I’m so excited to be seeing some of my dearest friends this month so this page is inspired by spending happy summer days with friends!

I started by applying Begonia, Jasmine and Aquamarine Spectrum Aqua Markers to create a summery coloured background; I did this by scribbling them onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water, pressing the block and dripping the ink onto the page and then spritzing the page with some more water. I love the way the colours blended to give a dreamy look. Thinking of summer roses and sunshine, next I stencilled a rose image using Old Paper Distress Ink with a blending tool and then I stamped a pretty circular stamp from Kaisercraft using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. I added some flower stickers to the top and bottom edge of the page which are from a Secret Garden sticker set by Kaisercraft. The pretty lady is from a card topper set by Create & Craft, which is die cut into two pieces making a frame and a central panel; I stuck the frame onto the page using double-sided tape and the central panel using double-sided foam tape to add some dimension. Then I added some of the Kaisercraft flower stickers again around the sides of the frame. The sentiments and butterflies are also by Kaisercraft from a sticker set called Fly Free. I outlined the sentiments with a white Uniball gel pen and they read “A beautiful friendship”, “Good friends are like stars”, “Friends are the sunshine of life” and “Friendship”. To finish, I added some tiny pearls to the bow on the lady’s dress and also to the flower stickers.

I chose this pretty lady image for my page as this year I have also made some Birthday cards for my friends using this topper; mounting the images onto some card, adding some pearl embellishments and stamping the “Birthday Wishes” sentiment.

Roses also feature on my page as they remind me of summer and when my friends come to stay; they always bring roses with them – I love these ones, they are such a beautiful colour!


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 Chris from Pearshapedcrafting, who is hosting the Arts for Art’s Sake challenge over at Art Journal Journey as I had fun using my Spectrum Aqua Markers (I haven’t used them in a while) and new Kaisercraft goodies.

Inspired by my dearest friends, I’m also joining the Get Sentimental challenge over at A Vintage Journey with my Mixed Media and Art Journaling Style page.

With the butterflies I added to my page I’m also joining in the fun at Moo Mania and More for their theme Butterflies.

As there is nothing better than spending time with friends on a summer’s day, so I’m joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Summer Fun! challenge with my summery art journal page.

I’m also pleased to join the July Link Party #41 over at Cropstop Blog with my art journal page as I included some 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:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Begonia, Jasmine, Aquamarine)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Old Paper)
  • Tsukeniko Memento Ink (Rich Cocoa)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamp (Magnolia Grove CS822)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Set (Secret Garden SS283, Fly Free SS289)
  • Create & Craft (Birthday Celebrations Paper Craft Topper)
  • Home Bargains Special Occasion (Mini Decorative Stickers 22740)
  • Stix 2 double-sided tape
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

42 thoughts on “Friendship

  1. Such a beautiful page ! All the beautiful detail Jo – so well put together! And those roses are really beautiful. And the lovely birthday card is a little treasure as well! Your friends are blessed to have you! ♥♥♥
    I am so happy to know your blog and art!!! You are a great inspiration! Thank you!
    And a bog “Thank you” for supporting Art Journal Journey and Moo Mania & More with your fantastic page! Much appreciated!

    Have a great weekend ahead!
    Hugs, Susi

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  2. So happy that you are celebrating meeting up with your friends and linking it to Art Journal Journey- I hope you have a wonderful time! I love the subtle colours and I shall be stealing, sorry, borrowing that drip idea! Love that elegant card too! Hugs, Chrisx

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  3. Such a cleverly done and delicate background Jo, very clever to use markers in that way. Love how all the different rose elements all work together, that topper is just the perfect focal point. Hope you will have loads and loads of fun with your friends!! Nothing better than meeting up with friends!!

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  4. Such a nice page dear Jo. I like the nice Lady, she looks perfect among the flowers, butterflies and circles of your background. A very nice composition.
    Your roses look great, they have a wonderful color. I am also a great lover of roses in every color.
    Hope you feel fine and you enjoy the nice summer .
    Big Hugs

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  5. A very beautiful friendship page Jo, I love how you layered the lovely lady and your cards looked fantastic as well. Have a lovely time with your friends and I hope you make more memories for you to remember in the future.
    Yvonne xx

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  6. Your lady card topper was the first thing I saw when I scanned your page. I was hoping you would explain it to me, since I was at a loss knowing how it was made. Of course, the entire journal page is splendid. I genuinely enjoyed the roses and the butterflies you added to this lovely journal entry. I apologize for visiting so late, but just had to tell you how delighted I am you shared this with us at Art Journal Journey. Your fresh cut roses are gorgeous, too.

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