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)





Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
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!






Project Recipe:
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



Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Witch way is the Candy?

Halloween is creeping up on us and I've created a little topical card for Dies to Die For using and MFT set called Witch Way is the Candy.   I stamped and masked a circle and my characters before inking the whole cardbase with DI using some daubers and then watercoloured my image, adding some creamy yellow and a spot of pale grey to the moon for texture.  I sprinkled some water over the background to resemble a starry galaxy sky and matted the whole panel on black card. 

I was really pleased with how it turned out.  Even though I don't really 'celebrate' Halloween, I still really enjoy making cards and themed decorations for it.






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Moon: Antique Linen, Pumice Stone 
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Tea Dye
  • Greens: Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
  • Purples: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
  • Bat: Victorian Velvet, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
  • Hat:  Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Scattered Straw
  • Broom: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
  • Background: Victorian Velvet, WIlted Violet, Black Soot

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:
I've been inspired by:


Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Sunday, 15 October 2017

Batty

I usually make some little treat pouches for the ghosts and ghouls who visit us on Halloween. Living near a couple of schools we tend to get a fair amount of the little beasts treasures at our door.  This year I've made some very simple pillow boxes with bat wings and spooky cute faces. 

They're quite large so should be adequate for a couple of snack sizes chocolate bars.  I thought they would be quite quick to make, but after taking about 3 hours to make 20 I withhold my opinion on that! 

After the 20 pouches are handed out on the night, we'll be closing the curtains and turning off the lights!





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



Thursday, 12 October 2017

Skating Along

One of the very first Lili of the Valley images that I bought was this one called Skating Along.  She's now available as a digi as well as rubber, and I've used the digi version which I've flipped to face to the right.  It's perfect for the new challenge at In The Pink Challenge which is ribbons and bows.









Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Dog: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, 
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Tea Dye
  • Greens: Bundled Sage
  • Outfit/Leash: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Aged Mahogany
  • Snow: Weathered Wood
  • Hat/coat fur: Spun Sugar, Hickory Smoke

Card Recipe:



Here's one of the first cards I made using this image in October 2010!  Eeeek!





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Sponsored by:


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Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Bah Humbug!

As soon as I saw this guy in a recent release from Whimsy stamps I knew I wanted needed him. I've used the sentiment that comes with him and shaded it in an ombre style. 

I showed the finished card to my hubby who said 'Who are you gonna give that to? They might take offence at the sentiment".  

I told him I was planning on giving it to him.  ;0)





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
  • Nose/Antlers: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Holly: Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Bells: Fossilised Amber
  • Reds: Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany
  • Ground: Hickory Smoke

Card Recipe:


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



Thursday, 5 October 2017

Pom Pom

I've used one of my oldest Lili of the Valley images for today's As You Like It Challenge where our theme is to show us whether you prefer ribbons or flowers.  I admit that I love flowers as embellishments, but I'm not great at colouring them and I love adding ribbon to my cards. I also love making double bows to showcase the ribbon which I've done on today's card, even though it's still fairly clean and simple. 




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
  • Grass: Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Dress: Tumbled Glass, Hickory Smoke
Card Recipe:

If you're interested in a comparison, I first used this girlie in January 2011 when I produced the card below. I'd like to think that I've improved a little since then! :0)




I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Girl Time

I wanted to give a gift voucher for a massage to a young lady who works at a cafe that hubby and I visit when we venture into town so I've made a quick card so I could pop her voucher inside.  This is what I came up with using 'Girl Time' from Stamping Bella ...  





Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Skin: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Tea Dye
  • Cucumber: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Towels: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord
  • Table: Hickory Smoke
  • Background: Old Paper

Card Recipe:

I've been inspired by:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Reindeer Games

I've had this stamp set for a while but this is its first inking. There are three reindeer in the set, and this one has such an adorable grin that I had to choose him first.  

I've teamed him with a 'let is snow' die and some snowflakes in the form of pearl dots falling around him.






Water-coloured on Langton Watercolour paper with Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers:
  • Fur: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, 
  • Antlers: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
  • Holly: Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
  • Reds: Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick
  • Ground: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot

Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:
I've been inspired by:
  • Nordsalten Hobbyklubb - CAS
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



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