Sunday, 28 August 2016

Just playing...

with my new stamps….I know…...I know…….surely I've got enough? It's just that yesterday we went down into Carnforth and I just happened to go in to Rowantree Crafts and there waiting for me on the racks were some new Paper Artsy Jofy Stamps. I had already bought another of the new minis online!!!

So today, having got something 'done and dusted' I have had time to play!
I love these flowers, but even more, I love the sentiment!
The page already had some mop up paint through a stencil on it, I spritzed the page and added some Infusions(A Bit Jaded, Limoncello and Are You Cerise)
I stencilled through some text and post mark stencils using DIs and then used one of the stamps to make little circles but then decided it was a little too bright so went over everything with gesso.

The flowers were stamped onto water colour paper and the petals coloured in with some old Twinkling h2Os - there is a shimmer but my camera didn't pick it up. The rest of the colouring on the flowers and the leaves were using some very old Tombow pens and I was surprised that they hadn't dried up!
Once I had cut them out I decided that the circle flower stems would make a good background and these too were coloured with the Tombows.
I added some more circles using Picked Raspberry DI ink and then spattered black and white paint over….after masking the flowers! 

While we were at our caravan this time we had absolutely no internet connection or phone line for two days! The only time I could connect was while we were out!
We love our walks in the area.
I posted some photos on Instagram but for those of you that didn't see them here are some I took and some of hubby's too.
 We entered the tow path at a different spot(having driven there) so we could explore more of the canal!
 I spotted a couple of buzzards overhead -making quite a noise!
Hubby got a better shot

His camera also picked up the Moorhen and chick better

Finally we went up onto the bridge to look down on these Mallard ducks

I would like to enter in the challenge at Moo Mania and More - Nature's Beauty - flowers often stop me in my tracks!
For the same reason I would also like to enter the Challenge at Country View Crafts - Hot Summer Days
I have missed you all and I am hoping to get a catch up now!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Having Fun!

While we were away with my Son and Grandchildren last week my Granddaughter requested that I show her how to make a journal page - this is is our joint effort for Gill's theme at Art Journal Journey, which is 'Nature's Wonders'

We both enjoy our woodland walks and can spend time looking at things we see there - Ok!, we have never met a bear in the woods - but you never know!!
When I take stamps up to our caravan I often stamp images and leave them for another time.
We had great fun using parts of stamps and Twistable crayons along with whatever stamps and stamped images we had!
Just in case there is some doubt about whose is whose (and I wouldn't be surprised if you had difficulty)….
Em made her own choices about what to use - I added the purple on mine to link them together!

That's it for now as we are off…again..but only for a short while!

Thank You for your patience in waiting for me to catch up with my blog visits!

Oops! Back again - I would also like to Link to Moo Mania and More where the new theme is Nature's Beauty

As Em is 10 years old (last Friday) she would like me to link to Simon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kids Challenge

Thanks for looking, Chrisx

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

T stands for TIRED!

A very short post tonight - lots of photos of our Wedding Anniversary outing to Chatsworth House and that's about it I'm afraid.
It was a very hot day, although by some of your standards I suppose 25C isn't so hot but we did quite a lot of walking and to put it politely - I am 'rather tired'!!

The photos are pretty much in the order we saw them - not many in the house as I suspect hubby's photos will be better than mine so I may borrow them another time!!

 We heard a rush of water and by the time we had walked round that ball was open and then closed up again

This prism shape was revolving to catch the light

 This gentleman told me he was born in  1540!

If anyone know what this gorgeous flowers are please do tell me!! They are more like coloured leaves.

Of course I am here for T Stands for Tuesday at Bluebeard and Elizabeth's place so here is my treat for today
After our visit we went around the corner to the Chatsworth Farm Shop and cafe for coffee and cake for me and a cream tea for hubby.
See, he's even pouring you a cup!

I will be round to visit tomorrow as I fear if I carry on to much here I shall fall asleep and bang my head onto the keyboard!!

We are off to the caravan tomorrow afternoon - gardening to get done while the forecast says cooler but dry weather is on the way!! 

Monday, 22 August 2016

Gone Fishing at Simon Says Stamp Blog- Monday Challenge

I am still enjoying my time in the Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp Blog - Monday Challenge! - Thank You to all of the Design Team members for your encouraging comments - it really is such an honour to be here with you! 
I would also like to Thank everyone for your visits and lovely comments - it does mean a lot to me! 

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So, a new challenge…'Go Fish'..…something I used to do with my Dad on the river banks.
My Paper Artsy - Boy with a fish is by the sea though, somewhere he knows and loves. 

I stamped him onto smooth card but wanted a stronger look than the ink was giving me - so Paper Artsy Fresco paint to the rescue - dabbed onto the stamp with a sponge (just remember to spritz your stamp with water straight after and clean it off or the paint may stick in the grooves)
I coloured him in with Tim Holtz Distress Markers - I then decided he looked better by cutting part of the background away.
Now what to do with him..
I bought this ugly framed picture at a charity shop a while ago - just because it had a hessian background already stretched for me!

Now to make some changes..
First a coat of Dina Wakley Media Gesso

..…and then some Paper Artsy Fresco Paints Sky and a touch of Snowflake in it to lighten it a little.
Next - a good coat of Paper Artsy Crackle Glaze 
Over this(once it had dried) a layer of Snowflake - which I thought I had photographed!
But just look at the crackle effect...
..the cracks appeared so quickly! Once thoroughly dry I used my Tim Holtz Sanding Grip tool to take some of the paint off to give a shabby look! I then painted the hessian - using Snowflake and Sky randomly across the hessian…ready for my next stage..
I saw this photo in a bird magazine we get as part of our subscription to RSPB and knew it would fit in with the theme.
I coated it with Ranger Multi Medium Matte Gel..
…placed it face down where I wanted the image..
My Speedball brayer came in handy to ensure a smooth image - then I left it overnight to dry
Next step - wet it again!!!
A good spritz of water..
 ..and then rub off the paper with my finger - a little bit came off without leaving the image.. I just stuck it down again and left it for a few hours before trying again - much better..
..and the bits that weren't I just filled in with paint!
I really love making image transfers as you never know what you will get! 
Next a napkin beach hut stuck with Multi Medium Gel too

My fisher lad now has some shelter and somewhere to store his fishing gear before he takes his fish home for tea!!
Some moss, coloured with Ranger Alcohol inks - I used Blending solution to get a range of greens..
 ..and stuck it on with some food container netting using Glossy Accents…can't fault this for holding onto anything!!
My shells were also stuck on with Glossy Accents and then some Distress Stickles added.

Finally the cloud - an Impression Obsessions quote onto a hand cut cloud  - with a Silver Signo Uni ball Pen lining

I am taking this to our caravan - a little reminder of how close we are to the sea!

Don't forget when you enter the challenge you are in with the chance of winning a 50$ voucher to spend in the Simon Says Stamp shop! 

Edit - we lost our internet connection here at home this morning - hopefully back to normal now and I can come visiting!!

Thanks for looking, Chris