Enjoy the simple life

It’s a new month so we are launching our April challenge today over at the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog which is Anything Mixed Media Goes.

My mixed media page was inspired by spring and some new Simple Stories materials that I got as an early birthday present (grin!).

I started by covering the background with Parchment Liquitex acrylic paint and when dry I used a Moroccan stencil by Creative Expressions to apply some Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the top. I removed some of the ink using a baby wipe and then I applied some Brushed Sage Distress Ink through the stencil too. Next I added the pretty spring paper which was free from a magazine and based on designs from The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. I edged it using a Cold Grey Faber-Castell marker smudging the ink with my finger. Next I arranged and layered all the different paper pieces together; some of which were leftovers, some were fussy cut from Kaisercraft papers and the main images with the words “Enjoy the simple life” and “My heart” were chipboard pieces from Simple Stories. To finish, I splattered the page with some black DecoArt acrylic paint.

For more inspiration please check out the amazing creations from our Guest Designer and my fellow Design Team members over at Creative Artiste too. All you need to do is to use three different mediums on your projects to join our mixed media challenge; I hope you are inspired to join us, it would be lovely to see you there!

Simple Stories is a new brand to me and I was lucky enough to be treated to some chipboard and die cut pieces as well as some papers for my birthday; they’re all so gorgeous and I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of them soon (grin!).

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

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


As well as Creative Artiste, I’m pleased to be joining the following challenges:

Paperbabe Stamps and their #164 – Anything Goes challenge with my spring page.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes theme with my spring coloured flowers page.

18 thoughts on “Enjoy the simple life

  1. Happy (early I think) birthday Jo. I’ve heard of Simple Stories but have never used they products. They look great on your page. And I should say nice page too! The bird paper is beautiful, and you certainly have a spring theme going. I’m still making spring pages because it is such an exciting time of year. Hope you have a great birthday and weekend and Happy April also. hugs-Erika

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  2. It won’t be long until your birthday, so I’ll wish you a happy birthday a couple of days early. You got some wonderful gifts. Those chipboard pieces are wonderful and so vintage, too. This is an amazing journal entry, Jo. I am truly impressed and love the inspiration, too.

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  3. Happy Birthday! It’s fun to create with newly received products. I love your page. The vintage feel brings to mind an old mansion full of rooms covered in subtle wallpaper designs and intricately carved furniture. Definitely a more simple life compared to now. Now we are challenged to find a more simple life to live.

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  4. A beautiful spring page JO, those new goodies look lovely, I’d not seen that company before and I can see how they will suit the your style of crafting. The layers and details of the page look awesome.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. So prettily designed Jo, those new supplies/gifts are so lovely, the white space is very peaceful. I hope you had a very special Birthday and extra thanks for sharing this sweet creation over @ Paperbabe Stamps. Hugs Tracey xx

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