Tuesday, 6 October 2015

More catching up

Our second little trip away was to Derbyshire.  We went to a wedding in Sheffield and to the reception which was near Buxton.  We decided to book into a B&B in Tideswell and have a couple of extra days away.  Strange to say I have no photos of the wedding.

However there are lots of photos of the other two days!  But I have culled them so you don't need to worry.

This is one of the lanes in Tideswell.

And the view from the top of the hill across Derbyshire.

And another view.

We went a walk along the river and up onto the hills.

We managed to squeeze through this gap in the wall called a Squeezer Stile.

The river

We visited Castleton.  This is Peveril Castle

A view of Castleton.

A visit to Haddon Hall

A fabulous time.

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Friday, 2 October 2015

October week 1: Transformation

For Take Me Deeper at His Kingdom Come we are looking back at the prompts for previous months.  This week we are looking at January's theme of Transformation.

I glued down some torn pieces of map, music and book pages and then brushed a thin layer of gesso over the top.  I wiped some of the gesso off with a wet wipe.

Using acrylic ink I dropped some ink on the page and then sprayed it with water.

I did the same again with the next colour.

With the orange I tried spraying the water first and then dropping the ink into it.  I inked round the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then wiped it with a wet wipe before inking again.

I found bits and pieces to glue down and added the words.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Catching Up

During July and August, Roger and I went away for a few days several times.  I've realised that I haven't shared the photos from these trips and I know that several of you - usually American friends and followers - enjoy seeing the British countryside.

Our first jaunt was to Llanidloes in mid-Wales.  It's one of those places we've never been to - the sort you see on a signpost and never quite make it there.  Originally I was going to a 3 day workshop there but this was cancelled.  Undaunted Roger and I took the opportunity to drive about the area.

On our way we spotted these abbey ruins.

This is the hotel we stayed in.  Although to be honest it was run like a guest house!

The market place in Llanidloes.

The river running through Llanidloes.

The countryside around Llanidloes.

We went for a walk and I spotted these shapes in the logs.

There were some gentle waterfalls

We spotted these guys.  We thought they were toys until they moved!

A larger waterfall

One of the reservoir dams in the Elan Valley

And on the way home we went to Eastnor Castle.  I've wanted to visit for a long time but it was always closed on the days we happened to be going past.

I hope you've enjoyed a look around mid-Wales.

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Sunday, 27 September 2015


At His Kingdom Come we decided that for Take Me Deeper each week in October and November, we would condense the monthly topics from January to September into a weekly devotion with a list of all the videos and Go Deeper study prompts. There are reflection questions for those people who have joined since January. For those who have been on the journey with us since the beginning there are rewind questions for people to spend a little more time on the topic or on a different aspect of the study.

So to introduce ReWind I have made a flipthrough video of the finished pages in my journal since we began in January.

It isn't too late to start Take Me Deeper 2015

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Friday, 25 September 2015

TMD: Promises 4

This week's Promise theme is the promise from Jesus that God will send his Holy Spirit.  We tend to think of the dove as a symbol for the Holy Spirit.

For my last week's pages on Promises I did a totally different background.  I had dried off the stencil from last week's page onto this page.  And then I took the dove stencil from His Kingdom Come and put clear gesso through it.  You could put any transparent acrylic medium.

I found 7 Ranger re-inkers that almost match the colours of the rainbow and dropped some of each colour at the top of the page, sprayed water onto the ink and held the book upright so that the ink dripped down the page.  When it was nearly dry I removed some of the ink off the clear gesso with a wet wipe.

I printed out the verses I wanted to use and coloured the paper with Distress Inks.  I cut up the verses and glued them to my page.

I drew a border round the page with a black pen.

I used the rainbow colours because the rainbow is a sign of another promise from God in Genesis 9: "And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

And finally TMD for April

I have finally, FINALLY, caught up with all my missing Take Me Deeper pages.  The first week of April was actually in with the March prompts because of where Easter Sunday fell in the calendar and I blogged about it here.

I started by gathering up all the 6x6" stencils I have that are like sun rays or bursts of water to represent the living water.  Our theme for April was The Resurrection Life.  I did the backgrounds for the pages of all 3 weeks.

On the first page I sprayed through another stencil and then tried out some Ranger Transparent Texture Paste.  It's like heat embossing without the fuss of the powder and the heat gun.  Can you see the flower with the ink showing through?

The stencil I used had freedom in it so I used the Texture paste there and then when it was dry I coloured the word with a black aquarelle pencil.  I used the pencil to write 'a new creation' and then went over it with water.

I drew lines and then wrote verses around each square.

This page became overly fussy once I had sprayed the pomegranate ink through the butterfly stencil.  It certainly isn't a favourite page.

After I stamped the heart I used a wet wipe to wet the ink on the page and spread it inside the heart.  Then I used the aquarelle pencil to write the words.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

My final selection

Today is the end of the Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt hosted by Rinda.  I have shared my finds on other blog posts but today here they are altogether.

In previous years I've tried to get the whole list including the alternatives but this year I just didn't manage #18 or Alt. C.

Do go over to Rinda's blog where you will find links to other people's collections of photos.  It is really interesting to see how other people interpret the challenge.

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