Give Thanks

I was so excited to receive some happy mail from the lovely Nan! Every element was so detailed from the envelope which had the most stunning handwriting in orange and yellow ink and pretty autumnal leaves, to the beautiful hand painted sunflower card with honeycomb embossing, to the wonderful goodies I found inside (grin!).

So I created a “Give Thanks” page to recognise this kindness and incorporate some of the lovely Peanuts Thanksgiving stickers that Nan kindly gifted to me – I hope you like it!

I started with a neutral background of Parchment Liquitex acrylic paint which I applied using a baby wipe. Next I used two of That Touch of Mica Masks from Creative Expressions; firstly a honeycomb design to match the embossing that Nan had created on the card and secondly a leaf design to match the pretty leaves I found on the envelope. I applied Morocco and Dandelion Memento Ink through the honeycomb stencil using a sponge; these colours were inspired by the orange and yellow inks that Nan had used.

Then I stamped a hexagonal geometric shape using Rich Cocoa and Toffee Crunch Memento Ink through the leaf stencil onto the page, and outlined the edge of the leaf designs with a Sepia Spectrum Aqua marker. Before I removed this stencil I coloured the rest of the stencil design with the residue ink, that was left on the stencil from the stamping, using a sponge. Next I stamped “Give Thanks” onto the page using an alphabet stamp by Papermania and black Archival Ink, and then I darkened the letters using a black Derwent Graphik Marker so they stood out more.  To create the octagonal shapes, I created a template and used it to draw and cut out octagons from different papers; this included papers from the Into the Woods paper pad by Craft Asylum, a paper pack from my local craft shop and a piece of grid paper from my hubby’s old postage stamp album. I stuck one “Peanuts” sticker onto each of the octagons and then I edged them with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck them to the page using double-sided foam tape. To finish, I added some sparkly green Bling Stickers and edged the page with the black Big Brush marker.

I was so delighted to receive this happy mail and here you can see the front of the envelope with the most stunning handwriting in orange ink surrounded by pretty autumnal leaves with a round moon postage stamp and the beautiful sunflower hand painted card (grin!).

Even the back of the envelope was a work of art with the cute bear and flowers. One of my favourite sentiments “Hello Sunshine!” was also kindly included; the sunshiny yellow ink is perfect and Nan’s handwriting always looks so amazing. I also found some wonderful goodies inside (double grin!).

The card now has pride of place in my craft room! I’m in awe of the sunflower that Nan painted; it looks so professional and is so detailed. Sunflowers always seem such happy flowers and happen to be a favourite of mine – it makes me smile every time I see it (triple grin!). Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness dearest Nan!


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

As receiving this happy mail warms my heart, I’m pleased to join Chris from Pearshapedcrafting who is hosting the “101 Ways to Stay Warm” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

I really enjoyed using these different techniques with the stencils and love the layers of colour and designs that resulted, so I’m also joining the “Stencils” challenge over at the Country View Challenges.

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge too and their “Thanks/Thanksgiving” Challenge with my “Give Thanks” journal page.

I always enjoy using stamps on my pages and it was fun to add texture to the leaves by stamping through the stencil, so I’m pleased to join the “November Challenge: Anything Goes!: (stamping MUST be included)” at the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It 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:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
  • Tsukeniko Memento Ink (Morocco, Dandelion, Rich Cocoa, Toffee Crunch)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Sepia)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.5mm)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Honeycomb, Take a Leaf)
  • Docrafts Papermania Clear Stamp Set (Capsule – Geometric Mono)
  • Papermania Alphamania A-Z Clear Stamps (Leftovers Alphabet PMA9071102)
  • Craft Asylum 6×6 Paper Pad (Into the Woods 480326)
  • Paper pack from local craft shop
  • Grid postage stamp album paper
  • Peanuts Thanksgiving stickers – a gift from the lovely Nan!
  • Poundland (Bling Stickers 2561793)
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

40 thoughts on “Give Thanks

  1. Oh you are lucky getting all these goodies. Who doesn’t love Peanuts and the gang.
    That is so effective how you have placed each character in his or her own individual coloured hexagon, and the leaves and hexagons in the background are the perfect setting. It’s such a lovely tribute to Nan’s gifts.

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  2. Nan sent you AMAZING heartwarming mail – made with so much love and lovely thoughts and you made the most beautiful page to honour it – absolutely WONDERFUL!
    I am thrilled about the way you mix and match things up and come up with such beautiful pages!
    Always a pleasure to come to your blog to see what you are up to.
    Love how you have arranged your gifts in the beautiful shelf!
    Thank you very much for this heartwarming post and page linked to Chris’ >Keep Warm < collection at AJJ dear Jo!

    Happy weekend ahead! I wish you a happy one!
    And thank you for your always so lovely comments and visits on my blog!
    oxo Susi

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  3. What a wonderful heartwarming page this is and I am sure Nan’s heart will be doubly warmed when she sees this! What lovely happy mail you received and then were inspired to make this fabulous entry at AJJ – Thank you so much Jo! Hugs, Chrisx

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  4. Enjoy using your Happy Mail Jo, the peanuts images look real cute.
    The journal page you created looks fantastic. I like the idea of stamping through the stencils, thank you for the reminder its ages since I did that.
    Its cold here but dry, winter isn’t far with the frost in the mornings
    Have a lovely weekend and I hope you have some good weather as well.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks a lot! The Peanut images are so cute, Snoopy and Woodstock have always been my favourite 😁. Its been a lot colder today and we have frost due tomorrow morning – brrrr! I hope you had a lovely weekend and wishing you a great new week! J 😊


    • Thank you so much for the stunning happy mail! Your sunflower painting is amazing and I love how you created the card with the washi tape and embossed honeycomb design for the little bee. I wish my handwriting was as beautiful as yours and I love autumn so the orange ink and pretty leaves on the envelope are perfect. The little bear saying hello was a lovely touch too. The stickers are such fun and I’ll just couldn’t wait to get creative with them, you are so thoughtful! Thanks so much for your kindness and the smiles! J 😊


  5. How fun to get such good happy mail. The card is beautiful, and you really made an excellent page with those Peanuts stickers. It would have been easy to just use the stickers and make a rather childish page. But you used those stickers in more artful way. 🙂 Love the Thanksgiving theme you created. have a wonderful weekend. hugs-Erika

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    • I have always loved Snoopy and Woodstock so these stickers are the perfect gift to inspire me 😁. Nan’s happy mail was a delight, she is so talented as an artist with her amazing handwriting and painting! Enjoy your day too! J 😊


  6. Great use of your goodies Jo! I love how you used inspiration from the card you received to create this Give Thanks page. Thank you for joining us at Country View Challenges this month!

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    • Thank you! Aren’t those peanuts stickers fantastic, I will need to get creative with those other goodies too 😁. The shelving you can see in my craftroom photo was a bespoke piece made by my hubby, which I painted with chalk paint and waxed – I just love the colour 😀. Have a lovely week! J 😊


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