Saturday, 16 March 2019

Wanderlust Week 11 - Going with the Flow

Hello everyone,

I have enjoyed and learned from every single lesson on Wanderlust 2019 so far, but with some lessons you just can't wait to get started and Week 11 with Laly Mille was one of those.

The new lesson videos are released on Friday mornings and I always look forward to watching them, but it usually takes me several days or even weeks to get around to trying them. However, this time I watched the lesson on Friday morning and finished my page on Friday afternoon - a record for me!

Here's how it turned out ...


Laly encouraged us to "go with the flow" and made it feel really easy to let go and enjoy building layer upon layer of colour and texture using many different types of media. I particularly enjoyed creating the pebbles by tearing collage papers ...


Laly gessoed over her pebbles to knock them back a bit, but I loved them so much that I just couldn't cover them up!

Scraps of paper and cheesecloth were added to the horizon line and we added paints, inks and gesso to bring out the texture ...


After pretty much slavishly following Laly's tutorial, I decided to add my own little touch and used snippets of gelli printed deli paper to make little fish ...


Check out Laly's website, I see that she is offering some free tutorials which I can't wait to have a look at :o)

Thanks for visiting today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Friday, 15 March 2019

CSI Case File # 276 - Hey Beautiful!

Hello my friends,

The mid-month reveal has just gone up over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration - check it out for all the details and loads of inspiration. There are three Case Files to solve each month and you have until Sunday 31st of March to submit your entries and be in with a chance of winning one of the fab prizes.

Here is Case File #276, full of colour and fun elements ...


You can either pull your own inspiration from the Scene, or you can scroll to the bottom of the reveal post to find all the traditional clues. Keep an eye on the FaceBook page for daily ideas and inspiration.

Here's how I solved this case, using the traditional clues because that's what I enjoy doing ...


  • Scheme: most of the colours are there, but I substituted black for the navy and threw in some pink.
  • Evidence: hearts, clouds, sun, string, die cuts.
  • Testimony: inspiration words spirit, fashionable, adorable - my brief journalling is handwritten around the edge of the page. 

I thought this bright, colourful photo of my step-granddaughter Macy striking a cute pose in the paddling pool was perfect for this Case File, and I tried to capture a sense of fun and playfulness. 

The background effect was created with gouache paint splodged and splattered onto Bazzill marshmallow cardstock to give an impression of watery splashes fading into sky, then I tucked in some die cut clouds and sunshine. The "Beautiful" was a cut file which was included in my Quirky Kit last month and I just backed it with pp various scraps. The "hey" was handwritten in marker pen and carefully cut out with a craft knife. As I was in a "cussy-futting" mood, I cut a whole lot of flowers out as well to cluster by the picture and dot around the page. 

You can probably tell that I had a lot of fun with this one. Why not have a go yourself - interpret the Case File any way you like to create a scrapbook page, take a photo and upload it on the CSI community page on FB to be in with a chance to win one of the prizes - you have until Sunday 31st March :o)

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

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

WOYWW #510 - Lost Weeks and Forget-me-Nots.

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloggy Friends,

It's Wednesday, time to show us all What's On Your Workdesk - pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground to link up and see what everyone else has been up to this week.

Well, it's been a funny old week ... in fact it's all a bit of a blur now. It was my birthday last Thursday and I was spoiled rotten with lovely cards and presents from friends and family, but unfortunately I had also been given a really nasty virus infection - the gift that keeps on giving! :o)

I am on the mend now, but it really knocked me for six, so I've been signed off for a few more days to rest up and get properly back up on my feet. Last week I didn't feel like doing much at all, but I did manage some sofa crafting and got started on some crocheted forget-me-nots ...


The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, where I work, is asking for people to knit or crochet forget-me-nots. These will become part of a community art project which will go on display in May to raise dementia awareness. I believe similar things are happening in other areas of the country, but here's a link if you would like to find out more about the NNUH project.

Mine are crocheted, it's a really easy pattern - after the first couple you don't even need to look at the pattern any more. You can see that I've braided the long ends of some of the flowers to make them into bookmarks. They also suggest turning them into things like brooches and hairlclips. I can't wait to see what they look like en masse as part of the community art work.

Here's a quick peek at my lovely birthday pressies ...

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Week Seven Wanderlust 2019 - Lost for Words!

Hello my friends in Blogland,

I'm still hopping backwards and forwards with Wanderlust, trying to finish up last month's lessons on the theme of "Faces" before I start on this month's theme, "Rivers". As always, I'm loving and learning from every lesson.

For Week Seven, Marieke Blokland showed us how to doodle faces and then expand on these to create a mixed media art journal page. Here's my AJ page so far ...


I still want to add some wordage, but can't decide what to say just yet, so I'm going to leave it there for now.

It was fun doodling lots of different faces and definitely resulted in a different style to my usual faces which is brilliant. Here are some of my doodles, just scribbled in Inktense pencil which I then "activated" with a water brush to add shadow ...


Thanks for stopping by today, have a peaceful and creative week, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Friday, 1 March 2019

CSI #275 - Love this!

HI everyone,

The March Case Files have been released over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. There are three altogether, you can do any or all of them, and you have a whole month to submit your entries via the CSI Facebook group to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes on offer.

Here's Case File #275 -

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You can choose to draw your own inspiration from the Scene, or you can follow the clues which Debbi has found to inspire us. Scroll to the bottom of the reveal post on the CSI blog to see all the DT pages and find all the clues, or go to the Facebook group, where you'll find an individual album for each Case File - this is where you'll find all the clues and it's also the place to share your finished page.

Here's how I solved Case File #275 -


The handpainted style and zingy colours in the Scene really appealed to me and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to scrap a funny story. I tried to capture the feel of a strip cartoon, inspired by the frames and the words in the Case File.  

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

WOYWW #508

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloggy Friends,

I've missed a few weeks of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - life getting in the way again :o) but I'm back! Join us over at lovely Julia's Stamping Ground and show the world what you've been up to in your creative space this week.

Most of my crafting at the moment is being done at the dining table in between Other Stuff, so I'll show you that, as it's more interest than my actual Workdesk ...


I've been totally obsessed with rolling old newspapers into tubes. There are some wonderfully inspiring tutorials on YouTube showing you how to weave these into baskets - you can see my very first attempts here.


I have a LOT of practising to do before mine look anything like the amazing ones I've seen on YouTube, but even these first efforts are actually useful containers for my craft room.

The colours you see here are just as I found them in the newspapers - you can roll towards the unprinted edge to get plain greyish-white and you quickly learn how to roll in the right direction to make use of any colourful parts in the paper - I found that there are a lot of blues and rusty colours (the old teal-and-orange trick in action I suspect). You can also colour the tubes in various ways before rolling, or paint the baskets when they're finished, and apply various decorative finishes - for example napkin decoupage works well.

The best thing about it though is that all you need is old papers, a kitchen knife, a skewer and some glue - plus something like varnish to finish them. And lots of patience :o)

I'll be at work when this posts itself. If I'm lucky and she's not given up on me, my lovely friend Zsuzsa will link up for me, but otherwise I'll do it when I get home from work this evening. Looking forward to a catch-up snooping session later, see what everyone else has been doing this week.

Thanks for visiting me today, see you at Julia's!

Love Annie xxx

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Wanderlust 2019 Week Five - Backwards and Forwards

Hello Everyone,

I'm loving Wanderlust 2019, enjoying all the different teachers with their varied styles and approaches and learning different techniques and ideas with every lesson.

This month, the theme is "Faces". For some reason I jumped in and did Week Six with Marjie Kemper straight away (see the post immediately before this one if you're interested), then went back to Week Five with Kasia Avery. I will come back to this again but here's how it looks now ...


Kasia showed us how to start by sticking down a face cut from a magazine, then painting over the top. Here's mine before I started painting the face ...


After a coat of clear gesso, I worked with gouache, mixing all the colours from a very limited palette, which is something I need to practice more. I love gouache, to me it has the translucency of watercolours combined with the body and vibrancy of acrylics. I did use some white acrylic as well, then did the lettering with paint pens.

The dark outline around the figure was water-soluble Inktense pencil - as soon as I did that I regretted it, because it made it look "stuck-on" again. Might try and get rid of that when I come back to it.

Meanwhile, I jumped forward again to make a start on Week Seven with Marieke Blokland, who showed us how to create easy doodled faces. Here are my funny faces ...


I decided to use Ink Black Inktense pencil - I love how it's SO black, and then you can just use a water brush to give some shading. Now I'm planning to spend a happy afternoon turning one or two of these into a double AJ spread.

WAtch this space :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Friday, 15 February 2019

Wanderlust 2019 Week Six

Hello Everyone,

I've been catching up on my Wanderlust 2019 pages. Week Six was a lesson with Marjie Kemper which was lots of fun, really encouraging me to get out a few supplies I had not used in ages and just enjoy the process. At first it felt like I was just making a very colourful mess, but I was happy with the page that eventually emerged ...


I enjoyed using sprays and then stencilling with inks in the same colours to create layers and I loved how the sprays worked over stencilled texture paste. Marjie's idea to use tags to create little pockets to hold secret messages was really cool. I didn't have a glamourous face stencil or stamp, so I used this skull, as a reminder that life is not a dress rehearsal :o)

The next day at work, my hands were still black and blue with ink, but it was SO worth it!!

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon.

Love Annie xxx



GoGo Weekend is GoneGone!!

Hello Bloggy Friends,

You know how it is when you're looking forward to something for SO long and then it whizzes by and in the blink of an eye it's all over? That happened to me last weekend when my good friend Trina and I went off on a GoGoGetaway - two whole days of scrapbooking classes just flashed past.

As always, we came home with loads of goodies and kit leftovers and mine are still unpacked - here they are sitting on my workdesk ...


We got to take the handy carry case home with all our kit leftovers and UFOs inside, as well as the very very cute bamboo reusable coffee cup which I love, and some chocolates for doing the feedback form. I was also very lucky to win the challenge - the prize was a pack of Lawn Fawn goodies which are spread over the top of the storage case in the photo.

The challenge was to make a page inspired by a sketch - I made mine a week ahead but forgot to bring it with me, so had to ask DH to take a photo and send it to me so that I could show the GoGo - so I felt double-lucky when my name was pulled out of the bag.

Here's my page, showing some photos taken at our wedding reception, when all the guests were copying little Bailey's dance moves - he was so chuffed, it was brilliant :o)


Well, thanks for visiting my blog today, I hope you have a lovely relaxing weekend whatever you're doing and wherever you're doing it. See you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Saturday, 2 February 2019

CSI Case File #272 - Big Smile Say G!N

HI everyone,

The February Case Files have been released over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration - you can find all the details and check out pages made by the CSI detectives and guest designers over at the CSI blog, plus daily inspiration and ideas on the CSI Facebook page.

There are LOADS of fab prizes to be won, three different Case Files to choose from and you have until the end of the month, so why not give it go? You can now enter by sharing your pages on the CSI Facebook group so it's easy for everyone to join in.

Here's Case File #272 ...


You can either draw your own inspiration from the image, or you can follow the traditional clues which you can find if you scroll to the bottom of the February Case Files blog post. I always enjoy following the clues so that's how I solved this case ...


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I love this happy photo of me and my mate Maggie taken in Cornwall in around 2007. We were gin connoisseurs long before it became fashionable as it is today :o)

Here are the clues I followed:
Scheme: all the colours are there, but I chose brighter shades of green and red.
Evidence: dots, border, leaves, birds, string, wood.
Testimony: I had intended to make a tiny book for my journaling, but I forgot!!

So that's mine, looking forward to seeing how you solve this month's Case Files :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon.

Love Annie xxx

Friday, 1 February 2019

Wanderlust 2019 Week Four - "Think"

Hello everyone,

I can't believe it's Friday again, a new Wanderlust lesson just came out - better quickly post a pic of my effort for last week, when Kasia showed us how to start with a collage and then add a soft cloudy effect with acrylic paint to create a backdrop for our chosen word of the year.

It was so much fun making the clouds that I got a bit carried away and covered up most of my background papers, but you can still see the focal images which came from the gorgeous printable ephemera collection put togetherby Eliza Trojanowska for Wanderlust 2019.

Anyway, here's my effort, featuring my word for this year ...


The scribbled text reads, "What do you really want? What do you really need? What will the consequences be?" which is my mantra for 2019.

Thanks for stopping by today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

WOYWW #504

Hello Fellow Deskers,

I'm slightly late to the party but better late than never :o) Somehow it got to be Wednesday again already so it's time to link up over at Julia's Stamping Ground and see what everyone's been up to this week. Here's my desk this morning ...


I'm between projects, so it looks kinda tidy-ish. From left to right, you can see my iPad (essential for binge-watching, currently Les Mis on BBC iPlayer), some new stamp and die storage folders above that, my just-finished page for this week's Wanderlust 2019 lesson, a curious little book I found yesterday in a charity shop and my habitual black coffee.

The book was a real find, here's a closer look at the cover ...


One of the pages at the front was missing, so I went online to see if I could find out what it said. I didn't find the missing page yet, but I did discover that this was a collection of "found" photos from photo booths, put together by an artist called Dick Jewell (sounds like some kind of exotic body piercing doesn't it?!), which he self-published in very limited numbers in 1978 and again in 1980. The whole book is full of page after page of gems like these ...


I find it totally fascinating and I think these pictures would make really cool focal points for various projects. Apparently, if this copy was in much better nick and maybe even numbered or signed, it might be worth a lot of money, but I'm actually glad it's a gnarly copy as I really want to keep it :o)

Ok, time to pop over to Julia's and link up now, see you there!

Love Annie xxx

Sunday, 27 January 2019

January ScrawlRBox challenge - Growing Up

Hello Friends in Blogland,

My January ScrawlRBox was waiting for me when I got home from work yesterday and I couldn't wait to play with it. Here's what we got this month ...


W&N Promarkers in three different shades of warm brown; Sakura Pigma Micron 01black; Sakura Pigma Brush black; F-C Pitt Artist Pen 1.5 white; F-C 9000 pencil 2H. We also got a couple of sheets of Canaletto 160gsm Liscia paper and a sweetie which I ate before I took the photo :o)

This month's inspiration piece is by Italian illustrator Giobi. We are encouraged to use these supplies to tell a story and try to convey a memory or emotion. The challenge for January is "Growing Up".

Over the last week or so, I've been noticing the days just starting to lengthen and new shoots beginning to appear, signalling that we will soon be coming out of the short, dark days of winter and we can start looking forward to the spring. Inspired by this feeling, I created a page for my journal, using only the supplies in this month's box ...


It was challenging to use only brown, black and white but I really enjoyed using the different types of pens in different ways to create depth and texture and the paper was smooth and lovely to work on. I tried to convey the feeling of coming out of the dark into the light. I think I may add a suitable quote or poem, just need to find it - any ideas?

It has always been a source of wonder to me that all of next year's growth is contained in a tiny seed, just waiting to be awoken at the right time and grow into a whole new life. We see this cycle of life happening all around us all the time and it's easy to take it for granted, but it really is wonderful.

So that's me for now, I'm off to tidy my workroom now, I feel a scrapbook page coming on :o)

Thanks for visiting me today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Wanderlust 2019 Week Three - with Kelly Hoernig

HI everyone,

I knew I was going to enjoy the theme for this first month of Wanderlust 2019 - "Typography" and I have definitely not been disappointed. For Week Three we had a jam-packed lesson with Kelly Hoernig, who encouraged us to be inspired by art supplies and different styles of typography and shared SO many useful tips along the way that I will have to watch the videos over and over again!

It's kept me busy all week and I have lots more ideas to try, but here's the first finished page in my journal ...


Hopefully I'll have some more playtime over the next few days, so watch this space ...

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

Love Annie xxx

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Wanderlust 2019 Week Two - Choose Joy

HI everyone,

For week two of Wanderlust 2019, we had a lesson with the lovely Athanasia Papantonniou, who showed us how to create a very dimensional page, layering different types of media and various elements inspired by this month's theme of "Typography". I really really had a blast with this and I love how it turned out ...


 Athanasia started by stamping on sticky labels and using pigment powders to add vibrant colours, these were then adhered to the page as the first layer. I didn't have any labels, so I used card scraps and punched them into circles ...


It was so much fun making the circles that I just couldn't stop and ended up with loads. Some of them I turned into "danglers" to hang off my page, by sticking two together back to back with thread sandwiched in between ...


What an inspiring lesson this was, and the next one looks just as good :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon and have a lovely creative week!

Love Annie xxx

ScrawlrBox December Challenge - Pastel Petals

Hello everyone,

Here's what came in the December ScrawlrBox - not my favourite so far, but there were a couple of things I'd never played with before so I had fun with it ...


We got a pack of five Frixion Pens in pastel highlighter colours, as well as a black one, plus fine and ultrafine black Sharpies, some sheets of paper and of course a little sweetie! There was also a silver fineliner which isn't in this photo.

This month's inspiration pieces were by Ann Pellegrino and the challenge for December was "Pastel Petals". Here's what I came up with ...



It was really interesting trying out the Frixion pens - the ink disappears when you rub the end of the pen over it, but actually any kind of heat works, so for example you can wave a lighter over it. I also tried scribbling them onto some plastic and applying with a waterbrush, which gave a subtle watercolour effect.

As I say, this hasn't been my fave ScrawlrBox so far, but it's always good to challenge yourself to try something new and I'm really looking forward to finding out what's in the January box, which should be arriving any day now :o)

Thanks for visiting me today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx


Wednesday, 16 January 2019

WOYWW # 502 - my collection of body parts!

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloglanders,

It's Wednesday, time to hop over to Julia's Stamping Ground, link up and show everyone What's On Your Workdesk - I show you mine if you'll show me yours :o)


I've been mostly dining-table-crafting again this week - here you can see the various body parts I've been sorting into files ready to use for collages. My hairdresser kindly saves old magazines for me and I spend many a contented hour cutting and sticking - it's the perfect thing to do when you're too tired to feel creative, but you want to do something crafty, and I'll have them all ready to go when the arty-farty urge strikes me!

I'll be back to check out what everyone else has been doing this week when I get home from work this evening.

Thanks for visiting me today, happy WOYWWday!

Love Annie xxx

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Wanderlust 2019 - Week One

HI everyone,

I decided to treat myself to Wanderlust again this year as I find it so inspiring - even if I don't always have time to try every lesson, I will still enjoy watching the videos and there is so much variety with all the different teachers.

This month, the theme is "Typography" and the first lesson for this year was with Kasia Avery, who hosts Wanderlust, along with her husband Jamie. Kasia showed us how she created a page in her art journal, starting with collaged papers and building up layers with different mediums, and thenshe encouraged us to have a go with whatever supplies we choose.

Here's mine ...


I started by collaging various papers - saved tissue wrap, old book papers, ephemera from the printable collection created by Eliza Trojanowska and supplied free with Wanderlust 2019, and some patterned papers from my scrap drawer.


After a layer of gesso which I scribbled into, I added colour with water-soluble crayons (Derwent Art Sticks), stencilled with Distress Oxide inks, and defined some of the shapes with water-soluble Inktense pencils and a waterbrush.


Final step was to use white pen and dark pencil to doodle and add some pseudo-handwriting to the page just because I like the look of it (my real journaling was scribbled into the gesso layer while it was still wet with the wrong end of my paintbrush).


As you can see, I had loads of fun creating this page, just playing with all the different media. It doesn't really have a focal point, but love the way all the different layers are peeking through each other and I do like this colour palette.

There is already another lesson waiting to be tried, hopefully I will have time to play later this week.

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

WOYWW #501

Good Morning Fellow Deskers and Crafty Friends,

It's another wintry Wednesday in my part of the world, so it's time show the world What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday?! Pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground, where you can link up, have a snout at everyone else's creative spaces and show us all what you've been up to this week.

Here's mine yesterday afternoon ...


We had just got home from a weekend away and I was really craving a little playtime in my craft room - you can see that I've just shovelled to one side all the alcohol inks I was using last week. It's Week One of Wanderlust 2019 and I couldn't wait to get started. This month the theme is "Typography".

My page started with some collaged papers, then I added layers of colour with gesso, water-soluble Derwent Art Sticks, Distress Oxides and Inktense water-soluble pencils. I still want to add some darkness, doodling and definition. I'll show a proper picture of it when it's finished :o)

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

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

WOYWW #500

Hello Fellow Deskers and Friends out there in Blogland,

WOW!! 500 is a big number isn't it?! I have been AWOL from WOYWW for weeks, and pretty much from any kind of blogging except for posting my pages for CSI - but here's hoping that things will calm down a bit this year and I'll have more time for crafty stuff and blogging again. I do have LOTS of plans and new things to try this year :o)

If you want to find out all about WOYWW, just pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground, where you can link up and show the world What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.

This past couple of weeks I've been doing a lot of crafting at the dining table. Here's what I've been working on ...


These are my first attempts playing with YUPO paper which my son gave me for Christmas. I've used alcohol inks and India inks and now I'm doodling over the top with black and white pens, very therapeutic and I'm able to binge-watch Netflix and YT at the same time - perfect!!

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

CSI #269 - Happy New Year and Happy Birthday!!

Hello Bloggy Friends,

CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration is turning 7 years old this month and there are some exciting changes afoot - read all about it on the CSI blog, where you'll also find all the CSI Detectives pages to inspire you.
The CSI Scrapbook Challenge FB page will now be the place where you can find all the clues you need to solve each Case File and where you can post your pages to be in with a chance of winning one of the fab prizes on offer each month.

Here's the first Case File for January -

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If, like me, you like to follow the traditional clues, you'll find them in the first comment in the album for this Case File on the FB page. If not, just pull your own inspiration from the Scene above. 

Here's how I solved this case -


This is my little step-granddaughter Macy, just after losing her first baby tooth. 

I used LOADS of the traditional clues for this one -
  • Evidence: polka dots, floral pattern, chevron, stripes, banner, hearts, flowers, multi-coloured title, twine, decorative border, something hanging, bows, cursive font.
  • Testimony: I was KINDA prompted by the inspiration words "new, beginnings, wishes".
  • Scheme: all of the colours are here, plus a couple others pulled from the inspiration image. 

A different page created by one of the CSI Detectives will be featured each day on the FB page, so keep an eye out for lots of inspiration. You can also check out Case File #270 - which I haven't made yet, but watch this space! :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon. 

Love Annie xxx