Sunday, 28 February 2021

My Baby Bunny

Today's card is made using 'My Baby Bunny', one of the soon-to-be-released images from Lili of the Valley. I've also used one of the papers and sentiments that will be released next week too.



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

  • GreysHickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Browns: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo
  • Pinks: Tattered Rose, Kitsch Flamingo
  • Purples: Victorian Velvet
  • Yellows/Oranges: Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge
  • Hearts: Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 25 February 2021

Bella Bear

Christmas is my favourite excuse to make a card. I love all the options for embelishments (a good excuse for some snow speckles or even a pot of glitter. I also love Christmas as a time of year, usually a proper week off work and some time to relax!  Come and join us at As You Like It Challenge to let us know your favourite reason to make a card this week.





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

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Greens: Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet
  • Background: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Dragon Bookmarks

I've made a couple of simple bookmarks from some mountboard. I've cut it into slim rectanlges and rounded the corners, then decorated it with pretty papers and a stamped image. I've doodled stitching around the panels and added some button twine through a punched hole at the top as a kind of tassel.






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

  • Dragons: Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo, Worn Lipstick, Milled Lavender, Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord
  • Greys: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Other
  • Mountboard
  • Button Twine
  • Rounded corner punch
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Hedgehog Reveal Card

For my Digi Choosday card this week I've created a fold-out envelope style card featuring Earlie Hedgehog Dandilion on the front, and Hedgehog Balloon on the inside. The front and inside is decorated with Lily Bug Love Heaven 2 Papers and a sentiment from Winnie Sugar Sprinkles Sentiment Quotes.  My images are watercoloured using DI Reinkers and I followed a tutorial to create the card base.




Here's the inside once it's opened up:





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

  • Hedgehogs: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Pinks: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Barn Door
I've been inspired by:
  • Simon's Wednesday Challenge - Favourite Technique (watercolouring, creating a fancy fold rather than a simple square/rectangle card)
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Foxy Hearts

For Hubby's Valentines Day card this year I made a scalloped stepper (which was harder than I'd anticipated to get those pesky folds in the right place) and decorated it with my adorably cute CC Designs Foxes.  The heart dies are pieces from a larger die. I've doodled stitching around each of the panels for a bit of added interest as I've kept the embelishments light.




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

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Blues: Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans
  • Greys: Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 11 February 2021

Tilda Daisy

As You Like It Challenge are running a poll to know what type of stamps are more popular: digi, rubber or clear.   

Some of my favourite brands are clear stamps, and there is a huge benefit when creating scenes because you can see through the clear stamp in order to line up the next character.  However, I frequently have problems with clear stamps being temperamental in stamping the whole image. For example, sometimes they stick to the card when stamping, and even though I use my Stmaping Platform, the stickiness can slightly move the card (despite it being held down by the strong magnets), which means that I can't re-ink the stamp a second time trying to fill in any missing parts of the image.

I love the convenience of digis, especially to store and catalogue them for browsing when choosing what I'm going to use.  It's also great when you need an image to be able to buy it and use it within minutes (no waiting for shipping), but I've only been able to use laser printers for digis, because the ink in inkjet printers are generally water soluble, so they don't work with watercolour, even if the image is left to set overnight or with heat.  Laser printers are more expensive to replenish, and mine is currently down to 12% ink, so I'm preparing myself for an expensive purchase of toner soon. I've been using the printer a bit for work purposes, but predominatly it's used for crafting, so the benefit of digis being cheaper than physical stamps is completely reversed if I have to spend £200 just on new toner!

So although I have quite a lot of clear and digi stamps, my favourite is rubber. Although generally they're more expensive, I personally find that they produce a more consistently crisp stamped image.  It's therefore fortunate that some of my favourite brands are manufactured in this medium, such as Magnolia Tilda and Purple Onion Designs.




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
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Dress: Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans
  • Flower: Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge

Card Recipe:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx




Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Christmas Presents

It's the third in my trio of Colorado Craft stamp cards and although it's a Christmas card, the image could possibly be suitable for a birthday card too.



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, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Mother's Day Zig-Zag Fold Card

I saw a fabulous tag-pocket card over on Marlies' blog and decided to have a go. I really love fancy-fold cardbases and also love my huge tag dies.  For my Digi Choosday card today, I folded a rectangle into 4 panels to form the cardbase, and added little pockets at the bottom of each panel to pop in a decorated tag.  I used Polkadoodles Bella Bear Gift, Bella Bear Bouquet and Bella Bear Ladybug and a Mother's Day sentiment from the Winnie Sugar Sprinkles bundle for the fourth tag.  The tags can be removed to write on the reverse, or use as bookmarks or gift tags afterwards. The papers are from Lily Bug Love Paper Heaven 3 bundle.






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

  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Puppy Presents

I'm still inking up some of my Christmas stash images so have another Colorado Crafts image to share today.  



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, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Yellows: Scattered Straw
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany
  • Greys: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



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