Tuesday, 15 August 2017

In My Garden…..

… fact in all the DT's gardens at Try It On Tuesday - they are all beautiful, so please do take a look and be inspired to take part in our latest challenge - 'In My Garden'
I have made a little heart shaped tag book.
For my front cover I used a mop up paper towel and added a little frame that I painted with copper paint. I found some flowers that suited my cover and then added some threads(you may notice that they are slightly different from the example on TIOT - I wasn't entirely happy with those)I rubbed some ink over some fancy card I have and cut them out with a TH die. I added some gold paint around the edges.
As you can see our caravan garden has lots of other colours in it.

1.Part of a napkin stamped with a Paper Artsy Lin Brown quote  
2. A piece of a rescued currency exchange document that hubby was throwing away. I added some Distress Oxides, a Lavinia stamp and an umbel I bought at Paris Scrap
3. Painted with Nougat Fresco paint and used Paper Artsy Scrapcosy's flower stencil along with a TH random dots. I added garden creatures - some stamped and embossed, some from an old peel off sheet!
4. Covered with a paper I am not keen on so painted over it, added some text stamping, spatters of pink paint and a word cut from a Lin Brown quote. The flower is by Azoline - -a Carabelle studio stamp
5.Transferred some ink from a mop up paper towel. Stamped Paper Artsy's Kim Dellow stems and added Stickles
6. Used Distress Oxide inks, text stamp and stamped Butterfly using copper acrylic paint. Added gold paint around the edges
7. Paper Artsy Fresco paints, Sarah Naumann's bird on a branch and some random stamping with Crafty Individual trees around the edge.
8. Used a piece of Gelli printed paper (second print) TH wildflower dies and wrote out a quote!
9. Yellow PA Fresco paint and a bit of green through a stencil. Stamped the Carabelle Studio Robin stamp and coloured him in with Polychromos crayons. Computer generated words.

The challenge runs for two weeks so you have until 28th August. We would love to see what's 'In Your Garden'! 

Thanks for looking, Chris

T Stands for….taking an unexpected walk

We both had dental appointments last week and by the time we came out it was almost lunchtime. We had intended popping to the supermarket for a few supplies and going home but we both had the idea of going to Dunham Massey for our lunch! It's not so surprising really as we go very close by on our way from the Dentist to the supermarket!
The young stags were just inside the entrance gate
This light coloured one looked beautiful.
 The geese and ducks were sunning themselves
The Coot was pecking around in the grass.
We were heading for the gardens, when we arrived there was a performance taking place - the 'circus' has arrived. This is part of a school holiday trail around the gardens and is showing part of the   history of Dunham Massey - the 7th Earl married a circus performer!

We walked up the path to the Rose Garden

The little stream looks bit overgrown!

As we are about half way round I will stop here and join Bluebeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday.
 Before we started our walk we went to the cafe which is in the entrance block that opened a couple of years ago.
Hubby was patient while I took a photo of our salad sandwiches (ham for him, cheese for me)crisps(potato chips)to share and our water.

Now, I could take you back to finish our walk but I will do that another day. 

I thought you might like to see where we went after church on Sunday.
I have wanted to go to Stockport Vintage Market ever since I saw it on Lynn Holland's blog - Here's One I made Earlier Today. Lynne is the Queen of Vintage and she and hubby always look fantastic!(go and take a look!)
I didn't take many photos as I was too busy looking at everything and hubby was happy to see lots of Vintage classic vehicles.

There was live entertainment too

The Mayor kindly stayed a little longer so I could take her photo!

 I spotted these lovely ladies in their fabulous vintage outfits in the distance and they kindly posed for this shot for me as we were leaving!
Thank You Ladies - I wish I had asked your names! Hope you like this!! 

I think we may go again sometime - although I doubt we will dress up!

I'll be back with my TIOT post in a few hours - the theme is close to my heart!! 

Thanked for looking, Chris

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Bright and shiny to rainy and old!

When I am in my craft room I usually have some music on - a real eclectic mix from tango through folk to musicals- and lots of others in between! I have always been an REM fan so they are on there too.
I had the journal page that I had used up the excess paint on still on my desk. We have had a few appointments to keep so hadn't really tidied anything away! The second song playing gave me an idea for Jo's Poetry In Motion theme at Art Journal Journey, not only that but a couple more challenges too!
I stamped Paper Artsy's Jo Firth-Young mini people three times - once onto my journal page, once onto card(coloured it in) and then the heads only onto a couple of gold chocolate wrappers and paper pieced them together. 
I added some bunting so that I could take part at Moo Mania and More for the Banners and Garlands theme.
I wrote out the name of the song that inspired me with gold pen and then outlined it with a black Micron pen
Just to brighten things up and to use up some of my foils I added some over the 'ground' I had made with alphabet and numbers form the minis!
I would also like enter at More Mixed Media Monthly - Anything Goes Bright Colours.

Last Tuesday I showed you some photos of Furness Abbey on a cloudy day. Here are a few more..

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend! We are hoping to spot the Meteor shower later!

Thanks For looking, Chris

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Bright colours!

The other day I was inspired by seeing a fabulous card on Instagram made by Clare Messenger(@clarecraftsalot)
I had a little playtime!
I needed a card for my DIL and knew that this style would be perfect for her!
I CASEd (Copy And Share With Everybody) Clare's card in my own way!
The master board had to be bright so used a combination of paints and stencils, and I wanted to use JoFY's sunflower as that was what attracted me in the first place. Clare's card had a sophisticated black border and some subtly placed sequins! I went OTT with the stickles and chose my DIL's favourite colour as the border!
I decorated the envelope with more JoFY stamps. 

I forgot to take a photo of the whole master board so here is part of it….…and this is how I used up the leftover paint!
 I would like to enter Simon Says Monday Challenge to say Happy Birthday!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Postcard for….?

I made a tag as a reminder that Try It On Tuesday's 'Postcards/Mailart' theme still has one week to run!

It all started with some Distress Oxide play - I stamped a Crafty Individuals postcard on to one of the pieces I made.
I used my Ko-I-Nor watercolour set to colour it in
Next the tag - I mixed Oxides and Distress inks and some stencilling, just a bit too heavy handed but I did like the colour I ended up with. I added some stamping with a stamp that had become separated from it's set (I shall have to find where from) 
I had a roll of washi tape out on my desk too so used a bit of that, dug around in my bits box to find some gauze which I coloured with Blueprint Sketch ink. 
A bit of scuffing edges on the postcard, an Idea-ology remnant rubbed onto an offcut bit of oxide card and I had a tag that I wasn't entirely happy with - put it to one side then realised it needed edging and splattering with gold paint so had to do a bit of masking!
I would like to enter my tag at

 Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Splatter It

Country View Challenges - Blues and Greens

A Vintage Journey - Watercolour.

Thanks for looking, Chris