A Sprinkle of Magic

I couldn’t wait to use my new Big Shot die cutting machine which I received for Christmas so I created this page (grin!).

You may have seen that I referred to it in my last post and I was amazed at how many of you guessed correctly (double grin!). I’d also like to thank everyone for all their lovely wishes of congratulations when I became a member of the Try it on Tuesday Design Team too, I’m overwhelmed by your kindness, thank you!

To create the background, I added Hickory Smoke, Tea Dye and Milled Lavender Distress Inks by applying the ink pads to an acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the block onto the page. Then I stamped a couple of snowflake designs from BoBunny using London Fog, Toffee Crunch and Lulu Lavender Memento Inks. Next I created all the lovely leaves from different design papers using my new Big Shot; I chose a blue colour palette to give a wintry and frosty feel to the page. I used a holly die to create the leaves and had such fun using the Big Shot to produce them all, as you can see I made quite a few (grin!). I edged each of the leaves with a grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker to make them stand out a bit more from the background, which took quite some time! Then I layered them onto the page using glue dots or double-sided foam tape and a Zig Memory System glue pen. Once in place I also curled the leaves so they looked more dimensional. The pretty bird and fence posts are fussy cut from last year’s calendar and are edged with grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker; the calendar features British Birds and this one is called a Great Tit which frequents woodland and gardens alike. They are stuck down using a UHU Stic and I added some of the leaves around them too. Next I added a pretty winter scene tag by Pion Designs, a sticker from Graphic 45 and also some words which I cut from an old magazine, mounted onto a piece of thick paper and stuck into place using double-sided foam tape. The words read “A sprinkle of magic” which reminds me of frost and snow this time of year. To finish, I added Icicle Sparkles to the snow on the fence posts and lots of blue gems using Glossy Accents.

I had so much fun using my Big Shot and having never used a die cutting machine before, I had a fun adventure finding out how it worked and how to use it (grin!). I have a very limited supply of dies at the moment but couldn’t wait to get creative so made do with what I had and I love the page that resulted!

If you have any suggestions of brands or actual dies that you would recommend and couldn’t live without, then please let me know by leaving a comment below. This will help me decide what to put on my wish list as I really don’t know where to start (double grin!).

As I included my cuppa in the photo above, I’m pleased to join Bleubeard and Elizabeth and the rest of the T Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday – sending you all Happy T day wishes!

If you are wondering, here’s the photo of my craft room from my last post, you can see my new Big Shot on the left-hand side (grin!).


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 Erika N, also known as BioArtGal, who is hosting the New Year, New Adventures challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my winter page that I created on my Big Shot adventure (grin!).

With my wintry page I’m pleased to join Moo Mania & More and their Frosty Winter challenge .

With the blue colours that I used to create this page, I’m also happy to join Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Winter Blues challenge.

Including stamping means I’m also able to join in the fun over at The Artistic Stamper and their Anything Goes challenge.

I’m also pleased to be able to join Country View Challenges and this month’s Anything Goes challenge.

As I used stamping and other mixed media to create my art journal page, I’m pleased to join 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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke, Tea Dye, Milled Lavender)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (London Fog, Toffee Crunch, Lulu Lavender)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • BoBunny Stamps (Snow Day #13705563)
  • The Range Festive Collection (5×5 Dies Holly)
  • Poundland Design Pad (Pure Frozen CRO701/16PL4, Contemporary Christmas CRO701K/P4)
  • Festive Silhouettes free with magazine (Luxury Stamp Set and Foiled Paper)
  • Poundland (Glitter Sheets 116432)
  • British Birds Calendar 2017 – recycled
  • Pion Design Glistening Season 12×12” paper sheet (Tags – PD6612)
  • Graphic 45 Cardstock Stickers (Place in Time 4500617)
  • Hobbycraft Decorative Embellishments (Blue Round Gems 566538101)
  • Ranger Stickles (Icicle)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Zig Memory System 2 Way Glue (The Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • UHU Stic
  • Wilko (Sticky Dots)
  • Docrafts Stick It! double-sided tape
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

71 thoughts on “A Sprinkle of Magic

  1. I love the page you created! The beautiful blue colors and sweet bird along with the design are amazing. So pretty! Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Cathie ♥

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  2. Hello dear Jo!
    You had fun with your new Big Shot and the result looks wonderful. I love your wintery scene so much. We have had no snow this wintertime. So I can enjoy a litte bit of winter feeling with your nice page.
    Big Hugs

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  3. Happy early T day Jo. You look like you have jumped right in to using your Big Shot. There are so many cool dies out there, but I will say I use my nesting dies probably more than any other. I will admit I have a little die collection and I am sure you will have no difficulties finding lots of dies you like. 🙂 I remember when I got my machine for Christmas and then I had such a fun adventure buying some new dies. I love your page today. I like the frosty theme and the cute little bird and all those beautiful blue leaves. 🙂 Thanks for joining us as AJJ too. I appreciate your support. Have a great new week. Hugs-Erika

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  4. I suspect you will LOVE your new die cutter. I can’t help you when it comes to dies. I wish I could. You certainly created a beautiful and thought provoking winter scene. I love the bird, too. Now I know why we don’t have tits here. I had never heard of them before Chris mentioned them one time.

    This is a wonderful entry for Erika’s theme at Art Journal Journey this month. So glad you shared it with us.

    Of course, I was in awe of the die cutter and the bank of electrical outlets that are nearby on your craft desk. For once you didn’t try to tempt me with cake, cake, or cake with your tea (grin). Thanks for sharing your tea and die cutting action with us for T this nearly Tuesday.

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  5. A great page Jo and I can just see how much fun you had with your Big Shot. Love the idea of an old calendar page image, that bird on its snowy perch looks so lovely!
    Like others have said, there are so, so many dies available everywhere, I too would be hard pressed to recommend particular ones. Having been part of Spellbinders DT some years back I have hundreds of their dies, which I barely ever use. Most are really cardmaker dies, but I could look trough and see what might work for the kind of things you do and would happily send you some, if you are interested, just email me your address. xxx

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    • Thanks so much for your lovely comments and your kind offer! I loved this bird image and there are a few more calender pages I’ll be using too …lol 😉. I bought a few dies in the sales but wasn’t sure where to start, there are so many to choose from. However it seems from everyone’s comments that I can’t really go wrong if I just buy what I like the look of, which means I’ll probably have too many to add to my wish list …lol 😉. Thanks again for your thoughtfulness, you are very kind! Have a great week! J 😊


  6. This beautiful blue colours and the design with the titmouse is amazing. So very pretty composed and created ! It looks like you have jumped right into using your Big Shot which seems to be placed in a very good home! Even the colours of the mug and the Big Shot are beautiful together! . I stopped buying die-cuts as I use my cuttlebug not often, but one of the first things I bought was an alphabet even so I didn’t use it often. I love the dies that are really delicate like brunches and such things and what I really often use are my folders to make textures. A lovely thing are the combined die cut with fitting stamp sets even though I don’t use them ever. grin!
    And I like the idea that I can send die cuttings as gifts for arty friends – even though I don’t this often – double grin! I love to use the cuttings as stencils – that is something I really enjoy! I specially love this Great Tit you used – the yellow is amazing against the blues – I like titmice and we have a lot in our garden since we have two nesting boxes for them and feed the whole year long . We call them “Meise” in German an we also say ” to have a Meise” when we want to express “to be crackers”. Happy T-Day dear Jo and a big THANK YOU for linking the wonderful page to Moo Mania & More and Art Journal Journey – this is much appreciated!
    Happy T-Day and happy week for you! ♥♥♥
    oxo Susii

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    • So funny, you’ve listed so many different options that you don’t do often and yet so many ideas for me to consider …lol 😉. So nice you get to see these birds in your garden too, I love seeing them in mine and bird boxes are another great idea 😁. I loved hearing what you call them where you live too. Thanks for the smiles, and wishing you a very Happy T Day and new week dear Susi! J 😊


  7. I love your newest page too-your new machine looks like lots of fun–and I love that your room is clean and organized mine is always a totally dissaster have a good week and Happy T Day Kathy

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    • Thanks very much Kathy! I try and tidy it up and put things away after each page I create, although if I get super creative that doesn’t always happen …lol 😉. I loved looking around your craft space and it’s not really messy if you know where to find things 😁. Have a good week too and Happy T Day!


  8. It is a magical page Jo. I can see you had fun using your new machine. The colours reflect the winter season so well and I love how you used the fence and the bird.
    Like others have said it is hard to recommend a brand of die cut. I have some that may have only been used once and I wonder what made my buy them.
    Others like my Sizzix Tim Holtz Wildflower Thinlits are frequently used. I always seem to have some of these cut and good to go ,lurking on my desk. In fact I do have a few of this brand of dies.
    . So follow your muse and add things you know would appeal to your style of art and I’m sure you will be sharing with us many gorgeous pages like this one in future.
    Happy T day tomorrow.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks very much! It was a fun winter scene to create with the die 😁. From what everyone has said it seems I can’t really go wrong with brands and I have my eye on the Tim Holtz Wildflower dies, they looks so pretty 😉. Wishing you a Happy T Day too! J 😊


    • Thanks so much! Nan actually recommended the Sizzix and having seen all the wonderful makes my blog friends had created over the last few months I was really pleased to receive one for Christmas 😁. Now all I need is some dies …lol 😉. Happy T Day! J 😊


  9. what a wonderful frosty look you created with all the blue and White! (i wish we had this Situation of snow outside, but only Grey, rainy and stormy here…) the great tits also are very common here, i think they and sparrows are the biggest part of my feathered visitors.
    congrats to your big shot!! i´m sure you will use it often, it is a great tool. and your Studio is making me jealous! and so tidy!! i haven´t bought dies for a Long time now, but the ones i love are the ones from tim holtz to create bottom edges with (trees, houses, fence etc…)
    happy t-day:)

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  10. what a delightful journal page!! Congrats on getting the Big Shot-you’re going to have SO much fun die cutting. I have the Spellbinders die cut machine and quite a few dies. I really love the nesting die sets-circles, rectangles, etc. The Tim Holtz wildflowers are one of my absolute faves along with the Simon Says Stamp border dies. You’re going to have such fun adding to your collection:) Happy T day!

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  11. What a gorgeous page. I love the little birds and you have made good use of the holly die. I have a Big Shot too and would not want to be without it. I have many different kind of dies. I use the thinlets the most as they are very cheap, but you can only cut paper (not card) with it. Still I find them very useful. I find little elements like hearts and leaves and scrolls etc very handy to embellish a page. I also have a set of all sort of arrows and a set of cog wheels (steam punk type). I also use alphabets (i have three). They are long dies (about 30 cm) and I can’t remember what they are called, but I use them a lot.
    Your craft space is beautiful. I think I recognise the paint. I did my bedroom with Annie Sloan Duck Egg chalk paint. Lovely!
    Happy T-Day,

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  12. This really is a beautiful page Jo! I can see you are having fun with your Big Shot! I do have quite a few dies but my favourites are the TH Sizzix Winter Greenery and the Wild flowers dies! I think some new flowers and stems are coming put soon too but I still love my Tattered Flowers! Happy T Day To you, Hugs, Chrisx

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  13. Oh this is beyond anything, Jo, I seriously love it. The great tit on the fence looks terrific against the background you have created for him. The blue die-cut leaves have come up beautifully, it must have been such fun to use your new toy. As always I was fascinated by the colour names and read every word of your description (in amazement at the variety of ways you created the scene). You’ve even added a pretty winter tag which is another work of art in itself.
    Also loved seeing your craft room.

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    • Thanks so much Sheila! I enjoyed creating all the leaves with the die cutting machine, it was such fun 😁. The ink colours are fabulous aren’t they, I often smile as I’m using them …lol 😉. Have a lovely week! J 😊


  14. WOW!!!! Great gift and the page you created is just magical!! Love all of the little birds ♥ Can’t wait to see all of the amazing creations you come up with. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such kind words.
    Happy Be-lated T Day!!!!

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    • Thanks so much for your lovely comments too! You’re welcome, I always enjoy visiting your blog and seeing what you’ve been up too! I’m going to receive some new dies soon and can’t wait to get creative, so watch this space …lol 😉. Wishing you a wonderful week! J 😊


  15. A wonderful page with this magic blue and these magic leaves! I think you really had much fun using the Big Shot to produce them! I love the fence with snow on it and the cute bird (“Meise”) too!
    Wish you a happy day! Rike xx

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  16. This is just the sweetest page! And weirdly, I have every supply you used save for the calendar bird and magazine clipping haha. Glad you are having fun with your Big Shot, I’m addicted to mine now pretty much. xoxo

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  17. Gorgeous page Jo! I wouldn’t be without a die-cutting machine, it’s quite addictive! My advice for dies: don’t rush to buy. A lot of the dies I bought originally I don’t use much because they don’t fit my style, but at the time I just didn’t know. To start with, keep to the essentials, they might be boring but it is the standard shapes I use the most (rectangles, squares, circles whether stitched, scalloped or straight…) and sentiments (Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas are up there in the essentials!). Make a list of the dies you like the look of and review a month or 3 later to see if you still like them. Also ask yourself what you would make with a particular die, can you think of several ways you would use it?
    Before I forget… thanks for joining us at Country View Challenges!

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    • Thanks a lot! I’m finding I’m drawn to using my die cutting machine for all sorts of makes …lol 😉 and I was so pleased to join in the fun at Country View Challenges too 😁. Thanks so much for the great advice and recommendations, it is really useful and will definitely help me in my quest when choosing dies for my wish list. Thanks again and wishing you a happy weekend too! J 😊


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