Hello friends, and Happy Tuesday!

Hope you are having a creative week.  Our heating broke down again so it’s a bit chilly here inside and out lol.  I have joined in a couple of Instagram challenges this month, one is an Art Journal Advent challenge and the other is a stamp carving challenge.  So today I am sharing the results of Days 1-6 so far in case you haven’t already seen the blog posts this month or on Instagram.  As usual they go on the blog first!  I haven’t done Day 7 yet as at the time of writing this post, I haven’t yet seen the prompt, but I will hopefully be able to complete it today.

Also I won two challenges!  The first one is from Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog and funnily enough it was for the same set of ATCs as last time!  My prize is a guest hosting spot on their blog, I’m just waiting to hear from them. I’m so excited, I’ve been Top 3 a few times in their challenges but this is the first time I’ve actually won one!

The second one is from Country View Challenges and this time I won a £20 voucher to spend in their shop!  My winning entry was the gel printed masking tape star ornaments I made to go on the Christmas cards.  So that’s exciting start to the week, I may not have heating but I feel quite warm inside. 🙂

today’s art . . .

Today’s art is Day’s 1-6 of the Art Journal Advent Challenge and the Carve December Challenge with links to separate blog posts if you want to read more.


Journal cover made from various recycled papers and cover made from wrapping paper from a Christmas gift in 2019.  Read more…


Page made from my printed gift wrap, deli paper, gel print, Christmas tree from junk mail.   Day 1 stamp is this round one stamped in purple ink which reads HAVE A COOL YULE.  Read more…


Journal page made from gel print, amazon brown paper packaging, music paper, tissue paper, skeleton leaves.  Day 2 stamp made from left over bits of foam made into a flower shape and stamped in teal ink.  Read more…


Journal page made from amazon packaging, chocolate wrapper, small paper bag, gel print, my printed tissue, and strips of left over glitter card.  The focal point is of course this glamour puss cut from cat food packaging.  Day 3 Stamp is this small Christmas bauble made from foam and stamped in pink ink. Read more…


Journal page made from printer paper and this magazine page of a fashion model.  Also used washi stickers and some gold pen. Day 4 stamp is this small stamp made from seven circular/cylinder shaped pieces of foam.   Read more…


Journal page made from various old gel prints, deli paper and a leftover stamped image using a Lynne Perrella stamp.  My Day 5 stamp is this small one that looks a bit like Swiss cheese and is the piece left over from cutting out the seven circular pieces for Day 4.  Read more…


Journal page made from an old piece of drawing paper splattered with something like Scribble Sticks? Also stamped some TH snowflakes on the background, added some alcohol inked pieces and some origami paper, and drew a large pink heart in the middle and added happy words from a magazine.  The Day 6 stamps, a pair of them you might recognise as my signature cats!  I wanted to make them into a stamp and so I made two so they could face in both directions.  Read more…

t stands for . . .

This week T stands for this lovely set of fruit and herbal teas called Fruits of the Florist by T2.  This was a gift, not for Christmas, so I opened it.  Yum yum!  It comes in a beautifully presented box with a slip cover, and inside are these six little tins of herbal and fruit teas.

That’s it for now, hopefully I will be back later today with the Day 7 Advent and stamp carving post, depends on how the day goes and how inspired I feel by the prompts.

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
my handmade junk journal, various paper scraps, gel prints, wrapping paper, magazines, deli paper etc, handmade stamp, Versafine Clair ink, etc


#ArtJournalAdventDay 6 Moment of Happiness
Day 6 – the prompt for Day 6 is VARIED – I am not following the prompt today.
Altered Book Lover – 
T Stands for – tea gift, art journal advent, stamp carving and challenge wins,

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December 8, 2021 1:41 pm

Congratulations on winning the challenges. I love this art you are showing today and your tea tins are fabulous. Have a great day today.

Iris Flavia
December 8, 2021 5:56 am

Love your cats especially.
I have a new customer and she has two cats – I hope sometime to visit her. Well, them all!
And your teas, hmmmm. Look great!

December 7, 2021 10:38 pm

Your art journal made me smile. Love all the kitties. Lots of tasty teas and the tins are so pretty. Happy T Day

Kate Yetter
December 7, 2021 8:39 pm

Your advent art journal is fabulous. I am loving all your pages. That tea really makes me want to get an advent tea calendar. Hopefully next year.
Looking forward to seeing your stamp carving. I have always wanted to join in but I don’t have the patience to do a challenge everyday for a whole month.
Happy Tea Day,

Lisca Meijer
Lisca Meijer
December 7, 2021 7:46 pm

Well, congratulations on two wins!
Your journal is really cool. (and a lot of work has gone into that) I love every page of it, but the cat on the cover is so cute.
The teas/herbals in the little tins are the perfect present (in my opinion). Lucky you.
Happy T-Day,

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
December 7, 2021 7:27 pm

I was so impressed with your art journal prompts, I signed up to get e-mails. I may not be able to do this, since I’m already behind, but I like what you are doing. I also like your carved stamps. They are such fun. You sure love to take on lots of challenges.

I have a friend who lives in Australia. She said she lives right down the street from the T2 plant, so she sent me some. I have yet to drink it. Your various flavors sound great. Those tins would have me thrilled, too. Thanks for sharing your art, your carvings, and your T2 tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear Elle.

Erika N
December 7, 2021 7:17 pm

Your December advent journal is great and especially love that cover. The cat reminds me of one I had named Leo. He was quite the personality. You are making me wish I had a done a monthly holiday challenge this year. I started one last year and didn’t finish, so I decided not to do one this year. That is a mistake I think. Anyhow, enough about that. I hope you had/have a wonderful T day and your house isn’t too cold Elle. Happy rest of your week. Hugs-Erika

December 7, 2021 2:05 pm

Good morning, what a lovely tea collection! and I really enjoyed your art this week congrats on the won that is always so fun Happy T

December 7, 2021 1:02 pm

making those journal pages looks like a lot of fun — but also a lot of patience!

best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

December 7, 2021 10:09 am

Hi Elle, congrats on your well deserved wins! That little album is gorgeous. Enjoy your teas, stay healthy and happy, hugs, Valerie

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