Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Timeless Tulips

I've been playing with some lovely stamps that are something a bit different for me. I normally opt for 'cute and cuddly', but today I've been playing with some of the gorgeous Sunny Studio layering stamps called Timeless Tulips.  

I've made a couple of notelet cards, and a matching gift tag. I stamped the tulips onto smooth white card, layering each one using the same ink pad which became darker each time I added a layer.  I then stamped the stalks and leaves before adding detail with my pencils.  

I added quite a lot of pencil to the leaves, and then promptly cut them off when I die cut the images to fit my notelets!  

I used a 'hello' text stamp from the same stamp set.










Project Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Other:

  • Watercoloured with Derwent Inktense Pencils
  • Hole punch
  • Kraft card
  • Ribbon scraps

I've been inspired by:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Alice Ice Cream

I'm sharing the third of my cards for the new release at Lili of the Valley (available 10 May) called Alice Ice Cream. I love the LOTV bunny characters so I'm really pleased that they're making an appearance in this release.






Card Recipe:


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I've been inspired by:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Monday, 24 April 2017

Fairy Wings

I've got a second card featuring one of the cute new images from Lili of the Valley available from 10 May.  This time she's a sweet little fairy holding her wings!

I was optimistic creating a 4 layered double bow (it seemed like a good idea at the time) which bulked up the card although it's quite light as it's mainly very thing organza. I'm not sure I'll be attempting it again though.  I had to hold the ends together with mini brads.  I added some sparkle to her fairy wings to bring the focus back to the image!






Card Recipe:

Created for:



I've been inspired by:
  • Simon's Wednesday Challenge - Flowers
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 23 April 2017

Warming Up

There are some new images being released on 10 May at Lili of the Valley including some adorable little girls and bunnies (what could be better!).  I'm sharing one with you today, and a couple more over the coming days.  :0)







Card Recipe:

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I've been inspired by:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 20 April 2017

Purple James

We're asking what your favourite colour is at As You Like It Challenge this fortnight, and for me it's a toss up between pink, purple and blue.  Since I've made quite a few purple cards lately, I decided that purple must be my (current) favourite, but this is kind of a pinky purple, albeit with purple embellies :0)  I love that purple can be quite feminine, but also a really rich plum purple can look really elegant too.






Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Pin the Tail

I've always loved donkeys. I'm not sure if it's my childhood (extending into adulthood) love of Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh, or my fondness of the actual animals (we have a Donkey sanctuary not far away), but I do love 'em.  

It's also not often I see images of donkeys, but as soon as I spotted this one, I knew that I had to ink him up.  

So here is 'Pin the Tail' from Whimsy Stamps.




Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:
Other:
  • Watercoloured with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers
  • The Langton Watercolour paper
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 16 April 2017

Bonnie

I've used a sweet little image featuring a Wee Stamp bunny called Bonnie today.  She's sat in a basket wearing her floral bonnet (I love her ears poking through it!).  This is my final outing as guest designer with the The Ribbon Girl Challenge (*sniff, sob*) but I've had such fun playing along (thank you Mary).  The theme this fortnight, as usual for the mid month challenge, is to use any image, so there's no excuse not to play along. :0)






Card Recipe:



From The Ribbon Girl:
From Dies To Die For:
Other:
  • Watercoloured with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers
  • The Langton Watercolour paper
  • Viva Pearl Pen - Green
  • Crealies Crea-Nest-Lies XXL #41

Created for:



I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 14 April 2017

Pen Pal Bear

Today's card is CAS and uses a notepaper edger die that I've not used much (if at all). The little bear is a real cutie and I've printed the sentiment in pale grey so that I could paint over it (with a really fine brush!).  Hope you like him. :0)





Card Recipe:


I've been inspired by:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 13 April 2017

Dandelion Clock

We are looking for pearls at In The Pink Challenge this fortnight and I've gone a little overboard with my pearl embellies.  I've added a white pearl string, a trinket pin featuring pearls and some flat backed pearls for good measure.  All the pearl embellies, flowers and the shocking pink ribbon are all from The Ribbon Girl and my image is Lili of the Valley.  My card also fits the theme for the 'girilie' themed challenge at Lili of the Valley's Facebook page which you still have a couple of days to enter with a card featuring a female character.







Card Recipe:


From Lili of the Valley:

From The Ribbon Girl:
From Dies To Die For:
Other:
Created for:



Sponsored by:





I've been inspired by:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Chick and the Ladybug

I've used another Stamping Bella chick image today with lots of yellow, green and orange (not my favourite colours but very 'Spring-like'!  I've combined it with an Easter sentiment from a Whimsy stamp and my new favourite (for now) stitched scallop border die set.






Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Other:

  • Watercoloured with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers
  • The Langton Watercolour paper

I've been inspired by:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 9 April 2017

Chickalicious

I've been in Easter mode today, and finally finished off this cutie who's been sitting around for a couple of days without a card to call home.






Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Other:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 7 April 2017

Chickies

I've been trying to make a few extra Spring themed cards to send as Easter cards. I've got a poor stock of Easter cards to send this year so needed to plump up my pile a bit.  Now all I have to do is write and send them...... !

I really like this image of these sweet chicklets playing with their flowers.  I'm not usually a fan of yellow or green, but I love how bright and Spring-like this card is with these colours.  I hope you like it too.






Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:
Other:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 6 April 2017

Magical Dragons

Most of my cards are a standard 6" x 6" square, but despite that being my most common, it's actually not my favourite!  I love the shape created with my Go Kreate Labels die so today I've dug it out and used it on my first outing of these cute dragons.  I've had them a while, but haven't had much luck with colouring them.  There have been several versions which have been binned before I settled on this one, and I'm still not quite sure of the colours!  Anywho, here are my dragons, on their shaped card, looking cute and not at all scary!  It's the perfect card for my sample for As You Like It Challenge where we want to see your favourite cardbase shape.






Card Recipe:


From The Ribbon Girl:
From Dies To Die For:

Other:
  • Watercoloured with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers
  • The Langton Watercolour paper
  • Nitwit Collections Papers
  • Go Kreate Labels nested die
  • Whiff of Joy banner die

I've been inspired by:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Leo the Lion

I'm sharing a card made for someone whose birthday is today so it's safe to share! 

It features Lion Love from Whimsy Design stamps and I've also debuted my new MFT Stitched Tiny Tags and Mini Alpha dies to create the recipient's name.






Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:


Other:

  • Watercoloured with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers
  • The Langton Watercolour paper
  • Flat backed pearls
  • 15mm Lemon Satin Ribbon
  • Hobby House paper flowers

I've been inspired by:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 30 March 2017

I kinda like you

I've got an unexpected 'extra' card this week and this one is hot off the press.  I don't usually get much chance to pick up my paintbrush in the evenings after work, but decided to have a play with this one. The layout is probably one of the most CAS I've ever made, and I've done some 'Faye-style' doodling around the edge to frame the image panel.

The card was made for one of my favourite pals to tell her how lovely she is, and to bring a little bit of chickie sunshine into her day. 






Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:


Other:

  • Watercoloured with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers
  • The Langton Watercolour paper
  • Black pen
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Celebrate

Happy 'Hump Day'!  Yup, it's Wednesday, and to celebrate I've used a CCD image from a set of 3 by Roberto's Rascals called Celebrate!



Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

From The Ribbon Girl:
Other:
  • Watercoloured with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers
  • The Langton Watercolour paper
  • 10mm & 15mm Wild Orchid Craft Open Roses
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 24 March 2017

One of my Peeps

An uber clean and simple card from me today. Considering there are only 3 colours on this image, it still took quite a while to colour!  The chicks are ever so slightly different shades because I used different under-coats on each of them to try to make them look more individual!  I'm not sure it achieved much because they look the same now! 






Card Recipe:


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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 23 March 2017

Barrow of Presents

We're using our favourite colouring mediums this fortnight at As You Like It Challenge and mine has to be my Distress Ink reinkers which I use to watercolour my images.  I love the depth of shadow you can get with the inks as well as the smooth blending, but most of all I love the therapeutic application with the paintbrush!  It takes me twice as long to paint an image as it does to colour it with Copics, but my cards are not made for mass production so speed isn't an issue. I've often thought if I was going to earn even National Minimum Wage for my cards, they'd have to sell for about £25 each!  Looks like I'll have to stick at the day job for a while longer! 






Card Recipe:


From Lili of the Valley:

From The Ribbon Girl:
From Dies To Die For:
Other:
  • Watercoloured with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers
  • The Langton Watercolour paper
  • Nitwit Collections Papers
  • 6mm lilac satin ribbon
  • 3mm flat backed pearls
I've been inspired by:
  • Simon's Monday Challenge - Layer it up (layered colours DI reinkers, layer papers etc)
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Spring Panda

Today's image is one I've actually had for a while but, like much of my rubber, he's been neglected while I play with new stash!  But today he's having an outing in a Springtime themed Mother's Day card.  I've stamped him in pale grey ink and watercoloured him.




Here's a bit more of a close up of my little panda...



... and although I've shown you this before, I've also included a mini-tutorial on how I've coloured some of the orange flowers using some a drops of DI reinker in a few drops of water.  I dip the flower tip into the diluted ink, just for a few seconds, and let them dry (or if you're impatient like me, dry them with a hairdryer!)








Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

From The Ribbon Girl:
Other:
  • Watercoloured with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers
  • The Langton Watercolour paper
  • Typed Sentiment (Wendy Medium font)
  • Vellum
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



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