Friday, 29 February 2008

Black and White challenge

Afternoon everyone I hope your day is going well so far. In between other things, I've had a lovely time this morning making a card for Enfys' challenge over on her Going Buggy blog. She is celebrating 5,000 viewings of her blog although it must be quite a bit more than that now - congratulations Enfys! The criteria for Enfys' challenge is black and white with one accent colour. You can probably see that I chose red!! It was a lovely challenge to do and I decided to do a spring card. I put the red card pieces through the paisley cuttlebug folder for texture, the stamp I used is from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Doiley - Oval happiness stamp set simply stamped with black versafine ink and parts of it coloured with a red sakura metallic pen. Just two embellishments, a black tassel and a white organza bow. Thank you for coming to look.

Ann x

Thursday, 28 February 2008

ATC Holder

This is one of those projects that took longer than expected because it started off going in one direction and then I had a change of heart and did something else! The idea for this came from a Making Cards magazine special for men. They used 3 brown envelopes and tags and as soon as I saw it I had a fancy for turning it into an ATC holder - it can hold four as it is or 6 if you put 2 false half envelope flaps on the back. I decided to make this one for the Tanda Teaser challenge this week which is to make a card out of one piece of paper - embellishments and stamping are allowed - I hope my ATC holder still qualifies. I had already made my own envelopes from quite a heavy gsm cartridge paper and then covered them with paper from Dovecraft and stamped words from the See D's a word or two set in versafine sepia. I cut out two ovals for the front and put the bigger one through the cuttlebug and stamped a lily from a rubbadubbadoo stamp set in the middle of the smaller one and embossed it with sprinkle 'n sparkle patina embossing powder. before assembling I edged everything with a gold pentouch pen and added a black satin ribbon for keeping it closed. I hope you like it and thank you for coming to look.

Ann x

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Blue and Green

It's either a feast or a famine isn't it? Second post today and this one is for the Papertake Weekly Challenge which is called Blue and Green should never be seen?! I loved doing this challenge because it just seemed to "click" with me and I knew straight away what I wanted to do. The paper is K & Co from a 6x6 pad that I've had for a while now, the rubber stamps are hero arts - the greeting and rubber stampede - the gerbera. I stamped the gerbera with the Brilliance peacock ink pad and painted them using the same pad. The blue card for the central dividing cross was put through one of the new cuttlebug folders and the two corners are a cuttlebug die using silver holographic mirri card. The same card was used in the matting of the greeting which was stamped onto het another cuttlebug die - however did I manage before I had my bug?? My Craft Robo's just arrived so I may be gone some time........ :) Thanks for coming to take a peek
Ann x


It's good to back! I've been very 'time poor' these last few days and haven't been able to update my blog since saturday and didn't get any crafting done after friday until this morning. I was starting to climb the walls I don't mind telling you! I'm more grateful than ever to all those who set these challenges for us bucause I'm determined to do as many as possible. This one is for Think Monday Think ATC - Africa. I had to be inventive for this one because my (not inconsiderable) stamp collection doesn't contain any suitable stamps for this theme and the printer decided to have a strop and would only part print something I was going to use so I created a background with brilliance ink and my trusty H2Os, stamped the word using onyx black versafine and sponged a wee bit of the black versafine around the edges to age it a little. Then I cut the animals out of my part printed image and added them using foam pads. I hope you like it and thank you for coming to look

Ann x

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Oriental Vibes

Today's been an exciting day - thanks to my lovely OH I've been researching and then ordering a craft robo! Of course, it's a considered (very) purchase so I've got precious little else done! I don't like to leave a post unadorned though so I'm going to share a card I made for a card swap I'm involved with on Joanna Sheen's forum. The theme was Oriental Vibes and decided to make a surprise waterfall card (template from the Time for Crafting website). All the images and papers/card came from Joanna Sheen's Oriental Dreams CDs apart from the cuttlebug mat. I do hope you enjoy it - I very nearly wimped out of putting it in the post box but it's recipient is well worth it :)

Ann x

Friday, 22 February 2008

Shades of green

I've had such a lovely time making this. I can't believe how my creativity has been revitalised by taking part in challenges - and I've only been doing them since last weekend! Today I'm showing you an ATC and this one is going to be a triple whammy - I take part in a forum ATC swap and this month's theme is "shades of green". I have to confess that I was struggling to come up with an idea - then the wonderful Cynthia started her new challenge blog and it just fell into place. The first challenge on Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog is to use acetate in a project. One of my favourite things to do with acetate is to glitter it on what will be the underside, so here I've used the middle sections of a medallion with different shades of green glitter. I created the base ATC by stippling two different shades of green chalk inks to form the base and then over stipled with 3 shades of green twinkling H2Os (not sure the lovely glisten shows up too well in the photo). Then I stamped some swirls in egyptian gold H2O painted onto the stamp - first time I've tried that one. I finished it off with a skeleton leaf underneath the medallion topper and a couple of tiny green hearts. Shades of green also fit in with the Arty Girlz challenge this week so I have entered that for the first time too! This feels like it's turned into an essay - but I hope you enjoy what you see and thank you for coming to look. Thanks to Cynthia, this has now become a quadruple whammy because I've just entered it for the Thank God it's Friday - backgrounds challenge too!

Ann x

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Teddy bear huggles

This morning marks my first full week as a blogger - and I'm well and truly hooked and can't believe how many of you have come to take a peek in only one week! Thank you to all those who have inspired me to do know who you are :) I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges I've been able to get involved with and look forward to doing many more. I'm getting ambitious this morning and have done a card that covers two challenges. The Created Byhand Challenge which was to use glossy paper and the Tanda Teaser - Toybox Treasures which was to make a piece of work using something you'd find in a childs toy box. I have used white glossy card sponged with chalk inks (a technique I haven't used for far too long) to create a background and stamped the teddy bear and rabbit stamp (from rubbadubbadoo) onto unsponged white glossy card using a brown whispers strokes pen then a water bush to pull colour in from the edges which gives a lovely ink wash look, then added a few other bits of colour from other whispers stroke pens. I should say at this point that the artificial light had distorted the colours slightly.

Thank you for coming to look and I hope you enjoy

Ann x

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Wedding Announcement

Morning all, I hope you're having a good one wherever you are. The card I'm showing you this morning is for My Time To Craft Challenge - Lace it up. It's not a new card but it is one that's special to me. When we got married last year, we decided that at our age we should be able to have the day we wanted so we went to see the registrar and asked her for the first available date! The upshot was that 15 days later, we took our two witnesses and became man and wife. It was a beautiful, intimate ceremony and a day we will remember for ever. The following day I posted out the announcement cards I'd made to let everyone know. As it happens, the cards I made fit in with this challenge so I wanted to use it. The lace is stamped from a 12" four sided stamp but I'm afraid that I can't remember the name of the company. The butterfly stamp came from a QVC set a few years back. All were stamped onto vellum (the butterfly twice) embossed with gold ultra fine and the butterfly was decoupaged and came to rest on a gold mirri heart. The words are from a rubbadubbadoo set.

Thank you for coming to take a look


Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Beach Scene

I've got a couple of people I owe thanks to for this today - Wendy because if it wasn't for her, I would have missed this challenge and Cynthia whose brilliant stampscapes gave rise to the idea of using these stamps in the way I have. The challenge is Theme Thursday - By The Sea and I'm delighted for the opportunity to use some of my favourite stamps. The stamps used are from Joanna Sheen's On the Beach set. I stamped them using a stazon stone grey ink pad and masked different parts to allow me to create a little 'scene'. I coloured them with erwent water colours but kept them fairly weak because I was after a colour wash effect - though I think I need a bit more practice! Then it's been very simply matted. The four shells were stamped from a See D's morsels set, water coloured and cut out then attatched to the corners with silicone glue and proved to be most fiddle of it all!

Hope you're all having a wonderful day

Ann x

Monday, 18 February 2008

Hit The High Notes

Well I certainly didn't expect to be posting at this time of night! I've have a few days when I've been meeting myself coming back - and I can't see it easing up just yet. I really wanted to join in with the Tanda Teaser challenge this week though and just hope I'm scraping in by the skin of my teeth! I've had this stamp for a good while and tend to mostly use it at christmas so this seemed a good opportunity to give it a different airing. The stamp is from Rubber Stampede and the image was stamped with versamark then embossed with silver ultrafine embossing powder then painted with twinkling H2Os with the background sponged with two brilliance inks. Then I used one of the new cuttlebug dies to turn it into a jigsaw puzzle - holding my breath while I waited to see what it would do to the embossing! I hope you like it - I certainly enjoyed making it.

Ann x

Sunday, 17 February 2008

What a start for a new blog!

I've just discovered that Edna (Rosietoes) has given me a "you make my day" award. Considering how much she inspires me, I feel very honoured - thank you Edna. There are a good many people who inspire me for all sorts of reasons and I in turn would like to pass the award on to them, Cynthia whose stampscapes wow me everytime, Wendy whose diversity of cards are so stunning and imaginative, another Wendy who is so generous sharing her knowledge of stamping techniques and constantly challenges me to improve without even knowing it, Sheila who has no idea that she inspires me but whose work I've admired for a long time and last but by no means least, Jane who knows how to make even the simplest design stylish. Thank you all.

The plan is to

1) Write a post with links to 5 blogs you find of interest and that inspire you.

2) Acknowledge the post of the award giver.

3) Display the logo 'You make my day'

4) tell the award winners that they have won by commenting on their blogs with the news.
Well done to you all and have a great day!

Saturday, 16 February 2008


Another busy one today, but doing a bit yesterday and finishing it off this morning I managed to have a play with one of the newly released cuttlebug folders. This one is called birds and swirls. I seem to have a thing about black, gold and cream at the moment! I've used a hammered ivory for the base card, and gold mirri through the cuttlebug. I also put a piece of black card through the cuttlebug and used the debossed side, colouring the debossed parts in with a gold pentouch pen. The main topper is from Joanna Sheen's Dancing with Shadows CD and I've done a pyramage effect with unneven sized borders - it works quite well for an image that has a lot of plain background . It's embellished with a couple of peel off corners and a narrow black satin bow with long tendrils that I've added some self adhesive pearls to. I've left the bottom right hand corner for the greeting when I've decided who or what it's going to be for. Thank you for coming to look and I hope you enjoy it.

Ann x

Friday, 15 February 2008

Wedding ATC

Good afternoon! This post is a bit later than I intended it to of those mornings that got away from me. I thought I'd share an ATC with you today. I wonder if I'm the only one who sometimes makes ATC's with absolutely no intention of swapping them? Much as I enjoy swapping with other people and get great pleasure from receiving their work, I sometimes like to make an ATC to commemorate something. In this case, I made this one to commemorate our wedding last year. The bride is one of Joanna Sheen's rubber stamps on shrink plastic - the detail on the stamp works really well on shrink plastic and it comes out an ideal size for an ATC. I've got my 6 year old niece and nephew into making ATC's and my nephew still hasn't given up trying to persuade me to part with this one, but he has no chance! I hope you like it and I'm off now to have a play with my new cuttlebug folders that arrived this morning.

Ann x

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Anniversary card

Well I'm getting such wonderful encouragement that I can't resist doing something more today! This time I'll share the card I made my husband for our first anniversary last weekend. I've chosen this card for the very good reason he insisted!! I have to show you more than one picture because although I had a great time making it, photographing it was a totally different story! The base card is cream A4 folded to A5, I cut the front section down by half then folded an A4 black card to form a pop out that you can partially see when the card is closed. A backing paper that complements the couple topper was put behind the pop out area. The backing paper and topper are from Joanna Sheen's Dancing With Shadows CD, the gold hearts and backing for the topper are mirri card that's been put through the divine swirls cuttlebug embossing folder and I've used a few quotations and sayings. The one on the back page says "The more you invest in a marriage the more valuable it becomes"

Thank you for coming to look

Ann x

Cuttlebug Tutankhamun

Today marks the creation of my blog. I've never done this before so I hope you'll bear with me. I'm going to keep it simple today and share one of my favourite cards with you.
The background paper and decoupaged image are from Joanna Sheen's Egyptian Adventures CD, the image is sitting on a cuttlebug devine swirls background and the frame was created using the Glitter Girls' framey board.
Thnk you for visiting and I hope you enjoy the card

Ann x