Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Little Mermaid

Apologies to all the folk I usually visit on T Day - I haven't made many visits yet - my social life caught up with me! 
Cinema with hubby yesterday for a Silver Screen showing of a comedy that probably won't have many showings outside the UK - 'The Time Of Their Lives' starring Joan Collins and Pauline Collins(one of my favourite actresses)We both thought it very funny although I suspect it may only appeal to a more mature audience! Even then I'm not sure, as at times hubby and I were stifling laughs because no one else was laughing!!
Last night was 'Girls' night out! - Five of us have been meeting up since our children were little - usually every month - although there are often absences of one or two at a time these days!
It's great to still be meeting up though!
Today my youngest son and partner took us out for lunch(next T Day's post I think!!)

I have had a little crafting time in between trying to clear my desk and surrounds. 
Hubby has been using the computer to book trains for our holiday later this year.
I am just grabbing a few minutes to show you my new bookmark.
 It all started with a little play with Brushos and a something i bought at Penrith Crafts - Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Dust - Wow! What a shine!
I used my Carabelle Studio Azoline set again.
 …and here she is marking a page!

I am joining in again at Moo Mania and More for the Under Water theme!
I would also like to enter at Stamping Sensations with a Favourite Stamp

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A new theme at Try It On Tuesday..

We have 'Letters, numbers or both' as our new theme at Try It On Tuesday.
The Design Team have created some amazing examples to inspire you so please do pop over and have a look!
I made a page in my Kraft journal.
I added various shades of white, cream and grey and then added some transparent texture paste.
Unfortunately I was so happy creating that I forgot to take photos so I have only close ups of the finished page!
I added some stamping with a ledger stamp by Paper Artsy 
 I cut some card circles and wrapped them in book paper which had been spritzed with Black Knight Infusions and then Pewter paint around the edges . The Paper Artsy Hot Picks HP1602EZ butterflies (chosen for their  triangular appearance) were stamped onto a master board I had created earlier for another project
   I added some white dots to eliminate any numbers that weren't a multiple of 3 and added some words that I typed into my Printshop app on my computer.

So…why did I choose 'THREE'?
Here are some random facts for you…
3 is the number of good fortune - hence the saying 'Third Time lucky!'
3 is related to time - 'Past Present Future' 'Beginning, Middle, End'
3 primary colours - Red, Yellow, Blue - are all that is needed to mix most other colours.
St Patrick used the 3 leaved Shamrock to teach about the Holy Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
3 is supposed to be the lucky number for my Astrology Sign - Sagittarius!

If you have a favourite 'THREE' fact please do share it!

The 'Letters, Numbers or Both' challenge runs for 2 weeks so please do enter before the closing date - 3rd of July!

I would also like to join Rosie's theme of Circles at Art Journal Journey.

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Monday, 19 June 2017

T Stands for …….Tebay...

If ever you have headed North to Scotland up the M6(or back again) chances are that at some point you will have visited Tebay Services.
We had a trip out on Friday - not quite what we planned…first we headed to Hutton in the Forest - we visited there some time ago and loved it! Hmm! When we got there we found that although the gardens were open - paying was by using the honesty box, the house and tea rooms were closed.
Not to worry - The Rheged Centre wasn't far away and I had a map! There was a little matter of the smaller villages not being on the map and the signposts were in need of a clean or repair - When we started going back on ourselves we decided that Penrith might be a better bet!
We had intended going into the town centre for lunch but when we saw Booths decided that as we have often stopped for coffee there we would try for a lunch!!!! We should have taken a look around at the number of people there before ordering!!!
The couple beside us had arrived just before us - after sitting for around 20 minutes someone came to tell them that what the man had ordered was now not available! 
We struck up a conversation and swapped names of places to visit with Grandchildren and eventually our meals arrived at the same time. 
We headed into Penrith and I called to Penrith Crafts, bought a couple of things and had a wander around the town before heading back to the caravan!
Aha! but we didn't! Hubby pulled into Tebay Services and we headed to the cafe!
I am joining Bluebeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday…

The cakes were being replenished!
On the first island there were baskets of bread and a bowl of soup
 An Americano for me and a Mocha for hubby - we shared the raspberry and pistachio tart.
There were only a few folk in and none in the section where we were!

 The views from the windows on the Southbound side are wonderful!(just a slight reflection problem!)
We watched as Martins(or Swallows) flew across the pond and up into the eaves to nests.
You may just catch sight of one here.
After coffee we had a look around the shop area before going to the farm shop.

The teas and coffee area also had Hot Chocolate powders.

We bought some veg and a courgette and lime cake  which was delicious! 
It really was a good ending to the day!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Round and Round!

I hope that if you live in the UK you are enjoying the warm weather(hot, actually)that we are having at the moment! I don't think we are having it quite as hot as the South but it is still little too much for me! I love sunshine but I prefer mine with a bit of a breeze! 
While we were away at our caravan I stayed in the shade and did some doodling!

As you can see - Circles for Rosie's theme at Art Journal Journey.

I'll be back with a 'T' post before bedtime and then tomorrow morning we have a new theme at Try It On Tuesday (and there's still time to add a Steampunk entry!)

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Bee happy!

Isn't it great to get new stamps? 
I bought Kay Carley's new set Paper Artsy(EKC08) last week when we met up with my brother and sister in law at the Stamp Magic craft show in Doncaster.
These stamps were a must for me - I love seeing the bees visit the foxgloves we have in our caravan garden.

The page had a little bit of green at the bottom so I added more using spritzed distress ink on an acrylic block.I made a sky the same way using blue ink! To complement the dots on the flowers I added some dotty circles from Lin Brown's ELB29 set
The foxgloves were stamped and coloured using inks and paints. I love the way there are different sizes of foxgloves in the set, just like there are in our garden. Just as in our own garden there are smaller plants growing around them! The quote is also a Paper Artsy one by Jo Firth-Young.

I am entering the challenge at
The Artistic Stamper - where the theme is Winged Things

and linking to 
Art Journal Journey for Rosie's  'Circles' theme

Thanks for looking at this scheduled post, Chris

Friday, 16 June 2017

Circles aplenty !

I doodled most of this page ages ago but picked it up recently and added to it so that I could join Rosie's theme Circles at Art Journal Journey.
It is in my A6 moleskine - just a lot of doodling! I enjoyed it so much I just might make another!

Scheduling this as we are going to try to finish off the decking!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday, 15 June 2017

I'd like to be……..

I have been itching to use this new Carabelle Studios set by Azoline that I bought on our Paris trip. I used the fish for a page in my Art Marks journal but I hadn't used the rest of the set and I do so love the little mermaid!
I used a large tag and used the TH doily stencil with Distress inks and Oxide inks. 
I stamped and coloured the plants and the fish -Whoops!- Upside down! Not to worry - I stamped the mermaid onto paper and after I had added her I drew in some bubbles to link up with the fishes and a few more besides!
Now, I am not normally a glittery type, but since I have somehow over the years managed to fill a whole box with glitters and beads etc. I thought I should use some to create some texture and sparkle.
I edged the tag with Wilted Violet DI but still wasn't happy until I had mounted the tag onto a larger turquoise tag.
I added glossy accents to parts of the plants, the fish and the mermaid.

 I coloured some muslin threads with Distress inks for seaweed strands.

The words come from a song in the Little Mermaid cartoon, printed out from my computer.
I would like to enter this at Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday Challenge where the theme is 'Touchy Feely' 
for the Texture theme at Tag Tuesday

I would also like to join Mo Mania and More for the Under Water Challenge.

I would also like to enter at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge A year of Choices
I have chosen no 35 - What's Your Super Power - I have to admit that I can hardly swim - so to be a mermaid and swim underwater would be great!

Thank you all for all your good wishes - I have times when I hardly notice this darned BPV and other times(especially in bed if I turn over, or in the mornings)It seems to get better in the afternoons as long as I don't make sudden movements. I have spoken to the doctor and he says it could take some time - so I will continue with the excercises!

Thanks for looking, Chris


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

WOYWW 419 - ATCs on show

Nothing much on my desk today…that I can show you!
Good thing really as I have two beautiful ATCs to show you.
I haven't been doing a great deal on the computer as I have been slowed down by having BPV which make some feel…well... weirder that usual!!!
I am joining Julia at The Stamping Ground blog for WOYWW but I really can't promise a return visit so I'm happy for you to hop in and and out without saying hello! 

This lovely ATC is from Elizabeth - Silvercrafter
I was her PIF and I received this gorgeous sunflower..
…I love the embossing, but I especially love the sewn WOYWW.
Thank you so much Elizabeth!I will be getting something in the post for you soon!

This next little treat came from Andrea, my PIF but this is what she sent me..
The ATC was tucked inside the little pocket which in turn was inside the beautiful card. Love the glittery appearance to this ATC!
All so beautifully co-ordinated - Thank You Andrea!

I'm afraid that's it for today, I will try to visit when I am able - sometimes I feel fine, other times I still feel as though I am going to topple over!! I will just have to keep on doing the exercises! 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 12 June 2017

T Stands For…….the cheese factory!

We only had a couple of days at our caravan last week and as the weather was wet and windy we couldn't finish the decking off!
Of course the weather didn't stop us going out! 
We decided to visit Hawes where Wensleydale cheese is made.We have visited here many times.
I will start by joining Bluebeard and Elizabeth….

…...with our drinks and Cheese on toast which we had for lunch as soon as we arrived.
No, I haven't started drinking tea - the coffee is mine!
We both had delicious cheese on toast - we have had it before and it is accompanied by a sweet chilli jam.
I waited a while until the groups in the corner left to take a photo, just in time as it filled again very quickly!
It doesn't look so busy here, but believe me, I had to wait a while for this pic too!
Afterwards we walked down to the village.
 The falls were rushing over the rock with all the rain there had been.
 On the other side of the road it was calmer
Here is the view as we walked over the bridge you can see above

Hubby looked over a wall at the hills and took this one
After a good walk around we returned to the creamery and bought some cheese (you can taste before you buy) and had a coffee and a shared scone before heading home via a scenic route.
Here a few of the photos I took - we stopped for a couple of shorter walks but some are from the car window.

 We drove past Penn Y Gent..
…and I began to feel a little queasy so stopped taking photos. I hope you enjoyed seeing what I did take though!

Thanks for looking, I'll be round to visit in the morning, my new book (Girl On  a Train) is by my bedside and I want to read a few more chapters! Chris