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Saturday, 25 June 2022

For My Dad

Morning all, hope you are feeling fine and dandy today!

I've been going through a phase of super CAS cards again, but for Father's Day last weekend
I did actually go a little bit (but not much) further.  Dad's not a great one for fuss, and he was
absolutely chuffed as little mintballs with this one.

So, let's see what I used
Lili of The Valley Vintage Boy (from the last time they released some physical stamps)
Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds edger die
MFT 6x6 plaid papers
MFT 6x6 striped papers
MFT DieNamics Modern Serif Alphabet dies
and a fair splashing of the ol' Distress Inks (ReInkers)

One of his favourite things to do is go for a fish n chip lunch at their local
garden centre, so as well as 1/2 ton of liquorice allsorts and fruit jellies, I gave him
some universal gift vouchers for him and mum to treat themselves.  I made a little gift wallet themed
for the occasion.

Well, that's about all from me folks, I have a joint of pork in the oven (fingers crossed for crackling rather than sogling) and it smells divine, and a washing machine full of stuff that I am about to get out on the line.  If I'm not back within a week then I'm dangling from the washing line still.



Thursday, 23 June 2022

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Feminine or Masculine

 Hello peeps, remember me?  I seem to have been away a while.....but I have still been crafting, honestly.

So, it's a Thursday, and that means it is time for another new theme with

and this time we'd like to hear which is your favourite type of card to make
Feminine or Masculine

The majority of my makes are for the ladies, but I do really enjoy the boys cards because I can get away with simplicity without losing impact.

So for this one I hauled out one of old LOTV rubber stamps for this one
and he is one of my all time favourite boys
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with a hint of Polychromos
Sentiment is from a very old set with no packaging left, but I think it's Hero Arts
Simple as!

The sponsor for this challenge theme is

I know the weather is getting nicer now, but that is no excuse - get crafting!


Thursday, 9 June 2022

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Blonde or Brunette

 Hello peeps, here we are again, it's time for another new challenge theme
from the

This time we're talking about hair, what's your favourite, blonde or brunette

I used to be a brunette, very dark, but in later years it had to have help!  I made the decision to stop colouring it the Christmas before Covid hit us (lockdown was a blessing as no one witnessed the badger phase) and now, weird or what, I'm grey with a blonde tint (natural)

For this one I have used
CC Designs - Hoola Twila
Coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours
Polychromos Pencils for help with her hair details
Catherine Pooler Scribbled Circles stencil
Whimsy Stamps 6x6 DP Mix and Match 2 WSDP38
MFT Die-Namics Causes for Celebration MFT-972
MFT Clear Stamps Snow Globe Sentiments CS-243

Instead of a sponsored prize for the winner of this theme, it will be
an invitation to be a
Guest Designer with the team for July
(that's how I started)

So, off you go and get hairy, and come back to tell us all about it.


Friday, 3 June 2022

Out with the Bunting

 It's Jubilee Friday, the sun is shining, there are parties everywhere .... and I'm loading the
washing machine, LOL!

As there is so much bunting around, I though I'd get out one of my older CC Designs stamps

OK, it's not red white and blue, but she is definitely party ready.

Somehow, in between making the card and blogging it, I've managed to misfile the stamp, but after a bit of Googling she is C C Designs Swiss Pixies Banner Heidi
Whimsy Stamps 6x6 Mix n Match 2 papers
MFT Die-Namics word dies
Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours
Martha Stewart corner punch
Hobbycraft tiny flower punch

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.


Thursday, 2 June 2022

Get Well Kitty

 Morning peeps, happy Jubilee weekend to you!  Are you up to anything special?

I've been making a few get well/feel better cards lately to try and keep
my boss cheery while she recovers from surgery.

I'm not sure if this one made her feel better or more worried!

I've no idea what's in the syringe but kitty does look concerned!

Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours

Sweet, simple, does what it says on the tin.


Thursday, 26 May 2022

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Gift Card/Money Wallet

 Hey, it's time for a new themed challenge over at

The theme this time is your favourite way to decorate a gift card or money wallet
(please explain why)

I'm a terror with gift cards, they are very much gifts for that person who already has everything, or if I have left it too late to shop for a physical gift!  And I am so lazy, I tend to just decorate a small envelope, so this time I did a quick search and found a simple but very effective You Tube tutorial

I was so pleased that I actually had a WRMK notch punch for the thumb hole.  Yay me!

One sheet of A4 kraft card for the base
Flowered card stock from The Works for the matting panels
Pretty Pink Posh flower stamp
Crealies XXL80 small circle edge Circle dies
Some Distress Inks (ReInkers) for the stamped image and a
greeting stamp for the inside

I'm sure you will all be able to come up with something

Our sponsor for this theme is


Saturday, 21 May 2022

Best Friend Forever

 Crafting brings us together doesn't it?

After many years of card making now, I have made some absolutely fabulous and lifelong
friends in the crafting community, but there is always that special someone who you just
click with and the longer you know them, the more you discover they are more like family
than a friend.  A sister who I would have chosen.

I have one BFF who owns a large chunk of my heart, and I like to tell her that from time to time.

For this small, sweet, and simple card I have used
Painted with Zig Clean Colour Brush Pens as watercolours
and a left over sheet of pretty pink paper that I have no idea which pad it is from


Thursday, 12 May 2022

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Food

 Hellooooo (waving), how are we all then in the sunny month of May?

It's a Thursday, so it's time for a new challenge theme with the
and our theme this time around is Your Favourite Food
(please explain why it inspired your make)

If I'm not well, or if I can't be bothered to cook, or if I want something quick ..... soup!
There is something so comforting about a bowl of soup and thick bread or a roll (buttered).
My favourites, in order, are cream of chicken, oxtail, vegetable, and tomato.  Nothing fancy, but oh so delicious.

I really ought to make my own soup more often, but I couldn't bear to see this in my stock pot!

Whimsy Stamps - Get Well (DP1033)
Honey Bee 6x6 papers - Gingham Galore: Fall and Playful Pastels
MFT DieNamics Single Stitch Line Rounded Square Frame (MFT-1056)
Crealies XXL Double Dot Squares XXL50
Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Our sponsor for this challenge is

I do hope you will find time to come over and make us salivate!


Sunday, 8 May 2022

Happy (no, really) Birthday

 My favourite cousin and I are only 10 weeks apart in age (he's the eldest), and we've done a lot together over time - right through school together, learning to drive at the same time (I passed first), you get the idea.  And even though we are now heading towards a certain age, we still like to remind each other of how old we're getting.

I don't know why, but this just made me laugh - I hope he saw the funny side too.

A very simple card but I used
Coloured with a mix of Distress Inks (ReInkers), Zig Clean Color Pens, and Polychromos Pencils
Honestly not sure what make the striped paper is


Saturday, 7 May 2022

Pawly Plushies

 Happy Saturday everyone!

I've been a busy little Squirrel this morning and already have a mahoosive pan of Squirrel Stew bubbling away on the stove (for those who don't know, it's a hybrid of bolognese sauce and chilli - it goes with rice, pasta, and jacket potatoes beautifully).  So that's tonight's dinner sorted, and about six boxes for the freezer.  The whole house now stinks of onion and garlic!

Anyhoo, today I bring you a get well card.  My boss of 17 years has recently been in hospital for surgery and is now, thankfully, recovering at home.  I wanted to send her a card from our team at the office so got busy the other weekend and made her this,.

I used the Clearly Besotted Pawly Plushies stamp set, and because I couldn't choose just two or three bears I used them all.  My fingers after fussy cutting them all were a wee bit sore!

I used a MFT Die-Namics Cover-Up die, lots of Lawn Fawn paper, and sentiments from Personal Impressions.

A fair quantity of Distress Inks (ReInkers) was also used.

Hope your weekend is a restful one.


Thursday, 28 April 2022

AS You Like It Challenge (DT) Sketch

 Hello peeps, almost time for the Bank Holiday (UK) weekend, hurrah!

Now, before you all dash off to the beach or out to the barbeque, it's time for another challenge over at

Our theme for this one is Favourite Sketch (and please explain your choice)

We all get stuck for ideas from time to time, of course we do, and it is so easy to repeat something over and over because you feel comfortable with it, so when I get stuck or need something fresh I pop over to the MFT Blog for a mooch through their library of past sketches.  I have used 2 or 3 of them a few times but this one is winning at the moment as my favourite.  It's very simple, but can be very effective with the right choice of papers and little extra details.

For this I have used
Stamping Bella - Mini Oddball Has A Present
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Zig Clean Colour Brush Pens
Papers are Lawn Fawn 6x6 Flower Market
MFT Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle
Mama Elephant Mini Everyday Messages

Our sponsor for this theme is


Saturday, 23 April 2022

Pure Innocence in the Garden

 Hello folks, if there is anyone left out there that is ..... sorry that I have been missing from blogland so much, but I've been struggling with an evil episode of sciatica.  It's been four weeks now and it is thoroughly miserable!

Anyhoo, as I haven't actually done much crafting for a while, I guess you are going to have to suffer the catch up of Easter makes that I managed to do.

This one was for mum and dad - mum always has the most amazing spring flowers in the garden and this made me think of her borrowing dad's wheelbarrow (it was never where he wanted it to be when he needed it)

This is a Pure Innocence stamp from MFT, but I've had her for so long that she has vanished from the website now.  Shame really, because she is super cute.

Painted entirely with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Backing papers are a mix and match of MFT 6x6 from different pads

Matting layers were just plain white card inked up with Distress Oxide 

Border and corner from stash (so old I'm amazed they still stuck)

Sentiment by Trinity Stamps

So that's it from me for today.  I hope you are all out there having fun in the Spring sunshine.


Thursday, 14 April 2022

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Floral Or Cute

 Hello peeps, sorry that I am running so late today.  Let's crack straight on, the
new theme from AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE is Floral or Cute.

I do like colouring floral images, but tend to gravitate towards the cute 8 times out of 10.  There are just so many adorable characters out there, for every season, and I cannot resist a little critter.

I have used
Watercolour painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with some Distress Oxide for the grass
MFT Stencil - Mini Cloud Edges
and a word die that has no packaging but might be Tonic

The sponsor for this theme is

Hope you manage to find time to join in.


Thursday, 31 March 2022

As You Like It Challenge (DT) New or Recycled

 Sorry that I have been low-key for a while, I've just had so much else filling my time that my poor old blog has been sorely neglected.

Anyhoo, it's time for another new theme over at AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE and
this time it is NEW OR RECYCLED (pleeeeeeeeeeeasse tell us why)

So, I'm really keen on recycling at home - our blue bin is always packed, and if I can use something again for a new purpose then that's a win BUT for crafting, I admit it, I do love using new stuff - everything fresh and shiny new.

For this romantic wittle wabbit I have used
Whimsy Stamps Wee Bunny
A selection of my precious NitWits papers
MFT sentiments
and a stencil of roses
All inked up with Distress Inks (ReInkers and Oxides)

Our sponsor of this theme is

I hope you can come over to the challenge and join us.


Thursday, 17 March 2022

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Non-Easter Easter Character

 So, here we are again, almost officially Spring!  And in the Spring mood, the AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE team are asking for you to share your
Favourite Non-Easter Easter Character (no chicks, no bunnies) and remember that you must tell us why you made your choice to qualify for a sponsor prize

As you are probably learning to expect from me, I have gone a bit off-piste with this but simply because I have fallen in love with these Dustin Pike gargoyles and am trying to use them for every possible occasion!

Clearly Besotted grass border die
Mixture of MFY 6x6 papers

Gargoyle and his pals coloured up with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

and our super sponsor for this theme is


Saturday, 5 March 2022


 So, I'm sat here swearing at the laptop (situation normal) as I'm trying to transfer a chunk of photos from my phone to the hard-drive, and I have spotted a few cards that I haven't posted yet, mainly because they were for customer orders rather than DT posts, so I thought I'd drip feed them to you.

You will notice that they will appear to be out of season!

This one was an order from a friend who wanted a card for her brother who had his birthday at Halloween, and she wanted to make something of that.

So we have a real mash-up of products used here
Dracula is from CC Designs
painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Oval dies are Crealies
Happy is half of a Impression Obsession Happy Easter die
40 is MFT Die-Namics stitched numbers
Papers are whatever was to hand in the right colours
Goo border is a Martha Stewart punch

Apparently he was thrilled with it and, rumour has it, it is still on display even now.

Hope you have a fab weekend.


Thursday, 3 March 2022

As You Like It (DT) Interactive Or Not

 Well hellooooo and welcome to another Thursday!

Over at As You Like It this time the new challenge is
Interactive (at least one moving part) or Not

For me, it's a not.  I have tried many, many, times with the ol' interactive but we really don't see eye to eye so for me, I'll stick with what I do best thanks.

I've used one of the Rockabilly Gals from CC Designs
and the sentiment that comes with the set
A stencil by Stamperia and a lot of Distress Ink (ReInkers)

The sponsor for this theme is

Saturday, 19 February 2022

Wonder Woman?

 Hello peeps, I hope everyone is ok this morning after Storm Eunice.  I've checked on the Oldies and they are all in one piece, which is more than can be said for the felt on our shed roof, but that's such a minor issue in comparison to what many have suffered.  Did you see the photos of the O2 Arena roof?  I'm guessing that won't be a cheap fix.

So, I have said it before, the Oddball stamps from Stamping Bella are growing on me, and one or two might have snuck their way into my collection.

This one makes me laugh, particularly the sentiment, as I often find myself saying
"I wonder......."

and I think she is adorable, even if I do need more practice colouring her cape!
The sentiment comes with the image.
Martha Stewart stars border punch, with some of the punched out stars used for accents,
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers from my ever growing stash

And no, it's not your eyes, she does seem to be a little out of focus

Hope you have a good rest of your weekend


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