Self-Belief

While tidying up my craft room I came across a motivational photo that I used to have on my work desk which always made me smile and inspired me to be more adventurous, it depicts “The power of self-belief”. It reminded me of a lion photo that I had saved from an old magazine so I just had to create this page – I hope you like it (grin!).

For the background I covered the page with Scattered Straw and Antique Linen Distress Ink with a blending tool and then I spritzed with water and left to dry; I love the dreamy way the inks blended with the bursts of colour. Then I splattered the page with black DecoArt acrylic paint dabbing it with a piece of kitchen towel to smudge and reduce the intensity of the colour.

For the lion and wording, I used a picture from a magazine. I experimented by die cutting the trellis pattern into the left-hand side of the picture to blend it into the page; I really like the result (grin!).

I die cut the letters for the wording using a Docrafts alphabet die set from the remainder of the magazine page. They are edged with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker before sticking them in place and surrounding them with pieces of the trellis, which finished the page.

Here’s the photo that inspired my page, I love how the kitten looking into the mirror depicts how powerful self-belief is and I’m a great believer in being able to achieve something if you set your mind to it (grin!).

I hope that you are all staying safe and well!

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

Challenges

With the background and trellis texture that I created on this art journal page, I’m pleased to join the Texture challenge over at Art Journal Journey that I’m hosting this month; it would be lovely to see you there!

I’m so happy to join the Staying in the Background challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the dreamy background that I created for this page.

I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their No Stamps Allowed challenge too as no stamps were used to create this page.

I’m pleased to join the Time Out Challenge where for their Challenge #170 they are challenging you to be Adventurous; I’ve been adventurous three-fold in that my art journal page inspires me to believe and therefore be more adventurous, secondly in that I experimented by die cutting into the magazine picture to blend it into my page, and thirdly because I focused on making my page more paper-based so I could play along at this challenge blog.

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Scattered Straw, Antique Linen)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint (Black)
  • Old magazine
  • The Works (Die Cutting – Trellis)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Docrafts X-Cut A5 Die Cut Set (Folk Alphabet XCU503286)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)

Grateful Heart

I had fun creating some texture on my art journal page using stamping, doodles, buttons, paints and decorative tape so I’m joining the Texture challenge that I’m guest hosting this month over at Art Journal Journey; it would be lovely to see you there!

I started by covering the page with Swedish Blue Liquitex and white acrylic paints using a baby wipe. When dry I stamped London Fog Memento Ink using a 4-point star background stamp and a Serpentine background stamp from Art Impressions. I also stamped black Archival Ink using a Script stamp from Kaisercraft and a homemade grid stamp which I created by sticking drywall/plasterboard tape onto a block of wood. I then stamped the edges of the page with circles using tubes/lids on my craft desk and some white acrylic paint. The two lovebirds on the branch are stamped using Onyx Black Versafine Ink.

I had fun doodling the lines cascading down the page and the large heart using a white Uniball gel pen and black Uni Pin marker and then used lots of recycled buttons to add further texture using Ranger Glossy Accents to stick them in place. The cream, blue and lilac hearts were cut from some adhesive-backed papers using a couple of paper punches; the hearts were stuck in place, outlined and I also doodled around them. I added some black Decorative Border Tape to the edges of the page and emphasised the pattern and texture by applying some Coconut Faber-Castell Gelato. Next I applied some Coconut, Fig and Metallic Blueberry Faber-Castell Gelatos to the background scribbling them vertically onto the page and then smudging the colours with my finger.

I stamped another layer of the white paint circles over the top and then I splattered the page with both black and white acrylic paint. To finish, I added three Tim Holtz stickers which read “follow your heart”, “be in love with your life” and “start each day with a grateful heart”.     

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing a cup on green tea in a pretty mug that matches my page with its blue colour, heart design and gingham texture (grin!). Wishing you all a very Happy T day!

I hope that you are staying safe and well!

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

Challenges

I’m joining in the Oodles Of Doodles challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge it was fun adding lots of doodles as part of my design.

I’m pleased to join the Stamp It! challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with all the stamping on my page.

I’m so happy to join the Birds challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the pretty lovebirds on my page.

I’m also pleased to join the #127 – Picture Inspiration challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with the Classic Blue hearts and buttons on my page.

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

  • Liquitex Acrylic Color (Swedish Blue)
  • Art Discount Acrylic (White)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (London Fog)
  • Art Impressions (4-Point Star Background G2963, Serpentine Background T-2773)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Script CS752)
  • Homemade wood mounted drywall/plasterboard tape stamp
  • Circular tube and lid
  • Dovecraft Clear Stamp ( DCCS014 – Birds)
  • Tsukineko Versafine Ink (Onyx Black)
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm, 0.5mm)
  • Tonic Studios Paper Punch Accent (Classic Heart 858E, Hearts Sider 830E)
  • Adhesive-backed Paper (Cream, Blue, Lilac)
  • Recycled assorted buttons
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Poundland (Decorative Border Tape – Black)
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Coconut, Fig, Metallic Blueberry)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Stickers (Small Talk #TH93193)

It’s Fall

The new challenge for the next two weeks at Try it on Tuesday is Neat & Tidy.

Please note: If you are looking for my Texture page (I’m so excited to be guest host over at Art Journal Journey this month), please scroll down or click here.

I found our Try it on Tuesday theme very challenging as my art journal pages aren’t usually very neat and tidy (grin!). So I decided on an autumnal leaf design to welcome autumn/fall as it September signifies the beginning of this season – I hope you like it!

The background was covered in a piece of plain coloured paper using a glue stick.

I started my neat and tidy leaf design by creating a template for the columns of leaves; measuring and then die cutting the maple leaves so they were evenly spaced across the page. The maple leaves were cut using a Fall Foliage Thinlet from Tim Holtz and they were cut out of some linen textured cardstock. I cut 40 leaves in total, one by one using the template to position each leaf to create 8 columns, then I stuck 2 of the columns together to give more depth and dimension to the leaf die cutting.

Next I backed the leaf die cuts with some autumnal patterned papers from Craft Asylum and I used double-sided tape to stick the columns evenly across the page using the template to space them.

I used the template again to position the die cut leaves between the columns and achieve a uniform pattern. To finish, I added the “It’s Fall” image to the centre of the page, which is a sticker from Graphic 45.

For more inspiration, my fellow Design Teamies have also been Neat & Tidy over at Try it on Tuesday, please pop over and take a look.

As T Stands for Tuesday and it’s September maybe I can tempt you to a piece of homemade pumpkin roll filled with cream cheese frosting with your cuppa today. As you can see there’s even coffee today if you would prefer it to tea – Happy T Day!

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

Challenges

With the texture from the die cutting, papers and leaves, I’m pleased to join the Texture challenge over at Art Journal Journey where I’m Guest Host this month; it would be lovely to see you there!

I’m happy to be able to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my art journal page too.

I’m also pleased join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my page.

I’m also pleased to join the Complimentary Colours challenge over at Country View Challenges with the red-green+yellow complimentary leaf colours.

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

  • Leon X-Large Coloured Paper Pad
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Fall Foliage 660955) 
  • Craft Sensations (Luxury Cardstock with Linen Texture CR0240/GE)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Craft Asylum Paper Pad (Into The Woods 480326)
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • Graphic 45 Cardstock Stickers (Place in Time 4500617)

Texture at Art Journal Journey

I am so delighted to be hosting Art Journal Journey this month and the challenge theme that I have chosen for this month is Texture.

We would like you to have fun creating texture on your pages. As you can see from the different panels on my page there are lots of possibilities to create texture. This could be by adding texture paste, crackle paste, high density mediums like gesso, paints or embossing powder. You could also use embossing folders, layers of papers, die cuts, fabrics or chipboard pieces too. The choice is yours! 

I couldn’t just choose one texture so I decided to create my page using 21 different texture panels to inspire you and as I started creating the panels they turned into little scenes, I hope you like them (grin!).

If you’re interested, here’s close up pictures and full details of how the panels that make up my page were created. There’s also a list of all materials I used at the end of this post too.

1. Foil
For my first panel, I stamped a dragonfly using black Archival Ink onto some coloured foil, which is recycled from an Easter egg wrapper. I stuck it onto the panel using a glue stick and to create the worn textured look I added some black Archival Ink to emphasis the creases and then I rubbed the foil back to its base silver colour with a baby wipe. To finish I added the glittery flower.

2. Teabags & staples
Using staples I attached a used teabag to the panel and then I stuck three teacups on the top which were die cut from some design paper.

3. Glass beads
I coloured the panel with some Summer Sky Memento Ink and then applied Liquitex Glass Beads Texture Gel over the top with a palette knife. Whilst the medium was still wet I pressed some pretty blue glass beads into the texture gel. When dry I added the little orange fish which is a brad.

4. Dried leaves
I used matte gel medium to layer together a yellow skeleton leaf, a dried beech leaf and a die cut flower, which was cut from some linen textured paper using a Wildflower Tim Holtz Thinlet.

5. Fabric, threads and lace
The panel was covered with some self-adhesive fabric and layered with a piece of frayed muslin, some Hessian/burlap and some threads which I topped with a lace flower.

6. Corrugated card
I added a piece of corrugated card, which was recycled from some packaging, using matte gel medium then applied some Pébéo white gesso over the top. When dry, I emphasised the corrugations using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. The postage stamp is from Graphic 45 and was distressed using the Dark Sepia marker, Tea Dye Distress Ink and black acrylic paint. 

7. Elastic bands
I applied some matte gel medium to the panel and sprinkled on some Orthodontic elastic bands that CJ kindly set to me (grin!). When dry I covered them with white gesso and highlighted the circles using a Dark Sepia marker. Then I edged the panel using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and coloured some of the circle centres using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. To finish, I added three little hearts that were in my craft stash; they were created using the Falling Hearts Thinlet set from Tim Holtz and glossy white cardstock.

8. Crackle
I covered the panel with white gesso and when it was dry I applied Earl Grey, Caramel and Coconut Faber-Castell Gelatos smudging the colours with my finger. To create the crackle I used a BoBunny stamp and some Toffee Crisp and Rich Cocoa Momento inks and Black Archival ink.

All the letters for the “texture” wording were created using an X-Cut die set; they were cut from both black and white paper and then layered together onto a panel of textured design paper.

9. Glitter
I cut some different coloured glitter sheets into squares and then stuck them onto the panel using a glue stick.

10. Cork
I simply stuck a piece of cork designed paper onto the panel.

11. Paint Splatter
To add more texture I used some high density Liquitex paint, splattering Vivid Lime Green, Cold Grey and Bright Aqua Green onto the panel and leaving it to dry.

12. Wood
This is one of my favourite techniques; I applied Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy and Ground Espresso Distress Ink pads vertically down the panel and used a paint brush to add some matte gel medium over the top keeping the brush strokes in a vertical direction. I repeated the process a couple of times making sure each layer dried before adding the next.

13. Texture paste
I applied some Ranger Texture Paste to the panel using a Vintage Diamond stencil. When dry I coloured the panel using Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks, then emphasised the texture paste using some Midnight Sparkle lustre wax.

14. Napkin
I simply covered the panel with a gold embossed napkin using a glue stick.

15. Wooden chipboard pieces and rust effect
I started by sticking the cogs in place using matte gel medium. When dry I added layers of different shades of rust and brown acrylic paints which I had created by mixing Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow and black acrylic paints. When dry I added more detail using Dark Sepia and a Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. Then I added some patina by lightly stippling some Bright Aqua Green acrylic paint over the top.

16. Paper layers
I covered the panel with leftover paper pieces and edged them using a black Uni Pin marker. The flower is a paper sticker and the foliage was cut using a Funky Floral Thinlet from Tim Holtz and coloured using two green Winsor & Newton Promarkers.

17. Doily and gems
I added lots of texture to the panel using layers of doily which I edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and a Dark Sepia marker. They are stuck in place using double-sided tape and then embellished with some textured gemstones to add some shimmer and shine.

18. Embossing Folder, thread and buttons
I used an embossing folder to add a flower design to a piece of Kraft cardstock and then coloured the raised embossed design using a white Uniball gel pen and Aqua Green Promarker. Then I wound some wax thread around the panel and attached a big button.

19. Drywall/Plasterboard Tape
I added some drywall/plasterboard tape to the panel and coloured it using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and White Linen Dylusions Ink Spray. I splattered the panel with black DecoArt acrylic paint and added some washi tape to create the foreground. Then I added the mushrooms which are from the Field Notes Ephemera Set from Tim Holtz.

20. Embossing enamel and die cut trellis
The panel background was coloured using Tea Dye and Antique Linen Distress Ink and Dandelion and Pistachio Memento Ink. The trellis was die cut from white cardstock covered in black Archival Ink and Chunky Silver Stampendous embossing enamel. I added two little birds which were stamped using black Archival Ink, coloured with Promarkers and fussy cut out.

21. Tissue Paper
For the final panel, I crumpled some white tissue paper and then added it to the panel using matte gel medium. When dry, I coloured it with Lemon, Cadmium Yellow, Cerulean Blue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna watercolour paint. The flower was cut from some Kanban cardstock using a Wildflower Tim Holtz Thinlet.

Once the panels were complete I stuck them onto the page using double-sided tape; I coloured the background with a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker to outline the panels before sticking them in place.

Do you have a favourite panel?
It’s hard for me to choose, maybe number 3 with the beads and little fish, number 6 as I love the corrugated card, number 15 with cogs and rust or number 20 as you know I adore robins (grin!).

I hope that you are inspired to join us at Art Journal Journey this month too! We are really looking forward to visiting you and seeing all the Texture that you create on your pages (grin!).

Hoping that you’re all staying safe and well! x

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

Challenges

I’m joining the It’s A Wrap challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the Easter Egg wrapping, corrugated packaging and tissue paper wrap I used to create my panels.

I’m happy to be able to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my 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:

1. Foil Panel

  • Recycled foil from Easter Egg
  • Eco Green Crafts Recycled Rubber Art Stamps (Petal Party #04309)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Poundland (Mini Glitter Embellishment 59409)

2.  Teabag & Staples Panel

  • Recycled dried used teabags
  • Stapler and staples
  • Crafter’s Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies Metal Die Set (Vintage Tea Party Toppling Teacups)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Bright Colours CR0730/R)
  • Stix2 glue dots

3. Beads Panel

  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Summer Sky)
  • Liquitex Glass Beads Texture Gel
  • Blue glass beads
  • Brads (Fishes – Orange)

4. Dried Leaves Panel

  • The Handmade Paper Company (Nature’s Touch of Art – Yellow Skeleton Leaves)
  • Dried Beech Leaf
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Wildflower 661190)
  • Textured Glossy Linen Cardstock
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

5. Fabric, threads & Lace Panel

  • Poundworld (Adhesive Pattern Fabric U-80945)
  • Recycled cheesecloth
  • Hessian/Burlap
  • The Works (Lace Flower Stickers)
  • Stix2 glue dots

6. Corrugated card Panel

  • Recycled corrugated packaging
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pitt Pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Graphic 45 Seasons Collection Paper (Spring Collection #4501618)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)

7. Elastic Bands Panel

  • Orthodontic Elastics ¼” Medium – thank you CJ!
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pitt Pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Tumbled Glass)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Falling Hearts 664415)
  • Recycled glossy white cardstock
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)

8. Crackle Panel

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Earl Grey, Caramel, Coconut)
  • BoBunny Clear Stamps (Rough It Up #12105155)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Toffee Crunch, Rich Cocoa)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)

“Texture” Wording

  • Docrafts X-Cut A5 Die Set (Folk Alphabet XCU503286)
  • Leon X-Large Coloured Paper Pad
  • The Works Paper Stack (Vintage Experience)
  • Pritt Stick

9. Glitter Panel

  • Poundland (Glitter Sheets 116432)
  • Pritt Stick

10. Cork Panel

  • American Crafts Paper (DIY Shop 366665)
  • Pritt Stick

11. Paint Splatters Panel

  • Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic (Vivid Lime Green, Neutral Gray 5, Bright Aqua Green)

12. Wood Panel

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy, Ground Espresso)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

13. Texture Paste Panel

  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencil (Vintage Diamonds)
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio)
  • Craf-T Products Luster Rub-ons Color Kit #4 (Midnight Sparkle)

14. Napkin Panel

  • Embossed Gold Napkin
  • Pritt Stick

15. Chipboard Pieces & Rust Panel

  • Boozybear Wood Chippes (Cogs)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Liquitex Artist Color (Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Medium Hue)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pitt Pen (Dark Sepia 175 B, Sanguine 188 B)
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic (Bright Aqua Green)

16. Paper Layers Panel

  • Leftover paper pieces
  • Pritt Stick
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • White Cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Funky Florals #1 662700)
  • Winsor & Newton Promarkers (Lime Green G178, Forest Green G356)
  • Poundland (Assessories Pack – Flowers)

17. Doily & Gems Panel

  • Dovecraft Premium (Painted Blooms Paper Doilies DCDLS010)
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • The Range (Adhesive Craft Sheets CR0866)

18. Embossing Folder Panel

  • Kraft Cardstock
  • Docrafts X-Cut Embossing Folder (Blossom Vines XCU515232)
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)
  • Winsor & Newton Promarker (Soft Green G817)
  • Groves Trimits (Waxed Thread CB923)
  • Large button

19. Drywall/Plasterboard Tape Panel

  • Wilkos Drywall/Plasterboard Tape
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass)
  • Dylusions Ink Spray (White Linen)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Wilkos Washi Tape
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Ephemera Set (Field Notes #TH94051)

20. Embossing Enamel and Die Cut Panel

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye, Antique Linen)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Dandelion, Pistachio)
  • White Cardstock
  • The Works (Die Cutting Set – Trellis)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Stampendous Embossing Enamel (Chuncky Silver)
  • Picket Fence Studios Clear Stamps (Chirp, Chirp A130)
  • Winsor & Newton Promarkers (Henna 0225, Ruby R455, Cool Grey 4 CG4)

21. Tissue Paper Panel

  • Recycled tissue paper
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Winsor & Newton Watercolour (Lemon, Cadmium Yellow, Cerulean Blue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna) – thank you CJ!
  • Kanban MacKenzie Background Card (Numbers Black CRD1763)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Wildflower 661190)

Love to Create

Our new challenge for the next two weeks over at Try it on Tuesday is Splash & Splatter.

I had so much fun splashing and splattering inks to create this page which compliments some beautiful postage stamps and paper that I received from CJ as a result of winning her prize draw, thank you so much for all the fabulous goodies – it’s very kind and much appreciated (grin!).

I started making the splashes and splatters of ink using Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks and Rose Bud and Bahama Blue Memento Inks. I did this by applying the ink pad to an acrylic block, holding the block over the page and then spritzing the ink with water until it dripped from the block, splashing and splattering onto the page; I applied the Distress Inks first and when dry I added the Memento Inks drying each of the inks using a heat gun before adding the next one. The wording was cut from some black paper and some pretty aqua green paper that CJ kindly sent to me, using Shadow Script Thinlet set from Tim Holtz; you may be aware that this particular Thinlet set doesn’t contain the word “to” so I cut it out from the word “story”.  

As part of my design I choose to use some beautiful birds and flowers postage stamps from CJ. I made some tags using recycled clothes packaging which I coloured using the two Memento Inks and some leftover off-cuts of the pretty aqua green paper.

The tags were edged with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and splattered with black DecoArt acrylic paint. After mounting the postage stamps onto some white card to give them more stability, I stuck them onto the tags using double-sided tape and then used the same tape to stick the tags in place which finished the page.

For more inspiration, my fellow Design Teamies have also been having fun with our Splash and Splatter challenge, so please pop over to Try it on Tuesday to see their wonderful creations!

As you may remember, CJ kindly had a prize draw to share some of her goodies with us and kindly agreed to send some goodies to someone outside the US too. I was so thrilled to have won and received this gift box, full of amazing goodies! Even the lovely tissue paper is something I’ll be using for my pages too (grin!).

Here’s what the box contained as you can see it was jam packed – thank you so very much!

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing my water flask that I take with me whilst out walking, this was a recent visit to Lytham Hall as you can see the flower beds are full of gorgeous colour (grin!). Wishing you a very Happy T Day!

I hope that you are all staying safe and well!

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, like Try it on Tuesday, 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 Alison AKA Craftytrog over at Art Journal Journey and her Pockets and Tags challenge this month with the tags that I created for this page.

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their  Midsummer Blues challenge with the blue splashes of ink and pretty blue bird on my page.

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

  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Rose Bud, Bahama Blue)
  • Ranger Mini Spritzer
  • Gift from CJ – thank you so much!
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Shadow Script #1 662684)
  • Leon X-Large Coloured Paper Pad (Black)
  • Recycled packaging from socks
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pitt Pen (Black 199)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • White card stock
  • Pritt Stick
  • Stix2 double-sided tape

T Day Fiesta

I had a lovely surprise in the post, some happy mail from Bleubeard and Elizabeth celebrating T Stands for Tuesday’s 7th Anniversary – thank you so much for the amazing ATC and fabulous goodies!

I created this page with some of the goodies that Bleubeard and Elizabeth sent me; creating a tag with the Fiesta napkin and reusing the envelope that everything came in to make a pocket. Those little donkey piñatas caught my eye so I used them as part of my fun design too (grin!).

I kept the background simple, using two stencils from Creative Expressions I added a floral design using Love Letter Memento Ink and a trellis design using Black Soot Distress Ink applying them with a blending tool.

For the pocket, I folded the envelope so the postage stamp and marks were showing. Then I cut it into a triangular shape and coloured it using a Lemon Faber-Castell Gelato. To hold the pocket together I used some red and white flowered washi tape and then attached it to my page using double-sided tape. At the moment it is holding all the goodies that Bleubeard and Elizabeth kindly sent to me and I’m sure it won’t stay so full for long as I’ll be using them over time as part of my page designs (grin!).

For the tag, I cut some white card stock using the largest Tag Collection Framelit by Tim Holtz and my Big Shot machine and then I covered the tag with the Fiesta napkin using a thin layer of Liquitex matte gel medium. When dry, I coloured the right-hand side using Lemon Faber-Castell Gelato and then covered it in washi tape to match the envelope pocket. Using the Tag Collection Framelit set I cut out the tag hole reinforcement from white card which was also coloured with the Lemon Faber-Castell Gelato and covered with the washi tape. With the reinforcement glued in place, I tied some pretty recycled ribbon to the tag. The Fiesta wording and donkey piñatas were mounted onto some white card stock using the gel medium and when they were dry, I fussy cut them out and edged them with a black marker. I layered them all together using double-sided tapes and then to finish I stamped the “thank you” wording using black Archival Ink.

As you may know Bleubeard and Elizabeth kindly sent this beautiful ATC and some goodies to those of us in the T Gang at T Stands for Tuesday, which is so kind and thoughtful – thanks so much!

Of course I just adore the ATC and it makes a lovely addition to my craft room having pride of place so I see it everyday whilst I’m crafting (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday and I’m celebrating with a T Day Fiesta, I thought a margarita would fit the bill – cheers and Happy T day!

Hoping that you’re all staying safe and well! x

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 lovely Alison AKA Craftytrog over at Art Journal Journey and her Pockets and Tags challenge this month pocket and tag I created for this page.

I’m joining the Stencilmania challenge fun over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the two stencils that I used for the page background.

I’m joining in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Summer Memories challenge with my T Day Fiesta art journal page.

I’m also happy to be able to join the #125 – Sketch challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps as the tag with images, Fiesta wording and little piñata donkey that I included on my page.

I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Use Your Favourite Tool challenge too; many of you will know that I love nothing better than fussy cutting so with just my scissors I’m a happy bunny (grin!).

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

  • Creative Expressions Mini Stencil (Daisy Wheels, Ornamental )
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Love Letter)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot)
  • Gift from Bleubeard and Elizabeth – thanks so much!
  • Recycled envelope and postage stamp
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos (Lemon)
  • Michael’s Washi Tape
  • Recycled white card stock
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits (Tag Collection 658784)
  • Fiesta napkin
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Recycled ribbon
  • Stix2 double-sided tape
  • X-Press It! double-sided foam tape
  • Sharpie Permanent Marker Fine Point (Black)
  • Crafter’s Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies (Butterfly Lullaby S-BL-ST-JUS)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)

Art Colours Life

It’s a new month so we are launching our August challenge over at the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog, and as always the theme is Anything Mixed Media Goes.

Today’s mixed media art journal page was inspired by happy summer sunflowers and the beautiful quote by John Lubbock “Like the sun colours flowers, art colours life” which resonated with me. I hope you like it and that you are inspired to join us over at Creative Artiste; it would be lovely to see you there!

I started by applying Snowcone, Boysenberry, Bubble Gum and Lime Faber-Castell Gelatos, scribbling them onto the page and then smudging the colours with my finger which I had wet with water. Then I used a baby wipe to remove some of the Gelato colours through two different sizes of honeycomb stencils which gave the page depth and contrast. I used the smaller of the two Honeycomb stencils to add Rose Bud and Paris Dusk Memento Inks using a blending tool. Next I stamped an abstract numbers stamp from Kaisercraft and a Solar & Lunar stamp from Finnabair using black Archival Ink and then I stencilled Ranger Texture Paste through a Reversed Honeycomb stencil from That’s Crafty.

I had fun creating the large sunflower, drawing the petals and cutting them out of some design paper. The petals were coloured using Lemon and Limencello Faber-Castell Gelatos and a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker which I also used to edge the petals. The centre of the sunflower was die cut from some glossy brown card stock to which I then applied Ranger Texture Paste through the Reversed Honeycomb stencil. To finish, I added the quote which I created using an alphabet X-Cut die set with some yellow paper. Like the sunflower, the letters were highlighted using Limencello Faber-Castell gelato and edged using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker.

All you need to do is to use three different mediums on your projects 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.

We have sunflowers in our garden this year which have flowered beautifully …

… and as you can see the bees love them (grin!).

Hoping that you’re all staying safe and well! x

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

Challenges

I’m joining the Stencilmania challenge fun over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the three stencils that I used on this page.

I’m pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Use Your Favourite Tool challenge too as I used lots of stencils which is one of my favourite tools to use on my mixed media pages.

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

  • Faber-Castell Gelatos (Snowcone, Boysenberry, Bubble Gum, Lime, Lemon. Limoncello)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Honeycomb)
  • Craft Sensations (Deco Stencil Set 154892)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink ( Rose Bud, Paris Dusk)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (Mister Fox CS173)
  • Prima Marketing Finnabair Clear Stamp (Solar & Lunar 966997)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • That’s Crafty Dinky Stencil (Reversed Honeycomb)
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Design Paper and Card Stock – giveaway from local craft shop
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pitt Pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Pritt Stick
  • X-Cut Alphabet Die Set (Centurion D-XCU503083)
  • Leon X-Large Coloured Paper Pad

Let nature be your calming breath

This month over at A Vintage Journey our challenge is Tag You’re It, which is being hosted by the lovely Amanda. Here’s what it’s all about:

“We would love to see what you create with, or on, hang tags. Your hang tags can be created from any material or be any size. We would just love to see that iconic hang shape front and centre in your design.  Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk”.

Creating tags for an art journal page is always fun, so, inspired by nature I designed these layered tags – I love the way they turned out (grin!).

For the main hang tag on my art journal page design, I cut out the largest tag from Kraft card stock from the Tag Collection Framelit set by Tim Holtz. Like all the tags, I coloured the inside panel of the tag using a white Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and edged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using a blending tool and a Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. I also die cut the tag-hole reinforcement using the same Framelit set from butterfly/script design paper.

To embellish this tag I cut three panels from the same Kraft card stock and then layered papers over the top of them using a glue stick. The papers included: some embossed gold napkin; some dressmaking tissue paper which I had stamped using a Finnabair stamp and some black Archival ink; and some torn pieces of the butterfly/script design paper. I layered some Field Notes ephemera from Tim Holtz over the top and added some tiny leaves; the leaves were cut using some Funky Florals Thinlets by Tim Holtz from some recycled notepaper which I had coloured with Mowed lawn, Peeled Paint and Pine Needles Distress Ink. On the top and bottom panels I added the white wording “Live simple” and “Love this life” which are rub-on transfers from Tim Holtz. The three panels were stuck to the hang tag using double-sided tape.

I followed the same process to create the other tags layering them together with the ephemera and leaves – I love the pretty dragonfly! The letters creating the “Let nature be your calming breath” wording were cut from the same green paper that I used for the leaves using an Alphanumeric Labels Thinlet set by Tim Holtz and once glued in place they were outlined using a white gel pen and a black Uni Pin marker so they stood out more.

I mounted all the tags on my page which was covered with the same embossed gold napkin, dressmaking tissue paper (stamped using a Finnabair stamp and some black Archival ink) and butterfly/script design paper that I had used on the tags. Then to finish, I splattered the whole page with some Pébéo white gesso.

I hope you are inspired to join in the Tag You’re It challenge over at A Vintage Journey too, for more inspiration you’ll find some amazing creations from my fellow Creative Guides over at A Vintage Journey, it would be lovely to see you there!

As you may know, my favourite colour is blue and this plant in particular from my garden reminded me of my page, it’s a Salvia nemorosa called “Blue Marvel” and the bees and insects love it!

My page also reminds me of a frequent visitor to our garden, a small blue butterfly called Common Blue which has proved difficult to photograph. So I was pleased when my dear friend who we walk with, shared this photo of a Large Blue which it is related to and this is one of the rarest blue butterflies in the UK.

I hope that you’re all keeping safe and well!

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 Alison AKA Craftytrog over at Art Journal Journey and her Pockets and Tags challenge this month with the nature inspired tags on this page.

I’m also pleased to join the Use Your Favourite Tool challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge as I wouldn’t be without my Tim Holtz Thinlets and Big Shot machine that I used to created my page.

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

  • Kraft card stock
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits (Tag Collection 658784)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Artist Pen (White 101, Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles)
  • Napkin
  • Style Dressmaking Pattern Tissue Paper
  • Prima Marketing Finnabair Clear Stamp (Gothic Book 966966)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Butterfly/Script Design Paper – local craft shop
  • Pritt Stick
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Ephemera Pack (Field Notes #TH94051)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Funky Florals #2 662701, Alphanumeric Label 664177)
  • Recycled Notebook Paper
  • Stix2 double sided-tape
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Pébéo White Gesso

Today is full of possibilities

Over at Try it on Tuesday our new challenge for the next two weeks is Words/Numbers.

I created a world of Words and Numbers for my steampunk birds using collage paper, stencils, stamps, stickers and quote chips; I hope you’re inspired to join us too, it would be lovely to see you there!

I started by covering the page with collage paper by Tim Holtz, this one is called Typeset and has lots of words and numbers on it. Then I applied some Pébéo white gesso with my finger and left it to dry. I dragged a Tea Dye Stamp Pad over the top of the paper and spritzed the ink with water to disperse the colour. When dry I stencilled some Wheels using a Dina Wakley stencil and some Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Then I stamped some Steampunk images and some background texture from a couple of Docrafts stamp sets using Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Archival Distress Ink.

The crowns, butterflies, strips of numbers and banners are from a Kaisercraft sticker sheet; I created some shadows around their edges using a Black Faber-Castell marker and outlined them using a black Uni Pin marker.

The birds were created using a Feathered Friends Thinlet set from Tim Holtz; they are cut from linen textured cardstock that I had coloured using Tea Dye, Ground Espresso and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. Their hats were stamped, using the Steampunk stamp set from Docrafts and black Archival Ink, onto white cardstock which I had coloured using Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss and Twisted Citron Distress Inks. I coloured the goggles on the hats using metallic gold and silver Daler-Rowney pens and used Glossy Accents to depict the glass in the lenses. To finish, I added wording with a Quote Chip from Tim Holtz which reads “Today is full of possibilities”.

I hope that you are inspired to join us too, for more inspiration my Design Teamies have created some Words/Numbers creations for you over at Try it on Tuesday, so please pop over and take a look (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing some homebrewed beer that we’ve been bottling. As you can see we have capping machine which makes short work of capping 35 to 40 bottles (grin!). This particular beer is a wheat beer which is perfect for summer but we have both amber and dark beers too (even a Porter style one which I believe some of you would prefer) – cheers and Happy T Day!

Hoping that you’re all staying safe and well! x

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, like Try it on Tuesday, 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 Summer Special – ANYTHING GOES in Steampunk and Industrial mixed media challenge over at SanDee & amelie’s Steampunk Challenges.

I’m joining in 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:

  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Collage Paper (Typeset #TH94046)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Ranger Dina Wakley Mixed Media Stencil (Wheels MDS45588)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Twisted Citron)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials Clear Stamps (Steampunk DCE907125, Steampunk Background DCE907128)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (The Looking Glass SS206)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Artist Pitt Pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Craft Sensations (Luxury Cardstock with Linen Texture CRO240/GE)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Feathered Friends 664433)
  • White cardstock
  • Daler-Rowney Acrylic Paint Marker (Gold, Silver)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Pritt Stick
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Quote Chips #TH93563)
  • Stix2 Glue Dots

I do like to be beside the seaside

I’m so pleased and honoured to be Guest Designer over at Country View Challenges for their I do like to be beside the seaside challenge this month.

This challenge is very fitting as I live by the sea so I decided to transport this adorable bear in his homemade Hawaiian shirt to a seaside scene inspired by where I live (grin!).

I started by covering the foreground with Ranger Texture paste to create a sandy texture. When dry I coloured it with Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed and Tea Dye Distress Inks. Then I coloured the sky using Salty Ocean Distress Ink by stamping the ink pad onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the block onto the page. Whilst the ink was wet I also added some Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink onto an acrylic block and pressed the block lightly onto the sky background to create the cloud effect. The sun was created using Ranger Texture Paste by applying it through a Mosaic stencil from Tim Holtz. When the texture paste was dry, I coloured it with a Canary Winsor & Newton Promarker. For the sea, I drew a straight horizon using a ruler and then coloured the sea using the Salty Ocean Distress Ink; applying it like watercolour.

The sea foam was created by applying some Pébéo white gesso and then some Liquitex Glass Bead Texture Gel over the top. I used a Funky Floral Tim Holtz Thinlet set to create the grasses from some recycled note paper that I had coloured using Mowed Lawn and Pine Needles Distress Ink and a Soft Green Winsor & Newton Promarker.

I created the bear using the Theodore Thinlet set from Tim Holtz; he was cut out of some linen textured cardstock and coloured using Ground Espresso, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, a Black Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker for his nose, eyes and eyebrows and a Putty Winsor & Newton Promarker for his ears. I hand drew the shirt and then cut it out from some design paper, re-adjusting the arm so that he was holding the ice cream which is a sticker – such fun!

The wording is cut from black paper using an Alphanumeric Label Thinlet set from Tim Holtz and to finish, I added three seagulls which were die cut from white cardstock and coloured using Cold Grey and Black Faber-Castell markers.

For more inspiration please check out the amazing creations from the Design Team over at Country View Challenges – I hope that you are inspired by this month’s I do like to live beside the seaside challenge too and are able to join in the fun!

I feel very blessed to live by the sea, here is the view overlooking the sand dunes …

… and this is our beautiful beach with the pier in the background.

As my hubby will tell you it’s essential to have an ice cream whilst at the seaside and here are a couple of our favourite flavours – Double Chocolate and Sticky Toffee Pudding (grin!).

I have really enjoyed spending time with you today and I’d like to say a special thank you to Country View Challenges for giving me the opportunity to design for them!

Thanks so much! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Challenges

I’m joining in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and their Art Journal challenge with my seaside art journal page.

I’m pleased to join the Summer challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my summer seaside page.

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

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

  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Tea Dye, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo, Hickory Smoke)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Liquitex Glass Bead Texture Gel
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil (Mosaic THS084)
  • Winsor & Newton Promarker (Canary Y367, Soft Green  G817, Putty 0618)
  • Recycled paper
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Funky Florals #1 662700, Theodore 664410, Alphanumeric Label 664177)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Craft Sensations (Luxury Linen Textured Cardstock)
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (Black 199, Cold Grey IV 233
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Vintage Travels CR0378/18R)
  • Home Bargains Puffy Sticker Sheets (Sweet like … 14227)
  • Leon X-Large Coloured Paper Pad
  • White card stock
  • Seagull Die Cut