Home Sweet Home

The new challenge for the next two weeks at Try it on Tuesday is:

Home Sweet Home/Where you would like to live

At Try it on Tuesday we are also saying a big hello and welcome to the very talented Helen and Mia who have both joined our Design Team, please check out their amazing first creations over at our blog!

My Home Sweet Home page design was inspired all the birds that are around at the moment that are setting up new homes in readiness for spring – I hope you like it!

I started by smooshing Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink onto the background by stamping the ink pad onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the block onto the page. When dry, I stamped a Sheet Music stamp from Woodware Craft Collection and also the “Home Sweet Home” wording using a stamp set from Concord & 9th and black Archival Ink. I added some more detail to the wording using a white Uniball gel pen and then I stencilled some Ranger Texture paste though a Carabelle Studio Art Template.

Using two different Tim Holtz thinlet sets I created the tree branches from brown paper that I coloured further using Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Ink. The branches are stuck in place using a Zig glue pen and shaded further using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. The leaves were cut from green paper, which I coloured further using some Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron Distress Ink; they are cut using a Fall Foilage thinlets set from Tim Holtz and are also stamped with some tiny dots using a Kaisercraft stamp and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.

I created the birdhouse using some off-cuts of paper that were on my craft desk; drawing the birdhouse design and heart onto the paper and then cutting them out.

I added more detail using Winsor & Newton Promarkers; Henna and Canary to create the wooden panels and Ruby and Rose Pink for the heart and roof. I suspended the birdhouse from one of the branches using some white twine sticking the birdhouse in place using double-sided foam tape. The cute birds were stamped onto white linen paper using a Picket Fence stamp set and black Archival Ink and then coloured using Sky Blue, Cool Grey and Canary Winsor & Newton Promarkers. I also stamped the birds onto the page and the birdhouse roof using the black Archival Ink and then I stuck the coloured birds over the top using double-sided foam tape. To finish, I splattered the page with some black DecoArt acrylic paint.

My Design Teamies have created some amazing Home Sweet Home/Where would you like to live inspiration for you over at Try it on Tuesday too, so please pop over and take a look.

The birds reminded me of the tea tray that we use everyday at home, as you can see it has lots of lovely garden birds on it that we find here in the UK.

Here’s our tray being put to good use; as T Stands for Tuesday it’s pictured holding our daily cuppa and homemade fruit cake that we are enjoying at the moment – Happy T Day!

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 from The Artful Crafter and her Green challenge over at Art Journal Journey this month with the green leaves on this page.

I’m happy to be able to join the Use Some Green challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my art journal page too.

I’m also pleased join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my page.

I’m also joining the Stencil Fun challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge as I included stencilling on my art journal page.

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Vintage Photo, Grounsd Espresso, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron)
  • Woodware Crafts Collection (Sheet Music JG111)
  • Concord & 9th Stamp Set (Sophisticated Script 10056)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Carabelle Studio Art Template (Trame Tissues et Chiffres TE60034)
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Studio Light Paper Pad (PPSL84)
  • Crafter’s Companion Luxury Designer Paper Pad (Angelica & Adam Collection A&A-PAP6-M)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Funky Florals Large 664158, Fall Foliage 660955) 
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamp (Tiny Dot CS360)
  • Zig Memory System 2-way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Home Bargains Special Occasion (Mini Decorative Stickers 22740)
  • Paper off-cuts (Yellow, White coloured with red and pink Distress Inks)
  • Winsor & Newton ProMarker (Henna 0225, Canary Y367, Ruby R455, Rose Pink M727, Sky Blue B137, Cool Grey 4 CG4)
  • White Thread
  • Picket Fence Studios Stamps (Chirp Chirp A130)
  • X-Press It! double-sided foam tape
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)

33 thoughts on “Home Sweet Home

  1. Your page is as cute as the bird feeder and the bird. The great background with the notes so beautiful !!!
    How you designed it is wonderful you are a true artist!
    The tea tray is so sweet and the coffee break with delicious cakes fits just fine!
    Have a good time, hugs Elke .

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  2. Jo your page is beautiful as usual and I love your tea tray, a good way to learn about the birds, the fruit cakes looks delicious, I love it but my husband isn’t so keen, I made a Christmas cake this year but took what was left after Christmas to my sons as he loves it! Nothing gets wasted in our family.
    Keep Safe
    Jan x

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  3. An adorable page Jo, the birds are singing there song these days in our garden as well, You created a wonderful home for them.

    I really liked the tea tray you use at home ans would at this point in time love a piece of the delicious looking cake, Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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  4. I love the page – it’s simply gorgeous with the lovely tecture and the colours are so amazingly fresh… and these cute house and the little birdie… adorable! And the cake looks tempting!
    Enjoy and take good care of you my friend!
    Big hugs, Susi

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  5. Gorgeous page, Jo! The bckground is perfect and I love all your die cuts and the cute little bird house yu made from scratch. Lovely! Thank you for sharing your page at AJJ for our green theme.
    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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  6. Ooh, I love your tray, Jo. And I love your page. It’s very toned down detail-wise, and very striking because of it. The bird house and the branches look fab, as do the birds. No garden is complete without them 😉 Your page design is fab.
    Please take good care of yourself and stay safe!
    Cath x

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  7. It is nice to see the birds coming back. I saw 2 robins today (our North American ones) even though we had snow. No cute spring flowers on our trees yet.This is wonderful spring page Jo. Not too many days and it will be officially here. Hope it was a happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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  8. Just what was needed at this time of doom and gloom, a nice cheery picture to delight us all and make us see that Spring is here at last despite what is going on in the world.
    I love your little bird house swinging away on that branch with the pretty little bluebird chirping away. Gorgeous background enhanced by the dots and the music and that branch with its new leaves ties it all together into a happy picture for us to smile at.
    Thanks – and thanks for that delicious cake, yum yum!
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  9. A lovely page Jo, full of Spring colours. I always love to watch the birds in the garden at nesting time, it’s amazing what they pick up and carry off to build their nests with.
    Your fruit cake looks delicious, Enjoy.
    Hugs, Avril xx

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  10. Morning Jo, Home sweet Home, how people will look upon this so much differently now with our changing world crisis. A breath of fresh air to see the little bird carry on regardless, building it’s nest for those soon to be hatching eggs. Beautiful springtime piece.
    Hope you are keeping well? I’m sure that delicious cake is helping you get through these uncertain times. Creative Hugs Tracey xx

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  11. Simply charming! That colourful little birdhouse is adorable – a very whimsical home to want to live in! – and I love the fresh green leaves and blossom amidst the tree branches – a lovely springtime page.
    Alison x

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