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Sunday, 16 February 2020

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge # 476

It must be the wind, or too much rain, or just a really miserable Sunday afternoon but yes, here I am posting!

It's been a very long time since I took part in an MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge and I was just in the right frame of mind for it today, so here we go.

For this happy card I have used:

I pinched the tiny candle from MFT Birthdays Take The Cake stamp set CS-464
MFT 6x6 papers - Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Pastels

Images are NOT Distress Inks this time!  I have been practising with Zig Clean Colour pens.

Here is the original sketch

Hope your Sunday is a happy one

Hugs to you all

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Bookworm Squidgy (DT) Dies To Die For

Gasp, pant pant, sorry I am late today chaps, I had some family errands to run
and I wanted them done before Storm Dennis arrived.  It's dad's birthday on Tuesday and I wanted to get his presents to him before any more trees fell over.

So, what do I have for you today - well, let me tell you a story.....

And the gorgeous products purchased from Dies To Die For are:

Squidgy painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Stay warm, stay dry, stay safe


Thursday, 13 February 2020

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Animal

Hello everyone!  Breezy enough for you?  Chuff, it has been fresh around the frilly bits, I hope you are all safe and sound.

So, it's time for a new challenge over at the AS YOU LIKE IT blog
and the theme for this fortnight is Your Favourite Animal (and why).

Firstly, big apology for the really rubbish photo, I sent the card before I realised I only had this quick snap.

Favourite animal for me is a Felis Catus, that's a domestic cat to you and me.  Apart from a very brief spell when I lived too close to a busy road, I have always had a cat in my life.  Not the same cat, obs, because I'm old, but a few kitties have shared my bed over the years.  I just adore their "I'll love you if I want to, and if I don't I won't" attitude.

This was made for a cat mad friend, natch.
Simon Says Stamp - Playful Kittens stamp set
Lili of The Valley Circular Sentiment
MFT 6x6 Dots and Stripes papers
and some absolutely ancient gold photo corners

Kitty and cupcake painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

and of course you will want to know who the sponsor is for this time and it is

I do hope you will be able to join  in the fun and share your favourite animal with us.

Hugs to all

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Let's Stick Together (DT) Dies To Die For

1st February and I am back in the DTDF saddle!  Did you miss me?  I needed that little break to recharge the batteries.  I could do with a sabbatical from work too but that is a whole other story!

So, over the past few years there have been mermaids, unicorns, yeti, and narwals, and now the trend seems to be cacti - someone once told me that it takes a special kind of skill to kill a cactus ....... guess who managed to do it without any real training?!
At least I can't kill these ones.

I painted the planter and the cacti with Distress Inks (ReInkers), and for those of you who struggle to get delicate die-cuts to stick, I cannot recommend Stick-It sheets enough, they are such a simple but awesomely clever idea.  Let's face it, we have all had the ones that you try to stick with a glue pen that drop off again after 10 minutes.

So, that is me done for today.  I am off to the v.e.t. with Rosie for her 6 month check up, her manicure, and the usual lecture about her weight.  What can you do with a lazy cat who doesn't want to engage with toys (other than a 5 minute wrestle with them)?  We have tried all sorts, I even tied string to a toy at one end and the other end to the belt loop on my jeans to trail it around the house behind me.  She watched me for a while and went back to sleep!

Cats huh.



Thursday, 30 January 2020

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Warm or Cool

Hello, and here I am to tell you about another challenge from AS YOU LIKE IT!

The theme for this fortnight is
Warm or Cool Colours

Although I love the warm colours (you kinda have to go warm with many of the furry critters) I do love the sophistication of cool colours too, and cool seems to work so well for the male cards.  Blues, greens, and lilacs are so soothing.

So for this little cutie
Wild Rose Studio - Tilly With Presents
painted in all the cool colour Distress Inks (ReInkers) I had to hand
Blue/Grey/Green papers from a pad I bought in The Works
Gift tag die
Sentiment from Personal Impressions

The sponsor for this challenge is

So, if you are feeling chilly this winter, you can warm up, and if you are like me with personal tropical moments, you can cool down!  Don't forget to tell us about why warm or cool is your favourite choice for your make.

Hugs to all

Thursday, 16 January 2020

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Anything Goes

Hello peeps, hope you are well on this blustery January day.  Question of the week:  Why do local authorities design wheely-bins to fall over in one puff of air when they are empty???

I shall leave you to ponder that one and move on to our new AS YOU LIKE IT theme which is
Anything Goes!

Since re-learning to crochet last March, I have slowly been building up the courage to try amigurumi (small critters) and finally I settled on this pattern from MisAdventures of Alice for a Squidlet Ⓒ (ok to recreate but not to claim as your own design, and not to sell) to attempt.  The first (pink) was a challenge but they have gotten easier and now they number 6 (Squidlet 006 is away on a secret spying mission and was therefore unavailable for the family photo).  My favourites are the chubby (out of focus, sorry) white one, and the little multi-colour chap just above his head.  The blue/grey one in the centre of the back row is normally my work desk buddy but he begged to come home just for a couple of days.  Apparently nothing much happens in the office once the cleaners have left for the night.

I won't tell you how long the first one took, but I have got them down to about two hours apiece now.

Let your imagination run wild and join us with your creativity for our Anything Goes theme which is sponsored by POLKADOODLES

Hugs to all

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Thank You (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Well, here we are then, 2020!  If you are not sick of hearing it, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all.

The change of year doesn't change the alternate Thursdays so here we go with the first
challenge of 2020 for AS YOU LIKE IT

There is no choice to be made this time, we would just like to see your thank you

I was dragged up properly and taught that a thank you costs nothing, but means so much.
I am still a firm believer in that.

Should I have warned you about the colour bomb?!

Lovely things used for this are:
Sunny Studio 6x6 Jewel Tone papers
Lots of Distress Inks for painting and stencilling

Our sponsor for this theme is

I do hope that you will find time to join us in the next fortnight.  We have an exciting year of challenges ahead of us (I know, I have seen the list!)

Hugs to all

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Frida Loves Frosty (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning peeps, I hope you are all more prepared for Christmas than I am this year.  My Santa report probably reads something like "F - Must try harder".  I swear that as soon as the clocks change in March time simply accelerates to January and I am left floundering in the wake.

Anyhoo, there is always time for everyone to have a festive hug, including Frosty

Lovely things used to make this are:

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours

This will be my last DT post for Dies To Die For this year, and I am having a small sabbatical for January so I shall be back at it again on 1 February.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2020.
Thank you for all you support throughout this year.


Thursday, 19 December 2019

As You Like It (DT) Favourite Die

Hello peeps, it's time for our final AS YOU LIKE IT challenge of 2019 and hopefully it is one you will enjoy!

This time we would like you to share a Favourite Die with us (and explain why)

I love the variety of fonts that are available in stamp form these days and I have a huge collection of sentiment stamp sets, and whilst they are fabulous on their own I absolutely LOVE word dies, especially if they can match up with some of the sentiments I have

I am in love with this word die, I think it will be used an awful lot - a simple card but with just the right amount of impact

and a little heart punch for finishing off

The sponsor for this challenge is

Hope to see you there for this challenge, if Santa brings you a new favourite die that's ok, you will still have time to enter!

Hugs to you

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Tiny Christmas (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello peeps, I am back, did you even notice I was missing?  I suspect not!  Sorry about last week's absence, but I have been laid low with a nasty chest infection.

Isn't this the cutest little Santa?!

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Short but sweet.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

CASE a DT member (DT) AYLI

Hello everyone, here we are at another Thursday and another As You Like It Challenge.

It's something a little different this time - we would like you to CASE a DT member and tell us why.

As we are all very short on spare hours at this time of year, I made a card that you can CASE really quickly, so handy for those last minute makes.

All you need for this is a stencil, a tag, and a cute critter!

MFT Birdie Brown - Polar Bear Pals BB-40
Sentiment from MFT Stacy Yacula - Warm and Feathered Hugs SY-02
Taylored Expressions - Nordic Snowflakes Stencil
a tag die from The Works
a smidge of organza ribbon, and a dash of Distress Inks

and the sponsor for this challenge is

Looking forward to seeing you there.


Saturday, 30 November 2019

Santa's Elves (DT) Dies To Die For

To be brutal, this little Squirrel has felt totally cr@p this week.  I have had my share of cold germs over the years, but I swear they are getting more evil with each passing winter!

It's a miracle that I managed a make, but of course Birdie Brown came to the rescue.

and the ingredients for this are

Mixture of craft papers
Snowflakes stencil with Distress Inks (Broken China)
and Elf painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours

Anyone for a tissue?  Sniff.


Saturday, 23 November 2019

Trio of Trees (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello everyone!  Happy Saturday to you.
I'm here with a clean and simple but still quite classy card.
(but I must apologise for the photo quality, there wasn't a huge amount of daylight when I took this)

So, for this I have used:
MFT Clear Stamps - Trio of Trees CS-346
MFT Die-Namics - Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames MFT-924

So, apart from Memento coloured inks for stamping the trees/sentiment, and the tiniest smidge of Distress Inks for grounding, that is absolutely it!

I am going to have another go at this one, maybe with a darker green for the trees, and heat-embossing the berries with gold instead of red ink stamping.  If it works, you might see it here soon!



Thursday, 21 November 2019

As You Like It (DT) Favourite Way of Adding Snow

Morning everyone!  By now we, that's the AS YOU LIKE IT team, are hoping you are starting to get festive with your makes as our challenge for this fortnight is Your Favourite Way To Add Snow (and why).

I make a lot of cards with a vista of white, so favour adding my snowflakes by stamping with a pale blue ink, but for cards like this with a dark sky I do love to use snowflake dies, there seems to be an infinite variety of shapes and sizes so I am constantly collecting new ones!

So, for this one I have used
Background paper from The Works

Imagines painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and, if you squint, you
 might just see a sprinkling of Glamour Dust (Crystal) under their feet
(all of the linked items above are from Dies To Die For)

Our sponsor for this challenge is the fantastic

Looking forward to seeing all your snowy makes!


Saturday, 16 November 2019

Toasty Greetings (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, I  hope you are well.  I'm a bit late today but am now popping in with a warm glow make for you.

I missed out on this set the first time around, so I have a real warm glow feeling from being able to get my little paws on it from the MFT Vault this time!  I struggle to resist Birdie Brown designs, as you might have guessed.

Images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers).  Feeling quite chuffed with their reflected light tummies, I just hope that Snow doesn't melt too fast, but if he does, Pingu can grab his toasting stick!

I hope you are all keeping your marshmallows warm.


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