Friday, 20 July 2018

Freebie Friday # 2 - Shadow Box Card

Hello crafty peeps!

This is the second in an occasional series I'm calling Freebie Friday, where I show you what I've made using the free gifts on the front of crafty magazines.

Today I have a clever idea to show you - when you open the card, a shadow box pops up, but the whole thing folds flat for posting ...

I followed a tutorial on You Tube by the lovely Jennifer McGuire - check out her channel for LOADS of inspiration - and I used the freebie stamp and die set from the front of Papercraft Essentials #160.

It's a really fun project and much easier to do than it looks - I enjoyed it so much I made three! Here's a ten-minute tutorial on my You Tube so you can see how it was made ...

I hope you enjoy watching and have a go at this yourself - there are so many fun variations you could try :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

CSI Case File #258 - Sweet Memories


The mid-month Case File is open over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration ...

I love this illustration with all those hand painted summery elements, and the colour scheme lends itself very well to nautical/beach themed pages or perhaps layouts about your 4th July or Royal Wedding memories. 

To crack this case, you can either draw your own ideas from the inspiration image, or pop over to the CSI blog to see the full Case File, with all the clues you need to follow and lots of beautiful pages made by other CSI Detectives. 

Here's how I solved the Case ...

This is a picture of Yours Truly, taken by my then Fiance on a day trip to Wells-Next-the-Sea in 2011.
I went old-fashioned (as usual) and followed the traditional clues -

Scheme: All colours are there.
Evidence: Nautical element (boat), animal (red octopus), wet medium (paint splatters), something grainy (glittered word).
Testimony: my journaling is handwritten along the torn edges and documents a day by the sea.

I also used the layout of the inspiration image as a kind of sketch to inspire my design. The torn papers represent the sea and the landscape and the text paper reminds me of the fish and chips we had for lunch - they always taste best wrapped in newspaper and eaten in the fresh air :o)

Why not have a go and solving this Case File yourself? You have until the end of the month and there are lots of fab prizes on offer. Check out the FB page to more news and inspiration.

Thanks for visiting me today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

WOYWW #475 - packing for Art Journal Summer School!

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloglanders!

It's Wednesday, time to link up for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday over at Julia's Stamping Ground and see what everyone's been up to in their creative spaces all over the world.

Mine's a bit different this week. I've signed up for an online course called Art Journal Summer School - the idea is to pack a limited amount of art supplies into a small bag to take on holidays with you, and then over the course of six weeks, there will be lessons with different teachers to inspire you to work in your art journal every day.

I'm not actually going anywhere this summer, but I loved the idea of being able to work outside in this gorgeous weather we're having in the UK right now, with an easily portable art kit. So here's mine, all ready to go, on a table under a shady tree in our garden ...

To the right you can see hubby's crossword and orange squash - he will be glad when I join him outside instead of going off to my craft room all the time! I made the actual journal myself, using covers from an old children's book and a stack of heavy watercolour paper, all joined together using my Bind-It-All so it will lie nice and flat to work in ...

I love that cover!! I added a few pages from the original book to the inside ...

And just about squeezed everything on the supply list and a FEW tiny extras into my craft tote ...

It makes me itch to get started whenever I look at it - now I just need to make a little bit of time every day ...

I'll be at work when this posts itself,  but I'll be back later to see what other Deskers have been creating this week. See you at Julia's :o)

Love Annie xxx

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

DIY Pen Clips and Photo Corners from Paper Scraps


I have some fun ideas for using up paper scraps to share with you today, with a video tutorial and a sneaky peek at a project I'll be making with some friends later in the year when we get together for a Craftathon for Breast Cancer Care in September.

The kit I put together to make a mini album included 18 sheets of double-sided patterned paper and I ended up with one full sheet and quite a few small scraps left over. Here's the prototype mini book, with some DIY photo corners, pen clips and paperclip flags I made with some of the leftovers ...

If you would like to see how I made them, check out my YouTube video ...

I'll be doing a tutorial to make the mini book a bit later, along with some instructions and templates you could download if you would like to make the mini book. Maybe you would like to join us for the craftathon - check out the Facebook page to find out what it's all about.

Thanks for visiting me today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Monday, 2 July 2018

CSI #257 - Wild at Heart

Hi Everyone,

The latest Case File #257 went live yesterday over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration ...

I love the combination of pastels, zingy yellow and black/white patterns and there are lots of fun details to pull out of this inspiration image to create a scrapbook page. Hop over to the CSI blog to find all the clues you need and see how the CSI Detectives and Guest Designers cracked this case. 

Here's how I did it ...

The photo shows my gorgeous niece, Alice, who is ten going on fifteen, very beautiful and growing up so fast, but still a little girl who loves to play. I was so lucky to capture this brief moment during our holiday in Cornwall a few weeks ago. 

I used all the colours in the Scheme, from the Evidence I chose several items (leaves, glasses, black/white pattern, stripes) I also pulled out some tiny poms and instead of tiny brads I used enamel dots - I loved the contrast in texture between the fuzzy pompoms and the shiny dots. My journalling is written on the postcard and documents a happy summer moment. 

Why not have a go at solving this Case yourself and maybe win one of the fabulous prizes on offer - you have until the end of July to make a page and link up over at CSI.

Thanks for stopping by today, see you again soon! 

Love Annie xxx