Sunday, 22 October 2017

Summer is gone!

We saw the sun briefly this afternoon, when we were returning from our walk! The days are gone I think, when we can go out without a coat but I had to unzip it!
The leaves on the trees are changing slowly and some have blown off the trees in the recent winds. The river was running high too with all the rain we have had.
I made this journal page a few days ago but struggled with how to add the quote…..until today. I don't have a favourite season really although I'm not good with extremes of heat so Winter and Summer probably are not so high up my list!
I did realise though that the quote pretty much sums up a life in general. There's so much going on in Autumn!!!
I used Paper Artsy Fresco paints randomly over the page then lots of stamping and stencilling. I stamped PA's Lin Brown and Carabelle Studio's leaves onto some inked card and cut them. I added some rub on gilding
I am joining in again with Elke's theme at AJJ - Landscapes of the Soul.
I would also like to enter in the challenges at -
Country view Challenges - Mixed Media with Autumn Hues
A Vintage Journey - Crazy For Autumn Colour
Penny Black - October -Close to Nature
Craft Stamper - Take It Make It challenge - Anything Goes Stamping

Have a great week! 
Thanks for looking, Chris

Saturday, 21 October 2017

The girl inside

Hi everyone, I've had a bit of a week! Fortunately I have been able to get into my craft room for some quiet time and……. FINALLY, I have all but the last few remaining photos to get off my phone camera and that will be a lot less to think about!
We had to change some of plans this week for various reasons that I won't go into (it is in my calendar journal though if you look at the beginning of next month)
I have made another page for Elke's Theme -Landscapes of the Soul at AJJ.
I don't think I am alone in sometimes feeling that I am not really the age I am - the girl is still in there! 
That doesn't mean I am dwelling on the past, although my mind is full of thousands of memories. Far from it, it's just that some days I still feel and think the same as I did when I was a lot younger. I suppose what I am saying is……Oh! I don't know…I'm rambling….again!!!
My page started with a piece of mop up tissue stuck to the page, when it was dry I rubbed some brown inks over with a sponge.
I added some stencilling and stamping and some white marker.
The Gibson Girl (one of Artistic Stampers set 1 taken from the early 20th Century drawings by Charles Dana Gibson)was stamped onto a piece of scrap paper to represent the girl in me!
I mounted her onto a piece of an old tag that I tore the top off and added some scraps that I had around from testing a new(to me)Crafty Individuals stamp.
The words were written onto tissue paper(one of Susi's tips) and stuck on with Multimedia gel.

Seeing as I now have more photos on my computer I can show you a few more!
You may remember a visit we took to Formby Beach with my son and Grandchildren to see Anthony Gormley's 'Another Place' - if you didn't the pics are here.
I was delighted to find some of his iron men in Bordeaux to celebrate the fact that there is now a high speed train link with Paris

 This is the same man from a different angle - taken just before hit the deck!

They are 16 all over the city - we saw a few more in the distance but didn't get close enough to get a clear shot (wish we had now!)
I have more art to show you from Bordeaux when I catch up on my travel photos!!

Have a great weekend! 
Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

T Stands For……….taking a day trip...

While we were staying in Carcassonne we took a another train journey for a day trip to Narbonne(hubby had booked it while we were at home)
It is near to the Mediterranean (about 9 miles away)and had totally different atmosphere to Carcassonne.

St Eutrope cathedral
Les Halles
If I had had more space in my suitcase this stall on the outdoor market could have had a lot of my money the lovely metal birds - one of which is now on my SIL's doorstep(she has a Hoopoe visitor every Summer)

This is where the old city gates stood.
St Pauls Church was beautiful!

Now……..Excuse me while I close my eyes!
Here is an extract from the internet
The legends says that in the first century of the Christian era, the bishop Paul Serge had converted the daughter of the Consul of Narbonne.  Denounced, then judged, the young Danaîdée refused to abjure her religion and marry the Emperor Justinian.  (Justinian the Great, was the Eastern Roman Emperor from 527 to 565 so there's some confusion here!) Danaïdée's father, furious, condemned her to death.  But when she was thrown in the sea. Danaîdée changed into a tree-frog and fled. The bishop Paul Serge continued to evangelise, to the great displeasure of the Consul, who offered the inhabitants of Bages a reward for killing him.  One day when Paul was fishing beside the étang (which, remember, was the open sea at the time) the people of Bages seized him.  To mock him, they offered him a chance to save himself . . . to carve a boat in a block of marble.  But to the great surprise of the people, the bishop succeeded, in a few hours, with hits from a hammer, in forming a skiff as light as wood.  And slowly, it drifted to the open sea.  Just then, a little tree-frog jumped on the prow of the boat to show him the way.  And save him from certainly drowning. 
I do not like frogs so got a bit of a shock when I leaned over for a look before reading the notice.
The Information Centre was right beside the Canal du Midi.
I realise that I haven't even taken you to the Cathedral or to view the beautiful architecture so I will return to Narbonne another time!
Right now we are headed to the beautiful place we found to have a coffee as I am joining Bluebeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday! 

The most surprising place and so pleased we came across it!
So much so that I wrote a review for Trip Advisor

I snapped this table at the side of us just before a group of people arrived - they ordered the most amazing looking crepes!
 The leather bound menu
Hubby was not in the mood for photos - even with threats that I would put this on anyway!
I had a frappe while hubby had a tea and ice-cream!The choice of cakes looked wonderful - wish we had indulged now….maybe next time!!!
Hubby was happier earlier though!
Even the toilet in this place was spectacular! Can you spy the little rolled hand towels.

We both loved Narbonne so much we think we will be heading back here one day!

Thanks for looking, Chrisx

Monday, 16 October 2017

A happy soul!!

Before I start my post properly I would like to say 'Hello' to Christine who tapped me on the shoulder at Happy Stampers last week to tell me that although she isn't a blogger she enjoyed looking at my blog! It was lovely to meet you Christine, I hope you enjoy today's post!

We have just returned from a few days at our caravan - the weather wasn't very good but we did get out and about and we got some tidying done in the garden. 
Once again I have been reflecting on how fortunate we are! Yes we both have a few health problems, things don't always go as planned and there have been obstacles to overcome over the years, but we both know that we are blessed to have a lovely family and friends and to be able to travel like we do!
My page started with a splodged stencil that I had used, then spritzed to get the last bits of ink off.
I made this page so quickly that there are no photos of the process, but I think it is fairly self explanatory!
 I used a Crafty Individuals background stamp, one of Carabelle Studios stamp sets by Azoline, the horse and the swirl are Visible Images stamps and the quote is an old Unity one.
I added some rub-on gilding which shows up better on the bottom photo.
I hope this will be acceptable for Art Journal Journey, where Elke has chose Landscapes Of the Soul for her them this month.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Friday, 13 October 2017

Autumn Thanks

I hope you are enjoying the Autumn sunshine!

I have made a Thank You card for someone special!
It wasn't my original idea but I didn't like what I had done and didn't want to waste the card.
The background was made with Paper Artsy Infusions and Pearl Glaze,which really brings out the colours inn the Infusions.
Unfortunately when I stamped my image it got a bit lost! 

I had a little punch on my desk so cut out the squares and arranged them onto a card.
I stamped Lavinia seedheads and a freebie 'Thanks'
I actually quite like the mix up of colours in the squares!

I would like to enter at…

Thanks for looking, Chris

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

September - October….and some photos!

Thank you all for your sympathy over my aching errr…parts! I am feeling a lot better as I haven't been sitting around much, which seems to make me ache more! I did ring the doctor who told me that it could take 2 or 3 months to be totally better!!! 
On a cheerier note…isn't Autumn beautiful! We saw signs while we were away in France, but really noticing the amazing colours here…if only the skies would brighten!
I have my October calendar journal pages ready..partly filled in!

 My September pages filled mainly with notes on our trip(I am also attempting to add finishing touches to my travel journal)
I didn't add anything to it but I think what I have recorded here is exciting enough - feel free to have a read!
Now for some more France photos…
The first three are hubby's, taken in Montsouris park on our last day - it is one of my favourite Parisian parks.

 The black swans are still here
Another of my favourite parks that we ended our St Martin Canal walk at - Buttes Chaumont.
This is the Canal du Midi - we took a boat trip on our last day in Carcassonne. There are still lots of that trip to show you
More of hubby's - this tower is not far away from my SIL's house..

…but we were headed for Gencay Castle - where we picked up the keys to the castle at the Tabac! 
This final photo is in the grounds of Abbeye de La Reau- I think you will love this place when I post it!

I am STILL trying to get my photos off my phone……!!!!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

It's Halloween….at TIOT!

Our new theme at Try It On Tuesday gives you a chance to get something made for Halloween!
To be honest I struggle a bit with Halloween - not my favourite time at all!
I was helped along the way by some skull stickers I found in the sale at Paperchase earlier this year and decided to make a tag.
I used PA Infusions(Rusty car)onto watercolour paper and added some random stamping and stencilling.The scraps of tissue tape and book page were added along with the transparent sticker.
I started with a Kraft tag which I stamped around the edges- this little shabby film strip stamp is always on my desk.
I dabbed some Vintage Photo Distress Ink onto my mat and dipped the book page into it
I painted a bat and a toadstool  die cut - but had to use a black pen to get into the corners! I added some dots with metallic pens to the toadstools.
Finally everything was layered up...

I added some black ink to the paper, a stamped TH spiders web to the orange paper and some black spatters all over.
I also added some metallic red dots to the top of the tag.
I found a black rose in my flower box which I attached with some fibre.

I know a lot of you folk love Halloween so I am looking forward to seeing the love shining through in your creations - the TIOT challenge runs until the 24th October.

Thanks for looking, Chris