Sunday, 27 May 2012

Dylusions Day

Today I got to play with some new toys - Dylusions vibrant ink sprays by Dyan Reaveley. In a few words.... you gotta get some and play.... no clogged nozzels...gushy oozzzzzy colour palatte that had my daughter wanting to join in. I also missed out on a cricut class on Friday where the lovely Margaret had created cards, post-it note holders and a must have brag book. So feeling the urge to create on a sunny Sunday afternoon this is one of the things we came up with today.

The inks can be purchased here

We used the Splodge-A-Mask to create the backgrounds. We even found them useful for body art - but will leave that for another day. It is Sunday afterall.


Annette x

Sunday, 20 May 2012

I LOVE my dishwasher dog!!

Imagine the scene .. you've just had friends round for dinner ..... and you wander into the kitchen to bring in your bowl of fruit salad and what do you find ....

.... a dog in the dishwasher....

.....and it gets worse......

the dog refuses to move ..... kinda get the feeling there could be so scrumptious scoobie snacks going on.....

But this card really lets you know how the cairn terrorist really makes us feel.....


Annette x

Monday, 14 May 2012

Twin Set and Match

The Creativity Blog prompt suggested that you blog about 'A day in the life of.....' so this was my creation today. I spent the whole day in meetings. When I got home that SplodgeAway mat and DIs were calling to me from the breakfast Bar - so in between feeding the lions - 2 teenagers, a cairn terrorist and an affectionate cat - I put this together.

I'm teaching at Suzicraft this evening and my good friend Maria Simms arrives this week as she is coming to help with Clarity Stampers North East on Friday as we have had a few more ladies join us for the day.

Have a good craft day


Sunday, 13 May 2012

Going Live.....

There have been rumours which have now been confirmed that there is a new blog on the street. I was asked to be Design Team Co-ordinator a while back for SplodgeAway. Why not go and find out all about the latest hot new product to hit the crafting world. I have had a mat for some time now and have been seriously impressed by the quality and usefulness of this new product. It is a super smooth polymer resin mat which means that blending all types of ink is a breeze and the results are top notch. This was a DT submission. It was deliberately kept to a single layer so you can see the blending of the inks. I used one of my favourite Crafty Individual stamps as a focal point.
There will be new postings on Sundays with tutorials, challenges and giveaways so please browse at your leisure and leave a comment to say you have visited and we can say hello. TFL Annette x

Friday, 11 May 2012

Life in the Dog Lane

The Creativity Blog Prompt 11 was to post a picture of your craft room - I have a lovely wood cabin that I am supposed to use but I tend to take my prep into the kitchen and this is what happens.....
This is Ninja Dog attempting to stare me into submission for dog walking duties whilst crafting. I'll show you what we've been busy with this week.
Today I'm demonstrating at Strikes at Lambton, Chester-le-Street. Very sadly this shop will be closing in the near future and I wish the staff well in finding new jobs. WBBT Annette x

Thursday, 10 May 2012

What Makes You Smile???

That was the title of today's blog prompt - well I was sat in a school library this morning and watched several secondary school students splosh about in rather big puddles - it made me smile and want to go and play at the same time... Also tonight I'm smiling because it's my first night off in ages and I got to blog!!! I'll leave you with a recent card I made for a friend
tfl Annette x

Wednesday, 9 May 2012 prompt...

As ever I am a day behind and playing catch up. Yesterday we were asked "What book are you reading at the moment? Share a project inspired by this book." I was lucky enough to receive a kindle as a christmas pressie and I have to say I was a little anti the technology as I just love the feel and smell of a book. However, I am now a kindleholic. I just love it. I love the way you can lie in bed and not have to get stressed at that side of the book which always flops. I'm reading "The Wombles" at the moment. It may have a revamped cover but the characters are the same - which womble best describes your character? let that be your challenge.......I'll be back later with today's prompt!! TFL Annette x

Monday, 7 May 2012

Bank Holiday Craft Day....

Today has been a day of two halves. This morning I was woken up by the cuckoo shouting in the garden and as I love to watch the birds playing about in the garden I just had to get up early and sit outside with coffee, hand warmers and binoculars. I'm not a twitcher by any means but we've got Green Finches trying to build a nest down the bottom of the garden. However, there is some question as to who 'owns' that nest as when the finches are away the blue tits come and continue building. Not quite sure how this will pan out. The battle is on!! So with the morning still young I decided to crack on with a couple of samples for an upcomming Docrafts demo but thought I'd post them here. I'll be at Lambton Garden Centre next Saturday.
I'm not normally over fond of outline stickers but these two caught my eye mainly due to the graphite colour. They are called Classic Cameos and Alice In Wonderland. Next Sunday (fingers crossed) sees the launch of the Suzicraft Blog and there will be tutorials, samples and techniques using the Splodge Away mat. So hope to see you then. I'll give you the link next Sunday. Enjoy your day Annette x

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Blog Prompt Day 6

Well, after a busy Docrafts Demo Day and an amazing car journey listening to the Script's Science and Faith album for the first time, the mojo was flowing today. For those following the Creativity Blog Prompts we were 'prompted' to allow our craft be inspired by music, I have to say the album takes you on an amazing and emotional journey. The music thing certainly prompts the mojo and today I've prepped all my remaining classes through till June. I never like to fully prep as I feel it removes the flow of creativity on workshop days. Today we were asked to share a favourite photograph so I thought I'd share this with you - as many of you know we have a cairn terrorist who we share our house with. "Loyal but with her own agenda" is a phrase that comes to mind. She does like to guard her territory with aplomb and will give any unwanted visitor - be it pidgeon, jackdaw or rabbit a piece of her mind. When life gets too much she can be found lounging on furniture, which is so not allowed.
Since she is very much part of the family we scrapped her photo and did some hidden journalling. This is what we came up with.
TFL Annette

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Get Set To Colour

As promised here are a couple of cards I made using the spectrum noir pens to colour in the image. The pens are very different to promarkers or copics in their application. The pens are available at Suzicraft and are reasonably priced.
Day 3 of the Docraft Creativity Challenge was to use some of their download papers - I've done that and will post the card after playtime!! TFL Annette x

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Tartan Paint !!

This is a true story - last week I was in my local craft shop and a gentleman asked the shop assistant for Tartan Paint.... I could not believe it ..... next week I thought I'd ask for a long stand.... I laughed and cried all the way home... Well for day 2of the Creativity Blog series we have been asked to post our 5 favourite Docrafts Galleries - no way - but here goes.... Sams Home Cooked Designs. I recently met Sam at a Docrafts demo and have spent some time together at workshops and design team meetings.... Cliona - I met Cliona at a Docrafts Demonstrator event and have enjoyed reading her blog and tutorials - Crafty Pam - this lovely lady always leaves some encouraging comments in my Gallery Diana C - Diana is another Docrafts Demonstrator who I met briefly whilst working at the NEC and finally Busy Blonde does some lovely work and has a very clean style. Tomorrow I promise I will post some samples from the new crafty product Docrafts sent melast week but I have some design team samples to finish first so must not get too side tracked! TFL Annette x

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

5 Reasons to Craft.......

The Docrafts Creativity Team have put together a blog prompt idea and I thought I'd join in. Blog posting for me has become a little erratic in that I just seem to run out of time but they do say that if you repeat something for 21 days it becomes a habit so here we go..... 5 reasons why I craft..... I'm addicted to being creative... I'm addicted to using my crafty stash to create something unique... I'm addicted to meeting like minded addicted crafty people... I'm addicted to sharing what I learn with others... I'm addicted to the excitment of finding different techniques... Do I need therapy?????? TFL Annette x