Friday, 1 August 2014

Peeled paint inspired by Liesbeth Fidder

Although I have seen the peeled paint effect before, it was Liesbeth's hanging board on the Paper Artsy blog that set me wanting to try it! 
Well, that and then a programme I watched about the persecution of Catholics in the 1600's that really got me moving!

The stamp I used has always made me think of someone talking to a hidden other person. Now I realise that the person was the priest - locked up in his priest hole, being warned to keep quiet! 
They must have been terrifying times, especially when soldiers would hang around for days hoping that the priest would either get hungry or smelly enough to detect!! One place on the programme was Salmsebury Hall near Preston, a lovely place to visit especially with children.
The image is LPC011 which I stamped in Jet Black archival onto a painted background of Snowflake, Concrete and Nougat.A little bit of text stamp - PA Mini MN76. A little bit of colouring with distress markers then the smeared Petroleum Jelly that I sent hubby of to the shops for(he was going for a walk anyway!)
I used Bora Bora paint over the jelly and image and then - wow!!! I love this effect and I'll be using it again (and again)!!!
I decided to use crackle paste mixed with Concrete Fresco paint through a stencil, but then decided I couldn't wait any longer so used my heat gun on it! I loved the puffy effect I got and with nothing else to hand, used my trusty Adirondak silver dabber paint to sponge on to the puffy bits. 

The cross came from some jewellery I bought at Primark in a sale ages ago.
Finally a key stamped in dabber silver and some shiny fibres and ribbons.

Linking this to the Paper Artsy blog

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 30 July 2014


Is it really Wednesday again? Oh! OK, so it is time to show my desk, some weeks certainly do go faster than others and I see from quite a few folk around Christmas is on it's way!!! Here we all are - I was going to say Julia's extended family, but I don't want to scare her off - she's been ill you know! Julia, the guide to the desk around the world, how else would we get to meet up? Details are on her blog here.
What's on mine? A few things that need doing - 
Some stamps that I can finally mount now I've bought the mounting sheet, some paper and card to go through the process of die cutting and an experiment with different glues following a fab idea I saw from Darcy on the Paper Artsy blog.
If you have time take a look - it's fascinating!
Now, if you are of a nervous disposition look away now….
to the left
I really have no idea how everything got in this state… next job I think! I really can't cram anymore in there!! 
Oh! and that is a Christmas card you see bottom right - shop bought but has an interesting middle so I'm going to take it apart and see if I can make my own bigger version…..

Off to see 'Hercules' with hubby and grandson so I'll probably get around later!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A little bit of journal play

Hi there! I hope everyone is enjoying this slightly cooler weather - I know I am!!

I don't seem to have done much in my A5 journal lately so yesterday while my grandson and hubby watched a film on TV I took myself off to my craft room for a play. The background was already partly done so not a lot to add!

I rummaged around in one of my bags for scraps and found some Crafty Individuals Alice Palace crowned bunnies images I had stamped onto a piece of (I think) Christmas paper.
A little more rummaging came up with a crumpled piece of tattered lace music paper - perfect to sit them on. 
I tore some little scraps of paper and stuck them on top left but they looked a bit bright so I added some crackle paste through a stencil topped with a dragonfly postmark that was also in the scraps.
At this point instead of going with the flow (or winging it if you prefer) I knew what the bunnies were looking at - of course - an Artistic Stamper dragonfly! 
This then needed words - so another rummage - this time in my words box of stamps - this Oprah Winfrey quote(Can't remember which set this is separated from!!), torn to put the first part of the quote by the bunnies, fitted the bill nicely - why shouldn't bunnies dream about flying?
I edged the quote with black soot distress ink then used a blending nib to go around the bunnies to make them stand out a bit.

The dragonfly's wing were coloured with Cosmic shimmer paints and then I rubbed on a little stickles with my finger.

I finished this before the end of the film so I carried on and did another page which I'll show you soon.

The rest of the day included lunch at the new cafe at Dunham Massey followed by a lovely walk under the shade of the big trees there.
Unfortunately when we got back my grandson played a mind numbing game on the computer with THE most annoying music!!! Peaceful moments shattered LOL!

I would like this page to be entered into the following challenges:-

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 28 July 2014

What did I choose for 'H'?

The challenge this time at Dragons Dream is the letter H and brown. For me there was an 'H' that came to mind straight away - Hydrangea - you know how the Hydrangea flowers turn papery and brown and stay there all winter - you are only supposed to cut them off in the Spring. I thought I had a Hydrangea stamp but when I looked it was this one - stamped here in my journal -waiting for me to finish the page now.
I don't know what this plant is but it definitely is not a Hydrangea….but….here are my hydrangeas in our caravan garden.

Here is my tag, using masks made with post-it notes…..
….Hydrangea bushes stamped with Adirondak Caramel, the background and the H stamped with Potting soil archival. I added little Hydrangea flowers with sparkle of stickles at their centres - I know the little flowers don't fall off so I hope you like this little diversion!

I am entering this in the Dragons Dream Tag it on challenge 171.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Tag - inspired by Kate Yetter

You must know by now that I love Lynne Perrella stamps and I loved seeing so many ways of using them this week on the Paper Artsy blog. Kate Yetter made a wonderful grey board tag. Here is my version! 
A little brighter than Kates! This is going onto a card for a friend who I think will quite like this lady!!
Off now to check how my gluey things are faring - Did you see what Darcy did here - I'll show you mine soon!!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Journal page - Kate Yetter inspired

Oh! So much inspiration on the Paper Artsy blog this week with Lynne Perrella stamps being used on many of the projects! Some will have to go on hold, but couldn't wait to get back home and try this one. I didn't get much chance for crafting with our pre-teen grandson around! Not that I'm complaining - I really enjoy our conversations (except when they are football related!)

I already had some paints in spray bottles so grabbed those first - then made one up using my new favourite - Autumn Fire.
I pretty much followed Kate's method (see hers here)
and came up with this.The stamp is different, I grabbed a stencil instead of sequin waste. I couldn't resist doodling around some of the drips too though! 
Hoping for a cooler night and more sleep so this is it for now.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Linking to Paper Artsy

Wednesday, 23 July 2014


Another lovely day - just right for visiting desks! I do not like this heat and will sit by a fan quite happily! Which desks you ask? The ones on WOYWW hosted by Julia of course! Last week I had no connection at all - couldn't even speak to my grandchildren!!
So, what is on my desk?
The evidence of something happening, I'm not going to show you yet though, sorry! I have been using my hydrangea punch and a stamp resembling a hydrangea flower.
What I will show you is my Fiona flower! (Remember being shown how to if you were at the crop)I made my versions and they sat at the back of my desk for a while.

If you want to see what I did please click here.

Off to the cinema with grandson now then a couple of nights away. If I can't get to some desks today it will have to be the weekend - have fun in the sun (if that's what you like to do!)

Thanks for looking, Chris