloured up with
Distress Inks (ReInkers)

It was fun to do, if a little nerve racking getting things lined up.

I had toyed with the idea of the Gerda Steiner Design Team Call but I just checked and I am two days too late, so it wasn't meant to be!

Hugs to all

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Rockabilly (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello all, finally made it here this morning (just) - it's all a bit behind so this is
a clean and simple card for you today, even though it wasn't that quick -
her hair was more tricky to deal with that my own!

Imagine painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and highlighted/shaded with
Polychromos Pencils

and that's it!

(Tracy and Andy are taking a short summer break but you can still place orders)

Thursday, 16 August 2018

As You Like It (DT) Black & White Plus 1

It's another Thursday so it's a new challenge from the AS YOU LIKE IT team

Our theme for this fortnight is
Black & White Plus One

What's black and white and red all over?
A sunburnt zebra of course

I love the impact of this combination of three simple colours

I had this Go Wild stamp set by Clearly Besotted from a special friend for my
birthday, and I absolutely love it!
MFT 6x6 Animal Prints
Black card from PDA Card & Craft
Red card from Rymans

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Saturday, 11 August 2018

Harvest Mouse (DT) Dies To Die For

Mouses?  Meeces?  Mices?

Hello peeps, a furry little critter here this morning with some other, smaller, very furry little critters to share with you

Although the dies are labelled as tags, they make fabulous bookmarks

I've painted the meeces and the incidentals all with Distress Inks (ReInkers) used as watercolours.

The ombre paper was a pad I snaffled from Hobbycraft.

So that's it from me today.


Saturday, 4 August 2018

Playful Peacocks (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello folks,I'm late getting here again today - normally I do my Saturday post on Friday night, but when Toad went up for a bath, instead of getting the laptop out I might have closed my eyes for a moment or two.  Well, ok, two hours!

Anyhoo, I have got something a bit special for you today
because it is also part of the Offer of The Week on the website
(so you are saving money as well as getting something fabulous!)

As part of the Offer of The Week choice, you can get
(so that is stamps and dies all in one go, for a reduced price)

and the other ingredients used for this are

OK, time to strut your stuff and shake a tail feather or two!


Thursday, 2 August 2018

Feathers or Fur (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Morning all, how are we today then?   After a brief respite from the UK heatwave, it seems that temperatures are on the up again, so I shall be reverting to limp lettuce mode any minute now.

Before that happens, let me tell you about the new challenge from the AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE and this time the theme is FUR OR FEATHERS (and why)

Whilst I love watching birds at a safe distance, I'm not so keen on them flapping about too close to me, too many run-ins with budgies, pigeons and seagulls perhaps, but I absolutely lurrrrrrrrrve anything in a fur coat.  So, anyway, this is an experiment in furriness
and an attempt to get some texture

So this was made using an old rubber stamp from LOTV featuring that very
furry James Bear
I have painted the bed and stocking with Distress Inks (ReInkers) but I have done
James with traditional watercolours but quite dry so I could get "thicker" paint and the each brushstroke had its own definition
Papers are from old Christmas collections from Dovecraft

Anyhoo, whether you prefer feathers or fur, you may like to know that the winner of this challenge will be invited to join us as a GDT for the first of the September challenges!

Hope you can join us.

Hugs to all

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Breakfast (DT) Dies To Die For

Happy Saturday everyone!  Well, this has been a week of treats, lots of nibbles out and about, and this morning a leisurely breakfast, which is why I'm now covered in crumbs and smears of jam.

Yes, I am a messy breakfaster, but then so are these two cheekies, just look at that floor - my mother would be out with the vacuum immediately!

A small but tasty little card

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) used as watercolours and
Polychromos Pencils for those impossible hairstyles!

Coffee you say?  I'm now coming.....

Hugs to all

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Good grief, a challenge card

OK, so, I've been off work this week and whilst it has been baking hot and in between
going out to different places and laying on the floor like a limp lettuce, I have been making
Christmas cards (aaargh) for my mother's order.  Feeling a little underwhelmed, I decided
it was time I perked things up with a challenge so had a mooch around to see what I could
find and, lo, what should behold me but a Wednesday Sketch Challenge from MFT Card Challenges

and here is the sketch

I am a sucker for these Pure Innocence little girls so when this one popped up in the new
release I knew that she would be coming home to me.

So, I have used for this:
a retired Die-Namics Window die
Black card is from PDA Card & Craft and the brown for the
window frame is Papermania pearlised

I did the clouds with Broken China Distress Ink Oxide and a finger dauber
and the image (the bits not paper pieced) is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with
Polychromos Pencils for her hair

Twice in one day is a bit much for a little squirrel so I am off to find a cool, dark, room
to whimper in for a little while!

Hugs to all

You can find my earlier DIES TO DIE FOR post here

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