Monday, 31 March 2008

Arte y Pico Awards again

I have been given 2 more of these awards today, from Lavender Rose and Edna. I'm deeply honoured to receive these from both of these ladies whose work I admire very much. Thank you both.

Ann x

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Tilda in the Pink....and Chocolate!

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I hope the weather has been as kind to you all as it has to us today - it's so lovely to see the sunshine! I've had a lovely time using the same Tilda stamp as the ATC I made yesterday, I love how it can look so different just by using a different colour way. I've used the same linen/cavass effect card to stamp her on to then coloured her using Derwent pastel pencils which gives a very gentle, soft effect. The base card is cream hammered and the papers are HOTP - pink and Papermania - brown. I put the pink one through 2 different cuttlebug folders for texture and contrast and have sat Tilda on a gold ribbon. The quotation stamp is by Hero Arts and is one of my favourites - such a simple, straight forward sentiment. I made this card for 5 challenges: Arty Girlz who ask us to use chocolate, Theme Thursday who ask for pink and brown, Cute Card Thursday who want us to use people, TGIF who ask for tags (there's two on here) and Scrummy Stash Cafe's "and I quote." I didn't expect to be covering all these challenges when I started out today but it's been great fun! Thank you for coming to take a peek.

Ann x

Saturday, 29 March 2008

Four in one day!

Well just when I wasn't expecting it, I've had no less than four lovely boosts in the form of awards today. This is my second one from Chrissie - a You Make My Day Award and I'm thrilled and honoured to receive it. In my turn I'd like to pass it to three people who regularly make mine:

Blue and Yellow Tilda ATC

Well after the excitement of receiving the Arte y Pico Awards from Cynthia, Chrissie and Anne for which I am very honoured, today I share with you a first - my first Tilda stamp. I do like her and couldn't resist entering her into the Tilda and Friends ATC challenge which this week is the colours of the swedish flag, blue and yellow. I created the ATC card with Twinkling H2O's and put another piece of card through my tiny mosaic cuttebug folder to give her a wall to sit on. It was already yellow but I overpainted it with sunburst twinkling H2O so that it glistens with the rest of it. Tilda herself has been coloured using Twinkling H2O's for the main part and whispers strokes pens for her hair and shoes. Her wings are courtesy of a sakura clear stardust pen. The only other embellishment is a tiny butterfly. Thank you for coming to look and I hope you like my first Tilda effort.

Ann x

Arte y Pico Award

Many thanks Cynthia and Chrissie and Anne for giving me the Arte y Pico award. It has made my day and most certainly is an honour to receive it as I can only echo Cynthia's words and say there are so many fabulous bloggers out there.
There are 5 rules attached to this and they are :-
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his/her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her/him the award itself.
4. The Award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte Y Pico" blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5. To show these rules.
I've had to think about this one hard to be able to narrow it down to just 5! I visit many on a regular basis and have inevitably had to leave quite a few out who are very worthy of the award too. Those I've chosen are:
Cynthia - not because I feel I should but because she really is inspiring to me

Friday, 28 March 2008

Blue Christmas

It's 6.30pm as I write this and It's still light outside - I do like the light nights and when the clocks change this weekend it will be even better and it'll feel like spring could be on the way after, what have I been doing today? Yup - making a christmas card! Such are the vagaries of crafting I suppose - this one is for Rainbow Lady's challenge and Cynthia wants us to make a christmas card this week on the them of big tree, little tree. I decided to use traditional images but non-traditional colours for this one. The blue marble backing paper is from Joanna Sheen's Dancing with Shadows CD and the stamps are: words - woodware, large tree - creative stamping and small tree - Rubber stampede. The large tree was stamped in black and is layered 4 times using the natural lines in the design then I used blue and white glitter and a small blue 'gem' for the top. The small trees were stamped with versamark and embossed with stamp n stuff blue embossing tinsel then mounted onto the upright white ribbon on 3D foam. The words and small stars were stamped with ultramarine stazon. It's one card less for later on and I've enjoyed taking a slightly different approach. Thank you for coming to look and I hope it gives you some inspiration.

Ann x

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Practically Purple

I hope you're all having a good day today and your creative juices are flowing freely. I've decided that I need to get my stamp collection in order - since I started to do these challenges, I'm stamping more often again but can't always remember what I've got!! Before you start worrying about me, perhaps I should mention that about two thirds of them were packed away for almost a year. I've got access to them all again now though and want to make good use of some old favourites so I decided to make a series of notebooks that will be themed so that I can have a look when I need one for a particular purpose. I've decided that I need 4 and this is the first one. I've made it from scratch using my bind-it-all but you could just as easily buy one and alter it. This particular one will fit in with 3 challenges this week Papertake Weekly which is a sketch challenge - the first sketch challenge I've entered, My Time To Craft for which we need to sparkle and Wednesday Stamper where I have full permission to use my favourite colour, purple! I put purple mirri card through the cuttlebug paisley embossing folder for one of the mats and the circle, stamped a montage of some of the images that will be in the book onto the paler purple card using versafine imperial purple ink and highlighted parts of some of the images with a sakura clear stardust pen. Thank you for coming to look and I hope you like it.

Ann x

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Bookmark and miniature art

I hope you are all having a lovely easter Sunday. Today I'm sharing my entry for Rainbow Lady's Challenge where she has asked us to make a bookmark and my entry for Theme Thursday which is for miniature art - moos or inchies. I've put my inchies onto the bookmark. I love making bookmarks because I love reading and also because it lets me use up bits that are too small for much else. I've made this one to go with my weight loss journal (see the post before this) so I have used the same card as the card I used for the covers. The main design consists of some small squares of mirri card to mat and inchies of two different types of very fine glitter card that have been cuttlebug embossed and then topped with a small punched flower with a tiny 'gem' in the centre. Some fibre and a tassel finish it. Thank you for coming to take a look.

Ann x

Saturday, 22 March 2008

Challenges to support a challenge

I haven't been able to do much for challenges this week but I've managed three in one with this one. It's for My Time to Craft -quotes and sayings, Cardvaarks - fruit & veg and TGIF - ribbons. I'm having a bit of a battle with my weight at present and for various reasons it's proving to be hard to shift so I decided to make myself a weight loss journal. I've made the whole thing including creating the pages in publisher just ready for me to fill in and bound it with my bind-it-all machine so I will definitely use it! I used a beautiful gold speckled card for the covers and decorated the front of it. The large panel is made from canvas effect card that I coloured with shimmer chalks and then stamped words from the See D's A Word or Two stamp set using versafine vintage sepia. The tag is made the same way using a rubbadubbadoo stamp - a little tongue in cheek to help keep a sense of perspective! The peaches are from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion CD and the pear is a rubbadubbadoo stamp that's been stamped in versafine vintage sepia and coloured in using shimmer chalks again. If this doesn't keep me on the straight and narrow nothing will! Thank you for coming to take a peek and I hope it makes you smile.

Ann x

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Egyptian Birthday Card

Hope you're all having a good day - I'm sharing a card with you today that I've made for my nephew's 7th birthday this weekend which also happens to fit in with Funky Fariy's challenge this week. The challenge was to cut up your card and I think this one should fit the bill on several counts! Now, this may seem a rather sophisticated card for a 7 year old, but his request was for an egyptian one! The image and backing papers come from Joanna Sheen's Egyptian adventures CD and Jamie just fell in love with this CD when I got it. I've done the overcoat again like I did for the Carnation Dancer card (please see the post for this card for details of Maria's tutorial) and once again the inside card holds the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that I cut with my cuttlebug jigsaw die. Thank you for coming to look and I hope you like it.

Ann x

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Birthday Owl

Today is DH's birthday and I'd like to share the card I made him with you. It's another box card courtesy of last weeks PTW tutorial. I made this one a bit shallower and A5 instead of Square. It houses pyramage with just the owl decoupaged, the image coming from Joanna Sheen's Victorian companion CD set. The rubber stamp used on the corners is from a crafty secrets set and the wording was cut out using the robo. The only additional embellishments are straight peel offs and a couple of flowers backed onto gold mirri card. Thank you for coming to look.

Ann x

Monday, 17 March 2008

DWS Carnation Dancer

Hope Monday is being good to you all. I have a quite heavy week for special birthdays and finally got my hubby's made (for tomorrow!!) - well it isn't easy when you're pretty much together 24/7! I've spent most of today making another special card, this time for my niece who'll be 7 at the weekend. I got both her and her twin brother into card making and ATC's last summer when we had them for a couple of weeks during the day while Mum was at work and both of them let me know what they would like on their cards while they were at it - 6 months in advance! I have also made this one for Rainbow Lady's challenge this week which is to use eyelets. I need to say a big thank you to two people for this -Maria for the tutorial for the "card with an overcoat" and Wendy for sharing her version with us and bringing it to my attention. It took me so long to do because I wanted to make an interactive card and it took a wee bit of figuring out. My niece is a dancer and wanted that as her theme so the image and backing paper I chose is from Joanna Sheen's Dancing with Shadows CD and the dancer has been decoupaged. The two front flaps of the overcoat has been embossed courtesy of the cuttlebug and the envelope pockets on the inside of the inner card hold a photo of her that's been put through the cuttlebug jigsaw die but she won't know it's her till she makes the jigsaw. The Happy Birthday Zoe was cut out of mirri card using my craft robo - I mention this because I consider it to be a major achievement! Just got to do another one for her brother now - egyptian themed for him. Phew!! Thanks for sticking with this long post and thank you for coming to look.
Ann x

Sunday, 16 March 2008


Two days running for two posts - I'm obviously suffering from withdrawal symptoms so I must make a note to self to try to make sure that weeks like this last one don't happen again.......should I succeed, I promise to share the formula! This card is for the Created by Hand challenge and wants us to use buttons. I made this card for a card swap on the Joanna Sheen forum but it fits very well for this challenge and now that it's recipient has received it I feel I can share it with you. It was the first oval spring card I made. The stamps used were a free stamp from craft stamper magazine and the butterfly was from hero arts. The butterfly was stamped onto vellum and watercoloured with a clear sakura stardust pen. Thank you for coming to take a peek today.
Ann x

Tumbling Daisies

Hope you're all having a good Sunday and this is legible after the couple of glasses of wine with lunch - it was very nice but it does seem to have gone to my head! Anyway, to the card - this one is for TGIF's challenge this week. The stamp is - I think - funstamps (I've had it a while) and it's the first time that I've used it in ages. I've just used simple masking and water colouring with glitter on the middle image only and embellished with two bows. It's very simple but I hope you like it and thank you for looking.

Ann x

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Framed bird

I think we're back to the old feast and famine syndrome today! This one is for two challenges, Papertake Weekly's box frame (I'm already making a second one using this idea - I love it) and Wednesday Stamper's in my garden challenge. The box frame tutorial is fabulous and I recommend giving it a try, it's a lovely way to showcase pyramage and I'd be very happy to find this little bird in my garden! The image and backing paper is from Joanna Sheen's Oriental Dreams CD. I made a pyramage to fit into the frame and decoupaged the bird then finished it with a few peel offs and embellishments. I'm not sure if the photo shows off the frame too well but thank you for coming to look.

Ann x

Hey Up Me Old China!!!

I have to confess to feeling guilty today - this is my first chance to do a blog entry since Wednesday and I'm woefully behind with my challenge entries. This one is for Tanda Teaser -Sheila's oriental challenge. I actually made this one last summer and it was the first exploding box I made. It doesn't have anything in the centre because it housed my sister's birthday present although she did say that she thought the box was a present in itself! All the papers and images are from Joanna Sheen's Oriental Dreams CD and the butterfly stamp is from Hero Arts, stamped onto acetate with black Stazon and glittered on the underside to keep it subtle. Thank you for coming to take a peek today.
Ann x

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Fashionably Pink!

Hope you're all having a good day - I've been playing with an ATC this morning that is for two challenges. The first one is the My Time To Craft challenge which is called Tickled Pink this week and the second one is TMTA - Fashion. Once again, I've created my own background using a combination of brilliance ink and twinkling H2Os which I then overstamped with a small scroll stamp that I added the colour to using a sakura metallic silver pen and a whispers brush marker for the heart and word. The dress was stamped with stazon stone grey ink and watercoloured with a mixture of sakura pens and twinkling H2Os. All the stamps are See D's apart from the scroll which is crafty secrets. Thank you for coming to take a look today.

Ann x

Monday, 10 March 2008


Afternoon everyone - I hope that today's been good to you so far. I have to confess to having had better but have managed to distract myself a little by making a card for TGIF's swirls challenge. I've made another spring card - this time with a rounded top. No, I haven't become addicted to spring cards but I've spent the weekend trying to get a bit better acquainted with my craft robo and although I still have heaps to learn, I managed to create a template for this card. I have to make it smaller than the others because of the robo's cutting area so to give you an idea, this one fits an envelope for a 5" x 5" card and my hand cut ones would need an envelope for a 6" x 6" card. The stamps I used were from a mandala set I got from Joanna Sheen for the swirl and the butterfly one came free with a craft stamper magazine and was stamped and embossed onto vellum. The brown pieces were put through the divine swirls cuttlebug folder (you didn't think I'd miss the opportunity did you??) I hope you like it and thank you for coming to look.

Ann x

Friday, 7 March 2008


Afternoon everyone - hope you're all having a good one. I am loving these challenges and am finding that they really do encourage me to "think outside the box" to use a soundbite. This card is for two, Rainbow Lady's Challenge which this week is to use pockets and Caardvarks whose theme is transportation. have used two backing papers, both from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion CD - two different tones of the same design. I created a stamped collage on the paler one and cut it into a jigsaw with my cuttlebug die which I then layered onto a fine ribbed card but kept two of the pieces back. All the rubber stamps are from Rubbadubbadoo. I made two pockets from the paler paper to put the two remaining jigsaw pieces in. The jigsaw pieces haven't been fixed into place so it would be possible to lift them out and complete the puzzle. I also stamped an image of the cruise ship seperately to put on the mirri slider. Thank you for coming to take a peek today - I hope you like it.

Ann x

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Under the weather?

It's a bit late in the day for me to be wishing you a good one - I've given over a good part of my day today to the local council and council tax but these things have to be sorted and although we aren't yet, at least the pocess has started! On to more pleasant things - my entry for the Tanda Teaser this week which Wendy has entitled "Under the Weather". I enjoyed making it but I took 15 photos trying to get one that does it justice - I didn't really succeed but this was the best I could manage and I hope you can get some idea! I made the backing paper myself with twinkling H2Os on glossy cardstock which I then overstamped with the flourish stamp and versafine vintage sepia, stamping off first then stamping another twice before re-inking. The sentiment stamp is hero arts and all the others are crafty secrets and of course I couldn't resist some cuttlebug embossing. Addicted? Who? Me??? Thank you for coming to look and I hope you have a lovely evening

Ann x

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Oval spring card adaptation

position template
cut off excess
trim the corner to match the shape - don't forget to do the other side too!
what it looks like finished
I've been asked by several people how I got the shape of this card - this is how!
Ann x


Good afternoon - I do hope the day is going well for you. This card is for the Arty Girlz challenge this week. The theme is spring but the interpretation isn't limited to the season. I enjoy making spring cards so decided to go with that and although most people wouldn't associate spring (the season) with black, the beautiful image with the bluebells would certainly fit the bill! The image and backing papers are all from Joanna Sheen's Dancing with Shadows CD. They've been edged with silver pentouch and the blue marble paper has been put through the cuttlebug.the bluebell heads are decoupaged. The embellishents are a narrow white satin ribbon, a couple of blue eyelets and a cuttlebug corner is used at the base point. Thank you for coming to have a peek today

Ann x

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Square Flower Power!

Have been having a bit of an icky sort of day today - due to my back giving extra trouble I think but I've managed to have a play with a card that's for two challenges that are right up my street and even though I've had to do it in stages, it's helped to occupy my mind in a very pleasant way. It's for the Papertake Weekly which is squares and I've got lots on here - if you include the card itself there's 6! The other challenge is the My Time To Craft Challenge which is Flower Power this week. My thanks go to those who set these challenges. What I've used here are backing papers from Joanna Sheen's Dancing with shadows CD and Victorian Companion CD. The 4 central squares were put through two cuttlebug folders before being arranged in the diamond shape. The basket of flowers is also from Joanna's Victorian Companion CD and the flowers and ribbon have been decoupaged - and just for a change are backed by an oval shaped gold mirri card. Finally I added two gold mirri cuttlebug corners. Thank you for coming to look.

Ann x

Monday, 3 March 2008

I am Woman

Good monday morning to you all - I hope you're having a good one. This morning I'm sharing a card with you that I made for this week's DCM challenge which is entitled "I am Woman". This is one of those cards that has ended up totally different to what I had in mind when I started out - but I'm happy with the result all the same!! The stamps used are: scroll stamp from Crafty Secrets, the woman's face and wording are rubbadubbadoo which were all simply stamped with versafine vintage sepia and the frame and heart are from Joanna Sheens Frame - Oval and Bow stamp set and were embossed with Sprinkle n Sparkle pebbled copper - also available from Joanna. Thank you to Lythan for this challenge and thank you for coming to look

Ann x

Sunday, 2 March 2008

Christmas in March

Morning everyone on mothering sunday here in britain and I hope you're all having a wonderful day whatever you are doing. I want to share a christmas card with you this morning - yes, you did read that right! I had an unexpected windfall on friday from our neighbour at the back. He'd entered an online draw at The Range and won a box of crafting goodies that he gave to me - how lucky am I? I've used some of them on this card and have made it for 3 challenges, Arty Girlz, circles, Wednesday Stamper, Stars and Theme Thursday, letters of the alphabet. It also fulfills a promise to a forum friend Lavender to start my christmas cards before the end of march! I cut the star and the letter on my new craft robo, here on in to be called The Robster (because it robbed me of 4 hours yesterday afternoon!!) but more of that on another occasion. I added two large brads and strips of paper and a small 3D topper from the prize and the stamp is probably my most used stamp ever! I've had it for 4 or 5 christmases and because I think it is such a lovely sentiment it finds it's way onto either the outside or inside of almost every christmas card I make. On this occasion I embossed it with sprinkle 'n sparkle halo gold embossing powder. Thank you for coming to look and I hope you like it
Ann x

Saturday, 1 March 2008

Feather Challenge

Morning all - it's the first time this week I've managed a morning post! I'm sharing my entry for Rainbow Lady's Feathers Challenge this week. All she has asked is that we use at least one feather. My feather is a stamped one, the stamp is from rubbadubbado and is one of my favourites but doesn't get used nearly often enough. All the papers are K & Co and I used elements from a second sheet to 3D onto my base sheet. The brads in the four corners were an afterthought so have had the "legs" snipped off and are attatched with silicone glue. Thank you for coming to look and I hope you like it.