Aug 27, 2015


I don't have a set style of cards that I like to create... I pretty much try all styles and just see what comes out when I sit at my crafty desk.  Today I've got a busy, layered, vintage-style, flowery card to share:

I started by selecting some of my favorite paper flowers and leaves from I Am Roses.  These colors are so gorgeous!  I then picked out some Prima papers from my stash and a bit of corrugated cardboard that I recycled from a packing box.

I distressed all of the edges with rips/tears and inked them up with some Distress Ink.  I then went all over with some white gesso paint on a paintbrush and white-washed it all to tie everything together.  I think the flowers look edible, like they are made of frosting or something... yum.  :)

The stamped sentiment is from Reverse Confetti.  The middle frame die is from Paper Smooches.

I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{I AM ROSES} - Aug IAR Challenge (anything goes)
{PAPERTAKE WEEKLY} - Take Your Pick (vintage/distressing)

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Annie Rose

Aug 23, 2015


Today I'm playing along with {FRESHLY MADE SKETCHES} as they celebrate their 200th sketch challenge!  There's some awesome prizes and some fabulous inspiration pieces from a bunch of talented designers.  :)

I grabbed my latest purchase from REVERSE CONFETTI and got to work:

Hello, cheeky monkey!

I stamped all of the bits from the "MONKEY BUSINESS" stamp set onto watercolor paper, watercolored them with Distress Ink markers, and die cut them out with the matching "MONKEY BUSINESS CONFETTI CUTS" dies.  The middle panel is from the "DOCUMENTED CONFETTI CUTS" set.

I am in love.  This little monkey dude will probably be finding his way onto a lot of my projects, and the balloons and stack of presents will fit onto any birthday card!

There's a few more hours to play along... who needs sleep?  Go get crafty! :)

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Annie Rose

Aug 20, 2015


It's always a struggle for me to make clean + simple masculine cards, but I've found that if I stick to mostly die-cuts instead of stamped and colored images, it usually turns out pretty nice.  So that's what I have to share today... a birthday card that's visually appealing and interesting, but not flashy or flowery! :)

Also, you just can't go wrong with kraft and aqua...

I started with a kraft stitched rectangle die cut from My Favorite Things' Blueprints 13 and sprayed it with some Glimmer Mist over a chicken wire stencil.  I then dripped on some concentrated Glimmer Mist all around for extra splatters and dimension.

I then die cut a pinked edge circle Die-namics from vellum and layered on a couple circles.  I then die cut the Happy Die-namics from white cardstock and stamped the Birthday sentiment onto aqua die cut sentiment banner.


I'm linking up these fabulous challenges.

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Annie Rose

Aug 19, 2015


Today I'm playing along with My Favorite Things' current Sketch Challenge over on their {CARD CHALLENGES} blog.  I've stamped and water-colored a Pure Innocence image using the "no-line" technique:

What a cutie! :)

I stamped her onto watercolor paper and colored her with Distress Ink markers, water, and a paintbrush.  I cut her out and popped her up to stand out. The background was also stamped with Distress Ink.

I used the following MFT products:  Pure Innocence Love Is In The Air,  BG Sheet Music Background, Die-namics Happy Duo, DC Happy Everything, DC Striped Backgrounds, Die-namics Pinking Edge Circle Stax, and Die-namics Blueprints 13 (stitched rectangle).

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Annie Rose

Aug 17, 2015

{Take Life with a Grain of Salt...}

Margarita, anyone?  :)

I had so much fun making this tag today!  I kept a few challenges in mind when working on it, but at some point I just started grabbing things from my supplies all around me and added them all together.   It's fun to just craft for the sake of crafting sometimes, isn't it?

I ended up using so many different products...
let's see if I can remember them all.  :)

Ranger/Tim Holtz (tag, Distress Ink), Papertrey Ink (jar stamp set, papers), Reverse Confetti (sentiment, scallop borders), Paper Smooches (frame cut from vellum), I Am Roses (black, kraft, lime green flowers), some random lace and trims, and white gesso paint.

My husband thought it was a jar of pickles... yeeeaah.
I hope it looks like a lime margarita in a mason jar, because jars are classy. Heehee!

I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{SIMON SAYS STAMP MONDAY} - Citrus with a Twist
{CURTAIN CALL} - Mason Jar inspiration photo

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Annie Rose

Aug 7, 2015


I'm pretty sure that all of cards I make, going forward, will be Autumn themed in some way.  I'm so over Summer.  Give me cool temps, rainy days, falling leaves, and pumpkin-everything any day!

I combined two card challenges for this one, a sketch and an 'orchard' theme.
I grabbed my ever-growing supply of dies from Reverse Confetti and got to work.

This card could easily be re-created in different colors to make a cute gift set. :)

I used the following Reverse Confetti "confetti cuts" dies:  Fresh 'n Fruity, Diagonal Stripes Pretty Panel, Tag Me Too, Class Act, and Love Note.

I'm playing along with these two challenges:


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Annie Rose

Aug 6, 2015

{BOO!} a vintage sepia Halloween shaker card

... how's that for a title?  :)

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I am a sucker for any spooky stamp sets.  A new-to-me favorite is "HALLOWEENIES" by Paper Smooches, which I used on my shaker card today.

What's a shaker card without a few googly eyes?  Ha. I love it.
I watercolored the stamped images with Distress Ink markers, water, and a paintbrush.  I colored them with all of my sepia-like tones to help with the vintage feel:

I inked up a length of seam binding ribbon with the same marker colors and tied it into a shabby bow.  I made the shaker window and filled it with a handful of different sequins in browns and dark orange colors.  I added a few wooden stars to finish it off.

It's such a fun card.. I think I'm going to keep this one for myself.  :)

I am, however, going to link it up to the following awesome challenges:

{MARKER POP} - #74 Anything Goes

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Annie Rose