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Saturday, 10 November 2018

Meowy Kitty-Mas (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, how are you?  Having avoided it so far, I now seem to have come down with the snuffles, how marvellous, not!

Anyhoo I am here with some cute Christmas furryness to share.

And the lovely things used are

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and the stars were
punched from a random scrap of red paper that was laying around.

Hugs to all

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Monochrome or Rainbow (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Hello chaps, happy Thursday, and that means a new challenge over at

Our theme for this fortnight is
Monochrome or Rainbow

Being the numpty that chose this theme, I thought I ought to step up to the plate and do
a monochrome make

Whimsy Stamps Christmas Sentiments
Snowflake was an extra from a set of Personal Impressions sentiments
Black card from PDA Card & Craft

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) - just Black Soot!

Our sponsor for this challenge is
Lawn Fawn


Hugs to all

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Santa & Friends (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello chaps, as you read this I shall be sneaking up on the bathroom scales, and when I have
recovered I shall be off for a tail trim and colour.

In the USA, I think they are called cubicles, a very small office space within a bigger office - here it's
called a pokey corner.  In my overcrowded pokey corner, there isn't much room for
festive decorations, so I have made this mini-banner to hang from the hook
that currently holds my calendar!

The images have been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and, if you squint, you might
just about make out the Glamour Dust on Santa's hat, jacket trim, and boot tops.  I know Annette will be shocked, but that is REAL ribbon through the loop at the top.

Hugs to all

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Halloween or Autumn Colours (DT) AYLI

I am a few days late with my DT make for the AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE because numpty here had managed to get the themes in a muddle and thought that the next one was this one!

So, you probably know by now that the theme is Halloween or Autumn Colours, so no need for me to tell you all over again.

I don't make many Halloween cards but I do love the combination of the colours traditionally used, orange, purple, green, and black,  So this make is a non-Halloween card but using those colours.
Unfortunately, my choice of strong background colours against the softness of her wings has totally confused my camera, and I had a real challenge trying to get a half decent pic, this one is the best of a bad lot I'm afraid.  Even the magic of PixLR wasn't able to get a reasonable balance, so big apologies, honestly, she is much prettier in real life.

So I have used
CC Designs: Butterfly Twila
Joanna Sheen Signature Edger die
Watercolour and Ombre backing papers from Hobbycraft
Black card from PDA Card & Craft

Twila is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils,

Not one of my best, but hey, can't be a winner all the time (cough cough)!

Hugs to all

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Love You Bunches (DT) Dies To Die For

Sorry, pant pant,I'm here, a bit late for today's post, but I finally made it.

I seem to have spent my year so far apologising, missed birthdays mostly.

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and matting layer is white card
with Distress Ink inking around it.

A simple little card with a heartfelt message.


Saturday, 20 October 2018

Holiday Cheer (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, popping in today with something (almost) seasonal for you
(well, the temperatures are dropping!)

So deep breath and off we go

D'ja know, I am starting to worry myself with all these lists of stuff - before you know there will be ribbon sneaking in there!

Anyhoo, the image is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers).  Confession time, my first attempt was a resurrection of the Copics and.....well, I got the DIs out again!


Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Have I Been Good Enough?

Every month, on the 1st, I get twitchy for the new release from Clearly Besotted, and 1st October was a biggie, what with it being full of Christmas goodies.  I may have indulged a little bit .....

This year all my cards are CAS for Christmas, that way I stand a vague chance of actually having enough ready in time - although sometimes the colouring is taking far longer that chucking a heap of embellishments in the air.

So for this one I used the Clearly Besotted Winter Plushies set (darn it, they are cute, and will be used a LOT), and teamed it with a sentiment from the Say It's Christmas sentiment set.

I painted the Plushies with Distress Inks (ReInkers).  Recently I have changed my painting paper from Bristol Board to Langton Smooth Grain (a proper watercolour paper) - you might not have noticed the difference but I certainly have, especially as the Langton looks so cream against the white base card!  That aside, it really has helped with moving the colour around the paper and getting a smoother grading.  I may have to remake this card as I can see where I haven't been able to blend very well to get rid of the hard edges.  It's all a learning curve huh.

Hugs to all

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Dies To Die For (DT) Yappy Christmas

Morning all, slightly behind schedule today!

After last week's little card for DTDF with lots of lovely ingredients, today's is a far simpler affair, but still a cutie.

Pupster and fairy lights all painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and
the string the lights are on was a deep-breath-and-go-for-it moment with a biro!

and that really is all folks


Thursday, 11 October 2018

As You Like It Challenge (DT) CAS or FAF

Hello chaps, here we are at Thursday again, and it's the start of a new challenge at

This time around, our theme for you is Clean And Simple (CAS) or Fussy And Fancy (FAF).

Oh I love a good FAFfy card, so packed with embellishments that it can hardly stand, so many bows, buttons, ribbons, frilly bits, that you can't see what the design is ...... well actually, yes, I do, if someone else has made it!  Honestly, it is so far away from my CAS style that I almost think I have a FAF allergy!

CC Designs : Rodney
(love this little fella, he comes out every Christmas!)
painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment stamps are Whimsy Clear Stamps Christmas Greetings (retired?)
Matting layer of paper is from DCWV Christmas Stack

and that is it, clean, and very simple.

and our sponsor for this challenge is

Hugs to all

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Adorable Elephant (DT) Dies To Die For

Good morning all, so, after the shock of late week's grown-up card, you can breathe again because I am back to cute this week!

Quite a list of lovely things for this little card

Phew, good job I had a little elephant on hand to remember all that!

Ellie painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Have a wonderful week, don't forget to check the DTDF Inspiration Blog every day to see fresh, new, projects from my talents teamies.

Hugs to all

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Dies To Die For (DT) Wildflowers

Hello everyone, here I am, and I've gone a bit grown-up (don't worry, it won't last long).

and the lovely things used
Versafine Onyx Black

I used Langton Smooth Grain watercolour paper this time instead of my usual Bristol Board, worryingly I can see me falling in love with this ..... anyhoo, image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sadly, several Post-It Notes were harmed in the making of this card.

I'm now off out for tail trim and colour, and after I have prepped a pork and apple casserole for dinner, I intend to get inky this afternoon.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone

Thursday, 27 September 2018

As You Like It (DT) Favourite Season

Morning all, hope you are well this fine and sunny (hopefully) Thursday.  Here we are at the end of September and it is still t-shirt warm, amazing.

Which brings me nicely to the new challenge over as AS YOU LIKE IT and the theme is
Favourite Season.

It's a toss up between Spring and Autumn for me, Winter is too dark and (certainly this year) Summer is far too hot.  I love the mellow richness of this time of year, the colours, the smells, apples, blackberries and pears, and I don't even mind the shorter evenings so long as I can get home in daylight!

Orange matting layers and leaves coloured with Apricot Copic
and I think the leaf dies are Marianne Designs but have long since lost the packaging

Henry has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.

The sponsor of this challenge is a £20 voucher from
Fantastic Ribbons

Hugs to all

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Bear on A Bun (DT) DTDF

Well, ok, it can be a cupcake if you want to be fancy!

Had a week off work, but instead of managing to secure myself some lovely crafting time, the husband has been dragging me out of the house, kicking and screaming because I've been parted from the paintbrushes.  Which rather explains why I am here with a very CAS but still festive little make.

Sorry for the greyness of the photo - yesterday had a limited amount of sunshine and it was heading towards seriously rather wet by the time that I remembered I hadn't done this.  I need to get my "winter-time" lighting arrangement sorted out.

Whimsy Stamps - Christmas Greetings

Painted entirely with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

and that's all she wrote folks


Sunday, 16 September 2018

Tick Tick Tick

Afternoon all, happy Sunday to you.  Yesterday, when we popped into town, I bought a little clock for my craft desk.  I'm not sure it was a great idea as I've been working on a make for the MFT 2018 Superstar Challenge and it all has done is remind me how little time there is left to enter!

I entered the Clean and Simple category previously, and I honestly had not wanted to enter the Colouring Virtuoso category because in my heart of hearts I know I will just be making up the numbers.  Don't ask me what changed my mind, it certainly wasn't a late flush of confidence or a bolt of talent from the heavens, I rather suspect it was more of a well intentioned nagging mate!

Having looked at the already entered cards, there are so many done using Copics, but you know me, I like my paintbrush and inks, so there's a point of difference for you right there.

The two stamp sets used are:
MFT New Best Friend; and
MFT Little Buddies
I'm not sure what the circle frame is called, but it is definitely Die-Namics
MFT Mini Cloud Edges Stencil
Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours, with a dash of Polychromos Pencils for hair detail.

That's it.

Hugs to all

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Dies To Die For (DT) Kitten Flowers

Happy Saturday everyone, I'm here today with someone who is feeling feline furry!
Geddit, see what I did there?

This cute, but slightly shy, little critter is

I've painted the kitty with a very smallpalette of autumnal colours of Distress Inks (ReInkers) although I think, looking at it now, I could have gone a lot deeper with the shading tones,
and with a Pumpkin Copic I inked up the matting layers and a swatch to cut the Smile from
so that everything coordinated

I'm now away from work for a week, so with two weekends and five days in between, I am aiming for at least a couple of days of serious colouring therapy!

Hugs to all

Thursday, 13 September 2018

As You Like It (DT) Boy or Girl

Hello peeps, you see me today with the start of a tiny scamper in my step as I only have to get through two more days of work and then it's HOLIDAAAAAAAAAAAYS!

So, before I get all hysterical and giggly, I am here with my DT make for the
As You Like It Challenge and our theme is Boy or Girl.

I actually like making cards for the boys, they suit my CAS style really well, but, the majority of my makes are for the ladies.  I made this one for my wonderful mum who had her 81st birthday this week.  Love you mum!

So for this one I have used
Papers from Nitwits and MFT

Lucy has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils and then fussy cut, including that balloon string (which was a heart stopper).

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Hugs to all

Sunday, 9 September 2018

It's that time of year folks ......

Somehow, despite a great deal of resistance, I have agreed to be thoroughly humiliated again this year, it will be 2017 on repeat, GroundHog Day, deja vue, and all that jazz.

Yes, it is time for the MFT 2018 Card Design Superstar Challenge.  Sigh.

Last year I wept buckets over the Colouring Virtuoso category, so we are giving that a definite miss this time, but instead will pop something of very little hope into the Clean And Simple Genius (ha) category.

Probably not enough white space, but there is lots of sky...... who am I kidding.

MFT ingredients used are

Black card from PDA Card & Craft
and the whole thing painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

I must be insane.

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