Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Flower Making so Easy with Little B

Ever wanted to make your own faux flowers?  Today, I am sharing with you how easy it is to make some pretty Mums with a new to me product by Little B, called Pull Flowers.
I was pleased to receive this gift from Little B, a couple weeks or so back, when I attended a Blogger Event at CHA and Imet some very nice people there.  The following day I visited their booth, which was beautiful, and I participated in a make and take where I got to play with a paper version of making your own flowers.  Honestly, I was impressed.  Their products are well made and easy to turn any novice into a Crafting  pro in no time!

Here is a picture of one I recently made:

Here is a video I made of me making the same flower:

Note that I had to re-shoot the video and edit my mishaps, LOL!  Perhaps the following picture of the actual instructions as they are printed on the packaging will alleviate any confusion I caused in my video:

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed yourself.  Please leave some comment love, and you can also subscribe to my video channel and even follow me on my blog.
Have a crafty fun day!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Annmakes at CHA2015 part 2

Friday, January 23, 2015

Cretive Paperclay® modeling material sneak peek

Hi, today over at the Creative Paperclay® modelling material blog it is my turn to share a quick tip for working with this awesome material.  So if you want to find out what I have to say I suggest you hop on over there!

Come back too, and check out what else I am up to.

Thanks for checking in, and have a great day.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Annmakes at CHA 2015

Hi, here is sneaky peek at some of the goodies I received while at CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) in Anaheim, California January 9-13.  Stay tuned and/or followmy blog here in the side bar.  You can also subscribe to my video channel after watching just click on the subscribe icon.
I apologize for the sideways view and the motion.

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Lovely Little Note

Hi, as you may already know...I am part of the Arnold Grummer Paper Making Design Team.   Which means that I get to play with pulp and make hand made papers and more!  Working on this team means I get to make pulp and squish it, it is therapeutic.  You should try it.  Making your own paper is fun for everyone, young and old.  It's easy too!  you can learn by checking out this  video.

Ok, so today I have a picture of this cute note book that I made for the Arnold Grummer Blog.  I love those sticky notes, I can never have enough and now I have a way to keep a pad safely in my purse.  Arnold Grummer Paper Making company has these kits to make and assemble your own little pads just like this one.  The decorating is all up to you.

I chose to use scraps of left over scrapbook papers to make the cover and inside cover of this book.  I also used the same scraps to make a pulp that I poured into an Arnold Grummer mold.  The hardest part about making this project is waiting for the pulp to dry.  And you can actually speed up the process by using the heat of an iron.

So here is what I used:

Arnold Grummer's Paper Making Kit available here
Arnold Grummer's Heart and Flower  Mold #705 
Arnold Grummer's Books a la carte! #1603
Scraps of red, white, and pink scrapbook papers.
Double sided 3M adhesive tape
Aleene's Tacky Glue by Duncan Enterprise
Ribbon recycled from a gift
Pastel color pencils by  Generals

A more detailed set of instructions is on the Arnold Grummer blog, here.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Some of the Best Things...

Hi, today I have a sneak peak of the project I made for the Robin's Nest Design Team blog.  Below the picture I have included a list of supplies I used.


The Robin's Nest scrapbook papers:(Flame Swirls,Honeycomb fleur, Glitter Numbers, Red, Grey)
The Robin's Nest dew drops:( Mini Dew Drops, Tear Drops, Dew Drops)
The Robin's Nest dew dew glue
Square canvas 5" x 5" (altered canvas purchased from Value Village)
Crafter's acrylic Paint in Light antique white by Decoart
Mod Podge in matte by Plaid
Tim Holtz Distress ink in Vintage photo by Ranger
Liquid glue Mono Multi by Tombow
Sanding block (Dollar Tree)
Double sided adhesive and Sticker Maker by Xyron
Semi-hard pastels by Gallery Mungvo
Embossing tools by EK Success
Cutting blade/knife by Fiskars
StazOn® solvent ink in black by Tsukineko
Punches/ Die makers Hearts, small 5 petal flower, and puzzle shape by Creative Memories;  Butterfly by Martha Stewart, 8 petal bloom by Fishers, Large 5 petal flower Blossom by EK Success for Stamping'  Up!
Stamp: What do you see Donna Downey Studios by Unity Stamp co.
Scotch 3M Glue Dots--/extra large

Over at the Robin's Nest blog you can find the instructions.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

#California Crafting

NEW and FREE crafting goodness coming to Annmakes for my lovely viewers in the coming weeks!!!!

Hell, my lovely viewers.  My trip to CHA in California has been life changing in a good way.  I have met incredibly nice and talented people and I have made new contacts that will help me bring you my viewers more FREE content.  I intend to start sharing my finds and how to's on Monday the 19.  There will be lots of pictures here and I will be working like crazy making Youtube videos for my channel.  Please stay tuned.  For now here is a gorgeous California morning.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Row Counting Bracelet made with Creative Paperclay®

Hi, and welcome back to my blog.  Well, as I mentioned in an earlier post this year I have some new things to share with all of you.  Including, that I am on the Creative Paperclay® Design Team.  That's right I get to work and play with this awesome new to me product.  Creative Paperclay® modeling material is so easy to work with and is so light when dry, I can't stop creating things!!!  So stay tuned and see what other crafty goodies I come up with.

So, for my first project I went and made some beads which I used to make this bracelet:

it is no ordinary bracelet!
This is a stitch counting and row counting (think abacus) device that any knitter or crocheter can wear on their wrist while working those needles and yarn.  I have wanted one of these for a while and so like so many other things I thought I ll just make one.  Lucky for me Creative Paperclay® modeling material is in my life now and has enabled me to make this baby which does not weigh down on my wrist when I crochet and knit.               

So if you would like to know how I made this and how you too can make one, you will have to head on over to the Creative Paperclay® blog over here to get the details.  After all, I did make this for them.  If you would like to get your hands on this fabulous product you can purchase Creative Paperclay® modeling material here.
But wait, let me share another picture with you before you go:

Thanks for stopping by, now go play!

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Watercolour and Stamping

Hello,  so to start the new year and share my  new series of crafty goodness  I have for you a cute and easy tag/ embellishment I made as a shout out to my friends over at Sin City Stamps.

Here is my Raggedy Ann tag:

Of course I just love anything with the iconic rag doll as we share the same name and I loved dolls as a little girl.  To be honest I still do.  To make this I used the supplies listed below.


Manilla Tag by Paper Accents™
Old book page paper from my stash
Stencil by Stampendous
Mask by ditto Hampton Art
Painters tape from Stanley Works
Stamp of Raggedy Ann from My Heart Stamps For you
Pieces of twine from my stash
Aleene's Tacky Glue by Duncan enterprise
Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Ranger in:  Peacock feathers, Mustard seed, and Spun sugar.
StazOn® Black solvent ink by Tsukineko
Crayola marker in red by Crayola®
Mod Podge by Plaid®
Caran D'Ache Neocolor II® watercolor crayons.
A small brush for water color by Talens
5 vintage buttons from my stash


1.  Using the Distress inks and some sponges or daubers apply the ink using the stencil.  Overlay the mask and continue inking.  Adding colour randomly.
Remove mask and stencil.  Let dry.

2.  On a piece of an old book page stamp the image using StazOn.  Let dry completely.  I used this permanent solvent ink so that the water colors would not run when applied.

3.  Rub chosen colors of watercolour crayons on a plastic palette.  With a damp paint brush pick up colors off palette and color in image one color at a time.  Making sure to clean the brush in between colors.  Let dry.

4.  Tear around the coloured stamped image, ink the edges.  Once dry glue to tag with some glue and coat with a sealer such as Mod Podge.

5.  Using a black pen add stitching lines around word Hooray (that was mask).  Glue on some buttons and attach twines.

For a great place for beautiful products to use in your own crafty endeavours go check out my friends at Sin City Stamps.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Come back soon to see what else I am up to.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Recycling Holiday Cards

As a new year begins so do new opportunities.  I am pleased to announce that I will have more crafty goodness and how to's to share.  I am on several new Design Teams for 2015 and I have some new partnerships that will enable me to offer even more FREE content to my readers/viewers.  Let's go...

 This is my first post  as a Designer on the Arnold Grummer Design Team.  I have always loved playing with paper and today I am sharing my  interest in recycling old envelopes from the cards I received over the Holidays.  I have always been a saver of stuff, finding new uses for old things is a habit that I am proud of.  In a way it is how I make a small contribution to living a greener life.

So from Christmas to Valentine's Day cards, here is my Love card:

Arnold Grummer Paper Making Kit
Arnold Grummer Folding Heart Template
Arnold Grummer Composition Silver Dust
Red coloured used envelopes
White coloured used envelopes
Scraps of red card
Gelato crayon in red from Faber Castell
Heart shape maker from Creative Memories
"Love" stamp from Sunshine Stamps Hugs, love and Misses ovals BMC0011
Black solvent ink StazOn by Tsukineko
Small scrap of black card stock to make arrow
Tacky glue Aleene's by Duncan
Link to video on how to make your own paper is here.

Full directions are here as of tomorrow.

I enjoyed finding a second use for those envelopes and making this card as well as a few more.  I hope this inspires  you to look at how else to recycle all those papers we get every day.

Thank you for checking out my post.  You can leave a comment below, subscribe to my blog on the side, and check out my Youtube channel here.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

"A" is for Altering...

Happy New Year!  Welcome to a new year on my blog!  I have great news to share with you.  I am now on The Robin's Nest Design Team and I will be making and posting projects for the Chattering Robin's blog.  I am very excited to be part of the team and super happy to share with my viewers/readers my new projects.  For my first project I made this Big letter "A" to decorate my craft office door.

To make this I used a press board letter "A" from the Dollar store (Dollarama) and a bunch of scraps left after making other projects with the Robin's Nest papers.  I also used the beautiful gems and dew drops, which can be found here.

As this is a project I specifically created for The Robin's Nest, you will have to go click here to see more information on how I made it.  I will leave you a list of supplies I used below.

Letter A made of press board (Dollarama)
Papers The Robin's Nest
Dew Drops and Gems The Robin's Nest
Metal flower making die by Cuttlebug
Aleene's Tacky glue (Duncan)
Black "Papermate Flare pen/marker.

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