14 July 2014

Trying something different....

Crafting has had to take a back seat since Pip arrived in February
but as she's got older she has become more accustomed to staying in her playpen
and is now quite happy to snooze for a few hours whilst I work.

But when she was teething I was not getting much work done so I set to tidying my studio.  
 Whilst sorting out my art cupboard I came across my old box of watercolours and brushes.

Can you believe it, it has been 10 years since I last painted!!

Thankfully most of my kit was still OK, a few brushes had had it but a quick visit to my favourite on-line art shop soon fixed that and as they had on offer on paints I splurged on a few extra tubes too!

It took me weeks to complete as I had to fit it in when Pip was snoozing.
What do you think?

The image is
CC Designs - Valentine

I am definitely out of practice mixing skin tones, but hey that will come with time - all in all I am pretty happy with my first painting in a decade.

 I have a few new pieces of work I intend to share 
mainly pencil as its been the easiest to pick up and put down with a puppy in tow
but it is about to get manic in the Allen house as hubby is out in the combine for the first time in 2014

  so my plans may yet get scuppered, 
my poor old washing machine is working over-time - how can two men get so filthy?
Ben is trying to lessen the laundry issue by ripping two pairs of trousers (beyond repair) in as many days
and of course I'll soon be traipsing round the countryside delivering dinner to them and our men
when harvest gets into full swing!!

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12 July 2014

Fearless Fairy Tales Beauty and the Beast

Little Miss Muffet Stamps
are releasing a new set of images called
"Fearless Fairy Tales"
and I was thrilled when Barbara asked me to showcase one on my blog
and here it is..........

Beauty and the Beast

It would appear I bucked the trend and opted to use pencils on kraft instead of markers
(For those who like the details I used a combination of Caran D'Ache Pablos, Caran D'Ache Luminance and Faber Castell Polychromos)

Here they are in close up

I had such fun with that dress, trying to get "realistic" folds, and as for the Beast's fur - a challenge but one that I am pretty darned happy with!

and finally......

a black and white "arty" shot!

If you like what you see here don't forget you can see all the fabulous creations made for this launch by clicking on the links at the top of this post or why not visit
Little Miss Muffet Stamps Store
Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge Blog
Little Miss Muffet Gallery

2 June 2014

Without Words Challenge for June

Here come the girls!

Well cards for them anyway.......as this months theme is
Femme Fatale

so lets get inky, splatter some paint, sharpen those pencils and have some feminine fun
please remember we require your entries to be clean and simple
froo froo and bling just ain't our thing!!!

How many of us recognise that look?
You've secretly splurged on more crafting goodies and hubby gets to the post before you can whisk away the package or you put on a new dress which of course has been in your wardrobe for ages (make sure you've removed the tags!!).............

Guilty May by Mo Manning
DP Country Lady by Lili of the Valley
Dress E30, E31, E34, W0, W2, W3, R000, R00, W1, G12, G40
Skin E0000, E000, E00, E40, E41, V20, R12, B34, RV32
Hair E51, E53, E55, E47
Shoes R000, R01, R02, G12
Tights YR30, E40, W2
Ground W0, W1
ribbon from stash

and this month our lovely sponsor is 

Please post your entries HERE

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5 May 2014

May's Without Words Challenge

Hiya, yep I am still around,
 a little croaky and in need of a battery re-charge.......

but enough of that, you are here to see art aren't you and I hope you will not be disappointed with this months
Without Words Challenge

"Pink and or purple with green"

Another one for the girlies.....I must get some masculine cards done, after all, the ladies are outnumbered in my family by the male of the species!

Please post your entries HERE for your chance to win 
a £10 voucher from

Fingers crossed this bug is on it's way out and I can finally get back to crafting and blogging with a little bit of help from my furry friend

She's a cheeky little monkey, has learnt to climb stairs (help), barks for England and is attempting to dig her way to Australia (my poor lawn) oh and we've just passed our Bronze Dog Training Award!

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