Thursday, 29 May 2014

Fussy & Fancy Challenge #115 OUTDOORS

It has been lovely crafting this afternoon with the windows thrown open and the sun shining in ... I really should be out working in the garden but I have been creating an outdoor scene for the Fussy & Fancy Challenge being hosted by the lovely talented  Celine who has chosen Outdoors as her theme.

I have long been a fan of Clarity stamps and recently Barbara Gray has introduced a great selection of stencils which make wonderful backgrounds ... I love the idea of starting with a blank white piece of card and turning it into a card using just a few stamps and some inks. For this card I have used Clarity Woodland stencil and woodland animals stamp set and a selection of Adirondak inks.
Over here in the UK we are lucky to have Barbara Gray on our tvs for 2 hours each month demonstrating with her Company's new products. I cannot draw or paint but having watched her over many years now I feel more confident about my cardmaking and stamping. She also has an amazing design team which includes our very own Jo Rice & Sam Crowe who are always an inspiration too.
Right I think I ought to go and make a coffee for hubby who has been working hard titivating the garden, which I have  to say is looking good after suffering the last Winter's storms.
Hope you enter our new Challenge which is being sponsored this month by Crafty Sentiments.
That's all from me,
Bye for now Annie xxx

Friday, 23 May 2014

Fussy & Fancy Blog Hop 'THE RESULT'

 Well the Fussy & Fancy Blog Hop was great fun ... Thank you for all your lovely comments and to all my new followers.
As I have my 16yr old Granddaughter Kate staying over with me and she was taking a well earned break from GCSE exam revision, I asked her to make the draw for's how she did it !!

So there it is : Congratulations BlackLissi is the winner of my Blog candy...... Please email me @ with your address and I will post it off to you

That's it for tonight xxx Annie

Friday, 16 May 2014

Fussy & Fancy Challenge #114 Inspirational Picture

Today sees the launch of Fussy & Fancy Challenge #114, it is being hosted by the talented Laila who has chosen the theme: Inspirational picture. Our sponsor this time is Freshly Brewed Designs.

Here is my sample for this week's challenge, while I was deciding what to make I received the wonderful news that a friend of mine had just become a Grandmother for the first time. As a Nana to four wonderful almost grown up grandchildren, I know the joy they can bring watching them grow is amazing .... parenthood all over again without the responsibility and the anguish :). So I made her something I thought might be decorative and useful....

I began by creating the background using various distress inks on  a blank doorhanger, remembering to put my moon mask in place first.
The  stamps I used were  free  with a crafting magazine they were designed by Tracey of  Lavina Stamps. The sentiment stamp and the letter stamps are from Clarity Stamps. Lots of silvery embossing powder and glitter were also used .... it didn't photograph very well .... maybe because most of it  landed on our black Labrador Jasper, who insists on lying by my feet when I am crafting. :)

As you can see he is a BIG boy ....but he's very gentle and very handsome.

Anyway back to crafting... I hope you will enter our Challenge it's very easy to upload your entry using the link on    I love visiting your blogs and reading all about your crafty projects, you can also link through email, details are on our website.

That's all for today, I have just looked at the clock and realised I have just whiled away a whole afternoon up in the Crafty attic ....time flies when you're having fun .....
Bye for now xxx Annie

Friday, 2 May 2014

Fussy & Fancy Challenge # 113 Spring Colours

Hello and welcome to my blog! As you may have read on
 Fussy & Fancy Challenge Blog
our Spring Colours Challenge is being hosted by our lovely
and sponsored by the
that would include me!
If you have arrived here from the talented Judy's blog then you are hopping in the right order, if not, please go back to the FUSSY & FANCY BLOG CHALLENGE to hop in the right order. 

Here is the card that I created for this fun Spring Colours Challenge

For me, Spring Colours is all about the flowers especially the bulbs that have been under the soil through the Winter months and suddenly they pop through and burst into beautiful coloured flowers, the first through in our garden are the daffodils but I look forward to the brightly coloured when I spotted these tulips in my silhouette design section I had to download them. I experimented with the colours. This card has been inspired by a very clever card that my Facebook friend Linda Page had made if you would like to know how the box was made you can find out on Linda's blog   here  her instructions are very clear and she makes it surprisingly easy thank you Linda.
So having made my box I had to decorate all the small sections I used various Clarity silhouette stamps of outdoor scenes and added clouds and hills as I was creating a big yellow sun I decided that the beat sentiment for my card was another Clarity stamp ...'Sending you sunshine' The other surprise about this 3D box-card is that it folds flat

 and as the box is a 4" cube when it is flattened it slips into a standard 8"x8" envelope

As a special bonus for my followers old and new I am offering some blog candy!
I have included some diecut decoupage, lovely glittered and blinged butterflies, some pretty paper flowers and even the ribbon and tag are reusable.
To qualify you must be a follower and leave a comment

Thank you for visiting
Now if you can please continue hopping over to our very talented Vannessa's blog you will continue to keep hopping in order. I have listed the correct blog hop order below for your convenience:
Well that's all from me for tonight. I do hope you go on to complete our Blog Hop and maybe even enter this very special Fussy & Fancy Challenge yourself.
Good Luck xxx Annie