Tis the season … for beautiful poinsettias to adorn our homes and my more traditional Christmas page celebrates these pretty flowers with some additional sparkle and shine (grin!).

I used a poinsettia napkin to create the background which was 3-ply so I split it into its separate layers. I started by sticking the second layer to the page using a UHU Stic and then I cut it to fit the page; this napkin layer covered the page in lightly coloured poinsettia images. Then I ripped the top layer of napkin around some of the poinsettia images and used Liquitex Matte Gel Medium to stick them down so I could outline and define the poinsettias using a Derwent Graphik marker without the ink being absorbed and leaking into the napkin. When all the glues were dry I distressed the light poinsettia images using some tacky masking tape to rip and remove patches of the napkin. I then covered the page with a layer of Liquitex Matte Gel Medium to ensure all the napkin edges were held in place. When dry, I added the glittery gold flowers, holly garlands, circles and dots which are all outline stickers.  Then I added more sparkle and shine by outlining the poinsettia petals using Icicle Ranger Stickles and by adding dots of Christmas Red Ranger Stickles to the poinsettia centres, gold flowers, circles and berries. It was well worth taking the time to apply the Stickles as the twinkley detail and finish looks amazing. The focal poinsettia saying is a sticker by Penny Black which reads:

“These Poinsettias are opening wide to wish you Cheer for the Christmastide”

I mounted the sticker onto some recycled card that I had covered with glittery gold by using the outline sticker surround. I then cut the card to size using some serrated scissors and edged it with a gold metallic marker. I also arranged some of the holly garland outline stickers around the edges and coloured the berries using the Christmas Red Stickles. It is stuck into place using double-sided tape which finished the page.

Every year I make a yummy cocktail which is also called a Poinsettia, they are made with 1 part Cointreau (orange liqueur), 3 parts prosecco and 3 parts cranberry juice. Here’s my cocktail pictured with my hubby’s home-brewed Christmas beer. In the background you can see a stollen that I made as a special Christmas treat and of course my cute little poinsettia. As T Stands for Tuesday I’m sharing our drinks with the T Gang and wishing you a Happy T Day!


I’m always enjoy taking part in Challenge Blogs, 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 Sheila from Orange Esmeralda who is hosting the “Let’s Celebrate” challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my poinsettia flower celebration.

The challenge theme over at Try it on Tuesday is “Twinkle Twinkle” and I’m joining in the fun with my sparkly poinsettia page.

I’m also pleased to join the “Christmas with optional Reds, Greens and Rust” challenge over at Country View Challenges.

As I created this page to display in my craft room and bring some Christmas Cheer, I’m joining the “Christmas/Winter Holidays” challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

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:

  • Poundland (Luxury Napkin)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Outline Stickers Gold Holly Garland (Art No. 202490)
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Flower Blossom Gold ANT810143)
  • Ranger Stickles (Icicle and Christmas Red)
  • Recycled white card
  • Penny Black 2007 Stickeroos (Joy to the World #10-197)
  • Fun Cut serrated scissors
  • Script metallic marker (Gold)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Discover the Magic

We recently went on a beautiful circular walk up to Rivington Pike summit which has the most breathtaking views. This walk took us through some amazing woodland and terraced gardens and we had such a wonderful time that I created this journal page to remember the magic that we discovered there!

For the background I used Milled Lavender, Cracked Pistachio and Tea Dye Distress Inks as well as a Charcoal Spectrum Aqua Marker by applying each of the inks directly to an acrylic block and holding the block over the page I spritzed it with water until the ink dripped onto the page. I also pressed the block onto the page in places and then I repeated the process again with each colour. I used the Milled Lavender and Tea Dye Distress Inks as well as black Archival Ink to stamp a Script from Kaisercraft. As a reminder of the woodland I stamped a tree bark stamp from BoBunny using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and to depict the ferns that we saw in the terraced gardens I also stamped a fern image from Royal & Langnickel using Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink. The page was then splattered with black acrylic paint using a paint brush. Next I tore pieces of music sheet and a turquoise blue decoupage paper into strips, to represent the waterfalls and pools that we saw and heard on our walk; they are stuck to the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. I also tore a Penny Black sticker and added the shards to the page to add further texture and colour. Once the gel medium had dried I outlined the paper and sticker pieces with a black Uni Pin marker so they stood out more. The words are rub-on transfers, these represent the wonder and magic that we discovered during our walk. I added some gold outline stickers to represent the sunshine and autumnal gold colours of the leaves in the woodland. As we discovered lovely brickwork throughout the terraced gardens I stencilled a brick design using Pébéo modelling paste and a stencil from Craft Sensations, as well as a stencil made from a piece of plasterboard/drywall tape. Once the paste had dried, I coloured them with Cold Grey and Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush markers.

Then I stamped a bird image from Craft Sensations using black Archival Ink; I like the way the bird is looking out across the page as we did towards the views whilst on our walk. For the autumnal leaves, I used some leaves that were leftover from a previous project. The large oak and maple leaf images are from a stamp set by BoBunny and the smaller leaves are from a stamp set by Crafter’s Companion; they are stamped using black Archival Ink on a white medium weight paper. The paper is sprinkled with Scarlet, Yellow, Orange and Dark Brown Colourcraft Brusho powders and spritzed with water to react the bright and colourful Brusho colours. I fussy cut the leaves and then added more colour to them using Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks and a blending tool. Once dry I covered them with DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze, varying the thickness over the leaves and left them to dry overnight. I used a russet metallic lustre wax from Craf-T Products to accentuate the crackle patterns and I stained the edges of the leaves with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck them to the page using matte gel medium. To finish, I also stuck some paper flowers, with sparkly gem centres, to the page using the gel medium again.

The circular route up to Rivington Pike started off in style with a beautiful tree-lined avenue leading up to the woodlands.

The woodland path leads to the Rivington Terraced Gardens that are situated on the hillside below Rivington Pike; they occupy 45 acres in total. They were originally created between 1905-1922 for soap magnate Lord Leverhulme as a spectacular venue for him to relax in and entertain. Here we discovered woodland paths that crisscross and link stone bridges, archways, pavilions and water features; they are all currently undergoing restoration.

After exploring the terraced gardens we came across this beautiful archway leading up to track which leads to Rivington Pike, isn’t it beautiful!

Rivington Pike is hill summit which is 1,191 feet above sea level and is a prominent local landmark, the earliest record of this hill dates back to 1325. The building at the top is Pike Tower which was built in the eighteenth century as a hunting lodge.

The view is amazing and on a clear day you can see Blackpool Tower, the Isle of Man and the Lake District fells. At the summit we stopped and sat at one of the benches and had our pack lunch whilst we admired the views (grin!).

We walked down a different trail heading back towards the terraced gardens and discovered this four-storey building which is Pigeon Tower. The top floor was Lady Leverhulme’s sewing and music room and the second and third floors housed dovecotes.

There were some lovely views over the countryside from the tower.

This is Lever Bridge and its design is based on a bridge that Lever saw in Nigeria. It’s also known as Seven Arch Bridge as its large arch is crossed by six smaller ones.

Being a warm sunny day, it was lovely way to see the last of the autumnal colours and discover the stunning views and scenery – what a wonderful place it was to visit (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:

As walking keeps you warm on crisp sunny autumn days, I joining the lovely Chris and her wonderful “101 Ways to Keep Warm” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

With two types of stencilled brickwork, I’m pleased to join Country View Challenges with their “Stencils” challenge and also Moo Mania & More with their “Put a Stencil On It” challenge.

I’m joining in the fun again over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and their “Nature” challenge as I enjoyed using my stamps to create the leaves, background and pretty bird for this page.

I’m also pleased to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their “Tear It Up” challenge with the torn papers and stickers that I used for my background.

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 (Milled Lavender, Cracked Pistachio, Tea Dye, Ground Espresso, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Seedless Preserves)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Charcoal)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Ivory Black)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Pébéo Modeling Paste
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233, Sanguine 188 B, Black 199)
  • Colourcraft Brusho Colour (Scarlet, Yellow, Orange, Dark Brown)
  • DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze (DMM16)
  • Craf-T Products Lustre Rub-ons Color Kit #4 (Russet)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Royal & Langickel Clear Choice Stamps (Pressed Leaves MIN-CCS102)
  • BoBunny Stamps (Rough It Up #12105155, Falling Leaves #12105154)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Craft Sensations (Clear Stamps CRO274/16R1)
  • Crafter’s Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies Autumn Morning Stamp Set (Rustling Leaves S-AUT-ST-RUS)
  • Poundworld DecoTime (Paper Patch DS9454)
  • Bosworth Violin Studies music book
  • Penny Black 2010 Stickeroos (Petals & Poetry 10-207)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Motivate Sentiments #ROY510 Rub-on)
  • Letraset transfer (Helvetica Bold Condensed 5mm RDC0251)
  • Magenta Style outline stickers (Daisy Gold 93326G)
  • Poundland (Accessories Pack 60911, Gem Florettes 117128)
  • 151Adhesives Plasterboard & Drywall Tape
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

The Apple Store

After an enjoyable hike to the top of Nicky Nook, in the Forest of Bowland, we stopped by The Apple Store Café to regain our strength. We had such a wonderful day I decided to capture it in my journal.

The Apple Store - Art Journal page

The background was inspired by some ironwork I had seen in the village and café. To replicate the look I used a doile stamp with Memento Ink and a fretwork stencil with Distress Ink, along with a diluted Spectrum Aqua Marker which I applied using an acrylic block. The advertising leaflet from the Apple Store had a vintage image of apples sat on a table and made a wonderful addition to the page. I added the map from our hike and highlighted areas to show the loop we walked and where the café is situated. As the café is set in a restored glass house I used some potted plant stickers which I fussy cut and added black doodle lines to blend them into the page. I just love, love, love this page; it has really captured the mood and magic of our wonderful day! I’m so pleased to be able to link my page to this month’s Maps theme over at Art Journal Journey.


Scorton is a really picturesque old style village and the starting point for our hike.


We passed through some of the most beautiful countryside and farmland, woodlands, across streams and alongside lakes on our way to the summit.


From the summit of Nicky Nook there are spectacular views over Lancashire’s coastal plain including the Fylde Coast (where we live), Morecombe Bay and the Lakeland fells. It was so worth the visit!


The Apple Store Café is situated in the grounds of Wyresdale Park, it is very charming and full of character with its mismatched crockery, old wooden tables and chairs and metal lattice pathways which is part of the original Victorian glass house flooring.


We had a pot of green tea and the biggest prawn sandwich imaginable accompanied by side order of chips. As you can see the sandwich was so big it obscured the tea so I’ve added a separate picture so I can join the T-Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday, wishing you all a Happy T Day! We had such a fabulous day! We will definitely be exploring this area again and visiting the café very soon!

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)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Markers (Terracotta, Charcoal, Lime)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Artist Pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Dutch Doobadoo stencil (DDBO Dutch Mask Art A5 Vintage)
  • Dovecraft Curiosity Corner clear stamps (A5 Lace and Doile DCCS009)
  • Penny Black 2007 Stickeroos (Painted Vases #10-191)
  • Map and leaflet
  • The Range glue pen and glue stick

Drink Your Greens

Today I find myself taking part in a new challenge over at Altered Book Lover, thanks so much to Patty for recommending the “T Stands for Tuesday” challenge-blog. This page is a bit like East meets West, taking on an oriental feel with green tea from china, my new glass teapot direct from Japan and then the more English tradition of afternoon tea. It’s called “Drink your Greens” as green tea is good for you…right! We won’t mention the cake though…tee hee!

Drink your Greens - Art Journal Page

This page started with my collection of various items, such as a tea cup template, the teapot instructions (written entirely in Japanese!), the green tea packaging and various oriental themed stickers and papers. I started with the teapot instructions, layering different pieces horizontally and vertically on the page. For the rest of the background, I noticed one of the sticker sets has an almost rice paper quality and the most lovely red border and diamond background, so I used that. I think it looks fab so have added a diamond stamp or stencil to my wish list. From the same sticker set I also used the bamboo and red flower borders and squares. The tea cup was cut out from oriental card stock, I love the graduated shading effect that goes down the cup towards the saucer. The little red and white oval sticker was stuck to the actual teapot, I think it’s a quality mark.

Sticker detail

Gunpowder green tea is my favourite blend so I used the lid from the box along with the little yellow sticker which sealed it. To match the pagoda on the yellow tea sticker, I added a pagoda outline stickers which I was given free when I bought other items in a local craft shop. Using a Spectrum Aqua marker I created some shading around the pagoda and other areas. Finally, I added the black oriental card circles, words cut from a magazine and the cupcake. I love how this page turned out and it’s one of my favourites!

Tea and cakes

So as “T stands for Tuesday”,  my hubby and I are having a lovely cup of green tea and as the page indicates, we have cake too. In fact, we always have homemade cake with our tea. I love baking and today’s cake is a Lemon and Blueberry cupcake … scrummy!

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 (Slate)
  • Faber- Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Sharpie Fine Point permanent marker (Black)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Penny Black 2006 Stickeroos (Butterfly Party #10-18)
  • Hunkydory Luxury Topper Collection (Eastern Promise EAST104)
  • Dovecraft glitter stickers (Cakes – Cupcake Bakery DCST047)
  • Inspirations (Japanese outline stickers Black 2295)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • The Range double-sided foam tape
  • Hario Glass teapot instructions and sticker
  • Shuanglong Ting special gunpowder green tea box
  • Magazine