Thursday, 25 May 2017



Today I have a digital page for the AJJ 'Elegance and Grunge' theme

Some buildings can look shabby with their peeling paint and cracked brickwork but somehow can still look so elegant - I found these images and just had to use them.
The Images I used were from a Serif cd 'Serif Pro Images collection 2'.
The font is called Gabriola. The digi-kits used are ones I made some time ago called ‘Grunge it' and 'Natasha' - (the leaves don't actually belong to the flowers but were some small chard leaves growing in our garden which I liked the look of to go with the flowers which I can never remember the name of).
Have a great day
and thank you for stopping by
Gill x

Wednesday, 24 May 2017


For Elegance and Grunge theme at AJJ

This page has a soft and grungy Aquamarker background made scribbling the markers on a piece of cellophane first then either spritzed or breathed on it and then pressed that down onto the paper to transfer the ink.  I found the decoupage hand in my stash and cut a little of the cuff of and pleated a small piece of vintage lace behind it.

Not certain how old the lace was but it either belonged to my husbands grandmother, or going by the sewing contents in the old box it came from it was more likely his great grandmother, so possibly over or around a 100 years old. Words printed from my PC.

That's my lot for today but if you haven't already joined in there's still time to join in this month to the 'Elegance and Grunge' theme at AJJ and lots of  lovely inspiration there too - thank you to everyone taking part.

Have a great day
and thanks for stopping by
Gill x

Monday, 22 May 2017



My page today for the AJJ 'Elegance and Grunge' theme is an all digital page made using Craft Artist software and a digikit called 'pin up chic' from Daisytrail.
Not a lot of grunge but she sure is elegant :)

thanks for stopping by,
have a great day
Gill x

Sunday, 21 May 2017



Hope you are having a lovely weekend.
It looks like being a hot day here today so I'm off out to do some gardening etc before it gets too hot.

But first...todays page for 'Elegance and Grunge' at AJJ

 I started off with a piece of yellow A4 card but it was soon covered with brown paint.
The candles were from the front of a local free magazine - so I cut them out, stuck them down and painted around them and the rest of the area with brown acrylic paint. I then found some decoupage scraps of flowers and the hand, stuck them down and added some iridescent glitter glue to the flowers, lace cuff and her ring. I printed the quote out and added some Neocolor 2s around the edge. Finished off around edges of the page with some Pebeo Dyna paints and odd splodges of glitter glue.
thanks for stopping by
and hope you have a great day
Gill x

Friday, 19 May 2017

Stylish Elegance and Grunge and letter journals

Hello everyone

It's Friday again - hope your week has been good and you've got some fun planned for the weekend. Weather permitting I will be working in the garden again but also hope for some play time too and to read two new arty books.

Today I have some (hopefully) stylish  'Elegance and grunge' for AJJ
This is an all digital piece. I used an ancestors  photo - the elegant stylish lady we called her Auntie Bette but she was actually a 2nd cousin. The digikit 'Grunge It' is one I made... it includes photos of paper flowers, lace ribbon, brackets and some digitally drawn items.

 I created my first letter journals recently and today I am showing some pages from one as it has been received...
But sadly the beautiful one that the lovely Beo made for me got lost in the post... these things happen of course, but I was sad also for Beo, for all the creativity and time she had taken to make this wonderful lost letter journal. I know how wonderful it was because I have seen photos - it was amazing! - so I hope it is found by someone who will enjoy and appreciate all the work that went in to it..

But then ..oh wow! I had a big surprise - a new beautiful letter journal arrived :) You may have seen some of the pages from  the beautiful letter journal that Beo made for me  and I'm sure you can  imagine my delight :) and wasn't that was so very  kind..
Photos never seem to quite show all the details and colours the same as in real life - and I have so very lucky that in 'real life' I am the recipient of this fantastic creation - thank you once again Beo, I love it xx :)

The following are some of the pages in my letter journal to Beo. 
front cover - hasn't quite scanned the colour quite right.
Beate had encouraged me some time ago to try gelli printing when I had been afraid I might have ruined the plate - so now of course I am fearless (ha ha ) and had to do lots of gelli prints on my pages.


The house was folded on one side and opened up for my message
I also used this opportunity to make some things inspired by a Carla Sonheim book that Beo recommended too called Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun

 thanks so much for stopping by,
have a great day and wonderful weekend
Gill x

Thursday, 18 May 2017


For AJJ 'Elegance and Grunge'

The background is acrylic paint plus a few various washi tapes,  I also used craft foam and punched small holes in, to use as a stamp. The stickers I found in my stash and the words say 'Elegance can't be bought - it comes naturally'.

A shortish post today as I am off out into the garden to help Dave dig up old some surface tree roots and try digging over some ground where some old trees were cut down.
Thanks for stopping by..
have a great day
Gill x

Wednesday, 17 May 2017


Hello all

Hope your week going well.
I'd intended to post yesterday but we had an unusually hot day and I spent most of it outside and got a bit of heat stroke - probably my own fault for going out after Dave and I had lunch and a bottle of wine.  And oh..there was a small incident on the way back from a garden centre walking along a busy road with a narrow pavement. In one hand I was holding 7ft long garden canes and in the other a pot of meal worms for the Robins... then not sure what happened but suddenly the meal worms had rolled out into the road - luckily it wasn't me and luckily I got them back in one piece for the Robins too. I shall stick to cold soft drinks on a hot day from now on!

And now for AJJ 'Elegance and Grunge' I have this page..

I drew around my hand and painted it with neocolor 2's and the nails I painted with Radiant pearls paint in 'candyapple' and then used clear embossing powder over the top and heated.
The black background was done by rubbing black Neocolor 1 over an embossing folder that was under my page. Printed the words out from my pc. 
We are a little over half way through May already and I've loved seeing all the fantastic pages you've been linking to 'Elegance and Grunge' at AJJ thank you so much. 
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great day
Gill x

Sunday, 14 May 2017

GRACE and a TIOT little thing


Hope your weekend is going well.

First I have  digital piece today for AJJ 'Elegance and Grunge'  made using a digikit called 'Equinox' by G&T designs and an image that was in some clip art on an old genealogy disc.
This page reminds me of the old films which I still love, usually just black and white from about the 1930s or 1940s with all the elegant ladies and wonderful clothes and where the story line is pretty innocent.
  And over at TIOT ' Little things mean a lot'  is a fun challenge and we are asked to make something (any shape) but no larger than 4 inches square and to show what we made with a ruler beside our work.

Mine is a little under 4x3 inches and inspired by Modigliani and some fun exercises I have been doing from Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists   52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun a book by Carla Sonheim.

Have a great day
and for mums in the part of the world celebrating 'Mothers day'
I hope you enjoy your special day too.
Thanks for stopping by
Gill x

Saturday, 13 May 2017

STYLE IS ETERNAL for AJJ and headgear for MM&M

Hope you've had a good week and looking forward to the weekend.

This is todays page for AJJ 'Elegance and Grunge' theme  
A little grunge and some elegance too - this page has an Aquamarker background - the sort where I scribbled/doodled the markers on a piece of cellophane and spritz with water or breathed on it and then press that down onto the paper to transfer the ink. 
I then muted the colour down in places with some white gesso.
The mannequin, quotes and chandelier stamps by 'Kanban' ( I think). I stamped the mannequin on tissue paper and coloured with Inktense pencils. Other messy/grungy stamps that I used are by Crafter Companion and a set from The works.

I made a 'Moo' for MM&M where the theme is 'headgear'. I used some small stamps from an old set of 'Hats and Gloves' by Hero Arts. I always find it challenging (but fun)to work on such a small size - and it makes good use of some little stamps that sometimes get over looked. I used Prima water soluble crayons on b/g and the other colour is pencils and white Posca pen.
Thanks for stopping by
Have a great weekend..
Gill x 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

ELEGANT ANCESTORS with some grunge too :) and faces tag

I've been interested in Genealogy for many years and love looking at treasured family photos and documents.
For AJJ 'Elegance and Grunge'  theme today I have an elegant and grungy piece using a lovely photo of one of my husbands ancestors.

The print I did was in black and white in the middle some photo paper and then I added colour using Prima water soluble oil pastels and pan pastels and went around some of image with black Stabilo all pencil. Then I stamped around  photo using Kaisercraft ‘Windsor’ and ‘Film edges’ stamps. Next I added a couple of digital additions:  a quote and flowers - the quote font: is called ‘Allura’ and the flowers I made from one of my own photos of  Osteospurnums and a threshold effect applied. And lastly a thin digital blue border was added.     

the original before the digital additions
I also have a  tag for Tag Tuesday where the lovely Chrissie is hosting the theme of 'faces' .
For my tag I used some distress oxides on background, a foam stamp by La Blanche, a couple of 3d stickers and a silk flower I re-coloured and added a gem too and at the bottom is a piece of  antique lace.
thanks for stopping by
hope you have a great day
Gill x

Tuesday, 9 May 2017


Hello  :)

I have a digital piece today for AJJ 'Elegance and Grunge'
The kits used are 'Cafe au lait' and 'Grunge it'. Background made from photo of peeling paint and blended with the elements using  'Craft Artist' software.. Image from collection gathered over the years.

hope you have a lovely day,
thanks for stopping by
Gill x

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Mess? What mess?

Hello everyone

Hope you are having a lovely weekend and having some better weather than we have here today, which is grey and a bit breezy and even the birds are a sitting with feathers fluffed up and looking fed up.
I wonder what they do to cheer themselves up - for me - I like to put on some music and go play with some paints and inks.

I have a bit of a grungy messy piece today for AJJ  'Elegance and Grunge' theme 

This was created on a sheet of  Claire Fontaine 'paint on' A4 multi-media paper. I used a few stencils and stamps. I stamped the images onto tissue paper first; the butterfly stamp is from one of Sheena Douglass sets and the bird from a Katzelkraft set and I added colour with Inktense pencils as I find they are nice strong, vibrant colours and colour well over other colour.   The background mainly done using Colour cloud blending ink and Neocolor 2s. 
I printed out quote from pc.

The last few days I have been busy feeding birds when they come asking for food. We have been plagued with 'homing pigeons' who seem to bully the small birds and eat everything - so other than the hanging bird feeders, we have been putting out small amounts of food when the Blackbirds, Robins and one particular Collared Dove come looking for us.

Below is an old photo but is what has been happening for a few days - I will try to get an
up-to-date one but unless Dave is about it might be hard taking a photo with one hand only :)

I'm assuming the young Robins have now hatched because some times the parents have been arriving together but only one of them lands on my hand..
Have a wonderful day
and wishing you a great week
thanks for stopping by
Gill x

Friday, 5 May 2017


Hello Everyone

It's Friday again - I hope you've had a good week.
This week I've especially enjoyed seeing the fabulous things you have been creating for  'Elegance and Grunge' at AJJ thank you x

Today I have an all digital piece to share.

I made this (using Craft Artist software) with digital elements from Foxey Squirrel kits
and a few bits from Laithas Designs 'Crafty Essentials' kit.
I love all the different effects that digital editing allows me to do, I just wish I could recreate the grunge and blended pieces that are  so easy to do digitally on my 'real artwork'.
thanks for stopping by,
hope you have a great day
and wonderful weekend.
Gill x

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

WALLS and Transport


I have two pieces today - the first is for AJJ where I have chosen the theme of Elegance and Grunge I don't know why I love grungy and distressed things but I do.. even bricks I find interesting with the different colours of them, the textures and cracks.
I didn't know where I was going when I first started messing around and then added the gesso and then suddenly I was drawing a brick archway.
Background/bricks was a mix of Prima watersoluble oil pastels, Gelatos and Neocolor 1 water resistant wax crayons. I added some black stabillo all pencil for some shading. The climbing flowers: leaves and stems drawn/painted with Inktense pencils - the flowers were punched on orange paper using a Daisy craft punch and yellow Neocolor 1 added to petals and white in the centres. I'm not certain who the bird silhouette stamps are made by. The quote (by Jim Rohn) I printed off my computer and then coloured some letters in with pencils.

I have a page also for the lovely Jo  Transport challenge over at TIOT  The images are Viva Decor stamps - the rest is a mix of paint, neocolor 2s, coloured pencil and intense pencils.
Thanks for stopping by
Gill x

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Her name was 'Elegance'

Today for my AJJ 'Elegance and Grunge' challenge page I had some fun and I first wrote a poem and then used that idea to create a digital page.
The background is from one of my scanned Gelli prints and then I added images from various clip art collections I have plus some digital elements from kits called...  'His story, Steampunk parlour (Daisytrail), Grunge en rouge (by me) and ‘Another time' (GT designs).
The font I used is called 'Candy Square BTN'.

Its a sunny day and the birds are singing. I love this time of year when the birds are busy nesting and singing more. Outside I can hear a Blackbird singing a lovely song, it is probably our resident Blackbird, this is him sitting in one of the Lilac tree,  he's a friendly chap and comes up close to us.
 And as well as admiring him in the tree, I love looking at the Lilac trunks as they have great grungy textures and lovely patterns on them.

Thanks for stopping by.
Hope you have a  great day
Gill x

Monday, 1 May 2017

Elegance and Grunge for AJJ

Hello everyone

I was so delighted and honoured to have been asked again to host this months challenge at AJJ (Art Journal Journey) 
It wasn't too difficult to think of a theme this time as I love all sorts of art and styles - pretty designs or messy ink/painty/distressed effects... so the theme I have chosen for  AJJ  is 'Elegance and Grunge'


On a double page spread I created my grungy background using a small Gelli plate as a stamp with cheap craft paints and a few stencils. Then I drew my girl and flower and painted with a mix of Neocolor 2s, Inktense pencils and coloured pencils. The rubber stamps on the flowers are from 'The Works' and old ones from 'Docrafts - see D's' range. 
To finish I added some more gesso and colour on the background to make the art pop out a bit more. The quote says ' She is messy and mad - but she has a heart of gold'.

... maybe you might only chose one of the words for your own creation...  

I hope you enjoy this challenge and have lots of fun.
I shall look forward to visiting you.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by
 and for any comments.
Gill x


Friday, 21 April 2017

Heritage tag and Moo face

Hello everyone

Here's something different from me today that I made yesterday while waiting for the delivery of a rustic looking garden bench. So with one eye looking out of the window and the other looking through some crafty bits and pieces ( I must have looked very cross eyed) I came across a few things to use for the Heritage challenge over at 'Tag Tuesday'. And then after making the tag and still waiting for my bench I decided to make a 'moo' for MM&M faces theme .

Initially I think of family history when I hear the word 'Heritage' and think of my ancestors and the places they came from and their trades. So this tag is in memory of my lovely paternal grandfather, who in WW1 was in the RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps) and was never in very good health after that. My granddad was a lovely, kind man and I do remember him doing drawings with me when I was small.

Next... as I haven't done a real 'Moo' size piece for a while, I thought it was about time to do one. So linking this to MM&M It was quite fun drawing this on this small area.
I used a mix of  Derwent artbars, coloured pencils and Neocolor 1(on hair)
Fortunately Dave had been baking the day before and had made some spice bars so that kept me going until the delivery men had been.
This was Valeries recipe that she kindly shared with us last Summer. (thanks again for that Valerie x )
Dave used Ginger preserve and chocolate chips in this one.
The bench arrived safely but as cold weather is now predicted
over weekend I won't be trying that out yet. It may be a weekend staying in the warm and having some more arty play time - I won't complain about that :) 
Thanks for stopping by today..
I hope you have a wonderful weekend
Gill x