Saturday, 16 December 2017

Having fun

A couple of hybrid  journal pages to share with you today.
both were started in the usual inky, hands on   manner
 and then finished in the  digital computer program I use [notes in my sidebar]

On the left is how the first  page started out.
 Watercolour wash and some raised stencils.
This first one is all about celebrating and having a good time.  I am sure there are many folk out
 having parties at this time of year.
The staff in the local hairdressers were telling me about their outing last week and they were still  on a high as they described the fun they had.

This is a more quieter celebration page.
My ballerina's wish came true and she hopes  yours will  too.

I will be joining the folk over at Art Journal Journey
  for Sheila's theme of
Lets Celebrate

I am also adding a reminder for the current Try it on Tuesdays 

Challenge theme of
Twinkle Twinkle.

Thank you for calling in to see me   at this busy time of the year.
Your comments are always appreciated.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Bringing home the tree.

A  page for Sheila's theme ...... Lets Celebrate.... over at

The background  was a sprinkle of green and brown  brusho powder  , that I wiped over with a wet wipe to blend the colours near the center. I knew I wanted to use the tree stencil  for woodland. 
I also added some raised stencils around the edges to give a bit of texture. 
The images are found relatives [TH].

It must be good to live in an area where you can go out, to choose and cut  your own Christmas tree
and quite magical for families to do this together to celebrate the season.

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

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

A favourite stamp

I am sharing a Christmas card today that I know has now reached its destination.
I used an old favourite Traditional Santa, stamped with Brown Archival ink  for the top layer, 
 edged with gold embossing powder.
The rest of the card is  layers in  cream  and brown,  with one of them embossed ,   a lace trim completed the card..

I will be entering these Challenge themes....
Fashionable Stamping Challenges where the theme is....Celebrate
Moo Mania and More where the new theme is...... Christmas

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

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

No stamps, no ink and no mess. and Rudolph brought the tea.

Its Tuesday so it must be time to visit with friends at 
T Stands for Tuesdays

where we are always welcome with a drinks related post.
 I will begin with a trip up to our  market town of Hexham last Saturday where they were holding the Christmas fair.  We went early as I had a grocery shop to do as well.
Not many folk about and the car temperature gauge was  about minus 2
 and it didn't rise above zero all day here.

As always there were  food stalls, as well as craft stalls.
Some of the photos are a bit hazy, but it was so cold you could see your own breath as you breathed out.

The Coffee and foodie stalls were just getting organised

Lots of crafty stalls, but most of the stall holders don't like you taking photos.

The Alpacas   just arrived as we were leaving.  I don't think they would be feeling  cold with their thick wool fur.

Back home and after thawing out and some lunch,
 I needed to finish this last batch of Christmas cards.
Rudolph looked after my afternoon cuppa.

For these cards, I used Kraft card as a base. 
Cut out the material squares from a remnant  piece of cloth that I had stored from ages ago and frayed the edges.
Simply stuck down on the card and a bow added.
Hence the title of my post....
no stamps, no ink and no mess.
Well if I am honest there was a bit of mess with all the threads of edges I pulled.

Thank you for visiting with me today,
you are always welcome here.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Celebrate and be Merry

This is a hybrid journal page for

where Sheila is hosting this months theme of.....Lets celebrate

The page all began with these two Christmas cards from a batch  I had been making, with stenciled backgrounds
I  thought the cute stamped images[Paper Artsy]would be fun to use on a journal page as well.
I used one of my own digital journal base layers, adjusted the cards in the digital program I use. Then I added a few extra images to create the snowy scene.
I think these two will be have a good celebration, she seems to have a twinkle in her eye and perhaps rather likes her friend.
Thank you for stopping by today,
 the comments you leave for me are always appreciated.

Digital information can be
found in my sidebar.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Celebrate in the snow.

We are having frosty mornings and the weather men are forecasting
 that this weekend will bring us another session of snowy weather.

 This got me thinking about how my  sons   used to look forward to  the first snow falls,
 all those years ago. They couldn't wait for it to be deep enough to make a snowman.
 Snow at this time of the year usually meant that Christmas was on its way.
 Wool gloves, warm coats and wellie boots   always  in the porch, ready to be pulled on quickly.
 The tree would be decorated ,   the Nativity in its special place.  
 They would visit Santa in   the Church Hall, 
 when he called  in, close to the big day,   to check they were  behaving nicely.  
 Magical Celebrations  that last in our memories for ever.

This is  a page for.

where Sheila is hosting this months theme....Lets Celebrate

On the left is some of the stages  of this journal page.
Top left.... It all began with a packet of paper tissues with these nutcracker figures .

Bottom left....... some colouring and stencils added.

Top right..... digital additions
Bottom right...... the words and some sparkles added.

Thank you for calling in today, you are always welcome and your visit appreciated.

Digital information can
be found in my sidebar.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Twinkle Twinkle... and a bit of shine for TioT's

The last challenge theme for this year at

Twinkle Twinkle
We have given everyone lots of choices
stars /sparkles/ glitter/ something shiny and we are sure there will be other things you could use.
Please pop over to see what the girls have been making.

I would have to say that shiny things are not the easiest to get a good photograph.
So what did I use... The main image is a piece of a torn napkin, sprinkled with glitter.
Layered onto a piece of silver mirri card [yes it looks gold in the photo]
The actual card has a snowflake pattern. [printed from the computer].
The word panel was embossed and then rubbed over with silver gilding wax.

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