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My 2015 is to use some of my unused crafting stash before buying any more (hmm, I wonder how long that good intention will last!!). I love your feedback on my creations and I read every message, so please leave a comment to let me know you've visited.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Xmas Kiss

As it is rather cold outside, it seems appropriate that today's card is a Xmas themed hedgey from Penny Black.

It's a card that I made a while ago but haven't blogged it yet.  I hope you like him.





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Annette
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Friday, 30 January 2015

Yee-haw

Woohoo, it's Friday.

And not only that it's nearly the end of January, which means that lighter nights and mornings are on their way.  Roll on summer, I am longing for some warm, sunny evenings!

It's also my first Fab Friday outing as a Tiddly Inker, and I've got a cutie to share featuring my Favourite Tiddly Ink character, Wryn.  She's in Wild West mode today with her hobby horse.

Yee-haw!!!



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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Autumn Leaves

The new Anything Goes challenge starts at the Sugar Bowl today, and this project features not only a cute piece of rubber from Sugar Nellie, but also supports the new challenge at As You Like It Challenge where you need to say if you prefer matt or shiny.  Although O do use mirri card occasionally, as well as finding it hard to photograph I do prefer to colour coordinate my cardstock to my image (I think I've got an OCD issue!).  I also prefer pearls to rhinestones as accessories. Therefore it's definitely a matt choice for me :0)



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Monday, 26 January 2015

Candy Dandy

After a couple of fussy cards, today's Tiddly Ink card is quite the opposite.  I cut the image panel using a tea plate for a cutting guide, and then layered it onto lilac paper and hand cut the border (with a very steady hand!)  I stitched the layers and popped them onto a plain square, with the only embellishments being a little trio of pearls.

I thought the candy stripes of the paper matched the candy theme of the image (well it did in my head!), and this little girlie is a real sweetie.  Literally!

I hope you agree.  Don't forget there are lots of adorable images in this new release, so pop over to the Tiddly Inks store to take a peek.



There are other Sweet Tooth images in the set, so pop over to Tiddly Inks to see the set.



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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Friends are like Chocolate Chips ...

I'm sharing another of the Tiddly Inks new releases today, and this one's making my mouth water. Mmmmm Chocolate Chip Cookies!! :0)  This is Wryn's Cookie (although I think that's large enough to share, don't you?)

She's available as both a digi and in rubber so there's no excuse to miss out on her.  I hope you like her.



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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Strawberry Wryn

I'm so excited (and more than a little bit nervous) to be joining the Tiddly Inks design team (I'm sure Christy's got mixed up and invited the wrong person, but I'm keeping schtum!).  There's even more excitement because today there is a new release of some lovely girlie images, one of which I'm using today.

This is Berry Sweet Wryn and she is available in rubber as well as digi formats.  I've combined her with some berry papers from Maja Design and a simple layout using my cheat layering technique with one sheet of designer paper.  I cut out a central square shape, layered it onto brown card, and then stuck it back over the top of the aperture so that the design matches again, but there's a brown border around it.  I also stitched it before sticking it back down again.

I stitched around the image panel to match (I really must learn not to do this on circles as it's so hard!) and popped it onto the same brown card.

I'm having trouble finding some good watercolour paper that will go through my printer as my usual 300gsm thickness just won't go through.  This paper was thinner, but despite being called 'watercolour paper' it didn't seem to like water, and I got a lot of bobbling when I applied my brush.  If anyone knows of any good watercolour paper, under about 180gsm please leave me a comment. :0)




There are also some other new images, including the new Sweet Tooth girls below:



And, I get one of these too ... !!!  Yippee :0)



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Annette
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Monday, 19 January 2015

Beware ... Wet paint

Today's card is another one for a colleague who's birthday is in Feb (yeah, I'm working a bit ahead at the moment!).  Despite its simple appearance, it still took a couple of hours to create!

I've really been trying to concentrate on my water-colouring lately and, motivated by the second of my 3 new stamp purchases, this was another image I spent quite a long time painting!

This one's quite a large stamp and I knew the layout that I wanted to use in my head.  I printed out the text in a dripping style font in a pale colour, and then painted over it in the same Spiced Marmalade ink that I'd used for the paint in the image.

I was quite pleased with the result, but when I'd finished and showed hubby, he simply said "so does Jonny like doing DIY then?".



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Sunday, 18 January 2015

You cannot be serious, man.....

I've been pretty good since Christmas (which makes a change for me!).  In fact after my New Year's Resolution to use my existing unused stash before buying anything new, and immediately failing after 3 days when I bought 3 Lili's, those three stamps are all I've succumbed to so far (although Squirrel is doing a fantastic job of playing temptress with some stitched dies I've now got my eye on!).

Today's card is for a colleague who's birthday is in a couple of weeks.  Although tennis is more of a summer sport, she's a huge Wimbledon fan so I bought this stamp specifically with her in mind.

I now need to find out if any more of my friends like tennis so that I can use it again! :0)



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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Make A Wish

The challenge at As You Like It Challenge this fortnight is to showcase your favourite embossing folder.

This Embossalicious floral embossing folder is definitely my favourite for a couple of reasons. Firstly the design is perfect for lots of occasions but it's also 6" square, which means it's the perfect size to cover my card blanks perfectly without the getting join marks which I get with my 5 x 7 folders.

I've also inked the raised bits using a pale blue mini ink pad to bring out the design of it and love the effect. The brad says 'make a wish' and I thought it went quite well with the cupcake theme (I just need a candle on that cupcake to blow out and make the wish!).



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Annette
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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Don't Drink and Paint

This was an image that I received for Christmas, from my lovely blogpal Larissa, and she's a real sweetie (both Larissa and the stamp!)

I've painted her with DI reinkers, but I got a bit mixed up while I was colouring though, and nearly dunked my paintbrush in my latte and picked up my water pot to drink!

Thankfully on both occasions I just managed to stop myself, but it was a close call!

I guess you don't get into that trouble with Copics!

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