Tuesday, 15 August 2017

In my garden..... at TioT's

'In my garden'............ is the new challenge theme at
 Try it on Tuesdays.
We have lots of ideas on the TioT's blog to share with you
 and I hope you will  pop over to see what we made and get all the details of the challenge..

The first layer on the journal page was a piece of a floral napkin.

Some raised stencils using  modelling paste.
Next came some extra shading using water colour paints and Oxides.
The figures were from the  Found Relatives[TH] pack.
I also added some wild flower die cuts and a piece of ribbon.

The words, butterflies and a few more flowers were added in my digital  program.
 [notes in my sidebar]

For fun I also used part of my original journal page to made  this digital card.

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

I may be late in calling in to see you all this  week, I will catch up soon.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Become You

Over at Tag Tuesday
the new theme is   'Use your Scraps'

I think Valerie knows us crafters very well when she chose this theme.
I am so guilty of hoarding even the smallest of scraps.

Take the wooden heart on this tag, it had snapped at the top and side rim, so got placed in the bits box. Today I have stuck it back together to use on my tag.
I also used a piece of printed material, fancy wool. which I have no idea how long that has been lurking, fibers and papers. The base of the tag is a remnant of stenciled paper,  at the moment it is quite bendy, I will have to look out a piece of stiffer card to back it with.
 The picture I think may be from Crafty Individuals.

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

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Tea pots, crafting and many photos...its just got to be Tuesday.

Before I get into a photo overload for you all today,
I want to share a few digital pieces that I sat at the computer doing this weekend,
 when other things should have taken priority.

It started with a few simple postcard designs for the current
 Try it on Tuesdays challenge of Postcards {Mail Art }

I was creating a digital page for another challenge,
if you are interested its on my all digital blog here.
This led to another postcard
To complete the digital crafting fest I came up with this page
for Jo's theme  Poetry in motion
 where we can use poetry , quotes or sayings  for our inspiration this month.
at Art Journal Journey

I really like this quote, home should be the place where we can feel safe , loved and cared for.

It's T stands for Tuesdays

over at Bleubeard and Elizabeths
 where we are always made very welcome with a drinks related post

Tea pots and More Tea pots

Well I said I would show you more photos from the Tea Pottery I visited in Leyburn, Yorkshire 
 a short while ago.
I hope you are sitting comfortably, there is rather a lot of them.

First of all inside the factory to see where the pots were made

Now into the shop to see the finished pots

I think they had pots for everything covered, but maybe not so practical to use every day.
I know my shaped pots never get used.
These weren't all of my photos,  as many had a glare caused by the flash on the camera.
I found a Pinrest link that shows many of this potteries products, better photos and no price tags.

So after looking at so many pots  it was time to have another cuppa ourselves
Back to the lovely cafe where we had had our lunch.
 We even managed to get the same table by the window.
Tea again for me and coffee for my OH.

Thank you all for calling in to see me today.
Hope your T.  day is a Happy one.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Just Breathe

Do you ever get times  when you wonder where the day has gone,
 well I have  many weeks like that , never mind days.
 So, to have some me time in the craft room,  while I am waiting for paint to dry on another project. I thought I would begin a  digital page  for Jo's theme  of  Poetry in Motion, where we can add a quote, poem saying, that may have inspired our work.

Big mistake for me, as more than   two hours  later and I am still playing in my digital program,
the paint is dry and it will have to wait for another day.
I rather like this quote,  it seems quite relevant to the way we tend to speed through the day
and never stop to take a little time for ourselves.

A little reminder today as well for the current Try it on Tuesdays theme which is 
Post Cards,
  all the information is here

Thank you for calling in and I hope you all have a good weekend.

Digital information can
 be found in my sidebar.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Poetry in Motion for AJJ

There is a super new theme for August over at
Jo from Lets Art Journal 
is the host for this month and has chosen the theme of
Poetry in Motion
Jo would like us to use quotes, poems, saying s to inspire us this time.

My page began with a  speckled Brusho background and a paper napkin with this lovely dog on it.
Dogs have always been part of our family and now we have  many  fond memories of the years we shared with them..
I really love this quote they do  change how we feel and give us unconditional love.
Anyway back to the page. When I saw what had happened to the edges of the napkin as it dried out, I  thought of how our dogs would shake themselves after they had been in the water.......poetry in motion...... 

Splashing everything that was near them including the family. Then trot off  and explore the surroundings all innocent.with an expression on their face to say.... it wasn't me.

I added some digital additions after taking the initial photo. [Notes in my sidebar]

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

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Post cards,,, at TioT's

is the new theme  at Try it on Tuesdays.

The prompts are to make/design a postcard or.....
include one in your project.
Again the DT have shared some fantastic examples, so please pop over to take a look 
and we hope you will join us.

Its the 1st of August today and many folk will be on holiday right now,
possibly somewhere hot and sunny if you live in the Northern Hemisphere
I added this quote to my postcard....

Once a year go someplace
you have never been before.

Maybe this is something you like to do when you go on holiday
 then  searching  out a postcard to send back home to family and friends.
Showing the area where you are staying

I made a digital card, showing in the background my love of visiting old houses.
Also an beautiful  plumed bird , something I would have liked to see in its native habitat.
But I think it would be hard to take the caravan to this exotic places,
 I will stick to the UK where there are so many places still on my future destinations list.

Thank you for calling in to see me today,
your visit is always appreciated.

Digital information can be
found in my sidebar.

History and Tea.

Hello friends calling in to see me today.
 It's Tuesday, so it must be T day over at
where we are always made very welcome to share a drinks related post.

I am sharing more photos from our recent visit to Yorkshire

One of our favourite places to visit is old ruined castles
This one is Middleham.

If you did want to read a little of its history, I have added a link.

There is something about these old castles, the history and things they must have seen over the years.

My husband was keen to see  one of the upper floors that were still accessible via the wooded stairs.
I opted out of this as I am no good with heights.

I explored  the vast grounds and let my imagination wander to the Lords, Ladies and Knights that
may have walked through the rooms.

Leyburn is close by and is a lovely old small market town,
lots of folk about so not many photos were taken.

Needless to say we were looking for a cafe to have a snack and a cuppa.

We found this lovely  eatery at the bottom of the market square.

My choice was a Toasted Cheese and pickle sandwich
and a very welcome pot of tea after our mornings  visit to Middleham.

Our day out exploring didn't end here,
we went to  Teapot  Pottery.
The photos are still to be sorted out , but here is a photo that I think you would like to see today.

Thank you for calling in here  to see me,
Happy T day everyone.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Cats for AJJ and Moo Mania

I saw that the new theme over at
 Moo Mania and More...... is
This was such a coincidence as I was thinking about using some Paper Artsy stamps that hadn't seen ink for a while, that might go with this  new one of a cat.

So here is a simple tag,  with pre- printed  paper background and coloured with ink pens.

But as July is just about to end, I wanted to create one last page for

Summer Love theme at.....

Tiger, my spotty cat loves spending her Summer Holidays in the company of good friends.
They love the  hot summer nights when they can stay out late and enjoy being together.
Similar to us humans I think, Don't you?

I have used the tag you can see  at the top, to make this hybrid page.
Tiger has invited Bleubeard and Squiggles over for  a visit.
I hope they enjoy themselves.
I, for sure have enjoyed making my journal pages this month for their human Mom's AJJ theme. 

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

Friday, 28 July 2017

Share the love of Summer Laughter

 Share the love of Summer Laughter
Friends who you love to spend time with and   enjoy their company on  a perfect summers day.
These were my thoughts when I made this page

The base started off  when I accidently dropped an ink pad on the blank page. I have used old nearly dried out pads this way before, but  decided to give it a go for real with some juicy pads . The laughing trio of girls are from a Jane Davenport tissue and the word sentiment a stamp .
I used the same colours to stamp up the wild flowers.

I am happy with my original page, but many of you know I like to play with my photos in the digital program as well.
A few more digital  inky layer on the top photo

I added  summer flowers  as I;m sure the girls would  enjoy seeing them as well.

I will share this page over at 

where I have really enjoyed creating pages this month for 
theme of Summer Love.
I may even find time to join in one last time over the weekend.

Thank you for calling in to see me today,
I always appreciate you stopping by.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

What are my favourite colours

My Favourite Colour Combination 
is the new theme over at Tag Tuesday

I enjoyed making this tag and used two Oxide inks as my colour choices.

Chrissie is hosting this theme and it wasn't at all easy to pick out  what I like best.
Choosing colours for me can depend on many the sun shining..... is it dull  I happy....... what am I making  ....... etc.
So for this tag I chose to go blue and green, for me, two colours of summer.

I used a coat of white gesso as a base.
Blended on the two colours, then spritzed  the tag with water. After drying  I stamped  some flowers and script.. The same colours were used on the die cuts.

The butterflies were digital additions.

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

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Summer mornings.

Digital  journal pages today to share over at

where there is still a few more days for me to join  in with Bleubeard and Elizabeth's
 fantastic theme of Summer Love.

This first one had me thinking of a misty summer morning ,
 when the sun is trying is best to break through the haze.
 We live close to the River Tyne and often the valley is hidden by mists and low clouds ,
a scene perhaps we take for granted as we know it doesn't last for long.

My hazy summer sunshine has moved a few hundred miles
 and taken me on a trip to Paris for this next page.
Its many years since I visited this city, but it was summer time and I loved the trip.

Thank you for calling in today to see me, your visit is always appreciated.

Digital information  can
be found in my sidebar.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Cats and Tea

Hello friends who call in to see me today.
First of all I am sharing another hybrid journal page for

where our lovely T day  hosts Bleubeard and Elizabeth   are also hosting this months theme of Summertime love.
I got my inspiration  for this when I saw our neighbours cat, lying on our patio
 in the summer  sunshine on Sunday  morning.  It never came anywhere near our garden when we had our Meg, but I think it is feeling safe now  and we didn't mind it calling in. 

Most of my pages seem to be starting off the same way these days. With a fussy cut piece from a colouring page and a napkin.
Followed by extra shading and then some  digital additions.
I think I may be getting into a rut, but I have so many pretty napkins and lots of coloured pages to use, I am on a mission to get them into a journal.

Now to grab a cuppa and visit with the folk at
Bleubeard and Elizabethswhere T stands for Tuesday 

and we are always made to feel very welcome
 and share a drinks related post

On the subject of cats I think Elizabeth, Bleubeard and Squiggles might have enjoyed visiting  this
workshop we found whilst
we were in Yorkshire

--The Cat Pottery

The outdoor cats were enjoying the sunshine.

I spent ages looking around the pottery garden, which was situated behind the owners home.

They were cat lovers in real life as well and  you could tell,  each cat was named.
Yes they were displaying a price if you wanted to take one home, but it was their business. Some however were not for sale and when I asked it was because it was there special one off piece to remember a family cat.

Now for some of the indoor cats.

These were cast metal and to tactile to the touch.

Some of the china cats on the right, it was hard to get a good photo of these ones.
This is  a small metal cat  that I fell in love with,  we have renamed her Tiger.
after a cat we had many years ago. She used to sit on  a chair or  the garden wall,  in this same position and pounce on the dog we had at the time, as he  walked past.

Where is the cuppa you may be wondering,
I should have had a cup the size of this one that  we saw holding plants in a Garden center we visited recently.

But as you can see the tea was as usual. placed close to hand beside the computer as I was sorting through  these cat photos.
I have been working on holiday photos for the past two hours and  I still have loads to sort  out, but not today.

I will leave you with this selection of photos. The owner of the pottery suggested we walk to the bottom of the village take a right turn..... we did and this is the scene that met us. A  beautiful waterfall in an  equally lovely location.

Happy Tea day Everyone

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Summer is colourful

Can you imagine a summer without colour?..........I can't
What if  the summer  flowers we love had no colour at all...
I think colour can brighten anyone's day, don't you.
This is a hybrid, mixed media page for

great theme is Summer Love.

On the left is how this page began. The first layers are a colourful background , a layer of checked tissue in the top corner. A fussy cut lady from the same paper stack..
Some Washie tape and scraps of a printed ribbon.
 I used some Jane Davenport items I purchased on holiday.
 However this didn't stop me from altering it in my digital program  as you can see in  my first photo.

Thank you for stopping by, I  hope you are loving  summer like  I am..