Nov 18, 2015

Guest Designer at {THE COLOR THROWDOWN}

I'm so excited to be playing along with the gals over at {THE COLOR THROWDOWN} challenge blog this week!  I had a lot of fun creating with this week's color inspiration graphic, and I think you will too.

How great are these colors?!  And they are perfect for Fall.

I hope you can play along with the challenge this week!  I'd love to see what everyone creates, so be sure to pop over to {THE COLOR THROWDOWN} blog for more inspiration to get you started. :)

I grabbed my collection of stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti, matched up the card stock colors to the photo, and got to work.  Remember, the colors don't have to be exact, just as close as you can get them.

It's rare for me to make a card without a stamped/colored image, but it sure is fun to get creative with paper, dies, and a sentiment stamp only.  I added a button and some twine to finish it off. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Annie Rose

Nov 5, 2015


The weather is getting cooler, it's almost time to bundle up in warm jammies and drink hot cocoa!  But, until then, I'll make do with some cute Winter-themed stamps and cards. :)

This adorable snowman is part of the "Freezy Fellas" stamp set by Paper Smooches and it's one of my favorite sets.  I stamped him onto heavyweight cardstock and lightly watercolored him with Distress Ink markers, water, and a paintbrush.

I die cut the "Tag Scallop Die", also by Paper Smooches, out of white cardstock and heat embossed the bottom section with gold embossing powder.  I cut another tag from designer paper from PTI and adhered it to the original tag and finished it off with a plain band of coral-colored cardstock in the middle.

The sentiment is also from a Paper Smooches stamp set called "First Aid Kit" and I love using it with my snowmen.  The "Let It Snowflake Die-Namics" dies are from My Favorite Things and I also heat embossed them with gold powder.

I inked the background panel with Distress Ink and flicked on some white gesso paint for a snowy look.  I went back in and added some darker white dots of gesso with a stylus to make it stand out a bit more.  I sparkled up the snowman with a Wink Of Stella glitter pen.

I'm linking up this little fella to the following challenges:


Thanks for visiting!

Annie Rose

Nov 2, 2015


It'd been a while since I colored up a cute Pure Innocence stamp so I grabbed one of my favorites and got started.  This stamp is called  PI Sweet Greetings and I love her stripey pants and cotton candy!

I stamped her onto watercolor paper and painted her with Distress Ink markers, water, and a paintbrush.  I then fussy-cut her out and covered bits of her with sparkles from a Wink Of Stella glitter pen.  Most of the other card elements got covered, as well.  :)

I followed the current sketch from {MY FAVORITE THINGS}, with a bit of a twist, and I used the following products from MFT:

Thanks for visiting!
Annie Rose

Oct 16, 2015


I'm playing along with a sketch challenge and a photo inspiration challenge today.  I decided to use the Fall colors and patterns from the inspiration photo to make a birthday card using products from Reverse Confetti.  :)

I wanted a more clean + simple card this time, so I stamped the main image in orange ink instead of coloring it in.  I followed that look with the surrounding images of presents and the flag.   It's always a struggle for me to make masculine cards, but I think this one turned out ok!

A bit of bling and cuteness that everyone likes, right?

I layered it all onto some die-cut pieces and finished it off with some sparkly sequins and a stamped birthday sentiment.  The patterned paper is from Lawn Fawn.

I used the following products from Reverse Confetti:

...and I'm linking up to these challenges:


Thanks for visiting!

Annie Rose

Oct 8, 2015


I'm definitely not finished making my Halloween cards, which is pretty lame since I never actually send them out... they're just my favorites to make!  I should probably do something with them...

I wanted to play along with the current color challenge from The Greeting Farm, so I grabbed an older (retired) set called Cheeky Cherry:  Naughty or Nice and got to work!

I stamped her onto watercolor paper and watercolored her with Distress Ink, water, and a paintbrush.  I trimmed her out and added some sparkle with a Wink of Stella pen.

I surrounded her with a bunch of stamps and die cuts from Reverse Confetti and some beautiful paper flowers from I Am Roses.  I bought these colors specifically for Halloween cards... black roses?  Yes please!  :)

I'm linking up to the following challenges today:

{I AM ROSES} - Sept IAR Challenge: Anything Goes
{THE GREETING FARM} - Color: black, orange, purple

Thanks for visiting!

Annie Rose

Sep 28, 2015


Guys... it's almost October.
October means much needed cooler weather.
October means my birthday.
October means pumpkins.
October means Halloween.

My heart lives in October, as does this little dude's:

I'm playing along in two different challenges:  a color story and a sketch.

Since I've got Halloween on the brain, I had to use my cute stamp sets from Reverse Confetti.  Look at that little Jack-o-Lantern! So adorable. :)

I combined the cutie pie monkey from the Monkey Business stamp set with the pumpkin and skull garland from the new Too Cute To Spook stamp set.  I love all of the Reverse Confetti products, they are so versatile and can be used in so many ways!

I inked up the background panel with Distress Ink and added some black Shimmer Mist spray, then spritzed it all to make it look super spooky.  I coated all of the die cut bits with a sparkly Wink of Stella glitter pen.

Thanks for visiting!

Annie Rose

Sep 17, 2015


I was quick to jump on the recent release from Reverse Confetti because the new Halloween set is adorable, and you know I love Halloween! :)

Eeek! Too cute, indeed!
I combined a sketch challenge, a color challenge, and a theme challenge for this one.

I stamped the images to be colored onto watercolor paper and painted with them Distress Ink, water, and a paintbrush.  I then die-cut them out with the coordinating die set (a must have!).  I gave the little bat a smile and then sat back and laughed at how hilarious it looks. Heehee!  I love it.

I cut the circle background from watercolor paper as well and inked it up a bit with matching Distress Inks and sprayed it with water.  A perfect spooky Halloweeny sky!  Most of the bits were made sparkly with a Wink Of Stella glitter pen.  I finished it off with some sequins and baker's twine.

I used these products from Reverse Confetti:

... and I'm linking up to the following awesome challenges:


Thanks for visiting!

Annie Rose

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)

Thanks for visiting!
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! :)

Thanks for visiting!
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.

Thanks for visiting!

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).

Thanks for visiting!
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

Thanks for visiting!
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:


Thanks for visiting!
Annie Rose