Tuesday 31 May 2016

Music, just for you.

Another scheduled post to show you  a card I made for  the current theme
 over at Try it on Tuesdays
there is still another week, for you to join in our... I can hear Music challenge.
I have made another digital card, using the same base layers as last week, but changing the colours.

The additions are from Mischief Circus kits, my own and found free to use images.
I like to send this sort of card to cheer friends up who are feeling a bit low.

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

I will catch up with you all soon.

Hello from Land Rover land and a Cuppa.

Hello from land rover land................
I am just sharing a few photos from the Rally event.

One of 3 camping fields, My eldest son stood on the trailer to get this shot.

All clean and ready to go [Friday]....
The cup of tea is always to hand.

It soothes the mothers nerves when they go off to play.
If I can I will link this post and join
for T on Tuesdays
Tea and coffee has been drunk in copious amounts over the past few days.

Our two sons enter CCV [cross country vehicle] competitions.
There she is waiting for the off.
these are not speed events, more skill and faith in your driving. 
A very brief summary of what they do.
They complete 12 sections..... aiming to pass through 12 sets of narrow pegged gates on each.
 If a gate is contacted with any part of the car they have to stop and take the relevant score.
It is hard to do as the gates, generally are situated between trees or  in muddy pools etc.
 If they stop the engine, that is also an elimination from that section.
Watching  is  limited , for safety reasons. occasionally the cars roll over.

Our younger son  driving through  a muddy section,  with only one gate to go to complete this section and......
yep.... he got well and truly stuck.
Our eldest son didn't get to this part when it was his turn to drive. the section.
Most times another land rover pulls them out, this time it had to be the farm tractor.

Later in the day the front bumper was pulled off, when it was being towed out of more mud.

So here she is the beloved toy, covered in mud, 
 minus her front bumper and loaded ready to go home.
We are now all going to enjoy the company and relax  for the rest of the week.

Now if you have managed to get this far, I  haven't forsaken my messy crafting,
 this is a piece I did before we came away.

It was  a photo of a paint  sprayed and stencilled background in my journal, 
which I have altered digitally while the boys have been playing with their toys.

Thank you for calling by to see me.
I will call in to see you soon.

Saturday 28 May 2016

The arrival

Next stage in our journey was to actually arrive at the Rally.
As forecast in a field in the middle of beautiful country side.
I do have a  low strength  connection, thanks to my younger son arriving with his personal Wfi hub.
Not being technical, this is not its right name but its good enough for me.

So as its a few days since I joined the folk at Art Journal Journey
where Erika is hosting this months theme of.... Journeys.
I have done a quick digital page adding a couple of photos of the Landy
 they will be trialling in this weekend.
Not sure how long this connection will last so will add it to AJJ when I can

Thank you for your visit to see me, the comments you leave me are always appreciated.

Friday 27 May 2016

Jump for joy

Another scheduled post today,
I am calling these mixed pages hybrids,
 they start life in my journal with inks , stencils and stamping
 and after the photo goes onto the computer, they end up with digital additions.

Thank you for calling in to see me today.

National land Rover Rally's don't often have good internet reception and  generally are held in the middle of nowhere. 
I hope to be able to catch up with you  soon,

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Two of us.

Had a couple of hours today to sit and watch the world go by.......
not me.......... it was time to do a little more  digital crafting,
while my husband was painting. [watercolours].
My new way to enjoy myself without having to take a limited amount of stash in the caravan.
Fingers crossed it seems to be working.

This page is for the current  theme at

We move tomorrow, away from this calm and peaceful site I showed you in my last post,
 to the noise and bustle of  the  Rally, only 120 miles for us, 
 the family come from home,  it will be 330 miles for them. 

Thank you for calling in to see what I have been making.
The comments you leave for me are always appreciated.

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Cappuccino or tea ?

Yippee , the next stage of our journey  to meet the friends and family,
 has brought us to a caravan site  at Cambridge that has got internet connection.
I created this digital page for the Cheeky Challenge at
where this weeks theme is..... Alice in Wonderland.

 I am also  taking advantage,
to say hello and share an afternoon cuppa
Meg our old Border collie doesn't walk far these days but just out of the site entrance  is...

In fact we are staying on  what used to be a quarry.

 The chalk was the whitest I've ever seen on a cliff side.
It looks barren and we were the only folk there, until we completed the walk and were leaving.

Back home....
Meg and my OH outside the caravan.......
 and time to get the kettle on.

Mine will be a Cappuccino.
Happy T, day everyone.

Thank you for stopping by to see me, I always appreciate you taking the time.
Internet willing I will catch you with you soon.

If you call to see my piece for the new  challenge at Try it on Tuesdays,
 please scroll down to my previous post.

Lets Rock

'I can hear Music'
 is the new challenge theme over at Try it on Tuesdays.
Think musical instruments, songs that you like to hear etc.......

Please pop over to get all the details and  see how we all interpreted this theme,
 there is some fantastic inspiration.

The base layers were embossed  and coloured with water colour paints. Next came a piece of old music from a book I found in a rummage box which cost me the princely sum of 10p.

I spent ages looking for a stamp set I thought I had,  of musical instruments. I eventually gave up and  decided on some digital additions. Mostly  found from a Google search for free to use images.
Printed  out, I know this will be a useful card for me to have  to hand.

This is a scheduled post, I will visit if we get an internet connection, and catch up on your posts.
Thank you for stopping by to see me today. I always appreciate the comments you leave for me.

Friday 20 May 2016


This one was of those journal spreads that just evolved, 

This was how it all began.
Two blank pages and a few stamped images.

Some raised stencils- highlighted with gilding wax when they had dried out and a few layers of spray paint

Again, after the photo was taken I added a digital element, just the one
as it realy fitted into my thinking for the spread.

I am linking to this weeks  
Cheeky Challenge theme  over at
which is Masculine.

Apologies if I don't get to call and see you  as often as I would like to over the next couple of weeks.
I have a few posts scheduled, but internet connections can be  hard in some  areas,
  it will be an adventure, as we have never been to this part of the UK before.

We are off in the caravan to the National Land Rover Rally,  to meet with family and friends , while the menfolk and some of the women enjoy the off road competitions. Many of you will have read of these events  in my posts over the past few years.
The wellies are packed,  as there is always an amount of wet and mud involved.

Thank you for stopping by to see me today. 
Your comments are always appreciated.

Wednesday 18 May 2016

Watch out Eloise

A digital collage  page to share this evening.
I used a variety of images.
 and layers and when I was happy I realised that  it was  suitable to share with the folk at
for Erika's theme of Journeys.

also with the folk at

This weeks challenge theme at

Watch out Eloise said her sister,........
 you don't want to bump into that building, over there.........

I have a crazy notion that those two gals wanted to fly over the top of the Eiffel Tower,
 but had to take a more sedate journey to their destination  instead,
 after all,  I don't think that plane was up to the job either.

Thank you for calling by to see me,
 the comments you leave are always appreciated.
Page made using
Mischief Circus kits,
and my own stored images.

Tuesday 17 May 2016

Create art, have some fun and share a cup of tea with friends

A fun journal spread for Try it on Tuesdays
where the current theme is.... Spots, dots and splashes.

Time to get  messy,  as you can see from my pages.
To begin a sprayed background, stencils came next [dots]. On to  a selection of stamps, I imagine some of you will spot the brands.  Last some flicks with the paintbrush, which mostly went on the desk and not the pages.

Now it time to visit with Friends at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's
and share a cup of tea on Tuesdays.
I am, I admit a Tea addict .
I am never at my best without a mug of  it close by.

After cleaning up a little of the earlier mess, it was time to sit with a brew
at the computer for a digital page.

I was editing some photos, so hence the work on progress sign,
We are getting ready to go off in the caravan soon and I hope to use the lap top
 for some digital pages.
 I used to take quite a number of craft items,  space was  and is an issue.
So loaded with some of my own backgrounds, photos and my stored [on computer] images etc.
Everything will be  added to the external storage drive.
I am soon  about to find out if my resolve to go minimal is a good idea.

Is anyone having issues with blogger?
 My blog  doesn't seem to be  updating  posts on my dashboard,  when folk publish them.
The blog list is just the same, some updated others not.
So apologies if I have missed calling to see you.
I hope it sorts itself out soon.

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

Monday 16 May 2016

The Flying Scotsman

This digital collage is for
where the theme is Journeys.
It is safe to say my family love old trains,
 my OH has a large model train layout in the loft space  and a work bench in the craft room
 where he  makes and repairs his models.
UK folk will know about the ''Flying Scotsman'', recently refurbished
 after 10 years of work   at  cost of £4.2 million pounds.
So this is my tribute to a  grand old lady of steam.
Old railway posters in the background, a picture of the engine that  appeared in a newspaper.

Thank you for calling to see me today,
 your comments are always very much appreciated.

Sunday 15 May 2016

All Aboard for AJJ

A travel hybrid page that began its own journey  from this spread......

A sprinkle of Brusho power  and a good spray of water for the background..
These were  try out pages for  some Tim Holtz stamps.

I had a picture of a rail travel poster  that I wanted to add,  I thought it quite unusual to see a piece of a train carriage used as the shape for the British Isles.
The train I have had stored for ages, so sorry I cannot remember where it came from to give credit.

My journey today would be by train, an old steam engine  chugging along,
a more leisurely way to reach your destination and see the countryside.
I will be joining the folk at
 Art Journal Journey
with this spread
 where the theme hosted by Erika is.... Journeys.

Thank you for stopping by to see me today,
I always appreciate the comments you leave for me.

Thursday 12 May 2016


The Three Muses Challenge theme this week is
Bathing Beauties.
So here is  Eva, basking in her own wonderful dream world,
no cares, no worries and time to spare.
Well that's a daydream, reality is totally different.

Thank you for taking time to call and see me today,
 I always appreciate the comments you leave for me.

I used my own textures base  journal page,
with  free to used images and ones
 from Mischief  Circus kits.

Tuesday 10 May 2016

Spots, dots and splashes for TioT's

'Spots, dots and Splashes',
is the new challenge theme over at Try it on Tuesdays
Time to have some fun, the team have made some fantastic pieces to share with you,
 please pop over and take a look..

I have made  a couple of versions to share with you

Above  is the digital page  I made, 
Changing the colours and adding some digi elemnents
 but all the fun was in the making of the inky and messy 
focal image for a  card.

This is  the base image I used., a Sheena Douglas stamp.  She was stamped first, covered in masking fluid then I had fun with splashed and scribbles  and a spray.
After rubbing off the fluid , she was coloured with water colour paints.

I did add more  colour,   patted it on with a  with a tissue, very careful at this stage as 
I had taken off the masking fluid.  A  bit of random stamping.
  and she was ready to be layered onto a card. 

Thank you for calling in to see me today. 
The comments you leave for me are always appreciated.

Make believe and a cup of tea with friends

Two posts in one day from me, quite unusual but I wanted to share this digital page,
  a few  photos, and visit with some blog  friends for Tea

This first post is for the challenge over at
where the theme is Monochrome
This little guy has got himself all dressed up and hopes he can fly away, 
just like the airship in his dreams.

I am off to visit with Bleubeard and Elizabeth 

These  photos were  taken yesterday, in the fields, with Meg out on her morning walk.

very misty across the valley

but clear on the way home.

Big discussions over the cup of tea to decide what my husband would like for his evening meal,
as its his birthday, he gets to choose,
Chicken  with wild mushrooms, 

Now all I have to do is make it tonight.

Thank you for calling to see me .
 TioT's post will be along soon with the new challenge theme

My digital page was made using
 elements fro Mischief Circus Kits.

Sunday 8 May 2016

Take your umbrella

Sharing a mop up page tonight.
so this spread turned out quite quick to make as the colour was already there.
My new stamp of the man with his umbrella[THoltz] and a droplet one for rain.. 
The rest was a variety of stencils. I even used up the black distress ink [colour for said stencils]
around the edge of the page.
The words on the right side were added after I had taken the photo and loaded it onto the computer,

Another Travel page for Art Journal Journey
where Erika chose this months theme of journeys.

Thank you for stopping by to see me today.
Your comments are always appreciated.

Friday 6 May 2016

Journey of discovery

I wonder where today's journey of discovery will take me.
Well certainly France and maybe a bit of culture in Italy.
This page had the statues and base layer added in my Craft Studio program.

This is how the page began.

 A sprayed background, a bit of random stamping and  stencil. Hot colours for me to use, but they were to hand and already mixed.

More stamping, a photo taken,
 then,  off to have more added via the computer.
But first of all the hands needed a good scrub to remove the paint.
One of the joys of mixed media crafting for me.

This is my second page for this months theme at
where the theme is Journeys.

Thank you for calling to see me today I always appreciate the comments you leave.

Added images were  from Mischief Circus.
......  Dezinaworld and  my own base layers.

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Altered Portraits.

A none messy crafting day today, 
but still loads of fun creating digital pages.

This first one is for the new theme over at
where this weeks theme is
' Mosaic'.
The small mosaic patterns in two of the corners,  show this portrait in its original colours.

Next page is my take on giving this famous painting a
 ''Make Over''
which is the theme over at 
Take a Word Challenge

I don't think Mona minds the new hat,
 but she certainly isn't happy with the shoes.

Thank you for stopping by to see what I have been making.
The comments you leave for me are always appreciated.

Additional elements used were
 from Mischief Circus kits.