Thursday, 18 January 2018

Baby Boy

I've made an easel card for a baby boy using one of my favourite bear sets from Lili of the Valley.  The whole theme is blue and I've added lots of flowers and ribbons to make it a real keepsake card.  We're looking for your favourite dies this fortnight at As You Like It Challenge and I'd have to say for me it's anything stitched, but I really do like circle nesties. I have a fair few of them in different varieties (dotted, stitched, double stitched, scalloped ...) so I think this is probably a good choice although picking a favourite die is like picking a favourite ice cream - you can't pick just one when you have so many delicious ones to choose from!




Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans
  • Grass: Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Going Places

It feels like it should be at least Friday this week already, but instead I'm finding it's only Wednesday so I'm sharing my mid-week post for Dies to Die For featuring some fabulous images from MFT called Up in the Air.  I've also used some stitched cloud dies and stitched scene builder dies so there's a bit of 'stitched' theme running in the background!





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur/Feathers: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, 
  • Grass: Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Blues: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peacock Feathers
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet
  • Pinks: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick
  • Reds: Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick
Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Bitty Bear - Birthday Wishes

It's time for my mid-week creation and I've been busy making a box card using Bitty Bears from MFT.  I've inked and watercoloured 5 of the bears and a few of the accessories together with a couple of items from the Birthday Bears stamp set for the flaps of my box card.

I added some Stitched Clouds from Memory Box and a 'Wishes' sentiment die. The one I used was WPlus9 but MFT Dienamics Cause for Celebration is a really close match.  The stamped 'Birthday' comes from the Birthday Bears stamp set (I used the "Birthday Bear Hugs" stamp and masked off the 'Bear Hugs' part)

The foliage around the fence is 
Memory Box Lavish Branch and the fence is also from Memory Box.








Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, 
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Reds: Victorian Velvet, Aged Mahogany

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:
Other:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 6 January 2018

Peek-a-boo Panda

Today's creation features an adorable panda from Gerda Steiner Designs which I've cropped to make a peek-a-boo tag or bookmark.  I've used my new Crealies Tags which were a Chrimbo pressie from one of my lovely blogging pals (she knows who she is - mwah!). They're beautifully designed because they work in pairs to make a set of 6 nested tags.  I've used the smallest pair but it's still quite sizeable to showcase my lovely panda which I've watercoloured using the no-lines technique.  I hope you like him as much as I do. :0)





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Panda: Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Tattered Rose, Weathered Wood
  • Reds: Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries, Fired Brick

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 4 January 2018

My Significant Otter

It's a free for all at As You Like It this fortnight and I've inked up this sweet otter from Whimsy Stamps.  He's quite a large image so he's been given centre stage on my card as I didn't want to crop him. I love his expression and although I admit I did struggle with the shading on his fur, I'm surprisingly pleased with how he turned out.





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Furr: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, 
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Blues: Blueprint Sketch
  • Reds: Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany

Card Recipe:


I've been inspired by:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Lunar Animal Ruler

It's hump-day already so I'm here with my mid-week creation for Dies to Die For.  I bought a ruler that you can customise from Staples Office Depot.  The back of the ruler opens and you can slide in a decorated card strip which is then sealed back inside when you clip the back piece in place again.

The ruler is fairly narrow, so I needed to use some dinky images. The Lunar Animal cuties from Mama Elephant were the perfect size so I created a line-up of them.  They were nice and easy to watercolour and I shaded around the edge of the panel with blue ink to create some sky.

I hope you like my little project which was really easy to make.  I gave this as a little extra Xmas gift to a fellow crafter so she can put in her own strip whenever she wants to replace or refresh it.




 Here's a closer view of the critters:


Project Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:
Other:

Created for:






I've been inspired by:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Some Birdie Loves You

HAPPY 2018!  

We are in 'celebration' mood at Squirrel's Random Challenge and I'm starting the new year off with some love in the form of an anniversary (or Valentine) card featuring some lovebirds from Clearly Besotted.  

I've used two of my favourite colours on these little tweeters and some new XXL circle dies for the scalloped circle card base.  

Happy new year to you all, and I hope you 'spread the love' and join in with us for this challenge.






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Branch: Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, 
  • Leaf: Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass (sponged)
  • Purples: Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord
  • Birds: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
  • Beaks/feet: Dried Marigold, Rusty Hinge

Card Recipe:

Created for:



I've been inspired by:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 31 December 2017

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018.

2018 is just around the corner hours away, so here I am having my traditional nostalgic look back over my creations of the past 12 months and picking out my favourite projects.

Before I do, I will share the results of my 2017 Resolutions which were as follows:
1) Make a minimum of 2 Christmas cards per month
2) For every card using a newly purchased image, make 2 featuring an older image and
3) Make one masculine card per month.

The results are as follows:
1) 44 Christmas cards made, but a large proportion of these were in Nov/Dec and even then I discovered I needed a lot more than I'd made so I really need to increase this target to 3 per month next year to avoid the panic rush in December!

2) Newly purchased:Old image ratio was 39:52, so I didn't quite make this target.  I don't think it is worth trying to improve on this because if i look at the pile of unused stamps I have, I've probably already failed on this for 2018 too before we've even hit 1 January!

3) Masculine cards total was 37 (although some of those were edging towards males who are very much in touch with their feminine side!)  I think I need to focus more on masculine Christmas cards because I really do struggle with those in particular.

I'll make my 2018 resolutions at the base of this post. While I ponder what they'll be, I am doing my customary annual round up of my favourite projects from the last 12 months.

You'd better brace yourself for a photo heavy post, or just scroll to the bottom to see my aspirations for 2018 ...

Thank you for staying with me this past year. I know many bloggers are moving towards FaceBook or Instagram etc, but I'm not a huge fan of FB and am not a member of Instagram, so I'm staying here for the foreseeable. I really do appreciate the comments you leave me, because I know that it takes much longer to write a comment than simply click a 'like' button, but I hope you'll stay with me in Blogland!  :0)


I was really pleased with this 'no lines' image and have a new-found soft spot for hedgies:





I reverted back to my customary fussy style for this wedding wall hanger:




I love this panda and found the 'no lines' technique really worked well on her. I want to continue to work on my no-lines technique in 2018.





Some lovely new releases from Lili of the Valley included this comical pony which I loved ...





... and this adorable image called 'Bedtime stories':



I continued my love affair with Stamping Bella images with Orchid:








And found new love with Gerda Steiner images:


These Christmas Mice arrived from LOTV later in the year and they became one of my favourite images for a long time:





I tried something new with these pop-up boxes using Adorable Elephants from MFT ...




... and re-visited one of my oldest images, giving her a colouring facelift!





I tried new techniques with backgrounds and masking (the moon)...



... but still loved one of my oldest layouts (complementary papers on top/bottom halves, covered by a central panel, with an array of flowers around a circular image)...



... but clean and simple became more common on my blog:






Finally, I finished with a project which took many hours, but I loved the end result - an advent box calendar. Click on the image below to see the whole project!


So, my new year's Resolutions for 2018?

1) Make at least 3 Xmas cards per month which must include at least 1 suitable for a guy,
2) For every card using a newly purchased image, make 2 featuring an older image.
Let's see how these fare! :0)

Thanks for staying until the end. 
Have a lovely New Year and I'll see you on the other side!
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 27 December 2017

You're the Best

Well Christmas Day is over and I've managed to resist the temptation to start my 2018 Christmas cards (so far). Instead I've made a rather Spring-time looking card featuring a Gerda Steiner image and sentiment.  The image is a digi but the sentiment is a clear stamp from the Happy Hoppy set. 






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Bunny: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick
  • Grass: Shabby Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss
  • Blues: Tumbled Glass, Broken China
Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Snow Fight

It's my mid-week post and this week I'm in full winter mode with a cute image called Snow Fight.  These 'littles' from Stamping Bella are really adorable and quite easy to colour. 





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Hair: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Tea Dye
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn
  • Blues: Blueprint Sketch
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
  • Snow: Weathered Wood, Pumice Stone
  • Raccoon: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Black Soot

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:
Other:
  • Flat backed pearls
  • First Edition Silent Night papers
  • Clearly Besotted Little Donkey (Sentiment)
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



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