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Thank you for visiting me today, I hope you see something here that you like. I love colouring digital images and I am on a few Design Teams.I am taking art classes with Kit and Clowder, and Make it Crafty. I hope maybe you will get some new ideas here or you can leave comments and links so I will be picking up new ideas from you. Anyway I will put on the kettle and have some cupcakes at the ready...

Monday 2 October 2017

For the new challenge over at Digitally made

Compiled from Mischief Circus kits and digital fairy image from Rick St. Dennis
which I coloured with spectrum noir pencils and promarkers

In the Autumn woods something magical happens when your brush has a mind of it's own and fairies come out to play.

I have been invited to be a Guest Designer at Digitally Made. There we can show our love of digitally manipulated images, scenes etc. Please join in the fun and enter your pieces.. this month they are sponsored by

Sunday 3 September 2017

I had a heart attack

We had Jasmine and Jaydn to stay with us for the weekend. It was a lovely visit.. we all went fishing and I sat under a weeping willow tree watching their excitement everytime they caught fish and wiping the slime off their hands and feeding them sandwiches and drinks. When we got home we played games of Ludo and Hotel and watched films so really not a stressful time at all.

Bank Holiday Monday

It was so weird. No one told me I was having a heart attack and it wasn't anything like you see on television. Colin was taking the children home as I wasn't feeling too good. I started to carry toiletries out from the bathroom as we are having the bathroom converted. I was feeling over tired and my chest hurt with a heavy sort of pain also at my left shoulder blade. No pain down my arm. I knocked on the wall to our neighbours but they were out and no one to be seen in the street. I knew something was wrong and rang for an ambulance. I couldn't remember our postcode nor our phone number as we moved into the bungalow just before last Christmas and I haven't rang the phone number.. silly perhaps but true.
Anyway, the lady said an ambulance was on it's way. I sat down and tried to relax and a paramedic arrived so quickly, he hooked me up to machines and just chatted to me. Nothing was said about me having a heart attack. The paramedic then rang my step-daughter Lisa to see if Colin was still there and was told he was already driving home. The ambulance arrived and the men put me in a chair and strapped me in, taking me out to the ambulance. The paramedic stayed to secure our home. In the ambulance I had a canular into my right hand and sticky dots connected over my chest then I was given morphine then more morphine. Colin arrived at that time but wasn't allowed in with me. The paramedic told him everything that was going to happen and that I was having a severe heart attack. With the blue light going we arrived at the new Norwich hospital and I was immediately taken into surgery. I was out of it by then until I opened my eyes now and then and saw monitors and heard bleeps and there was a large plastic tent over my body. The surgeon sorted out my artery.. saving my life, I think maybe he was talking to students as every move was described. 

I was put into a cardiac unit in a room of my own with Colin beside me for hours. The only let down really was that the nurses didn't have time to answer emergency bells and when Colin did leave I need to wee and pressed the buzzer.. nothing. It seemed to take for ever till the nurse arrived with a bedpan. They rolled me on to it and left the room and eventually I managed to wee and wee and wee and wee. I rang the buzzer and again no one came. The wee flowed over the bedpan and onto the bed. In my drugged up state I started splashing my hand in my own wee. Yeuck! Then someone came and got me out of bed, rinsed me down and remade the bed. This happened twice. I was mortified when I realised what had happened.
The corridor outside my room was so noisy with machines bleeping and whistling - good noises and shrill flirty voices and laughter - not so good noises.

Friday 18 August 2017

For the Challenge at Digitally Made Challenge blog


It seems like forever since I posted. I am a bit out of practice so today I am posting a totally digital image. There is a new Challenge blog for Digitally created art just for fun here

I would like to enter this piece.
The weather is a bit cooler this evening and John Mouse decided to light the old stove. There were some cracks in the pipe but a few ribbons borrowed from 'the people who live in the sky' soon sorted things out. Peter Mouse curled up in the leaves in front of the stove happily nibbling on a cupcake whilst eyeing up his dad's cake perched on the edge of the table. Peter knew his dad would be falling asleep before he finished reading the paper then all Peter would have to do would be to carefully replace the uneaten cupcake with his own cupcake wrapper.. a few crumbs scattered on his dad's jumper and da daaaah.... his dad must have eaten the cake himself.
Peter really loved Baking Day.

Friday 28 April 2017

For the Challenge over at Simply Papercraft

sponsoring the Challenge over at Simply Papercraft
I love these images so much, I am so excited to be working with them again. Bugaboo images are full of character and life. You want to say something.. Bugaboo will have the perfect image and sentiment. You feel something and want to share.. Bugaboo can say it for you and even have an image which feels just like you do.

Friday 24 March 2017

For the Challenge over at Simply Papercraft

Morgan's artworld
Background and fire from Alchemist for Mischief Circus

The Challenge at Simply Papercraft has been sponsored by Morgan.

I hope you will enter your projects here for a chance to win.
I printed this wonderful dragon onto neenah and coloured her with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils. I scanned the coloured image into Craft Artist 2 where I chose a flower petal embellishment. I recoloured the petal to match the dragon skin, re-sized it and using the 'stamp' mode placed the now olive green petals where the separate scales had been drawn by the artist. 

Monday 20 February 2017

Mini Album keepsake for Jasmine

This is my first real mini album. Some time ago my friend Carla sent me a Christmas mini album. It is so beautiful and is now part of our Christmas tradition, every year it is on display and is filled with Christmas memories.
I have now made my own mini album for our precious grand daughter Jasmine. She loves to bake with her granddad but she doesn't like raisin juice (mincemeat). Jasmine made these apple pies from scratch on her own. The photos were taken in the kitchen of our old house when Jasmine was 7.

I found the little box with six card blanks at Create and Craft it is called a Graphic 45 Mixed Media Box. A cinch machine was used to bind the pages together. The boxes have a square aperture on the top which I covered with a wonderful die-cut from tonic studios.. and I cut and trimmed the rose design for each of the sides. Then went round the designs with liquid pearls.
I have the Tonic studios flipflop die kits and one of the dies are just the right size to layer on the blanks. I used the card which came as part of the cut and 'boss die-cutting machine package to make the first layers.

Here you can see how I used the die cuts across the aperture.. although the die is not a mirror image I quite like the effect. You can also see the die cut on the inside of the base.

I have finally used some of my graphic 45 papers. I know they are not just for looking at and smoothing out and daydreaming about... they are for using and loving and I think they work perfectly together even across the collections.
Here are the pages together and be-ribboned. A layer of graphic 45 and a Tonic die cut.

I have written out the recipe for apple pies which Jasmine can make from scratch (except from opening a tin of apple pie filling) There are tags and hidden pockets where I have placed the step by step photos and the method is also on tags.

I adore these papers, I started collecting them and had to give myself a good talking to! I finally used them and I love, love them so much. They include little tags and envelopes and tiny pockets to hide away for little surprises.

Jasmine's Grand-dad and I have written little messages which we have tucked away in the pockets.

I hope you can see the beautiful dies. I think this is the set where there is a large frame and there are smaller decorative plaques to cut out the middle section with a lattice pattern.

These pages are not so highly decorated as I have made a small journal with just a few pages for Jasmine to write down her thoughts and we will pop that into place when she is ready.

This is the back of the album. I wanted to show this stunning Tonic die. It comes in a collection of 6 and is the die I used for the sides of the box. I just cut round the roses and I think it fits perfectly. I do like layering up the same colour papers.

I will update and add the rest of the photos soon.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Mixed Media World     anything mixed media goes  ends 8th March
More Mixed Media Challenge     anything goes optional red  ends 4th March

Sunday 19 February 2017

Happy Birthday Jasmine

Jasmine's 8th Birthday card.
Main dies are Tattered Lace Tri Fold and Tonic part of a wonderful collection. Both die collections cut so crisp.. I am so pleased with them. They are stuck to the card stock with one of those purple tape pens from create and craft.

I am entering this into the following challenges
crafting from the heart                   anything goes ends 26th.
cute card Thursday                        no designer papers  ends 23rd
little miss muffet challenge blog   anything goes ends 23rd
open minded crafting fun              anything goes ends 7th March

Tuesday 24 January 2017

Cozy Owl's Scrooge Brentwood Owl©

Background Mouse
For Mischief Circus

 We were given a chance to work with some charming images a while ago. This is one of Jessica's owls.. I think he looks so cozy and who knew that inside his rather drab looking hole in an old tree would be a Bachelor pad with a stove for mouse soup, a  delivery of 'The Daily Raptor' a comfy squashy chair and hand knitted rug.