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
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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
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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
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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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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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Annette
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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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Annette
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Strawberries

As it's the last day of Wimbledon I've got a strawberry themed card!  It features a little meecie from Gerda Steiner nibbling on his fruit and some strawberry papers from Maja Design. 







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Annette
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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Lazy Daisy

I've made this cute card for a young lady who likes ponies using Lazy Daisy.  It's also perfect for today's challenge at As You Like It Challenge where we're asking if you prefer gems or pearls. 

I think it's fairly clear if you look at my previous creations that I opt for pearls on most of my cards and rarely use gems. I love the smooth texture of the pearls and have them in every colour of the rainbow to match whatever card I'm making. 

I hope the recipient likes it; it was requested by her grandmother who'd seen another one I'd made recently so I kept the design similar but used different papers and sentiment.






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Annette
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Just For You

I've been playing again with the gorgeous Sweet Pea from Stamping Bella.  I've accented the image with pencils to give the petals some texture.  The little tag die is new too, tied on with some embroidery thread.






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Annette
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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Heffalumps

I've been drooling over these aptly named Adorable Elephants for a while and eventually they've come back into stock so I've nobbled them quickly and it wasn't too long before I've managed to ink them up.  I've used 4 of the cuties from the set and also a sentiment, but considering all those images, the design is still really CAS.

My little heffalumps are purple (because everyone knows that heffalumps can be purple) and I've created a little scene for them playing in the sun.  I hope you like them.



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Annette
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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Ribbon-tastic

At As You Like It Challenge this fortnight we're looking to see how you like adding ribbon to your creations. I love using ribbon to hide the join between two designer papers and adding a double bow to top it off.  The ribbon I've used on today's project is more 'Cadbury Purple' than it looks in the photo as the colour seems to be impossible to photograph.  Hopefully you can get the gist!







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Annette
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Surprise!

I've been seeing these little boxes pop up (geddit!) over blogland and decided to make my own. But instead of downloading a template I started from scratch and measured out something to fit a sheet of A4 card (there's nothing like making life hard for yourself!). Despite the frustrations and a waste bin full of attempts, I'm quite pleased with the final result.  I've used Gerda Steiner Moody Unicorns for the decoration of both the case and the box. When the box is pulled out, it pops open using an elastic band for tension, which stretches when you want to squash the box flat again for keeping inside the little sleeve.









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Annette
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Friday, 23 June 2017

Thank you for being you

I knew I had to get my paws on this little lady as soon as I saw her in the sneak peeks.  She's Sweet Pea from Stamping Bella and she was one of my immediate favourites from the last release.  I have teamed her with some pretty Maja Design papers which, by luck more than judgement, are the perfect match in shade without overpowering the image.  The card was for a very special friend for whom I think the sentiment was perfectly written. :0)






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Annette
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Happy Dance

I'm doing a little Happy Dance today with this cutie from Stamping Bella.  She comes in a pack of 2 images (a large and a smaller version) and the sentiment.  I stamped the smaller image on the insert to match the outside.


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Annette
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Monday, 19 June 2017

James Cheers

This is the Father's Day card that I made for my FIL featuring James the Bear.  I know it's cute, but hopefully still counts as sufficiently masculine!  I used a retired rubber stamp for my card but the image is now available as a digi stamp instead, so you can still get your paws on him.  





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Annette
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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Happy Father's Day

It's Father's day and I've got the first of the two cards I've made. Masculine cards are not my 'thing' but hopefully this is acceptable!  I've been playing with some of my Gerda Steiner rubber stamps this week, but this one is a digi.




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Annette
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Saturday, 17 June 2017

You Did It

'Congratulations' are the order of the day with my final 'new release' sample card featuring 'You Did It' from Lili of the Valley.

It's also congratulations because I've added a couple of sequins for the first time ever on one of my cards (I think)!  I've had a huge pack of them for ages.  There must a thousand of them at least in the packet.  Although I've debated several times whether to use them or not, I've always previously chickened out.

6 used, 994 left to go.   :0)



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Annette
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Friday, 16 June 2017

Brainy Books

I've got another of my samples from the new Lili of the Valley release.

This one is called 'Brainy Books' and I think it is quite gender neutral.

Apart from the cuteness, purple accents and little pearls.

Ok, I'm probably pushing it on the masculine front here, but at least I've kept the design quite simple!



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Annette
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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Berry Wryn

We're getting fruity at As You Like It Challenge this week and wanting to know what your favourite fruit is.  I've always loved strawberries; along with the yummy taste, they remind me of summer and picking them straight from the garden and eating them before they even make it back up to the house!






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Annette
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

You're Koalafied for a Hug

I've been playing with a stamp set that I've had for a while but not used.  It's a Gerda Steiner set featuring some cute koala bears and matching sentiments.







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Annette
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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Bedtime Stories

I'm so proud to be sharing my project with you today as a guest designer for Crealies.

I've been a fan of Crealies for a long time, especially the large nesting dies and box templates which make cute little gift boxes so easy to make.

But today, I'm sharing a card and matching bookmark tag made with a range of gorgeous products.

On my card I've used one of my favourite circle nesting dies which come in extremely generous sizes to suit all cards without squashing the space around the image.  I also love that it's got a pierced edge which gives it fantastic texture.


I've also used two 'on the edge' dies, one to shape the card base, and the other to create a banner for my ribbon strip.  Again both of these have stitched or pierced edges which give a fantastic finish to the die-cut edge.

I've used a beautiful layered flower die set which I've chalked to add more dimension and combined it with a large pearl in the centre.

The image is 'Bedtime Stories' from Lili of the Valley and I've also made a matching bookmark tag using my large Crealies tag die which also has pierced edge texture.  The tag is really large, and you can see it measured up against the card which, like most of my card bases, is 6x6.

Finally, I've used a fantastic background stamp from Crealies called 'stones' behind the teddy bear to make it look like he's propped up against a wall.  I masked the bear and stamped the bricks either side of him in a pale grey water-based ink. I then my paintbrush to give the stones some detail with some more ink afterwards.

I hope you like my project and thank you again to Annelies and Ingrid for the opportunity to showcase my card on the Crealies blog.






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Annette
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Monday, 12 June 2017

Believe in Fairies

Today's image is called I Believe in Fairies from Lili of the Valley.  I've used a lovely Crealies flower die set and popped a pearl star in the middle to match the stars in the image.



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Annette
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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Clever Clogs

Following on my recent 'girlie' cards, today's card features more of a masculine image called 'Clever Clogs' from Lili of the Valley



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Annette
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Friday, 9 June 2017

Chanel the Chef

After yesterday's cake card, I've stayed on the theme with today's card.  I'm in CAS mode with my card but the image is quite big so it didn't leave much space for a lot of fuss.







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Happy crafting
Annette
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