Sunday, 21 January 2018


I wasn't feeling well yesterday - so much so, that I let hubby go and do the shopping without me! It is the day we stop for a coffee and a scone halfway round so you can guess I wasn't very happy! I'm pleased to say that I am feeling much better now! 
After lunch I went into my craft room! We were having another grey day although it did get a little brighter at times! 
I was using my bright Brushos for another project that I will show you another day.
What if?….I thought…and I was away on a colourful adventure!
I added one colour to my page, spritzed it, dried and dabbed it and then continued through a rainbow of colours in the same way until I ended up with this.
I had also been using some stamps so they were inked up and stamped onto white card and fussy cut.

They are AALL and Create stamps designed by Tracy Evans - I'm sure you have seen them before!
I didn't fussy cut the legs - they were stamped in place and the bodies placed on top.
I drew in some ground and added the sentiments from the same set.
Finally I doodled around the edge of the page.

I am entering at 

Art Journal Journey - where Erika has her New Year, New Adventure theme.

Simon Says Stamp Monday - Birds Of A Feather

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Add a Sentiment

Stamps and Stencils - On the Bright Side

Craft Stamper Take It make It Challenge - Anything Goes

We are preparing for a short adventure of our own so the next post will be a scheduled one.
I will visit when I can!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Saturday, 20 January 2018

The Curator!

I have a page for Erika's 'New Year,New Adventure' theme at Art Journal Journey!
I love to visit museums (OK, you're not surprised at that statement!) and I  fact have done so for most of my life. When I was at school most weeks I would visit a small museum near our library in Lincoln and would always find something I hadn't seen before!

I know a lot of artefacts are donated to museums but I have often thought how exciting it must be to see the items before they go on display - and of course there's the thought of the adventures that the items have had!

Jean-Claude is a curator at a little known museum in France but he has had such an interesting time looking for something new to display and is always on the look out wherever he goes! 
I have used Paper Artsy Lynne Perella Stamps both as whole stamps and using parts of stamps.Jean-Claude is of course a TH Paper doll

 I started with a smudged ink background to which I added some crackle paste through a stencil, when it dried I used a Distress Crayon over the crackles and rubbed it with a dampened finger.
 Next came stencilling, stamping, some tissue, some inked book text and some stamping.
 The tall window stamp was gold embossed and placed at the side of another pale stamped image.
 Some more random embossed stamping too.

I added chit chat words - although what is above is my second attempt at placing them - I wasn't happy with how I had them at first!
Jean-Claude says he will continue searching for the unusual until he has to stop! A little bit like us - we follow the advice of our friend Katerina and "do it while we can"! 
We have been kept busy with appointments (and changed appointments) this week as well as the funeral of a dear friend on Friday afternoon! 
Hopefully we will have an easy time this weekend before heading off on another adventure next week!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

T Stands For…..The Chateau at Chinon

I have been quite busy since we came back from our caravan - I finally sorted out my Christmas wrapping box - it was getting in the way and I could ignore it no longer - it's away in the cupboard now and the lid fits!!
I have been playing in my journals and making cards but the page I have to show you now was finished last week!
Wherever we travel I always need coffee, not always Cappuccinos as I am more likely to have an Americano this days (less sugar!)I cut the  coffee image from a set of cards I found in a sale. The background is a lot of random stamping on a page onto which I had stuck some old scraps and painted over! I dug into one of my scrap bags for the rest and then added the paper dolls who I think must be in Italy! The cake fork is there because I would love some cake but as you see I am being good today! 
I am linking to Erika's 'New Year - New Adventure' theme at Art Journal Journey. 

I am also joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stand For Tuesday
Of course we have been out and about again but I still have a 'few' photos left of our visit to France last Autumn!
While staying with our friends (although my SIL is the sister I never had!)we had a trip to a chateau - not just any chateau but to Chinon where my heroine Eleanor of Aquitaine spent some time both in happy years with her husband and in captivity for supporting her sons causes!

 We looked down on the Mediaeval town where we would walk later.
 Henry II was the husband of Eleanor.

This board tell of how King John finally had to relinquish his father's castle!(sorry it's a bit blurred!)

We went to the Bell tower where this clock was housed - I would show you the video but SIL and I talked about it all the way through - we were fascinated!! 

The chateau was refurbished a few years ago and many more buildings are now open to the public. We were pleased to see plenty of signs in English too, especially in an area where there are re-enactment films and displays!
This may have been the tower in which Eleanor was imprisoned so the view from here was of great interest to me!

Chinon is also famous for being the place that Joan Of Arc came after her dreams, to persuade Charles, the future King, to give her an army to defeat the British, which he did, after sending her to Poitiers to be interrogated.
Of course, her army was able to regain Orleans for the French but she was later tried for heresy by the English and their allies the Burgundians and burnt at the stake.

 These plates were part of the Joan of Arc exhibition and depict her story!

I was hoping to show you the town of Chinon but I think I will have to save it for another time! 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Keeping it Simple!

Hi everyone, we are back from our time at our caravan. This time we met up with friends who have a lodge up in the Lake District - it only took us 40 minutes to get there and we spent a lovely day together!

I hope that you are all prepared for the cold weather that has been forecast, maybe the colours I have used here will remind you to keep your winter woollies to hand!

I don't send nearly as many Thank You cards as I used to - I usually send a text message these days but one of the people who gave me a gift this Christmas definitely doesn't text! For once I'm keeping it (fairly) simple!
I used my round mini gelli plate as a stamp and then stamped a freebie stamp in the centre.
I drew around the circle and added different coloured stickles to the image.
We are all set for a busy week (starting today) with appointments and a funeral attend so I will be attempting tp get ahead with blogging…we'll see!

I would like to enter this at -

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Winter Blues

Stamping Sensations - Cold and Frosty Colours

Artistic Stamper Challenge - Anything  Goes

More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes - optional blue

Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge - Anything Goes

That's Crafty Challenge Blog - Feeling Blue

Moo Mania and More - Frosty Winter

Thanks for looking, Chrisx

Thursday, 11 January 2018

It's so strange...

Hello everyone, I have a journal page all ready for Erika's theme  - 'New Year - New Adventure' at Art Journal Journey but as I wrote the post title I just had a thought!

 I have been tidying and throwing out (1)boxes of articles torn from magazines (I will never get around to attempting some of the projects as there are always new ones coming along), (2)books I will never read (no, truly, there are so  many on our shelves that I still REALLY want to read!, (3)stamps that I will never use again (often freebies or bought in sales on impulse years ago when I first started stamping), (4)magazines (see (1) - I am not tearing articles out of them, but if something catches my eye I will keep a magazine until I have tried the technique!) What I want to know is - how is it that I have no more space than when I started??? 

My page started as pink and yellow paint smeared on to use up some paint and it has been in my journal a while!
I stencilled some spots using Picked Raspberry DI (outlined in black pen) then added some stamping using the edge of a Lynne Perella stamp (still out on my desk) and a Carabelle Studios steampunk background stamp. I had been testing some sprays….

...and cut out some circles of the nicer parts - I put them in a bag then found this one lurking on my desk...
… looks bit sinister to me and I thought of how when you take a turn somewhere unfamiliar you sometimes have to brave it out and just keep on as if you meant to be there! 
I used my flower from an old gardening book as a monster plant for my two paper doll little ones, who look as though they wish they weren't there!
The chit chat words seemed perfect!

On the matter of flowers - do you remember seeing these flowers in November...

…and December?

The Christmas Cactus has new buds and the bargain flowers that I bought with my food shop are still going strong!
My birthday flowers though, are looking as though they may just last the month although I removed the lilies. 

I'm not here for a couple of days so I will see you at the weekend!
Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

T stands for…..Teacup lady at TIOT…and French markets!

Try It On Tuesday is back with a new theme for the a start of the year -My Favourite Things
If you are like me you have certain 'go to' craft supplies that you use more than any others!
We are asking you to show us which craft supplies or techniques you like most! Please check out the information on our blog.
The Design Team really did enjoy themselves with this so do take a look here

These are a few of my favourite things - sing that if you like!!!

My journals are definitely a favourite - even when I make celebration cards I nearly always have a warm up in a journal - it may be a sketch or a collage but generally it's with another favourite supply - stamps! I am using one of my favourites here - one from a Lynne Perella Paper Artsy set - I call her Teacup lady and she has appeared in journals, on canvases and on cards!
I have stamped her onto book paper (Oh yes! I love book paper) which has been painted with gold acrylic paint and decided to leave her uncoloured.
The background was made by adding PA fresco paints with my finger to build up some layers - one of my favourite ways to add paint to a page!
I then used a stiff brush dipped in gold and silver paints and stippled onto the page (did I mention that I love metallic paints?)
I also used metallic paint to stamp the Lin Brown stem 
I stamped around the edge of my page with a fringe that was part of another favourite LP stamp then some random stamping with perfect medium before adding Frantage embossing powder - I do love the texture from this!
To mount Teacup lady I used two scraps - as many of you know I hate  waste so have several clear pencil cases containing scraps (not an obvious favourite) I used some infusion sprinkled deli paper and some coloured book paper. 
Finally I added a favourite quote which coincidentally has a reference to my serendipitous chosen word for this year - POSSIBILITIES!

I am using Teacup lady for my link to Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday! 

I am returning to France for some photos of some markets we visited with our friends, my ex SIL and hubby.
The first is in Neuville on a Sunday when the temperature was quite high, even at 11.30 in the morning!

There was a lot to see including a man who had live eels to grill…did we???….not likely!!!

 The indoor market had a lovely deli counter and quite a lot of fish and meat - I'll spare you those!
 I was in my element though, with all the plants and flower stalls outside!

The town hall was a beautiful building ..
 …and so was the nearby church -with a water tower behind it!
There was something about this building that made me smile too!
From here it was on to lunch then a Vide Grenier( a table top sale)
in a huge carpark.
By this time it was very hot and we wandered off on our own and found some shade to take a photo. I went and had a look around but despite this being the biggest VG we had ever been to found nothing to spend my money on!
We also visited a market midweek in Poitiers before joining our friends at their weekly French class!

 The lady cooking here was happy for us to photograph the flat bread being cooked but did not want her face on camera. She and her Mother were making delicious wraps, she insisted we take one to try and would not accept payment!

This market was in two areas - food - mainly in a shadier part and clothing etc. in another! 
Once again it was very hot and we headed for shade!

I hope you will join us at TIOT and if you have a drink related post I am sure Elizabeth and her two cats would love you to pop by at TSFT!

Thanks for looking, Chris