Thursday, 15 February 2018

Big Smiles - CSI Case File #248

Hi everyone,

It's time to reveal the second challenge for February over at CSI: Colour, Stories, Inspiration. What a beautiful Scene we have to investigate for this one ...


Pop over to the CSI blog for a full list of clues to follow and lots of inspiration from the other CSI Detectives. Here's how I solved the case ...


The soft pinks and greens in the Scheme reminded me of our wedding colours, so I was inspired to make a romantic page to celebrate our 7th St. Valentine's Day.

I've also used several items from the Evidence list - hearts, floral print, solid white background and thread instead of string, which I used to add some stitched details to the page. 

Why not have a go at solving this Case yourself - there are loads of brilliant prizes to be won. Check out the CSI blog or find us on Facebook

Thanks for dropping in today, hope to see you again soon :o) 

Love Annie xxx

Feeling Cosy - Daring Cardmakers

Hi everyone,

This week's challenge from the Daring Cardmakers is to create a card featuring a home, house or building ... hmmmm .... lots of ideas, so little time!! This is what I came up with, just in the nick of time to link up ...


I used some Distress Oxides to create the background and colour the shutters and the cat, lots of stamping, colouring and fussy cutting, and some patterned papers from my Counterfeit Kit for inside the window. There are so many other ideas for this theme, I just don't have enough time to play this week!

Pop over to Daring Cardmakers to share your own take on the challenge and find lots of inspiration.

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

Love Annie xxx

So Fun!!

Hey Everyone,

Today I have a new scrapbook page to show you, which was inspired by the first February sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches. Here it is ...


Gorgeous isn't it? Definitely one I will use again and again. Here's my take on it ...


I used my Feb Counterfeit Kit, which I called "Happy Hour", which was perfect for creating a fun page to suit these silly photo-booth photos.

There are already two more sketches over at Stuck?! - check them out and have a go yourself, there are some lovely prizes up for grabs :o)

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

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

WOYWW #454 - brighter days are coming

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloggy Friends,

It's time for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - well, it will be by the time this posts itself tomorrow when I'll be a work. I'll pop over to Julia's blog Stamping Ground later to catch up, say hello and see what everyone else has on their workdesks this week.

Here's mine ...


You can see that I've been doing more tidying - just look at all that space!! The messy cubbyhole top centre is actually organised chaos, I know what's there and can easily get to all of it, which means I may actually get around to using some of it :o) To the right is a new light which I've bought from Amazon as part of my plan to take better photos of my projects for posting. You can adjust the brightness and the colour temperature and it can also run on a battery so you don't have the annoying dangly wire.

On the actual desktop is a pile of stamped images waiting to be coloured in, and next to that my February Counterfeit Kit. The inspiration kit was "Weekend in Paris" from Noel Mignon. I've called my version "Happy Hour".

Ok, enough of my waffle, I'll see you at Julia's :o)

Love Annie xxx

Friday, 9 February 2018

February Forgeries - Counterfeit Kit Challenge

Hi everyone,

My Counterfeit Kit for February is called "Happy Hour", and as always, one of my favourite parts of putting it together was creating "forgeries" of some of the goodies in the inspiration kit.

Pop over to the CKC blog, where you can check out the original kit, look at all the clever ideas and projects from the design team, link up your own version and see what everyone else comes up with.

The inspiration kit this month is the beautiful "Weekend in Paris" by Noel Mignon. There were a few items in there which I thought were begging to be forged ...


  • The bows were really easy, especially as my son made me a bowmaker on his 3D printer, clever boy. The little frame was made from resin poured into a silicone mould.
  • The butterflies were clear acetate stickers printed in b/w, which I coloured with alcohol ink and Sharpie pens. Same for the other acetate shapes.
  • The scripty words took AGES but were really quite easy to make - I just die cut words, layered several together, then heat embossed them to create a shiny 3D word.
  • The shaped paperclips were inspired by YouTube tutorials - the hearts are really quick to do, the penguins quite fiddly, but fun.
  • The paper bows were left from last month's kit, made with a bow die.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Happy Hour - Feb Counterfeit Kit

Hello bloggy friends,

The inspiration kit over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge this month is the gorgeous "Weekend in Paris" by Noel Mignon. My version is called "Happy Hour", here's a peek ...


The original kit was very pretty and romantic and I pulled lots of elements from it to create my own version. I started with some plain cardstocks in those gorgeous sweetie-shop colours ...

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Elemental Inspiration - Daring Cardmakers

Hello everyone,

This week's challenge over at Daring Cardmakers is to pick at least three elements from this gorgeous inspiration image ...


For my card, I pulled the red/black/pink colour combo, the flamingo, and the balloons ...


I really enjoyed using this layered stamp set from Hero Arts to create the flamingo, and will definitely be making more flamingo-themed cards. There are some brilliant sentiments in the set, but this time I wanted my flamingo to be holding a balloon, and I thought it would be fun to use this string word stamp instead. To make the balloon, I die cut a heart from scrap white card, coloured it with one of the inks I'd used to stamp the image and finished it with a touch of sparkle from my clear Wink of Stella pen.

There are some gorgeous examples made by the DT to inspire you - pop over to Daring Cardmakers to check them out and you can also link up to share your own creations.

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

Love Annie xxx


Friday, 2 February 2018

Masked Magic - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Hi Everyone,

The challenge over at Daring Cardmakers last week was called "Masked Magic" - the idea being to use masking techniques to create a card. Lots of different possibilities, and I couldn't wait to have a go myself.

Due to technical challenges and lack of time, I couldn't get a pic of my card to post it in time for the challenge, but I thought I'd share it anyway ...


I had a lovely time playing with this gorgeous stamp and die set from "Stampin' Up!" and I think this card will fit all kinds of occasions - I could always add an appropriate sentiment to the inside.

So that's it, short and sweet :o) Check out this week's Daring Cardmakers challenge - I've had a peek already and it's an Elemental Inspiration which has a definite whiff of Valentine's Day about it ...

Thanks for dropping in today, see you again soon.

Love Annie xxx

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ooh La La! CSI Case File #247

Hello Bloggy Friends,

It's the 1st of the month, so time to reveal another Case File over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.

Here's the scrummy Case File which Debbi has put together to inspire us this time ...


Pop over to the CSI blog to check out the full case file, with a list of clues to follow, and see all the other DT pages for slots of ideas and inspiration.

I love how this gorgeous, colourful, summery image makes me think of happy holidays whilst we're deep in the middle of the chilly winter months here in the UK. I decided to scrap a picture of Yours Truly about 25 years ago, slightly the worse for wear (you may be able to tell!) after a night out during a Greek Island holiday ...


I tried to capture the general feel of the inspiration image, used all those beautiful summery colours and several items from the Evidence list - solid white background, mixed media, flowers, hearts, leaves, a bird, and something fringy (a home-made tassel).

Why not have a go at cracking this case yourself? You have until the end of the month, and there are lots of brilliant prizes to win. There will be another new Case File on the 15th as well, so watch out for that :o)

Thanks for dropping in today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx