Wednesday 26 May 2021

52 Weeks Art Journal - Week 21 - Face/Portrait

Hi Everyone!

The theme for week 21 of Raspberry Blue Sky's 52 Weeks Art Journal Instagram challenge is Face/Portrait.

Here is my portrait. I brayered on some leftover orange paint, then used a blue Woody watercolour pencil to sketch the face. I applied water with a paintbrush to activate the lines, then used a black gel pen to add scribbly outlines to the face, and to write the words. I added some splashes with the wet pencil and a paintbrush loaded with water.

Hopefully the language of the eyes qualifies this page for Elle's Language theme at Art Journal Journey.

I'm typing this left-handed, as I seem to have developed a Bursitis lump on my right elbow, which is quite painful. So please forgive me if I don't visit you very quickly.

Keep safe and well,


Alison xox


Tuesday 25 May 2021

TIOT - Butterflies

 Hello All!

Thank you so much for all the lovely birthday messages! I really appreciated them!

The weather hasn't improved much today, and I've managed to get a few projects made. I'm sharing one today, which is a card for the new Butterflies theme at Try It On Tuesday.

It's not often that I do clean and simple. I used stamps by Crafty Individuals. 

The beautiful butterfly collage is stamped and clear embossed onto white card, then matted onto black card, then adhered to an A6 white card blank. 

I stamped the butterflies again on a scrap of white card, coloured them with Distress Oxide ink, cut them out, applied glue to the bodies, then adhered them to the image. They can flap their wings if they wish ;-)

I finished with a stamped CI birthday message.

I hope you're all having a good week so far.

Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox

Monday 24 May 2021


 It's my birthday today, and I share it with my good crafty friend Hazel

Here's the card I made for Hazel. I used an Aall and Create stamp set by Tracy Evans, with Distress Oxide ink sprays.

Another one of my crafty friends Becky, had her birthday yesterday. I used another Aall and Create Tracy Evans stamp set with Distress Oxide ink sprays for her card.

I'm off to cuddle up with Hubby, and watch a film.

Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox

Friday 21 May 2021

52 Weeks Art Journal - Week 20 - Wild and Free

 Hello All.

It's Week 20 of Raspberry Blue Sky's 52 Weeks Art Journal Challenge, and this week's theme is Wild & Free. 

I just went for it with this page, I didn't think too hard. As I finished with some wild and free scribbly writing, I'm linking up with Elle's Language theme at Art Journal Journey.

Wishing you all a happy weekend,

Alison xox

Tuesday 18 May 2021

Crochet and Carvings

 Hello All.

I don't often share my crochet projects here, even though I constantly have a hook in my hand when I'm not getting painty. So here are a few of my recent makes.

I love making colourful crochet baskets to keep my yarn and projects in. It's a great way to use up odd scraps of yarn.

My daughter recently asked me to make something for her boyfriend's baby nephew Ernie. I crocheted a blanket and a little elephant comforter. I took the photo on my phone, and unfortunately it seems a little fuzzy.

Then she asked if I could crochet something for Ernie's older brother Arthur, who turns two this month. I found a pattern for a cute robot. When you open his chest flap, there is a heart shaped button hiding beneath.

Little Arthur is also a big Gruffalo fan, so I crocheted him a Gruffalo hat too. I'd never seen The Gruffalo, so I needed to do lots of research on this one.

 Our daughter came to visit at the weekend with her boyfriend. It was lovely to see her and hug her again, and to finally meet him. She met him online last Summer, when we were in lockdown for the first time. 

I've been carving some more stamps too. I needed some hedgehogs for a cute couple getting hitched this Summer.

And this plait was inspired by an image I saw on Instagram.

I'm hoping to do some art journaling this week, so I'll be back soon.

Thanks for dropping by,

Alison xox

Friday 14 May 2021

52 Weeks Art Journal - Week 19 - Favourite Colour

 Hi Everyone!

Here's my page for this week's art journal challenge from Raspberry Blue Sky. The theme is your favourite colour, and most of you probably know that mine is blue. I used my pebble stamps with various blue PaperArtsy Fresco acrylics. The die-cut shapes are by Carabelle Studio.

As I have used my own arty language, my signature techniques of collage (book pages & teabags), scraping paint (blue of course!), my own hand-writing, my own stamps, and of course some scribbles and splatters, I'm linking this to Elle's Language theme at Art Journal Journey.

Thanks for visiting,

Hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Alison xox

Tuesday 11 May 2021

100 Days of Stamp Carving - The Final Few - Days 92-100

 Hi Everyone!

The 100 Days Project has come to an end for this year, and I have my final hand-carved stamps to show you today.

You might notice that on days 93 and 94 I actually carved 2 stamps, so the total was really 102. I may have done this on other days too 😁

I took some photos of all of my stamps. I couldn't get them into just one photo very easily, so there are 4.

Here are the eraser stamps...

The circle stamps...

The pink Tosnail rubber, Essdee Super Carve, and lino...

Thanks to all of you that joined me on this carving journey, your lovely comments and encouragement meant so much to me.

I'm off to eat a lovely dinner now, cooked by my darling hubby. It's our 30th wedding anniversary today, so we'll be having a glass of bubbly with it 😍

Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox

Thursday 6 May 2021

52 Weeks Art Journal - Week 18 - Feathers

 Hi Everyone!

This week Raspberry Blue Sky chose Feathers as the theme for 52 Week Art Journal. I carved a feather stamp specially for the page, so you'll get a little preview of it here today. And I made up a quote to tie up with Elle's Language theme at Art Journal Journey.

Hope you're having a good week,

Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox

Wednesday 5 May 2021

Art Journal Calendar - May 2021

 Hello All!

We've had a mixed bag of weather here today. Fortunately, it was fine until late afternoon. I went walking with Hubby on the golf course first thing, and then with my Mum and Dad and our River Walkers group later in the morning. I love the river walk, especially now with all the river birds having their chicks. Here are the Egyptian Geese and Coot families. Aren't they adorable?!

Back to the title of my post. Here is my May art journal calendar spread. I'm linking it to Elle's Language theme at Art Journal Journey. I think the theme of my spread could be the language of colour, as I do love my brights. I've also used PaperArtsy script stamps on the tickets, and scribble journaled around the edge of my spread. Or maybe it's the language of those two birds, chatting away at the bottom of the page.

I used my Gelli Plate with PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic paints to make the colourful background, and the tickets were sprayed with pink Dylusions ink.

I used some Dina Wakley stamps, and also one of my hand-carved stamps. It's our birthdays and anniversary month in May, so I used a couple of Dina's bird stamps for us lovebirds 😍 It'll be our 30th anniversary next week.

Before I go, here is my April spread with those Easter eggs all filled out with daily walks and lots of arty time.

Thanks for visiting me today,

Alison xox

Tuesday 4 May 2021

100 Days of Stamp Carving - Days 85-91

 Hi Everyone! Happy Star Wars Day, May the 4th be with you!

Here are some more of my hand-carved stamps for The 100 Day Project challenge. I can't believe it's nearly over! I decided I needed a series of pebble stamps. There's another leaf/petal also, you can't have too many of those.

I hope you like them.

Here are the pebbles altogether, balanced on top of each other.

Thanks for dropping by,

Alison xox