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Tuesday 20 February 2024

Spotlight for Try It On Tuesday

Hi everyone, we have a new topic at Try It On Tuesday - 'Spotlight It' We all have favourite images but we'd like you to highlight just one part of that image. 

I have used one of my favourite Crafty Individuals stamps.


I have used it in my small square journal and highlighted my flower by stamping the flower onto a card and colouring it before placing it over the image. I added some spattering and added 'ove' to the L on the stamp

There are many ways you can highlight, as you will see lovely examples of highlighting by our Design Team. Please take a look for some inspiration.

I hope you will join us at TIOT this time as usual the topic will run for two weeks.

Thanks for looking, Chris

 

Sunday 18 February 2024

Light and Dark

Hi everyone, it's taken a while but I am feeling much better now, thank you for all for your good wishes.

I made another page (over a few days) for Vicki's Art Journal Journal theme 'Keeping It Light'

I have had this Dina Wakley journal for ages but this is the first page I have made in it. I used torn leftover paper around the edges then painted over everything with white gesso

The Light bulb (an All and Create Stamp by Bipasha) was stamped in the centre with Versafine Clair 'Morning Mist' ink.

I added scraps with flower images over the page, some Speckled Egg Distress ink through a honeycomb stencil and some random text with a favourite Paper Artsy stamp,

Finally I added the quote from Alison Bomber's Light and Dark set from Paper Artsy.

I am taking part in the 100 Day Project using playing cards that were in Christmas crackers - they are quite small.

This is my first one - made today


Thanks for looking, Chris


Wednesday 14 February 2024

Sunshine makes me happy!

Hi everyone,  A song I love to listen to is John Denver's Sunshine on my Shoulders. In fact sunshine anywhere makes me happy - even if I have to sit in the shade to cool down, I love looking at sun shining onto my surroundings. We haven't had much sun lately but it is warmer than usual for February.

I finally felt up to finishing the page I started last Friday.

My page today has two of my own photos taken at Tatton Park in different seasons. Whenever we walk by these tall redwood trees I just have to sit and look up at the canopy. I am so happy to be able to keep these memories as a journal page!

I used Distress inks in blue, green and yellow through a Lavinia Stamps stencil. Once I had decided where my photos were going to go I stamped a row of Crafty Individual trees and added the photos. I drew a frame around them and wrote in diagonally 'The light above the trees'
Finally I stamped the quote from Alison Bomber's Paper Artsy stamp set 'Darkness and Light'
I am joining in with Vicki's Art Journal Journey theme 'Keeping It Light' 

Thanks for looking, Chris 



Tuesday 13 February 2024

T Stands For ...the walks, the flu!

Hi everyone, after a lovely week of outings and seeing friends I ended up with a bout of flu. I slept through most of Sunday and still don't feel 100%

So, back to the nice things of last week.

We had to go to the opticians to get my new specs adjusted. I am getting used to Varifocals although I am back at the computer with my reading specs!

We decided to go to Dunham Massey to see the Winter Garden and timed it exactly right to get onto a guided tour.



There are more snowdrops this year as they had a school project where children came in to plant snowdrops
This tree peels naturally and looks great when the sun shines on it


The witch hazel is looking spectacular




This is a smooth bark Acer and feels fabulous 
Lots of Iris coming through
I have forgotten the name of this but it smells amazing



It was really interesting to have things pointed out that we hadn't fully appreciated when we have visited before.

The next day was a day for seeing friends - lunch first, then off to see more friends in the afternoon for coffee and cake and a little bit of journaling.
We decided to set off early for our shopping trip on Saturday and call in to Styal Mill for a walk.

There was plenty colour here too



I don't think I have seen this area so empty, although there are signs of bulbs coming as well as new shoots on some of the plants



Lots of snowdrops on the way to the lower garden


The Bollin river that powers the water wheel for the mill was rushing along

I'm sure this must be the earliest I have seen this Camelia in bloom




Here is the point where the river rushes through to the mill.

From Styal it was straight to our favourite cafe Petit Delice in Wilmslow and it is where I will share our coffees (but not our croissants, which we had already eaten)at T Stands For Tuesday, hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth at The Altered Book Lover
As you can see I had my mini journal tin with me.

That's all for now, off for  rest (maybe even a nap!)

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday 6 February 2024

Hearts and/or Flowers

 Hi everyone, by the end of this theme at Try It On Tuesday Valentines Day will have been and gone - we are thinking about 'Hearts and/or Flowers' this time around and there is so much inspiration from the Design Team - please take look here.

I have gone for both....


My card came about by my doodling in a small square journal - I was quite pleased with my flowery page so decided to scan it and print it to colour.

I chose three colours for the flowers plus green for the leaves and stems. 

I cut a heart with a dye that I have had for years(one of the first I ever bought) and then used a Crafters Companion Sentiment die to put on it.

I hope that you can join us at TIOT this time, as usual our topic runs for two weeks from 6th February.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday 5 February 2024

Calendar Journal pages

 Hi everyone, I'm just popping in to post my calendar pages.


I made a background with different yellows to make a bright splash then stated Jo Firth Young fairy lights  - all coloured in with sparkly pens.

I am adding this to Art Journal Journey where Vicki has a great theme of 'Keeping It Light'

Here is January all filled in.


A lot of there stickers I had on have fallen off during the month - they were old so I shouldn't be surprised they had lost their stickiness! 

Thanks for looking, Chris  

Thursday 1 February 2024

Into the light!

Hi everyone! Thanks to Erika for the brilliant AJJ theme last month - even though I ran out of time to post some of my pages.

We have a new host at Art Journal Journey this time - welcome to Vicki who has 'Into The Light' as her chosen theme. As Vicki says there are so many ways to approach this theme! Please read her post on the Art Journal Journey blog.

I made a page using an Aall and Create stamp designed by Bipasha.

My background was made with spritzed distress ink on an acrylic block. I stamped some extra lightbulbs, coloured them with Inktense watercolour pencils and drew in the wires. I also used parts of the main stamp to add more dots and text.
The words are my own attempt at some lettering

The evenings are definitely getting lighter. I hope you can join us at AJJ this month. If you need to look the Dreaded Rules are here.

Thanks for looking, Chris


Tuesday 30 January 2024

T Stands For.....the Mans attraction!

 Hi everyone, here we are and it's almost February - we are well on our way to Spring now!

I feel that the title to this post should be - 'We Don't Get out Much' as last week only included a brisk walk around a park close by to where we were shopping, too cold to stop and take photos of the snowdrops we saw, the derelict pond and scruffy gardens - not much to see but we did get a walk. We kept a couple of appointments and I did go to visit my friends (see the previous post to see what we did)

I have a chance to show you my photos from our visit to Le Mans though. I looked forward to seeing Le Mans and I must say on a sunny day back in September it was every bit as good as I expected it to be.

Our first call was to go for lunch and I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday (all you need is a drink related item in your post to join the rest of the T gang)

We had water to drink and I attempted a shot of the glasses with the jug with the Mairie behind.
The lunch time Formule menu was quite varied for the price - some we look at only have a choice of 2 or 3
The top of the menu states that this menu is only served Monday to Friday lunchtimes except on public holidays. It is mainly for workers. If you know me you will know which dessert I went for!

Hubby chose a Chocolate Liégoise and I of course chose the Café Liégoise. You can also see that as well as water I had a tonic water with lemon.

It was then time to go and explore.


We went over the bridge to reach the cathedral




There was a plan of the cathedral which indicated important areas
The main thing I wanted to see was one of the oldest stained glass windows in Europe and one that I knew Henry and Eleanor would had seen themselves











As we left a guide was saying goodbye to a group he had been showing round the Cathedral - I commented that we had enjoyed our visit and that I was happy to see the window that HenryII and Eleanor  would have seen and he then started to tell us lots of other things about the Cathedral - a kind of English/French conversation that we have become used to, being helped out with unfamiliar words on both sides! He also told us things to look out for in the Cité Plantagenet.

Hubby took this photo of me with what he calls my Cheshire Cat grin after the man had gone back into the Cathedral

We set off down the cobbled streets.



The same street but two different signs, named after Richard 1's wife who lived in Le Mans until her death




Following the guide's directions we found what is left of the old palace - now council buildings





Sadly not a lot of the original building remains.
We walked back to the bus stop passing Le Mans railway station on the way.
The front has lots of photos of the Le Mans 24 hour race.

I would be happy to revisit Le Mans one day.

Thanks for looking, Chris