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How to sum up some of my favourite things in a space 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches … ?

That was the challenge for this mini mixed media creation. Read on to see how I got on, and what was included.

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Be You!

February 6, 2019 — 4 Comments

A wee reminder for all of us in today’s short make and a way to re-use that ancient mandala from the other day too.

Ready? Ok, let’s start…

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Thank You, Mandala Card

February 4, 2019 — 7 Comments

Whale hallooo. Hope you are keeping well?

I am. Feeling quite grateful too. Too many thank you’s to say for this rosy glow so please allow me to convey it to everyone at once through the medium of slapping ink about on a card.

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On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, twelve drummers drumming …

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On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eleven pipers piping…

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Ready to see what my unhinged true love got me on day 10?

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ten lords-a-leaping…

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Right – *rolls up sleeves – let’s see what my ‘true love’ has done this time.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, nine ladies dancing…

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Oooh, bloody hell, it’s 2019 !!! Happy New Year! Seems weird to still be talking about Christmas so blame the carol.

On the eight day of Christmas my true love sent to me, eight maids-a-milking …

8 Maids Milking Artist Trading Card by John Bloodworth Gentleman Crafter

It’s a lovely gift but who is supplying the creatures being milked?! Does my true love assume that I have a heard of cows roaming around my flat? If so, my true love doens’t know me that well.

The alternatives from history aren’t that much better – hares-a-running or boys singing. The only one that I liked was hounds-a-running, although eight of them all bounding around could get pretty bloody annoying.


Carol aside, I should let you know that I used the 12 Days Of Christmas stamp set that came free with Issue 63 of Creative Stamping Magazine.

A line was drawn at the side of the Artist Trading Card and the sentiment stamped in the space created. This area was then masked off and the main design was stamped across the remaining space.

Alcohol markers and a little sparkle were then used to colour the design. At this point, I was getting a bit belligerent with the ATCs and I added a little ‘Oi!’ from Daisy as she wasn’t too happy about the maids nicking her milk.


Just four more days of Christmas to go. Seems to be dragging now though, right? 

Have you packed up the tinsel already? Decs down and ho-ho-ho vac-packed and put in the loft?

Maybe lets keep a little of the Christmas cheer out for a couple more days, eh?

See you tomorrow for day 9.

J :)

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, seven swans-a-swimming…

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On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six geese-a-laying…

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