Saturday, 16 December 2017

The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas - Week Seven

Happy Weekend Everyone!

I'm into the second half of my Funkie Junkie cards, and here's my version of Linda's Week 7 Tag. I was inspired by the centre piece of Linda's tag.

I used Vibrant Turquoise and London Blue Dylusions Ink Sprays with a Crafter's Workshop snowflake stencil. The colour in the photo isn't true at all, as it's really very Vibrant Turquoise! I glued two tattered doily edges together, then embossed with Frantage Aged Black EP. The sentiment is a stamp by The Artistic Stamper. I finished off with some ribbon coloured with the inks, and a pearly brad.

The challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks for stopping by,

Alison x

Friday, 15 December 2017

Teabag Stars

Hello Everyone!

I decided to use some of my hoarded teabags to make a few Christmas cards, as I have loved using them in my art this year. They fit perfectly with Moo-Mania's Christmas Challenge

I also used some hoarded music patterned paper, that I've had for a very long time. And I stamped one of Carabelle Studio's Scribbled Stars by Birgit Koopsen onto Gelli-prints, before outlining with Stickles Glitter Glue and cutting out. I added a little watered down Cerulean Blue paint also for contrast.

On some I used Candy Cane Stickles.

And some Platinum. This one is my favourite.

I hope you're all having a great Friday!

Alison xx

Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas - Week Six

Hello Everyone!

I'm halfway there on The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags Challenge, with a card inspired by the colours, polkadots, and snowflakes on Linda's Week Six Tag.

I used Tim Holtz doily and snowflakes dies, a Crafty Individuals sentiment stamp, and Frantage Shabby White EP. The red polkadots were stamped with a Wendy Vecchi stamp and Festive Berries Distress Ink.

The challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks for joining me today,

Alison x

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas - Week Five

Hi Everyone!

Today I'm sharing my card that was inspired by the colours and techniques on Linda's Week Five Tag.

I've used stamps by Crafty Individuals and Tim Holtz, and Vintage Photo, Evergreen Bough and Festive Berries Distress Inks.

The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and there are prizes to be won.

Have a great Wednesday,

Alison x

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas - Week Four

Hello Everyone!

I'm back today with my card inspired by Linda's week four tag for The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas challenge. I was inspired by Linda's colours and techniques.

I've used Seth Apter PaperArtsy stamps for the dots, Crafty Individuals stamps for the script, and all other stamps are from Artemio. I also used Evergreen Bough & Vintage Photo Distress Inks, Frantage Shabby White EP, and Candy Red Stickles.

The challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and there are prizes to be won.

Thanks for joining me today,

Alison x

Monday, 11 December 2017

Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas - Week Three

Linda at The Funkie Junkie Boutique is hosting her 12 Tags of Christmas challenge again, and here are some cards I made, inspired by the colour and bling on her Week Three Tag.

I used Crafty Individuals stamps, and Blazing Red and Jet Black Stazon ink.

Thanks for dropping by,

Alison x

Happy Birthday Sis!

It's my little sister's 50th birthday today! Here's the card I made for her. 

A gold and sparkly one, although the glitter doesn't show up very well.

Wishing Jen a wonderful birthday today!

Have a great Monday everyone!

Alison x

Saturday, 9 December 2017

The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas - Week Two

Linda at The Funkie Junkie Boutique is hosting her 12 Tags of Christmas challenge again. Here is my card inspired by her Week Two Tag. I was inspired by the colours, techniques, snowflakes and bling on Linda's tag.

I used PaperArtsy Grunge Paste to stencil the snowflakes, then coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The die cut snowflakes and 25 were embossed with Aged Silver Frantage EP.

I'm also linking my card to That's Crafty's Tis The Season challenge.

Have a great weekend!

Alison x

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas - Tag One

Morning All!

Linda at The Funkie Junkie Boutique is doing her annual 12 Tags Challenge. I'm a little late to the party, but here's my version of Linda's Tag One. I was inspired by the deer and woodland scene on Linda's Tag.

I brayered Dylusion's paints for the background, stencilled a snowy hill with Snowflake Fresco Paint, stamped Tim Holtz trees and foliage, embossing the foliage with Frantage Aged Gold. The Sizzix TH deer is painted with DecoArt Burnt Umber. I stamped and embossed a Crafty Individuals sentiment, then finished with a sprinkling of Aged Gold EP.

Happy Wednesday!

Alison x

Monday, 4 December 2017

Everything Art Wanderlust 2017 - One Collage Challenge

Hi Everyone!

Everything Art's Wanderlust 2017 Class is coming to an end. I haven't managed to keep up with the fortnightly classes very well, but I did finish the monthly One Collage Challenge. We worked on a single collage piece throughout the year, with monthly prompts.

This was my collage before the final scary step...

To finish, we were told to cut our collage up, then rearrange the pieces in our art journal, adding a 'poem' of sentences we had found in a book. 

I'm celebrating the end of this wonderful challenge, so I shall link my artwork to Sheila's challenge at Art Journal Journey.

Happy Monday!

Alison x

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Crafty Individuals Blog Candy and Christmas Cards

Hi Everyone!

I was thrilled to win Crafty Individuals' blog candy last week, which was their three new Christmas stamps, a pair of sledging polar bears, a beautiful bird/robin, and some cute snow people. So I quickly inked them up and made a few more Christmas cards. 

I used distress inks to watercolour paint the images, and made six of each card. That's 82 cards made now, I think that'll be enough! 

Have a great week everyone!

Alison x

Saturday, 2 December 2017

December 2017 Art Journal Calendar

Hello Everyone!

I finally found time to create my December calendar page, only a couple of days late, so hopefully I'll remember what I did yesterday! 

As it's getting near to Christmas, I added a bit of sparkle with Stickles glitter glue. I also used some iridescent Pebeo paint and metallic silver DecoArt paint for a bit of shimmer. My snowy journaling splats were made with an Artistic Stamper stencil and Snowflake Fresco paint.

I'm celebrating the Christmassy sparkle and entering my pages in Sheila's challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

Alison x

Friday, 24 November 2017

More Christmas Cards

Hi Everyone!

As promised, here are some more of the Christmas cards I've made.

Some Crafty Individuals stamped stars, embossed with Stampendous Frantage Aged Aqua EP...

And some glittery trees I made, using offcuts of the Dylusions Paint backgrounds from yesterday's cards...

I've also been crocheting Christmas baubles...

Happy Friday!

Alison x

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Christmas Cards

Hello Everyone!

I've been busy making Christmas cards this week, 47 so far, which I'm very pleased with.

I'll show you a few I made, using PaperArtsy and Crafty Individuals stamps with Dylusions paint backgrounds...

More to come tomorrow!

Have a great evening!

Alison x

Monday, 20 November 2017

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Happy Chats

Hi Everyone!

Isn't it amazing that we can communicate with our loved ones wherever they may be on the planet?! Today we had a lovely chat with our daughter Beth, who's currently in Hong Kong. It warmed our hearts!

The blue background design was printed from a carved rubber stamp that Beth made at school. She found it when she was having a clear out before she went off on her travels, and asked if I wanted it. I love how the design shows through my painted mug. I cut a teabag to fit the top of the mug, to represent my tea.

Wishing you all a wonderful week,

Alison x

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Happy Birthday Beth!

Hello Everyone!

It's been a hectic few days, but my beautiful daughter finally set off on her gap year travels last Wednesday. Her first stop is Hong Kong, where she is celebrating her 23rd birthday today. Here's the card I made for her...

You can follow Beth's adventures on her travel blog at, and on her Instagram @northsoutheastbeth.

Have a fab weekend everyone!

Alison x

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Tea...A Hug in a Cup

Hello Everyone!

Here's another journal page for Chris' challenge at Art Journal Journey. A bit of collage, paint, and mark making, and tried my hand at sketching a cup & saucer. I used black paint in a bottle with a fine tip for the writing and outlines. I'm also linking to Elizabeth's 'T Stands for Tuesday' Challenge.

And here's a cosy cowl I crocheted using 100% Merino Wool. I'm making full use of it on these icy mornings!

Have a great day!

Alison x

Monday, 6 November 2017

Crochet and Love Keeps Me Warm!

Hi Everyone!

I thought I'd share another crochet project, a very cosy poncho I made recently. The pattern I used is Black Pearl Poncho by Karen McKenna, and it's free on Ravelry. I love it! This is me on Worthing Beach about a week ago.

And, today I created another page in my art journal for Chris' '101 Ways To Keep Warm' Challenge at Art Journal Journey. My wonderful Hubby keeps me warm! And he makes a lovely cuppa! ;-)

By the way, Erika asked where my daughter was going on her travels. Here's the list... Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia...I think that's it! Phew!

Happy Monday! Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Alison x

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Winter Day Remedies and Bright Crochet

Hi Everyone!

Art has taken a back seat recently, as I was commissioned by my daughter to make a bright and lightweight top for her gap year travels. I adapted a pattern, using a more open and lacy stitch, so that it wouldn't be too heavy in her rucksack. It's basically 4 rectangles stitched together, leaving openings for arms and head, then a border added. She loves it!

So today I got out my paint, found a magazine image, empty teabag, and an old book page, and created a page in my art journal for Chris' challenge over at Art Journal Journey, '101 Ways To Keep Warm'. I should have written Winter Day Remedy, but too late now!

Wishing you all a warm and happy Sunday!

Alison x

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Art Journal Calendar - November 2017

Hi Everyone! Happy November!

Here's my art journal calendar for the coming month, inspired by bonfire night, fireworks, and cosy nights in by the fire. I always like to have candles burning this time of year, to scent my rooms and provide a warming glow. My page also fits with Chris' theme over at Art Journal Journey '101 Ways To Keep Warm'.

Have a lovely day, and remember it's less than 8 weeks till Christmas...argh!!

Alison x

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Art Journal Journey - Landscapes Of The Soul

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to make a final page for Elke's Landscapes Of The Soul Challenge at Art Journal Journey, and I really like to use simple collage and mark making. I also did some stencilling with paint, then found the word 'Soul' in my English Synonyms book, cut it out and added it to my page. Hope you like it.

I also made my November art journal calendar, but I'll save that until tomorrow.

Happy Tuesday! I don't do Halloween! :-)

Alison x

Saturday, 21 October 2017

PaperArtsy Pearlescent Challenge

Hello Everyone!
It's my pleasure to tell you that I'm sharing some Autumn cards over on the PaperArtsy Blog tonight.

Here's a peek at my cards, you can see my full project and tutorial HERE.

I hope you'll be inspired to join in with PaperArtsy's Pearlescent Challenge. You can find details and inspiration HERE.

Alison x

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Grad Day Jewellery

Morning Everyone!

The day is nearly here! After four years of hard work and partying, my daughter Beth's Grad Day is tomorrow. It's going to be rather posh, the ceremony is in The Royal Albert Hall no less. I have my outfit ready (dress and jacket - I'm calling it my Teresa May outfit!), and yesterday I put together some jewellery using the beads that I bought at the Knit & Stitch Show last week.

My dress has a red, orange and black design, hence the bead colours. I made two earring designs, and I think I'll wear the shorter orange and red ones, as they show up better against my fiery red, newly dyed hair.

The large beads are agate, the black are onyx, and the rest are glass. 

I'm off to make some more preparations now. Have a lovely day!

Alison x

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Inspired by Karin

Happy Sunday Everyone! 

I was inspired by Karin's techniques over at Birgit's Crew Member Wednesday Challenge, and created a double page spread in my 7x5" art journal. 

I used Carabelle Studio stamps and stencils, and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics.

Also, I thought I'd share my purchases from the Knit and Stitch Show last Thursday. I had a wonderful afternoon and evening with my hooking friends Jan, Gabby, Sandra and Linda, topped off with beer and curry at Victoria station's Wetherspoons.

A closer look at the agate and glass beads I bought. I'm intending to make myself some jewellery to wear at my daughter Beth's graduation this week.

Wishing you all a wonderful week,

Alison x