Tuesday 30 October 2018


We have a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday - 'Thankful' 

This can be a straight 'Thanks' as I have, or it can be a reason to be Thankful and surely there is so much - at the moment I am enjoying seeing blue skies again even though it is so cold!
In other places in the World they are pleased to see some rain! 
We have already celebrated Harvest Festival at church but some churches and schools may not have yet! There is also Thanksgiving coming up in the United States if you wish to prepare early! 

The Design Team have come up with a variety of projects to inspire you!

I started by putting some Distress Oxides on my mat before spritzing and running my card through it. I also used Picked Raspberry to colour a small piece of card onto which I stamped the sentiment.
The Woodware stamp was stamped directly onto the card and the sentiment stuck on. I coloured parts of the stamps area and used Glossy Accents to highlight some areas.

Finally I drew a co-ordinating line around the edges.

I hope that you will find a reason to be Thankful and join us!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday 29 October 2018

T stands for.....the park and more!

Hi everyone! It's Tuesday again already - we had a couple of days with my son and grandchildren last week and had a couple of outings which I will tell you about another time!
I am keen to continue showing you our Vienna photos!

These are some of the grand buildings in the area around the museum that hubby saw and took me back to!

When we met up our first priority was a drink, we headed towards another museum and found a drink stand selling fruit drinks..
Delicious, cool and very bright!!!
It is with these that I am joining in with the tea party going on over at Bluebeard and Elizabeth's blog
We were lucky to get in as they were due to close but the very kind gentleman asked would we just like to see the hall of columns  leading through to the museum!

This is museum we would like to return to one day!
We walked through the park...

We could hear this man before we saw him...
Hubby's zoom picked him up a bit better!

 We walked around the area and came across a circus..
 ...which meant that this was the best view we could get of this building - the Town Hall
These unusual looking crows were everywhere
This crow was enjoying a drink from the fountain

This really is a most beautiful area, but wait until you see where we are going next - one of my favourite days of the whole holiday!

Thanks for looking, I had every intention of having a catch up today but after attempting to work in an ever shrinking desk top I just had to tidy!! I will get to you soon!!

Sunday 28 October 2018

Getting Dark!!!

Hi everyone! Our first dark evening and I had a bit of a rush to finish a page and take a photo before it got too dark! 
I wanted to make another page for Linda's Creature Comforts theme at Art Journal Journey.
One of the good things about the evenings drawing in is we don't need an excuse to sit down and watch a film on TV, which is what we did this evening!
We have recently subscribed to Amazon Prime and today we watched the first film in a series called the Romanoffs which just happened to be set in Paris.I don't know where the next one is set but the series is about fictitious people around the World who think they are descendants of the Russian dynasty!
Of course with the setting I loved it, and the story was quite fun too!! 
So, to my journal page, which is a little less fun!
I swiped some paint across the page and then added some random stencilling! All of the stamps are by Crafty Individuals. I stamped the trees, some barbed wire and the landing crow from one set(CI361), and then the crow on the cross(CI500) and coloured them with distress markers. I used grasses and flowers from two other sets and stamped fence posts using a coffee stirrer. The words are from two different TH sets.
Now you can see why, especially this week, I won't be sorry to be snuggled up on the sofa at dusk!!

I would also like to enter at 
Simon Says Wednesday - Halloween/Spooky
That's Crafty  - Spookalicious 
Stamps and Stencils - Spooky Fun with an Autumnal twist
The Artistic Stamper - Inktober

Thanks for looking, I am on catch up once again but hope to get some blog visits in tomorrow! Chris

Thursday 25 October 2018

More challenge Done Autumn!

Hi everyone, first of all I welcome my new followers of this blog and to say Hi! to Christine because I know she will be looking!!!

Next I would like to thank everyone for the good wishes and congratulations on my DT place at Crafty Individuals!

Now, I do have some tags to show you,
Day 16

I stamped using one of my favourite background stamps (I think you may just have guessed this) and it is by Crafty Individuals, as are the blue bursts of colour. I added Nuvo drops onto the middles and dragged it out with an old pencil.
Day 17
I enjoyed making this - I used several different distress colours and my stamp platform with the CI trees onto a distress background.
I used a real leaf that I picked up on one of our walks and then stamped Lin Brown's leaf on to it.I then added gold pen to outline the leaf and pick out some of the veins
Day 18
 I used Dylusions sprays which I spritzed and dabbed before heat drying then I added some random stamping.
Day 19
I used Inktense blocks and a water brush to colour Darcy's cute girlie.
Day 20
I stamped and embossed some JOFY shrooms and then used my Prima paints to colour them. 

The other week we had a trip to Styall Mill.
I suspect that the rain we had that week will have altered how this looks now

 The pumpkin patch

 These were just  some of the Autumn Fungi we saw

 As you can see it was quite a dull day, but quite warm!

I made a journal page to celebrate the walk
I had a background of some wiped off stencilling to which I added some more wiped off diamonds.I also had a scrap of Tissue paper with some Infusions on.
I coloured and fussy cut some Brigit Koopsen leaves and then added the Stampotique shrooms (coloured with my new Lyras) and some smaller ones cut from an old book.
Finally some grass using a scrap.

I am entering 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday 23 October 2018

T stands for - taking in the sights...

We had an interesting train journey to Vienna - the scenery changed quite a bit along the way.
One of the most amazing sights was this statue high up on a hill at Tatabanya in Hungary (it is a apparently the largest bird statue in Eastern Europe)
I spent some of the journey filling in my travel journal.
We were impressed by the windfarms that stretched across the countryside. Many people in the UK object to them but when you think of the free electric power these places generate it makes sense to me.
 This church was just around the corner from our hotel. We have stayed in the same hotel before but had only ever walked in one direction so hadn't seen this before.

My feet had suffered a set back - as they were so sore from the walk the previous day - I bought some shortie socks to wear with my shoes  for the journey and I rubbed up a huge series of blisters on my ankle....
I have deliberately made this shocking pic small !
...that really hurt!
We didn't walk far the first afternoon - just far enough to buy a travel pass and to get a coffee and then later a meal.
The next day was Sunday and the Museum Quarter was a short walk away. When we went to buy tickets for the two places we decided to visit we found that one of them had free entry!
I loved the decorative walls and ceilings at the entrance to the Museum quarter.
I was keen to see the Gustav Klimt exhibition.

One of the things that fascinated me most was seeing examples of his writing!
We stopped at the museum cafe for a drink and shared some cake. Hubby had a mango lassi and I had cappuccino!
The next part of our visit here was to the Egon Schiele exhibition.I did not know of Schiele and I found some of his art to be quite wonderful and some very disturbing.

Hubby headed out pretty quickly while I continued for a little longer.
I came out to find I had missed a fashion parade (It was Fashion Week in Vienna)
We headed to a cafe across the square for lunch and although I have already added our mid morning drinks I will join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday

Hubby had a latte while I had diet cola - I opted for a delicious veggie burger and hubby had the difficult task of an assemble your own sausage sandwich!
The decor was interesting 

We headed for the MUMOK (Modern Art Museum), Hubby reluctant at this point. There was a brilliant band playing on the steps.

When we got inside hubby found that he would have to leave his bag and the queue was huge so he went off and I headed inside.I know he was pleased to escape!!!

I was quite disappointed by the exhibits - I think I have been spoilt by Tate Modern and the Pompidou. I was pleased it was a free visit!

Bad photo - I think I was in shock!
I did like this though..
...and this
The best things about this museum were the views from the windows

Little did I know - hubby was exploring these places from the ground...but that's for next time, as he took me to see what he had found!

I do hope I haven't kept you here too long!

Thanks for looking, Chris