Saturday 6 April 2024

It's a Bug's Life

I'm not usually a fan of bugs, in fact I'd normally be running in the opposite direction if I saw one, but I will make an exception for this sweet little fella.






Designed for:
Lee Holland

Thursday 4 April 2024

Badger

Today's question at As You Like It Challenge is whether you like prefer floral or cute themes in your projects. I'm definitely a fan of anything cute and I'm not overkeen on purely floral images (the singel flower held by my cute critter is the closest I'll get to floral images!). I do like floral papers though, but in the main my image will usually include some kind of critter!





Designed for:
As You Like It Challenge
Lee Holland
Papermill Direct

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Badger: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Flower: Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
  • TBA
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday 2 April 2024

Woodland Emma

I've been keen to use some of these adorable woodland alphabet letters by Lee Holland, and I've created this sweet personalised card for a friend using the ornate 'E' and leaf-sprouting lowercase and a couple of extra elements (the sunflower and a couple of extra leaves).  I've watercoloured the image, blending some greens and browns for the lettering and adding some yellow and orange for the flowers.





Designed for:
Lee Holland
Papermill Direct


Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Lettering: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint
  • Flowers: Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
  • Greys: Pumice Stone

Card Recipe:

Monday 1 April 2024

Fresh Vegetables

I've used this Flower Cart cut file to create this fun pop-up card.  I've added the watercoloured bunny and vegetables which are fussy cut and layered onto the cart.

I really enjoy making pop-up cards. They seem a little more special than the standard square fold which I normally make.





Designed for:
Dies to Die For
Papermill Direct

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Oranges: Dried Marigold, Fossilised Amber, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Papermill Direct:
Other:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday 31 March 2024

Squirrel and leaf

I love these little woodland critters by Lee Holland so I've created a clean and simple notelet card where this adorable squrrel is the focus.







Designed for:
Lee Holland
Papermill Direct

Card Recipe:

Image:
  • Ecoline Watercolour Card 
  • Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Leaf: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Ground: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Speckled Egg
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday 30 March 2024

Easter Bunny

This cute little bunny gift pouch has some of my favourite treats in his tummy!  I hope he's willing to share!





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Wednesday 27 March 2024

James Gardening

This adorable James the Bear image is coming out at Lili of the Valley this week, and as usual I can't resist this sweet little bear.  I've watercoloured him with my Distress Inks, and added a simple typed sentiment and pretty Nitwit papers.







Designed for:
Lili of the Valley

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Spade: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday 26 March 2024

Pastel Rose

I've converted this Stained Glass box file into a cardbase using lots of pearl card.  It was a little fiddly with the very narrow black 'lead' but I've used a couple of layers to give it some thickness.  I cut the corners off the cardbase to make the card into the same shape as the panel.  





Sunday 24 March 2024

Cute Chickie

This Cute Chickie is from the Silhouette Store but I've added some white accents to his eyes, an extra layer to his feet and convered it into a cardbase using a mirror image to create a tent-fold.




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Thursday 21 March 2024

Little Lamb

My (current) favourite fancy fold is technically a fold-flat pop-up cardbase which is really versatile in terms of how you can decorate it.  I've used a Cute Lamb image and embossed a basket of Easter eggs for a seasonal theme, with a lovely Sprintime green for the base.  It all slots together and folds flat for easy mailing.




Designed for:
As You Like It Challenge
Lee Holland
Papermill Direct

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday 17 March 2024

Dance to your own Beet!

Another cute critter scene using my Colorado Craft Summer Garden Stamp (and a lot of fussy cutting!)




Designed for:
Dies to Die For
Papermill Direct

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Greens: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Reds: Festive Berries, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany
  • Oranges: Dried Marigold, Fossilised Amber, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Papermill Direct:
Other:

Happy crafting
Annette



Saturday 16 March 2024

Veg-tastic

A simple embossed background with some fussy cut bunnies and vegetables for a clean but textured card.




Designed for:
Dies to Die For
Papermill Direct

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Greens: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Villainous Potion
  • Oranges: Dried Marigold, Fossilised Amber, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Papermill Direct:
Other:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Monday 11 March 2024

Yeti

I've converted this Yeti cut file into a tent-fold card using my Silhouette. I've mirrored the main shape and created a foldline for the cardbase, and added the elements to decorate the front.



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Saturday 9 March 2024

Beary Happy Birthday

I've masked a couple of stamps to create this Beary Happy Birthday card in Springtime colours for a cheerful card.  The organza ribbon has been accented with some cream satin ribbon to give some texture to an otherwise clean and simple layout. I've used some sparkle gel pens on the balloons, candles and cake icing.



Designed for:
Dies to Die For

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Cake: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Balloons: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Kitsch Flamingo
  • Candlelight: Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday 8 March 2024

Easter Bunny

I've made this Cute Bunny from the Silhouette Store into an Easter cardbase by creating a mirror image and scoreline and then cuting the elements in various shades of pink.  I've raised his paws on 3D foam pads and added some white higlights to his eyes and nose.



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Thursday 7 March 2024

Happy Mother's Day

I love the bear images from Lili of the Valley so I've used this pretty image which is ideal for a Mother's Day card.  At As You Like It Challenge this week, we want to know if you prefer monochrome or colours on your crafting creations. I do prefer to restrict myself to a small number of colours on my images, rather than a whole rainbow, and I carry those colour themes through as accents on my papers, matting layers and any embelishments.  

For this card, I've concentrated on Spring lemons with some accents in orange and green. I've added a small hint of bronze (to match the bear's fur) in the form of a narrow strip of satin ribbon on the base matt (mainly to cover where I'd joined two smaller pieces of yellow card together beneath the image panel).






To finish off my card, I've foiled the typed sentiment using my Minc machine.  It's challenging to photograph the effect of the foil, but it does show fairly well in this photo.




Designed for:
As You Like It Challenge
Lili of the Valley
Papermill Direct

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Yellows: Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge

Card Recipe:

Papermill Direct:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday 1 March 2024

Monster Munch

I've made this cute Monster Popcorn Box with my Silhouette machine. It's ideal for small snacks and can be made in any colour. I've used some monster-green with scraps of orange, white and black for his face.



Designed for:
Papermill Direct

Card Recipe:

Papermill Direct:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday 22 February 2024

Christmas already?

This fortnight at As You Like It Challenge we are asking if you prefer crafting feminine or masculine style of creations.  I very much favour the cute, fussy, floral style and I find the more traditionally masculine / minimalist cards much more of a challenge!

I'm also making a start on my Christmas cards too (yes, I know it's only February!) with this cute polar bear and some of my favourite festive papers from Nitwit Creations.




Designed for:
As You Like It Challenge

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
  • Pinks: Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo
  • 'Whites': Weathered Wood
Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday 14 February 2024

I'm Yours. No Refunds.

Happy Valentines Day!!!

I've created this fun pop-up card using a Silhouette cut file which I've edited to include a custom sentiment made into a banner. Most of the hearts are embossed for some texture and it folds flat (not that I'm mailing it!). 



Designed for:
Papermill Direct

Card Recipe:

Papermill Direct:
  • Various Red and Pink card (at least 5 or 6 different shades)
Other:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday 8 February 2024

Summer Garden

This week at As You Like It Challenge we want to know if you prefer using digi or physcial stamps. I confess that I do love the benefits of a digital stamp, including storage, re-sizing, masking and merging and the confidence that there's a reduced chance of wasting watercolour card on a mis-print, but I also still love my physical stamps. There's something special about peeling back the rubber and seeing a perfectly inked image on the card!  I must admit this image was a particular challenge in that respect, and I had several increasingly frustating attempts before I got a fully stamped image becuase it's such a big stamp. But I ended up fussy cutting some of the misprints and using them on some other cards which I'll share later in the month.




Designed for:
As You Like It Challenge
Dies to Die For

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday 25 January 2024

Tilda with Foxy

I don't often use my Tilda images and I happen to know the recipient of this card likes them, so it's given me a good excuse to brush the dust from one and get inky with it. I also know she is rather fond of foxes, so this image was ideal on both counts.

The theme at As You Like It Challenge this week is pearls or gems, and I am definitely a fan of the more subtle sheen of a pearl than the bling impact of a gem.  I have pearl embelishments in almost every colour, and my gem stash barely gets used, so it's not difficult to see where my preferences lie!  I've also added some speckles of liquid pearls around the image for some texture.




Designed for:
As You Like It Challenge

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fox/Hair: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Outfit: Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Weathered Wood, Speckled Egg
Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday 11 January 2024

Mouse Birthday

My first card of 2024 is a cute birthday card that I've made for a Dutch friend.  I've been drooling over these German stamps from The Stamp Corner for months, and I finally caved in just before Christmas and ordered 4 sets. This little meecie is one of the cuties that tempted me.  I've created a personalised card using my Silhouette to make the card more special.

I've used some of my favourite brand of papers on this card.  I've loved Nitwit Collections papers for years and they're my largest collection by a long way!  I used to love the printed paper pads but now they're only available as digis.





Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Shirt: Uncharted Mariner
  • Toy: Dusty Concord, Villainous Potion, Seedless Preserves, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany
  • Ground: Black Soot, Speckled Egg, Weathered Wood
Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx