Bless this nest

Our new bird feeders have proven very popular so far this year and we have had a variety of birds visiting our garden, so I created a page to celebrate birds at springtime and I can imagine the little bird on my page is saying “Bless this nest” (grin!).

I’m also joining in the fun over at Art Journal Journey with my spring related page where I’m hosting the Hello Springtime challenge – I hope to see you there!

The background is collaged and all the paper pieces were ripped along the edge and then edged with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck in place using a glue stick. I added tissue paper from an old dressmaking pattern and some leftover pieces of brown paper and then added the nest of eggs and a couple of feathers which are rub-on transfers from Royal & Langnickel. I then fussy cut the bird from an old magazine and used the green and brown paper pieces that surrounded the bird for the background along with some pieces of sheet music to represent birdsong. I stuck the bird sitting on the branch in place and also added pieces of paper to create a branch on the left-hand side of the nest so it extended across the page. Then I added the green leaves which are from the same set of rub-on transfers. Next I added some numbered Tim Holtz Salvage Stickers and stamped the background using a Script stamp from Kaisercraft and black Archival Ink. I added the wording which are wooden tiles and then splattered the whole page with black and white DecoArt acrylic paint.

The bird on my page is called a “Blue Tit” and the one pictured here was taken recently on the bird feeder in our garden. If you are interested here are some interesting facts about this bird:

  • It is a songbird that belongs to the tit family and can be found in Europe, Asia and northwestern parts of Africa belonging to a group of non-migratory birds.
  • They inhabit deciduous and mixed forests, hedgerows, farmlands, gardens and parks.
  • Their colourful mix of blue, yellow, white and green makes them one of the most attractive and recognisable garden visitors.

The nest on this page also reminded me of our visit to America last year as our friends had quite a few robin nests around their property, here is one of them, isn’t it amazing! I’m told that seeing these robins over in America is a sign of spring (grin!).

Challenges

I always enjoy taking part in Challenge Blogs, like Art Journal Journey, as 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:

With the script stamp, numbers on the salvage stickers and alphabet letters and numbers on the wooden tiles I’m pleased to join the Numbers and/or Letters challenge over at Country View Challenges.

I’m pleased to join in the fun over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge with my Bless this nest art journal page.

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:

  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Style Dressmaking Pattern
  • The Works M&C Boutique (Design Block 25 x 25cm)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Bird’s Nest #ROY-563)
  • Old Magazine
  • Bosworth Violin Studies
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Salvage Stickers (Crowded Attic #TH92898)
  • The Works (Alphabet Wooden Tiles)
  • Pritt Stick
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Double Cab Pick Up Truck

I’m still capturing happy memories on my art journal pages of our holiday last year when we visited our dearest friends in Maine. Having visited America a number of times, my favourite vehicle ever is a double cab pick up truck so you can imagine my delight to see my friends had one (grin!).

I started by recycling pages from a couple of truck advertising magazines by cutting them into tile shapes; as our friends truck was blue I selected blue truck images and blue happens to be my favourite colour too – Happy Serendipity! I also used some of the texture photographed on the pages to create the tiles too, like pressed metal images. Then I created some rectangular diagonally striped tiles using white card stock which I coloured using Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and stencilled using Black Soot Distress Ink. From the magazine cover I die cut the wording using an X-Cut alphabet die set and my Big Shot machine. Then I mounted the wording onto pieces of the magazine cover using a Zig Memory Glue Pen and cut them into their tile shapes. I arranged all of the tiles onto the page using double-sided tape and included some black and white striped washi tape in the design. For the washi tape, I stamped an arrow design from a Hampton Art stamp set underneath using black Archival Ink. To finish the page, I edged all the tiles using silver straight line border outline stickers from Docrafts to mimic the chrome of the truck.

I was so excited to see the truck parked on the driveway when we arrived, I’ve always loved them! They are bigger and more popular in the US than in the UK, although they seem to be growing in popularity over here too.

I did actually manage to get in the truck without assistance, although being 5 foot tall it was a little bit of a challenge (grin!). The boys thought it would be great fun to put a bucket on the floor to help me get out (double grin!).

As you can see the back of the truck is very spacious!

I had so much fun exploring the truck and probably because I was so enthusiastic to go out in it, we used it quite a few times to run errands, such as Dunkin Donuts, into town, the sandwich shop and even to some walking trails and also a very interesting place, the local Transfer Station (or Recycling Centre) to dispose of the household rubbish (triple grin!).

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/Craftytrog and her Geometric Shapes challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the square and rectangular tiles collage on my page.

With the silver, greys and blues on this page, I’m happy to join the Cold and Frosty Colours challenge over at Moo Mania & More.

I’m also joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Clean and Simple challenge with my tile design page.

Recycling the advertising magazines was fun so I’m pleased to join the Recycle Something challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge too.

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:

  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke, Black Soot)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Docrafts X-Cut A5 Die Set (Folk Alphabet XCU503286)
  • Hampton Bella Blvd Cling Stamps (Sand & Surf ICO226)
  • Recycled Truck Advertising Magazines
  • White Card Stock
  • Michael’s (Washi Tape)
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Straight Line Borders Silver ANT8101017)
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Stix2 double-sided tape

Thanks/Thanksgiving … for Simon Says Stamp

Hi everyone!

I am enjoying being in the Designer Spotlight this month over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Thanks so much for all your kind comments and support last week!

This week the theme is Thanks/Thanksgiving.

My art journal page was inspired by my recent holiday/vacation to America. We went to Maine to stay with our dearest friends so I included the spectacular fall colours that we saw and also the words “count your blessings” as this holiday gave me so much to be thankful for (grin!).

I started by creating a page of fall colour using Tim Holtz Leaf Prints stamp set and eleven different colours of Memento Ink.

It was fun stamping and layering all the leaves and it’s a lovely reminder of the fall colours that we saw on our holiday too. I also covered the maple leaves that I had stamped using the Love Letter and Potter’s Clay Memento Inks with Ranger Glossy Accents to add some lovely shine.

For the bunting, I cut some rectangles of Simon Says Stamp Cream Card stock and Tim Holtz paper.

I created the bottom of the bunting by drawing and then cutting a V shape, then I layered them together with some letters die cut from Authentique paper and stuck them together using a Zig Glue Pen.

They are arranged and stuck in place with glue dots over a piece of Tim Holtz idea-ology paper string which I stuck to the page using the Glossy Accents. Then to finish, I added a couple of gumdrop gems.

I always count my blessings especially this time of year; I have so much to be thankful for (grin!) and I’m wishing those of you who celebrate a Happy Thanksgiving!

I thought you may like to see some of the fall colours from my holiday that inspired my page when we stayed with our friends.

Here’s one of the beautiful views of the fall trees and the rusty ferns that we saw whilst walking in the woodland around the lake house where we stayed …

… and of course I had to included this photo of the fall colours around the lake – I don’t think I will ever tire of their amazing reflections (grin!).

I enjoyed creating my art journal page for the Thanks/Thanksgiving challenge and I hope you will join in the fun too! For more inspiration please check out the fabulous creations from the Design Team over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Don’t forget that Simon Says Stamp are generously giving away a $50 voucher to shop at the Simon Says Stamp Store! and one lucky participant will be randomly drawn to win this voucher. How amazing is that! Good Luck to everyone!

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 over at Simon Says Stamp that were used to create this art journal page:

Go Red Sox!

We really enjoyed learning all about baseball whilst in America and watching the Boston Red Sox in the playoffs on TV. On our return we continued to follow the games being played and were delighted when they won the World Series – Go Red Sox!

For the background I stamped with a Hessian stamp using Pistachio Memento Ink and a Sketchy stamp using Potter’s Clay Memento Ink; both the stamps are by Kaisercraft and I chose the colours to depict the grass and sand of the baseball field. Next I added some vintage baseball images and words which are rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel. To depict the baseballs, I drew circles with baseball stitching using a black Uni Pin marker around some of the edges of the page. The stars are stencilled using Pébéo modelling paste and coloured using Red Cherry Faber-Castell Gelato. To finish, I added some Boston Red Sox images which are coloured using a red Uni Posca Paint Pen and stuck into place using a glue stick or double-sided foam tape.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing my Punkin Beer by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in its Boston Red Sox bottle cooler; while we stayed with our friends it became a tradition for me to always have this cooler as they won the first time I used it so I was told it bought the Red Sox good luck (grin!). This photo was taken while on the party boat on the lake and you can find more photos of our time on the boat here if you are interested. My sandwich is turkey salad – yum! Happy T Day!

My post is a little shorter this week as yesterday I started my month of guest designing over at Simon Says Stamp for their Monday Challenge. Thank you to everyone for their kind comments on yesterday’s post, your support is very much appreciated!

I’m so excited and honoured to be in the Designer Spotlight and this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Make Your Own Background, it would be fabulous to see you there (grin!).

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Erika from BioArtGal, who is hosting the Vintage or Modern challenge over at Art Journal Journey as this page captures happy memories and I’m sure that she will join me to celebrate their win of the World Series – Go Red Sox!

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge with my Go Red Sox! art journal page.

As I’m thankful that the Red Sox won the World Series, this page is also a reminder that there is still another week to join the Thankful challenge at Try it on Tuesday too!

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:

  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Pistachio, Potter’s Clay)
  • Uni Pin Marker (Black 0.5mm, 0.8mm)
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Red Cherry)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (Red)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamp (Hessian CS153, Sketchy CS878)
  • Creative Stencils Craft Essentials (Stars MAOB0004)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Baseball College #ROY875, Summer Sentiments #ROY505)
  • Recycled white card
  • Red Sox images
  • Pritt Stick
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Hello Lake Life

I love boats so living the Lake Life with our friends in Maine was an amazing experience! My page today captures the serenity of the lake, fall colours and also a Loon, which is a type of water bird that we saw on one of our boat trips around the lake (grin!).

I started by applying Hickory Smoke Distress Ink onto the page by stamping the ink pad onto an acrylic block and scraping the block over the page so the ink caught on the texture of the paper. I then applied water over the top using a paintbrush to disperse some of the colour across the page. Next I painted Salty Ocean Distress Ink across the page, keeping my brushstrokes horizontal, so it looked like water; to do this I applied the ink to an acrylic block again and picked the ink up with a paintbrush. We saw lots of beautiful fall colours reflected in the lake on our boat trips so I also added Mustard Seed, Fired Brick and Seedless Perserves Distress Ink the same way as I did the Hickory Smoke ink. Then I toned down the colours using Pébéo white gesso which I applied with my finger to vary the coverage; this softened the colours and produced a rippled effect so it looked like the water of the lake. The wording “Hello Lake Life” is a Pocket Card from Tim Holtz idea-ology collection, I added the letters to produce the word “Lake” by stamping black Archival Ink onto some card using an alphabet stamp by Dovecraft, cutting it out and sticking it onto the card. The Loon is cut from a notelet that my friend gave me and was used for the food shopping list. I defined the Loon markings, underlined the word “lake” and exaggerated the stripes on the wording using a black Derwent Graphik marker and a white Uniball gel pen so they stood out more. The fall leaves around the edge of the page are napkin which I ripped and stuck into place using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium; once dry I edged them with a Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. I also stuck a couple of the leaves onto some recycled white card and when they were dry I cut them out and edged them with the sanguine marker. I arranged them on the page under the Pocket Card and added some cream jute flowers using Glossy Accents which finished the page.

I thought you may like to go boating with us, here is the view of the lake from the house and you can see the boat on the left-hand side.

It’s a pontoon party boat and is very luxurious …

… with it’s sofa type seating, as you can see my hubby was sitting very comfortably (grin!).

It afforded wonderful lake views with …

… some breathtaking reflections of the fall colours.

We even saw a Loon, which is called a Great Northern Diver here in the UK, who entertained us firstly by diving under the water and then by preening. We found out late one night that their call is quite distinctive and loud too (grin!).

I hope you enjoyed the boat trip and I think that the lake life would suit us very well, don’t you (double grin!).

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 Erika from BioArtGal, who is hosting the Vintage or Modern challenge over at Art Journal Journey as this page captures happy memories of our Lake Life holiday.

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge with my Lake Life art journal page.

I’m also pleased to join the September Link Party #44 – Anything Goes over at Cropstop Blog with my page as I included some products from companies that they carry in their store.

I’m thankful for experiencing the Lake Life with our friends, so this page is also a reminder that you still have time to join the Thankful challenge at Try it on Tuesday too!

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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Fired Brick, Seedless Preserves)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm, 0.3mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Pocket Cards #TH93208)
  • Loon notelet – shopping list
  • Party Creations Napkins (Autumn’s Elegance)
  • The Works (Jute Shapes U-83162)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pritt Stick
  • Stix2 (Mini Craft Dots)
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

Hot Chocolate and Donuts

Today my fun page celebrates the seasonal sweet treats and all things pumpkin at Dunkin’ Donuts – yum!

So you may be wondering why I’m so excited about Dunkin’ Donuts, well in the UK we don’t have these stores at all and as a country we don’t really celebrate all things pumpkin like in the US. So for me having a hot chocolate with pumpkin syrup and a pumpkin donut was such a special treat on my American holiday/vacation!

To start, I covered the page with a napkin, which I had collected from our visits to Dunkin’ Donuts, which is stuck in place using a glue stick. While it was drying I die cut two circles with a stitched edge from the brown paper bag our donuts were packaged in; the larger circle encompassing the Dunkin’ Donuts logo and slogan, and the second smaller circle just of plain paper. I stamped our drink order onto this smaller circle using black Archival Ink and an alphabet stamp set from Dovecraft. I used the same stamp set and ink to stamp the “with” onto some card to emphasis that we asked for the pumpkin syrup to be added to our drink. The letters are coloured with an orange and a pink Uni Posca paint pen; I alternated the colours to add more interest. The circles are arranged with images that remind me of our yummy treats, this included: some pretty doughnut stickers with some cool fun sayings reminding me of the doughnuts we sometimes had with our drinks; some autumn leaves and a pumpkin which are rub-on transfers as I wanted to emphasise that we visited in the fall when pumpkin treats are available; and finally the days of the week which are cut from a Tim Holtz idea-ology poster card and edged with a black Derwent Graphic marker and orange or pink Uni Posca paint pen, they remind me that we had a hot chocolate more or less everyday when we passed by a Dunkin’ Donuts. To finish, I added some pink and white Chevron washi tape to the top and bottom edge of the page which I bought in the US whilst on holiday.

Here’s our hot chocolate with pumpkin syrup and …

…who couldn’t resist a pumpkin donut or Boston Creme donut – yummy yum yum!

As T Stands for Tuesday I’m sharing my drink and art journal page; wishing you all a Happy T Day!

This special treat was particularly welcome after our walks and on one of the colder mornings we walked along the Eastern Trail so it was very much appreciated (grin!).

The Eastern Trail is over six miles of flat, easy, and scenic terrain connecting Biddeford, Arundel, and Kennebunk. I thought you may wish to walk with us and see some of the beautiful foliage along the trail …

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed walking some of the trail and seeing the autumnal foliage as much as we did – wishing you a great day!

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 Linda from heARTfullyinspiredby Linda, who is hosting the Creature Comforts challenge over at Art Journal Journey as I find these sweet treats very comforting (grin!).

As this page is a happy memory of autumn treats, I’m also joining the Autumn challenge over at Moo Mania & More.

As the autumn leaves, acorns, pumpkins and hot chocolate reminds brings fall to mind to me, I’m also joining the Autumn Splendour challenge over at A Vintage Journey with my holiday/vacation inspired Art Journaling Style page.

I’m also pleased to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps too.

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:

  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (Orange, Pink)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • The Works (Cutting Dies – Stitched Circles)
  • Recycled Dunkin’ Donuts napkin and brown bag
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Pocket Cards #TH93208)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Tricks’n’Treats #SCH688N)
  • Home Bargains (Sweet like … Puffy Sticker Sheets 14277)
  • Washi Tape
  • Pritt Stick

Fall Colours

My art journal page today is inspired by our recent holiday/vacation to America where we stayed with friends at their lake house in Maine. We had the most amazing time and as you can imagine I have returned from my holiday with new crafting goodies and lots and lots of inspiration, so here’s my first page – I hope you like it.

For the background I applied a thin wash of Salty Ocean Distress Ink by stamping the ink pad directly onto an acrylic block, spritzing the ink with water and using a paint brush to apply it onto the page. Next I layered a beautiful Tree Poem stamp from Stampendous over the page using different colours of Distress Ink to depict the fall colours that we saw on our vacation; the Inks I used were Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Seedless Preserves and Vintage Photo. The “who”, “what”, “where” cards are created from a 3.25 x 5.25 inch card from a Tim Holtz idea-ology Pocket Cards set that I bought whilst on vacation; I cut it into three individual cards and rounded the corners with scissors so they all looked alike. I added the words to each of the cards using a Zig glue pen and the cards are stuck in place using double-sided tape. For “who” card, I added our friends and our first initials and the date we visited them; these are cut from a card from the same Tim Holtz card set and coloured using a Burgundy Spectrum Aqua Marker. For the other two cards I chose words from a tourist magazine that related to our visit, this included “Lakes” as we actually stayed at our friend’s Lake House, “Crafty Creations” to relate to crafting and craft beers, “Lobster Love” as Maine lobster is amazing, “In Nature” as we did lots of walking and hiking, “Go Coastal” as we visited some local beaches, “Mountains” where we went to see the magnificent fall colours and “After Dark” as we had fun in the evenings going out, meeting people or watching Baseball or American Football in the evening. For the “where”, as we stayed in Maine and their slogan is “The way life should be” I thought it would be fun to include this wording on the card as we so enjoyed living the lake life with our friends so much. These cards are arranged on the page with some dried and pressed leaves from our friends local area and also an American flag and red heart that Erika kindly gifted me when I met up with her on our visit. The small red and yellow maple leaf is very special as my friend picked it out and gave it to me; all the leaves are stuck in place using wood glue giving them a lovely shine and suppleness.


We stayed in Maine at our friends lake house, isn’t it spectacular!


We woke up to this spectacular view every morning …


… and watched the fall colours develop and change while we were there, which was amazing (grin!).


Here are the trees that inspired the background for my page – the fall colours on the lake looked so stunning, especially with those beautiful reflections!

I’m sure I’ll be creating more art journal pages of our trip as we made so many happy memories with our friends and that means I’ll also be sharing more photos from our holiday too (grin!).

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 Linda from heARTfullyinspiredby Linda, who is hosting the Creature Comforts challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the warm autumnal colours and the comfort of spending time and creating such happy memories with our dear friends.

Over at Moo Mania and More the theme is Autumn so I’m pleased to join their challenge with my Fall Colours page.

Inspired by my vacation, I’m also joining the Autumn Splendour challenge over at A Vintage Journey with my Art Journalling Style page.

I’m pleased to be able to join the Plant-tastic challenge over at Country View Challenges with the autumnal trees and leaves on my page.

With my inky autumnal stamped page, I’m also joining the Inktober challenge over at The Artistic Stamper.

I’m joining in the fun over at Stamps and Stencils and their Spooky Fun with an Autumnal Twist challenge with my mixed media autumnal page.

As the challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps is Anything Goes challenge, I’m pleased to be able to join this challenge too with my vacation inspired page.

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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Seedless Preserves, Vintage Photo)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Burgundy)
  • Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp (Tree Poem CRR164)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Pocket Cards #TH93208)
  • Tourist Magazine
  • American flag and red heart button from Erika – thank you!
  • Zig Memory System Dual Action Glue Pen
  • Evo-Stik Wood Adhesive
  • Stix2 double-sided tape