Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Which will you choose?

We have a great new topic today at Try It On Tuesday! You can choose which way you want to go, or choose both together - it's Fire and Ice and the Design Team have some amazing examples to see here! There are also a few rules so do take a look!

I made a Christmas card (as you do in January!)
As you can see I voted for mainly ice but as I am craving some sunshine with all the grey skies we are getting I added a corner of one of my favourite stamps!
The coloured parts of my Winter Greenery were cut from a large piece of card I had been testing my (very old) Distress Stains. Most of them have turned out almost the same colour! As you can see I sprinkled some water over them to get a variation in colour.

I put some Distress Oxides and  Distress Ink on my mat and spritzed them.
After running the card through them and then a bit of drying and dabbing I added some silver acrylic paint with some rolled up paper towel.
I didn't want too much showing through.
After cutting out some white 'greenery' I stamped the stag on the card and arranged the undergrowth.
 He is from one of the first Sheena Douglas sets I ever bought.
I added some stickles to the greenery.
It was at this point I just had to add that sunshine - it was such a grey day when I made this card!

I would like to enter my card at:-

ABC Christmas Challenge - Letter A is for Antlers

That's Crafty - Feeling Blue Challenge

Looking forward to seeing which you choose!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 22 January 2018

Another little bird!

Hi everyone! This is a scheduled post as we are off for a quick trip! I'll tell you all about it when we get back!
If you saw my previous post you will know that I was playing with Brushos and AALL and Create stamps by Tracy Evans.

This card is the reason they were on my desk!
I vowed in December that I would make Christmas cards before the rush this year so I am joining the ABC Christmas Challenge with B is for Birds.

I sprinkled the green Brusho on and left a gap in the middle, spritzed it and…this is important…dried it with my heat tool and a bit of dabbing before adding the red and doing the same thing. I wanted to be sure of not making a muddy mix! 
I added the bird in the same way as on my journal page - stamped just the bottom part of the stamp - with just a little bit of the body to line up with, then stamped the body onto card and fussy cut it!

The sentiment I chose means the card could be used to cheer some one up too, but is from a Christmas set by Papermania I bought in a sale.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Sunday, 21 January 2018


I wasn't feeling well yesterday - so much so, that I let hubby go and do the shopping without me! It is the day we stop for a coffee and a scone halfway round so you can guess I wasn't very happy! I'm pleased to say that I am feeling much better now! 
After lunch I went into my craft room! We were having another grey day although it did get a little brighter at times! 
I was using my bright Brushos for another project that I will show you another day.
What if?….I thought…and I was away on a colourful adventure!
I added one colour to my page, spritzed it, dried and dabbed it and then continued through a rainbow of colours in the same way until I ended up with this.
I had also been using some stamps so they were inked up and stamped onto white card and fussy cut.

They are AALL and Create stamps designed by Tracy Evans - I'm sure you have seen them before!
I didn't fussy cut the legs - they were stamped in place and the bodies placed on top.
I drew in some ground and added the sentiments from the same set.
Finally I doodled around the edge of the page.

I am entering at 

Art Journal Journey - where Erika has her New Year, New Adventure theme.

Simon Says Stamp Monday - Birds Of A Feather

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add a Sentiment

Stamps and Stencils - On the Bright Side

Craft Stamper Take It make It Challenge - Anything Goes

We are preparing for a short adventure of our own so the next post will be a scheduled one.
I will visit when I can!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Saturday, 20 January 2018

The Curator!

I have a page for Erika's 'New Year,New Adventure' theme at Art Journal Journey!
I love to visit museums (OK, you're not surprised at that statement!) and I  fact have done so for most of my life. When I was at school most weeks I would visit a small museum near our library in Lincoln and would always find something I hadn't seen before!

I know a lot of artefacts are donated to museums but I have often thought how exciting it must be to see the items before they go on display - and of course there's the thought of the adventures that the items have had!

Jean-Claude is a curator at a little known museum in France but he has had such an interesting time looking for something new to display and is always on the look out wherever he goes! 
I have used Paper Artsy Lynne Perella Stamps both as whole stamps and using parts of stamps.Jean-Claude is of course a TH Paper doll

 I started with a smudged ink background to which I added some crackle paste through a stencil, when it dried I used a Distress Crayon over the crackles and rubbed it with a dampened finger.
 Next came stencilling, stamping, some tissue, some inked book text and some stamping.
 The tall window stamp was gold embossed and placed at the side of another pale stamped image.
 Some more random embossed stamping too.

I added chit chat words - although what is above is my second attempt at placing them - I wasn't happy with how I had them at first!
Jean-Claude says he will continue searching for the unusual until he has to stop! A little bit like us - we follow the advice of our friend Katerina and "do it while we can"! 
We have been kept busy with appointments (and changed appointments) this week as well as the funeral of a dear friend on Friday afternoon! 
Hopefully we will have an easy time this weekend before heading off on another adventure next week!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

T Stands For…..The Chateau at Chinon

I have been quite busy since we came back from our caravan - I finally sorted out my Christmas wrapping box - it was getting in the way and I could ignore it no longer - it's away in the cupboard now and the lid fits!!
I have been playing in my journals and making cards but the page I have to show you now was finished last week!
Wherever we travel I always need coffee, not always Cappuccinos as I am more likely to have an Americano this days (less sugar!)I cut the  coffee image from a set of cards I found in a sale. The background is a lot of random stamping on a page onto which I had stuck some old scraps and painted over! I dug into one of my scrap bags for the rest and then added the paper dolls who I think must be in Italy! The cake fork is there because I would love some cake but as you see I am being good today! 
I am linking to Erika's 'New Year - New Adventure' theme at Art Journal Journey. 

I am also joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stand For Tuesday
Of course we have been out and about again but I still have a 'few' photos left of our visit to France last Autumn!
While staying with our friends (although my SIL is the sister I never had!)we had a trip to a chateau - not just any chateau but to Chinon where my heroine Eleanor of Aquitaine spent some time both in happy years with her husband and in captivity for supporting her sons causes!

 We looked down on the Mediaeval town where we would walk later.
 Henry II was the husband of Eleanor.

This board tell of how King John finally had to relinquish his father's castle!(sorry it's a bit blurred!)

We went to the Bell tower where this clock was housed - I would show you the video but SIL and I talked about it all the way through - we were fascinated!! 

The chateau was refurbished a few years ago and many more buildings are now open to the public. We were pleased to see plenty of signs in English too, especially in an area where there are re-enactment films and displays!
This may have been the tower in which Eleanor was imprisoned so the view from here was of great interest to me!

Chinon is also famous for being the place that Joan Of Arc came after her dreams, to persuade Charles, the future King, to give her an army to defeat the British, which he did, after sending her to Poitiers to be interrogated.
Of course, her army was able to regain Orleans for the French but she was later tried for heresy by the English and their allies the Burgundians and burnt at the stake.

 These plates were part of the Joan of Arc exhibition and depict her story!

I was hoping to show you the town of Chinon but I think I will have to save it for another time! 

Thanks for looking, Chris

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