Thursday, 17 January 2019

Hello Cupcake

It's pearls or buttons at As You Like It Challenge this week and for me it's an easy choice. I have a bit of an aversion to using buttons on cards so it's always going to be pearls for me!  Not that pearls are a hardship because I love the shiny little flat backed pearls and have them in lots of colours so they can coordinate with my colour schemes. They usually make an appearance on my cards!


I've got a new Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen and I've used it on my fairy's wings and skirt. It is difficult to photograph but I've added a little close up below which is the best I can get.




Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Hair/Cake: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs 
  • Icing: Milled Lavender
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn
  • Outfit: Wilted Violet
  • Ground: Pumice Stone, Black Soot
  • Candlelight: Squeezed Lemonade

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Whooo is having a Birthday?

This is the third of my moonscape cards using my Gerda Steiner owls.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.  The image and background are all coloured with DI inks (pads for the background and reinkers for the stamped image).




My little owl, with the moonscape tutorial, is included in this month's copy of Making Cards magazine so please go and buy your copy if you've not already!




Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Moonscapes

I'm sharing another of the cards that are included in the January edition of Making Cards magazine. This time the little scene is quite masculine too (a rarity for me!). I hope you like it and take a peek at the tutorial in the magazine for some inspiration. 





Don't forget to pick up your copy of the magazine!  Oh, and despite what the article says, all the stamped images are watercoloured with DI reinkers, not markers!  :0)





Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 6 January 2019

Strike up the Band

I've chosen to ink up an MFT set that was given to me by a lovely friend. The layout is clean and simple but there's some added sparkle with a glitter frame. The glitter card was originally white, but I coloured it blue with an ink pad (probably a mistake because my ink pad is now sparkly!).  I added a further dark blue frame and mounted onto a white card base.



Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Blues: Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire
  • Reds: Abandoned Coral, Aged Mahogany
  • Instruments: Fossilised Amber, Rusty Hinge

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 5 January 2019

Sunset made Simples!

I'm really excited to have 3 cards included the January Making Cards magazine with a tutorial on sunsets and 'moonscapes'.  I'm sharing one of those cards today with a Simples theme! The sunset was simple to create with some masking, sponging and inking. I hope you like it and take a peek at the tutorial in the magazine for some inspiration.





Here's a sneaky peek of the magazine.









Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 3 January 2019

Lily Hugs

There is an easy 'Anything Goes' at As You Like It Challenge this week to ease us gently into the new year. I've used one of the fairy images which were released this week from Lili of the Valley.




Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Hair: Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo
  • Bunny: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Milled Lavender
  • Dress: Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Feeling Chirpy

Well it's a new year, but I have been feeling a little lacking in crafting mojo after the Christmas break so I've picked up my Tweet Friends stamp which I have really enjoyed using.  It's similar in design to the pastel pink and blue I made just before Christmas but this time using a more wintry blue.



Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Bird: Chipped Sapphire, Weathered Wood 
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Flower: Mermaid Lagoon
  • Ground: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Monday, 31 December 2018

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

I can barely believe that 2019 is just one sleep away, so here I am having my traditional nostalgic stumble meander through my creations of the past 12 months and picking out my favourite projects.

Before I do, I will share the results of my 2018 Resolutions which were as follows:
1) Make a minimum of 2 Christmas cards per month, including 1 masculine, and
2) For every card using a newly purchased image, make 2 featuring an older image 

The results were a marginal improvement on the previous year:

I made 54 Christmas cards (10 more than last year) although I admit that a large proportion of these were in Nov/Dec rather than being spread out during the year!  

What might optimistically pass for masculine (despite being 'cute') was significantly higher at 72 which was probably due to unconsciously leaning away from heavily embellished to more clean and simple designs.

Ok, so the Newly purchased:Old image ratio was a fair bit worse at 53:60, so I didn't even get close to my 1:2 target.  In my defence, I think this was always going to be a lost cause and I shouldn't beat myself up about it.

I've decided to give the resolutions a rest for 2019, although I really do want to try to keep up the Christmas card crafting throughout the year because I hate reaching December before I realise that I need another 30 cards by 25th.

So, to those of you still with me, thank you for your company this past year. I have noticed a drop in the number of comments left on my blog posts and many crafters moving to Facebook and Instagram.  I'm not a huge fan of Facebook but I did take the plunge with Instagram earlier this year. I frequently receive more comments and views there, but in truth I still love writing my blog and sharing a bit more info and anecdotes that I don't have space for on an Instagram post.  I really do appreciate any comments you leave me because I know that it takes much longer to write a comment than simply click a 'like' button.

Anyhoo, as usual, you'd better brace yourself for a photo heavy finale, picking my favourite 10 makes from 2018.  I wish you all a wonderful (and creative) 2019.


Early in the year was this simple design. It may be simple, but I was pleased with the colouring.


A really fussy card, one of the few in 2019, but I love a bit of fuss for a wedding theme!



I do love shaped cards, and this babygro design was an enjoyable card to make too.



 The vikings were my attempt at softer colouring (it didn't work but I still liked this one)


I loved this adorable image and the holly tree turned out better (and easier) than I'd expected!


The Christmouse Pudding image is one of my favourites so I had to include it.


I had a play with some jewellery this year too for a change:


I seemed to have a fondness for polar bears in the latter part of this year too!


Another fussy card and one of my favourite Tildas.


I played more with inky backgrounds in recent months, with this card being my fave.


And lastly, a return to polar bears with a 'no-lines' for my final 'warm glow' of 2018


Happy crafting, and Happy New Year!
See you on the other side.
Annette
xx



Monday, 24 December 2018

Christmas Cheer

For my final Christmas card of 2018, I've been playing with a Purple Onion image and some inky skies making a card for a special friend.  I'm hoping that she's opened it by now, so I'm able to share it as my 'Christmas Eve' card and use it to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.




Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Bunny: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo
  • Sky: Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Weathered Wood
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Wilted Violet
  • Snow: Pumice Stone

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 23 December 2018

Tweet Friends

I'm having a mini-break from Christmas themes to share some sweet little tweeters that arrived in yesterday's post with a new scalloped die just in time for a sneaky pre-Christmas crafty session!  I love these guys so much that I've coloured them up twice in different colour themes using similar designs.




Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • PinksWorn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Aged Mahogany
  • Blues: Tumbled Glass, Broken China
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Flowers: Milled Lavender, Picked Raspberry
  • Crown: Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey,

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



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