Hot Chocolate is like …

Hot chocolate is top on my list of warming drinks this time of year and with it getting colder I thought I would create a winter themed page with a warming mug of hot chocolate and a lovely quote I recently found.

I started by covering the page with a piece of tissue paper with circles on it which had been in my craft stash for a while; the circles were stamped using an old cardboard tube with some leftover blue/green acrylic paint from another project. I stuck the tissue paper to the page using a UHU Stic. Next I stamped hearts into the centre of each circle and also a circle and heart design stamp onto the background using black Archival Ink, both stamps are from Sugarloaf Inc. I added Milled Lavender, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Inks and left the page to dry. Then I covered the whole page with a thin layer of white gesso using a baby wipe. Next I used four different stencils and blue inks to add layers of patterns; this included a stencil called Moroccan from the That Special Touch of Mica range by Creative Expressions using Salty Ocean Distress Ink, a Heart Cluster mini stencil from Creative Expressions using Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink, a cross stencil from Craft Sensations using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and a Swoosh stencil from Creative Expressions using Summer Sky Memento Ink. The snowflakes are stamps from a Winter Woodland stamp set that was free with a magazine, they are stamped using the same Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire inks. I also used the snowflake stamps again to stamp white acrylic paint which I applied to the stamps using a brayer. With the background completed I added the quote using some black Label Letter stickers by Tim Holtz and edged them using a Poppy Red Derwent Inktense pencil and a black Uni Pin marker. The quote pays homage to how I feel about hot chocolate it reads:

Hot chocolate is like a hug from the inside.

Then I selected some glittery red paper from a Designer Paper Pack and punched out some snowflakes using a Woodware paper punch. I also punched some black paper snowflakes too which I offset under the red snowflakes to provide a shadow. They are stuck to the page using a UHU Stic. Next I drew a mug on the same red paper, cut it out and edged it using the same red Derwent Inktense pencil and a wet paintbrush.  Before I stuck the mug to the page using double-sided tape, I drew around where it was to be placed on the page and used an Ink Black Derwent Inktense pencil to create a shadow under it so it stood out more. I embellished the mug using a black snowflake, a white glitter foam snowflake and three red gemstones. To finish, I added two smaller red foam glitter snowflakes and some red gemstones to the background and then I edged the page with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker.

It’s been sunny here of late but very cold too, so when out walking with our friends we have been going to a local café on the beachfront and having a hot chocolate! As T Stands for Tuesday I’m pleased to join the T Gang and wish you all a Happy T Day!

As you can see we enjoyed a toasted teacake with our hot chocolate too (grin!). For those of you not familiar with toasted teacakes, here are some facts you may find interesting:

  • Teacakes are a sweetened yeasted bread type roll which usually have dried fruit in, and it is usually split, toasted, buttered, and served with tea.
  • Teacakes originated in the North of England and are very popular in Lancashire where I live.
  • Teacakes have regional differences for example in East Lancashire, certain areas of Yorkshire and Cumbria a teacake is plain unless you ask for a “currant teacake” and this plain teacake is a specialty of the area and is still split and served toasted with butter and also sometimes jam (jelly).
  • Sometimes the plain teacakes are confused with English Muffins however they are not the same thing. An English Muffin here in the UK is the same as in the US and is usually a breakfast item often served as Eggs Benedict or with smoked salmon.
  • We often have toasted teacakes with a cuppa mid morning for elevenses.

Here’s the pretty view from the Waters Edge café over the beach – beautiful!


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:

Hot chocolate and the quote I used ties in nicely with the  “101 Ways To Keep Warm” challenge over at Art Journal Journey which is being hosted by the lovely Chris.

I was inspired to use the four different stencils to create this page after seeing the design teams artwork over at Country View Challenges which they had created for their “Stencils” challenge.

As I used stamps and the hot chocolate quote, I’m also pleased to join a new challenge today over at The Artistic Stamper where this month’s creative challenge is “Use a Quote”.

It makes me happy to be able to join the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their “Food and/or Drink” challenge with my hot chocolate inspired page.

With my colourful blue and red page I’m pleased to join the lovely design team over at Try it on Tuesday and their “Colourful” Challenge and I’m also just have enough time to join in the fun over at Moo Mania & More and their “Put A Stencil On It” challenge too.

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 (Milled Lavender, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tsukeniko Memento Ink (Summer Sky)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White)
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils (Poppy Red 0400, Ink Black 2200)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.3mm)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Sugarloaf Inc. Anita’s wood mounted stamps (Heart Tile 26631, Hearts & Circles 26645)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Moroccan, Swoosh)
  • Craft Expressions Mini Stencils (Heart Clusters CEMSHEART)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Winter Woodland Clear Stamp Set – free with Craft Beautiful Dec 2017 magazine
  • White tissue paper – stamped with circles
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Label Letters #TH93072)
  • The Works Designer Paper Pack (The Night Before Christmas HCPAP003X15)
  • Leon (X-Large Coloured Paper Pad)
  • Woodware Craft Collection Paper Punch (Large Snowflake SL120118)
  • Poundland (Christmas Craft Pack)
  • Docrafts Papermania Eleganza Adhesive Stones (3mm Red PMA351607)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

61 thoughts on “Hot Chocolate is like …

  1. Your page is warm, indeed. Almost making me wish for cold weather. Almost, but not quite! (-; I have heard of tea cakes from a reference from Doctor Who, but didn’t know what they were. At first, I thought they were English muffins with raisins. They sound nicer than an English muffin. And I like the idea of Elevenses. Have a Happy T Day!

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  2. Hmm, yummy, I love toasted tea cakes. Great hot chocolate page, we have a chocolate shop in the Altstadt where they sell all variations on chocolate that you can think of, I think you would like it there. Happy T day, hugs, Valerie

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  3. First of all I say THANK you in the name of Try It On Tuesday, Moo Mania & More and Art Journal Joureny dear Jo! Much appreciated to have you with us – this page is so beautiful – the depth you achieved with the multi-layering and the colours all is simply amazing! I am thankful that I had my afternoon coffee and a big bowl of cacao porridge with fresh fruits just now – otherwise I would get crazy with the teacakes and all you told us about this yummie things that make us handle the coldness so much better – lol.The quote on the page is beautiful and so right! I need my chocolate every day otherwise I get uncontrolled Nutella attacks once a month! I take de-oiled cacoa every day now with my porridge and artificial sweetener – that helped a lot against Nutella attacks – and keeps my weight in good form and gives me nearly the same good feeling when eating!
    We have the same weather here– a bit of sun but the winds make it all sooo cold! Your view photo over the beach makes me longing for the seaside just now – yes!
    Happy new week my friend and HAPPY T-Day!!!!
    love and hugs

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    • Thanks so much dear Susi! I always love to join the TioT, Moo Mania and AJJ challenges, they have a special place in my heart 😁. Your porridge sounds delicious and it’s good that it prevents uncontrolled Nutella attacks, I don’t buy chocolate spread otherwise I’d have the same problem …lol 😉. It’s been sunny again here today but sooo cold too, so we wrapped up warm for our walk on the beach today. Happy T Day too! J 😊


  4. What a super fabulous post! It makes me happy to read your sweet comment in my blog! I love the layering and details on your coffee design! I now will reach for that English Muffin ( I know, it’s not the same) in my freezer and toast it…. yum!! I have not yet tried tea cakes! Being in Canada, we get to have Crumpet on a regular basis….another British invasion, I heard. Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Food and/or Drink” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

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  5. There’s so much depth to your page, Jo … a fabulous colour combo … and brilliant detailing! Couldn’t agree more with the quote you found … hot chocolate … yum … and teacakes … yours look scrumptious! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday! Anita 🙂 (GD)

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  6. Its a fabulous colour combination for the background and your mug is so pretty with the snowflake details. You found a really super quote to add as well.
    The tea cake and hot chocolate looked yummy and it was a great view from the Cafe window.
    Thank you for sharing another fantastic page with us at TioT’s. Jo.
    You asked me about the Crackle paste, well I try to leave it overnight to dry out as at this time of year it seems to stay tacky for quite a while, its one of those products that touch and see is my motto, as it all depends on how thick it was in the first place.
    We had sun today, but stepping outside it was so cold I went back for my wooly hat.
    Happy T day wishes JO
    Yvonne xx

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    • Many thanks Yvonne! The quote is fab, isn’t it 😁. Thanks so much for your reply about the crackle paste, I never really have much luck using it so I’m always grateful of any tips – thank you! Today was lovely and sunny but still very cold and yesterday the weather really couldn’t decide what to do …lol 😉… rain and sunshine on and off with a very cold wind so definitely hat weather here too 😁. Thanks again! J 😊 x


  7. I’m a huge fan of hot chocolate, too, so this journal page you created for AJJ and others is simply perfect. I always love reading how you created your background and I appreciate that you shared all the products you used, too.

    But most of all, I really LOVED the hot chocolate and the tea cake, which to me, still looks like the English muffins I’m used to. And I eat mine split, toasted, with butter, just like you did your tea cake. I’ve never used them with Eggs Benedict. I really enjoyed reading about your tea cakes and of course, enjoyed both the journal page and the hot chocolate you shared with us for T this nearly Tuesday.

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    • Thank you dear Elizabeth! The background was a labour of love with all the layers of stamps, inks, paints and stencils, I had so much fun creating it 😁. As you guessed I’m a hug fan of hot chocolate too …lol 😉. Happy T Day! J 😊


  8. your journal page is lovely-and I really enjoy hot chocolate-yours looks good and rich. we are still too warm here-feels like early spring here so far.
    thanks for sharing Happy T Day Kathy

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  9. I just love hot chocolate, so this is a great post in my mind. Snowy days make me think of hot drinks to, and when it is snowing a nice way to beat those snowy blues is coco. Hope you don’t have any snow yet though. That beach cafe has a fabulous view too. It looks like a good place to visit. Happy T day Jo. Hugs-Erika

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    • Having cocoa must be the perfect pick me up when it’s snowing, although I’m not waiting until it snows here before I have some as I may have to wait a very long time …lol 😉. Thanks very much and wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊


  10. a wonderful journaling page, jo – the collaging is perfectly done, all elements perfectly in place.
    and thanks for the info about the toasted teacakes. we do not have this here, but i think i could make something similar anyway myself.
    have a great week and happy t-day!

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    • Thanks so much! The hot chocolate in Madrid sounds wonderful and must taste so yummy …lol 😉. The main difference is that a teacake is a sweetened bread as it is made with yeast and a scone is more cake-like being made with baking powder (as it’s raising-agent). A teacake is typically split, toasted, buttered, and served with tea in the morning, whereas a scone is usually served as a basic component of a cream tea with cream and jam and again served with tea but in the afternoon. Hope this helps 😁. It’s nice to meet you and have a wonderful day too! J 😊

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  11. Your page captures the winter season. I’m always amazed that you are able to list each and every item you used to create. Useful information. I start and stop and can barely remember what I used last. Enjoyed reading about Tea Cakes – don’t think I’ve ever had one.

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    • Thank you! I like to put my materials in a box as I use them incase I want to add more of something as I’m creating my page, so as they are all collected together I just list them all when I have finished …lol 😉. Wishing you happiness this T Day! J 😊


  12. I totally agree. My favorite drink in winter is also hot chocolate. It is indeed a hug from the inside.
    I crave toasted teacakes. I was ever so disappointed when we were in the UK this summer, to notice that Little Chefs no longer exist. That is where I used to eat my toasted teacakes. I love them. Whoever has taken over doesn’t do tea-cakes unfortunately.
    Your hot chocolate page is brilliant. Makes me want a hot choc now. The Spanish like their hot chocolate too, but they make it thickened, so you can dip churros in it. And sometimes it is so thick that you could eat it with a spoon.
    I love your photo of the sea. Beautiful.
    Happy T-Day,

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  13. “A hug from the inside” – I love that thought. Lovely page, Jo.

    I’m glad you clarified that tea cakes are NOT the same as English muffins. I love English muffins and not just for eggs Benedict but also just with butter and jam. I guess I’ve never had a tea cake ;-(

    Thank you for your very helpful comments about commenting on and reaching my blog. I think the problem with using the link on Elizabeth’s T-party post has to do with firewalls and anti-virus programs (which are beyond my control). So I’m glad you were able to find a way around that!

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  14. Thank you for sharing about tea cakes. And your hot chocolate journal page is wonderful in every way–I love the quote, the background work, and the sweet little snowflake decorated cup. Happy T Day indeed! ☕️

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by and your lovely comments! It was fun creating this hot chocolate page with all those layers and as always I enjoyed joining the fun over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge 😁. Have a great week! J 😊


  15. Hi Jo! So excited to see this was for AJJ that I forgot to thank you and also for the entry at TIOT! Survived today – met up with cousins that don’t usually meet up except for occasions like today – and as usual lots of laughs and reminiscing! Hugs,Chrisxx

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