For the Boys

Still inspired by the masculine theme, I created this art journal page to remind you that you still have one week left to join in with our For the Boys challenge over at Try it on Tuesday, it would be lovely to see you there!

This time, I got creative with Tim Holtz inks, stamps and stickers as well as a Steampunk stamp set, some design paper and some Victorian style tags.

I started by using Tim Holtz Distress Inks to create the background; firstly by smooshing diluted Mowed Lawn ink that I had applied to an acrylic block, spritzed with water and then pressed onto the page. After drying this ink with a heat gun I then applied Shabby Shutters ink the same way and then I used both the Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters inks again to add A lot of Splats stamp from Gummpiapan. Using a blending tool I applied Hickory Smoke Distress Ink through a Past Times stencil by Viva Decor to give a lovely depth to the background, I also used the same stencil over the background to remove some of the Distress Inks using a baby wipe. Then I applied some Black Soot Distress Ink using a stencil by Craft Sensations and a blending tool. Next I layered all the different paper elements onto the page which I edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using a blending tool and outlined with a black Uni Pin marker once stuck in place. They included: a large map, ruler pieces, a butterfly, a button, some numbered and small alphabet pieces which are  Crowded Attic Salvage Stickers by Tim Holtz; three Victorian style tags; a globe with a bird perched on the top, suitcase and luggage labels which I fussy cut from design paper by Craft Sensations; a pocket watch and compass which I stamped using a Steampunk stamp set from Docrafts and black Archival Ink onto design paper and fussy cut out, they are stuck to the page using a UHU Stic; a vintage car from a Tim Holtz stamp which I stamped using black Archival Ink and fussy cut out; and finally some round button letters to add the “For the Boys” wording. I added some brown metal brads to the tags, luggage labels and signage. Then to finish, I used a paintbrush to splatter black and white DecoArt acrylic paints over the whole page.

Today I’m sharing a trip to the fish and chip shop in Great Eccleston.

The food is so delicious, here’s my order of steak and kidney pudding with gravy (of course – grin!), chips and mushy peas.

We visited with my family and my portion of food was so huge that I’m sharing my chips so here you can see just my dad’s fish and mushy peas – yum!

There are plenty of drinks on show in my photos for T Stands for Tuesday but in case you were wondering what I was drinking, it was Dandelion and Burdock. This is a fizzy/soft drink which is popular in the North of England and I haven’t had it since I was a child so couldn’t remember what it tasted like. I really enjoyed it and if you have never tried it either then it’s a bit like coca cola with an earthy botanical kick to it (grin!).


I’m pleased to join the lovely Gill from gibbyfrogettcraftations who is hosting the Inspired by … challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my masculine inspired page.

As my art journal page features maps, luggage and a vintage car I’m very happy to be able to join Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Transport It challenge.

I added wording to my page as the challenge over at Country View Challenges is Written Word (add some text in some form), so I’m pleased to join them too.

This is my final page for A Vintage Journey and their Stencil It challenge, I’ve really enjoyed using my different stencils to join their theme this month and I had them in mind when I used all my different Tim Holtz products to create this Vintage and Mixed Media style page 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 (Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Vintage Photo)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Gummpiapan Stamps (A lot of Splats 11050106)
  • Viva Decor  Universal Stencil (Past Times 9002 703 00)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 clear stamp set (Steampunk DCE907125)
  • Tim Holtz {Components} Collection Stamper Anonymous (COM013 CAR)
  • The Works Design Pad (Classic Vintage CRO707/TW7)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Soft Colours CRO730/R)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Salvage Stickers (Crowded Attic #TH92898)
  • The Works (Victorian Style Embellishments)
  • Home Bargains (Love Letters 22738)
  • Craft Sensations (Brads CRO550/A)
  • UHU Stic

Find Inspiration in Nature

My art journal pages are often inspired by nature which is why I chose the Flora and Fauna theme for this month over at Art Journal Journey. I had so much fun creating the background and steampunk vibe flowers for this page – I hope you like it too!

Taking inspiration from the beautiful red sunsets we see in nature, I started by covering the page in a mixture of Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red and Apricot Liquitex acrylic paint, varying the blending slightly to give different shades of colour. I added some torn book pages using Liquitex matte gel medium and some washi tapes, and then I applied a thin layer of the same acrylic paints over the top using my finger to achieve a translucent look. When dry, I applied some white DecoArt acrylic paint using a brayer and also a circular Worn Rings stamp from Gummiapan, making sure I washed the stamp as soon as I had finished so the paint didn’t dry and ruin it. I then splattered the whole page with black DecoArt acrylic paint using a paintbrush. The flowers are fussy cut from an old flower book that I found in a charity shop (thrift store) and arranged on the page with three stamps from the Vintage Circles Woodware Craft Selection Stamp Set using black Archival Ink. I used Liquitex matte gel medium to stick the flowers in place and once it was dry I outlined them with a black Derwent Graphik marker so that the stamping was incorporated into the flower design.

Both the fussy cutting and outlining took some time to complete and it really made a difference to the flowers as you can see on this before and after photo. The bees and wording which reads “Find inspiration in nature” are both Royal & Langnickel rub-on transfers and I added more detail to the bumblebees using a Derwent Graphik marker. To finish, I stamped some circles of white DecoArt acrylic paint using a bottle cap and added some more splatters of black DecoArt acrylic paint using a paintbrush.

Everytime we visit Garstang we see these beautiful metal flowers and the yellow ones reminded me those on my page today – aren’t they stunning!

I like that they stay in bloom all year round for us to enjoy, no matter what the weather … grin!


I’m joining Art Journal Journey and the Flora and Fauna theme with my flowers and bees; there is just one more week to join in the fun (grin!). I’ve really enjoyed seeing all your fabulous creations that you have linked to this theme so far, thank you!

I’m pleased to join Moo Mania and More for their Even More Flowers challenge with my flowery page.

I’m joining Fashionable Stamping Challenges where the theme is Floral, which has been chosen by the lovely Avril, with my Vintage styled flowers, .

I really like the Vintage look of my new Woodware Stamp Set that I used on this page against the mixed media background which also included stamping, so I’m also pleased to join the Backgrounds challenge over at The Artistic Stamper.

Stamping Sensations challenge is Close to Nature so I’m very happy to be able to join them with my “Find inspiration in Nature” page.

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Use More Than One Stamp challenge as I used more than one stamp to create this art journal page.

My page reminds me of a classical music piece called “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nikoli Rimsky-Korsakov and I can just imagine my bees flying around my page to this music exploring the Steampunk Style world of flowers that I created, so I’m also joining A Vintage Journey for their Words and Music challenge.

With the stamping I used to create this art journal page, I’m also pleased to join the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge and their May Challenge: Anything Goes!: (stamping MUST be included).

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 (Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Apricot)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White, Black)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm, 0.5mm)
  • Gummiapan Stamp (Worn Rings 2 11050601)
  • Woodware Craft Collection Magic Singles (Vintage Circles FRS665)
  • The Oxford Book of Garden Flowers
  • Quality Toys Group (Washi Tape 2544960)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (TIP1642G, Motivate Sentiments #ROY510, )
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

Watching the Sunset

As you may be aware we love walking along our local beach and on one late afternoon we saw the most spectacular sunset. The colours of the clouds were so amazing that I was inspired to use the yellows and different shades of pink to create today’s page.

For the background I used Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed Distress Inks; first by applying the ink pad to an acrylic block, diluting with water and applying the diluted ink to the page with a blending tool and then by using the blending tool to add the ink directly from the ink pad to build up areas of colour in cloud like patterns. Then I dripped water onto the page which reactivated the ink so I could remove it with a piece of kitchen towel. I used the same Distress Inks to stamp a circle and heart stamp design from Sugarloaf Inc. Next I created a circle stencil and stamped a splatter stamp, from Gummiapan, through it using black Archival Ink. Then using the same black ink I added a dot stamp by Art Impressions and a series of images from an Urban Stamp set which included small hearts, the word love and zigzag faux stitching. I also splattered black and white DecoArt acrylic paint over the page using a paintbrush. I added a glittery pink heart foam sticker as it was quite romantic watching the sun go down, and also a polka dot yellow bird as we often see birds on our walks along the beach. Then to finish, I added some wooden flowers which are stuck into place using Glossy Accents and finally some rhinestone flower stickers.

Here’s the sunset that inspired my page, isn’t it stunning! The beauty of the sunset was captivating; it looked so magical that it didn’t look real. I snapped this picture using my phone and we stayed quite a while, despite the cold, watching the sun go down (grin!).


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join Rike from rike’s art who is hosting the Animals A-Z challenge over at Art Journal Journey, as B is for Bird on my sunset page!

With the stamping I used to create this art journal page, I’m pleased to join the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge and their February Challenge: Anything Goes!: (stamping MUST be included).

As I created my art journal page with love to remember the romantic sunset we watched, I’m also joining the Valentine’s challenge over at Moo Mania & More.

I’m also joining the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge and their Photo Inspiration challenge as I used the LOVE, pink colour, hearts and fabric influence from the heart designs on my page.

I’m also pleased to join the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is It Must Be Love, with my romantic sunset inspired page.

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 (Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White, Black)
  • Sugarloaf Inc. Anita’s wood-mounted stamp (26645)
  • Gummiapan Stamp (A lot of Splats 11050106)
  • Docrafts Papermania Urban Stamp (Craft Collections – Pastels PMA907223)
  • Woodware Craft Collection Francoise Collection Stamp Set (Flower Style Wood Set FRSWS003)
  • Home Bargains (Foam Sticker Shapes 57884)
  • Craft  for Occasions (C2026)
  • White card
  • The Works (Craft Flowers)
  • The Works (Rhinestone Flower Stickers)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic