Happy Holidays!

I created this page to wish all my friends here in blog-land Happy Holidays and, if you celebrate, a very Merry Christmas too!

I started by using some relief sticker surrounds to add detail to the page. Firstly using them as a stencil by sticking them down and applying Festive Berries and Peeled Paint Distress Inks with a blending tool.  I also used the blending tool to add a circular pattern with the Peeled Paint ink.  I then wiped the ink from the relief stickers with a piece of kitchen towel, removed them and reapplied them to different areas of the page to add more depth and interest. I love the white against this red and green colour combination. As the Distress Ink reactivates when wet I added some water droplets with a paintbrush and used kitchen roll to dry them which removed some of the ink. Next I added the snowflakes which are glittery Wall Stickers and the “Happy Holidays” writing and baubles, which are rub-on transfers from Royal & Langnickel. The little reindeer are Christmas decorations which I spotted whilst out shopping which I couldn’t resist buying them as they looked so cute (grin!). I stuck them to the page using a UHU glue pen and also a gold Brad; I did this by punching a hole through the page and wrapping ribbon around the brad before fastening it. I also covered the back of the brad with a piece of masking tape to protect my next journal page. I added red Stickles on one of the reindeer noses and Dovecraft 3D Black Pearl Effects on the other reindeer’s nose and also their eyes. A stitched ribbon tag which says “Merry Christmas” that I stuck down using double-sided foam tape finishes the page.

Every year I make a Christmas cake, I love baking and always make my own almond paste (marzipan) and fondant icing as well. My cake decoration changes each year and this year it is decorated with white stars and poinsettias (grin!).

I always make a light fruit cake rather than the traditional rich fruit cake. My recipe is a take on a Dundee Fruit Cake and contains no citrus/mixed peel and has dried sultanas, currants, pineapple, dates, apricots and cherries in it which are soaked in brandy for a week before I make it so they are nice and plump – yum!

We always cut our cake the week before Christmas and it’s lovely with a cuppa for elevensies! So I’m pleased to join the T Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday – Happy T Day! Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas! Jo x


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:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Sheila from Orange Esmeralda who is hosting the “Let’s Celebrate” challenge over at Art Journal Journey – Merry Christmas!

I’m joining the “Twinkle, Twinkle” fun over at Try it on Tuesday as my glittery snowflakes twinkle on the page – Merry Christmas!

As I created this page to celebrate and wish you a Merry Christmas, I’m also joining the “Christmas” Challenge over at Moo Mania & More.

The challenge over at Country View Challenges is “Christmas with optional Reds, Greens and Rust” so my page matches this theme perfectly – Merry Christmas!

Over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge the theme is “Stitch It” so I’m pleased to join them with my stitched Merry Christmas embellishment – Happy Holidays!

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 (Festive Berries, Peeled Paint)
  • Crelando Relief Sticker Set (Christmas 12 Sheets IAN289011)
  • Home Bargains (Wall Stickers 16221)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Retro Christmas Trees #ROY1666)
  • Melinera (Christmas Decorations IAN288732)
  • Docrafts Create Christmas (Stitched Ribbon Tags PMA157921)
  • Craft Sensations (Brads CR0550/A)
  • Ranger Stickles (Christmas Red)
  • Dovecraft 3D Pearl Effects (Brights – Black)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Glue Pen
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

68 thoughts on “Happy Holidays!

  1. Your lovely journal page is worth celebrating. It is adorable, and I can see why the reindeer were such a good idea when you bought them. They are so cute. Your lovely journal page is really great with all the layers and depth you accomplished. Thanks for sharing it with us for Sheila’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

    You are a master cake decorator. That cake is out of this world. I love both the stars and the poinsettias. It’s a real beauty.

    I LOVE the sound of your fruitcake. Now that is something I would gladly eat. I hate citron and all that makes a fruitcake taste so nasty, but yours sounds wonderful. I’ll have coffee with mine, please! Thanks for sharing your art, your incredible marzipan and fondant Christmas cake, and your fruitcake and tea with us for T this Tuesday.

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  2. Where shall I start?! This page is so utterly beautiful with the textures, the colours – all the details and it’s an absolutely happy making composition! AMAZING – Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful entry at AJJ for Sheila’s Let’s Celebrate theme!
    And then … this cake is just a WOWSER! Oh my gosh — this looks so professional –
    It must be like being in christmas heaven to taste it with the tea and then in this amazing cup with the lovely Robin on it!
    You never cease to amaze with your T-Day posts and your amazing and unique pages!
    I was happy to hear that you had nice days on the trip to meet up with family members!
    Sounds like it was very nice!
    I wish you a wonderful time before Christmas and have a Very Merry Christmas my friend!
    Thank you for all the support for Art Journal Journey – you made me so happy with all the wonderful pages you created and made for the challenges and I say also THANK YOU for linking to TIOT ♥♥♥
    you know 🙂 how much appreciated it is…♥♥♥

    Happy T-Day Jo!
    Thank you for you kind art and comments – it’s wonderful to have such a kind and lovely blog-friend!
    oxo Susi

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    • Thank you dear Susi, you are very kind! The cake does taste yummy, even if I say so myself …lol 😉. It’s always a pleasure to join you over at the AJJ, Moo Mania and TioTs challenges, you and the rest of the design teams do such an amazing job, thank you! Happy T Day and wishing you every happiness this Christmastime! J 😊


  3. So I gazed and gazed at this. I know you described how you made this in detail but I’m still astonished at the finished result. This is so happy and full of life and the reindeer are so adorable. I would never have though of using these on an artwork, it’s ingenious. I love the little green trees on white too, they are just so appealing.
    And the cake! – what a work of art itself, it’s so perfect. Looks like it tastes perfect too.

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    • Thanks so much Sheila! I really like the colour combination and the different layers of mixed media 😁. I love those cute little reindeers and they just jumped into my shopping basket …lol 😉. Wishing you a very Merry Christmastime! J 😊


  4. A fabulous page Jo, so colourful and full of joy, I love those cute reindeer, no wonder you couldn’t resist them. Your cake looks wonderful, I do the traditional fruit cake and make 3, but nobody gets a slice until Christmas Day!
    Thanks for sharing with us at TioT

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  5. Its a fantastic, happy celebration page, those reindeer look so cute, I don’t think I could have passed by them either.
    Your Christmas cake looks delicious and the icing decorations look awesome.
    Happy T day wishes and I hope you have a very Happy Christmas time.
    Yvonne xx
    p.s. Thank you for adding this great page to TioT’s we all appreciate the support you give us there.

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  6. what a fun holiday page-I love it
    and I really love your fruitcake-I make the darker version, yours sounds wonderful too-I may need to look for a recipe for this. It looks beautiful too I have never made fondant or marzipan-awesome you! Merry Christmas

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  7. oh what a brilliant and fun journal page-love the whimsy and all the details and colors! And that very special cake-yum, and absolutely brilliant looking!! The French soak the fruits in brandy too and really, it does make a difference:) Merry Christmas and a happy T day too!!

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    • Thank you! I always enjoy making our Christmas cake and eating it too …lol 😉. Hubby is in charge of soaking the fruits in brandy and always does a great job 😁. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy T Day! J 😊


  8. Thank you for the wonderful wish. It is a beautiful page. But as someone who loves baking also, I must say, I am most impressed with your beautiful Christmas cake. Wow. I looked first and thought it was a bakery cake. I a very pleased to hear you made all the bits yourself. Now I am even more impressed. Happy holidays Jo.. And happy T day too. Hugs-Erika

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  9. Happy, happy Christmas to you too dear Jo and what a lovely happy page you created!! Those reindeer look so jolly! Your cake looks totally amazing and professional, wow! I can bake the odd biscuit (and do so for Christmas) but have never managed to bake a decent cake in my life, they always are either lopsided, burnt, or brake apart or something, so I have pretty much given up… So I am full of admiration!!!
    Have a happy week!

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  10. your journaling is awesome as always – the Background Colors are so joyful and the texture you created is so pleasing.
    and then the cake… THE CAKE!!! no confectioner could make it better, it is perfect!! i like the White, gives it such a festive look!
    wishing you a wonderful week and a very merry Christmas! xox

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    • Many thanks! It was fun incorporating the reindeer, they are just so cute …lol 😉. The cake tastes so yummy and we always cut it early so we can enjoy it before and after Christmas 😁. Happy T Day and Happy Holidays! J 😊


  11. the reindeer made me smile. That page would make great gift wrap. Your cake is drop-dead, gorgeous! It looks to pretty to eat, but I bet it tastes delicious. Making your own marzipan and fondant, you should be on the Great British Bake Show! Have a Happy T Day

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  12. Jo, I love your page!! The mix of pinks and greens and the cute reindeer is fabulous! Your cake is amazing, and I can almost taste that fruitcake and tea, you are such a talented lady. Merry Christmas!!! hugs, Maura

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  13. What a sweet page, Jo, and I love the background. You’re so good at backgrounds. A Very Merry Christmas to you too!

    I’m blown away by your beautiful Christmas cake. It’s stunning! I’ve never tried marzipan and never plan too. It just looks too difficult. I’ll leave it to the pros – like you 😉

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  14. Your right! Those reindeer are just too stinkin’ cute.. I doubt i could have left them at the store either..lol I apologize for the late visit… Our month long company just left EARLY this morning at the airport that was 3 hours away…. we finally got back home and flopped into bed to rise about noonish.. still feel wiped out.. lol What a professional job on that Christmas cake Jo.. I always say i’m going to get into more baking but i never do… I see alot of things on the Great British Bake Off i’d love to try but never quite seem to. Hmmm… maybe you should apply to the show!!?? Happy T day to you Jo and Merry Christmas! Hugs! deb

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  15. Yummy! Again, I shouldn’t be visiting your site in the evening. It makes me want to get up and start baking!! Your fruit cake sounds AMAZING and that marzipan cake is a work of art.
    And your journal page has a wonderful textured background. The snowflakes really come forward against the red and green. 🙂

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  16. Wow what a happy Christmas page, I love these colours Jo, and the reindeer are so cut – your cake looks amazing too. Thanks for joining in with us again at Country View Crafts. Merry Christmas, Sue xx

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  17. As I am here on a link from Elizabeth’s blog I shall start by saying how fabulous your cake looks! I used to love to make and eat Christmas cake and will probably have a small piece over Christmas! Sounds like a good idea to enjoy slice with a cuppa! Of course, your page is fabulous, full of Christmas fun, colour and sparkle! So pleased you joined us again at Try It On Tuesday! Belated Happy T day! Hugs, Chrisx

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  18. OH WOW – what a wonderful Christmas page! This GREEN caught my eye and of course these little rendeers, they are sooo cute (and 3D), and all the other gorgeous details!
    And this CAKE . oh, please please one piece! It is fantastic – out and IN!
    Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas too!
    Rike xx

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  19. Hi Jo, firstly thanks so much for the lovely comments you left on my blog – it’s lovely being back and visiting you here again too. Love those cute reindeer – your Christmas greeting page is lovely – thank you. Hope you and your hubby have a wonderful and Merry Christmas too – well I suppose with all that brandy in that gorgoeus looking cake you made, you may well be very merry! Did you feed the cake with brandy as well as soaking the fruit? I love how you have decorated it – I saw above about the ‘Great British Bakeoff’ and agree – would love to see you on there too 🙂
    Wishing you festive fun and a most wonderful Christmas.
    Gill xxx

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    • Hi Gill, I’m so pleased that you are back as I always enjoy visiting and chatting with you 😁. You are very welcome and I hope you and yours have a wonderful and Merry Christmas too! My hubby is in charge of the fruit and brandy, as unlike me he doesn’t over do it …lol 😉… and we don’t feed the cake afterward 😀. No way, entering the Great British Bake off is not my cup of tea …lol! Wishing you a wonderful Christmastime too! J 😊


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