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Saturday, 14 November 2020

Saturday, 7 November 2020

Birfday Dragons (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello peeps, hope you are ok today.

I was running a bit tight on time this week so today's card is my traditional
CAS style - you don't always need a lot of stuff to make a card with impact, sometimes it is simply a matter of colour to create a statement

The image and the sentiments are all from the

I paired two of the sentiments from the set, and painted Dragon with Distress Inks (ReInkers).  The "icing" came out more red than pink, so he looks a little water-melon-y!

Paper is from a Dovecraft Back To Basics set that I fell in love with because of the cheerfulness of the designs and rainbow colours


Thursday, 5 November 2020

As You Like It Challenge (DT) His or Hers

 Hello peeps, Squirrel here today.  I hope you are all ok as we venture into the second UK lockdown.  I will be working from the office this time, hopefully in splendid isolation as so many changes have been made to keep those who have to be in there nice and safe.  It'll be a case of suck it and see for a while, if too many people decide they can't work from home then there will have to be a rethink.

Anyhoo, I'm here with my DT make for the new AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE theme, and this time the theme is HIS OR HERS (your favourite to make for and why).

Most of my makes tend to be for the ladies, but I do really enjoy making for the boys, especially if they are young enough for me to get away with cute, or if they are too old for cute then for me to be cheeky.  Male cards tend to suit my clean and simple style much better.

I actually made this one for a commission earlier in the year so have been saving it just for this challenge!

 The images are CC Designs "Surprise" and Whimsy Stamps Calories Schmalories stamp set, both coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers).
I'd love to give you the details for the dies but .......... the letters, number, and tag are all MFT Die-Namics.
And the papers, I think those are Echo Park, but I cannot be 100% sure.

And after that vagueness, our sponsor for this theme is POLKADOODLES (I can remember some things, honest)


Saturday, 31 October 2020

Best In Show (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, I hope this finds you all safe and well and with a good stock of loo rolls.

Just lately we have had occasional visits from my boss's dog to the office, Bertie is so much fun and just loves people.  He's a very happy dog but has a cheeky streak.  Only yesterday we had a small chase around trying to retrieve a roll of green ribbon that he'd run off with.  He thought it was the best game ever.  His energy and good nature inspired this tiny make.

Combined stamp set and dies offer
scrap of MFT 6x6 paper

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and a scribble of Polychromos shadow

Stay safe
Socially distanced hugs

Saturday, 24 October 2020

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Blue Plus One (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Oh I am in sooooooo much trouble - I forgot to schedule my DT post for this morning (oooops), so without more ado.....

This time over as AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE our theme is Blue Plus One, so that is mostly blue, plus one other colour, and please explain your choice.

In my book, the best colour to go with blue is red.  I don't know why, it just seems to work so well.  Maybe it's the old patriotic thing of red, white, and blue, but I find blue and red together ridiculously pleasing.

So, I have used 
Image and stencilling done with Distress Inks

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Knitting Penguin (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello everyone, hope you are ok this morning.  A huge furry hug going out to anyone who needs it.

Like many kids of my generation, I was desperate to learn to knit so that I could make a Tom Baker Dr Who scarf.  I was taught the basics by my mum, and did manage a scarf (sort of) which I wore a lot.  I'm not sure that I have knitted anything since!  Actually, that's a fib, I did knit a jumper, it had no shaping, it was just rectangles sewn together, and I did wear it once, just once.  I wonder what happened to that?!  Having failed to get to grips with two needles, I am now trying to learn to cope with one with a bit of crochet.  Not convinced that this adventure is any more successful!

Anyhoo, this little chap has certainly got the hang of things

Ingredients for this make

The sentiment comes with the stamp so, as always, good value from Stamping Bella.

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.


Saturday, 10 October 2020

Christmas Cheer (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all.  How are we today?  I spent all week in the office for work, and I am absolutely pooped now.  Not being allowed to use the bus means having to drive into town every day, and traffic levels are definitely increasing.  There was a time when I wouldn't have cared, I'd drive anywhere, but these days I am less confident and really hate being stuck in jams.  Don't laugh, but it is hard on the knees too with all the gear changing, the other night I caught 14 red traffic lights (yes, 14 of the damn things) and my clutch knee was exhausted by the end of it all!

Anyhoo, enough of my ramblings, here is today's little dose of festive:

So for this one we have:

I can't remember where the red edging paper came from but suspect it is an older MFT pad.

The snowflake die is one I treated myself to from Simon Says Stamp, it is one of their own brand dies.

Oval dies used are from Crealies.

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Twinkly gem from stash - I bought loads from W H Smith when they were on Sale.


Thursday, 8 October 2020

Non Card Project (DT) As You Like It Challenge

 Hello peeps, here we are at another Thursday already, gosh these weeks are whizzing by!

There is a new challenge starting today over at AS YOU LIKE IT and this time we would like you to share a favourite non card project with us (please explain your choice).

Now, I am not very organised when it comes to present wrapping, but I do have a fondness for cute little boxes, so when I get the opportunity and get my btm into gear then I do like to make a box.  I'm really into the kraft and white combination at the moment and I think it works really well for a little festive gift.

I made this using my WRMK Box Board for the basic box, cut the layers using Bristol Board and the same smooth kraft card that the box is made from, die cut a selection of gorgeous Mama Elephant snowflakes, and the sentiment from Impression Obsession.  The top circle panel for the box seal was cut with a plain Tonic layering circle and a MFT Die-Namics Double Stitched Circle Stax die.

For this challenge our lovely sponsor is


Saturday, 3 October 2020

Unicorns & Glitter (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning peeps, yes, I am late with my post today.  Having now returned to the office for work, rather than home-working, my routine is well an truly screwed, and I am a creature of habit so any changes like this really throw me off kilter!

Anyhoo, over on Instagram, I follow a lot of kitten fostering pages, and through one of those I have made a new friend, Danica, who is as mad as a box of frogs but I still adore her.  A while ago she dropped this not so subtle hint that it was her 30 birthday this year and how she would absolutely love to receive one of my cards (told you, mad), so this is the little make that went winging its way to Canada a couple of months ago.

Sorry about the photo - I think the sensor on the camera got confused by the blue and white!

A bit of masking on this one, before the background was sponged with Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, little girl painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours, base ground of the grass was Distress Inks and then detail added with Polychromos Pencils.


Saturday, 26 September 2020

Santa and Friends (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello peeps, hope you are all safe and well this Saturday - just popping by with something festive for you.  I finally seem to have got into the swing of the C cards, which is a good job really considering how far behind I am again this year.  

I think I maybe, at a push, make two or three 3D cards a year, and I have made two in the past week!  Not sure what has come over me.  I saw a make on Instagram and thought "yeah I can do that" and so off I went with my ruler and no safety net.

What I always forget though, is what a rubbish person I am with a camera and how tricky these little blighters are to show off, so forgive the squint pictures.

So for this unnamed whacky fold card I have used:

Santa and his friend painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Hugs to all

Thursday, 24 September 2020

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Brights or Pastels

 Hello chaps, welcome to yet another Thursday.  Is anyone else still struggling with the new style of Blogger?  Honestly, it is making me weep.  There is a 16 year old IT intern somewhere going "Oh, I have a great idea, let's completely change something that works perfectly well already, so that I can justify my own existence".  Grrrrrrr.

Anyhoo, you really do not want to hear me on my IT soapbox, so I shall tell you about the new themed As You Like It challenge instead.

So, for this fortnight, your challenge is to share with us your favourite of Brights or Pastels.

Hand on heart, I had to look through some recently made cards because in my head I was thinking "oh easy, it's pastels" but it would appear that I do seem to favour the brights, rather a lot of brights in fact.  So brights it is!

For this showstopper I have used:
Sentiment die is, I think, by Tonic
Image coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with just a sprinkle
of Glamour Dust Crystal on her frilly bits

Our lovely sponsor for this theme is

I do hope you will have the chance to pop over to AYLI to join in the fun.


Saturday, 19 September 2020

Old Friends (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello everyone, I'm here (eventually) - treated myself to a bit of a lay-in this morning.

I hope this finds you safe and well in these troubling times we find ourselves in.

Today is mine and the Mr's 22nd Wedding Anniversary.  How can that possibly be?  Where have the last 22 years gone?!

Thankfully he laughed when he opened this earlier.

Ingredients for this one are:

The old couple have been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.

Are you up to anything nice?  Whatever mischief you have in mind, stay safe and have yourselves a good weekend.


PS.  Hand on heart I swore I would not enter this year's MFT Superstar Contest as the previous years have been too much stress and humiliation.  However, as this card wasn't made with the challenge in mind, but will fit in the CAS category, and tomorrow is the closing date, I might just sneak it in under the wire.  Who knows, maybe a card full love will finally do the trick.

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Santa's Helpers (DT) Dies To Die For

  I need more than Santa's help this morning, this new Blogger interface is arrrrgh!  I really, really, dislike change for the sake of change.  I wouldn't mind so much, but the bit that has been changed is the bit behind the scenes that only us get to use, and it is frying my brain this morning.

I'm a bit later than usual today as I overslept this morning.  Not by much, but enough to put me behind.  Mind you, I was home-working on Wednesday (having returned to the office on Monday) and hubby woke me up with a "It's 8.45 you know" - flipping heck, I'm supposed to be logged on by 9.00!  That was a very quick lick and a promise in the bathroom and Weetabix induced indigestion.

I am finally getting my a**e into gear with the C** cards, I thought it was about time that I made a start.  This is my fourth this year.  Only another 46 to go, gulp.

I've had this stamp a while, but I have only just plucked up the courage to deal with the colouring of all the details!

So I have used:

and an older, retired, MFT Chevrons pad

Imagine entirely painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.

So, that's that bit done, now I need to think about getting a chunk of gammon in the oven to roast!


And as I haven't entered a challenge for a very long time, I'm popping this little lady into the

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