Sunday, 23 October 2016

Halloween Party and Falling leaves

Hello and Happy Sunday...

I am happy as (other than writing in cards and maybe making one or two additional special ones) I have at last finished making all of my Christmas cards - big sigh of relief!
Now to continue with the big de-clutter and finish off going through the old 45s and LPs :)

For Moo Mania & More  Halloween party is the theme and I have a digital piece created with various clip art and some added digital blending/effects.

Another all digital piece is for Valeries fab theme at AJJ Indian Summer - Golden October - Autumn   
The digikit used is one I made a couple of years ago. The squirrel and hedgehog from photos in my garden..
Summer has definitely gone but autumn is still being a bit shy here. I have a few leaves that need picking up in the garden but they are mainly green. The nights are darker earlier and the sun rising later.
I love looking at clouds and seeing shapes and things in them and we had some unusual clouds as the sun was rising yesterday .. what do you see?

It reminded me of people sitting chatting and eating. 
There's a man with a beard and a lady holding a glass of something and it looks like she might have had one drink too many.

what a strange silhouette at the bottom

 Thanks so much for stopping by
which I appreciate very much.
Hope you have a lovely day
Gill xx

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Golden Leaves for AJJ

Hello :)
Here's another digital piece for Valerie's fab AJJ Autumn theme.
A few digital bits I made and the rest from kits: 'Equinox' G&T Designs, 'Autumn Delight 'ML Designs and 'fairy tale autumn' Daisytrail. 
To be honest I have no real idea if its very autumnal here in the UK or not as I've been busy Christmas card making and various other jobs, but its seems pretty green around where I live and most trees still have their leaves.... hopefully one day my view will become golden.

The nearest thing to autumn colours around here was in the kitchen - my personal chef aka 'Dave the husband' :) was about to grill some peppers so as to remove their skins for a lovely chicken liver risotto he later cooked.
Well what was I doing why he was hard at work in the kitchen? I was trimming inserts to fit all my Christmas cards and also making some record sleeves for some old vinyl 45s.

When the weather hasn't been suitable to continue working in the garden we have been de-cluttering and this time we have been sorting out all our old music stuff. The British Heart Foundation charity have already picked up 240 LPs a week or so ago and I understand already sold £100 of them so that makes me very happy. We have another 100 LPs ready to go, along with stacks and stacks of 45s some of which needed new sleeves.  We did get a bit side tracked playing and keeping some records but it was a lovely trip down memory lane. I did discover one particular record sleeve that I'd doodled on back in 1974 - which looks very much influenced by a Pink Floyd album I have too.

Not sure what to say about my choice of music here other than its always been varied :)
Thanks so much for visiting today
Hope your day is good
Gill xx

Monday, 17 October 2016

Where is Autumn?

Hi everyone...
Today I have a digital piece for AJJ theme Indian Summer/Golden October/Autumn  hosted by the lovely Valerie.  Using my favourite software I blended several images (clip art collected over the years) and added leaves from various dig-kits and then the quote I found made me also think of candles so I blended in some of my photos of  floating candles. 
I'd love to see an autumn like this but the view from my window still doesn't look very autumnal and is quite green. 

Anyone making Christmas cards yet? Every year I find it a more stressful chore and don't always enjoy making them so I thought I'd make a concerted effect to get the job done. I've made about 53 most fairly simple (although I still have all the insides to stamp and trim  arghhh that'll be fun!) and ideally I think I needed about 68 but I think the rest will have to make do with shop ones.

Thank you for taking the time to visit
Gill xx

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Toys and Games........ for TIOT

The theme at Try It On Tuesday is Children.
It's seems so many hours are taken up sitting in front of the computer nowadays that a lot of children often miss out on good old fashion fun.
Todays page is a digital piece using one of my poems. There's a clearer version further down if you want to read it and have a  bit of a walk down memory lane.


Toys and Games 

Action man, Sindy and Barbie dolls,
Tiny tears, Gonks and dumpy Trolls,
Yoyo, Kaleidoscope and Hopscotch,
Wall walkers, Kerplunk and toy sweet shops. 
Space hopper, Clackers and Chopper Bike,
Scooters, Skates and three-wheel trike,
Headache, Frustration and Meccano Sets,
Cluedo, Ludo and plastic Alphabets. 
Lego worlds and wooden building blocks,
Wendy house with no door locks,
Little toy furniture, food and Tea services,
Tiny outfits for would be doctors and nurses.
Fuzzy Felt hospital and Fuzzy Felt farms,
Stretchy people with stretchy legs and arms,
Pogo stick, Jacks and Monopoly,
Wonderful toys and games – all computer free!

Thanks for stopping by
I shall be turning my pc off shortly
and go and do some gardening
 and get some fresh air :)
Have a great day
Gill x

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Childhood Dreams

It's September and it means a wonderful new theme over at AJJ and this time the theme is 'Back to School' hosted by the lovely Bluebeard and Elizabeth 
I can see this being a fun month and I just hope I can behave myself and not get a detention!

My piece for this theme is all digital and the photo is probably about 1902-3 and contains my grandfather in class. Not certain I would have liked to been at school during these strict times.
The digital items are from a Daisytrail kit called 'Back to school' and items I digitally created myself.
And I am linking my second piece, which is also digital to TIOT where the current theme is children. Made with digital tubes collected over the years and the words are song lyrics. (don't laugh, but I use to dabble in song writing many moons ago)

Yesterday afternoon I had another play with some new Pebeo Dyna paints I got recently and have tried using them on a t-shirt that had 3 small splodges of white acrylic paint on. I used a DecorArt stencil and moved it around a few times to make it a bit more absract than it was. Fairly pleased for first attempt. I have a black t-shirt to try it on next which should hopefully show the paint better.


Now I know it's only September (and the sun is shining here and its hot again) but I'm also thinking about Christmas.
Last year I spent the end of November and half of December making things for my Steampunk themed tree the one with the steampunked butterfly on top. With Christmas cards etc to make, I'm planning ahead this year. I want to make some more decorations for the tree, and have just found some lovely felt snowflakes I'd forgotten I had that I got cheap in January.

But for now I'm off to lunch, Dave has spent the morning making bread and lunch is 'Beef Oxford'.
Thanks for stopping by today
Gill x

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

BALANCE........for AJJ Nature's Wonders

Hi everyone

It's the last day of August and that means my last post for Nature's Wonders theme at AJJ

so first I'd like to say many thanks again to Valerie and Susi for inviting me to be the guest host this month - thank you xx. My head was buzzing with so many ideas, I had a wonderful time creating things and seeing what everyone else had made as well - thanks everyone!
 I couldn't go quietly so I have 3 digital pieces today to finish with.
The first piece I call 'A world full of wonders'.

I had an idea in my head but I wasn't sure how to execute it. So using my favourite software I first created the flattened edge, shape of the world in pale blue and then on top of that put the background words 'Our world is full of Nature's Wonders.... Beautiful and Precious' (font: Eutemia I). 
But then I needed a stencil in the shape of 'the world' and didn't have one.... so I found a free image online that was just a blue and white. Then again using my favourite software I took out the white, which was the colour of the countries - so imagine cutting that out of paper and you would have a stencil. All I needed to do next with my digital one, was to convert it to a stencil and hey presto - when I used it on my page and filled all the holes (which was so easy) with real images they fitted perfectly to the shape of the countries.
The images I used were from a Serif cd. Then I finished with 'Precious' - which is just what our world is. (font: Cheddar Salad BTN Cameo Rev)

This second piece you can probably guess the title - it's called 'Balance'.  


Top font is: Oyster Bar BTN and quote at bottom: Pie Contest BTN Cameo Rev.

... I used a photo of a background from one of my journals and then just added the rest digitally.

Last but not least, my third piece is for you to say a huge thanks to everyone who visited here and left lovely comments or created pages on this theme and linked to AJJ. I had a fantastic month seeing all your wonderful blogs and ideas on the theme and I probably sat way too long zooming in, as I like to see all the details close up - you made it a great month for me... THANK YOU!

I'm looking forward to the new theme
 tomorrow at AJJ 

As always.
 thank you for taking the time to visit
and for any comments.
Take care
Gill x 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Gaze at nature's beauty

Hello everyone..
For todays piece for AJJ 'Nature's Wonders' challenge   my pages started with an Aquamarker pen background ( I have used this background before - but that's the great thing when you take a photo and use it digitally you can make it look different every time)
Then I added the digital elements and the quotes. The kits were Daisytrail Aviary Exotic and Aviary Paradise.
It amazes me how many different variations there are within a species...  shapes, size, colours, habitat etc  like these birds of paradise.
original pages with Aquamarker pens.

 Then just because I could... I used the same background (but changed its colour) and made another spread with a kit called 'The collector' from Daisytrail.
I'd never seen this type of Orange Ladybird before and before helping it out of our conservatory managed to snap a little photo.

many thanks for stopping by...
Gill x