Monday, 21 August 2017

My Notes

Hi Folks

It is almost unheard of for me to post twice within a week but I wanted to share one of my projects to brighten up a new notebook that I had just started to use. 

I have used a piece of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock cut to the size of my notebook and adhered to the original cover.  I have then cut a couple of stitched hills using an unbranded die and blended around the edges with Distress Ink, Gathered Twigs and added these to the bottom section of the cover.  The Stamps are from the lovely Lisa Horton who designs some of my favourite images - ever!  Most of the stamps are from the Gnome Spring Chicken set but the wee bit of foliage in the top corner is from the Mushroom Village Set.

I have coloured the images with alcohol markers and then added a bit of depth and shading with Spectrum Noir pencils.

Finally I cut the letters for the word Notes from an alphabet set of dies from my stash.

Thank you for visiting me today,  your company and comments are very much appreciated.

Bye for now
x Anne

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Back at last!

Apologies for my absence but I have hardly been around for the past few weeks - we have been gadding around the country looking at houses, trying to find our forever home.  I would really like to have a proper craft room (wouldn't we all!) and hubby would like enough space to have a decent woodworking workshop - nothing grand, just enough space for his workbench and tools with power and light so he can have a bit of warmth in there during the winter months and when it gets really cold he can crank up the heat and still feel his fingers when he is working - a bit dodgy using chisels when you can't!

Oh yes, the rest of the house is important too but please note that we have our priorities right!  After all, retirement should be the time to pursue our hobbies. 

Well now, that is my excuse for not blogging for an absolute age!!

Back to the crafting, my offering for today is a card I made a few weeks ago for one of Leonie's shows on Hochanda.  

It is a bit of pure fantasy being my take on the Loch Ness monster!  This certainly isn't a masterpiece but created just for fun and to show how you can take elements from your craft stash and use them in a slightly different way with a bit of imagination and quite a bit of masking!  The head of Nessie is the seahorse stamp which I have masked so that it appears above the waves and the humps for the back and tail are the crescent shape from the Bohemian Doodles set, masked in a similar way.

Details of stamp sets, masks and stencils I have used can be found by clicking on the following links:

The Deep Blue, Bohemian Doodles and Imagine.

Hopefully I will be back more frequently - until the next lot of houses come on the market and we are off again!

Thanks for visiting me today - your company and comments are very much appreciated.

Bye for now
x Anne

Friday, 21 July 2017

Santa Claus


Today I bring you Santa Claus in one of his earlier colour schemes and a chance for me to play with some of my green pens!

With a mind to batch making my Christmas cards I have kept this very simple. The stamp I have used is from Hobby Art and I have stamped this directly on to an A6 card blank.  Lots of glitter, a sentiment and a blended blue background with some faint hues of pink to complete the card.

I think I had better return to the more traditional red when I get round to making the rest of my cards as I don't think the children in the family will appreciate Santa dressed in green!

Thank you for visting me today,

Bye for now
x Anne

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Robins from Leonie

Good Morning,

The card I am sharing with you today is made with products that will be appearing on Leonie's shows today on Hochanda TV.  Live shows are at 8am 12pm and 4pm.  

I have used Kraft card as the basis for this card and also for the fussy cut images. These have been coloured using Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and then further detail added with Spectrum Noir pencils.  The holly leaves, berries and robins are from the Perch rubber stamp set and the stamped sentiment is from the Christmas Borders photopolymer set.  To add a bit of shine I have foiled some areas using P­­ebeo Mirror Effect Leaves.

There will be lots more samples and inspiration from my teamies on the shows, so I do hope you will have time to watch them either live or via the Hochanda website using Rewind.

I will be back shortly with another sample using more of these lovely products.

Bye for now
x Anne

Sunday, 2 July 2017


Good Afternoon,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying your Sunday.  

This will be brief as I am running late - now there's a surprise!

I wasn't sure if I should share this card with you as it hasn't turned out quite as I had planned - but I didn't think it was quite bad enough for the bin. Anyway, I will share it with you and then you can see how not to do it!

It is made using one of the dies from Sue Wilson's beautiful stained glass range and if you want to see how the professionals do it then check out Sue's blog.

Why don't I like this card?  The colours I have used are too bold and varied for my taste and the glitter is too chunky, so I haven't achieved a very crisp finish. I will try again with more subtle colours and maybe use a finer grade glitter such as the polished silk glitter from Creative Expressions. 

I will be back soon with something completely different!

Thank you for visiting me today.

Bye for now
x Anne 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Lots of Love

Good Morning,

Today I would like to share another of the samples I made for Leonie's TV shows last week.

I started with an A5 card base and worked out my sizes from there. I cut a piece of black card and arranged the heart dies to create a series of apertures and I kept the 3 die cut hearts to use later.

I ran each of the die cut hearts through my cutting machine with an embossing mat instead of the cutting plate having first overlaid each piece with the Bark Texture die. 

Using a sentiment stamp from the Hey There Dreamer set and a swirl from the GimmeTexture set I have stamped with Versamark ink on the black card and then carefully sprinkled with lines of gold and silver embossing powder, shaken off the excess then heated.

The next bit doesn't show up very well in the photo but I have mat and layered the black aperture piece on to a copper coloured mirri card to fit the A5 card base leaving a narrow border and then I have inset the die cut hearts using foam pads so that they are slightly raised. 

The texture on the hearts has been emphasised by adding some Pebeo gold and silver gilding wax and the finishing touch was a small die cut heart at the end of the swirl and if you look really closely - you may need to enlarge the picture for this, I have added a couple of tiny beads at each end of the swirl.

I hope you like this one and if you can spare a moment I would be very pleased if you will leave a comment so that I know I'm not alone!

Thank you for visiting me today,

Bye for now
x Anne

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Have Fun with Leonie

Good Morning,

Today Leonie has  three live shows on Hochanda TV with some of her lovely stamps, dies and stencils. Show times are 8 am, 11 am and 3 pm, so catch them if you can!

Here is one of the samples I made using the 'Fun' mask and stencil.

Firstly I debossed the word on to a piece of white card by running the mask and card through my embossing machine.

I then carefully positioned the matching stencil over the debossed word and spread sparkle glitter paste through the stencil.

To finish I used a die cut frame from my stash and then added two fussy cut balloons from the Flower Burst stamp set.

I hope you like it and are able to check out the fab products on the shows today and if you have time please pop over to my teamies blogs as I am sure they will be showing some of their samples too.

That's about it from me, I will be back soon to share another of my makes from this range as they really are a joy to use.

Bye for now
x Anne