Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The Best Friends Have Four Legs

I treated myself to the recently released 'New Best Friend' from MFT at a Dies to Die For pop-up shop a few months ago. This is my first card using the stamps and co-ordinating dies.  The stamped sentiment is from the same set too.





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Hair/Boots: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
  • Fur: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Blues: Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans
  • Jumper: Candied Apple, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany
Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Other:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 10 May 2018

Hello Duckie

My favourite colours are pink, purple and blue but choosing between them is sometimes difficult (and often depends on my mood!).  I've always loved pink though; it's so soft and feminine.  The new pink or blue challenge at As You Like It Challenge had to be pink for my choice. (just don't ask me the same question again tomorrow if you want the same answer!)






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Duck: Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge
  • Present: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Spots: Broken China, Stormy Sky, Wilted Violet, Abandoned Coral

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 9 May 2018

You Make Every Day Better

I've been playing with some cute owls from Gerda Steiner today.  I masked the owls before adding the tree and used a sentiment from an MFT set.





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Owls: Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Tree: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain

Card Recipe:


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



Monday, 7 May 2018

Pop Up Critters

It's a picture heavy post today because I've made a twist and pop card with each panel featuring a different critter.  I've also tried some 'ombre' inking using distress inks and a sponge dauber to create the sky and ground.

It is my first card using this fold and it took a while to make, but I was pleased with the finished result.  

My Japanese friend often sends me pop-up or 3D cards so I specifically wanted to make one for her birthday and chose this style to try.

This is an image of the front of the card:




This is the inside once it's 'popped' open:



Next I have a few close ups of each of the 4 inside panels:






And finally how they lined up inside the card:





Card Recipe:
I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Have a Tail Wagging Good Time

For my mid-week card this week, I'm in puppy mode with this tail wagging cutie from MFT.  I've added a little bit of background for him in colours to match the papers, but I've kept the whole design quite plain and masculine (apart from the pearls!)





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo
  • Grass: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Collar: Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 26 April 2018

Tiggers

I've always loved tigers. They're beautiful, graceful solitary creatures who unlike most cats, actually love water!  Unfortunately many are endangered and some subspecies are already extinct.  I remember writing a whole scrapbook project on them when I was at school and I've loved them ever since I can remember.  I'm pretty sure that I still have that scrapbook somewhere. I may have to dig it out and read it again! 

So why am I telling you this? Well today is the start of a new challenge at As You Like It where we want to know your favourite animal.  I've been a little bit creative with the choice of image for my card, because I've opted for a mini-tigger in the form of a ginger kitty.  I do actually have my own mini-tigger called Arnie who is currently curled up on the chair next to me snoring. He's quite old now (we think about 17 or 18) and (selectively) deaf, but he's still my 'baby boy'.  He used to go out, but we have to keep him inside because he got into the habit of walking up and down the middle of the road rather than using the pavements (clearly not applying his Green-Cross-Code) and he can't hear the cars beeping their horns.  

My neighbour told me once that she saw Arnie walking down the center of the road at his own pace with a bus crawling along following.  The bus driver eventually stopped, got out and picked up Arnie to plonk him onto the pavement before driving round him, but this was a common occurrence.  Understandably some drivers did not think him so amusing so we have to keep him in for his own protection. It has its merits because he's turned into a real lap cat now and barely leaves my side/lap when I'm home which I love!  

When he was allowed out, he used to sit on the gatepost waiting for me to come home in the evenings. I'm not sure how long he spent out there, but a local photographer put some photos of our street on the web and there was a pic of Arnie on his gatepost looking a bit peeved at having his photograph taken!

Anyway, if you're still with me, apologies for my drivel today.  Here's my card!  The ribbon is far more 'Cadbury' than the blue hue that's showing in my photo. It's even called 'Chocolate Purple'!  I just can't get the colour to appear as it does in real life in the picture, so you'll have to take my word for it!






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo
  • Ribbon: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Present: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Ground: Old paper, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
Card Recipe:
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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Yappy Birthday

There's a pack of puppies seeking some attention and wishing a Yappy Birthday today!  The set's from Mama Elephant and I had to do a bit of masking of these cuties to group them. I added a sentiment and paw print from the same set.






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Grey Dog: Pumice Stone, Black Soot
  • Tan Dog: Tea Dye, Vintage Photo
  • Brown Dog: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Greens: Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss
  • Reds: Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany
  • Ground: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot

Card Recipe:


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



Monday, 23 April 2018

Baby Bottle

I've made a second card for the new release of baby images at Lili of the Valley which are due out today.  I've created a bottle shaped base card and added the Clouds image in a pink theme.




Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Giraffe/Basket/Brown teddy: Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
  • T-shirt: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick
  • Baby: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick
  • Bunnies: Worn Lipstick
  • Blue teddy: Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans
  • Birds: Brushed Corduroy, Tattered Rose
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass
  • Baby's clothes: Seedless Preserves
  • Clouds: Weathered Wood

Card Recipe:

Created for:




I've been inspired by:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 22 April 2018

Heffalump Babygro

There's an adorable new baby themed release due tomorrow at Lili of the Valley and I've made this card using one of the cute new images. This guy's called Scruffy Edward and I've used the balloon he comes with to create a bunch which I've fussy-cut and linked to the heffalump using embroidery thread.  I've added some small heart buttons and doodle-stitch around all the edges in markers which complement the papers.





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Elephant: Weathered Wood, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Hickory Smoke
  • Jumper: Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Hickory Smoke, Antique Linen
  • Balloons: Stormy Sky 

Card Recipe:


Created for:




I've been inspired by:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Christmas Cookies

Since it's still not feeling like Spring here yet, I've opted for another tally mark on the Christmas card stock with a cute mouse and sentiment from Gerda Steiner.  The papers are not specifically festive but are sufficiently versatile to fit the bill!







Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
  • Greens: Twisted Citron, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Reds: Abandoned Coral, Aged Mahogany
  • White/Ground: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Cookies/Boots: Brushed Corduroy, Ground Espresso
Card Recipe:

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



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