Friday, 24 April 2015

In the sun!!

I hope you have all been enjoying the sunshine! I suspect that by the time you see this the sun will be playing hide and seek again as I am away (again)and as I have now worked out how to schedule a post  I can show you this…in my A5 journal
A bit of smudged on colour, a lot of random stamping and some beautiful butterflies(mainly Artistic Stamper) - highlighted with white - and a quote from Artistic Outpost.

Off to enjoy some sun now!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 22 April 2015


Whoosh! …and it's Wednesday again! If you've got a desk then Julia's Stamping Ground is the place to link and show it in all it's glory!
Oh! and if you're nosy interested like me, there will be lots to see.
Mine, for instance has had to be censored…in the nicest way…I had evidence when I looked at the photo, of something I had prepared for  a guest spot next week!

I have also had to close my journal as I am doing a page for Try It On Tuesday so if you want to see that you will have to pop onto the blog next Tuesday! 
You may search for clues if you wish but I can only spot two!!

So, that's it for now, we are off to enjoy a bit of sun before the weekend weather changes.

I will be looking at desks on my phone so you will be in miniature and I can't guarantee a connection so apologies if I don't leave you comment. Last week I was trying to comment in the car and lost several…..

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Monday, 20 April 2015

Not real (well, the sunsets are…)!

Hi everyone and welcome to my new followers too! We are home for a few days before going off to celebrate hubby's birthday! I went for a blood test this morning and fingers crossed my blood sugar is not so high this time! I have made a few dietary changes and I am exercising more….so…
We had a fantastic few days at our caravan and while we did get get some gardening done there is still quite a lot of tidying to be done! 
I didn't have much crafting time but did take my journal so I have a page to show you. 
This started off as some mopped up paints from my mat - dabbed 
dry-ish then pressed again onto the drips!
I started to doodle around the shape top right and saw a flower appearing but nothing like any flower I know, so then drew in some fantasy seed heads too! A bit of doodling around and about and coloured in with my Inktense blocks and water brush.

This morning I added the Artistic Stamper quote and some butterflies from their Insects and Butterflies set, coloured in with sparkly gel pens. 

We had some lovely sunsets while we were away too

and the inside of my glass door looked like this

I would like to enter the following challenges-

Artistic Stamper Creative Challenge - Flora and Fauna
Our Creative Corner - Colour Your World
Stamping Sensations  - Pretty In Pink

and also to link to 

Art Journal Journey
Visual Journey 16 at Bumblebees and Butterflies

Thanks for looking, Chris

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Teen card!

Well, that's it - I have a teenage Grandson!It really doesn't seem like 13 years since he became my first grandchild! Where did that time go? 
We have been lucky enough to spend quite a lot of time with him, both as a toddler when we would have him all day on Saturdays, and as he has grown up, spending weekends with us at our caravan as well as a few school holiday times!
He has turned into a lovely young man!
Here is the card I made for him 
I hope he thought it was "grown up' enough!

 I am scheduling this post(fingers crossed!)as we are off to our caravan - I think the garden may need some attention!!!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Tall lady page!

I had a page in my journal where I had made a background but used a black ink that soaked into the Fresco paint so I wasn't happy with it.
I just happened to have my new Finnabair stamps to hand so grabbed the fabulous lady and was about to stamp her bottom right but last minute - on a whim stamped her top left - now what? Looked and then picked up a stray background stamp by Kaisercraft (I had put way all the other stamps I had been using this clear one had escaped!) and stamped a little bit of it under the image - still wasn't sure, just wanted to take off the harsh edge and suddenly there was a tall lady wearing a long dress!!
I seriously did not have clue what was happening as I just kept on dabbing onto my ink pad and then on to the page - it was only after a while when I saw the dress appearing that I tidied up the edges bit so I found it rather spooky when I realised that I had read the "magic" word but not "Trust the" words!

I am sharing this with 
Art Journal Journey with a theme of Favourite poems and quotes
Brenda's Visual Journey at Bumblebees and Butterflies
That's Crafty - Grunge, Grunge, Grunge challenge
Stamps and Stencils- Anything goes

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 15 April 2015


I'm going to have to be quick here!! 
No film review, and as there are no more Cinema BOGOFs these days our trips may have come to an end!! Although I do want to see a couple so we'll see!!
We decided to pop into Manchester, totally forgetting…I know, it's an age thing - that it was the day we show our desks to the other crafty folk with desks, courtesy of Julia at the Stamping Ground of course!
So we are back, with the photo I took yesterday evening.
Here you see the remains of a card for my eldest Grandson - a teenager tomorrow so won't show his card until he has received it.
The number is the one I didn't use! There's a couple of stamps to be put away there(done!)and I am on to the next 'secret' project!!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Try It On Tuesday and the new theme is…..

'New Beginnings'! It is also T day at Elizabeth and Bleubeard's place!

Welcome everyone. 

Yes, our new topic is 'New Beginnings' and you can see all the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team and find out how to enter here at Try It On Tuesday.

I chose New Home, as here where I live there are often new neighbours and when we first moved in we felt really welcomed by the cards we received.
I have had this set of Crafty Individuals stamps for a while and must confess to never introducing them to my ink pad - I do remember though that it was the quote that made me buy them (although I do love the houses!)It also meant I could use my favourite sun stamp - a wood mounted Rubber Stampede one! I decided to go with pink and green - just because - and I quite like the combination!
The whole row was stamped onto some watercolour paper that had been smooshed through a mixture of green spritzed inks.
The pink house was stamped onto a scrap of pink paper and stuck on.
The sun was stamped onto the pink paper too and I cut out the main part of the image and stamped it also onto the card before sticking  image on top.

Now, I don't know about you but I am not very steady at getting things in a straight line….so…the "NEW HOME" was made by using punched letters stuck onto roughly cut squares(stamping would work too!)and then arranged ever so slightly at angles.
I inked the edges with a Distress marker just to make them stand out more.
I added some gold highlights to the sun and to the roof of the pink house to finish it! 

I hope you will hop over to Try it On Tuesday and be tempted to join in - as you will see 'New Beginnings' can be interpreted in so many ways!!

I am also sure you will receive a warm welcome at Elizabeth's blog The Altered Book Lover, especially if you bring your drink with you!!
Mine's a coffee….with cake, bought from the farm shop we visit occasionally …I know…I shouldn't…but a gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do, we had been out for a walk at Sizergh Castle so I had earned it!!

Thanks for looking, Chris