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

Friday, 5 January 2018

Oh my goodness!  Is it really that long since I blogged???

My apologies – that’s what Christmas does Sad smile when you get stuck into making gifts and cards and gift cards and foodstuffs for peeps!  I always find it saps my creativity and really enjoy the down time afterwards to recharge my creative batteries.

It’s really not what Christmas is all about, is it?  As a Christian, I find it especially difficult when everything is so commercialised and so money driven and I get pulled into the trap…

I’ve decided to cancel next year’s Christmas Smile and am planning on being far away!

Enough of that. I hope you all had a lovely time and spent it with people you love.

I’ve been gradually getting back into my art and it’s been good. I had intended doing snowy things but it just hasn’t happened because I’m already thinking Spring and Spring flowers… I have a beautiful bunch of brightly coloured tulips in front of me and they are so joyful!

I’ve also done more Bible journalling and good old journalling, which has been fun. I started a book of quotations and I’m really enjoying writing and painting that, but maybe I’ll share some of that at a later date. I have stuff from last year I still haven’t shared and I know there are a lot of ‘New’ challenges around at the moment, but I’ll start by showing you a couple of cards from last year…



… some Bible Journalling…


…and some journalling.


Onto 2018!





I’ll enter the above into the Art Journal Journey challenge – New Year, New Adventures!

I’ll enter one of the cards into the Anything Goes challenge on

Country View Challenges

I’ll be back soon to share more…but for now, I wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year!

Thanks for looking.



7 very kind comments from lovely people:

My name is Erika. said...

Wow, this post is full of wonderful art. I think you've started the new year with a bang! And I am very glad you decided to share all of these with us at AJJ. Thank you! And I love your page about being brave and being kind. Kindness is a wonderful thing that I wish more people would have. Have a wonderful weeekend. Hugs-Erika

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You have created some very beautiful and meaningful art. I love the journal pages, and I especially like how you color right on the text. You make beautiful art and I was most impressed with your calligraphy skills. Thanks for sharing these pages with us at Art Journal Journey.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Happy New Year Cath!
You have made the most beautiful Bible Journaling pages and your cards are as always so beautiful - and I really adore the cheerful page for welcoming the new year! Those vibrant colours are amazing and your calligraphy is so beautiful!
Thank you very much for being with us over at Art Journal Journey this January again! We appreciate this very much!
Happy weekend!
oxo Susi

lena-dailyscrap said...

Great work here! I do like your journal pages and the cards are very nice as well. Very nice in deed! Happy new year!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Beautiful cards! I love your journaling! I have only done one page on my bible journal but hope to do more once I have caught up on blog visiting! Happy New Year! Hugs,Chrisxxx

Craftyfield said...

I love the card you are sharing with us at Country View Challenges but the others are beautiful too! Thanks for joining us at Country View Challenges this month!

Monika Gulyas said...

Beautiful cards!!! Thank you for joining the January challenge of the Country View Challenges!