Thursday, 20 October 2016

Dictionary pages

As usual I am behind....

X.....X-ray  with stamp from Michaels make unknown!

E...eye stamps by Tim Holtz 

Complete with a fuzzy eye chart!


I knew I had an old Twinchie lurking in the scrap box & now it's been repurposed! The stamp is from an old copy of Craft Stamper (June 2004!)

Journal 52

All caught up on my 52 pages...

Waxing or waning ... For week 40

A quick search on Pinterest prompted me to download a partial image to accompany a piece of paper sitting on my desk and some washi tape from my stash....

And for week 42 nature/ nurture I've used more scraps...

Some rusty metal paper, peeling paint paper, flowers and wild animals....

This one has been linked to the current theme across at Art Journal Journey at Suzi's suggestion 

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Using scraps

I've had the glue stick & scraps box on my desk this week so as to do some catching up on the journal pages....
These are from art prompts galore 

39. red/orange //scavenger List: 2 fall colours / leaves / wavy lines / a childrens book illustration / text in a foreign language / 3 circles cut from paper / security envelope pattern / white paint / black ink / paint splatters (colour of your choice)
I went essentially with the red/orange idea for this one and everything came from scraps!

40. Whimsy// Scavenger:orange, something that says "fall" or "spring" if that applies-something on your wish list-something that starts with an N- 3-5 circles-a phrase or quote, ransom letter style-something white-an image from a magazine-a piece of authentic ephemera -2 stamped images
Another ORANGE page!

41. Scraps // SCAVENGER:coffee or tea stained paper / a label / stamp with white paint or gesso/ add 3 die cut shapes/ use a wax crayon/ washi tape/ some paper pieces cut with irregular scissors/ 2 stickers/ something metal/ lace 
All scraps from our recent trip to Maine including the show we went to see at the Ogunquit Playhouse.

42. Starts with A // Scavenger pick 10 items from your stash this week and add them to your scavenger hunt journal. 
All scraps... Catalogue cover, stickers, stamped images from envelopes & a diecut flower that's been wrapped with metallic thread.

I also got a couple done for journal 52

Autumn / Fall (include the word)

 Distress inks in mustard seed, fossilised amber, spiced marmalade, carved pumpkin, candied Apple, rusty hinge, barn door, fired brick, aged mahogany, shabby shutters, peeled paint, forest moss, won't age photo were used with Rubber Tapestry leaf stamps to create the background. I used a mix of alcohol inks on acetate which I then diecut & embossed using TH layered leaves. I diecut some letters from a scrap of textured wallpaper and added 2 portions of real leaves that I picked up whilst in Maine.

Then I decided to do the "free for all" using more seasonal scraps....

TH stencils/ wilted violet DI, a tyvek strip that was an admission bracelet,diecut spider, bats, ghost, skull, some "talking skulls" that came from who knows whe or when - I think they are from a rubber stamp catalogue, and in the centre a clothing tag from a T-shirt bought in Walmart a few years ago!

Week 40 & 42 remain to be done as do the past 5 DLP !

Thanks for looking and I'll be back soon :-)

Sunday, 16 October 2016


Another quote for colour me positive and a pre-prepared background ( shabby shutters,scattered straw, spiced marmalade )

I've done the border with a new Dylusions stamp and also the fussy-cut flowers, a random piece of Japanese floral paper from my scrap pile and a stamped version of the quote:l ive simply, expect little, love much, give extravagantly.

Week 42 and our team leader has "gone fishing"! She's taking the week off but we were told we could do something if we chose to......I had a suitable image so I'm chillin' on another distress ink/stencil background (antique linen, mustard seed, fossilised Amber, dried marigold, gathered twigs) and a Dylusions border (gathered twigs)

It's another week across at every inchie Monday and this week's theme is horizon 

I used another partial image ....funnily enough from the same set as last week's compass!

And here is the missing dinosaur 

Friday, 14 October 2016

Home sweet home

Home from my travels & I have journal pages to do....

I had ideas whilst I was away & got some images stuck down that I saved whilst away.

Colour me positive 

Week 39 home

I had already coloured a background using a Dylusions stencil & DI ( spun sugar, picked raspberry, cracked pistachio)

Week 40

Quote: when I look into the future, it's so bright I burn my eyes 

Another stencilled background (TCW & DI) in bundled sage, cracked pistachio, shaded lilac, wilted violet.

Some goodies purchased whilst in Maine .....

Fiskars stamps & Zendoodle stickers & tags

Dylusions stamp/stencil combo x2 and a pack of colouring sheets....

Tim Holtz goodies: mini bird/framelits/ embossing folder, Halloween stamps/stencil, quote stamps, crazy dogs stamps & dies, occasions framelits, word bands
I shall have to see what pages I can do using some of these things!

Sunday, 9 October 2016


Well, not quite home yet but I will be soon!

I forgot to take a picture of last week's inchie so that will have to wait until I get back (dinosaur) but I do have one for this week....direction where I have used part of a stamp.

It's a holiday weekend here in the USA and yesterday we went to a fundraiser event organised by one of the local dog shelters, the event was limited to 700 tickets and as most couples / families had at least 1 dog but quite q few had 2 we reckon there must have been somewhere around 400 dogs there, it really was quite amazing- so many wagging tails!

The colours of the foliage has been wonderful as has the weather 

I also saw a car that was almost as old as me!

I'll be home later in the week & happy to be able to get my hands inky/painty but in the meantime I'm going to enjoy what's left of my time in Maine ......

Sunday, 25 September 2016


As it's Sunday and I'm having a quiet moment (before everyone gets up & pandemonium sets in) I thought I'd do an update ....

I forgot to post a page in all the excitement of coming away....

Journal 52: back to school
A simple page ....

Since arriving I have hit a couple of the craft stores and acquired some goodies, my crazy dogs stamps & dies were awaiting my arrival and I'm still hoping to hit JoAnns this coming week.

The weather has been very kind to us - temperatures a touch high at night but who's complaining. We had some showers on Friday when we went down to Kittery but yesterday we could not have asked for better... A slight breeze & sunny skies for the Maine Lakes Brewfest, new microbreweries and good company and when we went home at the end of the day we stopped of to buy lobsters. Supper was "surf n turf" soft shell lobsters & bbq'ed steak....I was a very happy bunny! We sat round the firepit for a while as the evening turned cooler.

The crutches didn't last long, I just could not get to grips with the underarm sort! Still hobbling around but the knee bandage is doing a great job.

Tomorrow sees a new theme over at every inchie Monday.....briefcase!

I've used shrink plastic and sadly the gluedot shines through :-(

Noises are coming from the grandchildren so I guess I'd better stir myself....