Friday, 10 July 2020

Squirrel

After being a lazy blogger for a little while you're getting a glut of me this week! 

Today's card features a cute little squirrel peeking down from his tree. 

He's one of the extras in the recently released sets from Lili of the Valley, but I think he deserves his own card!




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

  • Squirrel: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose
  • Leaves: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Tree: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain

Card Recipe:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 9 July 2020

Purple Cuties

I'm just sharing a couple of simple toppers using the recently released images from Lili of the Valley.  I've actually used the toppers on a larger project, but unfortunately I didn't take photos of that before gifting it!





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

  • Fur/Hair: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs 
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Purple Inkiness

I usually have a bit of an aversion to getting messy with inks, but I actually enjoyed making these cards.  I stamped the beautiful MFT Bundles of Blossoms and embossed it with white embossing powder before using my blending brushes and ink pads to create the backgrounds.  The white embossing powder resists the ink so it make the stamp design show through.

I've also managed to use these gorgeous Whimsy Birthday Shadow dies for the focal point. I cut all 3 layers twice, once in pink and once in purple, creating 2 complete words but in alternating colours.  I then matted the base twice using the same pink and purple.

Firstly the square version with pink text on purple matting:


Secondly, the rectangle version with purple text on pink matting:



Backgrounds inked using Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:

  • Picked Raspberry, 
  • Worn Lipstick, 
  • Milled Lavender, 
  • Dusty Concord, 
  • Wilted Violet
  • Seedless Preserves
Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 2 July 2020

Tigger

At As You Like It Challenge this fortnight we're asking if you prefer farm or jungle animals. This was a tough choice for me as I've got a soft spot for lambs and horses, as well as chickens which we used to have as pets, but I have also had a life long love of the big cats, my favourite being the Tiger, so that's what I've opted for on today's card.  

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, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Caught Napping!

I've been playing with one of the new releases from Stamping Bella and have used this little Gnome in the Hammock for today's card. 





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

  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Beard: Hickory Smoke,
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Tree Stumps: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Blues: Speckled Egg, Stormy Sky
  • Oranges: Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
  • Reds: Festive Berries, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany
Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Other:
  • Hunkydory Moonstone Fabulous Flower dies
  • Twine
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Party Tags

I've made some more large tags using the same technique as last Wednesday's.  This time I've used some cute party critters from MFT.





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

  • Fox/Bunny: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose
  • Penguin: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Tattered Rose
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Pinks: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

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



Thursday, 18 June 2020

Nutcrackers

In an ideal world, I really do prefer rubber stamps to digis. For some reason using a digi does feel a bit like cheating.  There is something special about inking up a rubber stamp. However, I have been struggling to get some really crisp images with my stamping, even using a stamping platform which is a life-saver most of the time.  Even after about 6 re-inkings and re-pressing (to the point where I was pushing so hard it was about to go through the table top!) this one was still less than perfect in some areas.  However, I think it may be that my inkpad needs a bit more juice so I've bought a reinker for it.  Fingers crossed that resolves the issue for me.  This card is for the rubber v digi challenge this week at As You Like It Challenge and I have persevered with the rubber (well, clear silicone in this case) for my clean & simple Nutcracker card.



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

  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Blacks: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Yellows: Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany
  • Rolling pin: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs 

Card Recipe:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Piggie Tags

I really like making large tags.  They are a change from making cards and are lovely to add to a gift for someone special.  I've made my own base shape from a stitched square rectangle and a stitched oval nesting die to curve the top.



To make the tag shape I popped the oval on the top of the rectangle but only placed the top plate up to the point where I want it to cut. This only allows the pressure to cut the top curve and not the bottom half.  I do the same with the patterned paper, but use a smaller oval.




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

  • Piggies: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Umbrella: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Flower: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Scattered Straw
  • Clouds: Weathered Wood

Project Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Other:
I've been inspired by:


Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Gnome and the Letter

I don't usually make cards this big, but oh yeah, this one's a big 'un!  So big, in fact, that I had trouble making an envelope that would fit. 

I used The Gnome and The Letter for this 'hello' card which I've made for my DTDF card swap partner although I'm not sure if she's received it yet. 

The colours were inspired by the Lawn Fawn Spring Plaid papers which I thought were fun and jolly.

I think this is the first time that I've used this image. I admit that I struggle a bit with the beards on these gnomes, and don't think this one is particularly great, but I love the fun image. He's perfect for a 'just a note' or 'Hello' card. 

I hope you like him!




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

  • Gnome: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Pumice Stone
  • Outfit: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Hat: Barn Door, Aged Mahogany
  • Pencil: Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Pumice Stone, Black Soot, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick
  • Paper: Old Paper, Forest Moss

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 4 June 2020

Bear with me

We want to know if you prefer images which create a scene or not this week at As You Like it Challenge.  I actually thought that I preferred larger, simple images rather than having to plan out a scene using multiple stamps from a set, but I've actually then added an inky background, trees and a star in the sky, so perhaps I like creating scenes after all!


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

  • Bear: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Tattered Rose
  • Mouse: Pumice Stone
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
  • Sky: Scattered Straw, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves
  • Snow: Weathered Wood
Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx


Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Snowy Bears

I'm on a mission to make Christmas cards throughout the year so I don't have a shortfall by the time I get to December.  This one's using a CC Designs bear that I couldn't resist. 





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

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Iceberg: Tumbled Glass, Broken China
  • Reds: Festive Berries, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany
  • White: Pumice Stone

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Christmas Together

So I'm still in Christmas mode this week!  I recently bought this image and thought it would be a good idea to colour these little pingu friends in pink rather than grey!




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

  • Penguins: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Oranges: Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
  • 'Whites': Pumice Stone, Black Soot

Card Recipe:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 23 May 2020

Heffalump

Following yesterday's deviation from my normal papercrafts, I have sneaked in another little crochet creation; this time an ickle pink heffalump made for an extra-special friend.






Materials Used:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 22 May 2020

Gerry

I've got something a little different to share today because I've been playing with wool instead of paper! 

I'd like to introduce you to Gerry. As soon as I saw his pattern on Amigurumi Today I knew I wanted to try him and then I got the perfect excuse when I got a shove in the right direction from my crochet mentor Squirrel!  

I would normally use safety eyes but as Gerry is going to a newborn I had to embroider his eyes which scared the bejeezus out of me. Half way through my embroidery attempt my hubby looked over my shoulder and remarked that Gerry had devil-eyes that would give the poor kid nightmares for life, but I added some eyelashes and some white highlights and think I managed to more or less salvage him.  I admit that the safety eyes are a much easier option!





Materials used:
I've been inspired by:


Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 21 May 2020

Mouse Pudding

We're talking embellishments at As You Like It Challenge this week, and I've added lots of my favourites, pretty ribbon, flowers and pearls.  These three are my old-faithfuls and always remain!  My favourite ribbons are beautiful 15mm satins or organzas, especially when tied in a double bow. I love the sheen and texture and I like pairing them with the flowers and pearls.





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

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tattered Rose
  • Holly: Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Pudding: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany
  • Tray/Ground: Weathered Wood, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
  • TBA
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Kitten Post

I've been using a few Lee Holland images recently and am really loving his cute critters.  This little kitty is perfect for a 'hello' card to bring a little 'happy mail' to someone special.

So, I've had a query from Tami asking about the brushes that I use for my watercolouring.  I think I'm probably a little unusual because I use pretty much one brush for everything, with only a few exceptions.  My (current) favourite is a ProArte size 0, but I do also use one of those brushes with a water reservoir (although I use it without water in it!) for blending out the grass/ground because it's a bigger area and I'm blending it out to nothing. I previously used the ProArte size 2 (have a few backups of those!). I'm sure there are better water-colourists than me who would advise other brushes, but I guess that I prefer what I'm familiar with!



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

  • Kitten: Pumice Stone, Black Soot, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Blues: Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany
  • Envelopes: Old Paper
Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 13 May 2020

It's puppy time!

To be honest, I'm not entirely sure what day of the week it is at the moment. I'm pretty sure that there's a possibility that it might be Wednesday, but it could be up for the vote.

Either way I have a cute puppy to share with you today. 

And if there's one thing better than a cute puppy, it's a cute puppy with balloons!






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

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs 
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

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



Thursday, 7 May 2020

Purple James

Purple is one of my favourite colours and I've teamed it with aqua from my favourite 'Snow Princess' papers to frame this little Christmas bear.  The purple backing card was a little hard to photograph because it's got a sheen which reflected in the light but it does look lovely in real life!





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

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet
  • Ground: Weathered Wood, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Sky: Victorian Velvet

Card Recipe:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



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