Friday, 2 December 2016

Silver Santa

Whoops, I should have posted this yesterday, but better late than never!  We're talking gold or silver over at As You Like It Challenge this fortnight and for me it's definitely silver.  I feel that silver is a bit more modern than gold when it comes to jewellery and that preference also translates into my cards too.

I've used a silver mirri card as the backdrop for my Santa image, embossed and embellished with a frosty border die.  The only trouble with mirri card is that it's so hard to photograph!  I've also used silver on the image itself, where I've used a silver gel pen to colour the ribbon on the present that Santa's hiding behind his back!

This is my usual picture of the card, standing up, but the silver looks black .....


... so I've taken another picture which shows that it's definitely silver, but you need sunglasses to avoid the reflection of my lamp now ....


... and finally a close up to show the silver on the image.



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Happy crafting
Annette
xx




Thursday, 1 December 2016

Then and Now

I find it interesting to look back and see how my style (and hopefully skill) has changed since I started blogging my creations and so today I'm showcasing my sample for the 'Before and After' challenge which starts at Squirrel's Not So Random Challenge where we are revisiting one of our earliest images and creating something new with it for comparison.

I looked back at my earliest cards and an image from Penny Black called Snowball Fun was one of my first.  I've dusted it off for another outing for my sample and watercoloured it with reinkers.  I've kept the layout clean and simple with a typed / die cut combo sentiment and a pelmet of designer papers die cut with a stitched curve.

So here's my new version.....


.... and below, (said in a quiet voice) is its first inking, dated October 2010!  





Some things remain the same; I still like trios of pearls (although didn't add any on this card to keep it flat), I still like a splattering of glitter at Christmas, and yes, I still love purple.

But there are also some areas where I think my style has changed too, such as I don't believe I had invested in a die cutter back in 2010 so the corners were shaped with a punch.  Seeing the two cards in close proximity above also does make me believe that my colouring and shading has improved too, with more depth added to the colours.

I also think that my photography skills have improved, both in terms of lighting and staging, to showcase the projects better.

I hope you like this challenge and will join in to share your 'then and now' creations.


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Happy crafting
Annette
xx




Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Tilda with Lamb

It's another (sorry to bore you) stepper card from me today, but this time featuring Tilda with Lamb and my new Poinsettia dies!  I hope you like this one.



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Happy crafting
Annette
xx




Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Red Squirrels

I've really been enjoying making some simple stepper cards lately and this is a real sweetie featuring a small family of red squirrels.  I've just added some die cuts, as well as some bronze coloured gems to match the neutral colour scheme.



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Happy crafting
Annette
xx




Monday, 28 November 2016

Bunny Hop

It's another CAS card from me today featuring another bunny from the MFT set I used yesterday but this time the bunny is hopping along a blossom branch.



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Happy crafting
Annette
xx





Sunday, 27 November 2016

Stargazing Friend

It's a CAS card from me today (although it's amazing how long these CAS cards can take to make, and (when I look at the recipe list) how many components there are on it still!)

It features a sweet little bunny gazing at the sparkly stars and an 'amazing' script die that I bought a long time ago but don't think I've used yet.


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Happy crafting
Annette
xx




Saturday, 26 November 2016

Stepper James

I've got a JFF card to share today on a stepper base featuring James the Bear!  I really like this stepper fold at the moment and I love how it creates a focus on the image. I've actually used a gold base card which is quite rare for me, but I think it complements the colour of James' fur nicely.


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Happy crafting
Annette
xx




Friday, 25 November 2016

Odd Dog Diary

I've got some exciting news to share because if you've not already seen some of the sneaky peeks, there is a new set of Lili of the Valley digi stamps out featuring the Odd Dog character.  Some of the digis are available in rubber, but some are completely new.  They're all cute and I've had a chance to have a play with them.  I've created a calendar / birthday diary out of them, printing them out small on a monthly diary that I typed in Word.  I've tried to match the dogs to the month, eg love for February, 'back to school' for September and presents for December. I hope you like them. There are 21 digi images being released, so I've only used a fraction of them in my project.

This is the front cover, which I made using strong card covered with designer paper before binding in my Zutter machine.















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Happy crafting
Annette
xx




Thursday, 24 November 2016

Thank You Owl

Today's card is a little 'thank you' card with a love theme I've made to give to a friend as an RSVP for a wedding invitation.  I've used an adorable little owl image and typed sentiment. I think he's perfect for this theme. I hope you like him too. :0)



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Happy crafting
Annette
xx




Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Rudolph Lights and Chicks, erm Penguins

I'm in Christmas mode again today with a Stamping Bella image called Rudolph, the Christmas Lights and Chick.  I've kept the design quite simple and used some festive coloured papers and embellishments.  As you can see the chicks are in disguise as penguins, which I think are more appropriate for a Christmas card!



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Happy crafting
Annette
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