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Saturday, 31 October 2020

Best In Show (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, I hope this finds you all safe and well and with a good stock of loo rolls.

Just lately we have had occasional visits from my boss's dog to the office, Bertie is so much fun and just loves people.  He's a very happy dog but has a cheeky streak.  Only yesterday we had a small chase around trying to retrieve a roll of green ribbon that he'd run off with.  He thought it was the best game ever.  His energy and good nature inspired this tiny make.

Combined stamp set and dies offer
scrap of MFT 6x6 paper

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and a scribble of Polychromos shadow

Stay safe
Socially distanced hugs

Saturday, 24 October 2020

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Blue Plus One (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Oh I am in sooooooo much trouble - I forgot to schedule my DT post for this morning (oooops), so without more ado.....

This time over as AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE our theme is Blue Plus One, so that is mostly blue, plus one other colour, and please explain your choice.

In my book, the best colour to go with blue is red.  I don't know why, it just seems to work so well.  Maybe it's the old patriotic thing of red, white, and blue, but I find blue and red together ridiculously pleasing.

So, I have used 
Image and stencilling done with Distress Inks

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Saturday, 17 October 2020

Knitting Penguin (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello everyone, hope you are ok this morning.  A huge furry hug going out to anyone who needs it.

Like many kids of my generation, I was desperate to learn to knit so that I could make a Tom Baker Dr Who scarf.  I was taught the basics by my mum, and did manage a scarf (sort of) which I wore a lot.  I'm not sure that I have knitted anything since!  Actually, that's a fib, I did knit a jumper, it had no shaping, it was just rectangles sewn together, and I did wear it once, just once.  I wonder what happened to that?!  Having failed to get to grips with two needles, I am now trying to learn to cope with one with a bit of crochet.  Not convinced that this adventure is any more successful!

Anyhoo, this little chap has certainly got the hang of things

Ingredients for this make

The sentiment comes with the stamp so, as always, good value from Stamping Bella.

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.


Saturday, 10 October 2020

Christmas Cheer (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all.  How are we today?  I spent all week in the office for work, and I am absolutely pooped now.  Not being allowed to use the bus means having to drive into town every day, and traffic levels are definitely increasing.  There was a time when I wouldn't have cared, I'd drive anywhere, but these days I am less confident and really hate being stuck in jams.  Don't laugh, but it is hard on the knees too with all the gear changing, the other night I caught 14 red traffic lights (yes, 14 of the damn things) and my clutch knee was exhausted by the end of it all!

Anyhoo, enough of my ramblings, here is today's little dose of festive:

So for this one we have:

I can't remember where the red edging paper came from but suspect it is an older MFT pad.

The snowflake die is one I treated myself to from Simon Says Stamp, it is one of their own brand dies.

Oval dies used are from Crealies.

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Twinkly gem from stash - I bought loads from W H Smith when they were on Sale.


Thursday, 8 October 2020

Non Card Project (DT) As You Like It Challenge

 Hello peeps, here we are at another Thursday already, gosh these weeks are whizzing by!

There is a new challenge starting today over at AS YOU LIKE IT and this time we would like you to share a favourite non card project with us (please explain your choice).

Now, I am not very organised when it comes to present wrapping, but I do have a fondness for cute little boxes, so when I get the opportunity and get my btm into gear then I do like to make a box.  I'm really into the kraft and white combination at the moment and I think it works really well for a little festive gift.

I made this using my WRMK Box Board for the basic box, cut the layers using Bristol Board and the same smooth kraft card that the box is made from, die cut a selection of gorgeous Mama Elephant snowflakes, and the sentiment from Impression Obsession.  The top circle panel for the box seal was cut with a plain Tonic layering circle and a MFT Die-Namics Double Stitched Circle Stax die.

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Saturday, 3 October 2020

Unicorns & Glitter (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning peeps, yes, I am late with my post today.  Having now returned to the office for work, rather than home-working, my routine is well an truly screwed, and I am a creature of habit so any changes like this really throw me off kilter!

Anyhoo, over on Instagram, I follow a lot of kitten fostering pages, and through one of those I have made a new friend, Danica, who is as mad as a box of frogs but I still adore her.  A while ago she dropped this not so subtle hint that it was her 30 birthday this year and how she would absolutely love to receive one of my cards (told you, mad), so this is the little make that went winging its way to Canada a couple of months ago.

Sorry about the photo - I think the sensor on the camera got confused by the blue and white!

A bit of masking on this one, before the background was sponged with Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, little girl painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours, base ground of the grass was Distress Inks and then detail added with Polychromos Pencils.


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