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My 2014 resolutions are (1) to not always take the lazy 'Copic' option, and instead reach for the paintbrush and Distress Ink reinkers, and (2) to use what stash I have and not buy more (hmm, it's probably best if you don't ask me how successful that was!). I love your feedback on my creations and I read every message, so please leave a comment, or use my sidebar 'chatbox' widget to let me know you've visited.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Tags Galore

I couldn't resist using this little critter for some cute gift tags but I got a bit carried away and ended up making four in different colours!

I cut out the image with a circle die and matted it onto a lacey circle die cut in the same colour as the tag base.  I embossed a white base using the tag shape and added some vintage style ribbon for tying it on a gift.

Cute, huh!  And not one extra embellishment in sight!



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Annette
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Monday, 28 July 2014

Rowan Fairy



I've not used coloured toppers before, so this is something new for me, but they're great for a quick make, or if you're not very confident with your own colouring skills.  This little sweetie is a Hobby House topper from The Stamp Basket.  The papers are the lovely Antique Library which I think match the image perfectly.

They both come in a kit now available at The Stamp Basket, which also contains the ribbon, some buttons, twine and even the card base, so everything you need to make a pretty set of Fairy cards.  The only things I've added to the kit are some foam pads, some sparkle on her wings and also a cloudy background.


And while I've got your attention, the new Wild Rose Studio Christmas images are out, and on pre-order at The Stamp Basket.  They are ADORABLE.  I'm definitely going to need some of these.  They are right up my street.  Pop over there to have a drool.  I think this one is my favourite (I have a penchant for penguins!)

WRS Girl-and-penguin


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Annette
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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Good Luck Barry

I'm sharing the first of 2 Good Luck cards I've made recently; this was one for a guy, so I tried to keep it masculine.

I used twine instead of ribbon and there's a distinct lack of embellishments.  Not a pearl in sight!  OK, so I did sneak in a little charm (to match the clover in the image) but c'mon, cut me a little slack!! I steered away from feminine satin ribbon and pearls, surely a little bit of metal is still masculine?

I've also used some blue papers from my gorgeous new Maja Designs Vintage Summer Basics pad.  I am really loving these papers, they're almost too good to use!



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Annette
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Friday, 25 July 2014

What a pile of ....

... Presents !!!

Yup, it's Annabelle with Gifts on show today being my last in the set of the Christmas in July theme at The Stamp Basket.  This again is made from the kit I used last week which contains the stamp, some papers, ribbons, pearls etc, but I've added some die cuts and used some glossy burgundy satin ribbon on this version.


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Annette
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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Pocket Card

The theme at ABC Christmas Challenge this week is to have a hidden element, so I've created a pocket card in the style of a criss-cross card, with a pull-out tag.

I've used my lovely Silent Night papers which have a hint of green in them, and so I followed that colour them into my image.

The gorgeous green organza ribbon I've used doesn't bulk up as much as satin does when it is tied in a bow which is great on this card because it's already fairly thick with all the layers I created for the criss cross and the tag.

I've just bought a tonne (well almost) of organza ribbon from Fantastic Ribbons, so you may well be seeing a bit more of it in various colours for quite a while.




Here's a close up with the tag removed from the pocket:




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Annette
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

LOTV - Watering Can

I'm back with my next GDT card for Lili of the Valley, with a card that managed to surprise me!

I looked at the image I'd chosen after stamping it out, and pondered what I was going to make with it.  I'm usually more of a bear or character fan, but this Watering Can image had more of a 'still life' feel to it which was a bit out of my comfort zone.

Undeterred, I chose to motivate myself by using my favourite colours, pink and aqua, matched with the gorgeous Promises Lili of the Valley papers in the same colours.

And when I'd finished, it actually turned out to be one of my favourites for a long time.

So much for being outside my comfort zone!

I hope you like it too. :0)







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Annette
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The best laid plans ....

The theme at Top Tip Tuesday this fortnight is 'Material Girl' so I thought I'd make a baggie and stamp it with an image of a girl. (OK she's actually a fairy, but hopefully that counts!).

So I rummaged in my fabric scrap box and found some lovely ivory linen and some pink patterned fabric, just large enough to make a small tote.

I'll let you into a little secret; I'm a teensy bit impatient when it comes to measuring.  But it does help that I seem to have quite a good eye for sizing.  So never mind the ruler.  I folded both pieces of fabric in half and cut out a rectangle roughly the size I wanted the bag (allowing a smidgeon more for seam allowances).

I stitched the sides of each piece together, and then thought I'd be clever and make the bottom flat, so I sewed across the corners to make a base on both pieces.

So far, so good!

I then made two handles from strips of the leftover pink I'd used for the lining, and it was ready to assemble.

Past experience tells me that the assembly is where I usually get things wrong, so I thought I'd be extra careful and assemble the pieces the right way round, pin them, then turn them inside out to sew them all together on the wrong side.

Clever girl, good thinking!   ;0)

In went the pins to hold the lining in place, turned it inside out, popped in the handles and stitched around the top leaving a small gap to turn it inside out.

I admit that I was feeling rather smug as I turned it the right way out to admire it.  What could go wrong?

I'm absolutely delighted to confirm that I'd managed to get the lining inserted the right way, with all the messy seams hidden away on the inside.

Unfortunately, this is the point when I also discover that the handles are likewise hidden away on the inside.

Literally tucked inside the space between the lining and the outer fabric.

And to make it worse, I'd triple stitched the handles in place so they were attached nice and strongly.

D'oh!

So, when I'd finished unpicking 3 rows of stitching and restitching the handles on the right way, I stitched all around the top to seal the gap that I'd used to turn it, which also made the top seam lie flat.  I had originally intended to decorate it a bit more, but when I'd finished, I actually liked it as it was.

In theory the bag is reversible, but that would put my girlie on the inside, and she'd be hidden away.

So here's my baggie.  Not bad for a few leftover fabric scraps and a bit of trial and error (ok, more error than trial).

And because I flattened the base, it does stand up by itself, so it was quite easy to photograph.  :0)

I've not decided what I'm going to use it for yet, but rest assured, when I need it, I'll have mislaid it!




The image is lightly coloured with Derwent Coloursoft pencils as they don't run like inks do on the linen.






And finally here's a close up of the inside. 




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  • Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
  • Fairytale Stamper - Summer
  • Simon's Monday Challenge - Summer (summer flowers and being in the garden!)
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 20 July 2014

Accidents will happen

I'm sneaking in a quick make tonight just to prove that I haven't wasted the whole weekend.

It's been really hot and humid here, and I've not really felt doing much at all.  I've been feeling a bit 'meh' (must be in need of a holiday!!) but I decided to use one of my new images to try to perk myself up a bit.

And whoa, talk about clean and simple - I hope you're sitting down for this one  :0)

Plus, I only added the pearls in order to qualify to enter the Bunny Zoe challenge!!!

Ok, so you might wonder what the 'accident' was from the post title?  Well, I'd finished colouring the image, and I don't know what happened, perhaps something in the paper, but on the girlie with the pink dress, 2 black flecks appeared near her hem.  I have no idea where they came from.  One minute they weren't there, the next they were all my eye was drawn to.  :0(   I was so annoyed as I'd literally just finished, so I tried to cover them up with a white pen, which looked worse!

In the end, I had die cut a Nottingham Border in white for another card, and the little 'negative' bits that come out of the flowers were waiting to be popped out.  So I poked them out and created a dinky little flower on her dress using them, and dropped a pearl pen dot in the middle.  Yeah, sure it's not meant to be there, but I thought it didn't look too bad, and saved me either paper-piecing her dress, or worse, starting again.

So, my first Uptown Girl card.  Boy these images are huge!!!



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Annette
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Friday, 18 July 2014

Let it Snow

It's Christmas in July at The Stamp Basket this month, so I've got another festive card to share.  It's never too early to start with those Christmas makes, and if it gives me an excuse to get out those glitters then it can't be bad! :0)

This card was intended to be a bit more masculine, but as usual I've added a bow and some pearls, so as usual, that didn't quite go according to plan!

I've used the Nordic papers and ribbon I had left over from Monday's kit project.  There's plenty in that kit to make extra stuff, so it's great value.


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Annette
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Paper Hat

This project is to support the challenge at As You Like It Challenge where the theme is to use your favourite sentiment.  My favourite occasion for cards is Christmas, so my favourite sentiment had to be Christmas related.  I love the phrase 'winter wishes' but that didn't seem quite right for this image as it wasn't very 'wintery', so I opted for a simple 'Merry Christmas' instead.  

The image from Lee Holland Digis is actually called Birthday Bear, but I thought the hat he was wearing looked like the paper hats that come in crackers, so he seemed to still fit the theme. :0)




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Annette
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