Birthday Wishes

As it’s our 10th birthday at Try it on Tuesday and I always enjoy a lovely cocktail when it’s my birthday, I thought we could raise a glass at the Let’s Party challenge too!

You are invited to join our party which lasts for another week so have fun, be colourful and share the art that you like to create with us. To celebrate we also have our 10th birthday party logo that you can display on your blog too.

I started with a purple background from a previous project that had gone wrong so I covered it with white gesso and when it was dry I scribbled on some Passion Fruit and Coconut Faber-Castell gelatos over the top and smudged them with my finger which I had wet with water. As gelatos reactivate when wet and I wanted to keep the next layers of colour crisp, I covered the page with Pébéo transparent gesso to fix the gelato colour in place. Next I added three pieces of sheet music using Liquitex matte gel medium and applied some DecoArt white acrylic paint over the page using a brayer. I stencilled some Vivid Lime Green Liquitex acylic paint through an Art Mask from Carabelle Studio and left it to dry. Then I applied some Red Cherry Faber-Castell gelato along the edges of the page and also to define the edges of the sheet music pieces; smudging it with my finger again. Next I cut the tag from some Kaisercraft paper using a Tim Holtz Framelits die and my Big Shot machine, and edged it with Red Cherry and Lime Faber-Castell gelatos. I tied a piece of lime green ribbon to the tag and stuck to the page using a glue stick. I created the large chevron shape on the left-hand side of the page from three pieces of washi tape and added the flowers, circular wording and circles which are stickers from Kaisercraft; some are fussy cut and edged with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. I also edged the page with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and splattered the whole page with black DecoArt acrylic paint. The cocktail image is recycled from an old birthday card; it is fussy cut and stuck in place using a glue stick. I stamped the words “happy”, “birthday wishes” and “sparkle” using a stamp set from Paperbabe Stamps and black Archival Ink. To finish, I added three mini butterflies and also some tiny red gemstones to add more sparkle.

My friend sent me this card as we always celebrate my birthday with a cocktail and she knows that a cosmopolitan (cocktail), also known as a cosmo happens to be one of my favourites (grin!).

If you are interested it’s made with ½oz Fresh lime juice, 1oz Cranberry juice, ½oz Cointreau, 1½oz Vodka. Place all the ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake well and strain into a large cocktail glass – yum (double grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m joining the T Gang and wishing you all a very Happy T Day!


I’m pleased to join the lovely Erika from the blog BioArtGal  and her In the Sky/In the Air challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the butterflies flying up my page – maybe wou’d like to join me for a cocktail Erica (grin!).

I’m joining in the Happy Hour challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with my birthday cocktail page – cheers!

I’m pleased to join the Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #93 – Sketch as the sketch inspired my page design.

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:

  • Pébéo Gesso (White, Transparent)
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Passion Fruit, Coconut, Red Cherry, Lime)
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic (Vivid Lime Green)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White, Black)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Carabelle Studio Art Mask (Sur Fond de Mosaique MA60049)
  • Sizzix Framelits Tim Holtz Alterations (Tag Collection 658784)
  • Paperbabe Stamps (Birthday Wishes Stamp Set)
  • Sheet Music
  • Kaisercraft Paper Fiesta! Collection (Siesta P1859)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Fiesta! SS284, Say Aloha SS281)
  • Recycled Birthday Card
  • Michael’ Washi Tape
  • Ribbon (Lime Green)
  • Docrafts Papermania (Adhesive Stones – Red PMA351607)
  • Poundland (Mini Glitter Embellishments 59409)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pritt Stick

29 thoughts on “Birthday Wishes

  1. Happy early T day Jo. I love this page and your cocktail looks really lovely. I like cosmopolitans except one new years eve I had a “supersized” one and that might have been one too many. Smile. Your page is fantastic. I love the tropical pinks and greens and the spring flowers and of course the butterflies too. It is perfect for in the Art Journal Journey challenge as well as TIOT. Huge thanks for joining in again. I much appreciate your support. Hope its a new week. Hugs-Erika

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  2. Now there’s a pretty party I’d like to go to! Love all the pinks and wonderful textures and design. Thanks for sharing this wonderful page with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Jo! Hugs, Maura

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  3. I am in awe of your delightful page dear Jo and say THANK THANK THANK you very much for yet another fantastic idea linked to Erika’s May collection at AJJ ! A stunning entry- so utterly veautiful , elegant and with a perfect layout! Mixed Media at its finest! And this cosmo looks and sounds heavenly – I would LOVE to chink our cosmo glasses together to celebrate TioT’s 10th anniversary , TSFT and Art Journal Journey ! Happy week my friend!
    Big hugs, Susi

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  4. I keep meaning to try to make a cosmopolitan, but I have none of the ingredients lol I should make a liquor store stop and see what’s up there. It’s been decades since I was in one. Actually, now that I think, I realize I don’t have a cocktail shaker or a glass shaped like that or an easy way to measure an ounce…. It’s lookin’ like a project lol. It is such a pretty drink.

    I like your celebratory page, filled with happiness 🙂

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  5. Oh Jo its a fabulous party page. Wouldn’t it be good if the TioT’s gang could get together ….. I love the idea of a cocktail to celebrate the occasion, yours sounds and looks delicious.
    The colours were so bright and cheerful, you could almost be transported to a tropical beach under a hot sun. There goes my imagination again.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne x

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  6. Elizabeth’s power is off. She wants you to know that the TSFT post will be up as soon as she is back online. I will try to let rest know. Thank you!

    Happy Day

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  7. this cocktail sounds and looks good to me… i´m really not an expert when it comes to cocktails though. the page you made around it is wonderful. so another happy b-day week – cheers!!

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  8. What a gorgeous happy birthday page you made for TioT’s 10th, Jo. The pink and lime green give it a very tropical look .

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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  9. Woowww This is an Amazing Art page Jo !! Love love it, the colours are so bright and happy, perfect for the Party at Try it on Tuesday !! I enjoy discovering every detail of the page, just Great !! I wish you a very nice afternoon,
    Big hugs, Caty

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  10. A fabulous page Jo, love the tropical colours and images you used. I’ve been enjoying a few Cocktails myself, including one or two Cosmopolitans while on holiday, shame I’ve only got a couple of days left.
    Enjoy the rest of the week. Avril xx

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  11. A wonderful celebration page dear Jo. I like your colors so much. Pink, fresh Green and a bit light tourquoise work perfectly together, I love that. The cocktail glass in the centre makes it perfect.
    Wish you a nice and creative new week dear friend.
    Big Hugs

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  12. What an incredible birthday journal page, Jo. It is a true beauty. Not only does it honor your design team’s TioT entry, it also goes well with Erika’s entry at Art Journal Journey. Love how the butterflies are flying all over the page.

    Of course, the real star of the show is the cosmo. It works SO well with your party atmosphere, and it also works perfectly for T this Tuesday. Loved the birthday card you got and put to good use.

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  13. That sure is a Party page to be proud of Jo, fab and funky with a tropical touch.. just like that fab cocktail. Wishing you and the TioT gang a very Happy Birthday and to many many more blogging years to come. Thanks so much for joining us over at Paperbabe stamps, your support is always welcome and very much appreciated. Hugs Tracey xx
    P.S Apologies for my absence of late it’s a busy month for me with little time for online time but i’m glad to have a free day today to catch up with as many as I can xx

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  14. These colours make me happy! I think of the tropics and a nice cool glass of something at sundown… Never tried Cosmopolitans myself but sounds delicious!

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  15. What a fabulously celebratory page – the colours are utterly uplifting – a delight! I’m sad I haven’t managed to join in with the celebrations. TIOT is one of my favourite places to play, so many congratulations on the 10 year anniversary. Sorry I’ve been so absent – there’s a quieter period on the horizon (at least until the next last-minute gig bobs up to spoil it).
    Alison x

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