Monday, 24 December 2018

Happy Christmas!!

Hello to all my lovely friends out there in Blogland,

I would like to wish you all the happiest possible Christmas wherever you are and whatever you're doing, followed by a happy, healthy and creative 2019 :o)

Here's a little felted friend I made for Christmas. He hasn't told me what his name is yet ...


 One of my Big Plans for 2019 is to really get into felting - what creative plans do you have for next year?

Thanks for visiting today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

November ScrawlR Box

Hello to all my Bloggy Friends,

I've been almost totally AWOL lately, lots of other stuff going on and not much time to play at the moment, let alone blog about it, but I did want to quickly show you what I got in my last couple of ScrawlR boxes, because I am so smitten with these little kits - for £15 a month, you get a neat box full of a variety of pens, pencils and other art supplies, along with some inspiration to get you started.

Here's the November kit ...


Lots of things in here I haven't tried working with before - such as coloured biros, a graphite stick and an eraser pencil, along with some gorgeous coloured pencils, a white gel pen and several other useful items, plus a really nice quality plain paper notebook.

The featured artist for November was Taylor Brooker, and the challenge to inspire us was "Body Parts". Here's what I came up with, using only items from the kit ...


I did use the coloured pencils to add some subtle tints of colour, but the photo doesn't really show that very well.

Here are some of the pencils from the October kit, with a few other Prismacolor pencils thrown in, and a sketch I was working on for that month's challenge, which was "Washed Up" (I will finish it eventually) ...


And finally, here's the December kit which arrived a couple of days ago ...


This month, the featured artist is Ann Pellegrino, and we have two inspiration pieces to get us going. Again, the kit includes items I have not tried before and I'm looking forward to playing with them and seeing how they interact together. The pastel highlighters are Pilot FriXion pens, which can be erased by rubbing with the special tip on the other end. There's a medium black FriXion pen as well, plus a fine and ultra-fine Sharpies. For some reason the silver Pentel extra-fine paint marker isn't in the picture. The paper this month is some white 210gsm cartridge paper.

The challenge for December is "Pastel Petals" .... hmmmm ... hopefully I'll get time to have a go at that over the Christmas holiday.

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

Love Annie xxx

Sunday, 2 December 2018

CSI Case File #267 - My Easy Recipe For Happiness

Hello Bloggy Friends,

It's time to reveal the latest Case File #267 over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration and you have until the end of the month to have a go at cracking this case yourself to be in with a chance to win one of the smashing prizes on offer.


Hop over to the CSI blog post to find all the clues you need to solve this case and be inspired by all the other CSI Detectives' pages.

There is a definite festive feel to this month's Case Files, but I chose to go in a different direction with this one and scrap a picture of Yours Truly and my good friend Trina on one of our crafting jollies this year ...


It looks a bit flat in this photo, but in fact this page is quite three-dimensional, with the outer frame raised off the page and embellishments tucked in and around all the layers. The background of the photo was very busy, with an area of very lurid green and some people I don't know, so I cut us out and backed us with a softer green which I like much better!

To enter this challenge, you can draw your own inspiration from the Scene in the Case File, or choose to follow the clues as I did. 
  • Scheme: the colours are all there, plus some black, grey and soft aqua.
  • Evidence: dots, numbers, stars, hearts. I was also inspired by all the different coloured squares, but turned them into frames and layers instead of a grid pattern. 
  • Testimony: I created a numbered list - my easy recipe for instant happiness :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon! 

Love Annie xxx