Saturday, 24 September 2016

A little bird song.

A short scheduled post today, to share with you this hybrid page.

I have coloured a  page  from one of Stampinton 
Magazines--The Colouring Studio.

I have to say this is a super colouring book and the paper is a good thickness. After the photo was loaded into the computer, I added some digital additions and a base layer.

Thank you for your visit today you are always welcome.

We are away in the caravan and internet is not always available. I will visit and catch up with you 
all soon as I can..
I left a well stocked larder for my sons,
 who are  house sitting,
no doubt it will need replenishing on our return

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

School Rules and a welcome tea break .

I am really enjoying this months  theme  over at....

this is journal page is  created  using new technology
  not even thought about when I was at  school.
No it wasn't back in Victorian times,
 although I do remember how strict it was in class.
No talking, respect, punctuality, hand up to answer questions and no calling out. etc. etc. 
 I think you will be able to add many more of your own to this list.   I can.

So, here I am with the trusty tea close by, enjoying a session on the computer.
Some of the images I used were from an internet search for free to use items. The background is one of my own.

A close up photo of the current Tea mug.
I have to smile at the state of that woman, she looks tired out poor thing.
I am popping over to say hello  and visit with the folk at

Where T stands for Tuesday and all are welcome
to add a Tea related post.

Thank you for calling in to see me today,
Happy Tea Day everyone.

I am having some internet issues at the moment, I will get to visit with you all as soon as I can.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Art Class for AJJ

Art is one of my very forgettable  lessons  when at school.
I had no idea of how to produce anything like my art teacher was expecting.
and  had a thoroughly horrible year with that subject at High School.

This journal spread was made with the current theme at

with  Bleubeard and Elizabeths popular theme of ''Back to School'' in mind.

Back then I perhaps  would have been happy to produce something like this page on the left.
Plenty colour with  freedom to play and create.
Using crayons and a wet tissue,
with a word stencil.
Go with the flow and see what happens.

You can see the mess, but it is my mess
and I had something in mind about how it would eventually look.

At school we had to sit in orderly rows with a blank sheet of paper  and were not encouraged to add paint until the art teacher was satisfied with the drawn outline.
Needless to say hardly any paint got as far as my paper.

Now I am happy when a background turns out like this one.
Using a quantity and variety of thick Pebeo paints.
It may take a couple of days to dry, but it leaves an acceptable textured look..
I have yet to use this base in a conventional crafty way.
The photo of it, was used for my hybrid  journal page.

Digital additions were added to both pages for my journal spread.
These days my concept and enjoyment of  Art  is  totally different from my school days.

Like this quote... by Degas.

Art is not what you see,
but what you make others see.

My teacher certainly  isn't standing over me these days to shout...' Mess'  and 'could do better.'

this leads to the second quote...

With imagination comes knowledge.

Thank you for stopping by to see me today,
you are very welcome here.
Digital additions from 
Mischief Circus kits.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

St Trinians for AJJ

I have altered one of my scrapbook pages  from the 1990's  to share with you today.
The school I worked in  always encouraged the children to raise funds for good causes.
These are some of  photos that  were taken on  one such day, 
 raising money on    ''Comic Relief's-- Red Nose Day''.
I cannot show you any photos  with the children who wore fancy dress,
 as it was and is against
 the school's guidelines.

So the staff wore school uniform and at lunch time had lots of fun with the children.
Showing them some of the games  we played,  when we had been in school.

I have altered the photos and given the girls some new eyes,[I'm in there as well wearing my glasses.] perhaps they don't want to be reminded of the football match that ended with many exhausted,
skipping and getting tangles in the ropes,
or like me being stood in the corner of the dining hall
for being disruptive at the table.
 All because I took a jam jar of  pond creepy crawlies into lunch.
My argument was that it did have a lid and they couldn't escape
Moral of story never argue with your teachers they are always right.
 My own escapade will give you some idea of the minor incidents we set up for the children to enjoy .

Good fun was had by all and I am happy to say the children settled back  in class after lunch as if it was just any day of the week.
Another school memory from me for 
Art Journal Journey
 and Elizabeths'  theme of Back to School

Thank you for stopping by, your visit and comments are always appreciated.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Meet Coffee and Cream at TioT's

Coffee and Cream
 is the new challenge theme for
 We will accept your choice of any  two colour shades  for this theme,
Remember you can use any style of crafting/art,  medium etc.
Please pop over for all the details and see what we all made.

I chose to use shades of cream and browns for this card. A cream card base , a layer of deep chocolate brown and then cream card for the top.
I used stencils with Vintage Photo distress ink.
An alphabet stamp, and two fussy cut Stampers  Anonymous dogs, which were coloured in watercolour and distress inks.
In case you wonder, Coffee would have been rather ill,  if I hadn't  painted his tongue. pink.

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

If you have stopped by to share a cuppa, please scroll down to my earlier post.

Sea air, fish and a cuppa.

Where the River Tyne meets the North Sea.
 We often visit North Shields for a day out
to visit the Fish Quay .
Today I am sharing a cuppa with friends over at

and the brew that was very welcome on our return home.

In the distance on the left is the headland at  Tynemouth.

It was a dull day, but still a few folk were enjoying the sands.

This was looking back towards North Shields.

Now to the buy some fish for tea, just around the corner from the Smokehouse.

What to buy????

Back home , with the brew close to hand it was time to consult the books for ideas,
we had bought Sea Bream.
A treat and not something I usually buy, like cod or haddock.

You have my word it was delicious,
 but taking a photo when it was shouting out, ''eat me'',
was the last thing on my mind at the time.

Thank you for calling in today you are most welcome.
Happy Tea day everyone.

My post for Try it on Tuesdays will be posted soon.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Knowledge for AJJ

I have always loved reading  and books of all kinds appeal to me.
We didn't have TV when I was young, so my earliest encounters with books
 were the stories that were read to me.
I am joining the folk again at 
Art Journal Journey
where  Elizabeth's  theme for this month is 
Back to School

This side of the journal spread  is  all about Fairy Tales.   Hidden meanings never  came to mind back then, just the magic,  make believe and  hopefully a happy ending to the tale.

The background was scribbled crayons, which I blended with a wet wipe and sprinkled with a little Brusho powder.
The cut outs  are papers sent me by a friend. Graphics 45 I think.
Butterflies are stamped and fussy cut and left over from another project.

This page was made in  a digital program.
Growing older,  the magic  disappears, with the need to gather knowledge.
Books are for information, aids to learning, filling your head with facts,  maybe at the time, they are of no interest to you. But,  they have to be learned in detail, in order to pass exams.
School days pass, gathering speed and  when we  leave  and go out into the world.... How much do we truly remember.  I would say quite a lot stays,  its there stored for the day we may be asked a question, that would jog our memory and hopefully we would  be able to recall the relevant  facts.

Thank you for stopping by to see me today,
you are very welcome and your comments are always appreciated.
Digital additions
are images from
Mischief Circus kits.