Saturday, 30 April 2016

My Story, My Altar

Hi Everyone,

I've been catching up with week 17 of Life Book 2016- this time, the lovely Roxanne Coble showed us how to build up lots of layers of collage, paint and penwork to create a space to honour some important events in our lives.

It was a brilliant class, full of tips and ideas and inspiration. My new Golden paints got their first airing and I made the most wonderfully colourful mess on my desk! Here's what I ended up with -

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

WOYWW #360

Hi Everyone,

I've missed a few Wednesdays but just about got time to today to show you what's on my workdesk today and then I'll be back later to catch up with some of my fellow deskers and see what they've all been up to this week. If you would like to join in, just pop over to the lovely Julia's Stamping Ground and link up with a photo of What's On Your Workdesk this Wednesday - see you there :o)

Here's mine ...

I've been working on my latest LifeBook project and, as you can see, I've made a right old mess in the process - but what a lot of fun I had making it! 

That's it, short and sweet today - I'm off to Julia's to link up and have a nosey :o)

See you again soon

Annie xxx

Monday, 25 April 2016

Beach Babies

Hi Everyone,

I have another finished Scrapstars page to share with you. In this class, the talented Kathy Rogers showed us how to create texture with corrugated card, hessian, paint and stencils.

It doesn't have a title as such, but this picture shows my babies on the beach with their cousin around thirty years ago - I don't believe it!!!

We also altered flowers and plaster embellishments with paint and gave them a pearly finish, then added some sticky words. When I got home, I couldn't resist adding a few more bits and bobs, like the wooden anchor and some cork pieces. My photo was very small, so I had to add some extra hessian and some book paper to fill out the space, but I grunged it up to make it look deliberate!

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

Annie xxx

Learn Every Day

Hi Everyone,

I've finished another one of my UFOs from Scrapstars - well, nearly finished!! I still have a bit of journaling to do and maybe a subtitle ... but it's as finished as it's going to get for right now.

For this class we got messy with Lisa Abbot-Saunders from the Lollipop Box Club. We had fun using paint to create a watercolour effect for the background, but my favourite part was making a hand drawn and cut title ...

It was a real revelation for me. so easy to do and totally absorbing - and it even made my ropey handwriting look arty-farty. Also, as Lisa pointed out, it's completely free! :o)

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Best Friends

Hi Everyone,

Last Friday, my good friend Trina and I went off to Leeds for Scrapstars woohoo!! We'd been looking forward to it for months and we weren't disappointed :o) For a whole weekend, the most difficult decision we had to make was which photo to scrap and whether to have another piece of cake!

As always, I came back with lots of goodies and several UFOs as I am not the fastest scrapper! Here's one page I managed to finish during a class with the lovely Tracee Provis

Friday, 22 April 2016

Tim Holtz Tags Catch-Up

Hello everyone, me again!

Just had a quick look at my previous post about my April tag for Tim Holtz Tags of 2016 and realised I hadn't done a post about the March tag oooopss!!

So here's Tim's gorgeous tag for March ...


This tag combined two techniques from previous years - textured surfaces, and dimensional die cuts. I had to wing it a bit as always as I didn't have all Tim's supplies, and my version didn't quite have the same effect, but I was really happy with the end result ...

Tim Holtz April Tag

Hi Everyone,

Long time no see - my last post was almost a month ago, I've just been too busy doing stuff to have time to blog about it! But at least some of that other stuff was fun and creative, so brace yourselves for a little flurry of catch-up posts :o)

No matter how busy life gets this year, I am determined to keep up with the fabulous Tim Holtz Tags of 2016. Click here to check out this wonderful series of tutorials - this year, we're revisiting previous tutorials and combining techniques to create something new.

Here's Tim's tag for April ...


This month, Tim showed us how to combine the faux mosaic technique with paint resist to make this beautiful bird on a woodgrain background. As always, I had some but not all of the supplies he used, so I had to get inventive with what I had available - but that's one of the things I love about this challenge. Here's my version ...