24 Oct 2015


Hello fellow ARTISTS.
Today I am sharing my take on the latest challenge at Color Stories Inspiration.  I will be honest, this palette is one I struggled with, primarily because it was right out of my usual colour choice comfort zone.  But having said that, I'm happy with what I pulled off and how I solved the case.
Here is what I did with the case.

Scheme : all there
Evidence : book pages, decorative border, scallops, watercolour
Testimony : Carry on Tuesday prompt - don't walk behind me I may not lead, don't walk in front of me, I may not follow, just walk beside me and be my friend
Meet Sharon.  One of the most amazing and inspiring and beautiful women I have ever met.  Though she lives hundreds of kilometres from me, I have no doubt that she is always with me.  She's helped me through some rough times - with a telephone call, a kind comment and purely with the knowledge that she is THERE.  She tells me like it is, knowing full well that I don't appreciate sugar coating.  She berates me when I need it most.  She loves me when I need it most.  I don't often call people "friend" because I deem the word itself to be very sacred.  Anyone can be a friend.  But Sharon, she is the epitome of the true meaning of friend.  What a privilege and a blessing it is to me that I can call her just that - my friend.
Here are some close up shots of my piece.  Thanks for looking.

17 Oct 2015


I know I've said this before, but I really am enjoying cardmaking!  I can't believe I've never really done it before. Right now I'm churning them out like crazy.  So here is my take on the latest card sketch at Feeling Sketchy.

Love This Life

Finally it seems as if my network issues are resolved and I can do some work! 
Today I'm sharing my take on the latest sketch over at Let's Scrap. 
Here is what I put together using the sketch.

And here are some close up shots.

11 Oct 2015

So Happy With You

Hello fellow artists!
Today I'm sharing my take on Color Stories Inspiration Case Number 179.
Off the bat, I just fell in love with this scheme.  It's almost edible!
Here is what I did with this case:

Scheme : all there
Evidence : Stripes, flowers, stitching
Testimony : write a letter to the subject of your photo
Dear Wolfie,
We have known each other for just about 20 years and I've always thought you were so gorgeous.  Even Travers used to roll his eyes at me when I told him how gorgeous you are.  I've been fascinated with your life - primarily because you have chosen to live a life that is not dictated by society.
I did not seek out to start any form of relationship (loosely termed) in early May.  I did not make up my mind that I wanted to start something with you.  But it did.  And it took me by surprise.
What surprised me more was that I still have the capacity to love again.  Not like before, because echoes of fear run riot in my head and my heart.
But love you, I do.  I'm enjoying this time with you so much.  It has changed me once again as a person. 
It's only been 5 months, but you have already changed so much in me.  You have made me see things differently.  You have made me start to realise that really, so what, where all the small things are concerned.  You are starting to make me accept myself more every day.  I hear your voice inside my head often; wise words that we share in the dark of night.
I've come to realise that the arrangement we have now in terms of our "relationship" is nothing short of perfect.  I don't want more.  And I ask myself if I will get to a stage where I will ask the question "where is this going".  And I already know the answer to that - why worry about where it's going, when where it is, is absolutely fine.  Why "fix" something that isn't broken?
I look forward to the 55 years we have agreed to do with our arrangement; I really do.  I know that I'm going to learn so much more from you.  I know that we're going to have loads of fun, share laughter and maybe, just maybe, be there for each other during the rough patches too.
You're an amazing human being and I admire you more than I can find words for.  Thank you for the past few months and thank you in advance for what's still to come.
Here are some close up shots of my piece.

5 Oct 2015

40th Birthday Card

And now for my final post!  Such a relief to be caught up on this front (and this front only, I've hit the ground running this week!)
I have to say that I've never REALLY made cards much - but now that I have been as of late, I'm really enjoying it and intend to continue doing so!
Here is the latest sketch challenge over at Feeling Sketchy:
My sister-in-law's 40th is coming up next week and I decided to make her a card.  Having just had mine and having received many duplicate cards, I decided that I wanted her to have a one of a kind original. Here's what I made for her:

Love Your Smile

My next share is for the latest sketch over at Let's Scrap.  I really loved working with this sketch. 

I have an enormous batch of baby photographs which I had done years ago - you will be seeing ALOT of them with my upcoming challenges!
Here is how I worked with this fortnightly sketch:


I'm so behind on my posts - today you will get three.
First up is the latest challenge at Color Stories Inspiration.
And here's how I solved it:

Scheme : all there
Evidence : film strips, metal, arrows
Testimony : 100 random questions : how many tattoo's do you have
Having always wanted a tattoo, this year I went all out and now I have 14.  I believe that tattoo's are a lifetime commitment, so they need to have some significance.  All of mine do.  The four pictured here are amongst the most significant to me.
I survived = semi colon: there is a worldwide trend surrounding the semi-colon tattoo.  It supports those who have survived suicide attempts, depression, etc and it's symbol means that your sentence is not over.  On some days I feel strongly that I have not survived, not really.  But my sentence is not over.  My story is not finished.
My she wolf represents a new man in my life who has changed me so much in so many ways.
My Lotus: they grow through mud and gunk to rise as one of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen.  I hope that my life can be like this too, in time.