Wednesday, 31 October 2018


Wednesday again and I have finally finished my 365 Journal page for November all ready (once it's dry) to start filling it in.

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Singer Revealed Mystery Heiress'
So, what's on your workdesk this Wednesday?  Dare you bare all and share?  Full details on how to join us across the globe can be found on our lovely leader Julia's page over on the righthand side column.
Happy  crafting


Saturday, 27 October 2018

Inktober 2018 part 2

 This is the next part of my Inktober 2018 update.  I am still trying to stick to my theme of nature and using the prompts from the Inktober website.

 I thought de-forestation would be appropriate for the prompt "cruel"

 Self explanatory!

 I have always thought of Owls as guardians of the countryside for some reason, maybe because of the wise old owl thought.

 Wasn't too impressed with my dandelion clock.  But I decided to not re-draw any as they are meant to be quick (only a few minutes a day) sketches and give me space to learn new techniques and skills.

 For weak I looked to my garden and the small weak seedlings that become strong with the right conditions-much like ourselves!

 Angular made me think of the monkey puzzle tree I used to walk past when I was about 5 years old in a neighbours garden-always amused me by its shape (and of course at that age the belief that monkeys really did live in there!)

and a puffer fish seemed like the obvious choice for this prompt!

I have made a few more since these but I need to upload the next lot of photos and I hope to blog them in the next week or so.

I love Inktober, it is such a great idea and takes me only 5-10 mins a day MAX and I end up learning so much more about my style and technical ability as well as what does and does NOT work for me!

Happy inking


Wednesday, 24 October 2018


Welcome back to another week.  On my desk this week is my 365 journal, pages all gesso'd so that means I can start applying inks for my November page.  The page on the right is actually a separate piece of card that I will eventually cut up for the small squares to write my daily entries on but I find it easier to colour it as a 'mop up' piece when painting the main page. I am thinking of adding some mica and glitters when this is all dry.

I admit I am impressed I remembered to mask the work area with scrap paper before I started inking!  That is a bit of a miracle for me!!

My "Man Bites Dog" cards this week are 'Feds Scam Hubby Lawyer'-well nothing would surprise me these days!!

Happy crafting


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