Sunday, 27 October 2013

Home is where the Heart is

I love this month's challenge over at the 123 Challenge Blog. Here it is -

This is a brilliant concept for a challenge - they give you three elements (colour, word, technique) and you have to include all three in your scrapbook page - simples! :o)

So here's my page ...

This picture of us was taken in the garden on our second wedding anniversary in August this year. We love our little home and I wanted this page to celebrate our happy place :o)

As you can see, all three elements in the challenge have been used - the colour yellow, mixed alphas and the word heart in the title. Here are some close-ups ...

I used a white marker and outlined with black for the title - I love the chicken wire stamp which I treated myself to at the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking show at Ally Pally a few weeks back and have been using non-stop ever since! The black foam washer was lying on the ground outside the house one day so I put it in my pocket just in case ...

Lots of fun little bits and bobs here - a scrap of microfiche from a FrogDog kit, some packaging material, the little chipboard camera from a Quirky Kit, a snippet of Magic Mesh ...

The cute little acrylic house was from a Maya Road pack which was in my Scrapbooker of the Year prize from Scrapbook Magazine last year. Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade and Black Soot ...

Daisies always make me happy and I love the way the little peg gives another touch of the sunshine yellow. The miniature playing card came from my Useful Stuff drawer and the rub-on is so old that it wouldn't stick properly, but I quite like the distressed effect anyway!

So that's it, I'm off to link this up at the 123 Challenge Blog - why not have a go yourself? You  have until the 31st October ...

Cheerio for now :o)xxx

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Frosty Festivities on the way!!!

Great excitement - it's nearly time for the Frosty Festivities blog event over at Jennifer Grace Creates wooHOO!!! :o)

A weekend full of fun, inspiration and prizes - I always enjoy Jennifer's blog events, but I'm especially excited this time because ArtyFartyAnnie is going to be part of the Blog Hop kicking off the weekend at 6pm on Friday 8th November. I am planning a special project to share with you and a fun prize to go with it which I hope you will like :o)

So, put the date in your diary and make sure you don't miss all the fun!
Check out the Frosty Festivities 2013 Announcement today - Jennifer has started the ball rolling already with a giveaway which you can enter right now!

Good luck and see you soon :o)xxx

When You Wish Upon A Star

Case File#95 over at CSI this week was perfect for a vintage picture of my sister and me playing horses on a wintery day out many years ago ...

Here's the Case File (click on the image to enlarge it so you can see all the Clues)

CSI Mastermind Debbi Tehrani has found another inspiring Scene for us to investigate this week. From this image, Debbi takes five colours for the Scheme, as well as ideas for design elements and journaling prompts.The idea is to solve the Case by following all of these Clues to make a scrapbook page -
  • All 5 colours in the Scheme
  • At least 2 items of Evidence
  • At least 1 piece of Testimony
Here is how I solved the Case (again you can click on the image to enlarge it) ...

The design was scraplifted from a beautiful layout by one of my scrapping heroines Heather Jacob for Scrap365 -- thanks Heather, hope you don't mind! :o)
  • The Scheme: all the colours are there
  • The Evidence: paint; distressing; wood; tie something; metal; tearing.
  • The Testimony: I've used the IW "reminisce" an documented an old story, which I've handwritten around the edge of the page. It reads as follows:
" Playing horses on a fallen tree. When I was little I believed my friend when she told me that if you broke a ginger nut clean into three pieces your wish would come true ... I wished for six white horses and when they didn't arrive, my friend told me that they had gone to live with her Aunty by the sea until I was a grown up lady and could go and claim them - I totally believed her!" 

Here are some close-ups so you can check out my evidence ...

 ... metal, wood and something tied ...
 ... distressing, paint, something else tied ...
...more tearing and distressing.

See? it's easy-peasy - why not give it a go yourself?! You have until Sunday week to upload your page - check out the CSI Gallery for loads of inspiration and ideas :o)xxx

Autumn is here ...

... and the trees all around us are shedding their leaves, creating a gorgeous carpet of reds and golds over the garden.
This was the inspiration for my tag for Tag Tuesday, where this week the theme is "Autumn" ...

The beautiful leaves were cut from a LunaGirl collage sheet, then I folded, inked and layered them to look like a natural drift of Autumn leaves.

Whilst I am waxing lyrical about carpets of Autumnal colour and playing with tags in my workroom, my poor DH is tackling the neverending chore of sweeping up the leaves before they block the drain AGAIN ... I definitely get the better end of the deal :o)xxx

Time Together

Here's a gorgeous page created by my friend Petrina Eve from the King's Head Crafters for this month's challenge over at the 123 Challenge Blog

Each month, they come up with an inspiring combination of three elements (colour, word, technique) to get your mojo going - all you have to do is include all three elements in a scrapbook page.

Here are the three ingredients for this month ...

... and here is Trina's beautiful page ...

I love the composition, the masked background and wonderful details like those hand cut birds and the journaling all around the page (very jealous of Trina's handwriting too!).
Here are some close-ups ...

Why not have a go at this brilliant challenge yourself? You have until 31st October to link up your page.

Cheerio for now

Annie :o)xxx

Wednesday, 23 October 2013


woooHOOOOOOoooooooooOOOOOOO!!! This month's art journaling challenge hosted by Joy Anderson over at Soul Scrappers REALLY got my spooky mojo going - Joy said we should let our inner goblins out ...

I decided to let my inner goblin play with my gorgeously ghoulish October kit from FrogDog and start a whole new journal - here's a little peek at one of the monsters hiding inside ...

Once I got going, it was really hard to stop. This is the inside front page ...

The background was created using stamps and Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn, Scattered Straw, Dusty Concorde and Black Soot. The scratchy writing was done with a Viva Paper Pen with a fine nib. I love the haunting photograph of the lady - one of thousands of amazing free images from Graphics Fairy ...

... I need a good name for her - any ideas?

When you turn the page, you see that the scary monster lurking there isn't so scary after all ...

... but in fact one of a list of ingredients! The feather was also coloured with Distress Inks - they really will colour all sorts of materials. Here's another page, given some texture with embossing paste before inking - haven't decided what to write yet ...

... and if you peer closely through one of the little windows you can see another creature peering back at you ...

I have loads more ideas to squeeze into this book  - I've already started by cutting out a section at the back, to create a little niche ...

... but not sure quite what I will do with the front cover yet - leave it until last of course! 

Thanks for popping over - been another quiet week on the blogging front because well sometimes life just gets in the way doesn't it? But there will be lots of exciting stuff going on over the next few weeks so I hope to see you again soon :o)

Sunday, 20 October 2013


Case File #94 over at CSI is full of fun elements and bold contrasts which I really enjoyed working with - here it is ...

Yet again, CSI Mastermind Debbi Tehrani has found an intriguing Scene for us to investigate. From this inspiration image she has taken five colours, as well as ideas for design elements and journaling prompts.
In order to solve the case, you need to make a scrapbook page using -
  • all five colours in the Scheme
  • at least two items from the Evidence list
  • at least one from the Testimony list
I thought I'd go for a sort of chalkboard background as it's all the rage ...

I love this picture of Tom, Georgie, Bex and Joe taken over 20 years ago, because you can already see the beginnings of the people they have grown into.You can click on the image to read my journaling and check that I have followed all the clues - 

The Scheme: all the colours are there
The Evidence: woodgrain alphas; black background
The Testimony: I recorded a funny story and used the IW "laugh".

Must get on - one of my Prodigals has come home for some TLC ... 

Check out the Gallery at CSI for loads of inspiration and have a go yourself! :o)xxx

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Just One

Hi Everyone!

Still catching trying to catch my tail this week, not enough hours in the day as always AND we have the excitement of a new Smart TV to play with ... trouble is, I think it's smarter than me :o)

Anyway, another fab set of colours and clues to follow over at CSI this week - it's the second week of the month so we have another brilliant sketch from Emma Stafrace at Page Drafts. 

Here's the Case File (click on the image to enlarge it so you can see all the clues properly)

CSI Mastermind Debbi Tehrani has found another fascinating Scene for us to delve into this week. From this inspiration image, Debbi pulls the colours, ideas for design elements and journaling prompts and gives us a set of clues to follow. In order to solve the case, you should make a scrapbook page using

  • All five colours in the Scheme
  • At least two items of Evidence
  • At least one piece of Testimony
  • The Sketch

Every week you will also find a new set of CSI Coordinates designed by the talented Michele Singh - these are printable images, words, journaling spots and patterened papers which CSI members can download for free - cool huh?!

So here's how I solved this case - click on the image to check the details ...

... and see if I followed all the clues -

The Scheme: all the colours are included, plus some neutrals and tiny touches of bright red and blue.
The Evidence: numbers; pinwheel; ribbons; stripes; triangles (bunting and arrows); string (hand drawn balloon strings?); tags.
The Testimony: my journaling is on the tags tucked between the layers and reads, "Richard Joe, first birthday. You were such a sweet little boy and you loved your new wheelbarrow. Hard to believe that just 3 months after this you were a big brother!"

Thanks for checking out my page - have a stroll through the Gallery at CSI to see loads of different and inspirational pages inspired by this Case File.

See you again soon :o)xxx

Thursday, 10 October 2013

An Unexpected Weekend

Well, last weekend started with Major Disaster ...

... but ended up FABulous!

My DH arrived home from work last Friday to find a scene of utter devastation - the ceiling over the stairwell in our little cottage had thrown itself down the stairs in a fit of pique and you wouldn't belIEVE how far plaster dust can travel and the nooks and crannies it can find its way into ...

It took us both a good couple of hours to put everything back to rights. Here's the hole it left behind ...

As John pointed out - half the work is already done :o)
Whilst clearing up, I was dusting off some of my little treasures and I remembered a time some years ago when my life was in a state of continual chaos and a very dear friend gave me a little Buddha. She told me to just create one small calm space, focus on that and let everything else fall into place. I still feel that sense of calm and wellbeing when I look at my little Buddha collection on the mantelpiece ...

Anyway, the weekend turned out to be even MORE exciting than that!
Saturday was my younger son Tom's 30th birthday (really canNOT believe it!) and he came to stay for the whole weekend - I didn't even know he was coming until the Saturday morning so it was all very exciting.

With my newfangled workroom, it's possible to slide a couple of storage units out of the way to make room for a little fold-out guest bed - Tom threatened to play havoc with my OCD by rearranging some of my drawers ... but I THINK he was joking!

So we had a lovely weekend, but all the catching up I had planned to do went straight out of the window of course - betterofferitis strikes again! You have to make hay while the sun shines don't you?! :o)xxx

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

WOYWW 227!

Hi everyone!

I'm joining in very late this week, but determined not to miss out on WOYWW and I reckon as long as it's still Wednesday (just)it still counts!
Just in case you come from Mars or something and have  no idea what I'm on about - WOYWW stands for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. It's fun, it's addictive and you can read all about it over at Julia's blog Stamping Ground ... go on - you know you want to :o)
After a very unexpected weekend one way and another (a story for another post) I have a lot of catching up to do. Here's my desk as it was early this morning - Wednesday is my day off, so I had Great Hopes.

What you can see here is the beginnings of a couple of tags for Tag Tuesday, where the theme this week is "Tattered and Torn". Last week was "Beads Buttons and Bows" and I didn't get that one done in time due to various palavers, so I decided to make two tags to catch up ...

Ok enough waffle already, I'm off to Julia's for a nosey ... ;o)

Thanks for popping in, see you again soon xxx

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

WOYWW 226!

Hi everyone,

I've missed weeks and weeks of WOYWW because this summer has just been crazy - what with holidays and parties, being laid low with back pain for a time and trying to fit in every single inspiring challenge I come across - I need elaaaaaaaastic days!

For those who don't know what on earth WOYWW means - it's "What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday", when you get to share your creative space with the world and have a snout around to see what other people have/get up to! It's the brainchild of Julia over at Stamping Ground - check it out and join in the fun, but be warned; it's addictive!

Here is the current scene of devastation on my workdesk this morning ...

I'm really enjoying experimenting with mixed media at the moment. The art journal page you can see there is the result of playing with the September FrogDog Mixed Media Kit - a little present to myself every month all the way from America, very exciting!
You can also see a mug of black coffee dangerously near to the painty water pot (it's SO going to happen ... it's happened before ... I should know better!) AND a bag of Special K crispy things which are really low fat - you can have 21 of them for only 95 calories wooHOO! Unfortunately, if you eat the whole bag, as I did, it rather defeats the object...

Anyway, swiftly moving on, here's a better pic of my art journal pages - the kit was all bright bright neon - scary but SO much fun once I got going ...

Right, now I'm off to have a nosey around everyone else's desks and then I really must Tidy My Room!

Thanks for popping over, come again soon :o)xxx

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Meeting Humpty!

Extra excitement over at CSI this week, because it's the second time we've joined up with Scrap365 with a special Case File designed by the wonderful Debbi Tehrani ...

Here it is (click on the image to enlarge it so you can see the details)

As always, Debbi has found a beautiful image for us to investigate and from this she has drawn inspiration for the colour scheme, design elements and journaling.

I love this palette, with the rich red against the soft neutrals, and it just happened to fit very nicely with the Graphic45 Mother Goose paper pad which I treated myself to at the Ally Pally Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show last week!

The inspiration words - "read, together, magic" - got me thinking about how much I used to enjoy reading bedtime stories to my boys when they were little. We always used to have stories and songs before they went to sleep - sometimes from a book and sometimes made up as we went along. The strange thing is that there was never a moment when we said, "ok, this is the last time we will have bedtime stories together" - I guess we just gradually got out of the habit, which seems sad but that's the way it goes and I suppose it would be a bit weird if I was still reading them a story and tucking them into bed thirty years later!
And it would be really weird if they still wanted to play the Humpty Dumpty game  :o)

So, here's my take on this challenge (click on the image to see the details and check that I followed all the clues)

Scheme: all the colours are there, plus a pale eggshell background and some pops of black
Evidence: tearing; spiral; chalk; stencil; stitching.
Testimony: I documented something about books/reading, began with "Once upon a time ..." and used the IW "read, together, magic" as a jumping-off point for my journaling, which is written around the page and reads as follows:

" Once upon a time there were two little boys called Richard and Tom who loved to listen to bedtime stories and songs, and the humpty dumpty game would always make them giggle. Why can't I remember the last bedtime story?" 

I enjoyed creating the wall with texture paste applied through a stencil then coloured with chalk. I stitched a spiral to indicate poor Humpty's fall. The cracks were drawn in freehand and shaded with markers and then my DH had the genius idea of adding little pieces of "eggshell" - perfect!

Thanks for looking at my page, and don't forget to check out the Gorgeous Gallery over at CSI and the feature in Scrap365 magazine to see how everyone else has solved this extra-special Case File :o)