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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.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Picked Sweet

It's a strawberry and chocolate colour scheme today, showcasing a sweet image from Elizabeth Bell.  I've also used some of my lovely new Antique Library papers from Wild Rose Studio and one of their new dies.



Card Recipe, featuring items from The Stamp Basket:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 18 April 2014

Mouse-tastic

I'm in pinky-purple mode today with a pretty new WRS image matched with some of their newly released dies.

This little mouse is a real sweetie too, swinging by on a bluebell to deliver his present.  The card is actually quite flat too, because even though I have popped on a double bow, it is tied in vintage seam binding style ribbon, plus I left the clothes peg (that I use to hold on the bow while the glue dries) a bit too long (overnight!) so it flattened the knot really well!



Card Recipe:
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 17 April 2014

Up Up and Away

Today's card has been created with some lovely cloud papers from Nitwits that seemed just perfect for this image of cute little Barry the bear being carried away by his balloons.  It reminded me of the film 'Up' and is to support the 'Up Up and Away' challenge which starts today at Crafty Little Fairies.

I've tried to get a teeny outline hint of the other two balloons behind the front red one, but it did end up only being the smallest of hints, because you can only just make them out through the red one if you look really closely.

I've been playing with my new bow-maker (as you might be able to tell!)   I think I've made nothing but double bows since I got it!  Other than a few (ok, quite a few) pearls, I've laid off the embellishments, which is unusual for me, but I didn't want to cover up the clouds.



Card Recipe:
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 16 April 2014

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

I've got a pile of chipboard shapes and other items that I've bought with an intention to decorate, but all they seem to do is get stashed away in a cupboard, and I forget about them.  Until I buy another one (or two) and open the cupboard again to find I already have one very similar.  Hmm!

Well today I've decided to decorate an oval hanger, and have created a really simple Christmas decoration.  I typed the sentiment, then printed it on cream paper, stuck it onto the hanger and cut around the edges.  I created tiny red card 'reinforcers' for around the holes where the ribbon is threaded but using two tiny red circle dies to create a polo or ring shape for each hole.

The little birdies are from Purple Onion Designs, and the snowflake stamps are from Card-io.  Finally I popped some stickles around the whole edge of the hanger for some sparkle.

This project is to support the H for Home challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge which starts today.



Project Recipe:
  • Images - Perch and Star & Sky from Purple Onion Designs
  • Typed Sentiment
  • Colouring - Copics
  • Stazon ink pad
  • Card-io Winter Flurry snowflake stamps
  • Versa Color ink pads in various colours
  • Ribbon (recycled from a box of Thornton's chocolates!)
  • Liquid Pearls
  • Black pen (faux stitching)
  • Circle nesting dies (to make red 'reinforcers' to outline the holes)
  • Chipboard hanger
  • Stickles
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Mimi Easter

I don't usually send Easter cards, but wanted one for my mother-in-law, and couldn't resist this little cutie of Mimi from Stampfairy holding a little Easter chick.  Those bunny ears are just adorable!

This project is to support the Paper Piecing challenge at Top Tip Tuesday.  I've digitally paper pieced Mimi's dress, shoes, head band and hair scrunchies with the same Nitwits paper that I used on the card.



Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
  • Simon's Wednesday Challenge - Easter
  • Cute Card Thursday - Easter
  • Papertake Weekly - Easter
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Monday, 14 April 2014

Squeek-a-belle

This is the first time I've used this image, called Mouse on Presents, and Bluebell the deer has some friends to help her have a party.  My blogpost reference to Squeek-a-belle, is a combination of squeek for the mouse, and Bluebell herself, but also it just happens to be a nickname that we have for one of our kitties who is rather vocal.  And that is putting it mildly.  Her wake-up alarm call is so high pitched that it filters through two solid doors and ear plugs. And she doesn't stop until someone gets up to feed her.  Each morning as I pull up the 13 tog duvet to try to muffle the sound, I'm sure that she'll either get fed up squealing, or she'll wear out her voicebox.  But no, this kitty has got some serious lungs on her.

Anyway, back to the card!  I really do love this image and think I'll be using it a bit.  I love the little bunny peeking around the presents too.  Hope you like it as much as I do.



Card Recipe, featuring items from The Stamp Basket:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 12 April 2014

Spring Bee

Well, the days are getting longer as Spring is in the air, and that's the challenge theme this week at A Gem of a Challenge.  I've used a cute little Bee with Daffodil image from Pink Gem Designs, and combined it with a Heart Fence background.  The yellow and orange colour scheme keeps the theme spring-like and I've used a simple layout as the image is quite large.



Card Recipe:
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 11 April 2014

Bella, Bella!

I'm really loving these beautiful papers from Wild Rose Studio and today have teamed them up with one of their older images of Bella the heffalump!

I've also used some of the new Wild Rose Studio dies, but am not sure about the bright yellow I've used.  I wanted it to look spring-like but wish I'd toned the brightness down a bit now.

Brace yourself ... I hope you're wearing your sun glasses!



Card Recipe, featuring items from The Stamp Basket:
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 10 April 2014

Not quite as well planned out as I'd intended

Well this card has turned out OK, despite all the things that deviated from my original plan!

Firstly, I had not intended to make a Christmas card, but realised it was a Christmassy image, and not a 'spring lamb' themed card when I got around to colouring the poinsettia in Tilda's hair.  I should have realised when I pulled the image out from my Christmas folder, but no, I was obviously thinking about something else at the time.

Then, to top it off, the card was meant to be my DT creation for the new Crafty Little Fairies 'button' challenge, and the As You Like It Challenge 'stitching' challenge, both of which start today.  (Yes I was being lazy and intended to cover both challenges with one creation.)

So, on the basis of this covering both a stitching and a buttons challenge, guess which TWO elements I forgot to add when I got carried away in the assembly of my card?

Yup, both the stitching and the button!

So, before the image stuck down firmly, I carefully peeled it off, and stitched around the circle panel (cursing that I'd cut it as a circle and not a square), and then popped a button on top of the bow with some twine.  Although this was not planned, I actually quite like the combo of bow / button / twine.

It looks like I might have made a recovery from my bout of numptiness.   (Just!)



Card Recipe:
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Monday, 7 April 2014

Purple-tastic

This is the second time I've used this image, but this time it's with a purple theme, rather than the apricot colours I used last time.

I've got a bit of a purple addiction lately, but I really love the colour of these papers.  The ribbon I used was actually originally cream, but I coloured it with a copic to match the papers.  It worked really well, but it did make the ribbon slightly stiffer, so I had to tie it into the bow fairly quickly to get a nice shape.



Card Recipe, featuring items from The Stamp Basket:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



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