My Favourite Things

I’m thrilled and honoured to be able to join the Design Team at Try it on Tuesday and I’d like to thank the wonderful team for inviting me. Being part of this team is very special to me as Try it on Tuesday is one of the first challenge blogs that I ever joined and I have very fond memories of when I made their “Top 5” and was subsequently asked to be a guest designer for one of the challenges!

A little about me:
I live by the sea in the North West of England with my hubby and I started Art Journaling just over 2 years ago as a way of expressing my life through words and pictures. I love using mixed media and I’m captivated by the variety of techniques and materials that can be used to create so many different styles of art. I’ve always been a creative person, and this has now become a passion of mine which I like to share with others.

Here at Try it on Tuesday we have a new challenge theme every two weeks and we would love for you to join us. Today we are launching the My Favourite Things theme where you are asked to use a favourite technique, stamp, stencil, ink or paint etc, which gave me lots of inspiration when I created this page.

I started the page using one of my favourite techniques using Spectrum Aqua Markers and an acrylic block; I did this by scribbling Sea Green, Kingfisher and Peacock Blue onto an acrylic block, spritzing the block with water then pressing it onto the page. I love the way the ink blends and imprints the page with colour creating some lovely textures. Next I selected my favourite hearts and circle stamp from Sugarloaf Inc. and stamped it on the page using Bahama Blue Memento Ink. Then I used an “Art is” stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop to stencil some black DecoArt acrylic paint using a sponge and I also splattered some of this paint over the page using a paintbrush. This stencil is a favourite of mine as I can really relate to the words which read:

When the paint had dried I used the stencil again to add Pébéo modelling paste over the top of the black paint using a palette knife. After the paste had dried I coloured it with Black Soot Distress Ink using a blending tool and then some Boysenberry, Snow Cone, Coconut and Kiwi Faber-Castell Gelatos by simply brushing the gelato directly over the top; gelatos are one of my favourite mediums too. Then I splattered the page using a white Uni Posca paint pen. Next I chose another of my favourite stamps to stamp the birds sitting on a branch directly onto the page and also onto a piece of patterned paper from a Design Pad from Crafter’s Companion. I fussy cut the birds out of the paper and stuck them over the stamped bird images on the page using double-sided tape. The “My Favourite Things” wording is formed from Label Letters from idea-ology by Tim Holtz which I mounted on three tags. The tags are covered with the appropriate word definition from my old school Oxford Pocket Dictionary using a UHU Stic; the edges of which are stamped with the heart and circle design from Sugarloaf Inc. using the Bahama Blue Memento Ink and Twisted Citron Distress Ink. They are edged with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker as well as Black Soot Distress Ink using a blending tool and then stuck to the page using double-sided tape. I also punched some hearts from the dictionary paper using a Tonic Studio paper punch; they are stamped, edged and stuck to the page the same way as the tags. I used the Label Letters again to add the names of the favourite things I used, to remind me of how I created this page. To finish, I stuck some paper flowers next to each of the words using Ranger Glossy Accents.

I thought you may like to see where I create my art, here’s my craft room. My hubby built the units for me and I painted them with chalk paint – I love it! My new Christmas present is on display too, can you guess what it might be (grin!).

I had fun using some of my favourite techniques, inks, paints, stamps, stencils, and labels to create this page. I hope you will join in the fun over at Try it on Tuesday too, if you need more inspiration take a look at the wonderful creations from my fellow design team members.

I’m so looking forward to finding out what your favourite things are too!

How to join us:

  • As long as you stay within the challenge theme you can make whatever you like such as a card, altered project, ATC, scrapbook page, tag, mixed media or anything else you might like to try, including digital art.
  • Simply go to our Try it on Tuesday blog and use the “Inklinkz” tool to link directly to your post (and not just to your blog).
  • Remember to incorporate our Try it on Tuesday link in your blog post too.
  • You can find the full set of guidelines here.

I’m also joining the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge and their January Challenge: Anything Goes!: (stamping MUST be included).

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:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Sea Green, Kingfisher, Peacock Blue)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Bahama Blue)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos (Boysenberry, Snow Cone, Coconut, Kiwi)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot, Twisted Citron)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (White)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • The Crafter’s Workshop 6×6” Stencil, Designs by Jamie (Mini Art Is TCW261S)
  • Craft Sensations (Clear Stamps CRO274/16R1)
  • Sugarloaf Inc. wood mounted rubber stamp (26645)
  • Crafter’s Companion Angelica & Adam Collection (Luxury Designer paper Pad A&A-PAP6-M)
  • The Pocket Oxford Doctionary
  • White card
  • The Works (24 Assorted Craft Tags)
  • Poundworld (Gem Florettes 117128)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Label Letters #TH93072)
  • Tonic Studios Paper Punch (Classic Heart Sider 858E)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

52 thoughts on “My Favourite Things

  1. Hi Jo, welcome to the TioT’s gang we are so thrilled that you agreed to join us all.
    Your journal page has a fabulous background and wonderful details using your favourite products. I really like that stencil you used as well.
    Thank you for the photo of where you create your art, it looks a super area, so bright and spacious.
    Have a great week.
    Yvonne xx
    p.s. I’m not good with guessing but could it have been the Big shot you received for Christmas

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    • Thanks so much Yvonne! I’ve been so excited to join the team that I’ve been driving my hubby made with my happiness …lol 😉. Well it seems you are very good at guessing after all, yes it was the Big Shot that I received for Christmas. I have a limited amount of dies at the moment but I hope to be using it for one of my journal pages very soon 😁. Wishing you a great week too! J 😊 x


  2. Oh Jo, how exciting for you, BIG CONGRATS!!! I think you will be a wonderful addition to their team! Your journal page is just lovely and I really loved to see your craft space! And how exciting you now have a Big Shot, – I can’t wait to see what you will do with dies!

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    • Thanks so much! It’s going to be so much fun being part of TioT’s team, everyone is so lovely and friendly and we have some wonderful challenge themes too which is very exciting 😁. The Big Shot is such a lovely addition to my crafting and when I visit your blog I think I’ll be looking to see what dies you are using to add to my ever expanding wish list …lol 😉. Wishing you a great new week! J 😊


  3. Congrats Jo! How exciting. I like TIOT and there are such fun challenges there. Your piece is beautiful-love those little birds. And the blue is such a fresh joyful color. 🙂 And I love seeing your craft room. It is that same joyful blue. I wonder if maybe your new gift is the moose, the cabinet or the wall hanging. I guess I might not be entitled to 3 guesses…:) I’ll be looking for more of your beautiful art at TIOT. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks so much Erica! I’ve always enjoyed TioT and have always found everyone to be so welcoming and friendly there 😁. I like your style of having 3 guesses …lol 😉 … the moose was bought at the Fryeberg Fair in Maine, the cabinet is one that we up-cycled from a charity shop and the wall hanging was a birthday present …lol 😀. My gift was the Big Shot die cutting machine, I’ve never used one before so I’ve been watching YouTube alot …lol 😉. Thanks again and have a great week! J 😊


  4. This first DT project is so, so beautiful – a stunner, wowser, just fabulous!
    I was in love at the first glance as I saw it at the DT area!
    Wonderful made! And I really LOVE your beautiful craft room and your – I guess new baby -the big shot – WOW! I am really happy that you came to our DT at TIOT! Your art is such an inspiration always – each single piece is done with so much sense of good taste and with so much love – I am looking forward to many beautiful DT projects this year – welcome dear Jo!

    oxo Susi

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    • Thanks so much for your lovely warm welcome, you are very kind! It is wonderful to join you and I’ve been so excited that I think my hubby has heard nothing else from me the last month …lol 😉. I love my craft space too and what you can’t see is against the opposite wall to my craft area is a sofa where my hubby sits and does his computer stuff, it’s nice to be doing what we both love together 😁. Wishing you a wonderful week my friend! J 😊 x


    • Thanks so much for your warm welcome and lovely comments! Its an honour to join you at TioTs 😁. I love my craftroom too, I’m glad that you like it as it’s such a wonderful space to get creative 😁. Wishing you a happy week! J 😊


    • Thanks so much! It was exciting getting the die cutting machine and thanks for the recommendation 😁. I have a very limited selection of dies so need to start shopping …lol 😉. Hope you had a wonderful time over the festive season with your family, wishing you all the very best for 2018! J 😊 x


  5. Congrats on being asked to join the design team!!!! You deserve the honor ♥ Love the page you created today. You covered the subject well and I really like the color choices.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog too. The tea really is yummy and I know you would enjoy it.
    I was having so much enjoyment working on the DreamWheel that I just couldn’t stop adding to it. I even climbed up on my desk and added another little tidbit today. So much for putting it out of reach LOL!

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    • Thanks very much, that’s so kind of you! The tea sounds so lovely and warming, I’ll have to have a look for some 😉. Your Dream Wheel is so amazing, I was really in awe of your creativity and artistry – it’s so detailed and beautiful 😁. So funny that you actually climbed on your desk to add to it …lol 😉. Wishing you the happiest of weeks my friend! J 😊 x


  6. Big congrats for the design member! You made a beautiful page, I love this blue and all your gorgeous details!
    Oh, no wonder, in such a wonderful craft room it is easy to create wonderful art pieces :)) Your hubby is a darling!
    Best wishes for the new year! Rike x

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    • Thanks very much dear Rike! I’m so excited to join such a wonderful team and I’m looking forward to getting creative with all the fabulous challenges that are planned 😁. Sending you best wishes for the New Year and have a great week! J 😊


  7. This is really lovely Jo, what beautiful colours, and I love your text stencil. Congratulations on you new DT post – I also have deep craft room envy lol. Have a very happy 2018, Sue xx

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  8. I would have been here sooner, but it’s been SO hectic here today. I was simply THRILLED to read you were the new design team member. Your art always sticks out, and I love that you often use what is on hand. I also love that you layer, but keep everything flat enough to fit in a journal page. You are truly a consummate journaler, and I am in total AWE of your art.

    I also love your craft room. Although I stand to make art, I adore the amount of space you have near your craft area, and that you actually have a space for your new Big Shot. That is a wonderful gift. I think your husband is definitely a keeper! Again, congrats on your new DT position.

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  9. hi jo,your blue page are amazing,love the many birds,i have the same stamp,just beautiful,a big wowser 🙂
    gratulation for your member of tiot team,have fun and happyness 🙂
    your first page is so,so beautiful with the lilac birds and the backruond with the flowers its wonderful 🙂
    thank you for your kind comments of my blog,, iam very glad when you come to me.
    have a wonderful weekend,dear jo ! 🙂

    hugs jenny

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  10. WooHoo! Congratulations Jo!! So happy to see that you are recognized for the beautiful work you do, including these wonderful blue pages! I am always inspired by your creativity. I am jealous of your beautiful studio, it is gorgeous!! wondering if the new gift is the Big Shot? You are off to a great year! Maura

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    • Thanks very much for your lovely comments, you are very kind! You guessed correctly, I did get my Big Shot for Christmas and even with my limited dies I’m currently using it to create a page which is such fun 😁. Thanks again and wishing you a lovely weekend! J 😊


  11. Just catching up, Jo. So lovely to see your craft room and also great to see this group of art supplies. Congratulations on being on the team and so well deserved – they are very lucky to have you.
    This picture is so sweet (so tweet). That’s very clever how you have used the stencil and I think I must get an acrylic block. I’ve only seen little ones but there must be larger ones out there.

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