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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!


Tuesday 16 October 2018

Have I Been Good Enough?

Every month, on the 1st, I get twitchy for the new release from Clearly Besotted, and 1st October was a biggie, what with it being full of Christmas goodies.  I may have indulged a little bit .....

This year all my cards are CAS for Christmas, that way I stand a vague chance of actually having enough ready in time - although sometimes the colouring is taking far longer that chucking a heap of embellishments in the air.

So for this one I used the Clearly Besotted Winter Plushies set (darn it, they are cute, and will be used a LOT), and teamed it with a sentiment from the Say It's Christmas sentiment set.

I painted the Plushies with Distress Inks (ReInkers).  Recently I have changed my painting paper from Bristol Board to Langton Smooth Grain (a proper watercolour paper) - you might not have noticed the difference but I certainly have, especially as the Langton looks so cream against the white base card!  That aside, it really has helped with moving the colour around the paper and getting a smoother grading.  I may have to remake this card as I can see where I haven't been able to blend very well to get rid of the hard edges.  It's all a learning curve huh.

Hugs to all

Saturday 13 October 2018

Dies To Die For (DT) Yappy Christmas

Morning all, slightly behind schedule today!

After last week's little card for DTDF with lots of lovely ingredients, today's is a far simpler affair, but still a cutie.

Pupster and fairy lights all painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and
the string the lights are on was a deep-breath-and-go-for-it moment with a biro!

and that really is all folks


Thursday 11 October 2018

As You Like It Challenge (DT) CAS or FAF

Hello chaps, here we are at Thursday again, and it's the start of a new challenge at

This time around, our theme for you is Clean And Simple (CAS) or Fussy And Fancy (FAF).

Oh I love a good FAFfy card, so packed with embellishments that it can hardly stand, so many bows, buttons, ribbons, frilly bits, that you can't see what the design is ...... well actually, yes, I do, if someone else has made it!  Honestly, it is so far away from my CAS style that I almost think I have a FAF allergy!

CC Designs : Rodney
(love this little fella, he comes out every Christmas!)
painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment stamps are Whimsy Clear Stamps Christmas Greetings (retired?)
Matting layer of paper is from DCWV Christmas Stack

and that is it, clean, and very simple.

and our sponsor for this challenge is

Hugs to all

Saturday 6 October 2018

Adorable Elephant (DT) Dies To Die For

Good morning all, so, after the shock of late week's grown-up card, you can breathe again because I am back to cute this week!

Quite a list of lovely things for this little card

Phew, good job I had a little elephant on hand to remember all that!

Ellie painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Have a wonderful week, don't forget to check the DTDF Inspiration Blog every day to see fresh, new, projects from my talents teamies.

Hugs to all

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