Wednesday, 16 November 2022

A Christmas Carol

It's been a while since I've made a single layer Clean and Simple card, but while digging through my older stamps today I found this MFT Christmas Carol stamp set and I wanted to try a lightbeam effect using ink.  

There was a lot of masking involved for this card.  The lamp post was also shorter than I needed, so I masked off the bottom half and stamped the top, then did the reverse to stamp only the base.  I wanted the lantern to be quite high on the card so that the light it shone covered about a third of the card.  I then masked everything to stamp the stones and ink the lightmeam in tones of orange fading out to pale yellow. 

I've watercoloured the image using mostly neutral colours but added a pop of red on each element, including the candle in the lantern.  I tried to create some darker shadow in front of the carol singers to show that the light is coming from behind them.  I added a sprinkling of snow and a yellow glow on the goat's hat pompom.





Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 9 November 2022

Christmas Tree Farm 3

I've created a third in my set of festive scalloped circle tags in layers of red, green and white card (which I've embossed for texture).  

The image was stamped and watercoloured before fussy cutting and raising up on foam pads.  

I've finished it off with some snowflake organza ribbon.





Tag Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Christmas Tree Farm 2

I've created another festive scalloped circle tag in layers of red, green and white card (which I've embossed for texture).  

The image was stamped and watercoloured before fussy cutting and raising up on foam pads.  

I've finished it off with some snowflake organza ribbon.




Tag Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Christmas Tree Farm 1

I've created a festive scalloped circle tag in layers of red, green and white card (which I've embossed for texture).  

The image was stamped and watercoloured before fussy cutting and raising up on foam pads.  

I've finished it off with some snowflake organza ribbon.

Wednesday, 19 October 2022

No Peeking

I love this little kitty image from Colorado Craft.  

He's called 'No Peeking' so he's perfect for a gift tag!!! 







Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx

Wednesday, 12 October 2022

Hedgehog with Sign

I'm still well and truly in 'gift tag' mode at the moment with this prickly little fella!




Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Warm Fuzzies

I'm trying to build up my stash of Christmas Gift Tags and this little fella is perfect for a fun decorative tag.  I've cut the base shape out using my Silhouette and lots of scallops and then just layered on some simple circles.





From Dies To Die For:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 15 September 2022

Penguins Bearing Gifts

I've created a trio of gift tags using some simple circles on my Silhouette machine and layered with beautifully glittery white cardstock and some die cut snowflakes in pearlescent green. 

I've watercoloured some penguins from Stamping Bella and fussy cut them so they can be raised up on foam pads to create a 3D tag.  

I've added some snowflake organza ribbon so they can be tied onto a wrapped gift.




Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Rudolph with a Present on Top

I've made a simple card using the Stamping Bella Rudolph with a Present on Top and its matching die.  Rather than using patterned papers, I've embossed some smooth bright white card using my Holly Embossing Folder and added some flowers and satin ribbon from my stash for decoration.



Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Tiny Christmas

My current favourite embossing folder is a slimline holly folder and it's not big enough for a full 6" x 6" cardbase, so I've embossed the top two-thirds and left the bottom third for the sentiment.

I've watercoloured a Santa stamp from the Tiny Christmas set and used the matching die to cut him out and raise him on foam pads to lift him above my embossed layer.  

I've used some satin ribbon to cover up the edge of the embossed section.



Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Reindeer Family

I'm sharing the third of my trio of slimline reindeer cards using my new Whimsy Holly embossing folder and two little watercoloured Stamping Bella reindeer.

The 3 layered cardbase has been cut using my Silhouette machine and then embossed after it was cut.  I've added a die cut sentiment in the same coloured card.




Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Peekaboo Reindeer

Another simple Christmas card featuring a Stamping Bella Reindeer and Honey Bee Cuts Christmas sentiment die.



Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Tuesday, 19 July 2022

Elegant Christmas Snowflakes

Still in Christmas mode, I've made this simple navy and white card to share with you today.  The navy snowflake border is cut using a Whimsy Elegant Snowflake border and I've used three of the mini cut out circles to frame my sparkly white gems.  The Chrismtas sentiment is a Honey Bee die layered in the same colour theme.  I've embossed the base card with a Whimsy Holly embossing folder for added texture.



Card Recipe:

From Dies to Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Reindeer with a Present on Top

Every time I get my embossing folders out I remember how much I love the effect and decorative texture they create, and I've been playing with a new Holly design that I bought recently.  I've cut the cardbase design with my Silhouette machine and layered the white on my favourite Marine Blue card and again onto another white layer to frame the slimline shape.

I've decorated the card with a watercoloured Stamping Bella Reindeer which I've cut out using the matching die, and a layered Honey Bee Cuts sentiment. 

Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Reindeer Family

I'd not really got into slimline cards until recently (I know they've been popular for a while but I'm never one to follow trends!) but this week I've been using my new Whimsy Holly embossing folder to create a slimline card with two little watercoloured reindeer and some bright red accents.

The 3 layered cardbase has been cut using my Silhouette machine and then embossed after it was cut.  I've added a die cut sentiment in the same coloured card.



Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Happy Bee-day

I've created this bee themed birthday card using lots and lots of hexagons and a sprinkling of shimmer!




Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Tiny Townie Busy Bee

I've created a flower shaped card using my Silhouette machine and layered embossed yellow, cream and orange card for a textured effect.  I've framed the image with some flowers and a pretty organza double bow.




Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 8 June 2022

The Walrus, The Polar Bear and The Penguin Stuffies

I'm on a drive to increase my Christmas cards in preparation for December. This is one of my favourite Christmas images from Stamping Bella. I've kept it simple with some pretty papers and a layered sentiment.




Card Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 1 June 2022

Bundle Girl and the Beehive

I've made a super-sized gift tag using this sweet Stamping Bella image which I've watercoloured and matted onto purple with honey yellow accents.  



Project Recipe:
Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Tiny Townie Nurse

I made this 'get well card' for a friend's mum who's just had a hip replacement.  Because it was hand-delivered I could make it extra dimentional.  I used Tiny Townie Nurse from Stamping Bella.





Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Special Delivery with Thanks

A simple thank you card. The image was watercoloured and I layered the Thanks script die on two outlines that I cut with my electronic cutting machine.




Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Special Delivery

This image is so versatile for a birthday, or even for a 'just because' card.  I've made quite a fussy card for this one, but am also working on him again for a clean and simple layout because I liked him so much.




Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Sweet Skunks

I've been in clean and simple mode recently, so this little fella is the centre of attention sat on his log clutching his pink flower.  I've used matching papers and my favourite Whimsy birthday shadow die to frame him.




Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 6 April 2022

It's Always Tea Time

I've made another pair of cards in order to make a gift-set of 4 using my Colorado Craft Tea Time Fun stamps .  

I've stamped and watercoloured the image, and then matted it onto alternating layers of nude pink, white and fuschia pink coloured card.

The 'Friend' sentiment is die cut, and I've created a double shadow using the same card colours around the text.







Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Tea Time Fun

I've made a set of sweet cards using a stamp set from Colorado Craft called Tea Time Fun. I've stamped and watercoloured the image, and then matted it onto alternating layers of nude pink, white and fuschia pink coloured card.  The sentiments are both Mama Elephant and I've cut out a double shadow around the text for each using the same card colours.

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Sweet Pea Garden Girl

Another fairly simple layout featuring Sweet Pea Garden Girlie from Stamping Bella.  I've framed her with multiple layers of yellow and orange card, and added some die cut flowers and a layered birthday sentiment.



Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 9 March 2022

Daisy Squidgy

I loved colouring this Daisy Squidgy image again in these Springtime colours. I just need the warmer weather now to go with it! 




It wasn't until I'd finished colouring my image and composing all the card layers that I decided I wanted to add a die-cut sentiment, and I wanted a 'You Are' portion to go with the 'Amazing' text. After hunting through my images, I found this 'You Are' from a recent MFT Sweetest Safari set, and I set about masking it in order to extract the two words I wanted. 



This is what I ended up with, before adding the die cut 'Amazing', which I cut and layered 3 times in the lime green card:





Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Happy Day!

I've watercoloured the adorable Happy Day bunny image from Colorado Craft Company.  The image has been die cut using a stitched rectangle die before being matted onto multiple layers of red and cream to frame it.

I fussy cut the image and used a blending brush to create a bit of blue sky behind the bunnies.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.




Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Bunny Pile

I've been playing with some of my favourite older stamps recently and I'm rather fond of this Bunny Pile image from Stamping Bella's stuffies range.

The papers on my card are only 6" wide, and the cardbase is 7" wide, so I lined up the grids on the paper, and hid the join with a strip of satin ribbon.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.




Card Recipe:

From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Whimsy Stamps New Release expected Friday and it's Paaaartay Time!...

  Hello friends,

It's Sue here today to show you some lovely goodies from the latest mini release from Whimsy Stamps which is available in store for pre-order now!  (Order is due on Friday)!
I created the inky background with some new inks I treated myself too from our lovely Dies To Die For - Pink Fresh Starry Night Ink Pad Set.  I LOVE them!  

I'll pop a link to my inky background tutorial at the end of this post for you.


Ingredients from Dies To Die For


Thank you for popping by today!
Take care of yourselves and happy crafting!
from Sue...xxx




Link to Inky Background Tutorial is 

Ingredients From Dies To Die For

Other Ingredients

Greys - T9, T7, T5, T3, T1
Browns - E77, E74, E71, E70
Blues - B18, B16, B12
Pinks - RV66, RV55, RV52
Violets - V25, V22, V20

Perfect Pearls Mica Powder in Pearl
Mixed Media Card by Daler Rowney
White 300gsm Card
Gemini Jnr Die Cutting Machine




Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Blanche The Butterfly

I'm on a mission to use some of my older images at the moment, and today's card features Blanche the Butterfly from Stamping Bella.  

I've matted her to give a stencilled background using a Memory Box floral stencil and some blending brushes

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Wednesday, 9 February 2022

Tiny Townie Garden Girl Orchid

I've used one of my older images for this bright pink card featuring Tiny Townie Garden Girl Orchid from Stamping Bella.  

I've matted her to give a stencilled background using a Memory Box floral stencil and some blending brushes







Card Recipe:


From Dies To Die For:

Happy crafting
Annette
xx



Thursday, 3 February 2022

Slimline Big Boo Boo - Whimsy Stamps

Happy Thursday friends!

I'm back today with a second card made with the fabulous 
from Whimsy Stamps
This is a bit different to the cards I usually make but variety is the spice of life - eh?  (;

Only one little tip here - if you are doing a white on white design make sure you use all the same brand of card for the white bits - you would not believe how many versions of white there are!  

Ingredients from Dies To Die For


**NEW Slimline Big BooBoo Die Set - Whimsy Stamps Wonky Stitched Rectangles Die Set - Whimsy Stamps Quilted Rainbow Inlaid Die - Whimsy Stamps
Quick Strips Die Set - Whimsy Stamps Get Well Clear Stamps - Whimsy Stamps


Other Ingredients
Daler Rowley Multi Media Card
White 300gsm Card
Gemini Jnr Die Cutting Machine
 

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

The Chick and the Bunny Wobble

Today's card is a Clean & Simple Easter card featuring The Chick and the Bunny Wobble from Stamping Bella.

I've watercoloured the image and added a typed sentiment.  

It's layered onto bright orange card for a Springtime feel and matted onto a rectangle cardbase.





Happy crafting
Annette
xx