Friday, 30 November 2018

Miniature Madness

Hello Bloggy Friends,

Last weekend I spent a couple of wonderful days in Wells-next-the-Sea with these lovely ladies ...

We spent the whole weekend doing what we do best - scrapping, chatting, eating, drinking, walking, shopping and various kinds of crafting. I took along a miniature kit from China and finished it off after I came home on Monday ...

Check out this 30-second video of the finished result ...

How cute is that teeny kitchen?! I wish I was Mrs Pepperpot so I could move in :o)

Here's one more picture of us Extreme Crafting - believe it or not, this was just the beginning, and it got a LOT messier as time went on ...

Thanks for visiting me today, I've been a bit AWOL just lately, but hopefully things will now settle down a bit and I'll see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Good Vibes - November GoGo Challenge

Hi there,

There has been so much going on and not much time to blog about it, but here's a page I made for the November GoGo Getaway challenge. This month, Madie created a colour board to inspire us ...

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The colours reminded me of one of those bright, crisp, sunshiney autumn/winter days. I pulled out lots of scraps of patterned paper, cut them into triangles and created a chevron pattern with them. I saw this idea on Paige Evans' YouTube channel - it was a very relaxing process, used up scraps, and I loved the quilt effect, so it was win-win-win!

The patchworked piece was mounted onto black cardstock, then on to a drippy splatty background I created using coordinating inks.

The photo shows my husband and my son and was taken during a happy family gathering around this time last year - at the same time as the one in my previous post, so I think they will look good together in my album. 

Thanks for checking out my blog today, hopefully things will calm down a bit and I will see you again soon! Have a lovely creative week wherever you are :o)

Love Annie xxx

Sunday, 18 November 2018

CSI Case File #266 - Warm Welcome

Hello everyone,

It's a lovely sunshiney autumnal day again here in my part of the UK, hope you're having a lovely day wherever you are in the world :o)

There hasn't been much spare time or energy for blogging around here just lately, but I do have a new challenge to share with you - Case File #266 from CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. It's full of fun elements and gorgeous colour, perfect for this time of year ...

If you scroll to the bottom of the CSI reveal, you'll find all the clues you need to solve this Case - or you can just pull your own inspiration from this colourful Scene. I really enjoy following the Clues, so that's how I cracked this Case.

I thought this would be the ideal opportunity to scrap a picture from around this time last year, showing my Uncle Ian and his wife Sally in their beautiful cosy cottage. I always love spending time with them and we can always be sure of a warm welcome. In the summer, we sit in the garden enjoying the sunshine and in the winter, we gather around the fire to catch up on all the family news.

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I tried out a technique demonstrated by Paige Evans on her YT channel, where you take small rectangles of patterned paper, fold them in half and attach to the background by the top, leaving the bottom free to add dimension. Once you're happy with the arrangement, you can tuck embellishments in and around to create an interesting layered backdrop for your photo. 

This was a great technique to use because -
  • It was fun and easy to do
  • It used up lots of scraps
  • It worked really well as a way to echo the inspiration image.

I've tried to create an illusion of "looking in " to the room, tucking home decor items and different textures between the layers and adding detail to some of the frames on the background paper with coloured pencils and word stickers. 

So which clues did I follow? 
Scheme: all the colours are there
Evidence: stars, hearts, frames, puffy stickers, telephone or other gadget, flowers, mimic boxed shelving as design element, fabric.
Testimony: my journal is in the form of lots of word stickers in the frames, I have also since attached a tag behind the photo with that yellow peg. 

Why not have a go at cracking this case yourself? There are lots of brilliant prizes on offer, and you have until the end  of November to enter - check out all the details at the CSI blog, or find us on FaceBook. See you there :o)

Thanks for stopping by today, see you again soon! 

Love Annie xxx

Thursday, 1 November 2018

CSI Case File #265 - Smile, You're a Star.

Hello lovely peeps,

I haven't been able to blog so much recently, but today I have a new CSI Case File to show you.

This month over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration, we're celebrating Home Sweet Home, which is perfect now that the chilly weather is finally beginning to bite here in the UK. I love the colours in the Scene which Debbi has found for us to investigate this time ...

Nip over to the CSI blog to check out the full reveal and find all the clues you need to solve this case, or draw your own inspiration from the image to create a scrapbook page. You have until the end of the month to link up and be in with a chance to win one of the brilliant prizes on offer. 

Here's how I cracked the case ...

It was really tricky to get a good photo as the light was really dull when I finished making this page, but hopefully you will get the gist!! This photo shows my great-niece Leila, who has such a sweet nature and always a smile on her face.

As always, I chose to follow the clues -
  • Scheme: all the colours are there, plus I added some pops of the aqua from the inspiration image. 
  • Evidence: frames, flowers, animals, text print, transparent stickers, arrows, puffy stickers, triangles, shiny black acrylic heart, both gold and silver accents. 
  • Testimony: my journaling is handwritten inside the pink layered frames. 

I was also inspired by the image to use different fonts and stacked-up words in my journaling and titles. How would you solve the case? 

Thanks very much for visiting today, hope to see you a bit more often now that life is calming down a little :o)

Love Annie xxx