I was so happy to have won some new products from one of the challenges over at Paperbabe Stamps I created this pretty page to remind me of some huge purple poppies that are in our garden – see what you think!

I started by painting some Leaf Green and Watering Can Wendy Vicchi Blendable Dye Inks onto the page by applying the ink to a blending mat, spritzing with water and using a paintbrush. Next I applied some of the Leaf Green ink through a Herringbone stencil from Paperbabe Stamps and splattered the page with both the Leaf Green and Watering Can inks. The flowers are an Inkylicious Oriental Poppy stamp and were stamped onto a piece of mixed media paper with black Archival Ink using a stamping platform to get a clear and crisp image.

I coloured the petals using Seedless Grape Distress Ink, shading the colours by painting the ink onto the flowers. As they looked a bit pink I also applied some Lulu Lavender Memento Ink over the petals. For the stamens, I added more detail using a black Uni Pin marker and a white Uniball gel pen, then I coloured them using Lime Green, Canary, Amethyst and Cool Grey Winsor & Newton Promarkers. I fussy cut the flowers out, which took quite a bit of time and stuck them onto the page using a glue stick. The stars are from the Flourish & Grow Paperbabe Stamps and are stamped using Seedless Grape Distress Ink. I used the same stamp set for the wording using black Archival Ink, the words read “Flourish”, “love” and “Dream”. To finish I splattered the page with black DecoArt acrylic paint.

Here are my new Paperbabe Stamps goodies, I’m looking forward to using the other items soon (grin!).

These are the poppies that inspired the flowers on my page, I think the birds must have brought them into the garden – yay!

Hoping that you are all staying safe and well! x

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 Halle from Halle’s Hobbies over at Art Journal Journey and her A Stitch In Time challenge this month with the herringbone pattern on this page which is often associated with fabrics.

I’m joining in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Shoot For The Stars challenge with the stars that I added to my art journal page.

I’m also joining the Cattywampus challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with my diagonal formed poppies and herringbone stenciling.

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

Of course I’m joining Paperbabe Stamps and their Anything Goes challenge too – thanks so much for the goodies!

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

  • Ranger Wendy Vicchi Blendable Dye Inks (Leaf Green, Watering Can)
  • Paperbabe Stamps Mixed Media Stencil (Herringbone)
  • Inkylicious Bigz Flowers Stamp (Oriental Poppy)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Seedless Grape)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Lulu Lavender)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Winsor & Newton Promarkers (Lime Green G178, Canary Y367, Amethyst V626, Cool Grey 4 CG04)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Paperbabe Stamps Stamp Set (Flourish & Grow)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint (Black)

19 thoughts on “Flourish

  1. You are the QUEEN of fussy cutting. I was SO impressed by those flowers. My hands cramped just looking at all the moves and turns you must have made to get these perfect. And I have stencil envy. I recently checked to see how much stencils are, and I simply can’t afford them on my limited craft budget. You found some incredible ones, and I’m so happy for you. I’d also like to thank you for sharing this with us at Art Journal Journey. This is a perfect page for Halle’s theme.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this with us at AJJ Jo. It is a stunning page. Those poppy stamps are gorgeous. And purple poppies are new to me. I didn’t realize they came in such assorted colors. The little stars give the page just a touch of magic too. Hope you have a great weekend. hugs-Erika

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  3. A beautiful page Jo and gorgeous purple poppies, enjoy your new goodies they look super. Thank you again Jo for adding this to Halle’s theme at Art Journal Journey.
    Yvonne xx


  4. This is beautiful, Jo. I love your colouring and the background is just wonderful. It’s beautifully designed and so atmospheric. Love all your attention to detail. Simply wonderful.
    Cath x

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  5. Poppies are one of my favourite flowers but I have never seen them this colour in a garden. How lovely for you to have them. The stamp is gorgeous, I do like `Inkylicious stamps and they are so reasonable in cost. Love watching her at the shows too.
    I think I have a stencil like that one but have not used it much – guess I will from now on as it looks so lovely as your background Jo. Your colouring of the poppies is excellent, as is the fussy cutting. A beautifully created page, well balanced and perfect in colour choices.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  6. A gorgeous page Jo. I love the shades you coloured the poppies. Thank you for linking another beautiful piece to Halle’s theme at AJJ
    Yvonne xx


  7. Jo, you ALWAYS amaze me with your ability to make flowers look just like those that show up in your garden! (Lucky you to have a bird share that gorgeous poppy with you!) Love your interpretation of cattywampus and so very pleased you played along with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog Enjoy your weekend!!!!

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