Thursday, 7 December 2017

Have a Pink Christmas

It's with a sad heart that today is the last challenge at In The Pink Challenge as Christine has decided to close the Pink Palace. I've been on the team for just over 2 years and have loved using one of my favourite colours every challenge, so I'll definitely continue. Christine has managed the challenge for over 5 years which is a fantastic achievement, so well done Christine. Mwah!  We hope we will gets lots of you join us for our final challenge, which is a super easy 'Pink Christmas' theme.






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose
  • Scarf: Picked Raspberry
  • Greens: Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Robin: Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Festive Berries

Card Recipe:


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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Polar Pals

Well, it's my midweek post for Dies to Die For and today I'm sharing a CAS creation featuring Polar Pals from MFT.  It's actually a birthday set, so I've combined with a sentiment from MFT's Jingle All The Way stamp set to transform it into a more Christmassy card instead.






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy 
  • Red scarf: Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Black Soot
  • Blue scarf: Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky, Black Soot
  • Ground: Weathered Wood
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass

Card Recipe:


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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 30 November 2017

Little Donkey

I've always loved donkeys. I was a huge fan of Winnie the Pooh as a youngster and Eeyore was my favourite. We also live fairly close a lovely donkey sanctuary and I love going there. They're such lovely animals, and despite many being treated fairly poorly they still love human contact and come running over to see you if you go to visit them.  I'd love to have enough land to re-home a couple of donks!  Maybe one day (and a lottery win!).  Join us at the As You Like It Challenge and share your favourite animals.






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Grass: Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Fence: Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
  • Straw: Scattered Straw, Brushed Corduroy

Card Recipe:

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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 29 November 2017

May all your dreams come true

It's my mid-week post and I'm using Teddy Birthday Presents from Whimsy Stamps combined with a sentiment from Stamping Bella's Dorothy the Dreamer. Although my teddy bear is cute, I'm hoping this might be sufficiently masculine for hubby's birthday card. 






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, 
  • Greens: Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Fired Brick
  • Blues: Tumbled Glass, Broken China
  • Oranges: Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Broken Hinge

Card Recipe:


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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Friday, 24 November 2017

Merry Christ-mouse

It's a super simple Christmas card from me today since it turned out that the image filled the card base by itself.  I hope you like it.





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, 
  • Tree: Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Ground: Old Paper, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Blues: Tumbled Glass, Broken China
  • Purples: Wilted Violet
  • Reds: Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick
  • Baubles: Victorian Velvet, Aged Mahogany, Blueprint Sketch, Cracked Pistachio
  • Pink ribbon/bauble: Picked Raspberry
  • Mouse: Pumice Stone

Card Recipe:

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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Polar and Mousie

I really love these stuffies from Stamping Bella, and today I've used one called Polar Bear and Mousie.  I've kept the design nice and simple so it focuses on the image which I've watercoloured as usual. The sentiment comes with the stamp.





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Bear: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, 
  • Mouse: Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose
  • Reds: Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
  • Snow: Weathered Wood, Black Soot
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:
Other:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 16 November 2017

Winter Wonderland

It's all about your favourite festive colour combo this week at As You Like It Challenge.  I love pink at any occasion, but I think it's especially lovely at Christmas and so I have lots of pink decorations on my Christmas tree!  I've made a pink & white themed girlie Christmas card using Snowman Friends from Polkadoodles.





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Hair/Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, 
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick
  • Pinks: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Aged Mahogany
  • Snow/Penguin: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Holly/Tights: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass

Card Recipe:


I've been inspired by:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Walrus, the Polar Bear and the Pingu

It's 'Hump Day' so I'm here with my mid-weekly dose of cuteness using this adorable image from Stamping Bella called The Walrus, the Polar Bear and the Penguin.

I love these Stuffie images and wanted to keep the image as the central focal point. I've added a narrow matting layer of dusky blue and embossed a layer of white card as a background, stitching both layers.






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Walrus: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
  • Polar Bear: Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose
  • Penguin: Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Dried Marigold, Carved Pumpkin
  • Snow: Weathered Wood
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 9 November 2017

You're Weird and I Love It

We're looking for spots or stripes at In The Pink Challenge this month and despite not really being a fan of either I've somehow managed to use both on my card because the pretty papers have white polka dots as well as a feint stripe on them.






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Monster: Spun Sugar,  Worn Lipstick
  • Eyes: Hickory Smoke, Antique Linen
Card Recipe:
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Owliver Loves to Celebrate

Cards don't come much more simple than today's, but I'm on a mission to ensure that I have enough Christmas cards for the guys in my life!  I'm horrendously bad at making cards for the gents, but I'm hoping this one is suitably non-fussy while still being adorable (which satisfies my need for cuteness!).  The stamp is Owliver Loves to Celebrate from Stamping Bella and I've used the sentiment which comes from the same set.






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Owl: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Tea Dye
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
  • Ground: Tea Dye

Card Recipe:


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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Monday, 6 November 2017

Alpha-Bears

There's a new release due out at Lili of the Valley in about 2 weeks time, and they feature a new bear!  The Alpha-bears are a cute set of adorable bears, each carrying a letter of the alphabet and they are accompanied by some complementary words. I've used Alpha-bear 'B' and the word 'irthday' to make my Birthday bear.  The 'Happy' is made from some alphabet banners and I've used soft greys and blues for my colour palette.  Keep your eyes peeled for these bears as they're due to be released around the middle of this month.  They're gonna be available in both rubber and digi.





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Tattered Rose
Card Recipe:

Created for:



I've been inspired by:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Saturday, 4 November 2017

A little purrscription

I made this card for a special someone who's sadly been going through the mill lately with a very nasty and persistent bug.  She actually gave me the image for my birthday so I thought it was ideal to use for her 'get well soon' card.  I tried to colour it in similar colours to her own feline princess, but think I may have gone too grey rather than brown for my tabby.  Either way, she's taking with her a little purrscription, which is the phrase I used on the inside!



And the text inside says...





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Ears: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick
  • Grass: Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Heart: Abandoned Coral, Barn Door

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 2 November 2017

Baby, It's Cold Outside

I love making Christmas cards as I love all the embellishing with glitter and snow.  I also love non-traditional Christmas colours for my festive cards, like pink and purples.  We want to know whether you prefer making Christmas or non-Xmas projects at As You Like It Challenge so it's right up my street!






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Hair: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Tea Dye
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
  • Reds: Festive Berries
  • Snow: Weathered Wood
  • White/Grey: Hickory Smoke

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Elf-tastic

I've been getting inky again with my ink pads and daubers to create a background for some die cut images.  I 'cased' a card from Karin using the Santa's Elves stamp set.  I liked it so much that I made 3 using different elves from the same set.

To create the circle I cut a circle from paper and then use that as a template to ink some Tumbled Glass working my way inwards from the edge getting slightly lighter towards the centre.










Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Hair: Vintage Photo 
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Tea Dye
  • Greens: Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage, Forest Moss
  • Blues: Tumbled Glass
  • Reds: Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
  • Grey: Weathered Wood
  • Gold: Scattered Straw, Wild Honey

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 25 October 2017

A Halloween Hello

I 'cased' a card by Tara following her fabulously easy tutorial for a night sky background using my DI pads and a dauber.  I did get quite inky fingers though, and only the finger with the dauber seemed to escape!  

I stamped the bat and then masked it.  The moon was a simple circle which further masked the card. I then used my dauber to ink from the edges inwards getting lighter as I moved inwards.  When the masks are removed the moon looks like it really 'glows'. I added a bit of shading to the moon itself, coloured the bat and stamped a sentiment.



Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Moon: Antique Linen, Pumice Stone
  • Bat: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Victorian Velvet, Bundled Sage
  • Night Sky: Victorian Velvet, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot

Card Recipe:


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I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx


Monday, 23 October 2017

I Raccoon I Wood be Lost Without You (and a FREEBIE!!!)

It's a JFF card from me today using an adorable little raccoon image from Gerda Steiner.

I couldn't decide whether or not to stamp a sentiment on the little plank of wood, but decided that it would be better placed in the white space on the left.  After some deliberation I printed 'I WOOD be lost without you', as a pun on the wooden plank, but afterwards I realised I should have put 'I raccoon I wood be lost without you' which would've combined the wood and raccoon puns, but overall I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  





I used the no-lines technique and gave my little critter some long eyelashes to appear more feminine!  I then masked her and used my new dauber and ink pad to create the sky around her.  I find this a much safer technique than trying to watercolour the sky because I used to get the colours of the image bleeding into my sky, especially in the tight angles (such as the small space between her cheeks and the wooden plank). The mask protects the image and using the dauber means the ink is not as wet as it needs to be on the paintbrush.






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot 
  • Wood: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Grass: Shabby Shutters, , Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
And if you're still with me after all that, I have a little freebie to share today. It's been a while since I made any new circle sentiments, mainly because I've not been using them much myself, but I had a request for a 'just a note' sentiment from Rowlands Crafts, and as I always say, if you don't ask, you don't get!  

You're free to download any of my freebie images, but please respect my conditions listed below.

  • Please do not share my digis directly with others, (for the avoidance of doubt, this prohibits uploading them onto Pinterest), and
  • When you use any of my images I'd be delighted if you include a linky directing people back here so they can collect any that take their fancy themselves.
I'd also love for you to send me any links to cards you've made using my digis, as I love seeing how other people use them and the wonderful creations they make using my digis.  

Finally, feel free to recolour and resize them to suit your project.  :0)





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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 22 October 2017

Little Miss ...

The 12 new 'Thoroughly Modern Misses' images from Lili of the Valley are due to be released tomorrow and I've been playing with some of them as well as the corresponding calendar months for 2018.  

I've bound them together using my Zutter and some white binding wires with some mount-board covers covered with some pretty pastel pink paper.

I coloured these ladies with Copics for a change but I admit that I struggled as fair bit because I've not used my markers for months, maybe even over a year and have clearly got out of practice.  Hopefully Faye isn't looking!






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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 19 October 2017

Winter Bunnies

We're asking whether you prefer crafting with People or Animals this fortnight at As You Like It Challenge.  I seem to veer towards critters in most of my cards and I'm a huge fan of anything cute and furry both in crafting and life in general!  I especially love kitties who are usually quite cuddly (there's nothing better than a lap full of purring kitty), but it's the bunnies at LOTV who are some of my favourite crafting critters.  I think this image featuring them sitting on their wintry log is adorable.






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur/Feathers: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
  • Cheeks/Ears/Robin Breast: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick
  • Reds: Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Snow: Weathered Wood
  • Log: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



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