Thursday, 23 November 2017

Comfort food for cold days

A mixed media /hybrid page today for Chris's theme of
101 ways to keep warm over at 

This page is in my 8x8 inch journal.
Water colour base, a fussy cut picture from a magazine with  a girl in her thick winter jumper warming her hands on a mug of soup.
I have to admit I love a mug of soup on cold winter days. There were some scraps of music paper added , next an  embossed stencil area , which  when it dried out  I smeared it  with gilding wax.

I added the snowflakes and the words  in the computer program I use. [notes in my sidebar].
I know its still supposed to be autumn, but forgive me for using a winter quote, it seemed just right for this page.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my blog friends who are celebrating  today, I hope you have a special and happy day.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Colourful at TioT's

The new challenge theme over at
We are asking you to use colour with hardly any or no white area.
There are fantastic examples from the team, please pop over to take a look.

To help myself with this challenge I decided to use kraft card base.
It was easy to add a bit of colour through a stencil.
I had a new Steampunk cat stamp that needed to be inked.
Stamped onto white card, then fussy cut and coloured.
The die cut cogs were cut from a piece of dark  packaging,
I smeared them with some gilding wax and stopped as i thought they looked quite rusty at this stage.

So I have a card made in advance for a fun loving male family friend.
I just wish a fairy would wave a wand and make me some Christmas cards.

Thank you for calling in today, your comments are always appreciated.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Shetland......Up Helly Aa..... and of course a brew.

For Chris's theme of 101 ways to keep warm over at

My page today is taking you to a very warm destination 
a Fire Festival
held each year,  a celebration I would like to see, but like many others watch it on TV.
Can you just imagine the heat..............

This is a link if you want to find out more.
 The pictures I used for this page were cut from magazines.

I had a cuppa as usual on my craft desk, the hen does make me smile when I use this cup. 
So I will say hello to friends who call in  today
 Its T stands for Tuesday at
where we are always made welcome to share a drinks related post.

 I found a lot more photos from an internet search.  The official  Up Helly Aa site has many more information links.

'Up Helly Aa'  is a spectacular fire festival that takes place on   Shetland,  on the last Tuesday of January. After a parade around the town, with the participants  carrying  torches,  the event culminates with flaming torches being thrown into a Viking Galley!

As you can see on the with this last photo , I had a play with my original page, in the computer program I use.

Thank you for calling in to see me,  I hope you all have a warm and cosy day

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Dance to the music.

The new challenge theme over at


The tag was water coloured,
 then embossed with texture paste.
Finished with a little gilding wax.
All the other additions were made in the
 digital computer program I use. [notes in my side bar].

Thank you for stopping by today, your visit here is always welcome.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Out of the cold and into the warm

This is a hybrid/mixed media journal page for 
theme.......... 101 Ways to Keep Warm....  over at

The base was coloured with white gesso, and water colours, there is a magazine page first of all, but this ended up being completely covered.

Some stencils came next and after they dried out I rubbed on a little gilding wax.
Over to the digital program I used 
I started adding  a winter scene and remembered to save you a peek at this stage. 
Its been so frosty here in the mornings , clean and crisp to get out and enjoy a walk.  But best of all. it  made me think of the pleasurable feeling you get when you actually turn around and go back home to the warm.

Thank you for calling in today, you are always welcome here
 and the comments you leave for me are always appreciated.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Hot Chocolate and Soup

I am starting off with another page for Chris's theme over at
101 ways to keep warm.

I  used  a variety of stencils  on this background .
The words down the left of the page are stamped.
Which brings me to the pictures, these were torn from an old magazine , they instantly gave me the idea for this page .

How comforting to have  a cup of hot chocolate  after a walk .   I added some faux stitching and the words were computer generated.

As its Tuesday, I am also off to visit with friends at
where we are always made to feel welcome with a drinks related post.

Last Thursday we went to Corbridge  a very  small country town/ or large village,
  I think how its described,  depends, on where your own home is. It is for sure a larger village than where we live   and has a number of independent shops.
.It  is about a 20 minute journey for us  in the car.
There is a very good farm shop close by that  I wanted to call in to and we needed    to  visit  the  hardware store in the village for some wood  paint.

It was quite a dull day , but if you can enlarge the photo you will see the Corbridge in the distance.  It  attracts many visitors especially from folk visiting Hadrians Wall.

We spent more time in Corbridge,  than we intended and ended up having    lunch   in the  Cyclists cafe.

Home made thick carrot soup  with a chicken  and avocado wrap.
No posh milk jugs here, the milk is served in small bottles.
 Oh and proper infused tea, not a tea bags  to be seen

Cyclists , adults, children , babies and dogs  are all welcomed there.
The dogs are served a bowl of water  by their owners table. A real gem of a place.

Thank you for stopping by to visit with me today
and Happy T day wishes everyone

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Love will keep us warm

I am sharing a hybrid journal page for Chris's theme of
"101 ways to stay warm",  at......

This is how the page began, with a simple water colour wash base.
  I fussy cut some stamped paper Artsy houses. The sweet knitted bears having a cosy cuddle, were cut from an old magazine.  After I had added these images I  added a bit more paint before the photo was taken. Then it was off to the computer to have a  play.  No inky fingers for this  next stage.

I am adding a reminder for the current Try it on Tuesdays challenge theme.... Home Sweet Home....  you  get the information here.

I wonder which of these houses my bears live in?

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