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23 May 2018

A Summer of Creativity

The annual Index Card a Day creative challenge starts on 1st June.

It runs throughout June & July.

This year I am using 4x6 inch ruled index cards,
which came from WH Smith in their own clear plastic 2 ring binder.

I am still in my paper collage phase,
so I am planning to keep with what makes me happy
& gives me the most enjoyment.

The aim of ICAD is to be creative each day,
thus forming a habit which you carry forward.

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16 May 2018

By the Sea

The theme on Wanderlust 2018 this month is the

This page in my collage journal captures memories of recent visits to the coast.

I used four of my photographs to create this layout,
including the one for the background.

This photograph represents the sounds of the seaside.

The familiar calls of the herring gulls.

The waves breaking on the shoreline.

The pier with it's noisy attractions,
bustling with people.

The promenade as visitors stroll, jog, ride & skate along,
people walking their dogs
& prams being pushed.

This photograph represents the smells of the coast.

The distinctive damp seaweed aroma
that immediate reaffirms where you are.

The last photograph represents the different textural surfaces found at the seaside.

Weathered wooden boardwalks,
pebbles, both big & small, smooth & sharp
& gritty sand.

I looked briefly for seaglass
but sadly I found none.

This one page transports me back there in as instance.

I can almost hear the waves & feel the sea breeze on my face.

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04 May 2018

Wishing with all my Heart

This is an impulse mixed media project,
made because I had an overwhelming urge to be creative.

I found a 3 by 4 inch canvas in my project box.

I had previously painted it pink, don't ask me why.

I took it back to my desk & added a rough coat of
DecoArt Media Black Gesso,
using a spatula.

Once dry, I picked up my paper scraps folder
from the floor next to my desk
& had a quick rummage.

My inspiration for this piece came from that folder,
the butterfly image, torn handmade paper, printed pattern paper,
corrugated card, the string,
including the precut image of the girl,
which for some reason had been discarded

I turned to my copy of Pride & Prejudice
for the focal words 
& finally added leaf metal fragments by Eberhard Faber.

Where did you find your creative inspiration today?

01 May 2018

Cherish those you love

This is my One Word card for May.

My chosen word is

My father celebrates his 80 birthday this month,
so my focus for the next few weeks
is to remind myself daily of those I cherish
& find new ways to show them
how much they mean to me.

This project uses scraps of paper
for the background,
hand stamped letters with Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
on Dina Wakley Media Tape,
word definition patterned paper,
a Tim Holtz Paper Doll &
Glossy Accents on the heart.

My previous One Word cards

28 April 2018

The sky is the only limit

This is another collage page in my Wanderlust journal,
using a blank page from my Wreck This Journal book,
prompted by this months theme of

I love being by the sea,
listening to the Herring Gulls overhead,
the rhythm of the waves breaking on a pebble beach
& the sound of the small stones rattling together
as the water flows back to the sea.

I always take a moment to close my eyes,
take long deep breaths of the salty sea air,
as I listen & absorb the essence of the place
& feel the fresh sea breezes on my face.

Here I am rooted.

The background is a picture from a magazine.

I used images from Eliza's collage sheet
 (the butterfly, the label & elements of text).
gold glitter tape recycled off a parcel from my sister
& some MT washi tape.

18 April 2018

a quiet word or two

Those of you among us who already receive the daily email
from Melody & Kathy at Brave Living,
may have seen that Melody has started a weekly newsletter called

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with the last two weeks worth of prompts.

I turned Melody's graphics into inchies,
1 inch by 1 inch little tiles.

These are for when you feel doubt.

These are for when you are weary.

I used mountboard for my bases,
which I had already cut out & were lurking in my Project drawer.

The background uses patterned paper from past Brave Living projects,
again found lurking in a drawer.
These were both backgrounds for Truth Cards.

All I needed to do was print out Melody's artwork from her newsletter
& put them together.

I love the calming  relaxing nature of fine cutting
& sanding the edges. 

Now I need to finish off writing in my journal,
before the next edition arrives.

14 April 2018

The Morn Awakes

This is another collage page in my Wanderlust journal,
using a blank page from my Wreck This Journal book,
prompted by this months theme of

A line from Pride & Prejudice asks the question.

 The lines of poetry are taken from a poem written by Phillis Wheatley.

I used printed text &
images from Eliza's collage sheet

Patterned paper & card from Brave Girls Club
with gingham fabric tape
& a drop of Glossy Accents for the bright eye of the bird.

11 April 2018

Finding the Right Words

Lesson 14 of the Wanderlust 2018 online course was with Cat Kerr.

She used metal pieces with soldering equipment
to make a bobbin style object.
Then she wound mono-printed paper around it to make a scroll.

I opted to make a 3¼ inch tall cardboard bobbin.

I used the inside of a roll of cling film for the middle
& cut two circles from a cardboard box for the ends.

I used Golden Soft Gel Medium to adhere the pieces together.

Once the medium had dried, I painted it with DecoArt Media Black Gesso.

I selected a piece of scrap paper 
& cut to fit around the middle of my bobbin.
It was a page from my old typing workbook.

I swiped DecoArt Media White Gesso lightly over both sides
& left to dry.

Next I found a poem that spoke to me.

This was one of my April Prompts,

The poem is Friendship
by Elizabeth Jennings

Such love I cannot analyse;
It does not rest in lips or eyes, 
Neither in kisses nor caress. 
Partly, I know, it’s gentleness

And understanding in one word
Or in brief letters. It’s preserved
By trust and by respect and awe. 
These are the words I’m feeling for.

Two people, yes, two lasting friends. 
The giving comes, the taking ends.
There is no measure for such things.
For this all Nature slows and sings.

I also used washi tapes
fabric tape
two old buttons
Distress Marker (black soot)
printed text &
a butterfly image from Percy & Bloom

I enjoyed making this piece,
using what I had to hand,
created in my own style
& made with gratitude to Cat for her inspiration.

07 April 2018

The Simple Things

A quick project inspired by a regular feature in The Simple Things magazine.

Each month they print a list of things to try.

I have taken their words,
added them to background images from Emily at Sweetly Scrapped
& adhered them to a kraft card backing.

Each month the prompt card can be used
to help me start something new,
give focus in my journaling,
lead me on an adventure
or just spark my imagination.


I will be keeping them in an altered matchbox.

My cards are 7.5 cms by 5.5 cms

The kraft card is Tim Holtz Resist.

06 April 2018

The Present always has a Past

A 6x6 inch piece made for the #ArtfulEvidence challenge.

The theme was

The Present always has a Past

Lateral interpretation for this piece.

Spring is a new season,
a time for new beginnings,
but none of that can happen without that which has already been.

This photograph is part of their story.


Why don't you make up a story for them.

The base is Mixed Media paper by Daler Rowney.

I also used
free images from Cloth Paper Scissors
a bird image from The Graphics Fairy
fabric, black satin ribbon & old lace
a black Micron Archival Pen
& Ranger's Glossy Accents.