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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!


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