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Saturday, 12 June 2021

Sweet Birthday Wishes (DT) Dies To Die For

 Hello peeps, here I am, on this rather warm weekend.  I know it's June, and it is meant to be warm but it has gone from freezing to boiling so fast that I haven't had a chance to shed my winter coat yet.

Speaking of shedding, Rosie (my tabby cat) has a boyfriend (Meep, dark, handsome, dangerous) and it was his human's birthday this past week.
Rosie told me what to make - it had to have a Meep on it.

Now, the little kitty came from the BB New Best Friend set (which is no longer on the DTDF website, but does seem to still be on the MFT site) but there are loads of stamp sets with small cats that would work equally well.

Images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers).

Have a super weekend - don't forget the Factor 50 cream if you're out in the sun (we're not used to it!)



Saturday, 5 June 2021

Melon Friends (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello everyone, eventually I'm here, still yawning - I cannot even begin to tell you how long I overslept!

So, one of the things that seems to crop up (pardon the pun) every summer
is watermelons.  I'm not a huge fan of them myself, they always taste like sweet cucumber to me, but I know a lot of people find them refreshing.

As soon as I saw this little bear, I knew I had to pair him with these papers, it was just meant to be.

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Whatever you are up to, have a good weekend.


Thursday, 3 June 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) CAS or FAF

When your scheduled post is actually a draft, SMH.

Hello peeps, it's time for another As You Like It challenge and this time the theme is Clean and Simple or Fussy and Fancy (CAS or FAF)

It's not hard to guess my preference from this sample.  The only thing FAF about me, is the faffing around I do when I'm making a card!

Image coloured with a mix of Zig Clean Color Brush Pens (flowers) and Distress Inks (ReInkers) leaves and flower pot

and our sponsor for this theme is


Saturday, 29 May 2021

Bright Future (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, happy weekend to you!

I'm one of those crafty weirdos who doesn't mind making male cards, so when a new male image becomes available I get a little bit excited.

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Dark red card is DCWV from stash
I don't have the die for this stamp so little chap has been fussy cut


(excluding new Picket Fence and Pink Fresh Studios releases)

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Dies To Die For (DT) Cat-Astrope

 Hiya chaps, sorry I'm a bit later than my normal lateness but
this little Squirrel has been and had my second Covid vaccine today.  Got there 15 mins ahead of my appointment, went straight in, jabbed, out, and home again only 5 mins after the actual appointment time!  Now to wait for three weeks for it to be as efficacious as it can be.

Anyhoo, here is a dose of furry feline cuteness for you today

A cocktail of MFT 6x6 papers
and a random sentiment from my stash

Kitties painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours

Hope you all have wonderful weekends



Thursday, 20 May 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Medium

Hello chaps, it's time for a new theme from

This time we'd like to hear about your Favourite Medium

It's watercolours for me, usually Distress Inks (ReInkers) as I have for this card, although I do occasionally have a dabble with my Zigs.  I've tried alcohol markers but never felt the love, and occasionally I'll dabble with pencils, but the comfort blanket is the DIs.

Sunny Studio 6x6 papers
and an unnamed border die

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Hope to see you there


Saturday, 15 May 2021

Freshly Picked Bouquet (DT) Dies To Die For

Things are springing in the garden, buds are opening and
colour is spreading.  It makes me happy.

Even though it is pouring with rain this morning, Mr Blackbird is out there giving it full voice and that always lifts my spirits.

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) - I'm sorry that the camera doesn't show the subtly of the shading, it just seems to say "ooh, ok, yellow" 



Saturday, 8 May 2021

Dragon Water Fun (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello peeps, on this wonderfully wet Saturday!  Rain, at last, we've had the occasional brief shower this week, and some hailstones, but now we have a good, old-fashioned, wet to the bone, downpour.  I can almost hear the garden sighing with relief!

This little chap is totally prepared

Not many ingredients this week

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.

Dragon was fussy cut, it took some patience, but I got there in the end!


Thursday, 6 May 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Way to Add Ribbon

 Thursday again folks, so that's another new challenge from the

This time the theme is
Your Favourite Way to Add Ribbon

Is it very wrong of me to say I don't enjoy using ribbon?  It never stays where I put it, unless it's nailed down, and bows are the frippery of the devil.  However, I did make an exception with this rather sexy piece of black ric-rac ribbon, which was nailed down with ultra-sticky double sided tape.

This very 1920s style card was made using
CC Designs 20's Gals
CC Designs 20's Fellas
DoCrafts Foiled Art Deco card stock
Simon Says Stamp - Big Greetings 1
and yes, ribbon - black ric-rac ribbon from stash

Images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

The sponsor for this challenge is, appropriately

I do hope you will be able to join in with the ribbony fun


Saturday, 1 May 2021

Curvy Girl Gardener (DT) Dies To Die For

Is it just me or is it chuffy cold at the moment?  I'm looking out at all that needs to be done in the garden and thinking "nah, I'll wait 'til it's warmer"

This little lass however seems to be having great results with her blooms

For this I have used

I've painted her with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and fussy cut (she may have lost a strand or two of hair in the process).
Flowers done with an old Woodware medium daisy punch, with Craftwork Cards foiled Card Candy for centres.  Sentiment is from Personal Impressions.

When I went to attach the Candy centres, I discovered that silicon glue is not nice after it hasn't been used for a very long time.  I appear to currently have a large tube of slimy snot - guess that is heading for the bin.  Thank goodness for emergency foam pads!



Saturday, 24 April 2021

Sitting Pretty (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello chaps, hope you have something lovely planned for this super sunny Saturday!

Well, Spring is well and truly in the air now (you should have seen me scraping the frost off the car yesterday morning), flowers are blooming and the trees are greening

So for this floral explosion I have used

I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens for the inking up on this one.  I'm not sure what's going on with the photo as my camera doesn't seem to like a particular shade of pink that I used for the right hand tulips and her t-shirt, IRL they are very definitely pink!


Thursday, 22 April 2021

Favourite Season - Spring or Summer (DT) As You Like It Challenge

 Well here we are again on a new Thursday which means a new

Our theme this time around is
Your Favourite Season - Spring or Summer
(please explain your choice)

Oddly, being a Summer baby, I much prefer Spring.  It's fresh and clean, smells wonderful, and is full of new life and bright light.  The bonus is that it is too early for wasps.

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

The sponsor for this challenge is

Looking forward to seeing you there.


Saturday, 17 April 2021

Adorable Adventures (DT) Dies To Die For

  Assuming you're not still in a queue for Primark or Debenhams, good morning - honestly, I think the world has gone mad.  Rushing into town to buy a new pair of flip-flops has been pretty low on my agenda for this week.

Anyhoo, I am here with another Birdie Brown make.

Stuff used

Whole scene coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Distress Ink pads.


Saturday, 10 April 2021

Knitting Dandies (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello chaps, Saturday is here again, hurrah!

Now, I am useless with knitting (I am much more proficient at crochet, although a beginner still), I get into all sorts of tangles, so this stamp really caught my eye and tickled my funny bone.

Sentiment comes with the Dandies stamp.

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours and
stencilled dots done with Distress Ink pads a finger daubers


Thursday, 8 April 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Stencils or Embossing

 Yoo-hoo!  Happy Thursday chaps, hope you are all ok.  I was supposed to be taking my Oldies for their second vaccine this coming weekend, but mum took a call on Monday to say that the vaccines had arrived so would they like to attend on Tuesday.  As I was working, Mr Toad became their Uber driver for the afternoon - he was gone an absolute age.  Looks like everyone who was booked in for the weekend was called in for today, he said he had never seen so many pensioners in one place!  Anyhoo, the relief is that they are done for now, let's just see what happens about boosters in the autumn.

Right then, it is AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE day, and we have a new theme over there for you of Stencil or Embossing (your favourite, but please explain why)

I haven't used an embossing folder for aaaaaages, in fact I think my collection is suffocating under cobwebs.  I do seem to have developed a fascination for stencils though, I love that you can add depth and interest without adding too many layers or papers.

So for this happy little chap I have used:
Scrap of MFT 6x6 paper Tiny Check Brights
A sentiment from an unpackaged old set that could be Hero Arts
Magazine freebie stencil
and lots of happy coloured Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Our fabby sponsor for this challenge is

Looking forward to seeing you at the challenge


Saturday, 3 April 2021

Easter Wishes (DT) Dies To Die For

 Hello peeps, so here we are today on Holy Saturday (yep, Easter Saturday is actually next weekend) - you learn something new every day!

I do make a lot of cute Easter cards, but just occasionally there is a need for something more traditional, but why not mix the traditional with a little bit of cute.

A bit of masking, and a good slosh of Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and that really is it, simple but sweet

Whatever you are up to this weekend, take care, don't go crazy, and stay safe



Saturday, 27 March 2021

Bring Out The Sunshine (DT) Dies To Die For

 Well hello!  As we are now into Spring (don't forget to change your clocks tonight UK) I'm bringing you a Spring-feel card today, because we all need a little sunshine in our lives (well, you'd get rickets without it).

Lovely things used from DTDF
(Special Offer in store - stamps and dies £10)
and the papers used are a selection of
I used MFT Stitched Cloud dies (retired) but there are lots of similar available

I've used Zig pens again on this one.

Have yourselves a wonderful weekend


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