Tuesday, 24 August 2010


Over on "Fun with ATCs" they have a challenge, to use CATS on your ATC so what to do. I used the Graphic 45 Alice in Wonderland script paper as a background, cut out the Cheshire Cat from one of the other papers, used German Scrap down one edge. The pretty cat I stamped twice coloured with Copic Markers and spread Ranger Stickles "rock candy"all over the images. The head of one is behind one of Tim's Fragments which represents a mirror and then the sentiment I did on the PC. In case you can't read the wording it says "Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the nicest cat of all"

Saturday, 21 August 2010


I spent a wonderful evening at AFTH yesterday. It was a celebration crafting party, what were we 12 ladies celebrating? Sandy Poppins (Sandra Hall) is going to reach the ripe old age of, wait for it, 50 next week. Like I told her 50 is the new 30 so there's no need to worry. Anyway we had a great time with lots of nibbles, wine and cake of course the only black spot was that Dyan wasn't there but poor Ben who had to put up with all us ladies on his own, did tell us that Dyan had been discharged from hospital that same evening, so hopefully she is on the mend. We did do some crafting amongst all the festivities, the lovely Katie took charge and guided us through making a "Canvas Graffiti Purse". Believe it or not the purses are made from place mats which we decorated using different layers of paint, sprays, stencils, and doodles. There was quite a bit of sewing to do both by hand and on the machine. A good time was had by all and here is my purse.

Sunday, 15 August 2010


Today I have been to Art From The Heart for an Art Journal class. It was a sad day in one respect in that Dyan was not there to teach us, guide us, and inspire us as she is ill in hospital. All the regulars were there and we each made a tag to send to Dy to cheer her up and wish her well. I also did a page about Starbucks as I always call there on my way to AFTH for my usual Cappuccino with 2 extra shots. I haven't finished this page so I will post it at a later date but here is one I did earlier in my large A4 Moleskine. The inspiration for this page was taken from Dyan as at the time she was creating a few similar pages in her own journal. We used the Graphic 45 papers which are gorgeous and lots of Dyan's new spray inks "Altered Originals". If you haven't yet got any of these sprays you ought to buy some as they are fantastic and all who use them rave about them. So here is my page courtesy of Dyan.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010


Hi everyone I am back after a fantastic weekend spent at  my favourite place in Harrogate, AFTH with the fab Dyan and Dina. Dina as you know if you have seen other peeps blogs is the most fantastic art journaler and tutor. We had a great time with lots of lovely food prepared by my fave teacher and her team, we didn't seem to stop eating and laughing of course. Here are a few pics of what we did with no explanation as to how we did the pages as you need to go on Dina's workshop to find that out.
These pics should be ok as I have sorted the problem of wrong orientation of my photos, it was my camera which was set on Auto Rotate, not bloggers fault.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010


Over on Stampotique Designers the challenge is a sketch using Stampotique stamps. I have used "Carrot" and "Framed", I stamped them in black on to white card and coloured them with my Copic markers. I gave all 3 shiny faces using Glossy Accents and black bling eyes. The wording is from a Stampotique stamp which I don't have boo hoo. All the papers I have used are from Tim's Lost and Found  which I have grunged up and distressed, they really lend themselves to being grunged. I attached my images to the background using Tim's Tiny Attacher. The curly bits are a requirement of the sketch I used a MS punch for these and Maya Road black ric rac ribbon. The whole is mounted on to black card.
If when I publish this post I may have to apologise because my computer insists on turning my photo the wrong way and I don't know how to rotate on my PC. This is about the 5th time I have tried to publish this post hoping the photo is the correct way.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010


Over on "Fun with ATC's the challenge is to make an ATC related to Asia, mine is China. I sprayed my background with Crafty Notions Poppy Red followed by gold I edged with a gold Krylon pen. I stamped the images and embossed with black embossing powder. The same image was stamped on to a piece of shrink plastic I coloured red and cut in the shape of a tag, made a hole and threaded a fine gold thread through the hole and shrunk it with the heat gun. I then layered it on to a piece of black atc card.

Monday, 2 August 2010


No I am not wishing time away even though yesterday I did mention that when this months Art Calendar is finished it will be only 4 months to..............  I did manage to finish this yesterday but didn't have the time to put it on my blog but never mind it is only the 2nd today so two days late but better late than never. I will carry on with this Art Calendar challenge to the end as I really enjoy making the pages and keeping a record of what I do each day even if it is only a snippet of my day. For August I chose the warm red orange colours as August represents sun and heat for me although at the moment I do think I am living in the wrong country for this. Looking at yesterday and today my pages should be grey.

Sunday, 1 August 2010


Here we are the first day of August and I suddenly realised this morning it is now only 4 months to Christmas! Why did I think about this, because I have finished my July Art Calendar page for Kate's 365 day challenge and have started my August page, I know, I know I should have had it all ready for today but I haven't so now I need to go and get on with it.