Window On Your World

Our new challenge over at A Vintage Journey is Window On Your World, which is being hosted by Deb. Here’s what it is all about:

“This month we would like to see some kind of window or tunnelled element in your creations. Think hollowed out books, multiple layers with openings to see what has gone before, hidden flaps or windows that when opened reveal a secret element. Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.”

I couldn’t resist art journaling for Deb’s fabulous Window On Your World challenge. Taking the challenge literally, I was inspired by the actual autumnal window display in my house incorporating maple leaves, pumpkins and sunflowers for my autumnal window scene.

I started by stencilling the brickwork using a mixture of Spiced Marmalade, Tea Dye and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. Then I created the grass by stamping a grass stamp with Cottage Ivy Memento Ink onto some green paper and cutting it out; it’s stuck in place using a UHU Stic which I used for most of the paper elements. Next I coloured some watercolour paper using Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Ink and used a branch Thinlet from the Funky Floral set by Tim Holtz to create the tree. I also stamped a wood grain stamp from BoBunny using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink along the trunk.

I used a Vintage window die set cutting it out several times from white cardstock and one from some Tim Holtz wood design paper using my Big Shot machine; they are layered together to form the window frame and window box. To create the interior view through the window, I layered the window frame onto a piece of lace and then some pumpkin coloured patterned paper. The flowers for the window box, little butterflies, pumpkin and “Autumn” sign are all fussy cut from Autumn Collective paper by Graphic 45 and are edged using Spiced Marmalade and Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker.

I also created a “be thankful” sign to tie into the season too, using Clipping Stickers from Tim Holtz; both signs are backed with some Tim Holtz paper.

Lots of small maple leaves finished the page; they were die cut using a Fall Foliage Thinlets set from Tim Holtz from the same Graphic 45 paper, coloured along the edges using Spiced Marmalade and Ground Espresso Distress Ink, edged with a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell marker and stuck in place using double-sided foam tape.

If you enjoy art journaling like me and want to add a window to your page or interpret the theme by creating some openings or hidden flap-windows on your page then why not join us this month (grin!). Alternatively for lots more inspiration and ideas, please pop over to see the amazing creations from my fellow Creative Guides over at A Vintage Journey; it would be lovely to see you there!

I love the seasons and always decorate my dining room window to celebrate each season.

With the challenge being Window On Your World, I was inspired to use some of the elements, namely the maple leaves, pumpkins and sunflowers, that are contained within my own window display as part of my art journal page design; it was such a fun page to create (grin!).

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 Blogs, like A Vintage Journey, 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 Rike from rike’s art and her Fruit and Veggies challenge over at Art Journal Journey as I included pumpkin on my page.

I’m joining the Autumn & Gratitude challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday with my autumnal scene and be thankful wording.

I’m happy to join in the fun over at Creative Artiste Challenge Blog for their #55- Anything Mixed Media Goes with my mixed media art journal page including inks, papers, lace, markers and stickers.

I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge too.

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

  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Spiced Marmalade, Tea Dye, Rusty Hinge, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso)
  • Crafter’s Companion Luxury Designer Paper Pad (Angelica & Adam Collection A&A-PAP6-M)
  • Dovecraft Clear Stamp (DCR588)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Cottage Ivy, Rich Cocoa)
  • Watercolour Paper
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Funky Floral Large 664158)
  • BoBunny Stamp (Rough It Up Item#12105155)
  • White Cardstock
  • Hobbybase Prestige Craft Dies (Vintage HBV004)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Paper Stash (Halloween #TH93712)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233, Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • The Range (Crafting Lace)
  • Pion Design The Witching Hour Paper (October Garden 6×6” PD8104)
  • Graphic 45 Seasons Collection 12×12” Paper (Autumn Collective #4501622)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Clipping Stickers #TH93583)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Fall Foilage 660955)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic
  • X-Press It double-sided tape and double-sided foam tape

30 thoughts on “Window On Your World

  1. what a lovely autumn journal page with your sweet lace curtained window with the beautiful sun flowers in the flower box – your partially stenciled brick background and lovely tree with it’s falling leaves create such a wonderful scene! xx

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  2. Gorgeous piece today Jo. You really capture those pretty decorations. And a pretty fall scene. Our winds have picked up and there go all the leaves. Happy November and happy weekend to you. Hugs-Erika

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  3. Very nice, Jo – a lovely, easy way to get all those scrummy leaves – not the difficult fussy cutting way I always use…I think you’re the intelligent one 😉 Nice scenic art… it looks fab!
    Cath x

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    • Thanks so much! You know how I love fussy cutting so the flowers and pumpkin were enough fun and I was glad to die cut the maple leaves although they took longer than I expected with only one small die …lol 😉. Happy November! Hugs, Jo x


  4. That’s a wonderful autumnal scene, Jo – I love the last leaves clinging to the tree, and others drifting down to be shushled through on the ground. The windowbox flowers are gorgeous too, and I love the brickwork fading in and out, so effective.
    Alison x

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  5. What an amazing 3D-Collage! This window with the lace behind is outstanding and I found so many details on your gorgeous page, I can see that you really had great fun to create that wonderful piece! I like all the colors too!
    Your real decorated window is fantastique!
    Thank you for joining AJJ, very appreciated!
    Happy weekend, dear Jo! Rike xx

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  6. I love this wonderful autumn scene that you created Jo. The bricks, tree, window, all the leaves, everything looks gorgeous and so cosy. Your autumn decorations are fantastic too! Have a great weekend!!

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  7. You captured yor beautiful window decoration perfectly on this wonderful page with sll the precious detsils Jo!!!Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!
    Thank you so much for supporting AJJ again and have a great weekend my friend. Big hugs, Susi

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  8. Jo this really is a beautiful piece of journaling. You’ve created a wonderful scene of Autumn matching each tone to work in harmony with each other. The TH dies are one of my favoured sets, I never tire of cutting those little leaves out. The lace in the window is a great additional detail.
    So sorry I have missed so much Jo, i’m trying to catch up but finding it near impossible.
    So many lovely creative people, i’m so thankful to have you as a blogging buddy.
    Wishing you a wonderful Sunday, now I really do need to get some shut eye..
    Hugs Tracey xx
    P.S Love how you decorated the dining area.. *Happy Dance*..

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  9. I’m running SO far behind after being away for three days. Trying to catch up is harder than I anticipated. Your use of that window die was genius. I think I need that die. It is fabulous and perfect for your journal page, too. I really LOVE the “curtain” you created and that tree with the falling leaves was brilliant. You are getting a LOT of use out of that Sizzix. And of course, I loved that you chose to share it with us at Art Journal Journey using Rike’s theme, too.

    I always love seeing how you decorate your windows each season. I can see where you got your inspiration for this journal page.

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  10. A gorgeous autumn page Jo. I love the colours and the window with the flower displays.
    Your own window display looks lovely as well.
    Sorry I am late in catching up this week.
    Yvonne xx

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  11. Jo, I just adore your page, something like this is in my head to do for my AVJ entry if I can find time. I’m not into tunnels, so my Tim Bigz window frame and box will see duty. Just wanted to warn you, I’ve not set out to steal your idea…but now that I’ve seen yours I’m not guaranteeing some parts won’t be borrowed! Hehehe 😉 With credit of course! Wonderful display at your real window. I love decorating and don’t do nearly enough of it so Bravo to you! xoxo

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