Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Tea Bag Gift Boxes

Hi Everyone,

Not an awful lot going on crafty-wise around here just lately, but I did have fun making these little Christmas gifts for my creative lovelies at KHC just before Christmas ...

I pinched the idea from this YT tutorial and just added a belly band and my own embellishments, then filled each box with a few fancy teabags. A great way to use up some of my stash of pretty ribbon and patterned papers to create an inexpensive but pretty present for my friends. I think these would make great wedding favours too.

Here's a slightly clearer photo ...

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

WOYWW #339

Hi Everyone,

It's another beautiful crisp but sunshiney day here and I find it hard to believe that the "C" word is just around the corner. As usual, I haven't bought a single present or made any cards yet - but I will get most of my shopping done online this week and hopefully the pressure of looming last-posting dates will get me motivated on the card-making front. Or it won't, and I'll admit defeat and do a panic run to the local charity shop to see what they have left like I did last year!!

Meanwhile, it's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday again, so it's time to link up over at Julia's Stamping Ground and share our crafty spaces with the world!

I have managed to catch up on some long overdue Pocket Letters whenever I've had time to play in my room over the last few weeks. The shambles you see below is the aftermath of a mammoth session, where I had finished two PLs and you can see a third one just emerging from the chaos ...

... and I haven't bothered to tidy up, because I have just two left to finish and I will have done all twelve on my swap list, so I want to make those before I put it all away. The one you can see in the pic is for Sally, who didn't give any colour preferences I know likes baby stuff and hates ribbon! So I went for a kind of dolly mixtures colour scheme and chucked in lots of baby-themed goodies I happened to have stashed away.

Pocket Letters are a fab way to share your stash - as well as finding a good home for surplus goodies, it's really fun to receive happy mail in return. Here's the PL which Sally sent me back in June - totally gorgeous, with lots of handcrafted details and full of vintage-style goodies she knew I would love ...

Well, I'm off to grab a couple of hours in my playroom and finish those last two letters - see you later over at Julia's!

Thanks for stopping by :o)

Annie xxx

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Channeling the 1980s in a Pocket Letter!

Hi Everyone,

I'm still working on my overdue pocket letters, catching up fast and really enjoying trying to create each one to suit the intended recipient. This one is for Allison, who loves black/white/brights and bling ...

With this in mind, I had a good old rummage through my drawers to find papers and embellishments which I hope she will like and somehow I seemed to end up channeling the 80s! I started with some patterned papers, including some gorgeous animal prints and acetate overlays, and dug out a stamp set with some fun quotes ...

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Another Pocket Letter Ready to Go

Hi Everyone,

I've doing some serious catching up on my pocket letters over the last couple of weeks and I've really enjoyed making them. Here's the latest one all ready to hit the postbox ...

This one was for Tracee. I added her name in glittery alphas before folding the letter up, tying a bow around it and adding some flowers and a homemade embellishment made with a garden label decorated with Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs and Distress Inks.

Tracee loves blue and owls, so this gave me a great starting point. First I filled the pockets with scraps of patterned paper cut to size, then I rummaged through my stash and had loads of fun decorating them and filling them with bits and bobs which I hope Tracee will enjoy using ...

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

WOYWW #336

Hi Everyone,

Another lovely autumn day here and another week has flashed by like a ferret (ie a very fast, all over the place and impossible to keep up with!). It's nice to have a little breather, nice cup of coffee, bit of a nosey around other people's creative spaces - head over to Julia's Stamping Ground if you'd like to join us, everyone is welcome.

Here is my desk this morning - my son bought me a VERY bright daylight bulb as I've been struggling with the poor light in there. So now I can turn on summer in my workroom at the flick of a switch, even when I'm doing a spot of late night creating as is my wont ...

My desk looks like chaos, but there is in fact a project in progress here, honest. To the left is the folder I keep my pocket letters in (also my WOYWW ATC swaps which you can see there). To the right at the back is a paper cup from the work canteen which is begging to be coloured in, so I brought it home thinking it might be useful for something ... in the middle is a pile of stuff where I've "shopped my stash" ready to make the next pocket letter ...

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

WOYWW #335

Hi everyone,

It's Wednesday (they seem to be coming around SO fast!), so it's time to show you a picture of my artyfarty workdesk, then have a little wander over to Julia's Stamping Ground to link up and find out what everyone else has been up to this week. It's open to everyone, so why not join us and show the world What's On Your Workdesk this Wednesday?!

Anyway, here's mine - bit of a shocking mess, just as I left it on Monday evening and haven't been back since ...

This week I have been mostly having a go at a FREE Life Book taster class with Tamara Laporte at Willowing Arts (hugely encouraged by our Zsuzsa's beautiful mixed media work). It's been huge fun and I've learned a lot already so I will certainly be having another go.

Here's a closer look at the end result ...

If you were to look very closely at her neck, you might make out the words "lost and found" scribbled on there - this is partly because it relates to what I was thinking about when I was painting her, and partly because she was lost, painted over and found again so many times during this process (and in fact very nearly ended in the bin!) :o)

This is how she started, with a collage of magazine and book pages and patterned paper scraps ...

This was such a great technique, I can't wait to have another go! Right now though, I am going to sit down with a nice cup of coffee and check out some other creative spaces over at Julia's - see you there!

Thanks for stopping by today, see you again soon :o)

Annie xxx

Friday, 30 October 2015

My First Quirky Bird

Hey everyone,

After seeing some of the wonderful artworks Zsuzsa has been making over at Inky Dinky Doodle, I have just signed up for LifeBook 2016 with Tamara Laporte at Willowing.

I decided to treat myself to a couple of the extra lessons as a bit of a warm up before LB proper starts in January - the Quirky Birds were just irresistible and I couldn't wait to have a go!

Tam's videos are brilliant, it just feels like you're sat in her studio watching her work, and she makes it all feel so easy and fun. Here's my first cute little birdie ...

We used stencils to build up layers for the background, added a coat of clear gesso, then sketched straight on to the page and used all kinds of media to add colour, details and "quirk" as Tam calls it!

There's a free taster lesson if you fancy trying it out - there's an intro to LifeBook and a really good tutorial which shows a fun technique I can't wait to try next ...

Thanks for visiting my blog today, see you again soon :o)

Annie xxx

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Beach Bum!

Hi everyone,

The other day I got together with my good friend Trina for a little scrapping session. I took along my Quirky Kit and basic supplies only - sometimes I am overwhelmed by the ridiculous amount of stash I have at home, so it is refreshing to work with a kit and only the kit and no temptation to add a bit of this or that!

Here's my page, showing a photo of one of my son Richard playing at the beach nearly thirty years ago now!!!

This is a very subtle colour palette for me, but I think it really suits the picture and the touch of gold gives it a bit of punch. I used one of the sketches which came with the kit and all I added was ink, washi and a scrap of twine. Oh and the BUM letters were from a previous Quirky Kit.

I have loads more to use - next I may do a couple of pocket pages to go with this as I have more pictures of the same day out.

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

Annie xxx

Sunday, 25 October 2015

CSI Case File #180

Hi Everyone,

It's time to reveal the last CSI Case File for October and it's a beauty!

CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration has always been one of my favourite challenge sites, so when the lovely Debbi Tehrani asked me to sponsor CSI for October, I was delighted to oblige. Debbi also invited the ArtyFarty DT to be Guest Detectives for the month, and we've had a great time cracking all the October Case Files.

Here's Case File #180 ...
From this sweet little image, Debbi has pulled the colour scheme, ideas for journaling prompts and inspiration for design elements (color, stories, inspiration!). To solve the case, you need to make a scrapbook page using all five colours in the Scheme, at least three pieces of Evidence and at least one from Testimony.

All four ArtyFarty detectives solved the case this week. First up is Trina, with this fun-filled page showing her niece Lauren blowing out her birthday candles ...

I love the composition of this page, with the bunting and balloons and the sweet little book Trina made all tied up with twine, and she's used photo corners from the Georgie stamp set to frame her picture. But how did she crack the case???

  • Scheme: check
  • Evidence: polka dots, plaid, banner, scallops, doilies, decorative borders
  • Testimony: the journalling is written inside the little book

Next up is something completely different - our first ever digi page!! This one was designed by my son Tom, and I must say that watching him put it together was a revelation to me - the things you can do with a pooter when you know how! Lots of ideas in the pipeline - watch this space :o)

Tom's page is about our dear old funny old cat Archie. Sadly, he's no longer with us, but we have many fond memories of him, and this is one of them ...

I really like this simple composition, the different textures and the beautiful background. Tom didn't use any digi kits, he just manipulated images from the internet - and also used several elements from the Georgie stamp set, such as the cute eyeglasses perched on Archie's nose. I love how his little feet are reaching over the polaroid frame. So, what clues did Tom follow??

  • Scheme: check
  • Evidence: polka dots, plaid, banner, eyeglasses, book pages (background texture), watercolour
  • Testimony: journaling is written in the little book

Amanda's page features a rather scary picture of her son Daniel - very appropriate as we are approaching Hallowe'en, although apparently this wasn't Hallowe'en at all!

I love how there are so many fun details to find on this page -  and lots of little clues to the story behind it, like the doodling around the words on the book pages. What a clever idea to incorporate the Case File clues into the journaling. And I really like the splashes of "blood" to finish it off!

  • Scheme; check
  • Evidence: polka dots, plaid, doily, scallops, book pages, metal
  • Testimony: journaling written as a table of contents, IW "Cozy"!

And finally, here's my page, showing a picture of Tom on his 30th birthday, with my DH John ...

This was my favourite of the October Case Files and I had loads of fun with it as you can see! You know that thing where you've pulled out loads of stash for a page and you kind of get carried away and want to use ALL of it? That's what happened here! But did I solve the case???

  • Scheme: check
  • Evidence: polka dots, clouds, banner, metal, book pages, decorative border, doily, scallops
  • Testimony: my journalling is written inside the little green book tucked behind the photo

We had a great time playing over at CSI this month - why not have a go at a couple of case files yourself? When you're done, post your page in the gallery and you could even win one of the wonderful prizes on offer. You have until 13th November to solve this one - click here to see how the CSI Detectives did it.

Thanks for visiting me today, see you again soon :o)

Annie xxx

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Georgie Gets a Hallowe'en Makeover!

Hi Everyone,

Over the last couple of weeks, my son Tom (see DT pic on the RH side bar) has been introducing me to the wonders of Adobe Photoshop and it's opened up a whole world of possibilities!

We thought it would be fun to create a Hallowe'en costume to go with my Georgie stamp set, so we've put together a PDF featuring two different colour combinations ...

The PDF is free to download here if you would like to spookify your own Georgie. Here's the page I made in my art journal ...

I had inky fingers for two days afterwards but I had SO much fun !!

My next project is going to be a Hallowe'en banner - stamp Georgie several times, add the halloween cut-outs, do a bit of colouring-in, string them all together and presto!

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

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

WOYWW #333

Hi Everyone,

Well, I'm getting ahead of myself this week and writing tomorrow's WOYWW today! I should just have time to post this in the morning and then pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground for a quick snoop around some other crafty desks to see what everyone else has been up to this week. If you would like to join us, just jump in, we're a very friendly bunch :o)

Here's what's on my desk this rather dark and chilly Tuesday evening ...

I have three pocket letters to catch up on, so I've gone "shopping" in my stash and filled the basket with goodies for the first one I plan to make tomorrow morning.

To the left of that are some treasures which I found in our local hardware shop - three reels of different types of twine; some grout in powder form which I am hoping to use to make a cheaper alternative to texture paste; and a couple of pots of dye. Each of these items only cost around two quid - what a bargain!!

The dye is for trying out an idea I got from Julie Campbell at Big Picture Classes, where she dip-dyed watercolour paper, wood veneer pieces, ribbons and all sorts to create a funky set of notelets. I'm thinking I could adapt the idea to make my next pocket letter maybe .... but we'll see how it goes, you know that thing where it always looks SO easy when the expert does it???? IRL I will likely end up with very interesting patterns on my fingers, the carpet and my shirt - and a bin full of rainbow-coloured failures, but hey, it will be fun trying ....

Anyway, right now it's time for bed - I have a busy but fun day ahead of me tomorrow! See you over at Julia's Stamping Ground for a fascinating peek into other people's crafty worlds!

Thanks for popping in today :o)

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

WOYWW #332

Hello Everyone,

It's a lovely bright autumnal day here, I hope you're having a great day wherever you are :o)

It's also Wednesday again, so it's time to share my workdesk with the world by linking up over at Julia's Stamping Ground where I can have a good old snout around other people's creative spaces over a nice cup of coffee. Here's mine this morning ...

It looks like not a lot is going on there .... that's because there's not a lot going on! This is how I left it on Friday evening after I'd finished making the "Gatefold Shutter Card" I mentioned last WOYWW and I haven't had chance to get back in there since then. I did at least crack the gatefold shutter thingy though and it was great fun to make. Here are a couple of pics ...

Saturday, 10 October 2015

CSI Case File #179

Hi Everyone,

Arty Farty Annie is sponsoring CSI during October, so the Arty Farty Designers were invited to be Guest Detectives this month - it's all very exciting!! :o)

CSI stands for Color Stories Inspiration and it's one of my most favourite challenge sites.
Here's Case File 179 ...

Debbi Tehrani has found this beautiful Scene for us to investigate this week - from this she's pulled a gorgeous colour scheme, as well as loads of ideas for design elements and journaling prompts. In order to solve the case, you need to make a scrapbook page using all the colours in the Scheme, three items from the Evidence list and at least one piece of Testimony.

Here's how we cracked this Case ...

Amanda Reynolds
Amanda has made a really pretty page to showcase this wonderful photograph of her beautiful Grandmother. But did she follow all the clues????
  • Scheme: yup
  • Evidence: flowers, envelope, ribbon, buttons, stitching
  • Testimony: journaling is inside the envelope
Trina Eve
Trina made this lovely layered page about her penfriend from many years ago. And the clues???
  • Scheme: yup
  • Evidence: envelopes, badge, stamps, stitching
  • Testimony: document a childhood memory, write a letter, put journaling in an envelope.
And finally, here's mine, which is all about a happy sunshiney walk with my son last Christmas. I love how you can see my husband's shadow, so he is in the picture too!

Annie Claxton
  • Scheme: yup
  • Evidence: flowers, string, envelope, animals, buttons, labels, stitching, washi
  • Testimony: journaling is inside the envelope labelled "dreams" and tucked behind the photo.
Thanks for visiting today. Pop over to CSI to see how everyone else cracked the case - and why not have a go yourself? There are loads of fab prizes to be won :o)

See you again soon,

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 7 October 2015


Hi Everyone,

It's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, I have my craft room back (BHS* found a lovely place of his own) and a free morning ... guess what I'm going to be doing?! WooHOOO!! Cutting and sticking time :o)

We are going to a Ruby Wedding Anniversary party on Saturday, so I want to make a special card. After a good old trawl through YT, I was very taken with the idea of a "gatefold shutter card", so I've decided to have a go at that this morning. Here are some of the bits and bobs I plan to use ...

It looks really simple yet impressive in the YT tutorials - so watch this space ...

Ok, I'm off to Julia's Stamping Ground to link up and see what everyone else is up to this week. If you haven't been before, you should check it out - just have a nosey at other people's workdesks or join us and link up with a picture of your own creative space. Just grab a cuppa and I'll see you there :o)

Thanks for visiting today, see you again soon

Annie xxx

ps For those who asked last time I mentioned "BHS" - it stands for "Big Hairy Son"! 

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Arty Farty Guest Detectives Solve Their First Case File!

Hi Everyone,

Case File #178 just went live over at CSI (Color Stories Inspiration) ...

This intriguing Case File was put together by CSI mastermind Debbi Tehrani, who pulled colours, journaling prompts and ideas for design elements from The Scene. It also includes a fabulous sketch from the talented Em Stafrace from The Nifty Pixel

In order to solve the case, CSI Detectives must make a scrapbook page using the Sketch, all five colours in The Scheme, at least 3 items of Evidence and at least one piece of Testimony.

As Arty Farty is sponsoring CSI this month, the brand new Arty Farty Design Team were invited to be Guest Detectives for October. Here's how we solved the case ...

I love Trina's page, it's really captured a sense of adventure and the fun of riding on the trams. The embellishments she's chosen fit the theme perfectly and she's used inking and stamping to add interest to the background. Here's how she solved the case ...
  • Sketch: Check
  • Scheme: Check
  • Evidence: Camera, filmstrip, arrows, stamps,metal and word stickers
  • Testimony: Document a favourite photo, IW adventure, smile.
I love how Amanda divided and arranged her photos and used the photo corners to frame the main picture. The way she's put her journaling in the typewriter is so clever and looks great with that vintage stamp. Here's how she solved the case ...
  • Sketch: Check
  • Colours: Check
  • Evidence: Typewriter, filmstrip, polaroids, word stickers, stamps, metal, stripes
  • Testimony: Favourite photo, typewriter font
I've gone for a holiday picture - this is a picture of me inside a fountain in Amsterdam, which I thought was highly entertaining! I had so much fun that day and this photo brings it all back to me. 
Here's how I solved the case ...

  • Sketch: Check
  • Scheme: Check
  • Evidence: Filmstrip, metal, globe, flair badges, stamps, word sticker
  • Testimony: Favourite photo, selfie, typewriter font

We all used our Georgie Stamp Sets somewhere on our pages - the photo corners were stamped onto patterned paper and cut out, the stitching elements were used to frame and add texture to mine and Trina's pages and I used the heart from the set to create my bottlecap embellishment.

Arty Farty is sponsoring a prize over at CSI this month - a little bundle of fun, including a Georgie Stamp Set ...

It's open internationally, and there are lots of other prizes to be won. Just solve at least one of the Case Files for October and post it in the Gallery to be in with a chance of winning a prize. This one is a Major Case File, so it will stay open for the whole month. 

For inspiration, ideas and more information, head over to CSI where you can see how all the other CSI Detectives solved this case. See you there!

Thanks for popping in today. :o)

Annie xxx

CSI Case File #178

Hi Everyone,

It's all very exciting! This month Arty Farty Annie is very proud to be sponsoring CSI Color Stories Inspiration - one of my very favourite challenge sites. As well as lots of other prizes, there is a chance to win this little Arty Farty parcel which I am happy to post to anywhere in the world ...

The prize includes a Georgie Stamp Set, an acrylic stamp block, a BoBunny 6" paper pad, an A4 sheet of chipboard, an A4 sheet of shrink plastic, three Stampbord pieces, five blank bottlecaps, a sheet of clear dome stickers, a mini canvas and a blank jigsaw puzzle. Lots of fun to play with :o)

As well as heaps of prizes, you'll also find loads of inspiration over at CSI. Here's the first Case File for October ...

CSI mastermind Debbi Tehrani has put together another intriguing Case File to inspire us. From the Scene, she has pulled the colour scheme, ideas for design elements and journalling prompts. There is also a fabulous sketch from Em Stafrace at The Nifty Pixel. Use these clues to solve the case by making a scrapbook page using the sketch, all five colours in the Scheme, at least two items of Evidence and at least one piece of Testimony.

Then just post your page over at CSI and you'll be in with a chance of winning one of those lovely prizes. As this is the Major Case File for October, you have a whole month to complete your mission too!

For more details and inspiration, pop over to CSI and see how all the talented CSI Detectives solved the case - featuring the brand new Arty Farty Design Team as Guest Detectives - see you there! :o)

Annie xxx

Monday, 28 September 2015

Going Sober for October!!

Hi everyone,

Today I decided to take on a new kind of challenge - and it's nothing to do with scrapbooking or crafting. I hereby promise to abstain from alcohol for the whole month of October (oooohhh scary!)

Signing up for this challenge was quite a big deal, because I know it will be difficult for me, but if I say I'm going to do something I don't like to let the side down, so a public declaration of intent will help to make sure I stick to it!

Like many people, I enjoy a glass or two and don't see that as a problem, but somehow my alcohol intake has crept up without me really noticing - a little (or large) G&T whilst I'm cooking dinner, a nice glass of wine with the meal, probably two .... and before you know it you're doing that every night of the week and it's just part of your lifestyle. I don't THINK I have a serious problem, but it has become an ingrained habit which is definitely not good for me.

This challenge is a great opportunity to break that cycle AND hopefully raise some money for a very worthy cause too. My motivation -

Better sleep, weight loss, lower blood pressure
Good cause - help to support the wonderful work done by Macmillan
More time and energy to do fun stuff
Feel more positive and in control of my life

So, watch this space and wish me luck! If you would like to know more, join in or make a donation, please check out my page at Go Sober for October - it would be great to form a team if anyone's up for it?!

Thanks for visiting today, see you again soon :o)

Annie xxx

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Paper Doll Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

I had so much fun making these Japanese-style paper dolls with my friends - it's really easy, and it's a great way to use up all those scraps of gorgeous paper ...

This photo is a great example of what my BHS calls the "cheerleader effect" ie where an individual item looks ok by itself, but even better in a group! I think a whole bunch of these would be a great inexpensive addition to a Christmas craft stall or fundraiser - which gives me a great excuse to make more! If you fancy having a go at some of these, check out my video tutorial ...

The Japanese word for paper dolls like these is Ningyogami. Each one is wearing a Kimoni with a contrasting collar and a layered Obi or sash which is finished with a cord or narrow ribbon tied around the middle, so you can use up all those tiny scraps of ribbons and trims as well!

Have a go - it's really easy and very addictive!

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

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 23 September 2015


Hi Everyone,

What a beautiful first day of autumn day we have going on here, I hope you're having a lovely day wherever you are. It's also Wednesday, so it's time to gather over at Julia's Stamping Ground to see what's been happening on crafty workdesks all over the world.

My craft room is currently occupied by BHS#2 so any crafty stuff going on around here this week is limited to what can be done at the dining table, so here's my creative space this week ...

The scribble pad to the RHS of my lap top is full of notes about properties - we're looking for somewhere for the aforementioned BHS to rent locally. Just in front of the lap top is a doodle colouring-in book and some packs of organza pieces in beautiful ombre shades. BHS got all of these in his local Pound Shop (to my non-UK friends, that's the same as a Dollar Store I think) - we're planning to do some more "Pound Shop Projects" like this cute Sock Kitty which we made together back in January ...

Right now we are off to view a couple of houses which look just perfect - wish us luck!! I'll see you over at Julia's later, when I can have a nice cup of tea and a good old nosey around other people's workrooms - love it! :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon.

Annie xxx

Friday, 18 September 2015

Arty Farty Design Team!!

Hi Everyone,

This is a very exciting moment for me :o) Ladies and Gentlemen, please allow me to introduce ... drum roll .....

... the small but perfectly formed Arty Farty Design Team wooooHOOOOo!!!

Trina and Amanda have been great friends and scrapping buddies of mine since 2007, when a group of us first gathered around my dining room table to play with pretty paper. Over the years, our little group has grown, we have learned from and inspired each other and still enjoy getting together for some serious cutting and sticking whenever we can. I love their individual scrapping styles and I was really chuffed when they agreed to join my little team!

Amanda Reynolds
Petrina Eve
The third member of my team is my BHS Tom, who is my Arty Farty IT Wizard. As well as helping me to put some of my ideas into practice, he is always full of creative inspiration and has threatened to have a go at digi scrapping. He is also annoyingly good at crochet and makes a mean pasta sauce.

Arty Farty Annie is sponsoring CSI next month, so my intrepid band of scrappers will be featuring as Guest Detectives - watch out for their pages to see how they solve the October Case Files.

I'm so proud and excited :o)

Thanks for visiting today, see you again soon

Annie xxx

Daisy, Daisy ...

Hi there,

It's me AGAIN with a second project to show you this week ...

I used the daisy and some stitching detail from my Georgie Stamp Set, a sentiment from a gorgeous set designed by Jennifer Ellory which was free on a magazine, and a beautiful smooth oval of Stampbord (that isn't a spelling mistake by the way). Here's how I made it ...

Shrink to Fit

Hey everyone,

Long time no blogging, but life is just now starting to calm down a little, so I managed to squeeze in some playtime this week wooHOOOO!!!

Here's what I made first - a miniature Georgie, just about 3" high in her stripey stockings. I've photographed her against a book page so you can see how teeny she is ...

This was such a quick and fun project, I can't wait to try it with some other stamps - I think they would make great embellies for cards and scrapbooks. Here's how I did it ...

Monday, 24 August 2015

Friends Selfie

Hi everyone,

My friend Trina and I had a scrappy session last week and we decided to follow another fab class with Shimelle Laine. We really enjoyed ourselves and as always our pages ended up looking completely different from Shimelle's and from each other's. Here's mine ...

... featuring one of my favourite photos of (L-R) me with my good friends Emma, Chel and Polly. It may not be the best quality, but I love how this picture shows each of us looking happy, relaxed and just being ourselves - we don't get to see each other very often these days, but when we do, we are comfortable with each other straight away, as if it was only a week ago that we last got together, not a whole year. We've shared some tough times and some joyful ones and I really miss these girls.

The photo is pretty rubbish, but you get the gist - this was meant to be more of an L shaped composition, but as always I had to go a little off piste! It was great to use some Quirky Kit goodies - this was the perfect opportunity to use the gorgeous felt icecream sundae - and I also used some really old stash (a couple of the strips came from paper pads I bought when I first started scrapping in 2007!!). 

I'm thinking we really need to get one of those "selfie sticks" for next year's adventure ...

Thanks for visiting my blog today, see you again soon :o)

Annie xxx

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Special Invitation with a Video Toot!

Hi Everyone,

Some friends of mine are getting married in September and I was really chuffed when they asked me to make their wedding invitations. Between us, we came up with this fun and pretty design ...

... which opens up like this to reveal the invitation and all the necessary details ...

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

WOYWW #324

Hi Everyone,

Is it really Wednesday again already?! In that case, it's time to show the world What's On Your Workdesk and then pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground to see what everyone else has been up to.

This week I set up a temporary crafting camp in my room at Keble College Oxford where I was staying with three of my dearest friends for a few days ...

This picture was taken before I had unpacked - it looked a bit different later that evening, when the four of us gathered here for some serious crafting (and a glass or three of course) and we had lots of fun making these Japanese paper dolls ...

These would be great as bookmarks for little gifts or fundraisers. They're so easy and fun to make and a great way to use up scraps of paper and ribbon. I might do a little tutorial soon, so watch this space if you fancy having a go!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Soul Mates

Hi Everyone,

Here's another finished page from the Scrapstars weekend back in April - this class was with the talented Tracee Provis ...

Tracee always comes up with such clever ideas and stylish pages. This time, she showed us how to cut the patterned papers into strips and assemble them to create pockets across the page and we made little cards to tuck inside the pockets - a perfect way to add journaling and extra photos to tell your story.

Our kit included a cute little wooden camera stamp - we stamped this in black ink onto plain white card to create these fun embellishments ...

... and I love the tiny wooden frames Tracee found for us - I added a hint of colour to mine with Distress Inks ...

We created a cluster with images cut from the patterned paper, one of the little frames and a scattering of enamel dots. Tracee added lots of stitched detail to her page, but I was too lazy to get my machine out, so I did lots of doodling instead. I love the end result and will definitely use this clever pocket design again.

Thanks for visiting my blog today, see you again soon :o)

Annie xxx

Amidst the Dreaming Spires Again ...

Hi Everyone,

It's Day Four of our sojourn amidst the dreaming spires and it looks like the sun will be shining for us again today. Yesterday we visited the Pitt Rivers Museum - we hadn't heard of it, but as it's very close to where we're staying at Keble College, we thought we'd pop in on our way to the Ashmolean. Four hours later, we finally managed to tear ourselves away - it was amazing; stuffed full of fascinating artifacts ...

After a spot of lunch, we went on to the Ashmolean Museum, where there was a wonderful exhibition called Great British Drawings. My feet were very weary by the end of the day, but my head is full of ideas and inspiration. I am also full of cakes and pies, but let's not go into that!

Once we've fortified ourselves with a delicious breakfast in the Great Hall ...

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... we're off to check out a couple of interesting shops which we noticed yesterday, possibly have more cake, then head off for the highlight of our stay - a tour of the Bodleian Library. We booked this months ago and we're SO looking forward to it :o)

Thanks for popping in today, have a great weekend wherever you are and I'll see you again soon.

Annie xxx