Friday, 15 February 2019

Wanderlust 2019 Week Six

Hello Everyone,

I've been catching up on my Wanderlust 2019 pages. Week Six was a lesson with Marjie Kemper which was lots of fun, really encouraging me to get out a few supplies I had not used in ages and just enjoy the process. At first it felt like I was just making a very colourful mess, but I was happy with the page that eventually emerged ...


I enjoyed using sprays and then stencilling with inks in the same colours to create layers and I loved how the sprays worked over stencilled texture paste. Marjie's idea to use tags to create little pockets to hold secret messages was really cool. I didn't have a glamourous face stencil or stamp, so I used this skull, as a reminder that life is not a dress rehearsal :o)

The next day at work, my hands were still black and blue with ink, but it was SO worth it!!

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon.

Love Annie xxx



GoGo Weekend is GoneGone!!

Hello Bloggy Friends,

You know how it is when you're looking forward to something for SO long and then it whizzes by and in the blink of an eye it's all over? That happened to me last weekend when my good friend Trina and I went off on a GoGoGetaway - two whole days of scrapbooking classes just flashed past.

As always, we came home with loads of goodies and kit leftovers and mine are still unpacked - here they are sitting on my workdesk ...


We got to take the handy carry case home with all our kit leftovers and UFOs inside, as well as the very very cute bamboo reusable coffee cup which I love, and some chocolates for doing the feedback form. I was also very lucky to win the challenge - the prize was a pack of Lawn Fawn goodies which are spread over the top of the storage case in the photo.

The challenge was to make a page inspired by a sketch - I made mine a week ahead but forgot to bring it with me, so had to ask DH to take a photo and send it to me so that I could show the GoGo - so I felt double-lucky when my name was pulled out of the bag.

Here's my page, showing some photos taken at our wedding reception, when all the guests were copying little Bailey's dance moves - he was so chuffed, it was brilliant :o)


Well, thanks for visiting my blog today, I hope you have a lovely relaxing weekend whatever you're doing and wherever you're doing it. See you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Saturday, 2 February 2019

CSI Case File #272 - Big Smile Say G!N

HI everyone,

The February Case Files have been released over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration - you can find all the details and check out pages made by the CSI detectives and guest designers over at the CSI blog, plus daily inspiration and ideas on the CSI Facebook page.

There are LOADS of fab prizes to be won, three different Case Files to choose from and you have until the end of the month, so why not give it go? You can now enter by sharing your pages on the CSI Facebook group so it's easy for everyone to join in.

Here's Case File #272 ...


You can either draw your own inspiration from the image, or you can follow the traditional clues which you can find if you scroll to the bottom of the February Case Files blog post. I always enjoy following the clues so that's how I solved this case ...


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I love this happy photo of me and my mate Maggie taken in Cornwall in around 2007. We were gin connoisseurs long before it became fashionable as it is today :o)

Here are the clues I followed:
Scheme: all the colours are there, but I chose brighter shades of green and red.
Evidence: dots, border, leaves, birds, string, wood.
Testimony: I had intended to make a tiny book for my journaling, but I forgot!!

So that's mine, looking forward to seeing how you solve this month's Case Files :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon.

Love Annie xxx

Friday, 1 February 2019

Wanderlust 2019 Week Four - "Think"

Hello everyone,

I can't believe it's Friday again, a new Wanderlust lesson just came out - better quickly post a pic of my effort for last week, when Kasia showed us how to start with a collage and then add a soft cloudy effect with acrylic paint to create a backdrop for our chosen word of the year.

It was so much fun making the clouds that I got a bit carried away and covered up most of my background papers, but you can still see the focal images which came from the gorgeous printable ephemera collection put togetherby Eliza Trojanowska for Wanderlust 2019.

Anyway, here's my effort, featuring my word for this year ...


The scribbled text reads, "What do you really want? What do you really need? What will the consequences be?" which is my mantra for 2019.

Thanks for stopping by today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

WOYWW #504

Hello Fellow Deskers,

I'm slightly late to the party but better late than never :o) Somehow it got to be Wednesday again already so it's time to link up over at Julia's Stamping Ground and see what everyone's been up to this week. Here's my desk this morning ...


I'm between projects, so it looks kinda tidy-ish. From left to right, you can see my iPad (essential for binge-watching, currently Les Mis on BBC iPlayer), some new stamp and die storage folders above that, my just-finished page for this week's Wanderlust 2019 lesson, a curious little book I found yesterday in a charity shop and my habitual black coffee.

The book was a real find, here's a closer look at the cover ...


One of the pages at the front was missing, so I went online to see if I could find out what it said. I didn't find the missing page yet, but I did discover that this was a collection of "found" photos from photo booths, put together by an artist called Dick Jewell (sounds like some kind of exotic body piercing doesn't it?!), which he self-published in very limited numbers in 1978 and again in 1980. The whole book is full of page after page of gems like these ...


I find it totally fascinating and I think these pictures would make really cool focal points for various projects. Apparently, if this copy was in much better nick and maybe even numbered or signed, it might be worth a lot of money, but I'm actually glad it's a gnarly copy as I really want to keep it :o)

Ok, time to pop over to Julia's and link up now, see you there!

Love Annie xxx