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