Friday, 21 July 2017


  1. Wouldn’t life be sooooo much easier if everyone had that special someone in their life. Someone whose presence made you feel safe, calm, loved and at peace. Your Solace. Someone that loves every part of you, the good, the bad and the weird. Someone who listens with great interest, supports your dreams, treats you like the most important person in their life, respects you, believes in you, showers you with cuddles and loves being with you. Someone who makes you feel special.

Eat glitter for breakfast and shine all day 

This was going to be tough! I'm no glitter babe & glitter is not thick on the ground in the alps in summer, the snow has all melted or the very high patches have lost their sparkle

Some shaving foam backgrounds 

A fortuitous ATC with glitter!

  1. Journal 52

    SPEAK:To utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice. To communicate. To express or make known with the voice. To speak the truth. Synonyms: Communicate, convey, declare, express, say, tell. Prompt: Create a spread in which you tell your own truth/story. Express yourself in words on the page, and use images that express the act of speaking up. Oracle: What needs to be said? What do you want to ‘speak into being’? How can telling your truth help you bring forth what you most desire right now?

Still working with those limitations!

The weekend has arrived & the sun returned so no more art for now but I'll clove with our latest inchie...camel

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Life documented

Theme: The road less traveled-traveling through life

Quote: "Wherever you go, go with all your love" Confucius

Prompt: light and dark - creating dimension

Technique: using color in different ways, getting loose - acrylic paint

No paint available so I've one what I can using a ready made background and some lettering....

I'm afraid the colours are rubbish as the light is rubbish today....we are having some rain!

Art journal journey: Image: magnifying glass or binoculars. Word: perspective. Prompt: words you live by or would like to live by. Technique: texture paste. Quote: when you look at a field of dandelions you can see a hundred weeds or a thousand wishes.

And yes, this is the opposite side of the spread!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017


Art prompts galore 

JULY 9-15: Happy Rain// Scavenger: Grey, Magenta, Drops of something, Curves, Something transparent, Photograph(s), Handwriting, A feature that moves or flips on the page

ART PROMPT GALORE: JULY 16-23 is: Outside My Window// Scavenger: 

Blue, White , Person (or representation of), Arrows, Die cuts or stencil ,Stamped Quote, 3 inchies

Ive used a french quote for this & its still about curvy women!

Making art with what I have....which is never what you want!

Life documented

Theme: The road less traveled-traveling through life

Quote: "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." Neale Donald

Technique: Use up your excess acrylic paint with the best tool you own... your fingers!

No paint with me so I'm winging it! I've arrived from the cold into the heat of Provence and this girls clothing shows how I feel at times!

I'm dressed for the summer weather ....

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Birthday season

Well, we arrived safely in the southern alps and have set up camp for the next 6 weeks!

The dog is enjoying outdoor life!

Bill had some wonderful mushroom raviolis with truffle oil for his birthday supper on Friday 

As well as veal saltimbocca 

And then it's my turn to celebrate.....
Coffee at our local watering hole....

Followed by a trip down the valley to Colmar les Alpes to see some old cars.... turned out most of them were younger than me! This one wasn't.....she's a 1952 Jag, my dad would have loved her.

Then a pizza lunch...

And finally here is our new inchie...buffalo.....water buffalo & regular old plains buffalo 

Saturday, 8 July 2017


In a way it would be nice to fly....but I'm heading for our chalet in France by car so my return comments on everyone's inchies this week might be a little slow as I will have no internet between Monday morning and Tuesday evening .

Here is this week's entry....FLY

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Journal 52

We've got both lawns cut in anticipation of our holiday & it's nice to know that's the last time that I shall cut grass for a couple of months.... It will continue to grow but a neighbour's grandson is cutting it in our absence and over in France I have a man that comes in...bliss"

GROW: To arise or issue forth as a natural development from an original happening, circumstance, or source. To come to be by degrees. Synonyms:
Become, develop, expand, flourish, rise, thrive, burgeon, ripen, spring up, fill out, get bigger, come to be. Prompt: Explore how you have grown in the first six months of the year. Create a spread that honours the growth you’ve experienced. Oracle: What is growing within you? What is growing around you? What needs more attention so that it can grow? What do you want to grow less of? More of?

A bubble wrap printed background and a transparent/green tape, some stash images & stencilled GROW.

The daisies are from a card, the watering can & garden tools squares are scraps of gift wrapping paper. The lady is from the same article as the rambler that I used last week.

I'm not sure when I'll get my fingers inky again as there is the hairdresser to be visited, the packing to finish, the car to load and the house to tidy before we head off to France... .

I know we will have internet on Sunday in York but monday (ferry) will be a write off so it will be Tuesday evening before I get online again (briefly) then Wednesday should see us reaching our destination in the sun.... keep watching this space for updates!

Monday, 3 July 2017

Art prompts time

Art prompts galore released their new challenge this morning....

JULY 2-8: All That Glitters// Scavenger: blue, green, diamonds, black ink, texture, stamping with a random object using paint, 3 items from your stash, a quote, something of your choosing 
Blue & green diamonds, carved eraser diamonds, stamping in green ink using the circular end of a coffee stirrer.

Colouring book scrap that has glitter texture.....

More glitter...

My "something chosen" is the front panel from the packaging of a favourite Eau de Toilette of my mum & myself...Climat by LancĂ´me.

Apologies for the funky font changes.... I'm not using the blogger app & things are acting weird! 

Thursday, 29 June 2017


Art prompts galore and we have : starts with T// SCAVENGER: yellow, purple, some squares, draw or doodle with felt pen, 3 magazine images, 3 words that start with the same letter of your fathers name, random pieces of coloured paper scraps, something from a recent shopping trip, a postage stamp, paint.

My dad was called Ken so that made the list of word options a tad shorter than some letters!

At Journal 52 our new prompt is SWEETNESS

Having the taste of sugar or similar substances. Pleasing to the senses. Having a pleasing disposition; lovable, kind. gracious. Synonyms: Sugary, honeyed, candied, luscious, dulcet, lush. Prompt:Explore your feelings about the word ‘sweetness’ or ‘sweet’ in your journal. Invoke the sweetness of first love, summer nights, early life, etc. Oracle:Where is sweetness available to you in your present life? Do you welcome it? Mistrust it? How can you bring more sweetness in? What is sweet within you?

Art journal journey wants to know all about our pets...

Image: pet. Word: companion. Prompt: write about a day in the life of your pet from their perspective. Technique: incorporate teabag or coffee filter paper. Quote a true friend leaves paw prints on your heart.

Life documented 
  1. JULY: the road less travelled/ travelling through life. prompt: use a magazine image you really love.  Technique: add a couple of pieces of scrap paper & stamp the whole page.  Quote: the mind is everything. What you think you become. (Buddha)
The road less travelled: I saved the rambling Boy a few months back as I knew I had a rambling couple, the boots came from the same magazine (National Trust Scotland) they seemed destined to be together and then the other day when looking for a scrap for another project I re-found my signpost and also the card from a friend with the quote "not all who wander are lost " serendipity! This week seemed like a n ideal occasion to use them.

And then we have art journal journey Image: tree. word: nature. prompt: write about your favourite outside space. Technique: collect leaves & glue into your journal.  Quote: look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.  Albert Einstein.
And we have more serendipity in the shape of a tree saved a few years back when adult colouring books first hit the scene, it was an article about a local lady who had her creations printed 

My brother had a very vivid imagination & used to tell tales of Abud who fed bananas to monkeys at the bottom of the garden! I should add at this point that they were actually date trees with no monkeys lol.

Final photo of the post is our new inchie in the shape of a hippo....

Sunday, 25 June 2017

A week of technical difficulties

The internet is still not working properly & Bill has been on at the provider again....still trying to get the engineer from BT to check where the line fault is 2 months after we first got onto them & to cap matters my iPad stopped working! What more could go wrong thought I but, touch wood, so far so good.

So here's some of what I've made this week

Colour me positive: Staying grounded. Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.

Journal 52: RIPEN
To make or become ripe. To come into maturity. Synonyms: Age, mellow, come of age, grow up. Prompt: Create a spread about the areas of your life that are currently ‘maturing’ or ‘ripening’. What does it feel like to ‘ripen’? What does it mean to you to ‘come of age’? Oracle: What conditions are needful for a ripening to happen in your life at this time? What is coming into fruit? What isn’t? Where are things just right? Where is more time needed?

Life Documented: Quote: life is the flower for which Love is the honey. Prompt: print & stencil marks on the background. Technique: use doodles to colour in areas.

Art prompts galore JUNE 18-24: Colours of Summer// scavenger:your favourite colour, a complimentary colour to colour above, a list (of anything, of any length) , ink stamping, three flowers , a pocket of some sort, a small tag to put in the pocket, a doodle, a positive uplifting word.

We have a new subject over at the inchie challenge too....LION and I've gone with another button from my stash 

Rudolph Day

The longest day of the year is past, it's now 6 months to Christmas and I've been sticking some of those Christmas cards's my share for the current Rudolph day challenge...

Ive been using some of my received ATCs as my storage was overflowing lol....

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Letters & numbers

A new challenge at Try it on Tuesday....and I've been making some birthday cards that just happen to fit the bill so here I am sharing them!

An 18th for my nephew, 80th for my uncle & 90th for my aunt (brother & sister of my mum).

Go and see what the others have been doing at

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Midsummer is almost here!

a warm week with assorted garden chores done, friends entertained and journal spreads made - a couple of dark notes...mum's birthday and then Father's Day but hey goes on!
Journal 52
UNFURL: To spread or shake out from a furled state. To unfold. To become unfurled. Synonyms: Unfold, unwind, develop, display, expand, open, spread. Prompt: What is unfurling or unfolding in your life as a result of your creative practice? Create a spread that includes unfurling imagery, like butterfly wings, or tender plants unfurling into blossom. Oracle: What needs to be shaken out so that you can understand it better? Where do you feel you are ‘spreading your wings’? What does unfurling feel like to you.

Art journal journey
Image: utensils. Word: feast. Prompt: menu or shopping list or recipe.  Technique: use alphabet in a creative way.  Quote: a good conscience is a continual feast. Robert Burton

Colour me positive:
What soothes your soul? Is it a hot drink, a glass of wine (preferably not first thing in the morning…lol), doing yoga, going for a walk, meditating, watching your kids play nicely together, while you sit back and watch without them knowing, gardening, stretching, painting, drawing, etc?

This is the pm  version

And the a.m version....

Life documented
Prompt: Doodle around shapes
Challenge: Cut shapes from paper

Quote:There are no mistakes only lessons to be learned. 

Every inchie Monday where we are roaring about tigers!