Monday, 23 October 2017

Home and Away

I am starting off with a journal page .
Yesterday on  my digital blog I shared a page about Solitude. Relating to the fact that I enjoyed being alone in the quiet of my home and doing some crafting.
 The page is here if you would like to see it.
I was also working on this mixed media hybrid page .

I used another piece of pre- inked and stenciled card as a starting point with a couple  of the Affirmations stamps I couldn't resist a short while ago. I made a mess of trying to stamp a hair style, so I covered most of it up with gilding wax..
The base in my journal  was book print scraps, random stamping and white gesso and watercolours.
I gave her hair a new style, using autumn leaves and berries in the digital program I use.

I will be adding this page to Art  Journal Journey
and Elke's theme of  Landscapes of the Soul.

Now its a  hello to  friends over at 

We are always made to feel very welcome with a drinks related post.

Autumn has really arrived in the North Eastern part  of the U.K. now.
Here are a few photos  in my back garden, we often wonder when is a good time to gather the leaves   in no time,  it looks just the same as if we hadn't  brushed them up. .

As you can see it is a dull day, like most days here now.

 However the sun  did  decide  it would like to show its bright side  earlier last week, so we went to visit Rothbury a  small market town in Northumberland.

What a difference some sunshine makes. It is a quiet town, it also has some  interesting shops .
Our destination was a small cafe, popular with the locals, you can see my hubby looking through the window to see if there was a free table.
 In summer the seats outside are popular, it also sells yummy ice creams, 
 the sun may have been shining but it was very cold.

I would describe it as a no  frills cafe,   but have to say the food is home made and delicious. 
The aroma of cooking  from outside draws you in.
The staff treat their customers well and  are very friendly.
We both had the steak and ale pie and chips.
Tea for me and Coffee  for Dave. 

Thank you for calling in to see me 
Happy T day wishes to you all.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Its dark outside

I am sharing a Halloween tag with you today.
I think it took longer to get an acceptable photo than it did to make it.
It is a simple distress ink base layer and some stamped images.
I am not sure who was the maker, as they are unmounted rubber,
but I do know they have made an appearance here on my blog for a number of years.
I used water colour  for the extra  shading.

I will be linking to...
where the theme is ....Autumn and/or Halloween.

also to...
where the theme is Halloween Time.

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

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Emotions of the Soul

A mixed media/hybrd journal page  for
  Art Journal Journey
and  Elke's theme of,,,,, Landscapes of the Soul

To begin.  I had started making this tag a while ago. On the left is how she is layered into my journal.

The artfully posed lady was telling me her story,
 how  her lover  had cast her aside for another.

Jealousy, fury  lost love and what did his new lover look like,
were questions that all had to be answered. But deep down, she knew it was time to leave the past behind, be fly on her own and enjoy living once more.

You can see that as well as digital additions to finish the page, I used a  few scraps of materials as layers. Torn pieces of book page,  a mop up water colour and inky background.

Thank you all for calling in , you are all most welcome here
 and I hope you have a lovely day today.

Digital information can
be found in my sidebar.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Just be YOU

My first share with you today is a hybrid page  for
where Elke is hosting this month theme 
Landscapes of the Soul.

I had a small piece of coloured and stenciled card, found in the pile of stuff on my desk, that just has to be saved  for when it may be useful.
I'm sue you know that feeling well. The stamps are my new ones, I told you about in an earlier post.
It was a mop up page in my journal and I added a few digital extras [notes in my sidebar].

I think  that  often, we will  think we cannot do something,
but, perhaps after searching the why's and where's  we actually can.
My Gran always used to say there is no such word as ' can't',
search inside yourself and you can.

Now  I'm off to share my weekly cuppa with friends at

It is so dull and grey here  that  it  got me thinking of our summer stay in Yorkshire.
Today we have to have the electric lights on and it is only mid day.

That day in July, sun was shining, the sky was clear and you could see for miles. When we stopped at the top of the pass to get some photos .
not another person was in sight, nor did we see many cars on this country road.... The Buttertubs Pass
It is a well known road to drive or if you have strong legs to cycle.

This particular day our destination was Hawes, in the Yorkshire Dales.
Which of course meant a  reviving  cuppa , with  a cheese and onion  sandwich in this super, small cafe.  I couldn't get many photos as it was full of folk, we were lucky to get a table beside the window, but what really appealed to me [besides the pot of tea] was the handmade bears  all around the room. I'm sure they were watching and listening in to the many conversations.

While we were in Hawes we had a look around the Rope Factory
An interesting place,  we  were left to look around, but on the down side, not much information  other than the link I added.

In the yard as we left the factory, were a few  metal sculptures, but like most places on that warm day, as I said earlier in the post, too many folk to get a good photos.
  However we had a super day out and that what makes the memories.

Thank you for all your get well wishes last week, the aches and pains are much better, many of my friends had a similar reaction, so we were able to chat comparing notes and laugh at ourselves.   It was better than letting the results of the jab get us down.

Thank you for calling in to see me today.
I hope you all have a Happy Day.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

A visit to the dark side.

A visit to  darker inner places today.
 I think we can all have those kind of days,
 when everything seems too much for us and we just want to hide in the dark.
Well the page may reflect days  of despair  and soul searching but I can assure you that I enjoyed creating the page for

and Elke's theme of Landscapes of the Soul.
There is nothing better to lift my spirits than slapping and splashing paints and inks on a bare page.

I used this quote.....
Deep into the darkness peering,
long I stood there, wondering feeling,
doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal
ever dared to dream before.

On the left is how my mixed media  page began with watercolour washes and brusho powders that I allowed to run over the page. The result looked like a dark, moody wood.
Just the place where these two witches [paper cut outs TH]  would lurk  as they get ready to scare folk on Halloween night.  The words  were computer generated,  the web and cat were also digital additions.

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

I am adding a reminder for the current 
Try it on Tuesdays theme, '  Its Halloween Time'
all the information is Here.

Thursday, 12 October 2017


"The dawn awakens my sleeping soul".

An 8 x8 inch journal page for Elke's theme of.....
 Landscapes of the soul..... this month  at........

This is a photo of the base layers.
A watercolour wash, then layers of stencils  using oxide inks.
The flower border is pieces from a torn napkin.
The words are from  new set of word stamps I couldn't resist buying [Lynne's Affirmations].

The dictionary snippets, birds and the sunburst were added in my digital program. [Notes in my sidebar].

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

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

It's Halloween time at TioT's

Its..... HALLOWEEN TIME..... at ....
for the next two weeks we hope you will pop over and join us  to celebrate Halloween.
The design team have made some fantastic projects  to share with you.

I have made a hybrid journal page. It started out with a water coloured background and some stamped images. 
The scene was completed in my digital program with a number of layered up digital images.

This group are off to a Bottle party, but by the look on their faces I think they have been drinking  their bottle gifts before they arrive.

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

Digital information can
be found in my sidebar.