Friday, 16 May 2014

Windmills and Bull Rushes

So we seem to be having a beautiful spring so far, it's been gorgeous today and as I've had a day off I nipped to town and picked up some gorgeous laces from the local market.  Sat outside the cafe and had my lunch and soaked up some rays, much need this week as I have had a really bad fybro flare up and it's made me so ill!

Anyway, speaking of spring the card I'm posting todays is perfect for a spring card, it is an order for a customer and they asked if I could do a box card with a windmill.  Hmmm... I said, what's a box card lol!  Anyhoo after doing a bit of research on pinterest and google, I messed about in Silhouette Studio and came up with a box card, which I used for the Days Out sample here.  I then had to come up with a windmill design and this was the fun part, I totally designed the windmill from scratch in PaintShop Pro, Inkscape and Silhouette Studio, I even made tiny mill stones and a picket fence to go with it and I was thrilled with how it came out.  I just love this card, I hope the recipient loves it too :)

I'm hoping to get the cut files up in my shop, I've got a bit of tweaking to do but they should be up by next weekend.

American Crafts cardstock in Stone, Lagoon, and scraps of green, white, black, grey and brown shades
White Super Smooth 300GSM
Stampin Up ink pads in Marina Mist and Certainly Celery
Black fine liner
Free Stamp sets from Get Stamping And Creative Stamping
Paper Mania Urban Stamps Dragonflies

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine where ever you are
Happy Crafting
Anna x

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Something a Little Different - Whinlatter May 12 2013

A video with photos from a walk in Whinlatter on a very cold, rainy, miserable day on our holiday to the Lake District in May last year.  I had a horrible time that day which resulted in me having a panic attack when we were descending a very steep path out of the forest, the rain was so bad it was washing the path away under our feet and I was terrified of falling and going head first down the slope, pretty scary!  For more videos from our walking trips see my You Tube channel, lots of stunning scenery in some of the most beautiful places in the UK, if not the world!

Anna x

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Marker Storage tips!

Hi all, well a little something different today a storage solution for all those markers you're hoarding lol!   This is an old project, I think I made it last year as I needed a better storage solution for my Promarkers and couldn't afford to by fancy schmancy expensive ones lol!

I had intended to make a post showing how to do this and totally forgot about it, sorry for the blurry photos, I think I took these with my old camera.    I thought I'd post this as a kind of tutorial as it may be useful to someone.   Also, yes that is my crappy old desk, still waiting for Mark to build me a new one, the craft/computer room is a work in process lol!

I also have a ton more Promarkers now, some of the limited addition and a load of Flex Markers so I am now in need of even more storage, I 'did' have 2 of these old cd racks but I threw one away before I'd thought of a use for it *sigh*

So what you need to make this project

An old CD rack
Empty CD cases
Thick card stock
wet glue
Red line tape

So to start you will needs some strong card stock and it needs measure the length of a plastic cd case by about 14 1/4in, then measure out along the long edge 3/4in sections and score along these lines.  These measurements are just a guide as it depends which pens you are making this for.

 Then you need to fold the score lines in a mountain, valley, valley pattern as in the picture
 Turn the card over and add wet glue to the areas I have marked in the next image and press each section together, it might be easier to look at how I've done this in the image as it's difficult to explain.

 You should end up with this
 Turn over the piece you've just created and apply redline tape to the edges

 Adhere to the cd case

To make the label strips I typed up all the original colours for Promarkers in Open office in a table and then printed, cut them out to fit the ends of the cd cases and then coloured them with the appropriate marker.

Now just repeat for however many CD case you have :)

I am going to paint mine eventually lol! What can I say, I'm a procrastinator :D

I love mine and I was pleased with myself for recycling and old piece of rubbish that was going to the skip.  Still kicking myself for chucking the other one out though lol!

Happy Crafting
Anna x

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Pretty in Pink Card

Hiya, me again, just wanted to share a card I made for a customer, very happy with how it turned out, especially the colours.  I cut the numbers and mats on the silhouette and the polymer clay butterfly was made with Fimo glitter white clay and I used a sugar paste cutter to cut it out.

Wild Orchid Craft roses
Polymer clay butterfly
Centura pealr White card stock
Docrafts Vintage Notes paper stack
American Crafts card stock Peony
White crochet lace
Pink organza ribbon
Ivory flat back pearls from Ebay seller Bad Ass Beauty these are the most gorgeous colours, they are more white than ivory and have a lovely iridescent sheen!
Docrafts Vintage Notes sentiment stamp
Silver embossing powder and embossing pad
 That's all for now, happy crafting
Anna x

Monday, 12 May 2014

Tattered Lace DT Samples - Days Out

Hi, just a quicky update with the new Tattered lace collection Days Out samples, really busy this month and won't be doing any samples until the middle of June as I have quite a few commissions, birthdays and a 2 week holiday in the next two weeks.  We're off to the Lake District at the end of May!  WOOOO!!  Can not wait to get back onto the hills! :)

Also a reminder that the new Tattered Lace challenge is up, Romance and Roses, I haven't had time to do a card this time but if you want to take part, head on over to the Challenge blog 

I adore these new dies, not the most creative samples as I've been struggling with my fybro the last month and a half!  But heyho, that's another story :)
Anyhoo here are the samples, no supplies list today as I haven't much time.  Hope you like them :)

Have a great day
Happy crafting
Anna x

Friday, 2 May 2014

Oops! New winner for Tattered Lace Dies

Ok so I hadn't realised Shirley was a guest designer for the Tattered Lace team and she was very lovely and said for me to draw another winner for the Lavish Blooms die set.

The new winner is Lucy Spence
Please could you send me your address so I can pass it on to the Tattered Lace Team so they can send you your prize :)
Email me at

And a big thank you to Shirley for being so gracious.

Sorry for the mix up, hopefully I'll get better at this lol!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Winner of the Tattered Lace Blog Candy

Ok so I've never done this before and I only had 3 people enter so I gave each person a number according to when they posted.

1.Karen 23rd Apr
2.Lucy 24th Apr
3.Shirley 27th Apr

I used to generate the winning number and the winner is...... drum roll please....

 Shirley, please could you send me your address so I can pass it on to the Tattered Lace Team, thanks.  

Thank you ladies for taking part, hopefully I will have some more goodies to give away in the near future.

Happy crafting
Anna x