Monday, 29 August 2016

It's A Stitch Up at Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog Challenge

Thank you so much to the Design Team at Simon Says Monday Blog Challenge - this is sadly my last time in the Spotlight here and I have had brilliant support from the team, especially from Lols, it has been an honour and such fun!!

It's time to reveal the new challenge - 'It's a stitch up' this time and the details are on the SSS blog

My tag represents how I feel when hand sewing - a different matter when it came to what I thought would be a good idea! More of that later…
I started by coating my Ranger tag with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paint to which I added some Black Knight Infusions powder and dragged it down the tag.
 Once that was dry - not long to wait as this paint dries in super quick time - I used the TH Harlequin layering stencil to add Prima Art Basics Transparent 3D Gloss Gel 
Now that does take a while to dry, so I got on with stamping my chosen images onto a linen scrap - I used the sewing elements from the TH Attic Treasures set - I masked off the images one by one to get an illusion of them being in a heap.
I also tried to recreate a happy accident I had some time ago when using the TH harlequin die from the Sizzix TH Thinlets Mixed Media set - as I hadn't taped the die to my plate on my Big Shot it jumped a little giving a lovely jagged edge!
Of course I should have known that I would move the die the wrong way but I know I will use the downward one sometime so that OK!
 I used a Ranger Cut-N-Dry Brush Tip Pen Nib to add some Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink

I also used my Big Shot to cut out 3 of Tim's Sizzix Framelits labels using Ranger Inkssentials Manilla Cardstock

I added TH Remnant rubs from the Botanical set
I used a little Antique Linen DI around the edges.

I managed to get all of this done while we were away at our caravan but when I got home it was straight to my sewing machine to sew the linen onto some old book paper.
Now this is where I had a 'moment' - I always admire folk who include sewing in their card making - it must be easy - right? Ha! Totally wrong colour thread, sewing a very small piece was also tricky, the finished piece looks dreadful- start again!!
Slightly better - well, OK...

I also wanted some beads - paper beads - made by cutting long thin triangles of a sewing page from Tim's Crowded Attic papers and then rolling up from the broad end
The beads were coated with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Pearl Glaze
I could start assembling my tag now, some more sewing(a piece of vintage lace) and then hand sewed a button and the beads onto the corner

The top left corner had a piece of old T-shirt that I added an eyelet to using my trusty Crop-A-Dile.
Top right I used one of my favourite background stamps, also from the  TH Attic Treasures stamp set 
I added a TH Trinket pin to my lace, ribbon(coloured with Stormy Sky  Distress ink) and twine the top of my tag.
When I came back to take a photo I could see a space to add a TH Big Chat word 'CALM' which is how I feel now I have finished!

Don't forget that one lucky entrant into the challenge could win a $50 voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp! 

Thank you once again DT for asking me to join you this month - looking forward to seeing what you get up to in 'STAMPtember'!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Just playing...

with my new stamps….I know…...I know…….surely I've got enough? It's just that yesterday we went down into Carnforth and I just happened to go in to Rowantree Crafts and there waiting for me on the racks were some new Paper Artsy Jofy Stamps. I had already bought another of the new minis online!!!

So today, having got something 'done and dusted' I have had time to play!
I love these flowers, but even more, I love the sentiment!
The page already had some mop up paint through a stencil on it, I spritzed the page and added some Infusions(A Bit Jaded, Limoncello and Are You Cerise)
I stencilled through some text and post mark stencils using DIs and then used one of the stamps to make little circles but then decided it was a little too bright so went over everything with gesso.

The flowers were stamped onto water colour paper and the petals coloured in with some old Twinkling h2Os - there is a shimmer but my camera didn't pick it up. The rest of the colouring on the flowers and the leaves were using some very old Tombow pens and I was surprised that they hadn't dried up!
Once I had cut them out I decided that the circle flower stems would make a good background and these too were coloured with the Tombows.
I added some more circles using Picked Raspberry DI ink and then spattered black and white paint over….after masking the flowers! 

While we were at our caravan this time we had absolutely no internet connection or phone line for two days! The only time I could connect was while we were out!
We love our walks in the area.
I posted some photos on Instagram but for those of you that didn't see them here are some I took and some of hubby's too.
 We entered the tow path at a different spot(having driven there) so we could explore more of the canal!
 I spotted a couple of buzzards overhead -making quite a noise!
Hubby got a better shot

His camera also picked up the Moorhen and chick better

Finally we went up onto the bridge to look down on these Mallard ducks

I would like to enter in the challenge at Moo Mania and More - Nature's Beauty - flowers often stop me in my tracks!
For the same reason I would also like to enter the Challenge at Country View Crafts - Hot Summer Days
I have missed you all and I am hoping to get a catch up now!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Having Fun!

While we were away with my Son and Grandchildren last week my Granddaughter requested that I show her how to make a journal page - this is is our joint effort for Gill's theme at Art Journal Journey, which is 'Nature's Wonders'

We both enjoy our woodland walks and can spend time looking at things we see there - Ok!, we have never met a bear in the woods - but you never know!!
When I take stamps up to our caravan I often stamp images and leave them for another time.
We had great fun using parts of stamps and Twistable crayons along with whatever stamps and stamped images we had!
Just in case there is some doubt about whose is whose (and I wouldn't be surprised if you had difficulty)….
Em made her own choices about what to use - I added the purple on mine to link them together!

That's it for now as we are off…again..but only for a short while!

Thank You for your patience in waiting for me to catch up with my blog visits!

Oops! Back again - I would also like to Link to Moo Mania and More where the new theme is Nature's Beauty

As Em is 10 years old (last Friday) she would like me to link to Simon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kids Challenge

Thanks for looking, Chrisx

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

T stands for TIRED!

A very short post tonight - lots of photos of our Wedding Anniversary outing to Chatsworth House and that's about it I'm afraid.
It was a very hot day, although by some of your standards I suppose 25C isn't so hot but we did quite a lot of walking and to put it politely - I am 'rather tired'!!

The photos are pretty much in the order we saw them - not many in the house as I suspect hubby's photos will be better than mine so I may borrow them another time!!

 We heard a rush of water and by the time we had walked round that ball was open and then closed up again

This prism shape was revolving to catch the light

 This gentleman told me he was born in  1540!

If anyone know what this gorgeous flowers are please do tell me!! They are more like coloured leaves.

Of course I am here for T Stands for Tuesday at Bluebeard and Elizabeth's place so here is my treat for today
After our visit we went around the corner to the Chatsworth Farm Shop and cafe for coffee and cake for me and a cream tea for hubby.
See, he's even pouring you a cup!

I will be round to visit tomorrow as I fear if I carry on to much here I shall fall asleep and bang my head onto the keyboard!!

We are off to the caravan tomorrow afternoon - gardening to get done while the forecast says cooler but dry weather is on the way!!