Saturday 22 June 2024

A very late Calendar Journal

Hi everyone, I have had to keep track of what I have been doing in a notebook until I could photograph this!

I love using Stamperia papers so when I wanted a quick calendar page I knew where to turn!
It also fits nicely with Matilde's theme at Art Journal Journey 'What Makes You Happy'
The background was made using a Lavinia stencil and some distress inks and I also added some washitape flowers

Here is last month all filled in - I took my journal squares with me to France for May but forgot all about the change in month while we were there!
There are some spoilers for upcoming posts if you want to read !

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday 18 June 2024

T Stands for the return(as well as TIOT and AJJ)

Hi everyone, I'm back! Yes, I am really good at stating the obvious!

I have been away for four weeks in France so stand by for my ranting on about how fantastic it was!

Just a few pics today randomly from my photos from the beginning of our holiday, I am still trying to get the rest in some sort of order!

We were lucky to visit some of the Normandy beaches in this, the 80th Anniversary of the D Day landings, as well as some museums, churches, historical buildings and lovely gardens!

Of course we had the odd drink or two, which is just as well as I am  joining the  T Stands For Tuesday' gang over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog The Altered Book Lover! We also shared a little tub of lemon sorbet.

I missed the beginning of the month at Art Journal Journey, where Matilde of '100% Handmade' blog is hosting with her theme of 'What Makes You Happy' as well as the latest theme at Try It On Tuesday which is "Use Book Paper' - I have made a journal page with an inked and spritzed stencil, a book page stamped with a  bird and some flowers and used a leafy sticker.
As you can see I have added spatters to my page, which always makes me happy!
The French words translate to 'a walk to recharge your batteries, listen to, feel, breathe the here and now' - I've done a lot of walking this holiday!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday 14 May 2024

Small Things

 Hello everyone, our new topic at Try It On Tuesday is 'Small Things' so it's scaling down on the cards...and other things too!

The Design Team have lots of inspiration for you here.

I have made a small card to send wishes to a friend I don't see very often.

I used a Distress Ink lid to make little frame - rubbed over the pad and then used a water brush to drag some of the colour into the middle.(a tip from my friend Sarah) I used Lavinia Stamps for the little scene and the words came from my box of quotes.

I coloured the leaves and dragonfly with metallic paint and then used a brush to spatter some sparkle too.

I hope that will join us at TIOT this time, I do love working small, as you can see here. Anything goes long it's small!

Here are two of my small journals. The smallest fits inside the tin..and here are some of the Christmas Cracker playing cards that I am altering for the 100day project

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday 7 May 2024

T Stands for the update!

 Hi everyone, long time, no see! I really don't know where the time has gone - it seems like only last week I turned the calendar over to March!

Speaking of calendars here is my calendar for the coming month.

It includes a Spike Milligan poem which my boys used to love and I am entering it for Erika and Valerie's 'Poetry' theme at Art Journal Journey

You may notice that some of my squares are missing - yes, we are off to France again! I will be taking the squares with me to fill in while we are away - as well as making a travel journal!

Here are last month's pages if you are interested. I have started new meds which at the moment are making very little difference - the dose doubles while we are away so hope there are no fireworks!!!We have both had quite a few things to deal with during April.

This morning on our way to shop we called in to Tatton Park for walk in the sunshine.

This amazing Wisteria wall is right by the garden entrance

It is so calm in this tropical house and I had it to my self after the lady who encouraged me to take a selfie, as she had just done, had left.

Outside was this display...and...
..... one of the many Shaun The Sheep figures that are all around the garden.
Hubby trying to keep out of the sun!

Another Shaun with a lovely scene on his side

A beautiful Viola display in front of the Mansion.

Another Shaun!
At this point I heard lots of bird song and decided to use a new App on my phone  - Merlin - that identifies and picks out different bird songs

The handkerchief tree is in full bloom - waving it's hankies in the gentle breeze

It's a real beauty

A quick long distance look at the Chinese garden

A last look at the Wisteria and it was time to shop.

Now, I am also here to share my drink, but as I forgot to take a photo of today's drink here is the Americano I had on Saturday at Petit Delice in Wilsmlow, which I am sharing with the folk who share their drinks too, over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's The Altered Book Lover blog for T Stands For Tuesday

Hubby had an Americano too, with a Pistachio Croissant while had a plain croissant with butter and a little jam.
As you can see I managed a little bit of Coffeeshop journaling too!

I may not be able to post next week but will try to join you at least once from France.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday 1 May 2024

It's Poetry!

Hi everyone, I really enjoyed Valerie's 'Geometric Forms' theme and while I am thanking her for hosting last month I am also welcoming her to host again this month along with another co-administrator of Art Journal Journey - Erika.          

The new theme is 'Poetry' and they would love to see interpretations of poetry on your journal pages.

I am not so good at writing poetry but I do love to read poems.

I made the background with some Lavinia stencils and Paper Artsy stamps (designed by Scrapcosy).

I typed out the start of the poem and then printed it onto tissue.    The tissue was taped to a piece of copy paper before putting through the printer.

The rose image is from a book of flower paintings.
I added some paint around the image and added some white pen to some of the petals.

It probably won't surprise some of you to know that I have a book of Flower Poems

The poem I chose to represent my page is called 'The Love Of Flowers' by Thomas Lovell Beddoes.

I hope you can find some Poetry to inspire you make a page.
Please remember that we are a journaling blog so no cards please.

Thanks for looking, Chris


Tuesday 30 April 2024

Fantasy for TIOT

Hello everyone, can you believe a whole two weeks has passed by? I think that pixies must have stolen a few days! Which leads me to telling you that our new theme at Try It On Tuesday is 'Fantasy' and we'd love to see what your imagination comes up with. The Design Team have some great inspiration if you take a look here!

Did you know that when fairies wash their wings they have to have the sparkle put back on them by the Glitter Fairy?
Here she is giving the washing line a good sprinkle - so good in fact that she got some on me!(grin)

I used a Lavinia stamps hexagon stencil and two colours of Lavinia acrylic chalk paint for the background.

The washing line is a Lavinia stamp and the Glitter fairy was from a freebie magazine set designed by Tracy.

The words came from my box of quote stamps.

Here are some close ups of the glitter - also from Lavinia.

As you can see I'm still trying to get decent close ups!

I do hope you will dream up something of your own for this new 'Fantasy' theme at TIOT 

I am also joining Valerie's 'Geometric Forms' theme for one last time at Art Journal Journey  

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Wednesday 24 April 2024

Circles and new stamps!

Hi everyone, I can hardly believe it  - the sun is shining again! We're quite busy but getting through things much quicker now! Yesterday was a day off though - we went to Lyme Park (amongst others things) for hubby's birthday and although chilly in the shade had a lovely walk.

As I mentioned in my previous post we went to the Stamping Together show at Port Sunlight on Saturday. 

Kate Crane was there demoing her new stamps for Paper Artsy(you may remember she used to design for Carabelle Studio who stopped trading last Autumn)

Her new stamps are wonderful and of course I bought some!

I also bought some new paints - Paper Artsy Mattints - they're so lovely to use.

The only mistake I made was not buying all of the colours! They do mix well though!

I tried them put by painting lines in different colours over my page in both directions which is how I found out about the colours blending. Next, for some contrast I used a trusty old stencil, covered it in Black Oxide ink, spritzed and pressed it onto my page.

The stamps were all stamped onto art paper, coloured with the Mattints and cut out along with an Alison Bomber quote.

I added some pink spatter to the girl tag and black over the page.

Here are the stamps I bought 

Here's Kate with her brand new PaperArtsy release - she had been allowed to show them pre-release. 
Now they are released I am happy to link this to Valerie's Art Journal Journey theme 'Geometric Forms'

I will also enter at.. 

Thanks for looking, Chris