A Walk in the Park

To celebrate my mum’s birthday this month, she chose to go to Stanley Park where there is an Art Deco Café called “Parks” for a light lunch. We had a lovely time and I wanted to capture our visit as well as my mum’s favourite spring flowers namely daffodils, tulips and iris which I always buy and arrange for her as part of her birthday present.

Firstly I added three strips of plasterboard/drywall tape to the page and applied Blueprint Sketch, Twisted Citron and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks with a blending tool. I wanted the tape to act like a stencil so I removed it revealing a white grid pattern. I stamped a tree stamp by Art Impressions using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink and then I used an A6 Docrafts stamp set to stamp a bigger tree onto my page as well as a piece of brown patterned paper from a Design Pad. I cut out the tree from the paper using the stamp outline to guide me and positioned it over the tree I had stamped on the page using a UHU Stic. On the bottom of the page I added the daffodils, iris and tulips that my mum loves so much, I cut the flower shapes from pieces of napkin which then melted into the page when I used Liquitex Matte Gel Medium to stick them down. Next I added the names of the flowers and the month which are rub-on transfers. The wooden frames are from Poundland and I created different pictures to remind me of our day out together. I filled one with the same napkin flowers, another with the logo of the café we visited which is from a leaflet I collected whilst we were there and the last one with a piece of card that I stamped with a recurring “Happy Birthday” using black Archival Ink. I embellished each one with a strip of green ribbon and a mini gel star sticker and stuck the framed picture to the page using Glossy Accents. To finish I covered the tree with cherry blossom flowers and dotted some fallen petals amongst the spring flowers, these are mini gel stickers and depict the lovely pink blossom we saw whilst we were in the park.

As we were “Out and About” celebrating my mum’s birthday, I’m pleased to be able to join Yvonne from Meggy’s Way over at Art Journal Journey.

I thought you may like join in our celebration; this is the view as we walked though Stanley Park which is in Blackpool. Visiting the park brings back many fond memories from my childhood because we use to visit regularly to feed the ducks at the lake, walk the paths to see the different gardens and, possibly my favourite thing in the world when I was young, to jump up and down on the outside trampolines.

This time we went to the Italian Gardens which is situated in the centre of the park and has many flower beds, a large number of benches and a central fountain made from Italian marble which is surround by sea horses.

There are great columns and a number of statues in this garden, this includes a pair beautiful of Medici Lions situated either side of the steps that lead to the café. I used to stand and look at them in awe when I was a child, they are so magnificent!

The “Parks” café overlooks the Italian Gardens and was built in a traditional art deco style. It is an imposing building and a focal point of the park.

The inside of the café is so beautiful; it is such an elegant setting with its original art deco features and palm trees.  The menu of breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea seems a bit pricey to me but the quality of the food is excellent.

We all had the most delicious ham and cheese toastie for lunch and I had a ginger beer whilst my parents both had coffee. As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and wishing you all a Happy T Day!

These are the flowers I bought for my mum and arranged in a lovely metal jug, she loves the combination of the yellow daffodils, red tulips and blue iris – don’t they look bright and cheery!

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 (Blueprint Sketch, Twisted Citron, Hickory Smoke)
  • Memento Ink (Rick Cocoa)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted rubber stamp (P-1398)
  • Docrafts A6 clear stamp set (Build a tree  DCE907130)
  • Crafter’s Companion Vintage Floral Collection Acrylic Stamp (Floral Sentiments VF-ST-FSENT)
  • Napkin from a café
  • Poundland Design Pad (Changing Seasons CRO701/16PL1)
  • Parks Art Deco Café leaflet
  • 151Adhesives Plasterboard & Drywall Tape
  • Home Bargains (Mini Gel Stickers 30287)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Spring Sentiments #ROY-506 Rub-on)
  • Poundland A Beautiful Life collection (Wooden Frames LCWDN001)
  • Green ribbon
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Gluepen
  • The Range double-sided tape
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46 thoughts on “A Walk in the Park

    • Thanks so much! We really enjoyed our celebrations at Stanley Park, it is a lovely place . I think Finn would love exploring the park too 🙂 . Although the day was actually a bit grey, I found my page turned out bright and cheery – I think this was because we had so much fun that the sun was shining in my heart that day! Hope you are having a great week! J 🙂

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  1. such a gorgeous Springtime page Jo!! Looks like a really lovely outing with your mum and dad. Happy birthday to your mum! The bouquet is really beautiful. Happy T day!

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  2. This looks like a gorgeous park Jo. I bet at peak season it is just fabulous because even all those daffodils look amazing. And you made a fantastic page. I love all the flower details you added. I’m really ready for spring blooms-once our blizzard snow finally melts. I hope your Mom enjoyed her day out and her birthday. I hope it was a happy celebration. And I hope you have happy T day. Hugs-erika

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  3. I simply adored the journal page you created. It was beautiful. I especially liked how you used the wood pieces to accent the flowers and birthday wish.,

    The Parks is a beautiful place. I’m a BIG fan of art deco and the outside and lighting on the inside really spoke to me. I checked out the menus. The breakfast menu sounded reasonable, but lunch and sandwiches were a bit pricey. And I can’t see paying 15pounds per person for afternoon tea. I know you are paying for ambiance, though, so I understand. And it made your mother happy, so that was important, too. Those flowers are indeed lovely, and well arranged, too.

    Thanks for taking us to Parks and sharing your ginger beer and coffees with us, as well as the lovely art journal page and flowers you arranged for your mother, for T this Tuesday.

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  4. Happy T Day and thank you for the photographs of Stanley Park. The cafe there is one of my favouroite places though I thought it was better when it was all art deco and none of the bits in the middle lol. Made me want to go again soon though

    Love Chrissie xx

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  5. Its a beautiful park for a destination and the tea room looks special. I did look at the menu as well and to me it seems on a line with eating out where we are.
    I think your mum will have enjoyed her day and the flowers are beautiful.
    Its a fabulous journal page , thank you for another special page for my theme at AJJ. I am so pleased you are enjoying it.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx.

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  6. Stunning flowers you arranged for your Mother’s special day dear Jo!
    AND what a lovely outing enjoying nature and the Italian architecture in the gardens.
    Daffodils always look extra nice to me when they are naturalized and growing amongst the trees.
    Your journal page captures your joyous and colorful celebration beautifully.
    Your napkin flowers at the bottom have melted into the page brilliantly.
    Drywall tape is such a great ingredient too…you used it well.
    Very best wishes to your Mother for many more lovely birthday celebrations with her talented and thoughtful daughter ♥
    Happy T Day too oxo

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    • Thank you dear Jenny! The flowers and tree were fun to create with all lovely napkin pieces and the cherry blossom stickers 🙂 . I find ginger beer so refreshing so was pleased to see it on the menu. Wishing you a great week! J 🙂

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  7. Good morning, I love coming to your page to see what journal page you have created I really enjoy them
    The park is beautiful, and your arrangement for your Mom’s flowers are just lovely-you have many talents. A special birthday outing for her.
    I just happen to have a some ginger beer here-had never heard of it before and this one was gluten free too enjoyed it.
    Happy T Day

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  8. So nice of you taking your mom to the Gardens for her birthday…. and the vase of flowers you got her is beautiful.. She’s a very lucky mom. I’m glad you have such fond childhood memories…those lions are incredible.. You know how much i love you ArtJournal pages…I love how they capture the memory so well…. Happy happy T day!! Hugs! deb

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    • That’s so kind of you Debs, thanks for your lovely comments! The lions are one of my favourite things in the park, I can almost hear them roar when I see them so they always make me smile 🙂 . Wishing you the happiest of T Days! J 🙂

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  9. Your page is just lovely and so cheerful with all the flowers. The window frames are so well arranged – a fantastic layout is this! And I specially love the cherry blossom tree! Stanley Park looks like a great place to visit. Wonderful place to celebrate for your Mom!
    I think she enjoyed it and the flowers she got from you are lovely arranged!
    Thank you for sharing all the photos and the page with AJJ dear Jo!
    Wishing you a happy T-Day and rest of your week!
    oxo Susi

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  10. Jo, is that you in the – I’m guessing – tap dance outfit? So cute! The flower arrangement is lovely and I bet your mum was pleased. Thank you for sharing your memories and the photos of the lovely Stanley Park. You made a lovely journal page to commemorate your day with mum and dad.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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    • Many thanks Eileen! The photo is of my cousin’s daughter, she loves to dance and ice skate just like I did as a child 🙂 . My mum always gets me to arrange the flowers for her, I think she knows I find it fun! Thanks very much and Happy T Day! J 🙂

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  11. So here I am doing a belated comment. We’ve been away for a few days for my birthday and the campsite did not have wifi or electricity (my laptop battery is knackered and I can use it only on mains power). We had a lovely few days with good weather. Thank you for the birthday wishes.
    Thanks for taking me to the park. It certainly looks like a beautiful park. I too love the lions. They are very life like. The cafe certainly seems a great place to go for lunch. There is a board saying everything is cooked to order from fresh. So that’s why it is expensive (probably).
    Have a great weekend,
    Lisca

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    • Thanks for stopping by and your lovely comments! I hope you had a wonderful birthday and I’m so pleased you had good weather while you were on your travels : -) . Happy Friday and wishing you a great weekend too! J 🙂

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