Thursday, 22 February 2018

Wild and Free

Hi everyone! I seem to be having a busy time of it just lately - good job we are off for a break later this week!

Today is another day and having sorted out my medication and reflected on the lovely life Mona led, and her upbeat attitude, right to the end apparently, I am feeling much better! Thank You for your comments on my blog! 

I have tag for Tag Tuesday - for the Add a Quote theme.
The tag is some rescued packaging and I just used it by my mat for spreading leftover paint on.
I added some scraps leftover from other projects and today I added a butterfly (Indigoblu)which I coloured with my polychromos.I added a Tim Holtz chit chat quote.
Next I made a page in my A5 journal by rubbing over some dabs of paint with a baby wipe and stamped a Tim Holtz background stamp randomly over and a quote that has lost it's label! I also added a stem stamp that was lying on my desk
I now have journal page to link to Art Journal Journey, where Rike has chose 'Animals A to Z' for her Theme

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Vintage - again

Hi there! Only a quick post here today!
I have been on the phone most of the evening - I had to ring the emergency doctor as I took one of my morning tablets instead of an evening one so needed some advice - it took three people who passed me on in turn to another - it seems I will be OK but shouldn't take any of my other tablets! What a numpty I am!!!

This afternoon I enjoyed making a card - it calmed me down after hearing that my dear friend Mona has passed away.

So the card I made is in two colours only - I really wasn't in a colourful mood!
I used TH stencil and a stamp set also by Tim Holtz. The warm wishes stamp is by Stampendous I think!
I will also remind you that the theme at Try It On Tuesday is Vintage! 

 Mona wasn't well when we played Scrabble on Friday evening - her leg was troubling her. She was in so much pain that an ambulance was called and I must say she didn't look well at all! She was feeling well enough to come home on Saturday, but when she couldn't bear to stand on her leg getting in the car she was kept in!
Events took a turn for the worse and it was family only visits and we feared the worse! I was told that she passed at 1-30 this morning! We shall miss her so much!
Mona just before her 97th birthday

Thanks for looking! Chris

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

TIOT is going vintage!

Our new theme at Try It On Tuesday is Vintage and as usual it can be anything you would like to make as long as it fits our Vintage theme!
The Design team have put their posh outfits on for this theme so do take a look

My original thought was to make a card but when I found this canvas in my craft room, already gessoed, I changed my mind.
I used the reverse of the canvas to make a box for my ephemera to fit into...
..and painted the outside of the frame with Paper Artsy Fresco paints. I was intending adding papers so didn't need to paint the base.

On my BIG clearout I found all sorts of bits and pieces to use.
Some Tim Holtz ephemera, some Indigoblu images, and some scraps of vintage style papers. I stamped onto some with butterflies.
I don't recall buying this fancy ribbon but it seemed to be waiting for this project!
I used a frame to add a photo of our young woman's beau and a wooden stamp shape to show where he lives. It's Paris of course!
 I used some copper acrylic paint to colour the frame!
Finally a corsage of roses was added to the corner and some more butterflies were stamped, coloured and fussy cut and added to the frame.
I'd like to think that the young woman is in Paris with her beau and the postcard was the one she sent to say she was on her way!! 

I hope you will join us this time, there are a few rules which you will find here!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 19 February 2018

T Stands For....the rescue!

This wasn't the post I was going to write at all but events took different turn today and I thought you might like to see!
First of all I had to go to get a routine blood test done at our local hospital!
It is very close to an area we used to visit years ago so I had promised myself a coffee and cake afterwards ( test was for my blood sugar...but you didn't read that!!!)

We didn't go in here,if I had a hot chocolate I wouldn't have cake!
We headed for an old favourite, Burton Road Bakery!
I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday

I had an Americano with my delicious Rhubarb and Strawberry slice, hubby had a Cappuccino with a Strawberry Shortcake.
After last week's hubby overload I don't have a shot this week as we had to sit side by side, space was a bit tight!!
 Just after taking this photo it filled right up!
 Afterwards we had a little walk and saw these lovely Spring flowers for sale!
Best of all was the street art, which definitely wasn't there last time we came down here!

 Now, you're thinking, what about the rescue...
We went out this afternoon, planning to take a long walk around the village..
...this is just outside the main gate and the river is at the red wall at the end of the road (notice the lovely newly resurfaced road!)
When we got to the river we saw this...

 It was a crew from the fire brigade having a practice rescue - the man we spoke to on the bank was happy not to be one of the ones in the water!!! 
The water coming over the weir was flowing quite fast and although there was a pulley system to help them up they finally had to abandon their plan and get out onto the ramp.
We spent some time there and got quite cold so we had to have our walk to get warm..
 ..the crocuses are flowering on the nearby green.. 
...and finally the church on the corner which was hidden by the tree last time I showed you!

I will be around for some of tomorrow so hope to see you then!

Thanks for looking, Chris

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