Love, Peace, Joy

To join in the fun over at the 25 Days of Christmas Tags I made a tag and then decided to create an art journal page using the tag, as its colours matched my brand new Winter Holidays TriBlend Spectrum Noir marker set perfectly – I hope you like it!

I’d also like to say a special thank you to lovely Tracey from Hotchpotchcreations for her insight into alcohol markers which helped me decide on these TriBlend markers that I used for the first time on this page – such fun!

For the tag, I started by cutting a piece of Kraft cardstock using the largest tag design from the Framelits Tag Collection from Tim Holtz. I covered it with white gesso and when dry, I edged the tag using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. Then I splattered it with white gesso to give a snowy effect and added grungy dots using a Spritz & Speckles stamp set from Paperbabe Stamps and some Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink. The “love, peace, joy” wording were stickers from Kaisercraft and the large snowflakes were cut out of two green-blue glitter papers and some corrugated silver cardstock using a Tonic Studios die cut set. They are layered together with some pretty pearl snowflake gems from Habico and to finish I tied a piece of recycled brown ribbon to the tag.

I’m pleased to be able to join the 25 Days of Christmas Tags with my tag which was inspired by Tracey McNeely’s snowflake tag posted on Day 11 of the challenge.

For my journal page, I started by stamping the bird onto the page using a Winter Woodland stamp set and some black Archival Ink. Then I coloured the bird and branch image using the TriBlend Spectrum Noir markers; the colours I used were Green Turquoise Blend, Gold Yellow Blend, Earth Brown Blend and Alpine Green Blend. I created a template to cover the bird and branches so I could stamp the background with the “joy” wording using Hickory Smoke and Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink. Then I applied some white gesso to the stamped wording to push it into the background more. I created some 3D snow on the branches using some Fluffy Puffy Stuff from Inkylicious which is always fun to use as you heat it using a heat gun so it became fluffy and puffy (grin!). I stuck the tag in place and then I cut some little snowflakes from the glitter paper using a Thinlits set from Tim Holtz and layered them together with some of the pearl snowflake gems which finished the page.

I treated myself to these TriBlend pens recently after some discussions with Tracey and they are great to use although I still have a lot to master when applying and blending them. As this was new to me I started off small, creating this snowy bird scene which was a great learning experience. I’m looking forward to using them again soon – thanks again Tracey for all your help and insight, you’re a star!

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.

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

  • Kraft cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits (Tag Collection 658784)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ground Espresso)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Paperbabe Stamps Stamp Set (Spritz & Speckles)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke)
  • Tonic Studios Christmas Trio Die Set (Falling Snowflakes 1792e)
  • Poundland (Glitter Paper)
  • Wilkos (Corrugated Cardstock – Silver)
  • Stix2 glue dots
  • Habico Signature Collection (PP1100  – Pearl Snowflakes)
  • Recycled brown ribbon
  • Creative Stamping Magazine Issue: 62 (Sheena by Sheena Douglass – Winter Wonderland Stamp Set)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Noir TriBlend (Green Turquoise Blend, Gold Yellow Blend, Earth Brown Blend, Alpine Green Blend)
  • Great Impressions Wood-mounted Stamp (Joy Background J87)
  • Inkylicious (Fluffy Puffy Stuff)
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits (Paper Snowflakes 661599)
Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, as I always enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration 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 Wendy K over at Art Journal Journey and her Birds challenge this month with the bird that I included on this page.

I’m so happy to be able to join the #132 – Frosty Feels or Cool Tones challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my frosty snowflake scene.

I’m pleased to join the Merry Little Christmas Challenge and their MLCCB #28 – November Anything Christmas Goes with my Christmas season page.

I’m also joining in the fun at Simon Say Stamp Monday Challenge and their Happy Holidays challenge with my Love, Peace, Joy tag and page.

I’m joining in the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Anything But A Card challenge with my tag and page.

I’m also joining the Challenge # 118 – Gold or Silver or Glitter over at Sparkles Christmas Challenge with the silver and glitter papers that I used.

I’m also pleased to join Challenge #83 – Anything Christmas Goes over at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge with my Love, Peace, Joy art journal page.

I’m also pleased to join the Christmas challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge too.

Hello November

As it’s November I created a page to celebrate everything autumn which includes Thanksgiving next week; this month always reminds me of all the things we have to be grateful for!

I started by covering the background with a collage of scrap paper pieces which included dictionary pages, tissue paper, sheet music, diary pages and napkin; they were stuck down using a glue stick and then covered with Liquitex matte gel medium. Next I applied Red Oxide, Crimson and Yellow Liquitex acrylic paint over the top blending the colours together to create a bright autumnal orange colour. Then I used a brayer to apply some Pébéo white gesso and when dry I added some rub-on transfers from a Specimen Remnant Rubs set by Tim Holtz. I used the brayer again to add some more white gesso over the top which pushed them into the background. I love the way these techniques give so much depth and interest to the background (grin!).

Next I used lots of different stamp sets with black Archival Ink which I used for all the stamping on this page. Firstly I stamped a Script stamp over the background and then a foliage stamp to create the branches and leaves, both of which are from Kaisercraft. The bird sitting on the branch was stamped from a Craft Sensations stamp set and I used the Kaisercraft foliage stamp again to add the leaves to the branch so it blended in to the scene.

I used two alphabet stamp sets to create the wording; the “Hello November” was stamped using a Sophisticated Script stamp set from Concord & 9th and the rest of the wording was stamped using a Docrafts stamp set and reads “Thank you for reminding us we have so much to be grateful for!”.  To finish, I splattered the page with black and also white acrylic paint.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing this morning’s cup of Cinnamon Orange tea, it’s pictured by my autumnal window display which is bright and cheery and inspired the colours of my page (grin) – Happy T Day everyone!

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.

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

  • Scrap paper pieces (Dictionary pages, tissue paper, sheet music, diary pages, napkin)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Liquitex Basics Acrylic Colour (Red Oxide, Naphthol Crimson, Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Script CS752, Magnolia Grove CS822)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Ranger Mini Brayer
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Remnant Rubs (Specimen #TH94047)
  • Craft Sensations Clear Stamp (CR0274/16R1)
  • Concord & 9th Stamp Set (Sophisticated Script 10056)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 Clear Stamp Set (Alphas Trad DCE907116)
  • DecoArt Acrylic Paint (Black)
  • Art Discount Acrylic (White)
Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Wendy K over at Art Journal Journey and her Birds challenge this month with the bird stamping that I included on this page.

I’m happy to join the Celebrate challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with my brightly coloured page I created to celebrate November and Thanksgiving.

I’m joining the fun over at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog and their Anything Goes + optional twist of Making Your Own Background with the techniques I used to create the background for this page.

I’m joining in the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Anything But A Card challenge with my art journal page.

I’m also joining in the Thanks/Thanksgiving challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my page.

I’m also pleased to join the LTSCB #139 – Anything Goes over at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog with page too.

Thankful and Cosy this Autumn

I always count my blessing this time of year and having fallen in love with the wording “Let’s get cosy, autumn has arrived”, I was inspired to create this thankful art journal page – I hope you like it!

I started by creating lots of panels for the page which I edged with a Dark Sepia Big Brush marker and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. The panels included: some bark and tree-ring cardstock from Docrafts; some copper leaf images with the “Cosy Autumn” wording from Craft Sensations; a cinnamon stick and baking image from a Die Cut Book; and some brown strips of lace. The paper elements were stuck down using double-sided tape and the lace using Liquitex matte gel medium. When arranged, I stencilled the herringbone design using a mixed media stencil from Paperbabe Stamps with Brushed Corduroy and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink fading the stencil pattern where the birds were to be placed.

For the leaves I used a Fall Foliage Thinlits set from Tim Holtz, they are cut from some kitchen roll that I had used to mop up some excess Brushos with. I lined them up using a glue stick onto a piece of bark cardstock from Docrafts.

I added a pair of birds sitting on an autumn branch which I fussy cut from an old nature book; the birds are Long-Tailed Tits which we sometimes see on our woodland walks. Once stuck in place using a glue stick, I extended the branches using an ordinary pencil and a Bark Derwent Intense pencil. The yellow borders, “thank you” and “love” wording and also the lace doily shapes are all stickers from Kaisercraft. Then to finish, I added the pretty cream lace flowers.

The wording and page reminded me of my new slippers which are so warm and cosy (grin!).

I hope that you are staying thankful and cosy this autumn too, keep well and stay safe! x

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

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

  • Docrafts Papermania Die Cut & Paper Pack (Festive Fauna)
  • Craft Sensations (Creative Paper Collection CR0458/GE)
  • The Works Die Cut Book (Winter Feelings)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap, Brushed Corduroy)
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • Brown lace
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Paperbabe Stamps Mixed Media Stencil (Herringbone)
  • Recycled kitchen towel used to mop up Brushos
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits (Fall Foliage 660955)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Old Nature Book
  • Derwent Inktense Pencil (Bark 2000)
  • Staedler Pencil
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Golden Grove SS343, Bombay Sunset SS339)
  • The Works (Lace Flower Stickers)
Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Wendy K over at Art Journal Journey and her Birds challenge this month with the birds that I included on this page.

I’m so pleased to be able join the #131 – Picture Inspiration challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps as my page is inspired by the panel of images, rows of leaves, bird, lace, knitted pieces, baked goods and autumnal colours.

I’m joining in the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Anything But A Card challenge with my thankful autumnal art journal page.

I’m also pleased to join the LTSCB #139 – Anything Goes over at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog with thankful and cosy autumn page too.

I’m also joining in the Thanks/Thanksgiving challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my thankful art journal page.

Saying Hello to Autumn

I love this time of the year, so I created this page to say hello to autumn and join a few challenge blogs – I hope you like it!

I started by creating the grungy background using a Spritz and Speckles stamp set by Paperbabes Stamps and Toffee Crunch, Rich Cocoa and Potter’s Clay Memento Inks. Then I used the same inks to add the leaves using an Autumnal Treasures stamp set that was free with a magazine. Next I stuck the horizontal decorative strip across the page which is from some Graphic 45 Autumn Collective paper using double-sided tape and then edged it with black Glitterations border stickers so it stood out more.

The circle was die cut from Lemon linen textured cardstock and then coloured using Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Like the background, it was stamped using the Spritz and Speckles stamp set and the leaf stamp and the Memento Inks. The little bird was from the Autumnal Treasures stamp set and was stamped using black Archival Ink; I used a stamping platform to get a clear and bold finish. The “Life began in a garden” wording was cut from the Graphic 45 paper and I edged both the wording and the circle using a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker before sticking them in place. To finish, I added some crystal gems to the page to add some sparkle.

Walks around Lytham Hall are always pretty this time of year with all the changing leaves and the colours on my page reminded me of these beautiful trees we saw there (grin!).

I hope that you’re all staying safe and well!

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

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

  • Paperbabes Stamps (Spritz & Speckles Stamp Set)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Toffee Crunch, Rich Cocoa, Potter’s Clay)
  • Creative Stamping Magazine Issue 161 (Autumn Treasures Stamp Set)
  • Graphic 45 Seasons Collection (Autumn Collective #4501622)
  • Stix2 double-sided tape
  • Docrafts Papermaina Glitterations (Black Borders ANT8181015)
  • Craft Sensations (Luxury Cardstock with Linen Texture CR0241/GE)
  • The Works (8 Cutting Dies)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo)
  • Ranger Stamping Platform
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Crystal Stickers by Mark Richards (Cluster Combo Style #5454C)
Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Chris aka Pearshapedchris, who is hosting the Hold The Line challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the decorative strip that creates a line across my page.

I’m so pleased to be able to join in the #129 – Sketch challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps which inspired the design of my page (grin!).

I’m also pleased to join the LTSCB #138 – Fall Back over at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog with my autumnal page.

I’m happy to join the Autumn Glory Challenge over at Stamping Sensations where the lovely Avril has just joined the Design Team with my stamped page – Many congratulations!

I’m also joining in the fun at Stinkin’ Inkers Challenge Blog and their Shades of Fall challenge with all the fall colours on my page.

Shine like the whole universe is yours

The new challenge for the next two weeks at Try it on Tuesday is Autumn Colours.

I love the colours of autumn so I had fun creating this page and there’s not a leaf in sight – I hope you like it!

I started by covering the page with Pébéo white gesso and modelling paste using a paintbrush. When dry, I applied Peat Moss, Potting Soil, Orange Blossom and Buttercup Wendy Vecchi Blendable Dye Inks and Fired Brisk Distress Ink over the top and spritzed them with water letting the inks drip across the page and left it to dry. Then I splattered the page using gold Liquitex Ink.

Next I added some gold Ranger embossing powder over the inks using a VersaMark Watermark stamp pad and my heat gun.

The eagle picture was cut from an old book and edged using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and some of the gold embossing powder; it was stuck in place using double-sided tape. As the eagle symbolises courage and power, I added some Small Talk stickers from Tim Holtz which read “Shine like the whole universe is yours”, “be Fearless” and “be brave with your life”. They were coloured using Yellow Ochre Kuretake watercolour paint to blend them into the background more. 

Next I added some gold Glitterations border stickers to the page and then applied some of the gold embossing powder to some Bozzy Bear wood chippies which I coloured using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker; they were stuck down using Ranger Glossy Accents which finished the page.

For more inspiration, my fellow Design Teamies have been having fun with Autumn Colours over at Try it on Tuesday too, please pop over and take a look.

As T Stands for Tuesday and it’s autumn I’m sharing our homebrewed pumpkin beer – cheers and Happy T Day! This copper beer has to be my favourite beer, it has a lovely hint of pumpkin and pumpkin spice aroma; this one came at 5.78% abv (alcohol by volume). We discovered pumpkin beer when we visited Federal Jack’s in Kennebunkport, Maine. They serve it with an optional shot of spiced rum added, so we have tried it that way too; it’s so nice and warming on a cold autumn day, though I limit myself to only one as it’s quite potent (grin!).

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

Challenges

With all the texture on my page, I’m pleased to join the Texture challenge over at Art Journal Journey where I’m guest host this month; thank you to everyone who has joined in the fun, I have really enjoyed visiting your blogs and seeing your wonderful creations!

I’m happy to be able to join the Animal Antics over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with the eagle on my art journal page.

With my autumnal coloured background, I’m pleased to join the Staying In The Background challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog .

I’m also pleased to be able to join the #128 – Dimensions challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with the wood chippy dimension on my page too.

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

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Pébéo Modelling Paste
  • Ranger Wendy Vicchi Make Art Blendable Dye Inks (Peat Moss, Potting Soil, Orange Blossom, Buttercup)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Fired Brick)
  • Liquitex! Ink (Iridescent Bright Gold)
  • Tsukineko VersaMark (Watermark Stamp Pad)
  • Tsukineko VersaMarker (Watermark Pen)
  • Ranger Embossing Powder (Gold)
  • Old book
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Stickers (Small Talk #TH93193)
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour Paint set (Yellow Ochre No.44)
  • Docrafts Papermania Glitterations (Gold Borders ANT8181012)
  • Boozybear Wooden Chipboard pieces
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

Robins all the time

My sister kindly bought me a beautiful rusty style robin garden decoration, as you may know I love robins and it really makes my day when I see them in our garden so this was the perfect gift. I wanted to capture it along with the words she wrote on the note that she gave me with this gift which reads “now you can have robins in your garden all the time” (grin!).

For the background I stamped the pink blossoms using black Archival Ink and a blossom stamp from Stampendous; they are painted using Twisted Citron Distress Ink for the leaves and a mixture of Fired Brick Distress Ink and White Linen Dylusions Ink Spray for the flowers with additional touches of Putty colour from a Winsor & Newton Promarker. I applied Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink using a blending tool through a doily stencil randomly around the flowers then I spritzed the stenciling with water to re-activate the ink to give a washed out effect.

For the robins, I drew around my robin garden decoration using a pencil onto some mixed media paper and then spread Ranger Texture Paste in-between the drawn lines using a palette knife to create the rust texture. Once dry, I gradually coloured the texture paste to build up the rust effect using quite a few layers of Sanguine and Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush markers and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. Next I cut the robins out of the mixed media paper and I applied some Orange Soda and Mango Faber-Castell Gelatos by scraping them over the raised areas of texture paste and smudging the colour with my finger which finished the rust effect wonderfully.

For the sign, I cut a piece of white cardstock to size and stuck the message that my sister had written on one side of the card. I coloured the other side using a Sanguine and Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and attached the four seasons stickers from Graphic 45 over the top. I then framed the front and the back edges with texture paste using a palette knife and I also used the texture paste to cover a brad too. When dry, I add a piece of cotton string to the sign and then coloured both the string and the texture paste using the Sanguine and Dark Sepia markers and then the Orange Soda and Mango Gelatos to create a rusty effect.

Next I attached the sign by the string to the page using the brad; this allows it to be turned over to reveal the message from my sister which reads “now you can have robins in your garden all the time!!”; which is why I chose to list all the seasons on the other side (grin!).

The robins look so pretty in my garden; I have placed them just outside my kitchen window so I can see them all the time and as you can see they are so beautifully rusty – perfect!

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 rusty texture that I created, I’m pleased to join the Texture challenge over at Art Journal Journey that I’m hosting this month; thanks to everyone who has joined so far!

I’m so happy to join the Staying In The Background challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the pretty stamped and stenciled background that I created on this page.

I’m also happy to be able to join the #128 – Dimensions challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with the rusty elements and signage dimension on my page.

I’m joining the Complimentary Colours challenge over at Country View Challenges with the blue background and rusty orange of the robins.

I’m also pleased to join the Animal Antics challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with the robins and butterflies on this page.

I’m also joining the Favourite Stencil (and why) challenge over at the As You Like It Challenge with my stencilled background; I love the pretty doily pattern that this stencil creates as it looks so delicate, this stencil is also versatile as it can be joined together to create one whole doily or just used randomly as I did on this page.

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

  • Stampendous! Stamps (Cling Blossom Spray CRP136)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Twisted Citron, Fired Brick, Blueprint Sketch, Rusty Hinge)
  • Dylusions Ink Spray (White Linen)
  • Winsor & Newton Promarker (Putty 0618)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Daler Rowney Mixed Media Paper
  • Robin garden decoration
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Artist Pen (Sanguine 188 B, Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos (Orange Soda, Mango)
  • Pritt Stick
  • White cardstock
  • Graphic 45 Cardstock Stickers (Seasons Decorative Stickers 4501629)
  • Message from gift
  • Recycled string
  • Craft Sensations (Brads CRO550/A)

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

Hope is the thing …

I got creative to join in with a number of challenges today including the Texture challenge that I’m hosting this month over at Art Journal Journey. Thanks so much to all those who have joined in the fun so far with all your wonderful texture creations!

I’ve been meaning to use this Emily Dickinson quote on one of my pages for a while now and it seemed to match the feathers I used beautifully!

To start, I covered the page with Colbalt Blue Liquitex acrylic paint and added some Prussian Blue and white acrylic paints using a credit card to create some texture. When dry, I stamped a hexagon pattern stamp and my favourite Script stamp from Kaisercraft using black Archival Ink. Then I splattered the whole page using white acrylic paint and applied some Ranger Texture Paste around the edges of the page using a Carabelle Studio Stencil.

The feathers are stickers which I outlined using a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and white Uniball gel pen. For the quote, I cut the letters from white cardstock using an X-Cut die set and then stuck them in place using Liquitex matte gel medium.

The colours of the feathers on this page remind me of some flowers that were kindly gifted to me this week when we had family visiting – the orange yellow autumnal colours look fabulous!

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 joining in the Use Your Favourite Stamp challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge as I used my favourite Script stamp as part of my design.

I’m so happy to join the Birds challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the feathers and quote on this page.

I’m also joining the Complimentary Colours challenge over at Country View Challenges with the blue and orange complimentary colour combination on my art journal page.

I’m also pleased to join the #127 – Picture Inspiration challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with the blue pantone background.

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

  • Liquitex Acrylic Color (Colbalt Blue)
  • Liquitex Artist Color (Prussian Blue)
  • Art Discount Acrylic (White)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamp (Script CS752)
  • Docrafts Capsule Collection Clear Stamps – free in magazine
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Carabelle Studios Art Template A6 (Weft Fabric & Numbers TE60034)
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Feather Stickers
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pitt Pen (Black 199)
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)
  • White Cardstock
  • X-Cut Alphabet Die Set (Centurion D-XCU503083)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

Love to Create

Our new challenge for the next two weeks over at Try it on Tuesday is Splash & Splatter.

I had so much fun splashing and splattering inks to create this page which compliments some beautiful postage stamps and paper that I received from CJ as a result of winning her prize draw, thank you so much for all the fabulous goodies – it’s very kind and much appreciated (grin!).

I started making the splashes and splatters of ink using Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks and Rose Bud and Bahama Blue Memento Inks. I did this by applying the ink pad to an acrylic block, holding the block over the page and then spritzing the ink with water until it dripped from the block, splashing and splattering onto the page; I applied the Distress Inks first and when dry I added the Memento Inks drying each of the inks using a heat gun before adding the next one. The wording was cut from some black paper and some pretty aqua green paper that CJ kindly sent to me, using Shadow Script Thinlet set from Tim Holtz; you may be aware that this particular Thinlet set doesn’t contain the word “to” so I cut it out from the word “story”.  

As part of my design I choose to use some beautiful birds and flowers postage stamps from CJ. I made some tags using recycled clothes packaging which I coloured using the two Memento Inks and some leftover off-cuts of the pretty aqua green paper.

The tags were edged with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and splattered with black DecoArt acrylic paint. After mounting the postage stamps onto some white card to give them more stability, I stuck them onto the tags using double-sided tape and then used the same tape to stick the tags in place which finished the page.

For more inspiration, my fellow Design Teamies have also been having fun with our Splash and Splatter challenge, so please pop over to Try it on Tuesday to see their wonderful creations!

As you may remember, CJ kindly had a prize draw to share some of her goodies with us and kindly agreed to send some goodies to someone outside the US too. I was so thrilled to have won and received this gift box, full of amazing goodies! Even the lovely tissue paper is something I’ll be using for my pages too (grin!).

Here’s what the box contained as you can see it was jam packed – thank you so very much!

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing my water flask that I take with me whilst out walking, this was a recent visit to Lytham Hall as you can see the flower beds are full of gorgeous colour (grin!). Wishing you a very Happy T Day!

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 glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, like Try it on Tuesday, 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 the tags that I created for this page.

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their  Midsummer Blues challenge with the blue splashes of ink and pretty blue bird on my page.

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

  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Rose Bud, Bahama Blue)
  • Ranger Mini Spritzer
  • Gift from CJ – thank you so much!
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Shadow Script #1 662684)
  • Leon X-Large Coloured Paper Pad (Black)
  • Recycled packaging from socks
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pitt Pen (Black 199)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • White card stock
  • Pritt Stick
  • Stix2 double-sided tape

Today is full of possibilities

Over at Try it on Tuesday our new challenge for the next two weeks is Words/Numbers.

I created a world of Words and Numbers for my steampunk birds using collage paper, stencils, stamps, stickers and quote chips; I hope you’re inspired to join us too, it would be lovely to see you there!

I started by covering the page with collage paper by Tim Holtz, this one is called Typeset and has lots of words and numbers on it. Then I applied some Pébéo white gesso with my finger and left it to dry. I dragged a Tea Dye Stamp Pad over the top of the paper and spritzed the ink with water to disperse the colour. When dry I stencilled some Wheels using a Dina Wakley stencil and some Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Then I stamped some Steampunk images and some background texture from a couple of Docrafts stamp sets using Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Archival Distress Ink.

The crowns, butterflies, strips of numbers and banners are from a Kaisercraft sticker sheet; I created some shadows around their edges using a Black Faber-Castell marker and outlined them using a black Uni Pin marker.

The birds were created using a Feathered Friends Thinlet set from Tim Holtz; they are cut from linen textured cardstock that I had coloured using Tea Dye, Ground Espresso and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. Their hats were stamped, using the Steampunk stamp set from Docrafts and black Archival Ink, onto white cardstock which I had coloured using Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss and Twisted Citron Distress Inks. I coloured the goggles on the hats using metallic gold and silver Daler-Rowney pens and used Glossy Accents to depict the glass in the lenses. To finish, I added wording with a Quote Chip from Tim Holtz which reads “Today is full of possibilities”.

I hope that you are inspired to join us too, for more inspiration my Design Teamies have created some Words/Numbers creations for you over at Try it on Tuesday, so please pop over and take a look (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing some homebrewed beer that we’ve been bottling. As you can see we have capping machine which makes short work of capping 35 to 40 bottles (grin!). This particular beer is a wheat beer which is perfect for summer but we have both amber and dark beers too (even a Porter style one which I believe some of you would prefer) – 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, like Try it on Tuesday, 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 Summer Special – ANYTHING GOES in Steampunk and Industrial mixed media challenge over at SanDee & amelie’s Steampunk Challenges.

I’m joining in 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:

  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Collage Paper (Typeset #TH94046)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Ranger Dina Wakley Mixed Media Stencil (Wheels MDS45588)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Twisted Citron)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials Clear Stamps (Steampunk DCE907125, Steampunk Background DCE907128)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (The Looking Glass SS206)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pitt Pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Craft Sensations (Luxury Cardstock with Linen Texture CRO240/GE)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Feathered Friends 664433)
  • White cardstock
  • Daler-Rowney Acrylic Paint Marker (Gold, Silver)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Pritt Stick
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Quote Chips #TH93563)
  • Stix2 Glue Dots