Our Coastal Birds

We feel very blessed to live 2-3 minutes walk from the beach and once a week we meet up with one of our good friends to walk along the shoreline, she is a keen photographer and specialises in bird and wildlife photography. We have seen many coastal birds on our walks over the winter months so I thought I would share some of them with you.

The background textures and colours represent the sand, sea and pebbles of our shoreline. First, I applied Sea Green and Desert Spectrum Aqua Markers to an acrylic block, spritzed the ink with water and pressed it onto the page. I then stamped a Sketchy stamp by Kaisercraft using Tea Dye Distress Ink and a Serpentine Background stamp using Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink. Then I repeated the same process by applying Hickory Smoke and Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink to an acrylic block, spritzing it with water and dripping the ink or pressing the block onto the page. I stenciled dots using a Creative Expressions Mask and the Hickory Smoke ink with a blending tool. Next I secondary stamped (in order to give a lighter image) a compass stamp from the Steampunk stamp set by Docrafts, a feather stamp by Craft Sensations  and a binoculars stamp by Royal & Langnickel using Jet Black Archival Ink. This is to represent the North West coastline, the fact that some of the birds migrate to our shores, the feathers you find on the beach and the binoculars we use to see the birds up close. The bird images are fussy cut from an old AA travel book and show some of the different birds we have seen on our walks; they are stuck to the page using a UHU Stic. I also cut the Oyster Catcher image and information from the same book, as well as the blue paper square which I stamped with the names of some other birds that we have seen and also decorated it with a tag stamp using Archival Ink, and the same compass and feather stamps using the Hickory Smoke ink and the Desert Aqua marker. Both these pieces are stuck to the page using double-sided foam tape. I stamped the words “discover” and “explore” using Archival Ink and then I used rub-on transfers for the rest of the wording. To finish I added three pretty white and blue seashell beads using Glossy Accents to adhere them.

As we are “Out and About” exploring the shoreline and watching the birds, I’m pleased to be able to join Yvonne from Meggy’s Way over at Art Journal Journey.

Our walks along the beach are made even more magical by the wide variety of birds that we see. Here’s a view from the top of one of the many sand dunes, it shows the area of the beach and mudflats where we see many of the birds, especially when the tide is coming in.

We always have fun spotting the different birds especially those that over-winter here or stop to feed during their migration. Here I am all wrapped up at the foot of the dunes, looking for birds because I am normally allocated chief bird spotter and given the binoculars. We often see what is known as a LBJ (little brown job) which we think is a sparrow but turns out to be a Linnet or a Reed Bunting or even a special visitor to our shores – a Wheatear. My hubby and our friend are the photographers as they have the zoom lenses needed to capture the flying birds and those on the shoreline. As you will see from the following photos they have captured some wonderful birds on our walks. I’d like to say a special thank you to both of them for contributing their fabulous photos to my blog today!

This Turnstone was watching us and waiting to resume feeding on the muddy shoreline, it is well suited to our coast as although we have sandy beaches there are pebbles and stony areas too.

It was amazing to see the Curlews for the first time this year, aren’t they magnificent! I was surprised about how big they are, until my friend told me they are one of the biggest wading birds in Europe. They also have a very distinct call which gives them their name.

The Little Egrets have joined our shoreline over the winter months, they take refuge in the mud flats at low tide and tend to disappear at high tide. They are so elegant and as you can see look spectacular when in flight.

The Oyster Catchers stay along our shoreline all year round and are very noisy birds. They come closer to shore as the tide comes in and here they are on the mud flats at high tide. They are so beautiful with their black and white plumage and red beak and legs.

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 (Sea Green, Desert)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke, Blueprint Sketch)
  • Ranger Archival (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist Pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Sketchy CS878)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted stamp (Serpentine Background T-2773)
  • Royal & Langnickel Clear Choice Stamps (Journey MIN-CCS104)
  • Papermania Urban Stamps (All Aboard – Tags PMA907178)
  • Craft Sensations Clear Stamps (CRO274/16R1)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essstials A5 clear stamp set (Steampunk DCE907125)
  • Creative Expressions That Touch of Mica Masks (Distressed Dots)
  • Discover Britain AA Book
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Summer #ROY505 Rub-on)
  • The Works (Seashore Beads)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

A Walk in the Park

To celebrate my mum’s birthday this month, she chose to go to Stanley Park where there is an Art Deco Café called “Parks” for a light lunch. We had a lovely time and I wanted to capture our visit as well as my mum’s favourite spring flowers namely daffodils, tulips and iris which I always buy and arrange for her as part of her birthday present.

Firstly I added three strips of plasterboard/drywall tape to the page and applied Blueprint Sketch, Twisted Citron and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks with a blending tool. I wanted the tape to act like a stencil so I removed it revealing a white grid pattern. I stamped a tree stamp by Art Impressions using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink and then I used an A6 Docrafts stamp set to stamp a bigger tree onto my page as well as a piece of brown patterned paper from a Design Pad. I cut out the tree from the paper using the stamp outline to guide me and positioned it over the tree I had stamped on the page using a UHU Stic. On the bottom of the page I added the daffodils, iris and tulips that my mum loves so much, I cut the flower shapes from pieces of napkin which then melted into the page when I used Liquitex Matte Gel Medium to stick them down. Next I added the names of the flowers and the month which are rub-on transfers. The wooden frames are from Poundland and I created different pictures to remind me of our day out together. I filled one with the same napkin flowers, another with the logo of the café we visited which is from a leaflet I collected whilst we were there and the last one with a piece of card that I stamped with a recurring “Happy Birthday” using black Archival Ink. I embellished each one with a strip of green ribbon and a mini gel star sticker and stuck the framed picture to the page using Glossy Accents. To finish I covered the tree with cherry blossom flowers and dotted some fallen petals amongst the spring flowers, these are mini gel stickers and depict the lovely pink blossom we saw whilst we were in the park.

As we were “Out and About” celebrating my mum’s birthday, I’m pleased to be able to join Yvonne from Meggy’s Way over at Art Journal Journey.

I thought you may like join in our celebration; this is the view as we walked though Stanley Park which is in Blackpool. Visiting the park brings back many fond memories from my childhood because we use to visit regularly to feed the ducks at the lake, walk the paths to see the different gardens and, possibly my favourite thing in the world when I was young, to jump up and down on the outside trampolines.

This time we went to the Italian Gardens which is situated in the centre of the park and has many flower beds, a large number of benches and a central fountain made from Italian marble which is surround by sea horses.

There are great columns and a number of statues in this garden, this includes a pair beautiful of Medici Lions situated either side of the steps that lead to the café. I used to stand and look at them in awe when I was a child, they are so magnificent!

The “Parks” café overlooks the Italian Gardens and was built in a traditional art deco style. It is an imposing building and a focal point of the park.

The inside of the café is so beautiful; it is such an elegant setting with its original art deco features and palm trees.  The menu of breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea seems a bit pricey to me but the quality of the food is excellent.

We all had the most delicious ham and cheese toastie for lunch and I had a ginger beer whilst my parents both had coffee. As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and wishing you all a Happy T Day!

These are the flowers I bought for my mum and arranged in a lovely metal jug, she loves the combination of the yellow daffodils, red tulips and blue iris – don’t they look bright and cheery!

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 (Blueprint Sketch, Twisted Citron, Hickory Smoke)
  • Memento Ink (Rick Cocoa)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted rubber stamp (P-1398)
  • Docrafts A6 clear stamp set (Build a tree  DCE907130)
  • Crafter’s Companion Vintage Floral Collection Acrylic Stamp (Floral Sentiments VF-ST-FSENT)
  • Napkin from a café
  • Poundland Design Pad (Changing Seasons CRO701/16PL1)
  • Parks Art Deco Café leaflet
  • 151Adhesives Plasterboard & Drywall Tape
  • Home Bargains (Mini Gel Stickers 30287)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Spring Sentiments #ROY-506 Rub-on)
  • Poundland A Beautiful Life collection (Wooden Frames LCWDN001)
  • Green ribbon
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Gluepen
  • The Range double-sided tape

Visiting Paris

I have happy memories of visiting Paris in the springtime. It’s such a beautiful place and so romantic, it has many iconic landmarks and the most wonderful patisseries. So with Paris as my inspiration, I’m pleased to be able to join this month’s theme “Out and About” being hosted by Yvonne from Meggy’s Way over at Art Journal Journey.

I chose some of my favourite colours of green and blue to create the background using Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers and Peeled Paint Distress Inks. I applied the ink pad directly to an acrylic block, and then I sprayed it with water and pressed the block onto my page. I filled in any white gaps with watered down Chipped Sapphire ink using a paint brush. I then stamped a Serpentine background using the Chipped Sapphire ink, some small script stamps using the Peeled Paint ink and some postage mark stamps using Jet Black Archival Ink. Then I added fine splatters of white and black acrylic paint using a paint brush. I stencilled Texture Paste using a Wheels Stencil from Ranger by Dina Wakley Media, and because the inks bleed into the wet paste and colour it, I had to paint the wheels with white acrylic paint when the paste had fully dried in order to give it a clean white finish. I used paper from a design pad, choosing two different designs which reminded me of French design wallpapers and cut them to the various sizes. I distressed the edges with pinking shears and applied Black Soot Distress Ink with a blending tool. The Paris images and postage stamps are Stickeroos from Penny Black, and once the stickers where in place I stuck everything to the page using a UHU Stic and double-sided foam tape. I embellished the papers and images with a black rhinestone frame border and then to mimic this frame effect and lighten the page, I continued the dots around the edge using white acrylic paint which I painstakingly applied with an embossing tool; I really like the 3D effect. I added the word “Paris” which is from the same Penny Black Stickeroo set; I stuck them to some card first before sticking them to the page, outlining them with a black Uni Pin marker and adding the white dots. To finish the page I added clusters of green gemstones on both the background and the images.

We visited Paris as a special birthday treat and I remember the magical Eiffel Tower with its wonderful iron lattice-work. It looks so spectacular all lit up and twinkling, apparently there are 20,000 light bulbs which are used to make the Eiffel Tower sparkle every night.  Today almost 7 million people a year visit the Eiffel Tower and it’s believed to be the most visited paid-for monument in the world.

The metal work is so beautiful and the tower stands at 324 metres (1063 feet) tall including antennas. I was amazed to find out that it comprises 18,000 metal parts which are joined together by 2.5 million rivets, it sways around six to seven centimetres (2-3 inches) in the wind, during cold weather the tower shrinks by about 15cm (six inches) and that it takes 60 tonnes of paint to repaint it every seven years.

The Arc De Triomphe is magnificent; it stands at the end of the Champs-Élysées and looks such a powerful structure. It is 50 metres (164 ft) high, 45 metres (148 ft) wide and 22 metres (72 ft) deep. We found out that it was built to honour those who fought for France especially during the Napoleonic wars. In fact, the construction was ordered in 1806 by Napoleon himself to honour the Grande Armee, the name of the French army at that time. It was completed in 1836, long after Napoleon’s death in 1821.

I remember standing under the monument looking up at all the amazing carvings; it was so ornate and pays tribute to the wars fought as well as those who fought in them.

You wouldn’t believe the number of patisseries that are dotted around the streets of Paris! They all sell the most amazing sweet treats – yum! There is so much choice and they had the most lovely chocolates and Easter eggs too!

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

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint, Chipped Sapphire )
  • Ranger Archival (Jet Black)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Ivory Black)
  • Colvin & Co Artists’s Acrylic (White Titanium)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Art Impressions wood mounted stamp (Serpentine Background T-2773)
  • The Works (Clears Stamps CR0274/TW3)
  • Ranger Dina Wakley Media Stencil (Wheels MDS45588)
  • The Works 12×12 Paperstack  (Vintage Experience)
  • Penny Black Stickeroos (Je Taime #10-199)
  • Hobbycraft (Rhinestone Stickers Green)
  • Hobbycraft (Black & White Frame Adhesive Gem Design)
  • Decorative Scissors (Zig Zag)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Happy Daffodils

March is here and the daffodils are in full bloom which heralds the coming of spring. There seems to be an abundance of them around the town this year and these cheery yellow flowers always make me smile. So to welcome the arrival of one of the first plants to light up our gardens I decided to create a display of my own.

I started by stenciling a honeycomb pattern using a Creative Expressions mask and Pébéo modelling paste and left it to dry thoroughly. I used my new set of Spectrum Aqua Markers to create the background, the colours I choose were Kingfisher, Tan and Desert; I applied them to an acrylic block and spritzed them with water and then I pressed the block or dripped the ink onto the page. Using the same Aqua Markers I stamped a daffodil tile design onto the background and splattered the page with fine dots of the diluted Aqua marker pigments and Black Soot Distress Ink. To make the tags, I used a cream glossy tag and applied the same black Distress Ink to the edge and across the whole surface using a baby wipe. Then I stamped the daffodil tile design using the same Aqua markers to decorate the tag background. The daffodil image is from a magazine, I tore it in half, ripped the edges and applied the black Distress Ink to them and I stuck them to the tags using a UHU Stic. The original image design was monotone except for a yellow wasp, so to accentuate the daffodils I coloured the flower, stems, leaves and words using Derwent Inktense pencils, a Moss Spectrum Aqua Marker and a black Derwent Graphik Line Marker. I found the wasp detracted from the daffodils so I covered it up with some vintage butterfly washi tape. I added some black paper twine and stuck them to the page using double-sided foam tape. I also flicked yellow and orange Derwent Inktense pencil ink over the background to connect the daffodil colours from the tag with the rest of the page. Next I added stickers from the Idea-ology Salvage Stickers collection called Crowded Attic by Tim Holtz, which I edged using the same black Distress Ink. To finish I added the words which are rub-on transfers and the shiny yellow and orange mini gel stickers.

As this page is about seeing daffodils when we’re “Out and About” in town, I pleased to be able to join Yvonne from Meggy’s Way over at Art Journal Journey.

As part of our volunteer work for St. Anne’s on Sea in Bloom, we were involved in planting daffodils around our local town. It was nice to admire the fruits of our labours when we were out shopping this weekend; we had added a layer of daffodil bulbs in these tubs and it’s so wonderful to see their yellow heads prettily bobbing in the breeze.

Last year in October, we also planted bulbs along one of the main roads into our town.

Now these beautiful daffodils say “hello” to people as they drive into St. Anne’s on the Sea – what a lovely happy greeting!    

As T Stands for Tuesday my drink of choice is hot water today and we are also having American pancakes with blueberries, bananas, whipped cream and Maple Syrup  – yummy yum yum! The maple syrup comes all the way from Dave’s Sugar Shack in Maine, our friends kindly sent it to us as a present. These pancakes are actually the ones we had on Shrove Tuesday, which ties in nicely with the daffodils as they are often called the Lent Lily because they flower when Lent starts and tend to have finished flowering by Easter. I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and wishing you all a Happy T Day!

Do you know any fun facts about daffodils? Did you know:

  1. The daffodil is the flower for March.
  2. The daffodil is the national flower of Wales.
  3. In the Victorian days, daffodils represented chivalry and today they represent hope.
  4. Daffodils signify the coming of spring.
  5. The daffodil is a common decoration during Chinese New Year.
  6. A gift of daffodils is said to ensure happiness.
  7. Daffodils contain a toxic sap which is harmful to other flowers. Before arranging in a vase with other flowers the daffodils should be soaked in water for 24 hours. Do not re-cut the stems as it will re-release the toxin.

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:

  • Pébéo Modeling Paste High Density
  • Papermania wood mounted stamp (39454)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Honeycombe)
  • Magazine Spectrum Aqua Markers (Kingfisher, Tan, Desert, Moss)
  • Tim Hotlz Distress Ink (Black Soot)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Derwent Inktense Ink Pencils (Sun Yellow 0200, Tangerine 0300)
  • Poundland (Die Cut Tags 117106)
  • Wilko (Paper Twine 0314169)
  • Hobbycraft Decorative Tape (assorted Black & White 5971481007)
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Salvage Stickers (Crowded Attic #TH92898)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Spring Sentiments #ROY-506 Rub-on)
  • Home Bargains (Mini Gel Stickers 30287)
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Winter Gardens

We love to go to Blackpool Winter Gardens, we have been there a number of times to see shows, to find out about the history of the building on the Heritage Tour and just recently we attended the open day where you have access to all areas and can take your time exploring all the amazing venues.

Firstly, I coloured the background by painting alternating concentric circles of diluted Navy and Marine Spectrum Aqua Marker ink, this represents the beautiful glass domed ceiling and the blue accent colours that you see in the Floral Hall when you enter the Winter Gardens. Next I stamped a sheet music stamp by Woodcraft using Paris Dusk Memento Ink and a script design by Kaisercraft using the same Navy Aqua marker, this depicts the entertainment facilities, as well as the music being played on the famous Wurlitzer organs while we were there. I then stamped a palm tree from the Tropical Travelogue set by Hampton Art and scroll work stamp by Craft Sensations using London Fog Memento Ink. I used these same two stamp sets to add the chandeliers and art deco border using black Archival Ink as there are lots of chandeliers and art deco designs throughout the different areas of the Winter Gardens. To produce a watermark effect (fainter impression) I secondary stamped a series of images on the background from the Steampunk set by Docrafts using black Archival Ink, these images tie into the Victorian era when Winter Gardens was built and opened. I used a trellis design stencil to apply white gesso, Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and modelling paste as we saw lots of beautiful ironwork and plaster work throughout the building. With the background finished, I embellished the page with bronze art deco style outline stickers and tickets which are rub-on transfers; the words “Explore”, “Discover” and “Adventure” on them describe our time whilst we were there. The old images of Winter Gardens are from a leaflet; I cut them out with serrated scissors and stuck them to the page using double-sided foam tape.  I think they capture the magnificence of the Winter Gardens venues and finish the page beautifully.

As we are “Out and About” in Blackpool exploring Winter Gardens, I’m very pleased to be able to join Yvonne from Meggy’s Way over at Art Journal Journey.

Winter Gardens is an entertainment facility located in Blackpool town centre and contains ballrooms, theatres, large themed rooms and spaces in a variety of styles. It is a magnificent building that opened on 1878 and has changed and expanded over the years. It is now undergoing further refurbishment to restore and uncover its original features. There is a wide range of decoration including Victorian ironwork, Art Deco styling and the most amazing plaster work. As you enter the building you are greeted by this beautiful domed ceiling.

Then you enter the Floral Hall with its beautiful palm trees, tiling, blue accents, yellow columns and lights. This is where you have access to all the other venues including the Empress Ballroom, the Pavilion Theatre, the Galleon Bar, The Baronial Hall, the Spanish Hall, Horseshoe, Olympia and the Opera House.

There are a number of venues designed by Andrew Mazzei who was a well known Hollywood film and set designer. In the 1930s he worked on the plaster work and decorations for the Baronial Hall, the Floral Hall, the Galleon Bar, the Olympia Hall, and the Spanish Hall. The photo above is the Spanish Hall designed in the art deco style with a three-dimensional frieze surrounding it which depicts the Andalusian Hills and Villages; it is very atmospheric.

The Galleon Bar was also designed by Andrew Mazzei and it’s my hubby’s favourite! It is a very creative recreation of an old Galleon Ship from the Spanish Armada, complete with oak beams which are all actually plaster work!  It really does look like real wood, doesn’t it!

While we were exploring the different venues at Winter Gardens, music was being played on the Wurlitzer organs located in both the Opera House and the Empress Ballroom.

The magnificent Empress Ballroom is my favourite venue. It was built in 1896 and has a spectacular barrel-vaulted ceiling, pristine parquet flooring, ornate balconies and the most amazing sparkling chandeliers! I can just imagine the olden days and the excitement of arriving in a horse and carriage to find yourself in such a spectacular venue, the stunning dresses, the dashing gentlemen and the stories that filled the ballroom; I guess I’m just an old romantic at heart!

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:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Navy, Marine)
  • Memento Ink (Paris Dusk, London Fog)
  • Tim Hotlz Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste High Density
  • Woodware Clear Magic Singles stamp (Sheet Music JGS111)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Craft Sensations Clear Stamps (CRO274/16R2)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Steampunk DCE907125)
  • Hampton Art Graphic 45 cling mounted rubber stamps (Tropical Travelogue ICO134)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Moroccan)
  • Kaisercraft Rub Ons Up, Up and Away collection (Colour Rubons RB870)
  • Unknown – Bronze Outline Stickers
  • Winter Gardens Trust Leaflet
  • Fun Cut Scissors
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

There’s always time for tea

When I’m out and about with my mum, there is always time for tea at our local café. So I thought I would capture this using a new set of Distress Inks and a stencil that my mum kindly bought me as a gift.

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For the background I used only two Distress Inks, they were Hickory Smoke and Ground Espresso. I applied the ink pad directly to an acrylic block, then I spritzed it with water and I pressed it onto my page. Then using the same two Distress Inks, I used a stencil by DecoArt, a Script stamp and a Hessian stamp by Kaisercraft and a postage mark stamp from The Works. To add contrast I used black Archival Ink to stamp a grid design with a homemade stamp. Then I stamped a clock image from my Steampunk stamp set by Docrafts using black Archival Ink, which ties into the “Time for tea” theme. The words, teapot and teacup are fussy cut from a print of a sign I saw whilst out and about with my mum. It took quite some time to fussy cut them out, stick them to the page, colour them with Faber-Castell Big Brush marker ink and outline them with a black Uni Pin marker and a white Uniball gel pen. For the flower embellishments I cut dried used teabags into flower shapes, layered them with some lace flowers and used a pretty grey resin rose for the centre, using Glossy Accents to stick them together. I cut strips of the same teabags and used them to create tea pouring out of the teapot, covering them in a layer of glossy accents to give a liquid appearance. As some of the tea leaves had dried in the bag I also sprinkled them onto the page and then I covered them with a thin layer of matte gel medium. To finish I added a clock that I recycled from a gift tag, using double-sided foam tape to stick it down.

As this page is about having time for tea while I’m out and about, I am joining Try It on Tuesday’s theme “Time for Tea” and Yvonne’s (from Meggy’s Way) challenge “Out and About” over at Art Journal Journey.

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I’m also pleased to join Bleubeard and Elizabeth and the rest of the T Gang as T Stands for Tuesday with the green tea and fruit loaf I enjoyed with my mum. The fruit loaf is so big we always order it to share. 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:

  • Tim Hotlz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke, Ground Espresso)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Sanguine 188 B, Dark Sepia 175 B, Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm, 0.3mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • DecoArt Andy Skinner Mixed Media Stencil (Shedded ANDY08)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Steampunk  DCE907125)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752, Hessian CS153)
  • The Works (Clear Stamps CR0274/TW3)
  • Homemade wood mounted stamp with Plasterboard/drywall tape
  • Sign printout
  • Gift tag
  • Dried used teabag
  • Home Bargains (Fabulous Florals 22803)
  • Trimcraft A Beautiful Life (Resin Flowers LCFLW001)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Birthday Wishes

Many of my friend’s birthdays are in February and March, so I currently find myself busy making birthday cards. I often like some of my card designs so much that I create a larger version in my art journal too. Here is one of those pages and I’m sending those of you who are celebrating your birthday this time of year – Happy Birthday Wishes!

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The background was created exactly the same way as my card by using Festive Berries and Abandoned Coral Distress Inks. I blotted the ink pad directly on an acrylic block, spritzed it with water, and then I pressed the block or dripped the ink onto my page. I wanted a mottled effect so I built up the layers of colour gradually. As I had more space on my journal page, I also concentrated the colour on the right hand side of the page fading to white on the left. I then sectioned my page using masking tape and I stamped a Script stamp by Kaisercraft and Serpentine Background stamp by Art Impressions using black Archival Ink, alternating the designs. This masking technique also worked really well on the card and it was a fun technique to try. Again I made sure the stamping faded out as it reached the right hand side of the page to leave white space. I added some torn cherry blossom card to the edges of the page using Winsor & Newton Matt Gel to stick it down. This card is from a luxury topper set called Eastern Promise by Hunkydory. I also fussy cut the lanterns from the same card and stuck them down using double-sided foam tape. The gold flowers are outline stickers and the circles with various oriental style images are from the same topper set, which I attached using double-sided tape. I added little gold butterflies, blue gemstones and the name of my friend and her birth date to finish the page.

With the shades of red I used for the background, I’m pleased to be able to join this month’s theme of “Fifty Shades of Red” being hosted by Linda over at Art Journal Journey.

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At this point I was hoping to show you my inspiration; the thing is, I forgot to take a photo of my original card – oops! So to give you an idea, here’s another card I made which looks very similar, although I used a totally different colour palette. In actual fact, my journal page stayed true to my original card design; as well as using my friend’s favourite colours of red and coral, I used the same background stamp designs and masking technique, the same gold flowers and butterflies, similar lantern topper decorations and gemstones, and the lovely cherry blossom card was used to create the interior of the birthday card.

cake

For another friend, who lives locally, I made a birthday cake too; it’s a Victoria sponge filled with strawberry jam and butter cream then covered in sugar paste fondant icing, all of which is homemade, and the little daisy flowers are edible wafers. It was so funny when I delivered it as her hubby answered the door, he really loves cake and his eyes lit up when he saw the box. So I’m not really sure how much cake she got to eat herself (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:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Festive Berries, Abandoned Coral)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted stamp (Serpentine Background T2773)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS572)
  • Hunkydory Luxury Topper Collection (Eastern Promise EAST104)
  • Magenta Style outline stickers (Gold 0501)
  • Docrafts Antia’s Outline Stickers (Wistful Wings Gold ANT810131)
  • Poundland  (504 Gems)
  • Wilko (Blue Masking Tape – Low tac)
  • Winsor & Newton (Matt Gel)
  • The Range double-sided foam tape