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Back on my travels with a overight stop in Hull. Last time I was there I told you about staying in a scary hotel. Hopefully we’ve got a better choice this time. We usually judge our work hotels by how friendly the staff are – anything else is a bonus, but we are especially pleased if we get bsicuits in our room. Travelling to Hull, by train from Sheffield, is a bit of a nightmare at the moment as there has been an horrendous landslip near Doncaster. Today I have a feeling that I may have made unneccessary changes to my journey which meant lugging my case up and downstairs. However, whilst I was on the train I spotted someone doing the most amazing journalling. I decided that as I got off I would be brave and say something complimentary. Before I did though, I thought I’d take a sneaky peek at the person behind the journal, just to make sure they didn’t look like the type who might punch me in the face. I couldn’t believe it when I realised that it was only Dyan Reavely, the queen of journalling, and all things Dylusion, herself!!! No wonder the journalling was so fab. I couldn’t help myself – I tapped her on the shoulder (cringing at that now as she had to take her earphones out), gabbled at her (also cringeworthy) and got a bit teary eyed and starstruck. If I embarrassed her, she didn’t let on bless her. At least I didn’t ask for her autograph (damn, I knew I’d forgotten something)!!!!

From one crafting goddess to another – Hels Sheridan (who could quite easily have been driving the train if I’d thought to look) and this week’s challenge at Sunday Stampers which has the theme of men. I decided to re-work one of the very first pieces that I did for my blog which used the  Tim Holtz man with umbrella image:


I first made a background using a mixture of Broken China and Picket Fence distress stain, spritzed with water, and dabbing the card in and around until I was happy with the result.  Then I stamped the image using black Archival ink. This is always a heart stopping moment just in case you muck it up. Thankfully, I didn’t.


I mounted the image on some aqua paper and then onto kraft paper before adding a final layer of aqua spotted paper. I made a little sentiment using some individual letter stamps and added a small twine bow.

P1030092 The finishing touch was to add some clear teardrop shaped gems. You wouldn’t. thnk that five little gems could be so needy, but securing them in place proved to be one of the hardest and fiddliest jobs ever.


The original version I did of this was part of my Facebook Art Abandonment group project . You can read all about it here. At the time, I’d made up a little story about a man waiting patiently for his wife – he is either smiling at the prospect of her imminent arrival, or looking a little sad because he knows he’s waiting in vain. I still can’t decide!



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  1. omg you saw Dyan on a train.. how cool is that!! I saw her this weekend at the trade show and stalked her a bit for you lol Love your card… amazingly gorgeous… thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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