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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Puppy Power (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning peeps, sorry I am a bit late with my posting today, I was so pooped last night that I had a lengthy granny nap on the sofa after dinner and didn't get round to doing this before bedtime.

Anyhoo, I am here today with some more animal cuteness for you!

I brought you kitties last week, so thought it was time to share some pups

I''m afraid that the flooring is all my own fault as I thought it would be a great idea to doodle the floorboards, it took rather longer than anticipated trying to get some perspective.

I could not resist the rolling over puppy, maybe it's because that's a default
position for Rosie, belly up and paws waving - that's how she is in 90% of the photos I have of her anyway.  I sometimes wonder if she is part dog or has never properly learned how to cat!

Whatever you are up to, have a super weekend everyone


Saturday, 9 June 2018

Meowy Meoples (DT) Dies To Die For

Good morning peeps, how are you today?  I'm scheduling this post as for the first time in a verrrrrrrrry long time, I am (hopefully) having a weekend sleep-in!

So, while I am snoring away, here we go with something a little bit furry for you.

Heheheheh, and the ingredients used for this are:

Don't'cha just adore that curly tail!
Kitties, and the little mouse, painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Have a fabbie weekend everyone


Thursday, 7 June 2018

AYLI (DT) Shape or Fold

It's Thursday (almost the weekend, hurrah) and you all know what that means,
it's a new challenge from the AS YOU LIKE IT team

Our theme this time around is Your Favourite Shape or Fold
(please remember to tell us about your choice)

So, I did consider a shape for this challenge, but as my favourite shapes are square or
rectangle I thought I would push the boat out and go for a fold.  My favourite fold for a card
is a good old easel, it's easy to do but still has the impact factor, but I forgot
what a bugger it is to photograph!

So for this I have used
Dovecraft Basics: Perfectly Pink
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

and our sponsor for this fortnight's challenge is

Hugs to all

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Gnome Pile (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, running a little late because of v.e.t appointment but Squirrel is now in the house

Every now and then, amongst all the impossible ideas, the husband comes up with a little cracker and on this one he was so right, so I had to go with it.

"They look like little Santas" he says

The Gnomes/Santas are painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and there is a little bit of Polychromos
 Pencil in the beards - I really need to practice beards, it has taken me ages to master normal hair but beards are a whole other world of hairyness.

That's a Martha Stewart snowflake in the corner, but simply because I had the punch to hand.

Speaking of hairyness, this morning's v.e.t visit (booster vaccines and worming) went relatively well.  Managed to get Her Ladyship into the carrier with no biting or scratching,  but of course we had the traditional yowling all the way to the surgery.  We had a bit of a wait, but not too bad, and she had settled nicely while I was chatting to Ninja's mum (grey tabby, Ninja, not his mum) and she mentioned that she was bracing herself to be told he was fat.  I kept quite quiet!  

Anyhoo, our turn came and I plonked the box on the table.  Would she come out, would she heck as like.  "That's a lovely collection of whiskers" coos the lady vet, as that was all that was making an appearance.  In the end we had to resort to the undignified process of tipping the box and sliding her onto the table.  Once there, she was very well behaved and took the vaccine and worming like a trooper.  I thought the scales would be a challenge but she treated them a bit like a royal throne and sat down quite happily.  The brilliant news is that we have a small weight LOSS at last!

OK, so it was only 200gm, and there is an awful lot more she can shift, but it is her first recorded loss and I was so chuffed.  It took a while to wean her off the Dreamies but it seems to be paying off.

As the treatments were done I picked up the carrier to bring it to the table and had only just got level with the edge of it, not even on it, and she was back in that box like a rocket!  We're home now (obviously) and have had a small snack and are now napping in my armchair.  Bless.

Right then, that's me done, I need to get a chicken in the oven to roast.

Have a wonderful weekend peeps


Saturday, 26 May 2018

Brianna The Butterfly (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, so sorry that this is a later post than usual - I fell asleep in the armchair last night and didn't have the energy to do it before bed, and this morning I had a haircut at silly o'clock.  Still, better late than never!

I have a bit of a tropical colourfest for you today

So, for this colourful little lady I have used

Brianna is mostly painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) but I have used a few
Polychromos Pencils on her wings just to get a deeper tone to the shading

Hope your weekend is just as vibrant - happy UK Bank Holiday!

Hugs to all

Thursday, 24 May 2018

AYLI (DT) Flora or Fauna

'ello my darlin's, how are you today?

So, it's time for another challenge from the talented team at AS YOU LIKE IT and this fortnight's theme is Flora or Fauna.

I do seem to create an awful lot more fauna than flora cards, and I find it is difficult to cuddle a flower, so I guess it has to be fauna for me, although I'm not sure that I want this particular chap on my lap or curled up on the bed

Echo Park - Birthday Girl (candle paper)
MFT Die-Namics Mini Cloud Edges Stencil
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

and of course the bit you all want to know is the sponsor of the challenge


Hugs to all

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

GDPR the blah blah blah

Please, all Followers and Email Subscribers, I have published a Data Protection & Privacy Policy which I urge you all to read.

Information that may be passed to me by you commenting, following, subscribing, entering challenges, will not be passed on to any third parties, I will not randomly email you selling something, your information will remain (so far as is humanly possibly) confidential.  However, please be aware that comments can be tracked back by other visitors here to your own blog, and if your email is available then a link will show in your own Profile  You may wish to consider changing your own settings.

Whilst I personally consider that we are being hoisted to the rafters by a bureaucratic noose, there is no alternative but to comply with the new rules.

I am sorry if it seems intimidating and boring.  Actually it is both.  But I didn't create the new legislation (trust me, it would be much simpler if I had!).

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Oh Gnome - You DIdn't?! (DT) DTDF

Morning all, it's a chasing-her-tail type of Squirrel today, I'm running a bit behind

Anyhoo, I'm here with a little Bella fun for you

So, what I have used

I just love that snail's face!

and of course the whole image was plastered with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

I made the big flower using a Die-Namics set but I can't tell you what it is as I bought it unlabelled in a destash, but it makes me think of a Dianthus with the frilly petal edges

Hugs to all

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Best Friends (DT) DTDF

Hello peeps, how are we all today?  Ready for the weekend?  I'm not sure what to do first, there is a pile of chores waiting to be done, sigh.  Ah, what the heck, I think I shall get inky later instead.

As an only child, I really do treasure my friends, and friends are always
a fabulous reason for making a card, it doesn't matter if there is no actual occasion, just being able
to celebrate having wonderful friends is enough surely?!

Hugs to all

Thursday, 10 May 2018

AYLI (DT) Pink or Blue

Hello everyone, it's time for another challenge over at AS YOU LIKE IT and this time our theme is
Pink or Blue (and why)

I do like pink, and I do like blue (blimey, that sounds like a supermarket advert), but if I had to choose one colour to have around me all the time then it would have to be cool, serene and soothing blue.

So for this little one I have used
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is with the Rain or Shine stamp set
Matting layer coloured with Cobalt Blue Copic

and that's it, a clean and simple card

The sponsor of this challenge is Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez
who is providing a prize of 3 images from her store:

Whatever your preference, pink or blue, please do pop on over to the challenge and share it with us!

Hugs to all

Saturday, 5 May 2018

DTDF (DT) Gnome Home

Hello peeps, are you ready for your (UK) Bank Holiday Weekend?  It looks like we are about to get some decent sunshine too so that will top up the Vitamin D levels nicely - it could explain why I've had such a run of catching colds lately (yes, yet another one, sigh)

Anyhoo, the DTFT girls are spending today in Birmingham at the Papercraft & Stamping Show at the National Motorcycle Museum, do pop in and say hello if you are in the area.

I'm not going to be anywhere so exotic, possibly as far as the back garden, but before I do that I had better get on with sharing some Stamping Bella fun with you

I always struggle to find a suitable stamp for new home cards, but that problem
has now been solved, and solved with style!

Isn't this just so brilliant?!

So, the lovely things used to make this one are

I have painted the image with Distress Inks (ReInkers), with a little Polychromos for details, and I used Distress Oxides for the cloud stencilling

Well, that's me done, apart from wishing you all a very happy weekend


Monday, 30 April 2018

Tropical Penguins

Now, a rare thing has happened, I had time this weekend to make a card just for the fun of it.  I am up to date with DT work, even a weeny bit ahead, so I took the opportunity to grab a favourite set that always make me smile and got busy.

So, this is MFT Penguins In Paradise stamp set
I love that the tree is really bendy so can go either way
Coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Paper is from a very old Papermania Capsule Collection
Sentiment came with the Penguins

Hugs to all

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Sanford (DT) DTDF

This time last week I was mooching about in a t-shirt and cotton shorts.  This week it is thick jeans, a long sleeved t, and a chunky jumper!  

OK, so today's card is bright, warm, sunny, and happy, in complete contrast
to outside, but it is also very CAS.

sentiment comes with the image

The image is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and the matter layer was simply inked with Distress Oxides

Hugs to all

Thursday, 26 April 2018

AYLI (DT) Favourite Animal

Morning all, popping by today with my make for another AS YOU LIKE IT challenge!

The theme for this fortnight is Your Favourite Animal (and why).

OK, so, favourite animal....in terms of the one I share a house with, it has to be a kitty, but if it's that other animal then what else could it be but a cute, fluffy, frisky, and now quite rare, little red squirrel!

It's difficult to find cute red squirrel stamps (some of them look a little possessed)
but this set is just sooooooo adorable!

Colouring Medium:  Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Our sponsor for this challenge is
Fantastic Ribbons

Hugs to all

Saturday, 21 April 2018

DTDF (DT) Nancy Gardens

I am fretting about our grass, if it doesn't get cut soon I may never be able to get out of the back door.  Toad intended to cut it last weekend, but no sooner had he mentioned it and it poured with rain.  Sigh.  I guess he knows what job he will be attempting later today!

I bet Nancy doesn't have that problem, after all, she was born to garden.

Right then, the yummy stuff

Nancy and the Tweet flowers are painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with some
Polychromos Pencils to help detail her hair a little.

Speaking of hair, I am off for a tail trim now.  Maybe I should just lay down on the lawn.

Hugs to all

Saturday, 14 April 2018

DTDF (DT) Hoola Twila

Hello peeps, I'm here today with a little bit of happy for you

I do have a real soft spot for the Roberto's Rascals characters, especially this
cheeky little girl, Twila - there is just something so absolutely joyful about her, whatever
she is doing, and she always makes me smile - I hope she will do it for you too!

So, the things I have used:

Twila has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with Polychromos detail for her hair.

Whatever you are up to, have a wonderful weekend!  We are off to visit my Oldies in a little while, then dashing back for me to make a "Somerset Pork Casserole" for dinner, and watch the F1 qualifying for the China Grand Prix.  In there somewhere I intend to have a good inky session!


Thursday, 12 April 2018

AYLI (DT) Favourite Colouring Medium

Not quite sure where the last fortnight has gone but it is time for another challenge from the AS YOU LIKE IT team and this time the theme is "Your Favouring Colouring Medium".

So, I bet you think I am going to straight in there and boldly say Distress Inks (ReInkers)!

You would be partly right, but I have been venturing deeper and deeper into the world of
mixed media, and I have to say, I am surprising myself by how much I am
loving it.

A very simple CAS card, but this shows off the colours very well.

Supergirl is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) but
her hair is done with Polychromos Pencils
and the splatter background was done with Copics and ProMarkers with

I had so much fun splatting the background that I completely forgot I had intended to
stamp and mask the image before getting inky, so in the end I stamped and
fussy cut her.

Our sponsor for this challenge is a perennial favourite

Hugs to all

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