Thursday 22 February 2024

Christmas already?

This fortnight at As You Like It Challenge we are asking if you prefer crafting feminine or masculine style of creations.  I very much favour the cute, fussy, floral style and I find the more traditionally masculine / minimalist cards much more of a challenge!

I'm also making a start on my Christmas cards too (yes, I know it's only February!) with this cute polar bear and some of my favourite festive papers from Nitwit Creations.




Designed for:
As You Like It Challenge

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
  • Pinks: Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo
  • 'Whites': Weathered Wood
Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday 14 February 2024

I'm Yours. No Refunds.

Happy Valentines Day!!!

I've created this fun pop-up card using a Silhouette cut file which I've edited to include a custom sentiment made into a banner. Most of the hearts are embossed for some texture and it folds flat (not that I'm mailing it!). 



Designed for:
Papermill Direct

Card Recipe:

Papermill Direct:
  • Various Red and Pink card (at least 5 or 6 different shades)
Other:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday 8 February 2024

Summer Garden

This week at As You Like It Challenge we want to know if you prefer using digi or physcial stamps. I confess that I do love the benefits of a digital stamp, including storage, re-sizing, masking and merging and the confidence that there's a reduced chance of wasting watercolour card on a mis-print, but I also still love my physical stamps. There's something special about peeling back the rubber and seeing a perfectly inked image on the card!  I must admit this image was a particular challenge in that respect, and I had several increasingly frustating attempts before I got a fully stamped image becuase it's such a big stamp. But I ended up fussy cutting some of the misprints and using them on some other cards which I'll share later in the month.




Designed for:
As You Like It Challenge
Dies to Die For

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday 25 January 2024

Tilda with Foxy

I don't often use my Tilda images and I happen to know the recipient of this card likes them, so it's given me a good excuse to brush the dust from one and get inky with it. I also know she is rather fond of foxes, so this image was ideal on both counts.

The theme at As You Like It Challenge this week is pearls or gems, and I am definitely a fan of the more subtle sheen of a pearl than the bling impact of a gem.  I have pearl embelishments in almost every colour, and my gem stash barely gets used, so it's not difficult to see where my preferences lie!  I've also added some speckles of liquid pearls around the image for some texture.




Designed for:
As You Like It Challenge

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fox/Hair: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Outfit: Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Weathered Wood, Speckled Egg
Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday 11 January 2024

Mouse Birthday

My first card of 2024 is a cute birthday card that I've made for a Dutch friend.  I've been drooling over these German stamps from The Stamp Corner for months, and I finally caved in just before Christmas and ordered 4 sets. This little meecie is one of the cuties that tempted me.  I've created a personalised card using my Silhouette to make the card more special.

I've used some of my favourite brand of papers on this card.  I've loved Nitwit Collections papers for years and they're my largest collection by a long way!  I used to love the printed paper pads but now they're only available as digis.





Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Shirt: Uncharted Mariner
  • Toy: Dusty Concord, Villainous Potion, Seedless Preserves, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany
  • Ground: Black Soot, Speckled Egg, Weathered Wood
Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx




Sunday 31 December 2023

Farewell 2023 .... Hello 2024

I'm finding myself at yet another New Year's Eve and wondering where that last year has gone!

So it must be time for my traditional 31st Dec round-up, to bid farewell to the old year with some of my favourite creations from the past twelve months.

Yet again, I've continued to notice that many of my blogposts have no comments compared to the simpler click of a 'like' button on other Social Media platforms, which makes my faithful commenters here far more appreciated. I am truly grateful for anyone who takes the time to comment, however brief, and I do read every single comment. 

So, as I sign off the year with a few of my favourites, 
I wish you all a happy, healthy and creative 2024. 

1)  I often struggle with colouring both white/grey and beards, which means I usually avoid gnomes but they seem to have been everywhere this year, and I've been tempted by some of the cutest ones!  This Stamping Bella image was a particular challenge for me, because I decided to make him almost monochrome in my most dreaded colours!




2)  Another gnomie, this time from Lee Holland's digi shop in a more colourful combo. I struggled a little with the beard but enjoyed the brights of his outfit and flower.





3)  There's a theme going on here because I'm sharing yet another gnome.  This card is probably my favourite from the whole year, and I was really pleased with how he turned out. Here's a link to the original Flowery Gnome card.






4)  Moving away from gnomes for this card, I really enjoyed making this personalised card using an image from Amanda Jayne Digis and my Silhouette for cutting the name.




5)  I have also enjoyed making some other styles of projects including this Festive cup/box which I made using my Silhouette.  Assembling it was a little tricky, but I was pleased with how it turned out, and it's quite solid, so it could be used as a gift box.





6)  I have also enjoyed my crochet projects this year, which have included my first jumper, but the project I'm most pleased with is this little guy (yes another gnome!!!  I told you they were everywhere!)




7)  And finally, a list of my favourites couldn't be complete without James Bear (Lili of the Valley) framed by some of my favourite NitWit Collection papers.





Well that's all folks. 

I look forward to crafting with you next year, but for now, have a lovely New Year's Eve, and I'll see you on the other side.

Happy crafting
Annette
xx

Saturday 30 December 2023

Friday 29 December 2023

Pooh and Piglet

These two crocheted cuties were made for my bestie as part of her Christmas pressie.







Crochet Patterns:

Yarn:
King Cole Cottonsoft


Happy crafting
Annette
xx




Thursday 28 December 2023

Granny Bauble Cover






Crochet Pattern:

Materials:
Stylecraft DK Yarn
Polystyrene bauble

Happy crafting
Annette
xx




Wednesday 27 December 2023

Bunny Christmas

I've saved this sweet bunny card to share late in the hope that it's now been opened by its recipient.    The customised sentiment is typed in a couple of fancy fonts, and as usual, the image is watercoloured.





Designed for:
Lili of the Valley
Papermill Direct

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers

Card Recipe:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx