Wednesday, 12 April 2017

WOYWW #410 - Playing Away!!

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloggy Friends,

I've been Otherwise Occupied for a couple of weeks, so I've missed WOYWW and blimey we're on #410!!! Not sure if my friend Zsuzsa from InkyDinkyDoodle will be about to link up for me, but if not I'll do it later, no worries. If you would like to show the world What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground and join in, everyone's welcome.

My desk hasn't seen much action over the last couple of weeks, because I've been off on creative jollies, playing with new friends and messing up different workdesks for a change :o)

Last weekend, I was getting creative in Coventry at the Ministry of Mixology event ...


Here we are in Kate Crane's class on Sunday, which ended up getting very messy indeed but was such a lot of fun. We also had a class with France Papillon on Saturday, which I thoroughly enjoyed - what a great opportunity, to learn from two of my artyfarty heroes!!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Messy Playtime and Nice Crackage

Hi Everyone,

I've just returned from the Ministry of Mixology event at Coventry over the weekend and what a marvellous time I had. A lovely group of ladies "adopted" me when we all arrived on Friday evening, and I enjoyed the weekend so much more for being in their company. Thank you Denyse, Sue, Andree and Caroline, looking forward to meeting you all again next time! Here we all are in class on the Sunday morning ...


Two of my mixed-media heroes, France Papillon and Kate Crane, were teaching the main classes, plus there were make-and-takes, and lots of temptation in the form of the Tando Creative shop and a constant supply of food ... and as the great Oscar Wilde once said, "I can resist anything but temptation." :o)



Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Strike a Pose!

Hi Everyone,

I have another class layout from Go Go Getaway to show you. This one's a double spread from a class called "Blocked Out" with the talented Niki, one of the Go Go Girls.

Niki showed us how to create beautiful and unique embellishments by using paint and glitter to decorate laser-cut wood shapes. It was so satisfying, I will definitely be trying it again.

Here's my finished double-page spread ...


The wood pieces look so much better IRL. We used tape to mask off part of each shape, then applied the gorgeous Starlights paints. After allowing them to dry, we added a line of very fine glitter to some of them. I could have sat and done that all day - I also glittered my hair, my jeans, the floor around me and my friend Trina sitting next to me :o)

The photos were matted on little stacks of pp, and then we did some "futty-cussing" to add fun details and finally those gorgeous Thickers to create the title.

Oh and those gorgeous lovelies in the photos?? My niece Bex and her Mum, my sister Sarah - I think this playful page reflects the fun they always have together.

Thanks for visiting me today, see you again soon.

Annie xxx


Visiting Eden

Hello Everyone,

Today I've been tinkering with some of the pages I made at Go Go Getaway last weekend - I'm not the fastest scrapper in the world and I always find I need to finish things off at home.

The first one I have to show you was from a class called Colour, Colour with lovely Giselle from the Go Go team, who showed us how to use Gelatos, metallic pencils and fine black ink pens to create interesting backgrounds for our pages.

We worked with a palette of greens, golds and soft blues and used a Micron pen to doodle Zentangle-style patterns. Then we chopped the finished piece into 2" squares and mixed these with patterned papers to form a grid design ...


These pictures show my little great-nephew and great-niece at the Eden Project in Cornwall last summer. I love how the colours and shapes we used in this class echo the lush foliage, blue sky and the sections of the huge glass dome above them.

As a final touch, we did a lot of "futty-cussing" from patterned papers to embellish the page however we liked. Of course, I got a bit carried away, but you have to make it your own don't you? :o)

Thanks for stopping by today, see you again soon!

Annie xxx


Saturday, 1 April 2017

Inking It Up

Hello Everyone,

The very first class Trina and I did at Go Go Getaway last weekend was with the fabulous Lorraine, who showed us how to use Indian Ink in a waterbrush to create a beautiful hand-lettered title for our page. We were provided with the lettering already traced out onto thebackground paper, so it was easy to fill it in and I really enjoyed the process.

Here's my finished page, showing a photo of my sweet step-granddaughter, Macy ...


We also did lots of fussy-cutting (now forever "futty-cussing" in my mind!) from the papers in the kit to embellish the page and then bravely splatted ink about, before finish with enamel dots, the flair and a little pineapple charm - I hung mine from the "O".

The little hearts were supposed to be stitched down the centre, but I ran out of time - I will go back and finish that as it looked really cute. And the letters look a bit patchy now, so I will maybe touch those up a bit and then write some journaling around the edge of the page.

This weekend coming I am off on ANOTHER jolly !!! This time it's Ministry of Mixology in Coventry to spend the weekend learning from three of my mixed media heroes - Kate Crane, France Papillon and Andy Skinner. I expect I'll have lots to tell you about it next week :o)

Thanks for checking out my blog today, see you again soon!

Annie xxx