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Saturday, 29 December 2018

Make Yourself At Home (DT) Dies To Die For

I don't know about you, but this bit between Christmas and New Year always leaves me scratching my head as to what day of the week it actually is, but the calendar says Saturday so it must be time for my DT post for Dies To Die For!

We are heading fast towards the New Year -  wow, January, won't that feel strange?
Anyhoo, after the frantic rush of Christmas makes, what comes next but thanks you's.

So, this sweet (or not so sweet as modelled on Rosie) little kitty was made with a whole lot of My Favorite Things ingredients

I used the Split Chevron die to make a stencil - as the lines between the blocks are quite fine, I wanted to use something sturdy that would withstand me daubing about with ink, so I used one of the MFT backing sheets that comes in the packets, the one with the logo on, because it is thickish and has a nice shiny finish.  I taped it over the card and gently sponged on Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Inks to give that soft but worn look.

I stamped the kitty, masked him, and over stamped the sofa, and both are watercolour painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers).  The rug was simply die-cut from patterned paper.

And that's it really, quite a simple looking card, but it did take me some time!

Whatever you are up to for your New Year celebrations, I hope you have fun
(just not too many fireworks please - Rosie is terrified)

Hugs to all

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Merry Christmas (DT) DTDF

It's nearly here folks!

No make from me today, but I wanted to let you know about the online DIES TO DIE FOR store Christmas holidays

So, even if you have spent up on other people's presents, you have plenty of time to browse the store and order something for yourself to get the New Year started on the right crafty foot!

Have a great one!


and of course there is still lots of inspiration from my teamies on the blog

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Anything Goes (DT) As You Like It Challenge

So chaps, it is the last AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE of the year, and the theme
is going to be Anything Goes

MFT - You Have My Heart stamps
MFT Die-Namics You Have My Heart dies
MFT 6x6 Dots & Stripes Confection
MFT Sentiments - Big Birthday

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and stencil sponged with
Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink

The sponsor of this challenge is

Hugs to all

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Warm & Feathered (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, Virtual Me this morning, the real me is sitting with gritted teeth at the hairdressers having a tail trim and colour.  Still, it will be the longest time I have managed to sit down for this week!

We are rapidly approaching the festivities and this card was made to send
to a very special friend

and the lovely things used were

I used a small punch for the little snowflakes but I could have used my

The background isn't clever inking, it is actually Neon Ombre Paper from Hobbycraft.
I used one of the Snow Drift dies as a guide to draw a faint pencil line where I wanted my horizon, then stamped the trees from the W&F set, then I cut and layered the snowdrifts up to, and slightly higher than, the pencil line.

Ozwald was painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) on Langton Hot Press Smooth watercolour paper.  Someone left me such a kind comment on the Lawn Fawn FB page the other day about how amazed they were by my colouring - they were convinced I had used Copics - and took some convincing that it was inks and a brush!

OK, that's me for today, once the tail is done, it is a case of braving the crowds to get some essential shopping for the Oldies, then popping over to see them, and then back home to
(a) get some cards written, and
(b) get some presents wrapped

The tree will have to wait until next weekend!

Hugs to all

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Winter Skies (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all!

How are your Christmas preparations coming along?  I thought I was doing well, but have suddenly realised what I still have to do and anxiety is setting in - this weekend the first task is getting the cards written ready for posting (except the ones I have already missed the mailing dates for, arrgh)

I have a sweet and simple make for you today

Image painted with Distress Inks as watercolours and fussy cut

Hugs to all

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Christmas Animal - Favourite (DT) As You Like It Challenge

So, here we are again at Thursday, and it is the start of a new theme at the

This time we are asking you to share your Favourite Christmas Animal with us

I've had a love affair with this bear since he first appeared, several years ago now, and every Christmas he has made an appearance in at least one of his many adventures.  It wouldn't be Christmas without him now.

Lili Of The Valley : James Bear Big Star
CC Designs : Snarky Christmas
MFT 6x6 papers : Fresh Squeezed Chevron and Graphic Grid

and our sponsor for this challenge will be

Hugs to all

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Sarah (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning peeps - HAPPY DECEMBER!

What a week it has been, busy, busy, busy, but I am pleased to say that I am getting used to the new oven and having a working fan is a revelation - have done quite well so far, haven't actually cremated anything yet, but the chicken sausages were definitely darker than golden brown!

So, today's make didn't look like this in my head, but all was going well until......

until that last sentiment added went a bit wonky!

Lovely things used:

Hope your Christmas preps are going well!


Saturday, 24 November 2018

Fall Friends (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, so sorry for being late - had a new oven delivered this morning, earlier than expected, and it rather caught me on the hop!  I am now planning what I can cook on the hob for dinner tonight so I don't have to use the oven.  I think my reading material for the next week will be "timer instructions", or "electronic programming" as they call it.  Eeeeek.

One of the delivery guys, having removed the old oven from its housing, asked how old it was.  On being told it was 30, he made me feel awful by saying "that's older than me".

Anyhoo, although the weather is turning colder, we are still officially in autumn so I thought I would
share these gorgeous autumn girls with you today.

So this is

Image was painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) in case you're curious.

Hugs to all

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Digi or Rubber (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Morning all, well would you look at that, Thursday again already!

So, over at the AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE, the new theme for the next fortnight is
Digi Or Rubber (which is your favourite, don't forget to tell us why)

I have tried digi stamps, but for me I love the physicality of rubber, the actual process of rummaging through my collection, picking and choosing, selecting one and then putting it back, and eventually with the chosen one, getting it beautifully inky and creating the impression on a pristine
piece of paper.  Digi, for me, just doesn't feel like crafting.

So, for this little chap...
My Favourite Things - BB14 I Knead You
My Favourite Things - BB33 Cool Cat
MFT 6x6 Dots and Stripes Confection
aaaaaaaaaaand I have no idea what the orange paper is
Kitty painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Anyhoo, our sponsor/prize for this challenge is a £10 voucher from

crafty ribbons

Hugs to all

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Sweet Holiday Penguins (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, hope you are well.

Today I shall mostly be crawling about on the kitchen floor with a scrubbing brush (should have done it last week but was full of snoddy gerbs) as, wait for this, the new oven is due to arrive next week!
Our old oven is now celebrating it's 30th birthday and it is running out of bits to drop off or stop working so the Toad made the decision to get a new one in plenty of time for me to adjust to having a working fan again so I have stopped burning things by the time Christmas gets here!

Anyhoo, speaking of Christmas, today, I bring you something black, white, cute, and smelling of fish

These little guys have been so popular since their release!

Pingus were all painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

PS.  I fibbed about the fish

Hugs to all

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Meowy Kitty-Mas (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, how are you?  Having avoided it so far, I now seem to have come down with the snuffles, how marvellous, not!

Anyhoo I am here with some cute Christmas furryness to share.

And the lovely things used are

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and the stars were
punched from a random scrap of red paper that was laying around.

Hugs to all

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Monochrome or Rainbow (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Hello chaps, happy Thursday, and that means a new challenge over at

Our theme for this fortnight is
Monochrome or Rainbow

Being the numpty that chose this theme, I thought I ought to step up to the plate and do
a monochrome make

Whimsy Stamps Christmas Sentiments
Snowflake was an extra from a set of Personal Impressions sentiments
Black card from PDA Card & Craft

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) - just Black Soot!

Our sponsor for this challenge is
Lawn Fawn


Hugs to all

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Santa & Friends (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello chaps, as you read this I shall be sneaking up on the bathroom scales, and when I have
recovered I shall be off for a tail trim and colour.

In the USA, I think they are called cubicles, a very small office space within a bigger office - here it's
called a pokey corner.  In my overcrowded pokey corner, there isn't much room for
festive decorations, so I have made this mini-banner to hang from the hook
that currently holds my calendar!

The images have been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and, if you squint, you might
just about make out the Glamour Dust on Santa's hat, jacket trim, and boot tops.  I know Annette will be shocked, but that is REAL ribbon through the loop at the top.

Hugs to all

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Halloween or Autumn Colours (DT) AYLI

I am a few days late with my DT make for the AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE because numpty here had managed to get the themes in a muddle and thought that the next one was this one!

So, you probably know by now that the theme is Halloween or Autumn Colours, so no need for me to tell you all over again.

I don't make many Halloween cards but I do love the combination of the colours traditionally used, orange, purple, green, and black,  So this make is a non-Halloween card but using those colours.
Unfortunately, my choice of strong background colours against the softness of her wings has totally confused my camera, and I had a real challenge trying to get a half decent pic, this one is the best of a bad lot I'm afraid.  Even the magic of PixLR wasn't able to get a reasonable balance, so big apologies, honestly, she is much prettier in real life.

So I have used
CC Designs: Butterfly Twila
Joanna Sheen Signature Edger die
Watercolour and Ombre backing papers from Hobbycraft
Black card from PDA Card & Craft

Twila is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils,

Not one of my best, but hey, can't be a winner all the time (cough cough)!

Hugs to all

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Love You Bunches (DT) Dies To Die For

Sorry, pant pant,I'm here, a bit late for today's post, but I finally made it.

I seem to have spent my year so far apologising, missed birthdays mostly.

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and matting layer is white card
with Distress Ink inking around it.

A simple little card with a heartfelt message.


Saturday, 20 October 2018

Holiday Cheer (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, popping in today with something (almost) seasonal for you
(well, the temperatures are dropping!)

So deep breath and off we go

D'ja know, I am starting to worry myself with all these lists of stuff - before you know there will be ribbon sneaking in there!

Anyhoo, the image is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers).  Confession time, my first attempt was a resurrection of the Copics and.....well, I got the DIs out again!


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