Love is in the Air

The new challenge theme over at Try it on Tuesday is Love is in the Air – think Hearts, Valentine’s Day, Love etc.

This challenge runs for the next two weeks and I hope you will join in the fun with your Love is in the Air creations, I look forward to seeing you there (grin!).

My art journal page today is a mixed media collage and it involved lots of fussy cutting which I love (grin!). I started this page by stamping a heart background stamp onto the page using Rich Cocoa Memento ink and stencilling a Vintage trellis design from Dutch Doobadoo using Angel Pink Memento Ink with a blending tool.

Next I fussy cut the heart branches, birds and birdcages from an 8×8” sheet of design paper. The design paper was two-sided so I also fussy cut lots of hearts and swirls from the other side. Once all the fussy cutting was complete, I stuck a sheet of napkin, with a pretty lace, music and cupid design, over the top of the stamped and stencilled background using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium; I chose Memento Ink as they do not reactivate when wet so the inks do not bleed into the gel medium or napkin. As I covered the napkin with a layer of gel medium, I collaged the pieces of heart branches, swirls and birds on top while it was still wet. I ensured that the design flowed by matching up the lines and layering the images together and also covered all of these pieces with a layer of gel medium too and left it to dry.

Once dry, I coloured all of the hearts using a Blossom Spectrum Aqua Marker which I applied like watercolour; I did this by scribbling the marker onto an acrylic block and using a wet paintbrush to gradually shade the colour. I really like the way the colour intensifies as it shades across the hearts. I also added more definition around the hearts using white and brown Uni Posca paint pens. Next I added the red lettering which is from a Die-cut & Paper Pack set by Docrafts Papermania and then added some shadows to the whole design by applying diluted Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker with a paintbrush. To finish, I embellished the tree branches and swirls with some small red gem stones to add a little sparkle.

I really enjoyed creating this page and over on Try it on Tuesday the Design Team have created some fabulous creations for this challenge, so please pop over and take a look.

As we have had some high winds of late, instead of walking with friends on the beach we have taken refuge by walking in the grounds of Lytham Hall. This of course means that we went to the café there and this is the saucer that my cup was partnered with, it reminded me of the birds on my page (grin!).

You can see how my green tea was served here, in a pretty teacup along with the saucer and of course I had my usual slice of delicious ginger cake which I just couldn’t resist – yum (grin!). With this drink related photo, I’m saying a big hello the T Gang at T Stands for Tuesday  and wishing you all a Happy T Day!


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs like Try it on Tuesday 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 be able to join the lovely Rike for rike’s art, who is hosting the Animals A-Z challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the “L is for Lovebirds” that I included on my page.

As I included red on my page, I’m also joining in the fun over at The Artistic Stamper and their challenge is Roses are Red (use the colour Red) challenge.

I’m also joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Love is in the Air Challenge.

As I used the reds, pinks and hearts on my art journal page, I’m also pleased to join the Photo Inspiration challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly 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:

  • Tsukeniko Memento Ink (Rich Cocoa, Angel Pink)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Blossom)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pens (White, Brown)
  • Hobbycraft clear stamp (A6 Heart Background 50351HC)
  • Dutch Doobadoo A5 Dutch Mask Art (Vintage)
  • Dunelm Napkins (Grace 30220549)
  • 8×8” Design Paper Sheet – free gift from local craft store
  • Docrafts Papermania A4 Ultimate Die Cut & Paper Pack (Folk Christmas PMA160933)
  • Docrafts Papermania 3mm Adhesive Stones (Red 351607)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

71 thoughts on “Love is in the Air

  1. haha, valentine seems to be near… your page really is cheering up, i can hear the sweet chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep of your lovely birds! you put a lot of work into all These Little hearts!
    thanks for your comment on my blog, i enjoy it every week!! have a happy t-day! (the bird saucer is so awesome!), johanna

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  2. It is a gorgeous page Jo, All the fussy cutting must have taken you ages, but the result looks amazing. The background stencils and details look good, as well as those romantic colour shades you used .
    I loved the china pieces you were using in the cafe, so pretty, but O have to admit that the slice if ginger cake got quite a bit of my attention as well, it looks delicious.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks so much Yvonne! I enjoy fussy cutting so it really was a labour of love …lol 😉. I thought you may like the ginger cake given you showed those yummy chocolate covered ginger nut biscuits last week, maybe we could share …lol 😀. Sending you Happy T Day wishes too! J 😊


  3. What a fabulous and lovely Valentine’s Day page – all so delicate and beautiful! You are such a master of the fuzzy cutting – oh wow! And all together is so well composed! I am thrilled about this page again and it makes me more than happy to see it linked to Art Journal Journey .
    Call me crazy but some days ago I I have had a dream in which I was with you in a café or teahouse somewhere and we were chatting about art and had green tea with scones and clotted cream. —lol!
    I am really a crazy gal –I know it by myself!
    This china is really beautiful and I wouldn’t mind green tea with a slice of delicious ginger cake now. Maybe in one of my next dreams??? —
    I am baking cinnamon rolls for my daughter just now since she has a nasty cold and this during her school holidays.

    Happy T-Day and have a wonderful rest of your week!
    oxo Susi

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    • Thanks so much dear Susi! I like you dream, I think we would have so much fun chatting about art over a cuppa with some scones and clotted cream …lol 😉. Your daughter is very lucky as cinnamon rolls are one of my favourites too – yum! Hope your daughter is feeling much better soon and wishing you a Happy T Day my friend! J 😊


  4. Your page makes a very cheery Valentine. The saucer looks very much like your page. How cool is that? i haven’t had breakfast yet, so the ginger cake looks very tempting. Stay warm and dry. Happy T Day!

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  5. I LOVE your “Love is in the air” page with the extra “L is for Lovebirds”! So nice of you to show us photos of your steps how to reach such an effective end result! You have much patience for fussy cutting 🙂
    The saucer of your cup looks great, and there are birds too for AJJ 🙂
    Thank you for such a lovely entry linked to Art Journal Journey!
    Wish you a happy day! Rike xx

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  6. a gorgeous page for the Valentine theme Jo! Love all the fussy cut swirls and hearts. It really is worth the time cutting and placing on the page. Looks like a delicious teatime treat. Now you have me thinking it’s time to go to my fave Irish place again for a scone and pot of tea:) Wishing you a happy T day!

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  7. Your page is so beautiful and I can see all the textures in it loved the birds in the bird cages. that page looks like it took allot of time-very pretty.
    beautiful presentation of your tea and cake Loved the plate.
    Happy T Day Kathy

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  8. I love your ‘love is in the air’ page. In my mind I am humming the song: love is in the air (John Paul Young 1977)
    I am impressed by your fussy cutting and it has a beautiful effect.
    I’ll join you for a cup of green tea in such a beautiful cup, but you can have the ginger cake as I am not too fussed about ginger cake (I don’t like ginger!)
    Happy T-Day,

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  9. Jo, lovely art journaling. I also think you made me hungry showing that cake! I am having my hot tea, Ibut no goodies with it. I think I have to go hunt down something, like some butterscotch banana nut bread in the freezer that I made at Christmas time! I think I will check out the sites you linked us to, also. Happy T Day!

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  10. I realize I’m late visiting. I was up all night and slept in today. You really DO love to fussy cut, don’t you. I used to until my scissors got dull. Your page is so romantic and idyllic. I love the birds and their cages, and I like how you used the stamps and stencil in the background. It’s a wonderful entry and I am delighted that you shared it with us at Art Journal Journey.

    That’s an adorable tea pot, and of course, I like the mismatched tea cup and saucer, too. I am so hungry (just got up, so haven’t eaten), I really salivated over that ginger cake. It looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing your green tea and cake with us for T this Tuesday, dear Jo!

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  11. The saucer is lovely! And just the name Lytham Hall makes me think of something out of a Jane Austen Novel. I am sure you get that a lot being from England. I want to take a turn about the gardens especially since I just looked it up online and it is beautiful!!! How fun that you can just pop in and visit whenever you wish.
    Your page is lovely and the fussy cutting has paid off. I love to fussy cut as well. As long as it is not a lot of intricate images though. Your page fits the theme perfectly!
    Happy Tea Day,

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    • Thank you Kate! We always enjoy visiting Lytham Hall, as you found out it’s a beautiful place and it does look like something out of Jane Austen. The grounds are lovely especially with the snowdrops coming out at the moment 😁. Wishing you a Happy T Day too! J 😊


  12. Another gorgeous piece you’ve created yet again! Love everything about it, but especially the red sparkles! made me smile that the lovebirds in the air for ‘love is in the air.’…what pretty cup and saucer…I wouldn’t be able to resist the ginger cake either! happy T day!

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  13. What a fabulous page Jo. It’s very “festive” for Valentine’s Day just a week away. Those birdcages are cute and it’s great how they aren’t all the same. 🙂 And that is a gorgeous tea cup today. The cake looks yummy too. ANd from my post you said you had been to Sebago brewing many times so your friend must live near Gorham. It’s a great place but that was my first visit. It’s fun to hear that someone else has shared the same sandwich and visited the same place since all us T ladies are from all over. Hope you had a great T day. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks so much Erika! It’s so cool that we have been so the same place and had the same sandwich …lol 😉. I’ve stayed in Portland many times and Gorham is not that far away and my friend knew how much I love breweries 😁. Hope you had a great T Day too! J 😊


  14. A beautiful page Jo, love the background using that gorgeous napkin, so pretty and delicate. WOW – all that fussy cutting- you must have patience, but it was so worth it, I love the way you’ve got them flowing over the page. Green tea with lunch for me but if there’s cake it’s got to be coffee!
    Avril xx

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    • Thanks very much Avril! With some music on I never realise how long I’ve been fussy cutting until I finish and look at the clock …lol 😉. I’m sure I could find you work coffee cake too …lol 😀. Have a lovely week! J 😊


  15. Sorry to be so late, Jo, … busy week. What a darling “love” page for TioT. Your fussy cutting is great. Boy, the tops of those bird cages mmust have been tricky.

    The Lytham Hall café has lovely mismatched china.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  16. What a fabulous journal page! You’ve put so much work into this and it really is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog… x

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