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

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!