Sunday, 23 April 2017

A magical place!

By the time you see this I will be in my magical place - Paris!
To me it is always full of surprises - we try to visit a new part each time we visit as well as returning to old favourites.
To many it is the Eiffel Tower that is the focal point - to me it is the first sight of the Sacre Couer cathedral as we enter the city by train - hopefully with the sun shining on it! 
The background started with some Distress Oxides but I added quite a lot of stencilling and stamping to it.
The Sacre Couer stamp is an old Elusive Images one.I cut the macarons from some paper I kept from a bakery in Orleans a couple of years ago! I haven't had macaron for years so maybe this time I will treat us to one! I was using a TH clear text stamp when I spotted the quote in the same set, which seems very apt at the moment and I will be pleased to be taking some rest time while we are away!

Hoping to link to 
Art Journal Journey - where Hazel has chosen 'Magical Mystery Tour' as her fantastic theme    
More Mixed Media's theme is Anything goes - with optional yellow

Thanks for looking, I will be home soon with lots of photos hopefully! Chris

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Spring walks!

While we had our son and grandchildren staying with us at our caravan we decided to visit Rydal Mount again. I had been a few years ago with them and they enjoyed exploring the paths and steps at the time.
It's only a few weeks since hubby and I went but we were surprised at the changes!So much more colour!

The moss is sprouting

The Wisteria above the door is beginning to flower! 

In Dora's field the bluebells are replacing the daffodils
 There are also some Narcissi.
Unfortunately something else has changed - not so much exploring now!!!!

Thanks for looking - I am scheduling this post as …ermm, we aren't going to be around for a while again!!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Catching up with Artmarking!!!

I am so enjoying Rae Missigman's 30 day Artmarks challenge 2 that is running at the moment! The prompts are really making me think - although I still don't feel that I am stepping too far away from my comfort zone - but then I stopped worrying about that a while ago!
Here are the next few…
Day 9 - the prompt was 'x'd'
Oxides, stencilling and some of my own x's
Day 10's prompt was 'horizontal' 
Stencilling over paint, paint added with credit card and brush handle, corry card and part of a currency exhange slip from hubby's past(he was all set to throw it away!)

Day 11 - the prompt was 'one' and one of my favourites - a piece of mop up paper towel from an Infusions page, the butterfly stamped using paint and a quote.

The prompt on Day 12 was 'erased'
Distress Oxides, repeat stamping of the words 'wonderful' and a world erased by scraps - I am constantly seeing the effects that rubbish thrown from cars is having on our environment!
Day 13's prompt - 'sketched' prompted me to draw the trees we had seen on one of our outings with family onto a Distress ink background
Day 14 and the prompt was 'vertical' I had prepared the page by stamping the black Carabelle studios stamp and then doodled in the others with some fine liners (belonging to my granddaughter) which I ran a water brush over before adding more in black. 

It is a great challenge which can be joined at any time! I missed the first set of Rae's challenges so may continue with these after this one finishes.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 17 April 2017

T Stands for……time away

I'm back - I hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday….we had a great time away with our son and grandchildren last week and then it was back in time to party - my two Grandsons have birthdays two days apart - one is 15 and the other 12. Here is the card I made for the youngest
I used my PA Infusions to make a splash behind the two Elenazinskiart monsters - I decided that the figures looked better  in black and white!
I used a gelli- print with an image transfer of my eldest Grandson's face for his card!
He likes films with special effects but I am not so sure this worked so well!!!
They were suitably embarrassed when the staff sang a birthday song to them!
I forgot to take photos of the Caesar salads hubby and I had but had my camera out for desserts!
 The boys had some chocolatey desserts - both had greetings piped onto their plates
This was mine - a berry sundae - lots of fruit and I took out most of the ice-cream for hubby(don't want a repeat of the last time I had an ice-cream dessert - my sugar levels shot through the roof!!)
You can also see…as I am joining Bluebeard and Elizabeth for T stands for Tuesday… empty coffee cup…sorry…just forgot…..!

Now for a few photos….if you wish to carry on…
We went to Lowther castle again - we went a couple of years ago but since then there have been big changes! No scaffolding this time for a start!
This flower egg in the courtyard was beautiful
The grounds are beautiful and my Granddaughter decided she would take part in the Dragon Egg hunt so we got to see parts we hadn't seen before - as well as that, there is now a play castle for all ages(I do mean all ages!),toilets and a cafe in the woods.

 This is the only one you will see of me - the others are far less dignified!!!
The views around are wonderful

We hadn't seen this rock garden before - I could have spent longer there!!

 I loved seeing these ferns too
After lunch the sun was shining on these trees………a very unusual light …because on the opposite side …..
 ….it was like this!!
 My son and I both thought that if we drew this tree no one would believe that is really this magical looking!

We speeded up after seeing this as there were a few spots of rain in the air.
My son had been measuring the miles we walked - nearly four miles - time for coffee and cake (which I will save for another time)
By the time we came out it was raining quite heavily! 
Our visit cost an average of £7 each and we really thought it was good value for the fun we had!
There were lots of people there but it never felt overcrowded!
Hubby and I plan to go back later in the year!

We also went to Rydal Mount on another day - I will post photos separately later this week - we were amazed at the changes in just a few weeks!

Thanks for looking, Chrisx


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Another Magical Garden!

If you know me you will know how much I love gardens and of course birds! My page for Hazel's theme 'Magical Mystery Tour' at Art Journal Journey includes both!
I used a background I already had in my journal and added some blue paint to it.
Kim Dellow's 'flowers' were stamped and coloured and then I inked the row of birds from the same set individually to sit on them!
A magical time for me is when lots of the same variety of birds arrive at at caravan garden - like the Goldfinches last year so I coloured them all the same! 
I realised when I looked at the photo again that there is also a Chaffinch there and had a light bulb moment - Elena Zinski's bird thought they were friends of his but…!

I am going to be absent from my blog for a day or two - spending time with family, so I wish you all a Happy Easter!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Finding something to say at Try it on Tuesday

Our new theme at Try It On Tuesday is 'Add a Quote'. The Design Team have made some fabulous examples to inspire you and as you will see a wide range of projects! 

I have used a small canvas board which I covered in Titan Buff paint and then streaked with some grey
I added some hair cement (Vaseline works too) with my finger before painting over with Mocha paint(made by mixing), once dry I heated it a little bit before wiping off the cement and paint

 Next, some stamping and stencilling
I knew which quote I wanted to use( a Visible Images one) so cogs were ideal…I added some turquoise through a text stencil but it didn't come out too well but as it was only a random part of the background I decided to leave it rather than wipe it off.
 Next I wanted to add a clock - I have had an old watch face for ages and now was the time to use it.
I collected some cogs, one chip board, one metal and then remembered I had some small ones from the same watch - they all got the paint treatment - layers of rusts and browns, sprinkles of sand and embossing powder, to make them look rusty.
I stamped the quote using black and mocha paint and as I didn't want it to get lost in the background I outlined the larger letters.

 Finally I used an old mascara brush to add some fine gold spatters over it all.

I do hope you will pop over to TIOT and take a look at the fabulous inspiration. Hope to see you there - the challenge is on until the 27th April.

I would like to enter the challenges at:-

Country View Challenges which has Rust as the April theme

Craft Stamper - Take It Make it Challenge - Anything goes

Thanks for looking, Chris