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Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Hiya peeps! Another Wednesday already and another challenge over at I ♥ PROMARKERS. This week it's #123 and it's everybody's fave - ANYTHING GOES! I can hear the huge sighs of relief from you all, lol. You didn't like last weeks 50's theme did you? ha ha. Our sponsor is DIGI DOODLE SHOP with a $10 spend in the store. I used the image 'Glass of Wine' available from the store.

My papers are from the Glitz pad 'Vintage Blue'. I've also used 2 Cheery Lynn dies, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, seam binding, pearls, pins from our lovely Karen and the leaves were cut on my Robo.

Entering into:
CREATIVE CARD CREW #13 - 1,2,3. (1 image, 2 pins, 3 papers)

PARTY TIME TUESDAYS #74 - Anything goes.
LOVE TO CREATE #21 - Anything goes.
BUNNY ZOE'S #25 - Girls, girls, girls.

ALLSORTS #160 - Any die will do.

Monday, June 25, 2012


My latest art journal page. To me, this phrase says 'make the best of what you've got' so I've not decided yet whether to put a bit of personal journalling on or not.
Background done with acrylic paints, including some stencilling with a plastic veg bag piece, stamps by Elusive Images and a little bit of colouring with Inktense pencils.

Entering into:
MAKE IT MONDAY #95 - Anything goes.
INCY WINCY - Anything goes.
LOVE TO CREATE #21 - Anything goes.
STAMP AND CREATE - Bold and bright.

TAMMY'S SCRAPIN' CORNER #16 - Anything goes.

Thursday, June 21, 2012


A couple of years ago, I handmade and bound myself a book. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but in the end, decided to use it as an art journal and I really liked the Rusty Pickle paper I'd used to cover it. I did about 2 pages and then forgot all about it.

This last week, I decided to take up journaling again but now, I really didn't think the cover was suitable as styles have changed so much. So...I altered it.

Front Cover.

Back Cover.

Now, I love it, lol. I so enjoyed doing the cover, that I've also done a couple more pages as well. All my backgrounds were done with acrylic paints (have yet to try spray inks) I used brushes and my fingers to blend it. Paint has also been flicked and thrown on to make some of the marks. I took the bull by the horns when I decided to doodle and hand write things too, lol. I'm not sure if I like that part, but hey! it seems to work OK. :o) Images by Dyan Reavely and Ten Two Studios. I also used some background stamps by Andy Skinner.

This 2nd page has Sylvia Plath's Mirror poem written on it. My fave all time poem and I'm sure one that many of, as we get older, can relate to, lol.

Entering into:
JACKSON'S DIGITAL EXPRESSIONS #9 - Anything or Altering.
CRAFTS AND ME #89 - Anything goes.

SIMON SAYS STAMP - Anything but a card.
TANDA STAMPS #198 - Splish,Splash,Splat. (plenty of that here, lol).

ART WITH NO BOUNDARIES - Anything goes and/or Performing Arts.
MAKE IT MONDAY #94 - Anything goes.


I'm suffering here. I had to have a tooth out this morning and it was a difficult one. The anaesthetic is wearing off now and boy, am I sore.

Anyway, it's challenge #122 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS this week and the theme is the 50's. Our sponsor is LETRASET with a pack of Promarkers for the winner. Not having a lot of imagination, I really struggled with this, but then...Just Inklined provided some free images, including this one of Liz on her bike. I thought maybe she was happy about being queen (then thought, maybe not) but as I couldn't think of anything else, I put the date 1952 on some bunting and that's pretty much it, lol.

You should pop over to the blog and have a look at the rest of the teams cards though. They've all come up with some brilliant takes on the theme.

Entering into:
CRAFTS AND ME #89 - Anything goes.
INKY IMPRESSIONS - Red, White and Blue.
OLDIE BUT A GOODIE - Banners or Bunting (embossing folder is old).

Sunday, June 17, 2012


A week or so ago, I spent the day with my grandchildren and I took them to a little wildlife park that I discovered while googling for somewhere to take young children. Mia's 4 and Aidan is 2. Anyway, we had a lovely time and this is the first of my layouts from that day.

Entering into:
HAPPY SCRAPPERS #2 - The Great Outdoors.
INSPIRE ME FRIDAYS #63 - Anything goes.
FOREVER FRIENDS #38 - Anything goes with an animal.
LITTLE MISS MUFFET #37 - Loads of layers. (not sure if LO's are eligible)

FRESHLY BREWED #100 - Anything goes.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Well, it looks like the weather has taken a turn for the worst again doesn't it? What happened to Flaming June? Still, I did manage a full day's gardening on Sunday. I also managed to fit in cooking a dinner. So what? you may ask. Well, at 5.30 I dished up this lovely looking (and smelling I may add) casserole, only to bite into a solid carrot and potato. My oven broke half way through cooking!!! lol. Microwave meals for a while now methinks, lol.

Anyway, onwards. I am honoured this week to have a GDT spot over at JACKSONS DIGITAL EXPRESSIONS. *inserts big smiley* This week they have a challenge theme 'Inks & Such' so I used plenty of inks on my birthday tag. The image is one of Robert Jacksons that I chose as part of my prize last week. These images are really all African American but I've coloured my lady white (only because I don't know how to colour any other skin tone, lol).

My background is done with my distress ink pads and then run through my bug with T.H's bingo embossing folder. The corners are stamped with a Paper Artsy stamp. I did the text strips myself, printed them off and then inked them too. The image is coloured with Promarkers. The other embellies were in one of those Jolie's packs that must have been in my drawer for about 6 years and I've never had a use for it. I've still got the slot machine left too, lol. Do you remember when these packs were the best thing since sliced bread? How tastes change eh?

Entering into:
MAKE IT MONDAY #93 - Anything goes.
LEXI'S CREATIONS #67 - Birthday.

CRAFT YOUR PASSION #114 - Anything goes.

INSPIRE ME FRIDAY #62 - Anything goes.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012


It's week #120 over at I LOVE PROMARKERS and this week the theme is all about little girls. Sugar and spice and all things nice!!!! Hmmmmm, maybe lol. Anyway, you have to make a card (or other project) for a little girl. Our sponsor is LILI OF THE VALLEY and the prize is a £10 gift certificate.

I had a little trouble with this card. First off, I don't have any LOTV stamps, so a google search sent me to ebay and found me a pack of 20 that had been a free gift in a magazine some time ago. God knows what card they've been printed on, but it's appalling and certainly no good for Promarkers. The colours bled really badly and it took me an absolute age to lift all the mess with my blender pen. It's also a little TOO pink methinks, lol.

I have used dies by Memory Box and Cheery Lynn and the papers are from a pad that a friend bought me 4½ years ago for my baby Granddaughter layouts. Some flowers, ribbon and pearls finished it off.

Entering into:

OLDIE BUT A GOODIE - Anything goes. (papers are over 4 years old)
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - Anything goes.
CRAFTY BOOTS - Anything goes.

MAKE IT MONDAY #92 - Anything goes.
MAKE MY MONDAY #52 - Birthday with pearls.
OOH-LA-LA CREATIONS #106 - Make it girly.
CUTIE PIE CHALLENGE #19 - Die cuts and punches.

Friday, June 01, 2012


Following on my Andy Skinner's Book of Secrets workshop, when I made THIS, I've altered another box. I had a few problems with this one, the paint just wouldn't do what I wanted it too, lol. Bad workman - blaming tools springs to mind, ha ha.

I used Decoart Traditions and Americana acrylic paints in Red Iron Oxide, Deep Burgundy and Glorious Gold. Gesso and Texture medium gave me the textures. The stuff on the lid are some Tando Creative compasses and cogs I had left over from my last box and Tim Holtz cogs from his Ideaology range. The red text tape is 7 gypsies gaffer tape and the paper inside was a piece buried in my stash (both of which I've had for a couple of years) which I inked with Ranger Distress Ink 'Aged Mahogany' and the stamps used are Andy Skinner's 'Steampunk Accessories' and 'Tempting Textures'.

Entering into:
JACKSONS DIGITAL EXPRESSIONS #6 - Anything goes with some Tim Holtz. WINNER
BUNNY ZOES #24 - Anything goes.
QUOTH THE RAVEN #9 - Red death. (not sure it fits the challenge, but it IS red?)

JUST KEEP ON CREATING #2 - Anything goes.
SCRAPALICIOUS - Alter something.
EVERYBODY ART #195 - No cards.
TOP TIP TUESDAY - Use something old (papers and gaffer tape).
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