Monday, 11 December 2017

Happy Birthday Sis!

It's my little sister's 50th birthday today! Here's the card I made for her. 

A gold and sparkly one, although the glitter doesn't show up very well.

Wishing Jen a wonderful birthday today!

Have a great Monday everyone!

Alison x

Saturday, 9 December 2017

The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas - Week Two

Linda at The Funkie Junkie Boutique is hosting her 12 Tags of Christmas challenge again. Here is my card inspired by her Week Two Tag. I was inspired by the colours, techniques, snowflakes and bling on Linda's tag.

I used PaperArtsy Grunge Paste to stencil the snowflakes, then coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The die cut snowflakes and 25 were embossed with Aged Silver Frantage EP.

I'm also linking my card to That's Crafty's Tis The Season challenge.

Have a great weekend!

Alison x

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas - Tag One

Morning All!

Linda at The Funkie Junkie Boutique is doing her annual 12 Tags Challenge. I'm a little late to the party, but here's my version of Linda's Tag One. I was inspired by the deer and woodland scene on Linda's Tag.

I brayered Dylusion's paints for the background, stencilled a snowy hill with Snowflake Fresco Paint, stamped Tim Holtz trees and foliage, embossing the foliage with Frantage Aged Gold. The Sizzix TH deer is painted with DecoArt Burnt Umber. I stamped and embossed a Crafty Individuals sentiment, then finished with a sprinkling of Aged Gold EP.

Happy Wednesday!

Alison x

Monday, 4 December 2017

Everything Art Wanderlust 2017 - One Collage Challenge

Hi Everyone!

Everything Art's Wanderlust 2017 Class is coming to an end. I haven't managed to keep up with the fortnightly classes very well, but I did finish the monthly One Collage Challenge. We worked on a single collage piece throughout the year, with monthly prompts.

This was my collage before the final scary step...

To finish, we were told to cut our collage up, then rearrange the pieces in our art journal, adding a 'poem' of sentences we had found in a book. 

I'm celebrating the end of this wonderful challenge, so I shall link my artwork to Sheila's challenge at Art Journal Journey.

Happy Monday!

Alison x

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Crafty Individuals Blog Candy and Christmas Cards

Hi Everyone!

I was thrilled to win Crafty Individuals' blog candy last week, which was their three new Christmas stamps, a pair of sledging polar bears, a beautiful bird/robin, and some cute snow people. So I quickly inked them up and made a few more Christmas cards. 

I used distress inks to watercolour paint the images, and made six of each card. That's 82 cards made now, I think that'll be enough! 

Have a great week everyone!

Alison x

Saturday, 2 December 2017

December 2017 Art Journal Calendar

Hello Everyone!

I finally found time to create my December calendar page, only a couple of days late, so hopefully I'll remember what I did yesterday! 

As it's getting near to Christmas, I added a bit of sparkle with Stickles glitter glue. I also used some iridescent Pebeo paint and metallic silver DecoArt paint for a bit of shimmer. My snowy journaling splats were made with an Artistic Stamper stencil and Snowflake Fresco paint.

I'm celebrating the Christmassy sparkle and entering my pages in Sheila's challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

Alison x

Friday, 24 November 2017

More Christmas Cards

Hi Everyone!

As promised, here are some more of the Christmas cards I've made.

Some Crafty Individuals stamped stars, embossed with Stampendous Frantage Aged Aqua EP...

And some glittery trees I made, using offcuts of the Dylusions Paint backgrounds from yesterday's cards...

I've also been crocheting Christmas baubles...

Happy Friday!

Alison x

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Christmas Cards

Hello Everyone!

I've been busy making Christmas cards this week, 47 so far, which I'm very pleased with.

I'll show you a few I made, using PaperArtsy and Crafty Individuals stamps with Dylusions paint backgrounds...

More to come tomorrow!

Have a great evening!

Alison x

Monday, 20 November 2017

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Happy Chats

Hi Everyone!

Isn't it amazing that we can communicate with our loved ones wherever they may be on the planet?! Today we had a lovely chat with our daughter Beth, who's currently in Hong Kong. It warmed our hearts!

The blue background design was printed from a carved rubber stamp that Beth made at school. She found it when she was having a clear out before she went off on her travels, and asked if I wanted it. I love how the design shows through my painted mug. I cut a teabag to fit the top of the mug, to represent my tea.

Wishing you all a wonderful week,

Alison x

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Happy Birthday Beth!

Hello Everyone!

It's been a hectic few days, but my beautiful daughter finally set off on her gap year travels last Wednesday. Her first stop is Hong Kong, where she is celebrating her 23rd birthday today. Here's the card I made for her...

You can follow Beth's adventures on her travel blog at, and on her Instagram @northsoutheastbeth.

Have a fab weekend everyone!

Alison x

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Tea...A Hug in a Cup

Hello Everyone!

Here's another journal page for Chris' challenge at Art Journal Journey. A bit of collage, paint, and mark making, and tried my hand at sketching a cup & saucer. I used black paint in a bottle with a fine tip for the writing and outlines. I'm also linking to Elizabeth's 'T Stands for Tuesday' Challenge.

And here's a cosy cowl I crocheted using 100% Merino Wool. I'm making full use of it on these icy mornings!

Have a great day!

Alison x

Monday, 6 November 2017

Crochet and Love Keeps Me Warm!

Hi Everyone!

I thought I'd share another crochet project, a very cosy poncho I made recently. The pattern I used is Black Pearl Poncho by Karen McKenna, and it's free on Ravelry. I love it! This is me on Worthing Beach about a week ago.

And, today I created another page in my art journal for Chris' '101 Ways To Keep Warm' Challenge at Art Journal Journey. My wonderful Hubby keeps me warm! And he makes a lovely cuppa! ;-)

By the way, Erika asked where my daughter was going on her travels. Here's the list... Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia...I think that's it! Phew!

Happy Monday! Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Alison x

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Winter Day Remedies and Bright Crochet

Hi Everyone!

Art has taken a back seat recently, as I was commissioned by my daughter to make a bright and lightweight top for her gap year travels. I adapted a pattern, using a more open and lacy stitch, so that it wouldn't be too heavy in her rucksack. It's basically 4 rectangles stitched together, leaving openings for arms and head, then a border added. She loves it!

So today I got out my paint, found a magazine image, empty teabag, and an old book page, and created a page in my art journal for Chris' challenge over at Art Journal Journey, '101 Ways To Keep Warm'. I should have written Winter Day Remedy, but too late now!

Wishing you all a warm and happy Sunday!

Alison x

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Art Journal Calendar - November 2017

Hi Everyone! Happy November!

Here's my art journal calendar for the coming month, inspired by bonfire night, fireworks, and cosy nights in by the fire. I always like to have candles burning this time of year, to scent my rooms and provide a warming glow. My page also fits with Chris' theme over at Art Journal Journey '101 Ways To Keep Warm'.

Have a lovely day, and remember it's less than 8 weeks till Christmas...argh!!

Alison x

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Art Journal Journey - Landscapes Of The Soul

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to make a final page for Elke's Landscapes Of The Soul Challenge at Art Journal Journey, and I really like to use simple collage and mark making. I also did some stencilling with paint, then found the word 'Soul' in my English Synonyms book, cut it out and added it to my page. Hope you like it.

I also made my November art journal calendar, but I'll save that until tomorrow.

Happy Tuesday! I don't do Halloween! :-)

Alison x

Saturday, 21 October 2017

PaperArtsy Pearlescent Challenge

Hello Everyone!
It's my pleasure to tell you that I'm sharing some Autumn cards over on the PaperArtsy Blog tonight.

Here's a peek at my cards, you can see my full project and tutorial HERE.

I hope you'll be inspired to join in with PaperArtsy's Pearlescent Challenge. You can find details and inspiration HERE.

Alison x

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Grad Day Jewellery

Morning Everyone!

The day is nearly here! After four years of hard work and partying, my daughter Beth's Grad Day is tomorrow. It's going to be rather posh, the ceremony is in The Royal Albert Hall no less. I have my outfit ready (dress and jacket - I'm calling it my Teresa May outfit!), and yesterday I put together some jewellery using the beads that I bought at the Knit & Stitch Show last week.

My dress has a red, orange and black design, hence the bead colours. I made two earring designs, and I think I'll wear the shorter orange and red ones, as they show up better against my fiery red, newly dyed hair.

The large beads are agate, the black are onyx, and the rest are glass. 

I'm off to make some more preparations now. Have a lovely day!

Alison x

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Inspired by Karin

Happy Sunday Everyone! 

I was inspired by Karin's techniques over at Birgit's Crew Member Wednesday Challenge, and created a double page spread in my 7x5" art journal. 

I used Carabelle Studio stamps and stencils, and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics.

Also, I thought I'd share my purchases from the Knit and Stitch Show last Thursday. I had a wonderful afternoon and evening with my hooking friends Jan, Gabby, Sandra and Linda, topped off with beer and curry at Victoria station's Wetherspoons.

A closer look at the agate and glass beads I bought. I'm intending to make myself some jewellery to wear at my daughter Beth's graduation this week.

Wishing you all a wonderful week,

Alison x

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Wanderlust week 21 - Work Big

Hello Everyone!

For week 21 of Wanderlust, Kasia invited us to work big. She suggested that we use inspiration from one of our own art journal pages, and create something big. My canvas isn't huge, about 14x12", but I took inspiration from this page in my 7x5" art journal.

I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend,

Alison x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

A Little Piece Of My Soul

Morning Everyone!

The sun is shining, and I'm looking forward to a day out at The Knit & Stitch Show at the Alexandra Palace in London this afternoon with some of my hooking pals. I was up bright and early, and created a quick page in my 7x5" art journal too.

I scraped a bit of white gesso on my page, collaged some torn pieces of painty scrape paper, then added some marks and writing. It was a great start to my day!

Hope you all have a fabulous day, whatever you do!

Alison x

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Our Beautiful Souls

Hello Everyone!

Here's a little page I made yesterday in my 7x5" art journal. The red and blue areas are pieces of painty kitchen towel, and I used the dropper of my black Bombay Ink to sketch the flower. I made a butterfly using eyes cut from a magazine.

I found this quote online... 'If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies. How different our ideal of beauty would be.'

Alison x

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Soul Food

A Jackson Pollock moment is good for the soul! Linking this page to Art Journal Journey's 'Landscapes of the Soul' challenge.

I'll be leaving this one to dry naturally overnight! Maybe longer!

Have a happy day,

Alison x

Monday, 2 October 2017

Low Ebb

Hello Everyone.

There's a new challenge for October over at Art Journal Journey, Elke has set the theme of 'Landscapes Of The Soul'.

I'm not sure if it's the change in the season, or the havoc the menopause is causing in my body, but this poem by Leila Thomson perfectly sums up the way I'm feeling.

"Low Ebb"

no reason
no light
no energy left to fight
not even the sparkles on the sea
can lift the spirit deep in me
one twist in the mind
has shut them out and made me blind

a shaft of light enters in
to touch the stone cold heart
waters churn
tides turn
birds take flight into the light
life blood flows in

There is hope after all! Tomorrow is another day. If you're feeling the same way, take heart, and have a good week.

Alison x

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Art Journal Calendar - October 2017

Hello Everyone, and a happy October to you all!

I have a new calendar spread to share, but first I will show my September pages all filled in.  Lots of walking, arting and crochet!

And, here is my Kate Crane inspired October spread. It took me all day to make this, and it was hard to stop adding, but I'm happy and looking forward to writing in some of the boxes.

Happy Sunday, and have a wonderful week,

Alison x

Friday, 29 September 2017

Fearless, Independent and Original

Hello Everyone!

I took out my homemade journaling prompt cards today, and using 16 cards, I created this page in my little 7x5inch journal.

I'm linking my page to Art Journal Journey's Colour In My World challenge.

Art Journal Journey

Have a great weekend, and thanks for popping by,

Alison x

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

PaperArtsy Topic 13 Challenge - Metallics

Good evening to you all!

I'm over on the PaperArtsy Blog tonight, sharing a hanging plaque which features PaperArtsy Seth Apter Eclectica stamps and a variety of metallic elements. Here's a little peek, you can see my full project and tutorial HERE.

If you pop over to the PaperArtsy Blog, there's lots more fab inspiration for their Metallics Challenge. I hope I've inspired you to join in.

Alison x