Sunday, 24 February 2019

Postcard and collage

Hello Everyone

I hope your weekend is going well

Take a Word have the theme Round this week

My background is one of Valerie's beautiful photographs. I changed the colour but added circles taken from the original photograph. Thank you Valerie.

At Sunday Postcard Art the theme there this week is Vintage Florals

The faces are from Gecko Gals.

Have a great day

Love Chrissie x

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Powders and Women

Hi All

Weekend again already and it has been a wonderful week for weather here with lots of sunshine. It attracted lots of families as it has been the half term holidays.There were even people paddling in the sea. Today we have cold and mist so not a day for the beach.

At Try it on Tuesday they have the unusual theme Powders this time. I do like to join in with the lovely ladies there but hadn't a clue what I could find for this theme.

I found a small pot of embossing powder-no make on it just F28 on the bottom? The pressed chalk powders were a box that my daughter gave to me years ago and have hardly been used at all.

I ran the card through a folder to make the spots. The background of this is chalk powder and a splodge of  the embossing powder that turned gold when I heated it. The rabbit image is from Lily of the Valley and I cut around it to fit the card.

At Moo Mania and More the theme for the next 2 weeks is Women

The ladies are Miley and Sadie. Characters I drew in 2014. They are coloured with Promarkers and were photographed to use on projects.then long forgotten about until this challenge.

Hope your weekend is going well

Thank you for calling in

Love Chrissie xx

Wednesday, 20 February 2019


Hello All

Here I am again joining in at The Three Muses where the theme this time is Cityscape

I thought I would give a shout out to the town of my birth, Sheffield in South Yorkshire.

It was an interesting city to spend the first 25 years of my life and I still like going to visit there even though it has changed so much now. A lot of my family still live there as well.

Thank you for calling in at Jumbled Crafts

Love Chrissie xx

Monday, 18 February 2019

Tag and T Day

Hello Everyone

Hope your day has gone well. I seem to have been playing catch-up all day and there seems to be so much to do now my daughter has gone back home. I just leave everything while she is here and enjoy our time together.

At Tag Tuesday this time Wendy has chosen the theme Mushrooms/ Fungi. Still another week to go before the theme ends.

This tag is a digital one with the fairies and Pan having a party in the night.

Elizabeth and Bluebeard welcome all to their T Day gathering and all are welcome with a drink related post

This last week my daughter came to stay with us and we had a wonderful week with lots of fun and wool crafting. Linda made the crocheted things but I do all the sewing in of loose ends and the knitted bows etc. 

These are crocheted brooches and I kept a few for myself and Linda took one to Vic's Mum.

I knitted the Easter chicks with Cadbury's cream eggs inside-Linda crocheted 2 of them-can you pick them out?

 A mixture of crocheted animals with chocolate oranges inside
 Crocheted Easter rabbits with chocolate oranges inside
Catnip mice as toys for cats-I thought the smell was awful but cats love it apparently. Crocheted by Linda

 One evening we went out for a meal at the Lobster Pot just around the corner from where we live.

This is Linda and me enjoying pints. Mine is lime and soda and her's is cider. Vic has the same as me as we don't drink alcohol at all.

We all had different meals. Linda a rack of lamb. Vic a steak and I had something very different that was new to the menu. A sweet waffle with torn chicken breast and chicken goujons. The sauces were maple syrup ans coleslaw. It was really nice but I didn't eat the chips even though they were with skins-whatever that means.

Have  a very Happy T Day Girls and Bluebeard

Love Chrissie xx

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Postcard and Collage

Hello Everyone

Nice to have some sunny days again while my daughter was here. She has just gone back home this morning and the house seems very quiet with just me and Vic.

This week at Sunday Postcard Art the theme was chosen by Sabine and is Masquerade

It is difficult to get my arty, crafty head on again as we have been knitting, crocheting and going places while Linda was here.

Take a Word have the theme Purple this time

I used a photograph that I took in Peasholme Park in Scarborough and added colouring effects to make it fit in with the theme. It was day with a lot of mist when I took the photograph but it wasn't purple for sure.

Enjoy whatever you are doing today

Love Chrissie xx

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Tag and Collage

Hello Everyone

This week is flying by and my daughter is coming to stay with us today until the weekend. We always seem to fit so much in when she comes and have such a lot of fun.

This week at Tag Tuesday the theme is Mushrooms/ Fungi and was chosen by Wendy. Two weeks to join in so hope to see you there.

I found this fun threesome as a free download. I thought it didn't need much else on the tag but I added a flowered background paper and edged some of the flowers and all of the mushrooms in black ink.

At The Three Muses week the theme is Africa

I always think that the painted masks of the tribes are folk art at its best so I did one of my own but had a picture of  a mask that I copied loosely. I made PSP brushes with the African symbols so I will be able to use them again

Have a great day

Love Chrissie xx

Monday, 11 February 2019

Journal page and Happy T Day

Hi All

Tuesday already so welcome everyone and a special welcome to the T Gang who join in with a drinks related post at Elizabeth and Bluebeard's T day gathering. Anyone can join in with the great group of gals. Thank you E and B for hosting this every week and helping us to get to know lots of people from other parts of the world.

This is a nice place to eat along our seafront. It is based on an American Diner but the food is all the English things  people want when they come to the seaside. Cooked breakfasts and burgers with chips. There is a fish and chip shop opposite and one on the next corner so I don't think the diner does those. I couldn't count the number of fish and chip shops in our town there are so many. The fish comes in fresh to our harbour every and most of the places sell wonderful meals.

This is what I like best for breakfast. Thick slices of wholemeal toast with butter and orange marmalade. The tea is decaffe as since I had the kidney stones I keep away from caffeine in anything. I do miss a nice strong coffee but the kidney pain I had makes me think twice about having one of those

Art Journal Journey has the theme Yellow chosen by Rike

I am always fascinated by the way that Elizabeth uses things she has cutout and saved from magazines etc. to use them in her beautiful artwork.

I decided to search through some free shop magazines to see what I could find. The background is done with chalks and I was brave enough to do some of my own writing for the words.

Thank you Elizabeth for the inspiration and Rike for the yellow page theme

Have a great Day

Love Chrissie xx

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Love and Sunshine

Hello Everyone

Happy Sunday where ever you are and hopefully the weather where you are isn't too extreme. Ours isn't too bad today but Friday night it was so windy and rainy that we didn't sleep much at all because of the noise. Strange how there are always rattles and bangs that you never hear unless the wind is so strong.

Take a Word and Moo Mania and More both have the theme Love is in the Air at the moment so I am entering a collage and a mini moo version of it

The digital collage 

and the moo version of the collage

At Sunday Postcard Art this week Anne has chosen the theme Sun

Another lovely theme and such fun to make the postcards

Have a wonderful day

Love Chrissie xx

Friday, 8 February 2019

Tag for a few challenges

Hello Everyone

The weekend is almost here and I am looking forward to more rugby matches tomorrow. Today we are venturing along the seafront to see MIL but will be coming back on the bus as the wind is from the south and will be in our faces if we walk back. 

What a lot of hearts, romance and love challenges are around at the moment so I made this tag to share with three of my favourite challenge blogs. Tag Tuesday, Try it on Tuesday and Moo Mania and More. Hope you will pop along to all of them and make something for the challenges there

Tag Tuesday have Hearts-Hearts-Hearts chosen by Michele and you have until Monday night to join in there.  I added heart brads and a flower made from punched hearts

Try it on Tuesday would like some romance on your project. Plenty on this tag with my Auntie Jeanne and Uncle Alf's wedding day 73 years ago. The sad little bridesmaid on the left is me aged almost 4. My Aunt and Uncle both died quite young unfortunately but my dear cousins are so like them and just as lovely in their nature as well.

Moo Mania and More has the theme Love is in the Air and I have added lots of love to this tag.

 I intend to send the tag to my Aunt Jeanne's younger sister who is very much alive and is 94. She will so pleased that I have used the photograph for a project. The sad little bridesmaid on the left is me aged almost 4. My Aunt and Uncle both died quite young by today's standards but my dear cousins are so like them and just as lovely in their nature as well. 

Have a great weekend

Love Chrissie xx

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

A Post Card and White Space

Hello Everyone

I hope your week is going well. 

I am really enjoying doing some digital pieces at the moment and finding places to join in with them.

Sunday Postcard Art this week has Nursery rhymes as their theme. The piece must be 4x6 or 6x4 but you can use any medium you like.

My next stop is The Three Muses blog and this week the theme is white space. 

I had my daughter's three cats in mind when I made this collage. All three of her cats are black and white. Nothing is sacred when they are around.

Have a great day everyone and thank you for calling in.

Love Chrissie xx

Monday, 4 February 2019

Year of the Pig and Happy T Day

Hi All

At Take a Word this week the theme is Year of the Pig. Always lovely to look at pictures of the Chinese new  year. I am never quite sure what my animal is as I was born on January 1st. and the Chinese calendar starts in February.

I am also once again joining Elizabeth and Bluebeard to celebrate T Day. Anyone can join in there if you have a drinks related post to share with us. A really lovely group of people with many and varied interests to share.

Most days this past week I have stayed in until the ice thawed a bit on the paths but we were going to see Vic's mum one day so we set off really early. The sun was just beginning to shine on the seafront

This is the harbour top about 2 miles from where we live and just over a mile to Vic's mum.

Along the way we stopped at The Prior John for breakfast

Vic's idea of a breakfast is lots of fried stuff and strong coffee.

The only thing I fancied was a bacon bun and a very weak, decaffe coffee.

All this was in The Prior John that is our local Wetherspoons pub. This chain of pubic houses has a reputation for being full of heavy drinkers but we have been in so many in the UK I have lost count. All have been amazing and are usually created from beautiful old buildings that might otherwise have been pulled down and lost forever. Worth a pop in even if you don't buy anything, just have a look around. Every Wethies has the same cutlery, pots etc and the same food and drink at the same prices I think. Some now do Pizzas as well but not ours so far. We already have lots of Pizza places so maybe they won't do them.

Last year on our Blackpool holiday we ate nearly every meal in the Velvet Coaster. That is a newish Wetherspoons and is just amazing inside. There are 2 more Wetherspoons in Blackpool and the one behind the tower is well worth a visit. Not tried the one in front of the tower yet.

Downstairs entrance

Log heater for a cold day

Roof Terrace for a hot day lots more seating with different views

The ladies washroom and that is something I wouldn't usually show but well worth a visit just to sit and look at the wonderful views

One of the ornate mirrors in the 'Ladies'

Have a great day all

Love Chrissie xx

Tag and Yellow Collage

Happy New Week All

I am looking forward to a bit warmer weather if the forecast is what it says it is going to be--a few degrees higher and no ice or snow would be good.

At Tag Tuesday this time the theme is Hearts-Hearts-Hearts and was chosen by Michele. Wonderful ideas on the entries already and still over a week to join in.

Sometimes the animation bug grabs me and I have to make something in Animation shop-anyone who likes to do animations the heart only takes 22 frames to make.

This is a face I painted digitally years ago and she doesn't look too happy about her love life poor thing. 

Now to Art Journal Journey where the theme this time is The Colour Yellow and was chosen by Rike who will be hosting for the whole of February.

Another digital creation. I painted the flowers and added the background with digital brushes then found a smiley sunflower that was free to use. Looking forward to doing more yellow artwork. The bird is my poor attempt :(

Have a really nice day

Love Chrissie xx

Sunday, 3 February 2019

2nd on the 2nd

Hello Everyone who calls in

Apologies for not posting this yesterday but our internet was playing up. All seems well now so fingers crossed that I will be able to post this today

Yesterday was the 2nd of the month when dear Elizabeth invites us to repost something from our blogs.

Way back in March 2015 I made a card for MIL for her birthday and it started out as a digital collage

The original post is here if you want to read it. As I have done lots of digital collages recently I thought I would look through them and see if any would be suitable to turn into cards or postcards.

Going to have a look at what others have reposted now.

Have a great day all love Chrissie xx

Friday, 1 February 2019


Hello All

The weather is getting colder here and every where is icy or very frosty this morning. Another crafting day I reckon and lots of knitting and telly watching as well. Our gas fire has decided not to work so the plumber is popping in this afternoon to take a look. We don't use the fire very often as the central heating is usually enough so we will be ok without it really. Just nice to see the warm glow of the flames.

At The Three Muses this week the theme is birds

 I started this piece with a digital painting I did a while ago and added the digital bird image that I had in a folder- it was from here. I just kept resizing the image to give perspective

Can you guess what this shadow is on the frosty shed roof
It was an early morning pigeon

Jack Frost patterns on the window of the conservatory. Not seen these since I was a child but then they used to be on the inside of the bedroom windows and these are on the outside thankfully. We watched them growing before our eyes--amazing.

The Christmas Cactus is in the conservatory and is still in flower and lots of buds so it must like the winter cold.

Have a great day all

Love Chrissie xx