Live Laugh Love

Over at Try it on Tuesday our challenge for the next 2 weeks is Use a stencil or two.

I had fun creating this page using a couple of stencils for the crackle texture and the background text. I hope you’re inspired to use a stencil to join our challenge too; it would be lovely to see you there!

I started by applying Distress Inks to the background by pressing the stamp pad onto a blending mat, spritzing them with water and then pressing the mat onto the page; the colours included Speckled Egg, Fossilized Amber, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade and Salty Ocean.

When dry, I stencilled some Ranger Crackle Texture Paste over the top using a Moroccan stencil from Creative Expressions and left it to dry overnight.

Next I added the text using a stencil from Crafter’s Workshop and some Speckled Egg Distress Ink. The pretty flower was a Penny Black sticker which I mounted onto some white cardstock and stuck in place using double-sided tape. The wording was a Kaisercraft sticker and reads “Live Laugh Love”. To finish, I recycled three stone discs from an old necklace to embellish the page and I added a pearl gemstone to the centre of each stone.

For more inspiration please pop over to Try it on Tuesday and take a look you at the amazing creations from our Guest Designer and my Design Teamies (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing my cup of Ceylon Tea with a hot cross bun which was lightly toasted and buttered – yum! Happy T Day everyone!

Hoping 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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Speckled Egg, Fossilized Amber, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade and Salty Ocean)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Moroccan)
  • Ranger Crackle Texture Paste
  • The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Template (Art is Stencil 6×6)
  • Penny Black Stickeroos (In Bloom 10-208)
  • White cardstock
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Secret Garden SS283)
  • Old necklace
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Love To Craft (Adhesive Pearls LCDOT002)

As well as joining Try it on Tuesday, I’m pleased to be able to join some the other challenges today, they are:

The lovely Sheila’s Single Flower challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the single vintage flower that I added to my page.

The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and their Anything Goes challenge with my vintage designed page.

LTCCB #56 – March Anything Goes challenge over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog with my mixed media art journal page.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and their Recycle challenge as I used some recycled bead discs from an necklace to embellish this page.

33 thoughts on “Live Laugh Love

  1. Stencilling in this way is a mysterious art to me and the crackle texture pattern creates a pretty amazing background. I’m also impressed by how you did the stencilled writing, it is so subtle.
    Adding the discs and pearls is another fascinating idea.
    The flower sits there perfectly happy to admire its very own special background.
    Thanks very much, Jo, for this great addition to our challenge at AJJ.

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  2. You have outdone yourself, Jo. This is stunning. I like how you started with the smooshing and went on to use that crackle. It shows so well under the stencil you used. This is, as always with you, an exceptional entry. Of course, adding the flower made it the absolute PERFECT entry for Sheila’s theme at Art Journal Journey, too. Thanks for sharing it.

    I would love a hot cross bun. Yours looks like it has raisins in it, which I would also love. I’m sure it went well with your Ceylon tea, too. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous journal page, your hot cross bun, and your tea with us for T this Tuesday, dear friend.

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  3. A beautiful page Jo, love the crackle background and the subtle combination of colours is gorgeous, making that beautiful flower just pop.
    Love toasted Hot Cross buns, yummy.
    Have a lovely week. Avril

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  4. Such a beautiful page. Your texture stencil reminds me of Celtic knotwork, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. I adore hot cross buns. I think I’ll have to make some for the weekend. Happy T Day

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  5. That is such a lovely page Jo- the soft colors along with the single flower and that super stencilling and crackle effect are great! Enjoy you treats and tea. Have a wonderful week Jo. Happy T day wishes!

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  6. The background is designed so fabulously, I am very enthusiastic about the technology and the flower with its special background. The words go so well. An artwork!!!
    Have a beautiful day, hug Elke

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  7. Hi Jo, your page is so elegant and pretty and I really love the textures very much.
    I used to make hot cross buns years ago-sooo good. I should look for a gluten free recipe.
    Hugs Kathy

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  8. What a gorgeous page Jo. I like the crackle texture. And that grey blue is just enough color. The flower pops right off the page. Thanks also for joining Sheila’s challenge at AJJ too. Your hot cross bun looks yummy. I’ve been thinking of making them, as I’m not sure I have ever had one. Thanks for the baking inspiration. Hope it was a great T day. I was busy painting my living room today so I’m behind. Hugs-Erika

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  9. I love this beautiful art page! The light color tones and stencil design texture along with bits of stenciled text is a beautiful, delicate background. The artistic flower block really pops here. Overall the page is so delightful to look at. Well done!

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  10. A gorgeous page Jo, I love the soft colours and the stencils you used to create the texture.
    Its great inspiration for the challenge themes.
    Stay safe.
    Yvonne xx

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  11. Jo your page is beautiful and I love the stencil with the crackle paste, love the colour too.
    Hot Cross buns, I must go to our English shop and hope they have some, they are having problems getting stock from the UK since Brexit!
    Happy belated T Day
    Jan S

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  12. this is drop dead gorgeous and how clever to mingle that single flower with it’s eroded background over that fresh springtime background you prepared with your inks and crackle texture. Love this contrast and your AJP! And thank you once again for playing along in our Anything Goes Challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog!

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  13. Very pretty journal spread. I love the texture that the paste gives. It makes such a difference. Thanks for joining the challenge at Love To Craft Challenge Blog. Dorlene DT LTCCB

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  14. Very nice stencil work. Those buns looks delish. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Love to Craft Challenge. We hope you continue to play with us!  XOXO, Aimeslee LTCCB DT

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