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Thursday, 4 June 2020

Creating A Scene (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Thursday again peeps!  I'm not sure where the weeks are going, but I think the last time I checked the calendar it was only Easter.

Anyway, you know by now that alternate Thursdays mean a new challenge theme from the AS YOU LIKE IT team, and this time around it is to Create A Scene (Or Not) - the choice is yours, but please do remember to tell us about your preference.

I'm really lazy when it comes to creating scene cards - don't get me wrong, I will do them, but sometimes the faff required is more than I can face, so I do tend to make more subtle scenes, i.e. not much in them!

Ingredients for this simple card are:
and lashings of Distress Inks (ReInkers)

I had trouble with the photo on this one, not sure what happened but the expose was off, and trying to tweak it so you can actually see it has caused the sky and foreground grass to fade to almost nothing.  Bah!

So, that's me done, but you will be wondering about the prize for the winner - one lucky person will get to be a Guest Designer with the AYLI crew for July!

Go on, go and get scene-ing.

Hugs to all (socially distanced of course)

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Wish (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello peeps, a little later than usual but we have had huge excitement watching a shrub being removed!  Our house is one down from a junction, which makes getting out of our drive a little hairy at times as all the roads on the estate were designed to be curvy (intended to slow traffic, but really messes with visibility).  Our old neighbours decided that it would be a good idea to grow a hedge on the boundary of their garden, right alongside the junction - well, they weren't the most enthusiastic gardeners in the world, so the hedge got higher, and higher, and higher, until you simply could not see any cars waiting to pull out into our road, and they couldn't see us either because of the way the road bends.  The wife managed to get her own car hit when she was reversing out by someone coming round the corner who simply couldn't see her because of her own damned hedge.

Our new neighbours, who moved in a few months ago, have been slowly dealing with the garden and this morning I woke up to the sound of a chain saw and.......... yaaay the hedge has gone!  We can now see up the road and, more importantly, we can see the road junction, and people can see us, so no more holding your breath as you leave the driveway!

Anyhoo, today I have something very simple for you, and no coloured image in sight.

For this I have used:

The stitched circle die is MFT DieNamics A2 Stitched Circle - I bought it from DTDF when it first came out, but the set wasn't on the website for long, so sorry about that.

Oh and yes, the Happy Birthday is heat embossed.

Hugs to all

Please be aware that there may be a little delay in you receiving your order, Tracy is doing her best but is working alone until her sister is allowed to return to help with picking and packing the orders.  Be kind, be patient.

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Beary Special Birthday (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello everyone, wishing you all a happy bank holiday (UK) weekend!

OK, so I love teddies, and I love Birdie Brown, so this set is the perfect combination.
Actually, I think it was my first ever Birdie Brown stamp set and it started the journey down the slippery slope of got-to-have-them-all.  I didn't buy the matching dies at the time, and (oh hindsight is a wonderful thing) I wish I had because it has taken me forrrrrrrrrrrrever to get them, but they arrived last week and I am now a very happy little critter!

and the matching dies Beary Special Birthday MFT-936

Bear with balloon painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Red card from stash
Ignore the patterned paper, I stole it from one of the Hubby's origami pads!


Thursday, 21 May 2020

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Embellishments

Hello Thursday!  It's time for a newly themed challenge from
and it is Your Favourite Embellishments
(please explain your choice)

Most of you know that I prefer a clean and simple style, so embellishments are very few and far between, however occasionally, if an embellishment is called for, I prefer to use die-cuts or punched shapes as accents as they are more in keeping with my CAS style, for this one I have created a little fountain of stars.

So the ingredients for this are:

I have watercoloured the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Looking forward to seeing all your lovely embellies!


Saturday, 16 May 2020

Margarita Time (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello everyone, how are you this morning?  I hope you are all keeping safe and well.

In these difficult times, I wouldn't mind betting that people are drinking
more at home, if I did drink then I think I would have the odd glass too but these
days booze makes me fall over, so the strongest you will see me with is a
weak lager shandy on a hot summer's day!

Ingredients used:

I have watercoloured the image with Zig Clean Color pens and fussy cut her.  I must have a 
steadier hand than I realised as I didn't even cut the cherry off by mistake!


Sunday, 10 May 2020


What happened to the weather?!  Yesterday was really warm and sunny from start to finish, it was warm overnight, and now it is cloudy with strong winds and a distinct chill in the air.  Are we still in May?  

Anyhoo, while Himself went out on his allowed exercise for the day, I decided to tuck myself up with Rosie in the conservatory and, whilst listening to Bernard Cribbins reading Winnie The Pooh on audiobook, I had a little play with this week's Wednesday Sketch Challenge # 488 from My Favorite Things.

I have used:

MFT DieNamics circle frame die
MFT Watercolor Wash papers
MFT Clear Stamps Brush Splatter Background

I coloured the stamped images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens
and then fussy cut them all with teeny scissors

Thanks for popping by today

Stay safe

Thursday, 7 May 2020

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Purple Plus One

Hello peeps, it's another alternate Thursday (yes, it really is Thursday) so that means a new challenge theme from the AS YOU LIKE IT team.

This time around we have a colour theme and would like you to combine
PURPLE PLUS ONE (that is, one other main colour)
Please do remember to tell us about your choice for your entry to be a valid one.

You might have guessed that I would go for a bright choice - I have combined purple with yellow as, not only are they complementary colours, they are also so happy and remind me of Spring flowers, like the ever cheerful crocus.

So, the things I have used for this little card are:
Central papers are from a couple of Sunny Studio pads
and the purple paper is from an old LOTV/Nitwits pads
The Cheers sentiment die is a Simon Says Stamp die
and the loopy scallop square base die is an old Nestabilities

Image painted with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens

PS.  The little fish was cut from a page of very fishy Sunny Studio Summer Splash paper

Our sponsor for this challenge is for the digi users amongst you

Looking forward to seeing all your colourful creations.


Saturday, 2 May 2020

Harvest Mouse (DT) Dies To Die For

Yes, it's me, sorry about last Saturday's hiccup (did you even notice?), but I am back now.

I have been really struggling with my mood during lockdown, some days I'm fine, bright and chirpy, but other days, such as most of last week, I'm low and tearful and wanting to hide under the duvet.  Working from home in splendid isolation is not suiting me at all.  I really miss the interaction with my colleagues and the buzz of the office.  For heaven's sake, I am even missing my boss!!

Some weeks I find it difficult choosing what to use, I must have bought THOUSANDS of stamp sets from Dies To Die For over the years, and I am not exaggerating on numbers, so this week I had a little rummage through the slightly older, but still available, sets to see what I could find and came across these little cuties.

OK, they are out of season but who cares that it's not autumn yet, let's face it, no one knows for certain what day/week it even is!

And the lovely things used

So, colourwise, I used bog standard Distress Ink pads and finger daubers to use with the stencils for the clouds and grass, and for the mice they are a multi-media mash of Distress Inks (ReInkers), Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, and Polychromos Pencils.

Hugs to all

Thursday, 23 April 2020

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Non-Birthday Occasion

The calendar says it is Thursday, so unless I have turned over two days earlier in the week I am assuming it really is and that means it is a new challenge theme from the As You Like It team.

This time around the theme is
Your Favourite Non-Birthday Occasion
and tell us why!

Thinking this through, I suppose my favourite non-birthday occasion is actually a birthday really.
I love new baby cards, you can get away with unbearable amounts of cuteness and
nobody actually minds!

So, for this simple make I have used

I feel like I spent a lifetime on those petals, but the image has been coloured up with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens

Sentiment was done on my Brother label machine

The sponsor for this challenge is


Saturday, 18 April 2020

Green Pastures (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello peeps.  It is Saturday, isn't it, I think it is, surely it must be?
I have no words.  I am slowly going insane.

Which actually explains a lot.

So, all the things I have used are:

Little lady has been coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers), Zig Clean Color Pens, and some paper piecing.  Stencil inked with Distress Inks and a finger dauber.  Yes, I know I have the fancy brushes but for some surfaces the dauber is still the best.

I'm off to rock gently in a corner until next week.


Monday, 13 April 2020

Milton With Daisy

Yes, I know it's Monday, yes, I know I don't normally post on a Monday these days, in fact, I don't know what has come over me.  Well, actually I do.  I was checking emails this morning and I get notifications from Addicted To CAS and I spotted that their challenge theme this time is Animals.  It has been such a long time since I entered any kind of challenge, and I had intended getting inky anyway, so what the heck.........

Here is my CAS make with an Animal on it (grin).

I've used an older Wild Rose Studio stamp - Milton With Daisy
Sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Many Messages
and a tiny strip of Lawn Fawn Dandy Day paper edged with Martha Stewart grass border punch

Milton was painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and his daisy with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens

I shall enter Milton into two challenges

That's all folks


Saturday, 11 April 2020

Tumbleblossom #9 (DT) Dies To Die For

Now, over here in the east, we have a little phase for running late, and it is "I'm all behind".  Well, yes, I am, and with all this lockdown snacking I am rapidly heading that way in other departments too!  I have never been so grateful for elasticated waistbands.

So, for today's make.  I thought I may have bitten off more than I could chew when this stamp arrived but, honestly, once I got started with the colours it was a joy to work with, even though it was a lot bigger than I had anticipated.

So I have used

Flowers are coloured with Zig pens, and I tried the out-of-the-die technique but I struggled to find a die to fit well with the stamp.  Ho hum.

Anyhoo, that is me done for today, stay safe everyone.


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Thursday, 9 April 2020

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Animals or People

Good morning everyone, is it Thursday?  I hope it is, the days are a blur, even with home-working, so I admit that I am all a bit vague, as I suspect the rest of you are too!

The highlight of my week has been the delivery of my computer mouse from the office.
I have used a track-ball mouse for about ten years now as I was getting horrible shoulder pain from a normal mouse, and a normal mouse was all we had at home.  I toyed with the idea of buying a new one, but Toad wouldn't use it afterwards, so I held on until I knew some other equipment was being dropped off - and now I have my beloved mouse back with me and, hopefully, that will help to sort out the aches and pains that have surfaced during the three weeks of being sat at a desk in the back bedroom home office.  I am referring to this set-up as the Twig Office, because it is so much smaller than a Branch.

Anyhoo, you didn't come over to hear me rambling, you came over for news of the
and this time our theme is Animals or People (please remember to tell us about your choice)

Not so long ago, you would not have seen a card from me without an animal on it unless I had used a Magnolia Tilda or a Lili of The Valley kid, but since then the wonderful Birdie Brown has entered my life and I absolutely adore her little people.  A close second are the quirky characters from CC Designs Roberto's Rascals, especially Twila and Nancy.  Looking back over the past year of makes, there are far more people than there are animals, so I have gone with people as my favourite for this challenge.

There is such a thing as taking colour coordination too far!

I have used this cute little girl from the CC Designs Surprise!!! stamp set
and coordinated her with some very bright and citrus-y papers from Sunny Studio Summer Splash which are available in the UK from Dies To Die For HERE.
Coloured up with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and a waterbrush

Our sponsor for this theme is
Lee Holland

Happy crafting everyone.


Saturday, 4 April 2020

Adorable Elephant (DT) Dies To Die For

Now then, I'm figuring that I have been in the study all week working so this must be Saturday, right?
I had to drag a perpetual calendar out of mothballs to put next to the phone, just so that we stand a chance of knowing the day, that's if I remember to move it on each morning!

I am fast becoming notorious for forgetting birthdays, or remembering them late, so
I am definitely more squirrel than elephant, although at the moment, I am rapidly acquiring that shape.

Lovely things used for this card are

Elephant and balloon coloured with Zig Clean Color pens, and clouds inked with Distress Inks and a finger dauber.

Hope your weekend is a good one (and you can tell it apart from the rest of the week)

The Dies To Die For website it still up and running in these strange times, so you are still able to craft away your hours.


Saturday, 28 March 2020

Dancing (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, sorry that I am a bit later than usual but I had to have a lay-in to tell the difference between weekdays and the weekend.  This home-working lark has messed with my head a bit, and that's without all the connectivity issues of the week!

So, what are you doing for exercise while you are trapped at home?
I'm not a great one for jogging or gym work, but I do love a boogie, so I have been dancing around in the kitchen to the radio - good job we are not overlooked by the neighbours too much.

I did once have a chap in the next road ask why we got up so early - I asked how he knew - from his house he apparently can see our kitchen window so knew when the light went on.  Hopefully his view wasn't good enough to see in as we never did replace the rollerblind that fell to pieces.

Anyhoo, today's card - this could be me, but I suspect I don't look anywhere near this cute when I'm shuffling around.

This dancing queen was coloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and then fussy cut.
Papers are a pad of watercolour effect that I picked up in Hobbycraft.

So that's me for today.  Please keep safe and well and listen to the right advice.


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