Chell’s 

This journal page is inspired by a new café we discovered over the summer which we now visit regularly, it’s called Chell’s of Lytham. This café is an easy tandem bike ride from our house and sells the most amazing homemade ice-cream and food – yum! It is such an elegant place so I used the gold colour of the signage and also blue which features on their loyalty card, interior and pretty flowers that adorn the tables.

For the background I started with a base coat of grey Windsor & Newton watercolour paint which I applied with a baby wipe. Then I layered some apricot Liquitex Acrylic paint creating horizontal lines of colour. As I found the apricot was a little too bold against the grey, I applied a thin layer of gesso over it using a baby wipe which toned it down nicely, so it just added some warmth to the background. Next I applied a thin wash of Navy Spectrum Aqua marker by scribbling the pen onto an acrylic block, spritzing the block with water and picking up the now diluted ink with a paintbrush. I stamped a Script stamp by Kaisercraft over the background using the same Navy Aqua marker and then I applied some gold shimmer and shine across the horizontal lines of apricot paint and around the edge of the page using a Sunshine lustre rub from Craf-T Products, which I applied with my finger. Next I stamped some tile images from Papermania onto some white tissue paper using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink, cut them out and stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic. I also applied some white gesso over them using my finger, so they blended into the background more and then I stamped some scroll images from Royal & Langnickel onto the page using the same Distress Ink.

The gold and blue flower images are fussy cut from an old birthday card, edged with a Navy Spectrum Aqua marker and stuck to the page using double-sided foam tape. The pretty gold panels are outline stickers and, along with the stamped tile and scroll images, remind me of Victorian architecture, tiling and wrought ironwork that can be found at the café. To finish, I edged the page with the same Navy Spectrum Aqua marker and added some square gold gemstones and the name of the café using alphabet outline stickers which matched the font on the café signage perfectly (grin!).

This café is situated in Lytham and has a pretty facade overlooking the street. It has an Victorian look to it with the outside seating being covered by a canopy which leads up to the big window shop front with the tiled floor entrance and wrought ironwork.

The interior is lovely too, here’s the counter where you order your food, drink and ice-cream.

They make their own ice-cream here in many different flavours, which are often sold out at the end of the day because it’s so delicious! Our favourite flavour combination is Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cherry and Double Chocolate – yum!

We were introduced to this café by our friends after we had all cycled along the front to Lytham and stopped for refreshments – such fun! On that occasion we had a Chocolate Dream Sundae – double yum! Can you see a face in this photo? (grin!)

The drinks and cakes are delicious too, here are the cappuccino, pot of Earl Grey tea and custard tart that our friends ordered. As you can see the water is served in very pretty glasses too (grin!). As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and wishing you all a very Happy T Day!

As you know I love to join in with the challenges as they help to inspire my design and get creative. So today I’m pleased to join the lovely Yvonne from Meggy’s Way who is hosting the “Colour in my World” challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the blue and gold colours in my page.

I love the gold metallic outline stickers and flowers I used on this page, they add so much shimmer and shine so I’m also pleased to join both the “Metal” Challenge over at Country View Challenge  and  the “Shimmer and Shine” theme over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge again.

Using the double-sided foam tape gives a 3D look to my page so I’m also joining in the fun over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for their “Pop It Up” challenge.

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:

  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours (Payne’s Gray)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Apricot)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Navy)
  • Craf-T Products Luster Rub-ons (Sunshine ASTM D-4236)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Papermania Design Objectives wood mounted rubber stamp (PMA10108)
  • Royal & Langnickel Clear Choice Stamps (Ornate Scrollwork MIN-CCS123)
  • White tissue paper
  • Old birthday card
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs outline stickers (Gold 0318)
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Modern Alphabet Gold ANT8101000)
  • Hobbycraft Self-Adhesive Gems (Assorted Squares 5666141000)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
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46 thoughts on “Chell’s 

  1. I love your fantastic elegant and so masterful created page – absolutely amazing and I am thrilled about the wonderful café that had inspired you to it! And those treats there – mouthwatering!
    Thank you very much for yet another fantastic entry for this month’s AJJ theme. Always a pleasure to see your art. This post is delightful! Wishing you a happy new week and T-Day and thank you for your always kind and warm comments on my blog!
    oxo Susi

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    • Thank you! This café was such a great find, it has a lovely atmosphere and is very welcoming too 😁. You are very welcome and it’s always nice to chat with you dear Susi 😁. Wishing you a happy new week and Happy T Day! J 😊

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  2. That’s a pretty page Jo. I like the little bits of flowers and gold. It feels like a page you want to have some ice cream after viewing. To me It makes me think of summer. And wow-that ice cream looks fantastic. And pretty. I think you found a good place to bike to also. Happy new week.

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  3. I’m smitten with your page. Shades of blue just my color. Your page would make a lovely tile, too. Nice to have a favorite eatery to visit. I’m not big a big ice cream fan, though I do enjoy a bit if the weather is very hot. The face in the ice cream creation looks like a monkey and made me smile. The cup of Earl Grey tea and slice of custard pie is more my speed. Have a Happy T Day

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  4. The art work is great, understand all you ideas from chell’s, just wish i could do anything with this much detail/artistry. But at least I get to enjoy the cakes and ice cream with you for real.

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    • Thanks for introducing us to this café and it’s always a pleasure enjoying the cakes and icecream with you …lol 😉. Glad you like the artwork too and I always think the same thing when I see your garden, I wish mine looked as beautiful as yours – so it seems we are just artistic in different ways 😁. Wishing you a Happy Monday! J 😊

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  5. We both must have been thinking blue today, Jo. I absolutely adore your tribute to Chell’s. I especially liked the gold outlines by Elizabeth’s craft designs. Of course, the entire journal page spoke to me, too.

    Yes, I eventually saw the face and laughed when I did. It’s one of those things that once it registers, it can’t be unseen! As much as I love ice cream, I fell in love with the looks of that custard tart. Looks like something my grandmother might have made. It pairs nicely with the cappuccino, and it’s nice you always show tea in your posts, too.

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful journal page, the ice cream, the custard, and your tea, coffee, and water in a beautiful glass with us for T this week.

    Off topic, but not on either of our lists:
    British ———–> American
    Agony aunt —> Advice columnist

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  6. Wow, this is a truly elegant page Jo, you have captured the the feeling of the style and beauty of the wonderful Cafe you found.
    Your photos looked great and of course I am drooling a little looking at the yummy food. The custard tart would have been my choice, it looks delicious.
    Thank you for another fabulous page for Art Journal Journey Jo and your support this month.
    Have a Happy T day
    Yvonne xx

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  7. Hi, you have created such a lovely art page-I really love it! and if fits the cafe perfectly-which was a great find for you both-handmade ice cream is the best! Happy T Day Kathy

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    • Thank you Kathy! I’m glad you like the page so much, I enjoyed creating such an elegant look and also being able to recycle the birthday card which I’ve had in my craft stash for a while 😁. I agree homemade ice-cream is the best – so yummy … lol 😉. Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊

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  8. I can see how Chells inspired this gorgeous page! I love the way you added different elements to include the colours and the touch of gold from the stickers is perfect! I am definitely going to have to call in at Lytham one day on our way up to the caravan when we get home! Happy T day! Chrisx

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  9. The restaurant looks lovely Jo and what a beautiful piece it inspired! Repurposing birthday cards is a great idea! Love the gold… You had me at icecream.. its my achilles heel.. lol Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

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  10. I’ll meet you there next Tea Tuesday. Lets see… where did I put my plane ticket? Lol! The artwork inspired by Chell’s is beautiful, I always enjoy looking through your list of items used in the process

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  11. Such an elegant and beautiful page! I adore that particular blue tone with the metallic gold additions and pretty flowers. I love how you always let your surroundings inspire your artwork, this cafe looks like a wonderful find!

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  12. You have a tandem bike, Jo?! I – or we – haven’t ridden one of those for almost 50 years. We weren’t too good at it either 😉

    What beautiful dimension you have on this page. I aways appreciate your technique tips. Good product tips today as well. I thought the gold stickers were heat embossed. Love ’em!

    Lol on the smiling sundae. She looks like a muppet 😀

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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  13. Gorgeous layout, I love the blue and gold together, so pretty and the photos are fabulous! I love that you were inspired by your favourite tea room 😍❤️

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Luv
    Lols x x x

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  14. (i thought i already had commented, but seems something has strayed me off…)
    love the blue/Gold Combo, such a classical one! a super journaling page! and of course i immediately would go with you to this cozy Café… and have a huge cheese cake of course…
    have a great week, jo!

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