Tuesday, 25 April 2017


is the theme for the  next two weeks over at
  Try it on Tuesdays.

The girls are sharing some fantastic ideas, so please pop over for the details
 and we hope you will join us.

This time I have made a Birthday card, husbands birthday will be soon and a couple of our male friends will be celebrating theirs. So one down two to go
 and they will have to be different to this one..
I used G45 papers, that I have had for years. 
Some die cuts that I managed to make look rusty with a distress embossing powder.
The stamp   is an old one and long parted company with any labels it might have had  when new.
Vintage photo distress ink was the only additional shading I used.

Thank you for calling in today to see what I have been making,
 your comments are always appreciated.

If you called in to visit on T day, please scroll down to my earlier post

Etal and Ford in the Springtime

Hello  everyone  from
  Bleubeard and Elizabeths
and friends who visit me here, you are all very welcome.

I did get my photographs sorted through from the Easter weekend, there were about 80.
Don't worry,
 I won't be sharing that many, however I have collaged a few to give you an idea of the lovely countryside we have here in Northumberland..

The next village was Ford

The long walk took us to the church and Ford Castle.
Pretty houses and inset figure  and his friends were guarding the tea rooms.
Which weren't open when we passed by.

This old church was lovely and had a fantastic view of the countryside from the church yard.

In case you wonder about the boat, and no water to be seen,  so did we. I think it may have been for sale as this was the car parking place for the antiques shop, which was just down the lane. .

Here is a link to the Website of the estates,
if you would like more information on the area and the history.

Now for a welcome cuppa

And a messy inky session.....

The latest tea mug came with the cute little sheep soft toy as an alternative to a Chocolate egg.
I am happy to give this one a home.

This is the page I had a good time making.
Inky and stencils for the background.
This sweet lamb  is a napkin, which came with my prize a few weeks ago from Valerie.
Finished off with a few computer additions, butterflies, music and words.
Phew......... that's it for today.
Happy T day everyone.

I will visit as soon as I can, internet willing.

Sunday, 23 April 2017


My hybrid page today for
 and Hazel's theme of a  Magical Mystery Tour ,
 is taking me to a place where all is calm and tranquil. 
The sort of place you could sit,  dream and let the world glide by.
Like nature just let things run their course and take each precious moment as it comes.
Again the page began with one of my base layers  and  additional images all came from Oscraps kits.

My next few posts will be scheduled , hopefully I will have an internet connection.
. If not I will catch up  with you all soon.

Thank you for stopping by today, your visit it always appreciated.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Heritage tags

  is the theme at  Tag Tuesday
When I read the post Wilma had chosen the theme because their post went live on
 World Heritage Day.
My first thought was of a city in the next county to ours  Durham
This  Tag is  showing  Durham Cathedral [This is a link if you would like more information].
It is a digital tag with internet searched  photos.

This tag was made with bits and pieces always to be found lurking in my craft room.
Stickers, papers, die cuts  the photo is a  TH found relative  etc.

I thought I would tell you my thoughts behind this tag.
We were away with friends and family on Easter Sunday .
The parents  arranged an egg  hunt for the children and we saw them searching and gathering eggs , having fun,  their laughter was quite infectious. It was good to see some of the old pastimes being still used by
 today's modern families. 
What even made this more special was that after the search, they counted their eggs and......................
then shared them, so every one had  a fair share of the eggs.... Magical moments.

Thank you for calling in today, you are most welcome here.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Let your hands decide.....

 is this weeks theme  for The Three Muses Challenge

I have a hybrid journal page, using  my own base layers and digital additions[notes in my sidebar].

I will also be joining in over at Art Journal Journey
where Hazel is asking us to take a Magical Mystery Tour this month.

If you could hold the world in your hands....
Where would you go?

Thank you for calling in today you are most welcome here.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Share some love and a piece of cake......

Its the second week for the current Try it on Tuesdays challenge
to Add a Quote.

I have had a bit of a play again  making the hybrid page 
you can see  at the start of the post.

The actual colours  are seen  on the left and below is the page that is hand made in my journal.

I   did start off  thinking to make  a card, fussy cutting flowers etc, but when it was all stuck down. I thought the quote was quite meaningful  me me and my family.

Here it is in all its inkiness  with splodges of colour,
I have it propped up on a shelf in my craft room.
 An idea I got from Jo at Lets Art Journal  after reading one of her posts.

So now I am sharing some love and  a restoring cuppa with friends  at.....

Bleubeard and Elizabeth's 

 were we are always made very  welcome, to share a drinks related post.

Friday was a stay home day, and I think we both ate too much.,but we knew we needed to relax before heading off to meet with friends and family.
You will have to take my word for it, this carrot cake with butter frosting and walnuts was delicious.
You know I would share it with you if I could.

It was a  busy weekend and an unexpected stay in the north of Northumberland in the caravan with our sons at a Landrover event. It was freezing cold at night,
 so pleased the caravan has a good heating system

I have lots of photos of the area, but as yet they are still to be sorted out
This one is the ruins of Etal Castle which was about 4 miles from where we stayed.

Happy T day everyone
and thank you for calling in to see me today

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.