Tuesday, 30 August 2016

A girl of the times.--- for TioT's

is the new challenge theme starting today, over at
Try it on Tuesday's.

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I have made a layered card, using up some of my coloured  cardstock
I tore around the edges on one of the layers and used a blunt pair of scissors
 to distress the edge of the top layer
The top layer  sprayed with inks and then stencilled,  using some brighter colours.
The little girl is a  Dina Wakley stamp.
 This will be a ' just because', card for one of my friends [not a blogger].

Thank you for calling in to see me today, you are always welcome.

If you have called in for T on Tuesday,
 please scroll down to my earlier post

Birds, Caravans and Tea

Last week we were away from home and stayed at a beautiful
caravan site in Derbyshire, we do like to stay here at least once a year.
 One of the perks of having the caravan.

It is in the grounds of  Chatsworth House, hidden well from view in the old walled garden.
The house itself is currently under restoration in parts ,  the photo is an old one as there is scaffolding and protection covers over some of the outside walls. 
Chris  showed some super photos  last week, and this  of her visit to this House,
We were regular visitors to the Farm Shop as well.

Can you see our Meg waiting patiently for the door to be unlocked. 
While you stay on the site you get a key , which allows you to leave the walled area and walk freely on the  many paths that run though the estate.
The notice on the door reminds us to be sure to lock when we have passed through it.

 I remembered to take a photo of our tea and coffee flasks,  Always a good brew of us both,
 even on warm days.

The old girl doesn't walk so far these days, but enjoyed being out and we keep  to the flat parts of the estate.

T stands for Tuesday
over at...

While I was on the computer creating in the digital
program. I added a few extra flasks
 to share with friends. in case they are thirsty
 when they call in for a cuppa today.


 This will  be my last journal page for Gills theme over at
Art Journal Journey

where August has  been all about Natures Wonders
all the fantastic art pages can all be seen here on the  a  Pinrest board.

When I was searching for strange looking animals on the net
 the other day these two birds caught my eye.

A Frigate Bird

A Shoe billed Stork.

I wonder what kind of call these two unusual birds make.

On the left if the photo taken from my 8 x 8 inch journal, before I added the words
 digitally in  MCS
Its hard to see the texture, I used crumpled, then flattened  paper tissues.
Sprayed  and splodged it  with a variety of paints.
The birds are fussy cut Paper Artsy stamps.

Thank you for calling in to see me ,
You are always welcome.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Animal wonders for AJJ

A page in my 8 x 8  inch journal today.

where there is only a few more days left to join in with Gills theme of Natures Wonders.

I did manage to remember to take a photo of the base layer, which was made using paint sprays and wax crayons.
Adding a bit more shading with distress inks, the stencil was lying on the desk, so I just had to add some as well.
The wording was added  in  a digital program after I took the photo.

The animals are Katzelkraft stamped images which I fussy cut.

I was thinking about strange looking creatures and did a Google search, it was amazing how many photo are out there. here are a couple  that caught  my eye.


Venezuelan Poodle Moth

But this was my favourite, he's not strange but look at that face....
A Bearded Emperor Tamarin

Animals are a true wonder of nature, there are so many species out there 
and I'm sure there are more to discover.
So to end with my own version of weird and strange animals

I had a lot of digital fun with this page,
using images from Mischief Circus kits as well as some of my own.

Human or Animal, our friends are special.

Thank you for calling in to see me today, you are most welcome.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

All creatures great and small for AJJ

All creatures great and small, and the opportunity to use a favourite lion image.
I had this months theme, 'Natures Wonders',  chosen by Gill
in mind when creating a couple of hybrid pages for 

I used one of my own base backgrounds,  it was sprayed with one of my  mixed colours.  For the  line drawn sketchy flowers I used  old wax crayons. The may have been a brand ? gelatos, I did buy a few many moons ago, now they are stored in a tin box, with similar items.

This is the second page I made with the same base,
When I read this quote I just knew I had to use it for this theme.
Butterflies have such short lives, but they are a true wonder of nature.
Thank you for calling in to see me today,
you are most welcome.
Digital additions from 
Mischief Circus kits
as well as my own.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

More Book pages and a cuppa

I really wanted to try book folding. for the current challenge theme at Try it on Tuesdays
but so far this was
 and is possibly the only one I will be attempting. 
 It took me a long time [days] , mainly because my eyesight cannot cope with the measurements in millimetres. I'm pleased I didn't choose a longer word.
Folding the pages was the much easier part of the exercise.

Hello  to my friends at
Bleubeard and Elizabeth's

Even the trusty Cup of Tea didn't help my concentration.

I tried a selection of rulers.

 I ended up using the green one.
In case you wonder about the apple, it was crisp,
slightly sour  but refreshing.

 Our eating apple tree  is giving us a small crop this year, the cooking apple trees  have taken a rest

It will be a  little while longer 
before they all ripen,
I stood under the branches with the camera pointing to the sky  to get this photo, a  ladder,  broom will be needed to get them from the tree,  they don't shed so well from this tree.

I will end with my altered
 digital book page version,
 which I have to say
 gave me more pleasure in the making

Thank you for calling in today, you are most welcome and I love to have you visit.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Time changes Nature

With Gill's theme of Natures Wonders this month over at 
I have been thinking about how,  'time, ' plays a large part in natures cycle,
 as well as in our own lives.

This page started its life in 2010

One of the very first altered pieces I created .
It still hangs on my craftroom wall, all these years later, the colours fading  a little
 from the light and the sun . 
It was a mirror from a well known
 Scandinavian store.
For the photo I had to cover the mirror with a piece of card.
It doesn't stand still.
It waits for no man
and nature changes our world
 with each passing day.

Here it is now, at the start of its digital alterations.
I added 4 small photos to center, trying to represent the  Seasons of the year.
Of course the birds had to make an appearance,
their song is something I love to hear.
Ending up with some simple  green foliage,  showing for me,  that nature is around us everywhere, if we take the time to look, explore and enjoy..

Thank you for calling in to see me today,  you are very welcome here.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Flowers, one of Natures Wonders. for AJJ

Yesterday Gill this month's  lovely hostess over at
asked us What was our favourite flower and why?

Well, this did have me pondering,
poppies have always been my choice if it were to pick a wild flower.
Then what about all the other flowers that bloom, and share their scents, colours and their own special beauty with us.
So this is a digital page from me, showing a variety of flowers that would give me great pleasure to see them in bloom.
I rarely have flowers in a vase, I  prefer to see them growing.
We plant a seed, a bulb,  a cutting in the soil,
Wait awhile,
then see..........
A true wonder of nature.

Thank you for calling in to see me today,
your visit is very much appreciated.
Made using my own,
found , Mischief Circus