Sunday, 26 July 2015

Ice Cream

Today's card features a really summery image, with summery colours for a special reason.  I made a 'Winter Birthday' card last December for a lady whose birthday I believed to be late December (well with a name like "Mary" it seemed plausible!).  But she looked a bit befuddled when I handed her the card, because it turns out I got the date wrong, and her birthday is actually in August. Whether I pretended I was late for her last birthday, or early for the next one, either way my Wryn "Winter Birthday" card was somewhat inappropriate!

So today, I'm trying to redeem myself with a summery themed card.

I'm using a sweet new image that I bought from Sir Stampalot, and I must say that their customer service was amazing.  I ordered this image on Monday, and it was sitting on my doormat when I got home on Tuesday night!  So I excitedly inked her up that night, and made this card. And I must say, I kinda like her!

I made a custom sentiment to ensure the recipient realised that I'd got the date right this time, and finished her off with summery pink colours.



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Annette
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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Blue Fairy

I've got another sneaky peek of May Fairy today which is one of the new releases from Lili of the Valley due out next Friday.  This card's a but more fussy than my last one, and I've used a cherry blossom die that I thought matched the flowers on the image quite well.  The new release is 12 fairies, one for each month, and some gorgeous traditional Christmas images so keep your eyes peeled for some more sneaky peeks over the next week.


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Annette
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Friday, 24 July 2015

Wedding Day

I know traditionally wedding cards are elegant shades of cream, ivory, magnolia, or other forms of off-white, but if you follow my creations you'll know that I only do cute and pastels.  So today's wedding card is pink and blue!

I have attempted a hint at the theme by the inclusion of lace, pearls and flowers, and of course the loved-up image and sentiment.

The adorable image from Lili of the Valley has been watercolour painted in DI reinkers and the curved sentiment was typed.



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Annette
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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Fiona Loves Flowers

I've used my beloved Fiona Loves Flowers stamp again today. And, yup, I still love her!  I've followed a simple sketch which allows her to be the focus of the card, but have still managed to sneak in some twine and pearls as embellishments.  I really love colouring this image, even though at first, the thought of attempting those flowers gave me the heebie jeebies!  I think she's worth the effort, and I love her in purple. I hope you do too. :0)


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Annette
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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Patchwork Balloons

I couldn't resist buying this little cutie with my last purchase from LOTV and I've really loved colouring him up.  The balloons didn't seem to be the usual transparent type, so I was able to have a bit more fun with the shading on them.

I've also used my WRS corner die and have cut it twice, putting one in each top corner. They're just the right size to meet with a neat little join which is hardly noticeable (unless you know where to look, so don't zoom in too closely!)

I'm not sure I got the shading quite right on the bear, but I still like the finished card. I hope you do too. :0)



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Annette
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Purple Fairy Sneaky Peeky

I've got a sneak peek of a fun forthcoming new release at Lili of the Valley.  There are 12 fairies, each one is themed for a different month of the year, and if that's not enough to tickle your fancy, there are also lots of gorgeous new Christmas images too.

They're all being released on 31 July so there's not long to save up, and there will be sneaky peeks from all the design team over the next 2 weeks to tempt you.

Today I'm showcasing the May Fairy with her pretty flowers.  I've managed to get lots of sparkle on her wings and a CAS layout to show her off.



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  • Sketch Saturday - Sketch
  • Simon's Monday Challenge - I for Ink (as well as using DI reinkers to paint my image, I've also used Copic ink to colour plain white card to create the dark purple mat which is directly framing the image. I've also used a dripping ink colour scheme to paint the sentiment).
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Annette
xx



Monday, 20 July 2015

Hang on, is that a fox?

It was love at first sight when I saw this WRS fox a few months ago and I scrambled to get him as soon as he was released.  I think he's so adorable clinging to his branch and he's lovely to colour too.

I was quite pleased with the shading on his fur so I decided to make him the centre of attention by keeping the finished card layout very clean.

The fabulous sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp die and I've used a stitched landscape border die to create a curved panel at the side for some colour.

But that's it.

Simples :0)



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Annette
xx



Sunday, 19 July 2015

Relax

It's another CAS layout from me today, featuring one of the adorable new Odd Dogs from Lili of the Valley.  He was for a friend at work who celebrated her birthday last week.  I've teamed him with some pretty blue papers and a simple sentiment, typed directly onto the designer paper.  I do love this little pup. I hope you do too.  :0)



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Annette
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Saturday, 18 July 2015

A small slice of cake?

Following a similar theme to yesterday, I'm featuring another Stamping Bella, with another small cake!

Now this is what I call a cake!!!

I'm happier with the hair and dress of today's efforts, and again the cake is chocolate, so I'm going to be helping myself to a slice when I've finished typing.

This card's for a lovely blogpal who's birthday was yesterday (so I'm safe to blog now as I hope she's received it by now).  She's not over keen on pink, so I'm going to call the icing 'cherry' rather than strawberry, and I've used her favourite colour, blue, as the other featured colour.

So bring a fork and let's help her celebrate by digging in to that cake!



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Annette
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Friday, 17 July 2015

A Whole Year More Incrediblerer

I was so excited when I bought this stamp (and a couple of others!) because I really love the fun girlie and oversized cake.  However I found it sooooo hard to colour.

The hair was the first to flummox me; those curls just didn't seem to want to happen properly.

Then the dress caught me for round two. I wasn't even pleased with the ribbon and bow around her waist.

The cake was the only bit that went to plan, with some added Wink of Stella for some sparkle on the candle on top.

But the part I really love the most is the sentiment; 'a whole year more incrediblerer'!

ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!

I sent this card to a gorgeously talented, uber special and slightly nutty friend who favours the CAS look.  She seemed to think that it wasn't all bad when I showed her my painting efforts.  I still believe that she was just being polite.  Well if so, her complement has backfired because it landed on her doormat earlier this week in time for her birthday yesterday!

In conclusion, I really LOVE the image, but simply don't think I'm able to her justice.

Although I wouldn't mind a slice or three of that cake. It looks like chocolate to me, with strawberry icing.

Book me in!



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Annette
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