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Saturday, 27 March 2021

Bring Out The Sunshine (DT) Dies To Die For

 Well hello!  As we are now into Spring (don't forget to change your clocks tonight UK) I'm bringing you a Spring-feel card today, because we all need a little sunshine in our lives (well, you'd get rickets without it).

Lovely things used from DTDF
(Special Offer in store - stamps and dies £10)
and the papers used are a selection of
I used MFT Stitched Cloud dies (retired) but there are lots of similar available

I've used Zig pens again on this one.

Have yourselves a wonderful weekend


Thursday, 25 March 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Favourite Springtime Critter

 Hello, and welcome to Spring at last!
Here we are at the last Thursday in March (oh yes it is, next week is 1 April), and it's an 

Our theme for this time is Your Favourite Springtime Critter
(and please explain why)

Another tough choice!  I love Spring, the birds, the lambs, the chicks, the bunnies, they all make me happy, but, as we are so close to Easter, for me at this time of year it has to be chicks (although I am a little bit scared of adult chickens if I'm honest) with their significance of birth and renewal.

Looks like this little lady has a basket full of soon-to-be-chicks (hopefully not omelettes)

This is an older stamp that I've had a while waiting to be inked up
Stampavie (Penny Johnson) PEN81 Gretchen Collecting Fresh Eggs (retired)
MFT 6x6 papers - Perfect Pinstripes Pastel (retired)

I've used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens on this one this time, as the colours were a better match to the papers than my beloved Distress Inks

And our sponsor for this theme is

Looking forward to seeing all your Springtime animal creations


Saturday, 20 March 2021

Floral Corners (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello chaps, a very worried little Squirrel here today

Why am I worried?  I seem to be buying a lot of floral stamps lately, and that is sooooo unlike me!  I mean, where's the cute?

But when they are this pretty, I just can't resist them

I've painted the flowers with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens as watercolours.  They give a brighter effect than Distress Inks, and sometimes that's just what's called for.

Background plain papers are from Trimcraft.

One made, several to go .... and not much time, best get busy.


Saturday, 13 March 2021

Mice Day To Celebrate - again (DT) Dies To Die For

Here we are on a wild and windy Saturday and I really look like I have been blown inside out - jeez, I am in desperate need of a haircut, it's been six months since my last trim, and it was getting longer then.  In another couple of weeks I'll be able to have bunches!!

Anyhoo, the really good news is that I got vaccinated last weekend, hurrah.  Can't fault the vaccination centre at all, I was in and out in 5 minutes.  I felt fine.  Went to bed Saturday night, feeling fine.  Woke up early Sunday morning with the mother of all headaches and joint aches.  Headache had gone by Monday night, but I've had snuffles and a sore throat, and definite tiredness.  BUT all those are minor compared to the virus itself, so I'm a happy little rodent.

So, I did warn you that the mice from Birdie Brown had gone straight into the top 5 on my favourites list, and to prove it, here's another one.

I have used

Meece and his box painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.



Thursday, 11 March 2021

As You Like It Challenge (DT) Fussy Cut, Dies, or Machine

So yet another two weeks has whizzed past and it is time for another new theme over at the

 And if you hadn't already twigged, our theme this time is
Fussy Cut, Dies, or Machine

I do a little bit of mix and match with fussy cutting and dies, it depends on how intricate the shape is.  My poor old hands can't cope with the ultra tricky fiddly stuff these days, so that's where I will use dies, but for simpler shapes I can manage to do with scissors then I will fussy cut.  I used to use a craft knife all the time, but I changed to a much thicker watercolour paper that makes a knife a real white-knuckle-ride.

So, the die in the centre is
and the fussy cutting is the little bear in the centre
Papers are from an old set of Echo Park

and our fab sponsor for this theme is


Saturday, 6 March 2021

Lucky Ducky (DT) Dies To Die For

  Hello m'darlin's, a very excited little Squirrel here this morning, I'm off to have my first vaccine today!  After a normal flu jab my arm usually feels like it is about to fall off, so if that is the only side effect of today's jabbing I shall be happy.

Spring is almost in the air, and that means lots of babies arriving, bunnies, chicks, lambs and ducklings.

Not many ingredients for this little quacker

Image and background all coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) as watercolours.

Sweet and simple but with impact


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