Wednesday, 23 November 2016

WOYWW #390 - Messier and Messier

Hello everyone,

I'm writing this very quickly on Tuesday evening. By the time it posts itself, it will be Wednesday and time for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. I'll be at work by then, but the lovely Zsuzsa from InkyDinkyDoodle is going to link up for me over at Julia's Stamping Ground. Thanks Zsuzsa!

My desk is a total embarrassment this week - as you can see, I've got to the "shove the clutter to the sides to make JUST enough room to work in" stage AGAIN ...

In my defence, though, it is creative chaos! There's a card there, almost ready to post to a special friend for her birthday tomorrow.

So, whether your workdesk is beautiful and organised or even messier than mine, why not join us over at Julia's and show the world what's happening in your creative space this week? :o)

Thanks for visiting, I'll catch up with everyone as soon as I can :o)

Annie xxx

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Remembering Wonderment

Hello Everyone,

We're nearly at the end of this amazing year of Life Book 2016. For week 47, the lovely Tracy Verdugo showed us how to put together "Inspiration Bundles" and use them as prompts to create another page for our Life Books. She encouraged us to treat this as a playful process and rekindle our sense of wonderment and curiosity

I loved this idea, but felt a little daunted, because I had no idea of where I would end up and didn't even know where to start!

My picture certainly went through some ugly phases, but I carried on regardless and tried to enjoy the journey and just play with the ideas prompted by my Inspiration Bundle.

Here's how it ended up, a bit weird, but hey ho, it's meaningful to me so that's ok ...

The first step is to make up the inspiration bundle of various pieces of paper ephemera. Here's mine all tied up and ready to go ...

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Gilding the Lily

HI Everyone,

I've just caught up with the second bonus lesson for week 45 of Life Book 2016, in which the wonderful Faith Evans-Sills inspired us to paint and doodle on fallen autumn leaves. It did occur to me that it could be kind of gilding the lily to decorate these already-beautiful things, but then I thought, "Why not?! They're just lying there on the ground, why not have fun, enjoy them, be inspired by their shapes and colours ... " It was also really interesting to work on a completely different surface and I found that the Posca acrylic paint pens worked really well.

Here's how mine turned out ...

Faith suggested making them into a banner, or hanging them on a wall, and I thought they could make an unusual greetings card too, but in the end I wanted them to be included in my Life Book, so I stuck them to a page with heavy gel. Not something I would ever have thought of doing before, but I love how it turned out :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon.

Annie Xxxx

Tuesday, 15 November 2016


Hi everyone,

Now I'm all caught up with the Tim Holtz Tags of 2016, I was determined not to fall behind, so I grabbed a few minutes this morning to make my tag for November. Well, in fact I've been making mini journal pages instead of tags and I just about have room to squeeze one last page in for December.

This year, Tim has been combining two techniques from previous years to create something totally different each month. For November, he reworked Remnant Rub Resist and Dimensional Colouring, as well as layering die cut cork over torn corrugated card to create lots of interesting texture.

Here's my version ..

The rose was stamped with Archival Ink onto the background and again onto some watercolour paper. The raised parts were coloured with Distress Inks on the watercolour paper, cut out and adhered to the background with foam dots. I think it gives a great three-dimensional effect, and I love the way the remnant rubs resist the inks and create that white halo around them.

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

Annie xxx

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Finding Joy in the Small Things

Hi Everyone,

Winter is definitely peeping over the parapets here this week, with steely grey skies and a sudden drop in temperature, but we are still enjoying the beautiful autumnal hues all around us. My very hard-working and tidy-minded husband has been hoovering up the leaves in our garden, whereas I've just been gathering a few pretty ones for my next Life Book project!

For week 46, we had a lesson with the talented Tamara Laporte, who showed us how to draw and paint a beautiful wreath to celebrate Autumn. She also made some really cute Quirky Pumpkins, which I will be trying as soon as I get a chance. Here's my version of the wreath ...

We sketched it in pencil first, then added watery colour (I used my Wispa markers and a water brush), finishing with fine black ink to add definition and detail. After that, I went back in with Inktense water-soluble pencils to add more depth to the colours.

I was inspired by leaves and seed pods which are in my own garden, but used a LOT of artistic license! It was really quick and easy to do and I love the end result - it would be fun to do one for each of the seasons wouldn't it?

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, hope you are enjoying and feeling inspired by the seasonal changes wherever you are today :o)

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

WOYWW#388 - messes and prizes!

Hi everyone,

I'll be at work by the time this posts itself for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - hopefully the lovel Zsuzsa at Inky Dinky Doodle will do the honours and link up for me (thanks again Zsuzsa!) and I'll be back later for a snout around to see what everyone else has been up to this week. Why not join us over at Julia's Stamping Ground and show the world what's on YOUR workdesk this week?

Here's mine as it was on Sunday afternoon - no action at all since then!

As you can see, it's got to the point where I barely have room to work on there at all .... again!!! I'm reasonable clean and tidy everywhere else, and my WORK desk (ie at the office) is really organised - but in my little workroom I am a total pig ... I very happy pig though :o)

Most exciting thing on there is the TH die set and little pot of Perfect Pearls, which arrived from Simon Says Stamp on Saturday. I was lucky enough to be one of the winners on Tim Holtz Tags of 2016 in September - the prize was a $25 voucher for SSS and I had SO much fun spending it, but it was really difficult deciding what I wanted the most, because their range is ENORMOUS!!

The picture underneath has actually been finished since I took this photo - but I brought it downstairs to colour in whilst watching Poldark on catch-up TV yesterday. It's going to be a long wait until the next series ...

Thanks for popping in today and I apologise in advance if I'm late visiting this week - I have to work around new working hours now. Have a lovely day and a crafty week.

Annie xxx

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Annie's Emporium of Needful Things

Hello Everyone,

We're on Week 44 of Life Book 2016 - I can't believe it's nearly over! There were two lessons this week. This one was with the lovely Lisa Viger, who created a piece called "I am Worthy of Spinach"! Lisa encouraged us to think about and celebrate things we love and enjoy and to believe that we are worthy of them. She divided the page into sections, filled each box with sketches, doodles and words to show important things in her life, and then added colour to the inked outlines to finish it off.

Mine is a slightly different take on the idea - the "I am worthy" didn't quite sing to me, so I decided to record all the things which are important in my life and which make me happy, and set it out like a page in a catalogue, or a shop window ...

I am very much enjoyed doodling with words just lately - seems to be I want to write all over everything I do at the moment :o)

Thanks for visiting me today, have a happy and creative week and I'll see you again soon.

Annie xxx

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Happiness is not a Destination ...

Hello everyone,

There's a chill in the air and grey skies today here in Norfolk - brrrrrr!!! I've been collecting beautiful fallen leaves for my next Life Book project - watch this space :o)

Not too much arty farty time this week, but I did finish my journal page for Week 44 of Life Book. This was a very enjoyable yet challenging lesson. Tam, who is the creator of Life Book, got together on Skype with the wonderful Effy Wild to play "Art Journal Tag". It was great fun to watch and then I had a go myself - here's what I ended up with ...

Perhaps this is an over-used saying, and I did have to paraphrase it to make it fit - but I think it's so true and particularly appropriate for this page, because I had to embrace the process and just enjoy the doing of it, having no idea what was coming next or where I would end up!

The idea of Art Journal Tag is that you work with an arty farty friend and take turns to pick prompts from a "hat" to use on your page. Effy provided us with around 50 prompts - based on techniqes, media, colour and so on. I didn't have anyone to work with, so I picked 9 prompts at the start and worked through them in order, allowing only 10 minutes for each one.

Here are some pics of the process ...