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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Tick Tock at TIOT!

Hi everyone, I am still on my travels and this another scheduled post.
Our new theme at Try It On Tuesday is Clocks and the team have some great samples to show you.
I made a card for one of my sons and I'm pleased to say he liked it!
He loves to get out on his bicycle when he can!

I started with a card that had some gold paint on and added some random clocks from Paper Artsy Clocks4 set (one of the first PA stamps I ever bought)

I added some posh map paper 
I pressed my Walnut Stain Distress Oxide pad in the centre of a piece of watercolour paper and spritzed and dabbed until I was happy with 'bleed'
I stamped the large clock and the word from the same PA set using Perfect Medium and brushed two colours of Mica over them
I wasn't quite happy with it though so added some bronze paint around the edge which I heated until it bubbled slightly(a trick picked up in Tracy Scott's Workshop!),this time I used Bronze Embossing powder.

I dug into a box of old peel offs for the sentiment!

We shall be home soon and I'm sure there will be tales to tell and photos to show! For now I will still be relying on a decent wi-fi connection!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 25 September 2017

T Stands for .......time out!

Hi everyone! As you may have noticed I have been taking some time out! We are staying with my Sister in Law and having a great time catching up!
I am joining Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday and there will be a scheduled TIOT post too but I'm not sure when I will be here again!
First I have a T photo for you and then a few random photos from our journey so far!
Once again Elizabeth could you please link me?

These were taken at the Cite du Vin museum in Bordeaux! A coffee stop only!
This beautiful Praying Mantid is in my SILs garden 


We visited this Calvaire this morning

We came across this beautiful garden in Loudun today too!

This beautiful church sadly wasn't open!

 The beautiful Mirroir l'eau in Bordeaux
There will be a lot more of the St Andre cathedral next week!
That's all I can manage! 
Happy T Day and Thanks for looking,Chris

Monday, 18 September 2017

T Stands for Taking our Time!

Hello everyone, once again this is a scheduled post and I can't promise to return all visits today so feel free to pop in and out quickly!

I am joining Bluebeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday and I am asking if you would mind linking me again dear Elizabeth?
I will have written most of these words before leaving home but by now know that I can add some photos and some words!!I started to fill in my journal which I prepared before we came away.




We have moved on since last week and hopefully I have some photo posts here already!
I will caption the photos here where needed!
We are in Albi now (Monday evening) but will be on the move again tomorrow to Bordeaux!
Albi cathedral was beautiful - although the exterior is mainly red brick the inside more than makes up for it! We spent so long in there that it was past lunch time so we had a crepe and coffee to keep us going until the evening! We left ourselves enough time to visit the Toulouse Lautrec museum - interesting for me and fortunately in such a beautiful building that hubby was happy too!    Now for some photos!





Happy T Day and….
Thanks for looking, Chris

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Moving on - trying to keep up!

I'm attempting to write a blog from scratch as editing is taking ages!
We have left beautiful, if a little commercialised Carcassonne and arrived in Albi.
The scenic route back to the hotel
There will be more of this when we get home!


Yesterday we had a lovely boat trip along part of the Canal du Midi

A silly moment trying to get the hang of selfies before going into the Mediaeval city last night for a last look and a meal!

This is as much as I can manage now! I have been filling in my travel journal and I hope to be back for TSFT on Tuesday!
I have no idea what this post will look like so will probably make the first comment! 
I'll leave you with the view of Albi cathedral from our hotel window this evening!
Thanks for looking,Chris 


Friday, 15 September 2017

Enjoying the scenery

Hi everyone, I am cheating a bit as most of these words were written before we came away!
I hate typing posts on my phone so here are some more photos of our trip…with just a few captions.
If I haven't been around much you can assume that weather is great and we have been enjoying wandering around in the sunshine!







As you can see I found some flowers! Carcassonne is almost as I imagined it! So beautiful with lovely cointryside all around! If I manage to post again I will have to allow myself longer - this has taken an age - glad I wrote some before I came away!
Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

You've got a friend!

Whether your friend is your pet, an old friend, a new friend or even if you know a child with an imaginary friend I am sure that the new challenge at Try It On Tuesday is going to be fun! Our title is 'My Friend' 
Your entry can be any way you care to portray it - a card, a journal page, a tag, in fact it's always great to see how our themes are interpreted. 
The rules and details are over on the blog.
The DT have made some amazing samples so I hope you will take a look! 
I have made a journal page.
I used paints, including bit of stamping with some left over paint on a stencil,inks and some clear 3D gloss gel
I stamped the Zinski characters onto the page and then onto stamping card so that I could colour them - you will see that I tested the paint on the corner of the paper - before sticking them in place! 
The 'friend' words are from Dylusions ones and the song words are Woodware.

By the time you read this I will be on my travels(see the post before this) so please forgive me if I don't get back to you for a while - a lot will depend on Wi-fi wherever I can get it!!

The challenge runs for two weeks so will close on 25th September.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 11 September 2017

T stands For Taking the Train

Good Evening or Good Morning wherever you are!
Of course this is a scheduled post and I can't even promise to return all visits today so feel free to pop in and out quickly!
I am joining Bluebeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday and I have to ask if you would mind linking me dear Elizabeth?
Could I ask visitors here to please look for the TSFT post on Elizabeths blog as I can't link except to Elizabeth's main blog for the next few weeks
I will have written most of these words before leaving home but I am pretty sure I can add some photos (I am also copying this same set of words for next week too!)

It's most likely that as some of you read this we are fast asleep in Paris, for others we may be on a
 train on our way to Carcassonne(it takes about 5 hours)
The photos were taken on our journey yesterday and of course had to include coffee!
This is on the Eurostar train to Paris and came with free twix biscuits!
Tomorrow may be another matter as the is a national strike so we are getting up early tomorrow in the hopes of changing our tickets - we have been told it is possible!
Just a few pics - too much to think about!
Our first view of Sacre Couer

Our hotel is close to the Montparnasse tower and we walked past it to find somewhere to eat this evening after calling in at the information centre at the station!
Apart from scheduled posts for Try It On Tuesday my posts during the week will consist of photos and maybe a sneaky look at my Travel Journal.
I'm sure there will be a lot more photos when we get back too!  

Happy T Day and….
Thanks for looking, Chris