Have the happiest of days!

Today we have a new challenge over at Try it on Tuesday called Hot, Hot, Hot!

You may choose to use hot colours like me or maybe your creation may include a hot drink or even a hot destination; you can interpret it anyway you chose as long as it’s Hot, Hot, Hot!

For more inspiration please pop over to our blog where you will find some amazing inspiration from my Design Teamies too!

For my hot coloured page, I started by creating a background of orange and yellow Liquitex acrylic paints. When dry I applied some red Liquitex acrylic using a sponge through a retro stencil from Creative Expressions. Next I added some modelling paste using a palette knife through a circular mini stencil also from Creative Expressions and left it to dry. They are painted using a white Uni Posca paint pen so they stood out more. I stamped a Worn Rings stamp from Gummiapan using Love Letter Memento Ink and covered them with some of the orange and yellow paint so they faded into the background more. I also stencilled some dots using Fired Brick Distress Ink, blotting them with a baby wipe so the colour was less intense. Then I splattered the whole page using white acrylic paint. The yellow circle that says “Have the happiest of days!” is from a birthday card from my dearest friends which I’ve wanted to use for while and seemed perfect for this page; I fussy cut it out, stuck it in place using a glue stick and outlined it using the white Uni Posca paint pen. I also added a yellow butterfly which I fussy cut from an old nature book and some yellow flowers adding some orange rhinestone to their centres which finished the page.

This weekend we harvested the apples from our garden; we picked 18 braeburn apples off one tree which was wonderful as we only planted this apple tree last year.

I used some of them to make my homemade spiced apple cake with salted caramel frosting – yum!

As T Stands for Tuesday, here’s a cup of Hot Cinnamon tea with a piece of the cake which I just couldn’t resist (grin!) – Happy T Day and have the happiest of days!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blog,s like Try it on Tuesday, 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 join the lovely Erika aka BioArtGal and her Polka-Dots, Stripes, Plaids and Patterns challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my patterned background.

I’m also joining the Use a Stamp challenge over at Moo Mania & More with all the stamps I used on this page.

I’m happy to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my hot art journal page.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Liquitex Basic Acrylic Color (Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow, Naphthol Crimson)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Mask (Retro Christmas)
  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencil (Eclipse Circles)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste
  • Gummiapan Stamp (Worn Rings 11050601)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Love Letter)
  • Dot Stencil
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Fired Brick)
  • Art Discount Acrylic (White)
  • Recycled Birthday Card
  • The Illustrated Book of Nature
  • The Works (Mini Paper Flower Embellishments, Rhinestone Flower Stickers)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Stix 2 glue dots

29 thoughts on “Have the happiest of days!

  1. I love that hot orange piece Jo. It is a chilly morning here and those colors make me feel warm and happy. Add a slice of your apple cake and I would be smiling from ear to ear. It looks delicious. And I am amazed that you got all those apples. That is really cool. Have a wonderful T day and week. Hugs-Erika

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  2. Oh wow- a fantastic happy page Jo and I would love to take a slice of your yummie looking apple cake — our apples are all rooten on the trees this year. No big harvest in sight this autumn.
    Thank you for sharing the wonderful TioT design page with AJJ and Moo Mania & More as well dear Jo! I appreciate your art and the wonderful support so much!
    Happy T-Day!

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  3. Wonderfully hot colours, Jo – gorgeous shades all beautifully blended. That apple cake looks incredibly yummy, too! I think I could be tempted to a bit of that, lol. I love apples…didn’t you do well to get fruit so soon? Beautiful spread.
    Cath x

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  4. A wonderful hot coloured page, if it wasn’t so cold here today it would warm me up looking at it. Fabulous colours..
    Your apple cake looks delicious, I couldn’t have passed it by with my cuppa either.. Home grown fruit seems always to taste so much better than from the stores.
    Have a happy T day Jo and enjoy your cake.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. Fabulous page Jo! We have had a sunny day here so I am happy indeed! I love the way those circles pop out from your background! You certainly got a good haul of apples! I love apple cake and I have a feeling that it went perfectly with your cinnamon tea! Hugs, Chrisxx

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  6. Jo, I love your bright and sunny colors in your delightful composition – really, it makes me smile! Then I saw your apple cake, and it looks divine! Love seeing those glimpses into your life! Have a lovely week, Maura

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  7. That journal page really IS HOT! I feel the heat here! I was thrilled to read how you made it and applaud your use of that stencil to give some stark white heat to the page. It’s truly lovely and fit’s Erika’s theme well, too. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey.

    You are SO lucky to have those apples, and to think it’s only the second year in your garden. You must truly have a green thumb. And the apple cake looks delicious with your tea, too. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous journal page, your apple cake, and your cinnamon tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear.

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  8. I love your use of colour Jo so rich and warm, just look how those circles pops against the glow of that orange. Like an ode to Autumn, my favourite of all seasons. I’m so sorry I have not been around, life has been quite challenging and hard to juggle. Just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your support it means a lot to me. Big Hugs & Thank you Tracey xx
    P.S So nice to see this over at PB i’m so glad you are enjoying those goodies.
    P.P.S Your spiced Apple Loaf looks divine xx

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  9. Love the bold colours on your page Jo, give off such happy vibes and it’s a great sentiment to use with it.
    We’ve been harvesting our apples too – they taste so much nicer when you grow them yourself don’t they. The cake looks delicious, no wonder you couldn’t resist.
    Have a great day. Avril xx

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  10. Those are certainly hot colours. Wonderful!
    I am amazed at your harvest after just one year. It must have been a fully grown tree when you bought it. I love Braeburn apples and I really miss them here. The cake looks yummy. It goes well with cinnamon tea. The perfect afternoon snack.
    Happy (belated) T-Day,

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  11. That’s a “Wow!” page, Jo! Yes, the colors are hot, but the feeling I get from it is happy happy. Your apples and cake look scrumptious 😊

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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  12. Your page makes me think of Summer which I’m still desperately trying to hold on to. Your apples are gorgeous and that apple cake looks awesome! I’m now dying for a piece of apple cake and cinnamon tea! 😺 Happy T Day!

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  13. Fabulously vibrant, fiery colours in your page – it’s amazing. And your Braeburns look delicious, as do your spiced apple cakes… salted caramel frosting – wow! And could there be a better accompaniment than cinnamon tea to go with a slice (or two).
    Alison x

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  14. Wowww this is an Amazing Art journal page Jo !! Love those so beautiful colours you have chosen, the stencils are great and this little butterfly is wonderful ! Wish you had a great T-day eating that incredible cake. Your apple tree is growing quickly, nice apples.
    I wish you a very nice afternoon, and send big hugss

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