Feminine

Over at Try it on Tuesday our challenge for the next 2 weeks is Make it Feminine.

I created this feminine page using a gorgeous Shabby Chic paper from Studio Light, some lace and pearls. I hope that you like it and are inspired to join our challenge too; it would be lovely to see you there!

For the background, I stamped a delicate Floral Icons stamp from Docrafts using Brushed Corduroy and Ground Espresso Distress Ink. Then I cut the Shabby Chic paper and also some Vintage design papers to create the different paper pieces; I edged them with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and arranged them onto the page using a glue stick. The wording was a sticker from Kaisercraft and reads “You make life beautiful”. To finish, I added some pretty lace flowers and pearl strips.

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

As T Stands for Tuesday and I recently celebrated 5 years of blogging, I’m sharing this photo collage of some of the tea that I’ve enjoyed and posted over the years; it features pretty feminine tea sets to tie in with my page – 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 Creativity Essentials A5 Clear Stamp Set (Floral Icons DCE907123)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy, Ground Espresso)
  • Studio Light 12×12 Paper (Shabby Chic SCRAPSC03)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Vintage Romance 154897)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Full Bloom SS365)
  • Lace – recycled
  • Stix2 glue dots
  • Poundland (Pearl Embellishments)
Challenges

I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:

Art Journal Journey which is being hosted by the lovely Elle from Empire of the Cat this month and her Language theme with the wording I added to my page.

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #143 – Anything Goes with my feminine page.

LTSCB#145 – Anything Goes over at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog with my pretty feminine page.

Feminine challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my Feminine page.

Eight Days A Week

Over at Try it on Tuesday our challenge for the next 2 weeks is Inspired by a Song; please remember to let us know which song inspired your projects too.

My page was inspired by one of my hubby’s favourite Beatles songs, Eight days a week. I hope that you’ll join our challenge too; it would be lovely to see you there!

As this song is about love, the background of my page was covered in hearts. I did this using one of the very first stamps that I bought when I started art journaling, and the hearts were stamped using Lulu Lavender, Grape Jelly, Paris Dusk and Teal Zeal Memento Inks. I used a brayer to add some Pébéo white gesso over the top to push the colours back into the background more. “The Beatles” wording and image were recycled from a paper bag that I had in my craft stash; it was from when we visited The Beatles Story in Liverpool. The paper flowers were a gifted to me by my sister for Christmas and were arranged onto the page using Liquitex matte gel medium; maybe you noticed that I included eight flowers on this page to match the song title. The wording “Eight days a week” and the “8” that I added to the centre of each of the flowers were cut from white cardstock using an Alphanumeric Bold Thinlits die set. I coloured the song title wording using a Navy Spectrum Aqua marker before sticking them into place which finished the page. 

For more inspiration please pop over to Try it on Tuesday and find out which songs inspired the amazing creations from our Guest Designer and my Design Teamies too (grin!).

We love Liverpool and have visited many times. Of course Liverpool is synonymous with The Beatles and there are lots of Beatles things to see and do around the city. This includes The Beatle Story, which is well worth a visit; it’s a permanent exhibition telling the story of the lives and times of The Beatles.

This is an iconic statue of the “Fab Four” located along the waterfront near the Liverbird Building and Mersey Ferry Terminal.   

As we always visit Rococo for lunch when we are in Liverpool and T Stands for Tuesday, I’m pleased to share our green tea from one of our visits. We also enjoyed a Club sandwich to share and a cake each; I had a Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffin whilst my hubby had a Malteser (malt ball) Slice – Happy T Day everyone!

If you’re interested, here’s The Beatles singing Eight Days A Week too.

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:

  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Lulu Lavender, Grape Jelly, Paris Dusk, Teal Zeal)
  • Hobbycraft Clear Stamp (Heart Background)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Recycled paper bag – The Beatles Story
  • Pritt Stick
  • Paper Flowers
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Set (Alphanumeric Bold 665205)
  • White Cardstock
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Pen (Navy)
Challenges

I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today which are:

Art Journal Journey where the theme is Inspired By in honour of Eileen from The Artful Crafter’s Blog who picked the theme and was supposed to host this month but sadly passed away shortly after her heart surgery last month – she is greatly missed! I’m so pleased to be able to remember her by joining AJJ with my page which was inspired by a song – Eight Days A Week.

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #142 – Anything Goes with my art journal page.

LTCCB#57 – April Anything Goes over at Love to Craft Challenge Blog with my mixed media page.

Happy Easter

I just couldn’t resist using my new sunburst stencil which was an early birthday present. As my birthday happens to coincide with Easter weekend this year, I used it to create a page to wish you all a Happy Easter!

I started by applying some Mustard Seed Distress Ink through the Slimline Sunburst stencil from Marianne Designs with a blending tool.

As it was a slimline stencil, I then extended the sunburst design across the page using a ruler and some paper to mask out the sunrays. I used a pretty Easter Treat bag to create my Easter scene by cutting out the bunny in the flower pot, another bunny face and a couple of Easter eggs and making some extra grass spikes. I outlined the bunny in the flower pot using a Cold Grey Faber-Castell marker, and then layered the other bunny face over the top so that it was slightly off centre, which made it stand out more from the background. I added some pretty white and yellow ribbon to the flower pot and then I layered all the card elements onto the page using a glue stick and some double-sided tape. The “Happy Easter” wording was created using some alphabet stickers and I added a ribbon bow and single flower to the flower pot which finished the page.

Here’s the Easter Treat Basket that I used to create this page (grin!).

I love this Marianne Designs stencil! It has two gorgeous A4 slimline sunburst designs as well as a foreground and a cloud mask. It’s such a fabulous birthday present – thank you very much dear hubby (grin!).

As it’s Easter soon, my hubby also treated me to this giant chocolate bunny; it’s huge as you can see from the regular sized mug placed by it – wishing you a Happy Easter!

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:

  • Marianne Designs Craft Stencil A4 (Slimline Sunburst PS8080)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mustard Seed)
  • Aldi (Easter Treat Basket, Alphabet Stickers)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Pritt Stick
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • Craft Sensations (Satin Bow and Ribbon Set CRO280/R)
  • Flower embellishment (unknown) and leftover die cut leaf (Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Funky Florals #2 660721, white cardstock coloured with Mowed lawn Distress Ink)
Challenges

I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today, they are:

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

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #140 – Anything Goes with my Happy Easter page.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog and their Spring/Easter Mood Board challenge as the colours, bunny and eggs that I included on my page match the mood board.

LTCCB #56 – March Anything Goes challenge over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog with my Easter page.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and their Whatever the Weather challenge with the sunburst I added to my page.

Don’t forget that you still have a couple of days left to join our Use a Stencil or Two challenge over at Try it on Tuesday too!

Sweet music

Today I’m joining the lovely Sheila’s Single Flower challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my single daffodil page; I’m sorry I’m so late joining in the fun but this is the first opportunity that I’ve had to join you so far this month.

My single daffodil is making sweet music with some pretty birds and lots of green inks and papers to say that spring is on its way (grin).

For the background, I applied Peeled Paint, Pine Needles and Shabby Shutters Distress Inks through a Dissolving Planets stencil by Sheena Douglass. When dry, I added some Pébéo white gesso over the top using a brayer. Next I tore some paper pieces from a wallpaper sample and layered them onto the page using some Liquitex matte gel medium. They are arranged with two framed birds and the “Sweet Music” wording which were all fussy cut from the same wallpaper sample and also the daffodil which was cut from an old magazine. I edged all the paper elements using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and a black Uni Pin marker smudging the inks with my finger. Then I applied some Ranger Glossy Accents to the metal corners that framed the bird images; this gave them a 3D appearance. To finish, I added some torn pieces of yellow and white polka dot washi tape which were edged using the Dark Sepia marker.

Here are some of the pretty little daffodils currently flowering in our garden making it feel like spring is on it’s way!

I hope that you are staying safe and well! x

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

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

  • Sheena by Sheena Douglass Create a Flower Stencil (Dissolving Planets)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Pepper Paint, Pine Needles, Shabby Shutters)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Wallpaper sample
  • Old magazine
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.5mm)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • The Works (Polka Dot Paper Washi Tape)
Challenges

As well as Joining Sheila’s Single Flower challenge at Art Journal Journey, I’m pleased to be able to join some the other challenges that inspired my page design, they are:

#139 – Picture Inspiration challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps as the green and yellow colours that I used match those on the picture.

The Anything Goes challenge over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog with my vintage springtime page.

The Use Something Green challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge too with all the green colour I included in my design.

LTSCB #143 – Anything Goes challenge over at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog with my spring page.

A Bit O’Green challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with all the green inks and papers I added to this page.

Say it with Flowers

Over at Try it on Tuesday our challenge for the next 2 weeks is Say it with flowers.

We would love to see what your flowers are saying on your projects, my page is celebrating receiving flowers and saying “remember this feeling”. I hope that you are inspired to join our challenge too; it would be lovely to see you there!

I started by applying some Speckled Egg and Antique Linen Distress Ink to the page by stamping the ink pad onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the block onto the page. Then I stamped a Beau Collage stamp from Crafter’s Companion using the Antique Linen ink and used a Moroccan stencil by Creative Expressions as a stamp to apply some Speckled Egg ink. I die cut some flowery paper using an Organic Thinlits set from Tim Holtz and arranged them around the corners of the page along with a single hydrangea from a Floral die cut set. They were stuck in place using some Liquitex matte gel medium and when dry, I painted some shadows around these pieces using the Speckled Egg ink. The square flower image was recycled from an advertising postcard; it was edged with a Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck to the page using double-sided tape. To finish, I added the wording “remember this feeling” which was a sticker from Kaisercraft and some mini pearl gems.  

For more inspiration please pop over to Try it on Tuesday and take a look you at the wonderful Say it with flowers creations from my Design Teamies too (grin!).

I love to receive flowers; it always makes me feel happy and loved (grin!).

Of course the way to my hubby’s heart is with cake (double grin!); today he’s enjoying this iced finger filled with cream for his elevenses and as T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing his cup of Ceylon tea too and wishing you a very 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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Speckled Egg, Antique Linen)
  • Crafter’s Companion Parisian Collection Clear Stamp (Beau Collage)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Moroccan)
  • K & Company Die Cut Cardstock by Susan Winget (Floral)
  • Paper – Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine Issue 193
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits (Organic 664153)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Flower Advertising Postcard
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Secret Garden SS283)
  • Home Bargains Special Occasion (Mini Decoration Stickers 22740)
Challenges

I’m pleased to join the Mostly Neutrals challenge over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog with my mostly neutral coloured flower page; I hope the grey blue works ok to join your challenge.

I’m joining the Art Journal challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge too with me Say it with flowers art journal page.

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

I’m also pleased to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my flower art journal page.

I’m also joining the fun over at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog and their LTSCB #143 – Anything Goes challenge with my page too.

Just Breathe

This year we have been spring cleaning and decluttering all the rooms in our house. So I’ve been left with sorting through some old magazines to select any images that I want to recycle on my art journal pages. This page was created using a couple of those images and some leftover bits and pieces sitting on my craft desk.

I started by painting the background with a thin layer of Burnt Sienna Liquitex Acrylic paint and left it to dry. Then I stamped some crackle texture over the top using a BoBunny stamp and some Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink. Next I arranged the magazine images onto the page with some leftover papers that were sitting on my craft desk; they were all edged using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and then stuck down using a glue stick and some Liquitex matte gel medium. To finish, I added some metal discs which were recycled from an old necklace and also the wording which was from a Finnabair sticker book and reads “The quieter you become, the more you hear” and “Just breathe”; I thought these words related perfectly to the way that I’ve been feeling as a result of decluttering our rooms.

So here’s the pile of leftovers that were sitting on my craft desk from previous projects and the recycled images from the magazine that inspired this page. As you can see I didn’t use everything shown; it seems my pile of leftovers never seems to get smaller, does that happen to you too? (grin!).

Like art journaling, it’s been very cathartic decluttering the house and although the rooms are tidy and organised, I still have this pile of magazines to sort through; this is about half of what I had originally (double grin!).

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.

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

  • Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint (Burnt Sienna)
  • BoBunny Clear Stamps (Rough It Up #12105155)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Vintage Photo)
  • Leftovers paper pieces (Stamperia – Forest Papers, Sheet Music, American Crafts Paper – DIY Shop, The Works Paperstack – Vintage Experience, die cut flower – Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Wildflower Stems #3)
  • Recycled magazine images
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ground Espresso)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Recycled necklace
  • Finnabair Sticker Sheets (Sentiments #964849)
Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Valerie over at Art Journal Journey and her Heavy Metal challenge this month with the recycled metal discs from an old necklace that I used as part of my design.

I’m so happy to join the Mostly Neutrals challenge over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog with the neutral colours, images and papers that I used to create this page.

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 Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my Just Breathe art journal page too.

I’m also joining in the fun over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog and their LTCCB#55 – February Anything Goes challenge with the recycled and leftovers designed art journal page.

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)
Challenges

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.

Miss You

Today’s page was created in memory of my dearest friend; I found myself thinking of her as it was her birthday this week. She passed away two year’s ago after battling ovarian cancer, she was a shining light and I miss her very much!

I started by painting some gold metallic paint over the background and then I stamped a Serpentine stamp from Art Impressions using the same paint and some Black Soot Distress Ink. I recycled one of the papers that I had tested inks and stamps on; this time the paper had black and gold stamping on it so I cut it into pieces and stuck them into place using a glue stick.

I edged paper pieces and also the page using a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker smudging the ink with my finger which was fun. All the different words were added using rub-on transfers and I arranged some gold sparkly flower and circle Glitterations stickers which added some lovely texture and finished the page.  

Thinking of my dear friend bought back so many happy memories; here she is, on the far left, the year before she passed when we were celebrating our friend’s wedding (grin!).

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.

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

  • Poundland Metallic Acrylic Paint (Gold)
  • Art Impressions Wood Mounted Stamp (Serpentine Background T2773)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot)
  • Old paper pieces with gold and black stamping
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • UHU Stic
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Spring Sentiments #ROY506, Motivate Sentiments #ROY510)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Remnant Rubs (Tiny Text #TH93695)
  • Docrafts Papermania Glitterations (Gold Flowers ANT8181020, Gold Circle Frames ANT8181028)
Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Valerie over at Art Journal Journey and her Heavy Metal challenge this month with the gold elements on this page.

I’m joining the LTSCB #142 – Love is … remembering dearest friends so I’m joining the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog with my Miss You art journal page.

I’m also joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Add Some Texture challenge with the texture from stamping the acrylic paint and Glitterations stickers.

I’m also pleased to join the Favourite Technique challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, as collage and edging the paper pieces by smudging ink with my finger are some of my favourite techniques.

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

Savour this moment

Before Christmas we ordered some different teas, it was so beautifully wrapped that I recycled the packaging to create this wintry art journal page; I hope you like it!

I started by covering the page with the snowflake tissue paper, that the teas were wrapped in, using a glue stick.

Next I cut up the greetings card that came with the tea and stuck the front of the card onto my page using double-sided tape. Then I added some copper outline stickers around the flowers. I covered the “Season’s Greetings” sentiment with two squares which were die cut from the navy blue cardstock from the greetings card and some blue design paper from Craft Sensations. They were layered together and I decorated them using copper outline stickers and a blue snowflake which I had die cut from the same design paper.

The teacup and saucer were cut from the navy blue cardstock using a die set from Crafter’s Companion. They were arranged onto the page with more of the blue snowflakes and copper outline stickers to look like steam rising from the teacup. To finish, I cut some of the navy blue cardstock, mounted it onto some of the blue paper, and added the wording using letter stickers; it reads “Savour this moment”.

It was a lovely surprise to open the box of tea and find it so beautifully wrapped.

We had purchased our normal Ceylon Tea and also two new teas – Chai Spice and Assam Tea.

We also received these complimentary teas too; they all sound yummy! I love the packet designs which I’m sure will end up on a journal page or two (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday and my post is all about tea, I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and wishing you all a very 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:

  • Tea packaging – tissue paper and card
  • Pritt Stick
  • The Works Cutting Dies (Squares, Snowflake Garland)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Bright Colours CR730/R)
  • Crafter’s Companion Vintage Tea Party (Toppling Teacups)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • Stampendous Outline Stickers (Copper Leaves 2077)
  • Habico Signature Collection (Rose Gold Foil Alphabet Lower & Upper Case PP1077)
Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Valerie over at Art Journal Journey and her Heavy Metal challenge this month with the silver snowflakes and copper embellishments on my page.

I’m pleased to be able to join the Groundhog Day over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog as this page was made from recycled materials and I’m always recycling everyday things for my art journal designs.

I’m joining LTCCB #55 – February Anything Goes over at Love to Craft Challenge Blog with my recycled tea packaging page.

I’m also joining MIUCB #46 – Anything Goes + Fancy Fold over at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog with all the fun recycling techniques that I used to create this page.

First Signs of Spring at Country View Challenges

I’m so excited and honoured to have joined the wonderfully talented Design Team over at Country View Challenges . It’s such an inspirational blog and being part of this team is a dream come true – thanks so much for your warm and friendly welcome!

At Country View Challenges our challenge for February is First Signs of Spring, which is being hosted this month by the lovely Miriam.

I love celebrating the different seasons and creating this blossom and birdsong art journal page was so uplifting (grin!).

When I thought of birdsong, I knew that I had to use these beautiful images from my new Forest Paper Pad by Stamperia; this included the forest panel on the left hand side of the page, the pretty bird tag and the square nest image. They were cut out and edged with a Dark Sepia marker and/or some Black Soot Distress Ink. To make them look more Spring-like, I added additional colours by painting Distress Inks over parts of the images; it’s important not to add too much water when doing this otherwise you could ruin the image. I used Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron ink to add more vibrancy to the green areas of the forest panel and to the bird’s feathers, and also to add green leaves to the bare trees and colour the leaves on the nest image. I painted some Mustard Seed ink to add more vibrancy to the yellow feathers of the bird and also to add some colour to the nest. Then finally I painted the eggs using Speckled Egg ink and left them all to dry.

For the background, I coloured the page with splashes and drips of Hickory Smoke, Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss Distress Ink. I did this by stamping the ink pad onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the block onto the page.

Then I brayered some white gesso over the top to push the colours into the background more and then splattered the page with white acrylic paint. I stencilled dots vertically down the page using a Halftone Layering Stencil from Tim Holtz and Ranger Crackle Paste; this is the first time I have used this paste and it was so easy to apply with a palette knife – I love the results (grin!).  

Next I stuck the Stamperia paper pieces in place using double-sided tape. Then I created the blossoms and leaves using Tim Holtz Thinlits and some white linen card stock which I had coloured using Distress Inks. The blossoms were coloured with Mustard Seed and Fossilised Amber ink and die cut using a Tattered Florals Thinlit set. The leaves using Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron and Forest Moss Distress Ink and cut using a Garden Greens Thinlits set. After shaping the flower petals and adding a gold pearl to the centre of each flower, I arranged them onto the page using glue dots. To finish, I added the “blossom” and “birdsong” wording which was created from some Field Notes Ephemera by Tim Holtz, an alphabet stamp set and black Archival Ink.

For more inspiration you’ll find some amazing First Signs of Spring creations from my fellow Design Team members over at Country View Challenges.

I hope you are inspired to join us too, and if you do, you’ll have a chance to win a £20 voucher to use at Country View Crafts (grin!).

The birds in our garden have been very active of late. We’ve even seen the Great Tits that are on my page, but we have noticed that this pair of Coal Tits visit our bird feeders more frequently.

This made me smile, can you think of a good caption for this photo? Maybe the bird is saying “Hello, is anyone there?” or “It’s really dark in here” (grin!).

Hoping that you are 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 all the materials used to create this art journal page:

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the #136 – Patterns challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with the stencilled lines of dots that are on my page.

I’m joining MIUCB #46 – Anything Goes + Fancy Fold over at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog with all the different techniques I used, including the fun way that I coloured the paper images so they became more Spring-like.

I’m also happy to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my art journal page too.

I also pleased to be able to join in the fun at Love to Craft Challenge Blog and enter my spring blossom and birdsong page in their LTCCB #55 – February Anything Goes challenge.