Friday, 17 November 2017

Recycling Old Envelopes

Hello Bloggy Friends,

Here's a fun idea for what to do with all those old envelopes, rather than just chucking them in the recycling bin - turn them into dinky mini window envelopes to hold journaling cards for scrapbook and PL pages. These are all about 2" or 3" long ...

After opening the envelopes out flat, I used my WRMK Envelope Board to cut and score them (you could make them without the board, but it does make life a lot easier!). Some I turned inside out as I like the look of the printing.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Playing with Paper Artsy Stamps

Hello everyone,

Hope you're all enjoying a happy and creative week out there.

My friend Trina and I recently went on a trip to Ally Pally to see one of those giant arts and crafts shows and we had wonderful time. We bought loads of stuff we really really needed and got to do some "make-n-takes" as well. One of these was at the PaperArtsy stand, where we tried out several stamps and had a go at colouring them with Distress Oxides.

Yesterday, I decided it was time to do something with these sweet little images, so I finished colouring them and turned them into a set of quirky Christmas cards ...

I didn't buy the stamps - only because I'd already bought several other sets of stamps by that stage - but I did buy three colours of Distress Oxide, which I used to create the backgrounds for these. I cut the solid shapes out and mounted them on foam pads for dimension, adding the scribbly lines back in by hand with a Micron pen. Final touch was a subtle shimmer with my Wink of Stella pen - doesn't show in the pics really, but looks fab IRL.

The insides will just have "It's Christmas!" in black Micron pen. Not traditionally Christmassy I know, but I think they're fun :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon.

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

WOYWW #441 - Messy Rooms and Missing Mojo

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloggy Friends,

It's been a while, but I'm back in the room:o)

For those not in the know, it's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday and you can find out all about it over at Julia's Stamping Ground. It's been AGES since I last joined in, largely because my Mojo has been missing. I have still managed to make a HUGE MESS of my desk though ...

... and it's not just the desk. Take a peek to the left ....

... and behind me...

Sigh. I really need to tidy my room - again. Maybe my missing Mojo is hiding in there somewhere ...

Anyway, if you would like to show the world YOUR workdesk, or just have a nosey at other creative spaces all over the world, just pop over to Julia's, everyone is welcome. See you there! 

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

Annie xxx

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

It's Just a Balancing Act

Good Morning Lovely Bloggy Friends,

Another beautiful though chilly Autumnal day beginning here in Norfolk UK and I have a fun day out with my good friend Trina to look forward to.

My Missing Mojo is just beginning to think about tiptoeing back into the house I think. I've beeen enjoying playing in the art journal I made out of recycled Amazon packaging a while back - it's become my collage book and even when I can't seem to do anything else, I can always do a bit of cutting, sticking and colouring in there. Here's one I finished last night ...

For this page, I used a combination of printable collage sheets from Crowabout StudioB which I bought from Mischief Circus, pieces cut from magazines, and some of my stash of alphas.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Chasing my Mojo and Catching Up!

Hello Everyone,

It's been a strange few weeks for me and not much at all going on at the ArtyFarty Front - due to a combination of lack of time, lack of energy and a Missing Mojo. All is not right with my world if I'm not doing a bit of something creative every day, so it's been a bit weird.

Anyway, I thought I'd have a play with some alcohol inks and Yupo paper, inspired by a lesson with the lovely Azoline for Week 35 of Wanderlust 2017 -

It was a bit of a battle, I couldn't get it to come out "right" at all and it's NOTHING like Azoline's beautiful, whimsical piece, but hey, at least I had a go and it was fun to play with the inks on this strange shiny not-paper stuff.

Today I plan to pack my kit ready for a couple of crafty jollies I have coming up - hopefully that will get my creative juices flowing again. Meanwhile, I'll go tidy my room in readiness ...

Thanks for popping in to see me, see you again soon. Have a wonderful arty-farty week wherever you are :o)

Annie xxx

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Theo's Theatre

Hello my bloggy friends,

It's another beautiful autumnal day here, and my Mojo still hasn't returned from her holidays yet.

I just don't feel "right" if I don't do something creative every day, I can't settle, it's like there's something important missing, but it's not something you can force is it? What to do then? The lovely Helen Wallace had a good suggestion - she always has a tidy-up when her mojo does a bunk. Having a good old sort-out in your craft room when you don't feel like doing anything else in there can work wonders - you may rediscover stuff you'd forgotten about, you may end up inspired and at the very least your room will be all lovely and ready for your Mojo's homecoming.

Another trick is to work on a project which doesn't require any thinking at all, but still feels creative and produces something you are happy with. Here's one I did a little while ago, after a trip to beautiful Lacock in Wiltshire with my girlies ...

All over Lacock, there were all kinds of things for sale - set up on little tables with an "honesty box", or just laid out on window-ledges with instructions to pop the money into the letterbox. There were gorgeous home-made treats, home-grown veg, old books and toys, hand-made souvenirs and all sorts. I was chuffed to bits to find not one but two pristine copies of this sweet book by Prue Theobalds, for only £1 each!!

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Snap Snap SNAP!!

Hello everyone,

Well, so much for my Big Plans to spend loads of time in my craft room, capturing my memories of beautiful Poland in various arty farty formats - in fact, I've hardly had any crafty time at all over the last couple of weeks, and when there has been time I've been getting that thing where you just can't decide what you want to do, so you get sucked into YouTube instead.

On Saturday I met up with some of my artyfarty friends for our monthly crafty day. I took along loads of scrapping stuff and more of my Big Plans but apparently forgot to pack my Mojo ... we were there from 9.30 until 4pm and I just about managed to finish one scrapbook page!

I started with this fabulous sketch from Laura Whitaker at Stuck?! Sketches (always love Laura's sketches) ...

And I had loads of lovely papers and embellies to play with, plus some photos of Yours Truly on a Greek Islands holiday around 25 years ago (eeek!!) ...

There is a new challenge for October over at GoGoGetaway which I wanted to have a go at. This month we had an Elements Challenge set by Essie -

Sunday, 1 October 2017


Hello Bloggy Friends,

We just got back yesterday from our trip to beautiful Krakow - we fell in love with the place and the people and I have come home with my head stuffed full of memories and images which will probably inspire a few art journal pages. More about that over the next couple of weeks :o)

As always, I couldn't wait to get into my craft room this morning. Today is the deadline for this month's challenge over at GoGoGetaway. This time, Giselle set us a sketch challenge -

I decided to turn the sketch 90 degrees clockwise and flip it vertically ...

The papers I used were from my latest Quirky Kit, mostly the Carousel collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper. The bright pastel doilies were from the kit too, along with the ticket (from a Pretty Little Studio pack I think). The clouds, sun and raindrops were diecut from white cardstock (dies from China via Ali Express) - I used my Prismacolour pencils to colour them in. And finally the title is a chipboard sticker from a lovely set which was a thankyou gift at the last GoGo retreat I went to earlier this year.

The story behind these photos of my good friend Trina and Yours Truly is that we were on a day trip to Cromer on the train (was meant to be Sheringham but I got confused and bought tickets to the wrong town but we had lovely day anyway). One minute, the sun was shining and we were paddling in the sea, the next the heavens opened and we were running for the train, soaking wet but laughing our head off! What a fabulous day!! :o)

Thanks for popping in to see me today, lots of crafty catching up to do so I'll be back very soon!

Have a wonderful creative week my arty-farty friends!

Annie xxx

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Dreaming in Colours

Hi everyone,

Brrrrr it's definitely autumnal out there today, but we can look forward to cosy nights in with lots of time for cutting and sticking :o)

Continuing my current obsession with collage - here's another one I finished over the weekend ...

Again I started with a background of paint and "Gelli dellies" arranged various printed images - some of them came from magazines (I don't tend to buy women's magazines, but I found the Sunday supplements particularly bountiful) but most of them on this one were from collage sheets by Crowabout StudioB which you can buy and download from Mischief Circus.

I love the whole process - cutting out all the pieces, playing with the arrangement, then enhancing the whole thing with coloured pencils and doodling. Brilliant fun which I can't get enough of at the moment!

Hope you're having fun wherever you are today, thanks for popping in to see me :o)

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

WOYWW #432

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloggy Friends,

It should be WWOYWW this week cos it's blowing a gale out there today - a Windy What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday :o)

I'm off out for the day with my son in a bit, but I just have time to do a quick post and then I'll be back to catch up with everyone later. For anyone reading this who has no idea what I'm on about, this is the day we gather over at Julia's Stamping Ground, share pics of our creative spaces and then have a wander around to see what everyone else has been up to this week - it's brilliant fun and everyone's welcome, so jump in and join us if you dare!!

Without further waffle, here's what's on mine -

My current obsession is collage, so I've been cutting printed images out and filing them away in clear pockets. For anyone who was interested to see how the Trash Dolls turned out, here's a couple of peeks, but I'll do a full reveal when they're all done ..

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Queen Bee

Hi Everyone,

You know that thing that sometimes happens, where something inspires you and you become obsessed with it and just can't get enough of it? Well, that happens to me quite often and this week it has all been about collage with printed images. Here's my first one ...

There are many YouTube tutorials and process videos, but one of my favourites is CraftyHodges - check out her channel for loads of inspiration. Here's what I did ...

Monday, 11 September 2017

Trash Dolls Are Coming!!!

Hi Everyone,

It's been a busy summer, but I have still managed to squeeze in some crafty time. One of my favourite projects recently has been turning a pile of assorted empty boxes into a crowd of colourful characters I've decided to call Trash Dolls (because they were made from recycled trash).

Here are the first four finished ...

My son says they're creepy, but I love them, they're my weird children :o)

Here's how they started out ...

Saturday, 2 September 2017

One Sheet Is All You Need ...

Hi there Bloggy Mates,

By the time this post publishes itself, I should be busy doing nothing with three of my besties from way back when ...
Left to right: Michelle, Emma and Polly
We have booked a little place all to ourselves and plan to spend a few days catching up, crafting, chatting and generally chilling - probably quite a lot of eating and drinking will be going on as well.

I thought it would be nice to take a little home-made gift for each of them, so I decided to have a go at these little albums, each made from just one sheet of 12" square paper ...

All the papers I used and most of the embellishments came from some scrapbooking pads I bought back in 2007, when I first started scrapping. They're still pretty and I think this was agreat way to use some of them up - they include little diecut pieces like tags, words and borders, so all I had to add was some ribbon, a paper clip and the heart/flower/button on the fronts. I also popped in some washi samples and a few tiny prints of some selfies we took during a previous trip, just to get them going ...

Hehehehe - they'll LOVE those :o)

The books are full of pockets and stuffed with little tags, folders, clips and tuck spots - the idea is to add pictures, words and mementoes of our trip. I hope they'll like the idea as much as I do!

If you would like to try making an album out of one sheet of scrapbook paper, just have a quick search on YouTube - there are just LOADS of tutorials and ideas on there.

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon!

Annie xxx

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Beautiful Boho Beads from Fabric Scraps

Hello Bloggy Friends,

What a bright and beautiful morning it is here in Norfolk UK, I hope you are having a happy day wherever you are in the world :o)

I treated myself to a lovely long cotton summer dress a couple of weeks ago and, because I am a little vertically challenged at 5' 2", I had to take a good 5" off the bottom. The piece I cut off didn't go to waste, as I used it to fashion some straps (my strapless days are a dim and distant memory, I need sturdy upholstery these days!) - but I still ended up with some small scraps, which I was about to chuck in the bin, when inspiration struck me ... I remembered some YT vids I've been watching showing how to turn fabric scraps into beads.

So, I sat in the garden with some glue and a barbecue stick, winding the scrap around to create beads and finishing some of them with bits of lace. Result - a necklace to match my new dress ...

Some of the clever people on YT make much more elaborate ones than these, with beads and fibres added, and all kinds of colours and textures. I will definitely have another go, as I have a mountain of fabrics, beads and fibres which I'm sure would work and it really was very easy to do - the kind of thing I could take to our monthly crafty session and do whilst yakking and drinking coffee :o)

Thanks for visitng me today, see you again soon!

Annie xxx

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Printer Tray Love

Hi Everyone,

Today is our wedding anniversary - it's SIX YEARS since John and I were married - how did THAT happen so quickly?!

Instead of a card, I gave John this little house-shaped printer tray which I made at the Mattishall Mixed Media/Craft Group a couple of months ago, using a kit from Tando Creative ...

The lovely Di Oliver from Tando supplied the basic printer tray kit, as well as a selection of chippie pieces, stamps and stencils, and various Decoart paints and media to choose from and play with. We each brought our own little treasures to add to our projects as well, so every single one was totally unique.

I'm very happy with how mine turned out - I added lots of little love tokens and symbols and wrote a message on the back with a Posca paint pen. John was very pleased with it too :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon !!

Annie xxx

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Teeny People on a Big Adventure

Hi Bloggy Friends,

Hope you are having a happy weekend wherever you are in the world - it's sunshine and showers again here, but I'm hoping to do some more sorting in my garage today, perhaps discover some more forgotten treasures.

My day started well, when the postman brought me a package from China (crafty goodies) and a little envelope from my kind friend Karen, who sent me these REALLY teeny people ...

They must be 24th scale I think (I put a biro there to give an idea of their size) and I have no idea where Karen got them - maybe they're for architects's models or miniature railway scenes??

Anyway, all kinds of possibilities await them - my favourite idea at the moment is to create tiny worlds for them in unexpected places ... what would YOU do with them?

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

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

WOYWW #428 - in which theTrash Dolls move one step closer

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloggy Pals,

It's Wednesday (well it will be by the time you read this) so it's time to show the world What's On Your Workdesk this week, by linking up over at Julia's Stamping Ground and then having a wander around lots of other creative spaces all over the world to see what everyone else has been up to.

Here's mine this week - slightly more colourful than last week, when these were just empty packaging boxes and ribbon spools ...

First I covered them in old book paper (from an algebra text book which used to belong to my husband when he was a schoolboy) ...

Then I coloured them with Golden fluid acrylic paints - brilliant for this, as they're translucent and very pigmented - love those juicy colours!!

Next week, I should be able to show you my finished Arty-FArty Trash Dolls!

Meanwhile, I'll be popping over to Julia's to have a nosey at everyone else's workrooms - see you there :o)

Annie xxx

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

New Baby, Bad Hair Day

Hi everyone,

It's a funny old day here in the East of England - at the moment, it's stopped raining but it's still very damp and grey. Later on it's supposed to be "getting out" as they say around these parts - i.e. the sun is going to win through after all - in which case, I plan to finish sorting out the years of accumulated clobber in the garage, hopefully unearthing some long-lost treasures! :o)

Here's a little gem of a photo which had been buried and recently resurfaced. Before you look, imagine this for a second ... you are 21, you've been in labour for three days, you feel sweaty and bedraggled, but you are totally in love with your perfect new baby boy ... your husband goes to take a photo of you and the baby and you say, "Wait! Does my hair look ok?" and he says, "You look fine!".
It's the olden days, so you wait three weeks for the film to be developed, then eagerly open the envelope to see how the photographs turned out ...I was not best pleased with this one, but it does capture the moment ...

 This page was inspired by two scrappy challenges. The lovely Jo Boland set a colour challenge for August over at Go Go Getaway. Love the bright colours, but had to go a bit muted and vintage for this photo ...

I also used this fab sketch by Laura Whitaker over at Stuck?! Sketches ...

Brilliant sketch which I will definitely use again! So, I'm going to link this up for both challenges - check out their blogs for loads of inspiration.

I really wanted to scrap this photo, as it is precious (despite my disastrous hair, dodgy home-made nightie and gormless expression) but I feel it turned out kinda drab - a faded, 1970s version of the bright colours I enjoy these days. Maybe I will have another go with the same sketch and colours but a different photo and see how I get on.

Meanwhile, thanks for visiting my blog today, always lovely to see you :o)

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

WOYWW #427 - in which I show yer me old china!!

Hello Lovely Deskers and Bloggy Friends,

It's been AGES since I joined in with What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday (too much other stuff getting in the way) and I've missed snouting around other people's craft rooms and seeing what everyone else has been up to.

If you would like to find out what I'm going on about and maybe show the world what's on your workdesk this week, just pop into to Julia's Stamping Ground - everyone's welcome :o)

Here's my desk this morning, in readiness for a massive cutting and sticking session ...

The plan is to turn these old boxes into gorgeous Art Dolls, by covering them with paper from my husband's old school algebra textbook, throwing some paint and stuff about, adding some vintage images off Tinternet and sprinkling with various bits and bobs which are currently cluttering up my craft room.

I've also been making Really Tiny Things again, like these little vintage-style plates ...

I just printed some images I found online - there are loads out there, like this one which is all blue-and-white china, very pretty. Just search for something like vintage crockery printable. All of these in the picture below came from just one sheet which I printed onto lightweight card ...

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Handmade Pot Plants in 1:12 scale

Hi everyone,

Crafty time has been a bit hit-and-miss recently, with so much other fun stuff going on :o) When I do have time to play, it's often difficult to decide which of my current obsessions I most want to work on - scrapping, miniatures, art journalling or any of the various other projects and UFOs I have on the go at the moment - so many ideas, so much stuff, so little time!!

This week, the miniatures have been winning. I have a Christmas room box on the go for a friend, and I also made some 12th scale pot plants, inspired by the very lovely Annie Christenson from We Love Miniatures ...

Annie is so clever, and generously shares templates and printables on her blog, as well as excellent tutorials on her YouTube channel. The arrangement in the picture above was made with paper, wire, paint, card, some string, tea leaves and some tiny sprigs from a dried flower spray.

For this project, Annie photographed her own hosta plants to produce a printable sheet, including a variety of individual leaves for a natural look. The idea is to cut them out, shape them and glue them on to wires, then arrange them together in pots. One printed sheet produced all of these ...

Annie's looked much more "anatomically-correct", but I'm still pleased with how mine turned out. They will make a great addition to some of my little scenes. I had some little wooden pots knocking around, which I finished with acrylic paint and ink to look like old terracotta. I also made the two troughs out of card, which I trimmed with braid and again added paint and ink to try and achieve the effect of terracotta and old metal with a patina.

Here a few more pics ...

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Upcycling and Using Stuff Up

Hello Bloggy Friends,

Like many of us these days, I love to recycle/upcycle/repurpose rather than throw away stuff which may be useful AND I have way too much crafty stash. In other words, I'm a hoarder by nature. It quietly drives my DH nuts and I'm starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by it all. This year, I'm on a mission to use it all up - clear the decks a bit and really enjoy all that lovely stuff I've accumulated over the years.

So, this was a perfect project for me at the moment - it started with recycled takeaway bags and Amazon packaging, which I fashioned into a little mini book like this ...

...then I piled on loads of ribbons, lace, flowers and other trinkets and treasures I've been saving for special for AGES ...

Here's the back cover ...

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Bohemian Patchwork

Hi Everyone,

Can't believe that we're really over half way through the year already and this is Week 28 of Wanderlust 2017!! It's proving to be a great arty-farty adventure and I've been trying so many new things - it's been an amazing experience :o)

Last week, lovely Sandra Evertson showed us how she creates a beautiful Bohemian Patchwork wall hanging, using gorgeous vintage fabrics which she finds in thrift stores (charity shops here in the UK). She also demonstrated how to make a hand-painted and beaded pendant which can hang on the piece as a focal point or be taken off when you want to wear it.

Here's how mine turned out ...

Sandra's pieces were all hand-stitched onto her base, which looked beautiful, but I wanted to finish mine quickly today, so I used a glue gun to stick everything onto a piece of mount board from the stash I totted from a local framer.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Love Your Smile

Hi Everyone

This month the challenge over at GoGoGetaway is this mood board ...

Be Inspired by a moodboard Lisa's challenge July
... and here's my finished page (sorry, very dark photo as it was all stormy here when I took the picture, so the light was awful) ...

This is a school photo of my beautiful niece, Alice, taken a couple of years ago. I can see so much of her Dad, my brother Ivan, in this picture. 

As well as the colour scheme of mint, sugar-mouse pink, fuschia, gold and black, I picked up several elements to maybe use on my page - 
  • Confetti/sprinkles
  • Hanging/stacked pieces
  • Balloons
  • String/twine
  • Hearts
  • Circles
  • Candy stripes, rolled paper
  • Black/white photo
  • Jewels, pearls
  • Frames
  • Handpainted words
  • XOXO
  • Mermaids, rainbows, unicorns, fairies
I had a play with a new stamp set I bought from China through Ali Express, using VersaColor inkpads in a pale pink and pale teal to create a watercolour effect background (which mostly got covered up in the end, but it was fun to do and pretty while it lasted) ...

The stuff I used was mostly from Quirky Kits new and old but I also threw in some bits and bobs from my stash. I love the Paper Fuel patterned paper with the stripes on one side and hand-drawn wordage on the other. I used the stripes to frame my page and fussy cut the word "smile" from the A side as my title. The KaiserCraft cut-apart sheet was a favourite as well. 

As always, I enjoyed making my own embellishments - stamping, fussy-cutting, stacking diecuts and making "paper springs" to add dimension to flat elements like the die-cut heart at the bottom of the page. 

Check out the GoGoGetaway challenge yourself - you can win 100 Hey Little Magpie points to spend on scrappy goodies, just by posting your creation on the FB page.

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

Annie xxx

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Amazon Art Journal

Hi Everyone,

Hope you're having a lovely weekend wherever you are in the world and managing to squeeze in some creative playtime :o)

You know when you get a tiny delivery from Amazon and it comes with shedloads of packaging? I hate that. Well, here's the story of how I turned this (this is really now it arrived) ...

... into this gorgeously colourful art journal ...

I was inspired by the wonderful Rae Missigman, who encouraged us to "Build something beautiful out of the ordinary" for week 26 of Wanderlust 2017. Rae started with large envelopes and plain paper, but I adapted the idea to use what I had available ...

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

A Close Eye

Hi everyone,

A couple of weeks ago on Wanderlust (or probably longer than that; time is FLYING this year), Kasia challenged us to work BIG - on a bigger surface that we would usually work on.

I didn't want to do a canvas, and I didn't have time for a messy session in my craft room this weekend, but I decided to challenge myself to work in a different scale from what I'm used to, and fill a whole page of my A4 art journal with something small ...

It was indeed a challenge, but a thoroughly enjoyable one. I used only coloured pencils, so it's not at all mixed media, but it was really good exercise for my observational skills. After nearly giving up on it a couple of times, I was eventually happy with the end result.

Makes quite a contrast to all the miniatures I've been making recently :o)

Thanks for visiting my blog today, see you again soon!

Annie xxx

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Crazy Garden

Hi Everyone,

Week 23 of Wanderlust 2017 was a fabulous lesson with another one of my mixed media heroes, Vicky Papaioannou. I've spent many hours watching Vicky's inspiring tutorials on YouTube, so I was very excited to try this lesson. Here's my result ...

Vicky had loads of tips and techniques to share, and I enjoyed trying them all out. My page turned out very differently from hers, but it makes me happy because it reminds me of the colourful jumble of summer flowers in our garden at the moment.

First, we gessoed the page, then we did some stencilling with modelling paste, allowing it to dry before adding diluted acrylic paints with a sponge to create a quick base layer. Then we used a brayer to add more layers of colour from the same palette - Vicky shared some really useful advice on colour theory when choosing colours for backgrounds and focal points. Further interest was added with some stamping, then a contrasting paint around the edges to frame the page.

Once this was done, we stamped the images for our focal points onto separate paper - this was a great tip, as it means you can move the images around until you're happy with the arrangement, before sticking them down and adding colour and details with paint and pens. The doodly flower stamps I used were free on a magazine; the daisies, hearts and butterfies were from my own Georgie stamp set which I haven't used in ages!

This was great fun and I learned a lot whilst making it. Can't wait to see what next week holds - we have metalwork with Jamie and Kasia's lesson is called "Ignite" - intriguing :o)

Thanks for popping in today, hope you're having a great week wherever you are.

See you again soon!

Annie xxx

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Monkey Business

Hi Everyone,

What a beautiful Flaming June we're having here in the UK - it's like Abroad!!! :o)

Just finished my page for the GoGoGetaway June Challenge. Here's the challenge -

Be Inspired by different elements Kirei's challenge June

And here's my finished page, including ELEVEN of the twelve elements (if you count thread as twine) showing a fun picture of me with my niece Alice and grand niece Leila on a day out in Cornwall last summer. We were messing about, doing three monkies ...

I was feeling inspired by the amazing Missy Whidden's You Tube process vids while I made this - she likes to start with a colourful painty/inky background, often using the "packaging technique" which I really enjoyed trying out here. She also does a lot of layering of patterned papers and vellum, fussy-cut pieces, ephemera and embellishments, she often adds stitching and tangles of thread and finishes with splatters of ink. I really haven't done justice to her at all here, but I find her uniquie style so inspiring and love to watch her work.

So, back to those ELEVEN ELEMENTS - 

I started with plain white cardstock, gessoed the central area and used the packaging technique to add splashes of colourful ink.The chevrons were made with tissue transfer and stitched around with matching thread. I used lots of scraps of patterned papers from my last Quirky Kit to layer up under the photo, and you can see a wooden frame peeking out between the layers.The leaves and sunshine were fussy cut and I've added some punched butterflies and diecuts. Tangles of black thread are tucked in here and there to add some contrast, as well as a couple of arrow-shaped paperclips. Added some gorgeous chipboard pieces with gold accents and the little wood veneer bird which I've painted with pearlescent paint. My journalling is handwritten around the edges, and the word Monkey in my title is also my own handwriting, which I've drawn in black pen and cut out. 

So, I'm off to sit in the garden with a nice cold ice cold G & T now - hope you are having a lovely weekend wherever you are in the world. 

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

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Painting Backwards

Hi everyone,

One of the many new techniques I tried out at the Ministry of Mixology event in Coventry back in March was reverse painting on clear acrylic. I bought a pack of the acrylic pieces so I could have another go at home.

Here's my first go - not perfect, but it's a start which I can build on ...

It's a bit tricky to get your head around the idea that you're working from the back, so the first layer you paint or stamp will be the foreground and then you add layers, working towards the background. So when you turn the piece over, the bit you painted first is in the foreground - if that makes any kind of sense at all?!

In this example, I starting by stamping the houses in blue Stazon Ink, then filled them in with white acrylic paint, leaving spaces for the windows and doors. Next came a layer of gold acrylic paint to colour the windows. Then I stamped the text in black Stazon Ink, followed by acrylic paint in royal blue, ivory and buttery yellow which I sponged on to create the background.

I enjoyed the challenge of thinking in reverse and will definitely try this again - practise makes perfect :o)

Thanks for checking out my blog today, see you again soon!

Annie xxx

Monday, 5 June 2017

Patchwork Playtime

Hi everyone,

We had a lovely week away in Derbyshire and Notts - lots of sunshine, interesting places to see and delicious food to eat - perfect!

But we also love to come home to our little cottage in Norfolk and of course I couldn't wait to get into my craft room and play :o) Yesterday I caught up with week 19 of Wanderlust 2017 - this was a class with the wonderful Kate Crane.

Here's my finished AJ page ...

Kate showed us how to create a patchwork of squares and rectangles, gradually building up layers and treating each little square as a separate area, but bringing them all together to form a cohesive composition. She encouraged us to just have fun, play and experiment - and this format did make it really easy to do just that.

I decided to add the black "suture lines" to mine for a bit more definition against all the bright colours. This was such an enjoyable and easy process, I think I may try another one in a really grungy style next ....

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

Annie xxx