Sweet & Cute

Using up leftovers is one of my crafting goals this year, so I used lots of leftover papers and die cuts on this page to create homes for these sweet and cute critters (grin!).

Don’t forget that there is still another week to join our Oh So Cute challenge over at Try it on Tuesday; we are so looking forward to seeing your cute creations!

I started by covering the background with some colourful leftovers papers that have been sitting on my craft desk since Christmas – eek! They were stuck in place, like all the paper elements, using a glue stick. As the papers were quite brightly coloured, I applied some Pébéo white gesso over the top using a brayer.

When dry, I added strips of bunting washi tape that my sister had kindly gifted me. The wording and stars were stickers from Craft Sensations and I outlined them all using a black Uni Pin marker so they stood out more.

Next I raided my stash of leftover die cuts and created little scenes with them for those cute critters which were foam stickers.

This malt loaf may not be cute but it is sweet (grin!). I bought it as a treat, when I was food shopping for my mum and dad, from our local bakery and it was so very yummy!

If you aren’t familiar with malt loaf, it’s a type of sweet leavened bread made with malt extract which originated in Scotland in the United Kingdom. It has a chewy sticky texture, and often contains fruits such as raisins. It’s usually eaten sliced and spread with butter.

We enjoyed it (sliced with butter) for our elevenses and as T Stands for Tuesday I’m sharing it today with my cuppa – Happy T Day!

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.

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

  • Docrafts Ultimate Die Cut & Paper Pack (Folk Christmas PMA160933)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Bunting Washi Tape
  • Craft Sensation (Creative paper Collection CRO458/GE)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Leftover die cut pieces – Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits (Fall Foliage 66955, Garden Greens 661206, Holiday Greens 658759, Funky Florals #1 662700), Papers (Tim Holtz idea-ology Paper Stash – Halloween #TH93712, Paper Bundle from local craft shop – green heart paper and metallic linen textured cardstock, Recycled Notepad Paper, White cardstock), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge)
  • Hobby World Foam Craft Stickers (Forest Friends)

I’m pleased to join the lovely Valerie over at Art Journal Journey and her Heavy Metal challenge this month with the metallic linen textured papers that were used for some of the leaves surrounding the cute hedgehog.

I’m pleased to join the Anything But A Card challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with my art journal page.

I’m happy to join Paperbabe Stamps and their #138 – Anything Goes challenge with my art journal page too.

I’m also pleased to join the Favourite Technique challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, as collage, using white gesso to push back the background colour and die cutting are some of my favourite techniques.

I’m also joining in the fun over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and their #46 – Anything Goes + Fancy Fold challenge with my art journal page; the different techniques I used to create this page included collage, using white gesso to push back the background colour and die cutting.

25 thoughts on “Sweet & Cute

  1. They are very sweet – and I love the pretty and cheerful colours of that delightful background. I love Malt Loaf too – it’s not something that they have here, but I brought a jar of malt extract with me and have a plan to give baking it myself a go some day soon.
    Alison x

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  2. That page is so twee! My friend Tiggy would love the hedgehog. Tiggy got her nickname from Beatrix Potter’s Mrs. Tiggywinkle, and Tiggy’s from Scotland, too. Well, she was born in Bristol, but not lives in Scotland. That bread sounds like it would make a delicious breakfast, too. Take care and Happy T Day

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  3. I am always thrilled when I see you have found a way to either recycle or find ways to use leftovers from other projects. It is such a fun and adorable journal page, too. I especially enjoyed reading how you outlined the words so they would stand out better. I often forget to do that. You also put so much detail into your pages and this is no different. One would not suspect you were using pieces left over from other projects. Thanks too, for sharing this with us at Art Journal Journey honoring Valerie’s theme.

    I’ve never heard of that bread before, but it certainly sounds like something I would want to try. Adding butter makes it even better. Thanks so much for sharing it and your tea, along with your journal page with us for T this Tuesday, dear Jo.

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  4. Your background papers are so colourful with all the lovely patterns and bright pastel colours and your creatures are very cute. Good luck with using up what you have – I’ve tried that with fabrics and the more I use the more they seem to multiply.
    Oh yes, I remember malt loaf. We bought it occasionally from the local Home Bakery when I was a child and it definitely has to be buttered – with lots of butter. Yours looks delicious, all ready to eat with the cuppa. Thanks for the reminder.

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  5. That is such an adorable page. Those are the cutest little animals Jo. You certainly do cute well. I also have not heard of a malt loaf. I need to go look that up because it sounds pretty yummy. Especially with a cup of T. I hope you had a super T day. And thanks for sharing with us at AJJ. Have a great rest of your week. Hugs-Erika

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  6. Coincidentally I’m having elevenses right now. And oh I would love a piece of English malt loaf. Sticky and gooey with lashings of butter! Yumm!
    Your page is gorgeous. that washi tape is adorable (and I hadn’t seen it was washi tape.) I think we all need to use up stash. I am also one of those people that keep pretty papers and never use them.I haven’t done any crafting for a long time, but I guess when hubby is out of hospital and can do things again, I will have some free time. (Haha, that’ll be the day. We’re retired and so we don’t have time!)
    Happy T-Day,

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  7. Oh yes this is super cute, i’ve not had chance to pop over and see the TioT team for a few weeks now, must make it my mission in march. Your doing a good job using up those scraps and odds and ends Jo, I try to use something up each time I create but they seem to breed over night hee hee.. Very happy you joined us over @ PBS challenge, sending Hugs your way Tracey xx

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  8. Your bread sounds and looks delicious. Cute project with your leftover scraps. I am trying to do that too. I have a basket right under my desk area with pre die cut stamped sentiments, other die cuts, and scraps of paper, etc. I made three cards on Tuesday with strictly stuff already cut and stamped. Good way for us to begin the new year. Happy T day!

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  9. Good morning Jo your page is so adorable-I love it and had me smiling.
    The bread I was not familiar so thank you for sharing it. since I have been enjoying all things Outlander I have been reading some books about Scotland. Enjoy the rest of your week-hugs Kathy

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  10. Oh dear, I have just made a tea loaf but now I wish I had a malt loaf to eat. It is such a long time since I had some and you have reminded me of how absolutely delightful it is with some butter on and a cuppa.
    Such pretty papers forming your background, enhanced by the toning down of Gesso to make me think of sherbet colours. A perfect background for those lovely little cuties to settle in.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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