Birthday Celebration

This month we are celebrating our 6th Birthday over at A Vintage Journey with our Birthday Celebration challenge, which is being hosted by the lovely Brenda. Your projects don’t have to be about birthdays, here’s what she has to say:

“Yes! Let’s celebrate our 6th Birthday … so it’s over to you to show us what you are celebrating in your art and craft work at the moment. Don’t forget to link us into your blog post and if it’s not really obvious share with us how your project relates to the challenge theme. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk”.

I’m so excited about our Birthday Celebration this month; I do hope you’ll join us! I was enjoying the party atmosphere whilst I was art journaling using Tim Holtz products to create this Happy 6th Birthday page.

I used lots of Tim Holtz products for this page so unless stated otherwise it’s from Tim Holtz; there’s a full list of materials at the end of this post for your reference.

I started by covering the page with Pébéo white gesso using a palette knife and left it to dry. Then I cut a piece of vintage script paper into sections and die cut a flower from the larger piece of paper using Wildflower Stems Thinlet set.

I also cut the flower from some Craft Sensations white linen cardstock and inserted it into the flower space in the vintage script paper. I arranged the pieces of paper onto the page with some Aviary Collage Paper using Liquitex gel medium. Then I outlined the papers with a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and a black Uni Pin marker to make them stand out more. Next I added some Crowded Attic and Destinations Salvage Stickers again outlining them with a black Uni Pin marker.

To finish the page, I added the wording using Label Letter stickers and also a No:6 Countdown Brad.

Did you notice the six intentional “No:6”s that I added to this page to commemorate our 6th Birthday? They are all revealed below (grin!).

I hope you are inspired to join in our Birthday Celebration over at A Vintage Journey too, for more inspiration you’ll find some amazing creations from my fellow Creative Guides over at A Vintage Journey, it would be lovely to see you there!

1. Large No: 6 (LHS of flower)
2. Saftey pins x 6 (LHS of flower)
3. Needle packaging No:6 (top RHS)
4. Happy “6th” Birthday (wording)
5. Ruler No:6 (under wording)
6. Countdown Brad No:6 (bottom RHS)

All the “No:6”s are pictured here – did you get them all? You may have found lots of 6’s on the Sheet Music and other rulers too (double grin!).

As it’s a birthday celebration I thought I’d share this amazing birthday cake that I saw in a local bakery, doesn’t it look amazing and the Steampunk style is fabulous, just right for A Vintage Journey – Happy Birthday!

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


I’m pleased to be able to join the The Eyes Have It challenge over at Country View Challenges with the birds on this art journal page.

I’m joining in the Something Feminine challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with the pretty birds and flowers on my page too.

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

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Halloween Paper Stash #TH93712, Aviary Collage Paper #TH93706, Crowded Attic Salvage Stickers #TH92898, Destinations Salvage Stickers #TH93005, Label Letters #TH93072, Countdown Brads #TH93631)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Wildflower Stems #2 664164)
  • Craft Sensations (Luxury Linen Textured Cardstock)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.2mm)

19 thoughts on “Birthday Celebration

  1. This is so pretty, Jo! You really do a wonderful job with collaging, and I adore that bird collage paper. You have done a magnificent job of incorporating AVJ’s 6th birthday here, and what a surprise to present the cake to celebrate, too! YUM! Happy weekend to you!

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  2. This is another wonderful piece that just makes me happy.
    I loved reading about how you made it, the story of the sixes, the birds, the music and the letters, and I closely examined all the cropped photos.
    The amount of work that goes into your art is beyond belief and the results are spectacular.
    I’m a great fan of your art, I think you know that.

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  3. I swear I thought I left a comment last night, but apparently I fell asleep at my computer and left your page open on my desktop. I have been gone most of the day and am just now checking my blog. Imagine my surprise when I saw this was on my desktop!

    I love how you incorporated the six 6’s. How clever of you. I also like the vintage feel and the birds. That steampunk inspired cake you found is out of this world, dear Jo.

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  4. Its a super Birthday celebration page and I also like the way you added all the 6’s . All the additions you used go so well together and the birds look so pretty and draw the eye around the page.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. The layers are beautiful Jo with lots to celebrate both in your art, your stye and talent and of course our 6th birthday. This is wonderful to keep as a memory of the occasion.
    Thanks for celebrating another year of the AVJ blog and your beautiful art.
    hugs Brenda xxx

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  6. Gorgeous page, Jo! I wanted some TH collage paper but the only one left was Halloween… Next release, I’ll be sure to grab it!
    That cake is just incredible… Happy Sunday! xx

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