Thursday, 23 March 2017

Ready for Spring...

In the aftermath of yesterday's events I have made a journal page and once again it's my love of flowers, especially at this time of year, that inspired my page.
We had quite a lot of rain recently and now it seems with the sunshine everything wants to show off their Spring colours!
 The background is Distress Oxides(can't stop playing with them)
I stencilled some Tim Holtz wildflowers and then stamped a variety of grasses form various sources. The Paper Artsy Hotpicks bluebells(HP1010), for the purposes of early spring, are masquerading as very open Hyacinths.
I added some stamping and doodling to make raindrops around the flowers. 

I am pretty sure that whatever the weather we will be going out for a walk in a garden somewhere today!

This is my latest entry at Art Journal Journey for Yvonne's theme - Out And About.
I would also like to enter the challenges at 

The Artistic Stamper - Springtime

Stamping Sensations - Close to nature

Craft Stamper Make It - Take It March - Anything Goes challenge

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Stars shine in the darkness!

My title refers to the heroes of today, our police and emergency services! As yet we don't know any details, but there was a terrorist attack in London this afternoon and a policemen doing his duty was killed! My heart goes out to all those caught up in this dreadful event!

It has also changed the nature of the page I was preparing! I had started this page a while ago by using Infusions and now I can't remember which ones!
I painted the bottom half of the page with Frescos(Little black Dress) and then stamped some Paper Artsy Lynne Perrella building stamps and a York Minster one bought in York - there is a stamp shop by the city gates.
At that point it was going to be page about our visit to York but when the news broke this afternoon it seemed that a sunny day suddenly turned dark! There was an immediate response from our emergency services and this prompted me to use this quote from the internet!

I would like to enter Challenge no4 at Paper Artsy - Doors, Windows, Architecture.

I would also like to join in again with Yvonne's theme 'Out and About' at Art Journal Journey

A big Thank You to all those who attend tragedies that are often dark in nature!

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Monday, 20 March 2017

T Stands For…a train trip

Last Wednesday we were up early to catch a train! We arrived in York  at 11.45 dropped our luggage at the hotel and headed into the city. It was a lovely sunny day.
 This is the Micklegate entrance to the city and wasn't far from the hotel
This is the same gate on Friday morning, a much colder day altogether! We had bought ourselves a hat each the day before as we were beginning to feel the change coming!
We only stayed two nights (we had a very good offer from the hotel chain)so there was a lot to pack in and more than I can get into this post so I will show you some of the things we did and save some for another day(or two)
  This was the first place we visited after a stop for coffee - forgot to take photos so the place we chose was also the last place we had a drink too too!
It is Holy Trinity Church - they also had a very informative display about monasteries!
This is Treasurers House - donated to the National Trust by an eccentric owner. The decor is unusual but there are such wonderful things to see(we also ate a sandwich lunch there)

Frank Green had a reputation for restoring the house in his own way - a question was posed….

 From here we went around the Minster (not going in today!)..
…my attempt at an arty shot!!
We went back to the hotel along part of the city walls….
to check in and freshen up and then went back into the city - this was making it's way across - I bet the views were amazing!

We thought we saw a cat on a roof but it was only made of metal!
The next morning we set off in a different direction along the walls - it was quite blowy every time we passed a gap!
As we went down the steps to come off we saw this lovely window...
 and this..

This is where we came out!
From here we went to visit several history exhibits which I will try to show you another time - for now though it's time to go back to 'Partisan' - the cafe has a very French feel to it!
 For T Stands For Tuesday with Bluebeard and Elizabeth -
Here is hubby pouring his tea - in front of him Banana Cake.
 Here is my coffee and a piece of Pear and Walnut tart
I have a better shot of the cake but hubby decided to play…..!

I'm looking forward to seeing what the T Gang has been doing but that will have to wait until the morning - my exercise class today(Yes, you read that right!!) has made me rather tired and I will post this and go to bed!

Thanks for looking, Chrisx

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Colour fun!!

I think I may have mentioned that I got some goodies on last Saturday….well I have been playing.
I was getting a bit impatient about receiving some Distress Oxides in the post so I bought some of the colours I hadn't ordered! My friend Sarah had brought her journal with her with such amazing pages - you can find her blog here and I suggest you link to her Instagram account to see more pages using these brilliant inks.
Of course, come Monday morning they arrived!
I didn't have a lot of time to play as we were going away to York for a few days
Now we are back I was inspired to make a journal page - I am sure I am not the only one to be hearing blackbirds singing at what seems to be all hours of the night - we have a tree right outside our bedroom window that seems to be the favourite place for one blackbird in particular. When we were away and quite close to a busy road I didn't expect to hear much except traffic - except that we were at the back of the hotel with a lovely view of the minster in the distance….
….do you see the tree? At 3.30 on our first morning we had Mr Blackbird singing his song to us….he may have been there the next morning but we were so tired I couldn't tell you whether he was or not!! 
 The background is made with oxides and then streaked over with some Distress inks and stamped with some Paper Artsy stamps (Lin Brown and Sarah Naumann) I added the Tim Holtz small talk words after I had smudged some ink over them.
I would like to add this to Art Journal Journey's entries for Yvonne's great theme - 'Out And About'

York was wonderful and there will be more photos to come (probably on Tuesday!)There was so much to see and we didn't have nearly enough time(we were on a special offer at the hotel)….so another visit may be on the cards!!!
I had time to play in a little square journal before we went away and made these

I love the way the oxides almost melt together! As you can see in the top one I had a little issue with stamping and it didn't stamp properly - I ended up stamping some text over those parts!!

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Try It On Tuesday has a Lady In Red!

Not me! Hubby isn't keen on me in red - it's OK though it's not my favourite colour either! 
Our new theme at TIOT is 'Lady In Red' and as you might expect the team have had some great ideas - do pop and have a look here!
I was having a bit of a job getting started with this one …I had ladies I wanted to use but the red did't suit them!
Fortunately while tidying some things I had left to sort through I came across a button display box - suddenly something clicked…I went back to my stamps and chose a lady who I hadn't even given a second look to - hadn't even been inked although she has been around a while! She was from a bargain box at Crafty Individuals stand at Port Sunlight and is from CL285(I think I may have to buy the whole stamp)
The box..
…was painted with Paper Artsy Fresco paint and then covered with Crackle Glaze which took a while to dry - I could have used my heat gun but I wanted to get on with the rest of the elements!
 I stamped my Carabelle Studio Paris building stamp onto ivory card and cut it to fit the base which had been inked inside - I added a touch of Aged Mahogany DI to edge of the card too.
I stamped the lady and then die cut some stems and flowers which had a repeated sentiment from Emma Godfrey's French set EEG07.I coloured her dress by using the DI and a water brush. The flowers were inked and the stems had a rub over with a sponge I used for something else.
By now my box was dry so I mixed some Very Berry and Nougat Frescos to get a hint of pink and painted it over the Crackle paint - the cracks appeared so quickly! 
The corner isn't missing on these photos it was where the sun was shining on my underpaper!
I made two holes in what was now the top of the box added some thread.
I cut some of the stems to fit onto one side and mounted the sentiment onto an inked piece of card
The lady was grounded by some torn bits of a book page which just happened to have the words 'dress' and 'clothes' on it!
This is now hanging on my wall..
….just to get me in the mood for our Spring Paris trip!

I would like to enter these challenges

I do hope you will join us at TIOT with your ladies dressed in red - I feel a card coming on so I'll show you next week!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 13 March 2017

T Stands For……..

…this, that and the other!

This week had just whizzed by - we have been quite busy but managed to get out too. I had a few meetings to attend here last week as our approval was required for work to be carried out.

Last Saturday I was in Harrogate at Art From the Heart for a brilliant workshop taught by Tracy Scott who creates the most fabulous art journals. I went with two lovely friends and we had a great time, got messy, chatted a lot, bought some goodies and made a great journal spread!
On Sunday I used some of the leftovers plus some bits of my own to make this small page too.I have also been using up some more leftovers but not here!
On Friday on our way shopping we stopped off at Styall Mill. Last time we went the gardens were shut so it was a lovely surprise to see that since we last visited way back last year the greenhouses have been completed and the whole area has been opened up.
 This greenhouse was used to grow exotic plants and vines for the owner of the mill and his family, it has been a wreck for years and was cordoned off. Now you can walk through a gate to a shop and the potting shed has been opened up too!

Vines have been planted and I will show their progress as we visit here quite regularly.
Lots of signs of new growth outside!

 The camellia looked beautiful….from all angles

This next area is fenced off
 Nearing the end to our walk

I loved seeing these early tulips!
Now, at this point we called in to the cafe…but I had put my phone away so that I could pay…and then NEEDED my coffee so much I forgot to take a photo!!!
This was on our way back to the car park...
…and this is right next to the car park

I've probably kept you here far too long but I still have to share a drink - it being time for T Stands For Tuesday with Bluebeard and Elizabeth.

One one of our cinema visits last week we called in to Marks and Spencers. We shared the scone and as I had vouchers all this only cost us 10p! 
For those that saw this photo last week..
…yes we did go to the cinema, although we do like that Football Museum too - still lots to see in there too as we usually go with our grandchildren who tend to go for the interactive displays!
Now, I know you will want to know what we we went to see - well as one day was a Silver Screen the film was a slightly older one -
'Allied' starring Brad Pitt and Miriam Cotillard - I knew nothing about this film and was pleasantly surprised, it moved at a good pace too! I have given you a link to the trailer but haven't found how to get an image!
The other film was 'Logan'an X-Men movie - starring Hugh Jackman - need I say more?? 

We shall be packing today for a little trip to York but I will try to do better than last week - I am sure I missed some of you!

Thanks for looking, Chris