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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.

Hugs


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

Hugs



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".


SQUIRREL!

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)

Hugs




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.


Awwwwwh!

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)

Hugs


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!

Hugs






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!

Hugs




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.

Hugs


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!

Hugs



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)
BIRD or BEAST

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
CRAFTS U LOVE

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
Hugs



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)


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