Saturday, 13 April 2019

Wanderlust Week 12 and Free Collage Papers

Hi there,

I'm still loving Wanderlust 2019, dipping in and out of the lessons as time allows and the fancy takes me. Last month, the theme was "Rivers" and each teacher interpreted this in a very different way. For Week 12, Kasia inspired us to make a little concertina-type booklet made up of a variety of materials and then just let go and play with lots of different media to add texture and colour.

This was huge fun and I carried on tinkering with it over several days -  it was a great opportunity to try out loads of different media and see how they work together. Mine ended up grungier than I intended. It's difficult to get a picture because of the format, but this gives you some idea ...


Kasia encouraged us not to get too attached, as the idea is to use prompts to continue working on this project, so much of what we've already done will now be covered up. She suggested scanning the pages at this stage and printing off the images to use as collage papers, so I gave it a go and I was way more chuffed with the collage papers than the actual project :o)

My printer was running out of ink, so part way through the images went all purply-blue, which I thought looked really cool ...


Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon! 

Love Annie xxx

Sunday, 7 April 2019

March ScrawlrBox - Colouring In!

Hi there bloggy peeps,

I just finished making this card, using some of the goodies from the March ScrawlrBox ...


The March box was full of fun stuff to play with as always - here's a quick peek ..

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

WOYWW #513 - Trash Dolls

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloggy Peeps,

It's Wednesday, time to link up over at Julia's Stamping Ground forWhat's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.

I've been having a fine old time on mine, using up recycled boxes and tubes and lots of hoarded bits and bobs to make .... TRASH DOLLS ...


There are a few more half finished waiting to join them ...


I've also finished crocheting a whole ball of wool into forget-me-nots to go to the hospital, where they will become part of a community artwork to help raise dementia awareness ...


That's it for now, time to pop over to Julia's blog to link up and see what everyone else has been up to - Zsuzsa if you've linked me up already, thank you very much my friend :o)

Thanks for visiting me today, see you again soon.

Love Annie xxx

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

CSI #278 - Ally Pally

Hi there bloggy peeps,

There are three new Case Files for April over at CSI - you have until the end of the month to submit your entries and there are loads of prizes to be won.

Here's Case File #278 -


You can either draw your own inspiration from the Scene, or if you go to the reveal post over at the CSI blog, you'll find lots of clues to help you and you can check out all the DT pages. 

Here's how I cracked this case -


This page is all about a very happy day at Ally Pally with my friend Trina - here we're taking a break to refuel and showing off some of the goodies we treated ourselves to :o)

I followed the traditional clues, because that's what I love to do -
  • Scheme: all the colours are there, plus a couple extras sprinkled in.
  • Evidence: solid cardstock, sunglasses, google eyes, clouds.
  • Testimony: I was going to do a bullet-pointed list, but it all got too busy so I wrote it around the edges of the page instead.

It was fun piling on all the stickers, diecuts and fussy-cut pieces - inspired by the Scene and also all the fun things we bought that day :o) 

Check out the CSI Facebook page for new inspiration and ideas every day.

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon! 

Love Annie xxx


Saturday, 16 March 2019

Wanderlust Week 11 - Going with the Flow

Hello everyone,

I have enjoyed and learned from every single lesson on Wanderlust 2019 so far, but with some lessons you just can't wait to get started and Week 11 with Laly Mille was one of those.

The new lesson videos are released on Friday mornings and I always look forward to watching them, but it usually takes me several days or even weeks to get around to trying them. However, this time I watched the lesson on Friday morning and finished my page on Friday afternoon - a record for me!

Here's how it turned out ...


Laly encouraged us to "go with the flow" and made it feel really easy to let go and enjoy building layer upon layer of colour and texture using many different types of media. I particularly enjoyed creating the pebbles by tearing collage papers ...


Laly gessoed over her pebbles to knock them back a bit, but I loved them so much that I just couldn't cover them up!

Scraps of paper and cheesecloth were added to the horizon line and we added paints, inks and gesso to bring out the texture ...


After pretty much slavishly following Laly's tutorial, I decided to add my own little touch and used snippets of gelli printed deli paper to make little fish ...


Check out Laly's website, I see that she is offering some free tutorials which I can't wait to have a look at :o)

Thanks for visiting today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx