Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Slapping it on!!

Hi everyone! We have a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday - 'Slap it On'! In other words we want to see layers of ink, paint, texture paste or anything else you care to slap on to your page!

I made a journal page.....
 ...which I started with a coat of gesso that I dabbed with sheets of loo paper to create more texture.

 I added paint with my fingers and blended the edges as much as I could with a baby wipe and then stencilled and stamped with both paint and ink.
I added lots of spattering in different colours.
I stamped some small butterflies over the page. 
I used a piece of acetate that I had made a gelli print on template over part of the page to which I added some butterflies that I had bought in the Works - as the butterflies fly over the bright acetate they pick up some colour!

As usual you have two weeks to enter and if you are looking for inspiration please take a look at the fabulous examples made by the Design Team!

I would also like to enter this page at Art Journal Journey for Yvonne's brilliant 'World Of Fantasy' theme.

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Monday, 10 September 2018

T Stands for.....taking off!

Hi everyone! 
It really has been hectic here! As if it wasn't enough to be going away we decided that we could also get to the WOYWW crop over in Llandudno last Saturday! I'm so glad we did as it was great to see old friends again!
As you can see - a happy bunch!
You can see more photos at Lunch Lady Jan's blog. I must admit to being too busy to even contemplate recording events in a blog post so I will wait until we get back!
We did get to see the sea too..and the hills through the mist!!
 We stopped off for a little walk before we drove home

We need to go back on a sunny day!!

I have managed to make a journal page to link to Art Journal Journey - a 6 x 6 page that took me ages from start to finish.
 Clear gloss gel over a mop up page
 Added some inks
 Finally some  sparkly trees cut from an old Christmas card, a quote and a little girl wearing a muff(A Tim Holtz paper doll)
I don't know what the girl's dreams are, but as a child mine was to have a muff to keep my hands warm. My friend had one that was on a cord around her neck and I always wished that I would have one!
Maybe it's not too late???
This is of course for Yvonne's 'World of Fantasy' theme.

My TSFT pic today is of hubby drinking his cuppa at Waitrose on our way to the caravan last time! It's a handy place to stop and shop!
You can't see my drink but it is of course coffee and we are here to join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday!
I usually link to the T post but this time I am linking to the blog in the hope that I can link in the morning!
 So that's it for now! Time for bed as we leave here at 6.30 tomorrow!
We fly off to Budapest just as some of you will eating breakfast! 

I have done my usual trick of starting a post so that I can add photos - but I am not promising anything!!

Happy T Day to all and thanks for looking, Chris

Friday, 7 September 2018

Fun in the garden

Hello everyone! 
We are both dashing around like mad things here having spent yesterday keeping appointments and then giving our son a night off to go out with his brothers! Only thing is - when we left his house just after 11 last night for what is usually a 20 minute drive the Motorway was shut and we had to detour so we weren't in until well after midnight!!!
We are off on a jolly tomorrow in Llandudno at the WOYWW crop so packing has started today for our trip next week.

I made this page at the beginning of the week for Yvonne's 'World Of Fantasy' theme at Art Journal Journey.
The background is Distress inks (my fave quick and easy style)
The rest is Paper Artsy Elena Zinsky stamps and part of a Dylusions quote. That poor bird is in trouble again!!
I coloured the images with a variety of colouring mediums.

I do appreciate your visits so much. 
I just hope I can be forgiven for not making many visits lately - time keeps getting away from me!!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 5 September 2018


Hi everyone! I'm not the best at keeping up but I am here with my desk and I'll try and do better this time!
When I was here last at the beginning of August I was about to start a tidy up!
I am of course joining deskers around the World hosted by Julia at The Stamping Ground
I have done that now, at one point I even had an empty desk!
I collected up a whole bag of scraps.
 At one point it looked like this!
Now, I am covering something up with another journal, but still have quite a bit of space!
I do try to put things away when I have finished a crafty session, by a bit of re-arranging it is slightly easier now!

So that's it - apart from saying - to some of you at least - 'see you at the crop!' We are driving over for the day - interrupting our packing (but we do have piles of 'stuff' all around!)
Think I'll just do some collages as it will be easy to pack into a small bag!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

T Stands For......trip to the zoo!

Hi everyone! It's T Time already!
First of all - Thank You so much for your kind comments about my poorly arm - all I can say is - I'm getting there - and keeping on with the exercises!

Last week my middle Son and Grandson and Granddaughter came up to the caravan. When we gave them a choice of places to have an outing they chose The South Lakes Zoo! If you follow my blog you will know that we used to visit once year (at least) They had walkways and feeding sessions and we all loved it!

However, there was an incident in 2013 when a keeper was killed by a Tiger because of insecure bolts!

Following that that there were increasing reports of animal deaths and illnesses and the owner was banned from running the zoo and a new company took over the running of the zoo! (although he is still an advisor)

We arrived with a picnic(the zoo food wasn't particularly appealing, fast food at it's worst!)to find a sign saying that picnics were no longer allowed in the zoo - because animals were scavenging the wrong kind of food - and we could have a pass out to go to the car park. In fact it had a sign saying 'No picnics past this point' in several places but had picnic tables outside the entrance right by the last of these signs!

The Prairie dogs were so funny!
We loved the sun bathing lemurs too

 When Hubby and I went last year that had just re-opened and with a new entrance, the walkways taken down, a new Vulture enclosure and most of the old enclosures replaced and relocated we felt that it just wasn't the same, although the animals that we saw looked healthy!
We went outside for our lunch - only the four picnic tables available outside the zoo, but we had seen loads located around the zoo, and in fact had seen folk eating sandwiches, crisps etc that had been bought from the zoo cafe, which to me seemed to contradict the reasons for having the rule.We ended up sitting in the car and saw others doing the same!

These three were very lively!
I loved seeing the racoon - although I know several of you won't!
They have such cute faces!!!

I was pleased to see this baby giraffe come to see what I was doing as we went along the exit path.

I know that the zoo has to make money but we paid £56 to get in and now instead of feeding being part of the entrance fee there were charges for feeding. As it happened no one wanted to feed any animals (far too old for that sort of thing!!)but I felt for the families with young children.
We certainly won't be going again!!

Now for our food and drink so that I can join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday!
We had wanted to eat at the Tavern on the route home but being a Friday it was full so we went to the County In Carnforth. We have been here several times and always happy! 
 So sorry to interrupt!!!
Hubby had a chicken burger and I had fish 'n chips - you can just about see our water with lemon!
The other three were far to shy but all of us enjoyed our food!

Thanks for looking, Chris  

Childhood at Try It On Tuesday

It's time for a new topic at Try It On Tuesday - Childhood and we would like to see how you interpret this theme  - whether it be a Nursery Rhyme, back to school or playtime!

The DT have once again made some fabulous pieces to inspire you!

I took trip back to my childhood when I had my Mum's old books from her childhood to look at! 

Mabel Lucy Atwell illustrations always made me smile..... I hope that this card will be a good way to send Get Well Wishes!
I started with some Distress inks in rainbow colours on my mat then spritzed and dragged the card across to pick up the colour.
I used DIs through a couple of stencils too to create a rippled reflection appearance at the bottom of the card.
I stamped the image onto the card then again onto some sturdy paper using my Stamp Platform.
As you can see this is my second attempt as I wasn't happy with the face!
I painted the image with Paper Artsy fresco paints while the paper was still in place on my platform.
This made it easy for me to stamp over the image in exactly the right place and fussy cut and place over my stamped image on the card.
This means that she gets to keep the wisp of hair!!!
Finally I stamped the cheery sentiment.....
....and added a few stickles raindrops.

I made this card when my arm was really aching and since then have gone back and dealt with the missing A!

I do hope you will join us at TIOT this time, as always there are two weeks in which to add your entry!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Sunday, 2 September 2018

A first, a second and a fantasy!

I am having to limit my crafting time and computer time at the moment! I have a trapped nerve in my shoulder/neck (Doc couldn't tell where!) and some days are better than others! I'll keep on with the exercises the Doc gave me and hopefully normal service will be resumed....soon!!

First I have my Calendar Journal pages.
As you can see I have filled in the first day!
 I took an easy route to make it.

I added Distress Oxides ink to an acrylic block, spritzed it and kept adding more ink and spritzing to cover both pages. I then added some ink through a very large stencil.
The ferns were on my desk ready for another project that never got made.
The circles were punched from a piece of under paper that I had stencilled and stamped on - I added a seed head once they were cut.
The month was from an old calendar 
Here is August filled in! Feel free to enlarge!

As today is the 2nd of the month I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for a Second Look On The 2nd with something from September 2015 when we had our first trip by train through part of France(Troyes, Orleans, Tours and Poitiers, and I think we also had a couple of days in Paris too!)
As you can see it is a T Day post and if you come here on Tuesday I will tell you where we plan to visit later this month 

I really shouldn't be here ….I have no time to sip my coffee today it's quick glugs and back to the painting but can't resist joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday!

 I have some photos from our France trip - some of the more unusual views!

I very nearly bought one of these
Lovely reflections
Love this curtain fabric

There were other coloured trees in this square too

I loved this No Entry sign by the Kebab shop in Orleans!!
 Two exhibits from an exhibition of containers in Tours Cathedral

A bride on her way to her wedding

The above three were in shop windows

…and because we are here for T

Ladies Tea and Gentlemans coffee - in a shop window in Orleans.
The shop was shut and we never went that way again!I hope this will do in the absence of my own drink - back to the painting now!!
I also have a page for Yvonne's theme at Art Journal Journey - 'A World Of Fantasy'

As you know I love Paris and have visited beautiful Palace of Versailles! I often wonder what it must have been like when Marie Antoinette was living there!
When I came across this stamp while I was having a tidy it seemed natural to indulge my fantasy!

The page was smooshed with Distress inks and I used the Prima image and lots of smaller stamps in different colours and framed it all with the stem from a Tracy Evans Heart balloon. Used DIs to colour the image too.

Hoping I can catch up but please allow me some time!!

I would also like to enter at Penny Black and More - September challenge - 'Make it Feminine'

Thanks for looking, Chris