Autumn Blessings

Over at Try it on Tuesday our challenge for the next 2 weeks is Autumn Blessings.

I love autumn and I’m always thankful for the autumnal colours so my page features lots of colourful leaves and a fabulous saying that reads “May your blessings be as countless as the autumn leaves”.

I hope you like it and are inspired to join our challenge too; it would be lovely to see you there!

I started by stamping the wording onto the page using a Sophisticated Script stamp set by Concord & 9th and black Archival Ink; touching up the lettering in places using a black marker. Then I had a happy accident as I didn’t realise the black marker that I used was water-based, so when I added some Tea Dye Distress Ink using a wet paint brush it reactivated the black marker; I quickly changed my brush strokes so they were in a diagonal pattern away from the lettering and it resulted in this beautiful grungy look – I love how it turned out (grin!).

Next I selected lots of leftover papers that had been coloured with different acrylic paints, Distress Inks and Brushos. Then I die cut the different leaves from them using a Fall Foliage Thinlits set by Tim Holtz. I added more colour to the leaves using Crackling Campfire, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber and Ground Espresso Distress Ink. Then I arranged them onto the page using Liquitex matte gel medium and to finish, I splattered the whole page using black DecoArt acrylic paint.

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

As T Stands for Tuesday and autumn is in the air, I’m sharing some homemade parkin which is a gingerbread cake traditionally made with oatmeal and black treacle, which originated in Northern England. I always make it this time of year as it’s one of my dad’s favourites, and today I’m enjoying a piece with my cuppa (hot water this time) – Happy T Day!

I hope that you’re all staying safe and well, and sending you autumn blessings!

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

For the sake of brevity I am no longer listing the individual items that I used to create my page, however I’m more than happy to let you know which particular product was used if you contact me via comments below or using the following contact me link.


As well as Try it on Tuesday, I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:

Art Journal Journey and lovely Wendy K from who is hosting this month with her Vintage challenge with my autumn blessings page.

#144 Autumn Colours challenge over at Sparkle Monthly Challenges with the autumn colours on my art journal page.

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #152 – Anything Goes with my autumn art journal page.

Challenge #5 Mixed Media Lovers, this challenge blog is for all mixed media lovers so I’m joining them with my mixed media autumnal page.

LTSCB #149- Anything Goes over at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog with my autumn blessings page.

29 thoughts on “Autumn Blessings

  1. You created so many leaves for this page. That must have taken some time, but they look amazing. And that quote is perfect. I hope you have that many blessings also. And I have heard of a parkin but didn’t know what it was actually made of. I think it sounds yummy and perfect for fall. Thanks for sharing this page with us for Wendy’s challenge at AJJ, and also hope your T day is going well. Hugs-Erika

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  2. Parkin sounds familiar — I think I read about it in histories of ginger, which appeals to people in so many places and thus appears in so many local cakes and other dishes. Yours looks like a good snack.

    best… mae at

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  3. What an absolutely STUNNING journal entry. The grungy look is perfect and I am in LOVE with those leaves. Your use of leftover papers is superb and those leaves are incredible. I love that die set. It will serve you well this time of year. Thanks, too for including Art Journal Journey and Wendy’s theme with your journal page.

    Your gingerbread cake looks wonderful and I love gingerbread, especially this time of year. I see drinking hot water is something several people do during T time, so I’m glad you shared it with us. Thanks for sharing your fabulous journal page and your cake and water with us for T this Tuesday, dear Jo.

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  4. Stunning page Jo! I love all of the colorful leaves and that beautiful sentiment! It’s always nice to use leftover papers for a new project, this turned out stunning and the grungy look is awesome! Take care and enjoy the rest of the week!
    Hugs, Tammy

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  5. Happy T-day, Jo. Love your journal page. Very cool letter stamps – I wish I had a set!!! Love the leaves too – you did such a fabulous job arranging them. Lovely and such a great page for Autumn.
    Your dessert and hot water look fun – at least the dessert does – lol. It sounds very interesting and like something I would love to try. Wonder if we could even get the ingredients around here.


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