Friday, 25 May 2018

Diary Day week 21... Mrs Fox


Week 21
Mrs  Fox


I used a picture torn from an old calendar as my starting point
for this weeks diary.
It was another coloured page in the diary so I used white gesso to calm it down. Embossed stencils  were next. when they were dry I  used distress oxide and a TH stencil to bring the page together.

Its another Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK and I am off  to our National Land Rover competitions with the family and the caravan, where we will meet up with friends who share the same interests.  So there will be noise and the sound of car engines for a few days. I will miss the peace and tranquility that seems to be surrounding Mrs Fox today.

I will be joining friends over at
Art Journal Journey
with this diary page  and Jo's super theme of
Flora and Fauna.

I hope you all have a  lovely weekend and thank you for calling in to see me here.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

I like to make stuff


I just  like to make stuff, how well I can relate to those words.


This page was created  while I was away, but with no internet  it was filed and forgotten until I was looking through my holiday photos.
The base is simply stencils, some torn sheet music paper, that was tucked in the pocket of my diary. All the rest are fussy cut pieces from a magazine. The leaves and mushrooms were from an article  in Daphne's Diary and had been made with felt.[ I can no longer remember who made them or who wrote the piece.]

I will join the folk over at 
and Jo's theme of Flora and Fauna.

Thank you for stopping by, you are always welcome here.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Destinations


This is a longer post so you may need to pull up a chair and grab a cuppa.
Which  brings me first of all,  to say hello to the folk over at 

 who could be calling in today as T stands for Tuesday
 and we are all made welcome with a drinks related post.

We have been having some lovely sunny days recently  and I have been enjoying  creating 
journal pages for Jo's theme at 
 of.....
Flora and Fauna



I began with another paper tissue with these bright yellow flowers.  Next I stamped  onto the page the Paper Artsy flowers and the dragon fly.
These were coloured with pencils and because I am not a fan of too much  white space, I added a few stencils.

A few days ago I shared some photos in a post [here] from Nunnington Hall,    a few more  taken in the Vegetable garden

Scarecrows  guarding the young shoots

Look who we found hiding..... Peter Rabbit.
A lovely touch  and I'm sure children would love finding him in the garden.




We had a couple of stops on this visit , as we had spent quite a while looking around the gardens . The day was warm and sunny and it was also good to sit and watch the insects and birds in the wild meadow area of the gardens.
 First stop was a lunch break of a sausage roll
 with salad and pickle.






Then later a stop for a scone with strawberry jam and cream, before we went back to the caravan.
My beverage of choice..... no need to ask .....
was tea.



We did look around the house as well, lots of folk around,
 so photos not so good,
 but I did manage to get some in a few bedrooms.






This was set out as a Guest bedroom.


My last shares today are  a Birthday card that also fits the current theme
Destinations
 over at


and a digital post card...



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

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Listen ......what can you hear


Do you listen to birds singing and wonder what they may be saying?

The birds and flowers were fussy cut from an old magazine. 
The background is  coloured with water colour  paint,
 using a wipe to spread it around.  A little random leaf stamping  and a stencil and a few extra paint splashes and I decided to stop.
The words were added in the digital program I use 
 [notes in my side bar].
Another page for Jo's theme over at
Flora and Fauna

If I could have found some photos of peacocks as I  created this page I would have done so.
My opening words are relevant to the call and sounds this handsome bird made.
We were lucky to have to have a peacock
 visit the site each day.
It was used to people and walked about visiting the caravans.

Here he is  calling to see us....

We would watch him leaving to go home , he would hop onto the fence, drop on the other side then off he went.  I have yet to find out where his.....home .... was.

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

I will be watching TV  as will many folk  around the world.
Congratulations Harry and Megan on your Wedding Day.
may you be blessed with a long and happy life together.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Diary Day .... down in the woods.


Diary Day ........Week 20 
I have a little woodland scene today for this weeks diary spread.
The page was shaded with distress inks. I then add my go to TH stencil of the flowers, some were embossed  and lightly smeared with gilding wax.


The animals were torn from this napkin..

I will also share this spread with the folk at
Art Journal Journey
and Jo's theme for the month of
Flora and Fauna.
Nunnington Hall in Yorkshire  is a National Trust House we visited last week.
I am sharing a few photos here as the gardens were quite magical with wild flower beds
 and early spring flowers blooming.




I will have more photos to share another day from  this trip to the Hall.
Thank you for calling in today, you are always very welcome here.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Mr Fox for AJJ


I am  enjoying  making collage journal pages and when I saw the paper I used for the background
 in a Daphne's Diary magazine I knew it would end up being used in my journal.
I will be joining the folk over at
Art Journal Journey

for  Jo's theme this month of
Flora and Fauna

On the left are a few photos  showing what I used.
Mr Fox was fussy cut from a colouring book..
I  meet with a group of friends at the library in the next village [the one we are doing our best to keep open]
 and we spend our time chatting and colouring. I usually take my own pencils but on this particular day I had to use the ones we keep there. So the blending isn't so good, I have learn't that trying to add more colour  later doesn't work on these type of book pages,   so I have left Mr Fox  as he looks in real life. 


Thank you for stopping by, you are always welcome here.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Destinations at TioT's


Destinations
 is the  theme  for the next two weeks at
Try it on Tuesdays.

Please pop over to TioT's to see what we have all been making
 and get all the details  for this theme.


I started   with a  mixed media canvas/burlap base, it already had  a  first layer. This   was  found in a bargain bin a while ago, bought it,  took it  home and it has sat there for months,
 as I decide what to do with it.
 I  added  a few more scraps of paper to the  base and still it sits in the craft room.
Anyway, I decided to use it as a base for my hybrid  piece  for the new TioT's  theme.
The  images you see are  digital additions.

There is a young girl in the background, dreaming of destinations she would like to visit.
I hope she believes that one day her wishes and dreams may come true.

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


 Digital information can
be found in my sidebar.



Monday, 14 May 2018

Weeds are not always what they seem


Hello everyone who calls in to see me today.
After a few days with poor or no internet connection
 it is good to be back and able  to blog again and  begin with visiting friends over at
where each Tuesday we are always made welcome with a drinks related post..

I started by sharing a journal spread for
and Jo's theme of Flora and Fauna
The colour was spread on using a baby wipe, I borrowed some of my OH's colours [he takes watercolours and pencils away when we go off in the caravan]  to shade the weeds.
The ribbon was a bargain find in a Charity shop. The bubbles were  computer generated.


So what have I been up to.... there are  quite a number of photos I need to sort,
but, I will start with a visit to a Farm Shop in Malhamdale in Yorshire.
Folk in the UK may have seen a recent TV series  hosted by Tom Kerridge,
  filmed  at the Town End Farm shop.
 It was a competition to find the best Artisan Food producers

The first photo is the view  from the cafe  and sitting area,
below is the entrance.

A couple of photos inside, lots of delicious things to buy.


A cup of coffee for the OH and a breakfast sandwich,[ bacon, black pudding]
Tea for me and I chose the quiche, it was a huge portion as well.
We would certainly go back , should we be in the area again.

Thank you for calling in to see me today, 
you are always welcome here. and I will be stopping by to see you soon.






Friday, 11 May 2018

Listen to the sounds of nature .....Diary week 19


Diary Day ....week 19


Have you ever just stood somewhere in the countryside and listened. the quietness is something special. But, after a while  start to hear, maybe a bird singing, a rustle of leaves in the hedgerow, a farmer with his tractor in the fields.
If we are lucky we may even see some of the wild life.
I am lucky to live close to open countryside. We have a local fox, the deer visit the wood and we have many feathered friends visit the garden.

I used pieces from a torn napkin  for my diary today, after coating the base with white gesso. I added  stencils as usual and a stamped  sentiment that I really  relate to.
'Seek stillness in your life
if only for a moment.

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

This is a scheduled post as I wanted to keep sharing my diary on the same day each week.
I will add this page to Jo's theme of Flora and Fauna at
Art Journal Journey
when I can get an internet connection

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Share a moment


Share a moment ,

 First of all  hello to  friends at
where its T day and we are always made welcome with a drinks related post.
Caravan life gets us away into the countryside, but not everywhere is connected to the outside world, its a moving day today, so fingers crossed  I have an internet connection and  can  call in later.
My beverage of choice is always tea, but when a tasty cheese scone   was  calling in a cafe we visited the other day, how could I refuse....





 A bit about my hybrid  journal page, it   started off with sprinkles of green brusho powder,  one of my frequent go to items, it is so easy to use for a background.
Next up was the 'love' word stencil,  stamped  and fussy cut flowers. I used water colours for shading and a bit of sparkle in the flower center that is hard to see.  I  added more images  and the words  on my lap top  in the digital program I use.  It means I can still enjoy some cleaner style crafting, by taking  photos of unfinished  pages  away with me.

Thank you for calling in and I hope you all have a great day

......................................................................................................................
I am adding a reminder for the current 
challenge theme....Stencils/die cuts or both
there is still another week for you to join in.


Sunday, 6 May 2018

A Sunny Day in Yorkshire


First of all another page to share with the folk at
and Jo's theme  Flora and Fauna
The flowers across the bottom are paper handkerchief, far to posh to use for its purpose in life.
The large flower is cut from a magazine, the words are computer generated.


I will also join in at
Moo Mania and More
where the theme is ....
Flowers

So how am I getting some journal pages made......
for 4 days there is a big cycle race in Yorkshire,,,,, Le Tour de Yorkshire.
Besides Landrovers this is the second love in my families list of pastimes.
We are staying near Grassington  on a lovely site


This is the fun welcome figure set up by the  site wardens
 and there is an abundance of primroses all over the grounds.

So this is us, its a lovely woodland behind  the caravan.
Okay, so I opt to stay home and view the race on TV.
I get to see it all not just when the riders race past
 and its over in a flash. As you can imagine I see more than the family this way.
I also get time to play.
A little bit about my caravan stash, bottom right photo on the seat beside me.
Crayons, a few inks  and glue, resting on some old magazines,
the striped  bag contains pencils, my journal diary is underneath this bag.
On the ledge another journal, a folder with a few stamps and another of stencils.
The next two photos are of the pond close to the site entrance,
a beautiful peaceful scene, Nature does share her wonders with us all.

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


Saturday, 5 May 2018

Nature's Beauty


I have a page to share today for
Jo's theme over at
Flora and Fauna.
I mainly used fussy cut images and a background cut  from a magazine
 [an old Daphne's Diary] for this page.
The page was shaded with some distress ink and has some stamped leaves around the edges.
This was quick and fun to make  with my limited  store of items in the caravan.
Thank you for calling in, your visit is always appreciated.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Call of the Sea....Diary week 18..


Diary Day week 18...
This weeks diary has been made using some  Jane Davenport tissue pieces .
The base page on the right was blue to begin with  but I did add a colour wash and some stencils to bring the spread together.

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


Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Stencils/die cuts or both


The new challenge theme over at Try it on Tuesdays is.....
Stencils/Die Cuts or Both.
Please call over to TioT's to see how we all interpreted the theme
 and we hope you will join us there.


This photo shows the double journal spread the base was sprinkled with brusho powder and left mainly white, with a few leaf stamps.
The butterflies were fussy cut.

The flowers and foliage  are TH stencils and die cuts. I used one of his stencils on the left side of the spread, simply shading with distress inks.




After the photos were taken, I couldn't resist adding   a few digital layers to the left corner, this  image of the little girl reading made me think of how children read and discover nature around them.


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


I will also join in with friends over at
Art Journal Journey
where Jo  from Lets art Journal is hosting the theme for May.....
Flora and Fauna

Are birds tea drinkers as well?


Hello to everyone who calls in this Tuesday.
I made the journal page today using a base layer  of my own, some  embossed and painted left over papers and topped it off with a piece made in my computer program. So a real mixed /hybrid piece.
As its  T day over at
where we are always welcome.  with a drinks related post, I hope you all keep your cups covered in case out feathered friends may want to join us with a drink..
This is a scheduled post , so I may be late calling  in to see you all today.

Some last photo to share as well of our Abbey visits.
 This time the destination was Jedburgh { Link  with more information]

It was a dull damp day, very windy so  our lunch break in a  nice cafe frequented by locals
 as well as tourists was a welcome place to stop.


We also had a quick look at..
Mary Queen of Scots House
 [Link and link for more info if you were interested]

I managed to get a photo in a similar position to where the artist
 had set up his easel to paint this scene.


A trip back in time with these photos and  a copy of the warrant to execute Mary Queen of Scot's.
Also not to be forgotten, a scrap of material that was supposed to be from the gown she wore.
Sir Walter Scott [owner of Abbotsford]  had this in his collection of curiosities.
So here I am back full circle of my trip around the Scottish Borders.


Its the start of a new caravan trip for us today,
I may be late calling in as I don't know how the internet connections will be, I have my fingers crossed they will be okay.

Have a good day everyone.