Love and Peace

As you may know, I volunteer to help clean my local beach as part of Love my Beach. Last week I made a happy discovery whilst we were collecting rubbish along the shoreline – two hearts, one a collection of pebbles in the shape of a heart and the other made from driftwood, both left behind by happy holidaymakers. They inspired my page; it was so nice to find them … they made me smile!

Love and Peace - Art Journal Page

I applied Liquitex acrylic paint to the page with a baby wipe, then used a homemade stamp and Archival Ink to add a grid texture and splattered black and white acrylic paint over the top. I drew a circle in the middle of the page to create a globe image and coloured it using a grey Faber-Castell big brush marker. A dots stencil and texture paste added the land detail onto the globe. On white paper I stenciled some text with Distress Ink and stamped hearts in two colours using Memento Ink, this formed the background for the sentiment lettering. Once stamped, I cut the letters out and arranged them to fit inside the globe and then stamped the authors name around the edge of the globe. Two wooden hearts which represent the hearts I found on the beach, rhinestone flowers, glittery dots and fabric tape finished the page. I think the quote is so special; imagine if love and compassion were at the forefront of people’s thoughts – the peace that would bring.


I snapped the hearts I found on the beach with my phone, aren’t they just wonderful!

With my homemade globe of the World, I’m joining the Art Journal Journey MAPS challenge hosted by Mary C. Nasser.


I regularly go to a local café with my mum and took a photo from our last visit so I could join the T Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday. Here’s my Chocolate frappé (ice, chocolate syrup and milk all blitzed in a blender), please note the cream and chocolate flake on top are optional and all my mum’s doing … it was so nice though! Happy T day!

I apologise for not posting as often or catching up with all my wonderful blogging friends of late, but my dad is very unwell in hospital and I need to spend extra time visiting and supporting my mum. I look forward to catching up with everyone when things improve.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Navy)
  • Colvin & Co acrylic paint (Titanium White)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye)
  • Memento Dye Ink (Love Letter, Angel Pink)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artists pen (Cold Grey 233)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste High Density
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Distressed Dots)
  • The Crafters Workshop 6×6 stencil (Mini Art Is TCW261s)
  • Hobbycraft clear stamp (A6 Heart Background)
  • Papermania 2 pack A-Z clear stamps (Leftover Alphabet PMA9071102)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alpha Folk DCE907115)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stmp DCVW0050)
  • Homemade wooden block stamp with Plasterboard/Drywall tape
  • Docrafts Glitterations (Dots – White ANT 8181041)
  • The Works stickers (Rhinestone Flowers)
  • The Works (3 Adhesive Heart Shapes)
  • The Works (Fabric Tape)
  • The Range glue stick
  • X-press It double-sided tape

The Apple Store

After an enjoyable hike to the top of Nicky Nook, in the Forest of Bowland, we stopped by The Apple Store Café to regain our strength. We had such a wonderful day I decided to capture it in my journal.

The Apple Store - Art Journal page

The background was inspired by some ironwork I had seen in the village and café. To replicate the look I used a doile stamp with Memento Ink and a fretwork stencil with Distress Ink, along with a diluted Spectrum Aqua Marker which I applied using an acrylic block. The advertising leaflet from the Apple Store had a vintage image of apples sat on a table and made a wonderful addition to the page. I added the map from our hike and highlighted areas to show the loop we walked and where the café is situated. As the café is set in a restored glass house I used some potted plant stickers which I fussy cut and added black doodle lines to blend them into the page. I just love, love, love this page; it has really captured the mood and magic of our wonderful day! I’m so pleased to be able to link my page to this month’s Maps theme over at Art Journal Journey.


Scorton is a really picturesque old style village and the starting point for our hike.


We passed through some of the most beautiful countryside and farmland, woodlands, across streams and alongside lakes on our way to the summit.


From the summit of Nicky Nook there are spectacular views over Lancashire’s coastal plain including the Fylde Coast (where we live), Morecombe Bay and the Lakeland fells. It was so worth the visit!


The Apple Store Café is situated in the grounds of Wyresdale Park, it is very charming and full of character with its mismatched crockery, old wooden tables and chairs and metal lattice pathways which is part of the original Victorian glass house flooring.


We had a pot of green tea and the biggest prawn sandwich imaginable accompanied by side order of chips. As you can see the sandwich was so big it obscured the tea so I’ve added a separate picture so I can join the T-Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday, wishing you all a Happy T Day! We had such a fabulous day! We will definitely be exploring this area again and visiting the café very soon!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Memento Dye Ink (London Fog)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Markers (Terracotta, Charcoal, Lime)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Artist Pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Dutch Doobadoo stencil (DDBO Dutch Mask Art A5 Vintage)
  • Dovecraft Curiosity Corner clear stamps (A5 Lace and Doile DCCS009)
  • Penny Black 2007 Stickeroos (Painted Vases #10-191)
  • Map and leaflet
  • The Range glue pen and glue stick

Hot Air Balloons

I came across these lovely Hot Air Balloon images at my local craft shop, and they inspired my page. You’ll notice there is map detail on the balloon image background, and as this month’s theme over at Art Journal Journey is Maps, I’m so glad to be able to link to that challenge. My husband pointed out to me that the British flags on the balloon designs are all upside down. This is a fairly common mistake to make with the Union Jack.Out and About - Art Journal Page

I started off the background by drawing curves using a plate as a template with a Uni Pin fine line marker, then splattering and smooshing diluted Distress Ink onto the page. I filled in the curves that I had created with an Alphabet stamp from Kaisercraft and Archival Ink, it took a bit of time to complete this as I had to mask the curves out to make sure the stamp stayed between the curve lines. It was great fun though and I love how it turned out. I have wanted to use the star tissue paper for a while now, it came from a birthday present, so I tore off pieces and saw them melt into the page when I used Patty’s top tip of using a glue stick to stick them down – thanks Patty! I fussy cut some of the balloon and compass images and stuck them to the page using the glue stick, then gave them a bold black outline using my Uni Pin marker so they stood out more. To finish I added a couple of sentiments and outlined them.


It’s a funny coincidence that I have just bought this lovely glass balloon while we were exploring a nearby village shop. I saw it and just fell in love with it!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

 Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Peeled Paint, Sooty Black, Tea Dye)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artists pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm and 0.8mm)
  • Script metallic pen (Gold)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Alphabet
  • Kanban Paper craft toppers (Timeless Moments PCT1882)
  • Little Yellow Bicycle card stock stickers (PD-140)
  • Star tissue paper
  • The Range glue stick

Queen’s Official Birthday

It was the Queen’s official 90th birthday on Saturday and this page was inspired by our day of celebrations. Me and my hubby celebrated by watching Trooping The Colour, and in the afternoon we attended a concert to commemorate this very special occasion at our local RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institute) Lifeboat house which featured the Fylde Concert Orchestra.

Queens Official Birthday - Art Journal Page

Most of the materials used were recycled and adhered to the page using glue stick and gel matte medium. The lines of soldiers are made from images from paper chains which represents Trooping The Colour. Film and music note washi tape reflect the music and televised coverage of the day. All British coins and stamps have the Queen’s head on them so I used the coin images from a free leaflet from a utilities company and postage stamps that were collected by my hubby when he was a youngster. The beautiful picture of the Queen was saved from a magazine and features the newly-crowned Queen on 13th June 1953. I covered the magazine wording around the picture with red paper, postage stamps and torn coin images. I finished the page by using the first verse of our national anthem “God Save the Queen”, taken from the song sheet at the concert. This page came together so quickly and was very easy to do, I think the most difficult bit was lining up those little soldiers in straight lines. The style and look is so clean, I think it’s stunning!


The orchestra were wonderful and played a variety of light classical and popular music including In a Persian Market (which reminded me of that Morecombe and Wise sketch), Teddy Bear’s Picnic, the Pink Panther theme tune, and of course God Save the Queen. It was lovely to join in the local festivities with friends and acquaintances, we had a great time!


As today is T Stands For Tuesday, I thought I’d also share our celebratory drinks. A big hello to all at the T Gang! We ended the day with a glass or two of beer, I’m lucky that my hubby brews his own beer! From left to right – Wheat beer 4.5% (Belgian Hoegaarden style), Pumpkin ale 5.25%, Dark old ale 6.3% (Theakstons Old Peculiar clone) & a traditional Best Bitter 4.2% (Youngs Special recipe).

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artists pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.8mm)
  • Aldi paper chains
  • The Works (3 Washi Tapes)
  • Postage stamps
  • Magazine and leaflet
  • Liquitex Gel Matte Medium
  • The Range glue stick

And they Flew!

I wanted my finished page to link to this month’s maps theme over at Art Journal Journey so I decided to have fun and get my inspiration as I went along. I wanted to start off with some circles, so used maps and lovely turquoise paper which I think go nicely together.

And they FLEW Art Journal Page

I used various lids and tapes as templates to cut out the circles. When I laid them onto the page I loved the vibrancy of colours, and so created a complimentary green background using a blend of acrylic paints. I applied the paint with a baby wipe, which is a new technique for me, and one that I will be using again, as it was very easy to do and I love the results! I stamped a hessian (burlap) texture and some script over the page using Kaisercraft stamps and Memento inks, then I used a homemade stamp to add a mesh pattern effect with Archival ink. I enjoyed adding the black and white splatters with acrylic paint to finish the background.


I fixed the circles to the page using a glue stick and gel matte medium, and doodled on and around them to add some detail. I then added some lines adapted from a poem by Christopher Logue and finished the page with a wooden dove. I think it turned out wonderful!


I heard Mary Portas recite this poem recently and it really resonated with me, I just fell in love with it. Sometimes we all need to take a leap of faith in our lives and not be afraid to go after our dreams, and then you get to know what it feels like to fly! I hope you enjoy the poem as much as I do.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Liquitex Artist Colour Acrylic (Christmas Green, Swedish Blue, Ivory Black)
  • Colvin & Co. acrylic paint (White Titanium)
  • Memento Dye Inks (Rich Cocoa, Pistachio, London Fog, Bahama Blue)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber- Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm & 0.5mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamps (Script CS752 and Texture-Hessian CS153)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case Alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stamp DCVW0030)
  • Homemade wooden block stamp with Plasterboard/Drywall Tape
  • The Works (Wooden Doves)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • The Range glue stick
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Dorling Kindersley Illustrated Family Encyclopaedia

Drink Your Greens

Today I find myself taking part in a new challenge over at Altered Book Lover, thanks so much to Patty for recommending the “T Stands for Tuesday” challenge-blog. This page is a bit like East meets West, taking on an oriental feel with green tea from china, my new glass teapot direct from Japan and then the more English tradition of afternoon tea. It’s called “Drink your Greens” as green tea is good for you…right! We won’t mention the cake though…tee hee!

Drink your Greens - Art Journal Page

This page started with my collection of various items, such as a tea cup template, the teapot instructions (written entirely in Japanese!), the green tea packaging and various oriental themed stickers and papers. I started with the teapot instructions, layering different pieces horizontally and vertically on the page. For the rest of the background, I noticed one of the sticker sets has an almost rice paper quality and the most lovely red border and diamond background, so I used that. I think it looks fab so have added a diamond stamp or stencil to my wish list. From the same sticker set I also used the bamboo and red flower borders and squares. The tea cup was cut out from oriental card stock, I love the graduated shading effect that goes down the cup towards the saucer. The little red and white oval sticker was stuck to the actual teapot, I think it’s a quality mark.

Sticker detail

Gunpowder green tea is my favourite blend so I used the lid from the box along with the little yellow sticker which sealed it. To match the pagoda on the yellow tea sticker, I added a pagoda outline stickers which I was given free when I bought other items in a local craft shop. Using a Spectrum Aqua marker I created some shading around the pagoda and other areas. Finally, I added the black oriental card circles, words cut from a magazine and the cupcake. I love how this page turned out and it’s one of my favourites!

Tea and cakes

So as “T stands for Tuesday”,  my hubby and I are having a lovely cup of green tea and as the page indicates, we have cake too. In fact, we always have homemade cake with our tea. I love baking and today’s cake is a Lemon and Blueberry cupcake … scrummy!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s marker (Slate)
  • Faber- Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Sharpie Fine Point permanent marker (Black)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Penny Black 2006 Stickeroos (Butterfly Party #10-18)
  • Hunkydory Luxury Topper Collection (Eastern Promise EAST104)
  • Dovecraft glitter stickers (Cakes – Cupcake Bakery DCST047)
  • Inspirations (Japanese outline stickers Black 2295)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
  • Hario Glass teapot instructions and sticker
  • Shuanglong Ting special gunpowder green tea box
  • Magazine



Around The World In Eighteen Postage Stamps

I participated in the challenge-blog over at Art Journal Journey last month and had so much fun that I was trying to think of ideas to join in with this months theme of “Maps” which is being hosted by Mary. Don’t you find you get inspired in the most peculiar places? I recently saw a book title on a table while waiting for an appointment, and all of a sudden I knew the page I wanted to create – “Around The World In Eighteen Postage Stamps”. This title of course (as you have probably guessed) is a play on the famous book Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. However in my case, the world and the stamps represent some of the countries I have visited in my lifetime and I haven’t visited 80 countries so 18 it is!

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The background is made of pages from a stamp album, I gave them a vintage feel by using Distress Inks and stamped some luggage tickets onto them using Archival Ink. The map image is one I had in my craft stash and I selected the countries that I wanted to display and then cut it into a globe shape to represent the world. Again I applied Distress Ink behind the world cutout and used a glue stick to stick it down. I didn’t want to use a line for each stamp as it would look too busy, so I clustered them into rough geographic groups and attached them with foam tape for a 3D look. The lines and pin heads are stickers and give a nice neat finish. Finally I stamped then coloured and attached the banner. This was a fun page to create as it brought back so many memories of my travels!

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If you’re wondering where I got all these lovely stamps from, my hubby has kindly given me his old stamp collection from when he was a child. I am so honoured to have this as part of my craft stash and am so excited that I got to use them for such a memorable and enjoyable page. Thank you hubby!

In case you are interested, the stamps are from Great Britain, Jersey, Guernsey, France, Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic, Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain, USA and Canada. There is more than one stamp from the USA, because I have been there more often. Hope you like the page and I would love to know how many countries you have you visited?

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber- Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Script metallic pen (Silver)
  • Papermania Urban stamps (All Aboard – Tags PMA907178)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamps (WDW Alpha Stamp DCVW0030)
  • Sandylion Kelly Panacci Scrapbook Collection (Stitches & Borders KSCB102)
  • Home Bargains Sticker Mania (Gel Stone Stickers 74749)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • The Range glue stick
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
  • WHSmith stamp album pages
  • World map (unknown)
  • Postage stamps

Music Soothes My Soul

I created this page not long ago and was prompted to share it after a blog-friend (Trista Ree Creates) was asking how music impacts my daily life. I tend to listen to music all the time especially now summer is here and my taste is quite eclectic. You will often hear me humming or recalling a tune to coincide with what I’m doing. My hubby says, (in the nicest possible way), that I know a silly song for every occasion, and he’s probably right, as I find “Music Soothes My Soul”. Therefore, music (of all types) is the inspiration for this page.

Music Soothes my Soul - Art Journal Page

I decided to experiment with the background and had heard of stamping using scrunched up tin (aluminium) foil, so I watered down Faber- Castell Big Brush and Spectrum Aqua marker pigments and started stamping. When I had built up the layers of colour I splattered on some black acrylic paint. I love the effect that resulted; it looks like stone or marble, just lovely and gives a very clean and crisp finish (I think the trick here is knowing when to stop!). To compliment the music theme I added three strips of washi tapes to the page. I bought a magazine called The Greatest Musicians from my local charity shop, it has some fantastic old photos of cities, documents and music sheets. So I tore some of the music sheet pages and stuck them using matte gel medium, next I stamped a set of ornate leaf outlines and then the sentiment using Versafine and Archival Ink. A spot of colour was needed and these beautiful little butterflies were just the thing, they were a bargain purchase from The Range (home store) and are actually 3D, so add another dimension. The final step was to add some sparkle with tiny bronze gemstones from Habico. I really like this page as it looks so elegant.

Butterfly detail

Here’s a close up of one of the butterflies, aren’t they just adorable.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Faber- Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pens (Sepia 175, Black 199)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Tan, Slate)
  • Liquitex Acrylic paint (Ivory Black)
  • Tsukineko Versafine Ink (Onyx Black VF-82)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Hobbycraft decorative tape (Assorted Black and White 5971481007)
  • The Works (3 Washi Tapes)
  • Crafters Companion Sara Davies photopolymer stamp set (Just for you – Butterfly Lullaby 5-BL-ST-JUS)
  • Papermania A-Z clear stamps (Leftovers Alphabet PMA9071102)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alphas Pack DCE907115)
  • The Range craft stickers (PO/23049)
  • Habico self-adhesive gem stones (Festive Assortment PP984)
  • The Great Musicians Part 1
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Tin foil