Saturday, 20 July 2019

Mistletoe Mice

I've been playing with another one of the soon-to-be released images from Lili of the Valley. This one's called Mistletoe Mice and they're adorable.  I've added some glamour dust as snow and a simple sentiment.
Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Tattered Rose
  • Mistletoe: SBundled Sage, Peeled Paint
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
  • Snow: Weathered Wood

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 18 July 2019

Christmas Sled

We want to know whether you prefer birds or beasts today at As You Like It Challenge and for me it's definitely the cute and furries, in particular bunnies!  So I've been playing with one of the soon-to-be-released bunny images from LOTV with this clean and simple watercoloured card.



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

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
  • Sled: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Snow: Weathered Wood

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Beary Good Birthday

My favourite Stamping Bella bear, Harry, has come out to play today, sending some special birthday wishes to a special friend.  I managed to somehow get some liquid pixie dust in the bottle that I wash my brushes in, so if you wonder why he's got glitter in his fur, that'll be why!


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

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Envelope: Old Paper

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Monday, 15 July 2019

Christmas Bunnies

I've been playing with the soon-to-be-released Christmas bunnies from Lili of the Valley.
They're due out on 25th and the DT are giving some sneak peeks over the next week.  These two are called Christmas Cheers and Bunny and Robin. I've kept the designs really simple with some stripy backing papers matted onto sparkly gold card which frames both the image and the papers.  The images will be available on 25th July so you've not got too long to wait.





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

  • Bunny: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo
  • Badger: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Reds: Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
  • Brown outfits: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Happy Heffalumps

I've got a couple of cute tags to share with you today featuring the aptly named Adorable Elephants from MFT.  They're simply made die cut or fussy cut and popped up on foam pads on a die cut tag.  Simples!



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

  • Elephants: Hickory Smoke, Tattered Rose
Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 4 July 2019

Babygro

It's a baby challenge at As You Like It Challenge this week and I've made a little babygro card using a cute image from Lili of the Valley.  I love making shaped cards and this little fella seemed perfect for a cute babygro card. I've added faux stitching around the edge of the card and fussy cut the baby giraffe.







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

  • Giraffe: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tea DyeTattered Rose, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Green: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
Card Recipe:
  • Toy Giraffe from LOTV
  • Memory Box Plush Frosty Mitten die (button)
  • CC Designs Mini Alphabet and Numbers die
  • Embroidery Thread
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Special Fairy Friend

There are some sweet new fairy images released from Lili of the Valley and I've been playing with one of them.  She's called Forever Friends and I've used a sentiment from the matching Fairy Sentiment set.

Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Bunny: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy
  • Hair/Dress: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Wings/Flowers: Scattered Straw, Wild Honey
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Tree Stump: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Peekaboo Heffalumps

I've followed a tutorial on Noor & Zo for a peekaboo birthday card using the MFT Adorable Elephant stamp set.  It's easier to make than it might look at first glance, so it was quite a quick card to make. Hopefully my video has uploaded so you can see it doing its peekaboo action!




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

  • Elephants: Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose
  • Balloons: Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet
Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 20 June 2019

Summer Clock

We want to know whether you prefer summer or winter colour combos this week at As You Like It Challenge and for my sample I've made a clock using a couple of cute Lee Holland digi images.

I don't normally opt for orange and yellow but I have been feeling really cold lately (despite it being June!) so I'm craving some warm colours.  These sunshine tones fit the bill perfectly.

The clock template is a freebie (help yourselves from my freebie page if you'd like a copy) and as usual I've water-coloured the images. I've decorated with Glossy Accents (on the numbers) and some Pixie Dust (on the bee wings) which gives them a lovely shimmer.

The bees were actually unplanned, but I like them now they're added.  I'd finished the colouring and was just putting it all together when I accidentally splashed two tiny drops of water onto the clock face. I immediately dabbed them with some kitchen paper, but they left two pale circles in the sky.  I hunted around in my stamps for a small butterfly and found the bees on my Joyful Heart Bears stamp set. They were the perfect size so I popped them on, gave them a bit of colour and shimmer, and voila! 

I've made the clock for a colleague who is due to start her maternity next week. She has a safari theme for her nursery but doesn't know the gender of her baby yet so I hope that, despite the flowers, it's acceptably gender neutral, although to be fair, I doubt her newborn will be using it to tell the time themselves for a while yet.... !





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

  • Giraffe: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye
  • Heffalump: Tattered Rose, Pumice Stone, Black Soot
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Friendly Foxes

I've watercoloured some more foxies for a Father's day card using a sentiment from the same MFT stamp set.



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

  • Foxes: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Tea Dye, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge 
  • Tie: Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Friendly Foxes

I've really fallen for these adorable foxes from MFT and ordered them the second I saw them.  I've water-coloured this guy for a Father's day card with an ultra-simple layout. The sentiment is from the same set and has been stamped onto two lines.



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

  • Fox: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Tea Dye, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge 
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 6 June 2019

Anniversary

At the As You Like It Challenge this week we're asking you to showcase your favourite stamp brand. One of my first stamping obsessions was Lili of the Valley and they're still one of my favourites.  Never did I imagine, all those years ago, as I gazed in awe at all the fabulous LOTV design team cards that I would be on that same team myself one day!  I have a huge collection of the grey rubber stamps on my shelves, and also now a growing collection of their digi stamps.  Today's card is one I made for my husband for our anniversary. The sentiment might look a little stark, but there is a little bit missing. I added our nicknames, but I had to take the photo before adding them because I was banned from showing them in public!



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

  • Hair: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Scattered Straw 
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Boy's Outfit: Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans
  • Girl's Outfit:: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry
  • Boy's Shoes: Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Wood & Shoes: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 5 June 2019

This Little Piggy Loves You

I've been playing with my little piggy pebbles stamp set again today, using the other two stamps in this cute set. They're so sweet playing in the rain!



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

  • Piggies: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Umbrella: Abandoned Coral, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean
  • Water: Tumbled Glass
  • Cloud: Old Paper

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Squeal!

The Stacey Yacula piggies hit my doormat a couple of weeks ago and I've been playing with them for today's squeal of a card. I've used 2 of the piggies from the set to create a scene and added a sentiment.



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

  • Piggies: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Flower: Picked Raspberry, Scattered Straw
  • Plant Pot: Tea Dye, Vintage Photo
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:


Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 23 May 2019

Fairy Card Stand

I find masculine cards a real challenge. I love cute images and usually gravitate to the girlie pastel colours, flowers, pearls, pretty papers and satin ribbons which probably doesn't help either!  Therefore I've opted for a very girlie card with lots of frilly embellishments today.  I'd love for you to pop over to the As You Like It Challenge this week to tell us whether you prefer masculine or feminine cards.




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

  • Hair: Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Selfie Smile

I really love this set of Picture Perfect stamps from MFT. The images are much larger than I expected (based on other MFT stamp sets) so they're great as a focal image.  I've used one of the sentiments from the same set on another simple layout.



Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Dog: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain 
  • Cat: Pumice Stone, Black Soot
  • Ears: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Sky: Scattered Straw
  • Ground: Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 15 May 2019

You're Bear-y Special

I've been playing with my CC Designs Bears again today. 

This one's a really sweet bear with her flower made for an extra-special friend.



Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Shaded Lilac
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 11 May 2019

Wedding Bears

I'm popping by with a cute couple of bears from the new release at Lili of the Valley.  It's available from Wednesday 15th May in celebration of their 15th birthday.  



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

  • Bears: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Shaded Lilac
  • Dress: Weathered Wood
  • Groom's Outfit: Hickory Smoke

Card Recipe:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 10 May 2019

Bunny Duo

I've got a pair of matching cards featuring the soon-to-be-released new cuties from Lili of the Valley.  The sentiments are from the same set which are being released on 15 May in celebration of LOTV's 15th birthday.  There will be both rubber and digi versions so put it in your diary!  There are some adorable images. I hope you like my two little bunnies. I'll sneak a peek of another image over the weekend.




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

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Shaded Lilac
  • Flower: Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge

Card Recipe:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 9 May 2019

AYLI 6th Anniversary Tag & Blog Hop

When I started As You Like It Challenge I could only hope that it would be popular so I can hardly believe that today is our 6th anniversary. I've got a super team who I'm so proud of every fortnight, including several ladies who've been with me from the start!

To celebrate our anniversary we're having a little blog hop and there's an extra prize on offer in addition to our usual challenge prize.  Make sure you visit each of my teamies and leave a little love in the comments for them, then leave a comment on the main challenge blog to qualify for the blog hop.

Our challenge this week is to create something other than a card, so I've opted for a gift tag. I love wrapping presents and attaching a little homemade tag to my gift.  I also love these oversized tag dies - they're great to still include a full stamped image and some embellishments so it's a fussy and fancy creation too!




Don't forget to visit my lovely teamies, and then leave a comment on the challenge blog:


Annette  (you are here!)


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

  • Bunny: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Onesie: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
  • Blanket: Worn Lipstick
  • Clouds: Hickory Smoke
  • Bear: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Moon: Scattered Straw, Fossilised Amber, Fusty Hinge

Card Recipe:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



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