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

Friday, 21 September 2012

… so quickly after the other one? 

Your eyes do not deceive you – I’m here again, he, he.

I made two journal pages for the September Journalling mingle – the last two were sadly VERY late – but I hate one of them – so I may well not show it to you until I’ve rehashed it or made another one; decisions, decisions!

Here’s the one I do like.


I messed up the middle bit, so gessoed it and printed the words to cover it  - I like the result, though – serendipitous – you can’t see it in real life, though the scan shows it up a bit.  I’m going to add to the bottom bit ‘especially AND including’ KCUK cos my group friends are very special and very important to me.

The other page WAS about my love of cryptic crosswords but maybe that will now change…

Here’s another of those quick cards I seem to be making so many of lately. 

pour ma belle 

You’d think I’d be getting a dab hand (much quicker) at making them, with all the practise I’m getting, but no – I tried to make another one and after three (and a half-ish) attempts, I threw the whole lot in the bin this afternoon. I just can NOT keep things clean – and don’t seem to be able to do very much at the moment, without messing it up, big time!

Here’s another one I finished. 

everything in its tine

The background on this one is Brazen Brilliance, which I LOVE the effect of – (note to self: - must do some more of that, SOON).  The paler images are underneath the brayered/sponged Brilliance ink, but only show up at an angle – magical irridescence.  I love any kind of resist technique and indulge myself every so often.

BUT FIRST, I MUST  tidy that flipping stamp room before it drives me round the bend – and that’s not very far at the moment… I’m reaching the stage of not being able to find my favourite stamps again cos they’re all in boxes, waiting to be organised – or worse - cleaned. 

And I’ve decided I have WAY too many stamps (I know, hard to imagine that’s possible, isn’t it?), so I’ve made matters worse by pulling out drawers and laminated sheets and throwing stamps in piles (and more boxes), trying to decide how to get rid of them.  I think the first lot might go on Ebay this weekend, though I’m thinking of selling some via the blog, so have created a couple of new pages for future use.  You’ll notice that one of them is for TUTORIALS – yes, I’ll include Brazen Brilliance, some old ones and some new ones, so watch this space – just need some time.

Ooh, and I almost forgot - (sorry, Sioux) - I got a fabby prize from The Artistic Stamper, courtesy of Sioux, one of my favourite bloggers – must post the image and say thank you before I forget again… 

tick tock a5 plate

Ever seriously wonder if you’re going senile?????  Not messing, either, this time :-(

Have a lovely weekend :-)


Thursday, 20 September 2012

Been playing in my journal and finishing some things off – lots of half written/drawn/stamped and stencilled pages to sort out (not to mention half stamped cards/backgrounds, etc) so that’s my current quest – or will be when I’ve caught up on cards and journal pages for the KCUK mingle.  That’s if I can get past the boxes and baskets of stuff (and stamps) on the flooragain!

for art's sake

The face makes them eligible for the

Art Journal Journey challenge again – Faces.

This one’s a card, lol:-)

Meilleurs voeux

Hope you’re having a good week and enjoying the Autumn days.  Seems strange to have such a sudden change, doesn’t it?  Not that we’ve had much other than rain for the past four months up here, but that’s what you get for living here.

Be back soon and will be visiting when I get chance.

Be good!


Friday, 14 September 2012

I had to catch up on my journalling mingle – only 2 weeks late, oops – but I need to make my September pages, too, so out came the inks, pens and stamps – reluctantly, I have to add because there seems to be so many other things going on at the moment – most of them inside my head...

Anyway, before I show you my journalling I’ll show you the cards I haven’t yet shared, before I forget. 

Two more clean and simple cards that I needed quickly.

cands birthday   cands kraft thanks

A cutesy ‘change of character’ card.

sp pink 

Another cutesy image, but it’s on one of my favourite background pieces and I really quite like Tatty Button and have a few of her.

 The smile is the key

One of my favourite old PSX word stamps…

See Beauty 

… and finally, the pages I just finished.  I started off with a totally different theme, but I’m afraid that this is what my pages became – from the heart, although it’s not so much Paris as France itself and everything linked which tugs at my heart strings – always the same, but this time more deeply than ever for some reason and I genuinely feel torn in two.  


I hope Sandra likes the pages – the poor girl has waited long enough for them and I feel BAD about that!  Sorry, Sandra :-(

Art Journal Journey’s challenge for September is


so this is my entry.

I’m still in the middle of journalling and still have cards to share, so I’ll be back in the near future.  I must take advantage of this free time before I have to start working again, but I seem to have so much to do and there’s so much I want to fit in.

Thank you for visiting and for your lovely comments.  A warm welcome to my newest followers – I’ll be around to visit sometime soon if I haven’t already – thank you for following – I’ll try to get back to my regular pattern of creating a bit more soon!  

Have a great weekend all!


Thursday, 6 September 2012

Yoohoo! I’m back and have been for ten days, but to be honest, I just haven’t wanted to stamp too much at all.  It hasn’t been very sunny here in the North West, so I can’t even blame the Summer but I seem to have had lots of long phone calls, lots of appointments, birthdays and other things, not to mention a feeling of loss, having left my favourite country again and my most precious friend!   Anyway, today I stamped, albeit very briefly :-)

It’s a very simple black and white card but I like this stamp a lot and I always like to work in simple black and white until I’m in the mood for playing again – it seems to kickstart my creative juices, somehow.

thanks amy

I found a few cards I hadn’t blogged before I left, so I’ll be uploading those in the next few days and I have two journal pages to do ASAP for August – I’m behind again in the mingle we’re doing – oops!  I’ll need to do my September pages, then, so I really, really NEED to stamp…

I had a wonderful time with my friends in the fantastic French countryside, which I have grown to love so much. Cathy and I did some visiting and travelling around this time, which was fun and I got to see all the family again. 

But there were also a couple of mishaps.  The biggie was that I lost my camera on the Metro – and two lenses - one of which was a very expensive zoom/macro lens, so I spent a day in tears, but hey ho – it could have been much worse?  It did rather spoil my day in Paris, though.

The camera was an old one and although precious to me, for various reasons, wouldn’t be to others – I really loved it and have had some great times with it, but it’s the lens I’m going to miss the most… no more birding or countryside photos until I can save up for a new one and that won’t be until I’m working again.  Then, by the time I’m paid, Christmas will be almost here and my new Granddaughter will have arrived (God willing), so it will have to wait until the New Year at the earliest!

Anyway, here’s another card I made just before I left, when messing around with scraps of vellum.


I’ll be round to visit my regulars as soon as I get more time.

Have a great day!