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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

GDPR the blah blah blah

Please, all Followers and Email Subscribers, I have published a Data Protection & Privacy Policy which I urge you all to read.

Information that may be passed to me by you commenting, following, subscribing, entering challenges, will not be passed on to any third parties, I will not randomly email you selling something, your information will remain (so far as is humanly possibly) confidential.  However, please be aware that comments can be tracked back by other visitors here to your own blog, and if your email is available then a link will show in your own Profile  You may wish to consider changing your own settings.

Whilst I personally consider that we are being hoisted to the rafters by a bureaucratic noose, there is no alternative but to comply with the new rules.

I am sorry if it seems intimidating and boring.  Actually it is both.  But I didn't create the new legislation (trust me, it would be much simpler if I had!).

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Oh Gnome - You DIdn't?! (DT) DTDF

Morning all, it's a chasing-her-tail type of Squirrel today, I'm running a bit behind

Anyhoo, I'm here with a little Bella fun for you

So, what I have used

I just love that snail's face!

and of course the whole image was plastered with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

I made the big flower using a Die-Namics set but I can't tell you what it is as I bought it unlabelled in a destash, but it makes me think of a Dianthus with the frilly petal edges

Hugs to all

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Best Friends (DT) DTDF

Hello peeps, how are we all today?  Ready for the weekend?  I'm not sure what to do first, there is a pile of chores waiting to be done, sigh.  Ah, what the heck, I think I shall get inky later instead.

As an only child, I really do treasure my friends, and friends are always
a fabulous reason for making a card, it doesn't matter if there is no actual occasion, just being able
to celebrate having wonderful friends is enough surely?!

Hugs to all

Thursday, 10 May 2018

AYLI (DT) Pink or Blue

Hello everyone, it's time for another challenge over at AS YOU LIKE IT and this time our theme is
Pink or Blue (and why)

I do like pink, and I do like blue (blimey, that sounds like a supermarket advert), but if I had to choose one colour to have around me all the time then it would have to be cool, serene and soothing blue.

So for this little one I have used
Painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Sentiment is with the Rain or Shine stamp set
Matting layer coloured with Cobalt Blue Copic

and that's it, a clean and simple card

The sponsor of this challenge is Kinda Cute by Patricia Alvarez
who is providing a prize of 3 images from her store:

Whatever your preference, pink or blue, please do pop on over to the challenge and share it with us!

Hugs to all

Saturday, 5 May 2018

DTDF (DT) Gnome Home

Hello peeps, are you ready for your (UK) Bank Holiday Weekend?  It looks like we are about to get some decent sunshine too so that will top up the Vitamin D levels nicely - it could explain why I've had such a run of catching colds lately (yes, yet another one, sigh)

Anyhoo, the DTFT girls are spending today in Birmingham at the Papercraft & Stamping Show at the National Motorcycle Museum, do pop in and say hello if you are in the area.

I'm not going to be anywhere so exotic, possibly as far as the back garden, but before I do that I had better get on with sharing some Stamping Bella fun with you

I always struggle to find a suitable stamp for new home cards, but that problem
has now been solved, and solved with style!

Isn't this just so brilliant?!

So, the lovely things used to make this one are

I have painted the image with Distress Inks (ReInkers), with a little Polychromos for details, and I used Distress Oxides for the cloud stencilling

Well, that's me done, apart from wishing you all a very happy weekend


Monday, 30 April 2018

Tropical Penguins

Now, a rare thing has happened, I had time this weekend to make a card just for the fun of it.  I am up to date with DT work, even a weeny bit ahead, so I took the opportunity to grab a favourite set that always make me smile and got busy.

So, this is MFT Penguins In Paradise stamp set
I love that the tree is really bendy so can go either way
Coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils
Paper is from a very old Papermania Capsule Collection
Sentiment came with the Penguins

Hugs to all

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Sanford (DT) DTDF

This time last week I was mooching about in a t-shirt and cotton shorts.  This week it is thick jeans, a long sleeved t, and a chunky jumper!  

OK, so today's card is bright, warm, sunny, and happy, in complete contrast
to outside, but it is also very CAS.

sentiment comes with the image

The image is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
and the matter layer was simply inked with Distress Oxides

Hugs to all

Thursday, 26 April 2018

AYLI (DT) Favourite Animal

Morning all, popping by today with my make for another AS YOU LIKE IT challenge!

The theme for this fortnight is Your Favourite Animal (and why).

OK, so, favourite animal....in terms of the one I share a house with, it has to be a kitty, but if it's that other animal then what else could it be but a cute, fluffy, frisky, and now quite rare, little red squirrel!

It's difficult to find cute red squirrel stamps (some of them look a little possessed)
but this set is just sooooooo adorable!

Colouring Medium:  Distress Inks (ReInkers)

Our sponsor for this challenge is
Fantastic Ribbons

Hugs to all

Saturday, 21 April 2018

DTDF (DT) Nancy Gardens

I am fretting about our grass, if it doesn't get cut soon I may never be able to get out of the back door.  Toad intended to cut it last weekend, but no sooner had he mentioned it and it poured with rain.  Sigh.  I guess he knows what job he will be attempting later today!

I bet Nancy doesn't have that problem, after all, she was born to garden.

Right then, the yummy stuff

Nancy and the Tweet flowers are painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with some
Polychromos Pencils to help detail her hair a little.

Speaking of hair, I am off for a tail trim now.  Maybe I should just lay down on the lawn.

Hugs to all

Saturday, 14 April 2018

DTDF (DT) Hoola Twila

Hello peeps, I'm here today with a little bit of happy for you

I do have a real soft spot for the Roberto's Rascals characters, especially this
cheeky little girl, Twila - there is just something so absolutely joyful about her, whatever
she is doing, and she always makes me smile - I hope she will do it for you too!

So, the things I have used:

Twila has been painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) with Polychromos detail for her hair.

Whatever you are up to, have a wonderful weekend!  We are off to visit my Oldies in a little while, then dashing back for me to make a "Somerset Pork Casserole" for dinner, and watch the F1 qualifying for the China Grand Prix.  In there somewhere I intend to have a good inky session!


Thursday, 12 April 2018

AYLI (DT) Favourite Colouring Medium

Not quite sure where the last fortnight has gone but it is time for another challenge from the AS YOU LIKE IT team and this time the theme is "Your Favouring Colouring Medium".

So, I bet you think I am going to straight in there and boldly say Distress Inks (ReInkers)!

You would be partly right, but I have been venturing deeper and deeper into the world of
mixed media, and I have to say, I am surprising myself by how much I am
loving it.

A very simple CAS card, but this shows off the colours very well.

Supergirl is painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers) but
her hair is done with Polychromos Pencils
and the splatter background was done with Copics and ProMarkers with

I had so much fun splatting the background that I completely forgot I had intended to
stamp and mask the image before getting inky, so in the end I stamped and
fussy cut her.

Our sponsor for this challenge is a perennial favourite

Hugs to all

Saturday, 7 April 2018

DTDF (DT) Bitty Bears

Morning all, hope the Spring sunshine of the last couple of days is cheering everyone up.

There's rather a lot of sunny colours and little bodies on my make today,
and all the little bodies are bear

MFT Die-Namics Celebrate die (currently o.o.s)

A lot of Post-It Notes sacrificed themselves in the name of masking for this one, and
the bears are all painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

It's the F1 Bahrain grand prix this week, and it's a live race (rather than hightlights) so if anyone needs me, you won't have to search far.

Happy weekend everyone!


Saturday, 31 March 2018

Easter Funnies (DT) Dies To Die For

Morning all, just wanted to wish you a (slightly early) Happy Easter, and what better way to do that than with a super cheeky but very cute Easter Bunny!

And the goodies used for this one are
CC Designs: Alphabits (sorry guys, can't find the link)
MFT 6x6: Watercolor Wash (again, no link)

I used a Martha Stewart border die for the grass.  I originally had just the one layer but it needed more depth so I punched again from a darker green and layered that behind.

And would you look at that, real string!  OK, it is baker's twine, but it is probably the nearest to ribbon I will ever get, rofl.

I was going to do masking for the additional eggs by the Bunny's feet, but in the end I just stamped and fussy cut them.  There is a mixture of Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils here.

Whatever you are up to, I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.

Hugs to all

Thursday, 29 March 2018

AYLI (DT) Favourite Flower

Hello peeps, and a happy Maundy Thursday to you.  There's a new challenge starting today over at AS YOU LIKE IT and theme is perfect for this time of year, we would like to know about your FAVOURITE FLOWER

I love many flowers, one of my favourites to look at is the humble daisy because it is such a happy little bloom, but for fragrance the most evocative for me is lily of the valley.

A very simple design
Leftover papers from scraps
and a magazine freebie sentiment
Not a Distress Ink in sight - she's all Polychromos this time

Normally at this point in the post I would tell you who our sponsor is but this time
it is a little bit special as there is a Guest Designer place up for grabs!

OK, time for you to get your blossoms on.


Saturday, 24 March 2018

Four Seasons (DT) DTDF

Hello chaps, sorry I am late this morning, we have been dashing about all over the place today and I completely forgot about my post.  Still, better late than never hey?

So for this colourful little number I have used

I cut down the Collage die to make a square
Image coloured with Distress Inks (ReInkers) and Polychromos Pencils

The 2018 F1 season starts today (wheeeeeeeeeeeee) and I am super excited, as always.
Will be sitting down shortly with a sausage roll and a latte to watch the Qualifying, even though I do already know the top three placings.

Have a super weekend everyone

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Little Duck (DT) Dies To Die For

So, I am getting excited about Spring putting in an appearance, as it is my favourite season, and have been inking up Spring themed images in readiness

For this cheeky little chick I have used
Die-Namics Double Stitched Circle Stax dies
this is the link to the Stitched Circle Stax
MFT 6x6 County Fair Plaid papers

Image painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)
Scalloped circle die is from Tonic

Whatever you are up to this weekend, stay warm, stay safe

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Favourite Easter Character (DT) As You Like It Challenge

Morning all!  Oh my goshness, can you believe we are halfway through March already?  Only a week and a bit and I shall be on my Easter holibobs, hurrah!

Righteo then, over at AS YOU LIKE IT CHALLENGE I am in charge this week, so I shall be expecting you all to behave nicely - our theme for this fortnight is

Well, I cannot resist a cute ickle bunny wabbit, those little twitchy noses, cute whiskers, such soft ears, and that fluffy bit behind, soooooooooo adorable!

I have finally twigged how to deal with a wonky photo - make it wonkier and no one will ever know!

So, for this I have used
Hoppy Easter from Clearly Besotted
Easter Greetings from Woodware
Papers from my scraps box
Image, after a bit of masking to add eggs, was painted with Distress Inks (ReInkers)

That's it, nicely clean and simple.

The sponsor of this challenge is

crafty ribbons

So, as I am sure you are all furiously making Easter cards, don't forget to come and share them with us at AYLI

Hugs to all

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