Merry Moose Winter Wonderland

Our new challenge at Try it on Tuesday for the next two weeks is Winter Wonderland, where you will find some amazing creations from my Design Team teamies!

For my art journal page, I had so much fun creating a winter wonderland for my Merry Moose. I fell in love with this Merry Moose die set from Tim Holtz as soon as I saw it and finally succumbed to purchasing it last week, so I just couldn’t wait to use it and it didn’t disappoint – I love it (grin!).

To start, I stamped the pretty snowflakes using the Simon Says Stamp Frozen Fractals stamp set and Versamark Watermark ink which I covered with white Stampendous embossing powder. I shook and tapped any excess powder off the page and then I used a heat gun to melt the embossing powder until it became smooth and dimensional with a glossy finish. Next I positioned a circular stencil onto the page to depict the sun and also a hand cut paper template to mask out the foreground. Then I painted the sky background using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour paint set; I did this by wetting the page with water first and then applying Ultramarine Pale, Ultramarine and Turquoise Blue colours using my paintbrush, gradually shading and blending the paints so that they were lighter around the sun. When dry, I splattered the page with white acrylic paint and then I defined the edge of the foreground more using Paris Dusk and Danube Blue Memento Inks and a blending tool. I removed the foreground mask and also added another line of snow using a mask and the same inks. I added some colour to the snowflakes in the foreground by painting them with the Ultramarine and Turquoise Blue watercolours too. For the sun I applied a light wash of Lemon Yellow watercolour paint and when dry, I covered it with some Platinum Planet Brilliance Ink to add some shine. The wording is stamped using the blue Memento Inks again and overlaid with the Platinum Planet Brilliance Ink and I added a little of the Turquoise Blue watercolour paint to the letters so that it colour matched the background more.

The trees are die cut using the Merry Moose Thinlets by Tim Holtz from Sizzix and my Big Shot Machine. I used some brown wood effect paper from Tim Holtz and also some blue glittery paper for the dripping snow dies; they are stuck to the page using a Zig Memory glue pen. Next I added a puffy snow effect using Inkylicious Fluffy Puffy Stuff which you apply and then heat with a heat gun to make it 3-dimensional; it was so much fun seeing the snow come to life (grin!). I also die cut some snowflakes out of the same blue glitter paper and embellished them with the Fluffy Puffy Stuff too and then stuck them to the page. I really need to use the fluffy puffy stuff again, just so I can write fluffy puffy some more (double grin!).

To finish, I added the Merry Moose which is die cut three times, once out of cream linen finish card stock and then twice out of white card stock; I layered them together so the linen finish was on the top. I masked off his antlers and then coloured him using Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Inks blending the colours with a blending tool. Then I removed the masking tape and coloured the antlers with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I stuck him in place and then decided that he needed a scarf to keep him warm, so I used the harness die cut from the Thinlet set and fashioned one together using the blue glitter paper and white card stock which I coloured with the Paris Dusk Memento Ink. It was fiddly to make but I think it completes his look beautifully, don’t you (grin!).

We have been lucky enough to see moose several times in the wild on our travels to America and so I love everything moose! We have a few moose items around the house from our travels too including these beautiful mugs which we were purchased at Booth Bay in Maine. Today they are filled with hot chocolate that has Pumpkin Spice syrup in it and topped with whipped cream – yum! As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and wishing you all a very 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 with my modern Christmas page!

I’m also joining in the fun over at Moo Mania & More and their Tic, Tac, Toe theme (Designer Paper – Glistening Season from Tim Holtz Paper Stash, Die-Cut – Merry Moose, Circles – on the scarf and the sun).

I’m also pleased to join A Vintage Journey and their Paper Stash challenge this month as I was inspired by my new Tim Holtz Merry Moose Thinlets so used the linen and glitter papers that have been in my craft stash for a while as well as the Tim Holtz Paper Stash pad to create my Mixed Media style page.

Over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog their theme is Winter Wonderland so I’m pleased to join this challenge with my Merry Moose Winter Wonderland page.

I’m also pleased to be able to join the Baby It’s Cold Outside challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with as it must be cold with my Merry Moose wearing his scarf (grin!).

With the embossing powder that I used for my pretty stamped snowflakes, I’m also joining Fashionable Stamping Challenges and their Resist It challenge 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 the materials that were used to create this art journal page:

  • Tsukineko Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder Basics (Detail White Opaque DP100)
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour Paint set (Ultramarine Pale, Ultramarine, Turquoise Blue, Lemon Yellow)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Paris Dusk, Danube Blue)
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Pigment Ink (Platinum Planet)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Antique Linen)
  • Faber-Castell Craft Stamper Big Brush Pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Derwent Graphic Marker (black 0.05mm)
  • Inkylicious (Fluffy Puffy Stuff)
  • Simon Says Stamp Clear Stamp Set (Frozen Fractals SSS101694)
  • Inkylicious Stencil (Sun & Moons)
  • Winter Wonderland Stamp Set (free with Craft Stampers magazine No:62)
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix Thinlets (Merry Moose 663103)
  • Dovecraft Cutting Dies (Merry Christmas DCDIE052X16)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Paper Stash (Halloween #TH93712)
  • Blue Glitter Paper
  • Cream Linen Card Stock
  • White Card Stock
  • Zig Memory System Chisel Tip Glue Pen
  • Stix2 double-sided tape
  • Ranger Heat Gun
  • Sizzix Big Shot

31 thoughts on “Merry Moose Winter Wonderland

  1. I can see how you fell for this happy Moose die cut. It made me smile as soon as i saw him.
    Its a fabulous fun page. I’d not seen that fluffy puff product and it looks so effective on this awesome winters scene.
    You hot chocolate sounds yummy and those mugs must bring back happy memories for you when you use them.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  2. I love your page Jo! I just picked up the merry moose die and I love it on your page ! You sure created a fun winter wonderland page. And I do love your moose mugs too, and coco in them would be quite tasty! Happy T day day Jo. Hugs-Erika

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  3. Your winter scene is fantastic with all that special fab details – you created a little wintery dream – and wow– hot chocolate is always great and with that syrup! Yummie!
    Happy T-Day and thank you for yet anbother FABULOUS entry for Erika’s November theme!
    Big hugs,Susi

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  4. Love your moose page Jo, and that hot chocolate looks delicious in those fab mugs! Sitting on a train to York, and now I really fancy one. I’ll just have to get my book out instead! 🙂
    Hope you’re having a lovely week.

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  5. Doesn’t the moose look jaunty trotting along. Too cute. The moose mugs are the perfect shape to cup your hands around especially filled with hot chocolate with pumpkin syrup. Oooh, whipped cream, too. Have a Happy T Day

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  6. Good morning-I am in love with your moose winter land page-this would make a lovely Christmas card too. I didn’t get to see moose when I was in Yellowstone last year-so glad you were able to view them in Maine-I know they are quite large and impressive.
    Loving your moose mugs too-a wonderful rembrance of your trip-hugs Happy T wishes Kathy

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  7. A fantastic page with the wonderful moose,
    The moose mugs are delughtful as well and things will taste better in those I’m sure.

    Have a Happy rest of T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  8. Yes that is a cute little die cut. Perfect for winter scenes. Your page is wonderful.
    I love those mugs. I’ve always wanted to see moose for real. When we were in Canada years ago visiting family, I mentioned that and our relative said: my Neighbour has some. I will show you, so we drove, and drove, and drove…. two hours later, at the neighbours property we discovered there were no moose, they must have moved on, I don’t remember. But I do remember that his wife was not too pleased when we got home late for dinner. Of course coming from Europe we didn’t realize that a neighbor could live two hours away!
    The pumpkin spice syrup always intrigues me. Every time we go to the Uk we look out for it but have never found it. I assume it tastes of the spices you put Ina pumpkin pie.
    Happy T Day,

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  9. The merry moose is delightful, Jo. I can see why you couldn’t resist buying the dies. The page is gorgeous! What a cute idea to give him a scarf.

    Lucky you. We lived in New Jersey many years and traveled to Booth Bay and other parts of Maine. But we never saw any moose ;-( Very nice memory cups of your trips to the States.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xoxo

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  10. I have no idea why I can’t post to your site, but it insists I log in under G +. To see if I could trick it, I shut the computer down and restarted. Looks like it’s going to let me post under my regular goggle account. Now if it will just accept it once I hit Post.

    Seems everyone is in agreement that your moose die is fabulous. I agree it’s a real cutie. I’d love to have it, too.

    Tulip brand craft paints used to make (not sure if they still do) a product called puffy paint, which appears to be the same as your Fluffy Puffy Stuff. You have to heat the puffy paint, too and watch it enlarge right before your eyes. It’s fun, but Fluffy Puffy is a much cuter name!! This is also an adorable entry for Erika’s theme at Art Journal Journey, too.

    Pumpkin spice infused hot chocolate in moose cups! What could be more perfect. Don’t let those cups of cocoa get cold, because the marshmallows are better hot, too. Thanks for sharing your glorious and captivating art, as well as your wonderful hot chocolate with us for T this Tuesday.

    Now cross your fingers I didn’t write this in vain!!!

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  11. What a great page Jo, I do love that moose but even more so those Trees the shape is fabulous. The snowy background creates a great scene for Mr Moose so warm and cosy in his handcrafted scarf << Clever you. I love it!!
    Big Hugs Tracey xx

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  12. Jo, your merry moose is indeed fabulous as he plays in that beautiful wintry scene! What an adorable die. And I love your moose cups. I have been to Maine several times but I have never seen a moose. I must put this on my list of things to do. Your Pumpkin Hot Chocolate sounds delicious!!
    Happy Tea Day,

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  13. What a so so so Gorgeous page Jo !! I love the little merry moose, it made me smile, he looks so happy… Love the wonderful background, the trees… great page !
    The chocolate may be.. so yummie !!
    I wish you a very nice afternoon, big hugs, Caty

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  14. A Memory Glue pen sounds so useful for fiddly gluing, and then Fluffy Puffy stuff! I come from the Middle Ages school of painting so I must get myself to an art/craft shop and see what they have.
    I love the sky you’ve made with all the blues and these trees are insanely good especially with the addition of the blue snow underneath the branches. Against all this Winter snowflake beauty the Merry Moose is trying (and almost succeeding) to steal the show. I’m so glad you gave him a lovely scarf to bounce about in and it will keep him lovely and warm too when he stops flouncing.

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  15. That TH die set is a great choice, Jo, shame I have promised myself not to buy anymore Christmas stuff… Fab page with a gorgeous textured background and the cute moose with all the details (so worth the effort with the fiddly bits!). Enjoy your Sunday!

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