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Friday, 20 April 2018

Spring has arrived....... Diary day week 16


Diary Day....week 16

I began by covering the page with a thin coat of white gesso.
Next came some random stamping using some leaf images.
I had a piece of napkin that I wanted to use  as it made me think of warmer days.
 I am keeping my fingers crossed on talk of the weather. We actually have had sunshine today [Thursday], all the windows open  at home, feeling warm in the garden, bliss.
Even the birds were singing and that is  a welcome sound.
Well, it could all change tomorrow, but today was  a good one.
Maybe  Spring , is here at last.


Thank you  for calling in to see me
 and I hope you all have a lovely day.


Thursday, 19 April 2018

A tag and a page


A digital  tag for the theme...
.Black,  white and a spot of colour
over at Tag Tuesday

Apologies for having two spots of colour, I hope this will fit the theme.
It was harder than I thought just using black and white, so thank you for the challenge.

Next is another  Recycle Collage page for 
Art Journal Journey

and Alison's theme of Recycle/ Collage


I recycled a lot of bits and pieces for this page,
 including bits from magazines, napkins. materials etc.
The lace I remember coloring with inks a long time back for another project and it turned this rather bright neon green,  not thrown out but carefully saved [thrown in the bits box] for another day.

I am really enjoying Allison's theme this month, I hope to get a few more bits and pieces used up.

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


Digital information can
be found in my sidebar

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Natures Beauty... for TioT's


Natures Beauty
 is the new challenge theme over at

Please pop over for all the details and see what we have all been making.

This is my mixed media/hybrid journal page for the theme.







I used my 8 x 8 inch journal and first of all added some stencils.


The little mouse climbing up the poppy stalk is torn from an old calendar page.



I added some shading using  distress oxide  inks and some stamped leaves.

This gave me my mixed media base.
Next it was off to the computer  for the other additions. [Digital information can be found in my sidebar]
I will be adding those  words free hand to my mixed media page, when I get up the courage to go ahead and do it.



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








Monday, 16 April 2018

Food, a cuppa and bit of history.


Hello everyone  stopping by to see me today,
 this  post has  all kinds of everything,
 it is a real mixture of subjects.

I'll mention my journal spread first, last week as a few of you know we were away in the caravan in the Scottish borders.
One of the places  we wanted to visit was this Smokery
A lovely destination if the weather had  been kind. This particular day it.....snowed.
 We didn't get  walk around the  gardens or see the aquatic center. However I did buy some delicious smoked cheese  and salmon.

The pages are my way of remembering this outing
all cut outs from the advertising booklet, The label from the cheese I carefully  peeled off to use on the left  side of the spread..


All the extra  pieces I used  were scraps, so I will join the folk over at
and Alison's theme
Recycle/collage.

With all this talk of food it does need a  cuppa to  go with it, so
I am happy to be off to join friends over at
Bleubeard and Elizabeths 
where we are welcome each Tuesday with a drinks related post.
Penny the hen is flapping her wings and saying hello.


Abbotsford........continues
[another link I found with  some tourist type information]
By coincidence my hubby took the same photo outside the house
 as one of the paintings shown inside.
Sir Walter Scott came from quite a humble background and according to one of the house guides was an avid collector, the rooms we were able to see were packed with     interesting items.
A down side was that only rooms on the ground floor were open to the public and I do feel I would have liked to see what was on the upper floors.
[My first post is here]

A few photos in the  entrance  hall
The Library
A room full of guns and swords.
I did like the these wall figures, every one was different.
At this point a coach trip arrived and taking  'people free photos' was impossible,
but I think you can see from these few, how full of interesting things this house is.
Though the arch was the entrance to the family chapel

I was taken with the fact there was a fireplace,  lit  to keep the family warm  on cold days.

All this history  and today's children who visit Abbotsford can play in this
modern futuristic play garden.

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

Friday, 13 April 2018

Diary Day....... Three men on a bike


Friday is Diary Day week 15


I have now completed the first batch of pre- coloured pages in the diary, they now go back and repeat themselves.  So  as you have seen them all before in previous posts I will try to remember to take a photo of  the early stages
 as I add stencils etc.

I have added some raised stencil area's for texture, as well as to give a bit of colour to the plain side of the diary spread.
It is a Tin Holtz stamp I used of the men
 riding the three seat bike.

Thank you for stopping by to see me today.
 I hope you all have a good weekend.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Tartan pieces


 A recycle page in my 8 x 8 inch journal.
No inks or stencils on this side of the page, it was pieces  of material from the tartan scraps bag I picked up when we visited a  tartan Manufacturers  in Scotland last week.
The Red Kite was  cut from a magazine,the other few additions I had in a bits bag.

This is how the spread looks  some of the left
 side of the page had been stencilled.
I tore the piece of the poem by Blake
 from the same article about the Red kites in the magazine

The label I made when I got back home and added a little more  colour .
I decided to leave this  as it now stands. 
We did see a few of these birds while we were away and they are so graceful
 as they swoop to catch their prey.
I will add this page over at
 theme of Recycle/collage
 as it is all made from pieces normally thrown away, but to a crafter these sort of items are gold and  always  treasured  to be used at a future date. 
Mind you no one ever told me it might be months or even years before many
 would  be used.
We had had a lovely visit to the Tartan Manufacturers and spent some time in the shop, where  I was allowed to take photos. But as  there were many folk around I can only share a few.



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

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Recycle Mania


Recycle Something,
Lots of ideas to see on the
  Try it on Tuesdays Blog,
 please pop over to take a peek and get all the details of the challenge.
 There is still another week for you to join us there.
 I am enjoying this theme and here is  another  make over  I did before we went away in the caravan.

I  decided to change this rather tatty old  paper covered  box [1].
First a coat of white gesso  and a thick cover of Crackle paste [2]
I left it over night to dry out.
I mixed some brusho colours in small spray bottles and kept adding light sprays of paint until I was happy with the shades. [3]
I used a strip if bulap type weave material around the side of the box [4]
 The top I wanted to leave quite plain only adding a ribbon and a spray of paper flowers recycled from a gift I received some time ago. 


Needless to say I did have a few mugs of tea during the altering of this box,
so I will be calling in to see friends at
Bleubeard and Elizabeths

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



Now for another Recycle /collage page,  made with bits and pieces  for
  Alison's theme at
 Art Journal Journey


Made with cuttings from magazines in the stash I have to hand in the caravan , these ones mainly came from a Daphne's Diary magazine.
To fill in some spaced I added a bit of book print.
I toned the bright colours down a little by spreading some white watercolour over the page,
 using my fingers

On the opposite side of the journal spread I added some cup cake stickers--
cakes go so well with a cuppa.
The wording on this side of the page was computer generated , the trusty old lap top computer  gets well used when we are away.There is quite a large white space, but it is a bit calming after the opposite side looks do busy.
We are on our way home today I may be late in calling in to see you.

I hope you all have a super day .