Monday 31 December 2018

365 Somethings 2018 - Week 52 & Round-Up

Hello Everyone!

So much for good intentions, life got in the way of art in the last few days! But I did manage to create my final set of teabag art for week 52 of IHanna's 365 Somethings Challenge.

I chopped up some old playing cards, and made collages with some slide folders and Tim Holtz word stickers.

And here's a photo of nearly all of my teabags. Some were used on Christmas cards like the star ones top right.

Here are the missing teabags in case you were wondering...

All I need to do now is thank you for the amazing support you have given me in 2018, and to wish you all a very blessed and creative 2019.

Much love,

Alison xox

Friday 28 December 2018

Memories From Boxing Day 2018

Hi Everyone!

Here's another art journal spread for Elizabeth's 'Tis The Season Challenge at Art Journal Journey, featuring my Boxing Day memories this time.

The left-hand page was a gelli plate print, so I drew some baubles, then painted with Pine Grove PaperArtsy Fresco acrylic around them. I outlined the baubles with black paint pen and Stickles glitter glue.

The other page has teabags, scrapes of the green acrylic, red stencilling, Stickles crosses and my memories.

Hope you're having a lovely, creative day,

Alison xox

Wednesday 26 December 2018

Memories from Christmas Day 2018

Happy Boxing/St. Stephen's Day Everyone!

This morning I got up early (6.15!), and whilst the memories were still fresh (not easy when you have menopause brain!), I created another art journal spread for Elizabeth's 'Tis The Season Challenge at Art Journal Journey.

I have exactly the right amount of double pages left for the remainder of December, so I'm going to try and post every day.

Here's a closer look at the textures, including book page and painty scraps, teabags and sparkly mesh fabric...

Thanks for dropping by,

Alison xox

Tuesday 25 December 2018

Light Of The World...

Christmas Blessings to you all!

Another page for Elizabeth's 'Tis The Season Challenge at Art Journal Journey, inspired by singing my favourite worship song at Midnight Mass last night.

Alison xox

Monday 24 December 2018

365 Somethings & Kasia's Advent Calendar Challenge 2018

Merry Merry Christmas Eve to you all!

First of all, I have the final page to share for Kasia's Advent Calendar Challenge. For Day 24, she asked us to write down our Christmas wishes.

I made a grungy page with collaged book page scraps and teabags, scrapes and spots and stencilled paint. My Christmas Wish is for Peace and enough food and water for everyone in the whole world.

And, here are my teabags for 365 Somethings Week 51.

Christmas trees cut from Gelli Plate prints, cut into four pieces, then mixed up. I added some sequin stars to the tree tops.

Wishing you all a very happy and blessed Christmas and 2019!

Alison xox

Sunday 23 December 2018

Kasia's Advent Calendar Challenge 2018 - Days 21 - 23

Happy Christmas Eve eve!

I'm still finding time for some art, and here are 3 more pages for Everything Art Kasia's Advent Calendar Challenge.

Day 21 - What makes your house a home for you?

Day 22 - Write down some of your Christmas memories. I'm linking this page to Elizabeth's 'Tis The Season Challenge at Art Journal Journey.

Day 23 - Phone someone you haven't talked to for a long while. I tried calling a dear friend, and hopefully she will get back to me.

One more day and prompt to go!

Thanks for finding time to drop in here,

Alison xox

Thursday 20 December 2018

Art Journal Journey - 'Tis The Season

Evening All!

Day 19 - Gifts that are priceless, but cost no money.

Day 20 - Baubles - it had to be teabag baubles, with a little collage!

Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox

Wednesday 19 December 2018

More Christmas Crochet

Good morning lovely blog friends!

I made these little crochet star Christmas cards especially for my lovely group of crochet friends. They are such caring friends, and we have a lot of good times and laughs on our Friday mornings together.

I'm entering these cards in That's Crafty's 'Anything Goes' Challenge.

Wishing you a happy Wednesday,

Alison xox

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