Friday, 29 January 2016


Hello Everyone!
It has been a really really long time since my last blog post. TWO months in fact and a lot has happened in that time.
Apart from the fact that all of our families birthdays bar one or two are from the end of November to the end of January it is a pretty hectic couple of months in that respect. Throw in an anniversary, Christmas and New Year too so by the time it got to my birthday - a BIG one - I was all entertained out so no bash for me. Low key and fabulous.
I also have my nephew from Ireland living with me for six months. He has come here to get work experience before going back to university in September. He is working for my hubby :D
We have our delightful twins who have just turned 2 and I have a third grandbaby on the way. She is due in June sooo all in all things are pretty hectic here in the Thorpe household. Never a dull moment.
I am going away again this year - My birthday present - I am going to Netherlands, Amsterdam and Germany, Cologne to see Adele in concert and I am so excited about that.
In the midst of all this chaos I have had little time to create and even less mojo. I like to spring clean at the beginning of a new year and I did it this year but included a de-clutter and clean and tidy in my studio. It took me a whole week to do but I am more than happy with the results. I even colour coded all of my inks, stamps and paints for easy access and GUESS WHAT? I found my mojo. 

I know right? You also think this is pretty cool, not to mention a little OCD :D
I decided though this year I need to do stuff that makes me happy not stuff that I have to do and that is what I am doing. I joined the Colour me Positive group on Facebook. They run a weekly art journalling challenge and I am just loving it. Here are my first three pages that I created.
Week One - Gratitude

Week Two - Brave

I missed week 3.

Week Four - Believe in Yourself

I am really enjoying playing and finding out what make me happy.
I have also been making a lot of cards. I can try out new techniques with them and I am loving it.
I also signed up at My Craftsy to do a couple of their classes just to help me find my mojo and I did a couple of cards from their tutorials. Just love that site - some amazing stuff.

Clean and simple - just my style.

Then I got brave and started playing with water colour (using my Distress stuff) - I just love this.

Then I thought why stop there so I played with some digital stamps and water colour. :D I made these two cards for the twins for their 2nd birthday.

I am not sure I really love the cutesy stuff but I reckon for kids it is great.

Then I found this awesome tutorial on you-tube by Shari Caroll who is one of my favourite artists, and so I made two cards that I need for birthdays to include vouchers. These are pretty dam cool.

Now these two cards are the same just one for a him and one for a her :D - check out the inside.

So... the card has a little accordion fold in it which allows you to attach this little acetate folder (which has been stamped with white stazon) and then you can slip in tags and also the gift card. Neat or what? I thought it was very cool.

So I haven't been completely unproductive. I am also in the process of making 20 valentines day cards for my daughter, who is doing a fund raiser at the school where she teaches for valentines day AND I am also in the middle of making her a mini project life album documenting her pregnancy :D Watch out for that post.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and thank you so much for the comments that you leave, I really appreciate them.

Till next time - Happy Creating!