Pearshaped

Pearshaped

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Destination TIOT!

Hi everyone! If you pop over to Try It On Tuesday you will see that our new challenge is all about Destinations! The Design Team have lots of ideas about where they would go!

Where would you choose to be (especially if money was no object)?

I am not a heat lover so exotic beaches are not on my list.
I think most of you can probably guess where I like to be - somewhere with lots of parks and gardens as well as beautiful architecture - Paris!
My background was created using Distress Oxides and then added some more around the edges.
I stamped a Crafty Individuals metro ticket a couple of times and put some of my own made tape at the bottom. A That's Crafty brick stencil and some random text added more interest to the background.
I used Carabelle Studio Paris stamp by Azoline and added some white and gold highlights
Next came the flowers - I have quite a few flower dies but this time I chose to use some punches on some gelli printed papers. I drew onto them with a fine liner pen - fiddly but relaxing - arranged them across the page and added my Tim Holtz paper doll. She has some  Stabilo all blue pencil just to make her stand out.

When we in Paris a few weeks ago Spring flowers were appearing everywhere and we spent quite a lot of time in one or two parks
 This little garden was up some steps that we decide to investigate one evening close to our hotel
 These two were from a little shortcut through the Jardins du Luxembourg....
...and this one from Parc Monsouris.
Finally - these beautiful white tulips in Parc de Belleville


I think you can see where my colour choices came from!!

I hope you will join us this time at TIOT - I really would love to see where you would like to be!

I would like to join Jo at Art Journal Journey too - where she has chosen Flora and Fauna as her theme!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 14 May 2018

T Stands for....Tulips and the Opera Garnier!

Hi everyone, this is the post I started last week before the internet decided to stop working!
A lot of it has been deleted..and a lot more added!
  
I have used my new Tulip stamps from Carabelle Studios - I was so looking forward to using these stamps and I used a background already in my journal!
All I did was ink them and stamp them so that fitted the page! I doodled in the spaces!
Everything was coloured in using my Derwent Coloursoft pencils.The words were picked out randomly from a page from my King Arthur book.

I am joining in at Art Journal Journey with Jo's Flora and Fauna theme.

On our second full day in Paris we caught a metro to the Grand Magasins area in Paris. We have often enjoyed eating at Printemps one of the big stores, but to our dismay everything has changed and there is now a very confusing mix of little outlets and groceries  - some with big queues - and not much that appealed to us!

As we were in the area to visit Opera Garnier we headed in that direction and found somewhere to our liking with a great choice of salads - perfect for the unusually hot weather!
Of course it is here I am joining Bluebeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday!

I know Elizabeth will like these bottles!This time it really is Coke  Elizabeth ( I made a mistake the other week when I had  a Pepsi and called it Coke! Sorry E, and any other Coke drinkers!)
Hubby saying that he's not waiting! I had a goats cheese and sundried tomato salad - hubby had a traditional Niçoise.

Opera Garnier looks spectacular from the outside so we had high hopes about taking a tour - we opted for a self guided one as all the English language tours were fully booked and we didn't trust our French that much!
We didn't get a photo of outside so here is an internet one
The Opera was built by Charles Garnier under Napoleon III's orders.
Opulent doesn't begin to describe it! I don't think I will need many words here!










 Napoleon chose the spot for the opera to be in a line with the Louvre which you can see in the distance here.
The balcony was quite busy but once again very decorative!

 We spotted the cafe below....
...so headed down the grand staircase and found ourselves a seat!
More of those bottles......Hubby stuck to Coke and I had an Indian Tonic water, they came with complimentary olives - very nice!!

We are away at the moment so will get to you when I have a connection!

Thanks for looking, Chris


  

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Busy, busy , busy!!!

I don't seem to have much time for my journal at the moment but following a visit with friends to Happy Stampers yesterday I have made a very quick page before we head off this afternoon to Northumberland, we are staying overnight at our caravan and taking our time with a few stop offs on the way tomorrow!

I didn't take one photo yesterday, too busy watching demos, chatting with friends, lovely to see Cath, Neet and Chris(wish I had swapped phone numbers Chris, next time maybe?)and trying to find items that were on my shopping list. I did manage to find all the paints I wanted and finally with Helen's help found the embossing powder I was looking for! Of course, I had a good browse through the stamp stands and one or two stamps did make their way home with me!

Two of my favourites are shown here.
Lavinia Stamps curly ferns and hares with some Woodware fully grown ferns in the background. The quote is a French Denim one. 
The background paint are some of the Amsterdam ones I bought in Paris!

I am joining in at 
Art Journal Journey with Jo's Flora and Fauna theme!

Stamping Sensations - Close to Nature

Thanks for looking, Chris






Thursday, 10 May 2018

Take the train!

Hi everyone! I have some new stamps and could hardly wait to use this one!
It was my son's 39th birthday this week...really???

I made a card by using paint and ink in the same colours. They are old Ranger Jenny Bowlin ones and the shade is called Soap Powder!
I used a baby wipe to add the paint across the page - fading to create a lighter bottom. I then added the stamping which created further shade contrast.
The stamp is an AALL and create stamp #76 designed by Bipasha - so many lovely little elements all in one stamp! I added little parts from the stamp and also a little Denim stamp.

I am entering the challenges at:-

Simon Says Stamp Monday - 'Ombre'

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - 'For The Boys'

Thanks for looking, Chris


Wednesday, 9 May 2018

It's Wednesday but...

.....we have had no internet - or some intermittently, for just over a day and a half! I had posts partly written but couldn't actually get a connection to finish them or publish them! When we did get a connection I had a couple of appointments to keep so here I am on Wednesday evening on catch up!

I am a day late with a little reminder that our challenge at Try It On Tuesday - Stencils and Diecuts (or both)runs until next Monday evening!
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Hi everyone, it's no secret that I love flowers and gardens and everything in them(unless they have a pond and there's a likelihood of seeing frogs!)
I made a journal page with a stencilled background using a Caraballe Studio stencil by Azoline and added some random stamping.


 I chose to use some Tim Holtz wildflower dies. I love ALL flowers and can probably name more 'weeds' than cultivated ones even though my Gardener Dad use to walk me around the nursery talking about flowers. I have a wild area in our caravan garden where I allow anything than doesn't sting or scratch to live!

The words are a new mini word stamp from French company Denim that I bought at Version Scrap!
Does any one else think that weeds grow at a faster rate than garden flowers?

I would like to join Jo at Art Journal Journey too, where she has chosen Flora and Fauna as her theme this month!
I am also linking to the Flowers theme at Moo Mania and More

Thanks for looking, Chris

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Some cards...

April was a busy month birthday wise and I can now show you some of the cards I made..
..this one for youngest Grandson, I used a Seth Apter stamp and my handy film strip stamp and I'm afraid I don't know who the bike stamp was designed by!
 This for my eldest Grandson - made using Indigoblu symbols stamps, some Trish Latimer stars, a faux credit card and some die cut stars.
The card above was for our clever recycling friend Elizabeth, to celebrate her (b)Earthday. I used one of my gelli prints made with corrugated card and used Donna Grey's That's Crafty stamps - isn't he cute?

Finally, the day after Elizabeth's birthday is my hubby's birthday so I took this with me when we went away.
I am hoping that while you are reading this the sun is shining wherever we all are!
It's a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK so we are having some time at our caravan and this is a scheduled post!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Friday, 4 May 2018

Two weeks ago!

I can't believe it's two whole weeks since we headed to Version Scrap Paris!
The venue is a hall in the middle of Parc St Vincennes, nearby is Chateau Vincennes...
......where hubby spent some of his day, having ventured in with me to start with and then came back for a lunch and then coffee at the end of the day!
I was lucky to have been given some entry tickets by Mark and Leandra of Paper Artsy.
Here they both are near the end of the first day! I can totally understand why they are giving up attending shows, this was the first day of 3! The Paper Artsy Stand was huge (and full of goodies of course)and they had been there since 9am and the show didn't close until 6pm! They had also been there the evening before for special opening! I didn't ask how long it took them to set everything up! 
Before I took the photo I asked them to think of all the extra time they would have next year!!
Here is Raquel (Scrapcosy)demo-ing - You can see how busy the stand was even late in the day - earlier I could hardly see her.

I was lucky to meeting up with two friends, Coco and Sylvie who are on Instagram (they are on Crafty Individuals DT so you may know their names) so we arranged to meet by the Paper Artsy stand!
I had worried that my French wouldn't be good enough but Coco assured me later in the day that my French was 'just a little bad'!(I think that's what she said!)
We got by with a combination of French and English - until we met up with other French ladies at lunch time and I really had to concentrate as they did not speak English!
I also met Sophie who is on Instagram, who recognised my face and came to say hello while I was having a drink!
I took a selfie(my arms aren't long enough!
We had a good photo session after lunch...with much laughter!!
On the left is Giselle,a friend of Sylvie, then Coco, me and 
Sylvie! I got up from these steps in a quite ungraceful manner!!
We spent a lot of time walking around the show together and then separately with plans to meet up again occasionally!
The show was busy but because of the layout it is not as crowded as some UK shows.



Look who else I found - Ab from AALL and Create who made me laugh as I took this photo so it is bit blurred!
After goodbyes to everyone (and plans for next year maybe?) we headed out and I took some final photos!

I'm guessing you would like to see what I spent my money on...
This is most of what I bought at the show - I had put some small text stamps away already when I took this.
I also bought some more things at craft shops in Paris which I will show you soon! 

Thanks for looking, Chris