It’s time for a new challenge over at Try it on Tuesday, which is Keep It Simple.

I kept it simple with a stencil background, a beautiful Stamperia image and a word stamp.

The background was created by using a Rose Stamperia stencil like a stamp, rubbing a Saltwater Taffy Distress Ink pad onto the stencil and spritzing with water. Then I placed the stencil onto the page and pressed lightly to transfer the ink; this was repeated a couple of times to fill the page. The pretty image was from a Sir Vagabond in Japan paper pad by Stamperia and I simply stuck it in place using glue tape and then edged it with some black Glitterations border outline stickers. To finish, I used black Archival Ink and an old stamp to add the wording, which reads “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.

For more inspiration please pop over to Try it on Tuesday to see the amazing creations from our Guest Designer and the rest of my Design Teamies (grin!). I hope you are inspired to join our challenge; it would be lovely to see you there!

I love the geisha girl image that I used on this page and the simple design seems very fitting to showcase it (smile!). My page reminded me of this beautiful cross-stitch that my mum created, I’m in awe of her talent and patience as she has created many of these cross stitch pictures. It is quite a contrast to my page as it is so very detailed; breathtakingly so!

I hope that you are staying safe and well!

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


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

Art Journal Journey which is being hosted by the lovely Aimeslee this month, who has chosen Flowers as her theme; so I’m joining in the fun with the stencilled roses and all the flowers contained in the image that I used on my page.

Stencil Fun Challenge and their May Stencil Fun – Anything Goes with optional Flowers challenge as I had fun using the stencil on this simply designed page.


25 thoughts on “Simplicity

  1. I love that Stamperia paper set and image. You used it so well on your simple page Jo. I came out amazing. And your Mother’s embroidered piece is magnificent. I hope you’re having a great week. hugs-Erika

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  2. Thanks for linking this up at AJJ, Jo! You kept it simple but with maximum effect, a real eye-catcher! And your mum’s art work is amazing, also quite eye-catching. Stunning work from you both! XXO

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  3. Such a gorgeous image from Stamperia. It looks great the way you have sat it on that background – a subtle background is all that was needed and the black lines you have used to outline the main image are just perfect. I must say how I love the words you have stamped – beautiful script.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  4. I’m in awe of anyone who can cross stitch especially something as beautiful and detailed as this. I tried my hand at it a few years ago but bloggers blindness and lack of patience stopped me in my tracks.Your mum did an amazing job and I can see the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.Your card is so pretty and love how you have combined the stencil with DP.


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