Happy New Year 2020

We are so pleased to launch our first challenge of 2020 over at Try it on Tuesday:

Such a cutie/ Make someone smile

So I couldn’t resist using my favourite Merry Moose Tim Holtz thinlet set as the moose is such a cutie and always makes me smile especially with his antlers decorated with New Years bunting – wishing you all a Happy New Year!

To start, I coloured the background using Cracked Pistachio Distress Stain and when dry I stencilled the stars using the same Distress Stain too. I fussy cut a star constellation design in a semi-circle shape from an American Crafts paper pad and stuck it to the bottom of the page using a glue stick.

Next I die cut the moose using the Tim Holtz thinlet set and my Big Shot machine from some linen textured paper. I coloured the moose Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Ink and his antlers using Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I edged the moose with a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck him in place using a Zig Memory System glue pen. For the bunting, I stamped a bunting image onto some coloured design paper using black Archival Ink and fussy cut them out. Then I arranged some black wax cotton around the moose antlers and stuck the bunting triangles onto it.

I also stamped the bunting onto the top of the page and onto some more of the coloured design paper; again I cut the bunting triangles out of the paper and stuck them on top of the stamped bunting images. I added the gold glittery letters to create the wording “Happy New Year” and “2020” and also three clusters of stickers from Tim Holtz which I thought were appropriate for the New Year; they read “Artist – Life is full of beauty”, “Exploring – The first step in the journey” and “Wishing – peace, happiness and love”. Then to finish, I added lots of glittery flowers and dots which are Glitterations stickers.

For more inspiration please pop over to see the amazing cutie creations from my Design Teamies over at Try it on Tuesday, they are sure to make you smile!

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m toasting in the New Year with a cocktail of pineapple gin and cream soda – Happy T Day! The pineapple gin was homemade by soaking pineapple fruit pieces in gin with some sugar for 4 weeks – so yummy!

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 Something New challenge over at Art Journal Journey that I’m hosting this month with my New Year page.

I’m joining the Triangles challenge over at Moo Mania & More with the triangular bunting on my page – so sorry that this is your last challenge at Moo Mania, I will miss you very much!

I’m also happy to join in the Love challenge over at Country View Challenges as I love the Merry Moose thinlet set that I used on this page and as my page says I’m wishing that 2020 is filled with peace, happiness and love.

I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Something New challenge with my New Year page too.

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Stain (Cracked Pistachio)
  • Creative Stencils Craft Essentials (Stars MAOB0004)
  • American Crafts Paper Pad (DIY Shop 366665)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Craft Sensations (Luxury Cardstock with Linen Texture CRO240/GE)
  • Wilko Metallic Glitter Tape (Gold)
  • Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz (Merry Moose 663103)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy, Ground Espresso, Antique Linen)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Black wax cotton thread
  • Paperstash from local craft shop
  • Hobbycraft Clear Stamp (Bunting SO300HC)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Trimcraft Alphabet & Number Stickers (Gold Glitter SCSTK013)
  • Docrafts Papermania Glitterations (Gold Flowers ANT8181020)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Clippings Stickers #TH93583)

24 thoughts on “Happy New Year 2020

  1. This is a festive page Jo. Merry Moose did make me smile. It is really fun die cut. I have him too and I do like him a lot. And your pineapple gin sounds yummy and even a little bit tropical. Tropical is nice for this time of year. Hope your new year is going well and happy T day too. Hugs-Erika

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  2. I cannot help smiling at that moose die cut you used Jo it is fun to see and with the antlers caught in the bunting the whole page comes alive, its a fabulous page.
    I like the sound of the pineapple gin a good way to celebrate a New Yrear.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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  3. You said that moose would come in handy, and it definitely has made me smile. This is simply adorable. How sweet. It’s also a great (and totally inspiring) journal entry for your theme this month at Art Journal Journey. I really love the background, BUT the way you designed the bunting was genius. Much easier to stamp the piece and add the triangles later. Love the idea and will probably use it in the future.

    What a fun way to bring in the new year. Even though I’m not a drinker, this pineapple gin with cream soda sounds wonderful. It’s been YEARS since I’ve had cream soda. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous art journal entry and your drink with us for T this Tuesday, dear friend.

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  4. what a super fun and festive New year page Jo!! I love that moose too (even though I don’t own it) and how can he not make one smile…
    I love that you make some of your own liquors. I’ve always wanted to try something myself- like limoncello:) Cheers and happy T Day!

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  5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that moose and how you worked him into an amazing page. I think he would make anyone smile…….well done!!
    Your drink sounds very interesting, would love to know how to make your liquor.
    Happy T-day and thanks for visiting my blog

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  6. I Love your moose Jo-so fun and your drink sounds delicious-I used to make fruit brandys by soaking fruits in vodka for several months and then strain and add the sugar syrup always fun to make at home Happy T wishes Kathy

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  7. I love your background. The color has been spread so perfectly that I would never know it was Distress stain. And that moose is adorable amid the bunting. Love your journal page!
    I have never had gin as alcohol doesn’t appeal to me but the combination of pineapple and cream soda definitely have caught my interest. YUM!
    Happy Tea Day,

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  8. I like your festive moose artwork. And your drink photo is fantastic. (I love candles, and burn them frequently.) I knew as soon as you said what your drink was, that you probably made the flavored gin. (I saved the recipe you posted awhile ago.) Happy T-Day!

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  9. The Merry Moose is sure a cutie and he also made me smile. What a great page for TioT. Hanging a banner off his antlers was pure genius.

    That’s a lovely T-day photo too.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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