Friends and Family

Its time for a new challenge over at Try it On Tuesday and our theme for the next two weeks, is Friends and Family.

You’ll find some beautiful inspiration from my Design Team teamies over at Try it on Tuesday too. My art journal page today celebrate Friends, Family and Life – I hope you like it!

I started by stencilling the background of leaves using a Falling Leaves stencil from Newton’s Nook and six different colours of Distress Ink. I blended and shaded the colours so that the Vintage Photo and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink were around the edges of the page, then as I worked towards the centre I added Seedless Preserves, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and finally finished with Mustard Seed Distress Ink in the centre of the page. I also positioned the stencil so that the larger leaves were around the outside of the page and the smaller leaves were in the centre. Then I stamped a maple leaf stamp and oak leaf stamp from Tim Holtz Autumn Blueprints stamp set onto the page using black Archival Ink. I coloured the leaves and also the leaf names using the Seedless Preserve, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed Distress Ink with a paintbrush. Then I shaded under the bottom edge of each leaf using a Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker to give them a shadow so they had a 3D look. Next I added some Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers which read “let life surprise you”, “live your life” and “life is good”. I drew boxes and arrows around them to match the blueprint design of the leaves using a black Derwent Graphik marker. The large sentiment which reads “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful” is a Pocket Card from Tim Holtz and is stuck to the page using double-sided  foam tape. I also added the words “Thankful”, “Friends” and “Family” using Tim Holtz Letter Labels and used the Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker to add a shadow under them which finished the page.

The bands and shades of colour on my page reminds me of the beautiful mat that our forever friend’s bought us for our wedding anniversary present; it travelled back from America with us and now sits in my hallway at the bottom of the stairs. It is such a happy reminder of the time we spent with them (grin!).

On our wedding anniversary we also had an amazing Maine lobster dinner at their house too, which was so delicious!

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and sharing our drinks, red wine, iced water or a beer which as you can see is served in my special Red Sox Beer cooler (grin!) – 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 join the lovely Erika from BioArtGal, who is hosting the Vintage or Modern challenge over at Art Journal Journey as this page celebrates happy memories with friends and family!

As I incorporate squares into the design of this page with the frames of colour from the stencilled background, stamped Autumn BluePrint leaf images and also the sentiments, I’m pleased to join the Square It challenge over at The Artistic Stamper.

I’m also joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Thanks/Thanksgiving challenge with my art journal page.

I’m also pleased to join the November Link Party #45 – Anything Goes over at Cropstop Blog with my page of fall leaves too.

Don’t forget that over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge the theme is Thanks/Thanksgiving this week, it would be lovely to see you there!

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 (Vintage Photo, Mowed Lawn, Seedless Preserves, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Newton’s Nook Designs Purr-fect Stencil (Falling Leaves NN1709T01)
  • Tim Holtz Collection Stamper’s Anonymous (Autumn Blueprint CMS133)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Pocket Cards #TH93208)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Stickers (Small Talk #TH93193, Label Letters #TH93072)
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

28 thoughts on “Friends and Family

  1. Your page is so vibrant and a wonderful message and upliftig words on it! I love it and the mat is so pretty! I can imagine how wonderful this lobster dinner was! Always great to be with friends! Happy T-Day dear Jo and thank you very much for joining us at Art Journal Journey my friend! Wishing you a happy week!
    Hugs, Susi

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  2. Happy T Day Jo and thanks for joining us at AJJ also. This is such a great piece. Like those TH stamps. They work well. But the star of the page is once again that stamped leave background. It is really pretty and I like how this time you did create something similar to that pretty braided rug you brought home. Happy T day too. Hugs-Erika

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  3. Colourful autumn leaves and a fabulous page Jo. You must have a store of happy memories from your trip away. The mat looks beautiful and was such a thoughtful gift from your friends.
    Your lobster dinner looks delicious.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  4. Good morning, what a lovely post. I really like your latest journal page-totally love your braided rug-a very special gift, and what a special dinner they prepared for you-looks delicious-I have never had lobster.
    So glad you shared with us-Happy T Hugs Kathy

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  5. Beautiful page, Jo. I love the colorful background and those leaf stamps.

    That’s a very sweet mat and a wonderful going away gift. I bet it reminds you of the good times you had with your friends every time you see it.

    Maine lobster, fresh corn on the cob, mussels and cole slaw are my definition of a perfect meal. I

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  6. More luscious leaves, Jo – gorgeous. Such beautiful colours and such happy memories 🙂
    I think that’s a REAL surf ‘n’ Turf! Looks as if you were royally spoiled on your anniversary – and rightly so! A beautiful gift, too – one you won’t forget in a hurry. Happy times.

    Cath x

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  7. Oh what a beautiful page! You did those 3D contours very effectively, because I thought the leaves were raised until I read our description.
    I love your mat. It’s a great present, a precious memory and a unique welcome into your house.
    I’ve never had lobster, but I would love to try it one day. Your meal looks absolutely delish. However, presented like that, I wouldn’t know where to start!
    Happy T-Day,

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  8. hi jo,your page such amazing 🙂
    love the leaves and the words,iam glad you have a wonderful thanksgiving day,your dinner looks so yummy,iam now hungry (Grin) .
    wishing you a great week,dear jo ! 🙂
    hugs jenny

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  9. Love your so wonderful Art page Jo !! Love the beautiful backgroun with the leaves dressed by the autumn colours !! Gorgeous. The mat is wonderful too, it´s a lovely present ! the dinner looks delicious!!
    I wish you a very nice afternoon, big hugs, Caty

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  10. Your background with these leaves you made by stencilling in different colors is gorgeous! You chose the colors and the size of the leaves in an interesting way, so there is much depth in the picture! The other details, the stampings and words are also very beautiful, dear Jo!
    No, I would not eat this, forgive me :)))
    Happy day! Rike xx

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  11. All the leaves are lovely circled round in different beautiful colours.
    I like the way you have made the larger leaves stand out.
    This is an unusual piece for “Friends and Family” and fits the theme perfectly. The “family” of leaves all look so joyful together.

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  12. Hi jo, I adore your stencilled background, such beautiful blended colours, captures the essence of Autumn, inspirational and uplifting. As always, your blog is s delight to read jo. Thank you so much for joining in the artistic stamper challenge x

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