Blackbird Café

Today’s page was inspired by lunch at The Blackbird Café which was a special treat for us from our dearest friends for looking after their little puppy; I have to say it was a joy looking after her and we didn’t need to be rewarded in such a way, in fact we should have been paying them (grin!).

I started by adding strips of lime green, butterfly and pink/white decoupage paper onto the page using Liquitex matte gel medium. Once dry I added more colour using Peach, Watermelon, Guava and Kiwi Faber-Castell gelatos smudging the colour with my finger. Next I used some Kaisercraft stamp sets and black Archival Ink to add the tiny dots to the background, the lace around the edge of the page, the birdcages and the wording which reads “Be happy. Be bright. Be you”, “Times like these are extra special” and “Stop. Smile. Breathe. Life is beautiful”. Then I used the same black ink to add the bird and dots of chain for the birdcages using a couple of Hampton Art stamp sets. To finish, I added clear gems to frame the wording and a tiny white flower to each of the birdcages.

You may remember this café from a previous post.

It has a lovely atmosphere and is decorated in a shabby chic style …

… with lots of birds and birdcages.

For my lunch I had a Chicken and Bacon salad, which was so delicious! You can see I’m also sharing my pot of green tea and …

… as T Stands for Tuesday here’s my hubby’s chocolate milkshake too – yum! Happy T Day everyone!

Of course I couldn’t forget this little miss that we looked after for our friends, her name is Ellie and she is a Cavapoo (a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Miniature Poodle); isn’t she super cute!

Thanks so much for treating us to lunch and allowing us playtime with Ellie 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 Gill from gibbyfrogettcraftations and her Anything with Eyes challenge over at Art Journal Journey as I had fun creating this page and I know how much Gill like birds so I thought I’d join her fabulous challenge.

I’m also happy to join in the Texture challenge over at Country View Challenges with the texture of the decoupage and stamped background as well as the gems.

I’m joining the Letters and/or Numbers challenge over at Moo Mania & More with letters that make up the wording on my page.

I’m also joining in the fun at Simon Says Monday Challenge where the lovely Alison from Words & Pictures is in the Designer Spotlight; the challenge is ‘S’ is for? and in this case S is for Special Treat from our dearest friends as this was the inspiration for my art journal page and also S is for Stamp Sets as I had fun creating the texture, bird design and wording using lots of stamp sets for my page 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:

  • Poundworld (Patch Paper DS9454)
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Peach, Watermelon, Guava, Kiwi)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Oh So Lovely CS211, Tiny Dots CS360)
  • Hampton Art cling mounted rubber stamps (7 Gypsies Vintage – Birdsong ICO151, Doodlebug Design Inc. – Thankful ICO162)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Poundland (Design Gems 175751)
  • Home Bargains Special Occasion (Mini Decorative Stickers 22740)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

In my garden there is …

Our new challenge over at Try it on Tuesday for the next two weeks is In my garden there is …

I created a page full of flowers, insects and happy sentiments which remind me of my garden so far this year and over at Try it on Tuesday there is more inspiration to be found in the amazing creations from my Design Teamies! We hope that you will join us too!

I started by creating blocks of papers to collage on the background of my page using matte gel medium; they were free with a magazine which featured stamps and papers from “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”. They have a lovely cottage garden look and feel, with pretty flower, foliage, bird, bee and butterfly designs, which I thought depicted my garden beautifully. Once the gel medium was dry, I scribbled Coconut and Kiwi Faber-Castell Gelatos along the edges of the papers and smudged the colour with my finger. Then I used a foxglove stamp, which was also free with the magazine, using black Archival Ink and then coloured them using Red Violet, Blossom, Sunflower and Bud Green Spectrum Aqua markers. I fussy cut an oval image of a bird in its nest as we have had so many young birds visiting our garden this year and added some Graphic 45 stickers which read “Love”, “Smile”, “Dream” and “Bloom where you are planted”; they are all outlined with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. Then to finish, I added a pretty yellow 3D butterfly.

We have had many flowers blooming in our garden and the foxgloves looked particularly beautiful earlier this year!

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing a pot of tea that we had with our friends in the gardens at Lytham Hall – Happy T day!

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Gill  from gibbyfrogettcraftations  and her Anything with Eyes challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the birds and insects I included on my page; sorry I haven’t joined your fabulous theme as much as I would have liked too this month!

I’m also joining the Butterflies challenge over at Moo Mania & More with all the butterflies 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:

  • The Country Dairy of an Edwardian Lady design Papers and Stamps – free with Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Coconut, Kiwi)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Red Violet, Blossom, Sunflower, Bud Green)
  • Graphic 45 Cardstock Stickers (Seasons Decorative Stickers 4501629)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Home Bargains You & Me … (Beautiful Butterflies)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pritt Stick

Be the brightest colour

For the next two weeks, our new challenge at Try it on Tuesday is Colours of the Rainbow.

I had fun creating this colourful page as not only did I use a new set of acrylic paints, but the paint colours and stencils that I used were chosen by my hubby. As you can see he likes bold and bright contrasting colours and he chose birds, leaves, mosaic and brickwork stencils.

I started by adding the Cerulean Blue, Yellow Oxide, Primary Red and Light Green acrylic paints, that my hubby had chosen, using a dry brush technique where a clean dry brush is used to spread each of the colours; I did this so that the colours would not blend together as some of the colours chosen are on opposite sides of the colour wheel so if blended together they would produce a brown or grey so I didn’t want them to blend by adding water. Then I applied the same paints again using a sponge through the four stencils that my hubby had chosen: Cerulean Blue through a birds stencil; Yellow Oxide through a mosaic stencil; Primary Red through a brick stencil and finally Light Green through a leaf stencil. Next I stamped some postage marks from Prima Marketing and some numbers from Inkidinkado using black Archival Ink. To add some depth and contrast I applied some white acrylic paint to the page with my finger and when dry, I stamped more of the postage marks and numbers over the top. The flowers are stamped onto a dictionary page using some Hampton Art stamps sets and black Archival Ink, fussy cut and stuck in place using Liquitex matte gel medium. I added the stems to the flowers using a Hampton Art Border stamp set and the black Archival Ink again. The wording is from a Kaisercraft sticker sheet finishes the page and reads “Be the brightest colour in the box”; I thought it linked well to my new set of paints.

There are some amazing creations from my Design Teamies too, please pop over to Try it on Tuesday to check them out. We would love to see your rainbow colour creations of the next two weeks, it would be lovely to see you there!

Here’s my new paint set, there are 36 colours to use so I’m sure I’ll be using them again soon (grin!).

As T Stands for T Day, I’m sharing these colourful teapots from the Blackbird Café which you may remember from a previous post – Happy T day!

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

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Chris from pearshapedcrafting and her We’re all/going challenge over at Art Journal Journey as we’re all colourful with my new set of paints.

I’m pleased to be able to join Creative Artiste Challenge Blog for their #51 Anything Mixed Media Goes challenge with all the mixed media I used to create this art journal page.

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

  • Liquitex Basics Acrylic Colour (Cerulean Blue, Yellow Oxide, Primary Red, Light Green)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Tim Holtz Collection Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil (Mosaic #THS084)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Take a leaf)
  • Prima Marketing Clear Stamps (Rossi Belle #587499)
  • Inkadinkado Cling Stamps (Typographic 65-32008)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Art Discount Acrylic (White)
  • Hampton Art Bella Blvd cling mounted rubber stamps (Sand & Surf ICO226)
  • Hampton Art Doodlebug Designs Inc. cling mounted rubber stamps (Thankful ICO162, Borders ICO160)
  • Dictionary pages
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Set (Fiesta! SS284)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.8mm)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

Fly Free

I had fun creating this happy page using colours that remind me of some of the flowers in my garden and the bright summer days we have been having of late – I hope you like it!

I started by painting Deep Violet, Bright Aqua Green, Primary Yellow and white acrylic paints onto the page using my finger, blending the colour together where they joined. When the paint was dry, I used a Tim Holtz stencil to add the flowers, using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. Next I stamped some Tiny Dots, stripes and chevrons, all from some Kaisercraft stamp sets, using black Archival Ink. The bird is fussy cut from Kaisercraft design paper and is teamed with some pink flowers and wording, which reads “Let your dreams take flight” from a Kaisercraft Sticker Set. I outlined the wording sticker with a black Uni Pin marker and white Uniball gel pen, and then to finish I added some small white star embellishments using Ranger Glossy Accents.

This amazing pink geranium influenced my colour choice for this page, it’s a joy to see it every day from our kitchen window (grin!).

Being summer, it must be “Pimms O’clock” somewhere, especially as T stands for Tuesday – Cheers and Happy T Day!

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

Challenges

I’m joining the #194 Animals challenge over at Moo Mania & More with the pretty bird that I included on my page.

I’m happy to join the Spots and/or Stripes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with the dots and stripes I stamped onto the background of my page.

I’m also joining the Stars and Stripes Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with the stars and stripes on my page.

I’m also happy to be joining the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

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

  • Liquitex Acrylic Paints (Deep Violet, Bright Aqua Green, Primary Yellow)
  • Art Discount Acrylic (White)
  • Tim Holtz Collection Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil (Floral TH5077)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Tiny Dot CS360, Mister Fox CS173)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Kaisercraft Fly Free Collection Paper (Sister P1897)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Fly Free SS289)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.8mm)
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)
  • White star embellishments
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Pritt Stick

Everything has beauty

I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend; here in the UK we have a four-day holiday for Easter and we have had some glorious weather, so we’ve been spending time visiting with friends, in the garden and out on our tandem (grin!).

As part of our ongoing garden project, this week we started landscaping the back beds of our garden so my page today reflects nature and earthy colour tones as I took inspiration from all the dirt we have been shovelling (grin!) along with the brick wall colours that we have been exposing and the birds that we have seen in our garden too – I hope you like it!

For my grungy background, I started by covering the page with Chestnut, Boulder, Dessert, Fawn and Topaz Spectrum Aqua markers by scribbling each of the inks onto a blending mat, spritzing with water and pressing the mat onto the page. Then I stencilled a Vintage Diamond stencil from Creative Expressions and Black Soot Distress Ink and added some pieces of decoupage paper using Liquitex matte gel medium. I used a palette knife to add some Pébéo white gesso over the page and once dry, I edged the decoupage pieces using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker smudging the ink with my finger. Then I stamped a Script stamp from Kaisercraft and also a grid patterned homemade stamp using black Archival Ink. I splattered the page with the Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker ink by scribbling it onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and dripping it onto the page. Then I used black Archival Ink to stamp the bird on the branch which is part of the Urban Tapestries stamp set from Tim Holtz and also the flowers in the foreground which is from a Carabelle Studio stamp set. To finish, I added two Small talk stickers from Tim Holtz and edged them using a black Uni Pin marker; they read “live gently on the earth” and “everything has beauty”.

I had a cuppa with friends at Bijou of Lytham last week, it’s a pretty place and I had a wonderful time catching up with some friends – here’s my pot of drinking green tea …

… and my friend’s hot chocolate with all the works (marshmallows and cream) – as T Stands for Tuesday I’m wishing the T Gang 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 Wendy from Wendy’s Art and Craft Journal  and her Having Fun challenge over at Art Journal Journey as I had fun using all the different mediums to create this page.

I’m happy to join the Neutral Zone challenge over at A Vintage Journey with my grungy Mixed Media Style page.

I’m also pleased to be able to join in the fun over at Creative Artiste Challenge Blog, and their Creative Artiste’s #48th Challenge  – Anything Mixed Media Goes challenge with the different mixed media (markers, inks, decoupage paper, gesso) I used to create 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:

  • Spectrum Aqua Markers (Chestnut, Boulder, Dessert, Fawn, Topaz)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencils (Vintage Diamond CEMSDIAM)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Homemade Wood Mounted Stamp – plasterboard tape
  • Tim Holtz Collection Stampers Anonymous (Urban Tapestry CMS061)
  • Carabelle Studio Art Stamp (SA60175 Dans la nature, il y a …)
  • Trimcraft (Decoupage papers SCDEC025)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Small Talk #TH93193)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

Spring Greetings – Art Journal Cover

I always find that I have a huge selection of scraps leftover from creating art journal pages, which for some reason I just can’t seem to throw away (grin!). I usually try to use them up on my art journal covers and as I often use the same materials that can be found in the journal, the covers then also remind me of the pages that are inside (double grin!).

As my journal holds some of the springtime pages that I created for my Hello Springtime theme over at Art Journal Journey that I am hosting, I gave the cover a springtime feel too – I hope you like it!

I started by covering the background with a book page that I recycled from a part-work magazine, using as I did to stick all the paper elements, Liquitex matte gel medium. Then I used some washi tape, with a tape measure design on it, over the seam where two pieces of the book pages joined together. Next I stuck some lattice die cut pieces, remnants of a recycled brown bag, leftover pieces of teabag and also scrap pieces of wallpaper to the page. I added the robin, branches and leaves which are ripped pieces of tissue and then the scene started looking more like springtime, so I coloured the leaves using a Bud Green Spectrum Aqua Marker. The flowers are cobbled-together using leftover pieces of hydrangea flowers from a wallpaper sample and rub-on transfers of violets by Royal & Langnickel, along with some stamped hydrangea flowers using Elderberry Memento Ink. They are loosely coloured with watered down Purple and Navy Spectrum Aqua Markers so the flowers blended together. I also stamped the “My Art Journal” wording using the Elderberry Memento Ink and added more colour to the lettering using the Purple and Navy Spectrum aqua markers again. The “spring greetings” banner, “grow” tag and “plant a garden” banner are Graphic 45 Cardstock Stickers and I used the tape measure washi tape to bind and finish the edges of the page.

As you probably know by now, I love robins and this page reminded me of a robin we saw on a springtime walk last year. I think he had stopped by to say “hello”, isn’t he adorable (grin!).

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, like Art Journal Journey, 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 also joining the Close to Nature challenge over at Moo Mania & More with my springtime art journal cover.

I’m also joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Create a Scene 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:

  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Elderberry)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Purple, Navy, Bud Green)
  • Craft Sensations (Clear Stamps 154884)
  • Clarity Stamp (Word Chain STA-WO-10048-XX)
  • Leftover papers – lattice die cuts, recycled brown bag, teabag paper, wallpaper sample, tissue
  • Recycled book page from part-work magazine
  • Graphic 45 Cardstock Stickers (Place in Time 4500617, Seasons 4501629)
  • Michael’s (Washi Tape)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

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