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

Snowdrop Season

On Valentine’s Day we went to see the snowdrops at Lytham Hall. It was a beautiful sunny day and we thoroughly enjoyed our leisurely walk through the very impressive displays of snowdrops. I created this page to remember their beauty.


The background is Spectrum Aqua Markers, I scribbled the ink on an acrylic block, and then I spritzed it with water and pressed it or dripped it onto my page. The colours I used portray the yellow sunshine, blue sky, the lush green foliage and the rusty-brown leaves that surrounded the snowdrops. To add texture I splattered the page with black acrylic paint, stamped a homemade grid stamp using black Archival Ink and a small texture stamp using a Moss Aqua marker. I also added a fine outline of swirls using a Swoosh Mica Mask by Creative Expressions, a white Uniball gel pen and the Moss and Olive Aqua markers. As the snowdrops were flowering under the trees, I stamped a tree image using black Archival Ink and then I added more branches to them using a Derwent Graphik marker. The words are rub-on transfers which I thought were poignant to the page; to me the snowdrops seem to “aspire” to display their beauty and be something I could only “dream” of. Lastly they reminded me of a poem by William Wordsworth where he writes about having “faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes”.

If you are interested in the poem, it’s called “Lines Written in Early Spring”; it was published in 1798 and yet it seems as pertinent today as it did then.

I cut the snowdrop pictures and information from an old magazine and a Lytham Hall Events Guide. They are mounted on silver corrugated card which I edged with a silver metallic pen and stuck to the page using double-sided tape.


The snowdrops are made from this silver daisy shaped outline sticker; I cut the flower in half to produce snowdrop shapes and secured them to the page. I then outlined the image with a Derwent Graphik marker to give more definition and coloured the petals using white gesso. The leaves, stems and little dot on the petals are coloured green using the Moss Aqua marker. To finish I covered the petals in Ranger Glossy Accents to give them dimension and a lovely glow; I think they look a bit like stained glass.


I thought you might like to join me on our walk to see the beautiful snowdrops. These little clumps of snowdrops greeted us when we entered the grounds of Lytham Hall by the side entrance. You may remember Lytham Hall from my Winter Art Fair post.2-opening-photo

As we turned the corner, the snowdrops literally carpeted the woodland floor, sitting in the dappled shade in all their white splendour!


Then we entered the walled garden, where the flower beds were brimming with snowdrops too.


At the front of the house it looked like it had been snowing with the drifts of snowdrops glistening in the sunshine. As my hubby and me both enjoy photography, we were interested in the frames that had been put up around the walk. They indicate where a good shot can be taken and of course you can use them to frame your subject too.


Following the woodland path we stopped to take in more pretty views . The snowdrops look so dainty with their white and green bell-shaped blooms.


I hope you enjoyed the walk as much as we did – I was amazed, there were snowdrops everywhere and the displays were stunning!


As a special Valentine’s treat and to continue the white theme, we went to our local bakery and bought two of the biggest Vanilla Slices I have ever seen! To give you an idea of their size, that’s a standard tea plate they are sitting on. These are filled with a lemony custard and when we got home we enjoyed them (very much) with a mug of green tea – they were so delicious! As T Stands for Tuesday I’m sharing my treat with the T Gang and wishing you all a very 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:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint (Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Moss, Lime, Olive, Aquamarine, Terracotta)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Script metallic pen (Silver)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (white)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Swoosh)
  • The Works Clear Stamps (CRO274/TW3)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted rubber stamp (P-1398)
  • Homemade wooden block stamp with Plasterboard/Drywall tape
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-On Sentiments (Motivate Sentiments #ROY-510 Rub-on)
  • Magenta Style Outline Stickers (Assorted Peel-off)
  • Poundland (Corrugated Card 173117-GE16)
  • White tissue paper and card
  • Fun Cut Scissors
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Glide double-sided foam tape
  • X-Press It double-sided tape

Tolkien Trail

Recently we walked the J. R. R. Tolkien Trail in the Ribble Valley in the glorious sunshine. It’s a 6.5 mile walk around the area that the famous author stayed in whilst writing Lord of the Rings. Some of the names from his book are based on places in the vicinity. It’s a lovely area with beautiful views across stunning countryside and alongside rivers. This page is inspired by all the wonderful sights and sounds that we encountered along the way!

Tolkien Trail - Art Journal Page

Firstly I smooshed Spectrum Aqua Markers to create a wash of colour for the different scenes, this was either a blue sky or the green vegetation background. Starting at the top left corner and working clockwise around the page I started to create my scenes. I stamped the tree image and then stamped some green leaves using Memento and Distress Inks, then painted the trunk and branches using Aqua markers. I doodled leaf outlines and drew a little bird in the branches, adding music notes cut from washi tape to depict birdsong. The Garden Pavillion image was fussy cut from a map of the walk, which like all the other collage elements is stuck to the page with a UHU Stic and outlined with a black Uni Pin marker once the glue had dried. The dappled leaves are stamped using various shades of green Distress Inks and a yellow Aqua marker. Moving on to the bee, this is a sticker and the background is stamped with a hexagonal pattern to mimic honeycombs. The flowers are cut out from a napkin and I doodled on top of them with black marker and white gel pen. The Cromwell Bridge image is from the map, the background of pebbles was created using a polystyrene homemade stamp and a mixture of Memento and Distress Inks. The two little birds were stamped using Archival Ink, I extended the branch and stamped the leaves too. The farmhouse and grasshopper are rub-on transfers and to create the lines of drying grass in the field, I used washi tape as a mask and added Distress Ink over the top with a blending tool.


The rusty iron cogs are a stencil design that I cut out from some leftover rusty metal sheet that I had made using cardboard, modelling paste and acrylic paints from another project. (I’m particularly proud of the results from this technique). The leaves behind the cogs are from napkins. I stamped the flurry of butterflies using Archival Ink and then added green foam flowers and the pretty paper daisies. At the centre of my page is the map of the trail we followed and I stamped a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien himself, I think it is very apt for this walk.

We took many photos on our walk and as you will see they give an indication of some of the sights that inspired my page.


Starting at Hurst Green we walked through farmland into Stoneyhurst College, I loved this kissing gate and the college was very majestic with its wonderful views of Pendle Hill.


Stoneyhurst College was founded in 1593 and famous students include Charles Carroll (a signatory on the US Declaration of Independence) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Author of Sherlock Holmes)


Then we moved into woodland, the leaves were stunning in the dappled light. I thought we might have run into a few more hobbits than we did or even Gollum under one of the bridges. There was an abundance of grasses and pretty flowers as we made our way up the hill towards the river walk.

Cromwell Bridge

As we walked alongside the river, we came to Cromwell’s Bridge, which was supposedly used by Cromwell’s army in 1648 on their way to the Battle of Preston, although the crossing dates all the way back to 1331 AD.


Along the riverside path, the landscape opened up to large open fields and the farmers were harvesting the hay, cutting it down into neat lines. We entered a few farms and noticed old rusty machinery which appeared long forgotten.


We stopped to relax, watch the river flow by and skim some stones, you can just see a stone in mid-flight by the water splash as it was sent skimming along the water’s surface. There were beautiful butterflies alongside the river by the aqueduct as we made our way back to the village that we started from.

With all of “Nature’s Wonders” we saw in the glorious lush green countryside, I’m pleased to join Art Journal Journey.

food collage

As a reward, we stopped off at The Apricot Meringue tea room in Clitheroe – we needed our pot of Green tea, sandwich and chips! We even had dessert to share, my hubby’s choice this time was a Black Forest Brownie Sundae – it was very yummy!

As T Stands for Tuesday I’m saying a big hello to the T-Gang and wishing you all a 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:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Marker (Aquamarine, Moss, Yellow, Chocolate)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Pine Needles, Tea Dye, Shabby Shutters)
  • Memento Dye Ink (londong Fog, Pistachio, Rich Cocoa)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm and 0.8mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted stamp (AI – P1398)
  • BoBunny stamp (Falling Leaves 12105154)
  • Docrafts Papermania clear stamps (Capsule Geometric Mono 3pcs)
  • Dovecraft clear stamp (DCC5014)
  • Hampton Art Doodlebug Design Inc. cling mounted rubber stamps (Thankful ICO162)
  • Docrafts Papermania mini clear stamp (Everyday Assortment PMA907003)
  • Homemade polystyrene stamp
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN Alpha Stmp DCVW0050)
  • Viva Décor universal stencil (Past Times 9002 703 00)
  • Poundland (Fairy Stickers)
  • Royal and Langnickel rub-on transfers (Home Collage #ROY533 Rub-on, Insect Collection #TIP-1484 Rub-on)
  • Wilko (Flower Embellishments)
  • The Works (3 Washi Tapes)
  • Hobbycraft Made with Love (Sun Daisy x12 White 41417)
  • Caspari Napkins
  • Tolkien Trail map
  • Scrap of homemade rusty metal cardboard
  • UHU Stic

Inner Fairy

I have always loved this quote and when I found this adorable fairy, I couldn’t wait to create this page!

Inner Fairy - Art Journal Page

I covered the background with patches of white gesso using a palate knife – I find it produces a lovely textured and translucent effect when inks are applied over the top. I painted different greens using diluted Distress Inks and Colourfast Brusho Crystal powders, then splattered diluted Black Soot Distress Ink onto the page. The flowers stamp is from Hampton Arts and I stamped it using grey Memento Ink. For the honeycomb effect I stamped hexagonal shapes using Distress Ink and stenciled dots using Pébéo modelling paste mixed with glitter glue. Once the modelling paste was dry I added more sparkly glitter over the top. To create the fairy dust I sprinkled Brusho power in 3 places and spritzed with water, then added dots of glitter glue in a starburst, which took a while to dry. I cut the pink flowers from napkins and stuck them down with UHU Stic. Once the quote was stamped onto pink paper, I outlined the pieces with a black Sharpie. The quote, fairy, clover and bees are all stuck to the page with double-sided foam tape to add extra dimension.

Bee collage

I like to think fairies live under the toadstools in our garden, and this bee must definitely think so too! A big Thank You to Yvonne aka Meggymay over at Art Journal Journey for this month’s theme ‘In my garden there is…’, which I am really enjoying.


My hubby says the fairy looks like this “little crafter” when I was a little girl! What do you think? I love this quote and believe you can realise your dreams if you:

“Spread your wings and let your inner fairy fly”

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Tea Dye. Black Soot)
  • Colourfast Brusho Colour Crystals (Leaf Green, Emerald Green)
  • Memento Dye Ink (London Fog)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet black)
  • Sharpie Permanent Marker Fine Point (Black)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste High Density
  • Hobbycraft Glitter Glue Pens (Assorted Colours)
  • Creative Expressions Masks (That Touch of Mica Masks – Distressed Dots)
  • Hampton Arts Bella Blvd cling mounted rubber stamps (Sand & Surf ICO226)
  • Docrafts Papermania clear stamps (Capsule Geometric 3 pcs)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad paper (Endless Love CR0260/A)
  • Poundland (Fairy Stickers)
  • Caspari Napkin
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Tea Time

When we are at home we always have elevenses, which means it’s time for green tea and a homemade cake. My page today is inspired by this, as well as the T Stands For Tuesday blog challenge hosted by Bleubeard & Elizabeth. A big hello to all of the T-Gang! I apologise for the lateness in my post – Tuesday just didn’t work out as I planned! Hope you like this page.

Tea Time - Art Journal Page

I stenciled cog wheels using white gesso and let it dry completely, I then dripped and dabbed diluted Faber-Castell Big Brush markers over the page, gradually building up the layers of colour. To define the wheels more I doodled around them with a fine line Uni Pin marker. Liquitex Matte Gel Medium was used to fix the pieces of torn decoupage paper and I added white gesso using my finger to blend it into the background more. I covered some cardboard alphabet stickers with copper leaf using Gold Size and stuck any remaining copper leaf randomly onto the page. Next I started creating the steam rising up my page using transfers, gem stones and clock stickers which I coloured black (you may notice the steam has lifted the numbers of the clock faces as they are swirling up the page). The three teabags, which I dried and emptied, are stuck down using UHU Stic. I stamped words onto them using Archival Ink, added star stickers and a stitch effect around the outside using a black marker. I used some cup images from a leaflet, which I distressed with inks and a baby wipe. I finished by outlining the images and words with a black marker.


Here’s a photo of our elevenses, Gunpowder Green tea and homemade carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting – yummy!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pens (Black 199, Dark Sepia 175 B, Sanguine 188 B, Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Sharpie Permanent Fine Point marker (Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm, 0.2mm and 0.8mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye)
  • Ranger Dine Wakley Media stencil (Wheels MDS45588)
  • Dovecraft upper case Alphabet stamp set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCV0050)
  • Outline Stickers (Time Silver 904935)
  • Letraset Transfer (Helvetica Bold Condensed 5mm RDC0251)
  • Santora (Decoupage Papers SNDE C043)
  • The Range (Shaped Gem Stickers)
  • Copper leaf
  • Annie Sloan Water Based Gold Size
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • Teabags
  • Leaflet


The inspiration for this page is Dragonflies. When I first started art journaling I explored the internet to learn more and I recall finding a beautiful dragonfly piece that someone had created. So I thought it would be fun to create my own, drawing from my memory to incorporate the things I loved about the piece; from what I remembered it had a yellow theme and included a doily and circle effect and squiggles around the dragonflies. So with my challenge sorted I set to work and here’s the page I created!

Dragonflies - Art Journal page

To start with I used Liquitex matte gel medium to adhere rectangles of decoupage paper to the page. I stamped the doilies using a grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker as ink and for the circle details used three postage label stamps, a dot stamp and black Archival Ink. Then I smooshed and splattered diluted yellow and gold Spectrum Aqua markers and the same grey Big Brush marker on the top. I also stamped a Kaisercraft Sketchy stamp using a sepia Spectrum Aqua marker. As a finishing touch to the background I sprinkled lemon Colourcraft Brusho powder and spritzed with water, this is a really fun technique where you ‘ooh and aah’ as the colour literally explodes on the page in front of you. It really intensified the yellow and merged with some of the other inks I had used, which I like. I stamped the dragonflies using an Eco Green Crafts stamp and Archival Ink, then using a black Uni Pin marker I doodled squiggles around them. The coloured dragonflies are rub-on transfers which I outlined to make them pop out more. I also used the decorative leaf border on the page to add vertical dimension; it is from the same transfer set. To finish I stamped a couple of words to describe my dragonflies and added some vintage looking alphabet buttons to title my page.


It just so happens I have a metal dragonfly in my garden, it sits in my flowerbed and ties in beautifully with my page. As the theme over at Art Journal Journey (AJJ) this month is “In my garden there is…” I’m happy to be joining Yvonne and the others over at AJJ again.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Gold, Yellow, Sepia, Slate)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Colourcraft Brusho Crystal Colour (Lemon)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Dovecraft Curiosity Corner A5 clear stamps (Lace and Doile DCCS009)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamps (Sketchy
  • Eco Green Crafts recycled rubber art stamps (Petal Party #04309)
  • Woodware Craft Collection Francoise Collection (Flower Style FRSWS003)
  • The Works clear stamps (CR0274/TW3)
  • Vivi Gade Skangen Decoupage Paper (Art No: 25561)
  • Royal & Langnical Tip of the Brush Rub-on Transfers (Insect Collection #TIP-1484 RUB-ON)
  • Home Bargains self-adhesive letters (Love Letters Item code: 22738)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

La Fleur

When I think of Daisies they make me smile, with their heads raised skywards they dance in the sun, their soft delicate white petal dresses gleaming so beautifully in the light.

I planted a perennial Daisy (Leucanthemum) in my garden this year and this journal page celebrates my first flower! I’m pleased to be able to join Yvonne again who is hosting the theme “In my garden there is” over at Art Journal Journey.La Fleur -- Art Journal Page

The background is covered in random patches of diluted Spectum Aqua markers, I choose olive and peach to give a soft ethereal feel to the page. I then stamped the script using black Archival Ink and added three horizontal lines of washi tape. I painted White Gesso over this background in square blocks gradually blending the edges so they fade out, I love how this has made the page translucent in certain areas. I used a rubber stamp from Eco Green Crafts (made with recycled rubber) using a charcoal Spectrum Aqua marker to stamp the daisies. The images are stickers from Penny Black and I applied a thick line of the charcoal Aqua marker to add more dimension. I then stamped two postage marks and La Fleur wording over and around the stickers. I like how these match the French theme I was trying to achieve. To establish where to position these stamps I stamped them onto tissue paper first, which allowed me to move them around the page until I was happy with the look. The two postage stamps are also French, if you look closely you will see the beautiful images of women with flowers in their hair. To finish I added the lace trim at the top and bottom of the page. I hope (like me) you think this page turned out beautifully!


Here is my first Daisy, I have counted a further 21 buds, it’s really exciting to check each day to see how the plant grows and blooms.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Peach, Olive, Charcoal)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Pébéo Studio Acrylics White Gesso
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Hampton Arts 7 Gypsies cling mounted rubber stamps (Birdsong ICO151)
  • Eco Green Crafts recycled rubber art stamps (Petal Party #04309)
  • The Works clear stamps (CR0274/TW3)
  • The Works 3 Washi Tapes
  • Penny Black 2007 Stickeroos (Painted Vases #10-191)
  • Lace trim
  • Postage stamps (France 1955 and 1979)
  • UHU Glue pen
  • The Range double-sided foam tape