My One & Only

As you may be aware it was our wedding anniversary this week so I thought I’d create a page to celebrate; my design was influenced by my hubby who loves bright colours and I chose some romantic wording too.

Inspired by the lovely Design Team at Country View Challenges I also wanted to try out a new technique to create a Bokeh effect on my page too, I love the results – what do you think?

To create my bokeh background, I covered the page with Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Fired Brick Distress Ink using a blending tool and dried the page thoroughly with my heat gun. Then I applied the circles using a Sun & Moon stencil and white pigment ink, slightly overlapping some of the circles as I went. For the flowers, I stamped a large Halftone Circle stamp onto some white cardstock using Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. Then I used a Wildflower Thinlet from Tim Holtz to cut out the flowers using my Big Shot machine and stuck them onto the page using a Zig glue pen. The wording are stickers from Kaisercraft which I backed with some of the white card and then stuck to the page using double-sided tape, they read “my one & only”, “you will forever be my always” and “always in my heart”. I used a paper punch to create some hearts out of black paper and stuck them in place. Then I added some pink and orange sequins using Ranger Glossy Accents which finished the page.

Here I am with “my one and only” celebrating our anniversary at Notarianni Ice Cream parlour where we treated ourselves to a sundae; these are tangerine jelly with two scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with tangerine syrup – so yummy!

Thank you for all your Happy Anniversary wishes earlier in the week (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 join the lovely Eileen of The Artful Crafter and her Dreams or Wishes challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my anniversary dreams and wishes.

I’m so happy to join in the Bokeh challenge over at Country View Challenges, thanks so much for the inspiration, it was a fun technique and I love the results; I will definitely be using it again to create some cards (grin!)

I’m also joining the Count Your Blessings challenge over at Moo Mania & More with my anniversary page.

I’m pleased to join the Celebrate! challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday as my page celebrates our wedding anniversary 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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Fired Brick, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn)
  • Docrafts Artiste Pigment Ink (White)
  • Inkylicious Stencil and Template Set (Sun & Moon)
  • White Cardstock
  • Altenew Clear Stamp Set (Halftone Circles)
  • Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz Alterations (Wildflowers 661190)
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Everlasting SS376)
  • X-Press It double-sided tape
  • Leon (X-large Colour Paper Pad)
  • Tonic Studios Paper Punch (Classic Heart 858E)
  • Poundland (Assorted Sequins)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

20 thoughts on “My One & Only

  1. Love this page Jo. Those white circles look amazing on the bright colors. I can’t believe you made this cool background. And your ice cream looks so yummy! That is a good way to celebrate in my opinion. Hope it was a good day and happy weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  2. It is a beautiful and a romantic sentiment for your page Jo. You both look very happy and I’m sure you must have enjoyed the visit to the ice cream parlour, it looks a yummy dessert.
    Yvonne xx

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  3. Beautiful page, Jo, with lovely dreams and wishes. Than you for sharing it with us at AJJ.
    It’s such a different look for you. I love the bokeh background and will have to give that a try.
    I love seeing the happy couple behind those huge yummy looking sundaes. Eileen xx

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  4. Fabulous brights, softened beautifully by those wonderful bubbles of Bokeh light – definitely a page to lift the heart. Congratulations to you and your one and only – and those sundaes look like a great way to celebrate!
    Alison x

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  5. This is absolutely gorgeous Jo, so romantic and what a fabulous bokeh background. I hope you both had a very happy anniversary. Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts and have a very happy week, Sue xx

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  6. Absolutely incredible, Jo. I had no idea what Bokeh was so had to look it up. You created a gem. It’s a real beauty. Most impressive. Your use of the white for the Bokeh circles really made it pop. Thanks, too, for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey.

    Sorry, I’m in catch-up mode, and want to wish you a belated Happy Anniversary, too. So glad to see such a loving couple make it last.

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  7. Glad you had a great Anniversary, Jo!
    So pleased you did this Bokeh page, the colours are well chosen and blended so perfectly they render a beautiful Bokeh effect. Thanks for sharing with us at Country View Challenges! x

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  8. Stunning Bokeh Effect, Jo. And delicious colors, very pretty. I’m glad y’all got out to celebrate. I always post about ours to friends on Facebook and for some reason didn’t this past May. And now I regret it.Will have to do it up double next time, lol. I guess the older we get, the more important anniversaries become! xoxo

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