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Saturday, 9 October 2021

Dies To Die For (DT) Bundle Girl With Winter Branch

Hello peeps, and a happy weekend to you!

Dad continues to improve, he had another hospital visit yesterday, and they are pleased with how things are looking.  He has two more visits scheduled but (keep your fingers crossed) if they go well and the wound is healing as it should, we are hoping he will be discharged into the care of the GP surgery.  That will make life soooooooooo much easier for him.

Anyhoo, I've not made many Christmas cards yet this year, normally I would have started in June, so panic mode is setting in a little bit.  There may have to be a flurry of snowflakes soon.

Lovely things used

Bundle Girl painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
I had to get my stamping platform out for the background stamp as it is a biggie, and I cannot get an even coverage just with an acrylic block.  Himself reckons it is because I am too short to get enough pressure on it!!!

That's me done for today - I need to be doing battle with a gammon joint and a selection of winter vegetables.


Thursday, 7 October 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Not A Card

Hello all, welcome to Thursday and another new challenge theme from

This time around it's a non-card project

 If I'm not papercrafting, I'm playing with woolly balls - very much a beginner at crochet, and most definitely not the quickest hooker in the world, but it keeps my hands busy while I'm watching tv and it's possible someone will get something warm at the end of it.  This one is for me, very much a work in progress, an oversized wrap.  Four balls in, four to go.

and a very simple V-stitch - TR1 CH1 TR1

our sponsor for this challenge is

Looking forward to seeing your projects


Saturday, 2 October 2021

Strike Up The Band (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello peeps, it's the weekend again, hurrah!

Before we get to today's card, thank you for all your well wishes for dad.  We went back to the hospital on Wednesday for a wound check and dressing change.  The nurse practitioner was a little concerned about some blistering of the skin that was torn in his fall, but after some thought she decided to take the steri-strips off.  Poor dad.  He has hairy arms.  They aren't quite so hairy now.  Anyhoo, long story short, the hospital are "cautiously optimistic" that healing is underway (it's going to take months) and redressed it with a lighter dressing.  He goes back again on Monday for another check.

So, to crafting.  The inspiration for today's card was actually a commission - a dear friend requested a card for her brother-in-law who is a musician.  Well, there was only one stamp set that I could possibly use for that!

I adore these bunnies, they make me happy

Red card from own stash

The backing paper was just stripes, so I randomly over-stamped with the musical phrase accessory stamp from the Band set.

Bunny Band has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers).


Saturday, 25 September 2021

Hog Heaven (DT) Dies To Die For

  Piggy, Piggy, Piggy
Oink! Oink! Oink!

Morning all, hope you are ok.  What a week it has been.  My poor old dad had a nasty fall late Wednesday night; mum had to get the neighbour round to get him off the floor.  He'd hurt his arm badly and the ambulance was called, but they were a no-show. unfortunately.  I didn't hear about any of this until Thursday morning (!) so I took dad to the GP surgery who took one look and packed him off to A&E.  Getting dad in and out of a car and into a wheelchair these days is a challenge, but at least he was sitting down.  I won't give you the gory details (it was pretty horrible) but I'm taking him back this afternoon for a wound check and a dressing change.

Anyhoo, on to something happier.  I made this for the Toad's 60th birthday which was, guess when, yes, Thursday!  Not the best way to spend your birthday, bless him, but I couldn't have done it without him.


All the images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Hugs, or is that hogs?

I'm sure I don't need to tempt you too much, but Tracy has had lots of yummy new things arrive in store

Thursday, 23 September 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Autumn or Winter

 Hello folks, it's time for another new challenge over as AS YOU LIKE IT and the theme for this fortnight is Autumn or Winter (please explain your choice).

Autumn is my most favourite season of the whole year, although I don't mind winter that much.  There is so much loveliness about autumn, the cooler mornings, the temperate days, the cooler nights.  I love the warmth of the light, the rich colours, the smells, I don't even mind it getting dark early, I just close the curtains and snuggle up indoors with himself and the cat.  I love being able to get out and about without having heatstroke, and on the cooler days I am happy to pull on a woolly pully.  I am definitely an autumnal squirrel.

Newton's Nook Designs - Shades of Autumn (background leaves, fabulous linen effect on these) NN1709S04
Spellbinders (Nestabilities) Tall Scallop Oval die
Distress Inks (ReInkers) and pads
With Love sentiment die might be Tonic, but I have no packaging for it now

Our sponsor for this challenge is the ever adorable LAWN FAWN

Come on over and share your favourite (autumn or winter) season with us.


Saturday, 11 September 2021

Birthday Besties (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello peeps, I'm here, but I think I should change my middle name to "sorry I'm late again" - there is just so much going on at the moment that I really don't know my knees from my elbows.

Anyhoo, I have a sweet but very simple birthday card to share with you today

I have used
MFT Pure Innocence Birthday Besties MFT-PI-301 (there are two girls in the set) 

I have paper pieced her dress from the gorgeous plaid papers - I love this set of papers, they all coordinate colourwise so beautifully
The rest of her is Distress Ink'ed (ReInkers)

It's my mum's birthday today, so we are about to dash off to visit with her presents and a yummy cake, and a bucketful of blackberries that Toad picked for her yesterday

Hugs to all

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Round or Straight (Circles or Squares) (DT) As You Like It Challenge

 Morning all, just popping by with my DT make for the

The theme for this fortnight is Round or Straight (Circles or Squares)
and please remember to tell us about your choice

I have nothing against circles, don't get me wrong, but I do prefer the nice symmetry and straightness of a square.  In fact I have used lots of squares here.  Can you count how many there are?

Wild Rose Studio - Milton With Gifts
MFT 6x6 papers
Impression Obsession Happy Birthday die

Milton was painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and the matting layer and Happy Birthday were Copic coloured

Our sponsor for this challenge is


Saturday, 4 September 2021

Warm & Feathered Hugs (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello chaps, I'm here again with another Dies To Die For DT post, and this time with something
warm and feathery

This is
The stamp and die sets are available together for an excellent price at DTDF

The rather messy night time sky was done with Distress Oxides, and I cut a mask out of a Post-It Note for the snowy ground.

A very simple card, but that owl does make me smile.  He was painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers).


Saturday, 28 August 2021

The Walrus, The Polar Bear, And The Penguin (DT) Dies To Die For

Hello peeps, sorry I was MIA for my DTDF post last week, I was laid low by a rather unpleasant bug, which knocked me off my feet for four days.  Still not 100% but am getting there.

Anyhoo, today's offering reminds me of a joke

A penguin walks into a pub.  He goes to the bar and says to the landlord
"Have you seen my brother?"
The landlord looks at him, scratches his head, thinks for a minute, and asks
"I'm not sure, what does he look like?"

Sooooooooo, on to today's make then

And the lovely things used are

The image is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and fussy cut - I don't know if there even was a die  issued for this stamp but, if there was, I don't have it, so back to the trusty scissors and the craft knife for the nooks and crannies.

I was a bit frugal with the papers as there are only 2 sheets of each design in the pad, and they are all so lovely, so I was a miser and only used one - I did the technique of cutting from the centre of the sheet so I had my mini matting layer and a hollowed out bottom layer - I "patched" the hole (slight overlap) with the white card.  I'm not sure which stitched dies I used for the white, but I think it might have been my Crealies set.

Hmmmm, I've not had a Penguin in ages, but I know where there is a stash of dark mint Kit-Kat


Thursday, 26 August 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Wild Animal

 Oh dear, I really am on the naughty step, so sorry I am late, about 12 hours late to be precise.

It's new challenge day over at AS YOU LIKE IT and this time we want you to tell us all
about your Favourite Wild Animal

Hmmm, did I really need to think about this one?  Actually yes, because I love ALL animals (so long as they are furry and don't have more than four legs), and the Big Cats are high up on my list, especially the beautiful and magnificent leopards and jaguars, but on a less exotic level, my favourite animal is the humble British (and European) Red Squirrel - I mean, they are just so flippin' cute!

MFT Stencils

I've gently stencilled the brickwork stencil through the watercolour square stencil, so my background has softer edges
Squirrel! has, naturally, been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Our fabulous sponsor for this challenge is
and I have linked my items used straight to the right pages on the website for you

Looking forward to hearing all about your favourite wild critters


Saturday, 14 August 2021

Pile On The Hugs (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello peeps, here I am again.  One of my Dies To Die For teamies has shamed me into making a start
on the C cards, and it is still only August.  I may never recover from this.

So, I have used

Images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Background sort of went a bit streaky, but I quite like it, it looks like the wind is whirling the snow around.
Additional blobbed on snowflakes added with an opaque white detail paint which I am still trying to clean out of my brush.


Thursday, 12 August 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Primary Colour

 Hello peeps, hope you are all well.

Today, the new theme over at AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE
is for you to tell us all about your Favourite Primary Colour.
(if you are not sure, there are only three, Red, Blue, and Yellow)

I am rather partial to a splash of yellow, it is such a bright and happy colour, and it makes me think of Spring.

So, for this I have used

Images painted with Zig Real Color Brush Pens as watercolours
and the yellow matting layer is simply white card edged up with a Copic pen

Our sponsor for this challenge is

So, what's stopping you, come on over and get colourful with us!


Saturday, 7 August 2021

Saddle Up & Celebrate (DT) Dies To Die For

  Morning all, it's a damp and dreary day here in the east of England, but I have something bright and cheerful to share with you.

I got a little bit excited last month when MFT did a Vault Release of a lot
of their Birdie Brown designs - it meant I have been able to top up my collection!

For this slimline card (9x4) I have used

Images all painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.


Thursday, 29 July 2021

Favourite Pet Animal (DT) As You Like It Challenge

 The new challenge starting today from the AS YOU LIKE IT team is
Your Favourite Pet Animal
(and please do tell us why)

I'm a crazy cat lady I'm afraid.  There has always been a cat in my life right since I was a baby.  Even during a couple of years where I wasn't able to have my own, I still had the pleasure of the furry residents at my parents.  I have been owned by several hairy overlords over the years, and I am currently owned by Rosie who was adopted from the Blue Cross six years ago.  She is twelve now but shows no signs of relaxing her reign of terror.

For my card, I have used a stamp from Gerda Steiner Designs - Only For You
and teamed it with a die-cut from MFT DieNamics - Twice The Hugs
Papers are a mix of Lawn Fawn and MFT
Stamped sentiment is Lawn Fawn

Our sponsor for this challenge is

and we have a new DT member so please do pop over to say a warm hello to the fabulous Chrissy from Chrissy's Cardland


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