Trick or Treat … and a special T Day Meet

For the next two weeks our new challenge over at Try it on Tuesday is Trick or Treat …It’s Halloween, so it’s time to join us with your Halloween creations.

I had so much fun creating my spooky art journal page by layering lots of colours using stencils/stamps and getting messy with black ink drips (grin!).  I hope you’ll join in the fun too and if you need more inspiration please check out the wonderful Design Team creations over at Try it on Tuesday!

I started by layering different stencils by Craft Sensations and using Distress Inks to create the background; this included a number stencil using Antique Linen ink, a Chevron stencil using Hickory Smoke ink, a rose stencil using Rusty Hinge ink, a clock and a cogs stencil using Vintage Photo and Brushed Corduroy ink. Then I stamped a Diamond Background stamp from Art Impressions and a homemade grid stamp using black Archival Ink and applied white gesso over the top to tone them down a little. Next I added the lines and drips of Carbon Black Liquitex Ink and I also splattered the page with the ink; I love the grungy look this gave the page. The filigree swirls, crow and birdcage are all stamped with black Archival Ink using a stamp set by 7 Gypsies from Hampton Art, and the trick or treat wording is stamped using the same ink and an alphabet stamp set, also by Hampton Art. To finish, I added some drops of Pumpkin Liquid Pearls by Ranger to the filigree swirls, crow, birdcage and wording.

Talking of treats, as you may be aware we have recently been on holiday in Maine, USA for the last couple of weeks visiting our friends. We were visiting Portsmouth in New Hampshire so I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to meet up with my lovely blog friend Erika aka BioArtGal – yay!

As T Stands for Tuesday, we purposely chose a Tuesday to meet up and honour T Day (grin!). I’m saying a big hello and welcome to the T Gang and wishing you all a very Happy T Day!

We met at the Portsmouth Brewery for a pint and a catch up, thank you Erika for choosing such a fabulous place to meet! My hubby joined us too and we all got on so well that we chatted for some time over a beer or two and then decided to have dinner together – I can highly recommend their yummy pastrami sandwich!

We sat in a booth that had this beautiful wall art above it …

… and found that they had a large beer selection; myself and Erika had the Murphy’s Law Red Ale and my hubby had the Dirty Blonde Ale.

The actual brewery can be seen through the glass as you sit and enjoy your food and drink …

… and even the toilet/restroom doors are made from recycled metal brewing vessels – so cool!

Erika even kindly gifted me a bag of crafting goodies too, I can’t wait to use them! Thank you so much for your kindness and wonderful company, we had the most amazing time!


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 join the lovely Linda from heARTfullyinspiredby Linda, who is hosting the Creature Comforts challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my creepy Halloween page.

I’m joining the Inktober challenge over at The Artistic Stamper with all the layers of inks and stamping I used to create this page.

Over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog their theme is Spookilicious so I’m also pleased to join this challenge with my spooky Trick or Treat page.

Over at Stamps and Stencils their challenge is Spooky Fun with an Autumnal Twist so I’m joining in the Halloween autumnal fun too with my Trick or Treat page.

I’m also joining the Shades of Autumn challenge over at Stamping Sensations as I used autumnal tones to create my page.

With my Halloween inspired art journal page, I’m pleased to join over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything But A Card challenge.

I’m pleased to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my spooky Halloween page too.

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 (Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Liquitex Ink! (Carbon Black)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Hampton Art 7 Gypsies Vintage cling mounted rubber stamps (Birdsong ICO151)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted rubber stamp (Diamond Background T-3335)
  • Homemade Stamp – wooden block and Drywall Tape
  • Hampton Art Ki (Alphabet Stamp Set WM1037)
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls (Pumpkin)

36 thoughts on “Trick or Treat … and a special T Day Meet

  1. A fabulous page Jo, I adore how you did the background!! The other elements you added look fantastic too! That raven with the text looks so cool! How super you and Erika managed to meet up and at such a wonderful place too! Great to see the two of you have such a good time together!! And of course super photos of that wonderful pub and brewery!!

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  2. I love your Halloween page Jo. Those black messy drips work perfect to make the page a little spooky-but not really spooky. Love your beautiful stamping on the page too. And your T post looks like you had a good time (grin). It was a fun time, a good brew and dinner and very nice to meet. Have a super T day. Hugs-Erika

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  3. your journaling page is wonderfully halloweeny in colors and elements, you arranged everything so well! i just read about your meeting with erica at her site – what fun to meet in person! and i had to laugh about the “murphy´s law” ale – i think that would have been my choice, too *g*…
    have a great week and wishing you a happy t-day:)

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  4. what a great Halloween page filled to the brim with patterns and colors! Love the black drips. And oh how awesome you were able to meet up with Erika in Portsmouth!! I wondered if you’d get to see her when I read about your trip:) The brewery looks like such a fun place to meet up too. Lovely photo of the two of you and wish I was there too. How nice to leave you with the crafting gift too. Thanks for sharing and happy T day!

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  5. Your journal page looks awesome Jo, I sat ages looking at all the details in the layers of stencils inky drips and images.
    How super it must have been for you to meet Erika while you were on holiday, you both looked so happy to be meeting each other. The restaurant photos looked super and so did the wall art.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  6. So cool that you met Erika in NH! I see your incredible smile came with you. I tried to comment on Erika’s blog, don’t know it it took, I’ll check later. If you ever make it as far south as southern NJ on this side, let me know. The brewery decor is so interesting, and the fifties special. Making memories!

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  7. Wow Jo! What fabulous layers you have created on this fabulous spooky page! How great to meet up with Erika (in such a great place too!) you both look so relaxed in each other’s company! Great journal ‘ingredients’ she gave you too! Happy T day! Chrisx

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  8. What a so wonderful Halloween page Jo !! I love it, the colours are gorgeous, love the black in drips and the lovely bird, really terrorific ! 🙂
    thank you very much for sharing those so beautiful photographs, they may be very happy moments with Erika ! lovely place, and so beautiful gifts!
    I wish you a very nice day,
    Big hugs, Caty

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  9. What a wonderful artsy Halloween page ! I love all the super well designed layers and those black drips are perfect to the Halloween feeling! And I have to say a big “happy Tiot!” and thank you for another fantastic entry to Art Journal Journey! I am thrilled again – you know how much I like your unique style! And what a pleasure to see two of the nicest artsy T-Day Gals together having fun and exchanging lovely presents – and that brewery looks fantastic . I would have taken the Weizenbier as I often do when I am out and about. There is a Bavarian brewery “Franziskaner” they offer a non-alcoholic dark HEFEBIER that I just adore!
    Happy T-Day dear Jo and thank you for sharing this wonderful photos of the place where you met!
    I loved the photos of you and Erika on her blog as well! GREAT!!!

    Hugs, Susi

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  10. Your journal page is gorgeous today! Love the black drips and the multi-colored stenciled background images. Very cool!
    How fun that you were able to meet up with Erika! Looks like you had fun. So glad that you shared a picture of your outing.
    Happy Tea Day,

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  11. Hi Jo, I totally love your spooky journal page-and Wow how fun to get to meet Erika. What a very cool place to meet too. I really enjoyed all of the photos Happy T Hugs Kathy

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  12. What a happy spooky page, Jo. I love the black drips and your stamping.

    The Gansai Tambi set I bought was just what I found on Amazon. They only had the big size I guess.

    What a surprise and treat! How fun that you and Erika got to meet up. What a perfect place for a meet-up. Love the beer list and restroom doors. How clever.

    What a fun post!

    Happy T-day. Hugs, Eileen

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  13. Aww Jo how lovely to have met up with Erika an opportunity that was not to be missed, the pub looks awesome and to have part of the brewery displayed behind the glass is a real treat to see. What a fab loo door!!
    Loving your journal page with it’s dramatic drips, thank you so much for your support and joining in with the paperbabe challenge.
    Wishing you a superb week & Happy T Day Hugs Tracey xx

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  14. I apologize for being so late, but the electricity on my block went out many hours ago just as I was commenting on Lisca’s post. So anyone who linked after Eileen gets this apology message.

    I can’t believe you hand carved that grid stamp. That impressed me as much as the bird, clock, and cogs. Maybe even more. It’s a gem, as is your entire journal page. There’s no tricking you! Thanks for sharing this beauty with us at Art Journal Journey.

    As I scrolled down and saw you and Erika, I about fell out of my chair. I couldn’t believe it. I thought she had taken off for England. I had NO idea you were in the states.

    I liked the name “Smuttynose,” but a Pilsner isn’t stout enough for me. Sounds like the two of you had a great time, though, and the art was FUN! I’m so happy for the two of you. Thanks for sharing your art and your time at the microbrewery/restaurant with us for T this Tuesday.

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  15. Another gorgeous journal page! The colours are so appropriate. Lovely!
    Well, well! What a surprise! How nice that you could meet up with Erika. And then to visit a brewery is just up your Street! The beer choice looks very inviting. We have had a Dirty Blonde before and know that is a good one. But I would always choose one I don’t know. The Murphy’s Red sounds a good choice.
    And a pack of goodies! That is so kind of Erika..
    Looking forward to seeing some potos of your holiday,
    Happy belated T-Day,

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  16. hi jo,your halloween page just amazing 🙂
    Love the wonderful bakcround,and the little raven,its super for halloween :_)
    the black drips looks a little bit scary,its super for the halloween time.
    your meeting with erika looks so happy,the goodies from erika its beautiful,enjoy them.
    have a wonderful october,dear jo 🙂

    hugs jenny

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  17. What an awesome post…love that you and Erika got to meet up! the names of those beers made me smile, pretty entertaining! Adore your journal page…love the layered stencils and Halloween colors! Happy belated T day!

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