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My 2014 resolutions are (1) to not always take the lazy 'Copic' option, and instead reach for the paintbrush and Distress Ink reinkers, and (2) to use what stash I have and not buy more (hmm, it's probably best if you don't ask me how successful that was!). I love your feedback on my creations and I read every message, so please leave a comment, or use my sidebar 'chatbox' widget to let me know you've visited.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Pink Pingu

At the As You Like It Challenge we always want to focus attention on something that is our favourite, and this fortnight the theme is to showcase your favourite Christmas stamp.

I think mine has to be this little cutie from LOTV called Snow Cute.  He's so quick and easy to colour, and is just adorable.  I tried a little bit of reflection on the ice, but I now think it just looks like a smudge. :0(

I've made him the centre of attention with a clean and simple layout and some pretty pink papers. They're actually not from a festive pad, but hopefully the image makes it suitably Christmassy.  I've also popped on a snowflake charm for good measure.

I think this has turned out to be one of my favourite cards this Christmas!



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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Monday, 15 December 2014

Sugar Nellie Gold Fairy

I've recently admitted that I've bought some lovely gold themed papers (First Edition Gilded Winter). Today's card features one of the papers from the 6x6 pad (I may have bought both the 6x6 and 12x12 pads!)

I've kept the layout quite simple as the paper was one from the glittery section and I didn't want to cover it all up with embellishments.  There's also an overdose of bling too, with the glittered papers, glamour dust on my fairy's wings, and the gold mirri card.  Well, it is nearly Christmas, and if you can't use glitter at this time of year, then when can you use it! :0)



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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 14 December 2014

Winter Birthday

I always think it's hard for people who have birthdays close to Christmas. Any festivities of family get-togethers, parties and presents dedicated solely to their birthday are overshadowed by the other 'big day' just around the corner, and restaurants are booked up with office parties.

I know a few people who have birthdays after 20 December and this card is for one of them.  It's got a wintry theme, but is actually a birthday card, so I've highlighted that with my sentiment.

I've followed a sketch by Sketch Saturday that caught my eye today.  I wanted a layout that was clean and elegant, and I quite like it so may use it again! :0)



Card Recipe:
  • Image - Skater Wryn from Tiddly Inks
  • Typed Sentiment using Word Art
  • Colouring - Promarkers, Copics
  • Clouds - Dovecraft chalks
  • Cardworks Card base
  • First Edition Silent Night papers
  • Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics paper
  • Cheery Lynn Designs LG Square Stitched Die
  • Mini spotty button
  • Embroidery Thread
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 13 December 2014

Dashing Through the Snow...

Simple things are never simple.

This looked fine in my head, but actually took two attempts and I'm still not entirely sure it's worked as I imagined!

Anyhoo...

I tore some diagonals roughly to make snowy hills, and embossed them using a snowflake folder.

The layers of hills are raised up on foam pads to give them some further dimension and the torn edges have been given some snowy sparkle using some Wink of Stella.


Card Recipe:
  • Image - Frosty Fun from LOTV
  • Typed Sentiment (Wendy Medium font)
  • Colouring - Copics
  • Clouds - Dovecraft chalks
  • Cardworks Card base
  • Momento Stamp Pad Ink
  • Embossalicious Snowflakes
  • Glossy Accents
  • Wink of Stella
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 11 December 2014

Walter the Penguin

I wrote my Christmas cards out on Sunday for mailing out on Monday.  Unfortunately that was already too late to meet the posting deadlines for some of the overseas destinations, but I naively have my fingers crossed that they may still arrive in time!

Despite making my Christmas cards throughout the year so that there is no rush in December, inevitably most of them end up being cute and girlie, just because that's my preferred style.

Before I write out my cards, I write each recipient's name on a mini post-it note.  I then spread all my cards over the dining room table, and match recipients to the cards using the post-it stickers.

As usual, after all the appropriate matching had been done, I appeared to have a large number of post-its still in my hand; most of them bearing male names.  *sigh* !!

So, I needed some non-fussy cards for some of the guys I send cards to.  After a couple of attempts, I finally settled on a design that I liked (cased from here).

I printed the letters J and Y using a large fancy font on my computer and stamped the image between them (with a bit of trial and error!).

I used a stitched square die to give some interest around the image, and layered the panel onto matching coloured cardstock.

I hope you like my quick male(ish) makes!  Yes, I know they're still cute, but it's the best masculine style I can manage!  I made them in a few colours for variety.





Card Recipe:
  • Image - Walter from Purple Onion Designs
  • Typed Sentiment (Papyrus font)
  • Colouring - Copics
  • Momento Stamp Pad Ink
  • Cheery Lynn Designs LG Square Stitched Die
  • Wink of Stella glitter pen
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 10 December 2014

If I ever have a so called "bright" idea again, please shoot me....

Back in October I bought a gorgeous Gilded Winter 12x12 paper pad from First Edition, and decided to make a few crackers using the lovely thick gold papers.

If you visit me often you'll know that I've previously made a few Christmas Crackers using my freebie cracker template.

Here's one of them, also using some gorgeous double sided wide satin ribbon.  It's gold on one side, and chocolate brown on the other. I also have it in green and red and I love it. :0)




After making about 6 crackers I was starting to wonder what I was going to do with them.

We only have a small family so I'd already overdone it for Xmas Dinner guests!

Then I had the "bright" idea of giving them to my colleagues at work.

The trouble is, I work in an open plan office with 17 people!!!

So 17 sheets of Gilded Winter later, the gift boxes were not the only thing that were crackered!

Here they all are...




Then there was the problem of what to put inside them!!!

I didn't want the usual cheap plastic moustaches or mini pack of playing cards, and decided it would be nice to put personalised items in each one.

Again my "bright" idea was misplaced because it posed two problems ...

1) thinking of different things to buy for 17 very different colleagues, and
2) needing it to be small enough to fit inside the cracker.

I was stumped after 6!

I found the girls a bit easier to buy for.  Some of the guys were really hard because I wanted the gift to be matched to the person and a few have kids so hobbies are probably a luxury!  I admit that a couple of the gifts were only 'loosely' personalised!  Eg, one guy likes going to watch the tennis at Wimbledon, so he got a tennis themed drinks coaster for his desk (it just squeezed inside the cracker if I put it in at an angle!)

Perhaps they would have preferred the plastic moustaches after all!

Recipe:
  • Freebie cracker template
  • First Edition Gilded Winter 12" paper pad
  • Typed Names (Font = PWJoyeuxNoel)
  • Die-namics Stitched Circle Stax
  • Fiskars Snowflake Border Punch
  • Various Ribbons
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Little Angel

Considering I don't usually like green much, it seems to have made a bit of an appearance today!

The design is uber CAS, and I've made the image large to fill quite a bit of the space.  I also used one of my new digi sentiments from Digi Stamp Boutique.

Despite the green, I quite like how this one turned out.

I hope you do too.  :0)




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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 4 December 2014

New Shoes

The challenge this fortnight at As You Like It Challenge is 'your favourite song or film'.

As soon as you look at my card, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's the Cyndi Lauper song 'Girls just wanna have fun', but just to confuse you, I've opted for New Shoes by Paolo Nutini.

As well as liking the song, I also have a bit of a fondness for shoes!

Hence the shoe charm and shopping bags!

I'm imagining that those bags are full of lovely new shoes (and maybe some chocolate)!



Card Recipe:
  • Image - Sushi Girls Chelsea and Lauren from Stamping Bella's Uptown Girls
  • Sentiment - Victoria and Juliette's Night Out from Stamping Bella's Uptown Girls
  • Colouring - Copics
  • Cardworks Card base
  • Neenah Classic Crest White Stamping Card
  • Momento Stamp Pad Ink
  • Blue Button Twine
  • Shoe Charm
  • Sewing machine
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Monday, 1 December 2014

Christmas Presents

I'm really trying hard to focus on improving my colouring at the moment.  To help my attempts I may have possibly ordered a few more markers.

OK, OK.  Maybe more than few!

It's actually hubby's b'day today, and I've been happy to let him assume all the packages that have been arriving lately might be for him as I've squirrelled  them away to the safety of my craft desk.

Luckily I'm fairly sure he'd not be as interested in some alcohol markers and a few Sugar Nellies as I am!

Anyway, back to my card ... I'm actually quite pleased with this one.  Firstly I love the cute teddy image, but also don't think I did too bad with the colouring either.

I really love this colour scheme; aqua and purple, and think it all comes together nicely with the simple layout and huge die cut sentiment.

I made this card to support the new challenge at Without Words Challenge where the theme is Christmas Present.  It's actually implying a modern Christmas, rather than the gift variety of the word, although I have covered both!



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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 30 November 2014

Tinkerbell

This card is for my neighbour, who has a fondness for fairies and the colour purple.

Since I've been using my Copics a lot lately, I decided to get out my DI reinkers and do some watercolour painting!  This card is the result.  Unfortunately I didn't quite let the base coat dry before adding the folds detail on the dress, so it looks a bit wispy, but maybe it suits the fairy image?

The papers are some of my favourites at the moment, and I've had a bit of a purple theme going on this weekend (others to share another day).  I've also popped on a personalised sentiment.



Card Recipe:
  • Image - Saturated Canary Little Darlings Fairy Wishes Rubber Stamp
  • Typed Sentiment (Wendy Medium font)
  • Colouring - Distress Ink Reinkers
  • Cardworks Card base
  • Maja Design Papers - Coffee in the Arbor
  • The Langton watercolour paper
  • Stazon Ink Pad
  • Pearls
  • Viva Pearl Pen - Ice White
  • Wink of Stella
  • Sewing machine
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



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