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Saturday, 12 October 2019

Sweet Birthday Wishes (DT) Dies To Die For

I did warn you a few weeks ago that I was in love with this stamp set from Birdie Brown and you would be seeing quite a bit of it, so you will be seeing it again today!

You might (or might not) be pleased to know that I have got my mitts on another Birdie Brown re-released set so at least you will get a little variety.

With apologies, I used Lawn Fawn 6x6 Perfectly Plaid Spring papers on this but they have since been retired from the website, sorry!

I used Memento inks for the spatter background, but of course little lassie and her cakes are watercolour painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers).

Have a super weekend everyone.


Thursday, 10 October 2019

Stitching - Real or Faux (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Well hello, how are you this morning?  It's time for another exciting challenge from the AS YOU LIKE IT team and this time we would like you to tell us all about your REAL OR FAUX STITCHING.

Normally when this theme comes around, I always opt for faux stitching, the stitched effect dies are brilliant for adding that extra touch to a card.  However, this year I have been learning a new skill and, ta-dah, you are getting REAL stitching from me!  Yup, I have been bitten by the crochet bug - these are mug coasters (although secretly I think they are too pretty to get tea stains on them)

The orange at the back and the multi-colour at the front were make with
Stylecraft Special DK
The blue on the left is Stylecraft Bellissima
and the blue/pink on the right is wool from Poundland

The pattern for these is Bella Coco Crochet Coaster - the original followed the pattern exactly but with the other three I made a slight change to the final round and got a slightly quirky border design.

I am not spending less time inking and painting, but more time being a hooker while I'm watching tv, sitting on the bus, lurking in coffee shops, it really is a portable hobby!

I have been taking part in the Random Acts of Crochet Kindness movement (Facebook and Instagram), started by the beautiful Olivia, and it is so satisfying to make a little flower that could change the perspective of someone's whole day without them knowing who has done it.

Anyhoo, the fabbie sponsor for our stitching theme is

(what more encouragement do you need?)

Hugs to all

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Cupcake Frog

Hello all - how are you?  It has definitely taken a turn towards autumn this week, my hairy little paws are starting to feel the chill!

Anyhoo, it was HisNibs birthday last week.  Many regular readers know that his nickname is Mr Toad so when I saw this stamp set it kinda had his name on it.  Combined with something yummy it worked a treat.

and what I used from the Dies To Die For store

For those of you struggling with masking, you have to work front to back - I stamped the candle first, masked it, then stamped the cupcake, masked it, and finally the frog.
I use Post-It Notes for masking stamps, there is just enough adhesive for them to stick, but not so much that it leaves a residue of yick.

The photocorner dies used are, I believe, one of the first dies I bought for my Cuttlebug many years ago - not even sure what make they are, there are four of them on a black square with foam facing (like the Sizzix dies were)

The combined images were painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

That's me for today



Saturday, 28 September 2019

Stone Path (DT) Dies To Die For

Sorry I'm later today chaps, this little Squirrel has had a busy morning!

OK, brace yourselves, I've gone grown-up today

I have used:

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Kraft card base from Hobbycraft
Plain matting layers from DoCrafts
and that's me done!


Thursday, 26 September 2019

As You Like It (DT) Your Style - FAF or CAS

Hello all, welcome to Thursday (and trust me, you are welcome to most of them, I never could get the hang of Thursdays [to quote the great Arthur Dent])

Anyhoo, alternate Thursdays always have a boost with a challenge from the AS YOU LIKE IT team and this time we are asking you to share your preference of style with us - FAF or CAS.
It is important that you tell us about your choice to qualify for the sponsor's prize.

I have tried to make FAF, truly I have, more than once, but each time they have turned out like an explosion in an embellishment factory rather than a beautifully created piece, so I'm guessing my style is definitely CAS, sometimes more CAS than others!

So this little cutie is most definitely CAS and only uses one stamp set!
MFT Birdie Brown - Cool Cat
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and matted with a layer of plain DoCrafts paper

and the sponsor of this challenge is

So come on, get your style on and do remember to tell us all about it


Saturday, 21 September 2019

You Color My World (DT) Dies To Die For

HOLLLLLLIDAAAAAAAAAAY!  Yes, today chaps, you find me at the start of a week's holiday, whoop whoop!  It has been a long time coming, that is for sure.

Now, I know there is a u missing from the title, but if you put Colour into the search box, you won't find this gorgeous little lady!  I never did really understand why, if the British sent so many settlers to the US, their spelling is so quirky!

and that's it, simple is as simple does, apart from a splash of Distress Inks (ReInkers)


Sunday, 15 September 2019

MFT Superstar 2019 - Clean And Simple Genius

Hello chaps, yes, no need to check your calendar, it really is Sunday and I am posting.

Friday saw the launch of the 2019 MFT Superstar Contest - there are three catergories, as before, Colouring Virtuoso, Clean And Simple Genius, and Innovation Master.

In past years I have entered two of the three categories, but this year I am being kind to myself and only entering one.  This is my entry for the Clean And Simple Genius category.

All the products used are MFT of course, and were purchased in the UK from Dies To Die For
(which is where the links will take you)

Cuddly bear painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.

OK, so I am off to link this up to the contest before my nerve cracks.

Hugs to all

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Sweet Birthday Wishes (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello chaps!  I may have overslept a "tiny" bit this morning, it has been a full-on work week and I was verrrrrry tired.  Could possibly have managed another couple of hours, but, you know, things to do, places to be and all that.

Anyhoo, you all know my fondness for Birdie Brown designs so I was
overjoyed when I managed to get my paws on this set - it's a reissue of an older set, with updated sentiments, and I was so excited when I found out about it.  I think it will be getting a LOT of use.

Lawn Fawn 6x6 Perfectly Plaid - Spring (can't find on website now)

Little girl is painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours and I blended the
background in Distress Inks from the pads using the Picket Fence brushes.

Have a lovely weekend all

Thursday, 12 September 2019

To Santa or Not To Santa (DT) As You Like It

So, we are almost halfway through September, and already the C word is on the cards ..... well, hopefully it will be on your cards anyway!

AS YOU LIKE IT challenge have a new theme for you and it is
To Santa or Not To Santa (on a Christmas card)

I do like a lot of the happy, chubby, smiley Satan Santa stamps, I have a favourite set that comes out year after year, but there are so many other adorable stamps available that it is hard to choose, but if there is a cute and furry critter involved then I am sold!

I've been waiting to use this stamp since it arrived in my Christmas stocking last year!
Poppystamps Jumbled Merry Christmas die
Hobbycraft snowflake stamps
Christmas patterned kraft card from The Works
Red card from Rymans
Kraft base card from Hobbycraft

Miles has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

The winner of this challenge will be invited to be a Guest Designer with us during October!

Hugs to all

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Call The Shots (DT) Dies To Die For

Happy Saturday to you all!

I'll be honest, I have been a bit overwhelmed with the CUTENESS of the most recent Birdie Brown stamps from MFT and I had to buy them all, but I am only just playing with last month's release (even though this month's has now arrived!)

Yes, I know she is supposed to be a doctor/nurse, but I thought she made a lovely vet too!

All the image bits painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Have yourselves a happy week.


Saturday, 31 August 2019

Sprouted Baby (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello peeps, happy weekend!  Tell me, why are the four days following a bank holiday always longer than a normal five day week?  Pooped after this one!

Anyhoo, as it's been a hectic week, today's post is a simpler card than usual

So cute, and so useful for girl or boy baby!

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and the
silver iridescent card is from Hobbycraft

Hugs to all

Thursday, 29 August 2019

As You Like It (DT) Favourite Lettering

Helloo!  Here we are again at another Thursday, and how is it the end of August already?
Well you know by now that alternate Thursdays are AS YOU LIKE IT
challenge days, and this time our theme for you is
Your Favourite Lettering Style

I love to add text to a card, there are so many incredible sentiment stamps, in different fonts and for different occasions, and then there are statement dies with one or two big words, but I really like to combine the two, this is my favourite style of the moment.

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and a Martha Stewart border punch for that little bit of detail

and our sponsor for this challenge is

Hugs to all

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Boy Scout (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello peeps, here I am, slightly behind schedule!

When Stamping Bella released this image, I knew I just had to have it - I had no idea what I would use it for, but it just had to come home and live with me here.

A purpose arose much sooner than expected and here he is!

We have a happy/sad occasion coming up this week, when our priest finally retires at the grand age of 80.  Not only has he been in charge of our church for about 40 years, he has been so very involved with the community, and that includes being a leader for the local Sea Scout troop.  We are going to miss him so much (he married us in 1998) and this is just my tiny way of saying thank you for everything he has done over the years.  I know the uniform will have inaccuracies, but hopefully I got the colours right to change this little chap from a normal scout into a sea scout.

Scout painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Echo Park Enamel Dots
Red and black card from stash

I hope you are "prepared" for a cracking weekend


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)


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