Monday, November 18, 2013

CSI Case file #97

This is the page I did for CSI Case File #97

  • Blue Velvet - taken from the velvet blue pillow - 192.209.219
  • Set-Teal - teal, taken from the mirror frame - 110.157.163
  • Whitewalls - bright white, taken from the white building showing through the open window - 255.255.255
  • Coffee Table - coppery brown, taken from the table - 170.105.47
  • Sit-ron - citron green, taken from the plant  - 207.214.136
  • patterned background
  • leaves/branches/trees
  • wood
  • frame
  • dry embossing (inspired by rug)
  • grid design (inspired by French doors)
  • chevron pattern
  • fabric
  • diamond shapes
  • window/door/ shutter accents
  • transparent accents
  • something reflective/shiny like the mirror
  • Use repetition--repeat a phrase over and over.
  • Spread your journaling over three spots.
  • Frame your journaling.
  • Be inspired by Cheddar X (I know, strange inspiration, but the pattern on the wall sort of reminded me of X's)
  • Inspiration words: bright, grow, living(life)--please use these as a jumping off point for your JOURNALING, not just as a title.
I totally loved the pallette for this challenge as well as the sketch, the double photo thing was a bit daunting but I decided to go with the same pic but just make the bottom one smaller.

Here is my take on the whole thing, the pics are my neices and nephew at their Nan and Pops farm, an absolute fav place for them, somewhere that kids can be kids, get out in the fresh air and run around.

I used an old Kaisercraft stamp and stamped onto some acetate which I then cut out, for the shiny/reflective I had some small mosiac mirror tiles which where just the right size. I also rubbed some gesso (my friend Kims fav technique) over the flowers just to soften them down a smidge.

All up a page that I was really happy with.
If you have never played at CSI you should I did find it all a bit confusing when I started, this is only my second time but it really is a lot of fun.

Until next time
Hugs and love
Annette x

Friday, November 15, 2013


Just wanted to share a couple of recent layouts I have done, the first is for the current challenge at where the lovely Jo has a sketch with the added criteria of fussy cutting and using die cuts.

I used this stunning pic of my friend Susan Walters gorgeous little granddaughter Bella for my page. I gave the page to Sue as a gift and didn't expect the reaction I got, she was quite overwhelmed, made the work I put into this so worthwhile.

A bit of a closie showing the gorgeous flower which I did mutilate by pulling apart, oh dear

The second is so precious to me, it is my amazing cousin Sandra Nuttall with her new son Everett, who came into this world a bit too early and fought very hard to stay, thankfully a battle he won, the look of love and wonder on her face as she watches him sleep leaves me speechless.

The page with Sandra and Everett uses all embellishments and papers from Craft Queen and the page with Bella has a bit of a mix of products but again some from Craft Queen.
Thanks for looking more to come soon
Hugs and love till then
Annette xo

Friday, March 29, 2013

Latest layout

This wasn't for any challenge or dt work, this is a just cause I wanted to page, love the pic and had lots of yummy kaiser pps to play with.

So pleased with the end result. Washi tape (chevron), wooden butterfly from CraftQueen Ribbon rose, pps, butterflies and large resin rose all from Kasier, other bits and pieces not too sure.

Title might seem a bit strange, but as the hidden journalling on the tag behind the pic says, these two (my son Shaun and his girlfriend Bron) aren't lovey dovey, so it is very appropriate for them.

Thanks for looking
Hugs and love
Annette xo

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Orange Paperie & Co February Challenge

The Challenge at Orange Paperie & Co for February is to use the  awesome sketch there by the lovely Kim, as well as using the sketch extras like buttons, sequins/beads had to be added.

I kept pretty much to the sketch itself but I tried a few different things with this page and I have to admit I am pretty happy with the end result.

I made a template of the heart, just roughly cut one out of light weight cs and used it as a mask (saw this used on a Creative Jumpstart on Natalie Kalbachs' Blog). Over the top of that and in the position it wanted I placed strips of plasterboard joint tape (saw this on an episode of Scrap It TV) and scrapped gesso over the top. Lifted it off and wow what a great effect.

Used an orange, red and yellow crayon to add a few highlights and then sprayed with glimmermist, used Key Lime Pie, Jack Frost, Sunshine and Tuttie Frutti. A black pen was great for outlining the shapes and then some lovely washi tape for a bit of added interest.

The large alphas (Buzz and Bloom - Diva) I have had forever, I painted them with red paint and coated with dimensional magic to give the awesome shine.

Oh one other thing I did was some random stamping and with a small paint brush dipped in the Jack Frost glimmer painted in some of the butterflies.
Instead of using one or two pics I decided to fill the heart up with those who are the closest to me, my family and dear friends. I wrote the names of two on the outside of the heart as I didn't have any pics of them but they are still special to me. Obviously there are more people who have a place in my heart as well but I didn't have the room I needed, perhaps another page could be in the making, who knows?

Gorgeous prima flowers, button and filigree flowers, chevron and flower washi are all available from

Butterflies and butterfly washi are from Kaisercraft.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you will have a go at our Challenge.
Hugs and love for now
Annette xo

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone......and as we all know the New Year is about resolutions and also new with this in mind one of my resolutions is to post much more regularily on my blog and to also comment on yours as well plus do a few more challenges and.......well you get the picture. So I am going to start off with a couple of cards and layouts that I did for Nicole aka Craft Queen
Nicole very graciously asked me to use the ribbons from the January Ribbon Club and they are just so beautiful.

With these I did the following layouts, the first is of my one of my gorgeous neices Haylee -

I used the beautiful velvet green ribbon and placed the cute dotted pink one on top, tied a bow out of the blue and wrapped a pretty little rose around the center. All the embellies used are available from Craft Queen, I especially like the little wooden flowers.

Second is a page of my two cute little cousins Indigo and Finlay -

I cut the ribbons on this page and made banners out of them, the little birds are also cut from the ribbon (thanks Kim for the idea) and by sticking the ribbon onto white cardstock first the fiddly cutting out was so much easier. The stripey ribbon was perfect for under the pic. Used some Echo Park pp here, Summer Days suited the pic and ribbons so well.

  Next up are a couple of I normally suck big time making general occasion cards but what a difference these gorgeous ribbons made.....really boosted the creativity along.

 Just for you used the green and peach, some more pretty roses, kaiser pearls, lots of inking and some stitching.

The Thankyou card used  the green velvet, blue and peach coloured ribbons,the diecut banner, little roses and metal flowers are again all available from Craft Queen.

 So once again I would like to say thankyou to Nicole for this wonderful opportunity and if you are a ribbon lover be sure to check out her site and see for yourself the fantastic range of ribbons (as well as other scrapbooking products) available.

Hugs and love till next time (which will be soon)
Annette xo