Thursday, 26 March 2015

Dreaming, just dreaming!

Toffee and lace….Mmmmmmmm! When I saw Julie-Ann's recipe this time at Dragons Dream TIO (Challenge 187) that's exactly what I thought! Couldn't get started straight away - appointments, meetings, outings….but when I finally got the time I couldn't find the stamp I wanted - Aaagh! what to use, rummaged and found this one - perfect!

I do love this image …….by Leonardo da Vinci …the stamp is one I bought at a show and have no idea whose! 
Painted my tag in Vintage Lace Fresco paint(how apt!)and masked her off, then dabbed Mocha Mousse(the nearest I have to toffee colour) through a TH stencil! The words - some from a sheet - Artistic Stamper I think, and then stamped up the Dictionary stamp and rubbed off the middle before stamping over the lighter words.
Inked the edges with was left on a sponge and added some vintage lace to make her shawl.
Thanks for a great recipe Julie Ann - I am putting this on view in my craft room to keep me calm!

Entering the Dragons Dream TIOT challenge 187 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 24 March 2015


I know I say this often but the weeks are flashing by!Julia provides the links to desks all over the world via her Stamping Ground blog and it is our duty to show all!! 
Here is my desk, taken on Tuesday evening in fading light! Nothing exciting that I can show you…two little secrets on the go…but you can see that I am being quite tidy!
Of course there is is always this view too...
…the goodies I bought at Art from the Heart after the Dina Wakley workshop on Saturday(it would have been rude not to!!),
and this…..

...a belated birthday present from my friend Sarah!

We both had a great day and it was so good to have time to catch up each other's news on the journey!

Cinema report - may be the last one for a while unless the cinema give us more vouchers - the phone company has stopped doing the buy one get one free offer and we have had our last few visits courtesy of the vouchers - two for £10
Last weeks film - Suite Francaise was enjoyable, although quite sad! A love story with a twist!

Hoping to visit later today! Chris

Strange lady!!!

Sometimes I go into my craft room and just can't get started on what I went in for…today was one of those occasions! My journal is often a way to get in the "zone". I had a background that I started on Sunday after the day at Dina's workshop - and I found myself drawing a face - why?….I know not…..we didn't even look at any faces at the workshop! All I know is she helped me get on track to the things I had to do before we go away for a few days!
But who is she……..?
A very strange lady in a shower hat!!!
The bigger heart stamps are from a new Finnabair set I bought at AFTH, the small ones drawn - both linked by a bit of doodling!
Wondering…... dare I link this to Brenda's Visual journal at Bumblebees and Butterflies?

Thanks for looking, Chris

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Never too old!!

Yesterday saw me up at 6.45 and on the road to Harrogate with my lovely friend Sarah! We had booked a days workshop at AFTH with Dina Wakley.
I hadn't quite counted on a 50mph limit for most of the way and we got there in the nick of time! 
What a day it was though - quite fast paced - and a lot to take in, but Oh Boy! I learnt so much! Fortunately I did little samples and wrote down notes in my little journal

Dina's table
Our table
Here are two of the little pages I made….

….and here they are now!

They are in my large Dylusions journal and I don't know why I don't use this more! I started them at the workshop - Dina asked us to choose two samples to add to our journals - and then couldn't wait to get started once I got home!
Of course the journey home couldn't start until we had been SHOPPING! Goodies to show another day!!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Friday, 20 March 2015

Scrap in my little journal!

Did you see the eclipse? It was cloudy here in Manchester but just at the right time we caught a glimpse! Never mind, the news bulletins seem to be full of pictures
I have been showing you how I used some scraps up that were in my pencil case!
This is another page I did while away at our caravan...
 This is the little pile I took some of the bits from….
This next page is using the buddleia stamp I bought the other week

Both these pages were mop ups of paint on my sponges - except on this one I added some brown to make and island - the trees are the tips of the buddleia flowers - I then drew around the flowers and paint to make a little scene.

I'm linking to Brenda's Visual Journey at Bumblebees and Butterflies! Its's just for fun and that's what I had here! This is what Brenda says..

 This is a blog party to share Visual Journal inspiration with each other.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

WOYWW 302 (for bargain hunters)

It's been a whiz of a week and I can hardly believe we got so much done! I could tell you, but that's not what I'm here for - Julia and the gang at What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday want to see your desk in all it's glory - or not!!!
Mine has a treat on it
 As you can see a few bits and pieces out ready for starting something new - including a largish piece of water colour paper!
Dumped on top of that a new purchase - at a bargain price!
Ages ago I found a refill pack for this at TK Maxx for £3 - thought I  might buy the container but nearly fainted when I saw the price - £18! Last Wednesday we set off to the cinema, when we got there they had taken off the film we went to see and we couldn't go to the later showing as we pick up our GD! What to do?….lunch, then what?…shopping!! We had a wander around the Trafford Centre (for those abroad - a shopping mall)Bought some clothes in the M and S sale, popped in to the newly opened Lakeland kitchen shop - now I never go in there and come out empty handed(it's the law!!)and then hubby suggested we go across to Home Sense - across the walking bridge.
The first thing I saw was this! Grabbed it in double quick time then ended up buying paint brushes, paper, the little wooden embellies you see front desk and some rolls of fancy paper edgings, back left!! As well as that hubby also got some euros as the rate was very good! So our little cheap trip to the cinema(we have vouchers) turned out to be very expensive!
I now have two of these as hubby had a trip to town on Monday and brought me another back - I am going to be so organised!!!
I have found out by the way that Hobbycraft are also selling these at £7 (online, but may be in the stores too)So if you are looking for a bargain….

Now I must get ready, we are planning seeing 'Suite Francaise' today!

BTW if you want to see what I've been up to you can scroll down here!

Thanks for looking, Chris   

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

T is for ….coffee?

May I first say a big Thank you for the encouraging comments I've been getting - it means a lot!!
Elizabeth and Bleubeard at The Altered Book Lover invite us for tea each week - and I don't even drink tea - found (in a rather melodramatic way) that I am allergic to tea! I can drink some fruit teas but can't say I'm that enthralled, my preferred drink is coffee, especially now we have a coffee maker at our caravan (one that uses pods).
Last weekend I was using scraps to make journal pages in my little journal...
..hubby made me a latte...
…and there I sat, journal, latte , view……..bliss!!
I hope your Tea Day has been as lovely as mine…my first outing as a member of a Design Team and time with my Grandchildren!
Thank you for the invite Elizabeth!

Thanks for looking,