Wednesday, 27 March 2013


Well I finally jumped on the Smash book band wagon.  I've been watching YT vids on smash books for a while now and like the idea of a 'junk' journal as I'm always saving bits and bobs for mood boards, which invariably never get made lol!

I popped into Hobbycraft at the weekend and they had some K & Co. Smash books in, as well as a bunch of coordinating stuff.  I picked up the pretty one (the one with the pink spine and vintage style pages) and a pack of pockets and the special occasions list pad. 

When I got home I decided to have a rummage through a load of old stash and was surprised by how much stuff I could use!  Old Letraset rub ons which are probably getting on for 30 yrs old lol!!  They were my hubby's from when he did art and design at college and we've hung on to them 'just in case' lol!  I had a bunch of word stickers, chipboard tags and rub ons from a K & Co mega deal I bought on QVC a few years ago, freebie papers that go perfectly with the pages in the book, paper clips, gel pens, washi tape, brads and scraps of ribbon and a mini stapler I bought from the pound shop the other day :)  As well as a load of alpha stickers I've never used, plus some extra large lined post it notes I bought from Works.

I've chucked everything into a box folder so I can just grab it when the mood takes me, I've added some double sided tape, and extra glue stick and a pair of scissors.

I spent yesterday afternoon decorating the cover, I stamped and cut the butterflies with the Sizzix butterflies #4 framelits and stamp set, added some scraps of ribbon.  I traced all the embossing on the cover with a Sakura gelly roll shimmer pen and stamped 2013 from a set of See'Ds stamps.  I used a cupcake wrapper and buttons from the free gifts off this months Docrafts Creativity mag.

I'm quite happy with it and looking forward to filling it with my 'junk' lol!! 

Have a smashing crafty day
Anna x

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Adorable Bunny Bears!!

Spring is in the air, at least in my imagination, it's freezing here and snowy.  Although the sun was out for a few minutes earlier, which I enjoyed while making a cup of tea :) 

How adorable are these, I've gone bear crazy the last few days and cut a ton of teddies from the Teddy Bear Parade cartridge.  I couldn't help making a series of cards with these bunny bears :) The other carts used were mother's day bouquet for the flowers and just because cards for the flower stem. The little butterfly, ladybird (stamped inside, which I forgot to photograph lol!) and sentiment are from Studio G designer clear stamps by Alison Wong and coloured with promarkers.  Card stock is American crafts from the spring and pastels collections.

Happy Crafting and I hope it's warmer and sunnier where you are!

BTW!  The dynamic blog was driving me crazy, it was too slow and clunky on my puter so I changed it again lol!

Anna xx

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Cuteness Overload :)

 Three cards, two birthday cards and my first Christmas card of the year :)

This is a tiny 3 x 3 card, the tiny kitty is a Stampendous stamp and is totally adorable.  Stamped with Memento black ink and coloured with promarkers, the flower was made using some freebies won in some blog candy from Ladybug Crafts, coloured with distress stains.
Cardstock is SU crumb cake and AC caramel.

A cute cow cut from Create a critter, the fencing cut from wall deco and more and the tree was stamped from some Nitwit stamps freebies off a magazine and paper pieced.

My first Christmas card of the year, not only did I make a resolution to do more scrapbooking, I also made a resolution to make at least one Christams card a month.  :)

The stamp is a Penny Black stamp, coloured with promarkers, mats cut from Elegant Edges cart and the Tree and bauble cut from Joys of the Season.
Hope you've enjoyed this update.

Happy crafting
Anna x

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Scrapbook Pages and Valentines

Forgot to post these last month.

Firstly a double scrap book page, I kind of made a resolution this year to do at least one scrapbook page a month, so this was last months.  We went for a walk in the Peak District, it was freezing cold and the ground was frozen solid, the wind was blowing the rain horizontal and we were walking in the clouds!  But!  We had a fantastic time, the Peak National Park is one of my favourite places.  I used the Cricut cart Camp Out, SU and AC cardstock and SU skeleton Leaf stamps.  I used distress inks to add texture and some See D's texture stamps.  I did a little journalling on the computer and printed it out.

Here's the gift and card I made for my OH for valentines.  The mug was made using Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2.  The cute little monkey was cut from Create a Critter.  The Card was made in Cricut Craft Room from the Love You A Latte  cart, I weld 2 shapes together to make the card, added the sentiment and stamped with coffee beans from a Fiskars stamp set.

Happy Crafting
Anna x

Mothers Day Cards and Clearly for Art Modelling Film

Quick post today, three cards made for Mother's day.  

All three were made using background papers printed on my new Gelli plate.  Stampin Up Tea Shoppe stamps, See D's Alpha stamps, Kaiser Crafts Sentiment stamps and American Crafts cardstock. 

This is my finished brooch made using Clearly for Art modelling film, coloured with alcohol inks and finished with a layer of Distress Rock Candy crackle.  The seam binding and lace were coloured with promarker and the button and metal piece from my stash.
Happy crafting
Anna x

Friday, 1 March 2013

Parisian Boudoir & Sunny Days

Parisian Boudoir

Well I was supposed to be updating yesterday but had a migraine and couldn't  bare to stare at the monitor, so here goes :)

This is card was cut on the cricut, the actual card is made of two mats, the back one scored about 3/4 of an inch down to create a fold and then glued to the front.  Then I cut a pink mat, black mat and then a lighter pink.  Both pink mats were stamped with TM distress ink in picked raspberry with a stamp from the SU Sale-a-bration Bliss stamp set and the edges inked with the same ink.  The smaller black mat was embossed using the Cuttlebug swiss dots folder.

The frame and dress form were cut from the Sophisticated cartridge using the Font 1 function this gives you a framed monogram.  The Back was cut in the dark pink and I also cut a frame in a piece of pink foiled card stock from the DCWV Blackcurrant stack.  The R and parts of the dress form had black diamond stickles added to them and then I applied 2 layers of glossy accents to the R.



American Crafts card stock in cotton candy and taffy
Black cardstock 
TH Distress ink pad picked raspberry
scrap of DCWV blackcurrant stack foiled dots
Hobbycraft black glitter ribbon
Pink organza ribbon
Stickles black diamond
Glossy accents
Cuttlebug swiss dots folder

Sunny Days

This card was stamped using the simply soft and happiest birthday wishes SU hostess stamp sets.  the background paper is from First Edition Paper J'Adore stack and the spotty paper is from First Edition Paper Boho Chic.  I did a bit of rocking and rolling when I stamped the sentiment lol!  To get this two toned effect ink up your stamp with your lightest colour then take a darker ink pad and roll the edges of the stamp so it just inks the out side edges.  To finish off the card I just added some paper twine and a button, a sunny warm card, just the thing to cheer you up on a cold snowy day :)


Card blank
SU simply soft and happiest birthday wishes hostess sets
SU so saffron and pumpkin pie inkpads
First Edition Paper Boho Chic and J'Adore
American Crafts Cranberry cardstock
Cuttlebug swiss dots folder
The Works paper twine