Monday, 31 October 2016

Last Indian Summer for AJJ and a Happy Halloween x

Happy Halloween
Hope you have a fabulous fun day wherever you are.
The sun is shining again here and it may the last day for Valeries wonderful  Indian Summer/Golden October/Autumn theme at AJJ but I'm hoping the pleasant warm and sunny days we've been having here last through November too.
My page for AJJ has a mix of Aquamarkers and distress ink on background, then a layer of gesso then some leaf doodling with Prima water soluble oil pastels and Posca paint markers. Words added digitally.

At Halloween we often get out our few scary movies we have to watch, nothing too scary though, probably something like 'Hocus Pocus' with Bette Midler.
Albert wanted a break from being in my craft room and said he wanted to go trick or treating and  wish everyone a Happy Halloween. He wasn't too happy when I said it probably wasn't a good idea.
I said I'd pass on his message - so he looks a bit more happier now :)
 I'm waiting for Mr Postman and hoping he has some treats and not tricks when he calls...
hopefully today..... with an early Christmas present..... a collection of Steampunk dies and stamps
by Sheena Douglass..... great for my Steampunk theme Christmas tree.. yeaay!
Thanks for stopping by
Hope your day is good!
Gill x

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Forever Autumn for AJJ and some cards

Happy Saturday everyone..
Hope you're having a lovely weekend. I've had a break from the de-cluttering today and had some time in my craft room and managed to make a page for Valeries lovely theme at AJJ Indian Summer - Golden October - Autumn and made a few cards.
For my page I used a mix of stamps including one large foam stamp and a stencil.

I wanted to play again with the lovely Donna aka Inky Quirky Designs 'Beki' stamps that arrived a couple of days ago but was also wanting to make a few more Christmas cards. So I found a suitable message stamp and Santa with sleigh stamp from my stash and mixed them with the set and made a couple of Christmas cards and one other with just the stamps from the set. I stamped with versafine ink and did some paper piecing - a great way to use up odd scraps of paper.
Thanks for stopping by
Hope you have a lovely weekend.
Gill x

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Indian Summer

Another week flying by and October is almost over. Today started misty but then turned quite sunny and a fairly pleasant temperature for this time of the year. Brighter days like today will hopefully make the winter seem shorter when that too arrives.
So for Valeries lovely Indian Summer/Golden October/Autumn theme at AJJ I created a digital piece using 2 kits by Lynne Anzelc called 'A scrap of Autumn' and 'Autumn returns'. 

As always...
Thank you so very
much for visiting
Gill xx

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