Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Mr Fox.... and .......Tea.... because its Tuesday.

I often say a huge thank you to the folk who design rubber stamps.
I am hopeless at drawing anything as detailed as this fox.
When I saw  Sheena Douglas's   stamp I was reminded of our neighbourhood fox,
 he's not been seen for a while.
I'd like to think he was safe in his lair with his mate.

The stamp was a Christmas gift, I have yet to ink up the other one which is a hare.

I stamped  him onto water colour card, borrowed husbands masking fluid and water coloured the background.
Then I coloured him in with water based pencils.

I added some digital background layers and the card is ready to print out to send in the mail.

 current challenge theme is Favourite Things.
I'm sure my regular visitors know I love to  to alter pieces in a computer program, as well as initially getting hands on messy.

I have been also sorting through some photos taken in Yorkshire  last year
[I can say that as its now 2018].  It 's so dull and grey here I thought I would share these photo's of warmer sunnier day with friends over at

where we are always made to feel welcome with a drinks related post.

Hardly any folk around, but this is as close as we got to the ruins, as we were on our way home from  a long day out. the birds were singing .
 It is hard to describe the peace and tranquility we both commented upon.
We had stopped earlier  for a  snack  lunch in the market town of Masham .

Our sons, both  bikers, have  always told us to keep a look out for where the bikers, parked up and ate.

They have an eye for  wholesome no fuss food .

So here we are in the market square in Masham on  hot sunny Sunday afternoon. Lots of motor bikes and pedal bikers around and there it is.
An open window straight into the kitchen of a cafe with the most amazing aroma's wafting across the square. Folk standing around waiting for their orders to be made up.

I can thoroughly  vouch for the bacon and Mushroom   roll that we ordered, together with the tea.
 No posh  cups here.

One last page from my digital playtime using Mr Fox.
I'm sure adventures do await us all if  we take time to get away from the pressures of everyday life and get out and about in the clean country air.. This is an easy remark for me to make, as being retired  we can get off in the caravan , sit and watch nature at its very best and   see the changing countryside around us.
I will add this page to
  Art Journal Journey

and Erika's theme of New Year, New Adventures.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you all have a good day.

Digital information can be
 found in my sidebar.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Friday is Diary Day

 Friday is  Diary Day
I have set myself a challenge to keep a year long weekly  journal diary  this year.
The first two spreads I have already shared.  I am hoping to show you my prepared pages  for the next  week,   a few days before  my journal week begins, hopefully  on Friday's.. 
So,  here is week 3.
I added stencils  with oxide inks. The stamps were water coloured
Mr Mouse is hoping to fly away, with his home made wings and begin his  weeks adventures.
I hope my plans for this diary will take me on adventures as well.

Another page  that will hopefully fit Erika's theme of
New Year, New Adventures at...

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

Thursday, 11 January 2018

New beginnings

Sorry if you call here for my T day Post you will find it

This tag is  for the challenge  over at 

the theme is..... New Beginnings.
Most of the additions to the tag are computer generated, the base is however a corrugated base.
I spent quite a while stripping the surface off some card to use sometime in the future,  did I need to do this, NO, I have a pile of the stuff in a pending paper pile, that never seems to  go down in size.

I grabbed these papers from the said  pile  to use as the background layers  of a journal page.
The  stripped back  corrugated piece,   printed paper [my own design], an embossed brick pattern on kraft card and a  brusho mop up... stencilled then stamped with tiny pearl drops as accents.

A plus side of using a computer to layer papers is that I am able to blend  them together, the minus side is that I still have the original  papers on the pile.

This is the hybrid  page I  created, for my digital journal, adding the tag and a silhouette figure.
I hope she has  many new adventures in the coming year.
I will be adding the page to

and Erika's theme of New Year, New Adventures.

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

Digital information can be
found in my sidebar.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Favourite things at TioT's

The first challenge of the New Year at
 Try it on Tuesdays..........

 is...... .Favourite Things.
We are also welcoming a new member to our design team
 Jo from Lets Art Journal

Please pop over and see what our  Favourite Things are and we hope you will join us there.

 It was not easy to pick out my favourite things, my new journal weekly  diary  planner  came first on the list, this is the second week. 
I have always loved using stamps and stencils, they came next  with of course the distress inks.
I added some torn patterned tissue another big favourite. Oh dear the list is getting longer,
but I  had to add  the numbers and a last quote using the digital computer program I use.
So my list is..... journals, inks, stamps, stencils, napkins and  some digital extras.

I think we will all find it difficult to narrow down our crafting goodies to just a few items.

I will join friends at
  Art Journal Journey
as well today. for Erika's theme of  New Year, New Adventures
This is the first weekly,  hands on,  creative  journal diary I  I have started.
The one for last year was a page for each month..

Thank you for calling in today, you are all always welcome here.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Warmer days and a cuppa

On a really frosty day here in the north east of the UK. I  got to thinking about warmer days.
First call for  this post   will be to say  hello to friends over at.....

Every week we are made very welcome with a drinks related post.

A  cuppa is a must for me when I am in my craft room,
the choice is  usually tea with a splash of milk.

I have  added some work in progress photos, the background was a brusho mop up background, top photos on the right.
As it dried I realised it was a terrible muddy colour,
a sprinkle of red powder and a spritz of water seemed to cheer it up.
I had the  found scene from an old calendar , that I wanted to use, together with the
 die cut days of the week. If you look closely at the  bottom photo, I had stamped a sentiment that  I ended up colouring over as well, thanks to the fact that brusho powders have a mind of there own, when adding water..
The words and modes of transport  were computer generated .

It may be cold outside but I am ready for a warmer adventure, so will join the folk at ...
and Erika's theme of....
New Year, new adventures.

Thank you for calling in today, your visit is always very much appreciated.

Saturday, 6 January 2018


I am following my adventures in creating hybrid art .
It is so dull in the craft room today, that even the daylight bulb in my lamp seems dim.
Fortunately I have a few base journal pages I can use, so it was just a question of adding 
some digital additions to make the page  come alive.

New Year, New Adventures is  Erika's theme for January at..

I think fun  will feature  on my, ' to do'  list for this year,
 especially  when I'm experimenting  in my own crafting world.
No pressure, deadlines  or must do today.
I may even make some special birthday cards in advance of needing them.
Well it is just January and I can always  dream that this will happen.

Thank you for calling in today.
You are all always welcome here.

Digital information can be
found in my sidebar.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

My dairy begins

I was lucky to receive a Dylusions  weekly  planner diary as a gift, so,
for this coming year I aim to add my own style on all the pages of this weekly diary journal.
I will be joining the  folk at
Art Journal Journey 

and Erika's theme for January  of  New Year , New Adventures.

As you can see one side of this spread had a starting point [on the left]. It only needed  more ink, stencils and stamps for me to add my my additions to the page. The stencils aslo spread to the clear diary side of the spread.  I suppose it could have been left as it looked, but I'm sure that Dyan wanted us to add our own art to the pages.

Thank you for calling in to see me today, your visit and comments are always appreciated.