Sunday, 19 November 2017

Arting about

Life documented 

.Week 46 with Julie Leggett

Prompt: A doodle week in colour incorporating a tip in and tag.

Technique: Use any pens of your choice

Quote: 'Just trying to find some colour in a black and white world' Anonymous 

Journal 52


The provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of the self.

Synonyms: Safekeeping, protection, succour, concern, consideration, thought, regard for the self. Prompt: Create a spread that celebrates your self-care practices or explores the lack thereof. List your current self-care practices in a journal spread. Paint yourself as a young self, needing your care and protection. Oracle: What are your self-care needs at this time? What does your body want from you? Your heart? Your mind? How can self-care assist you in doing your work in the world? How can you be gentler with yourself?

Art prompts galore 

 NOV 13-19: Tea// Scavenger: metallic colours, piece of game score card, stamping with random household object, scrap paper from your scrap box, something to do with music,a quote, make marks with a marker/doodle,ink from a source other than a normal pen,numbers, piece from an envelope

Life documented 

Week 46 with Julie Leggett

Prompt: A doodle week in colour incorporating a tip in and tag.

Technique: Use any pens of your choice

Quote: 'Just trying to find some colour in a black and white world' Anonymous 

I wrapped rubber bands around a stamp block to do my background & different colour inks.

And finally the inchie this week is hedgehog 

Thursday, 16 November 2017

And eight

....comes close on the heels of my Funkie Junkie post of yesterday!

Here's Linda's tag...

As always sponsored by

And I've chosen to go with the snowflakes background, no banner but a band in the centre, a large layered snowflake to which I have added "frost" and a leaping deer. I had several papers that seemed appropriate for this card so I decided to make 2 cards and get a little ahead with the card making lol.
The lighter colour papers have been edged using distress ink in "chipped sapphire "

So all that remains is for me to link this up & invite you to go across to and see what the other people have been doing!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Number seven

Funkie Junkie card time....and here is Linda's contribution to the challenge sponsored by her shop 
I had a trawl through my papers and scraps and came up with several options 

The one I'm linking at has the green & blue check, frame & greeting as well as some foliage + Pine cone & the important deer

Then we have a green & red version with frame, greeting, poinsettia as well as foliage and cones....

And a third version that's a touch more masculine somehow, again in red and green with the frame & greeting but this time with some foliage & a die cut bow.

I also cut a green/purple tartan paper & holographic frame/greeting a Di do have a bow that will work with it but I remain undecided about pursuing this one!

So I'm linking number one and moving on to consider my options for the current card, see you all soon

Saturday, 11 November 2017

This week

Journal 52

 BOUNDARIES: Something (such as a river, a fence, or an imaginary line) that shows where an area ends and another area begins. A point or limit that indicates where two things become different. Synonyms: Limit, confine, extent, limitation, line, edge. Prompt: Create a spread that explores your current boundaries. What will you *not* stand for? What lines will you not allow anyone to cross? Oracle: Where are you needing better boundaries? Looser ones? What is your relationship with the word ‘no’? With the word ‘yes’?

Colour me positive 

No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything

Art journal journey 

  1. Image: stars/ space/ rocket. Word: infinite . Prompt: what gives you hope. Technique: use aluminium foil on your page. Quote: the power of imagination makes us infinite (Romtam Kangsawiwat) 

It's been a strange week....this was our night sky on Wednesday- sadly I didn't see it and the following day was our good friend Pete 's funeral......a glorious farewell!

Another  ending has also been announced....every inchie Monday finishing at the end of the year, I shall miss those small pieces s I may well go back over the missing couple of year and do the missed ones!

This week our word is goose

A little blurry I, afraid!

Here's hoping I can get some more art done this week....

Monday, 6 November 2017


Journal 52

 LINEAGE. Lineal descent from an ancestor. Ancestry. The line of descendantsof a particular ancestor. Family. Synonyms:Clan, descent, genealogy, origins, kin, line, tribe. Prompt:Create a spread that pays homage to someone in one of your chosen lineages, be that familial, artistic, or spiritual. As you work, keep that person in mind. Oracle: Whose shoulders do you stand upon? What strength can you draw from your lineage? What messages might your lineage have for you at this time? What part of your lineage is asking for your attention?

Art journal journey 
Image: flower or vase/ Word: elegant/ prompt: what are some qualities or personality traits you admire/ technique: finger paint. Quote: Elegance is good taste and a dash of daring  (Carmel snow)

Life documented 

Week 45 with Monica Smith​

The theme is changing colors, colors of your life.  We hadn't picked one yet so Monica used a lot of color but went with friends.

Prompt:       Start with a black background

Technique:  Using Black Gesso on white card stock

Quote:         “Friends are Flowers In the Garden of Life” Mary Engelbreit

Art prompts galore 

NOV. 6-12: Shapes//SCAVENGER:beige/tan, blue, a bird image, security envelope insides, circles, stripes, dots, postal ephemera, something from your stash, 3 words

The weather has gone from a sunny but frosty start to a dismal wet! I'm glad I'm indoors though no art is happening....I'm updating files on the computer!

Sunday, 5 November 2017


I have managed to get all six of Linda's tags made up as cards ready for Christmas and a new design will be released today so I look forward to seeing what ideas she's had for this! 

Her shop sponsors the challenge every year and I apologise if my link is not working properly - it did on the first card but I appear to be having problems linking :-(

Linda's image 

This is actually number 5 if taken in published order but as I screwed up yesterday with my images....

I have gone with the "logs" background and some stamped postmarks, stamped a large stags head onto cream card and aged the edges before mounting with brads onto a dark red piece of card. I came across some holly sprigs that I diecut last year but never used so they have also been added and some tine cream pearls as berries.

This is linked to Linda's post so please go and see what others have been creating.

I have done some journal pages and have more or less caught up with my backlog...


Image: batteries. Word:  energise. Prompt: live in the moment- journal about what is on your mind at the moment. Technique: use plastic wrap to create texture. Quote: energy flows where attention goes.


  1. It’s hard to imagine that one person can make a difference in the world. Sometimes I think it is easier to believe that this is true, if you bring your thoughts closers to home.Instead of thinking of ‘how can I make a difference in the world?’, why not start with ‘how can I make a difference in ?????’s life?’. If this seems too big, then why not start with ‘how can I make a difference in ?????’s day?’ (Obviously the question marks represent someone’s name. Whoever you choose.)

Just making someone smile can have a huge impact on the rest of the day. Why not smile at someone today?

This one came with a very weird quote!

  1. Believe in what you want so much, that it has no choice but to materialise 


and as it's Monday there's my inchie to share too....owl which was a favourite of my mum's 

And five

Time for another card in the sponsored challenge 

This is Linda's tag...

And like a good girl I have gone with a similar colour scheme!

A free red paper background & an embossed white piece of card that I was given lord only knows when! I have punched a couple of different snowflakes from it, added a leaping wooden deer, a glittering snowflake, some shrink plastic mittens, a greeting and some sequins for a little extra bling...

I've also done number 6 but I shall save that for tomorrow which is when the next tag will be revealed- I can't believe I'm up to date in this challenge!
I just need to link this to Linda's blog and why not go check out the other entries whilst you are at it.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Number 4

Week 4 is hot on the the challenge sponsored by

Linda's tag is this one....

And this is my take on it using some holly paper, holly diecuts + tiny red gems and another deer...

So that's another to be linked at

Why not pop over and check out all the lovely creations!

Thursday, 2 November 2017


And onto number three in the challenge sponsored by

Here is Linda's tag...

I'm not a huge fan of red but I liked the idea of the stripes and the letters down the side so after a rummage through the's what I came up with:

A "tartan" style paper (that is still set on the bias as are Linda's stripes) with some tags spelling out MERRY down the left side - I've attached them with brads also from the stash! No ornaments for me, it's another deer and this one is set in a circle of diecut holly that has had some tiny red gems added for the holly berries and before my non crafting friends ask... yes it was a fiddle getting them stuck on! I did think about turning him into Rudolph but decided that might just be a step too far so without further ado I'm linking to:

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Number 2

Time for tag number two....yes,I know that Linda has made tags and mine are cards!

As Linda's shop sponsors the challenge

Here is Linda's tag 

and I'm following the idea with a snowflake background,a deer mounted over a snowflake, a stamped banner (Joy Peace Love), I've also done a snowflake in the top left corner & added a pearly gem at the centre.

So once again I am linking to

Funkie Junkie 12 Christmas tags 2017

This challenge started whilst I was away in the states &  I decided I wanted to take part yet again.  Linda has this challenge every year and it's sponsored by her shop

My intentions are:

1 to use some of my paper stash 

2 following the initial challenge image I plan to use deer as much as possible .

Here is Linda's tag and I'm following the idea with a tree print background, a sprig of foliage and a deer.

Inspired by number 1

Stash background, snowfield & trees die cut, holly & foliage diecuts form Tim Holtz, deer from Tim Holtz

And so I'm linking this to :

Monday, 30 October 2017

Oh no

I had to make one of those dreaded cards today......

Used a Chocolate Baroque stamp on watercolour paper

Some watercolour pencils for some subtle colouring and then 1 flower & 1 leaf raised on foam pads.

I really can't believe that we've lost a friend of ours that we first met in Abu Dhabi in 1973.... farewell dear friend we shall all miss you.


It's turned cooler are were in the morning and we had our first serious frost this morning....
As it's Monday I'm sharing my creativity from earlier....

Art journal journey: Image: key. Word: discover. Prompt: write about the time you broke the rules or went against the norm.  Technique: make prints with a crumpled paper towel on a gelli plate. Quote: you are more powerful than you know and they fear the day that you discover it.

Life documented 

Theme: A look at life through pictures (taken or drawn). Prompt: Include yourself

Technique: Collage photos, drawn pictures. Quote: “Time it was, and what a time it was; it was a time of innocence, a time of confidences. Long ago, it must have been, I have a photograph.” -Paul Simon.

Prompt: To incorporate a pretty pocket and elements of a bullet journal in your layout.

Technique:  Use deli paper and the art of brush calligraphy (you can use India ink if you have any or simply use watercolours and a brush)

Quote: Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.   Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Colour me positive   
We are all a little broken, but the last time I checked, broken crayons still colour the same. Of course this quote is saying that no matter how the past has treated you, you still matter and have value.

Do you remember when you were younger, when a broken crayon may have been a disaster and was thrown out? This used to be me. These days though, every crayon has various ways to be utilised, no matter how many pieces it is broken into.

You should see my Caran D’Arch Neocolor II Crayons. When I get a new colour the first thing I do is break them in half. Why?

Firstly it’s so I can have half in my studio and put half in my travel pencil case, which I keep in my handbag.

Secondly, it encourages you to use it, as apposed to not wanting to waist it. How many supplies have you not used or not used much, as you don’t want it to run out or it’s too good to use?

There are so many ways to use a crayon. Just look at the ‘melting crayons’ art fad. Sometimes you just have to think outside of the box.

Art journal journey  Image: hot air balloon. Word: rise. Technique: use paint swatches. Prompt: what are the songs in the "soundtrack " of your life?  Quote: Even the darkest night will end and the Sun will rise. (Victor Hugo)

And my closing inchie of course! And a very seasonal one because this week is all about spiders 

See you all after we've survived Halloween....

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

And more



Theme: A look at life through pictures (drawn or photos)

Prompt: Use a tag some way on your page

Technique: Finger paint

Quote: You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again.  You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life. ~Wayne Miller


Theme: A Look At Life Through Pictures (drawn or photos)

Prompt: Use a Tag Some Way

Technique: Stitching a Photo on an Altered Art Tag

Quote: Choose what works best for your photo

Art journal journey
41. Image: bell. Word: signal. Prompt: what motivates you. Technique: use a shaped journal spot or card for your journaling. Quote: ignoring the signs is a good way to end up at the wrong destination.

Journal 52: descend 

I've had this little girl in the moon for quite a while and now she's found a home!

I've also made a birthday card for my eldest granddaughter 

Remembered that today is Rudolph Day so I have Xmas cards to share...

 And finally a mixed media post card where the theme was texture...