Hope anchors the soul

The agapanthus has just started shooting in our garden so when I came across this inspirational quote “Hope anchors the soul” whilst crafting, I was inspired to create this page. It seemed very poignant with the difficulties the world is facing at the moment – wishing you all well and hoping that you stay safe and healthy!

I started by covering the page with various stamps using black Archival Ink; the stamps included a Parisian Beau Collage stamp from Crafter’s Companion and a Provincial and also a 75 Cents stamp set from Kaisercraft. Next I applied Acqua Dolce, Earl Grey and Caramel Faber-Castell Gelatos by scribbling them onto the page and using my wet finger to spread the colour vertically down the page. Then I stencilled an Ornamental stencil from Creative Expressions using Vintage Linen Distress Ink. The agapanthus flowers are napkin which I stuck down using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium (this was a mistake as it got far too wet, I should have used a UHU Stic and then the gel medium around the edges). When dry I splattered the page using black DecoArt acrylic paint. The wording “Hope anchors the soul” is a sticker from Kaisercraft which I coloured along the edges with some Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and an Amethyst Winsor & Newton Promarker. It’s stuck in place along with a purple flower and some die cut foliage; I used a Garden Greens Thinlet for the foliage which was cut from some white card that I had coloured using Twisted Citron Distress Ink and Cottage Ivy Memento Ink. To finish, I added lots of clear diamante gems to add some sparkle.

As this page has Parisian references, I’m sharing these strawberry tarts that my hubby bought me for Valentine’s this year which always remind me of our travels to Paris; you may remember them from my post last month.

I thought you may like to see what the tart looks like inside; it’s a short crust pastry case filled with crème pâtissière (vanilla pastry cream) with glazed strawberries on the top, so delicious! As T Stands for Tuesday I’m also sharing my cuppa and saying a big hello to the T Gang – 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 Eileen from The Artful Crafter and her Green challenge over at Art Journal Journey this month with the predominant green foliage on my page.

Don’t forget that you still have until next Tuesday to join our Home Sweet Home/Where you would like to live challenge (for this page I incorporated the two with the agapanthus from our garden/and who wouldn’t want to live in Paris) over at Try it on Tuesday too, it would be lovely to see you there!

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

  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Crafter’s Companion Parisian Collection Clear Acrylic A6 Stamp (Beau Collage)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Provincial CS243, 75 Cents CS864)
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Acqua Dolce, Earl Grey, Caramel)
  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencil (Ornamental)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron)
  • Napkin
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Book (Antiquities SK807)
  • Winsor & Newton Promarker (Amethyst V626)
  • Poundland (Flower  – Accessories Pack 60911)
  • White cardstock
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Cottage Ivy)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Garden Greens 661206)
  • Zig Memory System 2-way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • The Works (Jewel Stickers)

Paradise

I had fun art journaling using a New Technique, which is our new challenge theme over at Try it on Tuesday for the next two weeks.

I hope to see you there and don’t forget to tell us what new technique you used.

I created a quick and simple background (many of you will know that “quick and simple” is so unlike me … grin!) by applying paint with a old plastic gift card – it was such a fun technique and definitely something I will try again!

First, I layered some Cold Grey and Vivid Lime Green Liquitex acrylic and some white and black DecoArt acrylic paint onto the page using the gift card to scrape the paint across the page. Then I added more of these paints using the edge of the gift card to create lots texture; I love how it turned out (grin!). When dry, I added some pink felt flowers using Ranger Glossy Accents, some flower stickers which are edged with some smudged black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker, some green circular rub-on transfers and a “paradise” fabric sticker and just like that the page was finished.

We are starting to plan jobs in the garden for this year and this page reminded me of how our garden becomes our own little “paradise” especially when these beautiful pink daisy flowers are flowering. I’m so looking forward to seeing them again.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing a pint of Saxon Red Ale that we had whilst out last week. It’s brewed locally by The Parker Brewery and is smooth and malty with a hint of spice on the finish – cheers and Happy T Day!

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Eileen from  The Artful Crafter and her Green challenge over at Art Journal Journey this month with the lime green paint, leaves, sticker flower centres and rub-ons on this page.

I’m pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge.

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

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

  • Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic (Neutral Gray, Vivid Lime Green)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White, Black)
  • Old Gift Card
  • Home Bargains (Decorative Sticks 38352, Room Décor Embellishments)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Little Yellow Bicycle Fabric Favourites (PD-220)
  • Kaisercraft Rubons (Lush Colour RB868)

Recycle Something

It’s time for a new challenge at Try it on Tuesday and for the next two weeks we are asking you to Go Green or Recycle Something.

My art journal page was created from lots of recycled items – I hope you like it!

For the paper elements I recycled some sheet music, the patterned paper from the inside of an envelope, brown paper from the outside of some corrugated packaging, some brown package strapping and a strip of Kraft card. The leaf is from a Sweet Chestnut tree and believe it or not, there is only one (huge) leaf cut into pieces; I collected it from Lytham Hall in Autumn last year, dried it and then covered it with wood glue to preserve it and stop it from breaking up into bits. The flowers are dried gypsophila (also called Baby’s Breathe) which I saved and pressed from some cut flowers that were gifted me.

I layered and collaged them all onto my page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium and added some weight over the top so the flower stalks made contact with the background and then left the gel medium to dry. Then I splattered the page with black acrylic paint and added some white gesso with my finger. The letters for the “recycle” wording were cut from an old calendar and I stuck them to a recycled navy blue tag, cut them out and arranged them onto the page. All the paper elements are outlined with a black Derwent Inktense pencil and a black marker pen. To finish the page, I added two little buttons and a metal snap button clasp using Ranger Glossy Accents.

My Design Teamies have created some amazing Go Green or Recycle Something inspiration for you over at Try it on Tuesday too, please pop over and take a look (grin!).

I had fun playing around with these recycled materials to create this page, I love how it depicts nature and it reminds me of our walks around Lytham Hall, including this view over one of the lakes. This photo was taken last year in autumn when I collected the leaf.

We often go walking around this lake with our friends and little Ellie who loves leaves, mainly chasing and eating them (grin!). We so enjoyed looking after her last week for our friends – she’s so adorable (double grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and sharing my cuppa with a yummy Salted Caramel Doughnut – wishing you all a Happy T day!

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

Challenges

I’m so happy to join in the Splatters, Splashes & Drips challenge over at Country View Challenges with the acrylic paint splatters on my page.

I’m also pleased to join in the #112 – Layers challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with the layers of papers, leaves and dried flowers that I used.

I’m also joining in the Two Or More Patterned Papers challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with the sheet music and patterned envelope paper that I recycled on my page.

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

  • Recycled sheet music
  • Inside of a used envelope
  • Recycled corrugated packaging and brown package strapping
  • Leftover strip of Kraft card
  • Sweet Chestnut leaf
  • Dried gypsophila also called Baby’s Breathe
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Old calendar
  • Recycled navy clothing tag
  • Derwent Inktense Pencil (Ink Black)
  • Handwriting marker pen (Black)
  • Two old buttons and metal snap button clasp
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

Hello – Creative Artiste Design Team

I’m thrilled and honoured to be able to join the Design Team at Creative Artiste and I’d like to thank the team for inviting me to join them.

At Creative Artiste Challenge Blog the theme is always Anything Mixed Media Goes, so it’s really special to be part of this Design Team as I love using mixed media and always like to use various mediums on my art journal pages.

For this month’s #57 – Anything Mixed Media Goes challenge, I’m sharing an art journal page to just say “hello” to everyone (grin!).

I started by stamping a Solar & Lunar stamp from Finnabair and a Script Stamp from Kaisercraft over the background using black Archival Ink. Then I tore a wallpaper sample into some pieces, edged them with Antique Linen Distress Ink and collaged them onto the page using Liquitex matte gel medium. I applied some Pébéo white gesso with my finger over the top to add some depth. When dry I coloured the edges of collaged pieces with a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell marker smudging the ink with my finger and then I splattered the whole page with black DecoArt acrylic paint using a paintbrush.

Next I added the pretty pink peony flower using matte gel medium which I fussy cut from the wallpaper sample; I created some shadows around it so that it stood out more by applying and smudging some of the Dark Sepia Faber-Castell marker with my finger before sticking it down.

The “hello” and butterflies were created using a Springtime Tim Holtz Thinlets Sidekick set and some linen textured paper. They were coloured using either a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker or Angel Pink and Rose Bud Memento Inks. The wings were heat embossed with Wow! Embossing Glitter and the body of the butterfly was covered with Ranger Glossy Accents.

I layered the “hello” pieces together and also added some antennae to the butterflies which I made using wire. To finish, I added some wording that I thought were appropriate to joining this new design team and to my mixed media art journaling which are all Tim Holtz Clipping Stickers; they read “my grateful heart”, “just a memory”, “dreams come true”, “all the world is bright”, “life is wonderful” and “good fortune”.

I had so much fun creating this page and thought you may like to see where I create my art, here’s where I sit in my craft room. I have to say, it’s not normally this tidy (grin!).

I hope you will join in the fun over at Creative Artiste this month; be sure to check out the Challenge Rules here.

For more inspiration, you’ll find a wonderful array of mixed media projects created by my fellow design team members over at Creative Artiste too. We would love to see you there!

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 Hearts challenge over at Art Journal Journey that is being hosted by the lovely Bleubeard & Elizabeth this month with the wording on my page – “my grateful heart”.

With the paint splatters on this page, I happy to join in the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Splatters, Splashes and Drips challenge too.

I’m also pleased to join the Floral Frenzy challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with the peony flower that I included on my page.

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

  • Prima Marketing Finnabair Clear Stamp (Solar & Lunar Item# 966977)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (script CS752)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Wallpaper sample
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stain (Antique Linen)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Craft Sensations (Luxury Cardstock with Linen Texture CRO240/GE)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets Sidekick (Springtime 662711)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Angel Pink, Rose Bud)
  • Tsukineko Versamark (Watermark Stamp Pad)
  • WOW! Embossing Glitter (Singing in the rain WS183R)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Silver Wire
  • Zig Memory System 2-way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Stix2 Glue Dots
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Clipping Stickers #TH93583)

Against the Grain

Our new challenge this month over at A Vintage Journey is Against the Grain, which is being hosted by the lovely Sara Emily. Here’s what it’s all about:

“Most of us love the look of wood and there are a lot of art/craft products out there that help us achieve beautiful wood grain, including stamps, stencils, embossing folders, paper and mixed media products. We would love to see how you add a touch of wood texture or appearance to your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk projects”.

I experimented with a fun technique using Distress Ink and gel medium to create a wooden plank background for my art journal page. This provided the perfect backdrop for my “metal” hearts, pretty flowers and quotes.

For the background I dragged three different Distress Ink stamp pads from right to left horizontally across my page, as you can see the mixed media paper I use is textured which helped create the wood grain effect. Then I applied some gel medium over the top using a paintbrush making sure my brush strokes were continuous and in one direction to create the wood grain finish; the ink colours used were Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso. To build up the wood grain, I repeated this process four times in total ensuring that the gel medium was dry before adding the next layer …

… on applying the ink for the second layer I also divided the page into wood panels using the Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a black marker smudging the inks with my finger …

… and before I applied the fourth and final layer of ink and gel medium, I rubbed the page hard with a baby wipe which removed some of the gel medium and ink to give an aged and worn look; the mixed media paper I used was 250gsm so it can take this type of treatment.

For the heart I drew and cut a heart from some silver recycled packaging and then ran it through an Elegant Embossing Folder from Tim Holtz. I applied some black acrylic paint over the top to emphasis the embossed parts of the image and when dry I wiped the access paint off with my finger which gave it a tarnished look. The heart is also edged with a black Sharpie permanent marker.

I arranged my “metal” heart onto the page with some pretty die cut flowers which are Tim Holtz Botanical Layers and also some Sparkle Little Birdie Flowers; everything is stuck into place using glue dots. The tiny silver hearts are cut from the same silver packaging using a Falling Hearts Thinlet set by Tim Holtz. To finish, I added three Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers that read “have an open heart”, “no beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart” and “follow your heart”.

I hope you are inspired to join in the Against the Grain fun over at A Vintage Journey, and for more inspiration you’ll find some amazing creations from my fellow Creative Guides over at A Vintage Journey too, it would be lovely to see you there!

My page reminds me of springtime and it seems that spring is on it’s way with all the beautiful flowers that are flowering already, here’s a springtime Camellia that flowers just around the corner from us – isn’t it gorgeous (grin!).

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 Hearts challenge over at Art Journal Journey that is being hosted by the lovely Bleubeard & Elizabeth this month with the hearts and wording on my page.

I’m also pleased to join the Floral Frenzy challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with the pretty flowers that I included on my page.

I’m pleased to be able to join the Layers challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my page too.

I’m joining in the With Love challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my art journal page too.

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (Black 199)
  • Recycled silver packaging
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix 3D Texture Fades A6 Embossing Folder (Elegant 664172)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic paint (Black)
  • Sharpie Permanent Fine Point Marker (Black)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Botancial Layers #TH93554, Small Talk Stickers #TH93193)  
  • Little Birdie (Sparkle Little Birdie Flowers SKU213726)
  • Stix2 glue dots
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Falling Hearts 664415)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

Something New at AJJ – Thank you!

As it’s the end of the month January, I’m sharing my last page for the Something New challenge over at Art Journal Journey which I’ve been hosting this month, thank you so much to everyone who joined in the fun! 

I created this page to remember you all and to say thank you, I really appreciate all your kind comments and support throughout the month and have thoroughly enjoyed visiting your blogs and seeing all your wonderful artwork (grin!).

I started by printing the listing of your names from Art Journal Journey and sticking them onto the page in blocks using a glue stick. Then I selected three papers from a new Docrafts paper pack and tore small pieces of the papers to collage them onto the page around the names using Liquitex matte gel medium. Once dry, I doodled along the edges using a black marker pen. Next I cut a circle from the grey paper using a die cut and my Big Shot machine and stamped the wording onto it using black Archival Ink, for the “something new” wording I used a Concord & 9th stamp set and for the “Art Journal Journey” I used a Dovecraft stamp set. To finish, I stuck some pretty little flowers, the green “so very grateful” banner and some black word stickers onto the page, all of which are from Kaisercraft; the black stickers read “you”, “amazing”, “good life”, “so pretty”, “smile”, “love” and “imagine”.

I had fun creating my pages for this challenge and tried out 5 new techniques which included transforming new paper to old, a background using watercolour paints and sea salt, a rusty grunge background using texture paste, painting through a mask and a 3D hot glue effect. I also used lots of new products along the way …

… as well as celebrating the New Year, a visit to a new café and new beginnings.

I had so much fun creating all my pages for the Something New challenge and I hope you did too. Thank you all for your participation and lovely comments, you made it such a pleasure to host this challenge!

I’d also like to say a special thanks to Bleubeard & Elizabeth and Yvonne for asking me to be a guest host, they provided such valuable support and encouragement, thanks so much!  

Tomorrow is a new month and brings a new challenge at Art Journal Journey and I can’t wait to see what the new theme is and say hello to our new host – I hope to see you there! 

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 12×12 Paper Pack (The Enchanted Swan PMA160332)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Concord & 9th Stamp Set (Sophisticated Script 10056)
  • Dovecraft Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCV0050)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheets (Fiesta! SS284, Say Aloha SS281,Wildflower SS335)

Snowdrop and Valentine Tag

Today over at A Vintage Journey is Tag Friday, where any tag goes; it’s all about creating something you love so there is no particular theme, it’s time to play, experiment and have fun – it would be great to see you there!

I had fun creating another double-sided tag for my Tag Journal using lots of Tim Holtz products, one side features snowdrops as this January I’ve been surprised by them flowering so early and the other side is a Valentine heart design as it’s nearly February.

To start, I used a large Poster Card by Tim Holtz to create the tag by cutting off two of the corners to make a tag shape and punching a hole using my Crop-A-Dile machine. I added some stickers from a Crowded Attic sticker book from Tim Holtz to alternate the designs and tie the tags together; the stickers are edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and outlined with a black Uni Pin marker. I also used some the Vintage Photo Distress Ink to colour around the edges of both sides of the tag.

For the snowdrop design I stencilled some frosty snowflakes using a Dyan Reaveley stencil and some Ranger Texture Paste and when dry I intensified the colour using a white Uni Posca pen. I used Alphanumeric Label Thinlets for the wording, Funky Florals #2 Thinlets for the flowers and foliage which I coloured using Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, Ground Espresso, Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters and Twisted Citron Distress inks.

For the Valentine design I used the texture paste again, this time using a heart stencil that I made from a Falling Hearts Thinlet set from Tim Holtz. The wording is Alphanumeric Label Thinlets and I used the Funky Florals #2 Thinlets for the flower stems which are coloured using Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters and Twisted Citron Distress inks. All the hearts are from the Falling Hearts Thinlet set and are coloured using Fired Brick and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. To finish, I doodled a stitched border around the edges of the large heart flowers using a white Uniball gel pen.

To finish, I added an eyelet with my Crop-A-Dile machine which reinforced the hole as I’m using a book ring to secure all of my double-sided tags together when they are finished in my Tag Journal.

For more Tag Friday inspiration, please pop over to A Vintage Journey where you’ll find some fabulous tags created by my fellow Creative Guides. I hope you are inspired to join us as I’m so looking forward to seeing your tag designs!

We were surprised to see snowdrops out already as it’s only January …

… especially whilst walking around Lytham Hall, this will be what they look like in full bloom – don’t they look beautiful (grin!).

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 fun at Country View Challenges and their Love Challenge with my Valentine tag.

I’m pleased to join the All Loved Up challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with my Valentine tag.

I’m also happy to join Paperbabe Stamps and their #111- Picture Inspiration challenge with the colour palette of browns, reds and white that I used for my Valentine tag.

I’m joining in the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge too.

Over at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog their theme is #33 – Anything Goes + optional twist of Paper Piecing, so I’m pleased to be able to join this challenge too.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this double-sided tag:     

  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Pocket Cards #TH93208, Crowded Attic Salvage Stickers #TH92898)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, Ground Espresso, Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Twisted Citron, Fired Brick, Picked Raspberry)
  • Ranger Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley Stencil (Snowflake – Large DYS63742)
  • Recycled cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Falling Hearts 664415, Alphanumeric Label 664177, Funky Florals #2 662701)
  • Ranger Texture Paste (Opaque Matte)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (White)
  • Craft Sensations Luxury Cardstock with Linen Texture (White CRO240/GE)
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Stix2 Glue Dots
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)
  • American Crafts We r Memory Keepers (Crop-A-Dile and Standard Eyelets 41582-4)