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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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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Saturday, 31 December 2016

Annual Review of 2016

I can barely believe that 2017 is just hours away, but here I am having my traditional nostalgic look back over my creations of the past 12 months and picking out my favourite projects.

This time last December I wrote that I'd 'only' written 206 posts (my fewest to date) but this year has been even fewer at just 196.  Yet I continue to believe that I've concentrated on quality rather than quantity.  

There have been an increasing number of clean and simple designs which I've been loving, although I still adore all my fancy flowers, ribbons and sparkly stuff so still sneak them in every now and again!  It's nice to create using both styles depending on my mood!

As well as already being part of the Lili of the Valley Design Creative I was so proud to be invited to join the Lili of the Valley Design Team which allows me to be among the the first to play with any gorgeous new releases!

As part of the Lili Design Team I was also invited to my first multiple page magazine spread which involved making 11 cards for a full feature length pull-out at Papercraft Essentials!  Talk about jumping in at the deep end, but in truth I absolutely LOVED it and my favourite card from the set was even featured on the front cover! :0)


I've also became 'Nutty Netty' at 'Squirrel's-Not-So-Random-Challenge', a fun new challenge which began in August.  One of our most interesting (for me) challenges is the current 'then and now' theme which asks us to look back to one of our early creations and 'recreate' it in our current style.  The difference in my 'then and now' creations was eye opening for me and although I'm still experimenting, learning and improving, I was delighted to see a huge improvement.  If you want to pop by the challenge please click on the link here but here's a quick reminder of my transition, from this (in October 2010):


   

to this in December 2016:




As usual I've made some new, and deepened some existing friendships with some lovely blogging buddies, and met up with a couple again which has been lovely.  That's what makes this such a special hobby for me. I can convert something which can be a solitary pursuit into something far more social.

Anyways, enough natter for now because being 31st December, I am doing my customary annual round up of my favourite projects from the last 12 months.

You'd better brace yourself for a photo heavy post, or just scroll to the bottom to see my aspirations for 2017 ...


I loved the image, the simple layout, and of course the pink!



I was pleased with my brushwork on this one, as well as the frilly bits perfect for the 'love' theme.





I love making non-card creations too, like this clock, as well as baggies and plaques.




I was pleased with my colouring on this one, as well as the layout and velvet ribbon, flowers etc.



This is one of my favourite Stamping Bella images, given full focus on this CAS layout.



I love making wedding cards since it's a great excuse to get pink and girlie with all the frills!



I had to include this one because it was my made for my first magazine feature.



Something different from me (not cute!) and I was so pleased with how it turned out.





My favourite shape and I was pleased with the brushwork and embellies too



I love personalised cards, and being pink, cute and fussy this was my favourite baby card this year





Another one featuring my favourite shape and lilac is my favourite colour for winter.



I was really pleased with how the brushwork on this pingu turned out



No list of favourites would be complete with out James the bear!


I'm usually not happy with my masculine cards, but this was an exception

And last but not least, was this stepper which I was so happy with.




Looking Back:
Well there's an awful lot of pink there, but a mix of fussy and clean & simple styles, perhaps leaning more to the CAS later in the year when I needed to increase my production of Christmas cards in time for December!  

Looking Forward:
So what are my optimistic resolutions for next year?   Well, although my resolutions this year are going the be similar to last year's, I'm going to be more specific this year, mainly because I've been failing miserably!  So my 2017 resolutions are more 'measurable' in an attempt to improve the likelihood of any resemblance of success! 
  1. Make a minimum of 2 Christmas cards per month to reduce the late rush in December.
  2. For every card using a newly purchased image, I must make 2 featuring an older image.
  3. Make one male card per month (although this could be combined with #1).
Happy New Year:
Well that's all folks.  If you've stayed for the full post then I'm impressed! :0) It just leaves me to say thank you to all my lovely followers, old and new, and especially to everyone who has left me a comment or two this year.  I hope you've liked what you've seen, and hope you continue to pop back next year.

Happy New Year, and I hope that 2017 brings you health and happiness (and lots of crafting time too!)

Happy crafting
Annette
xx

Thursday, 29 December 2016

The best things in life are free ...

I had not intended to post much between Christmas and New Year, but there's something I wanted to share with you.  It's not a card for a change, but I hope that it will still give some of you a smile when you see it.

As some of you know, hubby and I on the coast in a beautiful part of South Devon that is so easy to take for granted.  Today we walked from our house to the harbour for lunch by the pier and a general meander.

The sun was reflecting off the calm sea, and there were a couple of jetskis having fun on the water. The outer harbour was full of boats and people were having lunch on the parade.  We felt like we could have been in the Med!

I took a short video on my phone from an area called Rock Walk.  It's only a few seconds long so I hope you have time to take a quick peek at the beautiful views near where I live.



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Annette
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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Baby Bear

I'll be back on Saturday, but today I'm sharing my last card of 2016 featuring a cute baby bear from LOTV.  I've used some of my favourite papers from the Snow Princess set from Nitwits. The dies are also some of my favourites and the sentiment is bespoke.  I was really pleased with how this one turned out so I was heartbroken to learn that it was lost in the post so was never seen by its intended recipient. :0(



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Annette
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Monday, 26 December 2016

Light Brigade

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas day yesterday and Santa brought you lots of new crafty goodies!

I've got one more Christmas themed card to share with you because I didn't get chance to blog it before the big day, but then that's all of my festive makes for 2016 shared with you guys, until I start to make the 2017 Christmas cards!!!  And that may not be long! :0)

This card actually ended up being one of my favourites from 2016 and I hope you like it too.



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Annette
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Sunday, 25 December 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Happy Christmas to all my lovely Friends and Visitors!

It's just a flying visit from me today as I suspect you're all busy, but I wanted to wish everyone who follows my ramblings a very Merry Christmas with a sweet little comical card today.

Have a fab time with your families. :0)



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Annette
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