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

Asian Delights

With the recent Chinese New Year, our new Thai cookery books and shopping at an Asian supermarket, I was inspired to create this page.

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The background is painted using Distress Ink which I applied like watercolour using a paintbrush and diluting the ink with water on an acrylic block. I was amazed by the texture I achieved just with my painting and I think the vibrancy of the colours ties into the Asian theme too.  Next I stamped ink from a Terracotta Spectrum Aqua marker using a Kaisercraft stamp, which merged with the background because Distress Inks are reactivated when they become wet, which I like. Next I tore pieces of black and gold card from the Eastern Promise themed topper pack from Hunkydory and edged them with a gold metallic marker, and then stuck them to the page with double-sided foam tape. I also added butterflies which I punched out of the same card using a Tonic Studios Simplicity punch. The oriental style dream tag, birds and red sun, flowers and butterflies are stickers by Penny Black. I really like the transparency of the stickers and added some shadow around them with an Aqua marker then doodled around them using a black Uni Pin marker to add further definition. The gold lines, flowers and dots are outline stickers which I outlined with a black Uni Pin marker to make them stand out more.  To finish I added some green rhinestones to add extra sparkle.

goodies

We love cooking and eating Chinese and Indian food and as we enjoyed our visit to The Giggling Squid Thai restaurant so much, we bought a couple of Thai cookbooks to add to our growing cookbook collection. Of course that meant a trip to our local Asian supermarket to stock up on ingredients as most of them cannot be found in our regular store. This included Thai basil, galangal, shrimp paste, chilli bean paste and a variety of curry pastes for our new Thai recipes, black beans and oyster sauce for our Chinese cooking and creamed coconut for our Thai and Indian curries.

fruity

Before you enter the Supermarket itself, you are greeted with a lovely array of fruit and veg. We always stock up on fresh herbs, Cyprus potatoes and fruit – this time we treated ourselves to lychee, yum!

spices

The shelves are full of goodies, this is the spice section where we bought our Kaffir Lime Leaves for our Thai recipes and on opposite side of the aisle are all the nuts and dried fruits.

tea

They have a wide range of tea and coffee, we always buy our favourite Chinese Gunpowder Green Tea.

teapot

Here is the green tea in our glass teapot from Japan, it makes two mugs of tea, just enough for hubby and me. As T Stands for Tuesday I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang – Happy T day!

I’m also pleased to be able to join Linda’s theme “50 Shades of Red” over at Art Journal Journey.

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 Marker (Terracotta, Slate)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire)
  • Script metallic pen (Gold)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamps (Sketchy CS878)
  • Hunkydory Crafts Luxury Topper Collection (Eastern Promise EAST104)
  • Penny Black 2006 Stickeroos (Butterfly Party #10-181)
  • Tonic Studios Simplicity Punch (Flora & Fauna Butterfly 916E)
  • Magenta Style Outline Stickers (Daisy Gold 93326G)
  • Hobbycraft Outline Stickers (Gold Scenes 5934211001)
  • Hobbycraft Stickers (Green Rhinestone 5971511004)
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

The Swan Hotel

The Swan Hotel in Arundel has been a place of much happiness over the years; we have been to this pub for lunch a number of times with both family and friends! This page marks our most recent visit which was last month.

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I stamped the swan, heart and star images onto the page using embossing ink and covered them with white embossing powder making sure they were completely covered.  Then I shook the excess powder onto a piece of scrap paper and tapped the page against the table to make sure I’ve removed any stray powder. Once the excess powder was safely returned to its container, I used a heat gun to melt the embossing powder. I swept the gun over the images, taking care not to direct the heat in one area for too long until the embossing powder changed to a glossy finish becoming smooth and dimensional. I applied Tea Dye and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks over the page using a blending tool, which revealed the embossed images beautifully. On the outside of the hotel building were pretty window boxes full of pansies, so I added pansy rub-on transfers to the page. I fussy cut some vintage tableware from a selection of Victorian images from a gift bag I had kept to recycle and also beer glasses from an old magazine. The Swan Hotel logo is from a takeaway menu which I collected during our visit, I edged it with a black Sharpie marker and stuck it to the page using a UHU Stic. I included a chalkboard tag as the pub has lots of chalkboard style signs; I stamped the name of the beer that we enjoyed on tissue paper using Archival Ink, then I stuck it to the tag using a UHU Stic and outlined it with a Uniball white gel pen, drawing a couple of flames to match the beer pump design. I stuck on the paper stars and the family, laughter and happiness words which are stickers, as they remind me of our time there. To finish I added white snowflake stickers as we visited during winter months while they were serving winter ale.

As this page tells the story of our visit and lunch, I’m very pleased to be able to join Erica from BioArtGal who is hosting Art Journal Journey’s January theme “Tell me a Story”.

walk

Here we are walking along the River Arun, there are wonderful views of Arundel castle and the South Downs. I am sure Sophie the dog would agree we certainly walked up an appetite so we headed to the pub for lunch.

the-pub

The Swan Hotel dates back to 1759, when it was built facing the bustling Arundel Town Quay and served the thirsty seafarers, shipwrights and dock employees. This Georgian building looks much the same as it did at the end of the 18th century.

pansies

The outside of the building is always beautifully adorned with window boxes and baskets. They looked so pretty with the winter seasonal bedding, especially the pansies which were bright and cheerful!

bar

The bar itself is very welcoming and being a Fuller’s (brewery) pub it always has a selection of great cask conditioned ales on offer, as well as wines, spirits, hot drinks and even winter specialities of spiced cider and mulled wine.

beer

We enjoyed a pint of Firecracker, which is a delicious seasonal ale brewed with warming winter spices. I’m saying a big hello to the T-Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday – Happy T Day! There are also lots of signs in the pub which link to drinks that some of you may like. Take a look at the above photo again, behind the beer pump, at the large selection of teas available.

coffee

And not forgetting the coffee lovers too, I didn’t know there were so many different types to choose from!

lemon

We also enjoyed a glass of water with fresh lemon, which you can just help yourself to. They even had oranges for you to takeaway and dog biscuits for our four legged friends!

lunch

I just remembered to take a photo of our lunch before it was all gone – the Southern Fried Chicken Burger served on a toasted brioche bun with mayo, tomato, gherkin, onion, gem lettuce, coleslaw and hand cut chips (fries) and an extra side order of sweet potato fries was so yummy!

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I loved the signs on the toilet (restroom) doors so much that I used the lovely green colour on my journal page. Being a Lady or a Knight for the day was such fun and ties into nearby Arundel Castle wonderfully.

As some of you may know after our lunch we had a lovely time exploring the town too, so if you want to know more about Arundel and see more of the town, then take a look at my post Welcome to Arundel!

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 (Tea Dye, Cracked Pistachio)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Dovecraft Premium Embossing Stamp Pad (Clear)
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder (Detail White Opaque DP100)
  • Papermania Urban Stamps 5×5 easy cling stamp set (12 Days of Christmas – Icons PMA 907909)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamps (WDW Alpha Stamp DCVW0030)
  • Studio Light Creative with Chalk (EASYCH465)
  • Home Bargains (Wall Stickers 16221)
  • Takeaway Menu – The Swan Hotel
  • Recycled Victorian design paper bag
  • Beer magazine
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Pretty Pansies SM Box Design #LAN2001 RUB-ON)
  • UHU Stic

Homemade

I’m often in the kitchen baking and now September has arrived, I find myself busy again. I’ve been making Bramble Jelly to serve on scones, in rice pudding or on toast with peanut butter (my hubby’s favourite), as well as Plum Jam which is a fabulous filling for a Victoria Sponge. So I’ve created a journal page to celebrate this fruitful happy time.

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To create the background I started by applying Liquitex acrylic paint with a baby wipe, then I used Memento Ink to stamp two butterfly images from Hampton Arts, a doily stamp from Dovecraft and a homemade stamp which creates a soft grid texture. The words are stamped using the same ink and refer to the jam and jelly I made.

jam-detail

I added the bunting next which are stickers and then used up some card toppers from my craft stash which link very well to the theme with the lovely little pot of jam detail and a Victoria Sponge recipe. The sign with home baked cakes and the saying “The diet starts tomorrow!” is cut from a retro style postcard. I also added the packaging from the kit that contained the sealing covers, waxed discs, rubber bands and labels which I used for my jam and jelly making. I fixed them all in place using a UHU Stic or double-sided tape and the addition of the red gemstones was the finishing touch.imag2116a

Every year we head out on our tandem to go blackberry picking, it’s so much fun, although you need to watch out for the thorns and nettles! This year we got two big tubs full of fruit to make into Bramble Jelly, which tastes superb – so fruity and delicious!

jam

Another yearly tradition is making plum jam with Victoria plums, which we buy locally from our favourite greengrocers.

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Plum jam is a lovely filling for a Victoria Sponge cake, here’s one I made to celebrate the stash of preserves that we made. The sponges are filled with the plum jam and fresh cream and on the top is a sprinkling of icing sugar. As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m having a nice cup of tea with my cake and saying a big hello to all of 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.

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

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
  • Memento Dye Ink (London Fog)
  • Hampton Arts 7 Gypsies cling mounted rubber stamps (Tropical Travelogue ICO134)
  • Dovecraft Curiosity Corner clear stamps (A5 Lace and Doilie DCCS009)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Homemade wooden block stamp with Plasterboard/Drywall tape
  • Home Bargains Wall Stickers (Fairy Door 34356)
  • Hunkydory Birthdays for Her Luxury Card Collection (Birthday Bake)
  • Hunkydory Magnificent Men Luxury Card Collection (Grill King & Nice Buns!)
  • Postcard (Retro Days original design by Martin Wiscombe)
  • Kitchen Craft packaging
  • Poundland (504 Gems)
  • UHU Stic
  • Express It double-sided tape
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Crab Friday

With family staying for the week, we decided to celebrate by having Friday’s special of “Crab and Chips” at the Queens in Lytham. We managed a dessert too – a yummy raspberry and white chocolate meringue with ice cream. We had such a wonderful time and the food was so amazing that I created a journal page to remember our visit.

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I started the background by covering one half of the page diagonally with “The Daily Catch” greaseproof paper that the restaurant serves their fish entrees on – our crab was served on a sheet just like it! (I cheekily asked for a clean one for my journal page). The other half of the page is covered with decoupage paper; I choose pink and white to match the raspberry and white chocolate meringue that I had. Both papers are stuck down using a UHU Stic and Liquitex matte gel medium. The blackboard pieces are made from a tag which I covered with a layer of black acrylic paint and then decorated and wrote on with a white gel pen, I used a UHU Stic and double-sided foam tape to fix them to the page. The meringue sign is a piece of white mixed media paper on which I stamped the wording using Memento Ink. The circle outline is a Spectrum Aqua Marker and once I had cut it out I fixed it to the page using a UHU Stic, then I added the sparkly pink hearts and a meringue which I created from a napkin. The restaurant name is taken from their leaflet which I stuck to the page using double-sided foam tape. The dot borders are stickers, as are the words, which remind me of the lovely time we had. To finish I used a UHU Stic to stick down the crab alongside the chip image and I added a black gemstone to the centre of the blackboard tag hole.

crab

The dressed crab and chips was incredibly popular and tasted so good – yum!  The newspaper design greaseproof paper alludes back to the old days when they wrapped fish and chips in old newspapers.

display

I spotted the meringues on this wonderful display as soon as I walked through the door. There is a choice of Strawberry, Lemon or Raspberry and White Chocolate.

meringue

The meringue was lovely and soft in the centre, and the raspberry swirls turned my tongue bright pink! It was drizzled in white chocolate and I was delightfully surprised to find lots of white chocolate chunks embedded in the meringue too – delicious!

beer-bat

The fun continues in this restaurant as they serve third of a pint glasses of beer in a cricket bat! It’s a great idea for those of us who like to try a variety of beers and can’t make up their mind; I shared this one with my hubby. From left to right the beers are Theakston’s Old Peculier, Caledonian Flying Scotsman and Caledonian Golden XPA. As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m saying a big hello to all of 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.

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

  • Memento Dye Ink (Love Letter)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Marker (Scarlet)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alphas Folk DCE 907115)
  • Dovecraft upper case alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stmp DCVW0050)
  • Poundworld DecoTime (Paper Patch DS9454)
  • The Works (Hang Tags)
  • Daler Rowney paper (Mixed Media 437 150 400)
  • Caspari Chatsworth Napkins (Peony)
  • The Works (12 Glitter Heart Stickers)
  • Poundland (Design Gems)
  • Sandylion Kelly Panacci Scrapbook Collection (Stitches & Borders KSCB102)
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Leaflet
  • UHU Stic
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

In My Garden

A big Thank You to Yvonne aka Meggymay and Art Journal Journey for inspiring my page. The theme this month is “In my garden there is…”. In my case there are peonies. strawberries and birds (Blackbird, Blue Tit and Robin).

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I started by stamping ornate leaves with Memento Ink and then smooshed diluted Spectrum Aqua marker over the top. The bird cage is from Hampton Arts and is stamped with Memento Ink. Next I added the decorative tape and fussy cut the strawberry and peony images. The peonies are a napkin, which a lovely lady at a local tearoom very kindly gave me as I was admiring it – it’s lovely when someone shows such kindness I was very touched to receive this along with some others that she produced from a basket. The peonies are stuck down with UHU Stic which gives a ‘melted into the page’ look. The postage stamps are from my hubby’s childhood collection, they are British and were issued in 1966, depicting some of my favourite garden birds. To finish I stamped the text using Archival Ink. I am really pleased how this page turned out!

Mr Blackbird

The Blackbird in our garden is very trusting, I think it’s because my hubby feeds it worms and slugs! You can often find Mr. Blackbird following my hubby around the garden, it’s so funny. I think he is very handsome (and my hubby of course … lol!).

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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

  • Memento Dye Ink (Pistachio, London Fog)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Aquamarine)
  • Crafters Companion photopolymer stamp set (Just for you – Butterfly Lullaby 5-BL-ST-JUS)
  • Hampton Arts 7 Gypsies cling mounted rubber stamps (Birdsong ICO151)
  • Docrafts A5 clear stamp set (Alpha Folk DCE907115)
  • Nitwit Collections Essentials (Strawberry Social – Toppers NWCE-T-SS1)
  • Chatsworth Napkins (Peony)
  • Crelando Decorative Tape
  • Postage Stamps
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Orange Blossom

My page was inspired by my love of orange blossom and citrus fragrance. My inspiration was two-fold, firstly the mock-orange shrub in our front garden which is currently flowering and smells divine and secondly the grapefruit and orange cosmetic products made by Manufaktura in Prague, Czech Republic which I purchased when I was there last and have sadly, just finished.

Orrange Blossom - Art Journal Page

For the background I layered different colours using a hessian texture and a triangle stamp with both Memento Ink and Spectrum Aqua Markers. I recycled the Manufaktura product labels and paper bag, on which I drew the leaves and cut them out, sticking them onto the page using Liquitex matte gel medium. I used a UHU Stic to adhere the letters which I had stamped onto tissue paper as well as the orange and grapefruit segments, which were originally gift tags. The flowers are actually the backing paper from flower stickers that I had kept hoping they would come in useful. The centres are rhinestone flower stickers and to finish I added some chequered ribbon and orange bows, which I made from the gift tag ribbon.
Orange Blossom

Because of my love of citrus scents, we planted a mock-orange (Philadelphus) in our front garden. It has wonderful sweet fragrance from its long-lasting white blooms. It’s named “mock-orange” because at first glance the flowers in the wild species look and smell similar to those of the real orange tree. This shrub flowers from late spring to early summer so we are currently enjoying both the beautiful blossoms and the lovely scent.  I’m pleased to be able to join Yvonne aka Meggymay who is hosting the theme “In my garden there is” over at Art Journal Journey.

Drinks

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m saying a big hello to all at the T Gang! To continue the orange theme we cracked open a Hoegaarden – a Belgian wheat beer which is flavoured with orange peel and coriander seeds. I know this because my husband makes his own version and this bottle was bought for comparison reasons (I much prefer my husband’s home brewed version!)  Happy T day!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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

  • Memento Dye Ink (London Fog, Lulu Lavender)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Peach, Aquamarine)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet black)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Texture – Hessian CS153)
  • Docrafts Papermania clear stamps (Capsule Geometric Mono)
  • Docrafts Papermania 4×4 clear stamps (Bellissima – Alphas PMA907212)
  • Table Fun 3 Folded Gift Tags (STSS15-TRIO-ORA3PK)
  • Wilko stickers (Flower Embellishments)
  • The Works stickers (Rhinestone Flowers)
  • Liquitex Matte gel medium
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
  • Ribbon
  • White tissue paper
  • Labels and paper bag