Beer from Japan

The Fleetwood Beer Festival always has interesting World Beers available and we have tried different Hitachino Nest Beer from Japan two years running. The one we tried this year is called DAi DAi Ale which has the most amazing fruity orange taste. I just fell in love with the cute owl on the beer bottle labels too, so inspired by Erika’s recent visit to Japan I decided to use them to create this page!

I started by covering the page with an orange decoupage paper which I patched together so it was mostly pattern matched; like all the paper pieces it is stuck in place using a UHU Stic. The red vertical lines are cut from the same decoupage paper and I fussy cut the Japanese documents from a design paper. They are outlined with a black Derwent Graphik marker and I used a Topaz Spectrum Aqua marker to add shadows smudging the ink with my finger as it was applied. Next I painstakingly added some navy blue dots to the centre of each of the flower circle designs of the decoupage paper; they were made from the die cutting the circular borders. I added the circular borders vertically over the red lines and they are die cut using my Sizzix Big Shot and a Spellbinders die. I used some of the same recycled blue card to back the beer labels that I had soaked from the front and back of two beer bottles; they are stuck to the page using double-sided foam tape. To finish, I added the beer cap to the top left-hand corner of the page from one of the beer bottles.

This beer is brewed by Kiuchi Brewery and they have been brewing Japanese Sake since 1823. They make a number of Hitachino Nest Beers including the two beers shown on my page which are:

  • DAi DAi Ale which is brewed with fukuremikan orange and special hops. This is an Indian Pale Ale with a ABV of 6.2%.
  • White Ale is a wheat beer flavoured with coriander, orange peel and nutmeg. This is a Belgian style white beer with an ABV of 5.5%. We tried this one last year and I saved the label.

With the owls I have included on this page, I’m joining the Flora and Fauna challenge that I’m hosting over at Art Journal Journey this month and I hope to see you there!

Some of my blog-friends created some beautiful tulip artworks over the last couple of months, whilst thinking of spring, so I thought I’d show you our tulips which are now in full bloom!

Here they are when they started flowering and I received them with the fun metal owl (in the background) as a gift last year. I like that the colours and the owl remind me of the page that I sharing with you today (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:

As I used die cuts on this page, it fits the Stencils, Die Cuts or Both over at Try it on Tuesday where you still have over a week to join in the fun!

Over at Moo Mania and More the theme is Flowers so I’m pleased to join this theme with my orange flowery background.

I’m also joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Animal Magic challenge with the owls I included on my 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:

  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.03mm)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Topaz)
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Die Cut System (Pearl Effects S5-194)
  • Viva Gade Decoupage Paper (London 25584)
  • Japanese Panel A4 Design Paper
  • Recycled navy blue card
  • Beer bottle labels
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
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Glass Art

As part of my birthday celebrations we went to Garstang and stopped by John Ditchfield’s Glasform gallery and studio. This is always a lovely place to visit and you can watch them making their glass artworks too, which is amazing!

I started by selecting images from freebie leaflets that were supplied by the Gallery in the carrier containing a birthday present that I had selected, more on that later (grin!). I tore and glued the front of one of the leaflets to the left-hand side of the page using UHU Stic. I then selected some softly ink-stained recycled baby wipes that I thought would compliment the images. I have quite a few baby wipes to recycle that I have used to mop up inks and paints from other art journal pages; they are just too nice to through away. I cut the baby wipes to fit the remainder of the page and stuck them in place using Liquitex matte gel medium. I then backed all the remaining images with some recycled white card from some packaging, fussy cut them out and then stuck them all to the page using Liquitex matte gel medium again, which finished my 99.9% recycled page.

The studio is located in a barn and you can watch glass artworks being made, which is amazing!

It’s full of inspiring pieces like this glass ceiling hanging …

… or this beautiful wall of glass!

It’s mesmerising to watch the artists transforming the heated glass in front of your eyes! This is the glass artist John Ditchfield and he is heating the glass …

… then it’s time to blow it …

… heat and blow it some more and then roll it in coloured glass …

… put it in a mould and blow it again …

Wow, look at the shape of this piece, isn’t it stunning! Here it is still molten and while it’s cooling he is turning it on the pole to retain the shape and using large scissors to bevel the end where it is attached to the pole. When ready it’s removed from the pole and slowly cooled in a kiln for 16 hours or so …

… then with some work, hey presto you have a light shade!

Then there’s the gallery to look around too and this photo collage of neutral glass artworks is for Simple Neutrals Tuesday party over at Apple Apricot. There is so much to look at including beautiful vases, a green shimmery toadstool with the fairy on top, lamps, bowls, fish and the most adorable sheep (grin!).

With so many beautiful pieces to choose from …

… it was hard to choose one birthday treat!

Here’s my present, a very pretty glass robin, isn’t he the cutest (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday and we went to Garstang, I’m sharing a pint of Beer Baracus  from our lunch at The Royal Oak. I grew up watching B.A. Baracus on the A-Team television series and I had to laugh when I saw the hand pump as I can just imagine him saying “Drink it, fool!” (grin!). Cheers and wishing you a very Happy T 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 Alison/Craftytrog, who is hosting the Recycle and Collage challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my recycled and collaged art journal page!

As I reused the baby wipes and altered free leaflets, I’m pleased to join the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Pimp It Up! (reuse or alter something) challenge.

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Sparkle and Shine challenge with the beautiful shine from the images that I used on my 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 (wow, I think this is the shortest materials list I have ever posted – grin!):

  • Recycled free leaflets
  • Recycled baby wipes stained with ink having been used to mop up ink and paints when creating journal pages
  • Recycled card from packaging
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

Beer Festival 2018

As you may remember, every February we volunteer at the Fleetwood Beer Festival, where we serve beers to customers and meet some lovely people in the process. This year’s festival was so relaxed and we tasted so many amazing beers that it was difficult to choose which ones to include on my art journal page (grin!).

I started this page with an image of glasses filled with beer which I recycled from a magazine; it is stuck to the page like all of the other papers using a UHU Stic. Then I cut some strips of dark grey wood effect paper from a Docrafts paper pack, tearing the edge on one side and colouring all the edges with a Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. Next I took our tasting notes that we used at the festival and cut out the beers we most enjoyed, arranging them on the page so the colour of the actual beer matched that of the beers in the glasses. I also cut the beer festival wording from an old magazine too and I edged them and the tasting notes with the Cold Grey Big Brush marker before sticking them in place. I added a star brad to each of the tasting notes, which I pushed through the page and fastened into place. I also covered the back of all the brads with masking tape to protect my next journal page. As our beer festival supports the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) I added one of their badges to my page, removing the pin from the back and sticking it in place using double-sided tape. To match the orange on the badge and sea theme, I also added three little orange fishes to the page which reminded me of the Dutch Fishman Fish & Chip catering truck at the festival too; they often came round with free tasters for us to enjoy (grin!).

There were over 100 beers at the festival this year and we enjoyed trying around 50 of them over the 3 days of the festival, as you can see from our photo we only had a small taster of each – well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it (grin!).

We liked quite a few a few beers this year and the ones I included on my page were:

  • Chocolate Orange Stout by Amber Ales in Derbyshire (ABV/Alcohol By Volume 4%) – it is a dark and creamy beer and tasted just like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange in a glass and was my favourite beer, yum!
  • Harveys Sussex Bitter (ABV 4%) – this is a well-balanced easy drinking amber bitter and it’s from Sussex; this is one of the beers we use to drink all the time when we lived in the South of England.
  • Moonshine is from Abbeydale Brewery in Sheffield (ABV 3%) – this is a pale ale with a hop aroma and grapefruit to finish. My hubby wrote “nice” on his notes and I found he often had this one in his glass (grin!).
  • Lemon Dream (ABV 5%) from Salopian Brewery in Shropshire – this is a golden ale that is brewed using organic lemons which adds beautiful subtle zesty aromas and has a citrus filled fruity finish.
  • Rhubarb and Ginger Pale Ale from Settle Brewery in North Yorkshire (ABV 9%) – this is a zingy pale ale and is made using Yorkshire rhubarb balanced with fiery root ginger and tasted very smooth.
  • Mutiny on the Bounty (ABV 2%) from Campervan Brewery in Edinburgh – this is a yummy dark milk stout and gets its unique aroma from the use of roasted coconut, it tastes of rich chocolate and a touch of coffee and vanilla. Again it’s a dark beer so one of my choices (grin!).
  • Yorkshire Pride (ABV 7%) from Acorn Brewery in Wombwell – this is a well-balanced light golden ale, it tasted like a regular bitter and was very easy drinking and smooth.
  • Schiehallion (ABV 8%) from Haviestoun Brewery in Cumbria – this is a crisp and refreshing Scottish craft lager with a lingering, fresh grapefruity finish. It takes its name from the famous mountain Schiehallion (pronounced “She-hal-i-on”) in Scotland.

As T Stands for T Day I’m joining Bluebeard and Elizabeth and the rest of the T Gang with my Beer Festival art journal page and photos – cheers! If you are not keen on beer then there is a bar where you can get tea, coffee, soft drinks, water etc as well as a Cider Bar which sells (hard) cider and also a Gin and Prosecco Bar – wishing you all a very Happy T day!

I’m also pleased to join the lovely Rike from rike’s art, who is hosting the Animals A-Z challenge over at Art Journal Journey as F is for Fish on my page today!

We  like to support the RNLI so we were pleased that our local lifeboat station took delivery of a brand new lifeboat this weekend. The boat sailed from Poole, Dorset where it was built, even carrying out a sea rescue along the way and was carried to the lifeboat station from the sea on it’s trailer as the tide can be up to 3 miles away. It was a lovely sunny day, but so cold with the Siberian winds we have been experiencing for a week or so. There was a good turn out of people to see it and it arrived at 13.24 hours which was no accident as 13-24 is its identification number (grin!).

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:

  • Old Beer Magazines
  • Fleetwood Beer Festival 2018 Programme
  • Docrafts A4 Ultimate Die-Cuts and Paper Pack (Festive Fauna PMA160949)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • RNLI badge
  • Metal Brads (Stars – Brown, Fish – Orange)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Happy New Year! 2018

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year filled with love, peace and happiness!

I went for a grunge look today and started by applying acrylic paints to the edges of the page using an old plastic gift card. The paints I used were Navy Liquitex acrylic paint, a metallic gold paint and then also some white and some black DecoArt acrylic paint. I also used the same paints to stamp stars and hearts around the edge of the page using an Urban Stamps set by Docrafts Papermania. I used up the excess paint by applying it to some white paper and also to the centre area of the page. Once the paint had dried I used the same star stamp with black Archival Ink to add more detail to the stars and border. Next I added some previously stamped white tissue paper from my craft stash, using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium to stick it in place; the stamps used include a chandelier, postage marks, words, starburst, Art Deco border, numbers, scroll work and music sheet. These pre-stamped images are leftover from pages that I have created as I often stamp the image onto tissue paper and then place it on my page in order to see what it looks like first (grin!). When the gel medium had dried I applied a very thin layer of Pébéo white gesso to blend them into the background more.  Then I used some sparkly gold glitter tape to add the sun burst pattern to the page and added the “Happy New Year!” sentiment and “2018” which are foam stickers. I added shadows to them using a black Derwent Graphik marker and a black Derwent Inktense pencil. Then I splattered the page with white and also black DecoArt acrylic paint using a paint brush. The stars are made from gold outline stickers which I backed with a starry night paper from The Works and grey script paper from Craft Sensations along with some white paper which I had applied the leftover paint to earlier. I cut the stars out of the papers and stuck them down using double-sided foam tape, this finished the page.

I hope you all had a wonderful time over the holiday season! Here are our New Year drinks, a Poinsettia cocktail for me and a homemade Christmas beer for my hubby – cheers and wishing you all the very best for 2018!

With this drink related photo, I’m saying a big hello the T Gang at T Stands for Tuesday  and wishing you all a Happy T Day!

Challenges

I’m glad that I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with so much inspiration and it’s a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people too. The New Year brings some new exciting themes, so here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Erika N, also known as BioArtGal, who is hosting the “New Year, New Adventures” challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my Happy New Year journal page.

I’m joining Moo Mania & More and their “Somebody/Something/The New Year” challenge – Happy New Year!

With “New” Year celebration, I’m also very happy to join the “Something New” challenge over at  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

I’m also pleased to join the fun over at Country View Challenges and their “Anything Goes” challenge.

As I created this mixed media page to welcome and celebrate the New Year, I’m also joining the “Ring in the New” challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Navy)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White, Black)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils (2200 Ink Black)
  • Docrafts Papermania Urban Stamps (12 Days of Christmas – Icons PMA907909)
  • White paper
  • White tissue paper pre-stamped with various designs
  • The Works Paper Pack (The Night Before Christmas HCPAP003X15)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Soft Colours CR0730/R)
  • Wilko Glitter Tape (Gold)
  • Outline Stickers (Gold Stars)
  • Trimcraft Alphabet & Number Stickers (Glitter SCSTK013)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Bobble Hats

Now is the time of year to get my winter hats out of storage, I love hats and always wear them to stay warm. Bobble hats are my favourite and the bigger the bobble the better (grin!).

This journal page started with a glittery Christmas card that had some cute birds wearing bobble hats on it; I ripped the card into pieces and placed them onto my page, and then I roughly outlined them to show where they were going to be stuck down so I could just colour and stamp the background where it was needed. I also extended the tree branch from the central card image onto the side of the page using masking tape. I removed the card pieces from the page and then applied Rich Cocoa and Love Letter Memento Inks by applying them to an acrylic block, spritzing with water and then pressing the block onto the page. Then I stamped the tree branches and leaves using a Vine Background stamp from Art Impressions by applying the same two Memento Inks and also Pistachio Memento Ink onto different areas of the stamp. I layered the stamp images over the top of each other to give more depth and dimension. Next I used the same stamp again, this time with clear Dovecraft embossing ink and applied white Stampendous embossing powder over the top. I shook the excess powder onto a piece of scrap paper and tapped the page against the table to make sure I had removed any stray powder. Once the excess powder was safely returned to its container, I used a heat gun to melt the embossing powder. I swept the gun over the images, taking care not to direct the heat in one area for too long, until the embossing powder changed to a glossy finish becoming smooth and dimensional. Next I removed the masking tape and stuck the pieces of Christmas card into place using a UHU Stic and when the glue had dried I edged them with a Sepia Spectrum Aqua marker. I used modelling paste along the tree branch to join the white card to the white background paper and when dry I coloured it with a white Uni Posca paint pen. To finish the page, I added two types of pearl embellishments and some red gemstones to the tree branches which I think look like berries.

I was inspired to create this bobble hat page to join the lovely Chris from Pearshapedcrafting who is hosting the “101 Ways To Keep Warm” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

I’m also pleased to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their “Tear It Up” challenge as my recycled Christmas Card was torn into pieces to create this journal page.

I have several bobble hats, this was a new hat I bought last year and it’s probably the biggest faux fur bobble hat I have (grin!).

Here I am with my sparkly bobble hat that was bought for me for Christmas in 2015. I was modelling it on its first outing to our local pub whilst I was having a lovely pint of dark Christmassy beer! I’m also joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth over at T Stands for Tuesday with my beer and I’m looking forward to catching up with the T Gang too – cheers and 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.

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

  • Tsukeniko Memento Ink (Rich Cocoa, Love letter, Pistachio)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Sepia)
  • Dovecraft (Premium Embossing Ink DCBS62)
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder (Detail White Opaque)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted rubber stamp (Vine Background T2845)
  • Christmas card – recycled
  • Home Bargains Special Occasion (Mini Decorative Stickers 22740)
  • Poundworld Craft Corner (Pearl Embellishments)
  • Oaktree UK Eleganza Craft Stickers (418 Gems Red No.16)
  • UHU Stic

Trick or Treat

Autumn means it’s time to bake all things pumpkin and my sister has just given me a huge pumpkin that she grew in her garden. So this thoughtful “treat” inspired my page!

I started by making a template for the moon and also for the foreground out of thin card and used them to mask off areas on my page. Then for the sky, I applied layers of Black Soot Distress Ink by Tim Holtz using a blending tool concentrating the colour at the top of the page and shading so it was lighter towards the horizon. I also made a set of three cloud templates and stencils which I used to create the cloud images using some old black and purple ink pads which I applied with a sponge; I offset some of the clouds to give them a lighter border so they look like the moon is highlighting them. Then I removed the moon template to add a cloud across the bottom. I also added some texture to the moon using a sponge and the same black and purple ink pads. With the foreground mask still in place, I stamped the village scene from a Winter Wonderland stamp set, so it looks like it’s behind the hill giving a landscape perspective. Then I removed the foreground mask, and used another template to mask off the sky which I positioned a few millimetres lower than the village so that the horizon was clearly defined with a white line. I added the same Black Soot Distress Ink to the foreground and shaded it using a blending tool so it looked patchy. I also added some brown accents using a sponge and an old brown ink pad. I then stencilled some wavy black lines using a Texturized template from The Crafter’s Workshop and black Distress Ink. I stamped the trees by Clear Impressions using black and dark green ink pads and then used a black Uni Pin marker to add more detail. Next I drew the flying witch on her broom, her hat and a bat onto black paper, which took me a while as drawing isn’t really my thing. I fussy cut them out and stuck them to the page, as with all of the elements, using Winsor & Newton Matt Gel Medium. The banner is created from card which I folded in half and cut into triangles so that when they are unfolded they formed a diamond shape. They are coloured using a sponge and an orange ink pad, and the letters are stamped to spell out “Trick or Treat” using an alphabet stamp set from Dovecraft and a black ink pad. When they were dry, I folded them over a piece of Hessian/burlap string to create a banner and stuck the two halves together so they made a triangular shape. I stuck the banner in place at the same time as the witch, which allowed me to tuck the string behind her so it looked like she was pulling the banner along as she flew across the night sky. Once they were all in place, I outlined them with a black Uni Pin marker, added white dots to the banner using a Uni Posca paint pen and three purple gemstones to create a band on the witch’s hat. I also emphasized the ears and feet on the bat using a black Uni Pin marker. The pumpkins are drawn onto white mixed media paper, coloured using a sponge and orange, yellow and green ink pads. They are outlined with black Uni Pin marker and a white Uni Posca paint pen. I added shadows under the pumpkins using a paintbrush and the black ink pad, and also a white gel pen. I placed a little robin, adorned with a purple witches hat, on top of one of the pumpkins which I had made with paper and coloured using a paintbrush, ink pads and yellow acrylic paint. The village windows are also coloured using the yellow acrylic paint and I covered them along with the pumpkin’s eyes, nose and mouth with Glossy Accents so they looked like light was shining from them. To finish, I stamped the stars using a silver ink pad, outlined them with a white Hybrid gel pen and filled them with silver Stickles glitter.

This page makes me smile as it’s a lovely reminder of my autumn pumpkin and it was so much fun to get creative in order to join some fabulous blog challenges. I enjoyed making my own templates/masks, drawing my own images, adding autumnal colours using up old ink pads as well as using stamps to create the village, landscape, stars and banner focal point.

Having used stamps to create many of the elements on my page, I’m pleased to be able to join the lovely Avril who is Guest Designer over at Stamping Sensations for their “Autumn Glory” challenge.

With the different autumn colours I’m also joining the fun over at Country View Challenges for their “Mixed Media with Autumnal Hues” challenge.

Over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge their theme is “A Walk On The Dark Side” and I’m pleased to be able to join them with my dark Halloween page.

I’m also joining Moo Mania & More for their “Automobiles/Cars/Vehicles” theme as my witches broomstick is her preferred vehicle of choice (grin!).

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge has a new theme for this month, so I incorporated orange, yellow, purple and green from the selection on their “Color Challenge” onto my page.

Here’s a picture of me holding the huge pumpkin I was given, I’m standing in our hallway next to the wreath I made, which changes with every season. I’m not carving this pumpkin because being home-grown it should taste delicious, so I plan to bake it and make puree to freeze for pumpkin rolls – yum! I’m guessing it will make quite a few (grin!).

Of course I could make a cake with pumpkin butter cream icing or even a pumpkin pie like I did last year (double grin!).

Or maybe my hubby can make some homemade pumpkin beer – cheers and Happy October!

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 (Black Soot)
  • Hobbycraft (Assorted Ink Pads)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Cadmium Yellow Medium)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.8mm)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (White)
  • Hybrid Gel Grip pen (White)
  • The Crafter’s Workshop Rhonda Palazzari Designs 12×12 Template (Texturized)
  • Clear Impressions (Woodland Christmas)
  • Free set with Simply Cards & Paper Craft Magazine (Winter Wonderland Embossing Folder & Stamp Set)
  • Star Stamp
  • Leon (X-large Colour Paper Pad)
  • Daler-Rowney Mixed Media paper
  • White card
  • Hessian Material
  • Hobbycraft Self-Adhesive Gems (Assorted Squares 5666141000)
  • Ranger Stickles (Silver)
  • The Range 3D Glue Pen (Glitter Glue GLT4321000)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Winsor & Newton Matt Gel Medium

Bring Me Sunshine    

Morecambe & Wise are a well-known comedy duo here in the UK and I have fond memories of watching their famous TV shows. So you can imagine my delight when we heard their songs outside the Winter Gardens whilst we were shopping in town. On investigating, the music led us to a wonderful bronze statue of them both that has been unveiled in the foyer. This inspired me to create a journal page of them that includes the title of their signature song “Bring Me Sunshine”.

Having quoted this song on my page, I’m linking to the “Poetry in Motion” theme over at Art Journal Journey. Hope you’ll join in the fun too by creating a page that is inspired by a poem, saying or quote (maybe from your favourite song).

I started by stamping a star burst stamp onto the middle of the page using grey Memento Ink and extending the starburst sun pattern using a ruler and pencil. Then I painted alternating sections with a yellow and then a gold Spectrum Aqua marker which I scribbled onto an acrylic block and diluted with water using a paintbrush. Next I stamped “Bring Me Sunshine” using a Papermania Leftovers Alphabet stamp set and black Archival Ink. I added two washi tapes to the top and bottom of the page, the film and music note designs depict their television shows and songs. The Morecambe & Wise photo is cut from a magazine and shows them in their younger days when they appeared at the Winter Gardens itself. Next I added some metal music notes attaching them to the page with silver brads. I finished the page with smiley star stickers which reminded me of their comedy and how they make me smile.

This is the Morecambe & Wise statue that greets you when you enter the Winter Gardens and with the songs they are well-known for playing in the air it fills you with a lovely sense of nostalgia. Blackpool is considered their “spiritual home” as they performed six summer seasons and over a 1,000 shows here. This statue marks the 75th anniversary of their debut performance as a double act, which was at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre in 1941.

Their 43-year partnership started in variety theatres where they honed their performance before making their famous TV shows on the BBC and ITV. Their Christmas specials were one of the highlights of the festive season and in 1977 they attracted over 27 million viewers. Guest stars included The Beatles, André Previn, Shirley Bassey and of course Des O’Connor (grin!).

Morecambe & Wise always made me laugh as a young girl growing up and still do today as there are always reruns of their shows at Christmas time. Their songs and dance numbers are fantastic and always make me smile, here’s a rendition of “Bring me Sunshine” from one of their shows – so funny!

There have also been some other happy reminders of Morecambe & Wise of late (grin!). This time of year we often cycle up the prom on our tandem, here I am on the Comedy Carpet in Blackpool and I’m standing by their section of the carpet with the lyrics of this song in front of me! If you are interested, here are some fun facts about the song:

  • “Bring Me Sunshine” is a song written in 1966 by the composer Arthur Kent, with lyrics by Sylvia Dee and it was first performed by American artists.
  • In the UK, the song is synonymous with Morecambe & Wise after it was adopted as their signature tune in their second series for the BBC in 1969. Here’s the lyrics of the song in full.
  • The song was played over the duo’s closing credits and they only ever sang the first verse, the second one being purely instrumental with Eric and Ernie performing a “skip dance” to exit the stage.

We have also been to quite a few local beer festivals lately and when I saw this beer I just had to have a pint of it. It’s called “Morecambe’s Sunshine” and is brewed by Cross Bay Brewery which is located in Morecambe; the beer is light in colour, 4% abv ( alcohol by volume) and has a lovely smooth malt taste – yum! I’m saying a big cheers to the T Gang over at T stands for Tuesday and wishing you all a Happy Sunshiny T Day!

The pump clip shows the bronze statue of Eric Morecambe in his famous “skip dance” pose. This statue is on my list of places to visit and is located on the seafront at Morecambe, it’s actually designed by the same person who made the bronze sculpture of them both (above).

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:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Yellow, Gold)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Papermania Alphamania A-Z Clear Stamps (Leftovers Alphabet PMA9071102)
  • Blackpool Heritage magazine
  • The Works (3 Washi Tapes)
  • The Works (Musical Note Charms)
  • Small silver brads
  • UPIKIT Stickers (2166005)
  • UHU Stic