Friday, 1 September 2017

F& F Challenge#195 Anything Goes Mixed Media

So another Friday another Fussy and Fancy Challenge #195, this one is hosted by my very dear friend Jo Rice whose work I have followed and admired for many years. Jo has chosen Anything goes Mixed Media.
Now this is a challenge for me, I admire Mixed Media artists and I love their work as a result I have dabbled in the past but not very successfully .....but I had to give it another go .....for Jo


I decided it was safer to keep it small so decided on a large tag. Like so many crafters I have bought many things and never used them, well for this challenge I had to crack them open .I started by giving my  tag a coat of white gesso, then a coat of one of Andy Skinner's beautiful  dark blue Deco Art fluid Acrylics and let it dry ... then applied a coat of Deco Art Crackle paste with a palette knife. The instructions said crackle would be larger and deeper the thicker you applied it,  so I tried to vary the thickness and let it dry ....then the magic happened and my mdf tag began to look like a piece of weathered old wood:



Then I made a dragonfly with Sheena's perfect partners die and stamp, used a stampendous sentiment stamp 'Dance like nobody's looking' and added some flowers and butterflies made with Tina Cox's flowers and butterflies groovi plate and suddenly I was done. Mixed Media 'my way' using some of my favourite techniques using stamps, die cutting and groovi parchment.

Fancy having a go ... it's good to challenge yourself sometimes ... Mixed media is what it says: mixing up all your tried and tested techniques in another way. You can find out more about how to enter here it couldn't be easier. We would love to see what you come up with, most of all have fun!
Bye for now xx Annie.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Fussy and Fancy Challenge #193 Favourite Colour

Hello Fussy and Fancy Crafters here I am still playing Catchup with my challenge Blogs, This is for Challenge #193 which is hosted by the lovely talented Gina, she has chosen a lovely theme for this time 'Favourite Colour' This was an easy choice for me because July is my one and only Sister's Birthday and her absolute favourite colour is Lavender  Blue.


I had already bought the stamp I used for the topper, it is a Sue Wilson 'Stamps to Die for' I chose it because we both share a love of Art Deco art style. Sue is a beautiful crafter herself and makes the most wonderful Clean and Simple cards unlike my usual Pizza ...everything thrown at it style so I wanted to attempt to keep it as uncluttered as I could. Using Iris coloured cardstock I ran it through an embossing folder which gave me a corner design, I cut out the aperture with the die that matched the stamp and then placed the topper in the aperture. I stamped and embossed my Art Deco sister sentiment, then I spent a wonderful afternoon making parchment dragonflies ..... yes you guessed it, again Dragonflies always feature on cards between us, it is a long standing tradition from when my dear Mam was alive, there always have to be 4 representing the 4 women of our family. 
I love family traditions, don't you.
So there it is a card full of favourite things for my Sister she has already received it and she told me she Loved it so that is all I need to know.
Right I better get on it is already time for me to prepare for our next Challenge and I think after trying to be so neat and tidy this time I am going to do something messy so watch this space. Till then, Happy Crafting xx Annie



Fussy and Fancy Challenge 191 Celebration

Her we are again another Friday, and Challenge #191 Celebration.....this is a very simple card I made in rather a hurry for a birthday I nearly missed oops!!




Dies are so useful when you are in a hurry .... I am just so pleased she will never know that I nearly missed her celebration. I have also bee a very naughty little Blogger, the Summer months are so busy what with having to keep the garden tidy and then of course my computer decided to throw a wobbly too so it is really 'Better Late than never' as I catch up for the last two months Love and Hugs Annie

Friday, 9 June 2017

Fussy and Fancy Challenge # 189 Pamper your Pets

Another Friday another challenge from Fussy and Fancy, this time our hostess is Diane she has chosen 'Pamper your Pets.
We have always been animal people, for the last 8 years we have have had our adorable Black Labrador, Jasper, I cannot imagine life without him. As a child we always had cats and I love their independent natures too , I have used a favourite Clarity stamp of a kitten together with it's verse
'The dreams of a kitten are gossamer things,
A slight hint of breeze
the faint rustle of wings,'

Here is my card:

It is a swing card which gives it some lovely movement, the verse is on the back of the image:


The whole card is based on a new die set from Crafters Companion for kinetic cards, you know how I love my shaped cards / different folds!

Talking of pets I couldn't go without adding a photo of my handsome boy:


Hope you will find time to enter our new challenge see here for details of how to enter.

Bye for today xxxx Annie


Friday, 12 May 2017

Fussy and Fancy challenge187 Pink, Pearls and Posies

It's Friday again and time for Fussy and Fancy Challenge #187 hosted by the lovely talented Darlene who has chosen 'Pink, Pearls and Posies' (flowers).
I was thrilled with this challenge because I have recently started using the Clarity Groovi system, a modern twist on ancient Parchment craft .Tracing the lineart from an acrylic plate makes it so much easier, one of my most recent plates is for making 3D flowers and butterflies. I have been enjoying playing with these and had a selection already made.









So really then it was just a case of making a simple die cut card to show  off my flowers. I have a long way to go to master all the lovely lacey techniques involved in Parchment but I am really enjoying  the journey. It also has the added benefit of being very therapeutic ... I can easily lose whole afternoons whilst playing with this system.

Please join us in this challenge whatever your craft of choice is you can find out more about how to enter and also see lots of inspiration from my design team mates just click here

Friday, 17 March 2017

Fussy and Fancy Challenge # 183 Springtime

I am very sorry I have not been able to blog my last 2 F&F Challenges because I have been having problems with my computer  however hopefully I have fixed it with the help of the younger generation!! ' Oh No Nana not again' they shout!

So it is Friday again and time for Challenge #183 it is my turn to host the challenge so I chose a very obvious but lovely one .... it is Springtime .... we have had a couple of Spring like days up her in Wales, so lovely after a quite wet Winter.
Anyway here goes, I have seen this shaped card whilst looking around for crafty ideas, it is so simple.... It started off as a 8x8 card blank, I folded the front back in half, then I cut 2" off the bottom edge









Then flip the cut off piece and make a zig zag shape against main card, this makes a box shape in the fold of your card, this reminded me of the popup box cards I used to make and that it how the whole idea came to me.

I used some of my favourite Clarity Garden Birds stamps and cloud mask to create the backdrop, I diecut a picket fence to follow the shaped band and decorated with some die cut flowers, I stamped a little nest with eggs in to put in the box shape and I was done




Amazingly the whole thing folds down to fit in an ordinary envelope, so this will be my 96 year old Mother in Law's, Mother's Day card. there is plenty of texture and movement to help her poor eyesight, bless her. (Just a reminder Mother's Day is March 26th in the uk this year.)


So that was my idea, I would love to see your ideas on Springtime ... it is so easy to enter just go here where you will find everything you need to know you will also see more beautiful ideas from the rest of my Fussy and Fancy team mates. Look forward to seeing what you come up with.
Crafty hugs and xxx Annie





Friday, 18 November 2016

Fussy and Fancy Challenge #177 A different Fold or Shape of Card

Hi there I am so excited to be hosting this challenge , I like to start with a blank piece of card and then with some ink, paint, stamps or dies create  a card or piece of altered art. I always love it when someone asks 'How did you do that?'
So for my Challenge I am asking you to make a card which is a different fold or shape of card .... there are so many out there: gatefold, stepper, zig zag, accordion, popups but  it does not have to be complicated ... just a bit different from what we normally make. Here is my offering:




It is actually a very simple card to make, I just started with an 8x8 card blank I scored and folded the front down the centre and folded it back on itself. Then used an embossing folder on 2 slightly smaller squares of pearl card, I put one piece onto the inside of the card and split the second one in half to put on the outside and inside of the folded front (it is just makes it easier to get it around the folded front)
Then I cut 2 large lacey circles , I glued one to the folded front overhanging at the front edge and then carefully matched up the second circle sticking it to the inside of the card, so that when the card is closed it is hidden, hope this picture makes it clearer



That was the basic shaped card made, then all that was left to do was to decorate the outside and inside.
Here are the flowers I made:


This card is for my only niece who is getting married tomorrow 19th November. Her Mum (my sister) told me that she will be carrying a posy made out of wheat, red berries and vintage roses, Meg likes rustic vintage so I was not surprised.  I managed to find some heads of dried Canary Grass instead of wheat and even the 3 dragonflies will mean something special to her on her special day.
By the time you are reading this I will have sent it to her with all my love for their future together.

I hope you will join us in this Challenge which is being sponsored by 'Wild Orchid' who sell the most beautiful handmade paper flowers. Remember it  does not have to be complicated sometimes the best ideas are the simple ones and after all Crafting is about relaxing and having fun. You can find out more about how to enter here. My team mates and I look forward to seeing what you make
Bye for now Annie xxx