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



Thursday, 16 December 2021

Dragon Holding Mistletoe

At As You Like It Challenge this fortnight we want to know your favourite Christmas sentiment.  I often 'forget' to add sentiments to many of my cards (festive or otherwise), but when it comes to Christmas a simple and traditional 'Merry Christmas' is my favourite option. I'm not a huge fan of the shortened 'Xmas' version, and 'Happy Holidays' is a little too modern for my taste.  






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

  • Greens: Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • 'Whites': Weathered Wood, Speckled Egg, Black Soot

Card Recipe:

Other:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 15 December 2021

What's Black & White and Red all over?

It's definitely Penguining to feel a lot like Chrismas with this cutie from MFT and I've created a simple card with a pop of red for my rosy-cheeked pingu to sit on.  





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



Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Puppy Love

Today's Polkadoodles / Digi Choosday project is a little gift card wallet featuring Puppy Love and some wonky stripes from the Winnie White Christmas paper set.  My image is watercoloured using Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers.  The tag die is from Studio Light (Stencil L274)



I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 8 December 2021

It's Pinguining to look a lot like Christmas

There's nothing I love more than a cute Pingu, and this cutie fits the bill perfectly!






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

  • Pingu: Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Dried Marigold, Rusty Hinge
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
  • White: Weathered Wood, Speckled Egg, Black Soot
Shading enhanced with Derwent Inktense Pencils

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Other:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting

Annette
xx



Monday, 6 December 2021

Panda Sleeping on Blossom

I'm sharing the 4th in my set of 'thank you' cards, this one featuring Panda Sleeping on Blossom. 

He's watercoloured using Distress Ink reinkers with a cloud stencil background and typed sentiment.

As with the previous cards, I've doodled around the edge of the patterned papers to give it a frame.





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Panda:  Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Tattered Rose
  • Greens: Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Forest Moss
  • Branch: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Blossoms: Scattered Straw, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
Shading enhanced with Derwent Inktense Pencils

Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 5 December 2021

Cute Raccoon

I've added a third card to yesterday's 'thank you' set, using another of my recent purchases from Lee Holland's Etsy site.  I've watercoloured my image as usual, using Distress Ink reinkers, and added some background with a stencil.  There are some more details on how I created the layout on yesterday's post as the cards are essentially the same, so they create a matching set.



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

  • Raccoon: Tattered Rose, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 4 December 2021

Badger-tastic

There are some new images over at Lee Holland's Etsy site and I couldn't resist a couple of these cute woodland badgers for a matching pair of 'thank you' cards.

I watercoloured the images using Distress Ink reinkers, and added some background with a stencil and my blender brushes.  I added a typed sentiment using my new favourite font called 'hello' and die cut the images with a scalloped die. The die was actually a square, but I chopped away a segment to make it a rectangle, and covered the join with the ribbon!  

I used my Silhouette to create a burgundy frame for the image panel which was a couple of millimetres bigger, before matting it onto soft blue patterned paper.  Finally I doodled a stitched and solid line around the edge to finish it off.  I resisted from adding some 3D elements to ensure they wouldn't cost too much to mail because I intend to gift them to someone as a mini-notelet set.






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

  • Badgers: Tattered Rose, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 2 December 2021

Mamma Dragon

At As You Like It Challenge this fortnight we're asking what's your favourite Christmas embelishment.  I love any excuse to add a little sparkle to my cards so for me it's a little Glamour Dust which I sprinkle on some Glossy Accents underneath my Christmas critter.  

I've used a sweet Christmas Dragon from Lee Holland for a supersized gifttag made for my Mother-in-Law.  The sentiment is made using my Silhouette and font 'hello' which I've shadow-layered twice for a bit more pop!




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

  • Dragon: Milled Lavender, Wilted Violet, Villainous Potion
  • Present: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Squeezed Lemonade, Rusty Hinge
  • SnowWeathered Wood, Speckled Egg, Black Soot
Project Recipe:
Papermill Direct:
Other:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Bundle Girl with Winter Branch

What, no patterned papers in sight?!!!  Well I thought a little shine from the pearlescent green and some sparkle of red and white glitter card is plenty of action for one card.






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

  • Robin: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Green: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Reds: Festive Berries, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany
  • Ground: Weathered Wood, Speckled Egg, Black Soot
Shading enhanced using Derwent Inktense Pencils

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

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



Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Penguin's Big Catch

There's still time to squeeze in a few more Christmas cards!






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

  • Penguin: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Reds: Festive Berries, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany
  • Snow: Speckled Egg, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot,
Shading enhanced using Derwent Inktense Pencils

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Papermill Direct:
Other:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 19 November 2021

Dragon Star

I've enjoyed watercolouring this startstruck dragon from Lee Holland Digis for a Christmas tag.






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

  • Dragon: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Yellows: Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
  • Ground: Weathered Wood, Speckled Egg, Black Soot

Project Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 18 November 2021

Give us a Hug

We want to know if you prefer dies or stencils over at As You Like It Challenge this fornight. Although I've recently bought a few more stencils this year, I still use them only a fraction as much as my dies. I must have hundreds of dies (and still collecting!) but only half a dozen stencils.  I love the intricacy of the dies, especially the ones I've used today.





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

  • Hair: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain 
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Blues: Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans
  • 'Whites': Weathered Wood
  • Ground: Speckled Egg

Card Recipe:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 17 November 2021

A cup of tea and a slice of cake ...

I've been playing with some of my uninked images this week and have this little sweetie to share with you today.  I am ashamed to look at the pile of new stamps and dies that I've bought recently but am already looking at the new releases!  

I've watercoloured the image but in a change from the norm, I've attempted to accent the shading with my Inktense Pencils.  I've used the Mama Elephant script die and layered it twice by creating matting layers with my Silhouette cutting machine.




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

  • Hair: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs 
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Cup: Milled Lavender, Villainous Potion
  • Flower: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Dress: Salvaged Patina, Peacock Feathers
  • Ground: Speckled Egg, Hickory Smoke
Shadows enhanced with Derwent Inktense pencils

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Holly Hedgehog Tag

I'm stocking up on my Christmas Tags with a little help from Holly Hedgehog and the Let's Hang Out paper pack.  My image is, as always, watercoloured using my Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers.




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

  • Hedgehog: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tattered Rose
  • Scarf: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Background: Weathered Wood
  • Reds: Festive Berries, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany

Card Recipe:


I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 10 November 2021

You're havin' a Giraffe (or three)

I've ventured away from my usual watercolouring with a trio of die cut gift tags.  I've cut out a double layer large stitched gift-tag, and inked the background using a double-layered stencil and some Peeled Paint Distress ink.  I've die-cut the giraffe in mocha, buff and cream before mix 'n' matching them together to create 3 different complete colour combos. 

The tags have been personalised by cutting names using my Silhouette cutter (using font Wendy Medium) and layered the lettering three times to make it stand out.  Finally I've added a trio of pearls and some seam binding so that it can be tied onto a gift.


Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Papermill Direct:
Other:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Woolly Hugs

I've had a lot of fun colouring this Woolly Dragon from Lee Holland.  He's right up my street as I love crocheting so it's a perfect image for someone who likes yarncraft.






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

  • Dragon: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Rustic Wilderness
  • Ground: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Yarns:   brown: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, 
                 orange: Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
                 purple: Milled Lavender, Villainous Potion

Sunday, 7 November 2021

Woolly Dragon Stocking

As well as papercrafting, one of my other addictions is crochet, and as soon as I saw this little woolly dragon I knew I'd love to colour him up.  Popped onto a supersized gifttag he's the perfect companion for one of my recent crochet projects: a Christmas Stocking.  The photo's a bit dark, but the stocking is a deep purple with cream accents, and I've popped some purple yarn into the dragon's stash too!

Here's a close up of the gift-tag, which is about 8 inches tall:



The stocking crochet pattern is an easy tutorial from Alexis Middleton at Persialou (YouTube Tutorial or Written Pattern) and has a lovely shell stitch texture. The size is great, mine is about 20 inches in length, so it's great for actually presenting gifts inside.




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

  • Dragon: Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Yarns: brown: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
               purple: Milled Lavender, Villainous Potion
               orange: Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
  • Box: WTea Dye, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain
  • Ground: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot

Project Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 4 November 2021

Christmas Carols

This week at As You Like It Challenge we want to know your favourite circle embelishments.  My large stash of flat backed pearls gives the game away for me; I've got them in dozens of colours. I'm not a huge fan of sequins or buttons on cards but love the sheen of a trio of pearls.  I've added two corners of them on today's card, which is made using my new MFT Christmas Carol stamp set and some MFT Pop up Holiday Greetings dies.  The papers are from Lawn Fawn.


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

  • Owl: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo
  • Cow: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Foal: Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone
  • Piggie: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Lamp: Scattered Straw, Hickory Smoke, Weathered Wood, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany
  • Snow: Speckled Egg

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Bella Bear Gift Box

As well as papercrafts I enjoy making jewellery and have made some bracelets for Christmas gifts this year.  I've decorated this gift box with Bella Bear Gift, and inked a background using my Distressed Trellis stencil. The image, as usual, is watercoloured using Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers.





I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx




Sunday, 31 October 2021

Jack O'Lantern Box

Happy Halloween folks!  I've made a few little treat pouches, including this fairly simple one using a standard gable box in some bright orange card.  I've cut out a Jack-o-Lantern face and popped some black card behind it on the inside.  It's large enough to hold a couple of fun-sized chocolate bars ready for the Trick or Treaters tonight.






Project Materials:


From Papermill Direct:

Other:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 28 October 2021

Critter Gift Pouches

I've been buying my plain A4 card from Papermill Direct and I'm so excited to have been invited to join their Design Team.   Last Saturday I received a box stuffed full of every colour of A4 card you can think of and I couldn't resist having a play with some of it over the weekend.  

It's also given me a great excuse (as if I needed one!) to try to get some more use out of my Silhouette cutting machine, and as my first project I've used a Fox Box and Squirrel Box cutting design to make a couple of cute gift pouches.

Below is the view of my Fox Box from the front so you can see his cute face!





And below is a photo from the side so you can see the pouch, and his tail peeking out on the back.  The card is really thick and because there are quite a few layers on his face, it's really sturdy.







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