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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


Thursday, 25 March 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Springtime Critter

 Hello, and welcome to Spring at last!
Here we are at the last Thursday in March (oh yes it is, next week is 1 April), and it's an 

Our theme for this time is Your Favourite Springtime Critter
(and please explain why)

Another tough choice!  I love Spring, the birds, the lambs, the chicks, the bunnies, they all make me happy, but, as we are so close to Easter, for me at this time of year it has to be chicks (although I am a little bit scared of adult chickens if I'm honest) with their significance of birth and renewal.

Looks like this little lady has a basket full of soon-to-be-chicks (hopefully not omelettes)

This is an older stamp that I've had a while waiting to be inked up
Stampavie (Penny Johnson) PEN81 Gretchen Collecting Fresh Eggs (retired)
MFT 6x6 papers - Perfect Pinstripes Pastel (retired)

I've used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens on this one this time, as the colours were a better match to the papers than my beloved Distress Inks

And our sponsor for this theme is

Looking forward to seeing all your Springtime animal creations


Saturday, 20 March 2021

Floral Corners (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello chaps, a very worried little Squirrel here today

Why am I worried?  I seem to be buying a lot of floral stamps lately, and that is sooooo unlike me!  I mean, where's the cute?

But when they are this pretty, I just can't resist them

I've painted the flowers with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens as watercolours.  They give a brighter effect than Distress Inks, and sometimes that's just what's called for.

Background plain papers are from Trimcraft.

One made, several to go .... and not much time, best get busy.


Saturday, 13 March 2021

Mice Day To Celebrate - again (DT) Dies To Die For

Here we are on a wild and windy Saturday and I really look like I have been blown inside out - jeez, I am in desperate need of a haircut, it's been six months since my last trim, and it was getting longer then.  In another couple of weeks I'll be able to have bunches!!

Anyhoo, the really good news is that I got vaccinated last weekend, hurrah.  Can't fault the vaccination centre at all, I was in and out in 5 minutes.  I felt fine.  Went to bed Saturday night, feeling fine.  Woke up early Sunday morning with the mother of all headaches and joint aches.  Headache had gone by Monday night, but I've had snuffles and a sore throat, and definite tiredness.  BUT all those are minor compared to the virus itself, so I'm a happy little rodent.

So, I did warn you that the mice from Birdie Brown had gone straight into the top 5 on my favourites list, and to prove it, here's another one.

I have used

Meece and his box painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.



Thursday, 11 March 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Fussy Cut, Dies, or Machine

So yet another two weeks has whizzed past and it is time for another new theme over at the

 And if you hadn't already twigged, our theme this time is
Fussy Cut, Dies, or Machine

I do a little bit of mix and match with fussy cutting and dies, it depends on how intricate the shape is.  My poor old hands can't cope with the ultra tricky fiddly stuff these days, so that's where I will use dies, but for simpler shapes I can manage to do with scissors then I will fussy cut.  I used to use a craft knife all the time, but I changed to a much thicker watercolour paper that makes a knife a real white-knuckle-ride.

So, the die in the centre is
and the fussy cutting is the little bear in the centre
Papers are from an old set of Echo Park

and our fab sponsor for this theme is


Saturday, 6 March 2021

Lucky Ducky (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello m'darlin's, a very excited little Squirrel here this morning, I'm off to have my first vaccine today!  After a normal flu jab my arm usually feels like it is about to fall off, so if that is the only side effect of today's jabbing I shall be happy.

Spring is almost in the air, and that means lots of babies arriving, bunnies, chicks, lambs and ducklings.

Not many ingredients for this little quacker

Image and background all coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.

Sweet and simple but with impact


Saturday, 27 February 2021

Mice Day To Celebrate (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello everyone, happy Saturday to you, I hope you are all well.

The husband got his Covid vaccine on the 18th, and I have been muttering ever since about not being notified about mine.  Yesterday at work, there was an incoming text ping from my phone, and yay, there is was.  I'm now booked in for my first one next Saturday.  Phew!

If there is one thing guaranteed to make me squeal, other than needles, it is something cute from Birdie Brown, and she has done it again with an absolutely gorgeous set of celebrating mice.

Images inked up with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.

These mousies have gone straight into my list of favourite sets, so be prepared to see these regularly!


Thursday, 25 February 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Occasion/Reason

 These weeks are galloping past, how is it possibly another AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE already?!

Well, it is, and this time our theme is
Your Favourite Occasion/Reason for Sending A Card
(please explain why)

So, the majority of the cards I make are for birthday, but my favourite reason to send cards is for friendship, there is nothing quite like receiving a card out of the blue from someone who cares about you.

MFT Birdie Brown - Mice Day to Celebrate
MFT Slimline Stencils - Clouds (ST-149) Hills (ST-150)
MFT 6x6 papers - Road Trippin' (MFT-EP-71)

Coloured up with
Mouse - Zig Clean Colour pens
Background - Distress Inks and a finger dauber

Our sponsor for this theme is


Saturday, 20 February 2021

Pretty Postage (DT) Dies To Die For

 Morning all.  Hope you are all well.  We had a little bit of excitement this week, it was dad's birthday on Thursday so I had booked a day's leave so we could visit on the day.  When we got back, there was a letter on the doormat for Toad, inviting him for his vaccine!  This was about 2.30.  Couldn't book online as the system was foobarred, so we got on the phone (You are number 48 in the queue, please continue to hold).  Eventually, appointment made, same day, so from receipt of letter to returning home from vaccine was 3 hours!  I'm really pleased he is done, now I am patiently waiting for mine.

Anyhoo, brace yourselves, I've gone a bit sophisticated today!

I do this to myself a lot, I buy floral stamps and then panic when it comes to colouring - all done in Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.  I think I need to lay down in a darkened room now


Saturday, 13 February 2021

Dragon New Year (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello peeps, just popping in today.  Yes, now, I know that the Chinese New Year isn't Dragon this time around, but who can resist a bit of Dudley having his own party?!

Dudley and his balloon painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with just a smidge of white highlighter.

That's it from me today.  This afternoon's adventure is to try and get over to see the Oldies.  Whilst the main roads are now clear of snow and ice, the side roads and village roads are still like glass, so it will be a bit of a white knuckle ride I fear.

I'll see you for another DTDF DT post next Saturday, but do pop over to the Inspiration Blog during the week for some amazing creations from my teamies!


Thursday, 11 February 2021

Rubber, Clear, or Digi (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Oh gosh, sorry I'm late chaps, I've been so disorganised this week!  Right then,  AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE and the theme is Stamps - Rubber, Clear, or Digi.

Well, if you could see how MANY stamps I have in my collection (both rubber and clear) you wouldn't need me to explain, lol, but it is stamps every time for me.  I just love the feel of them, the whole process of inking, stamping, cleaning (yes, I even enjoy that bit).  Somehow, for me, digis feel a bit, well, soul-less.  And I can stamp on anything, paper, card, wood, fabric .... I can't imagine trying to feed a canvas bag through a printer somehow.

And this little sweetheart is an old Clearly Besotted mini set called Cupid Cuties, when matching dies were available.
Sentiment is from MFT stamps, and the paper is from a pad from The Words, full of soft pink and peach tones.
Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

And so to our sponsor for this challenge

Marvellous, take care peeps.

Saturday, 6 February 2021

Curvy Girl Baker (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello peeps, a very slow Squirrel here, everything is on a go slow today, but maybe that is what Saturdays were made for.  I'd intended to have a bit of a lay-in this morning, but woke up early, then cat-napped until the alarm (with Rosie on my pillow, snoring) and then got up feeling grot.  Should have got up when I first woke!

Oh well, never mind eh.  So, snow and blizzards forecast for us in the east tomorrow and Monday.  I'm a little bit excited about it, I love to see fresh snow, but also dreading it.  Thankfully I am working from home until Wednesday so maybe the roads will have cleared by then!

Anyhoo, here is what you came over for:

I adore these Curvy Girl stamps from Stamping Bella, although they are still enviably tall, at least their legs are not like matchsticks!

Curvy Girl has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and I just used a little Hobbycraft heart punch to take the bareness off that section of the card.

As you can tell from the lack of ingredients, this is definitely a CAS card.


DIES TO DIE FOR ONLINE STORE  (lots of new goodies have arrived this week)

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