Thursday, 26 February 2009


I've been a bad blogger - I've had so much on this week, mainly preparing for some Stampin Up! card classes, that I've been neglecting you. Actually I've also been working on something for tomorrow's challenge over on Awfully Big Art Adventure which of course I can't show you yet.

Anyway, I managed to steal an hour this afternoon to just work on anything I wanted (so how did you guess it would be brown?). I made this for the Crazy Amigo challenge which this week is butterflies. I wanted to do something a bit different with my butterfly, so I made mine into wings for this little sweetheart from a Digital Collage Sheet.

Can't remember where the music background came from, and the various add-ons are literally scraps from my (vast) stash, but I like the way it all came together.

This is available to trade so if you would like to please get in touch.

Saturday, 21 February 2009


I had a go at Linda's rock challenge over on Awfully Big Art Adventure, but only just finished it. Managed to nettle myself collecting this from the garden, but I suppose we all have to suffer for our art!!

I painted it with a gorgeous Lumiere paint called Metallic Russet - it looks more like pink to me - added a pewter heart and the message "love is all you need". I absolutely believe that nothing in the world matters except love and how much of it we give away, so this is a message to myself.

I finished it off with a spiral pattern of silver dots - I was sort of thinking of aboriginal art and ancient rocks and tribal memory etc..... I know what I mean! This is going to sit near my pooter with some of my other "treasures".

Thursday, 19 February 2009


I had such an enjoyable afternoon working on this - which I made for the Mixed Media Monday challenge which this week is to use hearts and wings.

Well since these are two of my favourite images to use I was up and running already - that and the freedom to use my favourite colours. So out came the green, turquoise and gold and I just thoroughly enjoyed myself.

The background is a Basic Grey paper - I love their stuff so much. The heart is a cheapie stamp of unknown origins that I bought in a sale and I LOVE it. I embossed it in black, mounted it on some scraps of paper, and added German scrap wings.

Then it seemed to need something, so I used those stamps again (Kelly Panacci clear set) to decorate the edges and the title was from another stamp that just seemed perfect for this.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009


The simple pleasures I was thinking of here were to do with making your own music at home and having a sing song around the pianoforte .....!

But actually, it's also to do with the simple pleasure of just getting out paper and scissors and playing until you've made something - not for a challenge or any other reason, just creating for the sheer joy of it! Haven't had time to do challenges in what has been a hectic week, but found time to do this.

The background is an image of a piece of sheet music, to which I've added the patterned border (one of those stamps again) and the pictures etc. Very simple but it tells a story - and it's available for trade if you want to ask for it??

Friday, 13 February 2009


These doors form part of this week's challenge over on the Awfully Big Art Adventure ...

The right hand picture shows a fairy door in the skirting board of my Studio. I made it from lolly sticks and paperclay, the hinges are card and the handle is an upholstery tack. I put it there for my grand-daughter to find and at 3 she already loves it! Now I have to think of somewhere else in the house to hide one.

The upper photos show a hanging I made from card and paper. I was thinking a lot about the idea of home, and going home, not least because my own mother is dying. So I wanted my piece to be about home as in house, but also an eternal home element, and I was also thinking around "enter through the narrow gate" and stuff like that .....

Tuesday, 10 February 2009


I haven't been in a circle journal for some time and was starting to miss the arrival of a book to work on every month! I wanted to work in a vintage style so, through UK Scrappers, I started one. It's called Strictly Vintage and the theme can be anything that can be delivered in a vintage style.

I sent mine off last week and received this one - it has 6 x 6 pages and is about the inheritance of families, and each participant is asked to contribute something from their own family. I spent a happy morning working on this and of course thoroughly enjoyed producing the vintage look.

Friday, 6 February 2009


The challenge this week on Sunday Stampers is to use brown. Well I didn't need asking twice, as you know it's my favourite vintage style to use .... and this is what I made. I used some of my new Stampin Up cardstock (see my other blog) and some scraps of gorgeous paper from Second Street Market (I think).

The image is from a sheet produced by Collage Stuff, and yes the stamps are the Kelly Panacci set!! I've been looking for a home for this beautiful brass bird for some time, and this is finally it. I'm so pleased with this I may have to keep it myself .... but lots of other stuff available to swap on here, if you want it just ask.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009


The theme this week on TGIF is to use green, which has long been my favourite colour (before I took up pink) and yet somehow I don't use it very much.

This piece started with a scrap of sage green card, which I overstamped with a French script from Stampin Up. I absolutely love images like this from the pre-Raphaelites and can't get enough of them. This graceful maiden just appealed to me and there are lots of greens in the image.

I overlaid it with lace, and added a flower from a Paper Whimsy collage sheet. The final touches were a brass bee, a corner stamp and the word (from a sheet of words) "waiting". It just seemed to fit somehow - my green lady has a quality of stillness about her and I can almost imagine her waiting patiently - for someone or something.

It feels SO good to be making ATCs again!! I've missed it. I sometimes wonder what on earth to DO with all the stuff I make, but I never worry about ATCs because even if I kept them all they wouldn't take up much space. I've been swapping for years and have still only filled 3 ring binders.

Sunday, 1 February 2009


Sometimes I'm just in pink mode and that's that .... and no bad thing at all if I say so myself. I was just having a wacky 5 minutes with this, using a scrap of pinky paper and adding a little house from the Invoke Arts set. Bit of a Hawaiian maiden image, can't even remember where it's from, and of course it needed wings didn't it?

Do you ever have days when you don't want to do a challenge, don't want to do anything except freely create just for yourself? I think it's important that we do, and so I DID!