Thursday, 31 July 2008

Indian Summer

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This week's challenge on the Joanna Sheen forum is called Indian Summer. When I think of these words I always think of these colours - caused I think by a number of things - India itself, the colours associated with early autumn here and the colours caused by the low suns at that time of year so the background was always going to be my starting point for this. I've put a tutorial for it on my tutorials and tips blog because I tried a new way of playing with the inks. I think that black is so dramatic with these colours so was planning to find suitable images from my Joanna Sheen Dancing with Shadows CD but changed my mind because I just love these stamps. They are from the Joanna Sheen On the Beach set and I stamped them with jet black Stazon then coloured them in with a black pen to create the silhouettes. I then mounted the image onto black and gold mats before adding to the base card. The only embellishments are cuttlebug corners, narrow satin ribbon and a bow from one of Joanna Sheen's Doiley stamp sets stamped onto shrink plastic and coloured in with a sakura clear startdust pen. Thank you for visiting today
Ann x

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Walk Like An Egyptian

Today's card is for the Tanda Teaser Challenge - walk like an egyptian. Loving all things egyptian as I do, I couldn't miss this one even though I'm nearly out of time! The base card is a z fold and the backing paper is from my stash. The greeting, paper for the scrolls and decoupaged image are all from Joanna Sheen's Egyptian Adventure CD. There are several decoupage sheets on this CD which are a lovely size for an A5 card when printed out as they are. In this case I resized the whole sheet in publisher so that I could have a smaller image - very simple to do. The only additions are gold mirror card and peel offs because I think these images speak for themselves and need very little else. Thank you for coming to look.
Ann x

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Christmas Tags

Good Sunday afternoon to you all. After a doubtful start this morning the sun came out early afternoon and I was able to get on with a job I started yesterday but now needs time to "go off" apparently so I've been amusing myself making some tags for Rainbow Lady's Christmas tags challenge for this week. They're all very simple really - I bought some sheets of pearlescent tags some time ago and haven't really used them so I dug them out for this. Earlier in the year, some of you will remember that one of our neighbours gave me a box of christmas crafting goodies he won in an online raffle (not sure why he entered it because he's not a crafter - but who am I to argue?). I've used sticky ribbon, paper, brads and toppers from this windfall stash on these tags. The blue tag was put through the cuttlebug snowflakes folder first and parts of it highlighted with a sakura silver stardust pen. I have to confess though that they may find their way onto cards yet..........
Ann x

Saturday, 26 July 2008

3 Awards

I need to say thank you x 3 this morning. I woke up the find myself the recipient of 3 awards! First of all I want to mention the Brillante Weblog award because I received this a couple of days ago from the lovely and very talented Anesha. We haven't been visiting each others blogs for very long and I am in much admiration of Anesha's work so to receive this award from her is very special. I have received this award in the past and passed it on so when I pass the one below on feel free to add this one too if I haven't already passed it on to you.

The other two awards are from Sue and Beryl who have given me the Wylde Women Award. This is a new one to me but when I read the rules that go with it, I was blown away that these two very talented ladies wanted to pass it to me! The rules are:

1. You can give it to one or one hundred or any number in between - it's up to you. Make sure you link to their site in your post.
2. Link back to this blogsite ( so Tammy can go visit all these wonderful women.and remember the Purpose of the Award: To send love and acknowledgment to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.

There are many people who inspire me in so many ways so it's pretty much a case of where do I start? These are just some of them:

Wendy (Anntaurus)

I know that some of you have already been given this award by other people but because of it's nature, I simply couldn't leave you out. Starting this blog has been one of the best things I've ever done creatively and even though I wasn't coming into this as a crafting novice by any means, my store of knowledge has been added to enormously and I can't thank you all enough for your input.

Ann x

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Bugged Tilda

This card came together in quite an unusual way. I found a project on Splitcoaststampers for a double pocket card and fancied giving it a try. The original project makes a C6 card and I wanted bigger so played about with it to make it a 6 x 6 and also made it a card that opens. I won't go into details about how I did it here because I've done a tutorial for it on my Tutorial & Tips blog so you have all the info there.
I also wanted to use this Tilda image which was part of my gift from Cynthia a few weeks ago so decided to find a way to bring the two together. It's my sister's birthday next month and I love making her cards because she just loves them and the more tactile and interactive they are, the more she loves them! The challenge on Tilda & Co this week is 'it's a bug's life' so gave me the subject for one of the tags. I used an inkadinkadoo stamp of butterflies, dragonflies and bees that I've had for ages and also stamped out a dragonfly and butterfly from the same stamp to use separately and used a clear sakura pen on the wings. The mirri card backing Tilda also has holographic butterflies. On the other tag I used a See D's sentiment stamp. There's plenty of room in these pockets so I may make other things to add to the tags yet to give her more to play with! I hope the card sparks some ideas for you too, thank you for your visit.
Ann x

New Award

I've been honoured with this award twice in two days - first was Edna, thank you so much Edna and then came Cynthia, thank you too. With being so busy with the house and such I sometimes feel that my blogging and blogging buddies don't always get the attention they deserve so to get this award from these lovely ladies is very special.

Now for the rules:
1. Only five people allowed.
2. 4 have to be dedicated followers of your blog.
3. 1 has to be someone new or recently new to your blog and live in another part of the world.
4. You must link back to whoever gave you the award.

It's a lovely way of saying thank you to those who take time out for wonderful comments to boost your day.

Now for the hard part - narrowing it down to five:


Thank you all for your support ladies and thank you to all of you who I haven't been able to name this time.
Ann x

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Anniversary card for Tranquility

Over on Anne's Tranquility blog, she is celebrating her 'blogoversary' with a challenge and one lucky winner will get a 'tranquility surprise'. All she wants us to do is create a piece of artwork in the format of our choice (card, ATC, 4x4, inchie etc) to the theme of anniversary and using just the colours on her blog + white. As it's my brother and sister - in - law's wedding anniversary in august a card for them was the obvious choice. The backing paper came from my stash and I put the two smaller pieces through the cuttlebug. The white pieces were cut on the Robo for the scalloped edges and the largest piece was also put through the cuttlebug. The Hydrangea stamp was coloured first with inktense pencils and the ink activated with water. Once the ink from these pencils has dried it becomes permanent which means that it's possible to add extra colour to the image using either more inktense or any other media without muddying the original colours. In this instance I went over the original colours with twinkling H2Os. It hasn't hidden the original colours but has given them extra depth and shading and a lovely, subtle shimmer. It's definitely a technique I'll use again. I mounted the hydrangea image using silicone glue. A few pre-made flowers finish it off. I brought the whole together using the sketch on this week's Friday Sketchers. Thank you for coming to look.
Ann x

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Monochrome Midsummer Night's Dream!

Good saturday morning and I hope it's the start of a good weekend for you all. This card is to cover two challenges Rainbow Lady's monochrome challenge which I've chosen to do blue for this time, and the Joanna Sheen's Forum challenge which is A Midsummer Night's Dream this week and I'm just scraping in by the skin of my teeth for. I painted white linen card pale blue for my base card and added four other shades to create my centre part - all twinkling H2Os. The fairies were stamped onto another piece of painted base card and coloured with a mixture of twinkling H2Os and sakura pens. The top and bottom were edged with blue glitter. Now for the $64,000 question do I like it? I've been umming and aahhing since yesterday afternoon and I honestly don't know! So I'll let you be the jury - does it stay or does it go?? Your opinion is much valued :)
Ann x

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Artfully Asian

Good thursday morning to you all. I'm keeping myself occupied this morning because I'm off to hospital later for radioactive iodine treatment on my over active thyroid and although the treatment itself is nothing to worry about, you just never quite know how it'll affect you afterwards and there could be a period of instability for a while so it was quite an important decision to take. Anyway, enough of that and on to today's card! This one is for MTTC which is called Artfully Asian this week. I decided to use up some card I printed off from Joanna Sheen's Oriental Dreams CDs for Rainbow Lady's challenge from last week and put peel off kimonos onto a piece and used some more of it it to create a background with some foil card that I put through the paisley cuttlebug folder thus mixing my Asian cultures a little! There's a new tip on my tutorial and tips blog regarding this patterned foil card if you want to have a look. Thanks for visiting today.
Ann x

Monday, 14 July 2008


My second card was much harder to photograph than to make! I made a flip flop card as shown to us last week by the lovely Wendy. It's for Rainbow Lady's challenge which this week is oriental. I used black for the base card and the red card is a backing paper from Joanna Sheen's Oriental Dreams CDs and the Geisha is from one of Joanna Sheen's oriental stamp sets. I coloured her with inktense pencils and sakura pens. Of course I couldn't resist putting the foil card through a cuttlebug folder. It might seem like I'm using the swiss dots one a lot but I've waited for ages to get it - don't worry, the novelty will wear off!!
Ann x

Night and Day

Good monday morning to you all - well it's been quite a week! I won't bore you with the details, but the house renovations reached a stage where there's been precious little time for anything else! I've been going a bit "crafting deprived" crazy so it came as a bit of a relief to snatch a little time over the last couple of days to do some. The first one here was inspired by the Tanda Teaser challenge called double trouble where the brief is to use the same image twice. Here I used two stampscapes stamps twice to make a night and day picture which also makes it suitable for This Thursday, it's all about....opposites attract challenge. The size of the image made a large base card necessary so this one is 8" square. I'm not sure if it needs more although I haven't put a greeting on yet because I haven't decided what I'll use it for. Thanks for visiting.
Ann x

Sunday, 6 July 2008


Last post for today - just taking my chance while I can!! This card is for Rainbow Lady's challenge this week which has been set by guest designer Tiina. The theme is your favourite flower - and this is where the most difficult part of this card came in - making a choice! I finally decided on an iris although it could equally have been a rose or a calla lily. I decided to keep it simple and let this lovely flower speak for itself. The backing paper is from HOTP and the stamp is Rubbadubbadoo. The image has been coloured using inktense pencils again and mounted onto a piece of cuttlebugged card. The only embellishments are a knotted ribbon and brads. Thanks for your visit.
Ann x


This is a card I made a little while ago for my brother in law but have never shared it with you so thought I would today. It fits very well for two challenges this week too - Tanda Teaser and Lots to Do - both of which have the theme of travel. I created a background using twinkling H2Os and used part of the sheet to make a mat, another part to make a tag and another to stamp the two globes, which are from a rubbadubbadoo set onto (and still had a little bit left!) The other mats were made from a sheet of paper from the papermill shop and another backing sheet that I created from the water I washed my brush out in when I created the first one - I made a second tag from this too. Some fibres through the tags and silver mirri peel offs finish the card.
Ann x

Four Seasons

Hope you're all having a great sunday - I'm catching up with a few challenges today. This one is for Friday Sketchers and My Time To Craft which is called seasons and we can feature just one or all four. With having this frame stamp from Rubbadubbadoo, all four seemed called for! I used inktense pencils to colour the images and then mounted this onto a scalloped square that I'd put through the cuttlebug and mounted this onto the three pieces of cuttlebugged gold mirror card. Thanks for popping by today
Ann x

Saturday, 5 July 2008

A Musical Interlude For My Best Friend

Morning all - I've managed to slot in a card for two challenges, although I might just say that choosing to work with so much expanse of white when there's mahogany dust flying everywhere maybe wasn't such a bright idea! The first challenge is for 'A Musical Interlude' on Joanna Sheen's forum and the other is this week's Arty Girlz challenge to use your favourite song - which in my case is "My Best Friend" by Don Williams. The main image of the dancing couple is from Joanna Sheen's Dancing with Shadows CD and fits in perfectly with the theme of the song, the sentiment stamp is from PSX, the bars of music are from a See D's set and the corner stamps are a small clear set but I'm afraid I can't remember where from. My best friend I just printed from the computer and the mats I cut out using the robo. Thanks for visiting today and I hope you have a great one.
Ann x

Tuesday, 1 July 2008


Last card today - this one is for Lots to do Challenges which is butterflies this week. I confess to it being a 'one I made earlier' that I did for my sister and brother-in-law's wedding anniversary. The butterflies are from a hero arts set and were stamped onto the same card as the base card and heat embossed with silver detail powder. Ribbons and tags finish it off.
Ann x

Christmas Collage

I'm hoping that Cynthia will forgive me a bit of a cheat this week! The challenge on Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog is called Christmas Collage. I'm very strapped for time and space so have used this rather nice collage stamp by inkadinkadoo. It's a very 'busy' stamp so I decided to do a simple black and white card which at least is different from most christmas cards! I highlighted the snowflakes with a sakura clear stardust pen to 'lift' it a little. The lattice mat was cut out using the robo. This card also works for DCM's Christmas in June challenge. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like it.
Ann x

Canine Capers

I'm determined to post this while there's still time - I've had this card made since last friday for the Tanda Teaser challenge!! The challenge is called Canine Capers and due to pressure of time and a lack of space have decided to keep it simple. I've revisited one of the first stamps I ever bought - cute little fella isn't he? I created the wall using a cuttlebug folder and coloured the card and dog with chalks. Thanks for visiting today
Ann x

Brillante Weblog Award

Right now, due to the stage the house renovations have reached I'm struggling to keep up with my blogging and challenges but am determined to hang on in there even if I only get to post a couple of times a week and enter only a few challenges! Have you noticed though, that it's at times like these that everything seems to happen at once? It certainly is for me just now - firstly, I've just been given this award by the lovely Cynthia (Rainbow Lady) for which I'm deeply grateful and very honoured and secondly have been invited to join group 20 of Sisterhood of Blogging Stampers - another thrill! Back to the award though, I am required to pass it on to seven people - and this is where it gets difficult - how do I narrow it down to seven? So many people deserve this but I am going to award it to the following people all of whom support and inspire me in so many ways:


and now I'm breaking a rule and adding an eighth because I have to say "right back at ya Cynthia!" because this lady has been so much support to me it can't go unmentioned!

Now for the rules:

1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the girls you've nominated