Monday, 29 May 2017

Rainy Day crafting!

We are home, after a long weekend of very mixed weather - roasting hot on Thursday and Friday followed by thunder storms on Saturday and then clouds yesterday! Although it hasn't rained here, when we left it was pouring down again! I must say I am more pleased to have the cooler weather.
While we were away I called to Rowan Tree Crafts in Carnforth!
So many tempting things but this time there was something special!

Not these, although it does mean that I have nearly all of the Distress Oxide colours now and I love the range of Tando Creative goodies Sharon has!
No, it's these, out of stock for so long but now MINE!!!
With 107 in the pack I have left some to play with at our caravan! 
When I called in last week I mentioned to Sharon that I was looking for some and Yay!….she had ordered some!
So, on Saturday after picking them up it rained…
…and I had a chance to play!
Part of the background was there in my journal already - I added stencilling, stamping, some scraps(yes, I have a couple of scrap bags there too!)and I gave my little dancing girl some wings!

I would like to enter at Moo Mania and More where the theme is 'Dancer'

I hope that this entry is acceptable at Art Journal Journey for Gil's theme of Elegance and Grunge - with only three days to go I am hoping to get one more page done!

If ever you are headed up the M6 to the Lake District and need more crafty supplies (they sell lovely gifts and cards too) it's not so far off Junction 35 to call in at Rowan Tree (whose blog is here) - it's near to Booth's who have an excellent cafe there too!

Hoping to get a catch up done soon, once again the internet connection has not been reliable!

Thanks for looking, Chrisx

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Blue bird!

I have use my new AALL and Create Tracy Evans stamps to create a journal page as you can see my pink phase is over..or is it???
I stamped the bird on a piece of scrap water colour paper that had some blotted paint on it. As I was about to add it to my page (ink, stencils, stamps(also AALL and Create by Autour de Mwa) I noticed that my underpaper would fit here nicely so I tore some off. I had been testing one of my own carved stamps so added some more of those around the edges!

Just in time I think to link to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Little Critters and also to remind you that there is still just over a week to join in with 'Feathered Friends' at TIOT 
As this is Grungy I can still link to Art Journal Journey for Gill's Theme of Elegance and/or Grunge.

Thanks for looking, Chrisx 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

In The Pink!

I seem to have been going through a pink phase with my crafting recently - as noted by my good blogger friend Elizabeth of The Altered Booklover blog
I think my subconscious has been affected by the flowers around at the moment - something I only noticed yesterday properly when we went for a walk at Styall Mill before going shopping!
I only had my phone with me and I am quite impressed with the camera on it! 

Of course there were other beauties too!I'll save those for another day!

The lady walking on the left getting into the spirit of my post!
To top it all here is the sunset at our caravan last weekend
So, do I have another pink page - of course!
Distress oxides, infusions, crackle paste, stencils, stamps, some chocolate paper from some we bought in Paris and a flower cut from this book…

...with wonderful black and white illustrations….that I bought for a pound at the RSPB a few weeks ago.
I hope this is elegant enough to join Gill with her fabulous theme Elegance and Grunge at Art Journal Journey. 

Thanks for looking,

If you are wondering what colour my next page might be…it won't be pink!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

WOYWW 416 - 8 years!

I just have to join in with the celebrations - Julia has been the most wonderful 'Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday' hostess for 8 years now over at The Stamping Ground!
I haven't joined in so much recently - I mentioned my reasons a couple of weeks ago and had so many kind comments that I'm here again with the same promise - I will visit as many desks as I can!

I do have an ATC for my follow on *number but unfortunately that will be it this year (there may be few extra goodies with it though)
Here is a clue as to what the ATC may be like…
 …and here is my secret - hidden under the napkin!
I will tell you that this is a very last minute affair and I used some of my under paper to stamp onto. The heart stamp is one I carved myself.
I'm keeping this brief - if you would like to see some of the gardens we have been visiting they are here and there will be more in the post after this one tomorrow!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Finding it difficult...

Such sad news today and far too close to home! 

Grateful for all those involved with the aftermath!

Feathered Friends at TIOT

We have a new challenge over at Try It On Tuesday with such wonderful inspiration from the Design Team! The theme is 'Feathered Friends'
Over the weekend I was fascinated by the way the swallows swoop so close to our caravan - I could watch them for ages.

I had already made this little wall hanging as at this time of year the swallows have well and truly arrived here in the UK.
I started by painting my board with PA Fresco paint - Sky.
Added some script stencilling using a Stencil Girl mini stencil randomly with Snowflake Fresco paint.
 I made the holes at the top with my Crop-O-Dile.
 I fussy cut the garland at the top (using the same TH set as the swallow) I chose to cut them out myself as I wanted to cut part of it off.
The flowers are from a set I have had for a while.
I added some script stencilling onto some press out diamonds painted white and then added a little more in a lighter grey to the board.
The swallow was stamped in grey and I darkened his eye and beak with a pen. 

I do hope you will enjoy this theme and be inspired to join in with a make of your choice.
The rules are here.

My 'T' post is the one before this.

Thanks for looking, Chrisx

T stands for..taking you back to Sizergh

As promised I have some photos of the gardens at Sizergh Castle, which is a short drive from our caravan.
This was when we visited in March.
 What a change now!

This is the same area from the other direction - as you can see I am still with the photo bomber!
It's great to see the flowers in bloom!
The Stumpery is now fully open and we enjoyed seeing the plants growing around the old tree stumps! We were surprised to see that the Narcissi are still quite fresh in this area

 The swan stood up for a stretch and a preen before settling down again.

 A handkerchief tree - see how the flowers hang down!

This is where I have an epic fail on the drink front - we were quite hungry after our walk and all you can see  here is the very edge of my glass of water that I had with our meal - believe me it was a very nice spicy sweet potato quiche and salad!
Hubby giving me just one of his - 'here she goes again look'!(This is the best!)
Of course I'm joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday and I hope I am forgiven E!
If you want to know why I am in a pink mood (as Elizabeth spotted) I have more to show you tomorrow! 

Thanks for looking, Chris