Summer Fun

I received another lovely surprise in the post, a gorgeous summer vibe card from my dear friend Nan. She knows how much I love the beach and ice cream so her card is perfect – thanks so much!

My page was inspired by Nan’s fabulous card design with the pastel-shade colours, the beach and summer vibe, the words/text, and of course the ice cream (grin!).

I coloured the background using Spectrum Aqua markers by scribbling the marker onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and then pressing the block or dripping the ink onto the page. I mopped up wet ink with a piece of kitchen towel so the colours merged into each other; the Spectrum Aqua colours I applied were Yellow, Sea Green, Topaz, Aquamarine, Orange, Crimson, Purple and Gold. My hubby says it looks like melted ice cream (grin!).

When dry I added lots of words related to summer which are rub-on transfers. I stamped the beach huts onto some mixed media paper using black Archival Ink and then coloured them with Uni Posca paint pens; the colours I used were Violet, Pink, Yellow, Light Blue, Red, Orange and Light Green. I fussy cut them out and stuck them to the page using a glue stick. The little tags were cut from white linen textured card stock using Tag Collection Framelits from Tim Holtz and edged using a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker.

I added some little hearts to the tags which were cut from some different colours of Sizzix adhesive backed cardstock that was kindly sent to me by Nan, using a heart punch kindly gifted by CJ – thank you both! To finish, I added some black brads to the tags and then some ice-lolly/popsicle stickers.

With Nan’s amazing writing and adornments, my hubby instantly knew who the card was from when he saw the envelope on the door mat; he was all smiles when he told me something had arrived in the post (grin!). On opening it he noticed the ice cream van straight away, not surprising as he loves ice cream so much (double grin!). It’s so kind and thoughtful of Nan and very much appreciated – thanks very much!

Hoping that you’re 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 pleased to join the lovely Alison AKA Craftytrog over at Art Journal Journey and her Pockets and Tags challenge this month; the hearts on my tiny tags were inspired by Alison’s journal pages – thank you!

I’m joining in the fun I do like to be beside the seaside challenge over at Country View Challenges with my summer beach vibe page.

I’m also happy to be able to join the #126 – Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my page.

I’m also joining the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge too.

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

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Markers (Yellow, Sea Green, Topaz, Aquamarine, Orange, Crimson, Purple, Gold)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Summer Sentiments #ROY-505)
  • Daler-Rowney Mixed Media Paper
  • Hobbycraft Clear Stamp (Beach Huts 50254HC)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pens (Violet, Pink, Yellow, Light Blue, Red, Orange, Light Green)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Craft Sensations (Luxury Linen Textured Cardstock CR0240/GE)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits (Tag Collection 658784)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pen (Black 199)
  • Heart punch – thanks CJ!
  • Sizzix adhesive backed cardstock – thanks Nan!
  • Home Bargains (Puffy Sticker Sheets – Sweet Like … 14227)

14 thoughts on “Summer Fun

  1. Fun card Jo. Lucky you to get some good happy mail. And that is such a cool page you made. So many fun little tags! And it’s a good theme. Especially now that summer is starting to wane. Hope you are having a great weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  2. I’m in total awe of this page, from the ice cream colors in the background to the beach huts. I can understand fussy cutting the huts. Even I can do that. But those FLAGS at the top of the huts must have been a nightmare. I also like how you created the tags and used the punch CJ sent. This is a fabulous entry for Alison’s theme at Art Journal Journey, dear Jo.

    BTW, Nan must have a great post office. I was told there were no new Global Forever stamps. I see Nan got 2020 ones. Lucky her. Love her card she sent, too. A good friend will always inspire.

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  3. Your page makes me dream Jo! Beach huts and ice cream… if only this bank holiday weekend had weather to match! And thanks for playing with us at Country View Challenge this month! x

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  4. Oh, a wonderful pressie and yay for your hubby (mine has no idea of any art).
    Oh, lordy. The ice cream van came once a week (Wednesdays) and I was allowed one portion, one single.
    My cousin ran home, me, following, barefoot. And there it was. Fresh, warm… dog poo. I slipped, fell, the ice cream went to the grass somewhere and my Aunt was mad at me cause she had to carry me upstairs to get rid off the poo between my toes.
    Ice cream vans. Hmm. Wait till next Wednesday, too. At home we did not even have those vans. I visited for three weeks each summer. Buhuuuu…

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  5. It was a lovely card to get your inspiration from Jo. The page you created looks fantastic, fun and so summery. I loved the cute beach houses as well.
    Thank you for adding this to Alison’s theme at AJJ and for all the support you give to us there.
    Yvonne xx

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  6. Full of Summer sun delights and things to smile about Jo, lovely to be inspired by happy mail. Thank you for sharing over @ Paperbabe stamps and joining in with this fortnights challenge. Always a delight to see you as much as your cheerful art journal pages.
    Hugs Tracey xx

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