Sunday, 19 May 2019


Hi everyone, the post title refers to a distraction while on our trip yesterday and some distractions from the pain I am in at the moment!
All will be explained at TSFT on Tuesday!

I hope you like this page. It's for Art Journal Journey and Erika's 'In the Sky/In the air' theme

I used a Lavinia stamp I bought last week at Happy Stampers and a set of stamps I have here at our caravan. I used another of my inky backgrounds in my square journal this time!
I drew in some seed heads floating up in the air and then doodle wrote 'flying without wings' around the edge of the page.

The distraction yesterday was blowing a Dandelion clock, today I made this page and yesterday we had this beautiful sight....

Thanks for looking, please excuse me for not spending long on the laptop! Chris

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Beneath the open sky?!!!

Well, that's part of the words I chose to go on my page but rest assured this is for Erika's 'In The Sky/In The Air' theme at Art Journal Journey!

It's a simply made page as we are as usual in a bit of a rush!!

I had an inky page in my journal that was perfect(ish) for a sky!
I added part of a tissue, torn and overlapped, to the bottom of the page then stamped Crafty Individuals butterflies using different Versa Clair inks. I stamped part of an alphabet from the edge of a CI stamp too. The words are a mixture of Tim Holtz sticker words.

We have an outing planned for tomorrow, and today we are are on our way up North to our caravan!

Have a great weekend!
Thanks for looking, Chris

ps Take a look at Erika's page today .....ooooooh!!!!

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

WOYWW - number 519!

I'm creeping in and hoping that you still remember me.....
It's been a while since I joined in at Julia's Stamping Ground and as it's almost Crop time I thought I'd better pitch in and do what I oughta!!

I met up with some lovely WOYWWers at Happy Stampers last Saturday!
Sarah, Shaz Silverwolf and me....obvious who is the big spender here!!
I also met Neet later in today but no photos - silly me, she was with Cath, one of my teams from TIOT so a total missed chance!!

Now, my desk..first there was this..
 I've been playing with some new alcohol ink colours!
Then there was this ....
I have been making efforts recently to clean way anything I have used and won't use again next session
Some new goodies...bought at HS!

I do hope I can get around to visit - my phone has been stopping me from commenting so if I don't visit today I may have to wait until Sunday!!!

Thanks for dropping by, Chris

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

T Stands for......taking a walk... Styall Mill (also known as Quarry Bank. Last week we had to shop on Friday (as I was going to Happy Stampers on Saturday!) As we were going to pass Styall we decided to set out earlier and call in for a walk in the gardens!
You may remember we had intended visiting the gardens on Mothers Day but instead took the long walk that really hurt my knee!

May blossom always reminds me of my walks home from school past huge Hawthorn hedges

Elizabeth showed her Irises last week which made me want to visit Styall. Only the mauve and pink were blooming so we will be going back next week!

The bee was enjoying buzzing around this flower
Lilies of the Valley remind me of my Gran!
From here we took a different route to avoid the steps so I got to see these Bluebells...
...and there are few different views.

Back to the usual route in the lower garden

The Rhododendrons are looking magnificent!

The Azaleas too!
Not sure what these are - a variety of Orchid maybe?
Finally a Germander Speedwell Blue - I remember singing - 'Daisies are our Diamonds' when was at school and one verse ended with 'and the Speedwell Blue'
Now, its time to join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday.
My eldest son was 40 last week and his wife had organised a party!
She had made up some milk cartons with facts about my son.
He is a big drinker of milk so this made us laugh!
He also has strong views about how a pie should be made - I do agree with him.. a pie should have a full pastry case - meat in a dish with a crust on is not a pie!!! What do you think?
Here is the Birthday boy himself, with the cake made by his youngest brother - I didn't know but this is a good representation of the throne from Game of Thrones I understand!
He very kindly bent down for his height impaired Mother!

I hope to be back for WOYWW tomorrow so do pop by to see my desk and the goodies I bought at Happy Stampers.

Meanwhile, Thanks for looking and Happy T day! Chris

Let's Party at Try It On Tuesday!

Hello everyone! The time is certainly flying at the moment...but  the last 10 years have flown too! 
You may have noticed in my side bar that we are celebrating our 10th Birthday here at Try It On Tuesday ....and it's time to celebrate with our new theme 'Let's Party'!
The Design Team have certainly been in the mood to celebrate - please do take a look here! 

I made a journal page using my Paper Artsy - Elena Zinski figures bopping away here! 

I used some new inks that I bought on our trip to Inspirations! They blend well and also react with water so I spritzed and sprinkled some water over the page.
I used some Crafty Individuals bunting and added stars through a stencil and stamped some music. I'm sure by now we are all having some warmer weather in the UK and can party outside! 
I found the sentiment on a freebie set of stamps and then wrote in "Good times c'mon' to get you all singing!
So...come on and join us - 'Show us your Art and the things you like to create'..... the challenge runs, as usual, for two weeks!

I would also like to join Erika and her 'In the Sky/In the Air' theme at Art Journal Journey since my little dancers here are jumping up in the air with joy!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Up in the sky..

Hi everyone! I have had a lovely day today, meeting wth friends, watching demos and spending some of my savings at the Happy Stampers show in Port Sunlight! I'll do a 'showed and tell' next week!
My leg held up well and I shall be seeing some folk again in a few weeks time! 

I have a journal page today using part of an old tag I made some time ago!
I can't remember many details about the original tag except that I stamped the circle for the sun and added the 'rays' with an inked ruler!
I made the background by adding Distress inks to the page then added yellow through a Paper Artsy flower stencil to make the sun rays, and another stencil, not sure which brand with text and a stem.
I stuck down the tag then thought it would look better with a little bit of stem on so lined everything up again to add more ink.
I doodled around the edge and added part of some song lyrics at the bottom.

I am joining in at Art Journal Journey and Erika's 'Up in the Sky/Up in the Air' theme!

Thanks for looking, Chrisx

Thursday, 9 May 2019

In the sky...

...but first, a mystery!! 
Hi everyone! I seem to be having difficulty leaving comments on some blogs! I thought it was just because I was using my phone for commenting when we are travelling or when I am sitting 'watching' TV! But it seems wherever I am on my phone - WIFI or not, it makes no difference! I have found that if I remember to 'visit web site' I stand a better chance of publishing but sometimes I see the comment disappear before my eyes and have type it out again not even knowing whether it will publish and I confess to occasionally giving up and hoping I can get on the computer! If any one has any advice I will be very grateful!

Right, let's get up into the sky!
I had used this page in my 'black' journal to test some Distress Oxides when I first bought some...ages ago! 
When I picked the journal up and found it I had just the thing for it!
The moon is just some silver paint through a stencil and the owls head is a Carabelle Studio stamp that I bought for hubby to use in his little journal(not an art journal, but he does occasionally add pictures or stamping...if they are wildlife based!!)I heat embossed it to show up more! 

The words written in white pen are mine, a reminder of the night an owl swooped out of a churchyard in front of me and had me running all the way home!

I am of course joining Erika at Art Journal Journey and her 'In the Sky/In the Air theme

Thanks for looking, Chris