Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Secret Diary of Barry Bear

Hubby bought me a mini binding machine about a year ago, and after making the calendar project that I had been itching to make, it's kind've been in the cupboard collecting dust since then.  So I decided to pull it out and put it to use for this fortnight's challenge at Top Tip Tuesday where the theme is Stationery.

I've designed and printed out a full year of a diary, with a week's view to each page and bound it all into a mini book using some mount-board covers (I had some leftover mount-board from making my clocks).  I did actually put design paper on the front and back, but then stamped over it with some floral mini stamps to match the colour theme of the image, so you can't see much of the design any more.

I also tied little strips of matching ribbon around the rings, but wasn't sure whether I liked them after I'd done them.  I did end up pulling them off, but they were on when I took the photos.




I designed the diary insert pages to fit four weeks on an standard A4 sized sheet of paper.  I chopped the printed sheets into quarters and that's the size of the diary.  I cut the mount board slightly larger to create the covers.



This is also my final challenge designing for Top Tip Tuesday.  I've been on this fabulous team since June 2011 and have had a wonderful time with a great bunch of designers and our lovely leading lady, Samantha.  But I've been feeling in a bit of a rut for the past couple of months and decided I need to inject some change in order to get my mojo back.  I am addicted to crafting.  It's a much needed 'release' from a stressful day job so over the next month I'm stepping back from four of my longest running teams, hoping that will free up some time to enable me to go in search of my missing mojo by trying some new creative challenges.

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Annette
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Monday, 1 September 2014

Frosty Penguin

The pretty papers inspired the colour theme of today's festive card, featuring again a hat-trick of Wild Rose Studio stash.  The image is Girl and Penguin, the papers are Frosted Lace and the dies are Holly Flourish and Frosty Corner.


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Annette
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Sunday, 31 August 2014

A weekend of two halves

Well it's Sunday night, and it's been a real mixed weekend for me creatively.

I was home alone all day yesterday.  Hubby was travelling back home following a week in Sheffield and I didn't need to collect him from the train station until 5pm.

Perfect, I thought:  A whole day of crafting without any interruptions !!! :0)

So after a lie in on Saturday morning, I got up, fed the furbabies and had a leisurely bath.

And then it hit me.

That feeling of 'meh'.

All creativity left me.  All motivation to do anything else was also gone.  I tried sitting at my craft desk but felt blank.  So I decided to do something that I've not done for, well, years.  I decided to have a 'do nothing' day, snuggled under a blanket on the sofa in front of the TV.  I'm not a big TV addict.  I don't follow soaps or sport, I read the news or listen to it on the radio, so I can literally go for months without even turning the box on.  Occasionally I'll put it on on while I'm ironing, and a couple of weeks ago when I was on holiday I sat though 4 hours of films late one evening with Arnie on my lap.  But that was more because I couldn't bring myself to turf him off rather than because I was interested in the programmes!

So basically I did nothing all day yesterday wallowing in my feelings of 'meh-ness'.

I collected hubby at 5pm, did a spot of laundry from his trip, and had an early night.

Today could not have been more different!

I had decided to motivate myself by selecting a gorgeous fairy image from Sugar Nellie.  I stuck to a clean and simple layout to focus on the pretty fairy image and used my two favourite colours, pink and blue.

And I think it worked because although it's not my usual fussy style, I was pleased with the result!!!

I hope you agree.  :0)



Instead of stitching around the circle I tried something new.  I have been given a tracing wheel (the type dressmakers use to transfer patterns) which I used to create a row of dimples around the edge of the image.

The dimples don't show up very well on the photo, but you may just be able to make them out.  They sort of resembles stitching, but are much easier to get into a circle shape.

Her wings are also 'coloured' in clear Wink of Stella to give them some sparkle.



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Annette
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Saturday, 30 August 2014

A Tiddly Bit Musical

It's a rare just-for-fun card today, featuring a cute Tiddly Inks image called Wryn Goes Caroling.  Although this is a Christmas card, I've used some musical themed papers from the Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics pad which seemed to fit the occasion.



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Annette
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Friday, 29 August 2014

Bear and Kittens

It's Friday again (it feels a long time coming this week for some reason) and to get me in the mood for the weekend I've used my favourite colour and an image of a bear and kittens.

In my honest opinion you can't generally go wrong with either teddies or kittens, so by incorporating both in one place (with a small splattering of pink) surely that is a perfect recipe to get the weekend off to a great start, right?



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Annette
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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Watch you don't get stung!

I'm still on my mission to use existing stash, so I've inked up one of my Whipper Snapper images with a summery colour scheme.  This project is to support the challenge as As You Like It Challenge where the theme is to showcase your favourite season, and although Christmas is probably my favourite crafting season, the long warm bright days of summer are definitely my favourite season.

It's a clean and simple layout and although I'm the first to admit that yellow is not one of my favourite colours, I actually do quite like the finished card, and it certainly does seem to represent summer.




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Annette
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Blondie with Hedgehog

It's a quick share today with a cutie from Tiddly Inks called Danni and Danny.  I've not used lace for a while so I've rectified that today with a lacy double bow, and I've also used one of my dies that hasn't come out for a while.  And that's about it.



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Annette
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Monday, 25 August 2014

Be careful where you put that bauble

I'm back to my old fussy style with today's card, and it's another festive number featuring one of the new Wild Rose Studio images.  I've water-coloured it with my DI reinkers adding a smidgeon of glossy accents on the baubles.  It's another hat-trick because as well as the image and papers, I've also used one of WRS's new dies too; a pretty lacy snowflake tucked behind the image.



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Annette
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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Good Luck Barry - Pink

I was recently tasked with making two 'good luck' cards for some students, one masculine and one feminine.  The masculine one was posted last month (here) and today's is the pink and girlie one  :0)

It's given me the opportunity to use my Vintage Summer Basics paper pad again.  I really love the soft colours in this pad but it's getting used up rather too fast as I'm a little bit addicted to it!



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Annette
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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Ice Cube Penguin

I've been playing with my new LOTV images, and this one's been coloured with my Inktense Pencils.  I was really trying to keep the colours soft, but I'm finding it so hard to manage.

I'm still in a CAS mood, not that I think this image was one of my better colouring attempts and deserved the attention, but just because that was the mood I was in (still).



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Annette
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