Sunday, 7 February 2016

A page, some happy mail and a bit of a disaster!!

Hi everyone, I'm back - sort of! 
Still bit fuzzy around the edges - not going into details but the answer is…. a Bob Dylan song!! Nobody warned me about that!!!

Yesterday and this morning - hmm…a concentration thing….I made a double spread in my small Moleskine - intended as a double entry for Art Journal Journey - "If music be the food of love" chosen by Hazel….
and Moo Mania and More - Use Your Scraps - the whole background is covered in mop up scraps!
The scraps were in my journal before I went into hospital and up till yesterday haven't felt like playing at all.
The words of the song are some that have been going around my head over the last few weeks!!

Next is a big Thank You to Alison (Butterfly)at Words and Pictures and Jo (JoZart).

This arrived from Alison following my seeing it on her blog(here)

I am following the advice Alison, and can say that this is even more beautiful than the photos show!
Not only that..the photo looks so much like one of my Gran-except I am not up to rummaging for it!

Then this gorgeous package arrived from Jo
What it contained is so beautiful and such a comfort!
I had been hoping to go to the Manchester craft show with Jo until they changed the date of my op! She has been kind enough to show mw what I missed on her blog!

Both of these wonderful gifts have kept me thinking positively when I have felt a bit down so big Thanks to you both.

Oh! The disaster?  Yesterday I took this photo of an Amaryllis that I have grown this year - it has the most beautiful triple flowers!
 Today, having already said it needed more support maybe, as the final flower had bloomed, we heard a crash!!
The other one I grew didn't cause so much bother
I have never grown these before but looking forward to next year now!

That's it for now I'm afraid - I need to move around again - and maybe have a back rub!!!

Thank you for all your good wishes!

Thanks for looking, I will be around to visit soon!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Romance at Try it On Tuesday and a second look at romance!

We are feeling in a romantic mood at Try It On Tuesday with our new theme 'A Fine Romance'. Well, it will be Valentines Day soon, so we hope you will make something for your beloved! It can be anything you wish as long as it fits the theme. Please pop over to our blog to see the fabulous examples the team have made!

I had a little fun with a bargain buy from B and M (for those in the  US it is a store that sells all sorts from food to home items….but cheap!!) 
 It started out like this…
A very poor photo but the only one I have!!!
I pulled off the Home label and painted everything in gesso before painting white.

I used clear texture paste through a diamond stencil.

I then went over everything with white crackle paint with little blue mixed in. I rubbed it over with DecoArt Antiquing cream to emphasise the cracks but ink would have done the job too! 
I then rummaged through one of my 'treasure' boxes and found the lock and key and the metal filigree circle - both had a paint with PA Fresco Snowflake before rubbing off a little for the gold edges to show. I used  one of Tim's Mixed Media dies and added a few little blobs of Glossy Accents.
The phrase is from small talk stickers and reminds me of one of my favourite films - Baz Luhrmann's 'Moulin Rouge' - except that this song makes me blub like a baby!  
The other side had a little bump where I had removed the label, so I painted a flower that I think came from a pound shop,stamped some text over the top and added some stickles. I filled the centre with silicone glue, sprinkled with Glamour Dust. It covered the bump nicely! A little bit of torn tissue tape and then chit chat stickers for my message. 

I also did some stencilling on the base

As it is the 2nd of the month I am joining Bluebeard and Elizabeth(and Squiggles too!)for
This is from February 10th 2013

Journal cat

I had two trips to the Manchester craft show this week - once when I spent far too much and another when I didn't spend much at all. Both trips were great because I met up with friends and crafting acquaintances too! 
Suffice to say I was quite weary by the time last night came as I had also done a 'big shop' on Friday!
Eager as I was to play with my new goodies I sat and did some doodling while on the settee watching tv!
The background had been painted and inked some time ago and was waiting for me!
This is what I came up with

Well, I drew the little cat and the branches - but didn't really have anything in mind - until this morning - so I had a little heart from Tim's Heartwings die which I bought on Thursday, along with some fresco paints so I used the heart and painted on some green paint. Stamped Lindsay's little cat without her ball of wool, used letters from one of my little boxes and doodled the edge and some little hearts! Last thing to be done were the butterflies from a box of Cavellini stamps.
I hope you like it! 
I am hoping to enter it in Hel's Sunday Stamper challenge.  
Thanks for looking, Chris

I will not be around until tomorrow, and even then not sure how I will feel, but I will try to visit as soon as I can!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 1 February 2016


Just a quick post to show you my new calendar journal page.
 I used a combination of Brushos and Inktense blocks to provide a watery base for my random(ish) stamping. I turned the page upside down and let the drips run to provide stems for my Wendy Vecchi leaf stamps - rediscovered while having a tidying session! I used the flower from another WV set along with a Dina Wakley stamp.I doodled some white circles around too! I used a Woodware flower silhouette stamp on my journaling squares and added white dots with a pen to them to carry on the dotty theme!  
Here is how January went - feel free to enlarge if you would like to! 

Thank you all for your good wishes for my surgery tomorrow - I have a scheduled TIOT post tomorrow and one more that I may or may not use…depends on how long it will be till hubby allows me to sit here again!
I will catch up with comments using my phone whenever I can!

I am hoping my February page fits into the challenge at Country View Challenges - Make your Own Background

Thanks for looking, Chris

Friday, 29 January 2016

Winter blues!

I must apologise for being so lax at visiting and commenting on my favourite blogs of late - there has been quite a lot going on here - appointments, school run duties, visitors and on top of that I have 'the tidy bug', brought about, I think, by my imminent surgery!
I have also had a few commitments to prepare for so have spent very little time visiting!

I did however want to make one last journal page for Chrissie's fabulous theme at Art Journal Journey - Winter Wonderland. I have so enjoyed this theme and seeing the inspiring pages from others.
My page started out as some new DecoArt Multi Media Fluid paints streaked across the page - sorry forgot to take a photo….
…before I added some stencilling and stamping…
I almost used this for something else but had something in mind that I had seen on the internet - not sure, I think by Donna Downey but could have been Traci Bautista 
I cut out some circles and laid them onto the surface before painting over with my new favourite colour - DecoArt Ultramarine blue!
I couldn't find my low tack glue so tried to keep them down with fold masking tape - what a mistake to make - of course some of the paint seeped underneath! I did try to neaten it up but decided to embrace the imperfection!!
The next part was easy, posca pens, stamps,ink, white signoball, black pitt pen…..
….quite a lot of doodling, some stamping and a lot of fun!

I hope I can get some visiting done over the weekend, just bear with me please!

I would also like to enter:-

the fab challenge at Stamps and Stencils chosen by Cec - Oh So Blue
another entry for Anything but Cute - Ring Out the Old, Bring in the New chosen by Anne

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

T Stands for……TEA!!….and reminder….

Yes, you have read that correctly! I am not a tea drinker - it makes me sick - must be the tannin, coffee is fine! 
I did see something I wanted to try though! More of that later!

I would like to remind you that you still have a week left to enter our latest challenge at Try it on Tuesday - Silhouettes
Unfortunately I have a very bad example to show you as this started to as being a silhouette but the paint soaked up the black and my grey birds needed some eyes as they looked a bit ghost like. I know that you won't do anything so silly though!!!
I used some snowflake stencils and some bits of packaging to make the snow. The branches are from the same PA set I used for my card last week.
I am linking this to Art Journal Journey where Chrissie's fantastic theme of Winter Wonderland still has a few more days to go

Now, it's time to join Bluebeard and Elizabeth(and Squiggles) at The Altered Booklover for T Stands For Tuesday.

We were shopping at Booths near the caravan and saw this on offer -

 I could do with a good nights sleep so bought it…'s going to take some getting used to - I could only drink half a cup!!

It doesn't contain sugar but tasted very sweet! Not unpleasant but so different to what I am used to (usually decaf instant in the evening)

Would you like to see some photos? You can skip these if you wish!

A few weeks ago we decided to have a walk around the park that used to be just across the road from where we used to live! They had received a lottery grant to restore it to it's Victorian splendour! We knew that there had been a big Hoo Ha about an avenue of trees being cut down as they weren't on the original plan, but when we went, now that all the work is completed, we had a pleasant surprise!
 The have re-routed the lakeside path a little but children can still get close enough to feed the ducks,swans geese etc 

  The water looked cleaner than it used to.
 At the end of the lake is a cafe and pavilion - these buildings had fallen into a really bad state. When we went in it was full so we decided to head home, but we may well go back one day - the food smells wonderful!

 This swan was hiding from the other two, they had been hassling it earlier on the other side of the lake - we think she is a female!

We will definitely be visiting again in the Spring.

That's it for now. I won't be here next Tuesday (got a date with a surgeon!)but I will be around this week and hopefully in two weeks time for T stands for…..

Thanks for looking, Chris

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Lace and more….

It seems an age since I entered a Crafty Individuals challenge and when I saw the theme was Lace, buttons, bits and bobs I was delighted, as I have a lot of these lying around on my craft desk!
I decided that Kraft card was to be my base and stamped it randomly with the background stamp(CI430)that is definitely my favourite(I do believe you may have seen it a few times already this year)
I used some wavy corrugated card from the croissants we buy occasionally on top of that and then stamped some script and linen effect stamps over a piece of scrap paper - also lurking on the outer reaches of my desk!
The image which has the lovely title - 'Dancing till 1 o'clock'(CI346) was stamped onto some card and mounted onto more of the card stamped again with the background stamp(CI430)
I added a corner from a set from The Works and some lace and a bit of pearly lace. The flowers were cut down a bit and the labels are from a stamping session I had over Christmas when I just wanted to DO something!
A little bit of added stamping, a little bit of silky scarf and I was done!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday, 21 January 2016


Yes, we saw snow this weekend and it inspired me to make another journal page for Chrissie's theme, 'Winter Wonderland' at Art Journal Journey.

This photo was taken in daylight
This photo was taken under my craft room light - you can see more of the sparkle.
I used tinted texture paste through a stencil for the top left corner, then over the page I used paint spread on with a baby wipe. The tree was stamped onto a piece of muslin and the tree branches extended onto the page before I stuck it down using grey and white ink. More texture paste was added through a stripy stencil and then smudged and painted. Everything had a good coating of Stickles!

I used to be am a huge Harpers Bizarre fan. I also love Randy Newman, who wrote these words. The song leads on to sadder lyrics so I stopped at just the first line!

A reminder of seeing the fields fill with snow at the weekend and a few photos to show you.

As it became dark the lights over on the A6 looked quite magical!
The next morning there had been more snow

 The birds were pleased we had put some food out

I would also like to enter the Stamps and Stencils Challenge, where Cec has chosen the 'Oh So Blue' theme

Thank You for looking, Chris