Monday, 18 June 2018

Mistakes, cars and a Latte


Inspired by....... Mistakes.......
and how I never like to discard things without trying to solve the  problem.
for Art Journal Journey
and Gills theme for this month.
This page has quite a few  covered up mistakes, one  I will admit to straight away  is that these TH stamps are hard to stamp out on top of painted brusho backgounds,
 another is to be sure that the paint is dry.
Message to self......
 Look for inspiration before you tear the page from the book  .
 To cover the mess,, I water brushed the stamped area blending the blue shades that had smudged.
Made sure it was dry this time.
 I re- stamped onto tissue and  used an acrylic binder to stick it down.
 Stencils are easy to use on these paints and  help cover many faults.
The small word sentiments are stamps,
 however the  one about making mistakes is computer generated.

Now I am off to visit with friends at
where we are always very welcome with a drinks related post.

This weeks photos are from a visit we make to an Auction House when we were in Yorkshire last month.  A  super huge auction house in Leybourne., very spacious inside with function rooms as well as the auction , it even holds wedding receptions.


Cars of all ages were up for sale, many having catalogue prices for many  thousands of pounds.

I was really interested in  the children's toy cars and posters  that were also for sale.


This toy car was my absolute favourite, imagine being a child back when this was new and finding the crate to open on Christmas morning.
 Well,  you can dream and I also think the parents would have to have  plenty of cash
 to buy this  for a gift. In the auction it sold for  £2,100








Our treat of the visit was to have a meal in the restaurant. Iced water was our drink with the meal. I took a photo of my starter, crab cake, then sat back and enjoyed the rest of the meal until it was coffee time. We had a Lamb main course and passed on the dessert.
  A Latte for me to end this meal. Yes I do have the very occasional coffee.


Thank you for calling in to see me today.
I hope you all have a great day.







As my journal page is male themed it would also  fit
 the current theme at Try it on Tuesdays
which is for the boys and has another week to  run.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Da Vinci....Diary week 24.


Friday is Diary day.... week 24.
I have been looking through my stamp collection recently and came across a number that had been pushed to the  side of the shelf and certainly haven't  seen any ink in a very long time.
In fact the ones I used today,  I couldn't name the maker or even guess a name.
The cut outs were  computer generated  and I used just the one stencil today and some Vintage photo distress ink, the more layers of colour you add the darker the shade becomes.
I will join the folk over at
  and Gill's theme.....Inspired by.....
finding these Leonardo da Vinci stamps was my inspiration for today.

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

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Follow your muse


Its a stay home and stay safe day for me today,
 the summer has now sent us gale force winds, 
so what better excuse than to have a play in the craft room

This page is inspired  by the theme.... Arrows...... over at 
which I read about and saw a fantastic inspiration page  over on  Susi's blog yesterday

 I will also be joining the folk at
 and Gill's theme..... Inspired by.....

So this page was created with these  two theme's in mind.




An already inked page in my journal, I used collage stamps[ AALL and Create] and embossed a couple of areas . Embossing allowed me to add more colour and stencils over the page without loosing the images.
I did fussy cut the cute lady in her  purple dress.
She is having a bad hair day like I am today.
I made the arrow with a scrap of paper and the wording was computer generated.


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

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

For the Boys ... at TioT's


For the Boys.... a masculine theme  for this challenge
 at Try it on Tuesdays.,
it could be  baby boys, boys, teenagers, adults.... to grandfathers.
Please pop over to see how we all interpreted the theme and I hope you will join us there.

I am needing a few male Birthday cards , this is one of the cards I made....
Layers of paper for the background and a Tim Holtz stamped image.
A little shading with Vintage Photo distress ink, all tied up with a piece of string
 and an added sentiment.

Thank you for calling in today,
I always appreciate the comments you leave for me.


Monday, 11 June 2018

Movies, visits and food.

Hello T day friends, where we all gather at
to share a drinks related post.

But first of all I am sharing a digital tag
that I made for the challenge over at
the theme is.......'A night at the movies'


There are a few older  movies that I can watch again and again
and have to admit when there is nothing worth watching on our TV they are my go to choices.

Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, Dances with Wolves,  West Side Story, The Sound of Music to name a few. Of the more modern films it would be The Lord of the Rings collection and because I don't feel I have grown up yet [big laugh out loud] the Happy Potter series.

I always have a cuppa close by when I work on my photos in the computer
and I did have many to edit and look at after my trip to Carlisle Castle last week
This is a follow on to my last blog post, where I shared photos of the Weeping Window




This is a collage of some  the Sculpture photos taken in other areas of the UK.
It was good to see this photo exhibition on display in the Castle grounds.
I added one of my own from my visit  to Carlisle.










We also visited the Military Museum  in the castle grounds.  I didn't have much success with photos mostly the fantastic displays were behind glass, but here are a few so you get the idea of the displays






On the top floor of the museum building was an Art Exhibition
by modern  artists  called.... Remembrance 100
 We did ask if we cold take photos, but  when I was searching a link I saw that they had copyright 
stamped over all  the images. So I will leave it up to you if you want to go and take a look.






We had been snacking  and drinking lots of water all day, but before we left, the aroma of hot meat pasties from the food tent was just too tempting.
We'd passed  it a number of times during our visit and finally gave in  and were not disappointed with the flavour.


Thank you for stopping by,
I hope you all have a lovely day.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Poppies from the Weeping Window




In 2014  there was  a display of poppies at the Tower of London
to remember the  100 year anniversary of the First World war,
 not every one was able to visit our capital city to see this awesome display.
Between 2015 and 2018 venues were chosen all around the UK
for  two  Poppies sculptures to go on Tour
On Tuesday this week we were able to go and see the 'Weeping Window'
at Carlisle Castle.



On the left the view of the castle as we walked over the green, you can see the poppies falling from the turret. 


This visit was awe inspiring and I created a page  in my journal for me to remember the occasion






I used, brusho colours on  a wipe to for  the background,
using stamps, stencils, scraps of
leaf die cuts and a fussy cut watercoloured stamped poppy.
I also stamped the quote which I think was a good one to use for the page.
We must never forget .

I will be joining friends over at
 Art Journal Journey
and Gill's theme of...... Inspired by'...............

Here are a few photos of the sculpture








This photo is the entrance to the Keep just on the right side a the stone staircase. I missed most of this from the photo as I was trying to avoid   getting people in the photo.
So it was a hot day and there were a few stairs to negotiate to get onto the castle walls, but in the next photo you can see
that [for me] it was well worth going up.














You could walk under the arc of poppies  on  the castle wall,
before it tumbled over to sweep down the  lower wall and onto the grass.











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

Friday, 8 June 2018

Frida.... for diary day


Friday is diary day week 23
The inspiration for my diary today  comes  from the artist  Frida Kalo.
That and a set of stamps that have only been inked a few times.
A sprinkle of brusho powder   on top of a white gesso wash  that covered the original  printed background. This time I left quite a bit of white [for me] and coloured the stamped images with water colour paint



I  have  also created a digital journal  page   using layers of digital pagers and images.

I will join the folk over at Art Journal Journey
again today and Gill's theme  .....
Inspired by'......




 Its been really warm and humid here these past few days.  I hope you are all having some sunshine today.

Thank you for stopping by, your visit is always appreciated.








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