Friday, 17 January 2020

It's Bunny Day!

Today is release day for the new images at Lili of the Valley so I'm sharing 2 more bunny creations from the set.  The bunnies are some of my favourite critters from LOTV so I was really chuffed when I learned about this release.

I've had a heart border die for ages and decided today was the day when I'd christen it, only to find that it's no longer sold! (yup, that's how long I've had it in my unused stash!).  I've die cut it on some pink pearlescent card which wasn't easy to photograph.  I really should consider these practicalities when I'm creating!






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:

  • Brown Bunnies: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Grey Bunny: Pumice Stone, Black Soot, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye,
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Butterfly: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
  • Hearts: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple, Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Victorian Velvet, Aged Mahogany
Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 16 January 2020

Bella the Birthday Bear

We don't often have an 'Anything Goes' theme at As You Like It Challenge, but it's the middle of January so we have made it really easy to get your crafting mojo together in whatever way you like.  I've got inky with Bella the bear, who is pretty in pink with a simple layout.

Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Gifts: Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
  • Dress: Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Pumice Stone
  • Bees: Tumbled Glass, Wild Honey

Card Recipe:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Monday, 13 January 2020

Bunnies, Bunnies and more Bunnies!

There's a new warren of bunnies coming soon at Lili of the Valley and we are excited to share some sneak peeks.  The bunnies are among my favourite LOTV characters so I'm really happy they're bouncing out of their burrow to play.

Today's peek is a set of cards using 3 of the images; Bunnies Swing, Bunnies Sweetheart and Bunnies Clouds & Champagne.






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:

  • Bunnies: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Moon: Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade, Rusty Hinge
  • Cloud: Squeezed Lemonade, Pumice Stone
  • Pinks: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple
  • Swing: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Rudolph

I'm sneaking in yet another festive card into January using another image from the same stamp set as yesterday.






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:

  • Reindeer: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Bell: Fossilised Amber, Rusty Hinge

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Elf and Safety

I don't seem to be able to avoid the Festive images quite yet. It might have something to do with these little cuties who landed on my mat just before Christmas.  I didn't get change to ink them up for Christmas 2019 so I'm stocking up for Christmas 2020!





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:

  • Hair: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Reds: Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany
  • Ground: Pumice Stone, Black Soot

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 5 January 2020

It Moose Be Love

I bought this cutie in December but didn't have change to get him inked so had a play with him ready for Christmas 2020.  He's so adorable that I want to scoop him up and snuggle him!




Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:

  • Moose: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Ground: Pumice Stone, Black Soot

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 3 January 2020

Triple Teens

I'm sharing a trio of teenager themed cards today which were made for Lili of the Valley.  

I was tasked with making a set of 3 matching cards using these images, but I wanted the Jasmine card to be more feminine while still matching the set, so I added some interest with an easel fold and some floral die cuts.  

The name 'Jasmine' was typed using a font that I thought complemented the birthday sentiment stamp fairly well.  I didn't want a really different font, but obviously couldn't find the exact one, so this was close enough.

The boys' cards were more simple although I did manage to sneak in some ribbon which I generally associate with fussy feminine cards.  In each case there's some added interest with stitched dies and a digi sentiment.






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:

  • Hair: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Blues: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon
  • Pinks: Picked Raspberry
  • Reds: Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
  • Yellows/Oranges: Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilised Amber, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
  • Greys: Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
  • Creative Inspiration - New or Old (Old images, new papers)
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 2 January 2020

New Year Thanks

We're giving thanks for the New Year at As You Like It Challenge this fortnight and want to see your Thank You creations.  My card has been made as a small token of thanks to a special friend, without whom I would be lost.

I've only recently 'found' these gorgeous stamps from Tracey Hey of Alpaca Pals. This is the first one I've shared, but I have 3 sets now which I hope to ink up soon. I've used a grey ink pad for a lighter look.

In contrast, I've dug out these stitched rounded square 'inside-out' dies that I've have not used for years. They were right at the bottom of a pile of items that I was considering de-cluttering, but when I picked them up I decided I wanted to use them again!  It's funny how our tastes change over time, but then revert back again sometimes!




Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Wellies: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Purples: Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet
  • Ground: Weathered Wood

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020.

I read earlier today something that shocked me when I stopped to think about it: 
1990 was 3 decades ago! 

Time seems to move so quickly and becomes so scarce. I can remember where I was in 1990 and it certainly doesn't feel like it was 3 decades ago!  

There are projects that I wanted to achieve during the past year that have fallen by the wayside, but there have also been other new ventures that I didn't have planned. 

As 2020 is only one more sleep away, here I am having my usual annual stumble through the past 12 months.  Thank you if you've stayed with me this year. I seem to be getting fewer visitors and even fewer comments on my blog, and I'm not a huge fan of Facebook, although I have tried to keep my Instagram diary mirroring my blog. 

I appreciate that it's more convenient for you to click a 'like' button than it is to type out a comment and I also acknowledge that I've been writing less myself for the same reason. If you do leave a comment, please know that I really do appreciate it because I know that it takes more of your own previous time.

Anyhoo, brace yourself for a photo-laden finale to 2019. I've selected my favourite card from each month and if you last until the end of this post then I'll share an extra little insight into my new hobby. 

In the meantime, I wish you all a happy, healthy and creative 2020. 

January 
I had 3 cards featured in Making Cards magazine this month, with a tutorial on Sunsets and Moonscapes. This was my first card and I loved the warm colours in the coldest month!

February
I was so excited to join the Design Team at Lee Holland and this was my first card. Unfortunately my excitement was short lived because the team was disbanded when Lee cut back his store's promotions.

March
I love the Stuffies from Stamping Bella and these Honeybears in particular.  I think they remind me of Winnie the Pooh, my favourite Honey Bear!

April
I spent a long time colouring this card for a friend, but the card was unfortunately lost in the post and never reached her. For this reason I'm giving it another outing here so it's not lost entirely.


May
I really loved this card-stand die, especially with this Crealies XXL stitched circle propped on it. 
June
I made this clock for a colleague who had a baby boy and it reminded me how much I like making non-card projects too. She wanted a jungle theme for her son so the Lee Holland giraffe and ellie seemed ideal.


July
Shaped cards are another thing I like to make and I'd been wanting to use this cute giraffe from LOTV for ages. It seemed the perfect opportunity to combine the two into a babygro card.


August
Bunnies are one of my favourite critters and LOTV make some of the cutest!

September
I really liked the moonlit background for these robins. 
The card was really easy to colour too so it became a favourite because I liked the effect.


October
In a break from my CAS cards, October's selection is fully loaded.
A wedding card is always a great excuse for extra embellishments!

November
While getting in full swing ready for Christmas I tried a lighter touch with my paintbrush and I liked the way she turned out.


December
Finishing off the year with one of my favourite images, another from the Stuffie clan!


So if you've stayed for the duration, I threatened you with news of a new hobby. I was coerced by my bestest pal (and partner-in-craft) to try crochet during the summer.  After starting with a scarf and some fingerless gloves I optimistically decided to dive straight into something a little more adventurous and made a mini-stocking advent calendar bunting for her.  While she might get me into a lot of crafting trouble, I do happen to think she's worth it! (Love you sweetie!)


Here's a close-up of one of the mini-stockings.
They were each filled with a Lindt chocolate ball.

That's all Folks.
Happy crafting, and Happy New Year! 
See you on the other side.
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Today I'm sharing my final Christmas card of 2019, made with love for a very special friend.  It includes lots of my favourite things; pink, cute critter, fancy fold/shape, stitched dies, ribbon, flowers, but today's not a day for spending on the computer, so I'll just wish you a Merry Christmas and I hope to see you here again very soon for more crafting and creating!

Have a great day. xx





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany
  • Ground: Weathered Wood

Card Recipe:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



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