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Sunday, 3 January 2021

Some good things in 2020!

What a strange and extraordinary year that was, and it doesn't look as though we're out of the woods yet, though there is light on the horizon as far as some things go (and a pretty certain bleak worsening for some others).  So let's look back at some of the good things, specifically in this post the projects I've really enjoyed this year, and the things I've learned on my creative journey.  It's pretty much a Baker's Dozen and a half... I lost the will to whittle things down any further!

They're approximately in chronological order, and remember you can click on the links to visit the individual posts for making-of details...

Romance in the Ruins


Hopes of Spring


Rusted Hope


Spring Greens


Collect Beautiful Gelli Prints





Happy in her Heart

















I'm so pleased that, despite moving house to a new country and all that entailed, especially in the midst of lockdowns and border closures, I managed to complete two whole months of challenges this year - World Watercolour Month in July with all my leafy grasses and the daily line and wash work for Inktober.

The first of the new Distress Colours, Speckled Egg, released a much-needed flow of creative inspiration.  It's a colour after my own heart just by itself, and I had a joyous time playing to see how it fitted in with my favourite colour combinations.  And of course I was thrilled to have six new sets of word stamps launched by PaperArtsy in two separate releases during the year. 

That's plenty to be going on with, don't you think?! I wonder if you agree with my choices!

I'm on hold with unpacking the craft room boxes, though I do have a temporary set-up with a few supplies, but I really hope that maybe by February I can be fully back up and running in my brand new craft space.  I'll try to keep you posted on that too.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and good luck with all your creative journeying in the year to come.

When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad, I simply remember my favourite things and then I don't feel so bad.
Oscar Hammerstein II

Friday, 1 January 2021

A New Year's Day Walk

Hello all and a very happy New Year to you!  Let's hope that 2021 is an improvement on 2020 (and, really, that doesn't seem like a big ask!).

A couple of my Rustic Wilderness tag backgrounds have made their way to (very simple) completion - the result of me finally sitting down at the craft table this morning after way too long a gap.  But supposedly the things you do on New Year's Day you will end up doing every day that year, and crafting time is something I'd like to encourage.  Best not to do any housework though...

These children are all wrapped up against the frosty chill, and more than ready to go out and enjoy a New Year's Day walk amongst the snowy greenery.  After all, as they say, there's no such thing as bad weather... just the wrong clothing.

I think they're probably going to be fine with those warm-looking coats...

... and boots, hats, scarves and gloves.

The Tim Holtz Sketch Greenery stamps (which I was lucky enough to win) are layered up in Speckled Egg and Rustic Wilderness Inks and Oxides...

... with some touches of Peeled Paint here and there for the glossy leaves in between the pine needles.

The Paper Dolls in the new seasonal pack are simply enchanting - I adore both this sturdy little chap...

... and this joyful sisters all bundled up against the cold.

The embellishing is as simple as simple can be... the wooden snowflakes and a Typed Token, and some white twine to wrap it all up together.

The Clippings stickers, again from the seasonal pack, provide additional words.  I always like to have some words with my pictures, and the paint-filled tokens weren't quite enough this time around.

I hope you're still enjoying your 12 Days of Christmas.  These gentle days after Christmas are a period of hibernation for me, and I always enjoy them to the hilt before the tree comes down on 6th January after Twelfth Night.  Stay safe, stay warm, stay creative, and I'll see you again soon.

Oh, and just to let you know, the final Pinworthies and Farewells have just been published over at A Vintage Journey - do hop over and say your goodbyes if you would like to.

When there's snow on the ground, I like to pretend I'm walking on clouds.
Takayuki Ikkaku

Saturday, 26 December 2020

Merry Christmas!

I'm late for the 24th and the 25th in wishing all of you a very peaceful, joyous, merry - and above all safe - Christmas, but we celebrate for the whole 12 Days of Christmas, right through to January 6th, so as far as that goes, I'm still pretty early in proceedings!

I haven't made it to the craft table at all in the last ten days or so... I'm hoping time/inspiration for creativity will kick back in either with this festive break or with the energy of the New Year.  In the meantime, love and thanks to you all for your company over this last, strange, rollercoaster year, and here's hoping 2021 will be a better one for all of us.

Stay safe, stay well, stay creative.

Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.
Charles M. Schulz

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Thoughts and Tidings

Hello all, I'm sorry for the week-long absence.  As you might imagine - with having just moved to a new country and with Christmas right around the corner, plus trying to build new income streams - there's quite a lot going on.  So I'm just dropping in to share some pictures of a pair of tags which make me very happy.

When I have had a bit of spare time, I've been trying to spend it doing something constructive rather than internet-browsing... so I had a lovely time converting these Rustic Wilderness (the gorgeous new Distress green) backgrounds into this finished pair of tags.

This is the splotchy green and blue pair from the array of Rustic Wilderness backgrounds I shared recently...

I love what they've turned into thanks to the lovely pine and berry branches from the new Forest Floor stamp set.

For the berries, I stamped, added the white embossing powder and then used a brush to brush the powder away from the stems as much as possible before heating.  Then I used a brush pen in brown to give the stems a bit more presence.

I kept the embellishing very simple with some twine and wooden snowflakes...

... and the seasonal Clippings stickers provided the thoughts and tidings to go with them.

There's some background text stamping (because there has to be!) - the amazing advertisement stamp from the Professor #2 set.

And I doodled some borders with my dip pen and grey ink followed by white ink. 

I'm keeping things simple partly because I have no access to 95% of my crafting supplies (Box Mountain will stay Box Mountain until the flooring can be laid - which may well not be until the New Year)...

... but mostly because it didn't feel like they needed anything more.

The deep rich green of the Rustic Wilderness with the paler inky highlights of Speckled Egg and Broken China in the background...

... the beautiful detail of the stamps with those snowy berries and amazing pine needles...

... the simple wooden snowflakes and those Idea-ology Tokens dangling from the twine...

... seemed to me as though they were doing the job pretty well!  I hope they make you as happy as they do me.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I'll hope to see you over the festive period if not before.  Stay safe, stay well, stay cosy and creative.

No writing on the solitary, meditative dimensions of life can say anything that has not already been said better by the wind in the pine trees.
Thomas Merton

I'd like to share these at Country View Challenges where the theme is Anything Christmas

And at Tag Tuesday they're playing Christmas or Anything Goes

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Happy Smiles

Hello all!  A couple of those Rustic Wilderness backgrounds I shared last week have made their way to completion with the help of a pair of Paper Dolls, and a touch of ephemera collaging.  Take a look...


The background stamping is courtesy of the Forest Floor stamp set.  The large fir branch in the background has a softer look as I spritzed the inks on it (Rustic Wilderness Oxide and Peeled Paint) with a bit of water before stamping.


The pinecones are stamped in Archival Coffee as far as I remember and it's all over a background of Antique Linen and Vintage Photo with maybe some Pumice Stone in the mix (only because there usually is some Pumice Stone in the mix round here!).


The darker, shorter-needled branches are stamped in pure Rustic Wilderness Distress Ink... such a rich deeply pigmented green.  It makes for perfect layering with the ability to put something really dark and impactful over the rest of the stamping.


The two girls are wrapped up warm against the winter cold, and have happy smiles...


... if not quite the twinkling eyes suggested by the Clippings word stickers!  This one clearly has more important things to do with her time than have her photo taken.


I hope you like all the winter foliage around here at the moment... it's been a long time obsession of mine from way before I was crafting.


The large tree and jugs and vases full of ivy and holly are the most important part of the Christmas festivities for me... along with plenty of candlelight and music.


So having these new foliage stamps to play with along with the fabulous rich green of Rustic Wilderness has certainly put a happy smile on my face.  Even with my limited craft time/energy, I'm loving the moments I do manage to grab at the craft table.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope to see you again soon.  Don't forget to come and join in with our very last ever challenge at A Vintage Journey - we'd love to go out with a bang.  But most importantly stay safe and well until we meet again.

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.
John Muir

I'd like to play along at Country View Challenges where the theme is Anything Christmas
I'm hoping the twinkling eyes and the gleaming pearl droplets provide enough Christmas Sparkle to join in at Try It On Tuesday