'What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Just been messing – started off dark, then went much lighter because I was making a card, then I started adding more and more and it got dark again – oops – and it became a journal page…!

Anyway, can you tell me how mad a hatter is? 

And who decides whether a hatter is mad or not?

Do hatters still exist?

Are hatters hes or shes?

And, in the great scheme of things…

Do hatters really matter?????

JP how mad is a hatter anyway

PS The colours were supposed to NOT match… ie clash - just in case they horrify you….


Deb says hatters were ‘mad’ because of the mercury used to process the felt they used, which they inevitably breathed in, while working – thanks for that, Deb!

Enjoy your day!


Sunday, 29 July 2012

The theme at both Fashionable Stamping and  Simon Says Stamp is ‘Anything Goes’, so here’s a card I made for a friend.


It’s ‘raining cats and dogs’ again here and the forecast for the next week isn’t so good, either. Hope you’re seeing more of Summer where you are!


Tuesday, 24 July 2012

… quickly, so I chose a simple design, got out some of my solid flower stamps and made these for my students and some of the staff at the place where I’ve been working.  Unfortunately, I’d already sealed a lot of the envelopes before I realised that I ought to scan or get photos, so this is only a small selection.





I’m looking forward to a break in a couple of weeks but before then, I hope to get down to at least a little stamping because, as of this afternoon, I’m OFF for a few weeks and don’t yet know when I’ll be starting again… Unless I find something else in the meantime, I just have to wait for them to contact me when they’re ready.  Pity they don’t pay me for holidays!

Hope Summer has reached you – it’s not sunny here – this IS the North West of England – but it’s HOT and humid, so I’m not complaining; the good thing is, it’s DRY!

This is my entry for Crazy Amigos, which is a ‘FREE THEME’ for Summer and lasts TWO WEEKS until 31st.

Have a good week.


Friday, 6 July 2012

Just finished two more pages of ‘Things I love’ for the mingle and here they are.


You can zoom in on each one, here, if you like.  The right hand page is darker than I’d have liked, but I like the contrast. 


I’m not sure how much you can see of the pages behind but they’re both stencilled and sprayed and I used Dy’s colour washout technique on the page on the left, so that’s also been spritzed, so I can enter them for this week’s Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge: spritz, spray or stencil.

If you’re one of my regular followers, you may remember me journalling about birds and wellies.  I told my best friend in France (who’s Swiss) about this and look what arrived in the mail this week.

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When I was there last year, I spent many enjoyable hours listening to the swallows, watching them feed their young and exercise their wings, ready for the long flight back to Africa. Cathy found this in the local Garden Centre and couldn’t resist sending him to me to persuade me to go back this year, but when my letter arrived, of course she had to make him a raincoat and give him a pair of wellies! He certainly made me giggle!

Here he is without raincoat.

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And here he is ‘in situ’ in the STILL pouring rain!!

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Welcome to the Great British Summer!

Hope the weather’s better where you are. 


Sunday, 1 July 2012

I decided to play around in my favourite way, using the last two sets of Distress inks, Spring and Summer, with water on glossy card.  There are bits of Resist, bits of text, bits of doodling and lots of fun on this one and I really enjoyed making it.

summer fun

I probably should have journalled this because I almost finished it off with bit of random doodling of the thoughts in my head, which were all about stepping out of reach of the ‘safety net’ and taking risks…

Anyway, this is my entry for KCUK’s July Challenge, which is Summer Fun and the challenge over at Sir Stampalot is…

‘........ What's your Crafty Passion ? ........’

High on the list of my crafty passions are inky, texty backgrounds, doodling, glossy card and words, so this fits all of those :-)

Have a great week and thank you to all of you who sent me lovely, supportive messages – you know who you are – and you’re VERY much appreciated!