Thursday, 20 January 2022

Panda Birthday

Today's card is a birthday card for my auntie so it's packed with flowers and soft pastel colours.  I've picked a cute panda bear from Lili of the Valley and as usual I've watercoloured my image using DI reinkers.  At As You Like It Challenge, we're asking what your favourite colouring medium is this week.  I have tried Twinkling H2Os, Promarkers, Copics, Derwent Pencils, Zig Watercolour pens, but my favourite by a long road is my trusty DI Reinkers.  The colours are so intense (the phrase 'a little goes a long way' was invented for these inks) and although they're called 'distress' inks, there are some really bright tones in my favourite colours so there is a shade for every need.



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

  • Panda: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Stick: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Purples: Villainous Potion
Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Have a Wild Birthday

In an attempt to break away (yet again) from festive projects, I've used this smiling little Leo from MFT's Sweetest Safari set.  He's well and truly the focal point of today's card and I've used a Honey Bee stencil to create the scattered leaves backdrop for him.





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

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs 
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Browns: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
Shading enhanced with Derwent Inktense Pencils

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Papermill Direct:
Other:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 15 January 2022

Golden Chrimbo Crackers

I'm back on the Festive projects today with a little confession! Guess who realised on Christmas Eve that she'd forgotten to buy Christmas Crackers!!!!

D'oh!

I decided to dig out a candy box die that I have had for years and actually enjoyed making my own crackers.  I even personalised them for a bit of extra fun.

I used some beautiful (but difficult to photograph!) pearlescent gold card for the cracker base which I die cut using a Lawn Fawn cracker die.

I cut the names in Gold Glitter card using my Silhouette machine and a pretty font called 'hello' which I outlined twice in navy and the gold pearl card again.  

The pretty organza ribbon and pearls add to the navy accents, and I finished it off with some little speckles of white snow.


Here's a close up to show the pretty glitter card names:



Project Recipe:

Papermill Direct:
Other:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 12 January 2022

It's a jungle out there

I've masked together a trio of images from two different MFT Sweetest Safari stamp sets to create this little jungle scene.  





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

  • Elephant & Zebra: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Tattered Rose
  • Giraffe: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tea Dye
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, , Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Papermill Direct:
Other:

  • Maja Design Summertime Papers
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Hope you had a Rocking good Christmas

The Digi Choosday team over at Polkadoodles have been tasked this fortnight with making a moving element, so I've made my whole card the moving element by making a rocker card.  I've used Gnome Festive Fun with Snowman for my image and Eden Collection Paper Heaven 3 papers.  I've used some fancy Tattered Lace Doily dies and a sprinkling of Glamour Dust.  As usual, my image is watercoloured using Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers.




I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 6 January 2022

Personalised Polar Bear Tag

At the As You Like It Challenge today we want to see how you prefer to decorate your gifts, and I'm sharing a personalised Christmas Gift Tag that I made for my crafty friend.  

I love any excuse to make one of these super-sized tags, but especially if it's personalised, so it means a little bit extra love has gone into making it.  






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

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
  • Greys: Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Speckled Egg

Card Recipe:


I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 5 January 2022

It's Penguining to Look a Lot Like Christmas .... has been and gone

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  

Yes, I know Christmas has been and gone for another year, and it's a new year already, but it's never too early to start on 2022's Christmas card stock!  (oh, yes I have!)






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

  • Penguin: Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
  • 'Whites': Weathered Wood, Speckled Egg, Hickory Smoke
Shading enhanced with Derwent Inktense Pencils

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Other:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 31 December 2021

Farewell 2021, Hello 2022

I'm not sure if 2021 was much of an improvement on 2020 (aka "The Year That Shall Not Be Named") or maybe we just all became accustomed to being constantly disapointed!  Each time it felt like things might be heading back to normal, we seemed to take another step backwards.  But it's the time of year when the little things can bring a smile. For me, those little things usually take the form of mince pies, and I'm in danger of eating my own weight in them.

Anyway, as has become my tradition on Dec 31st, I am sweeping out the dusty old year with some of my favourite creations from the past twelve months.

My sincere thanks to those who've continued to craft alongside me this year.  Yet again I've noticed falling comments, so for those of you who do leave a short message, I really am grateful that you take the time to do so. 

So, brace yourself for a photo-laden farewell to 2021.  

I wish you all a happy, healthy and creative 2022. 

January:
2021 was a year for experimenting with more shaped cards and I loved this Christmas cracker shaped card featuring James the Bear from Lili of the Valley




February:
Continuing my obsession with shaped cards, I made this concertina fold card using some XXL tags which can be removed and used separately afterwards.




March:
I enjoy making 'just because' cards to send a little 'thinking of you' message to friends and family.



April:
Tags were a common feature in my 2021 creations. This one incorporates my favourite colours and dies, as well as some adorable bunnies - right up my street!



May
:
Another shaped creation, this time a tea-time themed card.
June:
A return to my stamping roots with a Penny Black image.

July
:
I loved this simple layout and the adorable Panda from Lee Holland Designs

August
:
I continued my additction to shaped cards with my new hexagon die.   Although the stitched edges didn't emboss particularly deeply, they are there if you squint!
September:
This fussy card was for a friend's special birthday, so a little extra effort was called for!




October:
I was sad to part with this Sunflower blankie that I crocheted for my MIL's birthday. 



November
:
Another tag card from me, and another combo of my favourites; tag die, papers, colours, and another adorable Lee Holland Designer image.



December:
And my final favourite of the year, this simple but effective Stamping Bella image on a embossed panel with some die cut poinsettias.  It's difficult to photograph, but the white snowflakes are glittered too.




I hope you enjoyed my little trip down blog memory lane. 
I look forward to crafting with you in 2022.
Happy crafting.  I'm off to finish the mince pies.
Annette
xx


Wednesday, 29 December 2021

Santa's Train

Well, I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas. I think I may have eaten myself into a Mince Pie coma because I've been feeling a little tired this week.  We've pottered out for a few walks, but to be honest, the weather's been awful, so that's mostly ended up with damp boots and coats to dry out when we get home. I think it's forecast to rain again tomorrow, so I doubt we'll be going far. I've taken the opportunity to have a bit of a tidy up of my craft items and declutered a few things that I haven't used in years, like old peel-offs and things that I had optimistic visions of up-cycling.  It's not thinned it out much, but there's a bit more space for my newer things now!

For the card I'm sharing today, I watercoloured 3 different images from Whimsy's Santa's Train stamp set to create a concertina card.   I love these tags and they're perfect to create this kind of fancy-fold card.   I hope you like it.  




Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Other:
  • Gummiapan Tag die
  • 15mm Blue Organza Ribbon
  • Langton Watercolour paper 
  • Memory Box Twilight Snowflake Dies
  • Watercoloured using Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx







Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Polar Express

This little bear is actually from a Birthday stamp set, but he's versatile enough to be used on a Christmas tag.






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, Rustic Wilderness
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Villainous Potion
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
  • Greys: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Speckled Egg

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Other:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



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