Wednesday, 27 August 2014

WOYWW #273

Hi Everyone,

It's Wednesday! That's good news for two reasons -

  1. It's my day off.
  2. It's time to pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, where we link up, have a snout around other people's creative spaces and show everyone what crafty doings we've been up to this week.
Here's mine today ...

I've been trying to organise my vast collection of tags in to some kind of order. So far, I've managed to mount them all onto some lovely card which I bought from Every Crafts a Pound when they had it on offer - it's very sturdy, marbled kraft colour on one side and plain white on the other. My plan was to create a sort of file or book and write details of techniques, products and such on the back for easy reference. At this stage, I'm not quite sure how that is going to work, and as you can see, it looks like at least three files worth, but hey - I like a challenge! 

Hopefully I'll have some results to show you next week :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon.

Annie x

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Keepsake House - home is where the heart is

Hi everyone,

Yesterday was our third wedding anniversary, so I wanted to make something really special for my DH John. I love working with Helen Allen's amazing templates and for this project I followed her Pyramid workshop, adapting it a bit to put my own spin on it and create a little keepsake house - I hope Helen will approve!

It was certainly a labour of love - many hours went into this little project - but it was fun and very satisfying to do and, most importantly, John was delighted with the end result ...

In the original design, the pyramid is supported on pillars and there is one drawer space which houses a mini album, but because I wanted to include three drawers, I left the pillars out as it was getting a bit too tall!

The whole thing is made with chipboard or greyboard which you cut with a craft knife according to Helen's template and then decorate with your choice of patterned papers and embellishments. I was very pleased with how sturdy the finished construction is and I think we will be enjoying this for years to come.

Let's have a closer look at my drawers!

Gorgeous Giveaway Alert!

Hi everyone,

Just been having a wander around Blogland with my morning cup of coffee and spotted this gorgeous giveaway from Helen Tilbury over at Scrap Addict ...

Helen's giveaways are always amazing, but this does look particularly yummy, doesn't it? It's open internationally and all you have to do is to make sure you're a Scrap Addict follower and leave a comment - go on then, go for it! 

Thanks for popping in, see you later :o)

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 20 August 2014


Hi everyone,

It's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - time to nip over to Julia's Stamping Ground and link up to see what everyone has been up to this week.

Mine is a bit different this week, because I've been away for a weekend in Oxford with three of my dearest friends - chatting, eating, drinking, exploring, shopping and crafting - my kind of weekend!

We stayed in the Halls of Residence at the University - very reasonable and perfect for our needs. Each of us had our own room, but there was a shared kitchen with a table where we could all gather in the evenings.

So this was my workdesk this week ...

This was around 4.30, when we had just returned to our digs after spending a few hours exploring beautiful Oxford - as time went on, the coffee was replaced with wine, the cakes with more naughty nibbles, and the whole thing got much messier - but it was the best kind of mess :o)

I took along a new hobby to try - patchwork using "Foundation by the Yard". I had never used this method before, and we were all very impressed at how easy and quick it was ...

... none of that fiddling around cutting and pressing precise shapes before you start sewing, you just wade in and start stitching. It was perfect for a weekend like this, because it's so portable - you only need needle, thread, pins, scissors and as much fabric as you think you'll have time to work with. Also it doesn't take too much concentration, which is a distinct advantage if you're busy chatting, having a laugh and knocking back a glass of vino or three at the same time!

I'm going to do a separate post at some point about Foundation by the Yard because I think it's brilliant, but that's more than enough waffle for WOYWW!! I'm off to Julia's to link up and check out everyone else's creative spaces - see you there!

Annie :o)xxx

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Amidst the Dreaming Spires ...

Hi Everyone,

I've just returned home after a lovely long weekend in Oxford with three of my favourite people.

The Radcliffe Camera
We stayed in University Halls of Residence and enjoyed several days exploring this beautiful city.

Attempted quadruple selfie - Me, Em, Chel, Poll
The university accomodation was great - clean, comfortable and very reasonably priced ...

Love this little pack of freebies with a Christ Church coaster
We had everything we needed, including a shared kitchen-diner where we gathered around the table in the evenings to eat, drink and be merry and do a bit of crafty stuff ...

Monday, 11 August 2014

It's A Boy Thing!

Hi Everyone,

There's a new Theme and Stash Challenge for August over at the SJ Crafts blog - the theme is holidays/travel and the stash part of the challenge is to use something old and something new. It's time to dig deep into your stash and come up with something you've been hoarding forever, as well as some brand new goodies you haven't played with yet.

Here's my scrapbook page inspired by this challenge ...

I used mainly papers from the Crate Paper "Boys Rule" collection, but funnily enough the "Boys Rule" embellishment was made from some pp from the Echo Park "Brothers" collection which has been lurking in the hidden depths of my stash for over a year.

My design started with the SJ Crafts blog "Start to Finish" challenge for last month - loved this approach so much I couldn't resist trying it again ...

... then I just threw everything I had at this page!

The Boys Rule collection has a great retro vibe which I love - and it works perfectly with this photo. If you look closely at the top right of the picture above, you'll see a zipper embellishment I've made using one of my newest toys - a border punch by EK Success. I also used up some really old chipboard alphas, mixing them to give me enough letters and sanding them back to take the shine off and go with the retro feel of this page.

Hope you like it - if you're inspired by this challenge, pop over to Sarah's blog to link up and be in with a chance of winning a prize! :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon.

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

It's a Wrap!

Hi Everyone,

Summer of Color 4 was such an inspiration and I had so much fun with it, but all good things must come to an end ... sigh ...

This was the year of "Smudge, Splash & Pop" - every week, the lovely Kristin came up with a delicious combination of two colours plus just a dash of a third and we could use these colours to create any kind of project that took our fancy.

Firstly, I was inspired to invent a new art form - Snail Art!! If you would like to see how I gave six snails a mixed media makeover, click here.

As well as encouraging you to try different colour combinations, Summer of Color is a great opportunity to experiment with different media and techniques, so I thought I would make a journal page for each week and then put them all together to make a little book, using my new toy - the Bind It All.

It took me a couple of weeks to get around to making the covers and conquering the new gadget, but here's how it ended up ...

For the cover, I used the colours from the SOC4 badge and mixed media to create layers of colour and texture, using various stamps and stencils -
  • Gesso 
  • Distress Inks 
  • Distress Paints 
  • Heidi Swapp Color Shine 
  • Embossing Paste
  • Distress Crackle Paint
  • Ranger Archival Ink
  • Dylusions inks
  • Matte Medium
  • Paper Napkins
If it looks like I threw everything I have at it - it's because that's exactly what I did! Here's a picture of the book opened out so you can see the front and back covers ...

On the six rings of the binding, I tied scraps of ribbon in the colours we were given to play with for each of the six weeks of SOC4. 

Here's a peek at the pages inside. You'll see that I made coordinating facing pages, so I have some space left to play in ...
Week One - Aqua & Lemon with a pop of Pink

Week Two - Coral & Teal with a pop of White
Week Three - Lavender & Grey with a pop of Plum
Week Four - Pink & Apple with a pop of Dark Green
Week Five - Royal & Red with a pop of Light Blue
Week Six - Raspberry and Tangerine with a pop of Lemon
Inside back cover - watch this space!

So, that's it for another year - but you can still share your work and check out all the amazing art inspired by SOC4 over at Twinkle Twinkle and on the FB group.

And Kristin already has me intrigued about next year's SOC5 - can't wait!

Thanks for visiting my blog today - now I'm off to continue working on my Secret Project ....

See you again soon :o)xxx

Friday, 1 August 2014


Hi everyone,

Here's the latest challenge over at the1-2-3 blog ...

Colour: Baby Pink
Word: Love
Technique: Stripes

A very sweet and pretty combination, and initially I had planned to scrap a wedding photo, but then I remembered this special picture of my Mum ....

This is my last page for the 1-2-3 Creative Team - I've loved being involved with this brilliant challenge, but I just don't have enough time at the moment for everything I would like to do, so I've pulled out of the DTs I was on. However, I will be following the blog and joining in whenever I have the time. Alicia has put together a wonderful and inspiring Creative Team and I can't wait to see what they come up with - check out the new team here.

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon :o)

Annie xxx