Saturday 13 July 2024

Hot Cocoa

I really love making shaped cards so I've adapted this cut file to make a fun side-fold cup of cocoa card using some pretty papers. I've blended some Distress Ink along the edges of the main piece to create some shading and shape to the cup.




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Papermill Direct


Card Recipe:

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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday 11 July 2024

Santa Tags

These Santa Tags look really effective in some bright red, black and gold coloured card.  I love gift wrapping, including making handmade gift tags to decorate the presents with.  



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As You Like It Challenge

Wednesday 10 July 2024

That's Quackers

This little duckling makes me smile playing in the grass.





Designed for:
Dies to Die For

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Duck: Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday 9 July 2024

Elf Mug

I've made this cute little Elf mug Christmas card with a green and red theme. The cardbase is a side-fold just inside the mug's handle so that it stands up nicely.




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Saturday 6 July 2024

Ladybird

A watercoloured summery card!



Designed for:
Lee Holland

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Oranges: Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge
  • Ladybird: Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday 27 June 2024

Favourite Colour Combo

For our challenge this week at As You Like It Challenge we're asking you to share your favourite 2 colour combo creations.  I love pastels colours, and in particular pink and blue (although purple comes a very close third place!).  I love the softness of the colours and most of my favourite papers are one or either of these two colours, including the gorgeous Petal Fresh from Nitwits which I've accessorised with pink embellishments.






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, Gathered Twigs, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Pinks: Kitsch Flamingo, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday 26 June 2024

Toadily Quackers

Yellow and green are not my go-to colours, but are perfect for the current summery season.




Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Duck: Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Water: Tumbled Glass
  • Pinks: Kitsch Flamingo
Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday 25 June 2024

Layered Paw Tag

This fun paw-print gift tag is just 3 layers of brown card scraps.

I've put a white layer on the reverse so I can write the message before attaching it with some twine to a present.

Sunday 16 June 2024

Fathers Day

Happy Father's Day!





Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Giraffe: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx




Saturday 15 June 2024

Happy Hippo

A happy hippo for a sweet birthday card.




Designed for:
Lee Holland
Papermill Direct

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Hippo: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Browns: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
  • Sky/Water: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peacock Feathers
Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday 13 June 2024

Flower Bear

I'm often guilty of leaving out a sentiment on my cards, but I actually do prefer it when I remember to include one, even if it's a simple 'happy birthday'.  





Designed for:
As You Like It Challenge

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tea Dye
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Yellows: Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting

Annette
xx



Tuesday 4 June 2024

Anniversary Hearts

I made this concertina folding card for my husband on our anniversary. It was very delicate to fold all the narrow pieces, but I was pleased how it turned out.  The hearts are embossed for some additional texture, and it seems to make them less flimsy, which helps to keep the structure.

Monday 3 June 2024

Kitten Post

I've watercoloured this adorable kitten image by Lee Holland for a simple birthday card. The sentiment is layered several times for depth and texture, but I've used the same colour card for matting it to keep it simple.


Designed for:
Lee Holland
Papermill Direct

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Hat: Prize Ribbon, Black Soot, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany
Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday 2 June 2024

Polar Bear Card

I've made this fun Polar Bear card using some smooth white card for the base and some colour for his cosy scarf.  His eyes are so dinky that I struggled not to lose them before sticking them on with the smallest dab of glue.




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Thursday 30 May 2024

Embossed Mouse

I love the texture and subtlety of an embossing folder. It's amazing to see a beautifully intricate design appear once you peel away the folder and allow the light to reveal the pattern in its shadows.  I've raised the image and layered sentiment on 3D foam pads too for added dimension.



Designed for:
As You Like It Challenge


Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Mouse: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
Card Recipe:
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I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday 16 May 2024

Teddy Handstand

We're asking what's your favourite sketch this week at As You Like It Challenge and I knew straight away what I was going to pick.  I love the pretty design of this card, with its two complementary designer papers and a strip of ribbon covering the join.  As usual it's decorated with a double bow and a cluster of papers flowers on the diagonals.  If you're a regular visitor to my blog, you will recognise it as being a layout that I return to time and time again.



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, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Flowers: Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday 15 May 2024

Panda

I've embossed some pearlescent silver to make this slimline card. I prefer pearl to mirror card as it's a bit more subtle, and very pretty paired with some accents of dark violet. I've framed the watercoloured panda image and the embossed silver layer with purple card, and then die cut a sentiment in alternating purple and silver.  The strip covering the join where the embossing ends is a satin ribbon in the same rich purple.






Designed for:
Lee Holland
Papermill Direct

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Panda: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood
  • Yellows: Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed

Card Recipe:

Papermill Direct:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday 5 May 2024

Koala

I've watercoloured a cute Koala image from Lee Holland's digi shop and paired him with some Springtime papers in the hope of charming the sun to shine this weekend!





Designed for:
Lee Holland

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Branch: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass

Card Recipe:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday 3 May 2024

Blue Polar Bear

I've made this fun Polar Bear card using some smooth white card for the base and some of my favourite Marine Blue for his cosy scarf.  His eyes are so dinky that I struggled not to lose them before sticking them on with the smallest dab of glue.




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Thursday 2 May 2024

Soft Pink Tilda

This week at As You Like It Challenge we want to know if you prefer soft or bold colours.  I honestly thought I would pick soft colours every time, but having a look at some of my recent cards they've been fairly bright and bold. But I'm sticking to my guns and opting for soft pastels, because I'd pick those out of any line up!




Designed for:
As You Like It Challenge

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Hair: Brushed Corduroy, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Holly: Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Pinks: Saltwater Taffy, Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
  • 'Whites': Speckled Egg
Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
  • Simon's Wednesday Challenge - Feminine
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday 30 April 2024

Lighthouse

I loved the look of this lighthouse box and decided to make one just for fun. It looks more complicated that it was in practice, although the flagpole was meant to be a straw, but because I didn't have one, I rolled up some orange card into a sausage and glued the edge instead.

I'm not sure what I'm going to put inside it yet, but for now, it was a fun project and I'm pleased with how it turned out.






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Sunday 28 April 2024

Penguin Card

I've adapted this penguin shape to become a tent-fold Christmas card by mirroring the main black oval and adding a dashed fold-line for the cardbase.  I've also elongated his body a bit to fit 2 cardbases onto a sheet of A4 card.

Friday 26 April 2024

Pingu Gift Tags

I've used a cut file by Sweet Afton to create these pingu gift tags from plain black and white card and have added a little white acrylic paint for light speckles on the eyes and beak.



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Saturday 20 April 2024

Toucan Tango

I've watercoloured this sweet toucan image by Lee Holland and framed him using an orange colour palette. 





Designed for:
Lee Holland

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Leaves: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Branch: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Toucan: Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx




Thursday 18 April 2024

Have a fin-tastic day

At As You Like It Challenge this week, we're asking if you prefer Clean & Simple or Fussy.  I personally enjoy making both styles, although I find the clean and simple theme far more challenging because mine seem to feel 'unfinished'. I've tasked myself to make a clean and simple card that I'm happy with. This one's for a dad who's keen on fishing, so the masculine theme tends to lend itself more to clean and simple.



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

Water-coloured on Ecoline Watercolour Card 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
  • Rod: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



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: