Saturday, 16 March 2019

Wanderlust Week 11 - Going with the Flow

Hello everyone,

I have enjoyed and learned from every single lesson on Wanderlust 2019 so far, but with some lessons you just can't wait to get started and Week 11 with Laly Mille was one of those.

The new lesson videos are released on Friday mornings and I always look forward to watching them, but it usually takes me several days or even weeks to get around to trying them. However, this time I watched the lesson on Friday morning and finished my page on Friday afternoon - a record for me!

Here's how it turned out ...


Laly encouraged us to "go with the flow" and made it feel really easy to let go and enjoy building layer upon layer of colour and texture using many different types of media. I particularly enjoyed creating the pebbles by tearing collage papers ...


Laly gessoed over her pebbles to knock them back a bit, but I loved them so much that I just couldn't cover them up!

Scraps of paper and cheesecloth were added to the horizon line and we added paints, inks and gesso to bring out the texture ...


After pretty much slavishly following Laly's tutorial, I decided to add my own little touch and used snippets of gelli printed deli paper to make little fish ...


Check out Laly's website, I see that she is offering some free tutorials which I can't wait to have a look at :o)

Thanks for visiting today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Friday, 15 March 2019

CSI Case File # 276 - Hey Beautiful!

Hello my friends,

The mid-month reveal has just gone up over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration - check it out for all the details and loads of inspiration. There are three Case Files to solve each month and you have until Sunday 31st of March to submit your entries and be in with a chance of winning one of the fab prizes.

Here is Case File #276, full of colour and fun elements ...


You can either pull your own inspiration from the Scene, or you can scroll to the bottom of the reveal post to find all the traditional clues. Keep an eye on the FaceBook page for daily ideas and inspiration.

Here's how I solved this case, using the traditional clues because that's what I enjoy doing ...


  • Scheme: most of the colours are there, but I substituted black for the navy and threw in some pink.
  • Evidence: hearts, clouds, sun, string, die cuts.
  • Testimony: inspiration words spirit, fashionable, adorable - my brief journalling is handwritten around the edge of the page. 

I thought this bright, colourful photo of my step-granddaughter Macy striking a cute pose in the paddling pool was perfect for this Case File, and I tried to capture a sense of fun and playfulness. 

The background effect was created with gouache paint splodged and splattered onto Bazzill marshmallow cardstock to give an impression of watery splashes fading into sky, then I tucked in some die cut clouds and sunshine. The "Beautiful" was a cut file which was included in my Quirky Kit last month and I just backed it with pp various scraps. The "hey" was handwritten in marker pen and carefully cut out with a craft knife. As I was in a "cussy-futting" mood, I cut a whole lot of flowers out as well to cluster by the picture and dot around the page. 

You can probably tell that I had a lot of fun with this one. Why not have a go yourself - interpret the Case File any way you like to create a scrapbook page, take a photo and upload it on the CSI community page on FB to be in with a chance to win one of the prizes - you have until Sunday 31st March :o)

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

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

WOYWW #510 - Lost Weeks and Forget-me-Nots.

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloggy Friends,

It's Wednesday, time to show us all What's On Your Workdesk - pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground to link up and see what everyone else has been up to this week.

Well, it's been a funny old week ... in fact it's all a bit of a blur now. It was my birthday last Thursday and I was spoiled rotten with lovely cards and presents from friends and family, but unfortunately I had also been given a really nasty virus infection - the gift that keeps on giving! :o)

I am on the mend now, but it really knocked me for six, so I've been signed off for a few more days to rest up and get properly back up on my feet. Last week I didn't feel like doing much at all, but I did manage some sofa crafting and got started on some crocheted forget-me-nots ...


The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, where I work, is asking for people to knit or crochet forget-me-nots. These will become part of a community art project which will go on display in May to raise dementia awareness. I believe similar things are happening in other areas of the country, but here's a link if you would like to find out more about the NNUH project.

Mine are crocheted, it's a really easy pattern - after the first couple you don't even need to look at the pattern any more. You can see that I've braided the long ends of some of the flowers to make them into bookmarks. They also suggest turning them into things like brooches and hairlclips. I can't wait to see what they look like en masse as part of the community art work.

Here's a quick peek at my lovely birthday pressies ...

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Week Seven Wanderlust 2019 - Lost for Words!

Hello my friends in Blogland,

I'm still hopping backwards and forwards with Wanderlust, trying to finish up last month's lessons on the theme of "Faces" before I start on this month's theme, "Rivers". As always, I'm loving and learning from every lesson.

For Week Seven, Marieke Blokland showed us how to doodle faces and then expand on these to create a mixed media art journal page. Here's my AJ page so far ...


I still want to add some wordage, but can't decide what to say just yet, so I'm going to leave it there for now.

It was fun doodling lots of different faces and definitely resulted in a different style to my usual faces which is brilliant. Here are some of my doodles, just scribbled in Inktense pencil which I then "activated" with a water brush to add shadow ...


Thanks for stopping by today, have a peaceful and creative week, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Friday, 1 March 2019

CSI #275 - Love this!

HI everyone,

The March Case Files have been released over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. There are three altogether, you can do any or all of them, and you have a whole month to submit your entries via the CSI Facebook group to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes on offer.

Here's Case File #275 -

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You can choose to draw your own inspiration from the Scene, or you can follow the clues which Debbi has found to inspire us. Scroll to the bottom of the reveal post on the CSI blog to see all the DT pages and find all the clues, or go to the Facebook group, where you'll find an individual album for each Case File - this is where you'll find all the clues and it's also the place to share your finished page.

Here's how I solved Case File #275 -


The handpainted style and zingy colours in the Scene really appealed to me and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to scrap a funny story. I tried to capture the feel of a strip cartoon, inspired by the frames and the words in the Case File.