Self-Belief

While tidying up my craft room I came across a motivational photo that I used to have on my work desk which always made me smile and inspired me to be more adventurous, it depicts “The power of self-belief”. It reminded me of a lion photo that I had saved from an old magazine so I just had to create this page – I hope you like it (grin!).

For the background I covered the page with Scattered Straw and Antique Linen Distress Ink with a blending tool and then I spritzed with water and left to dry; I love the dreamy way the inks blended with the bursts of colour. Then I splattered the page with black DecoArt acrylic paint dabbing it with a piece of kitchen towel to smudge and reduce the intensity of the colour.

For the lion and wording, I used a picture from a magazine. I experimented by die cutting the trellis pattern into the left-hand side of the picture to blend it into the page; I really like the result (grin!).

I die cut the letters for the wording using a Docrafts alphabet die set from the remainder of the magazine page. They are edged with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker before sticking them in place and surrounding them with pieces of the trellis, which finished the page.

Here’s the photo that inspired my page, I love how the kitten looking into the mirror depicts how powerful self-belief is and I’m a great believer in being able to achieve something if you set your mind to it (grin!).

I hope 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.

Challenges

With the background and trellis texture that I created on this art journal page, I’m pleased to join the Texture challenge over at Art Journal Journey that I’m hosting this month; it would be lovely to see you there!

I’m so happy to join the Staying in the Background challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the dreamy background that I created for this page.

I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their No Stamps Allowed challenge too as no stamps were used to create this page.

I’m pleased to join the Time Out Challenge where for their Challenge #170 they are challenging you to be Adventurous; I’ve been adventurous three-fold in that my art journal page inspires me to believe and therefore be more adventurous, secondly in that I experimented by die cutting into the magazine picture to blend it into my page, and thirdly because I focused on making my page more paper-based so I could play along at this challenge blog.

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Scattered Straw, Antique Linen)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint (Black)
  • Old magazine
  • The Works (Die Cutting – Trellis)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Docrafts X-Cut A5 Die Cut Set (Folk Alphabet XCU503286)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)

Use Your Scraps

For the next two weeks our new challenge over at Try it on Tuesday is Use Your Scraps.

I find it very hard to throw things away so have lots of scraps in my craft stash so this challenge gave me the perfect excuse to get creative using them; I hope you like it too (grin!).

I often have scraps leftover from journal pages although I have to say my pile of scraps didn’t really get any smaller, but I so enjoyed creating this pretty art journal page.

My selection for this page was from my scrappy box of embellishments, words and die cuts along with my inked and stamped papers which are created when I experiment with ink techniques and stamps before using them on my pages. I often stamp onto tissue paper so I can position images and wording on my pages too.

I started by tearing an A5 piece of paper, that was stamped and covered with ink, into five pieces and stuck them onto the page using a glue stick. Once in place, I added more images that had been stamped onto white tissue paper which included postage marks, flowers, tags and wording. I layered them together with bits of blue tissue and decoupage papers, torn pieces of wallpaper and sheet music and also papers that I had tested different colours of blue inks on. I covered the edges with a light covering of Liquitex matte gel medium so when dry I was able to outline them using a black Uni Pin marker (without my pen being ruined by the glue) and smudging the marker using my finger. Next I added some scraps of torn washi tape which I also outlined using the black marker.

For the birds in the birdcage, I cut up and joined together three different failed stamped images to create the one on the page which looks pretty perfect now (grin!) It is hung from a tree branch which was also previously stamped on some tissue paper.

From my scrappy box, I added some white die cut hearts, a couple of blue sequins, an alphabet button, a couple of paper flowers and some wording that I had pre-cut from a birthday card; this finished the page.

To inspire you further, my Design Teamies have been busy using their scraps over at Try it on Tuesday too, please pop over and take a look at their amazing creations!

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing my cup of green tea that I enjoyed with a Chorley Cake from a local bakery. As you can see this pastry was actually as big as my head so of course I shared it with my hubby (grin!). I’m saying a big hello and welcome to the T Gang and wishing you all a Happy T day!

If you didn’t know, a Chorley Cake is a flattened fruit filled pastry traditionally associated with the town of Chorley in Lancashire, England. The filling can be made from currants, raisins or sultanas which are evenly distributed and sandwiched between two layers of unsweetened shortcrust pastry. These cakes are not to be confused with an Eccles Cake which uses flaky puff pastry and is normally baked to a deeper brown in colour and covered with sugar. Here in Lancashire, Chorley cakes are often eaten with a light spread of butter on top, and sometimes with a slice of Lancashire cheese which makes them extra yummy (double grin!).

I hope 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.

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the Texture challenge over at Art Journal Journey that I’m hosting this month with the collage layered texture on this page.

I’m so happy to join the Birds challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the birds in the birdcage that I added to this page.

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

  • Stamped and inked papers, stamped tissue paper, ink coloured paper
  • Pieces of blue tissue and decoupage paper
  • Pieces of wallpaper and sheet music
  • Pritt Stick
  • Liquitex Matt Gel Medium
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Bits of torn washi tape
  • Die cut white hearts
  • Sequins
  • Alphabet button
  • Paper flower embellishments
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

Texture at Art Journal Journey

I am so delighted to be hosting Art Journal Journey this month and the challenge theme that I have chosen for this month is Texture.

We would like you to have fun creating texture on your pages. As you can see from the different panels on my page there are lots of possibilities to create texture. This could be by adding texture paste, crackle paste, high density mediums like gesso, paints or embossing powder. You could also use embossing folders, layers of papers, die cuts, fabrics or chipboard pieces too. The choice is yours! 

I couldn’t just choose one texture so I decided to create my page using 21 different texture panels to inspire you and as I started creating the panels they turned into little scenes, I hope you like them (grin!).

If you’re interested, here’s close up pictures and full details of how the panels that make up my page were created. There’s also a list of all materials I used at the end of this post too.

1. Foil
For my first panel, I stamped a dragonfly using black Archival Ink onto some coloured foil, which is recycled from an Easter egg wrapper. I stuck it onto the panel using a glue stick and to create the worn textured look I added some black Archival Ink to emphasis the creases and then I rubbed the foil back to its base silver colour with a baby wipe. To finish I added the glittery flower.

2. Teabags & staples
Using staples I attached a used teabag to the panel and then I stuck three teacups on the top which were die cut from some design paper.

3. Glass beads
I coloured the panel with some Summer Sky Memento Ink and then applied Liquitex Glass Beads Texture Gel over the top with a palette knife. Whilst the medium was still wet I pressed some pretty blue glass beads into the texture gel. When dry I added the little orange fish which is a brad.

4. Dried leaves
I used matte gel medium to layer together a yellow skeleton leaf, a dried beech leaf and a die cut flower, which was cut from some linen textured paper using a Wildflower Tim Holtz Thinlet.

5. Fabric, threads and lace
The panel was covered with some self-adhesive fabric and layered with a piece of frayed muslin, some Hessian/burlap and some threads which I topped with a lace flower.

6. Corrugated card
I added a piece of corrugated card, which was recycled from some packaging, using matte gel medium then applied some Pébéo white gesso over the top. When dry, I emphasised the corrugations using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. The postage stamp is from Graphic 45 and was distressed using the Dark Sepia marker, Tea Dye Distress Ink and black acrylic paint. 

7. Elastic bands
I applied some matte gel medium to the panel and sprinkled on some Orthodontic elastic bands that CJ kindly set to me (grin!). When dry I covered them with white gesso and highlighted the circles using a Dark Sepia marker. Then I edged the panel using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and coloured some of the circle centres using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. To finish, I added three little hearts that were in my craft stash; they were created using the Falling Hearts Thinlet set from Tim Holtz and glossy white cardstock.

8. Crackle
I covered the panel with white gesso and when it was dry I applied Earl Grey, Caramel and Coconut Faber-Castell Gelatos smudging the colours with my finger. To create the crackle I used a BoBunny stamp and some Toffee Crisp and Rich Cocoa Momento inks and Black Archival ink.

All the letters for the “texture” wording were created using an X-Cut die set; they were cut from both black and white paper and then layered together onto a panel of textured design paper.

9. Glitter
I cut some different coloured glitter sheets into squares and then stuck them onto the panel using a glue stick.

10. Cork
I simply stuck a piece of cork designed paper onto the panel.

11. Paint Splatter
To add more texture I used some high density Liquitex paint, splattering Vivid Lime Green, Cold Grey and Bright Aqua Green onto the panel and leaving it to dry.

12. Wood
This is one of my favourite techniques; I applied Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy and Ground Espresso Distress Ink pads vertically down the panel and used a paint brush to add some matte gel medium over the top keeping the brush strokes in a vertical direction. I repeated the process a couple of times making sure each layer dried before adding the next.

13. Texture paste
I applied some Ranger Texture Paste to the panel using a Vintage Diamond stencil. When dry I coloured the panel using Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks, then emphasised the texture paste using some Midnight Sparkle lustre wax.

14. Napkin
I simply covered the panel with a gold embossed napkin using a glue stick.

15. Wooden chipboard pieces and rust effect
I started by sticking the cogs in place using matte gel medium. When dry I added layers of different shades of rust and brown acrylic paints which I had created by mixing Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow and black acrylic paints. When dry I added more detail using Dark Sepia and a Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. Then I added some patina by lightly stippling some Bright Aqua Green acrylic paint over the top.

16. Paper layers
I covered the panel with leftover paper pieces and edged them using a black Uni Pin marker. The flower is a paper sticker and the foliage was cut using a Funky Floral Thinlet from Tim Holtz and coloured using two green Winsor & Newton Promarkers.

17. Doily and gems
I added lots of texture to the panel using layers of doily which I edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a Dark Sepia marker. They are stuck in place using double-sided tape and then embellished with some textured gemstones to add some shimmer and shine.

18. Embossing Folder, thread and buttons
I used an embossing folder to add a flower design to a piece of Kraft cardstock and then coloured the raised embossed design using a white Uniball gel pen and Aqua Green Promarker. Then I wound some wax thread around the panel and attached a big button.

19. Drywall/Plasterboard Tape
I added some drywall/plasterboard tape to the panel and coloured it using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and White Linen Dylusions Ink Spray. I splattered the panel with black DecoArt acrylic paint and added some washi tape to create the foreground. Then I added the mushrooms which are from the Field Notes Ephemera Set from Tim Holtz.

20. Embossing enamel and die cut trellis
The panel background was coloured using Tea Dye and Antique Linen Distress Ink and Dandelion and Pistachio Memento Ink. The trellis was die cut from white cardstock covered in black Archival Ink and Chunky Silver Stampendous embossing enamel. I added two little birds which were stamped using black Archival Ink, coloured with Promarkers and fussy cut out.

21. Tissue Paper
For the final panel, I crumpled some white tissue paper and then added it to the panel using matte gel medium. When dry, I coloured it with Lemon, Cadmium Yellow, Cerulean Blue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna watercolour paint. The flower was cut from some Kanban cardstock using a Wildflower Tim Holtz Thinlet.

Once the panels were complete I stuck them onto the page using double-sided tape; I coloured the background with a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker to outline the panels before sticking them in place.

Do you have a favourite panel?
It’s hard for me to choose, maybe number 3 with the beads and little fish, number 6 as I love the corrugated card, number 15 with cogs and rust or number 20 as you know I adore robins (grin!).

I hope that you are inspired to join us at Art Journal Journey this month too! We are really looking forward to visiting you and seeing all the Texture that you create on your pages (grin!).

Hoping 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.

Challenges

I’m joining the It’s A Wrap challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the Easter Egg wrapping, corrugated packaging and tissue paper wrap I used to create my panels.

I’m happy to be able to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my page.

I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge too.

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

1. Foil Panel

  • Recycled foil from Easter Egg
  • Eco Green Crafts Recycled Rubber Art Stamps (Petal Party #04309)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Poundland (Mini Glitter Embellishment 59409)

2.  Teabag & Staples Panel

  • Recycled dried used teabags
  • Stapler and staples
  • Crafter’s Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies Metal Die Set (Vintage Tea Party Toppling Teacups)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Bright Colours CR0730/R)
  • Stix2 glue dots

3. Beads Panel

  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Summer Sky)
  • Liquitex Glass Beads Texture Gel
  • Blue glass beads
  • Brads (Fishes – Orange)

4. Dried Leaves Panel

  • The Handmade Paper Company (Nature’s Touch of Art – Yellow Skeleton Leaves)
  • Dried Beech Leaf
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Wildflower 661190)
  • Textured Glossy Linen Cardstock
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

5. Fabric, threads & Lace Panel

  • Poundworld (Adhesive Pattern Fabric U-80945)
  • Recycled cheesecloth
  • Hessian/Burlap
  • The Works (Lace Flower Stickers)
  • Stix2 glue dots

6. Corrugated card Panel

  • Recycled corrugated packaging
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pitt Pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Graphic 45 Seasons Collection Paper (Spring Collection #4501618)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)

7. Elastic Bands Panel

  • Orthodontic Elastics ¼” Medium – thank you CJ!
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pitt Pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Tumbled Glass)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Falling Hearts 664415)
  • Recycled glossy white cardstock
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)

8. Crackle Panel

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Earl Grey, Caramel, Coconut)
  • BoBunny Clear Stamps (Rough It Up #12105155)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Toffee Crunch, Rich Cocoa)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)

“Texture” Wording

  • Docrafts X-Cut A5 Die Set (Folk Alphabet XCU503286)
  • Leon X-Large Coloured Paper Pad
  • The Works Paper Stack (Vintage Experience)
  • Pritt Stick

9. Glitter Panel

  • Poundland (Glitter Sheets 116432)
  • Pritt Stick

10. Cork Panel

  • American Crafts Paper (DIY Shop 366665)
  • Pritt Stick

11. Paint Splatters Panel

  • Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic (Vivid Lime Green, Neutral Gray 5, Bright Aqua Green)

12. Wood Panel

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy, Ground Espresso)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

13. Texture Paste Panel

  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencil (Vintage Diamonds)
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio)
  • Craf-T Products Luster Rub-ons Color Kit #4 (Midnight Sparkle)

14. Napkin Panel

  • Embossed Gold Napkin
  • Pritt Stick

15. Chipboard Pieces & Rust Panel

  • Boozybear Wood Chippes (Cogs)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Liquitex Artist Color (Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Medium Hue)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pitt Pen (Dark Sepia 175 B, Sanguine 188 B)
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic (Bright Aqua Green)

16. Paper Layers Panel

  • Leftover paper pieces
  • Pritt Stick
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • White Cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Funky Florals #1 662700)
  • Winsor & Newton Promarkers (Lime Green G178, Forest Green G356)
  • Poundland (Assessories Pack – Flowers)

17. Doily & Gems Panel

  • Dovecraft Premium (Painted Blooms Paper Doilies DCDLS010)
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • The Range (Adhesive Craft Sheets CR0866)

18. Embossing Folder Panel

  • Kraft Cardstock
  • Docrafts X-Cut Embossing Folder (Blossom Vines XCU515232)
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)
  • Winsor & Newton Promarker (Soft Green G817)
  • Groves Trimits (Waxed Thread CB923)
  • Large button

19. Drywall/Plasterboard Tape Panel

  • Wilkos Drywall/Plasterboard Tape
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass)
  • Dylusions Ink Spray (White Linen)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Wilkos Washi Tape
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Ephemera Set (Field Notes #TH94051)

20. Embossing Enamel and Die Cut Panel

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye, Antique Linen)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Dandelion, Pistachio)
  • White Cardstock
  • The Works (Die Cutting Set – Trellis)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Stampendous Embossing Enamel (Chuncky Silver)
  • Picket Fence Studios Clear Stamps (Chirp, Chirp A130)
  • Winsor & Newton Promarkers (Henna 0225, Ruby R455, Cool Grey 4 CG4)

21. Tissue Paper Panel

  • Recycled tissue paper
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Winsor & Newton Watercolour (Lemon, Cadmium Yellow, Cerulean Blue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna) – thank you CJ!
  • Kanban MacKenzie Background Card (Numbers Black CRD1763)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Wildflower 661190)

Cherry Beer

I had a lovely surprise as my hubby kindly bought me a bottle of cherry beer; this particular one comes with a paper wrap which he thought would be perfect to use on a journal page – how cool is that!

I really enjoyed using the paper wrap from the beer (grin!). I started by creating lots of tags and panels out of the paper wrap using a square die cut set and a Tim Holtz Framelit set; I mounted them onto some recycled card using a glue stick and then edged them using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell marker.

The background was created using the leftover pieces of the paper wrap which I collaged with some brown paper recycled from the parcel of goodies that CJ kindly sent to me. I lined the edges of the collaged papers using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell marker and then added some Pébéo white gesso using my finger. When dry, I gave it worn grungy look using some Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Then I arranged the tags and panels onto the background using either double-sided tape or double-sided foam tape. To finish, I added three large gold brads through the holes in the tags.

This beer is Bacchus Kriekenbier which is a Belgian fruit beer based on “Bacchus Oud Vlaams Bruin” (Old Flemish Brown) with the addition of “krieks” (Morello cherries). 

Flemish Old Brown is a dark brown beer flavoured with 15 % cherries which is matured in oak casks. It has a pleasant sour cherry taste  – so delicious!

As T Stands for Tuesday, my cherry beer is perfect to share with the T Gang too – Happy T Day everyone!

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.

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Alison AKA Craftytrog over at Art Journal Journey and her Pockets and Tags challenge this month with my cherry beer page.

I’m joining the It’s A Wrap challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the beer paper wrap that I used to create this page.

I’m also happy to be able to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my page.

Don’t forget that you still have time to join our Tag You’re It challenge this month over at A Vintage Journey too, it would be lovely to see you there!

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

  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits (Tag Collection 658784)
  • The Works (Die Cutting Set – Squares)
  • Paper wrap from Bacchus Cherry Beer
  • Recycled card
  • Pritt Stick
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Recycled brown paper – thanks CJ!
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo)
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape and foam tape
  • Wilkos (Brads – Gold)

Just Perfect

I recently won one of the challenges over at Paperbabe Stamps so I was very excited to use the new stamp set that I chose as my prize – thanks so much!

The Paperbabes Stamp Set was “just perfect” for decorating the recycled tags on my page which I found when I was tidying my craft room; the tags were from clothing as well as towels and pottery.

I started by adding lots of the tags to the page using a glue stick and then covered them with several layers of Pébéo white gesso, letting each layer of gesso dry before adding the next.

Then I edged the tags with a Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker, smudging the ink with my finger. I added some washi tape to some of the tags and splattered the page then coloured the tags using Cerulean Blue Winsor & Newton watercolour paint. When the paint was dry I edged the tags and washi tape using a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. Using black Archival Ink, I stamped the tags using a Spritz & Speckles stamp set, also from Paperbabe Stamps and then using a Gothic Book stamp from Finnabair. I stamped the tags using a Floral Icons stamp from Docrafts and Teal Zeal Memento Ink and then I splattered the page with black DecoArt acrylic paint. To finish, I added three copper butterflies and also a Kaisercraft sticker which reads “Just Perfect”.   

The washi tape and watercolours that I used for this page were part of the fabulous goodies that I received from CJ over at CJ & Ink – thanks very much!

Here’s the Spritz & Speckles stamp set that I won from Paperbabe Stamps too, I’m sure I’ll use this one a lot as it adds such lovely textures and grungy effects – thanks so much!

Hoping that you all stay safe and well! x

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

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Alison AKA Craftytrog over at Art Journal Journey and her Pockets and Tags challenge this month with all the tags on my page.

I’m joining in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Grunge It Up challenge with my grungy art journal page.

I’m also happy to be able to join the #126 – Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my page.

Don’t forget that you still have time to join our Tag You’re It challenge this month over at A Vintage Journey too, it would be lovely to see you there!

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

  • Recycled tags from clothing, towels and pottery
  • Pritt Stick
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233, Black 199)
  • Winsor & Newton Watercolour Paint Set (Cerulean Blue)
  • Paperbabe Stamps Stamp Set (Spritz & Speckles)
  • Prima Marketing Finnabair Clear Stamp (Gothic Book 966966)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 Clear Stamp Set (Floral Icons DCE907123)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Team Zeal)
  • The Range (Craft Butterflies Stickers CRO420)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Pen & Ink SS360)

T Day Fiesta

I had a lovely surprise in the post, some happy mail from Bleubeard and Elizabeth celebrating T Stands for Tuesday’s 7th Anniversary – thank you so much for the amazing ATC and fabulous goodies!

I created this page with some of the goodies that Bleubeard and Elizabeth sent me; creating a tag with the Fiesta napkin and reusing the envelope that everything came in to make a pocket. Those little donkey piñatas caught my eye so I used them as part of my fun design too (grin!).

I kept the background simple, using two stencils from Creative Expressions I added a floral design using Love Letter Memento Ink and a trellis design using Black Soot Distress Ink applying them with a blending tool.

For the pocket, I folded the envelope so the postage stamp and marks were showing. Then I cut it into a triangular shape and coloured it using a Lemon Faber-Castell Gelato. To hold the pocket together I used some red and white flowered washi tape and then attached it to my page using double-sided tape. At the moment it is holding all the goodies that Bleubeard and Elizabeth kindly sent to me and I’m sure it won’t stay so full for long as I’ll be using them over time as part of my page designs (grin!).

For the tag, I cut some white card stock using the largest Tag Collection Framelit by Tim Holtz and my Big Shot machine and then I covered the tag with the Fiesta napkin using a thin layer of Liquitex matte gel medium. When dry, I coloured the right-hand side using Lemon Faber-Castell Gelato and then covered it in washi tape to match the envelope pocket. Using the Tag Collection Framelit set I cut out the tag hole reinforcement from white card which was also coloured with the Lemon Faber-Castell Gelato and covered with the washi tape. With the reinforcement glued in place, I tied some pretty recycled ribbon to the tag. The Fiesta wording and donkey piñatas were mounted onto some white card stock using the gel medium and when they were dry, I fussy cut them out and edged them with a black marker. I layered them all together using double-sided tapes and then to finish I stamped the “thank you” wording using black Archival Ink.

As you may know Bleubeard and Elizabeth kindly sent this beautiful ATC and some goodies to those of us in the T Gang at T Stands for Tuesday, which is so kind and thoughtful – thanks so much!

Of course I just adore the ATC and it makes a lovely addition to my craft room having pride of place so I see it everyday whilst I’m crafting (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday and I’m celebrating with a T Day Fiesta, I thought a margarita would fit the bill – cheers and Happy T day!

Hoping 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.

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Alison AKA Craftytrog over at Art Journal Journey and her Pockets and Tags challenge this month pocket and tag I created for this page.

I’m joining the Stencilmania challenge fun over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the two stencils that I used for the page background.

I’m joining in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Summer Memories challenge with my T Day Fiesta art journal page.

I’m also happy to be able to join the #125 – Sketch challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps as the tag with images, Fiesta wording and little piñata donkey that I included on my page.

I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Use Your Favourite Tool challenge too; many of you will know that I love nothing better than fussy cutting so with just my scissors I’m a happy bunny (grin!).

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

  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencil (Daisy Wheels, Ornamental )
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Love Letter)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot)
  • Gift from Bleubeard and Elizabeth – thanks so much!
  • Recycled envelope and postage stamp
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos (Lemon)
  • Michael’s Washi Tape
  • Recycled white card stock
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits (Tag Collection 658784)
  • Fiesta napkin
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Recycled ribbon
  • Stix2 double-sided tape
  • X-Press It! double-sided foam tape
  • Sharpie Permanent Marker Fine Point (Black)
  • Crafter’s Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies (Butterfly Lullaby S-BL-ST-JUS)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)

Arundel Treasures

Today we are launching our March challenge over at Creative Artiste Challenge Blog, and as always the theme is:

Anything Mixed Media Goes.

I hope you’ll join us, please check out the rules here.

My art journal page was inspired by Arundel which we visit every winter whilst staying with family. My grungy background showcases the golden crown fountain located at Arundel Castle as well as some beautiful postage stamps from my hubby’s childhood stamp collection that I thought matched the design beautifully (grin!).

To create my grungy background, I started by covering a Sea Green inky background with a thick layer of white gesso and then collaging some odd bits of paper that were on my craft desk to add texture. Then I applied some Pébéo modelling paste to the page and scored it using a small ice scraper to create the waves and lines of texture. Next I added some drywall tape and then I covered everything with another layer of white gesso. When dry, I rubbed on some Midnight Sparkle and Amber lustre wax with my finger to emphasise the textures that I’d created. I added some ripped pieces of black and white washi tape and some postage stamps that I had stamped using gold acrylic; they were leftover from another page. Then I applied lots of gold leaf using gold size to adhere it to the page; applying it so it gave a grungy look.

Next I stamped some Adornment shapes from Papermania onto some tissue paper using black Archival Ink and stuck them in place using Liquitex matte gel medium. When dry I framed each of them with a gold circle using Glitterations stickers. I fussy cut the image of the crown fountain from a leaflet about Arundel castle, mounted it onto some recycled card and stuck it to the page using double-sided tape.

To finish the page, I added two beautiful postage stamps which are from Hungary dated 1970 and picture Gold Artefacts; my hubby kindly gave me his childhood stamp collection to use for my art journaling (grin!).

I hope that you are inspired to join our Anything Mixed Media Goes Challenge too! For more inspiration please check out the amazing creations from my fellow Design Team members over at Creative Artiste too.

Here’s the crown fountain which is part of the gardens of Arundel Castle and as you can see from this video the crown revolves being supported by a jet of water; it was based on a 17th century classical design by English architect Inigo Jones.

As we visit Arundel during the winter months the castle and gardens aren’t open so I’ve never seen this magical fountain but we always admire the view of the castle whilst on our walk around Arundel.

We walk by the castle walls and then into woodland.

Then down by the river, as you can see we had lovely blue skies too.

Which leads us back to the castle again, as you can see the river water levels are really high from all the rain we’ve been having here. From the castle we head into the town to look around the pretty shops and have a spot of lunch (grin!).

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

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Eileen from The Artful Crafter and her Green challenge over at Art Journal Journey this month with the pop of green on my neutral background from the green postage stamp on this page.

I’m also happy to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my page too.

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

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Leftover bits of paper
  • UHU Stic
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste
  • Drywall Tape
  • Craf-T Products Lustre Rub-ons (Set # – Midnight Sparkle, Amber)
  • Washi tape
  • Gold Leaf
  • Annie Sloane (Water Based Gold Size)
  • Leftover gold acrylic stamped postage stamps
  • Recycled white tissue paper
  • Papermania Hallmark Cards wood mounted stamp (Adornment – G PMA9062904)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Anita’s Glitterations (Gold Frame Circle ANT8181028)
  • Arundel Castle leaflet
  • Postage Stamps – Hungary Magyar Posta Gold Art 1970
  • Recycled card
  • X-press It! double-sided tape

Makes me dream

A visit to the Blackbird Café had me thinking of stars, so I created this page from recycled used inky baby wipes and a fabulous quote from Vincent Van Gogh that reads “I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream”.

I started by collaging pieces of baby wipe that I had used to mop up some After Midnight Dylusions Ink Spray and Black Archival Ink using some gel medium. When dry I also applied some of the Dylusions Ink Spray using a paintbrush to water it down to any areas of the page that I hadn’t collaged and then stencilled some dots using a Creative Expressions Distressed Dots Mask. I splattered the page with some Pébéo white gesso, black DecoArt acrylic paint and a silver Daler Rowney paint marker. Next I fussy cut some images from a sheet of Stargazer Collection paper from Kaisercraft, edged them with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck them in place. I framed the quote using silver outline stickers and then I added some glittery silver stars which finished the page.

You may remember the Blackbird Café from previous posts, it’s such a lovely place and we normally go there with our dearest friends and chat over a cuppa (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday, here’s my cup of hot chocolate in a beautiful blue mug and it was served with a yummy white chocolate star – Happy T Day!

Of course we couldn’t visit this café without having a bacon butty too – so delicious (double grin!).

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

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m so happy to join in the Splatters, Splashes & Drips challenge over at Country View Challenges with all the splatters, splashes and drips on this page.

I’m joining in the Add A Sentiment challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my page.

Over at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog their theme is # 34 – Anything Goes + optional twist of Stenciling so I’m pleased to be able to join this challenge with my mixed media stenciled page.

As I recycled some used baby wipes this is also a reminder that you still have another week to join our Go Green or Recycle Something challenge over at Try it on Tuesday too, it would be lovely to see you there!

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

  • Used baby wipes stained with Ranger After Midnight Dylusions Ink Spray and Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Distressed Dots)
  • Ranger Dylusions Ink Spray (After Midnight)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Daler Rowney Acrylic Paint Markers (Silver)
  • Kaisercraft Stargazer Collection 12×12 Paper (Galaxy P2538)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • X-Press It! double-sided foam tape
  • Design Objectives Outline Stickers (Silver Borders 123551)
  • Craft Sensations (Foam Glitter Stickers Silver CRO243/18GE)

Recycle Something

It’s time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for the next two weeks we are asking you to Go Green or Recycle Something.

My art journal page was created from lots of recycled items – I hope you like it!

For the paper elements I recycled some sheet music, the patterned paper from the inside of an envelope, brown paper from the outside of some corrugated packaging, some brown package strapping and a strip of Kraft card. The leaf is from a Sweet Chestnut tree and believe it or not, there is only one (huge) leaf cut into pieces; I collected it from Lytham Hall in Autumn last year, dried it and then covered it with wood glue to preserve it and stop it from breaking up into bits. The flowers are dried gypsophila (also called Baby’s Breathe) which I saved and pressed from some cut flowers that were gifted me.

I layered and collaged them all onto my page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium and added some weight over the top so the flower stalks made contact with the background and then left the gel medium to dry. Then I splattered the page with black acrylic paint and added some white gesso with my finger. The letters for the “recycle” wording were cut from an old calendar and I stuck them to a recycled navy blue tag, cut them out and arranged them onto the page. All the paper elements are outlined with a black Derwent Inktense pencil and a black marker pen. To finish the page, I added two little buttons and a metal snap button clasp using Ranger Glossy Accents.

My Design Teamies have created some amazing Go Green or Recycle Something inspiration for you over at Try it on Tuesday too, please pop over and take a look (grin!).

I had fun playing around with these recycled materials to create this page, I love how it depicts nature and it reminds me of our walks around Lytham Hall, including this view over one of the lakes. This photo was taken last year in autumn when I collected the leaf.

We often go walking around this lake with our friends and little Ellie who loves leaves, mainly chasing and eating them (grin!). We so enjoyed looking after her last week for our friends – she’s so adorable (double grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and sharing my cuppa with a yummy Salted Caramel Doughnut – wishing you all a Happy T day!

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

Challenges

I’m so happy to join in the Splatters, Splashes & Drips challenge over at Country View Challenges with the acrylic paint splatters on my page.

I’m also pleased to join in the #112 – Layers challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with the layers of papers, leaves and dried flowers that I used.

I’m also joining in the Two Or More Patterned Papers challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with the sheet music and patterned envelope paper that I recycled on my page.

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

  • Recycled sheet music
  • Inside of a used envelope
  • Recycled corrugated packaging and brown package strapping
  • Leftover strip of Kraft card
  • Sweet Chestnut leaf
  • Dried gypsophila also called Baby’s Breathe
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Old calendar
  • Recycled navy clothing tag
  • Derwent Inktense Pencil (Ink Black)
  • Handwriting marker pen (Black)
  • Two old buttons and metal snap button clasp
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

Beer Festival 2020 – Sweet Treats

Last week we volunteered again at our local annual Beer Festival, serving behind the bar and of course trying all the different beers. So I decided to re-cycle some of the hand pump clips on my page to capture three of my favourite beers of the festival; they are all dark beers and coincidentally, also link to sweet treats (grin!).

To depict the dark beers I started by covering the page with a Black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker by scribbling it onto the back diagonally and then using a wet paintbrush to disperse the ink a little. When dry I added a tiny amount of Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and then some white acrylic paint using my finger to blend them into the background. For the beers, I pulled the stickers off the front of the hand pump clips and stuck them onto the page; I created some shadows around them so they stood out more by applying and smudging the Black Faber-Castell marker with my finger before sticking them down. The wording is torn out from the beer festival programme, edged with the black marker and stuck down using a glue stick. As I loved these beers I surrounded them with some small white hearts which were cut from some recycled white card using a Falling Hearts Thinlets set from Tim Holtz, which finished the page.

The first of these sweet treat beers is Tonkoko and tasted of coconut and chocolate like a Bounty chocolate bar . It is an Imperial Milk Stout brewed by Brew York Brewery in York, North Yorkshire. It was so smooth and creamy with a vanilla and Tonka bean finish. This was strong at 7.5% ABV (alcohol by volume) but so very easy to drink – yummy!

This Cinder Toffee Stout was from the New Bristol Brewery in Bristol and it had yummy toasted honeycomb taste, just like Crunchie Bars had been liquidised and added to a stout ! It’s a great session beer at 4% ABV; needless to say it sold out very quickly.

As T Stands for Tuesday, here’s my Stay Puft from the Tiny Rebel Brewery which is in Newport, Gwent, Wales. It is a marshmellow Porter and has a 5.2% ABV; it has the classic roasty qualities of a proper dark ale, whilst the marshmallow gives it a smooth sweetness, both combining for a yummy S’mores like taste – Happy T day!

Me and my hubby so enjoyed serving behind the bar and chatting to the customers, and we tried many of the 100 beers at the festival too – such fun!

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

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the Hearts challenge over at Art Journal Journey that is being hosted by the lovely Bleubeard & Elizabeth this month with the hearts on my page.

I’m joining in the With Love challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge as this art journal page highlights the beers I loved at the beer festical.

I’m pleased to be able to join the Layers challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my Beer Festival page too.

Don’t forget there is still another week to join in the Share the Love challenge over at Try it on Tuesday too!

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

  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199, Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Recycled Beer Hand pump signs from Festival
  • Festival Programme
  • White card recycled from packaging
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Falling Hearts 664415)
  • Pritt Stick