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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


Monday, 26 July 2021

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Lookin' Shark (DT) Dies To Die For

  Morning all, today for my Dies To Die For make I am bringing you a dose
of Whimsy fun from Dustin Pike, guaranteed to raise a smile

Thankfully I didn't see any of this kind of drama at the beach yesterday!  The nearest we got to that was a small child throwing an absolute tantrum because she'd been told to return an item that she'd "acquired" from somewhere along the prom.  I'd rather take my chance with a shark!

Images all painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and fussy cut,  The shark is a separate stamp to the porthole (just in case you were thinking it was an all in one) so the hole has been layered over the shark.


Thursday, 15 July 2021

Favourite Shape (DT) As You Like It Challenge

 So, here we are at Thursday again, so that means it is a new theme from the

This time around AYLI are asking for your Favourite Shape for a card
(but NOT a square or rectangle please)

Personally, I love squares and rectangles so I had a bit of a job with this one.  I cut circles and ovals, and weird shapes, but somehow none of them floated my boat (or would stand up) so I'm afraid I ended up with a rather predictable hexagon card.  I do like a good hexagon and use the shape a lot ON cards, but haven't made many AS cards.  I quite enjoyed it!

I have used:
Rodney from CC Designs
MFT Bitty Holiday Wishes sentiment set
Lawn Fawn 6x6 papers - Snow Day
MFT DieNamics Stitched Hexagon Stax

Rodders has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and I used a tiny bit of some thick and goopy white paint that I bought for his freckles.  His nose highlight is just bare paper.

And this is the FIRST of my Christmas cards made this year!

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Did you know that LOTV are doing stamps again?  Hurrah!  They have recently released two polymer stamp sets, one for the boys, and one with cupcakes and cute animals.  I had to have both, naturally, but hubby has bought me one of them for my birthday (grin).

Anyhoo, let's be hearing about your favourite shape for card base (that isn't a square or a rectangle)


Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Mice Day

 Oh me oh my, what is the world coming to .... since Himself lost his job last year, I seem to have had even less time to do things, even though he is here and I'm at work, so to find time to actually make a card to enter a challenge, well, it was a challenge in itself.

Except I have missed the closing time.  Aargh!!

Anyhoo, here it is

My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge
MFT Birdie Brown Mice Day stamps & dies
MFT DieNamics Double Stitched Circle Stax
MFT 6x6 papers - Dots and Stripes Sorbet
Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Hugs all

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Art Is (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello peeps, hope you are ok.  It's been a bit of a damp start to the weekend, but actually, I really don't mind.  It gives me a great reason to park my ample behind at my craft bench and get inky without feeling too guilty!

I seem to be having a phase of extra CAS cards at the moment, and here's another one

The cute little squirrel in the portrait is a separate stamp within the set, and I could not resist stamping him onto the easel to be immortalised by the rabbit.

This is a large stamp, and I found it difficult to get a clean image with a traditional block, so you might want to use a stamping platform for this one.

Main image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers), terrible grass done with Polychromos Pencils



BTW, the new MFT release, including the first Vault Release of Birdie Brown stamps, is now in store, if there is anything left by now that is.

Saturday, 3 July 2021

Housecats (DT) Dies To Die For

  Morning all (just), I'm popping in today with a CAS card.

A card doesn't need to be overflowing with detail to have impact.

I used two pieces of the Party Plaid (same pattern, different colours) and pattern matched to get the blue top border lined up with the yellow statement piece
Images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

And that's really all.


Thursday, 1 July 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Stitching

 Hello all (and especially to Faith, waving) I hope you are all ok.

It's time for another As You Like It Challenge and the theme this time is
Stitching (real, doodles, or dies)

I used to doodle my stitches onto cards, but then came the advent of stitched dies and I have never looked back.  I love that this tiny piece of detail can add so much to your layers without being intrusive, it is the perfect finishing touch.

MFT Stitched Hexagon Stax
Crealies XXL Stitched Squares

Gnome painted in Distress Inks (ReInkers)

And our sponsor of this theme is

Looking forward to seeing you there and hearing about your favourite way to add stitching to your makes,


Friday, 25 June 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Top Tip

OK, so I am late, really really late with this post - over a week late, so I am very sorry about that.  I was laid low with a mysterious rash that spread like wildfire and caused enough concern for my employers to despatch me off to A&E.  I understand that the medical term for it is "some kind of an infection" and I am now on day 9 of 14 on some hefty antibiotics,

Anyhoo, the purpose of this post is to bring you my DT make for the AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE which has the theme of "Top Tip".  We'd like you to share your top crafting tip with us, and show it to us in your make.

My top tip is to separate your layers!  Just because certain papers come together in one collection, it doesn't mean they should be used together willy-nilly as it can make for a confusing background and, in the worst case, trigger a headache for whoever is looking at it.
Either use a plain neutral layer, here I have used white, or a complementary plain colour.
These two papers are the same colour palette, but would be simply too much when paired without the white.

MFT Birdie Brown - Every Day Is A Picnic stamps
and matching dies
MFT 6x6 Dots and Stripes Sorbet
Mama Elephant Mixed Wishes Greetings


Hugs to all

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Sweet Birthday Wishes (DT) Dies To Die For

 Hello peeps, here I am, on this rather warm weekend.  I know it's June, and it is meant to be warm but it has gone from freezing to boiling so fast that I haven't had a chance to shed my winter coat yet.

Speaking of shedding, Rosie (my tabby cat) has a boyfriend (Meep, dark, handsome, dangerous) and it was his human's birthday this past week.
Rosie told me what to make - it had to have a Meep on it.

Now, the little kitty came from the BB New Best Friend set (which is no longer on the DTDF website, but does seem to still be on the MFT site) but there are loads of stamp sets with small cats that would work equally well.

Images painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers).

Have a super weekend - don't forget the Factor 50 cream if you're out in the sun (we're not used to it!)



Saturday, 5 June 2021

Melon Friends (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello everyone, eventually I'm here, still yawning - I cannot even begin to tell you how long I overslept!

So, one of the things that seems to crop up (pardon the pun) every summer
is watermelons.  I'm not a huge fan of them myself, they always taste like sweet cucumber to me, but I know a lot of people find them refreshing.

As soon as I saw this little bear, I knew I had to pair him with these papers, it was just meant to be.

Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Whatever you are up to, have a good weekend.


Thursday, 3 June 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) CAS or FAF

When your scheduled post is actually a draft, SMH.

Hello peeps, it's time for another As You Like It challenge and this time the theme is Clean and Simple or Fussy and Fancy (CAS or FAF)

It's not hard to guess my preference from this sample.  The only thing FAF about me, is the faffing around I do when I'm making a card!

Image coloured with a mix of Zig Clean Color Brush Pens (flowers) and Distress Inks (ReInkers) leaves and flower pot

and our sponsor for this theme is


Saturday, 29 May 2021

Bright Future (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, happy weekend to you!

I'm one of those crafty weirdos who doesn't mind making male cards, so when a new male image becomes available I get a little bit excited.

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Dark red card is DCWV from stash
I don't have the die for this stamp so little chap has been fussy cut


(excluding new Picket Fence and Pink Fresh Studios releases)

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Dies To Die For (DT) Cat-Astrope

 Hiya chaps, sorry I'm a bit later than my normal lateness but
this little Squirrel has been and had my second Covid vaccine today.  Got there 15 mins ahead of my appointment, went straight in, jabbed, out, and home again only 5 mins after the actual appointment time!  Now to wait for three weeks for it to be as efficacious as it can be.

Anyhoo, here is a dose of furry feline cuteness for you today

A cocktail of MFT 6x6 papers
and a random sentiment from my stash

Kitties painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours

Hope you all have wonderful weekends



Thursday, 20 May 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Medium

Hello chaps, it's time for a new theme from

This time we'd like to hear about your Favourite Medium

It's watercolours for me, usually Distress Inks (ReInkers) as I have for this card, although I do occasionally have a dabble with my Zigs.  I've tried alcohol markers but never felt the love, and occasionally I'll dabble with pencils, but the comfort blanket is the DIs.

Sunny Studio 6x6 papers
and an unnamed border die

Our sponsor for this challenge is

Hope to see you there


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