Sunday, 31 July 2016

Weigh In

I made this card a little while ago but I realised that I've not blogged it yet, so I'm putting that right today!  I was really pleased with this one; of course it's pink, my favourite colour, uses one of my new favourite dies, and features a cute bear!  ;0)



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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 30 July 2016

Morning Coffee

This is another sample for my submission to Papercraft Essentials and it was probably one of my favourites from the set I made, but unfortunately in the magazine it got relegated to their website.  I love this image and the CAS layout showcasing her.  I also love this die that gives a stitched line on both sides of the cut line.



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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 29 July 2016

Easel does it

Just a quickie from me tonight as I forgot to schedule this one last night!  I don't usually make easel cards but I liked this one with the raised bow panel instead of a sentiment panel for the base prop.  I die cut the 'hello' several times and layered them up for a raised effect.




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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 28 July 2016

Lilac Bunny

The challenge at As You Like It Challenge this fortnight is to showcase your favourite papers.  I've loved various papers in the past (Papermania's Lucy Cromwell, LOTV (no longer selling papers), Nitwit Digis, but my favourites most recently have been Maja Design; I love the soft pastel colours and pretty floral patterns.



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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Oliver - Film Night

A rarity from me with a masculine style card.  I've kept the design very simple, creating an octagon shaped card base by cutting the corners from my standard square base.



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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 26 July 2016

All Seasons Notepad Set

I've made a little notepad set with the new Seasons Girls Stamps from Lili of the Valley.  Each image represents a different season so I've matched the image with the colours of that season. I've used my binding machine to make small notepads using mountboard wrapped with designer paper, and lined the inside of each notepad's cover with kraft paper for a neat finish.

Here's Spring:



... Summer ...

... Autumn ...

... Winter .....

... and finally, Noel.


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Annette
xx



Monday, 25 July 2016

Critter Christmas

In the heat of July I'm in Christmas mode!

These adorable critter stamps from Lili of the Valley are so cute and I can't decide which I love the most, so I've used both today on a couple of CAS cards.

Also have you seen that Lili of the Valley are also now available in Digi Stamps? Woohoo!!!!




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Happy crafting
Annette
xx




Sunday, 24 July 2016

Hello Chickie (and some new pens)

Today's card is as clean and simple as they come with one layer design featuring a Stamping Bella image. I inked the edges of the layer to give it a bit of a frame!

I treated myself to a new set of watercolour (Docrafts Artiste Dual Tip) pens yesterday and I've tried them out for the first time on this image. They were fairly smooth to blend with the paintbrush and lovely bright colours compared to some of the DI reinkers.  Another benefit I can see with them is that they're ultra portable, unlike the reinkers which would get a bit messy if I tried to transport them! The pens came in a tidy little case which was a real bonus.

Considering this was my first attempt with them, I was fairly pleased.  I think I need a bit more practice with them, but I think they're gonna be fun!



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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 21 July 2016

Sending Hugs

We're using Rubber Stamps at In The Pink this fortnight and I've opted for one of my favourite brands, Stamping Bella.  This is Bonnie Loves Bows and I admit the the skirt freaked me out a little, but I persevered and here she it in all her frilly glory!



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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Everyone needs a friend like you

Today I'm sharing a card I made for a lovely friend's birthday.  She's opened it now so I'm safe to share, and I must say that I rather liked it (and kinda wanted to keep it - but she's a very special friend so I'm happy that it's gone to a good home).  I've used Confetti Mouse from My Mum's Craft Shop and water-coloured it with a mix of DI reinkers and Sakura Stardust Gel pens for some sparkle on the confetti and banner.



Here's a close up (sorry it's a bit blurred but I didn't realise this until I'd sent her the card) to show the sparkle of the gel pens.



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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Monday, 18 July 2016

Good Luck Jasmine

Just a quickie from me tonight because I'm still catching up on my unposted creations.  This is another sample from my pull-out feature in Papercraft Essentials issue 135 featuring Jasmine laptop from Lili of the Valley and Time For Tea Cottage papers from Nitwits.  




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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 17 July 2016

Just a little note to say ...

This is another sample from my pull-out feature in Papercraft Essentials issue 135 featuring Jasmine Texting from Lili of the Valley and Time For Tea Cottage papers from Nitwits.

I love this simple layout with the quarter circle panel, although I did get in a bit of a mess while distressing the edges of the watercolour paper which just seems to dissolve into a fine dust when it's rubbed with the distressing tool blade!  And I'm not exactly one for housework.  A house becomes a home when you can write 'I love you' in the dust on the furniture!



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Annette
xx



Thursday, 14 July 2016

Pingu Pals

Today's the start of a new challenge at As You Like It Challenge and the theme is to show us your 'trademark style'.  I'm not really sure what mine is anymore actually.  It used to be fussy and fancy, with lots of fluff, but I'm also loving the CAS look.  I guess the things that I think I do a lot, and therefore might suggest I'd be recognised in a line up are:
  • Cute critters
  • Chalked sky
  • My "go-to" CAS layout

I've also managed to sneak in some penguins, glitter and ribbon, as well as purple which is one of my 3 favourite colours.


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  • Simon's Monday Challenge - Flora and Fauna
  • Crafty Calendar - Dies &/or Punches
  • Simon's Wed Challenge - Create a Scene (I used 2 digis to create a Waddle of penguins (that's my favourite name for a group of penguins) & added a chalked cloudy sky)
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 8 July 2016

Jasmine Texting

Woohooooo, it's FRIDAY, and to celebrate I'm sharing another sample from my pull-out feature in Papercraft Essentials issue 135, this time featuring Jasmine Texting from Lili of the Valley and Time For Tea Cottage papers from Nitwits.

I was really pleased with how this one turned out, probably partly because it gave me another excuse to use my favourite Nottingham border die too. :0)




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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 7 July 2016

Jasmine Coffee in a Teapot and Exciting (for me) News!

I have something really exciting to share today ... I've been published!!!  I know that lots of you have had your creations appear in magazines but I am so proud to see my cards in glossy print I just had to share it with you.

I was asked to make 11 cards for a special pull-out feature in Papercraft Essentials issue 135 that came out a week ago today, so I rushed out to buy a copy, and lo and behold, my teapot card was on the front cover!

So today I'm sharing that card with you using a pretty Jasmine Coffee image from Lili of the Valley and beautiful Summery papers called Time For Tea Cottage from Nitwits.   I'll share some more from the feature over the next few days.

I hope you like them! :0)




And here's the front cover of the magazine featuring my card.
I was dancing around the room when I unwrapped it.
Yup, I'm still grinning now!  :0)





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  • Country View Challenge - Fun with Circles (I've bought my DI reinkers from the store)
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Special Bunny Birthday

I'm really late with my post today as I've just got home and realised that I forgot to draft it!  But it's worth the wait as it's a special card for a special birthday.  I really enjoyed the box card I made for Father's day and so decided to try a second one for a 50th birthday card for a friend.

I used MFT Snuggle Bunnies with the matching dies for my scene, and also used lots of scenery dies (sun, grass, blossom, rolling hills etc) as well as a Happy Birthday and 50.

The papers are lovely and girlie this time and I created 4 layers of inserts which were good fun, but a bit fiddly! But I was pleased with the end result, and my friend seemed to like it too.  She gave me a commercially made pop up card for my 40th so I wanted to do something similar for her special birthday.




Here's a bit more of a close up of the cute bunnies and teddies in their garden scene:



... and from the other side ....


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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



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