Thursday, 14 January 2021

James is a Cracker of a Bear

I've always preferred pastels than brights, in particular pink and blue; the feminine pink offset with the baby blue.  I've used my two favourite colours for this James the Bear card.  I love how pink looks for Christmas cards.




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

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs 
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Pinks: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry
  • Greys: Pumice Stone

Card Recipe:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Gnome for Christmas

I've used Whimsy Stamps Gnome for Christmas on today's circle shaped card, and a little plaid paper from MFT.  I love the circle shape, but to stop it 'rocking' I've cut a sliver off the base of the back of the card to give it a bit of stability!





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

  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Wood: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs 
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • RedsFestive Berries, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany
  • Greys: Hickory Smoke
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Santa's Boots

I'm planning ahead for next December already making a Christmas card using Holibobs Santa from Polkadoodles for today's Digi Choosday Challenge.  I've watercoloured him using DI inks and mounted the image onto red card cut into the shape of Santa's boot.  The white 'fur' is glitter card (which I find impossible to photograph), and the sole is a thin strip of black card.  I've then drawn in highlight with a white gel pen.




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

  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany
  • Snow: Speckled Egg, Weathered Wood
  • Greys: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 8 January 2021

Heffalump Tags

There's a new release of cute babies and critters at  Lili of the Valley today, and I've made a little trio of tags using some ellies and a fabulous new die (gorgeous Xmas pressie from a lovely friend).  

These Nitwit Collections Papers are some of my favourites with their auqa blue and lilacs, so they were the colour inspiration for my ellie tags.
Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Ellies: Tattered Rose, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
  • Outfits: Speckled Egg, Broken China, Peacock Feathers
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Ground: Old Paper, Pumice Stone

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Nuts!

I've got one final page left to share with you from my planner (which turned out to be a labour of love, as the pages took a while to plan out themselves!)  This one features Bundles of Hugs from Whimsy Stamps, watercoloured as usual.  I thought he was a autumnal kind of image so he's been used to decorate September's page.





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

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs 
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Acorns: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 2 January 2021

Baby Bunny

It's a new year and there are some new baby images soon to be released at Lili of the Valley.  This one's a cute little bunny and I've made a babygro shaped cardbase for her to sit on.


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

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Pinks: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany
  • Whites: Weathered Wood, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot

Card Recipe:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 31 December 2020

Farewell to 'the year that shall not be named'

In many ways, the less said about 2020, the better.  At the risk of wishing our lives away, it's a year many of us are glad to see the back of, and 2021 is bringing a new year with fresh hope.

Despite all the extra time spent at home, I seemed to have been less productive and more procrastinated.

As we wave goodbye to 'the year which must not be named' here I am having my usual annual stumble through the past 12 months of crafting. 

My sincere thanks to those who've crafted with me this year.  Again I've noticed falling comments, so for those of you who do leave a short note, I am always grateful and I read everyone one. 

So, brace yourself for a photo-laden farewell to 2020.  As usual, I've selected my favourite creation from each month. 

In the meantime, I wish you all a happy, healthy and creative 2021. 


January 
Despite not being a fan of yellow, this bright springtime card for my Auntie was one of my faves.



February
A simple card for my Valentine!




March
Unfortunately the intended recipient of this card had to delay her retirement plans due to the events of 2020, but hopefully will get to enjoy her well-earned retirement this year instead.


April
This is one of my favourite Lee Holland images.



May
Sticking with the giraffe theme, this cutie was one of my fave crocheted creations of the year.  I'm hoping to do a bit more crochet next year.



June
I really love making these oversized tags for special gifts.



July
I've never really used stencils much, but actually really liked how this card turned out when I dabbled with a new stencil in July.



August
My favourite bear. I loved how he turned out on this card.



September
I made a couple of journals this year for my longest standing crafting buddies. They took quite a bit of thinking and time to plan out (oh, the irony!!!) and this is the front of one of them.



October
Sometimes I am in a clean and simple mood .......



November
.... and sometimes I'm in full and fussy mode ...



December
... and sometimes I decide to just make life difficult for myself with a fancy fold too!




That's all Folks.
Happy crafting, and Happy New Year! 
Let's hope 2021 is an improvement on its predecessor.
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Wishing You Christmas Cheer

This was the card I made for the recent Dies to Die For Winter/Christmas Card Swap.  I stamped a couple of the images from the MFT SY Christmas Cheer set with pale grey ink to get a no-lines image and watercoloured as usual.  These no-lines images take me two or three times as long to paint as 'normal' images but I do love the softer look for a change.


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

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Yellows: Mustard Seed
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
  • Snow: Weathered Wood
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Happy (*hic*) New (*hic*) Year (*hic*)

With just a few more days before we ring in the new year, for my Digi Choosday project this week I've made a bottle tag for our New Year tipple, using Winnie Winter Celebration and a sentiment from the Winnie Celebrations 2 Sentiments kit.





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

  • Browns: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs 
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet
  • Oranges: Fossilised Amber, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
  • Snow: Weathered Wood
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 17 December 2020

Fancy Friendship

I really love making special cards for people who I think will understand how much effort (for 'effort' read: 'blood, sweat and tears') have gone into making their creation.  Today's card is one of two I've made for 2 special friends.  I can only share one here for now (I'm not sure if the other recipient has opened hers yet) but this version has been sent to a friend who I met at Uni, more than 20 years ago, when she was living in the UK. She's now back in her native Tokyo, but has previously sent me very intricate traditional Japanese cards, so I like to make more of an effort with a fancy fold or shape.  I've made a twist 'n' pop card which is actually easier than it looks and I was really pleased with the outcome.





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo
  • Grass: Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
  • Greys: Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Other:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx




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