Tulips

It’s a new month so we are launching our May challenge over at the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog, and as always the theme is:

Anything Mixed Media Goes.

I was inspired by the beautiful tulips in my garden and had fun playing around with mixed media to create this Tulip art journal page. I hope you’ll join in the fun too; it would be lovely to see you there!

I started by ripping and fussy cutting a tulip napkin and then I stuck the pieces into place using a glue stick. I painted around the napkin pieces with Parchment Liquitex acrylic paint and while the paint was still wet I added some Vivid Green Liquitex acrylic paint using a palette knife so it matched the napkin background. When the paint was dry, I stamped a Script stamp from Kaisercraft using black Archival Ink and also a crackle texture stamp from BoBunny using Pistachio Memento Ink over the painted areas.

Then I added some Ranger Texture Paste using a heart stencil that I created with a Falling Hearts Thinlet set from Tim Holtz and when dry, the hearts were coloured using Red Violet, Crimson and Magenta Spectrum Aqua markers. Next I added the “Tulips” wording using letter stickers from Kaisercraft and also a pretty blue butterfly from an Ephemera Pack by Tim Holtz.

To finish, I added some shadow to the tulips with a Charcoal grey Derwent Inktense pencil and then emphasised the tulip petals using a black Uni Pin marker and white Uniball gel pen.

I hope that you are inspired to join our Anything Mixed Media Goes Challenge! For more inspiration please check out the amazing creations from my fellow Design Team members over at Creative Artiste too.

This year the tulips in our garden have been beautiful.

I love all the colours and structure that they have added to our flower border.

We plan to add more tulip bulbs every year; we planted these striped tulips a few years ago …

… and these gorgeous purple tulips are the ones that we planted in November last year (grin!).

Hoping that you all stay safe and keep well! x

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 Mia from Craftartista over at Art Journal Journey and her Flowers challenge this month with the Interlocking Circles on this page.

I’m joining in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Not A Card challenge with my art journal page.

I’m also happy to be able to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my tulip page.

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

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

  • Tulip Napkin
  • Pritt Stick
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic (Vivid Lime Green)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Script CS752)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • BoBunny Stamp (Rough It Up 12105155)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Pistachio)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Falling Hearts 664415)
  • Ranger Texture paste
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Red Violet, Crimson, Magenta)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Mix & Match – Alpha SS252)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Ephemera Pack (Field Notes #TH94051)
  • Stix2 Glue Dots
  • Derwent Inktense Pencil (Charcoal Grey 2100)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)

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)

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

Love that smile

As autumn is one of my favourite seasons I created this fun page with a happy moose standing in a big pile of leaves. I hope this makes you smile as much as me (grin!).

With my autumnal colours I also wanted to remind you that there is still another week to join us over at Try it on Tuesday for our Colours of Autumn challenge too, it would be lovely to see you there!

I started by stamping the page with leaves from a Falling Leaves stamp set from Tim Holtz using Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink and Potter’s Clay Memento Ink. Then I added a pretty pumpkin napkin which I received from my good friend Erika aka BioArtGal last year – thank you so much! I tore the napkin on the diagonal and also added small pieces of the napkin inbetween the stamped leaves; it’s stuck in place using Liquitex matte gel medium. Then I fussy cut the moose from a magazine and stuck him to the page using a UHU stic. Next I added lots of leaves which I die cut using a Fall Foliage thinlet set from Tim Holtz. They are cut from three different papers and edged using Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. The “love that smile” wording is a sticker from Kaisercraft which is mounted onto the same three papers that I die cut the leaves from. To finish, I used a white gel pen to add two white dots to the moose’s eyes.

When my hubby saw this page he immediately thought of the tin moose that we have in our lounge, isn’t he a cutie (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday and it’s the season for everything pumpkin, here’s a piece of my homemade pumpkin roll with my friend’s coffee – Happy T day everyone!

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 lovely Rike from rike’s art and her Fruit and Veggies challenge over at Art Journal Journey as I included lots of pumpkins on my page.

I’m pleased to join the Sketch challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps as the foreground on my art journal page runs diagonally across the page, the “Paperbabe stamps” is represented by my “love that smile” wording and the flowers are represented by the smiley moose.

I’m joining the Autumn & Gratitude challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday with my autumnal “Love that smile” page.

I’m pleased to be able to join in the fun over at Creative Artiste Challenge Blog for their #55 – Anything Mixed Media Goes with my mixed media art journal page

I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge 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 Stampers Anonymous (Falling Leaves CMS097)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Rich Potter’s Clay)
  • Pumpkin Napkin – thank you Erika!
  • Old magazine
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Fall Foliage 660955)
  • Paper Pack from local craft shop
  • Poundland Design Pad (Changing Seasons CRO701/16PL1)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Havana Nights SS354)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • UHU Glue Pen
  • X-Press It double-sided tape

Robin Poem

This vintage page was inspired by a dear friend who gave me some pretty cream and gold napkins (thanks very much!), the new bird feeders that we have in our garden and a beautiful poem that I found which celebrates robins across the different seasons – I hope you like it!

I started by covering the page with one of the pretty napkins that my friend gave me using a glue stick and Liquitex Matte Gel Medium to stick it into place. Then I added some pieces of bright gold doily using a Zig Memory System 2-way glue pen. The circular bird image and poem are die cut using a circular and square die from a book page that was in an old Christmas book. They are layered over the top of the gold doily along with a tag that I recycled from an old Christmas card which matched the circular bird image beautifully. Next I added the lace around the edges of the page and embellished them with some gold gems. To finish, I added a white bow to the tag which I made from ribbon that I recycled from a Christmas cracker and also a 3D sticker of a white rose.

I loved this poem as soon as I read it, it’s by an anonymous author who writes:

Robin sang sweetly
When the days were bright
“Thanks! Thanks for Summer!”
He sang with all his might.

Robin sang sweetly
In the Autumn Days
“There is fruit for everyone,
Let all give praise.”

In the cold and wintry weather
Still hear his song.
“Someone must sing”, said Robin,
“Or Winter will seem long.”

When the Spring came back again
He sang: “I told you so!
Keep on singing through the Winter;
It will always go!”

Here’s a close up of the napkin, the design is so beautiful with the holly leaves, ferns, mistletoe, wrens and robins.

Our new bird feeders are attracting lots of different birds, including our resident robin who seems to be enjoying both the fat balls and seed.

As we haven’t managed to capture a picture of our robin as yet, I thought I would share the garden flag that was kindly sent to us from our friends in America; this is our winter robin flag, isn’t it gorgeous!

Garden flags are not really seen here in the UK, they are far more popular in America. I loved the ones that we saw when we visited America this year, so our dear friends kindly bought us a flag for each season with a different robin on it – a perfect gift (grin!).

As this is my last post of 2018, I also wanted to thank you for all your support and kindness this year! You have made it very special and I am very grateful for your friendship and all your lovely comments – thanks so much! Wishing you all the fun of the Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!

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:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth who blog at Altered Book Lover are hosting My Favorite Season, or ‘Tis the Season challenge over at Art Journal Journey, so I’m pleased to join them with my page which showcases a poem that celebrates all the seasons as I love them all (grin!).

I’m so happy to be able to join the lovely Wen and her Simply Neutrals Tuesday party over at Apple Apricot with my neutral vintage robin page.

I’m also pleased to join the Christmas challenge over at Country View Challenges with my vintage Christmassy page as robins capture the Christmas season for me.

I’m joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge with my art journal 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:

  • RSPB Napkin from my dear friend – thank you!
  • Woolworths (Gold Doyleys) – from Charity Shop
  • A Golden Christmas Treasury – book from Charity Shop
  • Recycled tag from old Christmas Card
  • The Works Die Cutting – circles and squares
  • The Range (Crafting Lace CR0546)
  • Poundland (504 Gems 128133)
  • Recycled white ribbon from a Christmas cracker
  • Docrafts Papermania 3D Christmas Stickers (Victorian Christmas PMA805801)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Stix2 double-sided tape and mini glue dots
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Hello Lake Life

I love boats so living the Lake Life with our friends in Maine was an amazing experience! My page today captures the serenity of the lake, fall colours and also a Loon, which is a type of water bird that we saw on one of our boat trips around the lake (grin!).

I started by applying Hickory Smoke Distress Ink onto the page by stamping the ink pad onto an acrylic block and scraping the block over the page so the ink caught on the texture of the paper. I then applied water over the top using a paintbrush to disperse some of the colour across the page. Next I painted Salty Ocean Distress Ink across the page, keeping my brushstrokes horizontal, so it looked like water; to do this I applied the ink to an acrylic block again and picked the ink up with a paintbrush. We saw lots of beautiful fall colours reflected in the lake on our boat trips so I also added Mustard Seed, Fired Brick and Seedless Perserves Distress Ink the same way as I did the Hickory Smoke ink. Then I toned down the colours using Pébéo white gesso which I applied with my finger to vary the coverage; this softened the colours and produced a rippled effect so it looked like the water of the lake. The wording “Hello Lake Life” is a Pocket Card from Tim Holtz idea-ology collection, I added the letters to produce the word “Lake” by stamping black Archival Ink onto some card using an alphabet stamp by Dovecraft, cutting it out and sticking it onto the card. The Loon is cut from a notelet that my friend gave me and was used for the food shopping list. I defined the Loon markings, underlined the word “lake” and exaggerated the stripes on the wording using a black Derwent Graphik marker and a white Uniball gel pen so they stood out more. The fall leaves around the edge of the page are napkin which I ripped and stuck into place using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium; once dry I edged them with a Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. I also stuck a couple of the leaves onto some recycled white card and when they were dry I cut them out and edged them with the sanguine marker. I arranged them on the page under the Pocket Card and added some cream jute flowers using Glossy Accents which finished the page.

I thought you may like to go boating with us, here is the view of the lake from the house and you can see the boat on the left-hand side.

It’s a pontoon party boat and is very luxurious …

… with it’s sofa type seating, as you can see my hubby was sitting very comfortably (grin!).

It afforded wonderful lake views with …

… some breathtaking reflections of the fall colours.

We even saw a Loon, which is called a Great Northern Diver here in the UK, who entertained us firstly by diving under the water and then by preening. We found out late one night that their call is quite distinctive and loud too (grin!).

I hope you enjoyed the boat trip and I think that the lake life would suit us very well, don’t you (double grin!).

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 lovely Erika from BioArtGal, who is hosting the Vintage or Modern challenge over at Art Journal Journey as this page captures happy memories of our Lake Life holiday.

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Anything Goes challenge with my Lake Life art journal page.

I’m also pleased to join the September Link Party #44 – Anything Goes over at Cropstop Blog with my page as I included some products from companies that they carry in their store.

I’m thankful for experiencing the Lake Life with our friends, so this page is also a reminder that you still have time to join the Thankful challenge at Try it on Tuesday 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 (Hickory Smoke, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Fired Brick, Seedless Preserves)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm, 0.3mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Pocket Cards #TH93208)
  • Loon notelet – shopping list
  • Party Creations Napkins (Autumn’s Elegance)
  • The Works (Jute Shapes U-83162)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pritt Stick
  • Stix2 (Mini Craft Dots)
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

Hot Chocolate and Donuts

Today my fun page celebrates the seasonal sweet treats and all things pumpkin at Dunkin’ Donuts – yum!

So you may be wondering why I’m so excited about Dunkin’ Donuts, well in the UK we don’t have these stores at all and as a country we don’t really celebrate all things pumpkin like in the US. So for me having a hot chocolate with pumpkin syrup and a pumpkin donut was such a special treat on my American holiday/vacation!

To start, I covered the page with a napkin, which I had collected from our visits to Dunkin’ Donuts, which is stuck in place using a glue stick. While it was drying I die cut two circles with a stitched edge from the brown paper bag our donuts were packaged in; the larger circle encompassing the Dunkin’ Donuts logo and slogan, and the second smaller circle just of plain paper. I stamped our drink order onto this smaller circle using black Archival Ink and an alphabet stamp set from Dovecraft. I used the same stamp set and ink to stamp the “with” onto some card to emphasis that we asked for the pumpkin syrup to be added to our drink. The letters are coloured with an orange and a pink Uni Posca paint pen; I alternated the colours to add more interest. The circles are arranged with images that remind me of our yummy treats, this included: some pretty doughnut stickers with some cool fun sayings reminding me of the doughnuts we sometimes had with our drinks; some autumn leaves and a pumpkin which are rub-on transfers as I wanted to emphasise that we visited in the fall when pumpkin treats are available; and finally the days of the week which are cut from a Tim Holtz idea-ology poster card and edged with a black Derwent Graphic marker and orange or pink Uni Posca paint pen, they remind me that we had a hot chocolate more or less everyday when we passed by a Dunkin’ Donuts. To finish, I added some pink and white Chevron washi tape to the top and bottom edge of the page which I bought in the US whilst on holiday.

Here’s our hot chocolate with pumpkin syrup and …

…who couldn’t resist a pumpkin donut or Boston Creme donut – yummy yum yum!

As T Stands for Tuesday I’m sharing my drink and art journal page; wishing you all a Happy T Day!

This special treat was particularly welcome after our walks and on one of the colder mornings we walked along the Eastern Trail so it was very much appreciated (grin!).

The Eastern Trail is over six miles of flat, easy, and scenic terrain connecting Biddeford, Arundel, and Kennebunk. I thought you may wish to walk with us and see some of the beautiful foliage along the trail …

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed walking some of the trail and seeing the autumnal foliage as much as we did – wishing you a great day!

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 lovely Linda from heARTfullyinspiredby Linda, who is hosting the Creature Comforts challenge over at Art Journal Journey as I find these sweet treats very comforting (grin!).

As this page is a happy memory of autumn treats, I’m also joining the Autumn challenge over at Moo Mania & More.

As the autumn leaves, acorns, pumpkins and hot chocolate reminds brings fall to mind to me, I’m also joining the Autumn Splendour challenge over at A Vintage Journey with my holiday/vacation inspired Art Journaling Style page.

I’m also pleased to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps 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:

  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (Orange, Pink)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • The Works (Cutting Dies – Stitched Circles)
  • Recycled Dunkin’ Donuts napkin and brown bag
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Pocket Cards #TH93208)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Tricks’n’Treats #SCH688N)
  • Home Bargains (Sweet like … Puffy Sticker Sheets 14277)
  • Washi Tape
  • Pritt Stick