Christmas at The Queens

Last week we enjoyed a Christmas meal with our fellow Love My Beach volunteers at The Queens Hotel in Lytham. This page was inspired by good company and our Christmas

I chose to create a blue background to match the “Love My Beach” colours. Firstly I masked off the top and bottom of my page with masking tape and then painted diluted Salty Ocean Distress Ink to the top and bottom sections. I had diluted the Distress Ink by applying the ink to an acrylic block and adding water with a paint brush. I then added festive trees to the bottom panel and holly to the top using stamps and Danube Blue Memento Ink. For the middle section I painted Peacock Feathers Distress Ink using the same technique and stamped a selection of festive images and the saying “Peace on Earth” using Bahama Blue Memento Ink, repeating the pattern across the page. To finish the background I added the red Christmas tape and metallic grey glittery washi tape horizontally across the page. Next I cut out star shapes from the festive menu leaflet, which I picked up during our visit. I also cut the menu and venue from the same leaflet and a “Love My Beach” logo using pinking cut scissors as I thought the spiky edges would compliment the stars nicely.  I stuck them all to the page using a UHU Stic and double-sided foam tape.  To finish I added some lovely wooden red star embellishments that I found in my craft stash that matched the theme.


The food was so yummy! I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture of my Salmon Waldorf starter (made for me without the nuts) so you’ll have to take my word for it that it was very good. Here’s our traditional roast turkey main course and our drinks are ice water with lemon and Theakstons Christmas Ale. A vegetarian option of Cheese and Onion Pie can be seen in the background, which looked really good too! Wishing all of the T Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday a very Happy T Day and a Merry Christmas!


My hubby had dessert which is a Chocolate & Cherry Swiss Roll – delicious!


It was such a lovely evening and as a special treat to wish my friends a Merry Christmas I made Chocolate Bark for everyone!


It was fun to make, the hardest part was tempering the chocolate, which makes it keep its glossy appearance and allows the finished chocolate to ‘snap’ when broken. Once the chocolate is tempered I just spread it onto a baking tray then added the toppings. For my milk chocolate option I added mini marshmallows, fudge pieces, broken Amaretti biscuits and rice crispies, then drizzled the whole thing with tempered white chocolate. For the dark chocolate option I added tempered white chocolate and used a cocktail stick to swirl it together, then I sprinkled dried golden sultanas, dried cranberries and dried raisins over the top. Yum!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers)
  • Memento Ink (Danube Blue, Bahama Blue)
  • Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker (Black)
  • Clear Impressions clear stamp set (Woodland Christmas)
  • Papermania Urban Stamps Easy Cling stamp set (12 Days of Christmas – Icons PMA 907909)
  • Leaflets
  • Westcott  Pinking Cut Scissor
  • The Works (Heart & Star Shapes)
  • Wilko (Glitter Tape)
  • The Range (Merry Xmas Gift Tape)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

44 thoughts on “Christmas at The Queens

  1. What a lovely post! So much gorgeous food and a wonderful journal page, with so many great details. The dinner you had looks divine, and your chocolate bark is making me nervous….I want some, please! Happy T Day, and a happy Christmas to you and yours, hugs, Valerie

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  2. Love your festive page to remember your evening out. The meal looks delicious, I think I may have found room for that dessert as well. I think your friends will enjoy these yummy treats you made for them, the descriptions of the ingredients have me about to seek out some chocolate, even though its late in the evening.
    Happy T Day and a very Happy Christmas to you and your family.
    Yvonne xx

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  3. What a fabulous festive page (of course i LOVE that “love my beach”!) Looks like such a yummy dinner and your gorgeous looking bark -what a very special treat indeed! Happy T day, a very Merry Christmas, happy Boxing Day, and a happy New Year too!

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  4. Once again I’m in awe of art imitating life, rather than the other way around. Your journal entry is fabulous, right down to the washi tapes. Those stars take it over the top, though.

    Golly, you have made me hungry. I would LOVE to have that cheese and onion pie. It looks fabulous. I’m sure you were in heaven with that ale. And that dessert your hubby got looks out of this world decadent.

    You are a true friend. Making all that chocolate bark for your friends shows what a wonderful, giving person you are. Thank you for sharing your art, your ale, and your bark with us for T this Tuesday. This is fabulous (I many have said that already, but it deserves a second time, too).

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  5. what a yummy post – the journaling as well as all the Food. i´m not sure which i would prefer, i think i take everything. the Chocolate barks look so good!
    have peaceful days with your beloved ones, and happy t-day!

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  6. Your page to remember this fabulous christmas celebration of your wonderful charitable organisation turned out just beautiful!

    The meal looks fantastic, wow… I would have taken both, the turkey and the onion cheese pie- and the roll looks fantastic- reminds me of black forest cake roll – and I would love to taste your fantatsic chocolate bark – I had to google it – since I didn’t know that kind of sweet and there are so so many delicious recipes out there… tempting !!
    I wish you a Very Merry Christmas dear Jo!
    Enjoy the season and thank you so much for all your support for Art Journal Journey
    and your blogfriendship and all the sharing and visting and your inspiring artwork!
    oxo Susi

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    • Thanks very much Susi, you are very kind! Wish you could have joined us, it sounds like you would have enjoyed all the lovely food :-). I’m wishing you a very Merry Christmas too, have a wonderful time with your friends and family! Happy T Day! J 🙂 x


  7. Wow! My mouth is watering! I love the traditional turkey dinner with trimmings. I am on the hunt for parsnips. I don’t understand why I can’t get them anywhere. When we have finished building our house hubby is going to start his vegetable plot in the campo.
    Your chocolate looks so yummy. Clever girl. They make ideal little gifts. Your friends are very lucky. Did you use a special thermometer to temper the chocolate? My husband used to work at Cadbury’s and used to make chocolate on an industrial scale. ( he was a chef in the factory restaurant until it was privatized and he was offered a job in the factory). But I must say, he never makes me any chocolate…
    Wishing you and your hubby a very lovely Christmas,
    Happy T-Day,

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    • Thanks so much Lisca! Your comments really made me smile and I was enthralled that your husband used to work for Cadburys – what a fascinating job history! I did use a thermometer, although I improvised somewhat by using the one my hubby uses for brewing his beer – it worked really well :-). Wishing you and your husband a wonderful Christmas too! Happy T day! J 🙂 x


  8. What a nice way to commemerate a special evening. Your icy blue page is beautiful. the red just pops against it. Oh my, what a wonderful meal. You’ve added some ingredients I’ve never heard of on chocolate bark. They sound scrumptious. I gave up trying to temper chocolate years ago 😉 I’m a good baker but never got the hang of candy making. The right temperature is just critical.
    Happy T day and Merry Christmas, Jo!

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  9. So much to love in your post!! The blue and red combination of your mixed media piece is one of my favorites…so festive! And the chocolate…wow…very delicious looking! I think the dark chocolate would be my choice…;) Happy T day and Merry Christmas!

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    • Thank you! Rococos looks like a lovely place, it is such a great find, thanks for sharing and for the directions :-). I’ll be sure to check it out next time we are there :-). Wishing you peace and happiness this holiday season! J 🙂 x


  10. Sounds like a great meal out with friends (isn’t that good at this time of year) and I love your journal page with the menu and the Christmas trees and stars and the blue holly.
    Now I must go in search of some chocolate,

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    • Thanks Sheila! We had a lovely evening, I love this time of year too :-). Hope you found some chocolate, if not I made some more Chocolate Bark and don’t mind sharing … :-). Happy Holidays, wishing you peace and happiness ! J 🙂 x


  11. Merry Christmas my friend!Thanks for being part of my life this year.
    _______°Amizade° Sabedoria ° Perdão°
    ______°Igualdade° Liberdade° Boasorte°
    ____°Equilíbrio- °Dignidade-Benevolência°

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  12. Dear Jo ~ How I’ve missed visiting with you while I was unplugged ♥
    No surprise it is a “sweet” visit with you.
    The Love The Beach celebration certainly looks special and delicious.
    That vegie pie was calling me especially.
    Your colors for your journal page are brilliant together with your meaningful and lovely touches.
    Wishing you and your Mr a wonderful and very merry celebration with lots of fa la laaas

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