Never Apart

It’s a new month so we are launching our September challenge over at the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog, and as always the theme is Anything Mixed Media Goes.

At Creative Artiste we are also saying a big hello and welcome to the very talented Tracey who has joined our Design Team, she is such an inspiration – please check out her amazing first creation over at our blog!

I had fun playing around with mixed media to create this art journal page which was inspired by one of my dearest friend’s in America.

Nan sent me some more happy mail recently and as I love art journaling so much, I created this page inspired by our friendship and card that she sent – thanks so much and I hope you like it!

For the background I applied Ranger Texture Paste through a Vintage Diamond mini stencil from Creative Expressions. When dry, I splattered the page with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and splattered the page with black DecoArt acrylic paint.

To create the flowers, I used my stamping platform to stamp some mixed media paper using a Flower Garden stamp by Tim Holtz and black Archival Ink. Then I coloured the flowers using Derwent Inktense pencils; I used a Fuchsia pencil for the petals and Sun Yellow, Tangerine, Mustard and Willow for the stamens. Then I cut the flowers out and arranged them onto the page with some flower stems which I die cut using a Wildflower Stems Thinlet set from Tim Holtz; they are cut from some recycled note paper which I coloured using Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint Distress Ink. As me and Nan are like two peas in a pod, I thought the wording was very appropriate, it’s a Kaisercraft sticker and reads “We are never apart, maybe in distance, but never in heart”. To finish, I added some little hearts that I punched from a piece of pink cardstock that Nan kindly sent me (grin!).

I hope that you are inspired to join our Anything Mixed Media Goes Challenge too! For more inspiration please check out the amazing creations from my fellow Design Team members over at Creative Artiste too.

Here’s the beautiful card and envelope that Nan kindly sent. Nan painted the pretty pink flowers as she had seen them around her neighbourhood, so I included similar flowers on my page. Like Nan, I used my intense pencils to colour my flowers, although I stamped them as my drawing skills are not as awesome as Nans (grin!). As you can see there were some crafting goodies included too – thanks so much, so thoughtful!

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 in the Texture challenge that I’m guest hosting this month over at Art Journal Journey with all the texture that I created on my art journal page; I hope you’ll join in the fun too, it would be lovely to see you there (grin!).

I’m also joining in the Stamp It! fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with the stamped flowers that I included on my page.

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

  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencil (Vintage Diamond)
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass, Mowed lawn, Peeled Paint)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Daler-Rowney Mixed Media Paper
  • Tim Holtz Stamping Platform
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stamp Set (Flower Garden CMS215)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils (Fuchsia 0700, Sun Yellow 0200, Tangerine 0300, Mustard 1700, Willow 1900)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Wildflower Stems #2 664164)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Wildflower SS335)
  • Sizzix Adhesive Backed Cardstock (Pink) – thank you Nan!
  • Heart Paper Punch – thank you CJ!

22 thoughts on “Never Apart

  1. You are on a happy mail roll. How exciting! Love your latest page Jo. Love those happy colors and the pop of the pink flowers. The card certainly was good inspiration. Thanks for being our hostess this month too. I look forward to even more cool texture pieces. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Hugs-Erika

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  2. Awww Jo Thank you so much for the warm welcome dear friend x What an extra lovely display I see before me today, beautifully coloured with the inktense pencils they stand magnificently against that textured diamond and splattered background. The words look even lovelier as they start and stop with two hearts.. Beautiful journal page Jo.
    Hugs Tracey xx

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  3. This is a beautiful journal page, Jo. I absolutely love how you created the flowers based on Nan’s envelope. You are getting lots of use out of that punch from CJ, too. Of course, I love the texture. It makes it so different. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey using your theme, too.

    BTW, I would LOVE to be able to join in at Creative Artiste, but I’m not going to be forced to be a follower just to share my art there. I wish they would get rid of that rule.

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  4. This is beautiful your journal and I love the way you do it!
    At the moment I have an empty head for the topic and also not the necessary to design something like that. The blogger doesn’t make it any easier with the redesign either. Somehow I’m tired of something. The change in weather is bothering me. Maybe another idea will come up!
    I wish you a good sunday, hug Elke

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  5. What a beautiful page Jo – and what a gorgeous colour – I had no idea it was Tumbled Glass yet it is one of my favourite colours. Love the diamond texture and the way you have used the blue. the flowers are so pretty and you have made a wonderful job of colouring them in.
    I can see why your friend inspired you so much with her parcel of goodies – what a lovely friend to have.
    HJugs, Neet xx

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