Sunday, 20 May 2018

Fussy and Fancy Challenge # 212 Favourite Florals

Spring has finally arrived in the UK it is another Friday so another challenge this time our hostess is the very talented Jo Rice , she has chosen Favourite Florals as her theme. I love all flowers so it was difficult to choose a favourite but then I remembeed I had a beautiful Die which makes the most realistic Poppies so it just had to be the Big, Bright, Blousey Poppies which add a splash of red in our garden during the Summer months. Here is my card, very simple:



Here is a closeup of the detail in these poppies:



I enjoyed making this card because making flowers from a blank piece of card is my favourite thing to do and it passed a few hours one afternoon.

We would really love you to enter your crafty makes into our challenge, it doesn't have to be a card it can be mixed media or whatever you choose you can find out more about entering here. Good Luck. Bye for now have to make the most of this fine weather while it lasts, the weeds are growing fast in my garden. xxx Annie

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Fussy and fancy Challenge #210 Add a die Cut

So here is F&F Challenge #210, I really don't know where the time goes to, but our lovely hostess Gina has chosen 'Add a Diecut' as her theme. It is a great challenge because I know I rarely make a card without a diecut even if it is just the sentiment but my favourite diecuts are butterflies especially as I can use them to cover my mistakes .... perhaps a thumbprint or worse still a stray blob of glue!!  So I decided to go to the extreme and every bit even the base of this easel card is a diecut, the only other thing I use was plain white card , distress ink and a few gems ....so here goes:



I love easel cards they are a lovely surprise for the person receiving it, they look complicated but they really are quite easy to make.

Here is a closeup of  of my butterflies and flowers:



I hope you will join us and enter what you make, it is so easy to enter see here. We do love to see  all your beautiful work, it can be a card, a tag mixed media, anything you fancy making as long as it has a diecut on it.

That is it for today so Bye for now xx Annie

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

F&F Challenge#208 spring flowers

Well officially it is Spring but honestly it doesn't feel like it over here in the UK. However for Fussy and Fancy Challenge #208 our lovely hostess Darlene has chosen the theme Spring Flowers, I took my inspiration from the few Spring flowers in our garden, Daffodils and Crocus, I just love the combination of yellow and purple a teaser of what is to come when the garden is fully in  bloom.

Creative Expressions brought out a beautiful set of dies by Sue Wilson last Year which enable you to cut daffodils out either embossed and flat or by adding the tiny trumpet a really pretty 3D flower. So here is my offering for this month:


and here is a closeup of the flowers:





Hope you will be inspired to join us and create your own version of Spring Flowers in whatever craft you prefer, a card a tag, mixed media. We would love to see them and it is so easy to enter see here

Bye for now and Happy Crafting
Annie

Friday, 23 February 2018

Fussy and Fancy Challenge #206 Favourite Colours

Hello again, well I cannot believe how quickly the time is flying . Here we are in the middle of February already and time for another Fussy and Fancy Challenge hosted by the lovely talented Beth, she has chosen Favourite Colours as her theme. I do love a bit of pink especially against a bit of grey so here is my offering:



I have been trying to teach myself parchment craft using Clarity Groovi plates for a while now, I have always love the delicate results that can be achieved with this old craft but it takes so much patience using the traditional methods. With this new system the acrylic plates make it much easier. I started by tracing the outline for the centre circle and then coloured it in from the back, I gently cut slots for the ribbon and then pierced and snipped the first picot edged circle. Cut a second circle and mounted the two together.




I used a sheet of my precious patterned parchment from Clarity again called Shenandoah in my favourite pinks and grey. I embossed my sentiment and the corners and stuck my circles onto it. This is the groovi system at it's simplest some of the work that experienced parchers do is so wonderful and intricate , I can only dream.

Bye for now Annie


Friday, 26 January 2018

FF Challenge #204 'Fussy and Fancy'

Well, Happy New Year to everyone, this is my first post for 2018 seems ages since our last challenge before Christmas. I am hosting this challenge #204 and I have chosen Fussy and Fancy as my theme. it is a nice easy one to start the New Year it is really Anything Goes as long as it is Fussy and Fancy.
Here is my offering:


It is a very simple card using Sara Davies Flutterby Die to give me the cut in feature then I added some more butterflies .... well you cannot have too many can you? I also made some tiny flowers using my favourite Sue Wilson Poppy dies, the background card is Iris coloured Foundation card from Creative Expressions.

Why don't you give this challenge a go, my Teamies have put up some wonderful inspiration up using so many different types of crafting so it really is anything goes as long as it is Fussy and Fancy. you can find more details here and I really look forward to seeing your entries.

Bye for now and happy crafting
Annie x

Friday, 27 October 2017

Fussy and Fancy Challenge #199 So Spooky

Hi there just cannot believe we are on F&F Challenge #199 and this time it is the Halloween Challenge 'So Spooky' hosted by the talented Sasha

We didn't celebrate Halloween over here in the UK when I was a child, or even when my own children were growing up but now it is quite a big event in our calendar. I had to search for what I had to meet this challenge and ended up using an embossing folder of trees which I highlighted with some coppery gilding wax. Then I made my pumpkin out of some very old Spellbinders flower dies I cut it out 8 times and folded each one across the centre then stuck them back to back to form a little 3D pumpkin, added some lime green vine leaves, I cut some extra vines to twist through the die cut letters.



It was all assembled but something was missing ..... googly eyes ..... I searched and searched but couldn't find them I think my grandchildren must have used them up years ago when we used to craft together, such Happy Days. I was just about to give up on the idea when I found a box of sequins and decided I could make spooky eyes peeping out of the darkness with them.

So I hope this is spooky enough, it would certainly scare me seeing all those eyes glowing in the dark behind the trees.

I hope you will join us in this challenge, it is  really fun one, we really would love to see what  Spooky means to you. Entering is easy details are here.

Right I need to get out in the garden we are expecting Hurricane Ophelia to hit us tomorrow 16th October so all the loose garden stuff and furniture needs putting in the sheds until the Spring.  So bye for now and Happy Crafting xxx Annie

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Fussy and Fancy challenge #197 Shabby Chic

Oh my goodness where did September go here we are again with another Fussy and Fancy Challenge, this time our host is  Jules and she has chosen Shabby Chic as her theme ...... that is very good timing because on Monday my granddaughter Lorna has her birthday. She has just moved into her first ever house and it is very obvious her style is Shabby Chic. So here is the card I made for her using Crafters Companion Dies this time and some lovely shabby chic papers from one of their cds, I do like to mix it up and try various types of crafting .... Jack of all trades ...master of none as My old granny used to say...... back to the card:


I still love making my own flowers so the rose is one of mine but I did cheat and use some pretty bought ones too.

At the moment I am trying out something new, it's a steep learning curve for me and my waste bin gets very full but I do find Clarity's Groovi system so therapeutic, I get lost for hours at a time. I also find it satisfying as I have tried traditional parchment in the past but I was too heavy handed and too impatient, so groovi really fills the gap. Here is the card I made for Lorna's housewarming:



and a Get well card for my lovely Daughter in Law Wendy:




These are very basic some of the more expert ladies make exquisite work, but I am enjoying the process. Please enter our challenge we love to see what you have made you can find more details here
Bye for now Annie xx