Saturday, 20 May 2017

Go Explore

Hi everyone,

This month's challenge over at Go Go Getaway was this fab sketch ...

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I love working with sketches, and this one inspired me to finally get around to scrapping a photo of my youngest son, Tom, which was taken 33 YEARS AGO can you believe it?!

Here's my finished page - bit of a dreary photo as it's gone all overcast here today ...

I used papers, die cuts and embellies from my latest Quirky Kit and mixed with bits from my scrap stash. 

Wasn't he cute?! <3

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

Annie xxx

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Colourful Discovery

Hi everyone,

Every two months my gorgeous Quirky Kit arrives in the post, all wrapped in colourful tissue paper, which of course I stash away to use for collage or wrapping. Last month, there was a sprinkle of die cut magenta tissue flowers - very pretty, but I wasn't sure what I would do with them.

After seeing people on YouTube creating beautiful effects with the new Reactive Tissue from the Vicki Boutin mixed media range, I just wondered if it might be worth experimenting, and it totally was - look what happened ...

First I scattered the tissue flowers over a page in my art journal, then spritzed with water, and left for a few minutes before peeling off the paper to find beautiful rich pigment left behind. Then I had a rummage and found the previous month's tissue which was a lovely deep teal colour, tore that into strips and repeated the process ...

This will make the beginnings of a brilliant background for an art journal page - I love how the translucent colours overlap each other ...

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Digging Tunnels!

Hi everyone,

I really DIG these tunnel books :o) Here's my first one all finished now ...

 The papers I've used are leftovers from the Bird Song collection by Graphic 45 - I've been hoarding them for YEARS now, so it's great to finally put them to good use.

The method I used is demonstrated by theZim on You Tube - check out this video to see how he makes one of his amazing tunnel books with postcards. The sides are accordion-folded, then little flaps are cut to securely hold each frame inside the tunnel. Then the sides are covered with strips cut from a coordinating piece of card of paper.

I added a handle at the top because I wanted this one to be reminiscent of a lantern ...

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Light at the End of the Tunnel!

Hi everyone,

This week I've been tinkering with Tunnel Books. There are some beautiful examples to be found on the internet and I was particularly inspired by TheZim on YT - check out this video where Zim explains what a tunnel book is and shows some really cool ones he's made. I love how he chooses to work with found objects like flyers and postcards.

How cool is that?! So, I had a rummage about in my workroom to see what I have that might work for tunnel books - because of course I will get totally obsessed and want to make loads of these! I found some old children's books and some National Trust postcards which I think will work really well. I also dug out some old partially-used but still beautiful G45 papers I've had stashed away for ages. Those papers are just begging to be cut up and they're nice and sturdy.

For my first go, I decided to see what I could do with some pieces from the Bird Song collection, which features fabulous flowers and birds, lovely ladies and lanterns and gorgeous background patterns, all inspired by Japanese artwork. I had a brilliant time cutting and sticking and I'm chuffed to bits with the result so far ...

It was really hard to get a good picture of, and I still need to finish the framework, but you get gist :o) Instead of a sold background for the back panel, I framed a piece of vellum for this one, so that when it is stood on a window ledge the light will shine through. That's the plan anyway, we'll see how it goes - maybe I could even put a couple of LEDs in there .... hmmmm ....

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

Annie xxx

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Letting it Happen

Hello Blogmates,

I'm still picking at titbits from the delectable picnic hamper which is Wanderlust 2017. This week I decided to nibble at Week 10 and have a taste of Intuitive Painting with the talented Alena Hennessy.

Alena showed us how to create a fantastical background with acrylic inks and paints, then we cut shapes from painted and doodled paper and applied these to the background. My shapes were circles, which reminded me of planets ...

I added some doodles, drippage and spatters to accentuate my "planets", then used a white paint pen to write in some words from that old Frank Sinatra song which I love ... it's been in my head ever since ...

Hold Fast to Dreams

Hello Everyone,

I've been a bit slack on the blogging front just lately - I have been doing stuff, just haven't made time to blog about it! I sometimes wonder what motivates me to blog. It's a strange thing, because I'm very shy about showing my stuff to people IRL - so why don't I mind putting it up here for all the world to see?! Weird isn't it?

Originally, I started blogging as a way of linking up to enter scrapping challenges, but I hardly ever do that now. I do love the idea of sharing ideas and inspiration with bloggy friends - the internet is truly a wonderful thing isn't it? Also, my blog is a record of my arty-farty journey just for myself, so I think I would want to keep it going even if nobody else ever looked at it :o)

Anyway, enough waffle. In the spirit of recording my progress through Arty-Farty Land, here's one of my latest efforts ...

I'm continuing to dip in and out of Wanderlust 2017. For week 14, the wonderful Jessica Sporn showed us how to make meaningful art with shapes and symbols. She encouraged us to think about something important to us and then we gradually built up layers of collaged papers and paint, incorporating symbols which represented our subject. I love how Jessica describes each layer as "having a conversation with" the previous layer.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

WOYWW 413 - Miniature Madness

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloggy Peeps,

I've missed a couple of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesdays due to too much other stuff going on, so looking forward to catching up this week - if you would like to join in with the fun or find out what it's all about, just pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground and check it out.

Here's my workdesk today - I've been making miniatures again, at the dining room table instead of in my craft room ...

I can't get enough of these cute little kits from China - this is the tiniest one I've made so far. Here's a closer look, with the lights on ...

The detail is just amazing and I find the whole process of assembling the little bits and bobs totally absorbing. Bit of a problem sometimes with understanding the instructions and I do struggle with my eyesight, but a good light helps and now I've found the perfect glue which makes things a lot easier.

I'll be looking forward to catching up with fellow Deskers over the next couple of days - see you at Julia's!! :o)

Annie xxx

I'll schedule this to post tomorrow and link up when I get home from work ...

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Random Landscape

HI everyone,

I've been having a lovely arty-farty catch-up this Bank Holiday weekend. Here's my page inspired by a lesson with the wonderful Clair Bremner for Week 7 of Wanderlust 2017 ...

Clair uses acrylic paints to create the most beautiful, tranquil, fantastical landscapes. I was fascinated to watch her work - her skill with paintbrushes was so impressive. She made it look so easy to paint different shapes of leaves with round brushes; she used huge household brushes to apply paint, adding lots of water and allowing it to run down the page over the previous layers; then she used really small brushes to add tiny repeating patterns over the top.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Big Eden Adventure

Hello Bloggy Friends,

There's a new challenge every month on the GoGoGetaway Facebook page - with a chance to win the monthly prize and an entry in the big draw for a place at one of next year's events. This month we had a colour challenge, set by the lovely Nancy Sinclair from the GoGo design team ...

 Gorgeous colour combo, here's my take on it, with some green thrown in to the mix as well, The photo shows my niece Alice and great-niece Leila at the Eden Project in Cornwall last summer ...

My design was inspired by lovely Elsie who I've been watching on YouTube recently. Elsie has such a unique style - lots of white space; light, fresh colours; hand-drawn, hand-cut, paper-pieced elements and ALWAYS some hand-stitching - the stitched clouds are one of her trademarks. They took me ages to do, but I love the look of them.

The bunting, arrow, signpost and sunshine were also hand-drawn and cut from patterned papers, then I did a lot of doodling with my Micron 02 black pen. most of the papers and some of the embellies came from my latest Quirky Kits, but I also mixed in some older stuff - part of my stash-busting policy! :o)

Thanks for having a look at my bog today, see you again soon. Hope you're having a happy and creative day wherever you are.

Annie xxx

Boxing Clever

Hey everyone,

There will be a little flurry of posts today as I've been catching up over this lovely long Bank Holiday weekend. I'm actually glad the weather isn't great, because it's actually perfect for arty-farting! :o)

I've been finishing off my projects from the recent Ministry of Mixology weekend. Here's the very clever little box-disguised-as-a-book which we made in the wonderful France Papillon's class ...

It was brilliant fun playing with all the beautiful Decoart paints and media to create this aged crackled effect. France showed us how to use paints and glazing medium to age some diary paper and cambric, we hand-cut stencils from watercolour paper, then we built up layers with crackle and modelling pastes. The heart was painted with fluid acrylic and finished with a tiny word sticker. 

But the really clever part was in the design of the box, which was designed to hold three ink pads. When you untie it and pull on the top string, the contents pop out automatically, so cool!! I found it is a perfect fit for my ATC swaps ...

The chipboard pieces for this project all came in a kit from Tando Creative - it was only £2.50, so I bought another one to have a play with :o) 

Thanks for popping in to see me today, see you again very soon!

Annie xxx

Catching My Tail

Hi everyone,

Long time no blog! It's a lovely long Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, so guess what I've been doing!? Yup - arty-farting for three days straight :o)

I've finally finished some of my projects from the recent MInistry of Mixology event in Coventry. Here's the ARt Box I made in the class with the brilliant Kate Crane ...

This will be a fun way to store some of my mixed media experiments. Here's a closer look at the tags I made in Kate's class ...

We had so much fun using brayers, stencils and stamps to build up colourful layers for the background, then adding our painted chipboard pieces and doodling with paint pens to add detail.
The pieces for the box, tags and decorative shapes all came in one kit from Tando Creative

In the evening, there were lots of "make-and-takes" - one of these also featured tags ...

The beautiful spiral design here is the Fossil stencil by Andy Skinner. Modelling paste was applied through the stencil, then layers of colour and pattern were added with more stencils. Finally, we were supposed to swipe over with black paint to reveal the fossil pattern ... well, I was a little heavy-handed and more-or-less obliterated my gorgeous background layers. The teacher felt sorry for me and gave me hers to bring home. Embarrassing! So, this week I painted over my mistake and had another go, and I'm really happy with them now :o)

Thanks for checking out my doings today, see you again very soon! :o)

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

WOYWW #410 - Playing Away!!

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloggy Friends,

I've been Otherwise Occupied for a couple of weeks, so I've missed WOYWW and blimey we're on #410!!! Not sure if my friend Zsuzsa from InkyDinkyDoodle will be about to link up for me, but if not I'll do it later, no worries. If you would like to show the world What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground and join in, everyone's welcome.

My desk hasn't seen much action over the last couple of weeks, because I've been off on creative jollies, playing with new friends and messing up different workdesks for a change :o)

Last weekend, I was getting creative in Coventry at the Ministry of Mixology event ...

Here we are in Kate Crane's class on Sunday, which ended up getting very messy indeed but was such a lot of fun. We also had a class with France Papillon on Saturday, which I thoroughly enjoyed - what a great opportunity, to learn from two of my artyfarty heroes!!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Messy Playtime and Nice Crackage

Hi Everyone,

I've just returned from the Ministry of Mixology event at Coventry over the weekend and what a marvellous time I had. A lovely group of ladies "adopted" me when we all arrived on Friday evening, and I enjoyed the weekend so much more for being in their company. Thank you Denyse, Sue, Andree and Caroline, looking forward to meeting you all again next time! Here we all are in class on the Sunday morning ...

Two of my mixed-media heroes, France Papillon and Kate Crane, were teaching the main classes, plus there were make-and-takes, and lots of temptation in the form of the Tando Creative shop and a constant supply of food ... and as the great Oscar Wilde once said, "I can resist anything but temptation." :o)

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Strike a Pose!

Hi Everyone,

I have another class layout from Go Go Getaway to show you. This one's a double spread from a class called "Blocked Out" with the talented Niki, one of the Go Go Girls.

Niki showed us how to create beautiful and unique embellishments by using paint and glitter to decorate laser-cut wood shapes. It was so satisfying, I will definitely be trying it again.

Here's my finished double-page spread ...

The wood pieces look so much better IRL. We used tape to mask off part of each shape, then applied the gorgeous Starlights paints. After allowing them to dry, we added a line of very fine glitter to some of them. I could have sat and done that all day - I also glittered my hair, my jeans, the floor around me and my friend Trina sitting next to me :o)

The photos were matted on little stacks of pp, and then we did some "futty-cussing" to add fun details and finally those gorgeous Thickers to create the title.

Oh and those gorgeous lovelies in the photos?? My niece Bex and her Mum, my sister Sarah - I think this playful page reflects the fun they always have together.

Thanks for visiting me today, see you again soon.

Annie xxx

Visiting Eden

Hello Everyone,

Today I've been tinkering with some of the pages I made at Go Go Getaway last weekend - I'm not the fastest scrapper in the world and I always find I need to finish things off at home.

The first one I have to show you was from a class called Colour, Colour with lovely Giselle from the Go Go team, who showed us how to use Gelatos, metallic pencils and fine black ink pens to create interesting backgrounds for our pages.

We worked with a palette of greens, golds and soft blues and used a Micron pen to doodle Zentangle-style patterns. Then we chopped the finished piece into 2" squares and mixed these with patterned papers to form a grid design ...

These pictures show my little great-nephew and great-niece at the Eden Project in Cornwall last summer. I love how the colours and shapes we used in this class echo the lush foliage, blue sky and the sections of the huge glass dome above them.

As a final touch, we did a lot of "futty-cussing" from patterned papers to embellish the page however we liked. Of course, I got a bit carried away, but you have to make it your own don't you? :o)

Thanks for stopping by today, see you again soon!

Annie xxx

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Inking It Up

Hello Everyone,

The very first class Trina and I did at Go Go Getaway last weekend was with the fabulous Lorraine, who showed us how to use Indian Ink in a waterbrush to create a beautiful hand-lettered title for our page. We were provided with the lettering already traced out onto thebackground paper, so it was easy to fill it in and I really enjoyed the process.

Here's my finished page, showing a photo of my sweet step-granddaughter, Macy ...

We also did lots of fussy-cutting (now forever "futty-cussing" in my mind!) from the papers in the kit to embellish the page and then bravely splatted ink about, before finish with enamel dots, the flair and a little pineapple charm - I hung mine from the "O".

The little hearts were supposed to be stitched down the centre, but I ran out of time - I will go back and finish that as it looked really cute. And the letters look a bit patchy now, so I will maybe touch those up a bit and then write some journaling around the edge of the page.

This weekend coming I am off on ANOTHER jolly !!! This time it's Ministry of Mixology in Coventry to spend the weekend learning from three of my mixed media heroes - Kate Crane, France Papillon and Andy Skinner. I expect I'll have lots to tell you about it next week :o)

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

Annie xxx

Scrapping After Hours

Hi everyone,

As well as the four classes we'd chosen to do over the Go Go Getaway weekend, there was a wonderful bonus class on the Saturday evening, with the lovely Jo Boland. We were given some beautiful papers, along with co-ordinating puffy stickers and ephemera pack to play with - plenty to make the two pages and have some leftovers.

Jo's pages were gorgeous, but of course we all put our own spin on things, as you do. Here are my finished pages. This first one shows my great-nephew, Logan, during a contemplative moment ...

And the next one shows my niece, Alice, and my great-niece, Leila, playing with their home-made sock-puppets ...

I still need to do my journalling on all the pages I made at Go Go - I find I can't journal in a hurry, I need to sit down quietly at home and think about what I want to say, so I will come back to that later.

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

Annie xxx

Rising to the Challenge!

Hi Everyone,

Well,I haven't made time for any scrapping since we got back from Go Go Getaway last weekend, but I wanted to show you my last two challenge pages - the ones I completed between classes over the course of the weekend. These were both colour scheme challenges.

First one shows a lovely photo of my sister Mandy with her little newborn granddaughter Leila ...

Monday, 27 March 2017

Home, Home, Home Again!

Hi everyone,

We just had the most amazing and inspiring time at GoGo Getaway at Theobolds Park in beautiful Hertfordshire. The whole weekend was filled with fun, friendship and food! We got to play with pretty things all day and learn new techniques and different ways to use our stash - and there was the Hey Little Magpie shop, just in case we neeeeeeeded more lovely stuff!! :D

Trina and I had been looking forward to this for so long, and it lived up to all our expectations. Here we are waiting for kick-off ...

I'll show some of the class layouts in a separate post, but here's the very last page I made, showing a group photo which was taken outside in the sunshine on Sunday morning. The Go Go Girls printed off a copy for each of us and provided a kit with everything we needed to make a beautiful page to remember the weekend by ...

Friday, 24 March 2017

My Fave!

HI everyone,

Quickly, quickly, just got time to post my last pre-retreat challenge page before my scrappy mate Trina arrives and we're off to Herts for GoGo Getaway woooHOOOOOO!!!

I was inspired by this fabulous mood board for March by Terri-Ann Morris ...

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The photo is of my MIL, DH and me on our wedding day in August 2011 (yes, still scrapping the photos!) ...

The colour scheme came from the mood board, but I added a sprinkle of gold for good measure. For the challenge I also included a bird, frames, roses and butterflies. Again, this was a mix of new stuff from Quirky Kits and some quite old stash. I love those acetate butterflies which come on a sheet to cut out. Got them from Every Crafts A Pound (link on my side bar) - guess how much they were?!

Right, I need to double-check my list - we're off in twenty minutes :D

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

Annie xxx

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

So Sweet

Hi Everyone,

Three sleeps to go until my scrappy mate Trina and I head off for Go Go Getaway on Friday. Regular bloggy friends will know I've been warming up with lots of pre-retreat challenges and I've really enjoyed getting back into scrapping again.

Here's my latest effort, inspired by Nancy's beautiful mood board this time and showing a sweet picture of my niece Bex taken about fifteen years ago when we went out for lunch one day ...

From the mood board, I pulled the delicious colour scheme of raspberry, sugar mouse pink, black, white and a dash of gold. Also sweethearts, sprinkles, iced doughnuts, circles, watercolour and drippage.

There are a few DIY elements on my page - the bunting, the striped arrow, the cork heart sticker and the picture wheel and my fave is the iced doughnut, which was made using circle punches and decorated with Liquid Pearl "sprinkles". I did a bit of doodling and created some fun embellishments by fussy-cutting images from patterned paper and popping them up with foam dots.

I have one page left to finish off before we Go-Go and then I'll take the last two kits with me to do between classes - or bring home with me probably! :o)

Thanks for popping in today, have a fabulously creative week wherever you are and whatever you're up to.

Annie xxx

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Pig Tales

Hi Everyone,

Still getting ready for Go Go Getaway (only five sleeps to go!) - today I managed to find photos for all the classes I'll be doing AND a few spares. Also made a list of everything else I need to take with me, promised myself not to try and take my entire craft room this time.

I made another challenge page as well. This one was inspired by Lorraine's mood board ...

The photo shows my two boys over thirty years ago, when they were around three and four years old, also my old friends Beverley, Carol and Christine. Carol had invited us to visit her farm for the day and they loved it - except for the pigs, which smelled so bad that Richard cried and refused to breathe until I took him outside again!!

Again, I've used a mix of new bits from my latest Quirky Kit, as well as older stuff from my stash - some of it really quie ancient - but not as old as this photo :o)

This fab sketch from Laura Whitaker was a great starting point, although of course I added a few tweaks ...

The mood board gave me this gently colourful colour palette, which I thought worked really well with the old photo. It also inspired me to use layers, wood, feathers, flowers, something suspended, triangles and twine.

I've done one more page today and I have three kits left - maybe I'll do one more before we go and take the last two kits with me to do between classes. SO excited now, can you tell?!? :o)

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

Annie xxx

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Little Star

Hi everyone,

WELL!! I have scrapped more in the past ten days than I have in the past ten months and I'm loving it!! This is another warm-up challenge for GoGoGetaway (which is less than a week away now wooohooooooo!!!!). It was a sketch challenge and again I'm not sure if I'm allowed to share the sketch or not, so I'd better not just in case. But I CAN share my page ...

So, we had a sketchby Sarah to follow, but we had free reign on everything else. I decided to take my inspiration from this lovely pic of my DH with little grandson Finley when he was brand new, just over two years ago now.

I wanted to page to be warm and cuddly, but with a masculine feel, so I used wood, fabric and a little touch of metal, and lots of stars to echo the title. The wood patterned paper framing the page is from a recent Quirky Kit, but other than that I used some really old supplies, and I made good use of some of my dies ...
  • The word STAR and two of the larger stars are die-cut from an ancient roll of sticky-backed felt.
  • The paint splats were die-cut from some elderly yellow vellum.
  • The movie wheel is one of my favourite dies, this time with yellow vellum window

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

WOYWW #406 - scrapping scrapping scrapping!!

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloggy Friends,

I'm scheduling this to post itself tomorrow whilst I'm at work - hopefully the lovely Zsuzsa from Inky Dinky Doodle will link me up over at Julia's Stamping Ground and I'll pop over later to catch up with everyone. All welcome - why not join in, show us What's On Your Workdesk this Wednesday and have a good old snoop around some fascinating creative spaces all over the world.

Here's my, not-so-fascinating workdesk as it was this afternoon ...

... I've been in a bit of a scrapping frenzy this last week or so, having a go at multiple challenges in the run-up to Go Go Getaway in a couple of weeks woooHOOO!! Been looking forward to it for SO long, but realised that I've been so obsessed with mixed media and miniatures recently that my scrapping muscles needed a serious work-out. So all other arty-farty pursuits have been shoved to one side in favour of scrapping over the last couple of weeks. Above you can see my latest effort in the throes of being thrown together.

Ironically, you can also see my habitual black coffee just six inches away from my melatonin gellies - which I take at night because I have trouble sleeping .... :o)

Thanks for popping in to see me today, I'll catch up with all my visitors over the next couple of days - it may take me until the weekend but I will get there eventually and see what everyone's been up to!

See you at Julia's :o)

Annie xx

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Giggles to GoGo!!

Hey everyone,

Here's ANOTHER one of my warm-up pages for GoGo Getaway in a couple of weeks. This time the challenge was to be inspired by these five elements devised by Terri -
  • Multiple photos
  • Patterned papers
  • Flair
  • Luggage Tag
  • Enamel dots

Sorry about the rubbish photo, the light is really dreary here in my part of the UK today and the picture's come out really dull. I found a fabulous sketch by Susan Stringfellow for this one -

It really helps to have a sketch to kick me off in the right direction - usually I go off-piste quite a bit, but this time I followed it fairly closely and it all came together really easily. 

Part of the challenge was to use at least three patterned papers - this was HUGE fun!! I used TEN in the end, can you believe it??!!? 

Monday, 13 March 2017


Hi Everyone,

Here's another page inspired by one of the GoGoGetaway challenges. There have been monthly challenges on the FB page, and there are also eight more which we can do before or during the GoGo weekend. Some are element-based, some mood boards, some sketches and some colour themes. For this one, we had a fabulous sketch to follow, but I'm not sure if it's ok to share it before the event .... hmmmm ... best not just in case.

Anyway here's my take on it, with a school photo of two of my gorgeous step-grandchildren - how cute are they? :o)

It's been great to have a good old rummage through my drawers (!?!) and use up lots of stash old and new to put kits together for these challenges. Hey Lizzy Hill if you read this - I think that red ticket may be from a parcel you sent me some time ago which I've been hoarding ever since!! 

I've tried to make good use of my stamps and dies and punches as well. Those scribbles are from a Tim Holtz set - they were a prize for a TH tag which was sponsored by Simon Says Stamp and I love them. There's a scribbly heart, as well, and a paint splat all in the one set and I think I'll be using them a LOT!!

Ok thats it for now - I have another couple to share with you tomorrow, and five more to do before I GoGo :o)

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Futty-Cussing Nappy-ness

Hi Everyone,

This week I have been mostly getting ready for the GoGoGetaway weekend which is only a couple of weeks away now wooHOOO!! Very excited :o)

The GoGo ladies have set us several challenges to do either before or during the event, so I thought this was a great chance to do some limbering up as I haven't been doing much scrapping recently. I decided to make up a kit for each of the challenges, and had a lovely time rummaging through my mountains of stash and totally trashing my room ... AGAIN!!

It was my birthday this week, so I thought it would be fun to scrap this picture of Yours Truly as a new baby, in the arms of my Mum. Clearly it was laundry day, as you can see the nappies blowing in the breeze behind us ...

... mind you, with all those terry nappies to wash, there were probably a lot of laundry days. No automatic washing machine or tumble dryer either. My poor Mum was probably exhausted when this picture was taken - but I do love how it's captured this quiet moment.

For this challenge, we had to be inspired by these five elements -

  • Use shades of yellow
  • Fussy cut at least ten items
  • Tear something
  • Frame it
  • Use stars, or stripes, or both

This was a lot of fun and I managed to use all of the elements. I decided to combine the shades of yellow with neutral grey and white and a splash of lilac for a fresh, spring-like combination. The biggest challenge was the fussy-cutting (which kept coming out as "futty-cussing" every time I tried to say it). I just couldn't find any papers which would fit with my page, so in the end I coloured a sheet of card with Distress Inks in shades of purple and yellow, stamped flowers and butterflies over it with black Memento and cut out the images to create a cluster of flowers and a flutter of butterflies.

I took all nine kits with me to Crafty Day yesterday, and didn't even manage to finish this one completely - too much tuime spent chatting, drinking coffee and eating choc chunk cookies! But today I've finished that one and made three more which I'll blog over the next few days.

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

Annie xxx

Friday, 3 March 2017

Limbering Up!!

Hi everyone,

On the 24th of March I'll be heading off to Herts with my scrappy mate Trina for the GoGoGetaway event we've been looking forward to for months - I can't believe it's nearly here and I'm just a teeeeeeny bit excited!! :o)

The pre-retreat challenges have been very inspiring, and a great way to get limbered up for the retreat, especially as I haven't been flexing my scrapping muscles so much lately. This was the challenge for February ...


I used seven out of the nine listed here to create my page. Can you spot them???? 

This layout started off as a scraplift of a page by "Harbourgal" which I spotted on the Studio Calico blog - but of course I went totally off-piste as you do! This is a photo of my good friend Maggie and me, on a day out in Cornwall in 2011. Of course I had to make a coordinating pocket page to include the boys ...

That bottom right pocket is actually empty, but I took the photo against white paper. I'm thinking of filling it with more sequins, or ticket stubs and other mementos from our trip. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Toilet Roll Leather!!

Hi everyone,

Curious title right?! Bet it had you wondering what on earth I've been doing now! Never mind turning straw into gold - now you can turn toilet rolls into leather ...

You Tube is full of amazingly creative people sharing their ideas and inspiration and I spend many happy hours watching them - usually on my iPad whilst I'm playing in my craft room. One of my faves is the lovely Einat Kessler. Some months ago I watched Einat create a gorgeous Steampunk-style mini book from toilet roll middles (plus a lot of ink and paper and doodads and whatnots).

She showed how to treat the tubes with water and glycerine, scrumple them up, dry them and then use several shades of ink to create this leathery look. Wonderful!! Then she ran them through her Cuttlebug with an embossing folder. I'm not so sure about the look of the embossing and it nearly killed my Cuttlebug, so I might leave it natural next time, but here's how it turned out ...

Monday, 27 February 2017

Wanderlust Week 8 = 3 x 10!!

Hi Everyone,

Every 4th week of our Wanderlust adventure, we skip lessons and have the chance to catch up and challenge ourselves with some fun activities.

One of the challenges this week was to create an AJ page in 3 ten-minute sprints - OMG!!! I found this REALLY difficult, but strangely liberating, because with only ten minutes to play with, I had to just go for it. The idea is to post a picture of the page at the end of each ten-minute stretch.

Here's what I achieved with the first ten minutes on Friday night ...

I applied some white gesso through a stencil, then blasted it with the heat gun to dry it off a bit before adding a lot of watery paint and allowing it to dribble down the page, Then in the last few seconds I rubbed some more gesso over the middle part of the page.

On Saturday night, I decided to add some contrast with Distress Ink in Twisted Citron, then splashed some white Indian Ink about the place - the ink refused to dry, so I dabbed some of it off, then panicked at the last minute and slapped on some white paint as the beginning of a focal point.

On Sunday afternoon, I added more colour with Distress Ink in Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers, then quickly pasted on some paper scraps and finally added Black Soot through a Tim Holtz stencil to make the splashes and rings.

PHEW!!!Ten minutes goes SO fast when you're working against the clock!

My page still needs a focal point and some wordage - as I was playing, the words "Live LIfe In Colour" kept running through my head, and I'm thinking m aybe one of those TH vintage passport photos ... hmmmm ...

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

Annie xxx

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

WOYWW #403 - still dreaming in miniature!!

 Hi Everyone,

I'll be working when this posts itself tomorrow, but hopefully my lovely friend Zsuzsa will spot it and link me up over at Julia's Stamping Ground and I can catch up with everyone over the next few days. Pop over and join us if you fancy showing the world What's On YOUR Workdesk Wednesday - or just come and have a good old snout around see what everyone else has been up to this week.

Here's mine this as it looked this afternoon ...

The beginnings of yet another miniature kit from China - a really cute caravan with a music box and working lights woooohooooooo!!! In front of it you can see a stencil which my son made for me on his 3D printer today.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Love Is Not Love ...

Hi everyone,

For Week Six of Wanderlust 2017, we had a lesson with the amazing Amanda Grace, who showed us how to do an image transfer with sticky tape and create a beautiful background on which to write a love letter.

Mine turned out very differently to Amanda's, but I was so inspired by her techniques ...

My image transfer didn't work too well, wrong type of printer possibly, but I really enjoyed building layer upon layer of colour and pattern and texture with paints, papers and ink. I loved the way Amanda used white ink to write on the dark parts and black ink on the light parts, so I explored this idea and way off in a different direction.

Here's a close-up, where I'm about to start layering over the background writing, using a stencil which my son made for me on his 3D printer ...