Saturday, 16 June 2018

CSI Case File #256 - Smiley Summer Selfies

Hello everyone,

I've been AWOL from Blogland just lately - there is so much going on that I've had hardly any time for arty-farty stuff, let alone time to blog about it! However, I did make time to crack the new Case File over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. Here's the Case File ...


If you pop over to the CSI Blog, you'll find loads of inspiration from the CSI Detectives and Guest Designers, and if you scroll to the bottom, you'll find all the clues you need to crack this case yourself and be in with a chance of winning one of the fab prizes on offer this month.

Here's how I solved this Case ...


This page features some selfies taken by my niece Georgia, along with my son Tom and my sister Mandy, during a recent visit home to Cornwall - here they are strolling in the sunshine after a delicious fish-n-chip lunch by the sea in Falmouth.

I used all the colours in the Scheme, along with some pink and dark blue to suit my pictures. I also used several items from the Evidence list - scallops, bunting, stripes, dots, stars and washi. I'm trying to use long titles as often as possible, as I have a mountain of alphas to use up! :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon! 

Love Annie xxx

Saturday, 2 June 2018

CSI Case File #255 - Big Fungi Foray

Hello Bloggy Friends,

Yesterday was the 1st of June (however did THAT happen?!) so it's time to reveal a new Case File over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. It's a very pretty and fun one this month, celebrating Donut Day on June 1st :o)


If you head over to the CSI blog, you'll find lots of inspiration from the Design Teams as well as plenty of clues to help you solve this Case File yourself. You have until the end of the month and there are loads of prizes to be won, so why not have a go?! 

When I first saw this inspiration image, I thought I'd scrap a pic of one of the little girls in my family, but things ended up taking a completely different turn when I came across this photo of myself during a Fungi Foray in Thetford Forest ...


I swapped the purple in the colour Scheme for navy, and threw in some green. From the list of Evidence, I used scallops, ribbon, stripes and solid white background - well, I started with white cardstock, then layered pp, ribbon and a scalloped border over it and tucked some die-cuts under the edge of the ribbon. From the Testimony clues, I chose to write my journalling on a tag and documented a story about foraging for food - my favourite kind of day!! 

So, an unexpected result, but I was very happy with it in the end :o)

Thanks for popping in to see me today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Pretty Drawers - playing with Tonic Craft Kit 08

Hello everyone,

I've recently started having the monthly Tonic Craft Kit (as a little reward to myself for walking to work it seemed like a great idea to spend the bus money I've saved on crafty goodies).

The first one I had (back in April) was #08 - the Trinket Drawer Kit. There are just so many things you can do with this set. One idea I had was to make this sweet little Lavender Box ...


I've made a 10 minute video tutorial showing how I made it if you'd like to see ...


There are loads of other ideas on the Tonic Craft Kit website and I have a few more up my sleeve to show you another time ...


That was April's kit, I've hardly touched May yet and June will be on its way next week  - better get my crafty skates on! :o)

Thanks for dropping in to see me today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Freebie Friday #1 - Pop-up Box Cards

Hey everyone,

Like many of us, I love crafty magazines, but will only let myself buy one if there's a free gift on the cover which really appeals to me, as I reckon that even if I only make 3 or 4 cards with it, I've justified the cost of the magazine :o)

However, I've accumulated a little pile of said magazines, which I haven't even opened yet, let alone tried out the free gifts. So, to motivate myself, I've decided to make a YouTube video every Friday, featuring one of these lovely magazines and showing how I get on with the free gift.

On the top of the pile on my workdesk was the April 2018 issue of Crafts Beautiful, which included a gorgeous Pop-up Box Cards Kit, full of butterflies and flowers, very pretty and surprisingly quick to make. Here are the four cards I made in a couple of hours ...


If you would like to see how I made them, click on the link below to see my YT video ...


It's only about 15 minutes long, so grab a coffee and check it out, let me know what you think :o)

Thanks for dropping in today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Play - GoGo May Challenge

Hi everyone,

The challenge over at GoGoGetaway this month is to be inspired by this sketch ...


Here's my take on it, featuring a very cute pic of my little step-granddaughter Macy - and LOTS of fussy-cut butterflies.


To make the large circle, I made a mask with my Fiskars Circle Cutter, then applied Distress Inks through it and finished by using the circle as a guide to add scribbly pen lines. The small circle I cut through the white background so that the gingham paper would show through, again finishing with pen lines drawn around one of the Fiskars circle guides. I used Distress Inks to make the splatters as well, then just sprinkled with butterflies which I'd cut the night before whilst binge-watching YT.

You have until the 31st May to have a go at this sketch yourself and be in with a chance of winning a prize - everyone who enters is automatically entered in the big draw to win a place at next year's GoGoGetaway as well, so why not give it a shot?! :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xx