Christmas Wishes

I created today’s art journal page to send you Christmas wishes – wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas filled with peace and love!

I started by covering the page with Pébéo white gesso and then I spread some clear glitter glue over the top using a palette knife. All the festive images were cut from old magazines and stuck in place using a glue stick.  I splattered white acrylic paint around the edges of the images and left it to dry.

The black circles were stamped onto some white tissue paper using a Snow Day stamp set from BoBunny, some black Archival Ink and black Papermania Embossing Powder; they were stuck down using a glue stick. I added some texture over the white background around the images by applying Ranger Texture Paste though a Sparkle stencil from Tim Holtz; I love the white on white effect that this created. When dry, I finished the page by adding the “Christmas Wishes” wording which was recycled from an old Christmas card.

One of our Christmas traditions is to treat ourselves to a Festive Feast sandwich from our local deli in town; it’s filled with stuffing, turkey, bacon, sausage, cranberry sauce and mayonnaise (grin!).

They make sandwiches to takeaway so we bought the sandwich home to enjoy with one of the beers from our homemade advent calendar. This Belgian IPA had a fruity finish and tasted of coriander and orange peel, and both the beer and the sandwich were very yummy (double grin!).

This past week, we’ve loved all of the beers that we have tried from our advent calendar so as T Stands for Tuesday, I thought I’d share some of the other beers with you and say a big hello to the T Gang – cheers and Happy T day!

This one is specially brewed for Aldi by Brewdog Brewery and there is an interesting story behind this beer. It started with Aldi supermarket selling a copy of Brewdog’s flagship beer, so Brewdog then made a beer called YALDI IPA and launched it on Twitter (Brewdog is in Scotland and “yaldi” is apparently slang for happiness). Aldi replied on Twitter to Brewdog saying “would have gone with ALD IPA, send us a crate and we’ll talk”. Apparently the customer enquiries went through the roof after their conversation on Twitter, so they got together and Aldi now sell this beer as a special edition; it’s marketed as their “own label IPA”.

Erika will be pleased that we have tried this Push Pineapple beer too; I was looking forward to trying this one myself and it didn’t disappoint! This is a Pineapple Milkshake IPA; it is called “milkshake” as it contains lactose which gives a creamier mouth feel and makes the beer sweeter as brewer’s yeast can’t ferment it. Lactose is traditionally used in stouts to give them a sweeter and creamer taste. This beer had a lovely pineapple flavoured finish too – so delicious (grin!).

Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

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

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Glitter Glue (Clear)
  • Art Discount Acrylic Paint (White)
  • Old magazines
  • Pritt Stick
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Mixed Media Stencil (Sparkle THS132)
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Recycled white tissue paper
  • BoBunny Stamp Set (Snow Day)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Papermania Embossing Powder (Black)
  • Recycled Christmas Card Topper
  • X-Press It! double-sided foam tape

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, as they provide me with inspiration 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 Tracey over at Art Journal Journey and her Meaning of challenge this month as I created this page to send you happy Christmas wishes.

I’m joining in the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Anything Christmas challenge with my Christmas page.

I’m also pleased to join the Celebrate challenge over at Simon Say Stamp Monday Challenge Blog as I’m celebrating Christmas with this page.

I’m happy to join the MIUCB #44 – Anything Goes + optional twist of Clean and Simple challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog with the techniques I used to create the clean and simple white on white background.

I’m also joining Paperbabe Stamps and their #134 – Anything Goes challenge with my Christmas Wishes page.

I’m also pleased to join the Merry Little Christmas Challenge and their MLCCB #28 – December Anything Christmas Goes with my Christmas page too.

26 thoughts on “Christmas Wishes

  1. Thank you for the Merry Christmas card-it’s beautiful.
    Your sandwich looks amazing, glad you are enjoying the different ales and beers Merry Christmas and Happy T hugs Kathy

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  2. That is a wonderful festive page for Tracey’s challenge at AJJ Jo. Thanks for sharing there too. It makes a super Christmas card. And that sandwich looks delicious. It’s one of my favorite combos; common here in New Hampshire around Thanksgiving, but I know turkey is big for a British Christmas holiday. Will you have turkey? And thanks for sharing the Pineapple Push. The color is beautiful, and I bet it tasted super. I nice pineapple taste would be interesting and good I bet. I didn’t know about adding lactose to stout, but it makes so much sense when you describe it because stouts do have a different feel in your mouth. But I did know about yeast and not being able to digest lactose- which geeky me finds quite fascinating. Have a happy Christmas Jo and a wonderful T day too. Hugs-Erika

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  3. Beautiful card – a merry Christmas to you!

    OK. I get the butter out of the fridge, we need to eat (not as facncy, though. Hubby´ll choose boring honey!!!
    HM – can I have that beer?! Oh, that sounds sooooo yummy! You have ALDI beer?! Oh. OK – FUN! Bet we don´t have this (ALDI is German! he Albrecht-Brothers created this).
    OK. Thirsty now, too!
    Happy T-day, I´ll have a Braunschweig Märzen now (oh, come on, it´s nearly Christmas!)

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    • That’s my day-after-thanksgiving sandwich! I have never seen one on a menu, your deli is very wonderful to create it for you. The beer is also an amusing story.

      Have a great holiday!

      be safe… mae at


  4. I’m not sure how I missed your name last night. I must have been drunk from all that coffee Valerie had on her blog. Your journal page is beautiful. That Sparkle texture stencil reminds me of the Christmas star. It adds so much to the page, too. I love that you used magazine images. This is wonderful. Thank you for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey using Tracey’s theme.

    I’m a vegetarian, but, other than the mayo, which I can’t eat, this sandwich looks really good. I enjoyed learning about the new Aldi beer. It was fun to learn about it. I wish MY Aldi sold beer, but that’s only allowed in state sponsored liquor stores in Kansas (as I mentioned before). Of course, I enjoyed reading about the stout, too. It’s good to know what makes me love that type of beer so much. Thanks for sharing even more of your advent beers with us, along with your journal entry, and sandwich for T this Tuesday, dear Jo.


  5. Thanks very much for the Christmas wishes, Jo. We certainly intend to have a happy Christmas time and I hope you both have a great time too. I like the way you have made this festive page with magazine images and the clever black circles. I’ve got many magazines and this is an inspiration for a couple of local art challenges I have.
    I’m enjoying your beer stories too. That is so interesting about the Aldi beer.


  6. Thank you for the Christmas wishes and all the lovely nostalgic pictures. Your sandwich looks delicious.

    How nice that you’re enjoying your Advent beer assortment calendar. The flavors sound very interesting. To show you how much I know about beers, I had to look up IPA. Grin.

    Happy T-day and Christmas! Hugs, Eileen


  7. Dear Jo, thank you so much for your Christmas wishes and your lovely comments on my blog all the time, that means so much to me.
    Merry, merry Christmas to you and yours and a healthy new year. Take care of you.

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  8. A lovely festive page Jo and the sandwich sounds yummy. I bought a few of the Brewdog beers for my son, which he enjoyed – such a shame it was only a limited edition.
    Have a very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year,
    Avril xx

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  9. That’s a lovely collaboration of sweet festive things Jo, loving the colours and layout, isn’t it amazing how some pictures speak many words to us without even saying one word. The Santa is adorable. Well done for treating each other to that festive sandwich, we’d have done the same it looks most delicious, along with the beers hee hee.. Wishing you a super Christmas if I don’t catch you before the day, I hope Santa brings you many wonderful things, i’m sure you have been very good this year 😀 Hugs Tracey xx
    P.S Thank you for linking up @ AJJ & PBS of course ((HUgs)) xx

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  10. What a fun post and now I want to try all these beers – your beer advent calendar was such a great idea. The sandwich looks fabulous! I may have to try and make one soon. Love the page full of holiday images and such great texture in the background! Fab post. Hope your holiday was wonderful, Jo. Hugz

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  11. What a great idea to use all those pictures on a page for your Christmas wish – and to add the snow effect too – it looks absolutely beautiful.
    As for that ‘sandwich – it looks must yummy and a meal in itself. Glad you got one of your craft beers to wash it down. It certainly looks as if the Advent calendar was a huge success this year.
    Happy Christmas
    Hugs, Neet xx

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