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Saturday, 17 August 2019

SQUIRREL! (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, here I am again, with some furry little critters for you!

When this set was being previewed, Tracy said to me that it had my name
written all over it, literally, and she was soooooo right.
It also makes me think so much of cuddly Doug in Pixar's "Up".


and the matching die set is Squirrel! MFT-1574

and that is it, simple but sweet - stamping and masking, and a generous sloshing
of Distress Inks (ReInkers)


Thursday, 15 August 2019

As You Like It (DT) Colour Combo

Well hello AYLIers, it is time for another challenge over on the

We have a colourful challenge for you this time - it's your choice between
Pink & Green OR Blue & Orange

I like both combos, and it was a difficult choice, I had images that would have suited either, but I have been itching to get this pretty stamp inky so I went with Pink & Green

Isn't this just darling?
MFT Clear Stamps - Bitty Birthday
MFT DieNamics - Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2
Papers from The Works
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) used as watercolours
Kraft card base

Our sponsor for this fortnight is

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Bear Calories!

Well hello Mr Weekend!  Blimey, that's been a long time coming, but here it is and I am going to enjoy every cotton pickin' minute of it!

Anyhoo, hands up who here likes a cupcake (or buns as we used to call them)?  They do seem to have come up in the world rather from their humble beginnings to confections of incredible detail.  They are certainly a good way of providing cake to an audience who may have wildly varying tastes and/or dietary requirements

And of course, they are simply delicious too!

This little chap looks happy with his cake anyway

(the grammar queen in me says Your Birthday, but hey)

Bear and cake combined images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Confetti stars stencilled with Distress Inks and Distress Oxides

That cake is making me feel peckish......

Hugs all

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Donkey Stuffie (DT) Dies To Die For

Happy weekend everyone!  Now, is there anyone out there who doesn't love a donkey?

You?  Really?  Are you mad?  They are sooooooo adorable, with those long fluffy ears and gorgeously soft faces.  Still, I suppose there always has to be one.  Sigh.  Let's see if this changes your mind.


The papers I used I can't find on the website now but they were
Sunny Studio 6x6 paper Gingham Jewel Tones
Sunny Studio 6x6 paper Amazing Argyle

Donkey was stamped with a brown MFT Hybrid Ink and painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)


Thursday, 1 August 2019

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Flowers

It's time for another challenge from the AS YOU LIKE IT team, and this time we would like you to share your Favourite Flowers with us (any why they are your favourite).

There are a lot of flowers on my favourites list, with daisies right up at the top, but there is a Squirrel family trait for growing dahlias, they remind me so much of home.

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment from a Your Next Stamp floral set

and our sponsor for this challenge is

Time to get your petals on!


Saturday, 27 July 2019

Drink Up The Sunshine (DT) Dies To Die For

Well that's an ironic post title for this week!  Hello, a very tired and sweaty little Squirrel here with you today.  I can't remember the last night of decent sleep, us Brits are simply not designed for heat.

Here in the east, we have topped 30C most days and we reached 34C on Thursday.  We had the most ENORMOUS storms Thursday night, poor Rosie absolutely hates thunder and at the first rumble she dashed off to hide in her safe place.  She did eventually come out for some supper just before bedtime.

 I think most of us would like to be this little lady (minus her friend) just for a chance to cool off a bit.

Makes me want to find a paddling pool.....

Missy and The Shark both painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Waves stencilled onto the Watercolor Wash paper with Distress Oxides.
Paper Poetry white gel pen for the wave tops.

That's me done for today, off to find some ice!


Sunday, 21 July 2019

Friends With Fins

Hello peeps, yes, it really is me on a Sunday!  So, I found myself up-to-date with what I needed to have done (unheard of) which meant that I actually had an afternoon to play because I wanted to, whoop whoop.

I realised the other day that I seem to have been collecting sealife themed stamped sets, but hadn't actually used them very much yet, so I decided to put that right.

Although this is not a Dies To Die For promotional post, most of the ingredients are available in the online store, which is where the links will take you.

All colouring done with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours or Distress Oxides blended with Picket Fence Studios Blending Brushes
The ombre glitter card is my most recent purchase from Hobbycraft and it is sooooo pretty!
Paper Poetry white gel pen

And just because I can, I am actually entering a challenge.


Saturday, 20 July 2019

Flowers In Bloom (DT) Dies To Die For

You find me feeling a little sad, this morning, sniff.  It's the end of my week off work and I can feel the "routine" about to kick in again ready for Monday.  BUT, we have had a good week, we have been out and about but still found some relaxing time too.  For my birthday Himself took me to see Toy Story 4 (which was brilliant!), and we went on the St Elizabeth Hospice Elmer On Parade trail around town.  There are a LOT of elephants, 55 big ones and 84 smaller ones (in herds), and we came nowhere near finding them all so we cheated a bit and bought the lovely souvenir book from the Hospice shop so we could at least admire all the amazing artwork on the Elmers.

Anyhoo, out and about on our travels this week, Himself and I have spotted lots
of beautiful wild flowers in the hedges and verges.

Lovely things used for this are:

Flowers painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and the off the edge-ness was my freehand fussy cutting with a craft knife.

Have yourselves a wonderful week, and, if it gets as hot as is predicted, keep the fluid intake up!


Thursday, 18 July 2019

Bird or Beast (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Hello chaps, I hope your week is going well.  As it is a Thursday, it means a new theme over at

This time we would like you to choose your favourite (and tell us why)

Don't get me wrong, I like birds - out in the garden.  The song of a blackbird absolutely fills my heart with joy, and I love the antics of sparrows and starlings, and of course a cheeky robin.  With no offence to pigeons, they are a blinkin' nuisance though!  However, as much delight as our feathered friends bring, I'm afraid that the furry critters will always win in my affections.

How cute is that smile?!!

although I used the rubber version (retired now, boo hiss)
Lawn Fawn 6x6 Knit Picky - Fall
Crealies XXL No 70 Open Scallop Square
Poppystamps Bubble Daisy Border
MFT Stencil - Mini Cloud Edges
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

For this furry and feathery challenge, our sponsor is

Hugs to all

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Travelling Gnome (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, V.E.T visit attempt No 2 today (last week's was cancelled because of emergencies) so I am hoping that HRH (Her Round Hairyness) will still be within grabbing distance in a couple of hours.

Speaking of which, I have something else small and hairy for you .....

Lurrrrve this little chap!

and even though you can't actually see them, I used the new

Have yourselves a wonderful week

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Fairy Good Friends (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello chaps, bright eyed and bushy tailed here this morning, well, not really here, but virtually.
I'm off for my regular tail trimming, and then later Rosie has her V.E.T. appointment for her
annual vaccines, and a lovely relaxing (ha!) pedicure.

What do I have for you today?  It's a wee cutie!

Have a great day

**  I had used the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot paper, but this has been retired from the website, so you could equally well use the background stamp (which I have included the link for)

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Favourite Baby Make (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Happy Thursday folks!  Another fortnight has flown by and that means another new theme from the 

This time, we would like you to share your Favourite Baby Makes with us.

I do like to make small keepsakes but as I was told it wasn't appropriate to make a muzzle, I made a door-hanger for the nursery instead, which could double-up as a do-not-disturb when the sprog sweet little thing is sleeping

So for this I have used
Lili of The Valley Babies Clear Stamp Set (retired)
MFT Die-Namics Wine Tag
L'il Inker Designs Stitched Bow die
Personal Impressions sentiment stamp (Baby Girl)
Lili of The Valley sentiment (Follow Your Dreams)
Whimsy Stamps 6x6 papers
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Hope to see you there!


Saturday, 29 June 2019

Chevron Accents (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, are you ready for a hot one?  Make sure you take care of yourselves, and keep hydrated.

You might need a stiffer drink now - something a little out of the ordinary from me today, there isn't a stamp in sight!

For this die-cut masterpiece (!) I have used

Well that has my nerves tingling!  I think I need to reach for the paintbrush.....

Hugs to all

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

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