Sunday 15 December 2019

Dashing through the snow....

no snow just yet, thank goodness. Blustery and cold is enough for me.

This week, on SPA the theme is JINGLE BELLS ... a quaint little Christmas song... however I always end up with the Batman smells version in my  head instead of the real words lol

Here's mine, made using a victorian scrap image. These images speak to my soul

have a wonderful week
Mandy xx

Sunday 8 December 2019

Winter is not a season, it's a Celebration

This week's SPA theme is WINTER GREENERY

here is my postcard... better late than never (printer issues :-()

all images are from pinterest and hand cut and pasted by me. (fiddly job!)

thanks for looking
Mandy xx

Saturday 26 October 2019

“And all the insects ceased in honour of the moon.”

This week's theme on Sunday Postcard Art is INSECTS aka BUGS (across the pond) It was chosen by my lovely friend Sabine

thanks for looking
and also thanks to everyone for their continued supported of SPA
Mandy xx

Sunday 8 September 2019

“We are the cave, the hand and the paint on them both.”

week, I had to make a mad dash postcard as I've lost my most beloved book with all the themes in it.

i've used images from ART TEA LIFE on ETSY

Mandy xx

Tuesday 2 July 2019

Let the little Fairy inside you FLY

wow cannot believe it is so long since I blogged! hopefully my mojo has returned now with a vengeance

here's my collage postcard.... thanks for my fave theme ever Cindy

Mandy xx

Wednesday 15 May 2019

with grace in your heart, and flowers in your hair

This week, June is joining us on SPA as hostess with the theme of FLOWER GIRL.

My first thoughts of course were of the FLOWER FAIRIES and I've chosen to use the Poppy

a wonderful and unusual theme, thanks June

Mandy xx

Monday 6 May 2019

I love to sit in a chair....

and look out of the window and do nothing ~ Ingmar Bergman

this week's theme on SPA is CHAIRS

here is mine...

Mandy xx

Friday 3 May 2019

wow what a month

A whole month has passed since I last blogged... I really must must MUST blog at least once a week. It seems blogging is taking a backseat because of all the other social media we post to. It's so easy just to share a picture to Instagram or Facebook.But I enjoy blogging and so want to make more effort.

Postcards I've made but have been too late to upload for the SPA challenge

I made this canvas for someone special

Here at Octopode Towers we have fostered two small disabled dogs. They are from Romania and have small disabilities

thanks for sticking with me.
lots of love
Mandy x

Friday 5 April 2019

Like a rolling stone....

Earlier this week, I was watching an interesting (if somewhat long) documentary on Bob Dylan... and so that is what inspired me this week for our theme on SUNDAY POSTCARD ART of HOUSES.

I created a set of houses, using vintage tickets from buses, rides, etc.

I've used some of the lyrics from the Bob Dylan song 'like a rolling stone' I always wonder if it was written about Edie Sedgewick.

#sundaypostcardart    #postcardchallenge   #postcardart

Mandy xx

Monday 1 April 2019

if you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough

This week, the wonderful Katrin chose the theme of EINSTEIN for Sunday Postcard Art this week.

Here's mine

For my postcard, I found this picture of Albert Einstein as a child on Pinterest. Underneath all the layers there's a copy of his grades too. and a postage stamp.

Mandy xx

Sunday 24 March 2019

Perfume is Personal Magic

This week's theme on Sunday Postcard Art is PERFUME chosen by Hazel

loved making this one
There are so many layers on this one... i started with a base of several layers of old book papers, then layered some rice paper on top from Stamperia. then various paint and collage layerings

last week's theme was chosen by Cindy and was PUZZLES... I actually made it last week but I was waiting for a quote to finish it off.

mandy xx

Saturday 9 March 2019

Africa has her mysteries, and even a wise man cannot understand them

This week, our theme on Sunday Postcard Art is AFRICA... it was chosen by my friend Sabine.

well, I thought, I have a set of stamps that have African animals on... could I find them... no!
next plan was to use a napkin... a friend of mine Umut has sent me a few napkins to use. And an African style was in the stash... so out it came.

The elephant and tree are from the napkin.... this is my second piece of napkin because Im so heavy handed with the clear gesso I completely ruined the first one. i love that you can see the layered collaging underneath the napkin layer. There's also a postage stamp there from Africa. The rest is painted and texture pasted and a tiny bit of stamping.

Thanks for looking
come over and play with us

Mandy xx

Take 5 March

There's a lady I follow on youtube called SimplyCreativeKyra... she does these journal page prompts once a month, and I was feeling inclined to join in this month... need to get out of this funk Im finding myself in.

the 5 prompts this month were
washi tape
tissue paper

this is my finished journal page.... i know a lot of journalers do double page spreads, but Im a single girl and tend to stick to single pages mostly... (although I have been known to do a doubler)

my creative steps
tissue paper
washi tape
 bit of gesso
 doodles/border and texture paste

Mandy xx

Sunday 3 March 2019

Nothing is as old as yesterday's news

This week's theme on Sunday Postcard Art is NEWSPAPER ... it was chosen by Marion :-) I love the theme but alas I am not a fan of newspapers

I don't read newspapers, or watch the news. It's probably totally irresponsible of me and un-adult. But Little A usually tells me what's happening in the world. Besides the environmental factor there is generally no reason for not watching the news except believing things that we are told to believe. I do think we are manipulated by the media into thinking things that aren't true.

When I see newpapers, i just think of trees... and litter. On the buses around Derby they give you a free newspapers and by the end of the day, the newspapers are littered all over the bus.

here's my postcard, i've used papers, a newspaper stamp. rub-ons. tim holtz paper doll.

the beginnings of the process. lots of layers of ephemera to start with then using a newspaper stamp, and crackle paste
 here's the stamp i used... not sure where it's from.
Mandy xx

Sunday 24 February 2019

Every Flower is a Soul Blossoming in nature

This week's SPA was chosen by Astrid... she does some amazingly gorgeous Vintage style work. The theme being VINTAGE FLORALS ... yay I thought what a great and general theme....

then.... I was stumped... until last night when I sat down, got my collage images out and had a play. I had packed all my art stuff away as I had had yet another hounding visit from the council. So with the art stuff packed away, Id clearly packed away my motivation too.

Luckily, I have a bountiful stash of the Tim Holtz paperdolls at hand as I have yet to purchase any new ink for my printer. I have so many preprinted images anyway. I felt sure I could find something to work with.

This is the second postcard I made, I layered up the background with vintage papers, then used a napkin with flowers on it in the background. I added texture paste and the paperdolls, The flowers are cut from a scrapbook paper.
This way my first postcard for this theme... i love the colours on this one. i wasn't too sure if I had added enough florals.

I was in the mood to get messy I know that. lol

Mandy xx

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Sunday 17 February 2019

I believe in my Mask

This week's theme on Sunday Postcard Art is Masquerade.

I found a wonderful image to use, but I've been tidying up this week and ended up misplacing it.... so I had to come up with an alternative plan...
going through my images I came across some images from Nancy at Crowabout Studio... and the faces could be interpreted as a 'mask' ;-)  that's my reasoning and I'm sticking to it.

Can you believe the postcard started off like this... once I finished with everything you can't see anything of the first layer! lol

Mandy xx

Sunday 10 February 2019

What sunshine is to Flowers, smiles are to Humanity

This week's Sunday Postcard Art is THE SUN ... it's been chosen by Anne

I've seen glimpses of sunshine through the window but generally the weather in England has been horrible, rain and wind... but it IS Winter so how can one complain? Soon we will be complaining it's too hot! ahhh the English way of complaining

here is my postcard before I added any paint to it... there's something lacking (besides colour) I think it's the absence of texture paste. Sometimes I get carried away collaging and forget to add texture beforehand and then there is little space to add texture afterwards.

and here is the postcard once the painting has finished ;-)

one of my favourite things to do is to discover new quotes
and this time it was no different. 

Mandy xx

Sunday 3 February 2019

Wherever you go, go with all your heart

After seeing some lovely tags on Facebook for Tag Tuesday I decided I would join in.... it's been so long since I did any challenges except for Sunday Postcard Art...

The theme is HEARTS

thanks for looking
Mandy xx

A Tisket A Tasket

This week's Sunday Postcard Art is Nursery Rhymes....

So many to choose from from I chose to do A Sailor went to Sea, Sea, Sea  ~ mainly because I found this little sailor boy and wanted to use him

Lots of layers on my postcard, The map is a napkin from my friend Umut, the netting is from another friend, Pia

thanks for looking and taking the time to comment.
And thanks to everyone who supports Sunday Postcard Art 

Mandy xx

Saturday 26 January 2019

Dance is like Dreaming with your Feet

This week, our theme over on Sunday Postcard Art is BALLET. It was chosen by Anne...

here is the beginnings of my postcard...
already started the texture on the background
ready to add paint

My finished postcard.
Image from Pinterest
Chipboard from Scrapunlimited
 Thanks for looking... and whilst you are here I shall show you my ZEBRA that I only finished yesterday for last week's theme....

thanks to everyone for your support and comments :-)
Mandy xx

Wednesday 16 January 2019

“The game is afoot.”

This week, Steampunk is the theme over on Sunday Postcard Art

Mandy xx

Monday 7 January 2019

seeing is believing

Happy New Year everyone.

I had an eventful December~ to say the least!
Firstly, I went to Morocco for a few days.... came home with a stomach bug, then got a bad cold (which I've still got) then went and fell over and broke my elbow!!!  So I'm semi incapacitated at the moment.... it took me 2 days to make this postcard.

This week the theme on SPA is WINGS chosen by the lovely AUDREY

MAndy xx