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

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

CSI and Page Maps Collaboration ... or not!

Hello me again,

This month over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration we are very excited to be collaborating with Page Maps. I always enjoy working with Becky's brilliant sketches and really loved the sketch which I was allocated ...


If you have read my previous blog post, you'll already know that somehow I managed to completely miss the point and made two separate pages - one for the CSI Case File and another for Page Maps. I was so chuffed that I had got both done ready for the October 1st reveal, and the penny didn't drop until I saw the pages being uploaded by other DT members and noticed that they had combined the two challenges ... which is, of course the WHOLE POINT!! How could I have missed that?! :o)

Here's the page I made using this fab sketch ...


This layout is all about how much fun we had spotting all the beautiful owls on a recent stay in Bath with some of my BFFs. The three smaller pics are little accordion books which open up to show lots more pictures of all the owls we saw - we found 18 out of 82. 

If you pop over to Page Maps now you'll find the October release, with loads of fab sketches to inspire you. Check out the CSI blog to see how the other CSI Detectives have combined Page Maps with CSI Case File #263. 

Thanks for visiting my blog today, see you again soon :o)

Love Annie xxx

CSI Case File #263 and a Confession.

Hello there,

The first Case File for October has just been released over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration and as you can see, we are celebrating Autumn with this beautiful inspiration image ...


Check out the post over at the CSI Blog for the full Case File with all the clues you need to solve this Case. Here's how I cracked it ...


A few weeks ago I stayed in the beautiful Bath for a few days with some very good friends of mine. One of the many things we enjoyed was finding all the wonderful Owls which were dotted all over the city. 

You don't have to follow all the clues to enter this challenge - you can choose to draw your own inspiration from the image, or just pick whichever of the clues appeal to you - but I always love to follow the clues, so here's what I did ...
  • Scheme: the colours are all there.
  • Evidence: woodgrain paper, flowers/leaves, twine, frames, text print, wood veneer, grid design, distressing.
  • Testimony: my journalling is in a frame, documenting that this was our first day, the first owl we found and the first pictures we took. 
Confession Time - this month is extra exciting, because we are collaborating with Page Maps. We were each given a different sketch to use and I loved the one I got ... but somehow I TOTALLY missed the point and made two separate pages DOH!! What a klutz, it seems so obvious now, but honestly didn't dawn on me until I saw other DT pages being uploaded and thought, "oh that's clever, she's used the Case File and the sketch in the same page .... uh-oh ...." So, I'll blog my Page Maps layout separately and you can check out the other CSI Detectives pages to see how it SHOULD have been done :o)

Anyway, moving swiftly on - you have until the end of the month to crack this case yourself and there are loads of prizes on offer, so why not give it a go? 

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon! 

Love Annie xxx