Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Kasia's Advent Calendar Challenge - Days 16-18

Hi Everyone!

Here are some more art journal pages I've created this week for Kasia's challenge.

Day 16 - Remember the colours we chose at the beginning of the challenge. It was suggested that we choose a palette of colours and a stencil, so that we could quickly reach for them without having to decide what to use.


Day 17 - The ways we bring Christmas into our home. I'd like to enter this page in Elizabeth's 'Tis The Season Challenge at Art Journal Journey


Day 18 - Things we are grateful for.


I hope you are having a stress-free week, full of festive fun!

Alison xox

Monday, 17 December 2018

365 Somethings 2018 - Week 50

Hello Folks!

Today, I have seven more pieces of teabag art to share with you, for week 50 of IHanna's 365 Somethings Challenge.

I stencilled some snowflakes with paint, then simply stapled a little collage of fabric or tinsel with a postage stamp (torn from envelopes containing Christmas cards).


Only two weeks left of this wonderful challenge!

Happy Monday to you all,

Alison xox


Sunday, 16 December 2018

Kasia's Advent Calendar Challenge - Days 11-15

Hi Everyone!

Here are my art journal pages for days 11-15 of Kasia's Advent Calendar Challenge.

Day 11 - Random Act of Kindness


Day 12 - Use Your Senses


Day 13 - Make a Collage using images that appeal to you


Day 14 - Mindful Doodling


Day 15 - Kindness - Thinking about people who aren't close to your heart


Have a happy and blessed Sunday,

Alison xox

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

PaperArtsy Topic 22 - Clean & Simple Christmas

Hi Everyone!

It's getting very close to Christmas, but PaperArtsy are there to help you out with their Clean & Simple Christmas projects. Tonight, I'm sharing some super simple Christmas cards on the PaperArtsy Blog. Here's a peek, and I hope you'll pop over to the PaperArtsy Blog to see my tutorial.


Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Kasia's Advent Calendar Challenge - Days 6 - 10

Hello Folks!

Here are my (fairly) quick art journal pages for days 6-10 of Kasia's Free Advent Calendar Challenge.

Day 6 - Be amazed


Day 7 - A favourite recipe


Day 8 - Found poetry


Day 9 - Write your thoughts and feelings (then cover them with paint! Wink!)


Day 10 - Keep it simple


It's been a jittery few days, as I was thinking about yesterday's hospital appointment, but now I'm finally starting my medication I'm feeling more positive. Onwards and upwards!

Have a happy day,

Alison xox


Monday, 10 December 2018

365 Somethings Teabag Art - Week 49

Hi Everyone!

Here are my seven arty teabags for week 49 of IHanna's 365 Somethings Challenge.


I went back to my favourite little collage technique of stapling some scraps to the teabags. The stars were punched from Gelli Plate prints, and I added a glitter glue outline to them.


Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Alison xox

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Christmas Crochet Angel

Hello Everyone!

I found a free crochet pattern for an angel on Pinterest, and used fine crochet thread and a 2.5mm hook to create one. It was a tad fiddly, but I may have to make some more.

I mounted my angel onto teabag paper, then onto some music paper, and made this Christmas card for our friends Meg and Frank.


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Alison xox

Friday, 7 December 2018

Christmas Remakes

Morning Folks!

I received a Christmas card order from a friend, and she really liked this one that I made last year, so I made a couple more in different colours for her.


The background is made with Dylusion Spray Inks and a Crafter's Workshop snowflake stencil. I die-cut two Tim Holtz Tattered Doilies, glued them together, and triple embossed with Frantage Aged Gold & Silver EP. The message stamp is by The Artistic Stamper, inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The ribbon was coloured using the same Dylusions inks as the background.


Which is your favourite?

I'm entering my cards in Country View Crafts' Christmas Challenge.

Have a lovely day!

Alison xox

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Kasia's Advent Challenge

Morning Everyone!

Art journaling has taken a bit of a back seat lately, with all of my Christmas card making, so I thought it would be fun to join in with Everything Art Kasia's Advent Challenge. It's free, and there's no pressure, just a daily prompt video for each day of Advent.

Here are my pages so far. I aim to spend no more than half an hour on each one.

Day One


Day Two


Day Three


Day Four


Day Five


I've a lunch date today with my oldest friend. Old in the fact that we've been friends since we started school at the age of four.

Hope you all have a lovely day,

Alison xox

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

365 Somethings - Week 48

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Today, I have some more teabag art for IHanna's 365 Somethings Challenge. These ones are for Week 48, and are a little bit festive, in fact they've already been turned into Christmas cards. I have to admit I made a whole load more, as they're small, flat and cheap to post.


I hunted through my stamps, and found 7 different star designs. The two top and two bottom are by Birgit Koopsen for Carabelle Studios. The middle left is Crafty Individuals, the middle centre is Dina Wakley, and the middle right is by Seth Apter for PaperArtsy. They're all stamped on various Gelli Plate prints.

Thanks for dropping by,

Alison xox

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

December 2018 Art Journal Calendar

Happy December Everyone!

Life seems to be so busy lately, I can't imagine why! Hahaha! Christmas shopping, Christmas Church Services, Village Christmas Lights & Carols, and Christmas card making, amongst other things!

It's a little late, but here is my December art journal calendar. Some brayered painty layers, and stencilled snowballs and flakes. Perfect for Elizabeth's 'My Favourite Season Or 'Tis The Season' Challenge at Art Journal Journey.


I'll be back tomorrow with another late post, my 365 Somethings teabag art for week 48.

Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox

Monday, 26 November 2018

365 Somethings - Week 47, and A New Friend in my Craft Studio

Happy Monday morning everyone!

As it's Monday again, I have my week 47 set of teabag art to share with you for IHanna's 365 Somethings Challenge.


For this set, I crocheted some snowflakes in different shades of 4 ply cotton yarn. I stamped a wreath (Artemio Stamps) onto the teabags, then used a snowflake brad to attach the crocheted snowflakes.


Then I simply adhered the teabags to 4x4" card blanks to make some more Christmas cards. I would like to enter my cards in That's Crafty's Winter Wonderland Challenge.


And finally, let me introduce you to Angus the guinea pig, my new craft studio buddy. On Saturday, I took pity on him at the animal rescue sanctuary where I volunteer, and decided to adopt him. He was so timid at first, but today he finally found his voice again...Squeak Piggy Squeak!


Have a creative day, and thanks for dropping by,

Alison xox

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Everything Is Possible

Hello Everyone! I have an art journal page to share with you today, for Erika's Vintage or Modern Challenge at Art Journal Journey. I think it passes as a modern page. Mixed media and a modern lady from a magazine.


There was already some leftover turquoise paint on the kraft page. I applied white gesso using my plastic cross-stitch circle, then glued some used teabag papers and their labels on, creating some lovely creased texture. 

I scraped on some metallic Gilt Dina Wakley heavy acrylic, used black Bombay India Ink dropper to sketch a circle and add splatters, then lifted my journal to create drips. 

I scribbled down some of my thoughts with a white Posca paint pen, and added white splatters. The lady was cut from a magazine page, adhered and outlined, then I finished with a Tim Holtz quote sticker.


It was good to get back to my journal again today, the best medicine! I'm still waiting to get medication sorted for my recently diagnosed condition. Hopefully it will happen soon! I have an appointment mid-December.

Wishing you all a happy, artful day,

Alison xox

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

My Little Flower Pop

Hello lovely followers!

I almost forgot to share the birthday card that I made for my daughter.


It was a gelli print that I added some magazine images to (face and jumper), then I drew in the flower petals, hands, skirt and jumper hearts, then painted blue around. I stamped the bubbles and sentiment, and finished with some doodles and adhesive gems.


And I thought I'd share with you a couple of my teabag Christmas cards, made with last week's 365 Somethings button tree teabags. I'm really pleased with these!


I hope you're having a creative day,

Alison xox

Monday, 19 November 2018

365 Somethings - Week 46

Hi Everyone! Thank you for all your kind messages on my last post. It appears I have an autoimmune condition and will have to take medication indefinitely. It's good to know what I'm dealing with, and hopefully the damage won't be too bad.

Today I decided to try out some festive designs on my teabags for Week 46 of the 365 Somethings Challenge. They may well end up on Christmas cards!



Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Be Brave, Stay Strong!

Good morning everyone! 

I needed to make some art today, to let some feelings out. I've been having some health problems, and today I'm hoping to find out what's wrong. Hopefully it's something minor that's easily treated. It's scary not knowing, as I'm sure you can imagine. Anyway, enough of the doom and gloom, I rather like this page that emerged.


I hope that it's modern enough to enter Erika's Vintage or Modern Challenge at Art Journal Journey.


To anyone else in the same position as me, be brave and stay strong, and trust in God to get you through whatever the outcome.

Alison xox

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

AJJ - Vintage or Modern

Hello Everyone! I'm happy to report that my dentist appointment went well, and I came home and created a page for Erika's Vintage or Modern Challenge at Art Journal Journey. It's halfway through November and my first page for the challenge! Life has been getting in the way somewhat!


I started off with a modern background, using scraps of underpaper, some of my favourite Dina Wakley paint colours, Cheddar, Ruby & Turquoise, and a bit of DecoArt Crackle Paste that didn't show up very well. I also used my plastic cross-stitch aida to add paint. I found a vintage image with an amusing quote - 'What do you think I do all day? Sit around the house?' Of course not! - hahaha!


I hope you've all had a lovely creative day!

Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

365 Somethings Week 45 & A Journal Page

Good Evening Everyone! I'm here tonight with my 365 Somethings Week 45 Teabag Art. These were inspired by the beautiful Autumn trees, which still have leaves on them mid-November.


I painted my teabags with Cheddar and Ruby Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic, then stencilled leaf patterns with Gilt DW Acrylic. I stamped the PaperArtsy leaves onto gessoed music page, cut them out and glued them to the teabags. I wrote 'leaf' a few times with a black gel pen, then inked the edges with black archival ink.


I decorated another teabag, and used it on a journal page. I haven't had a lot of time for art journaling lately, it felt good to make this page.


Music page, tea-dyed gauze, corrugated card, my teabag art, and a Tim Holtz phrase sticker, and I couldn't resist a few watery paint splashes.


I have the dentist in the morning, but I hope to make some more art tomorrow. I've missed it!

Wishing you all a great evening,

Alison xox

Monday, 5 November 2018

365 Somethings - Remembrance Teabag Art

Hi Everyone! As you can see, Remembrance is still on my mind. I'm taking my crocheted poppy brooches down to the Royal British Legion stand this afternoon, as they having been selling well.

For my 365 Somethings' Week 44 Teabag Art, I put together some tiny collages, painting poppies on the punched circles, and stamping some relevant words. I also added some splashes of red acrylic paint to represent the French poppy fields.


Here's a closer look...


Thanks for dropping by,

Alison xxx

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Thankful For Their Sacrifice

Hello Everyone!

Tonight, I have my November Art Journal Calendar spread to share with you.


I and my crochet friends have been busy crocheting poppy brooches for the Royal British Legion to sell for Remembrance, and yesterday I was volunteering on their stand outside a local supermarket. I was amazed at everyone's generosity, young and old alike, and although it was a tiring 4 hours, I was happy to help the RBL in my small way.


I'm thankful for the sacrifice of men and women of the armed forces, and I'm therefore linking my pages to Try It On Tuesday's Thankful Challenge.

Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox