Monday, 21 July 2014

Black, white and a splash of blue…



Reverse Masking…

and because I used my handmade stencil for this one (die cut) I’m entering it into the current ‘That’s Crafty’ challenge.


Enjoy your week


Saturday, 19 July 2014

This is the current challenge over at KCUK – I’ve missed so many of them lately but this one is so ‘up my street’ I thought I’d have a go in between resorting my Craft Room – again!

black white and a splash

I’ve missed a reverse masking challenge, too so I hope to be back with that one soon.

Thanks for looking.


Friday, 18 July 2014

Just made a very quick card to send to my special friend in France, with a letter.  I really do need to make some cards quickly because there are a few KCUK birthdays imminent and I have  none to send…

Here’s the one I just made. I’ll show you two photos – the first, then the second after the addition of white pen and shading. It’s changed again because I’ve now added gold Liquid pearlsto the centre of the flowers, to add a little something. but that will take a little while to dry, so I can’t scan yet.

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Here, too is another Journalling page from last week – I haven’t had time to do much this week because Isabella’s been here a couple of times and all has to be made tidy hidden away to keep from little, inquisitive hands!


This is an A4 journal and there are part pages to go with this one but I didn’t scan them – will add them soon.

It’s weekend again – yikes – where does time go?

Wishing you all a Happy Weekend!


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Last week I went to my old Stamp Club (Victoria Stampers as it was) to attend a journalling workshop, led by a special friend, the lovely Sarah.  It was great and we had lots of fun but it was also very inspiring and this week I’ve actually made time in my currently busy life to play a little. 

One of the things Sarah covered was lettering – using a sample of lettering within a flower, so I had to try that – TWICE, in two different sized journals!  Sadly, unlike Sarah’s, my wording isn’t brilliant and words really are a huge part of my journalling – must try harder or go back to my usual handwriting, which I usually end up preferring, if I’m honest!



Susi very kindly pointed out that the current challenge over at Art Journal Journey is Flower Power, so I’m going to enter it over there –seems ages since I took part and there were far fewer entries then.  Thanks, Susi.

I had lots of fun with this page.


I’ll be back with more…

Happy Weekend!


Friday, 30 May 2014

This week, my friend of 40 years retired from a job she’s been doing in our church for 20 years – it’s been a very emotional time for all involved – both now and in the past - including her three sisters, who worked with her in the café. 

I decided to make a book for her, as a little keepsake to celebrate her time there.  She’s touched the lives of so many people in this time and vice-versa, bless her.

I had to get her sister to sneak some photos of her and we both managed to get some of the staff currently volunteering, plus a couple of those who worked there years ago.  Here are a few photos, though some of them are a little bit blurred – my phone photos are never as good as those taken with my camera.








I forgot to mention that the tags in the envelope are little messages from both staff and regular customers.



Here are a few shots to show the gorgeous mica effects – I don’t often use mica these days but maybe I should!





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Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Hopefully, I’ll be back with some Attitude of Gratitude journalling – I haven’t been able to do any at all this week – life’s been really hectic this week with two lots of babysitting (all day) plus a party and a pretty nasty cold!


Saturday, 10 May 2014

Still Practising Gratitude!

I’m still following Bernice’s course, even if my pages don’t seem to be strictly based on her fabulous inspirational videos and links – what a treat it is to focus on our blessings. I just won’t have time to journal daily – unless I just do small things…

Sometimes life isn’t quite as easy as it is at others, but I know that being thankful to God for what I have is what keeps my head above water.

Life is a gift :-D


I’ve been enjoying playing with Twinklers after a few years away from them – they blend so well and layer up really easily.  I’ve also stamped with them underneath the black flutterbies, though you may not be able to see it – the pearlescent sheen is there.

I had a much needed playtime and intend to make time for some more this coming week – I have a few important things to create!


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I also used acrylic inks when colouring these – I’ve only had them for around 12 years ;)  It’s great to put old stash to good use, though. Love these Stampendous butterflies.

The Stampalot Challenge this month is Anything Goes, so these will be my entries.

I just discovered that some of my journal pages made Number One in the Make My Monday Top Three – what a lovely surprise!  Thank you. VERY much – I’m honoured.

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Have a great weekend!


Monday, 5 May 2014

Here are my simple pages for Day 2. The art challenge was to make a bubble wrap background, so that’s what I did – using Brilliance inks. I spritzed a little for the first imprint but then used as it came.  This Zetti image is one of my favourites – wish she was bigger!

I also made these pages with the Take a Word Challenge (Circles) in mind, so you can link here.

My intention was to keep this simple but of course once I get a pen in my hand, I just can’t stop messing (up)…


Have a great week!


Sunday, 4 May 2014

I’m following Berniece’s ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ prompts for Faith Journalling this month, though we’re only up to the 2nd so far… and I only just finished my pages! 

Why not join us?

I worked in my A4 journal, using Twinklers, Pigment inks and Inktense (pencils and blocks) and they’re based on this verse:-

For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.   Ephesians 2:10

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The Journal 52 prompt this week is Creative Hands, so this fits perfectly. I drew around my left hand on both pages, then played with the insides. I can’t upload to FB because I’m no longer a member, but have uploaded to the Flickr group.

Have a great Bank Holiday!


Monday, 21 April 2014

Bit of journalling in my A4 journal.  This is how I left it last night.

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I used stencils and Kaleidacolour inks after using Inktense blocks (yummy) and pencils to draw the heart and add some background colour.  I think I need to start using less water because the pages are starting to fall apart…

This is how it looks now and I want to do more but I also want to get on to the next bit.

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Here’s a close up of the lifty up flap.

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A couple of tags…


I’m entering these into the Make My Monday Challenge for this week, which is DISTRESSED


Inspiration Journal’s Challenge, which is Favourite Things – mine are colour, flowers and getting inky!  My other favourite thing is interactive lifty up bits, so I can also enter the pages.

Hope you’re all enjoying your EASTER break – Happy Easter from me!


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

I organised a Matchbox Mingle for KCUK and of course, as usual, I was last minute with mine… only sent it yesterday but thankfully it has arrived today and the deadline is Easter Sunday, so I’m on time :-D

I made my matchbox with the WAMK Envelope board (see You Tube for lots of ideas) and opted for the larger one, simply because I wanted to include one of those little concertinas I made for the Faux Batik class and I wanted to put it IN the box.

Here are the front and back of the box:-


And here’s the new front I made for the concertina book.


Here’s a reminder of what the inside looks like.


I’m entering these into the Anything Goes challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More.

I’ve managed to spend some time bloghopping this week, catching up with a lot of you who I have SO missed!  Lovely to chat with some of you and thank you all for your inspiration.


Sunday, 13 April 2014

A special friend of mine, Dot, bought these stamps for my recent birthday (21 AGAIN!) so I played for a little while.

The top and bottom cards were made with what was left on my sponges, after working on the Faux Batik… amazing how much ink we waste.



A little poetic licence here – I’m entering the journal pages into the Allsorts Spring Blossoms Challenge.

And a card for a very special friend…

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Meantime, I just noticed Brenda some Blog Candy, if you’d like to go check it.


Happy Sunday to you all.  Hope you have a great week.