Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Gelli plate fun!

I was asked a while ago would I run a workshop at our retirement complex so today we had a Messy Morning with five lovely ladies attending! I had deliberately limited the numbers (unfortunately our 6th was poorly) as I don't have enough gelli plates to go around more. I bought two extra plates last week and they will be going to the caravan and two ladies brought their own brayers.
The sun was shining on the Hobbies Room table at first and paint was drying too quickly so we moved the table across into a shadier part! 
I had made a couple of sample cards with some prints I made for Brigit's Gelli plate challenge.

 The shrieks as they pulled their prints were brilliant!
We moved onto the making part - they had notebooks to cover as well as making a card! I had plenty of die-cuts to choose from and I had done some label printing on the computer.
I haven't asked permission to publish their faces so I have masked them.

The smiling faces of the ladies who made these have also been cut from the photos for now!
Wendy, my HKA came too, instead of doing my ironing, and did an excellent job of keeping an eye on things as well as having some fun herself! You may spot her expert brayering! She was a total star for staying on after her morning shift finished to help me take everything back to my flat too!

As we were packing up I was asked if we could have another Messy Morning so in July we are using Infusions and Brushos!!
The ladies also asked me to make sure they were on the list first!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 21 May 2018

T Stands For......the most beautiful garden!!!!

We are just back from Northumberland and I apologise if I didn't get around to visiting last week! Connections while on the move were erratic and when we got back in the evenings to our cottage we were just so tired that I couldn't cope with trying to read much on my phone! 

I hope you have drink with you - I have gone a bit wild with the photos!!

On our first full day we went up to Alnwick Castle and Gardens. 
The castle was impressive and was the home of the Percy family....

...but it was the gardens that truly impressed me. A note here for really must head up North to these gardens one day!
I was impressed by Kew back in April but having seen these gardens I am hard pressed to choose between them!

Our first stop was the Poison Garden - guided tours only and the gates are locked once a group is in for security reasons, by order of the government!
Who would have thought that such beautiful plants have such sinister histories!

 This was our guide taking another group around.
We walked on to the cherry tree walk.
On the slopes are double swings - we couldn't resist!

Back and forth enjoying the view of the lake...
...where the owl and the pussy cat were sailing!

Sadly most of the blossom was over but the tulips more than made up for that!
 We walked on to the water feature which Alnwick is so famous for..
...there are lots of these shady walks around.
 On into the formal gardens...sorry did I go past that water too quickly? I will come back to it another day - it is worthy of it's own post!!
 The Malus(crab apple) hedges were beautiful... I loved the riot of colour(and promise of more to come in Summer)

Hubby caught me looking up through the top of one of the bowers (note the soppy grin and the white hair - didn't know it was THAT white!!!)

Out to get some lunch - the biggest disappointment of the day - okay we were a little late but this was about all that was left...
...sausage casserole with an ever so slightly congealed gravy - tasty enough but we didn't eat it all!
Thank goodness I can still join Bleubeard and Elizabeth......

...with our drinks later on when a lot of folk had left and we had a view of the water display!
We had coffee and shared the huge piece of chocolate cake!
I will show more of the water displays and something else VERY special another day!

Thanks for visiting and for all the kind comments you leave, I hope to get back to you very soon! Chris

Buzzing around!!

Hi everyone, we're back and my phone was refusing to give up the photos to my computer again!
Hoping I can get to catch up with blogging soon!

This is a very quick post for now (I'll be back for TSFT towards midnight!) as I want to join Jo at Art Journal Journey for her choice of theme 'Flora and Fauna'

A combination of blue and green inks with an Aall and create set by Aida Domiesiwicz that I bought in Paris. I got up each morning in our cottage to have a play before breakfast.
The bees were stamped onto the page with a combination of stamps from the set and some Trish Latimer background stamps. I stamped the wings onto some scrap paper with greens on and cut them out to stick on so that they stuck up - it hasn't photographed well!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Destination TIOT!

Hi everyone! If you pop over to Try It On Tuesday you will see that our new challenge is all about Destinations! The Design Team have lots of ideas about where they would go!

Where would you choose to be (especially if money was no object)?

I am not a heat lover so exotic beaches are not on my list.
I think most of you can probably guess where I like to be - somewhere with lots of parks and gardens as well as beautiful architecture - Paris!
My background was created using Distress Oxides and then added some more around the edges.
I stamped a Crafty Individuals metro ticket a couple of times and put some of my own made tape at the bottom. A That's Crafty brick stencil and some random text added more interest to the background.
I used Carabelle Studio Paris stamp by Azoline and added some white and gold highlights
Next came the flowers - I have quite a few flower dies but this time I chose to use some punches on some gelli printed papers. I drew onto them with a fine liner pen - fiddly but relaxing - arranged them across the page and added my Tim Holtz paper doll. She has some  Stabilo all blue pencil just to make her stand out.

When we in Paris a few weeks ago Spring flowers were appearing everywhere and we spent quite a lot of time in one or two parks
 This little garden was up some steps that we decide to investigate one evening close to our hotel
 These two were from a little shortcut through the Jardins du Luxembourg....
...and this one from Parc Monsouris.
Finally - these beautiful white tulips in Parc de Belleville

I think you can see where my colour choices came from!!

I hope you will join us this time at TIOT - I really would love to see where you would like to be!

I would like to join Jo at Art Journal Journey too - where she has chosen Flora and Fauna as her theme!

Thanks for looking, Chris