Wednesday, 16 January 2019

WOYWW # 502 - my collection of body parts!

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloglanders,

It's Wednesday, time to hop over to Julia's Stamping Ground, link up and show everyone What's On Your Workdesk - I show you mine if you'll show me yours :o)


I've been mostly dining-table-crafting again this week - here you can see the various body parts I've been sorting into files ready to use for collages. My hairdresser kindly saves old magazines for me and I spend many a contented hour cutting and sticking - it's the perfect thing to do when you're too tired to feel creative, but you want to do something crafty, and I'll have them all ready to go when the arty-farty urge strikes me!

I'll be back to check out what everyone else has been doing this week when I get home from work this evening.

Thanks for visiting me today, happy WOYWWday!

Love Annie xxx

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Wanderlust 2019 - Week One

HI everyone,

I decided to treat myself to Wanderlust again this year as I find it so inspiring - even if I don't always have time to try every lesson, I will still enjoy watching the videos and there is so much variety with all the different teachers.

This month, the theme is "Typography" and the first lesson for this year was with Kasia Avery, who hosts Wanderlust, along with her husband Jamie. Kasia showed us how she created a page in her art journal, starting with collaged papers and building up layers with different mediums, and thenshe encouraged us to have a go with whatever supplies we choose.

Here's mine ...


I started by collaging various papers - saved tissue wrap, old book papers, ephemera from the printable collection created by Eliza Trojanowska and supplied free with Wanderlust 2019, and some patterned papers from my scrap drawer.


After a layer of gesso which I scribbled into, I added colour with water-soluble crayons (Derwent Art Sticks), stencilled with Distress Oxide inks, and defined some of the shapes with water-soluble Inktense pencils and a waterbrush.


Final step was to use white pen and dark pencil to doodle and add some pseudo-handwriting to the page just because I like the look of it (my real journaling was scribbled into the gesso layer while it was still wet with the wrong end of my paintbrush).


As you can see, I had loads of fun creating this page, just playing with all the different media. It doesn't really have a focal point, but love the way all the different layers are peeking through each other and I do like this colour palette.

There is already another lesson waiting to be tried, hopefully I will have time to play later this week.

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

WOYWW #501

Good Morning Fellow Deskers and Crafty Friends,

It's another wintry Wednesday in my part of the world, so it's time show the world What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday?! Pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground, where you can link up, have a snout at everyone else's creative spaces and show us all what you've been up to this week.

Here's mine yesterday afternoon ...


We had just got home from a weekend away and I was really craving a little playtime in my craft room - you can see that I've just shovelled to one side all the alcohol inks I was using last week. It's Week One of Wanderlust 2019 and I couldn't wait to get started. This month the theme is "Typography".

My page started with some collaged papers, then I added layers of colour with gesso, water-soluble Derwent Art Sticks, Distress Oxides and Inktense water-soluble pencils. I still want to add some darkness, doodling and definition. I'll show a proper picture of it when it's finished :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you at Julia's!

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

WOYWW #500

Hello Fellow Deskers and Friends out there in Blogland,

WOW!! 500 is a big number isn't it?! I have been AWOL from WOYWW for weeks, and pretty much from any kind of blogging except for posting my pages for CSI - but here's hoping that things will calm down a bit this year and I'll have more time for crafty stuff and blogging again. I do have LOTS of plans and new things to try this year :o)

If you want to find out all about WOYWW, just pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground, where you can link up and show the world What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.

This past couple of weeks I've been doing a lot of crafting at the dining table. Here's what I've been working on ...


These are my first attempts playing with YUPO paper which my son gave me for Christmas. I've used alcohol inks and India inks and now I'm doodling over the top with black and white pens, very therapeutic and I'm able to binge-watch Netflix and YT at the same time - perfect!!

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

CSI #269 - Happy New Year and Happy Birthday!!

Hello Bloggy Friends,

CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration is turning 7 years old this month and there are some exciting changes afoot - read all about it on the CSI blog, where you'll also find all the CSI Detectives pages to inspire you.
The CSI Scrapbook Challenge FB page will now be the place where you can find all the clues you need to solve each Case File and where you can post your pages to be in with a chance of winning one of the fab prizes on offer each month.

Here's the first Case File for January -

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If, like me, you like to follow the traditional clues, you'll find them in the first comment in the album for this Case File on the FB page. If not, just pull your own inspiration from the Scene above. 

Here's how I solved this case -


This is my little step-granddaughter Macy, just after losing her first baby tooth. 

I used LOADS of the traditional clues for this one -
  • Evidence: polka dots, floral pattern, chevron, stripes, banner, hearts, flowers, multi-coloured title, twine, decorative border, something hanging, bows, cursive font.
  • Testimony: I was KINDA prompted by the inspiration words "new, beginnings, wishes".
  • Scheme: all of the colours are here, plus a couple others pulled from the inspiration image. 

A different page created by one of the CSI Detectives will be featured each day on the FB page, so keep an eye out for lots of inspiration. You can also check out Case File #270 - which I haven't made yet, but watch this space! :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon. 

Love Annie xxx