Category Archives: ALICE projects

Some Christmas Cheer, and published here!


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Christmas this year has been devoted to ‘art with a needle’ and although I have been doing a few pages in my latest art journal ‘A Different Perspective’, intermittently.  I posted some pics on my flickr site a few days ago, so you may have seen them, but I am hoping to do a post about the new pages in a week or so.  (here’s the link if you want a sneak peek at the pages)  We are having our family celebrations a week earlier than 25th as our son & his wife celebrate Christmas with interstate relatives this year.  I don’t mind, ‘cos I prepare for Christmas all year – but it does feel a bit of a crunch now getting to the ‘pointy end’.   I wanted to create some personal gifts this year for people I care about, so I have hand made decorations for our childrens’ own trees & for a few special friends.   Another project I have been working on is some additional Christmas stockings.  Our SIMPLY GORGEOUS Princess Ariel Faith, newborn this year needed one (pictured below) & funnily enough, all though all our children, grandchildren & DH have hand made & embroidered stockings, I have never had one myself.  I have only begun it in the last couple of days, after everything else was finished, so I am not sure whether I will get it finished or not – it depends how I go for time, especially since it will be needed a week early!  Soft moss green/murky olivey yellow being my current ‘to die for’ green (that makes sense if you read this story), but wanting to stick within the traditional palette, I have chosen ‘A Partridge in a Pear Tree’ as my own stocking theme.  I will post it (if I get it finished) next week.

as an end note, it was a nice suprise to recieve an email from my fav. mixed media publication – Somerset Studios – & to find out a piece I created a while ago has been featured in the ‘Winter Gallery’, which is great fun!   I was especially ‘chuffed’ to see that they are using it to advertise the magazine this time.  Woo Hoo!  (my work is the Alice Spool made on a vintage reel)  I can wait to see how they have photographed it, cos it WAS  a tricky one!!   You can get all of the collage images  and stamp sets  that I used from the fabulous ALPHA STAMPS (including some of my own Alice collage sheet designs) Unfortunately, the article is still referring to my blog as at ‘typepad’ – so spread the word & change the link!  THANKS for your support & encouragement guys!!


52 Card Dress Up


Six-of-Clubs-web Six-of-Diamonds-web   I began co-hosting a project some months ago to ‘dress up’ a deck of 52 cards & called it ’52 Card Dress Up’  I had seen ’embellished’ decks of cards around on the web & thought that it would be fun to create one of my own.  The truth is that I just haven’t had the heart or head space to create something whimsical like this but there was no escaping this month as I am hosting the theme – A LITTLE WHIMSY – I had never seen an Alice deck so this was the obvious choice for me. (I am not suggestion no one has done one – but I haven’t ever seen one!) This deck is 5″ x 7″ tall, so there is lots of space for the


Six-of-Spades-webstory.  I have used ALPHA STAMPS Alice Collage Sheets – there are HEAPS now – including several that I have designed (Urban Driftwood). 

I have been doing lots of experiments with pens lately – fed up with spending $4-$6 AUD for a single pen to find that it has a very short lifespan or that it doesn’t write over painted surfaces.  For a while there – I was using a Sharpie as recommended by one of the Journalling prompt challenges I did, however I have been advised (and have already found) that it ‘ghosts’ with a halo around it after a while.  As I have mentioned before, I really look at my journals lasting indefinitely as my artisitic journey & heritage for my children & grandchildren – so I certainly don’t want to use a pen that has this kind of limitation and is likely to contaminate the work over time.  I started doing this writing with a CD writing pen as recommended by my art pal Letha.  I found over time that the nib got ‘shiny’ and wouldn’t write over the gessoed & watercoloured background.  I ended up resorting to the age old goodin’ Stabilo Marks All pencil.  I have a love hate relationship with these.  I LOVE how black they are – BUT I hate how easily they break & that some I have had break with each sharpening & you sharpen them away to nothing.  Considering that I haven’t yet found ANYWHERE in Melbourne that I can buy these – I am buying them by the doz from USA – which was fine while the $ was high – but has become expensive now…..  I have my thinking cap on about that one!