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Saturday 29 August 2020

Rain or Shine (DT) Dies To Die For

I'm here today, with another little sprinkle of Birdie Brown!

It's my dear mum's birthday the week after next (no danger of her seeing this, she doesn't have internet out in the wild end of Suffolk).  Because she is a garden lover, her passion is so weather dependent, so if she had a rainbow umbrella she'd be set for rain, or as a sunshade.

Ingredients used:

Images coloured with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens and Distress Inks (ReInkers).

It's been a funny old week.  I have been working right through lockdown from the back bedroom/study and initially I really struggled with it.  However, somewhere along the line my mind adjusted and I have been relatively content, especially as the commute to and from work has been so short.  This week we had been told that our department will be returning to the office soon, and I admit it, my anxiety kicked into overdrive.  Am I really so scared to go out there again?  Actually, yes, I am terrified.  I know I need to get it into perspective, and this county has one of the lowest infection rates in the country, but that doesn't stop these irrational feelings of fear and trepidation.  I simply do not want to be mixing with people again!  I know that once I have actually done it, I will feel a bit better about things, but honestly, there are several sleepless nights coming up!

Anyhoo, enough of my ramblings, off you go and enjoy your weekend.


Thursday 27 August 2020

Ribbon (DT) As You Like It

Yes, you read that title right, I am being forced to use ribbon!

The new challenge theme over as As You Like It is your favourite way of using ribbon.

I rarely use the stuff, mainly because I can't get to grips with it, and it always looks like I have just thrown it at a card, so when I do have to use it, I keep it really really simple.

So, for this I have used
MFT Birdie Brown - Happy Pawlidays (stamps)
MFT Die-Namics - Happy Pawlidays (dies)
Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Papers from Lawn Fawn and Bo Bunny
AND a piece of 6mm red satin ribbon from Fantastic Ribbons

Speaking of which, our sponsor for this challenge is

The irony here is that it was me that chose this theme!


Saturday 22 August 2020

Mermazing (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, how are we?

With all the hot weather we have had lately, I could really do with a paddling pool for dabbling my hot and sticky paws in, but I'm not a swimmer so this is unlikely to be me ...........

Ingredients used:

Perfect Pool Water stencil inked up with Distress Inks Broken China, images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.

Corner punch is a cheapy I picked up on impulse from Hobbycraft, I think it adds a nice finishing detail.  Now if MFT Die-Namics ventured into corner dies, I would be a very happy little critter!

Anyhoo, the closest I'll get to being a mermaid is in a deep bath (but not too deep, I'm short)!


Saturday 15 August 2020

Magical Friends (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello peeps, happy Saturday to you.

I'm here with a little bit of magical stuff  from my favourite designer, Birdie Brown, for you.  I bet, at some point in our lives, we have all wished to have a dragon as a best friend, for protection, for wisdom, for granting wishes, and of course for story telling.

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.
Small heart punch from Hobbycraft.


Thursday 13 August 2020

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Pink Plus One

Hello chaps, hope you are all ok this rather "warm" Thursday.  When I say warm, I do mean chuffin' hot, it's averaged 33C for the last week, and I have just about reached the end of my tether with it!

Anyhoo, you didn't come here for me to rant about a heatwave, so let me tell you about the new challenge over at AS YOU LIKE IT.

Our theme for this challenge is a colour theme - we would like to see PINK PLUS ONE (the plus one is your choice of main colour, but please explain).

I've perhaps paired my pink with a slightly unexpected colour, and have chosen brown.  The reason why is that pink and brown together remind me so much of the "mallow cones" that our local cake shop used to sell, and they were always a treat for special occasions - an ice-cream cone, filled with pink mallow, dipped in chocolate at the top, and covered with sprinkles.  A blast from the past, although if you hunt far enough, you can still find them!

I've used a real assortment of products:
MFT Stamps - Friends Furever
MFT DieNamics Hugs dies
MFT Stitched Blooms dies
Sunny Studio 6x6 papers from stash
Distress Inks (ReInkers)

The sponsor for this challenge is LOTV (digi images - the new Christmas ones are released this week)


Saturday 8 August 2020

Happy Birthday (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello peeps, I am here today with something a little bit different for me.  I was inspired to make this by something I saw on Instagram last week made by Peppermint Patty.  She used different ingredients and her make was more sophisticated, but I just loved the idea of making the letters floral.

I think I spent as long assembling this as I would have done colouring an image!

MFT 6x6 papers - Fun In The Sun MFT-EP-64 

I used a tiny flower punch from Hobbycraft rather than messing about with repeated die-cutting.

And that's it, colourful, but not a drop of ink anywhere.



Saturday 1 August 2020

Lessons In Love (DT) Dies To Die For

Yes, I know I'm late again........ sorry!  I didn't sleep well last night, and then managed to oversleep this morning.  Isn't that just the way of it?

I do love me a versatile stamp - this one was designed with teachers in mind, but I think
she makes a great secretary/PA

Things used:

Image coloured with Zig Clean Colour Pens


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