All Good Wishes for Christmas

We have been visiting with family across the UK to celebrate Christmas the last few days, so I thought I would create a Christmas page to wish you all the best for the holiday season!

I started by stamping the page with a Collage Number stamp from Gummiapan using Versamark Watermark ink which I dried using a heat gun; I find drying this ink with the heat gun achieves better watermark images than leaving it to dry naturally. Then I applied Paris Dusk and Teal Zeal Memento Inks using a blending tool to gradually build up the colours. The blue colours were a bit bright so I toned them down by dragging a Platinum Planet Brilliance Ink pad over the page giving it a lovely shimmer and frosty appearance. Then I stamped some snowflakes over the background using the Platinum Planet Brilliance Ink and also the Paris Dusk Memento Ink again. The pine branches are stamped using Pistachio and Cottage Ivy Memento Inks and the pine cones using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink and I also splattered the page with white DecoArt acrylic paint. Next I used my Big Shot machine to die cut: some snowflakes by Tonic Studios out of white card stock; some green holly leaves using white cardstock which I coloured using the Cottage Ivy Memento Ink and Twisted Citron Distress Ink; some holly berries from white card stock which I coloured using Love Letter Memento Ink; and finally some berry branches from white card stock and brown design paper using Tim Holtz Garden Greens Thinlets. The white snowflakes are stuck in place using a Zig Memory glue pen and I added some silver snowflake relief stickers to the background too. I arranged the other die cuts with a recycled Christmas card, which I saved from last year as I loved the vintage design, and also a pretty white and silver snowflake sticker. To finish, I added some Christmas Red Stickles from Ranger to the holly berries to give them some glittery sparkle.

We found some lovely Christmas displays at our local garden centre this year, I love this one with the pretty snowflake lights and ceiling, and of course the owls!

This vintage style flower display looks very festive with the poinsettias and jewel colours.

It seems that upside-down trees are all the rage this year too (grin!).

We went to this local garden centre on our way to Garstang where we went to the Royal Oak for lunch. We sat in one of the little rooms off the bar which contained this beautiful stained glass window, isn’t it amazing! The drinks that are included in the window design means that I can join the T Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday too – Happy T Day!

Challenges

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:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth who blog at Altered Book Lover are hosting My Favorite Season, or ‘Tis the Season challenge over at Art Journal Journey, so I’m pleased to join them with Christmas page!

I’m joining the Christmas Challenge over at The Artistic Stamper as I included stamping on my Christmas Wishes page.

I’m pleased to be able to join in the Christmas challenge fun over at Country View Challenges with my festive page.

I’m joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Christmas challenge with my Christmassy art journal page.

Over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog their theme is Anything Goes so I’m happy to be able to join this challenge with my Christmas page.

I’m also joining the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps 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:

  • Tsukineko Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Paris Dusk, Teal Zeal, Pistachio, Cottage Ivy, Rich Cocoa, Love Letter)
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Pigment Ink (Platinum Planet)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Twisted Citron)
  • Woodland Christmas Stamp Set from Clear Impressions
  • Tonic Studios Christmas Trio Die Set (Falling Snowflakes 1792e)
  • Cut & Create Festive Collection (5×5 Dies Holly)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Garden Greens 661206)
  • White card stock
  • Poundland Design Pad (Changing Seasons CR0701/16PL1)
  • Recycled Christmas card
  • Crelando Relief Stickers (IAN289011)
  • The Works (Christmas Embellishments)
  • Ranger Stickles (Christmas Red)
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Stix2 double-sided tape and mini glue dots
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
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29 thoughts on “All Good Wishes for Christmas

  1. Such a fantastic page dear Jo! The colours and the snow – wonderful created! Simply AMAZING and I love all those fantastic displays of the garden center!
    Wishing you a happy T – day and you made me really happy with this unique page added to Art Journal Journey! Thank you very much for yet another wonderful Jo-art page for Elizabeth’s collection ! Much appreciated!
    Have a good rest of the week!
    Big hugs, Susi

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  2. Merry Christmas to you also Jo! I love your latest holiday “card” page. It is gorgeous. And your garden center has some amazing displays. I love the snowy owls they used. Here they are usually not so pretty. Hope you have a wonderful T day and enjoy your family visits. Hugs-Erika

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  3. Your page makes a beautiful Christmas card.. And fits so well with the decorations for the garden center. I’m loving the blue and white snowy owl display. The stained glass window is lovely and the swallow looks like he will fly right off the window. Happy T Day

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  4. Hi Jo, this is a fantastic winter page and I love how you added all the winter details. I save old cards as well to use, they are so user useful for journal pages.
    The garden center photos look lovely, not sure where I would put an upside down tree.
    Happy T day wishes Jo and if I don’t get to call back to your blog have a good Christmas.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. Jo, your stunning journal page is jaw dropping. I read with interest how much time you took creating that beautiful background. That attention to detail sets your art apart. I am in total AWE. I loved the holly and the berries were great using that red stickles, too. MOST impressive art. Thank you for sharing it with us using my theme at Art Journal Journey.

    What a wonderful way to celebrate T this Tuesday. Your thinking outside the box was what makes this post so very special. I love, love, love it. Thanks for sharing it with us and for your unique take on T, too.

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  6. Hello dear Jo!
    So nice your Christmas page with that lovely card in the middle . I like how you decorated it with branches and snowflakes. Your photos from the garden centre looks very nice, so funny the hanging trees. I also like the white owls.
    Have a Merry Christmas
    Big Hugs
    Sabine

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  7. Beautiful Chistmasy page, Jo. The background is so pretty and wintry looking.

    Your garden centre is amazing. It’s so much more than the ones I’m used to in the U.S. But I haven’t been to one there in over 20 years, so maybe they’ve changed too. The displays are beautiful!

    Perfect stained glass window for tea.

    Happy T-day and Happy Christmas! Eileen xoxo

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  8. This is so lovely, Jo, the ideal Christmas scene. I had to recheck your description as I thought the pine branches look real. I love the Christmas card scene, it looks like a vintage card, but maybe not.
    It’s lovely to see the garden centres (the good ones) with their displays. I’ve seen these white owls, they’re marvellous, and isn’t it great to see all the colour and light and people being happy at this time of year.

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  9. Such a gorgeous background – the delicate blue with the snowflakes hovering in and out of sight, and then those delicate fir fronds and pine cones – it would make amazing wrapping paper. A really lovely festive page. I hope you have a lovely Christmas.
    Alison x

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  10. OOhh this page is really Amazing Jo !! Fantastique background, I love the so beautiful colours and the picture you have choosen, Love every detail!! Great !
    Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful photographs with us, The Christmas decoration is fabulous, I specially like the down trees and the owls.
    I wish you a very nice afternoon, big hugs, Caty

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  11. Jo, that artwork is gorgeous! You do beautiful work. The photos are all beautiful. Thanks for the lovely post. I will wish you a Merry Christmas now, because next week, we will have a house full of people! See you in a couple of weeks.

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  12. I love the way you built up the layers of stamping with the Watermark and coloured inks, it’s a beautiful background and a perfect backdrop for this lovely image (recycled, yeah!). Thanks for joining us at Country View Challenges and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  13. I love this Christmas page with the lovely little details! It seems we visit some of the same places! We have been to Barton Grange a couple of times recently and used to love the Royal Oak for lunch on the way to the caravan sometimes! These days we tend to get lunch at Waitrose on the other side of Preston and then get our shopping! Maybe we should try to meet up next year? A very belated Happy T Day, Chrisx

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  14. Beautiful crisp and white… it sure is the Season Jo. You journal page is a winter wonder. Good to see the use of that cocoa memento, one of my favourite inky browns. Loved seeing those Christmas decorations, it’s something i’ve missed this year with all that has been going on, Thank you for bringing a little piece of it to me.
    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and Thank you for all your support over on the Paperbabe Stamps Challenge Blog.
    Hugs Tracey xx

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  15. I always love visiting your blog – you have such interesting posts! Thanks so much for joining the Christmas challenge at Country View Challenges. Good Luck and hope to see you again. Teresa DT xx

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