Saturday, 20 October 2018

Inktober 2018 Part 1

 Just a quick update on my involvement with Inktober 2018

Artist Jake Parker created a challenge in 2009 to create 31 drawings in 31 days in order to improve his drawing skills - it took off and now there are over 408k followers on Instagram!!

For the past 3 years (which I have also taken part) they have also published prompts for each day, but you can use them or not, draw daily, weekly or even do them all in one go!  It's very laid back and a great way to experiment with ink.

Full details can be found here

The last couple of years I have completed mine on tags (small, cheap and take ink quite well).  So far I am using the prompts and whilst the other year my monthly inspiration was robots this year I thought I would choose Nature.

 The flowing of lava down the volcano
 An oyster

 Starfish!  Well, its a loose interpretation!

 Forgot to take any tags with me on day 7 which I was in Malta at Notte Bianca a fabulous free festival where I went to watch the band The Selecter play (seen them a few times but never overseas).  This sloth for "exhausted" (which I was) was sketched at 01:30 in the morning in a bar!

 The wolf is drooling (I got some odd looks sketching this sat on a bench in a park!)

 I love mushrooms and foraging so for the Chicken prompt I thought 'Chicken of the Woods' fungi would be a perfect interpretation!

 Spelling Bee!  Play on words but there are no rules and this is the first bee I have tried to draw, I was quite pleased with this one.

 Chestnuts roasting on a fire!

 I find woodlands tranquil (hence I try to do a daily walk and belong to the Woodland Trust)

and the first one-the death cap!

So that is them so far (I have done a few more, if you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen the last few days newer ones, I will blog these soon as it takes a while to upload and blog).

Are you doing Inktober?  I would love to know if you are.

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 17 October 2018


Wednesday again-seems like ages ago as I have been lucky enough to go on holiday to Malta since then. Now it is Autumn this means leaving for work in the dark and returning in the dark-and of course crafting in the dark.  Never great when it comes to looking at colours etc but I do like the cosiness of it.
On my workdesk this week is my 365 Journal that I am trying to get ahead in.  I tend to gesso a couple of pages at a time as I find that it helps take the inks and also give a bit more structure and robustness to the pages to limit any ink sinking through to the other side.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Fans Snubs Movie Model'-ooh!!

Happy crafting


Saturday, 13 October 2018

Wedding anniversary Card

Hello peeps, hope you are surviving the awful weather that seems to be plaguing so many parts of the world at the moment.

Just a quick update from me to show you the card I made my hubby for our 21st Wedding Anniversary last week.

Its a small card which I covered with a variety of rub-ons (don't often see white ones, quite like them) which I distressed first by applying them lightly to my apron before adding them to the card.  I then added a topper and wrote some sloppy stuff inside (no photo of that!!)

Happy crafting


Monday, 8 October 2018

Clean scrap card and organised too

Just a quick update for another scrap card I made.

This one is unusual for me as it is quite a 'clean' card.  
I don't tend to do neat and clean cards as I tend to be messy and end up flicking paint or ink over anything pale or clean (hence I tend to craft in dark clothes or wearing a special apron and old dust jacket of my dads that is already covered in paint and glue!

But here is proof!  A clean and organised scrap card!

Woo-hoo!  Long may this continue as I have a lot of card blanks to use up and the scrap box isn't feeling any lighter!

Happy crafting

Friday, 5 October 2018

Anniversary card

Just a quick update to show a card I made for my brother and sister in law for their wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago (wanted to be sure it got there before I blogged it!)

My sister in law loves hummingbirds so I used a topper and created some depth using some foam sticky pads.  I created the base card by embossing just one side of the card on my sizzix.  I don't have any large embossing plates so had to work out where the repeat was in the plate so I could match up the pattern to cover the whole card.  A bit fiddly but I like the effect as it adds some good depth and texture.

Happy crafting

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Butterfly scrap card

Well I cannot believe it, another card made from my scraps box!

The butterfly is on painted card which I gesso'd over and used as a die cut butterfly a LONG time ago but I liked the left over piece-hence it was in my scraps box.
I attached it with my Tim Holtz tiny attacher as I love the fact that these staples go through so many different mediums and are easy to colour with permanent markers or alcohol inks

I matted and layered it onto a couple of pieces of scrap card and added a greeting and voila, another card for my collection!

At this rate I may see the light of day from my scrap box-or even the bottom of the box (doubtful to be honest)!

Happy crafting


Wednesday, 26 September 2018


So another Wednesday meaning another workdesk from me.

On it this week is ANOTHER scrap card in the making-go me!!!

No idea what I am going to make with these bits, I just realised my browns and green scrap folders were larger than the others so I am forcing myself to use them where I can!

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week....ooh...'Angry Singer Tells on Exec' - well, with the various revelations of the #metoo and other movements who knows what this may predict!

So, have you dared to bare your desk yet?  Come on down, we are a friendly bunch-full details can be found here

Happy crafting


Saturday, 22 September 2018

Kiwi calendar scrap card

So, if you saw my desk Wednesday you would have spotted some of these items on it.

I managed to use some of the bits from the scraps box (including one of the images from a calendar from last year from my kiwi family) to make another card with some legless iridescent card brads and edging the picture with my marker pens to add a little definition.

Ever so slowly I seem to be reducing my scrap box! 

It does appear to be bottomless sometimes though!

Happy crafting


Wednesday, 19 September 2018


Happy hump day, so that can only mean one thing-Whats on Your Work Desk Wednesday!

Across the globe thanks to the lovely Julia (and top enabler LunchLady Jan) we all bare our workdesks.  Sometimes they are clean (aka mojo is missing), sometimes messy (aka 'creative') and sometimes sadly filled with work or sorting out!

So, on my desk this week I am still trying to make cards from my scraps box.  To be honest it doesn't appear to be shrinking, but I do have a few more cards so that can only be a good thing.  On the desk this week is an off cut from a calendar (from my family in NZ) and some alcohol ink off cuts. Hopefully inspiration will strike and I can get a card out of this!

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Hubby Defends Brave Nude Model' - well I shall watch the news closely just in case!!

If you fancy joining us and baring your desk then visit the lovely Julia's blog here

Happy crafting

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Scraps and sewing

Just a quick update as not sure I posted this card yet.  AGES ago I stitched some die cut hearts and I came across one I had left over in the bottom of my scrap box.

So I decided to mat it on some precut die cuts (that I bought AGES ago from the local scrap store which were probably left over from the card or packaging industry, it tends to cost about a fiver for a carrier bag full of scraps) and I edged the blue card with some gold embossing powder and then added some flocked paper to a card blank.

A few more items from the scrap box used up-go me!!