‘Tis the Season to Sparkle

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! We had a lovely time and I was delighted to be able to spend some time in my craft room again now that my Dad is recovering well at home after his recent heart surgery.

I enjoyed creating this page which was inspired by a number of my favourite challenge blogs to capture ‘Tis the Season to Sparkle!

The background started with some Paris Dusk Memento ink that was leftover on my blending mat; it’s applied to the page using a blending brush and also by watering the ink down and then applying it using a paintbrush. As I wanted to use the white sticker sheet surrounding some outline sticker designs that I had used recently, I added pieces of this to the background too.  Next I used up some leftover snowflakes that I had die cut from decoupage paper using a Tonic Studios die set; they are stuck in place using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. I applied Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink using a stencil to add stars to the background, and then I splattered the page with gold metallic and white DecoArt acrylic paint. The collage pieces are from a 3D decoupage book set which I layered together after edging them all with a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell marker; they are stuck into place using either double-sided tape, double-sided foam tap or glue dots. The glittery paper and ‘Tis the Season to Sparkle star is a recycled Christmas card from last year; I cut star shapes out of the glittery card and used them to back some of the stars throughout the page. To finish, I edged the page with some Scattered Straw Distress Ink.

I love the sentiment ‘Tis the Season to Sparkle and the stars and sparkle remind me of the Christmas cake that I made this year; I imprinted stars on the icing and decorated it pretty pine trees which are also made from icing and covered in edible sparkle (grin!).


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 my ‘Tis the Season to Sparkle page. Sorry I haven’t joined in the fun as much this month, life just got in the way but when I saw the sentiment I thought it would be the perfect fit for your challenge (grin!).

I’m so happy to be able to join the Star Light Star Bright challenge over at A Vintage Journey; I was inspired to create my starry art journal page to capture the sparkle of the winter season in a Shabby Chic style.

I’m also pleased to be able to join the Christmas challenge over at Country View Challenges as the Christmas season is definitely the time to sparkle.

I’m joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Party Time! challenge as my page celebrates the season.

Tis’ the season to sparkle relates to the Christmas season so I’m also pleased to join Stamps and Stencils and their It’s got to be Christmas! challenge.

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 Memento Ink (Paris Dusk)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio, Scattered Straw)
  • Poundland Metallic Acrylic Paint (Gold)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (Cold Grey 233)
  • Tonic Studios Christmas Trio Die Set (Falling Snowflakes 1792e)
  • Star Stencil
  • Poundworld DécoTime (Patch Paper DS9454)
  • The Works (3D Decoupage Book)
  • Recycled Christmas Card
  • Crelando Relief Stickers (IAN289011)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Stix2 double-sided tape and mini glue dots
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

22 thoughts on “‘Tis the Season to Sparkle

  1. Wonderful journal page, so sparkly, like the frost we had this morning. Good idea to recycle old cards, too. The cake looks fabulous, I like the idea of edible sparkle. And I’m sure it tasted as good as it looks. Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

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  2. A beautiful spread, Jo. I love the colours and, as usual, all the attention to detail you’re so meticulous about. It’s lovely. Your cake is making my mouth water, lol. I never decorate mine and am still eating last year’s… still beautifully moist. Your decorations are beautiful. Love the trees and the glitter. You’re obviously multi skilled 🙂
    So pleased to hear your dad is recovering well. I remember how I felt when my dad had heart surgery – the stress really did take me by surprise! I hope he continues to improve daily and is soon home and relaxing in his own little space.
    Enjoy your break and I hope you manage to find a little more crafting time 😉

    Cath x

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  3. ‘Tis the Season to Sparkle is a wonderful page, it really sparkles with these cool blue colors and the beautiful stars and snowflakes and this cute fox!
    Your Christmas cake looks very delicious!
    Wishing you a happy and creative New Year dear Jo! Rike 😊 x

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  4. Happy holidays Jo. Glad to hear your Dad is doing better. That is a hard recovery I think. I remember when my husband had his heart surgery it took quite awhile to get back up on your feet. And I love your sparkle page with the fox and all the bling. And I also love your cake. Did you imprint by hand or with a machine? Christmas cakes aren’t that big here but I love how pretty yours is without all the layers of frosting and those trees are a really cool idea. Enjoy these last few days of 2019! Hugs-Erika

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  5. Its a beautiful page Jo and a wonderful combination of sparkle, detail and images.
    Your Christmas cake looks delicious, super star imprints and wow did made some amazing fir trees as well .
    It was good to read that you dad is doing well and recovering.
    I hope the coming year will be a good one for you and your family.
    Yvonne xx

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  6. The first thing I want to tell you before I forget is I’m delighted your father is still recovering and doing better every day. What a relief that must be for you during this Christmas season.

    I was blown away by your incredible journal page and even more so the more I read. Of special interest were the recycling efforts you achieved, which always is high on my list. Also I was blown away that you cut all those stars yourself. I have trouble cutting hearts, and they are much easier than stars. This turned out to be just the PERFECT journal page for my theme at Art Journal Journey. Thank you beyond belief.

    You KNOW that cake made me happy. Any time I see trees at Christmas, I jump for joy. I love it!

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  7. A gorgeous winter page dear Jo. It has so much nice details to watch. I like it much. Your Christmas cake is really a dream in white, wow it looks so perfect. You are an excellent baker.
    I have never tried to make a cake with an icing, it looks very difficult to do. But in Germany it became a new hobby for women to make cakes with imaginative icings. Our dutch neighbours do it since many years and it sloshed over to us.
    Dear Greetings

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  8. Lovely page, Jo, with beautiful colours. I love the collage decoupage pieces, the images, the snowflakes, and the recycled Christmas card. Your Christmas cake is so beautifully decorated! Wishing you a very happy New Year with lots of crafting fun!

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  9. Your page is beautiful and the cake in incredible, Jo!

    Thanks so much for letting me know I was selected for the 2018 TioT Designer Spotlight. I grabbed the widget and proudly added it to my sidebar.

    Happy Holidays to you. Hugs, Eileen

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  10. I must have missed the post about your Dad Jo i’m so sorry but glad to know he is doing well. A worry I know all to well so we can hold hands and give thanks that things are good for our loved ones. Your page is full of sparkle which always widens my smile, the versatility of the snowflake always seems to awaken the child within me, just like snowfall.
    I want (need) to thank you for a wonderful blog friendship formed this year, for your support and kind words, may our paths cross in the not too distant future.
    Big Hugs to you and the family.. wishing you a very Happy & Healthy 2019 Tracey xx

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  11. Wow– both is fantastic- the amazing page with all it’s details and this fabulous looking cake! WOW!
    Another wonderful entry for Elizabeth’s theme! Thank you very much dear Jo in the name of Art Journal Journey! Hope you enjoy the days until the new year is coming!

    Hugs, Susi

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  12. What a wonderful wintery journal page Jo! I love how you used the sticker remnants for your borders – what a creative idea! A beautiful page with lots of stars and snowflakes (love your cake too!! ) thanks for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey! xx

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