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Monday, November 18, 2019

Stop and smell the roses

Art journal page today.  This page is one of two that I decided as I was cleaning my craft room, which seems to be a continuous process.  Takes forever, as I keep coming across bits an dpieces that say "Keep me", use me".  As I ponder what to do and then try and sort out what to put back in a box (probably for another year or two), I had an idea. 

I opened up one of my Art Journals to a page which already had a little paint smeared onto it.  Any time I use paint , ink, stencil paste etc, I always use it randomly on a page.  I use baking paper for a palette, when finished I spread it over the paper, fold paper whatever, and then use that paper as well.

So, getting back to cleaning my room, every time I picked up something small, I placed it on the open journal and glued it into position, which also meant I was doing somethings back to front, but the whole process seemed to work in the end.  I just kept adding until I was OK with the page, then did some journalling.

The image that I started this page with is "Sunflower Dreams" from Digi Doodles.  I had decided to colour her red and green for a Christmas project I had in mind, but instead popped her onto the page together with a host of different techniques, and products.  Stencilling, painting, paper napkin, diecuts, copics, pencils, black marker and my faithful white gel pen.

Entered into:
Digi Doodles FB challenge - AG
More Mixed Media - AG 
Love to Scrap - AG
Mix it Up - AG

Saturday, November 16, 2019

CHNC Christmas #464

Theme this week is Anything Goes, optional use some glitter.

Papers and sticker from my stash.  The little sleigh is a 3d sticker with glitter, I have alsoi added some glitter to the trees on the paper.

Check out the challenge at:

The 12 months of Christmas - AG
The Outlawz Festive Friday - Christmas
Merry Little Christmas - AG
Fab N Funky - Add some Sparkle 
Mod Squad - 'tis the Season 
C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas 

Friday, November 15, 2019

The Crafter's Cafe #231

This time round the challenge is 
Flora and/or Fauna   OR   Pocket (add to a page, card etc.)   

Sponsors are:


I chose Easter Lily from Creative Bug for an art journal page.  Bit of mixed media and a lovely old poem complete the page.

The Lily
by William Blake

    The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,
    The humble sheep a threat'ning horn:
    While the Lily white shall in love delight,
    Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.

check out all the great projects from the team at:

Thursday, November 14, 2019

New Home

This month's image at The Outlawz monthly progressive challenge is, "Moving House"f rom Hettie Clare Art. 

Card has been cut to the shape of a house and covered with left over pieces of paper and cardstock.  The roof patterned paper has been put through a paper crimper, ribbon and window added.  The image has been coloured with copic pens (key is coloured with silver gel pen) and fussy cut, the wagon has been glued to the card base, the little girl has been added with 3d dimensions.  A small sentiment completes the card.

Entered into:
The Outlawz Monthly Progressive Challenge - November
Digi Choosday - AG
My Time to Craft - No Squares or Rectangle cards
Crafty Creations - AG
Crazy for Challenges - Textures  (ribbon and crimped roof)

Saturday, November 9, 2019

CHNC Christmas #463

Challenge this week is Anything Goes , optional "Use a button or two or More".

I have used a Lillyboo Stamp called " Santa Stop Here" for this week's Christmas card, coloured wit Copic pens and diecut.  I have added red and green buttons down the side to represent neon lights flashing (yes, I do have a strange imagination)
Check out the challenge at:
Crafty Catz - AG optional Christmas
Creative Craft Cottage - Add Buttons

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Unicorn Challenge Blog #49

Our last challenge at the Unicorn Challenge Blog for 2019,  the team is having a break in December.  We will be back in January.  An the theme for November is Christmas/ Winter

I have used an image from Stamplorations - "Christmas Candle"  Cut with a Stitched Die, I only lighted touched the background with colour, used Little Tipsy to colour the image, adding glitter to the leaves and flame.

Monday, November 4, 2019

A Place to Start November, 2019, Caffeinated

Hi everyone, jumping the gun a bit, but couldn't wait to let you know I have joined the Design Team at A Place to Start.  If you haven't caught up with this challenge, check it out HERE.

Loads of tutorials, techniques and general crafting information on the blog.   I will be a regular from next year, but here is a page for my quote Journal, which is filling up fast.

The paper is one I handmade earlier this year with a coffee wash.  Stamps, inks, water pastels have all been used.  The image is called Friends Forever and came from  Robyn's Fetish Store (sadly now closed,)

Checkout all the Caffeinated Creations
from the Design Team at:

Get Creative, November 2019

This month's challenge is all about holidays. 
Three great sponsors




I chose an image from Drawn By Krista, "Donkey and Star" to create a Christmas card.

Coloured with copic pens, the image has been cut and the edges distressed.  The star was printed a second time, fussy cut and layered onto the base star.

Layered onto to dark brown cardstock, which has had Enchanted Gold Gilding Polish rubbed around the edges.  The pearls were white and I have coated them with Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paint. Stamped sentiment completes the front of the card, which has been adhered to a brown cardstock card base.

Inside is a stamped Christmas Greeting and a poem I found on the net about the little donkey at Christmas.
 Check out all the other Holiday projects at:

Saturday, November 2, 2019

CHNC Christmas #462

This week's challenge is Anything Goes, optional "Something beginning with H"

I've chosen H for Holly.  Using papers from my stash and ivy and holly diecuts. Stamped sentiment completes the card.

Inspired by the Christmas Song. The Holly and the Ivy.

Check out the challenge at:
Entered into:

The Outlawz Fesitive Fridays - Christmas
The 12 Months of Christmas - Red and Green
Merry Little Christmas - AG
Fab N Funky - Christmas
Daring Cardmakers - Christmas Carol or Song
CHNC Patterned Paper - AG

Friday, November 1, 2019

Pearly Sparkles Challenge, Nov 2019

This is our last challenge for 2019, no December challenge, we are taking a break, but we will be back in January.  This month's theme is "Christmas"

I've made a gift envelope using papers from my stash.

Entered into: 
CHNC Patterned Paper- AG
CHNC - Christmas 
Outlawz Festive Friday - Christmas
Jingle Belles - Rudolph and Friends

CHNC Patterned Paper Challenge - November

This month of have used paper from my stash, the little frogs are rubber stamps from Stampin -Up.

Cardstock and patterned paper have been used for the frogs, the inside frog is on a spring and wobbles when you open the card.

Check out all the teams projects at: 

Entered into:
Createful Heart - AG
The Creative Crafter - AG
The Outlawz Thursday Twist - Cute or Creepy
MooMania - Circles 

The Crafter's Cafe #230

The themes at  this fortnight at The Crafter's Cafe are:
Travel - land, sea, air  or by foot and/or Insects

The sponsor is 
Dr Digis
and you could win a prize of 2 images

I chose to go down memory lane and requested "Tea Trolley Dolly"  Ladies that I have fond memories of from when I started working in the 60s.

The art journal page has been coloured with water pastels, copics, coloured pencils, inks, gel pens etc.  And to finish it off, one of my poems.

The Tea Lady
Monday to Friday she travelled twice daily
Through the offices pushing her trolley
Smiles and chatting gaily
The Tea Lady, Dolly.
With a Trolley fully laden
Came the sweet Tea Maiden
Serving us workers with treats and good cheer
Oh! she was welcomed, this Tea Lady Dear.


Check out all the great projects from the team at:

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Southern Girls - Christmas

Christmas challenge at Southern Girls this fortnight, the sponsors are:


I received "Christmas Sweet Fox" from Oddball Art Co.  The fox image includes 3 Christmas baubles.  I printed, coloured and fussy cut the fox, layering him on to some patterned paper.  For the baubles I made them bigger, printed and coloured with copic pens and metallic ink.  In the end, I only used one of the baubles, added some ribbon and a sentiment to complete the card.

Check out the challenge at:
CHNC - Patterned Paper 
CHNC Christmas - AG
Cutie Pie - AG
Not Just a Card - AG 
Creatalicious - AG