Monday, 18 June 2018

A bicycle made for my three - a new SSSM challenge

Hi everyone! 
The month is whizzing by and I am here again joining the brilliant Design Team at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for our new theme 'Transport it'

When I first saw the bicycle made for three on Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Theories set I immediately thought back to when my three boys used to share their garden toys - I recall we had a tractor,a pedal car, a scooter,a couple of bikes(different sizes)
Of course there were times when they all wanted to get onto the same one but it was always sorted easily!
I wanted to make them something to give to them on Fathers Day (Yesterday at our family gathering)to remind them of those days! I wrote a message on the back of each one which made them smile! 
I started with some Tim Holtz Idea-ology 12x12 Lost and Found paper
in different colours, which I stuck onto some rescued packaging card.
I added a variety of stencils mainly by AALL and create (stencils 17,12) and a Dylusions stencil - old school alpaha 
I used AALL and create stamp 10 using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink
I used my trusty Crop-a-Dile to make holes in the tops for some twine to hang them
I painted some little boxes that I have had in my stash for a while using Paper Artsy Fresco paints
 I left them to dry while we had lunch....
 ...and then scraped on some Paper Artsy crackle glaze After that we went to the cinema to see Jurassic World which had quite spectacular sequences but an absolutely preposterous storyline(imho). 

When we got home I painted over all of the boxes with a pale blue paint - you can see how quickly this crackle forms as the first one was already crackling really well before I had painted them all!

Next I cut a Seth Apter die not the one here but there is a good choice in the store.
I used a lot of different Paper Artsy Fresco paints to get a rusty effect and did the same onto one of the elements from the  Tim Holtz Sizzix Mixed Media thinlets die
I painted around the edges of some torn corrugated card with Paper Artsy White Fire Fresco paint 
I decided to stamp the Bicycle on some book paper - as you can see it does depend on which paper you use - I wanted to use my Tales of King Arthur book but I got a better image on the smoother nutrition text book I used to use in college.
I tore around the edges and stuck it onto the corrugated card.
At this point I used Espresso Distress ink to edge the coloured boards and the corrugated card and a lighter colour Brushed Corduroy to edge the boxes.
It was then just case of assembling and adding various Idea-ology bits and pieces.Tim Holtz Idea-ology- paper clips hinge clips  Small Talk words

The challenge gives you the chance to be in the spotlight as well as a very generous voucher to spend in the Simon Says Stamp store
Here are some links if you want to see the whole ranges of:-

Tim Holtz Idea-ology
AALL and Create
Tim Holtz stamps
Tim Holtz Sizzix
Paper Artsy Fresco paints

Thank you for looking, Chris

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Beautiful Dragonfly!

Hello everybody! I have been playing in my square journal using some of my favourite AALL and Create stamps!

You may wonder why!
The other week we went to Nostell Priory, not far way from Doncaster where we visited Stamp Magic (where I met up with friends and well, maybe a few things did happen to come home with me - you can see here and here)
We have passed Nostell Priory a couple of times but it has always been later in the day so we went to Stamp Magic with the intention of leaving ourselves time for a visit.

We weren't quite prepared of how extensive the grounds are so have  a visit planned for the Summer wth our grandchildren and son.

We did get into the formal gardens though - here are just a few photos.

These Cornus flowers are so beautiful in their simplicity - no more beautiful than this peony - both are lovely in their own way

 We headed out to one of the woodland areas and down to the lake
 Speedwell Blue reminds me of being a child - this is quite a big clump but I used to love finding these and Scarlet Pimpernels when we went on walks.

On the path we spotted Damselflies but they were so quick that neither of us got a decent photo!
We headed back across the Pennines after a coffee.

The next day at home hubby went to the local shops and came back and called me to grab a camera...right outside our door on the railings looking down on the path below was this beautiful dragonfly!

Hubby's battery was dead so I took these on my phone camera! I can hardly believe how sharp this photo is and how the Dragonfly seemed to pose - he was still there the next morning but by lunch time he was gone! 

So, here is the page I was inspired to make.

I used inks and gesso textured with a pen end and rubbed over with distress crayon, a little bit of sequin waste and stencilling then stamping with parts of AALL and create stamps before adding Tracy Evans's dragonflies. I cut more wings, added some stickles and then added some home made tape decoration at the bottom!

I would like to enter at 

and of course - Art Journal Journey and Gill's theme 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Friday, 15 June 2018


Hi everyone, leaping on here before hubby removes the computer to decorate the corner where it lives - everything else was done yesterday!

I have a page in my A6 journal inspired mainly by the little stickers we get at Leighton Moss RSPB reserve.
I have used one here - should have left a 'handle' to pull it off the backing as it was very fiddly to get off - live and learn!!!
We don't go to Leighton Moss as often as we used to when our grandchildren were younger but still love to go on quieter days and enjoy a walk and a coffee!

I used an AALL and create stencil that has words and a butterfly on it plus some dotty/spotty stencils and sequin waste. I found some bits on my desk to roughly cut some circles and found a stray stem too! I added some Tracy Evans hearts and flower and lots of doodling!
Of course I intend joining Gill(GibbyFroggetCraftations) and her theme at Art Journal Journey - 'Inspired By'

We had our own bit of bird watching in the caravan garden the other week!
After a couple of years of waiting for bird to use it finally this year a sparrow family used it! 
I had seen them way back in March checking it out so had my fingers crossed!
 When we went up at the end of May this is what we saw!

Hubby attempted some close ups on the last day we were there - I think if we had stayed another couple of days we would have seen them fledge as they seemed to grow so much over the few days we were there!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

T Stands For...time passing...

I can hardly believe a week has gone so quickly and here it is T day again!
What have I been doing?
Well, we've both been sorting out stuff (including clothes that are too big for us now)and taking it to the charity shop.

We have had a lovely meal out at famous TV chef James Martin's restaurant(using a voucher that I got for my 70th last year)
It was delicious and a lovely warm evening - the restaurant is accessed by going through a casino so no children allowed.
We were brought water to drink and I also had a Tonic water but as I was trying to avoid getting another diner's face in I couldn't include it!
We both chose hake as our first course and then...
 ..mushroom risotto - the signature dish we were told! We chose a broccoli dish to go with it - charred with soya and sesame seeds - I am going to try this at home!
 Both delicious..but then I opted for banana cake with peanut and chocolate ice-cream....

...and hubby had a chocolate dessert(with more sugar!)
I wondered what my sugar levels might be like so I tested at bedtime and they were only a little higher than usual!!!
We also went to see 'The Shape Of Water' at the cinema - quite a strange film but we both enjoyed it - the music had a lot to do with that!
Then we went off to our caravan - decking to be painted, weeding to be done, new plants and old to be potted - re-potted!
We got it almost all done as we had a blip when we ran out of green paint and couldn't buy any more - all sorted now and we can finish it next time!

As you can see, I leave quite a few wild flowers growing - the bees love them!

You can just see my driftwood and pebbles collected from Morecambe beach - hubby's arrangement this time!
Once home again I had both my Simon Says Stamp Monday(here) and Try It on Tuesday(here) projects to post.
Then it was off to the gym this morning!
Oh! and I made a journal page mainly inspired by the words included on a new Paper Artsy stamp set by Darcy Wilkinson that I bought pre- release, and sworn to secrecy until this week - there are lots to mix up and make your own stories!

Of course I am linking the journal page to Gill's 'Inspired By' theme at Art Journal Journey.

Most of all though I am joining the T gang at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's place!
So...what next? Well, Holby City is on TV and then I can make some visits(I already started today with some!)

Thanks for looking, Chris