Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Hey You - GoGoGetaway April Challenge

Hi Guys,

The challenge for April over at GoGoGetaway is to be inspired by the word ...


I decided to throw together an abundance of washi and watercolour to make a very colourful page featuring my lovely step-granddaughter Macy carefully holding her new little brother Finley ...

I also used some of my abundance of eyelets and a few items from my current Counterfeit Kit "Spring is in the Air". Here are some close-ups ...

Thanks to Claire from Scrappy Nerd UK for sharing lots of creative ideas for using washi tape - she has made a whole series of videos on her You Tube Channel. The great thing is that making this page has made me fall back in love with my eyelets and Cropadile and washi tapes.

Thanks for checking out my blog today. Why not enter the GoGoGetaway challenge yourself? You have until the end of the month - share your page on the FB page and you'll be entered in the Prize Draw :o)

See you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Counterfeit Kit Challenge #2 - Spring is in the Air

HI everyone,

I've been enjoying playing along with CKC as a Guest Designer for April and today I have a page to show you which I made for Challenge #2.

Our inspiration kit was this one from Button Farm - I loved all the fresh bright colours and watercolour elements. Click here to see my version, and there's a video tutorial showing how I made my Forgeries on the Fourth, playing with my Distress Oxide Inks to create watercolour effect embellishments.

Here's Challenge #2 - As Fresh as Springtime - What is Spring like where you live? Do you do anything special in the Spring that you don’t do throughout the other seasons of the year? Is Spring special to you in any way?. Make a Spring-themed project (layout, card, pocket page, etc.)

One of the things we love about spring is waiting for all the colourful bulbs to start flowering, it's a sign that warmer, longer, brighter days are on the way and the sight of a mass of cheerful daffodils never fails to make us smile. My husband took this photo in the grounds around our home last year.

I typed the word "SPRING" in a font called "Showcard Gothic" into a Word doc, changed the orientation to landscape and cranked up the size of the letters so that they filled two A4 sheets and printed them off to use as templates to cut my photo and some patterened papers from my kit.

The butterflies were punched from paper coloured with Distress Oxides, the wooden birds were coloured in the same way, the flowers and the lace trim were from the sticker sheet in my kit and the final touch was stitched detail around the large letters and through the gold alphas at the bottom, then the whole thing is mounted on another sheet of patterned paper from my kit.

Thanks for visiting my blog today, pop over to the CKC blog for more inspiration!

Love Annie xxx

Monday, 16 April 2018


Hi Guys,

When my BFF Trina and I heard about the GoGo Dayaway event in July called "Collections and Confections", using Prima Confections Pastel Dreams Watercolours, we really REALLY wanted to go, as we both had Prima Watercolour sets we hadn't used yet. Unfortunately, it clashed with other things, so we couldn't go ... and we decided to have our own mini workshop at home, for just the two of us. We called it our Watercolour Weekend and we had a brilliant time making pretty messes :o)

I did a lot of experimenting beforehand, trawling the internet for different ways to use watercoour paints - there is so much inspiration out there! Finally, I came up with six pages we could make, using our watercolours and NO patterned papers whatsoever.

Here's one of the pages, using heat embossing as a resist technique and then applying watercolour paints to create an ombre effect ...

I love this beautiful photo of my niece Bex and her daughter Kerrilouise looking totally gorgeous.

The feathers were stamped with clear ink or mixed media paper, then covered with white embossing powder and heat set. Then I used a wide brush to apply watercolour paint in pink, purple and blue. I added the same colours to some more mixed media paper, tearing pieces to build the background layers. I cut a 3" x 4" piece, masked off an area for wordage with washi tape, added colour and once it was dry, doodled the word and borders. A fan brush helped to add perfect splatters and the final touch was the Thickers foam alphas and heart and the little tab to balance the composition.

Thanks for visiting me today. I'll be sharing more of the pages we made over the next few days, so I hope to see you again soon :o)

Love Annie

Sunday, 15 April 2018

CSI Case File #252 - Hey Whatever

Hi Guys,

It's the 15th of the month, so it's time to reveal another Case File from CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. Super Sleuth Debbi Tehrani has found another interesting Scene for us to investigate ...

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I love the zingy yellows against the black, white and grey, and there are loads of details we can pull out to inspire us. Check the CSI blog for the full Case File - you can choose to follow all the clues, or just take your own inspiration from the image to create your scrapbook page.

Here's how I solved this case ...

All the colours in the Scheme are here; from the Evidence list you can see stripes, text pattern, circles, heart and frames; from the Testimony list, I plan to write my journaling inside that top frame, but I need to check a couple of details first!

The home decor theme made me think of fabric and paint swatches as I was creating my page. No patterned papers were used in this layout, instead I enjoyed playing with my watercolour paints, mixing all the colours from one yellow with black, white and grey, and using various resist techniques to make interesting patterns. The same paints were used to dye the cheesecloth and colour the wood veneer pieces. Here's a picture I took during the process ...

Why not have a go at cracking this Case File yourself? You have until the end of April, and as always there are loads of fabulous prizes to be won :o)

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

Love Annie xxx

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Easter Bonnet - April Counterfeit Kit Challenge #2

Hi Everyone,

I'm really enjoying being Guest Designer over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge for April. Our inspiration kit for this month is this one from Button Farm and I loved all the bright, fresh colours and watercolour effects. Check out my version, which I called "Spring is in the Air". I also made a YT video tutorial about my Forgeries on the Fourth if you're interested to see how I made them.

Today is the 12th, so it's time to reveal the first challenge for the month, set for us by Master Forger Tina -
Challenge # 1 Easter - Easter is a big deal at our house with yearly Easter Egg hunts for the grandkids :) so lots of fun memories to scrap. Make a Easter-themed project (layout, card, pocket page, etc.)
Here's my take on this challenge ...

For us, the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend is when we drive up to Lincoln to visit John's Mum, the lovely Vivienne, shown here modelling an Easter bonnet made by one of the children who visited the home where she lives. We only get to see Viv two or three times a year, so it's always a very special day and I love this smiley picture of her :o)

I included my Distress Oxide Inks in my kit, because the colours were perfect and because I wanted to make myself use them more. For this page, I've used no patterned papers at all, but I've used the Distress Oxides to create the butterflies, the wreath, the splattered background and the PL card, and also to customise some alphas to coordinate with my layout.

Thanks for popping in today, check out the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog for lots of inspiration throughout the month and I'll see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx