I love us

I feel very blessed to have married my soulmate and to have spent many happy and fulfilling years together so with Valentine’s fast approaching I created this page for my dear hubby to say “I love us” (grin!).

I started by adding some pieces of old dictionary pages using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium, then I coloured the background using some Cadmium Yellow Liquitex Acyclic paint and some Pébéo white gesso. When the paint was dry, I stencilled a lattice pattern using some Scattered Straw Distress Ink and a blending tool. Then I used the stencil to stamp the lattice pattern using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and also applied some DecoArt white acrylic paint with a sponge through the same stencil. I die cut some wildflowers from paper by Tim Holtz using a Tim Holtz thinlet set with my Big Shot machine and stuck them to the page using Liquitex matte gel medium. When the gel medium was dry I outlined them with a black Uni Pin Fine Line marker so they stood out more and then I stuck three pieces of pretty green lace vertically onto the page.

For the heart, I used a wooden heart tag which I covered in Emboss ink and Chunky Silver Stampendous Frantage embossing enamel. I used a heat gun to melt the embossing enamel to a smooth glossy finish and before the enamel had cooled fully, I imprinted it using a Serpentine Background stamp; being careful not to touch the enamel with my fingers as it gets super hot. I also covered the word “Love” which is a wooden embellishment with the same embossing enamel using the Emboss ink.

I tied a piece of green ribbon to the heart tag and arranged it with the “love” embellishment onto the page using Ranger Glossy Accents along with a vintage Tim Holtz Pocket card, a white doily and a metal decorative embellishment. To finish, I added two Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers which are outlined using a black Derwent marker; they say “I’m happiest when I’m with you” and “I love us”.

Me and my hubby are thankful for every day and always enjoy the time we have together, whether we are at home …

… making discoveries on our walks, like this pretty yellow sunflower that magically appeared on the beach front which is just around the corner from our house …

… or out and about like at this local beer festival (grin!).


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:

I’m pleased to be able to join the lovely Rike from rike’s art and her The Colour Yellow challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my appropriately coloured art journal page.

As this page captures love and romance, I’m joining the Love is in the Air challenge over at Moo Mania & More.

I’m happy to join the Your Hearts Desire challenge over at A Vintage Journey as I was inspired to create this romantic Mixed Media Style page for my hubby which includes hearts.

I’m also pleased to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my romantic art journal page.

Don’t forget that you still have plenty of time to join our Romance challenge at Try it on Tuesday 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:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Cadmium Yellow Medium)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Scattered Straw, Ground Espresso)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Tsukineko Emboss Embossing Stamp Pad (Clear)
  • Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel (Chunky Silver)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Moroccan)
  • Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz Alterations (Wildflowers 661190)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted rubber stamp (Serpentine Background T-2773)
  • The Pocket Oxford Dictionary
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Paper Stash (Halloween #TH93712)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Pocket Cards #TH93208)
  • Dovecrafts Premium Paper Doilies (Painted Blooms DCDLS010)
  • Docrafts Papermania Adhesive Lace Trim (Botanicals PMA358334)
  • The Works (Chalkboard Tags, 5 Embellishments, Wooden Craft Words)
  • Thin Satin Ribbon (Green)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Stickers (Small Talk #TH93193)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • Stix2 double-sided tape

27 thoughts on “I love us

  1. awwww – what a lovely post Jo – and I’m feeling blessed to have a wonderful soul mate too 🙂
    Your card is stunning – your hubby will adore it. So many beautiful details as always.
    Thanks for your comments earlier…
    looks like we are in for a windy weekend with storm ‘Erik’ so keep warm and safe.
    Happy Friday
    Gill xx

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  2. A very sweet page and I really like the non-traditional colors. I like how the decorative embellishment on the doily ties into your sunflower. Wishing you many more happy days together.

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  3. It’s a wonderful yellow page and I think this warm color fits perfect to your lovestory, “I love us” is a lovely quote! So many gorgeous details on your page and I’m very impressed how you started – with old dictionary pages!
    And great photos of you and hubby! Gratulation to you for finding the soulmate!
    Happy weekend, dear Jo!
    Thank you for linking this adorable page to my yellow theme at AJJ!
    Rike xx

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  4. This page is such a romance and fits the display of wonderful photos of you and your soulmate!
    This is such a gift to be happy with a partner – a unique gift and LOVE and happiness in partnership is the most important thing of all! Well done you both! You are a Queen and a King! Congrats!
    You made me happy with your posting and with linking to AJJ and MM& More! Much appreciated !
    I am impressed with this amazing made heart! I love it!
    Big hugs, Susi

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  5. I can feel the love radiating from this post Jo. The beautiful journal page is very special and romantic. The heat embossed heart adds to the charm of the page.
    Your photos of you and your hubby were lovely, I feel blessed to have my soul mate as well.
    Have a good weekend Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  6. You’ve worked your magic again Jo.. Your so right regarding Yellow it’s a colour for friendship rather than love but the strong bond you and your Hubby have shows there is much more than just love within your relationship. Best buddies forever akin to mine. A beautiful partnership…
    and I do Love that embossed heart..
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend & can I say Thank you for your kind words earlier.
    Hugs Tracey xx
    P.S Thank you again for sharing over at the Paperbabe stamps, a welcomed challenge entry.

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  7. A beautiful page, Jo, to celebrate the love between the two of you! We are so lucky when we find a soul mate to share our lives with. I love the happiness that always radiates from the photos of you and your hubby!

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  8. I have a lot of internet friends from the states and probably more from the UK. Those from the UK seem to have found their true love, the love of their life, their soul mate. I can’t say the same for those in the states. Not sure what it is, but it says something about our two cultures. Your journal page is so romantic. I love what you did with the EP and the heart. It is lovely. I also like the way you used the doily and those flowers. This is simply gorgeous. Thanks, too, for sharing this beautiful journal page using Rike’s theme with us at Art Journal Journey.

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  9. Your page is full of happyness and so beautiful, dear Jo. Thank you for your photos. I can see that you and your hubby are very lucky

    Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

    Have a wonderful weekend

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  10. Congratulations for you and your hubby dear Jo !! your photographs are amazing !! thanks so much for sharing them with us, and I want to wish your all life of happineww together ♥
    Your Art journal is really gorgeous !! I love the so beautiful background, the fantastique heart, the flowers, the lace… every detail is great ! as always.
    I wish you a very nice afternoon, and send big hugs,

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  11. I read this the other day and thought I left a comment but I guess I didn’t. Anyhow, I am here now, better a little late than never as they say. It is very cool how you used yellow to make such a beautiful romantic piece. That heart you made is just amazing. It does look so much like metal. And I love the photos of you and your soulmate-smile. You do make such a nice couple. Hugs-Erika

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  12. This is a lovely tribute to your relationship. I’m loving the yellows and greys and am bowled over by all the care and attention you give to each and every detail. It must take you ages to make a piece like this. The way you have transformed the heart with grey embossing and the green ribbon is just one example.

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  13. Your journal pages are beautiful o and I love the colours and layers of wildflowers. The hearts look amazing and I love the ribbon atop. Lovely photos of you both too x
    Great to have you join in with us at A Vintage Journey

    Best Wishes
    Annie x

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  14. What an unexpected color to use on your Valentine’s AJ page, but I love it! Your background is just amazing and set off those gorgeous and perfectly laid out elements. The embossed and stamped heart is a wonderful touch! I loved seeing the photos of your and your sweetheart, too! Thank you so much for playing along at A Vintage Journey; I always enjoy seeing your beautiful artwork dotting our gallery, even if I don’t get around to comment on them all! Hugs! Sara Emily

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