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

Friday, 21 October 2016

Fussy and Fancy Challenge #175 Shades of Autumn

Well it's Friday so it has to be another Fussy and Fancy Challenge #175 in fact and the host this time is the very dear and talented Jo Rice .... I have admired Jo's work and been inspired by her for many years. The theme she has chosen is a beautiful one 'Shades of Autumn' as Autumn is my most favourite time of year I knew it would involve leaves because it is their colours which transform the countryside in October when the leaves are shades of reds, yellows, orange, rusts and brown .... lovely mellow colours.    So here is my offering ....not a card this time but a wreath of Autumn leaves.





Autumn also brings to mind a poem which as a child we had to learn off by heart, 60 yrs later and I can still recite John Keats' Ode to Autumn .... 'Season of Mists and mellow fruitfulness' it reminds me also of Harvest Festivals held in churches all across the country.
The wreath was simple to make I had a polystyrene ring which I wrapped in hessian ribbon, then I die cut the leaves from dies I have collected over the years from Tim Holtz, Sheena Douglass & Sara Davies. The task was made easier because I had a pad of Coordinations card which featured Tim Holtz original Distress ink colours, every shade of yellow, rust, brown & burgundy. I used a Clarity stamp of My poem


I loved this project and I hope that you will join us and share your version of 'Shades of Autumn' with us it is easy to enter just go here for more information and a quick upload link.
So that is it for today, I was just thinking as I was posting this that it will not be long before we are posting our Christmas Challenge posts, I really don't know where this year 2016 has gone. It has brought many things to our family, some good , some bad but at the end of September it gave us the biggest blessing of all ....the birth of our first Great Grandson Charlie George .... he was not due for another month but he is tiny but perfect in every way....here he is just a few days old...


I just had to pop back because Charlie is now three weeks old and he has altered so much, he's
filling out beautifully and he wasn't due to arrive in the world  until Monday 24th October. Because this is supposed to be a craft Blog I better post something crafty  .... some bunting I made for his nursery ....which is grey and blue with elephants in it!!




Bye for now xxxx Annie


Friday, 23 September 2016

Fussy and Fancy Challenge #173 My favourite things

What a lovely challenge this is, chosen by our lovely talented, Gina who has asked us to make something crafty using your favourite crafty things. I am such a fickle person and my favourites change from week to week, but the two constants that I always love are textures and making my own paper flowers ....and my favourite flower has always been the Poppy. So here is my offering for this challenge:


Firstly I cut the sentiment using a new Diesire die and just to be a rebel I decided to lay it sideways on, then I used one of my favourite Sue Wilson embossing folders, Tartan Trellis, I diecut two layers of diecut lattice which I offset to make a dense basket weave effect set behind two oval frames.

Here is a closeup of that texture:


Then all that was left was to cut and make Sue Wilson's 'Exquisite Poppies' and her olive branches, these really do make it very easy to create realistic poppies. So there it is plenty of texture and my favourite flowers and I have just realised all the dies I have used have been Sue Wilson's, my favorite designer.
I enjoyed making this card as it is going to my only niece, Meg ... I know she will appreciate it because she is a very clever crafter herself. October is a very busy month for family birthdays and anniversaries so I better get my thinking cap on.

Please join us in this challenge, it really is a wonderful one because the choice is all yours , you can enter here and we look forward to seeing what your favourite things to craft with are. Bye for now Annie xxxx



Friday, 26 August 2016

Fussy and fancy Challenge #171 Lets Fly Away

So here we are at the end of August and another Fussy and Fancy Challenge, #171 in fact and it is hosted by the lovely talented Eileen. She has chosen Let's Fly Away as her theme and she tells us that we can interpret it as we please ... things with wings or holiday destinations, so that gives us plenty of choice.


I knew straight away what I was going to do, but first of all I have an admission to make ... I am a crafter but I am also a hoarder I buy stamps and crafty goodies and just hoard them which brings me to the Stampendous stamps I bought many months ago and have never used. I have several stamps of hot air balloons, all very lovely but I saw these and had to have them mainly because they came with the cute little landscape stamps which make it easy to make a skyscape which looks as if you are looking down from above. If you look carefully you can see the Eiffel Tower, a windmill and a German castle.

So I made this very simple scene a bit of masking allowed me to make some fluffy clouds, some very basic colouring and I was ready to mat and layer and add a tiny globe charm dangling from some black jute twine. Sometimes I can ffaff for hours and end up with nothing but this simple card just came together and will be very useful for one of my male Family birthdays, I do find men's cards difficult so that is one problem solved.

Please join us by entering your crafty makes details here and we look forward to seeing your wonderful ideas on Eileen's theme

Well I have just heard the wonderful words 'What's for tea, Nana' coming from downstairs so I better dash Love and crafty Hugs xxxx Anne

Friday, 29 July 2016

Fussy and Fancy Challenge #169 A Walk in the Garden

It's that time again ....time for our next Fussy & Fancy Challenge .... number 169 hosted by the lovely talented Diane who has chosen 'A Walk in the Garden' as her theme. She explains that she would love to see your interpretation of gardening, it can be flowers, butterflies, bees or even veggies ... whatever your idea of gardening is.
Next to crafting gardening is one of my favourite pastimes and most of cards have flowers on them so there was plenty of choice there. Then I remembered one of my favourite quote stamps from Clarity stamps ...it  credited to C Ghandi  If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.
I made up a diecut frame I had, I love the bevelled deep set centre of the frame....

Before I finally glued the sides in place I used a piece of my precious sheets of G45 Secret Garden papers as a background.




Then it was playtime and I used various diecut flourishes, flowers, metal embellishments and feathers and the stamped quote to make a little plaque which is now sitting on my craftroom windowsill a reminder of my Dad who I lost 46 years ago. He loved his garden especially roses so it makes me smile every time I sit looking out of the winow
Hope you can join us in this challenge, uploading is simple just follow this link here

Well I had better go and feed my boys, before they ask that enormous question 'Mum what's for tea' By for today see you next time xxxx Annie



Friday, 1 July 2016

Fussy and Fancy Challenge #167 Flowers and Lace

This challenge is hosted by the lovely talented Sheryl, who also happens to be the person who keeps this wonderful challenge site running from week to week.  Immediately I knew what I wanted to do, I had recently bought this lovely Just rite Sunflower stamp. I stamped the image 3 times so that I could decoupage the flower head and leaf.
Sunflowers just make me smile with their huge sunshine yellow faces, so I had the perfect sentiment stamp ....a Clarity stamp 'Sending you Sunshine', this is a really what I call a 'just because' card that you can send just to remind someone you are thinking of them or just to cheer them in. Here it is:


I hope you will join us in this challenge, most people have flowers and lace in their stash so we would love to see what you make, it can be a card, home d├ęcor piece whatever you choose as long as it has some flowers and lace on it. You can upload your project here it is very easy.

Hope you have fun crafting, so until next time crafty Hugs ....Bye Annie

Friday, 3 June 2016

#165 Anniversary or Wedding


So here we are again it's Friday and time for another Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge, the lovely talented Tammy is our hostess this week and she has chosen Anniversary and Weddings  as her theme. Well it just so happens I had a request to make a Golden Wedding Anniversary , 50 years that is quite an  achievement and very special.

I used Sue Wilson's dies they do give a guaranteed result and I went for cream and gold and a very simple card really..


The three panels in the background were cut using a striplet die, I am not very good at doing straight!! everything tends to be at a jaunty angle but I tried very hard to  get it right. I made the gold rose and used some of my favourite mulberry paper blossoms together with a couple of Marianne flourishes. I diecut a lacey frame and used it to make a buckle effect with the sentiment on a freehand banner.

As I am sat here writing this I have suddenly realised that this August my Husband and I will be celebrating our Ruby wedding (40 years) I wonder if he will get me a card like this .... I might have to make it for myself!!

We have had a week of lovely weather here in North Wales so my crafting has been put on hold whilst I potter about in the garden, after the soggy Winter we had it is amazing how the garden survived, in fact everything seems bigger and better this year, the apple tree was heavy with blossom so hopefully we will have a great crop fruit.

Bye for now xxx Annie