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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.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

China Girl - and a Freebie "Competition"

Ok, before I get onto my "competition", I've got a card to share first.   The Stamp Basket is now stocking some Saturated Canary stamps and I've got this gorgeous girlie to share with you today.  This was the first non-Christmas card that I've made this year, and I really loved it when I'd finished it.  I love the lilac colours and pretty papers.

The flowers were a Christmas pressie from my lovely TTT and ABC Xmas teamie Samantha (thank you honey, I think they are perfect for this card).

The pearls in the corner were originally white, but I coloured them with one of my copics (G24) so that they matched my card.  I also coloured the pearl in the middle of my brad which holds on my bow.

As it was one of my new year's resolutions, I've also taken the time to do some stitching on my card (and then regretted it as I manoeuvred around the first part of the fancy shaped card base!!! LOL).  But overall, I'm really pleased with the finished card.  Hope you like her too.



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Freebie Competition:

Well it's been a while since I created any new sentiments, (see all my previous freebies here).   To be honest, I've been very lazy recently and just typed most of my sentiments recently, although I have made a couple of personalised ones for some special recipients, but I can't give those away since they're only suitable if you're making a card for a person with the same name !!! LOL

Anyhoo, I'm going to try to make a few new sentiments, and I'm looking for new ideas.

And that's where I need your help....

Perhaps you can think of a seasonal, topical, or just plain sweet sentiment that you'd like to see in print.  But what I'd like is something that I can share with everyone, so not too restrictive.

So, if you have any great ideas, leave them in a comment on this post, and if it grabs my interest, then I'll make it, and share it on my blog for you (and everyone else who's interested) to grab.

I'll be honest and admit that the circle shaped sentiments are my favourite, and I can get about 3 to 4 words (top arc, middle banner, bottom arc) on those, so get your thinking caps on.

If you think your sentiment would be suitable on a different shape, then you can add that suggestion too, but I'm more likely to pick something that will be useful to lots of my readers, so things that can be easily cut out, even if they don't have matching die shapes.

So, what do you need to do? ...
  1. Leave your suggestions as comments on this post, 
  2. Ensure you're a follower of my blog, 
  3. Spread the word on your own blog if you have one (using the badge below and a link back to this post on your sidebar), and 
  4. Don't forget to check back at the end of the month to see if your idea has been picked.  
Simples !
There is no limit on the number of suggestions you can make, so pop back later in the month if you think of something else, and perhaps you'll see your idea in 'ink'!

I'm also not going to restrict the 'winners' list, and I will choose as many suggestions that tickle my fancy!

Have fun getting sentimental with me!!!

I look forward to seeing your ideas.


Card Recipe :
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29 comments:

  1. Well I am impressed at your stitching & starting on a fancy shaped card too, you don't do things by halves do you!! A very pretty card Annette.

    I'm a long term fan of your gorgeous sentiments & not too long ago there was something I needed & thought if only Netty had done one of those......I just need to remember what it was lol, here's hoping!! xx

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  2. LOL...you already know what I'm thinking!! First the circle and now this...You go girl! You are nailing your resolutions AND now this sentiment candy...how cool! Your card is absolutely pleasing to the eye and the colors are the best. Love the altered pearls, the green is the best.
    hugs to you,
    Lisa xx
    P.s. Sentiment suggestion. It's one that's about to drive me nuts, but all the kids are saying it. YOLO - You Only Live Once
    (good for spoil yourself card on birthday or something to that matter).

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  3. Love your card Netty. I have a suggestion for a sentiment - With Sympathy. Whatever shape works best for it - circle or ticket or whatever. It is one unfortunately that I think I will need to put to use soon. If I have any more ideas I'll pop back with them.

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  4. Hi Netty

    I have a few suggestions for your fantastic circle sentiment stamps

    With much love valentine

    Always and Forever

    Congratulations on your graduation

    Wishing you a speedy recovery

    With sympathy

    You're in my thoughts

    Congratulations on your wedding day

    Wedding Congratulations

    With love to my Fiance/Fiancee

    Just for you with love

    Simply Because

    Because you're so special

    For my wonderful Sister

    For my wonderful Brother

    Happy Birthday Niece

    Happy Birthday Nephew

    For a special friend

    Sending you love

    Missing you loads

    I hope thats not too many

    Julie x





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  5. Hi Netty. I'm not normally a real lover of lavender...but I really love your card! Your little china girl is darling. Love your design! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  6. I love your card. It is beautiful! Love the image you used. The flowers and bow are so pretty on it. Thanks for sharing.
    A sentiment with
    To mom and pop with Love
    Thanks so Much
    You are Special to Me

    Edwina Brown edwinabrown@comcast.net

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  7. Very sweet card, Netty....especially love the way you've shaded her hair. As for a suggestion for a sentiment....how about "You're Simply The Best"?

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  8. Love this shaped card!

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  9. Oh waw the image is just great! I love your pretty colouring and the shape is so gorgeous, well done wit the stiching. Hmmmm .... about the sentimet ... what about ... "you make the world a better place!"
    Hugs!
    Mojca

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  10. Hi Hunny! your very welcome! the flowers help embellish your fabulous card so beautifully coloured Annette,
    hugs me xx

    PS I do some sentiments too! as you know but I LOVE yours! Good luck to your entrants xx

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  11. What a fun fab start to the New Year with your crafting Annette. I have to confess, I loved the card you did a little while back with the 'shades of grey' image and the fab sentiment you made for it then. I've been looking for one ever since! I don't think it would suit the round sentiment particularly, but however you could do it, I'd be up for a copy! It went something along the lines of Santa, define good... Made me laugh out loud with that image. I'd so love to have that to use next Christmas! I'll have to put my thinking cap on for some other ideas. Hugs, Wends xxxx

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  12. Love your cards, I am always looking for sentiments and have a few that I have been thinking of:

    Sending Smiles across the Miles

    You are out of this World

    Babies Touch the World with Love,
    Congratulations

    Make A Wish

    Happy Birthday Let's eat Cake

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  13. So pretty!!! You rock those fancy shape cards!!!!

    What about something for retirement? Or a farewell? Like for a colleague who is moving on? Miss you? OOOHH, I could have used a "80 never looked so good" for this weekend coming up (if you have time?!?!) LOL

    I know i have all yours, I just can't remember what ones you've done! LOL

    Love and hugs,
    Chris

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  14. Lovely card
    I am just getting into digital anything so I don't have a suggestion but wanted to say thank you for posting the freebies...They are very well done!

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  15. OooH Annette! This is just sooo gorgeous! Love this SC image .. way cute! And your colouring is so beautiful!!! Absolutely STUNNING card!

    Big Hugs,
    Elise

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  16. Love your card. Have thought of a few sentiments:
    'The sky's the limit'
    'Home Sweet Home'
    'We/I will miss you' (do you have this already?)
    'Congratulations' 'super star'
    'welcome home'

    Or if you could/wanted to do a ticket sentiment, what about a ticket which says:
    'destination: home
    type: open return
    date: when in need
    class: with love'

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  17. Oh this card is so pretty! Love the little girl with the beautiful blossoms! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

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  18. HI Annette. I am your newest follower and I have to say I love this card. The main image is stunning....really cute. Colouring is beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing

    Crafty hugs

    Annie :)

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  19. Really pretty card Annette. Love the lavender shades and green.

    With regard to your "Sentimental" Candy .... I know you already have a belated Birthday one, but I could really have done with a sentiment that says "Belated Birthday Wises" tonight! Any chance you can help?

    Helen x

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  20. Just beautiful. Love the image and the pretty flowers. Thanks for playing along with the New Something challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog this week!

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  21. I thought of a few more Annette

    Congratulations on your christening

    Congratulations on your baptism

    Well done you passed

    Sorry I forgot

    Just a few more to think about

    Julie x





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  22. Loving your colour combo!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Saturated Canary Challenges! X

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  23. OMG! wow! I love that image, great colouring... A fabulous shape card.
    Thanks for your inspiration.
    Annette my ideas for ticket sentiments... can you do some in spanish like Hola, Mejorate Pronto, Buen Viaje, Te Amo, Con Todo Mi Amor, Nuevo Empleo, Nueva Casa.. a lot of sentiments sorry!
    -Sony
    sonia-studio60.blogspot.com

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  24. wow thats sweet!! thank you so much for playing along with us over on the saturated canary challenge blog
    hugs Lou xxx

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  25. a very pretty card :0)...thanks for sharing with us at Saturated canary..hugs Debs x

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  26. How about
    Hello friend
    Sending a hug
    Cozy Moments
    You are special
    Family
    Maybe these will help you. Edwina Brown edwina.brown@live.com

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  27. Tea Time
    Tea for Two
    Nothing like a good cup of Tea
    Coffee Break
    Tea-riffic Friend
    I thought I'd add a few more. Edwina Brown
    edwina.brown@live.com

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  28. Great card ...... would love as sentiment
    For a special Mum on Mothers day

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  29. How's the sentiment creation going Annette? Looking forward to seeing what you come up with! Hugs from 'down under', Wends x

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