Friends touch your heart

Catching up with friends is always fun and I’ve been finding myself spending a lot more time chatting to friends since the lockdown.

I’m very grateful for all my friends including those here in Blogland, so with this in mind I created this page – stay safe and keep well everyone!

I started by using a button embossing folder and my Sizzix Bigshot to add buttons to some white cardstock. Then I used my new set of Faber-Castell Soft Pastels to add the Violet and Rose Carmine colours; I did this by rubbing each pastel lightly across the top of the embossed surface, rubbing lightly with my finger and then spritzing lightly with water. When dry I cut the button cardstock and also some flowery design paper from Create & Craft into squares, then I stuck them both onto the page using a glue stick to create a patchwork background. Next I added a pretty card topper which is from the same Create & Craft set and the wording which is a sticker from Kaisercraft; it reads “A friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart”. To finish, I added some flowers and leaves from Little Birdie using Ranger Glossy Accents.

Here is my new box of pastels and you may have noticed that they are sat on the white cardstock that I embossed with the buttons before it was coloured (grin!). I can’t wait to use them again so if you have any suggestions for techniques using soft pastels please let me know in the comments below – thanks!

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 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 Mia from Craftartista over at Art Journal Journey and her Flowers challenge this month with the flowers on my page.

I’m joining the Sew Sweet challenge over at the Frilly & Funkie Challenge Blog with the button embossed cardstock, patchwork background and dress.

I’m also happy to be able to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my tulip page.

Don’t forget that you still have time to join our Anything Mixed Media Goes challenge over at Creative Artiste, it would be lovely to see you there! Creative Artiste Challenge Blog.

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

  • White Cardstock
  • Darice Embossing Essentials (Buttons Assorted Embossing Folder)
  • Faber-Castell Mini Soft Pastels (12 82 24 – Violet 138, Rose Carmine 124)
  • Create & Craft (Birthday Celebrations Background Paper and Topper)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Stix2 Double-Sided Tape
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Cherry Tree Lane SS329)
  • Little Birdie Flowers (SKU 213719)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

22 thoughts on “Friends touch your heart

  1. I love using pastels, Jo, and I love that you use them in such an artful way. Your handmade patchwork background is absolutely amazing! I love your page, my friend, and thank you so much for joining me at AJJ! Kisses!

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  2. Its a gorgeous patched background for this beautiful page Jo. the sentiment spoke to me as well, I spend more time on the phone, my longtime best friend, lives four houses away from me and we speak on the phone more than ever, our husbands say we talk as if we’d never seen each other for years.
    Take care and stay safe.
    Yvonne xx
    p.s.Thank you for linking to Mia’s theme at Art Journal Journey.
    Yvonne xx

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  3. Ohh your Art page is Amazing JO !! Absolutely wonderful, love the embossed buttons card, and how you create this lovely background. Great flowers and image. Yes, friends are treasures.
    Have a very happy weekend, stay safe and healthy
    Big hugs,

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  4. I love the delicate patchwork background and the words were what drew me in,
    Friends are so important just now and always, both our Real Life friends and our blogging friends, people we would never have otherwise met.
    Your art here is absolutely exquisite.

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  5. Very clever background Jo.I like how you tied in some of the background with the skirt on the dress. It all works perfectly. And it is perfect for Mia’s flower challenge too. Thanks so much for linking up this beautiful page Jo. Hugs-Erika

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  6. A lovely page, Jo. You’d make a great graphic designer – this would be fabulous wallpaper, as would many of your pages, with their repeating motifs. Love the embossed card on your page – a great idea. A pretty paper, too. Very chintzy and so girly.
    Happy Sunday!
    Cath x

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  7. So very pretty and feminine! I don’t tend to use pastels in cards or journals as there is the thorny problem of the powder transferring, but they are good to create quick backgrounds (say sky, grass, water) on card that won’t accept water media. You can also use them on top of Versamark either stamped or stencilled, it was a popular technique a few years back with what was called chalks but are effectively cheaper pastels. x

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    • Thanks so much, that’s wonderful! The tips are very useful, I never thought of the powder transferring so will be sure to bear this in mind and I’ll have to try out the techniques you suggested too – yay 😀. Thanks again! Hugs, Jo x


  8. Love the button embossing folder. The result looks a bit like eyelet fabric. The floral pattern is so cheerful and looks so nice in your patchwork background. Thanks for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.

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  9. What an absolutely incredible entry, Jo. The button embossing is lovely. I have to agree with Alison. I learned a long time ago that Pan Pastels, soft pastels, and chalks must be sealed or they will become quite the problem. They will transfer the colors to anything that comes in contact with them, like your arm for example. I use a sealant I picked up free at my Household Hazardous Waste site, but I’ve read cheap spray hairspray (NOT the spritzer type) will work equally well.

    This is a really lovely entry and so well done. It’s perfect for Mia’s theme at Art Journal Journey, too.

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  10. Jo, what a clever way to celebrate friendship! I love your page with the button embossing and the patchwork background. This is really a lovely page, and I’m tickled pink you shared it with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog! Sending big hugs and wishes for a great week!

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  11. A wonderful feminine page Jo and I love the patchwork background, and the matching dress topper. What would we do without our phones and friends in these strange times. We’ve been doing quite a lot of WhatsApp video calls, which almost feels like face to face!
    Hugs, Avril xx

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  12. That’s such a pretty page – I love the patchwork, especially the embossed button patches, and that delightful floral pattern echoing from the dress to the background and back again – charming!
    Alison x

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  13. Hi Jo, I certainly don’y feel like a good blogging friend right now been so hard the past couple of weeks to get any online time but it’s lovely to visit this evening and see your fabulous patchwork creation, superb attention to detail with your well matched dress to those background flower patches. That button embossing folder leaves a super deep etch.
    Have fun just playing and experimenting with the pastels Jo, you’ll find your own way with them i’m sure, they do tend to leave a bloom if unsealed but some people like that look that pastels can give, we used to use cheap hairspray at college to seal them.
    I have to admit I prefer pastel pencils to the blocks as I can control them better, the blocks are great for larger areas and creating backgrounds… use them with water, you will be amazed how a few drops will bring those colours to life…
    Big hugs Tracey xx

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