Saturday, 1 October 2022

There once was....

.........a blog called Empire Of The Cat, owned by Elle, today she is our new host at Art Journal Journey with her fabulous theme of - Tell Me A Story.

First of all a big 'Thank you' to Neet, for hosting last month.

I love traditional stories and Hans Christian Anderson's stories were always a favourite when I was a child. I was old enough(just) to go an see the film of his life. One of the songs I remember the star Danny Kaye singing was the Ugly Duckling.

I assembled some papers I wanted to use but the only duckling I could find was more like a growing cygnet than a baby so I had to go to the Internet for that.

I used my Kraft journal and added some texture paste mixed with white paint through a stencil.

Papers were arranged on the page and I popped in an AAll and Create die cut. 

The main image is from a Ciaobella Christmas set. I added more texture paste/paint over the edge of the frame on the left.

The words are from the Ugly Duckling song and were made on Printshop.

There are so many traditional stories and I look forward to seeing your choice!

Thanks for looking, Chris


Wednesday, 28 September 2022

So Wise!

 Hi everyone, another scheduled post with my latest entry for Neet's 'Fur and/or Feathers' at Art Journal Journey.

I've used another deconstructed card. I created a background with lots of neutral papers and then added the Crafty Individuals owl at an angle. The leaf came from one of the pieces of paper. 

I didn't manage to write posts for as many pages as I'd made and not sure whether I will manage to write one using my tablet so please accept my apologies Neet. 

Thanks for looking, Chris


Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Out of the darkness

 Hi everyone, this was a very quick page for Neets AJJ  'Fur and/or Feathers theme.

I had dome some stencil cleaning onto a page so I dded some stamping using one of the oldest AAll and create stamps designed by Abs.

The cat is by Lavinia stamps

Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday, 15 September 2022

Sing little bird

Another scheduled post! 

Hi everyone this page for Neet's Fur and/or Feathers at Art Journal Journey has more feathers and none more lovely than this cute Aall and Create bird by Bipasha

I added paint to my page with baby wipe then stencilled and stamped onto it.

I stamped the bird and then stamped and fussy cut the main image as the background made it look a bit dull.

The word is from some Aall and Create washi tape

Thanks for looking, Chris

Saturday, 10 September 2022

A New Day...

 Hi everyone I have a page for Neets AJJ theme - Fur and/or Feathers

I've used another Katzelkraft stamp with a dotty stencil background to which I added a Carabelle Studio big stamp.

It's my latest entry to Neet's Fur and/or Feathers at Art Journal Journey. 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 6 September 2022

T Stands For....Taking To The Road

Hi everyone, I've been racing around so much that I forgot all about my calendar journal -I do write down what we do in my planner but hadn't got round to completing my page - lots of fussy cutting!

What's this I hear you say (well, maybe?)

My calendar has only one week stuck down....I am taking the rest with me to fill in while we are driving around in France.

The owls are Katzelkraft stamps and I love them. With all that's going on in the UK politics wise I thought a group of owls deserved they correct group name....although one owl is making his own political statement!

I'm joining in at Art Journal Journey and Neet's 'Fur and/or Feathers

Here is August filled in.

We haven't had much time for outings but we did get together with one of my sons and grandchildren at RHS Bridgewater - we had a lovely walk and chat in the sun!

Finally near the exit is this seat decorated by local schools
Sorry for the rushed visit!
For my T Stands For Tuesday pics this week and my chance to join Bleubeard and Elizabeth at The Altered Book Lover for a drink I have a photo of a decadent hot chocolate that hubby had at Fletcher Moss a while ago 

We shared some Date and walnut cake and I had an Americano.
Sorry if I have posted this before - no time to check!

I'll be scheduling some posts and taking lots of photos!  
See you soon

Thanks for looking, Chris

Busy doing nothing at Try It On Tuesday.

 Hi everyone, have you ever thought what animal you would like to be? I have and it's definitely a cat!

Our new theme at Try It On Tuesday is 'Animals - Real or Imaginary'.

The Design Team have a whole range of animal art to inspire you - please take a look here.

I covered my landscape page with a range of coloured papers and stamped tissue paper. 
The cats had been on a card that I wasn't so happy with, so the background was made with them in mind.
The quote 'Forecast for today:unproductive with a chance of a nap' seems to have been written with cats in mind!

I hope you can join us at TIOT this month, as usual the theme runs for two weeks.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday, 1 September 2022

Fur or Feather

 Hi everyone, its time to welcome Neet, of Hickydorums blog to Art Journal Journey with her fabulous new theme of 'Fur and/or Feather'

First of all, thanks to all of you who added such lovely pages for my theme last month.

This month Neet wants to see your pages that include anything with 'Fur And/Or Feather' As Neet says, even dogs have some fur on their bodies, even though most of it is hair!

Neet has some great suggestions for you on the Art Journal Journey blog. 

My page has fur and feathers..

I had some paper from a Somerset magazine tucked away in a box that kept popping to the top so I decided to use it for my page. I added some stencilling through some sequin waste and a large dot stencil.

I added a grey hare (disguised by the darker area around him) using a Crafty Individuals stamp and an eagle (looking for a meal) cut from some Stamperia paper. The words are from a Tim Holtz Big Chat word sticker book. I inked around the paper and around the words with black ink.

I love seeing any bird of prey but in this instance I hope the hare keeps still and isn't seen by the eagle.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 31 August 2022


Hi everyone, this will be my final post for my 'When We Were Young'  theme at Art Journal Journey blog.

I have really enjoyed reminiscing over some of the pages. 

Thank you all for taking time to make pages when it was hot or you had holidays booked - it really was appreciated. There were some wonderful pages to inspire everyone, which I think is what Art Journal Journey is all about.

When I was little we lived on a nursery, I'm sure some of you already know that. My brother and I were lucky as after everyone had gone home we had a huge empty road to ride our bikes up and down or play ball games. There was also the temptation to play in parts that we couldn't go in when tractors etc were being driven around.

Piles of soil and sand, stacks of sleepers, pots and crates all made play areas, which used to get us into trouble.

My Dad had responsibility for the property when work finished so if we went off to play in these areas he would get quite cross with us. My brother and I still continued to go back to these places though!

This very old stamp reminded me of those times. I made a background of paint stencilled over with a flower stencil. The image was stamped onto the inside of an envelope. I added extra flowers with the little stamps I bought at a museum in Paris. The quote is from a Lindsay Mason set. 

I'm looking forward now to our new AJJ host's theme - I think you're going to love it!

Thanks for looking, Chris   

Monday, 29 August 2022

T Stands for.... taking walks

Hi everyone, the weather is still sunny and bright here, we had some rain but now we have blues skies again and it's a pleasant heat.

An ideal day for a family outing! We had one the other week but I was so excited to see (almost)everyone, that I forgot to take any photos other than passing shots, mainly from behind). We had a picnic and a walk around Dunham Massey

I spotted this page in a membership magazine and it made me think of  the family outings we must have had over the years. 

The background was made with lots of different bright colours using a stencil, a tree stamp from a magazine and some stickers and words from a magazine.

I am coming to the end of my time as host at Art Journal Journey but I still have a couple more pages to link to my 'When We Were Young' theme.

I've been enjoying seeing your pages, so many clever ideas - Thank you!

We haven't spent much time outdoors recently - we took a short walk in Styal last week on our way shopping.

Hubby took this photograph of a Red Admiral enjoying some rotting apple....

...and I spotted this one ready to fall.

These pink Sweet Peas have the most wonderful scent

We also went to the Pride Parade in Manchester  - it has been cancelled for the past two years so there was a massive turn out to welcome it back - we arrived just after it had started and went to get some food not long before it ended  - but we were standing watching for two hours!

For my drink related post for Bleubeard and Elizabeth's 'T Stands For Tuesday' I have a photo of hubby showing our water on the table
I have recently had my medication changed, before the dose was doubled hubby treated us to Fish and Chips at Notcutts Garden Centre. We hadn't been there for ages and  we really enjoyed our outing!

I'm now taking less medication but different!

I see from Elizabeth's post that my napkins still haven't arrived - I have never known anything take so long to travel to her home! I am now getting a little worried that something has happened to them. I used stamps, which the post office seem reluctant to provide so I am wondering if that has anything to do with it???

All I can do is apologise for the delay!

Thanks for looking