Sunday, 18 November 2018

CSI Case File #266 - Warm Welcome

Hello everyone,

It's a lovely sunshiney autumnal day again here in my part of the UK, hope you're having a lovely day wherever you are in the world :o)

There hasn't been much spare time or energy for blogging around here just lately, but I do have a new challenge to share with you - Case File #266 from CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. It's full of fun elements and gorgeous colour, perfect for this time of year ...


If you scroll to the bottom of the CSI reveal, you'll find all the clues you need to solve this Case - or you can just pull your own inspiration from this colourful Scene. I really enjoy following the Clues, so that's how I cracked this Case.

I thought this would be the ideal opportunity to scrap a picture from around this time last year, showing my Uncle Ian and his wife Sally in their beautiful cosy cottage. I always love spending time with them and we can always be sure of a warm welcome. In the summer, we sit in the garden enjoying the sunshine and in the winter, we gather around the fire to catch up on all the family news.

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I tried out a technique demonstrated by Paige Evans on her YT channel, where you take small rectangles of patterned paper, fold them in half and attach to the background by the top, leaving the bottom free to add dimension. Once you're happy with the arrangement, you can tuck embellishments in and around to create an interesting layered backdrop for your photo. 

This was a great technique to use because -
  • It was fun and easy to do
  • It used up lots of scraps
  • It worked really well as a way to echo the inspiration image.

I've tried to create an illusion of "looking in " to the room, tucking home decor items and different textures between the layers and adding detail to some of the frames on the background paper with coloured pencils and word stickers. 

So which clues did I follow? 
Scheme: all the colours are there
Evidence: stars, hearts, frames, puffy stickers, telephone or other gadget, flowers, mimic boxed shelving as design element, fabric.
Testimony: my journal is in the form of lots of word stickers in the frames, I have also since attached a tag behind the photo with that yellow peg. 

Why not have a go at cracking this case yourself? There are lots of brilliant prizes on offer, and you have until the end  of November to enter - check out all the details at the CSI blog, or find us on FaceBook. See you there :o)

Thanks for stopping by today, see you again soon! 

Love Annie xxx


Thursday, 1 November 2018

CSI Case File #265 - Smile, You're a Star.

Hello lovely peeps,

I haven't been able to blog so much recently, but today I have a new CSI Case File to show you.

This month over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration, we're celebrating Home Sweet Home, which is perfect now that the chilly weather is finally beginning to bite here in the UK. I love the colours in the Scene which Debbi has found for us to investigate this time ...


Nip over to the CSI blog to check out the full reveal and find all the clues you need to solve this case, or draw your own inspiration from the image to create a scrapbook page. You have until the end of the month to link up and be in with a chance to win one of the brilliant prizes on offer. 

Here's how I cracked the case ...


It was really tricky to get a good photo as the light was really dull when I finished making this page, but hopefully you will get the gist!! This photo shows my great-niece Leila, who has such a sweet nature and always a smile on her face.

As always, I chose to follow the clues -
  • Scheme: all the colours are there, plus I added some pops of the aqua from the inspiration image. 
  • Evidence: frames, flowers, animals, text print, transparent stickers, arrows, puffy stickers, triangles, shiny black acrylic heart, both gold and silver accents. 
  • Testimony: my journaling is handwritten inside the pink layered frames. 

I was also inspired by the image to use different fonts and stacked-up words in my journaling and titles. How would you solve the case? 

Thanks very much for visiting today, hope to see you a bit more often now that life is calming down a little :o)

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

WOYWW #489

Hello Fellow Deskers,

Hope you're having a lovely day wherever you are in the world. I'll be at work by the time this posts itself tomorrow, and it will be Wednesday, time for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - nip over to Julia's Stamping Ground to see what it's all about, check out all kinds of creative spaces and see what other crafty peeps have been up to this week.

Here's mine as it was on Tuesday afternoon ...


Quite messy I know - I've been busy using up scraps of patterned paper and some of my maHOOSive pile of alpha stickers to label up the boxes I keep my scrapbook pages in ...


The pretty butterflies came from China via Ali Express. Next job is to add coloured stickers to all the shelves below, where I store cardstock and patterned papers. Then I need to build an extension :o)

I'll be back over the next few days to find out what everyone else has been up to. Thanks for visiting me today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

CSI Case File #264

Hello Arty-Farty friends in Blogland,

It's time to reveal the latest Case File #264 which came out yesterday over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. I LOVE the unusual inspiration image which the lovely Debbi Tehrani has found for us to investigate ...


As you can see, Debbi has pulled a gorgeous colour palette from the Scene - you can choose to use any or all of the colours as you wish. 

If you hop over to CSI and check out the full Case File, you'll find clues which you can follow if you wish, or if you prefer, you can take your own ideas from the Scene. I really enjoy following the clues, so that's what I did. Here's how I cracked this Case ...


This page shows my good friend Trina and Yours Truly, all excited as we've just arrived for last year's Go Go Getaway scrapbook retreat. We're off on another one in a couple of weeks, so it was fun to scrap this now.
  • Scheme: All the colours are there, plus some black and dark grey. 
  • Evidence: Plaid pattern, text print, jar and food element, puffy stickers, envelope, layers.
  • Testimony: my journaling is hidden in the envelope with the speech bubble window which I made form recycled junk mail. It's all about how we've just peeked inside our kit boxes and are feeling very excited to see what the weekend has in store for us :o)
Also, I used a fabulous sketch from the Page Maps October release ...


So that's how I solved this case - pop over to the CSI blog for lots of inspiration from the other CSI Detectives and why not have a go yourself?! There are loads of prizes to be won and you have to be in it to win it :o)

Thanks for visiting my blog today, see you again soon! 

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

WOYWW #487

Good Morning Fellow Deskers and Friends in Blogland,

It's Wednesday, so it's time to link up over at Julia's Stamping Ground and show the world What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. Here's mine ...


You can see I've been working on some teeny weeny miniatures, and I've included my glass dip pen as several people asked about it on my last WOYWW post. Here's a closer look ...


Isn't it beautiful? I don't have great handwriting, but I will enjoy using this to write quotes in my notebooks and journals, and it will be good for drawing as well. It produces a fairly fine line with no variation in the thickness, so you can't use it in the same way as a flexible metal nib, but it writes smoothly and I wrote all this with just one dip in the ink (using Ph Martin's India ink). You can get them in lots of different colours and designs, I've seen them priced from around £4 upwards, so I am going to collect a few and I'll need a way to store them - may a kind of test tube stand would work??

Here's a closer look at the miniatures ...


You can see by the metric measurements on my cutting board just how tiny they are. This is a kit I got from Ali Express - eventually it will be a revolving music box with a little illluminated scene under a clear dome. I'll post a pic of the finished article next week :o)

Thanks for visiting today - thanks to lovely Zsuzsa who I'm hoping will link up for me. I'll  catch up with everyone during the course of the next few days. Have a lovely crafty week!

Love Annie xxx