Monday, December 29, 2008

Purplecat says thanks!

I really want to thank you, each and everyone of you who have dropped by my blog. I appreciate so much that you took the time to look and am so grateful for all the encouragement you have given me. I feel I can go into the new year knowing I am doing something right! I look forward to making more art.

The picture is taken on our local beach on boxing day, it was very cold and windy, but lovely!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Purplecats christmas tree!

Yeh I got my tree up today!!

Also I added magnets to my etsy shop!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Two Blog awards!!

This the blogaward that Juli-Ann kindly gave me., here on the left.

Here are the rules that MUST be followed:
1. Add the logo to your blog.
2. Link to the person from whom you received this award
3. Nominate 7 or more blogs
4. Leave a message on their blog, letting them know they are "One Lovely Blog"!

Ok so here are the lovely blogs whom I am nominating for this award, they are all well worth a visit!

Nancy who has a wonderful booklet out for sale.

Audrey who does wonderful folk style art.

Sharon who happens to have the same surname as me!

Sandy for her loving heart and introducing me to some great music!

Dar for being the most encouraging, wonderful person

Mystele for sharing herself and her art

Jenn for sharing herself and her art.
The second award, pictured above on the right , is from Jennifer and Tanya
As I have just nominated so many I will just pick a few;

This award states: This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY- nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends, they are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these artists.

Dar as she has been such an encourager to me-love ya Dar!
Tanya She too has always encouraged me xx
Sandy who shares her world with us.
Liz who shares her art.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Bless this house!

Heres my new painting ,that I finished today, its called "bless this house" and is 12 x 9 on wood.
It is in my Etsy store, take a peek.-click on the picture!
I have been lucky enough to be nominated for 2 blog awards, actually I think it is 3 as I had one a few days ago, anyway, a big thanks to Tanya,jennifer and Juile-Ann, I am so touched! I have been a bit busy today, so I will get around to posting my nominees over the weekend-thanks1

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Heres a card I made for a swap on atcsforall, The title of the swap is four and twenty Blackbirds.

I liked the idea of the black contrasting with the vivid orange.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Want a piece of me????

Want a piece of me??????

Well my artwork at

I have had so much fun making these glass tile pendants, using my original artwork- so if you ever fancied a small piece of me, why not look in my Etsy store they are only $10...

Friday, November 28, 2008

Etsy fever

Well I have only been on Etsy a week and already I have been on two treasury pages! wow!

This is a snapshot of the treasury page I am on today ( yes I had to ask my 16yr old how to do that!) It is picked by Carolsglasscreations, mine is the hanging heart. The other page I didn't manage to get a shot of was by my good friend Tanya, visit her blog on . Thanks guys for featuring me! Go check out my Etsy store I need that first sale!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008


We don't celebrate thanksgiving here, but I have family and lots of friends in the US, so I feel its good today to take time out to be thankful for all I have. So here is a list of things I am thankful for;

Family,friends,love,Gods grace,sunshine,home,the sea,the internet and all the wonderful people it has brought into my life,blogging,art,peonies,veggie sausages,strawberries,chocolate,glue,paper,wood,mail,rain,books,brushes,hairdryers,lipstick,christmas lights,fabric,sparkly things,colour,holidays I have had this year,my craft room,craft supplies,suziblu,webcams(get to see my family),cameras,tv,washing machine,dish washer,my bed,trees,birdsong,music,hugs,kind words,poppies,cats,ribbon,buttons,atcsforall,.........I could go on!

The question is "what are you thankful for today"?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Grand opening of my shop!!!!!

Ok I have finally taken the plunge and opened an Etsy store, so please drop by and take a look. I have just listed a couple of items to begin with. Fingers crossed it goes ok!!
Heres the address; There is no dash in the name etsy wouldn't let me put it in.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Look what I made today! Do you want one????

I have so many lovely pieces of fabric, and I never seem to use them so today I was inspired to make something with them. I came up with a heart and a couple of houses.They are all hand stitched so by no means at all are they perfect but if anyone would like one just send me an e-mail with your details and I will post it off to you. Heres my address karenjtomlinson[at]hotmail dot co dot uk. First three to leave a comment and e-mail me get one!

Friday, November 7, 2008

I finally made something!

I was beginning to think I would never get back to making something, I have been home a week now, gee my holiday sure put me out of my stride!! Anyway I made these 2 pictures which are in magnet photo frames and a few dolls- I feel sooo much better!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I'm Backkkkkk!

I am back from my Holiday and I had the most wonderful time! The thing that surprised me most was that I went totally into holiday mode and did NO art whatsoever! I cannot believe this!Anyway hopefully I am all chilled and refreshed and will soon get into my groove.
Florida was great, we had a lovely villa with pool, we shopped , we visited Universal studios and Islands of adventure, we had a trip over to see friends at Long Boat Key, went to see Orlando Magic play Basketball, and generally relaxed. I got to shop at Jo Ann's and Micheals so I was very happy!
I now have to spend a while catching up with everyones blogs!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I am off on my holidays!!!

Just to let you all know I will be away from 17th- 31st Oct. I am off to Florida, I shall tell you all about it when I get back. I am taking my sketch book for the journey, so hopefully I will get some inspiration!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pretty mixed media girls

Over on atcsforall ,joyflower is organising a postcard swap for the group of us over there that are taking the Suziblu workshop. So here are my postcards that I have done for the swap;

Friday, October 10, 2008

I am IT-I have been tagged!

I have been tagged by Tanya over on
I have to tell you 7 random facts about myself, well here goes;

1. I once played a part in a play as one of Robin Hoods merry men.

2. I don't like the smell of coffee.

3. I am my own worst critic.

4. Some days I just have to have chocolate(Iam not addicted!).

5. I love peonies.

6. When I was young my Sister used to let me cut her hair.

7. I have been a vegetarian for over 17 years now.

So now I have to tag 7 other bloggers, heres the list, go check out their blogs;

Sandy -






Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I've been busy!

Yep I finished the hippy chic, though I am not sure I will call her that yet? Also I started a new Angel one and finished that today! Both are ready for beeswax. I think when I get back from my hols (I am away 17th Oct -31st) I will look at opening an Etsy store, and these will go on sale!!! I am so excited.

Want a give away?

Its not me thats giving stuff away, but Aimee over on go over and take a look.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

fancy a cuppa?

A "cuppa "if you don't know is a cup of tea!, I made this chunky book page (4 x4) for my good friend Mary aka therapyartist over on She asked for one of my girlies with a cup of tea, so thats what she got!
I am working on a new girly on wood, a kind of hippy chic, I will post pics when I am done.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Kitty Love and hold on to your dreams.

I have been busy on two new pieces, one is Kitty love, I am really pleased with the colours on this one, its ready for beeswax, the other is hold on to your dreams, which is a suprise for my niece, I need to add something else(not sure what yet?).

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Gold leaf and fresco flakes.

I have been playing today! I added gold leaf to my angel and fresco flakes to my friendship seeds. Fresco flakes are from Stewart Gill and are like flakes of peeling paint. i really am ready to beeswax them both now.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Angel and friendship seeds update

Ok I have been working on the layers on my Angel and Friendship seeds for the Suziblu workshop. It has been hard for me not to be so precise!! and to take time and walk away between layers, I think its called learning patience, lol! Anyway this where I am at with them, can't wait to add the finishing touches.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

More woodburning!

I am still waiting for my paints to come! Meanwhile I woodburned and did the face for another painting, friendship seeds.I think I may be getting the hang of this woodburning lark ,as I even managed to write with it!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Ok here is a peek at the new Angel on wood that I started, I managed to get a few layers on her today, she is starting to take shape. I am waiting on my new Stewart Gill paints to arrive, then I can do the next layer!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Schools back!

Yep the boys finally went back to school today! So maybe I can catch up with all my art projects now! I am so consumed with the Suziblu workshop at the moment I haven't got much else done! I have a few atcs for people I need to do and some christmas chunky pages to do. I got a new piece for the workshop started today and this time I will try to follow the steps and not rush ahead lol. I am really pleased with how the shading of the face came out, I wont show you a pic yet though, I will wait until she is a bit more developed.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Made my own stencil!

For the suziblu workshop we had to use stencils to embelish the background. I didn't have any so made my own! I was really pleased with how the stencil turned out and here is the finished piece with the stencils used on it!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

New canvas

I painted a new canvas last night. It is 10 x 10 inches, mixed media.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Its my Birthday!!!

Yep today is my birthday, so to celebrate here is a picture of me as a baby!

Its black and white of course!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Girl with hearts

I love how this sketch has turned out, I think I may redo this on wood!

Friday, August 29, 2008

New sketch from my work book

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

shading the suziblu way!

Yeh Suziblu put up the second video early!! I have done loads of sketches, using pencils to shade.

Friday, August 22, 2008

colourful sketches

These are some sketches I did today- I just got to add the colour though!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

more sketches

I have been sketching like mad, I had to add colour to some ( I know but I am excited to get to the painting bit!).

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I am sooo excited, taking suziblu's class!

Yep I ummed and ahhed, but took the plunge, and joined suziblus online class. I am soo excited. Suziblu has been such an inspiration, and now I get to learn more! I know I am not a beginner by any means, but you can always learn something new right? I have picked up some great tips on eyes already, but I am chopping at the bit to get to the painting part and the layering. These are a couple of sketches I have done already.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Angel art doll!

I made an art doll taday, and I am really pleased with how she turned out. My lovely friend Dar made me a purplecat art doll and kindly gave me instructions of how to make them, and of course I had to make an Angel one!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Beeswax atc's

I have been playing with beeswax again! I love it! I joined the "never mind your beeswax 11 "on

Here are some of the cards