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03 July 2015

Bravely Waiting

While I am patiently waiting for the July Brave Box from the Brave Girls Club to arrive,
I have finished off a couple of other projects.

This is everything I have made during the first two months of membership.

Projects, including Truth Cards & Soul School Journal

Here are the three projects finished today.

Magnetic Pin Badge Display
I painted the original plain wood picture frame black.

The background is a gorgeous piece of Basic Grey scrapbook paper from their Urban Couture range.

The front is open, so you can pick a badge to wear or just move them around.

There will be three new badges to add this month, so there needs to be plenty of space to play with.

The glass front is actually underneath the paper, acting as a support for the magnet.

The order from front to back is badges, paper, magnet, glass, then the picture frame backing.

Framed I am a Brave Girl patch
I framed the embroidered patch, with a bright pink background.

I removed the perspex front, to photograph it.

This was a pine wood frame from Ikea, painted black.

Affirmation Card Easel
Lastly, I repainted a miniature easel, just the right size to hold the affirmation card.



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01 July 2015

Walking barefoot through the weeds

This week's altered playing card for
Waddington Weekly
marks the halfway point through the year.

It uses lines from a poem by John McGrath.

When our streets are green again
and girls walk barefoot through the weeds
when foxes slide and hedgehogs sniff

laugh and grow to love again

The image of the fox was from The Graphics Fairy.

29 June 2015

Open your wings & fly

As you may already know, I recently signed up for the

There is a new theme each month, video lessons to watch online,
supported by thought-provoking questions, which can be used as journal prompts.

I wanted to make sure that I didn't just look through my Brave Box
& then just tidy it away somewhere safe.

I wanted to create a way of being able to refer to
& reflect on the lessons throughout the month.

To encourage me to do this, I made a small journal, 4½ x 5½ inches,
held together with silver book rings.

My Soul School Journal

The covers are made from mountboard & painted using acrylics.

Inside the front cover of my Soul School Journal

Each month starts with a Title Page, using a 3 x 5 inch index card,
covered in patterned paper from the Brave Box

Choose Happy Theme for May 2015
The tab is actually the heading cut from the contents page.

As part of my membership subscription, I also have digital access to copies of the printed material,
so I printed a copy of the main graphic, reduced in size, to fit on the index card.

Inside are the lesson notes & miniature graphic cards, both from the Brave Box.

One of the lessons for May 2015
Each graphic card is attached to the back of it's lesson notes,
so as you are working through the lessons, you can see both side by side.

 You then open up the folded flap to read the journal prompts.


I decided to write my notes from the lesson on another index card,
which then sits in the journal behind this.

Using an index card for my notes.

My journal card (blank one shown here) then pops in behind the flap.


There are seven lessons for May & then we find the Title Page for June,
with it's seven lessons behind.

I Can & I Will Theme for June 2015

The theme for July 2015 is
Protect your Peace



If you would like to know more, visit the Soul School for full details.


Copy of my painted butterfly, on the inside of the front cover.

The original butterfly image can be found at The Vintage Moth.

27 June 2015

ICAD Week 4

ICAD  is the Index Card A Day creative challenge, which runs for two months from 1st June.

I am posting my cards daily on Instagram, but only publishing a blog post once a week.

My index cards are 3" by 5"

I had taken just one of the prompts for this week, which was academic.

Day 16
Science Lesson

Day 17
Philosophy Lesson

Day 18
Art Class

Day 19
Business Studies

Day 20
Music Practice

I have used white pigment ink Signo pen by Uni-ball,
dymo tape, printed text,
Distress Ink (black soot),
patterned fabric tape,
& gift wrap paper by Cavallini Papers & Co Inc.

24 June 2015

In the Moonlight

A slight change to my
Waddington Weekly
altered playing card this week.

I have taken the words, but not complete lines, from a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley.


Keen stars were twinkling

Fair moon was rising


Voice most tender, sing a tone

Music, moonlight and feeling are one.


The owl image is from The Graphics Fairy.

20 June 2015

ICAD Week 3

ICAD  is the Index Card A Day creative challenge, which runs for two months from 1st June.

I am posting my cards daily on Instagram, but only publishing a blog post once a week.

My index cards are 3" by 5"

I had taken just one of the prompts for this week, which was Wabi-Sabi.

Day 11
Celebrate the inevitability of change

Day 12
Celebrate the smallness of things

Day 13
Celebrate the silence ...

Day 14
Celebrate the impossibility of perfection

Day 15
Celebrate the happiness of others

I have used Distress Ink (black soot),
label  images by Michelle Ward,
butterfly image from Dover
& gift wrap paper by Cavallini Papers & Co Inc.

17 June 2015

Hurry up

Waddington Weekly

This week, the poem I have chosen for my altered playing card is by Lewis Carroll.


"Will you walk a little faster?"
said a whiting to a snail,


"There's a porpoise close behind us,
and he's treading on my tail."

Additional images are sourced from The Graphics Fairy.

13 June 2015

ICAD Week 2

ICAD  is the Index Card A Day creative challenge, which runs for two months from 1st June.

I am posting my cards daily on Instagram, but only publishing a blog post once a week.

My index cards are 3" by 5"

Day 6
Today is the most important day of your life.
Yesterday has been.
Tomorrow is yet to come.

Day 7
Enjoy a quiet and simple life.

Day 8
You have to simplify the world
if you want to change it.

Day 9
Better to travel with hope than to arrive.

Day 10


I have used washi tape by Stampington,
white pigment ink Signo pen by Uni-ball,
black Pigma Micron pen,
Tim Holtz Pocket Cards & Tissue Tape,
Distress Ink (black soot),
images by Jessica Sprague,
dymo tape, a thread of Hessian,
& gift wrap paper by Cavallini Papers & Co Inc.

11 June 2015

Lessons Learnt

I've hit quite a few snags during the second lesson.

It's all about Archival Inks & my old Jet Black has run out of fuel.

And I do not own any of the lighter brighter colours.

Also for one of the tags, Tim uses his wonderful Sizzix Vangabond machine & embossing folders, 
neither of which do I own or have access to.

So, I've had to rethink my objectives.

Basically we are learning how the different products work by themselves & with each other,
so if I don't have those products, then at this stage, I don't need to learn how to use them.

Instead when I hit a hurdle, I can still watch the techniques,
make notes, recreate the tags,
but I will use Tim's own tag as my reference image.


I was pondering over the Brushless Watercolour tag from the first lesson
& realised that a much simpler way to colour the stamp is to use Distress Markers.

But I only have those in a couple of colours.

Before Distress Markers we used Cut-n-Dry pen nibs,
which have a brush tip that you dip/press into the ink pad.

But I don't think these would give enough coverage.

My conclusion was to dab my selected ink pads directly onto the craft mat
& pick up the colour using my water brush.

A much easier way to get the right colour in the right place.

No more muddy flowers for me!

10 June 2015

The Skylark

The poem for this week's
Waddington Weekly
altered playing card is by Shelley.

In the golden lightning

of the sunken sun


O'er which clouds are bright'ning

Thou dost float and run


I used Uni-ball Signo metallic pens, Rangers Glossy Accents
& washi-style tape made from my Collins' Commercial Reckoner.