Sunday, 14 January 2018

Keeping it Simple!

Hi everyone, we are back from our time at our caravan. This time we met up with friends who have a lodge up in the Lake District - it only took us 40 minutes to get there and we spent a lovely day together!

I hope that you are all prepared for the cold weather that has been forecast, maybe the colours I have used here will remind you to keep your winter woollies to hand!

I don't send nearly as many Thank You cards as I used to - I usually send a text message these days but one of the people who gave me a gift this Christmas definitely doesn't text! For once I'm keeping it (fairly) simple!
I used my round mini gelli plate as a stamp and then stamped a freebie stamp in the centre.
I drew around the circle and added different coloured stickles to the image.
We are all set for a busy week (starting today) with appointments and a funeral attend so I will be attempting tp get ahead with blogging…we'll see!

I would like to enter this at -

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Winter Blues

Stamping Sensations - Cold and Frosty Colours

Artistic Stamper Challenge - Anything  Goes

More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes - optional blue

Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge - Anything Goes

That's Crafty Challenge Blog - Feeling Blue

Moo Mania and More - Frosty Winter

Thanks for looking, Chrisx

Thursday, 11 January 2018

It's so strange...

Hello everyone, I have a journal page all ready for Erika's theme  - 'New Year - New Adventure' at Art Journal Journey but as I wrote the post title I just had a thought!

 I have been tidying and throwing out (1)boxes of articles torn from magazines (I will never get around to attempting some of the projects as there are always new ones coming along), (2)books I will never read (no, truly, there are so  many on our shelves that I still REALLY want to read!, (3)stamps that I will never use again (often freebies or bought in sales on impulse years ago when I first started stamping), (4)magazines (see (1) - I am not tearing articles out of them, but if something catches my eye I will keep a magazine until I have tried the technique!) What I want to know is - how is it that I have no more space than when I started??? 

My page started as pink and yellow paint smeared on to use up some paint and it has been in my journal a while!
I stencilled some spots using Picked Raspberry DI (outlined in black pen) then added some stamping using the edge of a Lynne Perella stamp (still out on my desk) and a Carabelle Studios steampunk background stamp. I had been testing some sprays….

...and cut out some circles of the nicer parts - I put them in a bag then found this one lurking on my desk...
… looks bit sinister to me and I thought of how when you take a turn somewhere unfamiliar you sometimes have to brave it out and just keep on as if you meant to be there! 
I used my flower from an old gardening book as a monster plant for my two paper doll little ones, who look as though they wish they weren't there!
The chit chat words seemed perfect!

On the matter of flowers - do you remember seeing these flowers in November...

…and December?

The Christmas Cactus has new buds and the bargain flowers that I bought with my food shop are still going strong!
My birthday flowers though, are looking as though they may just last the month although I removed the lilies. 

I'm not here for a couple of days so I will see you at the weekend!
Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

T stands for…..Teacup lady at TIOT…and French markets!

Try It On Tuesday is back with a new theme for the a start of the year -My Favourite Things
If you are like me you have certain 'go to' craft supplies that you use more than any others!
We are asking you to show us which craft supplies or techniques you like most! Please check out the information on our blog.
The Design Team really did enjoy themselves with this so do take a look here

These are a few of my favourite things - sing that if you like!!!

My journals are definitely a favourite - even when I make celebration cards I nearly always have a warm up in a journal - it may be a sketch or a collage but generally it's with another favourite supply - stamps! I am using one of my favourites here - one from a Lynne Perella Paper Artsy set - I call her Teacup lady and she has appeared in journals, on canvases and on cards!
I have stamped her onto book paper (Oh yes! I love book paper) which has been painted with gold acrylic paint and decided to leave her uncoloured.
The background was made by adding PA fresco paints with my finger to build up some layers - one of my favourite ways to add paint to a page!
I then used a stiff brush dipped in gold and silver paints and stippled onto the page (did I mention that I love metallic paints?)
I also used metallic paint to stamp the Lin Brown stem 
I stamped around the edge of my page with a fringe that was part of another favourite LP stamp then some random stamping with perfect medium before adding Frantage embossing powder - I do love the texture from this!
To mount Teacup lady I used two scraps - as many of you know I hate  waste so have several clear pencil cases containing scraps (not an obvious favourite) I used some infusion sprinkled deli paper and some coloured book paper. 
Finally I added a favourite quote which coincidentally has a reference to my serendipitous chosen word for this year - POSSIBILITIES!

I am using Teacup lady for my link to Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday! 

I am returning to France for some photos of some markets we visited with our friends, my ex SIL and hubby.
The first is in Neuville on a Sunday when the temperature was quite high, even at 11.30 in the morning!

There was a lot to see including a man who had live eels to grill…did we???….not likely!!!

 The indoor market had a lovely deli counter and quite a lot of fish and meat - I'll spare you those!
 I was in my element though, with all the plants and flower stalls outside!

The town hall was a beautiful building ..
 …and so was the nearby church -with a water tower behind it!
There was something about this building that made me smile too!
From here it was on to lunch then a Vide Grenier( a table top sale)
in a huge carpark.
By this time it was very hot and we wandered off on our own and found some shade to take a photo. I went and had a look around but despite this being the biggest VG we had ever been to found nothing to spend my money on!
We also visited a market midweek in Poitiers before joining our friends at their weekly French class!

 The lady cooking here was happy for us to photograph the flat bread being cooked but did not want her face on camera. She and her Mother were making delicious wraps, she insisted we take one to try and would not accept payment!

This market was in two areas - food - mainly in a shadier part and clothing etc. in another! 
Once again it was very hot and we headed for shade!

I hope you will join us at TIOT and if you have a drink related post I am sure Elizabeth and her two cats would love you to pop by at TSFT!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 8 January 2018

Ready for some adventures!

I was quite determined to catch up on blog visits before blogging anything myself! I have done quite well, and although I still have a few visits to make I am no where near so far behind! I do apologise if I haven't got to you yet or if I have disappointed some folk by not stopping by for long!
My page today is on a page I found in a journal I thought was complete…. I set to with some stencils...
…and a little script stamping with a Carabelle Studios's stamp - the Wilted Violet DI was chosen because it goes perfectly with some handmade paper my dear friend Elizabeth sent me last year!
I opened a set of stamps I bought in a sale before Christmas - it is an old Lynne Perella set but I am so happy with it! I used Stazon to stamp two of the images side by side. So far I have had this paper in view in my craft room - just admiring it, but now I have started to stamp on it I will be using a lot more of it - I love the texture!
All I needed then were words and a TH paper doll lady who looked as though she was a bit like me and liked an adventure  - once again some sale Dylusion words fit beautifully...
..and were stamped onto some of the currency exchange receipts that hubby was throwing away a while ago (from way back before the euro!)

I would like to join in Erika's theme of New Year - New Adventures at Art Journal Journey 
and Penny Black and More  - Something New as I am planning new adventures as well as using my new goodies!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Friday, 5 January 2018


It may be quite a common word but really it does mean so much!! I have never been one for having a word at the start of a New Year but while doing something else I found this word in a book of quotes on vellum paper!
It really did appeal to me but…I refused to use it! Unfortunately as I had torn another quote out it had started to come out of the booklet so I left it on my desk meaning to put it away in my scrap bag!
Well, every time I moved something there it was, of course I was in the middle of doing something else, exploring possibilities etc. etc.
It was only when I took a pile of word puzzles to do while looking after our grandchildren and somehow it had got into that little pile, that I realised I was going to have to use it!(Hubby and I tear puzzles from newspapers to do when we can)
I stuck the word at the top of my page with multi medium glue.
 I had some scraps on my desk so…looked through them to make this page (and a few more!)
The background was a blotted stencil. I added an often used umbel stamp, by using Perfect Medium and then brushed with Mica Powder - set with a quick spritz of hair spray.
The shine is fabulous..
The final touch was some spatters and the TH chit chat words.

Hubby and I are quite tired today having been out of our normal routine for a couple of days - getting up at 6.45a.m. and going up the motorway to 'look after' our grandchildren! On one of the days we only saw them at lunchtime and when we left - the pull of the X-box and chatting to friends was obviously quite important!!! To be fair, the weather was dire and an outing to a park was out of the question!

So….I shall be searching for possibilities this year in my art and while out and about and we are still looking at possibilities for travel this year!
This page will be linked to Erika's new theme at Art Journal Journey - 'New Year- New Adventures
and also to Moo Mania and More - where the theme is 'Welcome'   as I enter this New Year with a word - 'Possibilities'!

Thanks for looking, Chris 

ps Apologies to Mrs Tricket my old English teacher for starting a sentence with "So"!

Monday, 1 January 2018

T stands for taking a second look!!

I am starting by wishing all the T visitors a Happy New Year so If I am repeating myself I do apologise! My post earlier today is my calendar post. 
I started to review my blogging year but realised that it wasn't all going to fit into one post so first of all a very quick catch up from July onwards!
We started the month at our caravan and walked along the shore at Arnside.
Elizabeth was hosting at AJJ with her Summertime Love theme and my journal pages were all entries for that.
Theses were two of my favourites

 I also made some birthday cards and some tags

The bees were loving my overgrown mint plant..
By the time August came I was a little busy…two trips to prepare for, so much of my crafting time was taken with getting ahead with projects for scheduled DT posts
I did make some journal pages though..
 ..for Jo's Poetry In Motion theme at AJJ
..and we had some day trips out.. Dunham Massey..
and Furness Abbey.
Hubby booked a trip away for our Anniversary too!
I also made a little book, which I keep on display at home
September came at last..we were off to France! 
The scheduled posts came up..
 ..and I managed to show some of our photos of our trip via my phone!

Most of October blog posts were about our trip, and I still have more..if you would like to see them!
I did manage some that weren't...

..but I was preparing for my month of hosting at AJJ in November!
I can't remember how many pages I made but it was quite a few…these are some of my favourites

We did manage an outing too, where I saw a whole field of my favourite sheep - Herdwicks (yes,I really do recognise quite a few breeds of sheep)
 December, well of course it was Christmas cards, the 12 tags of Christmas Challenge, which I completed just in time(I made Christmas Cards)and my birthday I will show you photos of the scenes at 
Dunham, which you can compare here and earlier in this post if you wish!

I hope that Bluebeard and Elizabeth will forgive me and accept this as my Second Look on the Second!
I am going to show you a new photo for T Stands For Tuesday so I have my fingers crossed!
We went to the cinema last Friday to see the new version of Jumanji!
Before we went, we met our grandchildren and my son for a quick lunch at Proper Tea(the place we like by the cathedral)I have never seen it so busy!
Grandson and I both chose cheese and ham croissant, my drink was, of course, an Americano while he had a coke!
 As for the film, most of us enjoyed it! There are some very funny one liners! It is nothing like the original Jumanji though!

Thanks for looking, Chris