Hi everyone! I am so delighted to be in the Designer Spotlight this month over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Thanks so much for all your kind wishes last week!

This week the theme is Spooky.

For this challenge I created a spooky art Journal page full of magic and mystery, maybe there’s a magic potion in one of those bottles – what are you going to wish for? (grin!).

I started by stencilling texture paste using a Mini Specimens template from The Crafter’s Workshop and when dry, I painted the page using Indigo and Black Kuretake watercolour paints. Then I applied Aged Silver Stampendous embossing enamel to the texture paste using a Versamark watermark pad. I used a Versamark watermark pen and Shabby White Stampendous embossing enamel for finer details. I also coloured some of the texture paste using a black Sharpie pen then I splattered the page using the black watercolour paint and also White Linen Dylusions Spray. I added some bats and cobwebs that I stamped onto tissue paper which finished the background.

For the tags, I die cut five tags using Sizzix Framelits and my Big Shot machine. They are cut from Pocket Cards from Tim Holtz, edged with black Versamark ink and then stamped using a Gothic Book Finnabair stamp and an Urban Tapestry Tim Holtz stamp set using the black Versafine ink and covered with black Stampendous embossing powder.

Next I added the pretty bottles which are from a Kaisercraft Sticker Book and decorated with some black ribbon and the metal “31” and “13” which are Countdown brads from Tim Holtz. The tags are finished with some eyelets and recycled black satin ribbon, and layered in place with some blue flowers which are fussy cut from a Botanicals Layers card. To finish, I added the “objet trouvé”, “finders keepers” and “make a wish” wording which are Quote Chips from Tim Holtz.

This spooky window can be found at the Moose and Moonshine restaurant in Liverpool and I think the witch may be making us a magic potion.

 This restaurant is part of the Moose Coffee chain and they make the best hot chocolate with a shot of pumpkin spice syrup in it – yum! I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang over at T Stands for T Day – Happy T Day!

I enjoyed creating this art journal page for the Spooky challenge and I hope you will join in the fun too! For more inspiration please check out the fabulous creations from the Design Team over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Don’t forget that Simon Says Stamp is generously giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the Simon Says Stamp Store! and one lucky participant will be randomly drawn to win this voucher. How amazing is that! Good Luck to everyone!

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


I’m pleased to join the lovely Eileen of The Artful Crafter and her Dreams or Wishes challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the spooky dreams and wishes on my page.

I’m also joining the Die Cuts and Punches challenge over at Moo Mania & More with the die cut tags that I included on this page.

I’m pleased to be able to join the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my spooky page as their theme is Halloween.

Don’t forget that you can also join in the fun over at Try it on Tuesday for our Witches, Wizards, Halloween challenge too.

Here is a list of materials over at Simon Says Stamp to create this spooky art journal page:


31 thoughts on “Spooky

  1. Absolutely gorgeous art journalling Jo! the background is fabulous and I love how you used the cafe for your inspiration! Definitely very spookylicious! 🙂

    Thanks so much and I hope you have a great week!
    Lols x x x

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  2. This is simply beautiful, Jo – those dreamy blues and whites, and that’s one of my favourite stencils, looking just sensational with the Aged Silver. The background is like looking into the misty depths… Love the layered tags used as focal points too and the potion bottles are lovely. I feel like there can’t be anything TOO harmful in anything so pretty… but maybe that’s part of the temptation!
    Alison x

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  3. This journal page is terrific Jo! My gosh I am always thrilled about your designs, but this is extra special beautiful! WOW!
    Thank you so much for linking it to AJJ and Moo Mania & More as well!
    You are such an amazing Spotlight designer for the Simon says stamps team!
    Happy T-Day , such a fab coffee shop!!! And the hot chocolate with pumpkin spice sounds fantastic as well! Love to see this charming photo of you!
    Big hugs, Susi

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  4. Jo, your art journal page stopped me dead in my tracks when I had a peek at SSS this afternoon! What a wonderful and unique, spooky color palette, and the details are incredible! Please enter this into the challenge “It’s Halloween” at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog and bless our readers! Thank you for your inspiration at SSS this month. I’m a little behind on visits but I don’t want to miss a thing you’ve post. Congratulations on your Guest Designer spot–you are so worthy! Hugs! Sara Emily

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  5. What a beautiful page, Jo. The background is amazing and I love the clever tag and all the embossing. Thank you for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey for our Dreams and Wishes challenge. Eileen xx

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  6. I absolutely LOVE this, Jo. Of particular interest is the way you positioned the tags and how well you decorated each of them. I was truly impressed with the overall look and this the type of “spooky” I don’t mind looking at. It’s a super entry and also perfect for Eileen’s theme at Art Journal Journey, too.

    Your choice of drinks for T this week is wonderful. Witches brew or not, that hot chocolate sounds wonderful. You are all bundled up and I’m still wearing shorts and sleeveless tops. No wonder you want a hot chocolate. Thanks for sharing your incredible journal page as well as your hot chocolate with us for T this Tuesday.

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  7. I love how you used the tags on your fabulous Halloween page Jo a great combination of details. and images.
    The cafe window decorations looked super and I think a hot chocolate on a cold day sounds delicious.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  8. Your artwork is always so beautiful Jo, and yum that hot chocolate sounds delicious-never would have thought to add some pumpkin spice-I may need to try that-Happy T wishes hugs Kathy

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  9. I like your take on spooky. Magic potions are really a good take on Halloween. I’ll have to think about what I want to wish for. Do I only get one wish? Smile. That is quite the inspiring window. Very spooky. Wishing you a happy T day Jo. Hugs-Erika

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  10. Hi Jo, I love your artwork, great texture and colours with the tags, I can never get my head around using tags, not sure why as I make them but then never use them.
    Hot chocolate always sounds delicious but I have to Really fancy it as I find it very rich, not sure why as I love chocolate,
    Have a great T day
    Jan x

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  11. A very belated congrats – spooky and beautiful at the same time!
    I wish I was a tad more creative!

    This one is great, too! I slowly get ideas now, too (well, yours, but I always wondered what to do with tags. Put them on pressies for the Nieces who never really saw them).

    That mug looks great 🙂 Pumpkin sounds… strange though. Happy T-Day!

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  12. I don’t care for the whole halloween thing, but I love your page as it is magical rather than spooky. It is also very beautiful.
    The cafe looks really great. I’ll remember the Moose brand when I am in the UK next time. As I love my hot chocolate. (I equate England with ‘cold’, so I often drink hot chocolate). Plus that I would love to taste the pumpkin spices that everyone talks about. Our pumpkins don’t taste of much so I have no idea what pumpkin spices would taste like….
    Happy T-Day.


  13. I’ve just written a comment and lost it. So you might get two!
    I don’t care much for Halloween things, but your page is not spooky at all, in fact it is magical and very beautiful.
    I must remember the Moose chain when we are in the UK next. I love hot chocolate. (I always equate England with ‘cold’ so I drink a lot of hot chocolate)
    I would also love to taste the pumpkin spices. Our pumpkins don’t taste of much so I’m looking forward to tasting the spices.
    Happy T-Day.

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  14. Wowww Absolutely Wonderful Art journal page Jo !! I looove it, the background is so Gorgeous, the stencils are very beautiful, and love the tags.Wish there ´s fun in the little bottle !! 🙂
    Happy T-day !! This restaurant may be lovely and your chocolate ? delicious.
    I wish you a very nice day, and send big hugs,

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  15. I would have been happy with finishing the page at the background stage, it looks so frosty and has lovely blue and white designs. I can see the texture of the paste clearly and how well you’ve enhanced it. But you’ve taken it to another level with the tags which are each a complete work of art, absolutely beautiful, and then held down with a little flower. Using black eyelets and ribbon is a great idea and I like the words and how you’ve made them.
    I just love everything about this, it’s beautiful and inventive.
    You do go to nice cafes and restaurants and the window is incredible.

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