Thursday, 21 May 2015

Dragons Dream in Yellow!

Time is a bit limited this month but I needed some crafting time - I won't get much next month apart from my travel journal! I love flowers so thought I could use them on this tag!
The recipe at Dragons Dream is Yellow and Texture. I started with three distress inks - Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade and Scattered straw and added them to the tag with a sponge. I used a Dina Wakley mask too, after I had used a stencil with Grunge Paste mixed with Fresco paint - Yellow Submarine. 
The flowers are from a Paper Artsy Hot Picks - I added some little beads that I got from the £1 shop nail art section. Before I stuck them down I added the butterflies and some dots using a Crafters Workshop stencil, a little bit of text from a Visual Image set and the 'beautiful' from a set that has become separated from the info sheet. I then spattered some watered down PA Fresco - Little Black dress.

I am entering in Dragons Dream TIO 191 - Yellow and Texture
Stamping Sensations - Flower Power
Our Creative Corner - April showers bring May Flowers  my rain has made mud spatters!!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

WOYWW 311…The crop part 2

Well, I say part 2, but part 1 here only had photos of the area where the crop is held(it is beautiful if you want take a peek)
First though, the desk - taken this morning at about 8.00.
This is after all why we are here and Julia welcomes anyone with desk to show - you don't even have to pitch up each week(although you probably will - it's addictive once you start snooping err…showing!!!)Just link to her blog at the Stamping Ground.Mine shows the aftermath of (a) returning from the crop and dumping stuff (b)making a quick card - really quick - 10 minutes before we were due to go and pick up GD yesterday so we could hand deliver it on the way!!

Okay…I know why you are really here today - photos of the crop coming up - in no particular order!!
Just after the 'Official' photo - can't possibly reveal what Julia said!!!
LLJ having a moment!!! I think Julia has named all these lovely folk on her crop blogpost!

As you may know it was Zo's 40th birthday last week - we all signed her card!

Red, white and blue - Shaz(silverwolf), me, Zo(craftygashead)
Lunch is served - a wonderful choice of delicious food, Debbie(Tatteredrocks) and 
Maggie(Silvercrafter) have just got theirs from Julia and Jan
We all had a great time - lots of chat, some crafting, coffee, cake (couldn't resist Fiona's Lemon cake)- then came the packing up!
Hettie, Zo and Lisa
Dolores(Cardarian and Mary-Anne(Scrappystickyinkymess) didn't want to go
…and now the shots I know you will love….Helen(Stamping by H) packing up her stuff!!

It did all go back in too - although I've never seen a suitcase with quite so much in it!!!
I was lucky enough, as you will see in pics on LLJ's, Helen's and Julia's blogs, to work between Cindy and Helen!

So, that's it….I will be hoping to swap ATCs next week but will be starting pack for our long holiday! I'll try to show you the ATCs I got at the crop too!!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

T is for …..I'd like to be….

…well if I'm honest, certainly not under the sea and not in a grey northern suburb of Manchester either! I would like to go back to Wiltshire though - the WOYWW crop was fabulous and in a beautiful setting (the crop part 1 is here)
I am going to show you what I started at the crop though!
I love taking part in challenges and there are a few that I always like to enter!
Art Journal Journey has a fab topic this month - 'The Sea'
and Country View Challenges is 'Simply Scenic'…...
so I set to with a gessoed page and made an under water scene using the four shades of PA Fresco paints I took with me - Snowflake, Baltic Blue, Glass Blue and Toad Hall.

I used a book page to draw some random leaves, the fish were Crafty Individuals and Inkadinkadoo.
I used various pens to draw lines, bubbles and a circle stencil for the larger bubble shapes.
When we got home last night I added some texture by using Grunge paste through the edge of a Dylusions stencil and some shimmer with Mica paints - dripped on and allowed to run.

The little fishy bubbles were made with my uni-ball pen

I am entering in the above mentioned challenges.

I am also joining my lovely blog friend Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T stands for Tuesday
The night we arrived we went for a lovely meal at a pub recommended by the owner of the B and B
The Cricketers Arms at Tangley

The food was excellent (so good we went back on the Saturday night too!)
Can you tell that hubby is getting used to my taking photos?
Mine was a small(!) portion of Fish and Chips, hubby had Duck Cassoulet.
Then…..and this is why we went back
THE most delicious cheesecake I have ever had (and believe me I've had a few!!)
My choice of drink - a diet coke, lemon, no ice!
The owner and staff were very friendly and there was a lovely atmosphere on both occasions!

Linking to T stands for Tuesday. I will be around to see what you are drinking later!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 18 May 2015

The Crop - part 1

I was going to wait until Wednesday to show you some WOYWW crop pictures but thought you might like to see some of the photos hubby and I took on our little break! We went down on Thursday so that we could have a day out on Friday.
Stockbridge - a lovely little town which has connections with Lillie Langtry, Edward VII's mistress
We also saw this beautiful wisteria covered wall
and these

but best of all …..we got some bread when we went for coffee - to feed the ducks and saw these…

We spent the afternoon in Winchester - a beautiful city!
First - the Great Hall-this was used for court scenes in 'Wolf Hall' - a BBC series

After a light lunch we visited the Old Mill - they still make flour there!

The garden at the back was so peaceful!
We saw the Buttercross in the town centre and a modern touch up a side street too

A trip to the cathedral was on our list too, sadly some of it was covered in scaffolding but we did manage a few shots

The next day was Saturday - crop day!!!
Burbage where the crop is held is full of beautiful old buildings.

These were taken by hubby last year - the weather was a great improvement this year!
We saw beautiful views on the way back to our B and B

The Crop? Aah! You will have to take a look on Wednesday - but if you can't wait you can see some photos on Julia'sHelen's and Lunch Lady Jan's blogs!!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 13 May 2015


Hi folks! better not hang around for long - I'm getting my bag ready for the crop on Saturday - why so early? We are going down tomorrow so we can see more of the area - last year we managed to get to Stonehenge and Avebury and we have few places in mind for this trip! 
Just in case you haven't worked it out, it is Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday with a link to desks of the World courtesy of Julia! 
Mine has been cleared - some things have already gone into the bag!
What you see here is what I bought at Happy Stampers on Saturday... 
…also bought a Visible Images set - packed already!!The Crafty Individuals pile includes one of the new background stamps and the others from the bargain area for £1.50 each!The top one will be a perfect stamp to use in my journal for our upcoming trip to France
Best of all though - I got..
I haven't had time to play yet though!

A Quick Film Review
Yesterday we went to see 'Spooks'. We used to love the TV programme - this film was like it, only on a bigger screen, so if you liked 'Spooks' you will probably like this deals and deception film!

Thanks for looking, I'll be round later! Now, if I can only decide what else to pack!!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Sewing for Try It On Tuesday!

You did read that correctly - I found my sewing machine! Well okay, it wasn't really lost, just that it has been a handy surface for so long for storage, drying projects etc. and had become covered up for ages!! The theme this time at Try It On Tuesday is Sewing and Buttons and although I do have some sewing related stamps I decided to make a little nature book! I wanted to try stamping on some of the fabrics that I have collected over the years and compare them! I also had some old blouses that I had cut bits from so what you see on the cover is from the front of one of them!

I added some ribbon that I bought on our travels in Austria last year and a flower cut with the TH strip Tattered Florals die. I used some muslin and another bit of an old T shirt.
Now for the inside
Page 1 - Indigo-blu butterfly stamped onto a loose weave muslin, coloured with distress markers
Page 2 part of an old blouse - the flower made with blue felt, stamped linen and part of yet another blouse.
Page 3 - The little birds cut from some ribbon, a scrap of some fabric bought at a show, the little bird on a branch stamped onto a fairly loose weave linen type fabric and yet another blouse cut up along the bottom
Page 4 - part of the yoke of a white blouse - a flower using the same fabric as the one on page 3 and a piece of Hessian type fabric painted with Snowflake Fresco paint - I used a little bit of Stonewashed Adirondak ink to colour the edge of the petals.
Page 5 - Just so you don't think I only wear blue - part of an old pink flowered blouse - just added buttons and a bit of pink lace painted over with snowflake again
Page 6 - Linen stamped with a Stampendous flower in Potting Soil Archival then onto a smaller square with a distress marker in pink(?) and stuck on over the top. A little bit of vintage lace along the edge.
Page 7- some fabric,(TH I think) on top of linen
Page 8 - More shirt as the base for another loose weave fabric stamped with Potting Shed Archival and some lace along the bottom
Page 8 and 9 - some curtain fabric - a larger leaf cut out and sewn on to P8 and my little Inkylicious bird branch stamped using Lettuce Adirondack ink with the bird coloured in with Distress pen
Page 10 - an image transfer made by using multi medium onto a magazine photo.
Page 11 - the rose stamp was coloured with distress pens before stamping onto a fine linen. The lace came from a market I think. 
As I was sewing I left some little pockets to add some tags

I haven't put anything on the back of my little book but I did add some ribbon decorate the spine.

I hope you will join in the sewing bee at Try It On Tuesday which is open for all kinds of projects based on the Sewing and Buttons theme.
Why not pop over and see the fabulous inspiration from the design team?

Thanks for looking, Chris