Thursday, 30 July 2015

Tim's tag - July 2015

I saw Tim's Tag for his '12 Tags of 2015-July' and thought immediately - France!! Well, we had only been back a couple of weeks then (where did that time go?)

The details of Tim's tag and the tutorial are here
this is what I came up with..
It will go on the front of my Travel Journal - if only I can find time to add some finishing touches to my journal that is!!!

Dashing now….again!!!!!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 27 July 2015

Cool green!

I missed most of the colourful flowers in our caravan garden this year as we were away in France. At the moment we are in a lull between one flowering and another - it will soon be time for my Hydrangeas and Budleias to flower…but that's okay because I love to look out at the different shades of green!
It is the inspiration behind this card for a special card for a family member (won't say who - just in case she sees this!!)
I usually make flat cards to post but we will be hand delivering this!

A few photos along the way…
Corrugated card brushed over with Paper Artsy Fresco paint - Guacamole and Nougat
Some Frantage added..and a few of those nail art beads! 
Some of my lovely MAMBI paper stamped with Woodware text
Book paper stamped on both sides  with the butterfly stamp

I am entering the following challenges
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Summer Days……I will be spending more days at our caravan….hopefully with better weather than today!!

Taken last week..and it was raining  then too

Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Another Paris journal page

I am trying to keep quiet - Hubby had a wisdom tooth extracted this morning. I am not going anywhere today, so a chance to catch up on some crafty time and little bit of blog catching up too I hope!

I started this page a few weeks ago. I bought some tissue wrapping paper with a mixture of black, white and a brown printed with French text and images - only thing is can't remember where from(hubby says may have been Aldi!)
I covered a journal page with part of the print paper and dabbed some copper acrylic paint through a Rebekah Meier stencil of a fleur-de-lys.

After that….nothing…although I did keep going back to look at it hoping for inspiration!

I was wishing I had that Tim Holtz die with the Eiffel Tower and a fleur-de-lys on it, that would surely help, but I'm going to a craft shop on Saturday for Lindsay Mason's workshop and I am bound to want to spend some cash then…?! Well, yesterday our car had to have some unexpected work done so we had to go and pick up my GD a few miles away with a courtesy car (we park at my son's and walk to meet her)Afterwards we had to drive back and pick up our car - quite near to a Hobbycraft - I wanted something in MDF so went into look. Not only did I come out of the shop with my MDF item(more another day!!) but….yay! the TH die - reduced to £6.50!!!
So here is my page

I cut the Eiffel Tower out of book paper then stamped over randomly with a lattice stamp. The paper had some stamping added to it - Fleur-de-Lys from a Visual Images set(I tried to match up with the stencilled ones!) and more lattice. 
The Gibson girl(Artistic Stamper) is enjoying her evening at the Opera and despite her haughty look is travelling back home by Metro, having made her grand entrance earlier from a hired car! 
Her backdrop is a swirl from the same Visual images set stamped onto tissue and stuck on and dabbed over with Vintage Photo.The Eiffel Tower is standing on a bit of stencilling using Potting Soil ink and then moved over and re-stencilled with PA Fresco Nougat.
When I stuck the tower on it seemed a bit lost so I used Tim's technique (from 12 Tags of 2015 - February) of using a black soot Distress marker and smudging it around the edges - I use this quite a lot since learning about this! The opera loving girl got the same treatment with a Vintage Photo Distress marker.

I am entering the following challenges

Stamps and Stencils - Happy Holidays

Country View Challenges - On Your Travels

 A Vintage Journey - Destinations

That's Crafty - Stencils and Masks

I am hoping you are not getting tired of seeing my holiday photos as there are still more to come!

I am also linking to 
Art Journal Journey - Post and postage theme 
and Brenda's Visual Journey at Bumblebees and Butterflies 
Brenda has the most gorgeous pages on her Visual Journey today …it's Paris at it's best!!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 22 July 2015


What's on my desk? Not a lot to show…a combination of things to cut and things that have been sorted to use! 
Julia at The Stamping Ground invites you to show all for 'Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday', come rain, hail or shine!
I have something going around in my head so I'll see what happens!!

We have been quite busy following our few days away at our caravan over the weekend and still have some more appointments over this week and next! The highlight of our week is going to be a workshop with Lindsay Mason on Saturday. Hubby liked what she demo-ed some time ago and this is the first opportunity we have had to go together! I hope he will be okay though- he is having a wisdom tooth out tomorrow!!

We have a couple of things to do today…pick up GD from school and go to pick up our car - hubby took it in this morning for something minor….I think you can guess the rest!!! Fortunately he got a courtesy car for free!!

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

T is for……too hot!!

I'm joining the party at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog - The Altered Booklover to celebrate 2 years of 'T stands for Tuesday' where you are invited to share your drink!
Today is the day where you can also pass on an ATC, a great idea and as they say on Dragon's Den…."I'm in!"

 I have tried to keep in with the colours Elizabeth uses for her logo
…well, ok, not quite there!!I used Chipped Sapphire distress ink over manilla card and stamped a couple of partial Paper Artsy clocks and some text. The cups were stamped onto mop up paper towel from my Brusho session last week and then stuck onto some of the leftover watercolour paper over the brightest yellow part I could find!
My page title says 'Too hot!' - this is because I know that where Elizabeth lives it would definitely be too hot for me!! (I hope you are having a good day today E!!)  

It was quite hot in Paris when we had been for a walk on the Promenade Plantee, I requested our drink in what I thought was quite good French but the waiter, to my dismay answered me in English! When I asked where we so obviously English before he could answer the man at the side of us said - "Oh Yes!!" He did turn out to be very nice and had lived in London for several years! He did reassure me that my French was OK!!

Looking forward to seeing who I will send my ATC to!
Edit - If Krisha and the girls are next I will get making some more!!!  
Thanks for looking, Chris

It's hot and it's Tuesday

I could be referring to the weather but no - today is our new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time it's 'Hot and Wild' and the Design Team have some fabulous inspiration for you over on the blog. Some of us are 'hot', some of us are 'wild' and we hope you will join us - all the details are here

I have made a card for someone special
I started by dabbing some Brilliance pearly pink ink around the edge of the craft card and then dabbed Picked Raspberry distress paint and some of my trusty Adirondack copper on top
The corrugated card had it's edges run through some H2O's
I used a selection of papers including one for acrylic paint and some watercolour papers and splashed some orange red and yellow Brushos around before spritzing.
After stamping the Stampotique 'Strut your Stuff' bird several times  I cut three rectangles to fit the card and after mounting onto more Brushoed paper sprinkled on some Nail art beads as 'sand'

Although the little birds are looking a little wild, they clearly live somewhere hot, I imagine they know the words to 'Speedy Gonzales', a song I used to love in the sixties!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Beside the sea

I made this card for my son's partner a while ago,before we went on holiday! 

He used to be a sea farer so I wanted to make a card to remind him of those days! The map is of an area I have happy memories of!  I used distress inks for the background and flicked some water over it. The stamps are Crafty Individuals. I stamped the seagull and the cases onto a separate piece of card to make them stand out!  

I would like to enter in the following challenges

Stamping Sensations - Feature a Creature

Country View Challenges - On your Travels

Crafty Individuals - Face value

Thanks for looking, Chris