Cherish Little Moments

We’ve been having some beautiful sunny days here of late and mild temperatures too, which have reminded me of summertime, I have even sseen my first butterfly on the drive in our front garden. So to celebrate I created this sunshiny yellow page with a butterfly – I hope you like it!

I started by using some stamped white paper which was leftover from other projects. It was stamped using black Archival Ink and the stamps included: a Music Sheet and a Vintage Circles stamp set from Woodware Craft Collection; a Cherish, a Script and also a Doily stamp set from Kaisercraft. The white paper also had some stencilling on it as I had used it to mop up some leftover Black Soot Distress Ink when I was cleaning a stencil using a baby wipe. I ripped the paper into pieces and stuck them onto the page using Liquitex matte gel medium along with three yellow paper flowers. Between the gaps of the papers and flowers I painted a base colour of Lemon Yellow Kuretake watercolour paint and then I dripped water onto the painted areas and added Black watercolour paint to create a marbling effect, highlighting areas with Yellow Ochre and more of the Lemon Yellow paint.

Once dry, I outlined the yellow flowers using a black Uni Pin marker and stuck some black seed beads into the centre of the flowers using Ranger Glossy Accents. The yellow border strips and wording are from Kaisercraft Sticker Sets and are outlined with a black Uni Pin marker. To finish, I added a black and white 3D butterfly sticker.

This page reminds me of the beautiful rudbeckia …

… that were flowering in our newly planted flower bed at the end of summer last year (grin!).

I added the 3D butterfly to my page as I was so surprised to find a Red Admiral butterfly sitting on our front drive last week, I know we have been having warmer temperatures but it is still February, isn’t it (double 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 all the yellow that I added to my page.

Over at Country View Challenges their challenge is Black, White and One Other, so I’m happy to join this challenge to with my black, white and yellow page.

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:

  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour Paint set (Lemon Yellow, Black, Yellow Ochre)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.5mm)
  • Woodware Craft Collection Clear Magic Singles (Music Sheet JGS111, Vintage Circles FRS665)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Vintage – Cherish CS831, Script CS752, Doily CS297)
  • Viva Décor Universal Stencil (Past Times 900270300)
  • White paper
  • Craft Sensations (Paper Flowers CRO344/R)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Say Aloha SS281, Fiesta! SS284)
  • Seed Beads (Black)
  • Home Bargains Self-Adhesive Stickers (Beautiful Butterflies 22742)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

23 thoughts on “Cherish Little Moments

  1. Your sunshine page is most welcome on this chilly morning, even though the sun is out. I like the 3D effect of the seed beads as the flower centers. And the butterfly. Wow, seeing a butterfly this early in the season. Your temps must be real warm. Enjoy your day

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    • Thank you! I know I was so surprised to see the butterfly, it’s way to early for them despite the warm temperatures of 16 degrees celsius = 60.8 degrees fahrenheit, it feels more like April than Feb at the moment …lol 😉. Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊 x


  2. That’s a beautiful page with the lovely butterfly, very spring like. I saw a butterfly today, a yellow one, it would have looked great on your page! It’s wonderful to have such great weather in February. Have a fun weekend! Hugs, Valerie
    PS. A neighbour bought me 6 bottles of beer for helping his wife recently, not my cup of tea!

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  3. What an incredibly beautiful spring inspired journal page. I absolutely adore the yellow flowers and the amazing butterflies that flutter and flit all over your page. Had to laugh at your comment about the seed beads you used for the flower centers. You have NO idea how good that made me feel that I wasn’t alone in that scenario. I’m still picking up seed beads from about six months ago, and I suspect there are more in my vacuum than I saved.

    Thanks for sharing this gem with us honoring Rike’s theme at Art Journal Journey. You are SO supportive of our site and Susi, Bleubeard, and I appreciate it.

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  4. Wualaaa Jo !! This is a so Gorgeous Art page !! I like very much the background, the stamps and the flowers are so beautiful ! I love this butterfly so much, it announces that Spring is comming soon. Love these flowers. And I hope you ´ll have goo weather this weekend and could enjoy it.
    Big hugs, Caty

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  5. This is ever so pretty Jo! I have to say that your art never fails to please me, this is brilliant.
    I love all those pretty details made with leftovers – spo clever and the yellow flowers are terrific! Happy you to have such nice days! Here started rain this morning and the fabulous days of sunshine seem to be over again. But I am sure there will come nice days soon again!
    A wonderful entry for Rike’s yellow topic at AJJ! Thank you dear Jo for all your support!
    Have a very happy and sunny weekend my friend!
    Big hugs, Susi

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  6. I love the idea of using up bits of previous projects, nothing wasted… The yellow does indeed speak of warmer days and sunshine, just as we had today! Great page, Jo, thanks for sharing with us at Country View Challenges!

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  7. This really is a gorgeous spread, Jo – your yellows look so bright and cheerful, unlike mine, lol. There again, that wasn’t my aim, hehe! This combo is striking and really turned out well. Love it. Love your rudbeckia, too – one of my favourite flowers 🙂
    Have a great weekend.
    Cath x

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  8. The yellow flowers with the black seed heads look beautiful, as did the lovely butterfly on your wonderful page Jo. Spring does seem to be on the way, not seen any butterflies yet, but we did see a couple of wasps by the shed..
    We have had the sun, but its still quite cool, it does make me wonder if or when winter will come back.
    Have a good weekend
    Yvonne xx

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  9. This really is a beautiful display and a tease of what glorious sights we have to come this Spring/Summer. That yellow is so warming Jo, isn’t it amazing how black and white can intensify colours in this way.
    Sorry if i’ve missed any makes this week, it’s a bit hectic here atm thought i’d take advantage on having a quiet cuppa before it starts again :))
    Have a smashing weekend Big Hugs Tracey xx

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  10. A really gorgeous page Jo, black and white with that particular tone of yellow is such a winning combination! The mop up background paper looks fantastic offset by those beautiful flowers!!

    Happy weekend, we have been having some really mild weather too, Spring is really in the air it seems…

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  11. WOW – what a creative page! You used your leftovers from other projects in a very beautiful way! Even seads you added to the flowers in the middle so they are looking very real just like your rudbeckia! And they are yellow :))
    To see a butterfly in February is a little wonder!
    Thank you so much, dear Jo, for another fantastic entry to my theme at AJJ!
    Wish you a happy weekend! Rike xx

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  12. A fabulous background which makes those yellow flowers with their black bead centres just pop off the page. How lovely to have seen a butterfly so early in the year, we saw a couple of bees yesterday – so unusual in February.
    Have a great week, Avril xx

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