Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Otterly Lost Without You Too

I got back home yesterday from an amazing (and very last minute) trip to meet some of my lovely crafting friends, but I'm so shattered as I write this post, that I will save telling you about it until my next post.  All I'll say for now is that it was overwhelming to meet so many of my crafting buddies in one place and I am so thankful that one in particular made it possible for me to meet another of my closest blogging buds.  I really have made some lovely friends in blogland and this weekend confirmed that.

For today, I'm sharing the forth and final from my set of Otter cards and I've reverted back to the first image I used (I think he's my favourite, as is the sentiment!)

I've added another starfish charm using some button twine and the corrugated card again.  I thought that the chevrons on it looked a bit like waves! :0)




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Annette
xx




Saturday, 28 January 2017

Have an Otterly Great Birthday

It's the third of my Otter cards today, and this one is a birthday card. I've added a couple of fishies on this one, including a really cute one popping his head above the waves to peek at the otter. I hope he doesn't peek too long or he may find he's turned into the otter's lunch!




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Annette
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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Hearts & Flowers

I am SUPER excited to be a guest designer at The Ribbon Girl for 3 months and this is the first card I'm sharing since joining Mary's team!   As well as using lots of lovely goodies from the shop, I'm also showcasing a new image from Lili of the Valley called Hearts & Flowers which is due to be released on Saturday.

And finally, (yes there's more!) there's a new challenge starting at As You Like It Challenge today, where we want to know what your favourite flowers are.  After a bit of thought, I decided mine were roses and so I'm counting the rose that the little mouse is holding as well as the rose bud and open rose embellishments  I use these roses a lot, and I also love using the chrysanths and lilies that also feature on my card.  




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Annette
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

There's No Otter Like You

I've got some more MFT otters for you today, this one using a sentiment from the set too.  I've added some corrugated card at the top, edged with a stitched border and added some twine and a small starfish charm to continue the ocean theme.




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Annette
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Monday, 23 January 2017

Floating

I've got another sneeky peek for Lili of the Valley today using an image called Floating. The pair of mice are adorable although the balloon scared me a little, so I cheated and paper pieced it.  I then shaded the designer paper with some Copics so it didn't look too flat. The new LOTV images are released on Saturday, so you've not got long to wait now!  

Here's a little close up of the cute meecies:




And here they are floating in their balloon on the tag:







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Annette
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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Boating

There's a love themed new release from Lili of the Valley coming out next Saturday and today I've been lucky enough to play with one of the cute animals from the set. There are 5 animals and 2 people images in the set, and they're really sweet.  

I'm using my Crealies dies again (I really love these!) and some pretty papers from The Ribbon Girl.  I'll have a couple more sneaky peeks from the new release to share with you next week. :0)








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Annette
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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Otterly Lost Without You

I've got a couple of Otterly Cute cards to share with you over the next few days as I've been busy with a lovely new set of stamps from the latest MFT release.  This one is really sweet holding its little baby otter, and the sentiment is really lovely too.  I used a swirl embossing folder for the top pelmet to try to make it look like waves!



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Annette
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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Is it nearly Christmas?

We're asking "What's New" at In The Pink this fortnight and I've used it as an excuse to make a start on my 2017 Christmas cards (on the basis it was one of my New Year Resolutions to make 2 Xmas cards each month and I've made zip to date!).

I've used my own teapot template (see freebie on my Freebies page) and my new Pingu stamp which was a Christmas pressie from the lovely Squirrel.




I've also started outlining my images BEFORE I start painting them because I have found I smudge the colours less.  When I paint my image I am usually impatient and outline it as soon as I finish it. The colours then tend to bleed into the halo around the outside. Therefore I've decided to (try to) plan ahead and stamp and outline the night before I want to colour an image, and then by the time I get to it the next day, it's dry and less likely to bleed.  This is my image before I started colouring properly, outlined in Weathered Wood reinker.  If you look in the above coloured image, you can hardly see it, although it looks quite dark before any other colours are applied.



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Annette
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Sending Hedgehugs

Hello, I'm back again with some more of those cute hedgeies!  This time they've multiplied and and there's now two of them playing on the log!  I was quite pleased with how this one turned out, and I kept the layout very CAS this time with a simple corrugated pelmet and a stamped sentiment from the stamp set.



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Annette
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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Dorothy the Dreamer

We're talking hair colour combos at As You Like It Challenge today.  I debated using Copics which I'm more comfortable with when it comes to hair, but decided to persevere with my paintbrush.  I've used my 'go-to' colours of Antique Linen base with Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo and a touch of Ground Espresso working up to the darkest bits.  Considering there's not much in the way of hair in this image, I've managed to use 4 shades!  Brown hair is my favourite probably because I have more browns than any other colour. Obviously nothing to do with it being the colour of chocolate (although that certainly helps!)




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Annette
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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Deja Vu

You may have read my post just after Christmas saying that some personalised cards I'd made sadly hadn't reached their recipient. :0(   Anyway, I've made a replacement for the baby card as well as a little extra goodwill gesture in the form of a keepsake wall hanger.

Both items feature cuties from Lili of the Valley and lots of frilly stuff from The Ribbon Girl.  I was pleased how they turned out, even though it was heartbreaking to know the first set had been lost after all the effort that had gone into them.




The wall hanger is actually quite large, bigger than it looks her in comparison to the card, but even so the letters I've used (my new CCD Jumbo Alphabet) look mahoosive!  I've die cut them 3 times and layered the top designer paper onto thick purple cardstock to keep them strong as the paper was too flimsy. They're raised up on foam pads too for added dimension.





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Annette
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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Hedgehugs

I ordered these adorable MFT hedgehogs over Christmas and I inked them up the day they fell onto my doormat!  I stamped one of the hedgies, a log for him to relax on, an extra leaf on the log and a toadstool by masking the elements to create this little scene.  The stamps were inked in pale grey for the no-lines technique.   I think he's adorable!



Here he is a bit closer up:

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Annette
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Monday, 2 January 2017

Thank You

Like most of us, I was excited to use a few of my new craft items and I've have managed to combine a couple of them into some large tag shaped cards.

I fell in love with these oversized Crealies stitched tag dies as soon as I opened them. They were a Xmas present from a lovely blog pal who I won't name in case she's shy, (but thank you sweetie).

I've used them to showcase my new Lili of the Valley critters from the newly released trios sets. There are 4 nesting tags in the set and this is the second smallest.  I thought they could also be used for bookmarks as well as standard tags, but these ones are folded into standing cards.

I've decorated my first tag with some gorgeous satin ribbon, flowers and pearls from The Ribbon Girl, and kept the second one flat so that it can maybe double up as a keepsake bookmark.




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Annette
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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Little Butterfly

Happy New Year everyone.  I hope you're not feeling too fragile still this afternoon. I have to admit that although I was awake for the fireworks, I was in bed before midnight.  Despite that, I still managed to lie in until 10am this morning too though!

Anyways, to start the new year I have a sweet little birthday card made for a Dutch friend whose nickname is Little Butterfly. I water-coloured the Tiddly Inks image with DI reinkers but added some Sakura Stardust to the butterfly which you can see a bit better in her close-up below.  She's currently in transit across the channel, but I don't think she's in danger of being seen before her birthday.




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Annette
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