Thursday 31 January 2019

Passport Travellers Journal

Hello. My two Prima passport size journals are getting pretty chunky. The inserts are watercolour paper and mixed media paper, ideal for my efforts in art journalling. I also love this size, I don't feel overwhelmed by a big blank page!

I renewed my passport last year so I have slotted the old one into the third elastic. I have plans to decorate the pages, I have an actual passport in my passport journal!!

These gorgeous Travellers Journals are available over at Paper, Pen and Plan.

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Wednesday 30 January 2019

friendship warms my heart

Hello. Don't these two look cosy? I hope you are keeping cosy during this cold snap. I used two new stamps sets to make my card today. From Concord & 9th 'winter wear' and from Wplus9 'knit patterns'. I stamped the background using Versamagic chalk ink and I coloured the images using my ZIG Real Brush Markers.

The 'winter wear' stamp set is a little unusual. You get separate stamps so that you can mix and match the scarves and hat. Have a peek at the picture of the set below to see what I mean!

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Monday 28 January 2019

one of a kind

Hello. I did some heat embossing! The background stamp is 'tossed florals' by Wplus9 and I heat embossed using white powder. Then I wasn't sure if I should colour it in, but I didn't, as you can see! The little guy is from the 'you gnome me' set by My Favourite Things, I coloured him with my Copic marker pens.

I am entering the Cutie Pie Challenge...cute clean and simple.

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Sunday 27 January 2019

February Sweet Treat Box

Sweet Love is the theme of the February Sweet Treat box. And although the main colour in the box is pink it has a lovely vintage feel throughout which makes the stash very versatile. I know I will make loads of projects with this box and I can't wait to get started! 

As usual I have filmed a quick unboxing video, you will see a proper close up of everything in the box. You can find it here over on my You Tube channel.

You can buy a one off box or subscribe monthly, all the info' you need is here.

Have you commented on my magazine box set giveaway? All the info' is here on this blog post.

Friday 25 January 2019

your heart and my heart

Hello. When My Favourite Things released this stamp set 'joyful heart bears' I just couldn't resist! You get three cute bears, seven sweet sentiments and three teeny butterflies. I gave the stamped image the usual watercolour treatment. I also used watercolour on the grass once it had been die cut.

I am entering my card into the challenge over at Cute Card Thursday...Critters.

Thursday 24 January 2019

Hobonichi - January update

Hello. I am often asked about my Hobonichi. What is it? What is it's purpose? Do you really do this every day? What's so special about this book?

Well, I have a Hobonichi Techo (English version - Hobonichi is a Japanese company) with a blue cover and a patterned cover on cover. And, yes, strictly speaking, it is just a diary/planner with a page to a day.

People use them in all different ways, but I use mine as an 'anything I fancy doing that day'! For days when I just got up, went to work, came home and watched telly it's just washi tape and stickers. The pages above are exactly that. I used washi and stickers from the Pretty Pale collection by Prima available here from Paper, Pen and Plan.

Other days I might want to jot down what I did along with maybe stamping, colouring or some stickers, like the page below.  

Now, do I do this every day? Mostly I do, it doesn't take long to do a page, maybe ten minutes or so. The longest I have gone without completing a page is three days. But it's fun catching up!

What's so special about this book? I could go into how great the paper is, how lovely the covers are and how it makes it special coming all the way from Japan! Yes, I know I could do this in a much cheaper plain notebook/diary, but would I? 

Wednesday 23 January 2019

love is in the air

Hello. I have another Penny Black card to share. This one features 'hedgehopper' and, as usual with my PBs, I coloured with my watercolour Inktense pencils. The background dies are 'swirls' by Concord & 9th, 'frame' by Mama Elephant and 'clouds' by Lawn Fawn.

I didn't have a small aeroplane for my staging so had to make do with some random wood mounted stamps!

Tuesday 22 January 2019

111 places - part 3

Hello, I've been updating my '111 Places' travellers notebook. 
If you haven't a clue what I'm on about part 1 is here and part 2 is here

This is number 81 in the book - Rottenrow Gardens. A huge nappy pin marks the spot where the Glasgow Royal Maternity and Women's Hospital once stood (1860-2001). The hospital was where ultrasound was developed in the 1950s.

 And this is number 58 - The Kelbourne Saint. Although it has had a name change and a bit of a makeover since the book was published the sheds are still there, and still being used! 
It has had a moment of cinematic fame standing in for an Edinburgh pub fight scene in the film Trainspotting!

Monday 21 January 2019

going places!

Hello. The other week I shared three Penny Black cards all with a sewing theme. Today I have two more Penny Black cards to share, this time with a car theme!

The card above features 'flower powered' and the one below is 'london cabby'. I coloured both images with my Inktense pencils. Both background papers are from the 'go now go' pad by Shimelle.

Friday 18 January 2019

You add colour to my world

Hello. Today's card features two stamp sets by Neat & Tangled. The cute little people are from 'Complementary Colours' and the sentiment is from 'Paint Night'. I cut the sentiment up after I stamped it as I wanted to substitute 'color' (Neat & Tangled are from the US) for colour!

I used Copic marker pens to colour and the background piece has been die cut using Wonky Stitches by Avery Elle.

Thursday 17 January 2019

New planner for 2019!

Hello. My new planner for 2019 is this super cute KikkiK. I got the matching dog charm, magnetic page markers, pen and some stickers. Santa was very good to me! A planner this cute deserves fancy dividers and here is my January divider. I used paper, stickers and washi tape from the Freezin' Season set by Simple Stories. Paper, Pen and Plan has this in stock at the mo'.

 Here's a closer look....

I enjoyed making my divider so much I decided to get ahead and make one for February. This time I used my July Nutting Joy Doll stamp and did some paper piecing and water colouring. The stamp is also available from Paper, Pen and Plan here.

Here's a closer look....

Wednesday 16 January 2019

I wet my plants!!

Hello. I have a super quick fun card to share today. The stamps are from the 'Twiggy Florets' set by Paper Smooches and I did a little bit of colouring with my Copic marker pens. The white panel has been die cut using 'Wonky Stitches' by Avery Elle.

We're forecast to get a little bit snow tomorrow and it's the one day of the year I'm on a bus as the car is booked in for it's service! I'll be looking out my thermals!!

Sunday 13 January 2019

spreadin' a little (alpaca) love

Hello. Today's card features stamps from the Alpaca Wishes stamp set from Sticker Kitten. I stamped, watercoloured using my Inktense pencils then carefully fussy cut the two alpacas and three plant pots. The sentiment is from the Everyday Greetings set by Mama Elephant. The have all been popped onto a die cut piece cut using Stitched Squares by Reverse Confetti.

I am going to try really hard this year to name the products I have used, not that I mind replying to the messages/emails, but it will save you asking me! Although sometimes I have thrown away the packaging and haven't a clue what the name is - oops!!

Friday 11 January 2019

Penny Black Trio

Hello. Penny Black stamps were among the first stamps I ever bought. Over the years my collection has grown and I don't care that, as they are wood mounted, they take up quite a lot of space. I still love them and every wee while I have a very relaxing afternoon with my 'old' Penny Blacks!

This time there's a bit of a theme going on - the cute critters are all sewing. So I teamed up my PBs with a stamp set by Neat &Tangled called 'handstitched' and a hoop die also by Neat&Tangled.

I stamped using my Versafine ink pad and coloured with Inktense pencils. I am entering the Anything Goes Challenge at Penny Black Saturday.

Thursday 10 January 2019

January Sweet Treat Box

It's time to Dream Big! The January Sweet Treat Box has landed! Packed full of bright colours, unicorns and delightful sayings. Can't wait to dress up my planner with all these goodies. And I think I may even make a card or two with those gorgeous papers! 

As usual I have filmed a quick unboxing video where you will see a proper close up of everything in the box. You can find it here over on my YouTube Channel.

You can buy a one off box or subscribe monthly, all the info' you need is here.

Wednesday 9 January 2019

It's out with the old.....

.....and in with the new! It's been a while since I shared any pics of my Hobonichi Techo so I thought what better entry to share than 1st January. A journal card, stickers and some washi got me off to an easy start!

It was my first Craftaholics Anonymous meeting of the year last Saturday and the demo' I chose was 'Handmade Washi Tape'. I'm pretty pleased with the result I got (thanks June). Doesn't it look cool on my page?

Thursday 3 January 2019

magic happens

Hello. I'm back in the crafty room after a wee break. I didn't really plan it, it just sort of happened! To ease myself back I've had a quick play in my passport size art journal. I love the size of these pages, just big enough to stamp, colour and do a quick background.

The stamp is 'magic happens' from Unity. The background stamp is 'watch gears' by Hero Arts. I used my Distress Pens and water to colour and then stencilled some clouds and stars.

Love how chunky my journal is.....