Winter to Spring

I started this page sometime ago; it’s been sitting on my craft table these past three weeks waiting patiently for me, which is quite ironic given the quote I had chosen to use (grin!).

You may remember we had snow and storms during February/March despite the fact that spring should be just around the corner, which inspired my design.

I started by covering half of the page with a piece of paper depicting snowflakes from a design pad and the other half with a piece of magazine cover depicting cherry blossom, they are stuck into place using a UHU Stic. Then I stamped a star border from Dovecraft and also the “Winter” and “Spring” wording using an alphabet stamp set from Hampton Art and VersaMark Watermark stamp pad which I covered with Stampendous white embossing powder. I shook off the excess powder onto a piece of scrap paper and also tapped the page to make sure any stray powder was removed. Then I used a heat gun to melt the embossing powder until the embossing powder melted to a glossy finish and became smooth and dimensional. Next I added some silver stars to the edges and centre of the page which are outline stickers. For the central image I used the VersaMark ink and white embossing powder again to add blossoms and snowflakes to the opposite sides of a piece of mixed media paper. Then I coloured the paper using Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Inks with a blending tool. I used my Big Shot to die cut a panel and some round shapes from this paper and also a smaller panel from an American Crafts design pad. I edged them all using the Distress Inks and a blending tool and also a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stamped an Art Deco lady in the centre of the smaller panel using black Archival Ink to represent Mother Nature. I also stamped the quote onto the leftover mixed media paper and cut the words out; they are edged with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck to the page using a UHU Gluepen. The quote is by Ralph Waldo Emerson and reads “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience”. To finish, I added some silver snowflakes, pink paper blossoms and clear jewel stickers to add some sparkle.

As you can see we didn’t get much snow during the storms. We live right by the sea and I think because of our location, being in a flat part of the country and surrounded on three sides by hills and mountains (Lake District, Pennines and Welsh Mountains) we miss out on the snow as it falls in those places before it gets to us. We found that Storm Emma was the worst thing with very high winds which increased the chill factor – brrrr!

With the cold weather of late and having been unwell with the flu, I have found myself wishing for warmer weather so let’s hope Spring is here soon!

Also I really appreciate all your kindness and get well wishes for my dad who is much better now, thank you!

Challenges

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 Rosie from Rosie’s Bastelwelt who is hosting the Spring challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

With the focal images being stamped I’m also happy to be able to join Fashionable Stamping Challenges and their Springtime challenge.

I’m also pleased to be able to join the Allsorts Challenge Blog and their Bring on the Bling challenge with my sparkly and blingy art journal page.

With all the pink blossoms on my art journal page, I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Floral Frenzy 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 VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder (Detail White Opaque)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Dovecraft Studio G Designer Clears Stamps (DCRS86)
  • Hampton Art Mini Wood Peg Rubber Stamps (Alphabet Set #1037)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamps (Blossom Spray CRP136)
  • BoBunny Stamps (Snow Day 13705563)
  • Craft Sensations Clear Stamps (CR0274/16PL4)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities (Labels Thirty S5-157, Unknown)
  • Old Magazine
  • Poundland Design Pad (Pure Frozen CR0701/16PL4)
  • Crelando Relief Stickers (12 Sheets IAN289011)
  • The Works (Mini Paper Flower Embellishments)
  • The Works (Jewel Stickers)
  • The Works (Christmas Embellishments)
  • Home Bargains Special Occasion (Mini Decorative Stickers)
  • UHU Stic
  • UHU Gluepen
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

28 thoughts on “Winter to Spring

  1. That is a pretty page Jo. I love the cherry blossoms you included. They are a sure sign of spring, aren’t they? The pin and blue look so nice together, and your quote is words of wisdom for us struggling to keep sane through the long winter. Happy Friday Jo. have a great weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  2. This is so creative and loving the colors! Mother nature sure does seem confused at the moment! We might be getting snow on Saturday! I too am hoping Spring will actually arrive soon!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us this week at Allsorts challenge!

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by and your lovely comments! It was fun joining your challenge this week over at Allsorts Challenge Blog, who doesn’t love a bit of bling – grin! 😉. Have a lovely weekend! J 😊

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  3. I know exactly what you mean. We just had a foot of snow yesterday. So disappointing for the second day of Spring. Patience is surely something I need more of. I love the pastel colors on your page. The blossoms would have to be my favorite! I want a tree like that in my yard as it screams of Springtime. I guess some of us will just have to live spring vicariously through our journal pages. 😉
    Happy Friday!
    Kate

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  4. I’m not sure I want the bitter cold to return, but I would take moisture in any form right now. Your page is really lovely, and I had to laugh at your patience quote and comment, too. This is a beautiful entry and I am so glad you chose to share it with us today at Art Journal Journey, dear Jo.

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  5. This page is utterly beautiful Jo! I love the two-part background and this so wise quote and how you interpreted it in such a fantastic way! So glad that this page is meant for Art Journal Journey – Thank you very much dear Jo! Happy to hear your Dad and you feel better again! We had some sun yesterday and it warmed up to 16 degrees Clesius at noon. But today it seems to stay grey again. The weather is really boring this year, but as your wise quote tells… nature has her own pace. You got nearly the same amount of snow we had here last week. Nobody needs that now – that would have been nice at Christmas. Wishing you a happy weekend ahead my friend and may spring come soon to all of us!
    Sending hugs and love and kind regards
    Susi

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    • Thanks so very much! Yes it’s definitely warmer here today and the sun is peeking out from behind the grey clouds …lol 😁. It seems Mother Nature has here own plans for spring and I’m sure before we know it it will have arrived 😉. Wishing you a Happy Friday and a wonderful weekend my dear friend! J 😊 x

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  6. Its a beautiful page Jo and I love how you showed the change in the seasons. The blossom on the trees looks lovely. Its a super quote nature will not be rushed its more climate related than the months of the year.
    Its good to read that you are feeling a bit better and that your Dad is recovering well.
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne xx

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  7. As usual, a lovely page. I like how the snowflakes become the cherry blossoms. I’m just not patient enough. I’m so glad that the big storm we were supposed to get this week, fizzled out. One more snowflake and I might go over the edge. Glad you and your dad are feeling better. Take care.

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    • So glad to hear the storm fizzled out in the end 😁. I liked the idea of interchanging the snowflakes for blossoms to signify the change in season too – grin! 😉. Wishing you a Happy Friday and a wonderful weekend! J 😊 x

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  8. We really need some patience waiting for spring in this year! It is yet cold outside and they say for the next days too! So it is quite right that your wonderful page was waiting patiently for you to be finished. You made it beautiful!
    This is a fabulous photo showing the snow and your wonderful garden!
    Wish you a happy weekend!
    Rike xx

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    • Thank so much! Yes if you could send some of your warm temperatures this way that would be great, although we have had lovely sunshine of late it’s not warm enough to open the windows …lol 😉. Have a lovely week! J 😊 x

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  9. Hi Jo, This is a beautiful page and I love the colours reflecting winter/spring along with the images you used. You really have captured how the weather has behaving lately, and it’s a lovely quote too. Have a lovely Easter and…..
    Thanks for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping.
    Avril xx

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