13 Sept 2021

Always By My Side


I haven’t been crafting for  a while as I have been unwell, with a dreaded trip to A&E, but the Covid precautions were very good. Today I am sharing another card made with one of my hand drawn die cuts and a cute Mouse stamp from one of Tracy Easson fabulous stamp sets called Just A Girl and Her Forever Friend.

I used watercolours to create the background, and a circle stencil on the top of the card. I drew and fussy cut some heart balloons to tie to the wheelchair.  The sentiment also comes from a variety of Tracy Easson  stamp sets.

Today is world Sepsis day, and September is Sepsis month. I have had septicaemia 3 times, the first 2 times were very serious, and I nearly died. The second time I was even discharged from hospital with all the symptoms of  septicaemia, and I had to be rushed back in hours later by which time I was unconscious. So many people including Drs are not aware of Sepsis and it’s symptoms. It is very serious, and can leave permanent damage.  Be Sepsis Aware #WorldSepsisDay

Thank you for visiting, and please Stay safe xx

I would like to enter this into the following challenges. 

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour

Happy Little Stamper Stencil

Happy Little Stampers Dies I drew and die cut my wheelchair image so I hope that it counts 

We Love to Create Anything Goes

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16 Aug 2021

Disabled abuse is not ok.


Hello how are you today? I am not sure what has happened to the summer, we had a few nice sunny days in July, but now we seem to have descended into Autumn.
Today I am sharing a picture, I am not sure if it will be a large card or a picture to put on the wall. 


I began by cutting  a 17.78cm square from a watercolour sheet, I used a pale yellow wash all over, followed by yellow and lemon brushos on the edges. I somehow managed to get a bit of an orange blob onto it, but it doesn’t look too bad and I will cover it up later. I stamped and clear embossed  honeycomb from Artistic Stamper around the edges. 


I drew my silhouette ( not exactly wonderfully) and die cut it. It does not die cut very well at a smaller size. I think because the spokes on the wheel are so delicate. I have cut out a few if any of my crafty friends  would like one please contact me.


I stamped bees from Indigoblu and Artistic stamper, after water colouring them, I clear embossed their little bodies, and added glitter to their wings. We have had a lot of bumble bees in our garden this year, which is lovely. 


I stamped and fussy cut a selection of flowers and leaves, all of them were water coloured and fussy cut. I used black stickles in the centre of some, and a clear beads on the centre of others. I slightly shaped some of the flowers and leaves (after I took this photo). 

I used  decoupage pads to adhere my silhouette, words, flowers, and added a few gems, and sequins too. 
I finished by edging the picture with black. 

Stay safe xx

I would like to enter this into the following challenges 






10 Jul 2021

Christmas in July



Hello, and thank you for visiting, I hope you are keeping safe and well. Wishing  England lots of good luck in the Euro football final this weekend. 
Christmas in July seems to be very popular, I love Christmas but July emmm…  not so sure, but it’s good  to get a head start. So I’ve made a Snowman Christmas/Winter card especially for Lost Coast Christmas in July Challenge and Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge.

I created a background with water colours, and also coloured the snowman  using the  same medium. I stamped the image twice and fussy cut the holly  and carrot nose and decoupaged them onto the snowman. I used white acrylic paint to colour  the snow drips and sprinkled it with white glitter. I finished by clear embossing his/her eyes, and I also embossed the sentiment. 

Stay safe, covid cases are sadly increasing every day xx





6 Jul 2021

The Brightest Star


Hello, I hope all is well with you. Today I am sharing a picture  which I created for the following challenges, Countryview Challenge Stencil, and Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge 

I am not sure if I will make it into a card or just keep it as picture to put on my wall. A friend sent me some of Tracey’s lovely stamped images. I used watercolours before  fussy cutting  them and  adhering with sticky pads. I created the background with Brushos, regular watercolours, lots of glitter and stencilled in a few stars. 

Stay safe, not to sure about all of the Covid restrictions being lifted in England.  Those  of us who are disabled and ill will probably have to continue to stay in. xx

25 Jun 2021

Alice Day Challenge

My Alice Day Journal Page 

This year Alice Day is on the 3rd of July, there are some wonderful events happening in Oxford this year. I hope to be able to visit Oxford for Alice Day, one day. More information can be found about this years event at The Story Museum

In 2018 I started a little crafting challenge to celebrate Alice Day. For the last few years it has been kindly held on Facebook at UK Stampers. 

The prize for the random winner.

I am sharing some of my many Alice makes below.
Stay Safe xx







12 Jun 2021

Imagination Can Take You Anywhere


We will be spending another summer stuck at home, it is the safest thing to do really. This new variant is sadly getting out of hand. Goodness knows what will happen if social distancing and mask wearing cease on June 21st.  In the meantime my imagination can take me anywhere. 

I used watercolours for the background and to also colour the girl, and paper pieced her dress. I covered the chipboard toadstools with gesso and then watercoloured them too, 

I would like to enter  the following challenges. 

8 Jun 2021

Pixie Pod on soft clay




The Lost Coast Challenge this week is to stamp on anything except paper. I don’t think I have stamped on soft clay before, so I thought I would give it a try. I used a cute Lost Coast Pixie from Carri's Hard Luck Pixies. I couldn’t find my craft knife (which must be hiding somewhere ) so I attempted to use scissors to cut away the excess  clay from around the stamped image. I used a pokey tool to make a hole in the top so I could hang it as a garden decoration,  I left it to dry for  over 24 hours and then painted it using acrylic paints. 


It didn’t come out as nicely as I had hoped it might, but it is always good to try something new. 

Stay safe xx




5 Jun 2021

Fairy Bells


Hello, thank you for stopping by. We are enjoying lovely sunny weather at the moment, and it is about time after weeks of rain. 

Today I am being visited by this lovely Fairy, who is enjoying the magical sounds from the fairy bells.The background, fairy and flowers are all water coloured. There is lots of glitter, on the wings, but of course it does not show up in the photo. 

I created this for a Facebook challenge, but I am also entering it into the following blog challenges.

Inspiration Station  the picture of the music score reminds me of the impromptu music created from wind chimes.  

Thank you for visiting and stay safe, sadly cases are increasing again xx

24 May 2021

Hare Again


Well this lovely hare is back again! This time on an oval canvas, I think I purchased it in the Tiger store back in the day when we could go to the shops! Well I know we can go to the shops now, but we have decided not to. After being told to stay at home for over a year, I’m not going out shopping now when we sadly have a new variant nearby, even when  I’ve had both jabs. 

I made this canvas for a challenge on Facebook. I used acrylics, to make the background, and watercolours to colour the hare. I also used some of my chipboard toadstools which I’ve been hanging onto as they are too nice to use, but I actually managed to use them ! It is silly to hold onto things, it’s fun to use them and then you can just  buy more :  )

I’m not sure what everyone else is going to do about the feedburner for blogger, I started to follow the instructions and it said to download 1,391 something subscriber  addresses most I suspect are spam. I didn’t want to do that, and you have to be so careful with other peoples data because of the data protection act of 2018. You can’t use or pass on peoples emails to others.There seems to be more and more problems with blogger every day, blogs seem to be old hat now  and most things are on social media. 

Thank you for stopping by, stay safe xx

The forest at the bottom of our road, looking forward to the weather improving, so we can go for a stroll.



16 May 2021

A Good Hare Day!


Hello how are you? I recently decided to treat myself to this lovely stamp set. I love hares, and this one seems to look as if he has a rather mischievous little character. I am sure I will be using him a lot. 
 
As always I water coloured everything, and this time  I also did a lot of masking for the toadstools etc. 

Please Stay safe this new Indian variant seems a real worry. xx 
 
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges   
Paperbabe Anything Goes challenge,
Chocolate Baroque Bright Sunny Colours 

3 May 2021

Take Heart All Will Be Well In Time ..


Take Heart all will be well in time. An art Journal page for our times. 

I am entering this into the  Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge and the 
Paperbabe Anything Goes challenge

 Stay Safe,  and thank you for visiting xx 

11 Apr 2021

My Support Bubble



Hello, I hope you are doing ok, such sad news we heard on Friday about the Duke of Edinburgh. We were all in tears, but he enjoyed a good, long life, and helped so many people by his good works. 

  Today I am sharing an art journal page which I created a few weeks ago. I should explain  that in the UK people who are living alone can create a “support bubble” with one other household. So this was my reason for creating this page. I used watercolours to bring Tracey’s lovely Characters to life.

Stay safe, covid numbers are at last improving in the UK, hopefully it may be safe to go out again soon... Sadly other countries are not doing so well and facing a third wave. Hoping so much that things will improve for the whole world very soon. 

Thank you for visiting xx 

I would like to add my art journal page into the following challenges. 
Crafty Creations

31 Mar 2021

Happy Easter



Hello how are you today? We are enjoying a few sunnier days here in London.I am looking forward to the sad COVID-19 situation improving so it will be safer to go out again.Like so many others, apart from going to medical appointments I haven’t been able to leave my home for over a year. 

Today I am sharing another card made with the lovely Anita Jeram stamps, she illustrated the beautiful and wonderful “ Guess How Much I love” books. I used watercolours to colour the background and images, and added a little flowersoft and stickles too.My photo makes it look more wishy washy than it really is. 

Wishing everyone a very happy Easter weekend.

I would like to enter my Easter Card into the following challenges

 


28 Mar 2021

Virtual Hugs



With so many of us not being able to see our friends and family at the moment, it is nice to send virtual hugs instead. This is another card using one of the lovely images by  Anita Jeram. Sending Virtual hugs to everyone who needs one xx

Thank you for visiting today xx 

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges 
Happy Little Stampers Water colour Challenge
Chocolate Baroque I Love ... I love water colours I always use them for making my cards. 

27 Mar 2021

Wishing you Happiness


Hi I hope all is well with you. It looks like spring is finally arriving with some sunny days predicted for next week. I have been making a few slimline cards recently, it is nice to work with a different size card. 

For this card I have used one of the stunning new stamps by Anita Jeram, who illustrated the “ Guess How Much I Love You “ books. I created the background and coloured the stamp with water colours,

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges 
Happy Little Stampers Water colour Challenge
Chocolate Baroque I Love ... I love water colours I always use them for making my cards. 

Stay safe and thank you for visiting.

22 Mar 2021

Reflecting


Hello, I hope all is ok with you. Here in the UK tomorrow is the National Day of Reflection. It will be a year since our first lockdown, and we will be remembering all those who have sadly died from this horrific virus.I am not sure of the exact number now, and I dread to look it up. 

I have like so many others spent a year stuck at home, only going out to attend medical appointments. 

 I have recently been spending my time going through my stamp collection. Which was rather overflowing! I ended up with quite a collection of surplus stamps, which I gave away on facebook. I also came across the first stamps I ever owned which were some lovely wooden Classic Pooh ones. So of course I couldn’t resist having a play with them.



I used them in this little mint tin, which I altered into a little 100 Acre Wood Scene.


I used decoupage papers to cover the tin, and added a little Pooh and Piglet punch out which is also quite old! 

We will never forget the precious lives lost.
Stay safe xx







11 Mar 2021

The Storm will Pass


Hello how are you today? I want to begin my post by thanking Carol from  Crafty Stamper for kindly alerting me that I had won the Stamping Sensations February challenge. I have now added my name to my blog as Brenda didn’t know who the winner was! I am very much looking forward to receiving my voucher from Bee Crafty. It must have been my lucky month as I also won the Paperbabe challenge, and Kim has already kindly sent me some lovely stamps, which I hope to play with soon. Thank you very much Kim xx

I haven’t  made any ATC coins for nearly a year, so I thought it was time to make some again. I’ve called them “The Storm Will Pass”, and let’s hope it really does. I should be getting my second vaccine in a month or so, and hopefully it maybe safe to leave home.... I water coloured the stamped image, and also used clear embossing powder. 
Stay safe xx 

I would like to enter my little coins into the 
Lost Coast Mini Me Challenge





21 Feb 2021

Dance with Joy


Hello and thank you for stopping by. I hope you are doing ok, it looks as if the virus numbers and sad deaths may be starting to come down which is very good news! More and more of those of us who are vulnerable are being vaccinated, which is all very good news. So maybe just  maybe there is a little light at the end of this very dark long tunnel.

I have made yet another card using this lovely pink ink designs fairy Stamp. This time I drew a little dancing Teddy bear in her hand. I stamped and coloured some flowers, and leaves and fussy cut them to add around the edge of the picture. Pink Ink had a Facebook challenge to use lead pencil to colour your stamped images, I enjoyed giving this a try, and went on to create several more cards in the same vein.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

17 Feb 2021

I Believe in Fairies


Hello, and thank you for visiting me today. I hope you are doing ok during this very difficult time for our world. 

Today I am sharing a card which I have made for my Mother’s upcoming birthday. I used this gorgeous stamp by Pink Ink Designs, and water coloured it, water colours are always my most favourite medium.

Carry on crafting, and please  stay safe xx

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges.


15 Feb 2021

Bright and Beautiful


Hello, how are you today? 

I have been having fun with Tracy’s stamps again, and this time I have combined  it with hanging flowers from Chocolate  Baraque. I used watercolours to create the background, and to colour the images. I think this lovely little lady is out having a nice spring walk in the park. 

Thank you for visiting me today, I hope you are staying safe, and enjoying crafting, it helps to take your mind off things for a while doesn’t it xx

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges 



12 Feb 2021

Wish Big


I’m back again already with another card this time made for challenges at Paperbabe Sketch Challenge  and  Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge. It is a very different card to what I normally make, but it is always good to try something different. It is more of a clean and simple card, I used a stencil for the stars. The Wish Big stamp is by Altenew. I found a lovely piece of ribbon in my drawer which helped complete the look for the sketch challenge at Paperbabe.

Thank you for stopping by today and please stay safe xx

10 Feb 2021

Be Kind


Hello, I hope you are keeping warm and safe during these snowstorms. It does look so pretty when you know you don’t have to go out in it ! 

I have been keeping myself busy and trying to distract myself from the covid-19 nightmare by creating for several challenges. It is shortly coming up for a year since I have been staying home. Who could have ever imagined it would go on for so long, with so many precious lives lost. 

For this card I used  the lovely new stamps by Tracey Easson, and coloured them with watercolours. I used a combination of watercolours and Brushos to create the background. 

Stamping Sensations Colour My World

Stay Safe xx

30 Jan 2021

Holding on to Hope


Hello how are you? It is a long time since I have posted as I have been unwell and unable to craft. 
I have recently started to craft again. I am of course still staying home, and like so many others I have since March last year. We are in another Lockdown here in the UK, and things have been much worse in my area than they were when the Pandemic first began. Who could have ever imagined over 100 thousand people in this country would lose their lives to this awful virus. 

I have been attempting some art journalling, and I decided to try and draw a swan, which is above. She holds a heart in her mouth with the word Hope on it. 

I plan to visit everyone’s blogs soon, and I hope to take part in challenges again.
Take care and please stay safe xx










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