Saturday, 13 January 2018


Art prompts galore 

JAN. 8-14: HOME//SCAVENGER: Yellow, Green, magazine image, something abstract (an image of a wall, a nondescript item), Something from the grocery store, Scrap paper, A die cut or punch out, Piece of a book page, Ink , Lace or trim

Every inchie Monday 

France: the land of liberty, égalité, fraternité and les "Frogs"! - Paris & the Eiffel Tower, Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhône & côtés de Provence wine, Calvados, pastis,Champagne. Provence, Dordogne, the alps. Fine foods like pâté and cheese, cassoulet, snails & frogs legs...Louis XIV & Versailles palace, the 1789 revolution & its guillotine, the beautiful Loire valley chateaux, the Cathar castles and the persecution of their people, the knights Templar, Napoleon, This also happens to be my second home and indeed the place that my parents & brother made their home! I could write so much more .....

Art journal journey week 3
image: scarf/hat/ gloves. word: protect.  prompt: write a poem or journal entry inspired by what you can't see. technique: collage. Quote: The best protection any woman can have is courage

Life documented 
Theme:  New beginnings - vintage paper/drawings. Prompt:  Use a mix of acrylic paints to create your own little piece of heaven.  Technique:  Serendipity - Search for the Light. Quote: You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way, can illuminate the world.

Colour me positive 
Blue frame, glasses, quote: vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. Jonathan Swift

Other news this week....Bill has now had his second cataract operation done so all that remains to be done there is to get some new reading glasses in about a month but on a sad note we discovered a lump inside Bailey 's upper jowl & also another in his neck....our vet suspects lymphoma so we are off to see a dog oncologist on Thursday! Watch this space....

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Week 2

Life documented 

Week 1:

Theme: Vintage paper/draw

Prompt: Choose a word for the year

Technique: Make a dashboard, card, divider or page with your word on it.

Quote: Every man should be born again on the first day of January.  Start with a fresh page. -Henry Ward Beecher

Art prompts galore 

JAN 1-7: CONNECTIONS// Scavenger: Two of your favourite colours. texture. an image of an animal. 3 words. washi tape. some scraps of paper. some stamping with ink. paint through a stencil. dots

Colour me positive 

Purple framed, crowd scene, quote: I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring. David Bowie

Art journal journey 

Image: Snowflake, word: intricate, prompt: list your activities, technique: use lace somewhere on your page, quote: 1 we are like a snowflake all different in our own beautiful way 2 snowflake is a winters butterfly

And just to keep things unchanged from previous years here is my inchie and this week our country is America so what do I think of the USA ....Christopher Columbus, the mayflower, the pilgrim fathers, the war of independence/ 4th of July the stars & stripes of old glory, New York the big Apple & the Statue of Liberty, Washington, Texas, Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, the Great Plains, Miami's Art Deco, New Orleans, the Golden Gate Bridge,cowboys and Indians & wagon trains, burgers, diners, the Mississippi, the Keys, Disney, Micky Mouse, Popeye, marvel comics, grits, PBJ, blue jays & red cardinals, football Sunday, popcorn, root beer, Elvis, Memphis, Nashville, Dolly Parton.....and last but not least my stepchildren and their families because they both married Americans! I've chosen to use some more of dad's stamps and in this case it's the Bald Eagle with the stars & stripes,the liberty bell of Philadelphia and president George Washington 

Monday, 1 January 2018


It's a new day and it's a new year and I have news....despite being a very small group of 8-10 members the Every Inchie Monday group lives on! 

It was a last minute thing but 2 of the girls have decided to take up the challenge and we have a list of countries this year.

Our first is the Netherlands and what this represents for us. Well, that's an interesting one as it is a country that I love to visit but no longer get to as often as I used to. So when this country is mentioned I have multiple thoughts & depending on the context depends what comes to mind so here is a wee insight...

Bicycles, windmills, clogs, delftware, Edam, tulips, licorice, genever gin, Amsterdam, canals, Frisian cows, and then there are the good friends Sheila whom I met in Libya way back in 1961, Henk who was a neighbour here in Scotland & who always referred to his countrymen as "cloggies ", Jan & Toos and  Corrie & George the fun couples we met in our local ski resort about 10-12 years ago, Cora the wife of our tame french Osteopath.... obviously some of these ideas are easier to interpret on an inchie than others and as yet I'm not firmly fixed on what the common thread might be, a flag is easy but not very exciting but might be the answer for one of the more obscure countries on the list, postage stamps might also be an option and then some weeks I might even do several!

For this week I've gone with an old postage stamp from my dad's collection that depicts queen Juliana who was on the throne at the time I met Sheila in Libya and also a button that's been sitting in my stash for a fair few years that is a tulip. This year I'm going to put them in the back of my Colour me positive journal that has some spare space!

We got our challenge for Documented Life on the 30th and I did a quick page for the following prompt: Let the year go - use bits of your stash wild on your first page in your NEW  2018 journal! Technique:  Use your skills to build your page - sew, stick, stamp, stencil.....Quote:  It's time to shine!

We also got the Art Journal Journey one: Image: ladder/stairs. Word ascend. prompt: write about past, present or future goals. Technique: use colour pencils . Quote: nothing worth having is easy- and again I kept it simple

Here's looking forward to seeing some splendid art in the blogs I follow.....happy New Year everyone.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Getting organised

Art prompts galore 

DEC. 18-24: RED// SCAVENGER: blue , silver or gray, something from a recent purchase, a piece of giftwrap, rubber stamping, a bit of ribbon or trim, circles, 3 inspiring words, stars, an image of your choice

I still have the final scavenger spread to complete but as I'm off out this afternoon celebrating a friend turning 55 it won't happen today!

Journal 52

Week 51 Release: 

Set free from restraint. Let go. Relief or deliverance from sorrow, suffering, or trouble. The state of being freed. Synonyms: Emancipation, liberation, unbinding, unchained, unfettered. Prompt: Consider what you’d like to release and leave behind. Create a spread that expresses the sense of relief and release you might feel when you let go.

Oracle: What needs to be released? What are you most wanting to let go of? What might come about if you release control, expectations, what no longer serves you, or what binds you?

Week 52:

Desire: a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen. Synonyms:need, passion, thirst, wish, yearning, admiration, ardor, attraction.

Prompt: Create a spread that expresses your desires for next year. This could be about what you want to let go of or what you want to invite in. Be bold in stating what your wants and needs are. Oracle: What is your relationship with desire? What do you desire the most? What direction are your desires propelling you in?

Journal 52 ceases to be a free group in the new year so I'm going to be dropping this one after participating for the past 4 years & 1 change of organiser....we shall see if I find another to takes it place. I chose to leave positiv journal because I was not keen on the format and DLP was dropped by the 4 organisers and then reinvented as Life Documented.... that's the way life is!

Art journal journey 
Week 51
Image: needle and thread. Word: repair. Prompt: a motto to live by. Technique: incorporate sewing in your page or add fabric. Quote: no need to fix what god has already put his brush on.

Week 52

Image: suitcase/backpack/bag. Word: travel. Prompt: write about places you want to visit. Technique: use staples on your page or additions. Quote: not all who wander are lost. Tolkien

That closes this section for 2017!

Life documented 

Week 51:

The theme for the month is FESTIVE!

Theme:  Festive

Prompt:  To add 'Sparkle' to your page in whatever way you desire!

Technique: Use paints and other supplies to make your page “sparkle”

Quote: don't let anyone dull your sparkle 

WEEK 52 with Randi Kollhoff North. Prompt: Work small - create a small card or tag that can be inserted into your art journal, planner, etc. Technique: Use paint, markers, collage, stamps, etc. to layer – this will add depth and variety to your small piece. Quote: “Have yourself a merry little Christmas (holiday)…” lyricist Ralph Blane

The only way this journal is going to stay closed is with a belt around its middle!

My journals are not on a diet! Nor am I for that matter unless the orthopaedic consultant says I need to be, it's certainly not that I eat a lot but rather a case of excess art in stead of sport but in the current weather situation I would definitely rather be indoors lol.

 May I wish each and every one of you a wonderful new year full of joy, health & happiness, I promise to keep coming round and visiting your blogs as well as leaving comments in 2018 - my thanks for all the visits & comments that you've all been kind enough to leave.

Happy 2018!!!!!

Friday, 15 December 2017


Journal 52

PEACE - Quiet and tranquility. Freedom from disturbance, war or violence. Calm.

Synonyms: Tranquility, restfulness, quiet, peacefulness, order, harmony, non-violence, concord. Prompt: Create a spread that explores the role peace plays in your life. Are you at peace? Are you a peacemaker? How does peace feel in your body? Oracle: Where is peace needed in your life? Where can you act to create it? Is there enough of it? How can you create more?

Art prompts galore 

DEC 11-17: CONNECTIONS//SCAVENGER:yellow, blue, a label off something, something round, a piece of a textile, a piece of scrap paper, an image, text, black ink

Colour me positive 

Christmas is too sparkly! said no one ever 

And our very last ever inchie is goat

Well, the big boy in red has called and has been very generous in our house so I hope that every one of you also got your hearts desire .

Watch out with all that food that's in the fridge....not wanting to be on a diet come the first of January!

I'm itching to get into my craft room....

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Number 12

I can't believe that this is the last tag from Linda at

I confess that I appear to have gone way off track with this one!

Mainly it was the strip of decor at the bottom that is responsible....I remembered that I had some tinsel from Tim Holtz and it had not seen the light of day in ages so it was time to remedy that situation.

A sheet of 6x6 that I liked but had not found an excuse to use, and what deer stamp would get put into action? The little bird, a waxwing, made me think flying....and thus Santa & his reindeer flying through the skies in the very near future! What fun it would be to be able to hire them some night and go through the Milky Way lol.

So here's my final entry for the competition sponsored by

And here's an "up close" of the tinsel!

Monday, 11 December 2017

Number 11

And it's time for the penultimate card of this seasons tags from Linda over at and this her tag for the challenge...

For mine I've gone with another square white base card,some free papers: the background. Band & die cut holly leaves all came from the same pack then I added a gold shape I had for mounting the deer on & added the circular greeting over the holly leaves.

Remains to link this to Linda's blog for the challenge that her shop kindly sponsor.