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

Thursday, 17 January 2019

I’ve been determined to do the 

CAS Mixup Bokeh Challenge

but didn’t have a lot of success with what I was doing, despite trying different white inks, etc. 

So here’s my first attempt, using Oxide inks.

I was adding way too many white circles! I’ve just finished this one, using Distress inks and I think it looks a bit better…even if I’m not ecstatic about the design. I’ll have to come back to this until I’m happy with it. It's not easy to get the variated effect on a CAS card.

Meantime, there are a couple of CAS challenges around, so I’ll link to those.

This morning, I tried out some new stamps I bought in a sale, using my faithful old Adirondack inks in Clover and Raspberry..

But I’ve mainly been spending time on silly cards, for the KCUK mingle and I got stuck on this one phrase, which I used with a few images.

There’s a lot of glitter on this one…I was really wishing I had the word ‘Honey’ or ‘Darling(s)’ to use on them, but I don’t and my Dymo wasn’t playing nicely, so I just used the words as they are.

I’ll also link to Tuesday Throwdown, Embossing with the third card, although all but the top one are embossed with clear EP.

I've been trying all day to upload this, but kept getting an error message, so I'm hoping I'll be able to do it in Blogger... if not, this post may be even more delayed...

That’s all for now -  I’ll be back soon with more to share. Thank you for popping by 😊


Thursday, 10 January 2019

As promised, here are a couple more Fun cards, using feminine images. These are the ones I really struggled to colour because of the glass… and no, I still haven’t looked up a tutorial on colouring glass but I really must do that!

For Fabulously Feminine at Stamping Sensations again, I made this one…the wine is a pale lemon (or cream) colour, but it’s hard to see.


This one was an attempt at Red wine…not quite as successful, I don’t think…. back to the wine words Winking smile


I must apologise for the quality of the scans – they’re both the same white card and there aren’t any specks on them – that’s from the scanner bed, which I’ve tried to clean, but obviously still has some stubborn marks on it. I’ll put that on my to do list for tomorrow!

This is a page from my journal for Art Journal Journey and Alison’s Geometrical shapes challenge.. I stamped a few of the girl and crown stamp, so this is the first one… I made another rough background on a piece of card, using Dylusions Spray inks, then added a touch of Salted Ocean Oxide at the base and stamped a border. Again, I used part of the words from the first set I got because it fitted with the page and with my mood! I wanted to use it as a tip-in, so instead of using one of my book binding punches, I cut out the little rectangles/squares of card and stuck it into my 6x6 journal. I kept some of the cut outs and attached them to the bottom to pull the top and bottom bits together. I found one of my date stamps, so added that for fun.  I think this is an old one that’ has the date American style, with the month first, but I’ve used it the English way. I may go back and colour that honeycomb in black and white…I think it needs a bit more definition, lol.


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I was ‘chuffed’ (to little mint balls, lol) to be asked to do a Guest Designer piece for Words 2 Craft By when I won a challenge there and even more chuffed (sorry, I’m a Northerner through and through) to discover the challenge was one of my all time favourite quotes from Emily Dickinson:-

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings and sings without the words and never stops at all.”

I made a simple card, using part of a Penny Black stamp and a stamp of the above words (I like them so much, I have two stamps in different fonts/designs, but the other one isn’t the complete quote) over a smooshed Oxide background of Spun Sugar and Hickory Smoke.

Please pop over to the W2CB challenge blog to see the fab art the Design Team have created on this theme. I know they’d love you to see you there 😉 and it’s a great challenge if you like quotations.

Thank you so much for letting me join you for this one!

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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

There’s a new Challenge Blog, which appeals to me because it really IS a challenge – CAS Stencil. CAS isn’t something I’d normally associate with Stencils. In fact, when I use stencils, I just throw on more and more layers of ink – most of the time. So I thought I’d try it…

The first challenge is Sponging, so for CAS Stencil, I made this… but also with Make My Monday’s Use a Sentiment challenge.


I used one of my favourite stencils – don’t know why I love it so much, but I love these higgledy piggledy rectangles and squares. I used Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers Oxide inks.

I’m running a ‘Make Someone Smile’ Mingle on KCUK, so I thought I’d make another one, with a fun slant, this time stencilling only the corners.


My link to the ‘s’ is a bit ‘off’ – looks almost like an ‘r’. Must do that more carefully next time!

With the mingle in mind, I also made this one, adding spots and dots for the Sweet Stampin’ Challenge.


I also had Stamping Sensations’ Fabulously Feminine Challenge in mind when making this one and the next, although I really wish I hadn’t added the extra bubbles to the next one… it looked much better as a CAS card. I’ll do another one when I’m in the mood… I didn’t find this one easy to colour! I made another couple using another stamp I didn’t find easy to colour…I need to find a tutorial on colouring liquids and glass!


Just in case you’re wondering, while I do enjoy a nice glass of wine – or two – I don’t drink that much! In fact, I still have wine in that I bought for last Christmas and never got around to opening, despite taking a couple of bottles to my son’s on Christmas Day! But these words just make me chuckle, so I’m hoping they’ll do the same for the mingle recipients. WARNING… there are more to come!

The wine word stamps are new, so I’m pleased to be able to link to the Creatalicious ATG with optional ‘Something New’ challenge, SSS Monday Challenge and SSS Wednesday Challenge .

That’s all for now…

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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Our first challenge of 2019 at TIOT is a lovely way to start the  year.

Something Old or Something New; use something you may have not used for a while or something that is new and has never been used… with a few words about what you’ve used and whether it’s old or new.

I chose to use a new set of stamps in my new 8”x8” Kraft Journal. I love these stamps, designed by Andrea Ockey Parr and this is my third set so far. I bought them from Inky Antics but you can also get them from Simon Says Stamp.

Firstly, I (roughly) added some gesso, then used Picked Raspberry and Twisted Citron Oxides for the background colour and random stamping. I used Posca paint pens to colour her hair, dress and crown. The random stitching is from the same stamp set, as are the incomplete circles and most of the words. The imperfect splat words are from another set and the ‘She alters everything she touches and everything she touches alters her' stamp is from Stamp Camp. Random bits of personal journalling in Signo white pen.


I should have printed the words I wanted but don’t (yet) have…’If the crown fits, wear it…!’

Please pop over to the TIOT Blog to be inspired by what the rest of the Design Team have made … I do hope you’ll join us for this challenge – it would be lovely to see you there. You have two weeks to take part, so no excuses Winking smile

There’s also a Something New Challenge at SSS Mondays, so I’m pleased to be able to link to that and Use Stitching is the theme at the Alphabet Challenge.

I’m also (reliably) informed that this fits the Geometric Shapes challenge at Art Journal Journey, though it seems to be a very tenuous link to me, even if the journal is square, lol. Thank you, Susi Winking smile

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Saturday, 5 January 2019

My mum has a milestone birthday this month – she’ll be 80 - so I made this card for her… I really hope my NZ family doesn’t try to put 80 candles on a cake Winking smile


A couple of my friends have birthdays this month and next, so I have a few cards to make. Here’s one…


I’ll link this to the Feminine Anything Goes challenge on the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge blog,  an ATG challenge at Creatalicious, with the option of using Something New and a Something New Challenge on SSS Wednesdays… the image stamps above are both new. The challenge at SSS Mondays is Let’s Party!

One more simple Thank you card, using Smooshed Oxides.


Mix it Up Challenges  are asking for the Sentiment to be the main focus, so I’ll link to that.

My ‘Word for the Year’ is ‘Pray’, so over the year, you may see some journal pages with this theme, as I explore it a little more. My words for last year were ‘Brave’ and ‘Kind’. I had no idea just how brave I would need in order to be kind - and think kindly - until the past year… some lessons are easier to learn than others.

So my first shared journal page is this one, to remind me that prayer is a dialogue – not a one way conversation.


I just realised that because I stencilled squares and circles, I can enter this into this month’s Art Journal Journey, where the theme is Geometric shapes Smile

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Tuesday, 1 January 2019

2018 was a year of intensely emotional events for me and for one of my brothers… there are times when things you believed were written in stone crumble before your eyes and it can feel as if the ground beneath you is disappearing...and sometimes the consequences of decisions made change the landscape of our life (or someone else’s) forever.

I’m VERY happy to leave it ALL behind and to embrace a new year and a new start – which means letting go of the past and accepting the changes.

With that in mind – and Alison’s chosen challenge theme for January 2019 at Art Journal Journey – Geometric Shapes – this is the result of my reflection on both years in an 8x8 Kraft journal…

(Edited… this page started life as a crossroads, which is why there’s a white ‘path’ of China marker, lol (which resists the inks over the top AND most pens!)  and my aim was to use the signpost. But it wasn’t the right size for that. Smaller numbers may have made that a bit clearer. (The black handwriting is my evaluation of 2018, the white writing is about 2019.)

I must point out that there were also some absolutely brilliant times and some wonderful events in 2018 – I’m truly very thankful and incredibly blessed! 

HELLO 2019


The (stencilled) swirls represent emotions and the way they sometimes make decisions difficult… sometimes we can’t see the way ahead because we focus on the past or even on the future, instead of on the present!

There’s an Anything Goes challenge for the New Year on the Artistic Stamper’s Blog, too.

A page from a couple of days ago… for That’s Crafty Anything Goes challenge…

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Another card for Allsorts’ Thanks a Bunch challenge and for SSS Wednesday’s Anything Goes challenge… I enjoyed colouring this…


…and a black and white ‘Celebrate’ card for Time Out’s Inspired by Words Challenge.


I wish you all a very happy, healthy, creative and colourful new year!

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