Sparkly Snowflakes

Today I’m over at Country View Challenges sharing these very sparkly snowflakes for January’s A Year to Sparkle & Shine challenge, which I’m delighted to be hosting this month.

The chipboard background was covered with white gesso and then some Ranger Texture Paste was applied through a snowflakes mini stencil by Tim Holtz. When dry, I coloured the page using Peacock Feathers and Prize Ribbon Distress Ink. All the other snowflakes were recycled from Christmas present wrapping; the felt snowflakes were coloured using the Distress Inks and when dry, they were arranged onto the page with a large snowflake. I covered them all with lots of Icicles Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue which made them shimmer and shine beautifully. The wording was from a Christmas Sticker book by Tim Holtz and reads “the snowflakes come down, the winds of winter blow”. For some extra sparkle, I added lots of Crystals, from a Twinkle Stars set by Creative Expressions, to the centre of the large and each of the stencilled snowflakes.

I hope you are inspired to join our A Year to Sparkle & Shine challenge over at Country View Challenges too, if you do, you’ll have a chance to win a £20 voucher to use on the Country View Crafts.

Snowflakes decorate my windows this time of year and these window clings are very sparkly too (grin!)

For the sake of brevity I am no longer listing the individual items that I used to create my page, however I’m more than happy to let you know which particular product was used if you contact me via comments below or using the following contact me link. You can also check out the products over at Country View Crafts too.

I hope that you’re staying safe and well!

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

A Year to Sparkle & Shine

Happy New Year everyone!

I’m so delighted that it’s my turn to host the challenge over at Country View Challenges this month, so to welcome 2022 I have chosen the theme of A Year to Sparkle and Shine.

We would like to see LOTS of sparkle and shine on your projects, no “token” gems or sequins please; you really need to go sprinkle that sparkle! This means that you can use lots of different sparkly and shiny products (like metallics, sparkly embossing powders, glitters, lustres, foil, glazes, mirror cardstock, mica sprays or paints etc) as part of your designs.

For my very sparkly art journal page, I started by covering the background with Silver DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallic Paint and then sprinkled some Black Sparkle Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder over the top and heated it with a heat gun. Then I added some rub-on transfers from a Numbers pack from Tim Holtz and the wording which were Metallic Alpha Stickers by Tim Holtz. To finish, I added Crystal Twinkle Stars from Creative Expressions.

Here’s all the crafting goodies from Country View Crafts that I used to create this page (grin!).

For more inspiration please see the amazing sparkly and shiny creations from my fellow Design Team members over at Country View Challenges.

I look forward to visiting you and seeing what you make and you never know, you might even win a £20 voucher for the shop! Before you enter your project though, please read the rules

Stay safe and well!

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

Perfect Moments

It’s a new month so we are launching our November challenge today over at the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog, and as always the theme is Anything Mixed Media Goes.

All you need to do is to use three different mediums on your projects to join our mixed media challenge; I hope you are inspired to join us, it would be lovely to see you there!

I was inspired by my good friend Craftyfield to stamp using Colourcraft Brushos, so I used them to create the diamond background. I did this by sprinkling Scarlett, Terracotta, Orange and Yellow Ochre Brushos onto a Vintage Diamond mini stencil by Creative Expressions. Then I spritzed the stencil with water and pressed it onto the page like a stamp; I did this a number of times to build up the background. When dry, I stencilled some texture paste by Tim Holtz which I had coloured using Salvaged Patina Distress Paint through a Moroccan That Special Touch of Mica Mask by Creative Expressions. Then I splattered the page using the Salvaged Patina Distress Paint and also some black DecoArt acrylic paint and left to dry. To finish, I added three fussy cut butterflies and the wording which was a Kaisercraft sticker; it reads “Perfect Moments”.

For more inspiration please check out the amazing creations from my fellow Design Team members over at Creative Artiste too.

Perfect moments made me think of this post box that I discovered outside my local post office, isn’t the crochet cover amazing – it made me smile for the rest of the day (grin!). I like the way the colours of the sun and butterfly match my page too (double grin!).

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

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

For the sake of brevity I am no longer listing the individual items that I used to create my page, however I’m more than happy to let you know which particular product was used if you contact me via comments below or using the following contact me link.

Challenges

I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #155 – Anything Goes with my festive tags.

Living Things challenge over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the butterflies I included on my page.

Love to Scrap Challenge Blog and their LTSCB #151 – Anything Goes with my happy page and experimental stamping with Brushos.

Challenge #7 at Mixed Media Lovers with my mixed media journal page.

Pumpkin Magic

Over at Try it on Tuesday our challenge for the next 2 weeks is Halloween.

For this challenge, I created an art journal page full of fun and spooky pumpkin magic; I hope you’ll join us too, it would be lovely to see you there!

For my grungy background, I started by covering the page with leftover pieces of Halloween papers by Tim Holtz using Liquitex matte gel medium. Next I added some pieces of washi tape and then I stencilled a diamond pattern using a Vintage Diamond mini stencil by Creative Expressions and some Black Soot Distress Ink. I applied some white gesso using a brayer and when dry, I used a baby wipe to smear some Carbon Black Liquitex Acrylic Ink over the top. I also used the Carbon Black ink to add drips down the page and left it to dry.

As some of my leftover papers were die cut, I noticed that one of them spelled out “Halloween” so I coloured the letters using a Gold Spectrum Aqua marker. The pumpkins were cut using a Halloween Hangouts Thinlits set by Tim Holtz from some leftover paper that had been coloured using acrylic paint. I added more detail and shading to the pumpkins using the Gold Spectrum Aqua marker and I used some gold glitter to add sparkle to the eye and mouth cutouts. The letters for the quote were cut from the same leftover paper as the pumpkins, using an Alphanumeric Labels Thinlits set by Tim Holtz; the quote reads “There is magic in the night when the pumpkins glow by moonlight”.

For more inspiration please pop over to Try it on Tuesday and take a look you at the wonderful spooky and fun Halloween creations from our Guest Designer and my Design Teamies too (grin!).

This page reminded me of the Halloween pumpkin tealight that we bought in America many moons ago; it looks so wonderful when it’s all aglow – Happy Halloween!

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.

For the sake of brevity I am no longer listing the individual items that I used to create my page, however I’m more than happy to let you know which particular product was used if you contact me via comments below or using the following contact me link.

Challenges

As well as Try it on Tuesday, I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:

Art Journal Journey and lovely Tracey from Hotchpotchcreations  who is hosting this month with her My favourite colour is October challenge with my Halloween page.

October Anything Halloween challenge over at the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge with my fun and spooky Pumpkin Magic page.

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #153 – Anything Goes with my Halloween page.

LTSCB #150 – Anything But A Card over at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog with my Pumpkin Magic page.

Fall Colors Mood Board over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with the orange and black colours and pumpkins that I included on my page.

Challenge #6 Mixed Media Lovers with my mixed media Halloween page; this is a new challenge so I thought I’d join in the fun!

Using one stencil

Today I’m sharing an art journal page for this month’s Use a stencil (or two) challenge over at Country View Challenges.

I created this page using the same stencil a few different ways; firstly by applying crackle paste and then some Distress Ink through the stencil and also by using the stencil like a stamp by covering it with ink and pressing it onto my page. 

I started by applying Ranger Crackle Paste through an Interlocking Circles stencil from Creative Expressions and left it to dry. Then I added some Bundled Sage Distress Ink and a mixture of Pickled Raspberry Distress Ink and White Linen Dylusions Ink Spray; spritzing with water to disperse the inks over the page. When dry, I splattered the page with the inks too.

Next I applied some Forest Moss Distress Ink using a paintbrush so it spread inbetween the cracks highlighting the crackle effect more. I used the stencil for the second time to apply some Bundled Sage Distress Ink using a blending tool. Then I pressed the Forest Moss Distress Ink pad onto the stencil, spritzed it with water and pressed the stencil onto the page, like you would a stamp; I also used a brayer over the inked stencil so it was firmly pressed against the paper transferring the stencil pattern.

I used some Tim Holtz products to finish the page; the pretty rose flowers were from a new Worn Wallpaper Scraps set and the “lovely” wording was created using a Shadow Words Thinlits set and some pink Classic Kraft cardstock.

I hope you are inspired to join our Use a stencil (or two) challenge over at Country View Challenges too, if you do, you’ll have a chance to win a £20 voucher to use on the Country View Crafts (grin!).

I created this page to capture these beautiful Wild Prickly Roses (Rosa Acicularis) which we saw in the hedgerows on one of our walks recently (grin!).

There was an abundance of flowers and the fragrance was divine; I’ve since found out that they are very hardy and attract lots of wildlife, both in summer with their flowering blooms and in winter when the flowers turn into rosehips.

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

Challenges

As well as Country View Challenges, I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:

Art Journal Journey which is being hosted this month by the lovely Alison from Words & Pictures; she has chosen Summer Countryside as her theme so I’m joining with my wild prickly rose page.

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #147 – Anything Goes with my art journal page.

LTSCB #147 – Anything Goes over at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog with my summer rose page.

Invisible crown

“Always wear your invisible crown” is such a powerful message; to me it means to maintain self confidence, believe in yourself and be aware of your own self worth. I also like the idea of wearing an invisible crown (grin!) … a symbolic meaning of strength, courage, and respect.

I included this wording on today’s grungy page with some other related positive affirmations – I hope you like it!

I started by covering the page with strips of decoupage papers using a glue stick and Liquitex matte gel medium. Then I applied some Pébéo white gesso and Bright Aqua Green Liquitex acrylic paint over the top using a brayer. When dry, I stencilled some Picked Raspberry Distress Ink onto the page using a Shabby Harlequin stencil from Creative Expressions. I used black Archival Ink to stamp the birds and keys using a Craft Sensations stamp set and the birdcages, crowns and “always wear your invisible crown” wording using a Kaisercraft stamp set. Then I splattered the whole page with black DecoArt and white acrylic paint. The words, filigree diamond shapes and pink flowers were stickers from Kaisercraft which I edged using a black Faber-Castell marker before sticking them in place. To finish, I added a black oval frame to emphasis the central stamped wording.

With summer on its way, I’ve been making raspberry gin again and as T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing my gin (and Sprite) with the T Gang and wishing you all a very Happy T Day!

If you are interested, here’s the recipe:

  • 400 g (14oz) Raspberries – or any fruit of your choice, maybe pineapple, blueberry, peach, strawberry, rhubarb
  • 300g (10oz) Granulated Sugar – you can vary this depending on your taste
  • 750 mll (25 US fl oz) Gin – a cheap brand such as supermarket own brand as these are not too flavoured

Add them all to a Kilner Jar (or similar). You need to ensure the sugar dissolves so make sure you shake the jar throughout the first day, it dissolves pretty quickly. Then put it in a dark place for 4 weeks, I tend to shake the jar every other day to muddle the fruit. It’s tempting to eat the fruit afterwards, perhaps on ice-cream, however, I tried it and it was far too potent! So I ended up forcing it through a sieve to add more flavour to the gin. One last tip – don’t be tempted to do half a recipe like I did as when you start drinking it you’ll find it goes pretty fast (grin!).

Hope that you’re all staying safe and well! x

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

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

  • Poundworld (Patch Paper DS9454)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic (Bright Aqua Green)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry)
  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencil (Shabby Harlequin)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Craft Sensations Clear Stamps (CRO274/19A)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Oh So Lovely CS2111)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Arcylic (Black)
  • Art Discount Acrylic Paint (White)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Fly Free SS289)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (Black 199)
  • The Works (Frame Stickers)
Challenges

I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:

Art Journal Journey which is being hosted by the lovely Elle from Empire of the Cat this month and her Language theme with the empowering meaning behind the quote I added to my page.

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #144 – Anything Goes with my art journal page.

LTSCB#145 – Anything Goes over at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog with my empowering Invisible Crown page.

Stecnil It challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with the stencilling on my page.

Don’t forget that you still have another week to join our Make it Feminine challenge over at Try it on Tuesday too!

Double-headed Tulips

As you may remember every year we plant tulips bulbs in our garden and last November we planted some double-headed tulips; they have the most amazing flowers and inspired this page (grin!).

I started by covering the background with a thin layer of Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss Distress Ink, which was painted onto the page like watercolour. Then I stencilled a Shabby Harlequin mini stencil from Creative Expressions using the Forest Moss Distress Ink. Next I covered the background using white gesso and when dry, I used the same stencil to add some Mowed Lawn Distress Ink; the layers of gesso and ink gave the background a lovely translucency. I used the Mowed Lawn ink again to stamp some grungy dots around the stencilled areas using a Spritz & Speckles stamp set from Paperbabe Stamps. The tulips were fussy cut from an old flower book and they were stuck in place using a glue stick. To finish, I added the wording “Bloom where you are planted” which was a sticker from Kaisercraft and lots of sparkly green dots which are gel stickers.

Here are the amazing double-headed tulips in our garden; the flowers are huge and look so bright with their red and yellow petals.

This double-headed tulip is a mixture of the two colours, so pretty!

In fact, all the spring flowers are looking beautiful in our garden (grin!).

A little bit of our garden made its way into my craft room, and as T Stands for Tuesday I’ve included my cup of Ceylon Tea too – Happy T Day everyone!

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 the materials that were used to create this art journal page:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss)
  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencil (Shabby Harlequin)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Paperbabe Stamps Stamp Set (Spritz & Speckles)
  • Recycled images from a Garden Flower book
  • Pritt Stick
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Full Bloom SS365)
  • Home Bargains (Gel Stickers – green)
Challenges

I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:

Art Journal Journey which is being hosted by the lovely Elle from Empire of the Cat this month and her Language theme with my tulips and wording on my page speaking to the language of flowers (grin!).

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #143 – Anything Goes with my spring flower page.

MIUCB#49 – Anything Goes + Layering over at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog with the layering techniques of the inks, stencilling, gesso and stamping that I used to create the background of this page.

Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my tulip page too.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Feminine theme with my pretty flower page.

Inspired by Eileen

I’m so pleased to be able to join Art Journal Journey one last time this month, where the theme is Inspired By in honour of Eileen from The Artful Crafter’s Blog who picked the theme and was supposed to be host. It’s heart breaking that she passed away last month shortly after her heart surgery; she is greatly missed and I’d like to say a big thank you to the AJJ team for allowing us to remember her throughout the month by joining this challenge.

I thought that it was fitting that my page was inspired by Eileen and her kindness, she was truly a lovely person!

Eileen and myself always enjoyed discussing products and techniques together, and she loved the Parchment Liquitex acrylic paint that I used on my pages so much so that she bought some for herself, so in her memory I used this paint to cover the background on my page. I also applied some white gesso to the background and when dry, I added some honeycomb patterns using a stencil from Creative Expressions and Antique Linen Distress Ink. Then I stamped the page using a Butterfly Post stamp from Stampendous and some Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink. The painted paper pieces and the hydrangea image were kindly gifted to me by Eileen as part of some happy T Day mail that she sent to me. The butterflies and wording were stickers from Kaisercraft and finished the page; the wording reads “The language of  friendship is not words but meanings” by Henry David Thoreau, “memories” and “blessed”.

Here are the goodies, including the ones I used on this page, that Eileen kindly sent to me. She was such an inspiration and I miss her support, encouragement, camaraderie and friendship very much!

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 the materials that were used to create this art journal page:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Honeycomb)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen)
  • Stampendous! Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp (Butterfly Post)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Vintage Photo)
  • Happy Mail from Eileen – Painted paper pieces and hydrangea image
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
Challenges

As well as Art Journal Journey, I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today:

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #142 – Anything Goes with my page.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and their Add A Quote challenge with the friendship quote by Henry David Thoreau that I added to my page.

LTSCB#144 – Spring Forward over at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog as the blues and yellows with the blossom remind me of spring.

Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my memory page.

Adventure

It’s a new month so we are launching our April challenge today over at the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog, our monthly challenge theme, as always, is Anything Mixed Media Goes.

My page today was inspired by one of our walks along the beach front and a sea view that reminded me of adventures (grin!).

For the background, I dragged Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Ink pads over the textured mixed media paper and then I added some water using a paintbrush to activate some of the ink. Next I framed the page by painting some white gesso around the edges using my finger which gave a cloudy appearance. The postcard, world, rectangle and bird sitting on the world globe were all fussy cut from some Vintage Travels design paper and the three alphabet tiles were cut from a wallpaper sample; they were arranged onto the page using double-sided tape.

I added two chipboard pieces from BoozyBear which I covered with Versamark Watermark ink and some specks of white and then clear embossing powder; they were stuck in place using Ranger Glossy Accents. I added all the motivational wording which were from Sentiments Sticker Pad by Finnabair. To finish, I embellished the page with some metal and glass beads which were recycled from an old necklace.

You need to use three different mediums on your projects to join our Anything Mixed Media Goes Challenge and for more inspiration please check out the amazing creations from my fellow Design Team members over at Creative Artiste too. I hope you are inspired to join us; it would be lovely to see you there!

Here’s the view that inspired my page; I captured this sea view whilst out walking as I loved the grey moody clouds and sunshine with the boat in the forefront, which seems to be waiting for new adventures (grin!).

Hope that you’re all staying safe and well! x

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

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke, Black Soot)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Creative Expressions Design Pad (Vintage Travels)
  • Wallpaper sample
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • Boozybear chipboard pieces
  • Versamark (Watermark Stamp Pad)
  • Wow! Embossing Powder (White, Clear)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Finnabair Prima Marketing Art Daily Sticker Pad (Sentiments)
Challenges

As well as Creative Artiste, I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today which are:

I’m so pleased to be able to join Art Journal Journey where the theme is Inspired By in honour of Eileen from The Artful Crafter’s Blog who picked the theme and was supposed to host this month but sadly passed away shortly after her heart surgery last month – she will be greatly missed! I’m so pleased to be able to remember her by joining AJJ with my page which was inspired by one of my walks along the seafront and new adventures.

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #141 – Anything Goes with my page.

MIUCB #48 – Anything Goes + optional twist of No Stamping challenge over at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog with the background, collage and EP techniques I used to create this page and there was no stamping too.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog and their Anything Goes challenge with my art journal page.

LTCCB #144 – April Anything Goes challenge over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog with my mixed media page.

Bee Extraordinary

It’s a new month which means we have a new challenge at Country View Challenges for April which is The Birds and The Bees.

Please ensure that birds and/or bees are the main focus of your projects when you join this challenge which is being hosted this month by the lovely Sue.

This page was created in my mini art journal, so I started by covering the chipboard page with a coat of white gesso and then I stamped the beehive image using black Archival Ink and a Beehive Buzz stamp and die set from Pink Ink Designs. Next I added the hexagonal pattern to the background using Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo Distress Ink and an old hexagon stamp. Then I used an Interlocking Circles stencil from Creative Expressions as a stamp by covering it with Black Soot Distress Ink, spritzing it with water and then pressing the stencil onto the page. When dry, I used some black Archival Ink and the hexagon stamp again around the edges of the page to frame it. The beehive was coloured and shaded using a blue Tri-Blend marker and some Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo Distress Ink which I applied like watercolour.

I stamped the bees onto some mixed media paper and then I used the Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Salty Ocean Distress Inks again to colour them. They were die cut using the dies from the Beehive Buzz set and then stuck in place using glue dots.

I added three blue dome stickers and used the stamp and die set to create the “Bee Extraordinary” wording which finished the page.

I hope that you will join The Birds and The Bees challenge over at Country View Challenges too; it would be lovely to see you there, and if you do join us then you’ll have a chance to win a £20 voucher to use on the Country View Crafts website too (grin!).

This beehive page brought back memories of some colourful beehives that we saw whilst on holiday in Skiathos, Greece.

We saw them whilst out walking along a cliff top trail; they were overlooking the sea and had this beautiful view!

Hoping 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.

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

Challenges

I’m so pleased to be able to join Art Journal Journey where the theme is Inspired By in honour of Eileen from The Artful Crafter’s Blog who picked the theme and was supposed to host this month. It’s so heart breaking that she won’t be joining us as she passed away last month shortly after her heart surgery – she will be greatly missed and I’m so pleased to be able to remember her throughout the month by joining AJJ! My page was inspired by bees and beehives, and I’m sure Eileen would have loved the positive wording “Bee Extraordinary” too!