Monday, 18 March 2019

Still waiting!

Hi everyone! Just back from our caravan - a windy but lovely weekend! Details of where we went will follow in my next post.
I also got on with my sample making for Crafty Individuals Hochanda shows - there are now going to be three shows - 3.00p.m on Sunday 31st March and 11.00am and 4.00pm on the 1st April. The new stamps are amazingly beautiful!

So, what am I waiting for? Well, my scan appointment came through - it's on Wednesday. My son has good news on the Manoir he is buying in France, but has to wait until paperwork has gone through!
Mainly though, I am still waiting for Spring and I have had time to make another page for Art Journal Journey.
I had a background prepared where I had used distress inks and brayered paint.
It's just as well I had time, as this is attempt three! I stamped an image directly on the page using my stamp platform, coloured the image then restamped to make the outline crisp...except that..even though I had taped the page and used the magnets, I must have pulled at the page and it totally mis-stamped!
On to plan B, I had some of my lovely handmade papers from Elizabeth ready to use for something else so decided to stamp a different image onto this...

...but it just didn't want to. The texture is just so wonderful but the image looked dreadful....a bit of a rethink needed, but decided that I really didn't want to cover it with a magazine image so what you see on my page is the reverse side, still beautiful and Tracy Easson's hare fits perfectly.
I stamped a fantasy flower image by Azoline at Carabelle studios and coloured it with sparkly pens.
Next came some dotting around with paint on the wooden end of a paintbrush and some white Posca pens.
The watery sun was stencilled at the top and I doodled in some ground! The words are from various Tim Holtz stickers.

I am entering at Art Journal Journey and Jo's 'Hello Spring' theme
Moo Mania and More's Close to Nature theme

Thanks for looking, Chris


Friday, 15 March 2019

A Hint of Spring

Come on Spring! Hi everyone, we've had little bit of sun today but it is still so cold and windy!

My page for Jo's 'Hello Spring' theme at Art Journal Journey has some elements that has something to look forward to - I used a Mother's Day flowers leaflet that I picked up in the supermarket, a bee and a butterfly cut from magazines and a couple of pre stamped images. 
The CI teacups are for those warm Spring days when we can take our drinks outside, yes, come on Spring!!! 
Where did we go today? I'll show you on T Day!! The scenery on the way was wonderful!

I am also joining in again at Moo Mania and More - Close to Nature.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

T Stands For.........the spring.....

....that's still not in my step! I am still having difficulty in stepping it out, so our longer walks have been put on hold! I've been to see my GP who is referring me for a scan on my knee...I'm waiting...

This has left more time for crafting and catching up on TV series that we have missed!

The background was made with some stencilling with AALLandcreate stencils and some random stamping with their stamps!
I found this piece of coloured paper that I think may have come from a Daphne's Diary as there are a whole load of this kind of paper with different flowery images on.
I cut it up and arranged it in random rows before adding flowers by Tracy Evans(more AALLandcreate)I stamped and cut some out and overlaid where I had stamped them. The quote is from the same set!
I used one of the flowers from this set along the bottom to ground them and after spattering some ink I used the remaining ink on the  brush to ground them.

We caught the tram to the cinema today with a coffee at Gino's before we crossed the road to the cinema and it is here I will join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday
The cafe was very busy so no hubby shot today - here is my Americano and hubby's Cappuccino.
We went to see Captain Marvel, the back story of how the Avengers started. An action packed film for sure but quite fun too!

On our way home we got off the bus a stop early to walk back by the River Mersey - what a raging torrent! We have had a lot of rain!

Here are shots of the same area back in April last year - the island with the heron on can't be seen, although a few little twigs are waving above the water.

The weir can't be seen either and there is a lot of debris on the bank.

Sorry this is a short post again. Maybe my poorly knee has happened at a good time as I am busy making samples for Crafty Individuals show on Hochanda on the 1st and 2nd  of April. I can tell you that the new stamps are just amazing...just wait and see! I am really enjoying using them!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Sunday, 10 March 2019

My favourite!

When I saw the theme for Tag Tuesday - 'My Favourite Stamp' I knew straightaway what it would be ( I have a favourite set of stamps but that's another story!!!)

Here's my tag...

...and even with Paris and France featured on the Crafty Individuals stamps they are not my favourites...can you guess?
Yes, you have seen it before several times - my favourite background stamp ever (CI430)! I love this stamp so much that instead of taking it each time we go to our caravan I have an identical stamp there too! Here it is stamped onto and ink stained tag.
Mainly because I worried that I might leave it behind and not be able to use it!
Some times I only use a tiny part of it but mostly it's the whole stamp!

I would also like to enter at:-
A Vintage Journey where the theme is 'Celebrate the Journey - Happy Birthday AVJ'
AVJ are celebrating 5 years of the challenge - may the journey continue! 
My tag represents the place I would journey to if I only had one choice...if you a regular reader of my blog you will know how true this is...Oh!.. and watch this space!!!!

Sorry this is a short post - Midsummer Murders starts again tonight!!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Dawn chorus!

Hi everyone, there's been a change in the weather lately - lots of rain today! We both had dental appointments this morning and as the Dentists is quite close to the Trafford Centre where we occasionally go to Silver Screen viewings at the Odeon cinema (I think I may have mentioned - they are for 'the older generation' and it costs £3 each and includes a hot drink and a biscuit, or if we are lucky we can buy a cake for a small donation to charity)so we decided to go!
We had just had lunch and a coffee so passed on the refreshments today....just as well as the cinema was nearly full - the film was Stan and Ollie and it was the first SS showing so quite busy! We had missed this when it was on general release a few weeks ago and I am so glad we got to see it! We have several Laurel and Hardy films on DVD which we have enjoyed watching - they don't get shown much on TV these days.
The film is about the end of their careers which was in the UK and was very funny in parts and sad in others, a very watchable film!

When I got home I completed a page for Art Journal Journey that I started last night! 
Jo's theme is 'Hello Spring' and my page is about the birds I have been hearing on those early mornings when the sun has been rising, although the blackbird at about 5a.m. is a bit too early!! 
  The page started like this
A little bit of brayer cleaning, and some stencilling through two different stencils...and after that I forgot to take photos!!!

I added smudgy circle of blue paint over the sun with a baby wipe. The blossom trees are a mixture of finger painting, wooden stick, and some stippling with shades of pink and green and I added some flowers on the bottom the same way.

I decide to lighten the blue by lightly brayering some white paint which accidentally picked up some of the still wet pink paint so we have falling blossom there too!

I stamped the Crafty Individuals bird designed by Maria Kitano in black onto the page and then stamped and fussy cut the bird onto white and coloured it with distress markers.
The berries were coloured white with a gel pen and I painted the branch with some watered down gold paint.

I searched for some words and found just the thing but unfortunately can't find the packaging so can't credit it!

I would like to enter at:-

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - 'Whatever the Weather'
Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Create a Scene
Craft Stamper Magazine - Take It Make it March challenge
Moo Mania and More - 'Close to Nature'

Thanks for looking, Chris


Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Inspired By A Word

The  Try It On Tuesday Design Team have been pondering on words this time and becoming inspired by just one word! It may be part of a quote but please tell us what the word that inspired you is!
Please do take a look here to get some inspiration!
I have made a card to give some encouragement to someone!

The image is a Crafty Individuals one. When I saw this image as part of a giveaway in a magazine I remembered that I had this stamp in rubber too and it fits perfectly with my chosen word - which is 'BELIEVE'
The butterflies are flying close by some teasles - nothing much there for them but they can see what we can't- just around the back of the teasles is a meadow full of flowers.
Sometimes it's not about what you see in front of you but what may be coming next
This is the inside of the card
I used one of my favourite swirl stamps (also by Crafty Individuals) onto a gelli print background which I softened with a light braying of Snowflake Fresco paint.
I stamped and heat embossed the two butterflies from the main stamp and used another CI stamp to pick out the word using a distress marker and with a bit of 'hahh-ing' stamped it onto book paper.
Finally I added some Peeled Paint distress ink around the edges and added some doodle outlining!

We are all looking forward to seeing which words inspire you and as usual the challenge runs for 2 weeks from the date of this post.

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Monday, 4 March 2019

T Stands for taking it easy....

I mentioned in my previous post that we have been up to our caravan.
We actually went up on Wednesday evening after going out with friends for a meal. Hubby figured that we were already on our way and that driving back home would be going back on ourselves so we packed a few things and took them with us. We arrived to a cold caravan around 11.00pm but with the heating on straight away it had warmed up enough by the time we had a drink and watched a little bit of TV.
This meant we had a full day more than we often have. We decided on a visit to Kendal - rain was forecast but we didn't intend walking much, especially after our big walk last week, which incidentally had left me just a little bit achey!
I wanted to visit Alfie the dog and lovely Pandy who has recently changed the direction of her business. 
The has some fabrics - some nice kits too, and lots of lovely wool but best of all are her products for dogs! 
This is one of the best ideas I have seen - makes me wish I had a dog!(although I would really prefer a cat!!!)
She is starting to make larger bags and also makes healthy dog food -you can find her website here .
I spotted some wool while I was there and she kindly pointed out some of the sale items she was selling off to make room in her small shop
 So, what did I buy? Not as much as I would have liked but I did get  a few stamps and an angel.
I was drawn to this multi colour wool to knit a shawlette....sometime...
We had a little potter around the shops and had some lunch and just as we set off back it started to rain!

The next day we were up early and set off to Keswick. It wasn't brilliant weather but was quite warm and we arrived at the Pencil Museum just in time for a coffee.
Of course this is the time to pop in at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog 'The Altered Booklover' for Tea Stands for Tuesday

By this time hubby had drunk his hot chocolate and gone to look at pencils etc. I enjoyed watching the technique videos that were showing on a screen...yes I did stage this so that you can see the cushion, they are scattered all around the cafe area that adjoins the shop. 
We decided to wait to buy anything as we were parked in the car park nearby and would return this way.
We walked into the town centre, looked in the bookshop and a couple more shops and went to look at some of the older buildings.
As we looked around I spotted a sign 'Up to 50% off sale' in the window of Seasalt, not a place I buy much in as it is quite expensive, but with a chance of money off thought it worth a visit...result....
Hubby bought me the navy one at 50% off and I got a good reduction of a over a third off the stripy one...and have you noticed something?
We walked back to the river and the Pencil Museum..
 This where I spotted Hawthorn - I am sure we had to wait until the middle of March last year before even the smallest shoots appeared 

The sun was trying to shine through the clouds.
So what did I buy here?
I just couldn't resist the Inktense paints and I wanted to try the new Lightfast pencils so bought three shades of brown - you will find why on the 1st of April when Crafty Individuals new Maria Kitano stamps are released on Hochanda - the new stamps are all fabulous - no more clues yet!!!!
I decided to buy some graphite coloured line makers too at a bargain price.
Hubby treated himself to a new Calligraphy practice book and some pens.
We called at a supermarket on the way back and while waiting at the traffic lights I saw this...
...lovely blossom and...bluebell leaves growing quite big already!!!
 The next morning was quite cloudy when suddenly I spotted this - one small area lit by the sun and then moving across to the row of trees!
We had intermittent sun all morning so we went off to Leighton Moss RSPB for a little walk and to buy some more bird food!
Just as we got back to the caravan it poured! 
An ideal afternoon to re-watch Willow on TV.

I also have my Calendar Journal pages ready.
Feeling lazy, my knee was hurting, I decided to use my new Inktense paints to make a background and then drew some trailing flowers and painted those too! I used printer paper and punched the squares and wrote 'March'I am making this my second entry at Art Journal Journey and Jo's 'Hello Spring' theme
 Last month was a busy one and I used Crafty Individuals and Paper Artsy stamps to decorate my pages

So that's it, it looks as though we did a lot but the best thing was taking our time and enjoying each other's company - we had several stops for refreshments - a couple of which I have saved for another T Day!  

Finally I have to apologise if it looks as though I didn't visit last week - I found that quite a lot of my comments went missing(not just on T posts)- I will check when I visit this time!!

I'll be back in a few hours with something for Try It On Tuesday's new theme

Thanks for looking, Chris