Taste of Autumn

While I was tidying up my craft room I came across some beer bottle labels that I brought back from a holiday in America a couple of years ago. We were visiting our friends who live in Maine and we went in Fall to see the foliage, so for me these beers were a taste of autumn!

I started by tearing a fall leaf design napkin and sticking two pieces to opposite corners of the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. Once dry I stamped the page with Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo and Hickory Smoke Distress Archival Inks using a Falling Leaves stamp set by Tim Holtz.

Next I stuck the two beer bottle labels in place using a glue stick and outlined them using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and black Uni Pin pen; I love the Halloween scene on the Punkin Ale. Then I edged the whole page with Black Soot Distress Ink using a blending tool and to finish, I added some red and green gems.

We always have fun exploring the supermarkets in America especially the beer aisles as they have such a wide variety of locally brewed beers; my hubby is in his element (grin!).

As you can see they also decorate the aisles with neon signs which look amazing (we don’t have this in the UK). This is the Shock Top signage which was on display; it’s on the beer bottle label on my page too.

We discovered pumpkin beer whilst in America and having tasted quite a few different ones, this Punkin Ale is my favourite (grin!).  This beer is brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and is a full-bodied brown ale which is copper in colour and 7% alcohol by volume (ABV) and has smooth hints of pumpkin, cinnamon and brown sugar – so yummy!

As you can see from my photos we tried quite a few different beers whilst we were there and this Shock Top Belgian White was another of my favourites. This beer is light and refreshing tasting of citrus and coriander being 5.2% ABV – cheers!  

As T Stands for T Day, I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and wishing you all a wonderful T Day!

I hope that you’re all staying safe and well!

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 Chris aka Pearshapedchris, who is hosting the Hold The Line challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the barcode lines on the beer label.

I’m pleased to join the Fall Foliage challenge over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog  with all the autumn leaves that I added to my page using stamping and napkin.

I’m also pleased to join the LTSCB #138 – Fall Back over at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog with my autumnal page too.

With the beer labels on my page, I’m also happy to be joining the Add A Photo challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

I’m joining in the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Halloween challenge as the Punkin Ale label on my page details a Halloween scene.

I’m also joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge with my Taste of Autumn art journal page.

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

  • Napkin – Fall Foilage
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink (Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo, Hickory Smoke)
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stamp Set (Falling Leaves CMS097)
  • Beer Bottle Labels – Shock Top and Punkin Ale
  • UHU Stic
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175B)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot)
  • MultiCraft Forever in Time (Gemstone Embellishments (Glam SE019C)

39 thoughts on “Taste of Autumn

  1. What a fabulous page Jo, Love the Autumn leaves and the beer labels are fascinating. Using the bar codes for my theme made me smile – you will see why soon!!! You know I’m not a beer lover but pumpkin, cinnamon and sugar sounds like an interesting one!

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  2. I feel like I am out shopping, pre-covid with your hubby’s maskless face. Smile. This is a fun page as you know I like a good beer also. Fun to try so many different ones. I probably try many more when I am way than here also, so I have to admit I haven’t had a few you’ve shown. I like the space dust label. And you page (not to forget that page), came out beautifully. Love the leaves and the colors and the lines too! Beautiful work Jo. Thanks for joining us at ARt Journal Journey also. Hugs-Erika

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  3. Colorful, fun page. I like the Punkin Ale label because of the black cat. In Massachusetts where I live not all supermarkets carry beer or wine. That would be up to the town or city board to issue a liquor license if requested by the store. (That’s what happens when you let Puritans settle an area.😉 and Maine used to be a part of Massachusetts back in the 1620s) I’ve never seen neon signs in the grocery stores that carry adult beverages. Cool! The photo looks more like a packie, a package store what everyone else in the country calls a liquor store. Cheers!

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    • Thanks so much! Yes I noticed the different challenge blogs on your posts earlier this month so thought I’d join in the fun 😀. From the descriptions Love to Scrap is a stamping challenge so am I right in thinking that I must have stamping on my creation somewhere and I’ve also checked out Mix It Up challenge too which I think is mixed media with an optional technique – both look fab! Love to Craft is also of interest too, I normally create art journal pages, tags and cards so I wasn’t sure if it’s ok to enter all challenges with the same creation as long as it meets the challenge requirements for each of course (grin!) ? Thanks so much for highlighting these on your posts and for your assistance! Hugs, Jo x

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      • We used to require stamping on Love To Scrap Challenge Blog but we no longer do. Mix It Up Challenge Blog is not a mixed media challenge- it’s a technique challenge blog that’s anything goes with an optional technique twist each month. Love To Craft Challenge Blog is for any kind of crafts and always anything goes. Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog is for any kind of Christmas projects and is always anything Christmas goes! Hope this helps!

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      • That’s great, thanks so much for taking the time to explain and clarifying, that’s so helpful and I’m looking forward to joining you at the different challenges! You and your team do such a fab job organising and running them, I was so impressed 😀. Thanks again and wishing you a happy new week! Hugs, Jo x

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  4. What a fun way to remember the beers you’ve drunk! Love the page and the gems too… Thanks for playing with us at Country View Challenges! Have a great week, Jo.

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  5. Hi Jo, hope this finds you well. Oh, those leaves are yummy indeed. Very nice page. I live 30 miles east of Houston and we’ve bought Fat Tire and Joe IPA but none of the others. I am not a natural beer drinker, only on occasion. We have a wonderful brewery in Houston, Karbach Brewery, that makes my favorite. It’s a blonde beer called Love Street. My hubby’s fave of theirs is called Rodeo Clown Double IPA. Did you ever run across those? LOL, guess that’s like asking if you saw my cigarette butt on a London street! LOLOL There are so many craft beers. Glad y’all got to experience American, even if it was Yankee beer, heehee. Good week! XOXO

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  6. Lovely rich autumn colors abound in this post- from the art to the beers! I guess we really DO have quite the selection of local and craft beers throughout the US. But then wines are big too;)
    So nice to reminisce about special vacations isn’t it…
    happy T day!

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  7. Seeing your own country through someone else’s eyes is always enlightening. So it’s interesting that you find the neon signs for beer to be special — to me they are expected, though always fun to see, especially in bars out west.

    be well… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  8. Beautiful page with the beer labels-that would have been allot of fun exploring the different beers and ales. I am curious what a pumpkin ale would taste like. I enjoyed seeing all the different labels Happy T wishes Kathy

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  9. What a joyous autumn page. I like the beautiful leaves you created. You certainly stamp well. And those beer labels you used were lovely. I’ve never heard of either of these brands, but oftentimes small breweries don’t make it to the center of the country. Thanks for this awesome journal page using Chris’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

    I had to laugh at your husband standing by all that beer. Much of it is sold across the U.S. There were only a couple of brands I’d never heard of before. But the neon signs are supplied by the beer company and are there to promote the beer. Here in Kansas, you can only buy beer and any alcohol in state approved and licensed stores. They are not sold in grocery stores.

    I enjoyed seeing all those beers you tried and I think this is a wonderful post for T this Tuesday. I love that both the journal page and the beer are relevant today, dear Jo.

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  10. Fantastic way to incorporate the label into your artwork. I love when you do that. There are so many creative looking beer and wine labels. I’m finally back, and I’ve missed seeing your artwork while I was offline with my Living Room painting project. Happy T-Day!

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  11. Yeahhh some of the stores in the US can get pretty decorated. Especially during the holidays. Beer, a girl after my own heart. I really like beer. I can’t drink too much at one time, like one bottle but there is a great variety here. Love your beer label art too.

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  12. Love your use of the napkin in your artwork. I just bought some napkins for the express use in crafting. 🙂 Very creative to us the beer label in your art, too. Happy T Day.

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  13. A super way to use your labels and remember your trip away. The pumpkin ale sounded delicious.
    Have a good rest of the week and thank you for linking up with Chris’s AJJ theme.
    Stay safe.
    Yvonne xx

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  14. What a fabulous supermarket with all those beers. A true delight for a beer lover.
    Love the page you have made for this challenge with the Fall leaves in their gorgeous autumnal colours. A nice idea with the strip down the centre and such lovely leaves from Sir Tim.
    I love the Punkin label, it would be the beer I would choose just for its label. The obvious thing was to save it for a rainy day (or a journal page). Great sign for the other beer and another great image to advertise it. Can imagine the Space Dust label cana be found a home in a journal in the future.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  15. We have similar tastes in beer and I love craft beers! So fun to know that our liquor displays are very different than other places. Love that you journaled some of your favorite beers and blended in the labels so well. That Halloween label is great! Fun to see your smiling hubby too. super post, Jo. Hugz

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  16. Jo, your posts always make me smile! This one particularly is fun, because I see a ShockTop truck on the road every so often with that great artwork on the side. I always think I should try that beer. Lovely to see your husband enjoying the beer aisle, and I have to say our local grocery store beer/wine aisle don’t decorate as well! On to your gorgeous page! I love that you have incorporated those beer labels into that gorgeous fall background. I especially love the detail of the stamped leaves. Thank you for playing along with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog!

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