Sunday, 21 May 2017

Paris Elegance

We have returned from a few days away - not much crafting done but we have done some gardening - mainly tidying up this and that in between showers!
My latest entry for Gill's theme - Elegance and Grunge at Art Journal Journey is a little bit of Parisienne style and was finished   a couple of weeks ago!
The pink background has been in my journal for a while but as soon as I found the macaron picture in a magazine and idea was formed!
I used some new stamps from AALL and create by Autor De Mwa - a lovely grungy element set and since I bought them in Paris it seemed appropriate!
The Eiffel Tower was already cut out and in by bits box - I added a bit of torn off under paper some punched paper lace that my friend Sarah gave me years ago and small piece of napkin with the rosebud on it.
The quote is another I have had for a while from The Artistic Stamper - it just needed outlining in gold to give it the Parisienne sparkle! 

I also made a Birthday card around the same time which has now been received.
I used some Distress Oxides and a Crafty Individuals stamp I bought at Happy Stampers.
Fortunately the sentiment was just the right colour and was in my little desk box.

I am of course on catch up now so I hope to get around to some blog visiting soon!

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Saturday, 20 May 2017

The last of the Artmarks pages

These are the last few pages of the Rae Missigman's 30 day Artmarks Challenge - I meant to post them a while ago - just found it in my  list as a draft!
Day 21 - prompt - Parallel
 The first one made in Paris with my limited supplies - although I did use part of one of my new stamp sets. The little Paper Artsy script stamp lives in my pencil case!
Day 22 - Prompt - Spiral
When I was looking around our apartment for a last minute check before the taxi came to take us to the station I tore off two patches of my under paper - used here with a piece of white paper cut into two spirals  - one coloured with a black pen
Day 23 - Prompt - Numerous
A new stamp set, NeocolourIIs and some doodling.
Day 24 - Prompt - Squared
On the train(which is why the squares are a bit wobbly)with NeocolourIIs and pens
Day 25 - Prompt - Odd
Home again and using my Oxides and a new set of Carabelle stamps - and odd number of oddfish - two are blowing kissy bubbles!
Day 26 -Prompt - Even

Two swallows side by side on a wire (the swallow is a new stamp)Oxides background, with some stamping , stencilling, doodling and scraps
Day 27 - Prompt - Connected

NeocolourIIs background colour and some interconnected wires or tram lines??
Day 28 - Prompt - Dotted 
Colour of background using gel pens and water brush, Carabelle snail(another new stamp)doodling and some tissue tape
Day 29 Prompt - Inside
A variety of pens, pencils etc to keep calm inside with all that is going on around - a scribbly protective layer inside the head!
Day 30 - Prompt - Numbered 

Oxides, PA Infusions from my mat - dabbed on with a sponge, butterflies and Tracy Evans number bird.

I really enjoyed this challenge - made me think and use what I had as some of them had to be made away from home.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Just having fun!

When I saw the new topic at Paper Artsy was Assemblage my heart sank just a little bit - I have always envied the folk who can put things together so expertly when mine just look as though I have turned away from my desk and chucked things around with my eyes closed!
Now, what I have made here may still look like that but I must say I did have fun! I saw Kim Collister's birds in the introduction post but it wasn't until I was looking amongst my bird stamps for something else that I came across my two little JOFY birds.
I have box(or two)of useful items, in which was a block from a set of photo holders with one missing (bought at a bargain price)
 Some Paper Artsy Fresco paints soon covered it - although I had to undercoat some of the translucent paint.
 I stamped the birds twice - one on card and again onto tissue paper   so that they were double sided.
 Some stencilling, colouring, and some bits and pieces from my little box on my desk... 
 …then attached some wire and added some nail art beads on top by sprinkling them into clear paste
Here are my lovebirds on my windowsill.
The reflection to the right isn't the back but a tin that contained pretty plasters(for my GD)

Not a good photo but you can see another side and the reflection of another not shown.

I would like to enter in Paper Artsy Topic 8 Assemblage challenge

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 17 May 2017


I will never tire of spending time with my art journals - I can tell you now that there are some pages that will never get posted…for different reasons, some are unfinished, some personal, some disasters, and some that even if I live to be a hundred I would never have time to blog them! 
This page started with some Distress Oxides, some stencilling and some book paper from one of my scrap bags - which led me to finding more scraps to finish it with. The image of the lady is a cut down Crafty Individuals image.
I am joining AJJ again for Gill's theme 'Elegance and Grunge'

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 15 May 2017

T Stands for…..time with family

Sunday was Mother's Day but not here in the UK, nevertheless I got to spend time with my three sons and my three grandchildren!
We used our 2 for 1 passes(which are currently free with the May edition of Gardener's World and valid for a whole year for entry to all sorts of properties - I think the magazine is available for a couple more weeks - we have already got our money back on the price of the mag!)We hadn't been to Arley Hall and gardens for years even though it is a short drive from home.
We each took an element of a picnic - sandwiches, savouries, drink and cake and it worked out very well! The picnic area was almost deserted so our chatting and laughing didn't disturb anyone - only thing is I forgot to take a single photo!
I did take lots elsewhere though…
The house was built on land that had been owned by the family for centuries - Rowland Egerton-Warbuton wanted it built in Elizabethan style to reflect his ancestry.
This little cottage was used for afternoon tea parties
I was trying to catch everyone up after stopping to take photos

There were some lovely natural areas  alongside the formal gardens..
…and a tree that had to be climbed

Hubby climbed up some steps and caught us all chatting - Oh! I forgot to say - ex hubby came too! We are usually a larger group but  there are four missing for various reasons!
I walked up to join hubby

Someone photo-bombed my pic ……so I photo-bombed his!!!!!

It's OK she isn't upset , just camera shy!
Loved walking through the green houses
The horse weather vane reflects the first owners love of fox hunting 

Now, we did have a drink after all this walking but again chatting too much to remember photos so as I am joining Elizabeth and Bluebeard for T Stands For Tuesday….

 I have photos of the coffees hubby and I had at the Parc Montsouris in Paris before our walk on his birthday  

I hope you enjoyed this garden visit, I have visit to Sizergh to share next week -big changes there!

We are home for a little while now so I am going to catch up with some visiting!
Thanks for looking, Chris 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Elegance is a hat!

Well, my Grandma thought so….she hardly ever went out without a hat and I can remember going through her wardrobe with her once and trying some of them on.
You may have seen this photo before - it is taken on a trip to the seaside - the coat as I remember was blue - very similar to the Paper Artsy Fresco Sky I have used for the background. 
I found a piece of tissue with the number 61 on it which I altered to be 66. The house where my Grandma and Grandad lived was nearly always referred to by the house number - never 'home' - I never knew why, as they lived there for almost all of their married lives. 
My Grandma was a hardworking woman - life can't have been easy on an agricultural wage. Her first son died when he was 18 and when my father was 12, he was always mentioned in hushed tones. My father seemed to infer that my Grandad liked a drink when he was younger but I don't recall him drinking alcohol at all when I was growing up so maybe Grandma put her foot down! 

I would like to enter in -
Gill's theme at Art Journal Journey - Elegance and Grunge

Moo Mania and More - where the theme is Headgears

A Vintage Journey - Jenny's theme is 'Use a Quote'

Thanks for looking,  Chris

Friday, 12 May 2017

Is it Elegance or Grunge?

It may even be both - either way it is my latest page for Gill's theme at Art Journal Journey 'Elegance and Grunge'!
A Paper Artsy Infusions background (you know I love these!)some stencilling, stamping, spattering and lots of bits from one of my scrap bags! The leaf is from Lin Brown's set ELB29 

The quote - from the well known song Dream the Impossible Dream sums up my unfulfilled dream to be a ballet dancer.(It was never going to happen!)
I would also like to enter this page in the challenge at A Vintage Journey - for Jenny's choice of theme Use a Quote. 

Thanks for looking, Chris