Saturday, 17 February 2018

Man's best friend!

It's time to celebrate the Chinese New Year! We often go into the city centre to see the Dragon parade - this year celebrating the year of the Dog, but this year we have another event to attend!
My journal page however is a page that isn't quite dedicated to the dog but does feature a dog.
 This is how it started 
I added some Chinese style writing in red and black and some Paper Artsy LP bunting. I tore some washi tape into strips for the TH paper doll gentleman and his dog to 'stand' on.
I wrote the words with a brush pen - if only I could have written it in Chinese!

This page is for Rike's theme 'Animals A to Z' at Art Journal Journey.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

I am a liar!!!

Yesterday I said in several comments that hubby and I exchange cards and that's the extent of our Valentine celebrations!
I made hubby a card.....
...and he bought me this..
The Moulin Rouge soundtrack - we have the DVD but have never had the music on it's own!
I was really surprised, but he had seen my reaction to watching the Canadians skate the other day and made his mind up then.
We went the cinema yesterday - we have the 2 for the price of 1 tickets again - to see Black Panther - too many special effects for my liking, but we went shopping afterwards and as I wanted to go to the Lakeland shop he said he would catch me up and went off on his own! I guessed he had gone to buy a Valentines card - which he did, sorry not taken photo, but he was ages - now I know why, as he had had to queue in both places!!
Do I have the best hubby in the World, even though he did make a liar of me???!!
I used a large Carabelle Studio stamp for the background over some Twisted Citron Distress Oxide ink. I drew round a heart and rubbed Candied Apple DI over it and stamped part of another CS stamp on one side! 
A sentiment that I have lost the label for, and some spatters and I was done - hardly a good exchange as I made it so quickly!

I also made another card with the same stamp, using a Tim Holtz technique of colouring the stamp with Distress markers, spritzing and stamping!
I added another unknown stamp for the sentiment and then stamped around the edge with a Denim stamp I bought in Paris last year.
My TH stamping platform made this so easy to do!

I would like to enter the Valentines card in 

I would like to enter the birthday card in 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 12 February 2018

T Stands For.... the Sun!

Hurray! We had a sunny day today!! It was still very cold, we had intended to go for a walk but I think I over did it trying to sort out some boxes in my craft room and went a little dizzy and hubby didn't think it was a good idea to get cold too, so he just went off to the local shop on his own!
We have spent some time this afternoon watching the Winter Olympics -hubby went shopping when the figure skating came on and back in time to find me welling up over the Canadian ice dancers Alex and Maia Shibutani, who were dancing so beautifully to the soundtrack of one of my favourite films - Moulin Rouge.

I have a new page, which I made once I was feeling better after my rest!
It was made, apart from the distress ink background, using some of the bits and pieces I 'found' in my craft room! The squirrel stamp is from some packs I bought a few years ago in France from Noz(a bargain shop)near to where our friends live.The words are Tim Holtz  ideaology clippings. 
I will link to Art Journal Journey for Rike's theme 'Animals from A to Z'.

While we were away at our caravan last week we went into Morecambe for lunch at the Rotunda - one of favourite places, so of course it is here I will join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday!
Our priority was a hot drink, as we had walked to the shoe shop across the road first of all!
Slightly disappointing, as they use to make the very best Mochas, but mine came and it was almost like a Hot Chocolate, Hubby had a Latte.
The food was still excellent though!
Hubby just couldn't wait to start his Chicken burger, which we both chose!
 He laughed at me trying to get an arty shot of the food!
Afterwards we went for a brisk walk along the jetty, you can see the Rotunda cafe on the left of the Midland Hotel building.

Not sure whether this was washed up or abandoned!
There was an angling competition in progress - but not many were successful in catching anything!

There is lots of art relating to birds along the jetty(as there are in other parts of Morecambe too)
Some of them are games to play.
I love these giant eggs..
..and the cormorant statue is my favourite..
Hubby got a great shot of the birds on the shore...
...and of the snow over on the mountains in the Lake District.

I got this cold looking shot of the sky reflected in the calm water...
..and as we were leaving a beautiful reflection of the sun

Finally a shadow shot of us on the way back to the car!

Happy T Day everyone! Hoping to be able to get to visit earlier this week!
Thanks for calling by, Chris

Sunday, 11 February 2018

I Love Paris!

I used to make lots of tags but lately(you may have noticed) I play in my journals mostly - time to step out of the rut again!!

I didn't really intend this tag to be pink  - I had thought it through and was going to use some neutral colours, maybe with a touch of lilac but, with the Kraft tag in front of me I reached for a white Amsterdam paint and a Dina Wakely pink which I scraped over the tag trying to spread it thinly to show some of the brown through.
 I then added some crackle paste through a stencil and added more stencilling using paint.
Next some stamping using a couple of Tim Holtz stamps.
Next I used three colours of Amsterdam paints and a coffee stirrer to make a random pattern on some white card.
I die cut two hearts from this.
I added some pink around the hearts and mounted my 'honeymoon' couple onto blue inked card. Added the chit chat stickers and some black soot DI around the edge of the tag and finally some pink, blue and white ribbon!
Of course, while working with the Paris stamps I thought back to our holiday last September where we only saw the Eiffel Tower in the distance this time!

 These two taken in the Luxembourg Gardens..
..and this one from in front of the Pantheon

 I would like to enter my tag at 

Country View Challenges - Anything But Cute

Moo Mania and More - Love

I would also like to remind you that Try It On Tuesday 'Love Is In The Air' challenge still has just over week to go.
Thanks for looking, Chris

Saturday, 10 February 2018

A White Elephant!

Shall we all go off together somewhere warm? 
It was forecast as being warmer today but I can't say I noticed when we went shopping. Tomorrow is forecast as being very cold!!!

I have even been using cool colours to make another journal page for Rike's 'Animals A from to Z' theme at Art Journal Journey!
I used a couple of new Distress Oxides - Blueprint Sketch and Shaded Lilac along with Twisted Citron to make my background and then used Blueprint Sketch DI and Lettuce and Denim (discontinued) Adirondack inks to stamp randomly over the top! 
My elephant is one of my favourite Tracy Easson stamps and was stamped onto some card and fussy cut, then stuck over the same image that I had stamped on the page so I didn't loose the detailed edges. I drew in some extra grass.
The quotes are some from a Visible Image set.
I looked up the meaning of 'white elephant' and put it into my Print Shop programme - I don't think this cute elephant could ever be useless or troublesome!
I finished my page by doodling around the edge and by the dictionary meaning.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday, 8 February 2018

More Animal Fun

Hi everyone, I'm back, as some of you may already know!
We had a couple of outings...

 ...and we had some snow!
It was very cold overnight on Tuesday through to Wednesday morning and the thermometer had a reading of -6∞C. Now we are back to brick walls and it is a lot warmer, although with the heating on in the caravan we do get quite toasty!

I had time to play in my 6x6 journal while away too, and I have another page for Rike's Animals from A to Z at Art Journal Journey 
The background was made using some bright paints, stencils stamps and texture paste.
I use an Elenas Zinski Zini stamp that reminds of a rabbit(I cut off his long tail!!!)
The Tim Holtz chit cat sticker seemed to fit nicely! I am entering in Rubber Dance February challenge 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

There's something in the air.......

We have a LOVEly new theme at Try It On Tuesday this time - 'Love is in the Air' which means all things love related! Of course it is Valentines Day this month, but you may prefer a project with hearts or something else about Love!
I altered an item I found in a sale towards the end of January.

 I was excited enough to find this collection of cones and berries AND a check ribbon...
...but when I turned the box over and found this in the box too I snatched it up quickly!
Once home it was a quick coat of gesso all over
Next was a coat of Paper Artsy 'Nougat' Fresco paint...
 ..of course, if I hadn't rushed into it I could have just used the Fresco paint as it always covers so well - Hey Ho!
It was here that I got involved and just forgot to continue with photos. I mixed some DecoArt Quinacridone Gold and Quinacridone Violet and used some stencils to add a heart each on 'L' and  and by drawing in the shape and cutting it out to make a mask on'O'. 'V' was painted with Crackle paste.
While it dried I stuck on some dyed flowers (using Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks - the lace had the same treatment)onto 'E'and added some dots using a sharpened pencil dipped into paint.
Some little hearts were drawn in the same way onto the 'L'
You see here that I used the DecoArt mix to rub over the crackles.
I used the Nougat Fresco paint to add hearts to the 'O'
I added a corner that I had painted too and then rubbed off some of the paint so some of the metal showed.
Finally I added Tim Holtz word and little crystal heart.

I hope you will be able to join us on this romantic theme this time, the Design Team are sure to inspire you - click here please, do take a look!.

Thanks for looking, Chris