Wednesday, 28 March 2018

WOYWW #460

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloggy Friends,

WellI didn't think I would be able to join in this week, but in an unexpected turn of events, I find myself sitting here waiting for a doctor's appointment - the silver lining is that I have time to show the world What's On My Workdesk Wednesday and then go over to Julia's Stamping Ground to link up and see what everyone else is up to.

Here's my messy creative space as it stands this morning between projects ...


I wish I had a prettier or more interesting desk to share with you - I can't even show what I have been working on, as it's something which can't be revealed until 1st April. It is a productive desk though, and it's my happy place and I love it :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you at Julia's!!

Love Annie xxx

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

My First Carpetbagger Journal

Hello Bloggy Friends,

Recently I treated myself to an online course with Nik the Booksmith and I'm SO glad I did - I had so much fun making it and I love how it turned out :o)

It was difficult to decide which one to go for first, but I chose the Carpetbagger Journal because I loved the Bohemian feel of it and it includes softcover and hardcover versions.

Here's my first attempt at the softcover carpetbagger ...


I've filmed an little flick-through if you would like to see it in more detail ...


Nik explains everything so well and shows you all you need to know to create your own junk journals. Check out her YouTube channel for lots of ideas and free tutorials as well.

One of the best things about this project is that I didn't have to buy anything at all - the whole thing was made from stuff I had already. It's a mixture of paper ephemera, scraps of fabric, family mementoes and various trinkets and knick-knacks I've been hoarding for years. Oh, and coffee-dyed papers - I spent a very happy afternoon dipping, cooking and ironing papers, can't believe I haven't tried it before.

Can't wait to get started on the next one :o)

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

Love Annie xxx




Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Killing the Kit

Hello Bloggy Friends,

I just realised that I didn't post a pic of the cards I made in a last-minute flurry of activity to use up my Feb Counterfeit Kit which I called "Happy Hour".

Cards are a great way to use up a lot of smaller scraps of paper and leftover embellies and it's always good to have a few ready in case you need one in a hurry (which I often do as I'm terrible at remembering dates).

Here's the little collection I made one happy Sunday afternoon at the end of February ...


OH dear, my photos are really dreadful, I MUST find a better way to take pics - this was with my fancy new lighting and I did try brightening them up in my editing software. Just don't get much daylight time at the moment, but spring is on the way thank goodness. Here are some more ...


They honestly look much better IRL!! :o)

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

Love Annie xxx

Sunday, 18 March 2018

It's All About the Layers

Hello everyone,

This weekend I've been mostly obsessed with finishing a page in my art journal inspired by a lesson with Marlene Meijer-van Niekerk for week 11 of Wanderlust 2018. Somehow I just couldn't stop until it was finished ...


Thing was, it was really difficult to know when it was in fact finished -  just kept adding layer upon layer of paint, pens and pencils until it felt kinda done. I loved Marlene's idea of layering the ladies so that you could see one through and behind another, and it was a great exercise in playing with colours.

I have no idea who these ladies are, but it feels like they're united in some way - maybe they're sisters, or friends, or layers of the same person .... hmmm .... what do you think?

Thanks for checking out my blog today, hope to see you again soon :o)

Love Annie xxx


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Smile - CSI Case File #250

Hello everyone,

It's the 15th of the month, so it's time to reveal a brand new Case File over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration ...


Lots of fun - check out the reveal over at the CSI blog for all the clues you need to solve this case. You can pick and choose which clues you follow or just pull your own ideas from the image to inspire you to dig into that stash and create a scrapbook page. 

Here's how I did it, using the kit I made up for this month's Counterfeit Kit Challenge ...


I used all the colours in the Scheme, or as near as I could get to them, as well as several items from the Evidence list - owl, flowers, string, a knot, architectural elements (on the tag). 

The image inspired me to scrap this picture of a happy day out with John's grandchildren, Bailey and Macy, and the barrels behind us are echoed by this circles wood veneer piece which I really wanted to use. I coloured it with various shades of Distress Ink and added some gorgeous Embossing Enamel in Aged Teal from Stampendous - it has all these cool lumpy bits and a mix of teal and metallic colours, looks amazing IRL.

This was a fun way to use lots of the paper pieces I'd put in my Counterfeit Kit, including the bronze tissue and the mesh which I've layered behind the photo. I resisted the temptation to pull out any extra supplies and used only stuff from my kit (which I called Bubble & Squeak because it was made from leftovers - if any of my overseas friends are reading this, is that just a British thing??)

Anyway, why not have a go at cracking this Case yourself? There are fab prizes to be won and you have until the end of March. Check out the CSI blog for lots of inspiring layouts by the rest of the CSI Detectives - they're amazing!! :o)

Thanks for stopping by today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx 


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Bubble and Squeak - March Counterfeit Kit

Hello Everyone,

The March Counterfeit Kit Challenge is a bit different from the usual, in that we are taking our inspiration from a kit put together by Susan, one of the CKC Design Team. Susan was in turn inspired by this challenge on Jill Sprott's blog - check it out if you want to do some serious stash-busting.

Susan followed Jill's formula to create her kit, which she called "Little Bits of Happy" - click on the link if you would like to have a look. She suggested starting with a multi-coloured patterned paper and taking your colour scheme from there, which is exactly what I did.

Mine is called "Bubble and Squeak" (can you guess why?) ...


Following Jill's formula and taking Susan's kit as inspiration, I took my colours from that striped pp in the middle and pulled out several partial pieces of pp, including spots, woodgrain, floral and stripes  ...

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

WOYWW #457 - Seaside, snow and surprises!!

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloggy Friends,

What a week!! Since the last What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, we've had all kinds of adventures. Today is my birthday, so for once I am at home to post this YAY!! :o)

We've just come home from a wonderful weekend at Regal Cottage in Wells-next.the-Sea, so my desk pic looks a bit different this week ..


You can see a pile of fabric pieces cut from old shirts, which I'm gradually turning into a quilt, using "Foundation by the Yard", along with the necessary bits and bobs, which all fit nicely into my gorgeous Jan bag which you can see on the left. On the right is a little treasure we found in a second-hand bookshop "The Girls Own Annual" which was published in 1883 and is full of beautiful illustrations, sheet music, fascinating articles and snippets of social history. Opposite me you can see my husband's Sudoku and tablet.

Later, we were joined by Trina and Chris and a brilliant time was had by all. I was spoiled rotten with lovely pressies, we had some snowy seaside walks, fish and chips, a delicious Sunday lunch in the Golden Fleece and squeezed in quite a bit of trinket shopping (not like me at all, I blame Trina's influence!) as well as plenty of crafting and general lounging about.

Meanwhile, my real workdesk back at home was just as I left it last week, with the remains of my Feb Counterfeit Kit and all the pages and cards I made last month in a pile on top ...


Here it is, with some of my Wells shopping dumped on top - more bookshop treasures and a pack of 8 glue sticks for £1.50!!). Towards the back left of the desk you can see one of my presents from Trina - a mug which says "may or may not contain gin" ... I don't know what she's saying?!?!? :o)

Ok enough waffle from me, time to link up over at Julia's Stamping Ground and see what everyone else is up to - you're welcome to join us and show the world What's On YOUR Workdesk Wednesday!!

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon.

Love Annie xxx

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Summer Garden Party - CSI Case File #249

Hello Everyone,

It's the 1st of March, time to reveal the new Case File #249 over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.

Here's the fun Scene we have to investigate this month ...


You can draw your own inspiration from this image, or nip over to the CSI blog for a list of clues to follow. 

Here's how I solved the case ...


I loved the outdoorsy feel of the Case File and thought it would perfect for this photo of Yours Truly and my lovely stepdaughter Sarah, during a BBQ party in our garden last summer. 

The colours in the Scheme worked really well with this photo - I introduced some faded denim blue into the mix to pick up the colour in my shirt. Other clues I used were leaves, banner, plaid, triangles, woodgrain and branches.

Why not have a go at this fun challenge yourself? There are fab prizes to win and loads of inspiration on the CSI Blog or check out the CSI Community Sharing FB page. 

See you there :o) 

Love Annie xxx