Mar 22, 2017

{Happy Birthday Bunnies}

I am loving this bright Springtime card with these adorable stamped bunnies from Lawn Fawn.  I stamped them onto watercolor paper and painted them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, water, and a paintbrush.  The banner and sentiment stamps are also from Lawn Fawn; I lightly shaded the banner with a gray marker.

I colored the image to match the paper I used from Papertrey Ink to create the die-cut layered background.  The border and oval dies are from My Favorite Things.  I finished off the card with some pink, purple, and white sequins, which I dabbed with some sparkly diamond Stickles for extra shine.

I'm linking up to these fun challenges:

{CURTAIN CALL} - Fluff/Patterns
{LAWN FAWNATICS} - #1 Happy Birthday

Thanks for visiting!
Annie Rose

Mar 17, 2017

{PURR-FECT in Every Way}

I made this rainbow-licious card with Neat & Tangled's "Kitty's Favorite Things" and "Heart Of Gold" stamp and die sets.  I started with the watercolor paper background panel, on which I stamped the heart image and heat embossed in black embossing powder.  I then used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers to ink up the hearts in multiple rainbow colors

I flicked on some diluted white acrylic paint drops and some black shimmer spray splatters. I then used the matching heart die to cut an opening in the panel.  I colored and cut the adorable kitten and placed her into the heart opening, along with the sentiment.

I then finished off the card with matching sequins on each heart, in pinks, yellows, greens, blues, and iridescent colors.

I'm linking up to the following fun challenges:

{N&T LITTLE TANGLES} - #78 Rainbow

Thanks for visiting!
Annie Rose

Mar 16, 2017

{LUCKY ME} Guest Designing with {Frilly and Funkie}

Lucky me, indeed!  Today I have the opportunity to be a guest designer over on the {FRILLY AND FUNKIE} challenge blog, and this challenge is a super fun one!

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The challenge theme is:  "You've Got To Know When To Fold 'Em"
"The challenge is all about using folded paper in a way that goes beyond just folding it in half.  Create a vintage or shabby chic project that uses folder paper in a way that elevates the design.  You can make a fancy fold card, or add folded embellishments to a card or a layout."

I decided to create a large folded paper rosette wall-hanging, perfect for St. Patrick's Day.  To make the rosette, I cut three strips of patterned paper into 3inch x 12inch strips and scored them at every half-inch mark.  I also punched around the edges with a border punch.  

I then fan-folded each strip along the score lines and glued the ends together to create a circle, which I then hot glued together to keep its shape.  I used some blank Ranger/Tim Holtz grungeboard letters to spell out LUCKY ME and I heat embossed them with green and gold embossing powders.

I then layered on some vintage newspaper print, lace, lots of green buttons, a lucky BINGO card (also heat embossed in gold), a bunch of gorgeous paper flowers from I AM ROSES, and a large sparkly green bow to finish it off.  

While this is definitely a St. Paddy's day decoration, I'm keeping it up all year in my crafty space because, well... GREEN.  If you know me at all, you know I love green. Just look at it... LOOOOOK! *swoon* heh heh

I'd love it if you clicked on over to the {FRILLY AND FUNKIE} challenge blog to see all of the design team's beautiful creations and to play along!

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I'm also linking up to the current {I AM ROSES} challenge for March.

Thank you so much for visiting!
Annie Rose

Mar 15, 2017


There's just something about gold and green together that makes me happy.  Any chance to play with green, my favorite color, makes me smile!

For this card I grabbed all of my stamp sets from Paper Smooches and ended up combining stamps from four different sets.  I used a triangle stamp as a banner, filled it with a heart stamp, took a sentiment from another set, and did a trio of flowers from another (all stamp sets shown at the end of this post).

I stamped the images onto a die-cut watercolor paper panel in VersaMark ink and heat embossed everything with gold embossing powder.  I then blended two shades of green Distress Ink to partially color the background.  I added a few droplets of water and blotted them up with a paper towel to allow the white paper to show through.

I embossed the flowers in the same gold and watercolored them with Distress Ink markers and a paintbrush.  I used the matching dies to cut them out and arranged them around the sentiment to draw your eye from the top left to the bottom right.  I finished off the card with some sparkly gold and clear sequins.

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I'm playing along in the following fun challenges:

{PAPER SMOOCHES} - March Pantone Greenery

Thanks for visiting!
Annie Rose

Mar 8, 2017

{Easter Blessings}

I recently purchased this gorgeous Easter stamp from Avery Elle and I new it would look amazing heat embossed!  I embossed it in white onto watercolor paper and watercolored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, water, and a paintbrush.

I then created a quick watercolored background panel, using the same colors, just by wetting the cardstock then brushing the markers in straight lines, then re-wetting for a bit of a blend.  I then cut a piece of vellum to sit over the top to mute the background colors.

I'm playing along in this fun challenge:

{COLOR THROWDOWN} - ctd433 Cornflower Blue, Green, White

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Annie Rose

Mar 7, 2017


This is my finished card I made with the panel I colored and shared the other day on my Instagram page (@annie.rose.makes.things) for The Daily Marker's 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

I stamped a floral image from Paper Smooches' "BEST BUDS" stamp set multiple times onto smooth cardstock and colored the images with an alcohol marker set in blue/aqua, peach/pink, and light/dark greens.  I filled in the surrounding background with a light gray color.

I added some extra stitching details to the flower centers with a black micron pen and used a white ink gel pen to make dots.  I then cut out the panel with a scallop frame die cut to use on my card.

On top of the panel I layered a square of vellum paper that I embossed with an embossing folder through the Big Shot machine, and added some white ink sketchy lines around the border.  I then used a coral/orange colored panel, also embossed, to hold the sentiment, which was cut from multiple layers of white cardstock and layered for a thicker look (word dies from My Favorite Things).  I then finished it off with a die-cut flower from the same set on top.

I'm linking up to these fun challenges again:

{PAPER SMOOCHES} - March Pantone 2017 GREENERY
{CURTAIN CALL} - March GREEN/PLANT inspiration


Thanks for visiting!
Annie Rose

Mar 4, 2017


These adorable little dinosaurs are from the new-to-me stamp set called "CUTEASAURUS" by Paper Smooches.  The set has four dinosaurs and a bunch of other cute elements to stamp along with them.

I stamped the images onto watercolor paper and die-cut them with the coordinating dies.  I then watercolored them with Distress Ink markers, water, and a paintbrush.  I added some highlights with a white ink gel pen.

For the background panel, I stamped the cute leaf image multiple times with sticky VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with white embossing powder.  I then blended a few Distress Ink colors over the top.  I sprinkled a few droplets of water over the panel and blotted it off with a paper towel to get the real distressed look.

I love the background and I didn't want to cover it all up, so I used a stitched die to cut an oval from vellum paper to use as the background for the dino's to live on. I really like how the leaf background still shows through.  The sentiment is one of many that come with the set.

I placed everything onto a white cardstock base and added a few sparkly green sequins to finish it off.

I'm linking up to the following fun challenges:

{PAPER SMOOCHES} - March Pantone 2017 GREENERY
{CURTAIN CALL} - March GREEN/PLANT inspiration


Thanks for visiting!
Annie Rose

Mar 3, 2017

{Practically PURR-fect}

I finally treated myself to this adorable stamp set called "KITTY'S FAVORITE THINGS" by Neat & Tangled.  This kitten is the cutest I've seen and I couldn't wait to add it to my collection!

The current challenge theme over on Neat & Tangled's challenge blog is RAINBOW, so I colored Mr. Kitty and his favorite things accordingly.  I stamped the images onto watercolor paper in black ink, then heat embossed the ink with clear embossing powder.  This helps the watercolors and the water stay in place while keeping the stamped image crisp and black.

I watercolored the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, a paintbrush, and water.  I cut out the images with the coordinating dies, then added a few highlights with a white gel pen.

For the background, I inked over the N&T "Hexastar Stencil" with Spun Sugar Distress Ink, then I splattered droplets of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist sprays in rainbow colors... they are so glimmery!

I then adhered the images to the background with some foam tape for a bit of dimension and it was finished.  The little bird on his head is my favorite part!

I'm playing along in the {LITTLE TANGLES} rainbow challenge, and I'm also playing along with Kathy Racoosin's 30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE over on my Instagram page, so come check it out and play along!

Thanks for visiting!
Annie Rose

Feb 17, 2017

I'm So {LUCKY} You're Mine

I had some of these cardstock colors sitting on my desk from a different project, and when I saw the current My Favorite Things sketch challenge image (linked below), I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I used a faux washi tape die from a Blueprints set to cut out six coordinating cardstock colors.  I used an MFT flower die set for the layered flower, which I heat embossed along the petal edges with gold embossing powder.  I used the same gold powder to emboss the sentiment and the green button.

I stamped a striped background image in Shabby Shutters green Distress Ink going vertically, to make the final image look woven or plaid.  I flicked on some green/gold Glimmer Mist spray to finish it off.

I'm linking up to the following fun challenges:


Thanks for visiting!
Annie Rose