Happy New Year 2020

We are so pleased to launch our first challenge of 2020 over at Try it on Tuesday:

Such a cutie/ Make someone smile

So I couldn’t resist using my favourite Merry Moose Tim Holtz thinlet set as the moose is such a cutie and always makes me smile especially with his antlers decorated with New Years bunting – wishing you all a Happy New Year!

To start, I coloured the background using Cracked Pistachio Distress Stain and when dry I stencilled the stars using the same Distress Stain too. I fussy cut a star constellation design in a semi-circle shape from an American Crafts paper pad and stuck it to the bottom of the page using a glue stick.

Next I die cut the moose using the Tim Holtz thinlet set and my Big Shot machine from some linen textured paper. I coloured the moose Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Ink and his antlers using Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I edged the moose with a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck him in place using a Zig Memory System glue pen. For the bunting, I stamped a bunting image onto some coloured design paper using black Archival Ink and fussy cut them out. Then I arranged some black wax cotton around the moose antlers and stuck the bunting triangles onto it.

I also stamped the bunting onto the top of the page and onto some more of the coloured design paper; again I cut the bunting triangles out of the paper and stuck them on top of the stamped bunting images. I added the gold glittery letters to create the wording “Happy New Year” and “2020” and also three clusters of stickers from Tim Holtz which I thought were appropriate for the New Year; they read “Artist – Life is full of beauty”, “Exploring – The first step in the journey” and “Wishing – peace, happiness and love”. Then to finish, I added lots of glittery flowers and dots which are Glitterations stickers.

For more inspiration please pop over to see the amazing cutie creations from my Design Teamies over at Try it on Tuesday, they are sure to make you smile!

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m toasting in the New Year with a cocktail of pineapple gin and cream soda – Happy T Day! The pineapple gin was homemade by soaking pineapple fruit pieces in gin with some sugar for 4 weeks – so yummy!

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 Something New challenge over at Art Journal Journey that I’m hosting this month with my New Year page.

I’m joining the Triangles challenge over at Moo Mania & More with the triangular bunting on my page – so sorry that this is your last challenge at Moo Mania, I will miss you very much!

I’m also happy to join in the Love challenge over at Country View Challenges as I love the Merry Moose thinlet set that I used on this page and as my page says I’m wishing that 2020 is filled with peace, happiness and love.

I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Something New challenge with my New Year page too.

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Stain (Cracked Pistachio)
  • Creative Stencils Craft Essentials (Stars MAOB0004)
  • American Crafts Paper Pad (DIY Shop 366665)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Craft Sensations (Luxury Cardstock with Linen Texture CRO240/GE)
  • Wilko Metallic Glitter Tape (Gold)
  • Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz (Merry Moose 663103)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy, Ground Espresso, Antique Linen)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Black wax cotton thread
  • Paperstash from local craft shop
  • Hobbycraft Clear Stamp (Bunting SO300HC)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Trimcraft Alphabet & Number Stickers (Gold Glitter SCSTK013)
  • Docrafts Papermania Glitterations (Gold Flowers ANT8181020)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Clippings Stickers #TH93583)

Wishing you a magical Christmas

I created this page for all my blog friends to wish you all a magical Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I started by stamping the “We wish you a Merry Christmas” sheet music, the number 25 and the angels from a stamp set by Kaisercraft using Black Archival Ink. Then I applied some watered down Forest Moss and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink using a paint brush making light criss-cross strokes to add some texture whilst allowing some of the white paper to show through. Next I added a pretty foliage napkin which was gifted to me for my art journaling by a dear friend that we walk with every week – thank you! It is stuck in place using a glue stick and then the edges are ripped by painting a line of water along the piece of napkin where I wanted it to be torn, and then tearing it along the wet strip; the tear followed the water-soaked line like magic (grin!). The edges of napkin are stuck down using Liquitex matte gel medium. To finish, I recycled an old Christmas card to die cut the snowflakes and also to add the wording “Wishing you a magical Christmas”.

Me and my hubby always start our Christmas celebrations by visiting our local pub for a pint. Our pub doesn’t serve food but they are happy for you to take your own in with you to enjoy with your drink, so we always stop at the local deli for a Festive sandwich, which was so yummy!

Here’s our Festive sandwich (the deli kindly cut and wrapped it so we could have half each) with a pint of Mulled Stout from the Big Clock Brewery in Accrington, Lancashire; it’s a very dark beer, 4.5% ABV and tasted very Christmassy with the mulled spices – delicious!

The “re-order line” wording on the glass made me smile, well it would be rude not too so we did have another Mulled Stout (grin!). As T Stands for Tuesday I’m sharing my pint with the T Gang – wishing you all a Happy T Day and also a magical Christmastime! Happy Holidays!

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 Yvonne, aka Meggymay and her Words and Numbers challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the words and numbers on this page.

I’m pleased to be able to join in the fun over at Creative Artiste Challenge Blog for their Anything Mixed Media Goes with my mixed media art journal page.

I’m also joining the Anything Goes challenge over at Moo Mania & More too.

I’m joining in the Party Time challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge as my page is celebrating Christmas – wishing you a magical time!

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

  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (December 25th CS790)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Forest Moss, Mowed Lawn)
  • Napkin
  • Pritt Stick
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Recycled Christmas Card
  • The Works (Metal Cutting Die)
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • X-Press It double-sided foam tape

Around the Christmas Tree

As it’s the season for putting up Christmas trees and decorations I created this page to celebrate, I hope you like it!

Don’t forget that you still have until 2nd Jan 2020 to join us over at A Vintage Journey for our Holly Jolly Christmas challenge too. This art journal page fits the challenge perfectly, it would be lovely to see you there (grin!).

To start I coloured the background with three shades of green Liquitex acrylic paint, firstly painting them on the page and then once dry applying them again to the page using a palette knife to create layers of colour. I splattered the page with some white and black acrylic paint and created a stencil using Tim Holtz Holiday Green Thinlets to add green fir tree branches to the background using Shabby Shutters and Forest Moss Distress Ink. I used the same Thinlet set to create the white branches from some recycled white card and arranged them on the page with some white bauble stickers. Next I used a Snowy Star Thinlets set from Tim Holtz to create the white stars which are stuck in place using a Zig glue pen. To finish, I added some Tim Holtz stickers which read “sparkly decorations”, “around the Christmas tree” and “the sparkly Christmas tree”. 

Here is me and hubby in front of one of our Christmas trees, this one is in the front room window and has a red, white and gold theme of flowers and foliage (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 lovely Yvonne, aka Meggymay and her Words and Numbers challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the wording I added to this page.

I’m happy to join the Stars challenge over at Country View Challenges with all the white stars I added to my art journal page too.

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Stars with the white stars on this page.

I’m also pleased to join the Winter challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my Christmasy art journal page.

I’m also joining the Anything Goes challenge over at Moo Mania & More too.

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

  • Liquitex Basics Acrylic Color (Phthalocyanine Green, Deep Green Permanent, Light Green Permanent)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White, Black)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss)
  • Recycled white card
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlets (Holiday Greens 658759, Snowy Stars 663117)
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Home Bargains Noel (Wall Stickers 16221)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Christmas Sticker Book #TH93999)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (Cold Grey IV 233)

Autumn/Winter Tag

Today at A Vintage Journey is Tag Friday, which only takes place when there is a fifth Friday in the month; 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!

This Merry Moose is one of my favourite Thinlets from Tim Holtz so I couldn’t resist using it to create this double-sided Mixed Media tag showing the same scene in autumn and in winter.

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 covered both sides of the tag with some white gesso as the card had blue flowers on one side and beige postcards on the other and I wanted to tone them down a little. I then used Scattered Straw Distress Ink to colour around the edges of the beige side which I chose for autumn and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink on the blue side of the tag which seemed perfect for winter. I stamped some snowflakes using two blue Memento Inks onto the blue side of the tag and then the tree trunks on both sides of the tag using Toffee Crunch Memento Ink.

For the autumn scene: I coloured the stamped tree trunk using Dark Sepia and black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and a black Uni Pin pen; stencilled the sun and coloured it using a Sun Yellow Inktense pencil; and coloured the foreground using Forest Moss Distress Ink and a Leaf Green Inktense pencil.

For the winter scene: I coloured the tree using a Cold Grey and black Faber-Castell marker and a black Uni Pin pen; used white gesso to colour the foreground and also to stencil the moon, once dry I added some texture to the moon using Platinum Planet Brilliance Ink, a Tim Holtz stamp with Black Soot Distress Ink, a white Faber-Castell marker and also a white Uni Posca paint pen. Then I used Inkylicious Fluffy Puffy Stuff and a heat gun to create the snow.

The Merry Moose, leaves, stars and wording are all Thinlets from Tim Holtz which I die cut from some linen textured paper coloured using Distress Inks: the moose was coloured using Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso ink; the antlers using Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo ink; the leaves using Scattered Straw and Rusty Hinge ink; the stars using Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed ink; and the wording using Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge and Chipped Sapphire ink.

To make them stand out from the background more, the autumn die cuts are edged with a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell marker and …

… the winter ones with a Cold Grey Faber-Castell marker and they are all stuck into place using a Zig Memory glue 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 to create a 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!

I have been lucky enough to see moose a number of times in the wild whilst holidaying in America, although I have never seen any in Maine. I’m told you are more likely to see them further North in the state and we did stop to look for them at this quiet spot to no avail, maybe next time (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 #107 – Picture Inspiration challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps as my autumn tag encompasses the picture colours and my winter tag matches the stars too.

I’m joining the Use your scraps challenge over at Moo Mania & More with the paper scraps I used for some of the die cut pieces.

I’m also happy to be joining the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge too.

Over at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog their theme is Anything Goes + optional twist of Watercoloring, 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)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Scattered Straw, Chipped Sapphire, Forest Moss, Black Soot, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Rusty Hinge, Mustard Seed)
  • Stamp Set (Winter Wonderland – snowflakes, Winter Woodland – tree)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Toffee Crunch)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B, Cold Grey IV 233, Black 199, White 101)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.3mm)
  • Inkylicious Template and Stencil (Sun and Moons)
  • Derwent Inktense Pencils (Sun Yellow 0200, Leaf Green 1600)
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Ink (Platinum Planet)
  • Tim Holtz Collection Stampers Anonymous (Urban Tapestry CMS061)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (White)
  • Inkylicious (Fluffy Puffy Stuff)
  • Craft Sensations Luxury Cardstock Linen Texture (White)
  • Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz (Merry Moose 663103, Garden Greens 661206, Snowy Stars 663117, Alphanumeric Label 664177)
  • Scraps of metallic yellow Linen Texture Paper and blue Glitter paper
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • American Crafts We r Memory Keepers (Crop-A-Dile and Standard Eyelets 41582-4)

Be Thankful

I have plenty to be thankful for including the wonderful life with my hubby and my dearest friends; so as its Thanksgiving next week I had fun creating this autumnal thankful page.

I’m sending Happy Thanksgiving wishes to those of you who are celebrating Thanksgiving next week, have a wonderful time!

To start, I painted the page with Hooker’s Green, Yellow Oxide and Raw Umber Liquitex acrylic paint and then applied Pébéo white gesso over the top with a brayer. When dry, I stamped some leaves by Tim Holtz using Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso and Hickory Smoke Distress Archival Ink and a grid design by Sheena Douglass using Potter’s Clay, Cottage Green and Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. I also stamped some grungy dots using black Archival Ink and both of the above Distress Archival Inks and then I splattered the page with white gesso. Next I recycled some thanksgiving magazine images of a dinner service portraying a turkey, duck, pheasant and partridge; they are fussy cut, edged with a Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck to the page using a UHU Stic. They are arranged with some pretty acrylic daisy flowers and autumnal coloured leaves which I die cut using Tim Holtz thinlets. The leaves are cut from some textured metallic papers, edged using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a blending tool, and stuck into place using glue dots. To finish, I added the “Be Thankful” wording which is a piece of washi tape which I stuck onto some white card and stuck into place using double-sided tape.

The autumn leaves seemed to have been and gone quickly this year; when we walked around Lytham Hall with our friends this week we found that most of the trees had lost their leaves so there was a thick coating of leaves along the pathways. There were really only these Beech trees which still retained their beautiful autumnal leaves.

Of course, little Ellie was in her element chasing leaves and picking up sticks, although I think this stick may have been a little big for her. As you can see her coat has got quite long so she’s off for a trim at the doggie stylists this week (grin!).

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

Challenges

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 the Peace & Tranquility challenge over at Moo Mania & More with my reflective Be Thankful page.

I’m joining in the Recycle challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge as I recycled magazine Thanksgiving images on this page.

I’m also pleased to join Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday and the Autumn & Gratitude theme with Be Thankful autumnal designed page.

I’m pleased to be able to join in the fun over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog for their Anything Goes + Watercoloring with my autumnal mixed media art journal page.

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

  • Liquitex Basic Acrylic Color (Hooker’s Green, Yellow Oxide, Raw Umber)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous (Falling Leaves CMS097)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke)
  • Sheena by Sheena Douglass Create a Flower Rubber Stamps (Funky Textures 2)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Potter’s Clay, Cottage Ivy, Rich Cocoa)
  • Creative Stamping Magazine Issue #61 (Autumnal Treasures)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Recycled images from Old Magazine
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Sanguine 188 B)
  • UHU Stic
  • Crafty Things (Acrylic Daisy Stickers)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Fall Foilage 660955)
  • Paper Bundle from local Craft Shop
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ground Espresso)
  • Stix2 glue dots
  • Washi tape
  • Recycled white cardstock
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape

Let it snow

My page design today was inspired by my new winter hat which is so pretty, it is navy blue in colour and has butterflies and sparkly gems on it (grin!).

This is also a reminder that you still have another week to join our Cold, Cold, Cold challenge at Try it on Tuesday too, it would be lovely to see you there!

I started by smooshing Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink onto the page by stamping the ink pad onto a blending mat, spritzing with water and pressing the mat onto the page. Then I used a blending tool to add the same Distress Ink around the edges of the page to darken the colour. Next I stamped a Hessian texture stamp from Kaisercraft, as it reminded me of the woven texture of my hat, using Paris Dusk Memento Ink. I also stamped some dots from Hampton Arts, as they looked like the sparkly lines of gems on my hat, using the same Memento Ink and also some Platinum Planet Brilliance Ink. I added the silver snowflakes which are stickers from Docrafts and then I splattered the page with silver Liquitex Ink and the Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. I added the embroidery butterfly and lots of clear gems to the lines of stamped dots to represent the sparkle on my hat. I’m all set for winter now as I have my new hat so I finished the page by adding the “Let it snow” wording which is from a set of silver glittery letter stickers.

Here’s my new hat, I just fell in love with it as soon as I saw it! What could be better than the navy blue colour, sparkle, pretty butterflies and a big fat pom-pom on the top (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing the love and my hot chocolate which like my hat is guaranteed to keep you warm on cold winter days, and this one has a shot of gingerbread syrup in it – so yummy! 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.

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps .with my wintry art journal page.

I’m joining the Peace & Tranquility challenge over at Moo Mania & More with my winter butterfly page.

I’m pleased to be able to join in the fun over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog for their Anything Goes + optional twist of Watercolouring with my wintry art journal page.

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Texture – Hessian CS253)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Paris Dusk)
  • Hampton Art Doodlebug Designs (Thankful ICO162)
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Ink (Platinum Planet)
  • Liquitex Ink! (Iridescent Bright Silver)
  • Docrafts Glitterations Create Christmas (Snowflakes Silver)
  • The Range (Fabric Butterflies)
  • Stix2 glue dots
  • Home Bargains Special Occasion (Mini Decorative Stickers 22740)
  • The Range (Alphabet Stickers PO205184)

Every Leaf

I love autumn and I find there’s nothing better then walking on crunchy leaves, so today’s page is inspired by sunny autumnal days and one of my favourite quotes by Emily Brontë:

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree”.

The background was started sometime ago. I had some green and brown Distress Inks leftover whilst creating another page which I didn’t want to waste, so I smooshed it onto a blank page and used some stamps to move the colour around. I covered it with some white acrylic paint and then to create the layers of leaves, I started by stencilling some large leaves using a Sheena Douglass stencil and Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Ink. The smaller leaves are stamped using Potter’s Clay, Rich Cocoa and Toffee Crunch Memento Inks and I also added some stamped splatters using black Archival Ink. To enhance the grungy look I also splattered the page with white and black acrylic paint. Then I added some more white acrylic paint and when dry I repeated the stencilling and stamping of the leaves again and I also used a Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush marker to colour the areas where the white acrylic paint covered the large leaves so they stood out more.

I used a stitched edge circle die and my Big Shot machine to cut out the circles from mixed media paper and coloured them using Fossilized Amber and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks with a blending tool. Then I used my Tim Holtz stamping platform to stamp the acorn, quote, leaves, bird, hedgehog and berries using black Archival Ink and then stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic. I also added some yellow and white enamel dots which finished the page.

There is someone else who like leaves, especially chasing them although little Ellie also sometimes eats them too (grin!). Ellie is our friend’s dog, she is a cavapoo and still a puppy, isn’t she super sweet (double grin!).

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

Challenges

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 also happy to join in the Hand Stamped challenge hosted by the lovely Craftyfield over at Country View Challenges with my autumnal stamped art journal page.

I’m pleased to join the lovely Rike from rike’s art and her Fruit and Veggies challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the acorn on my page.

I’m also happy to join the Peace & Tranquility challenge over at Moo Mania & More with my peaceful autumnal page.

I’m also joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday and the Autumn & Gratitude with my autumnal page.

I’m pleased to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my art journal page too.

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

  • Background – leftover Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Art Discount Acrylic Paint (White)
  • Sheena Douglass Create a Flower Stencil (Just leaf It!)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Fossilized Amber)
  • Creative Stamping Magazine Issue 61 (Autumnal Treasures)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Potter’s Clay, Rich Cocoa, Toffee Crunch)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Mixed Media Paper
  • The Works (Cutting Dies, Pastel Enamel Dots)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Sanguine 188 B)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • UHU Stic