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Saturday, 22 June 2019

Friendly Foxes (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, happy weekend to you!

It's been a week of typical British weather, humid, sunny, wet, thunderstorms, breezy, you name it, we have (almost) had it all these past few days.  We had one storm this week, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, that was realllllllly loud, one clap of thunder woke me up so suddenly and I was all discombobulated and had no idea who I was, where I was, or what time of day (or night) it was.  The only comfort was that everyone at work a few hours later looked as bleary as I felt!

Anyhoo, last weekend was of course Father's Day in the UK, and I had been saving this set to make my dad his card - he is a country boy to the core and he has such a love of wildlife that it seems right to use this cheeky fella for him.

So the ingredients that I used from Dies To Die For are
and there is a matching Friendly Foxes die set available too

Again this week, I have had the C word mentioned in respect of my colouring - guys, I don't use Copics, I wish I could but I don't have those skills!  99.9% of my images are watercoloured painted using Distress Inks (ReInkers) as my paints.

Hugs to all

Thursday, 20 June 2019

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Summer or Winter Colours

Hello chaps, and it's time for another challenge from

Here we are, two-thirds of the way through June, in fact, tomorrow is the first day of summer,
and we are asking for
Summer or Winter Colours - Your Favourite

Being a furry little critter, I have an affinity with winter, and certainly struggle with summer, tail wilt is a real issue in high temperatures.  It was a tough choice as I love all colours, but it's been a long time since I played with winter colours and wanted a chance to cool down.

I bought this cutie as a rubber stamp, before Lili of The Valley went digi
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are also LOTV

The sponsor for this colourful challenge is

Come on over and join in the fun


Saturday, 15 June 2019

Curvy Girl Eats Cake (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning my lovelies, how are you all today?

I think the sentiment that goes with this stamp is going to become
my mantra, I do have a certain weakness for a nice cake, just ask my Teamie Faye!

And the yummy things I have used are
Stamping Bella Cut It Out Die - Curvy Girl Eats Cake CIO789DIE

The CIO Die is on the website, I just can't find the link to it at the moment - if you have any problems just get in touch with Tracy.

I have painted Curvy Girl with Distress Inks (ReInkers).
The white flower is an old Tonic punch, and the leaf is a die from The Works.

Anyhoo, that's me done for today, I'm off to wrap up some Daddy Day presents.

Hugs to all


Saturday, 8 June 2019

Purr-fect (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello chaps,  I am hoping that I have a safer day than yesterday.  Firstly I managed to tip over a 400ml (full) glass of squash, thankfully it was heavily diluted so it wasn't sticky, but there was a lot of dashing around the office grabbing paper towels to mop it all up from my desk.  How can water travel so far?!  Then when I was getting dinner ready I knocked over a full cup of chilled coffee, over me, the worktop, the floor, down the cupboard door......... AND if that wasn't enough, I then managed to trip over the cable while I was charging the laptop.  It really was NOT my day!

Anyhoo, I have used Rosie as my muse (or is that mews) for this make

Phew, that's a whole lot of MFT!

Kitty has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Hugs to all

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Favourite Stamp Brand (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Another fortnight has whizzed past, and here we are with a new challenge from the

This time, for your delight and delectation our theme is
Your Favourite Stamp Brand

When I first started stamping, I fell in love with Margaret Sherry's cute animal designs that Penny Black Inc turned into stamps, and I built up a rather large collection, so based purely on numbers, I have to say Penny Black are my favourite, especially as I still have them all!

This is only of my first PBs - Bubble of Joy
Dotty edged die is by Crealies
Papers are MFT Hearts & Stripes and Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow Scallops
The sentiment die was a magazine freebie
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

I do hope you will be able to pop over to the challenge and join in the fun!


Saturday, 1 June 2019

Picture Perfect (DT) Dies To Die For

Good morning peeps!  I'm getting this in early, before it gets too hot and I wilt under a lettuce leaf.
Have you seen the forecast?  28C for here in the east, good grief, I am so glad that the tail is being tidied up and thinned out this afternoon!

Before I met Mr Toad, I lived on my own in a little terraced house quite close to the A12 (by quite close, I mean next to it) and because of the road I was loathe to have a cat at that house, but the house needed an animal so I had hamsters.  The first one was called Windle Poons, she was golden and white, and worked out how to pop her exercise ball open by ramming it into the edge of the kitchen door, and the second one was called Abby, she was a soft grey, and she was an escape-from-a-cage artist (ask my mother about the dining room carpet).  If I had been away for a weekend, a friend or willing relative would take custody of the critter-of-the-moment, but it was so hard to find a "thank you for looking after me" card - that problem has now been solved.  All I need now is a another hamster..... although it possibly wouldn't make a great housemate for Rosie!

To make this I have used:

Hamsters have been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers).
The base layer of rainbow striped paper I picked up really cheaply in WH Smith, it's an A4 pad too!

That's me done, I'm off to load the washing machine to make the most of this awesome drying weather!

Have a wonderful weekend

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Dies To Die For (DT) Fluffy Hanging In There

Hello peeps, are you ready for the start of a (UK) three day weekend, yaaay!

I started a new job a month ago, well, when I say new, I mean I have gone back to a firm that I left 14 years ago.  It has been sooooooooo strange, the building itself is so familiar (even the carpets are still the same), and there are still a few old faces there, but I'm having to learn new people as well as a new-to-me IT system!  I think I may be sleeping a lot of this weekend.

Anyhoo, it's been a while since I hoiked this family member out of the darkness, so I
thought it about time he (or she) got inky again!

So, the things I have used from the Dies To Die For store are

Fluffy has been watercolour painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers).

The Sunny Studio paper is double-sided and it is such lovely quality - that purple background is one sheet, I simply cut it in half and flipped one piece over.  I have used it a lot and need to restock for myself!

Anyhoo, have a super weekend, whatever you are up to, have fun


Thursday, 23 May 2019

As You Like It Challenge (DT) His or Hers

Morning all, another Thursday, another challenge!

The team over at AS YOU LIKE IT are asking which you prefer to make
For Him or For Her (and please tell us why)

I would guesstimate that 95% of my makes throughout the year are for the girls so I really
quite enjoy the change of making for the boys, and their cards are very much like the
boys - much simpler!!

So, the bits and bobs used for this one are
Like an idiot I didn't write down the word die, but I think it is MFT Die-Namics
MFT 6x6 Watercolour Wash
Martha Stewart grass border punch
Joy Crafts 6x6 brick pattern paper
Young fella-me-lad is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Thanks to those of you who took the time to participate in the AYLI birthday blog hop, the winner of which is announced over on the challenge blog!

Finally, the sponsor for our His or Hers theme is

Polkadoodles Ltd

Hugs to all

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Bundles of Love (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, how is your weekend panning out?  Too early to tell?
Well, I really hope that it is everything you want it to be.

I'm not sure why, but the Pure Innocence girls from MFT don't seem to do as well in the UK as they
do in the US, which is a real shame, because they are such cuties, and so versatile.  I really like them so I shall continue to share them with you until you surrender!

Of course she has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and I have used
a tiny layer of kraft card to separate the yellows from each other

Hugs to all

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Bring Out The Sunshine

Hello peeps!  Sorry, didn't mean to startle you by sneaking up on you on a Sunday!

It's back to work tomorrow, after a week off, and to distract myself and try to postpone the Sunday blues, I got the inks out this afternoon.  It must have worked, because I totally forgot I was supposed to be batch making pasta sauce, so that is now bubbling away and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it is cold enough by bedtime to pop in the freezer.

Yesterday, the Mister ran the gauntlet of our Royal Mail/Post Office parcel collection depot.  It is something of a challenge, and certainly not user friendly as it is (a) a 12 mile round trip (b) in the centre of town (c) the parking is atrocious.  Anyhoo, the little red card had said there were two items to collect, and one of them was all mine!  I love happy parcels.  This one was from the fabulous Dies To Die For store and contained my latest purchase from the new MFT release (grin).

As today is the first dry day we have had this past week, this little lassie seemed the right choice.

I really did enjoy colouring her up with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
(the little bird is in the set, I masked him onto her hat)
Sparkly enamel dots from stash

There is a matching die to go with the stamp set, but I opted to fussy cut

All of the linked ingredients above are available from Dies To Die For Online Store

Okay then, best I get back to the pasta sauce cauldron before it becomes BBQ sauce!

Have a great week everybody.


Saturday, 11 May 2019

Polly (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello peeps, and a happy weekend to you.  Me and the Mr have been on holibobs this week.  It wasn't the best week weather-wise (we have been soaked through more than once while out and about, yesterday pelted with hailstones - it's MAY for heaven's sake!) and I've had a streaming cold for a few days, but it has been good to catch up on some sleep after the stresses of the last few months.

Anyhoo, I've long had a love affair with the Whimsy Stamps/Wee Stamps, so I thought it was about time I brought this little lady out of the dark again.

Polly has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours, and I used a fine-liner brown art pen for her hair detail.

You have been hugged

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Non-Card Project (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Guess what!  It's Thursday!

Of course you know what alternate Thursdays mean, and that is a new challenge from

This time, we are pushing the boundaries and asking for a non-card project.  Have a look at the DT makes for inspiration if you are stuck.

Unfortunately the first ever granny square crochet blanket isn't finished yet (so near yet so far) so here is something else!  I love making gift wrappings, either boxes or bags, that can contain a few luxury chocs.  Here is a little bag I made.
("Uff Da" is an expression of surprise)

So, I have used
Fussy cut and painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Martha Stewart grass border punch

and the chocolates are ALL mine!!

There's a wee anniversary blog hop happening so you'll need to visit each of the team, leave a comment, and then a final comment on the AYLI challenge - there's a surprise gift for the right person!

Right then, as well as the hop, the sponsor for this challenge with the prize of
an A5 stamp set is
Lili of the Valley

Hope to see you there

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Curvy Girl Is Busy (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello folks, here I am, at the start of a Bank Holiday weekend - I would say  lovely Bank Holiday weekend, but it is cold and wet so far, how marvellous (but we dooooooooo so need the rain).

I started my new job two weeks ago, so I would like to think
this Curvy Girl is like me, surrounded by paperwork and Post-It Notes but
unfortunately my legs will NEVER be that long!
Mind you, they might be that shape soon, there are a LOT of stairs in the building.

Stamping Bella Curvy Girl Is Busy Cut It Out Die (on website but link not working)
Sentiment is selected text from that which comes with Curvy
MFT 6x6 Country Fair Plaid (sorry, it's retired since I made this)
but Farm Fresh Gingham would work nicely

I used an old MFT Die-Namics Insert It 3x4 Notebook die (long since retired I think) to create the note cut from the School Days paper, and then cut it down to fit the sentiment.

Curvy Girl painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and I added to her hair with a fineliner pen.

Hugs to all

take a peek at what my ultra-talented teamies have been creating
go on, break into that piggy-bank

Saturday, 27 April 2019

The Gnome & The Letter (DT) Dies To Die For (UPDATED)

Happy Weekend everyone!

I'm hoping that by the time this posts, the DTDF website problems will have been resolved, but at the time of writing they aren't so I will pop back to add the ingredients links for you.

Gnomie coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils

I decided to stack the HELLO so cut four layers of thick white card, and one of the MFT paper, and got sticking.  Shame you can't see the "popping off the card" effect in the photo!

Hugs to all


Thursday, 25 April 2019

Ribbon or Flowers (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Well hello there chaps!  How are you on this fine Thursday?  You do know of course that with it being Thursday it is time for another fortnight's challenge from the AS YOU LIKE IT gang.

This time, the theme is Ribbons or Flowers (Your Favourite and Why)

I have more of an affinity with flowers than I do with ribbon, although I don't use either that much really.  However, for this challenge I was going to make an effort and out came the flowers, only to find that my silicon glue is a solid lump in a tube!  So, I had to resort to flat flowers ..... (I can hear Red Leader grumbling from here)

So this ADORABLE little chap is new and he is
I don't have the die, but there is one available, so I had to fussy cut
He is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) used as watercolours
The leafy stem is a Tonic die and
the flowers are various sizes of Woodware punch, with Card Candy centres
(didn't have the right colour so inked up a cream one with a yellow pen)
The layered Hello die is from Create A Smile
Papers are Sunny Studio (purple) and Prima (blue)

So there you have it - except for our wonderful sponsor for this theme who is

£10 voucher from
Fantastic Ribbons

Hope you will take time in your busy schedules to come and join in the fun.


Saturday, 20 April 2019

Violet (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning everyone, happy Saturday to you all.

In this funny ol' world that we live in, I don't think we say thank you enough, so
why not change that and say thank you to someone today.

Ingredients used

Versafine Toffee and Vintage Sepia for the background stamp and
Distress Inks (ReInkers) for Violet.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend!


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