Saturday, 19 August 2017

Happy Christmouse

Well I'm pleased the weekend is finally here. It's only been a short working week for me but still feels like a full week crammed in somehow.  I've been playing with the newly released images from Lili of the Valley and have a couple to share with you over the next week or so.  This one is called Happy Christmouse.  

I've been asked by Tami to share the colours I use on my watercolouring, so where I remember I'll try to include them under each post.  Thanks for your lovely comments Tami (sorry I couldn't email you back, I think you've made your blogger profile so locked down for privacy that it wouldn't even let me reply!)





Water-coloured with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Mice: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs
  • Greens: Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
  • Reds: Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick
  • Snow: Weathered Wood


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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 17 August 2017

Oceans of Love

We're joining forces with Dies to Die For for our 5th birthday celebrations at In The Pink Challenge with an Anything Goes challenge.  I've used some cute little mermaids and one of the sentiments from the same set.  The stamps are available from Dies to Die For.








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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Nine Lives

This is another cutie from the MFT Cool Cat Stamp Set.  I've masked the stamps to create a little pile of cushions for the kitty to sit on and the sentiment is from the same set.






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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 10 August 2017

Congrats

I've been in quite a CAS mood lately, but today's card is all about the embellishments! 
We're wanting to know what your favourite embellies are at 
As You Like It Challenge this week, and I couldn't decide between pearls (which I add to almost everything), my beloved satin ribbons (which I have in a whole rainbow of colours) or flowers (again lots of colours and sizes).  Since I couldn't decide, I opted for all three plus a few die cuts for good measure!


I much prefer pearls to gemstone because i like the sheen rather than the bling, and they're so easy to add without overpowering an image. I also love my double bows in a satin ribbon to match the colours on my card. When it comes to the flowers, I like adding them in little rows of 3 or 5 around the outside of my image panel with the little green stem spirals from curling them around my paintbrush handle.







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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 9 August 2017

From Meow to You

Things don't come much more CAS than today's card featuring an image from MFT's Cool Cat Stamp Set.  

Those of you who have been adopted as servants to a kitty may recognise this pose which is very well practised by my own furry feline disposal unit. 





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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Robin Red Breast

I know it's August and this is a Christmas card, but I'm showcasing another of the recent release from Lili of the Valley today. This one's called Christmas Robin.  I made a bit of a mistake stamping a sentiment onto the green papers, which looked awful, so I ended up covering it up with a poinsettia and stamping a different sentiment onto the image panel instead.






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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Monday, 7 August 2017

You can leave your hat on!

Today's image is from the newly released festive set from Lili of the Valley called Christmas Snowman.  I love the Lili mice and this one's no exception as he's leaning to perch the hat on his fun snowman friend.

I'm usually a bit of an OCD freak with it comes to neat lines - I can't seem to bring myself to tear papers for a vintage look or place my panels at quirky angles (at least not on purpose!) - so I braved some doodling and I actually surprised myself because I quite liked the result.  It certainly seemed to frame the image quite well but I may need to lie down in a dark room to recover!






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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 4 August 2017

Make a Monster Wish

I've been playing with a couple of my monster images from Gerda Steiner.  That cake looks a little on the small size to me though! It's more like a muffin!  :0) 





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Annette
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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Christmouse Pudding

I'm rather in love with these sweet meecies from the new release at Lili of the Valley.  I think I will be using this image a fair bit as they're simply adorable! I hope you like it too. :0)







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Annette
xx



Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Daffy

As soon as I saw this little lady, I loved her sassy pose. Isn't she just FABULOUS!  I imagine her saying 'taa-daa!' :0)  Even her little shoes are daffodils. I've teamed her with a sentiment from another Stamping Bella image, Brittany the Birthday Girl, both from Dies to Die For.





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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Summer Holidays

I used this Tilda image a fortnight ago but was so uninspired by the yellow (it's not my favourite colour by a long shot) that I really didn't like my finished project.  To rejuvenate my feelings for this image, I've had another attempt at a card using her which is more matched to my usual style.  She's in much warmer reds and her ice cream is now chocolate (mmm, my favourite!).  The papers are also some that I've been saving for a while (almost too nice to use) so I'm much happier with this version.  

She's perfect for the Summer Fun theme at Squirrel's Random Challenge which starts today so please pop over to see the samples by my fabulously talented teamies and to enter your own Summer themed creation. I look forward to seeing your projects.






Card Recipe:

  • Tilda with Dripping Ice Cream
  • Versafine Ink Pad
  • Watercoloured with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers
  • The Langton Watercolour paper
  • Tim Holtz Stitched Oval nesting die
  • Sue Wilson Nasturtium Die set
  • 15mm Satin Ribbon
  • 3mm flat backed pearls
  • Viva Pearl Pen - Ice White
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 28 July 2017

Bunny with Glasses

I'm in love with this cute little bunny so I've made him the centre of attention on my card. Don't you just want to scoop him up and snuggle him! :0)





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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 27 July 2017

Horace

We're looking for your favourite colour combo at As You Like It Challenge this fortnight and despite the regular appearance of purple, my ultimate favourite combo is pink and blue.  I love both colours but think pastel shades of this combo really complement each other. I have lots of papers in these colours and although most of my puppy image is fur, I have also managed to squeeze both of my chosen colours into my image.  I'm also using my favourite fur colour combo of Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo and a spot of Gathered Twigs for shade.






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  • Simon's Monday Challenge - Focus on the Edge (Stitched die edge on all panels and scalloped edge under image panel)
  • Simon's Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Pinata Squidgy

It's 'Hump Day' so I'm sharing a little fun in the form of Pinata Squidgy.  I've teamed her again with a sentiment die from my MFT Adorable Elephants.

I've used my MFT Stitched Basic Edges 2 to create some interest on the curved edge and added some twine to 'hang' my little pinata donkey from.






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  • Simon's Monday Challenge - Focus on the Edge (Stitched die edge on curved edge and inked around edge of whole card to frame it)
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Just Samples

I'm not sharing a finished card today, but instead just some samples of colouring that I've completed over the last couple of weeks for another project using some images that I love too much not to share with you!  

Since it's going to be a photo heavy post, I'll keep the nattering brief, other than to say, I hope you like purple!!!  ;0)

So, first of all, these are some of the aptly named Adorable Elephants from MFT:






Staying with MFT, this next guy is from their Magical Dragons set:



Holding the fantasy theme, these next few guys are from Gerda Steiner:


And finally, I'm downsizing from monster to mouse, with Lili of the Valley's Three Kind Mice and Lucky Mouse:





That's all folks!

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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Monday, 24 July 2017

A Little Gift

I've made a second card along the same theme as yesterday but this time using 'A Little Gift' from Lili of the Valley.  I can't get enough of this cute little pingu!






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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 23 July 2017

Cosy Penguin

I've got another sample from the new release due out soon from Lili of the Valley. This one's called Cosy Penguin and I love the adorable fluffy pingu!  I also love purple for Christmas cards, and although it's a non-traditional colour I think it works well.






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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 22 July 2017

Happy Reindeer

It's July, so I'm in Christmas mode (naturally!) with this sweet image from the soon-to-be-released set of festive images from Lili of the Valley.  This one's called Happy Reindeer and he's adorable.  I've teamed it with a new Marianne Design die although the lettering didn't quite go to plan! I had hoped to emboss it with glitter, but my first attempt at applying embossing ink only to the letters didn't work because the ink seeped under the die and covered the whole of the red card. I therefore resorted to inking in the letters to the embossed die-cut with a white gel pen using the metal die like a stencil!






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Annette
xx



Friday, 21 July 2017

Xmas Tags

Today's creations feature Skating Chicks from Stamping Bella, but they're in disguise! The first trio are in their penguin costumes and the second trio are dressed as robins.  






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Annette
xx



Thursday, 20 July 2017

Mermazing

I feel like I'm late to the party with today's card because I've seen this gorgeous mermazing set from MFT all over blogland for weeks now, but only just got around to ordering my set from Dies to Die For.  She's helping to promote the new 'fantasy' challenge starting today at In The Pink Challenge.






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Happy crafting
Annette
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Birthday Daisy

I'm sharing a sweet little birthday card today which was made for a very special friend. I used the sweet Daisy Squidgy from Stamping Bella and paired it with a birthday sentiment from MFT's Adorable Elephants, both available from Dies to Die For.






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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Monday, 17 July 2017

Life's a Beach

I'm in summer mode today with Tilda eating her ice cream!  Yellow isn't my favourite colour so I feel like I've struggled a bit with this one.





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Happy crafting
Annette
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