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

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Colourful? Yes!

Warning - I may will ramble!! For starters my granddaughter is going to get a new bedroom - some  time soon! Last year she gave me a favourite dress that she had grown out of so I could try to copy it! Ha! Ha! My sewing skills were so rusty that the dress I made was, well, frankly, awful!!! I kept her little dress thinking I might make her something (what, I still don't know!!!- ideas gratefully received as long as it's got straight lines!!)
Now, here's the thing - I came across the dress while looking for something else - of course!! I had just seen a challenge that I quite fancied, so thought I'd make a tag using the colours but then - moving some more things around on the ongoing attempt to be more organised (stop sniggering at the back!) I came across a K and Co frame that had been tucked in behind something else, so that's what I've done!

It's a fairly simple affair. I used PA Fresco paints, Sky, Orchid and Autumn Fire along with Tim's doily stencil. To add a bit of texture I used crackle glaze on part of the frame and mixed some Sky fresco with Decoart media crackle paste to add some more doily stencilling. I stamped with Snowflake on a PA Squiggle Ink -Swirls and curls, around the edge of the aperture. The aperture itself was backed with some washi tape that I found in Sainsbury's. The little flowers stamped here and there were from an Artemio set and the centres finished with some distress stickles. The flower is using a technique that was shown to me at the WOYWW crop by Fiona - see her beauty here - except that I stamped a Stampendous flower onto some smooshy paper I had done using the chosen colours
THE dress!! She used to look so sweet in it!
All I had to do then was colour my own ribbon and add some little butterflies - used a punch into some scrap paper.

The flower was sprayed with Goosebumps and the centre had some sparkly stickles added. This version is two flowers stacked together 
If you would like  to see how I made this take a look here

I do hope my GD likes it - especially if I can come up with something to go along with it!

I'm going to enter in 
the Country View Challenge - 'Stencil it'
Our Creative Corner's Challenge which is 'include a flower and Hand Dyed ribbon' 

Thanks for looking, Chris

My version of Fiona's flower

This is the flower for the post after this one. Lovely Fiona from Staring at the Sea showed a group of us at The WOYWW crop back in May. Her fab version is here!
My bright version is here.
I started with stamping the Stampendous flower onto some cheap watercolour paper that had been smooshed through some paint.
I cut them out then spritzed with a fine spray and crumpled them

The next stage is to pick the layers of paper apart - be patient or the paper may rip
Next I Spritzed and dabbed the inside edges in watered down paint

 I cut out some circles with a punch from some of the smooshed paper...

 I then pressed the circles onto the stamen part of the stamp
Finally I stamped some text on the middle layer and stuck on the stamens.

The version here is two stacked flowers.

I hope you like this!
Thanks for looking, Chris

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Kraft and Black…..and White!

Oh! I can't tell you how good it feels to be back at somewhere with an internet connection (even if at times it dips in and out temporarily). The comment at the bottom of my previous post was never truer! I did manage to get some access on my phone while in the car but even then, last Sunday - nothing!! My phone is on contract with a firm with a certain bearded man at its head - I will not be renewing my contract when it ends next month!!!

One thing I did see was Joanne Wardle's Kraft and black cards on the  Paper Artsy blog - stunning!!
So yesterday in between visits to different family members I made this…
I didn't get around to posting last night and I'm glad I didn't!
I had a few waking moments last hot….and remembered something my good friend Sarah did with Kraft and White the other week (worth taking a look here!) After a walk along the river bank to fetch the papers this morning I came back and did this.
The stamps are some Claudine Helmuth ones I've had for ages! The paint PA Fresco - Little Black Dress and Snowflake.
It was good to try something new - stamping using paints - and I think I'll be doing it again!
Thing is though - black….or white?

Linking to Paper Artsy 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Reverse Canvas

I've always loved looking at what Alison of Words and Pictures creates and will always aspire to make something half as good (believe me  - half as good would make me happy!) When I saw Alison's reverse canvas this week for Paper Artsy I just loved the colour combination she used. 
Now, I didn't have the Fresco colours she had so went for the next best thing (so I thought!) Cobalt Blue and Guacomole. I used a small canvas I'd had sitting on top of my shelf for a while and tried as far as I could to follow Alison's method. One thing I couldn't resist was trying my new crackle paste mixed with a little guacamole. I decide to use LPCO13 (the Hot Picks one has gone on to my never-ending list of "needs")stamped in grey but - alas and alack - the paint combo doesn't show through (another two colours for my list ha! ha!)So, ploughing on, don't have many metal embellishments (they are already on list!)so did the best I could with flowers and brads.

The flowers are just from my huge collection! Must use them more - there are loads - something with GD maybe?

Thanks so much for the inspiration Alison - I would never have thought of reversing the canvas by myself!!

I am linking this to Paper Artsy

Thanks for looking, off to the land of little or no connections so apologies now - comments on blogs may be very brief this week!


Friday, 11 July 2014

Dreaming with the Dragons 170

The challenge this time was an easy choice for me! Silvia picked "K" and "heart" for Dragons Dream Tag It On 170. My immediate thought was "Knight", but which Knight - Sir Lancelot of course! His love affair with Guinevere was their undoing, thanks to Arthur's nasty cousin Agravain!(I know it was adultery but it was true love too!)
I always mean to take photos along the way but on reflection perhaps it's just as well I didn't!

Briefly - Distress ink, PA Fresco paints on part of tag, Doily stencil on part of tag, Pearl glaze too! Then the stamping - my knight stamp, bought from a bargain box - stamped with clear embossing ink then brushed over with Mica powder - now you see him - now you don't! "Guinevere" (okay a Lynne Perrella maiden) stamped in grey, hiding behind the screen waiting for Lancelot. The words are straight from my Arthur book. Finishing touches - a distress edge stamp, tattered lace across the top with tied ribbon. The K stamped onto a piece of card. I have used the very top of a small Christmas tree punch to give a lacy edge. The heart on Lancelot's shield cut freehand from a piece of scrap.
Just to show you how it looks different when you move it here is another photo.

Linking to the Dragons Dream Tag it on challenge 170 - K and a heart

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 9 July 2014


That was the week that was…. Trips out, time for crafting and I won some blog candy( I will show you when it arrives - never fear!)
Here we are again at our desks - off to show the world! Go here to Julia's blog if you want details of how to join in - everyone will get a warm welcome!
My desk shows just how I left it last night after completing covering a journal cover(it's in the post before this if you want to see)

This is still there too as we are off to the cinema now.
The flowers are coming along but not used yet

Just in case you are interested pictures of my trip to see part of the Tour de France are here.

Must dash now - I'll be round later! Chris