It’s time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday, so for the next two weeks our challenge is Say it with flowers and you will find plenty of wonderful inspiration from my Design Teamies over at our blog too!

I was inspired by one of my friend’s blogs, the lovely Christine from Foxgloves and Bumblebees, who blogs about Floriography which looks at “The language of flowers” which I thought linked well to our Say it with flowers theme. So as it is spring here, I choose crocus and looked up their meaning, which is “cheerfulness” and created this page – I hope you like it!

To create this page, I started by applying Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink by stamping the ink pad onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the block onto the page. I gradually built up the colours and dried each layer of ink with my heat gun before applying the next, to create a textured effect of drips and smooshes. Then I fussy cut the crocus which is an image from an old calendar and used the leftover paper, from the image, to die cut the letters using a XCut die set from Docrafts and my Big Shot machine, I also cut some into tiny squares. Everything is stuck to the page using a glue stick and then covered with a thin layer of Liquitex matte gel medium so when dry I could shade them using a Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker and outline them with a white Uniball gel pen. Then I added some fine splatters of black and white DecoArt acrylic paint using a paintbrush. To finish, I stuck some purple and green square gemstones onto the page and a postage stamp with crocus pictured on it.

This postage stamp is from Poland and was issued in 1967; it was part of my hubby’s childhood collection which he kindly gave to me for my art journaling (grin!).

It was fun looking at Floriography which is the term used to that describe the Victorian flower language. For crocuses, I found that they mean youth and cheerfulness. If you are interested, here are some fun facts about crocus:

  • The crocus is one of the first flowers to emerge in the spring.
  • They are often referred to as the light bulb flower because of their shape.
  • It is a symbol of cheerfulness as it celebrates the return of spring by bringing the landscape alive with colour after winter.
  • Saffron from the crocus flower is used as a spice to season foods.

As T Stands for Tuesday I’m sharing my cup of green tea and a slice of birthday cake that I made for some friends; this was a Victoria sponge cake filled with strawberry jam and buttercream icing covered in dark purple fondant icing just like the purple colour of the crocuses on my page – Happy T day everyone!


Over at Art Journal Journey, I’m delighted to be hosting my Hello Springtime challenge this month and as I created my page with spring in mind, I’m pleased to join this challenge – I hope to see you there too!

I’m pleased to join the Close to Nature challenge over at Moo Mania & More with my springtime 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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Twisted Citron, Mowed lawn)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)
  • Docrafts XCut A5 Die Set (Folk Alphabet XCU503286)
  • Old Calender
  • Postage Stamp from Poland issued 1967 picturing Crocus
  • Hobbycraft Self-Adhesive Gems (Assorted Square 5666141000)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pritt Stick
  • Zig Memory System 2 Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Stix2 double-sided tape

28 thoughts on “Cheerfulness

  1. Yummy bright green loveliness with lots of water droplets 🙂 How can we not smile at that? Love your crocuses, Jo – that was a good find and you’ve used them beautifully.
    Cath x

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  2. I am in awe that you fussy cut all those beautiful crocus flowers Jo, it is a gorgeous page. The stamp you added looks lovely as well.
    It is really interesting to read the facts about the crocus you shared from the language of flowers.
    Your cake looks delicious Jo, good job I have just had lunch or I would be seeking out the cake tin.
    Happy T day Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  3. Still a month away from seeing crocus so seeing them on your lovely page was a welcome sight. Besides cheerfulness they should mean welcome, too. That cake looks awesome! Happy T Day

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  4. I’m definitely in LOVE with the way you treated both the background AND the fussy cut crocuses. I never thought to fussy cut the outlines of items from calendar pages or magazine images I found. I am really impressed. I also like how you used the calendar to create the letters, too. Bold and beautiful. Nice to learn about the language of the crocus, too.

    That is a beautiful sponge cake, and that icing is truly PURPLE! Thanks for sharing your green tea, your cake, and your inspirational art with us for T this Tuesday, dear Jo.

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  5. What a beautiful page with these blue crocus – even in the stamp there is a lilac flower! It surely was a hard work to cut out these crocus from the calendar, I admire you!
    Wish you a happy day! Rike xx

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  6. That cake looks and sounds like something my mouth would very much enjoy. Buttercream and strawberry are such a yummy combination.
    I love how the fondant on your cake matches the lovely crocus on your journal page. That background really brings them to the front.
    Happy Tea Day,

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  7. I love those pretty lilac crocuses against the amazing background – this is cheerfulness pure Jo and makes my soul happy! A wonderful page for the AJJ this month and a gorgeous page for your collection and thank you for the link to this lovely blog of your friend! You are such a wonderful art journaler and as I can see a fabulous master confectioner as well!
    Happy T-Day and TioT and thank you so much for hosting AJJ so well and supporting us at Moo Mania & More on top of that!
    Big hugs


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  8. Your page is so bright and cheerful, Jo! I love that crocuses mean cheerfulness! I love that your hubby gave you his stamp collection, too! How perfect to find a crocus stamp for your page! Mum gave me one of her old stamp albums to use in my art that has lots of flower stamps in it. They make such wonderful embellishments. Your sponge cake looks very delicious!

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  9. LOVE your crocus page and found it interesting as to what the flower means, and that you can get saffron from them to bake with! Amazing!
    Happy T-day and thanks for sharing all the information.

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  10. How spectacular is your Art page Jo !! Absolutely wonderful ! I love these small crocus flowers, their colour is fabulous, and I love the gorgeous background you have created, I like very much the effect. The letters are so great, as the stamp…. Love all 🙂
    Happy T-day for you too Jo, this cake may be delicious.
    I wish you a very nice Wednesday, and send big hugs,

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  11. What a beautiful, uplifting journal page! A joy to look at!. And thank you for the extra info about the crocusses. Interesting.
    Purple icing on the cake! Wow, that is very special and very fitting with your page. I bet it was more-ish.
    Happy T-Day,

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  12. This is a gorgeous Say It with Flowers piece Jo. I love all the crocuses on your page. Such a great big splash of spring. 🙂 And your made a gorgeous looking cake too. Yum. Hope it was a happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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  13. A beautiful page Jo, you must have patience to fussy cut around the tops of all those crocus, but it was worth it, they look splendid against the greens of the background.
    The cake looks delicious, hope your friend had a happy day.
    Avril xx

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  14. Jo, I don’t like your “say it with flowers” page.

    I love it (grin!). I didn’t know crocuses meant cheerfulness but it certainly makes sense. I love the background and the perfectly placed crocus stamp. How kind of hubby to give up one of his prized stamps.

    Your cake looks delicious and low calorie too because the slices are small (double grin).

    Happy Spring and Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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  15. What a clever match of the cake and crocuses Jo, your page is so delightful. I feel a bit of cheering up is needed for me this week as it’s been a rubbish one so far. Thank you for the inspiration and challenge over at TioT.
    Big Hugs Tracey xx

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