Thursday, 15 March 2018

Smile - CSI Case File #250

Hello everyone,

It's the 15th of the month, so it's time to reveal a brand new Case File over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration ...

Lots of fun - check out the reveal over at the CSI blog for all the clues you need to solve this case. You can pick and choose which clues you follow or just pull your own ideas from the image to inspire you to dig into that stash and create a scrapbook page. 

Here's how I did it, using the kit I made up for this month's Counterfeit Kit Challenge ...

I used all the colours in the Scheme, or as near as I could get to them, as well as several items from the Evidence list - owl, flowers, string, a knot, architectural elements (on the tag). 

The image inspired me to scrap this picture of a happy day out with John's grandchildren, Bailey and Macy, and the barrels behind us are echoed by this circles wood veneer piece which I really wanted to use. I coloured it with various shades of Distress Ink and added some gorgeous Embossing Enamel in Aged Teal from Stampendous - it has all these cool lumpy bits and a mix of teal and metallic colours, looks amazing IRL.

This was a fun way to use lots of the paper pieces I'd put in my Counterfeit Kit, including the bronze tissue and the mesh which I've layered behind the photo. I resisted the temptation to pull out any extra supplies and used only stuff from my kit (which I called Bubble & Squeak because it was made from leftovers - if any of my overseas friends are reading this, is that just a British thing??)

Anyway, why not have a go at cracking this Case yourself? There are fab prizes to be won and you have until the end of March. Check out the CSI blog for lots of inspiring layouts by the rest of the CSI Detectives - they're amazing!! :o)

Thanks for stopping by today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx 

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Bubble and Squeak - March Counterfeit Kit

Hello Everyone,

The March Counterfeit Kit Challenge is a bit different from the usual, in that we are taking our inspiration from a kit put together by Susan, one of the CKC Design Team. Susan was in turn inspired by this challenge on Jill Sprott's blog - check it out if you want to do some serious stash-busting.

Susan followed Jill's formula to create her kit, which she called "Little Bits of Happy" - click on the link if you would like to have a look. She suggested starting with a multi-coloured patterned paper and taking your colour scheme from there, which is exactly what I did.

Mine is called "Bubble and Squeak" (can you guess why?) ...

Following Jill's formula and taking Susan's kit as inspiration, I took my colours from that striped pp in the middle and pulled out several partial pieces of pp, including spots, woodgrain, floral and stripes  ...

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

WOYWW #457 - Seaside, snow and surprises!!

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloggy Friends,

What a week!! Since the last What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, we've had all kinds of adventures. Today is my birthday, so for once I am at home to post this YAY!! :o)

We've just come home from a wonderful weekend at Regal Cottage in Wells-next.the-Sea, so my desk pic looks a bit different this week ..

You can see a pile of fabric pieces cut from old shirts, which I'm gradually turning into a quilt, using "Foundation by the Yard", along with the necessary bits and bobs, which all fit nicely into my gorgeous Jan bag which you can see on the left. On the right is a little treasure we found in a second-hand bookshop "The Girls Own Annual" which was published in 1883 and is full of beautiful illustrations, sheet music, fascinating articles and snippets of social history. Opposite me you can see my husband's Sudoku and tablet.

Later, we were joined by Trina and Chris and a brilliant time was had by all. I was spoiled rotten with lovely pressies, we had some snowy seaside walks, fish and chips, a delicious Sunday lunch in the Golden Fleece and squeezed in quite a bit of trinket shopping (not like me at all, I blame Trina's influence!) as well as plenty of crafting and general lounging about.

Meanwhile, my real workdesk back at home was just as I left it last week, with the remains of my Feb Counterfeit Kit and all the pages and cards I made last month in a pile on top ...

Here it is, with some of my Wells shopping dumped on top - more bookshop treasures and a pack of 8 glue sticks for £1.50!!). Towards the back left of the desk you can see one of my presents from Trina - a mug which says "may or may not contain gin" ... I don't know what she's saying?!?!? :o)

Ok enough waffle from me, time to link up over at Julia's Stamping Ground and see what everyone else is up to - you're welcome to join us and show the world What's On YOUR Workdesk Wednesday!!

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon.

Love Annie xxx

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Summer Garden Party - CSI Case File #249

Hello Everyone,

It's the 1st of March, time to reveal the new Case File #249 over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.

Here's the fun Scene we have to investigate this month ...

You can draw your own inspiration from this image, or nip over to the CSI blog for a list of clues to follow. 

Here's how I solved the case ...

I loved the outdoorsy feel of the Case File and thought it would perfect for this photo of Yours Truly and my lovely stepdaughter Sarah, during a BBQ party in our garden last summer. 

The colours in the Scheme worked really well with this photo - I introduced some faded denim blue into the mix to pick up the colour in my shirt. Other clues I used were leaves, banner, plaid, triangles, woodgrain and branches.

Why not have a go at this fun challenge yourself? There are fab prizes to win and loads of inspiration on the CSI Blog or check out the CSI Community Sharing FB page. 

See you there :o) 

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Eleventh Hour Extreme Scrapping!!

Hi everyone,

I was so excited to be chosen for the Member Spotlight over at Counterfeit Kit Challenge this month and it spurred me on to a flurry of activity to use up what's left of my Feb kit before the next one is revealed tomorrow :o)

There is a Four for February challenge going on on the Quirky Kit Subscribers' FB page as well, which I only just discovered and really wanted to catch up with, so here are TWO pages I made yesterday evening ...

Challenge #2 was to use a ring or wreath in your design. This one was very quick and simple, I splattered watery Distress Oxide in Worn Lipstick to add some interest to the background (looks better IRL), then arranged fussy-cut flowers in a ring for my sweet little step-granddaughter Macy to peek out of, and finished with die-cut words for the title.

Challenge #3 was to use hand-cut letters. I cut my title letters from patterned paper. I think you can see that I was trying to use up as much stash as possible on this page!! It shows Yours Truly with three of my best mates during a long weekend away. We squeeze as much as we can into the few days we have together and I wanted to capture that feeling of business and fun.

Challenges #1 and #4 were also inspiring and I still have some of my "Happy Hour" Counterfeit Kit to use up - but I only have six hours of February left so I think I may have to admit defeat this time!

Thanks for checking out my blog today, hope to see you again soon :o)

Love Annie xxx