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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.


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!


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)

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

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

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)

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Favourite Baby Make (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Happy Thursday folks!  Another fortnight has flown by and that means another new theme from the 

This time, we would like you to share your Favourite Baby Makes with us.

I do like to make small keepsakes but as I was told it wasn't appropriate to make a muzzle, I made a door-hanger for the nursery instead, which could double-up as a do-not-disturb when the sprog sweet little thing is sleeping

So for this I have used
Lili of The Valley Babies Clear Stamp Set (retired)
MFT Die-Namics Wine Tag
L'il Inker Designs Stitched Bow die
Personal Impressions sentiment stamp (Baby Girl)
Lili of The Valley sentiment (Follow Your Dreams)
Whimsy Stamps 6x6 papers
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Hope to see you there!


Saturday, 29 June 2019

Chevron Accents (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, are you ready for a hot one?  Make sure you take care of yourselves, and keep hydrated.

You might need a stiffer drink now - something a little out of the ordinary from me today, there isn't a stamp in sight!

For this die-cut masterpiece (!) I have used

Well that has my nerves tingling!  I think I need to reach for the paintbrush.....

Hugs to all

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Friendly Foxes (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, happy weekend to you!

It's been a week of typical British weather, humid, sunny, wet, thunderstorms, breezy, you name it, we have (almost) had it all these past few days.  We had one storm this week, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, that was realllllllly loud, one clap of thunder woke me up so suddenly and I was all discombobulated and had no idea who I was, where I was, or what time of day (or night) it was.  The only comfort was that everyone at work a few hours later looked as bleary as I felt!

Anyhoo, last weekend was of course Father's Day in the UK, and I had been saving this set to make my dad his card - he is a country boy to the core and he has such a love of wildlife that it seems right to use this cheeky fella for him.

So the ingredients that I used from Dies To Die For are
and there is a matching Friendly Foxes die set available too

Again this week, I have had the C word mentioned in respect of my colouring - guys, I don't use Copics, I wish I could but I don't have those skills!  99.9% of my images are watercoloured painted using Distress Inks (ReInkers) as my paints.

Hugs to all

Thursday, 20 June 2019

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Summer or Winter Colours

Hello chaps, and it's time for another challenge from

Here we are, two-thirds of the way through June, in fact, tomorrow is the first day of summer,
and we are asking for
Summer or Winter Colours - Your Favourite

Being a furry little critter, I have an affinity with winter, and certainly struggle with summer, tail wilt is a real issue in high temperatures.  It was a tough choice as I love all colours, but it's been a long time since I played with winter colours and wanted a chance to cool down.

I bought this cutie as a rubber stamp, before Lili of The Valley went digi
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers are also LOTV

The sponsor for this colourful challenge is

Come on over and join in the fun


Saturday, 15 June 2019

Curvy Girl Eats Cake (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning my lovelies, how are you all today?

I think the sentiment that goes with this stamp is going to become
my mantra, I do have a certain weakness for a nice cake, just ask my Teamie Faye!

And the yummy things I have used are
Stamping Bella Cut It Out Die - Curvy Girl Eats Cake CIO789DIE

The CIO Die is on the website, I just can't find the link to it at the moment - if you have any problems just get in touch with Tracy.

I have painted Curvy Girl with Distress Inks (ReInkers).
The white flower is an old Tonic punch, and the leaf is a die from The Works.

Anyhoo, that's me done for today, I'm off to wrap up some Daddy Day presents.

Hugs to all


Saturday, 8 June 2019

Purr-fect (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello chaps,  I am hoping that I have a safer day than yesterday.  Firstly I managed to tip over a 400ml (full) glass of squash, thankfully it was heavily diluted so it wasn't sticky, but there was a lot of dashing around the office grabbing paper towels to mop it all up from my desk.  How can water travel so far?!  Then when I was getting dinner ready I knocked over a full cup of chilled coffee, over me, the worktop, the floor, down the cupboard door......... AND if that wasn't enough, I then managed to trip over the cable while I was charging the laptop.  It really was NOT my day!

Anyhoo, I have used Rosie as my muse (or is that mews) for this make

Phew, that's a whole lot of MFT!

Kitty has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Hugs to all

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Favourite Stamp Brand (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Another fortnight has whizzed past, and here we are with a new challenge from the

This time, for your delight and delectation our theme is
Your Favourite Stamp Brand

When I first started stamping, I fell in love with Margaret Sherry's cute animal designs that Penny Black Inc turned into stamps, and I built up a rather large collection, so based purely on numbers, I have to say Penny Black are my favourite, especially as I still have them all!

This is only of my first PBs - Bubble of Joy
Dotty edged die is by Crealies
Papers are MFT Hearts & Stripes and Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow Scallops
The sentiment die was a magazine freebie
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

I do hope you will be able to pop over to the challenge and join in the fun!


Saturday, 1 June 2019

Picture Perfect (DT) Dies To Die For

Good morning peeps!  I'm getting this in early, before it gets too hot and I wilt under a lettuce leaf.
Have you seen the forecast?  28C for here in the east, good grief, I am so glad that the tail is being tidied up and thinned out this afternoon!

Before I met Mr Toad, I lived on my own in a little terraced house quite close to the A12 (by quite close, I mean next to it) and because of the road I was loathe to have a cat at that house, but the house needed an animal so I had hamsters.  The first one was called Windle Poons, she was golden and white, and worked out how to pop her exercise ball open by ramming it into the edge of the kitchen door, and the second one was called Abby, she was a soft grey, and she was an escape-from-a-cage artist (ask my mother about the dining room carpet).  If I had been away for a weekend, a friend or willing relative would take custody of the critter-of-the-moment, but it was so hard to find a "thank you for looking after me" card - that problem has now been solved.  All I need now is a another hamster..... although it possibly wouldn't make a great housemate for Rosie!

To make this I have used:

Hamsters have been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers).
The base layer of rainbow striped paper I picked up really cheaply in WH Smith, it's an A4 pad too!

That's me done, I'm off to load the washing machine to make the most of this awesome drying weather!

Have a wonderful weekend

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Dies To Die For (DT) Fluffy Hanging In There

Hello peeps, are you ready for the start of a (UK) three day weekend, yaaay!

I started a new job a month ago, well, when I say new, I mean I have gone back to a firm that I left 14 years ago.  It has been sooooooooo strange, the building itself is so familiar (even the carpets are still the same), and there are still a few old faces there, but I'm having to learn new people as well as a new-to-me IT system!  I think I may be sleeping a lot of this weekend.

Anyhoo, it's been a while since I hoiked this family member out of the darkness, so I
thought it about time he (or she) got inky again!

So, the things I have used from the Dies To Die For store are

Fluffy has been watercolour painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers).

The Sunny Studio paper is double-sided and it is such lovely quality - that purple background is one sheet, I simply cut it in half and flipped one piece over.  I have used it a lot and need to restock for myself!

Anyhoo, have a super weekend, whatever you are up to, have fun


Thursday, 23 May 2019

As You Like It Challenge (DT) His or Hers

Morning all, another Thursday, another challenge!

The team over at AS YOU LIKE IT are asking which you prefer to make
For Him or For Her (and please tell us why)

I would guesstimate that 95% of my makes throughout the year are for the girls so I really
quite enjoy the change of making for the boys, and their cards are very much like the
boys - much simpler!!

So, the bits and bobs used for this one are
Like an idiot I didn't write down the word die, but I think it is MFT Die-Namics
MFT 6x6 Watercolour Wash
Martha Stewart grass border punch
Joy Crafts 6x6 brick pattern paper
Young fella-me-lad is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Thanks to those of you who took the time to participate in the AYLI birthday blog hop, the winner of which is announced over on the challenge blog!

Finally, the sponsor for our His or Hers theme is

Polkadoodles Ltd

Hugs to all

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Bundles of Love (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, how is your weekend panning out?  Too early to tell?
Well, I really hope that it is everything you want it to be.

I'm not sure why, but the Pure Innocence girls from MFT don't seem to do as well in the UK as they
do in the US, which is a real shame, because they are such cuties, and so versatile.  I really like them so I shall continue to share them with you until you surrender!

Of course she has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and I have used
a tiny layer of kraft card to separate the yellows from each other

Hugs to all

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Bring Out The Sunshine

Hello peeps!  Sorry, didn't mean to startle you by sneaking up on you on a Sunday!

It's back to work tomorrow, after a week off, and to distract myself and try to postpone the Sunday blues, I got the inks out this afternoon.  It must have worked, because I totally forgot I was supposed to be batch making pasta sauce, so that is now bubbling away and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it is cold enough by bedtime to pop in the freezer.

Yesterday, the Mister ran the gauntlet of our Royal Mail/Post Office parcel collection depot.  It is something of a challenge, and certainly not user friendly as it is (a) a 12 mile round trip (b) in the centre of town (c) the parking is atrocious.  Anyhoo, the little red card had said there were two items to collect, and one of them was all mine!  I love happy parcels.  This one was from the fabulous Dies To Die For store and contained my latest purchase from the new MFT release (grin).

As today is the first dry day we have had this past week, this little lassie seemed the right choice.

I really did enjoy colouring her up with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
(the little bird is in the set, I masked him onto her hat)
Sparkly enamel dots from stash

There is a matching die to go with the stamp set, but I opted to fussy cut

All of the linked ingredients above are available from Dies To Die For Online Store

Okay then, best I get back to the pasta sauce cauldron before it becomes BBQ sauce!

Have a great week everybody.


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