Give Your Dreams Wings

For the next two weeks over at Try it on Tuesday our challenge is Things with Wings, I hope you are inspired by our new theme and will join us! You’ll find some amazing inspiration created by my Design Team teamies over at Try it on Tuesday too (grin!).

There are so many possibilities for our new theme so today I have created a mixed media page using different techniques to highlight some of my favourite things with wings!

I started this page by stamping a pretty floral stamp from Docrafts and two butterfly stamps, one from Crafter’s Companion and the other from Graphic 45 by Hampton Art, using a VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad. I covered them with white Stampendous embossing powder, shook off the excess powder onto a piece of scrap paper and also tapped the page to ensure any stray powder was removed. Then I used a heat gun to melt the embossing powder by sweeping the gun over the stamped images, taking care not to direct the heat in one area for too long until the embossing powder melted to a glossy finish and became smooth and dimensional. Next I added Lavender, Strawberry and Elderberry Faber-Castell Gelatos smudging the colours with my finger which I had wet with water. To tone down the Lavender colour I added Coconut Faber-Castell Gelato over the top blending the colours with my finger. I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink using a blending tool mainly around the edges of the page to give a worn vintage look and then I stamped a Dragonfly from Eco Green Crafts and some other floral images from the same Docrafts stamp set using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. The small butterflies flowing up the page and wording “Give your dreams wings” are from a Kaisercraft sticker set; they are all edged with the Vintage Photo Distress Ink using a blending tool, then stuck to the page and covered with a layer of Liquitex matte gel medium. The butterfly, bird, flowers and branches are fussy cut from a wallpaper sample; I coloured the flowers and branches using the Vintage Photo Distress Ink and stuck them all in place using the Liquitex matte gel medium again. I also added a blue circular disc depicting a flower and a postage stamp depicting butterflies from a Graphic 45 sticker set. I outlined and added more details to the wallpaper images and stickers using a black Uni Pin marker and then to finish, I splattered the background with black DecoArt acrylic paint.

Visiting Lytham Hall is always fun and after a walk around the grounds with our dear friends, we usually head to the café for a cuppa (grin!). As T stands for Tuesday here’s my green tea and my friend’s Earl Grey tea.

As you may know from my previous posts, the cafe at Lytham Hall use mismatched china; isn’t this saucer beautiful!

After our cuppa we headed to the Vegetable Gardens which provides the café with some fresh produce. It’s a lovely place to wander around and admire all the different fruit and veg that is growing.

I smiled when I saw this happy couple; it seems that even the scarecrows are joining us at T Stands for Tuesday with their cuppa (grin!) – Happy T Day!


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 Gill from gibbyfrogettcraftations who is hosting the Inspired by … challenge over at Art Journal Journey as my inspiration for this page was things with wings.

I’m pleased to be able to join the Written Word (add some text in some form) challenge over at Country View Challenges with the “Give your dreams wings” quote that I added to my page.

Over at PaperBabe Stamps their challenge is Anything Goes so I’m pleased to be able to join them too.

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Bright and Cheerful challenge with my cheery art journal page.

I’m also pleased to join a new challenge today, the June Link Party #40 over at Cropstop Blog with my art journal page as I included a few products from companies that they carry in their store.

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:

  • Tsukineko VersaMark (Watermark Stamp Pad)
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder (Detail White Opaque)
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Lavender, Strawberry, Elderberry, Coconut)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Rich Cocoa)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Hampton Art Graphic 45 cling mounted rubber stamps (Tropical Travelogue ICO135)
  • Crafter’s Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies stamp set (Just for You – Butterfly Lullaby S-BL-ST-JUS)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essential A5 clear stamp set (Floral Icons DCE907123)
  • Eco Green Crafts Recycled Rubber Art Stamps (Petal Party #04309)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Set (Fly Free SS289)
  • Wallpaper sample
  • Graphic 45 Cardstock Sticker Set (Seasons Decorative Stickers 450629)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

65 thoughts on “Give Your Dreams Wings

  1. Oh what a stunner Jo – I love the pretty soft colours and the beautiful imagery – especially the bird and postage stamp – gorgeous details 🙂
    Lytham Hall looks great – and those scarecrows were fab – made me think of Worzel Gummidge and Aunt Sally .. or was that before your time 🙂
    Thanks, once again for joining in with AJJ.
    Have a good day and keep cool if you can – sweltering hot again here already – argh! 🙂
    Gill xx

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  2. This page is wonderful Jo! I spent some time looking at that fabulous background! A truly lovely page! Your outing to Lytham Hall looks great too – love the scarecrows! Getting hot here so staying in the shade! Happy T day! Chrisx

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  3. Your dreams page is beautiful. So delicate like a china cup. I like the little blue Betty teapot with the tea. Love the scarecrows especially the missus dressed to the nice with her stylish hat. Happy T Day

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  4. A lovely page, Jo! I am loving that feminine floral background with those pretty white butterflies. The mismatched china is beautiful with your cuppa green tea. That is one manicured vegetable garden. If only I could get mine to look so formal and maintained. Thank you for sharing your pretty pictures.
    Happy Tea Day,

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  5. What a lovely page! I love that floral stamp. Well done you!
    I love to see mismatched china. Usually they are old sauces and cups and in my mind it is a form of recycling. I went to a restaurant in Holland (a very posh restaurant I may add) where they had mismatched old plates. It gave the place a more bohemian atmosphere.
    I love those scarecrows. They made me smile. There must have been some sort of competition in the village. They do that sometimes don’t they. You could join us at Friday Smiles with stuff like that (
    Have a good week and happy T-Day,

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  6. Good morning, such a beautiful page-my first thought this would make lovely wallpaper. I love that –being served with mismatched dishes-very whimsical and fun. enjoyed your walk around the gardens Happy T Day hugs Kathy

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  7. Even if I repeat myself, your postings are always a huge joy for me. Not only that this heavenly beautiful page inspires me completely – even the photos make me happy Jo ! The teaware is a dream and the photo is so adorable on the wooden table ! Yes, the saucer is a feast for the eyes! This pair of scarecrows is probably the hit par excellence. And this magic vegetable garden! My goodness! Beautiful! I say THANK YOU for an AMAZINGly beautiful page for Gill’s great theme. I love every detail of it and I’m impressed by your style – but you already know that!
    You never cease to amaze me!

    Happy week and keep cool!
    We have just rain again here this afternoon and the next two days more rain is forecasted! And after this I think it will be hot and humid again !
    But at least it is summer !
    We have too much cold months here , so I admire all the warm days and even when they are hot and humid – much better than freezing in the winter! LOL!
    Hugs, Susi

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    • Thanks so very much dear Susi! Wishing you a happy week too, it’s so nice to have summer weather, isn’t it! It’s sunny and hot here at the moment with more forecast for the rest of the week 😁. Happy T Day! J 😊 x


  8. What a dreamy page, Jo. I love the soft background. Just the perfect backdrop for the colors of the bird and butterfly. It’s hard to believe you made the background from scratch (great directions, BTW). It looks as pretty as a patterned paper from a commercial paper pack.

    It was so nice of the scarecrows to join us from tea today (grin!).

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  9. Jo i just love the depth you’ve achieved in that ArtJournal page… and ofcourse the theme is just right up my alley with all the nature images… Thank you so much for sharing all your photos.. You visit some of the most beautiful places.. Hugs! deb

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  10. A stunning page , I love the same winged things as you do Jo, Its a pretty background as well.
    The mismatched china is lovely. i often regret throwing away lots of my mothers odd pieces, but that was her decision at the time.
    The scarecrow couple looked charming, they would be very welcome in my garden.
    happy t day Wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  11. A lovely page Jo, background is gorgeous with the white embossing and the images from the wallpaper are beautiful. Great pictures of your visit to Lytham Hall and those scarecrows are just fabulous.
    Avril xx

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  12. I apologize for being late visiting, but this has been a very emotional day in my world.

    Your wings are moving. The way you described the process always makes me smile. You are SO thorough. This is such a beautiful and striking entry, and I’m also thrilled you shared it with us at Art Journal Journey.

    One of the things I love about mismatched cups and saucers is it gives the orphans a chance to shine. The green tea you love so much looks wonderful, and I was really, really happy the scarecrows chose to join us for T, too. I was also impressed by the raised beds in the garden and the trellises, some really unique. Thanks for sharing this with us for T this Tuesday.

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    • Oh my, I was so excited and totally delighted to see that I inspired you to do a little art journaling and your page is amazing – I love it! Thanks so much for getting creative for Try it on Tuesday and I’m so pleased that you joined us at Art Journal Journey too 😀. Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊 x


  13. Love your latest art page Jo. Not only is the background pretty but I love the bird on your page. And I am with you with that pretty plate. Garden centers are one of my favorite places to visit and so I loved your photo. Hope it was a super T day and your week is going well. Hugs-Erika

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  14. A beautiful piece of art Jo, rather reminds me of printed fabric with the subtle background and white embossing. Mr & Mrs Scarecrow look like they started the T Party before you yesterday.. hee hee Happy belated T Day Hugs.
    Tracey xx

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  15. my visitor has left and i can make my belated t-day blog tour.
    the fluttering creatures and the light Colors make the page so wonderfully airy!
    and a beautiful veggie garden and Café…
    have a great week!

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  16. Wow I gasped when I saw this as it really is so very beautiful, I adore it. And what a lovely place it looks. The saucer is very beautiful, I love the whole mismatched china thing.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog.
    Have a great day 🙂

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    • Thanks so much, that’s very kind! I so enjoyed creating this page with all the different techniques and it’s always fun to join you at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge 😁. Have a great day too! J 😀 x


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