Thursday, 5 March 2015

3 is a magic number!

The challenge at a Vintage Journey is 'Special Numbers' - I'm not really a numbers girl but the number 3 is a special number to me! Three children and three grandchildren (so far lol!), but my sons are usually referred to as 'the boys' collectively!
My inspiration came by looking at CC II, not picked out specifically for this challenge but because it had been out and not put away!
I was looking through and decided to use embossed Core'dinations card for my tag and some of Tim's ideas for the tag.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

WOYWW 300!

300 WOYWW posts is some achievement, so congratulations to Julia at the Stamping Ground blog, for not only starting this fantastic opportunity to join other deskers around the World, but for keeping it up for 300 weeks! There are a lot of folk, including me, who love this opportunity to 'snoop'!!
So what am I going to show….
…new goodies! Mind you if you want to see the best collection of new goodies visit Helen.
Mine is just a modest collection, the two sets on the left are from Paper Warehouse, that we just happened to pass on our way home from a trip out! The little pile in the middle is from the Garden Centre craft shop at High Legh, not far from here, and on the way(sort of!) to Warrington where I went to have my hair cut yesterday. The dragonfly is free with a magazine, forgotten which one and magazine is at the caravan(static mobile home - if you are in the USA). There were also a few mundane buys which have been put away - glue, texture paste, ribbon….

Cinema report
We didn't go last week but we are off to see "Second Best Marigold Hotel" today.

I'll be around on my phone, a few stops on the way to the cinema, so may get a signal! If not, I will try to visit later.
Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

T stands for…..J stands for…..

I'm being economical again today and giving you a 2fer! 
My Journal page I am linking to Brenda's blog party - A Visual Journey at Bumblebees and Butterflies. a just for fun link to share journal pages with others. If you do hop over, and I hope you will, Brenda's blog is always worth a look through and for those of you in the States - she's on her way and she has prepared a travel journal!
I love a certain company's random background stamps but wondered if I could combine some of my background stamps to achieve a similar effect - I am quite pleased with the results. Most of the stamps are Kaisercraft or Artistic Stamper. I added a  cut out of Darcy's flower coloured with Distress markers. Two words from the Artistic Stamper finished it.

I am also linking to Elizabeth and Bleubeard's blog for her Tuesday tea party.
We have bought ourselves a present for the caravan - my son has a fancier one, but ours was a bargain - normally on sale for about £90 we got ours for £36 and it came with £20 worth of vouchers for coffee capsules for the machine!! Bargain we think!!!
I forgot and stirred out the lovely layers before I took a photo but the coffee is delicious!
Now, Elizabeth, you have been asking for these for a while….
the plants on our decking last year

The view from where the car stands

Our little kitchen area
Our seating to watch TV, read etc...
I'm off for a haircut this afternoon and I will get to see my youngest grandson too.

Thanks for looking and I'll be round later, Chris

Monday, 2 March 2015

Second look on the second

Elizabeth at the Altered Book Lover has had a brilliant idea but up to now I've forgotten to prepare anything. She wants us to take a second look at something we have made in the past.
You will find the link to this in my sidebar
I have gone back to the Summer of 2013 - the year we visited my ex Sister and Brother in law in Poitiers, France. We had a lovely time and we've been invited back this Summer.
I thought I would look at some of the pages in the travel journal that I made.

I had prepared pages before I went but didn't get around to adding the photos until we came back - just a lot of doodling and cutting/ tearing and sticking while we were were away! I'm hoping to get a better sighting of the Hoopoes this year!! They visit their garden regularly!

Thanks for looking, Chrisx

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Journal calendar

We've been back home for about an hour - had a coffee, unpacked the bags and I'm ready for posting photos of my Journal calendar for March. 
We would have been home sooner but it started to snow and we thought it would only be for a few minutes so hung on….for about 45minutes, by which time everything was covered. We would have stayed but I have an appointment tomorrow - the journey wasn't too bad but then I wasn't driving!! We got as Preston before it turned to rain and then into sunshine!!! I took some photos but they are stuck on my phone for now!
 I used some new Woodware stamps - bought on the way home from a day trip to Lowther Castle and Askham Hall - hubby and I called into the Paper Warehouse near Kendal as it was on the same road we were going back to the caravan. He! He! - I was navigating!!!
Here is my completed February page.
I hope to be back with some photos and my altered calendar page.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Dreaming Tim style

I enjoyed making my February tag for the Tim Holtz challenge that I made another for the Dragons Dream TIO challenge. The theme chosen by Catherine is 'Pink and Hearts'.
The only difference is that I stamped some Lynne Perella stamps from Paper Artsy and coloured them before cutting them up to make the background.

I would like to enter in 
Dragons Dream Challenge 185 - Pink and Hearts

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 25 February 2015


Whats on your workdesk today? Only asking, because Julia (here at the Stamping Ground blog), and a lot of other crafty folk around the World would be interested. Some manage to join in every week, I unfortunately have missed the last two weeks so I'm hoping to get around and have a peek at a few desks today!
We were going to the cinema - it's the last week for the 2 for 1 from the phone company but there's nothing we want to see this week.  It's not going to stop us going to see films though as the cinema has given us some vouchers to use! Yay!!If you want to see what we have seen recently I'll let you know at the bottom of the post.  
So…the desk

I'm about to start something similar to something I've already posted - but it sparked an idea so I'll see!!(blogger won't let me move this text now!!!)

Here you see what happens under my desk - think I may need to clean up before I start today!

Cinema update - 
Three weeks ago - 'Kingsman' - described as a spoof on spy films - however, despite some good actors I wasn't keen - very violent scenes - OTT - hubby liked it and to be fair there were some funny scenes!
Two weeks ago we went to see 'Jupiter Ascending' - quite a strange Sci-Fi film but a proper story, fabulous costumes and Eddie Redmayne!
Last week - with our son and grandchildren 'Shaun the Sheep', easily the best of the three, although I embarrassed my GS by laughing out loud when no one else did!! We all enjoyed it, even our 'heading for teenage' grandson! I must confess I have recorded quite a few episodes from CBBC - Shaun just makes me smile giggle roar with laughter!

Hoping to get around to visit a few desks this week!, Chris