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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

Boom! (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all,  I.m here today with a little one suitable for the fellas

Hugs to all

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Ribbons or Buttons (DT) As You Like It

Hello peeps!  Are you still enjoying this ridiculously hot and sweaty summer?  You might have guessed that I've fallen out of love with it, just a little, and am looking forward to autumn!

Anyhoo, while we still have the long daylight hours it means you can craft more and
you might like to join in with the new AS YOU LIKE IT challenge and
the theme for this fortnight is Ribbons or Buttons (please tell us about your choice)

Regular readers will know that I have an allergy to ribbons, they never do what I want them to (of course it's not me being cack-handed!) and as for tying bows with them, phah!!  So, my choice would have to be buttons.  Sometimes I push the boat out and use real ones, but if the card is being posted then I can even fake buttons (and often do)

I think this Lili of The Valley stamp may be called Special Delivery
and I believe it has long been retired (which is a shame, it's soooooo cute)
Distress Inks (ReInkers) used as watercolours
MFT sentiment set, which is also retired
Star shaped punch, and button holes (wonky) made with Japanese Screw Punch
MFT 6x6 Dots & Stripes Bright

Our Sponsor for this challenge is (who else could it be)

£10 voucher
crafty ribbons

So, that's me and my fake buttons, I do hope you find the time to join us


Saturday, 14 July 2018

Surprise! (DT) Dies To Die For

Well actually, it's probably not much of a surprise to find me here again,
it is a Saturday after all

However, this is a bit more of a surrrrrrrrrrrrrrr-priiii-iiiiise!

( I know it says Party, but the more I look at it, the more it looks like Pasty )

So for this party on a card I have used

Those little Rascals are painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
and I have just used some generic red card for that pop of colour

Have a super scorcher of a weekend, and hopefully some playtime


Saturday, 7 July 2018

Sue's Birthday Wish (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, hope you are ok and ready (in the UK) for another sunny weekend!
I'm off for a tail trim and colour this morning, then scampering back for the British GP qualifying, and then hopping over to France for the start of three weeks with my boys in lycra!

Anyhoo, I have popped in, as is usual at this time on a Saturday, to share my DTDF make with you and it's a birthday celebration today

It's a typical Squirrel CAS card but I think that really suits the fabulous image
and the big sentiment
and because it is CAS there are only a few ingredients

I have painted the stamped image with Distress Inks (ReInkers) used as watercolours and her hair has had the helping hand of Polychromos Pencils

Hug to all

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Favourite Celebration (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Morning all, it's a new theme from the AS YOU LIKE IT team (I'm in charge on the challenge blog today!) and it is Your Favourite Celebration (birthday, Christmas, wedding, etc) but please do remember to tell us about it.

It was a tough choice and I do like making special occasion cards, and my favourite makes are for birthdays and, believe it or not, for Christmas (that is unless I am still racing around with snowflakes mid December).  I am being uber organised this year, well actually no, that's a big fib, I managed to get mum to place her order early, lol, so I have made a start on those.

CC Designs : Carollers stamp
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Papers are Dovecraft, I think the pack is called North Pole
Crealies loopy circle die
Die-Namics double stitched circle die
and I will check on the word dies - it's a set new to me but I have used it a fair bit already, shame I didn't write the name down!

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Come and celebrate with us


Saturday, 30 June 2018

Baker Nancy (DT) Dies To Die For

Anyone for a slice?  Just look at the size of that cake.
I imagine it to be filled with big, fat and juicy, English summer strawberries.

Morning all, I am a wee bit on the drag this morning, even with this ridiculous heat (can you tell I'm not a huge fan of summer temperatures) I managed to oversleep.  Oh well, it will go a little way towards making up for the Mon-Fri early starts.  Anyhoo, I am here to share a very industrious young lady with you.  I bet she was slaving over a hot oven to get this one made in time.

And the items used for this make are:

Image is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and I have used a variety of the cold grey Polychromos for her hair.  I do seem to have an addiction to these Rascals, and black hair does seem (to me anyway) to give them a slightly cheekier look!

What are your plans for the weekend?
Toad has popped out for some essentials (iced coffee and carrots), Rosie is (stupid animal) out in the conservatory snoring (don't worry, I am keeping a very close eye on her) and I'm doing domestic stuff like feeding the washing machine and roasting a gammon joint.  At least I have the Austrian GP to look forward to.  Ok then, I am off to rummage through the dvd collection to find something for this evening as telly is crap.  Anyone would think it was the World Cup.

Have a wonderful weekend all


Saturday, 23 June 2018

Howl Are You? (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, as it's a Saturday I am here again today for DTDF, just popping in with another does
of canine cuteness

For this one I have used:
(this is a die, but I used the die cut as a stencil to ink through, and I just sponged with Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Walnut Stain and Pumice Stone)

Both dogs painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and then fussy cut
and the grass border is a Martha Stewart punch

Hugs to all

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Embossing (DT) As You Like It

Hello again!  Hope this finds you well.  Of course, as it is a Thursday, it has to be an AS YOU LIKE IT challenge so if you are sitting comfortably I will tell you about our theme for the next fortnight (yes, I know you've seen the post title) - and it is Heat or Dry Embossing

Confession time, it's a long while since I did either of these!  I like the look created by embossing folders, but for some bizarre reason I always have trouble with it.  I like heat embossing, in fact I used to do it all the time before I found a waterproof stamping ink, and I really like that slightly raised and shiny smooth line when the powder melts under the heat of the gun (as well as the smell of burning dust, told you it had been a long time) - and of course the embossed lines create a great border for when you are colouring with messy materials

So I coloured this one in pencil, go figure!

So, I have used
Stamped on a kraft card base with VersaMark and embossed with Stampendous Ultra Detail White powder, and the image coloured with Polychromos Pencils
Some wonky layering (jeez) and a Martha Stewart corner punch

Don't forget, whatever your preference for embossing, do come and share it with us

Hugs to all

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Puppy Power (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning peeps, sorry I am a bit late with my posting today, I was so pooped last night that I had a lengthy granny nap on the sofa after dinner and didn't get round to doing this before bedtime.

Anyhoo, I am here today with some more animal cuteness for you!

I brought you kitties last week, so thought it was time to share some pups

I''m afraid that the flooring is all my own fault as I thought it would be a great idea to doodle the floorboards, it took rather longer than anticipated trying to get some perspective.

I could not resist the rolling over puppy, maybe it's because that's a default
position for Rosie, belly up and paws waving - that's how she is in 90% of the photos I have of her anyway.  I sometimes wonder if she is part dog or has never properly learned how to cat!

Whatever you are up to, have a super weekend everyone


Saturday, 9 June 2018

Meowy Meoples (DT) Dies To Die For

Good morning peeps, how are you today?  I'm scheduling this post as for the first time in a verrrrrrrrry long time, I am (hopefully) having a weekend sleep-in!

So, while I am snoring away, here we go with something a little bit furry for you.

Heheheheh, and the ingredients used for this are:

Don't'cha just adore that curly tail!
Kitties, and the little mouse, painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Have a fabbie weekend everyone


Thursday, 7 June 2018

AYLI (DT) Shape or Fold

It's Thursday (almost the weekend, hurrah) and you all know what that means,
it's a new challenge from the AS YOU LIKE IT team

Our theme this time around is Your Favourite Shape or Fold
(please remember to tell us about your choice)

So, I did consider a shape for this challenge, but as my favourite shapes are square or
rectangle I thought I would push the boat out and go for a fold.  My favourite fold for a card
is a good old easel, it's easy to do but still has the impact factor, but I forgot
what a bugger it is to photograph!

So for this I have used
Dovecraft Basics: Perfectly Pink
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

and our sponsor for this fortnight's challenge is

Hugs to all

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Gnome Pile (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, running a little late because of v.e.t appointment but Squirrel is now in the house

Every now and then, amongst all the impossible ideas, the husband comes up with a little cracker and on this one he was so right, so I had to go with it.

"They look like little Santas" he says

The Gnomes/Santas are painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and there is a little bit of Polychromos
 Pencil in the beards - I really need to practice beards, it has taken me ages to master normal hair but beards are a whole other world of hairyness.

That's a Martha Stewart snowflake in the corner, but simply because I had the punch to hand.

Speaking of hairyness, this morning's v.e.t visit (booster vaccines and worming) went relatively well.  Managed to get Her Ladyship into the carrier with no biting or scratching,  but of course we had the traditional yowling all the way to the surgery.  We had a bit of a wait, but not too bad, and she had settled nicely while I was chatting to Ninja's mum (grey tabby, Ninja, not his mum) and she mentioned that she was bracing herself to be told he was fat.  I kept quite quiet!  

Anyhoo, our turn came and I plonked the box on the table.  Would she come out, would she heck as like.  "That's a lovely collection of whiskers" coos the lady vet, as that was all that was making an appearance.  In the end we had to resort to the undignified process of tipping the box and sliding her onto the table.  Once there, she was very well behaved and took the vaccine and worming like a trooper.  I thought the scales would be a challenge but she treated them a bit like a royal throne and sat down quite happily.  The brilliant news is that we have a small weight LOSS at last!

OK, so it was only 200gm, and there is an awful lot more she can shift, but it is her first recorded loss and I was so chuffed.  It took a while to wean her off the Dreamies but it seems to be paying off.

As the treatments were done I picked up the carrier to bring it to the table and had only just got level with the edge of it, not even on it, and she was back in that box like a rocket!  We're home now (obviously) and have had a small snack and are now napping in my armchair.  Bless.

Right then, that's me done, I need to get a chicken in the oven to roast.

Have a wonderful weekend peeps


Saturday, 26 May 2018

Brianna The Butterfly (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, so sorry that this is a later post than usual - I fell asleep in the armchair last night and didn't have the energy to do it before bed, and this morning I had a haircut at silly o'clock.  Still, better late than never!

I have a bit of a tropical colourfest for you today

So, for this colourful little lady I have used

Brianna is mostly painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) but I have used a few
Polychromos Pencils on her wings just to get a deeper tone to the shading

Hope your weekend is just as vibrant - happy UK Bank Holiday!

Hugs to all

Thursday, 24 May 2018

AYLI (DT) Flora or Fauna

'ello my darlin's, how are you today?

So, it's time for another challenge from the talented team at AS YOU LIKE IT and this fortnight's theme is Flora or Fauna.

I do seem to create an awful lot more fauna than flora cards, and I find it is difficult to cuddle a flower, so I guess it has to be fauna for me, although I'm not sure that I want this particular chap on my lap or curled up on the bed

Echo Park - Birthday Girl (candle paper)
MFT Die-Namics Mini Cloud Edges Stencil
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

and of course the bit you all want to know is the sponsor of the challenge


Hugs to all

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

GDPR the blah blah blah

Please, all Followers and Email Subscribers, I have published a Data Protection & Privacy Policy which I urge you all to read.

Information that may be passed to me by you commenting, following, subscribing, entering challenges, will not be passed on to any third parties, I will not randomly email you selling something, your information will remain (so far as is humanly possibly) confidential.  However, please be aware that comments can be tracked back by other visitors here to your own blog, and if your email is available then a link will show in your own Profile  You may wish to consider changing your own settings.

Whilst I personally consider that we are being hoisted to the rafters by a bureaucratic noose, there is no alternative but to comply with the new rules.

I am sorry if it seems intimidating and boring.  Actually it is both.  But I didn't create the new legislation (trust me, it would be much simpler if I had!).

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Oh Gnome - You DIdn't?! (DT) DTDF

Morning all, it's a chasing-her-tail type of Squirrel today, I'm running a bit behind

Anyhoo, I'm here with a little Bella fun for you

So, what I have used

I just love that snail's face!

and of course the whole image was plastered with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

I made the big flower using a Die-Namics set but I can't tell you what it is as I bought it unlabelled in a destash, but it makes me think of a Dianthus with the frilly petal edges

Hugs to all

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