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.

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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

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

Thanks for visiting!
Annie Rose

Jul 16, 2015


I had a super-strong craving for some orange juice this morning, but since I didn't have any, I went to the next best thing; the "Fresh 'n Fruity" stamp set by {REVERSE CONFETTI} always gets my juices flowing—literal and crafty!  :)

Aw yiss. Now that's juicy!

I inked the orange stamps in a light orange color then added a bit of a darker orange ink around the outside to create some shadow and dimension.  Once stamped, it looks pretty awesome.  I also added some Wink of Stella glitter pen around the dark parts of the oranges and in random places on the rest of the bits and pieces.  All of the paper, cardstock, and inks are from Papertrey Ink.

This is my second card using the current {Sketch For You To Try}, only this time I actually followed it!  It's a great sketch and my card came together pretty quickly.

Thanks for visiting!
Annie Rose

Jul 4, 2015

{SENDING SUNSHINE} on a Happy July 4th!

I sat at my craft desk early this morning, determined to create something new.  The fact that it's the fourth of July holiday made my subject matter fall right into place!

I looked at all of the fun challenges I wanted to play along with and incorporated everything into one lacy, floral, festive RED WHITE and BLUE card to share with you today.  :)

I wanted to do something I haven't done in a while, so I grabbed my white embossing powder, this cute Fleur Anya stamp from The Greeting Farm, and got started.

I heat-embossed the image and then painted it with Distress Ink markers, water, and a paintbrush.  I love this look!  You'll probably see it more often from me...it's just so soft and pretty, no?

I followed a sketch and layered up a bunch of papers and cardstock from Papertrey Ink.  I added a handful of gorgeous flowers and leaves from I Am Roses... some of which I ordered just for this holiday, so I'm glad I remembered to use them! That blue rose... it's perfect.  :)
They are as follows:  R21-426,  R77-310,  S10-78,  ZQL20-426

I'm linking this girl up to the following challenges:

{I AM ROSES} - June IAR Challenge
{SIMON SAYS STAMP} - Going Dotty
{THE GREETING FARM} - July: Red,White,Blue
{PAPERTAKE WEEKLY} - Take Your Pick (sketch)

Thank you for visiting!
Annie Rose

Jul 3, 2015


It's been one of those months where my crafting mojo has been non-existent... I blame the heat. Blech.  But, I feel the mojo coming back!  I've got a card to share that I made for the July 'Sketch For You To Try' challenge over on the Reverse Confetti blog:

I'm in love with this flamingo stamp and die set and I reach for it often.
I paired it up with a bunch of other dies from Reverse Confetti.  I love how well everything coordinates!  If you don't yet have any Reverse Confetti goodies, I highly recommend getting some. You won't be disappointed. :)

The RC products are used are: Diagonal Stripe Panel, Tag Me Too, Fabulous Flamingo Stamp + Die sets, Love Note, and Double Edge Scallop Border.  Any of these links can take you directly to the Reverse Confetti shop so you can play along, too!

Thanks for visiting!
Annie Rose

Jun 7, 2015

{HELLO} Whimsy Posey

As I mentioned, I recently purchased a handful of new stamps and supplies and one of my favorite new stamps is this little "Posey" from Whimsy Stamps:

An adorable wee fairy!

I stamped her onto a die-cut watercolor paper panel and watercolored her with Distress Ink markers, water, and a paintbrush. I added some highlight dots with a stylus and white gesso and went over most of the parts with a Wink Of Stella glitter brush, so she's extra sparkly!

The Hello sentiment stamps is from Reverse Confetti. I added a bunch of flowers from I Am Roses and a crinkly pink seam-binding ribbon to finish it off.

I'm linking this little cutie to the following challenges:

{MARKER POP} - #70 Anything Goes
{7 KIDS COLLEGE FUND} - #127 Anything Goes
{LOVES RUBBERSTAMPS} - #154 Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Annie Rose

May 30, 2015


Sorry for the lack of posts lately!  I've been busy creating, just haven't shared much... let's fix that!  Today I'm sharing a card I made with one of my newest Gorjuss Girl stamps called "On Top Of The World" and she's just the cutest:

She comes with a handful of complimentary stamps, including some single birds and the 'top of the world' sentiment, seeing how she's perched atop a wire.  I colored underneath the wire this time to make it seem as if she's sitting on a wall instead.

I stamped her onto a die-cut watercolor paper panel and colored her with Distress Ink markers, water, and a paintbrush.  I added some highlights with white gesso paint and some liquid pearl dots.

I tied the sentiment tags with a crinkled, dyed seam binding bow.  The film strip die cut is from The Greeting farm. I finished it all off with a handful of beautiful purple, blue, pink, and white flowers and leaves from I Am Roses.

I'm linking her up to the following fun challenges:

{MARKER POP} - #69 Flowers
{SIMON SAYS STAMP} - Anything Goes
{7 KIDS COLLEGE FUND} - Anything Goes
{PAPERTAKE WEEKLY} - Your Pick: Sketch #81

Thanks for visiting!
Annie Rose