New Beginnings

Whilst walking to Cockerham Sands from Glasson Dock, I was excited to see my first butterflies of spring and also discover the ruins of Cockersand Abbey which dates back to 1100s. Both of which inspired my page “New Beginnings”.

This page started with a mop-up background created from leftover paint and gesso from other art journal pages; firstly a blue green acrylic paint was applied that had semi-dried to my acrylic block, I sprayed it with water and dragged the block horizontally and then vertically across the page from left to right, as you can see the colour is stronger on the left hand side as a result. Secondly some grey Winsor & Newton watercolour paint was applied using a babywipe, and then some blue watercolour paint which was already diluted on my acrylic block so I dripped it onto my page and then dragged the acrylic block over the top, and I added fine paint splatters too. Next came some left over white gesso which I applied to the page with a spatula. I thought the texture on this page would work well for my design, so I added a Rocks stamp by Kaisercraft using black Archival Ink and also secondary stamped the same stamp to add more depth and texture. This reminds me of the wall and stone ruins that we saw at the abbey. The black flowers and leaves are rub-on transfers by Kaisercraft which I clustered and layered together, I really like the worn look of these transfers. The butterflies and wording are also rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel and to finish I added the three rhinestone flowers.

As my page captures the abbey and the butterflies we discovered, I’m pleased to be able to join Hazel who is hosting the “Magical Mystery Tour” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

Once at Cockerham Sands we decided to walk to Cockersand Abbey along the coastal path.  The abbey now lies in ruins with its walls and stones scattered across the site. We found out that originally a hospital was built here in 1180 for the sick and lepers and that this hospice was continued by the Premonstratensian White Canons who built their priory here in 1190. It was built on a clay “island” and its medieval name was “S. Maria de Marisco” or “Saint Mary of the Marsh”. As the priory thrived it gained the rank of abbey. Then came Henry VIII’s Reformation, and so in 1539 the abbey was dissolved and although it was sold to John Kitchen who then gave the land to his daughter when she married Robert Dalton, it has lied in ruins ever since.

The only building remaining is called Chapter House which for many years was used as a mausoleum for the Dalton family. We really enjoyed looking around the abbey ruins, it’s such a beautiful place with views out to sea.

These are the beautiful butterflies that we saw on our walk, the one sitting on a dandelion is a Small Tortoiseshell and the other basking in the sunshine is a Peacock butterfly. It seems that the seasons have changed and Spring is here!

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:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Christmas Green, Navy)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acylic (White)
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours (Ultramarine, Payne’s Gray)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Rocks CS875)
  • Kaisercraft Rub-ons Lush Collection (Black & White RB867)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (LAN1236G) and Sentiments (Spring #ROY-506 RUB-ON)
  • The Works Stickers (Rhinestone Flowers)

Spring is Sprung

Spring is finally here and with the weather being so warm and sunny we ventured out for a walk in the local countryside. The new green leaves were sprouting on the trees, the beautiful spring blossoms were out and the birds were busy in the hedgerows, so I was inspired to create this page; I think I can finally say that “Spring is Sprung!”

I started by applying Liquitex green and yellow acrylic paints with a baby wipe as well as a blue green paint I had left over from another page; these colours represent the green foliage, blue skies and sunshine on our walk. Then I used a paint brush to apply very fine splatters of the paints across the page to give a mottled effect like you would find on birds eggs. Next I added some torn paper from a Design Pad and two washi tapes, one with a bird design and also a thin yellow one. I stamped a Script stamp by Kaisercraft onto pieces of an old sewing pattern using black Archival Ink and stuck them to the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. I then stamped a leaf design on the bottom of the page using the same Archival Ink and added more yellow washi tape. I stamped the bird, which is by Hampton Art, onto the page and also onto a piece of green paper. Then I fussy cut the bird that I had stamped onto the green paper and stuck it over the stamped bird using double-sided foam tape to give a 3D effect. The feathers and the nest of eggs are rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel. The wording is fussy cut from an old magazine and I re-coloured them with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and a green and yellow Spectrum Aqua Marker. I used matte gel medium to adhere them and left them to dry. Then I added fine detail to the dots and edges of the letters and words and the rub-on transfer images using a black Uni Pin marker. To add more texture I used plasterboard /drywall tape and a piece of green adhesive lace trim. The square of blue checked paper is from the same Design Pad which I decorated with the washi tapes, edged with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck to the page using double-sided foam tape. The bird house and spring blossom images are cut from a gardening booklet and remind me of the spring blossoms from our walk. I stuck them onto a piece of paper from a different Paper Pad using a UHU Stic and cut the paper out using serrated scissors and edged it with the same black Big Brush marker. To finish I added a couple of wooden white flowers that I thought looked like the blossoms using Ranger Glossy Accents to stick them down.

I pleased to be able to join the Try it on Tuesday theme of “Add a Quote” and as we are discovering the magic of spring, I am also joining Hazel who is hosting the “Magical Mystery Tour” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

It certainly felt like spring with the sun shining and the birds singing as we saw this glorious view over the countryside.

It was a lovely day for a walk and we seemed to find wonders around every corner, like these lovely white blossoms.

These catkins and new sprouting leaves looked beautiful with the blue sky behind them. Wishing you a Happy Spring and a Happy Easter!

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

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

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Navy, Christmas Green)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Moss, Yellow)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Hampton Art 7 Gypsies cling mounted rubber stamps (Vintage Collection The Journey ICO151)
  • Grafix Design Pad (Beach House CRO292/GE)
  • Crafter’s Companion Luxury Designer Paper Pad (Angelica & Adam)
  • Style sewing pattern tissue paper
  • Old magazine and Garden Centre booklet
  • The Works (Washi Tape Set)
  • Hobbycraft Decorative Tape (Assorted Black & White 5971481007)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Bird’s Nest #ROY-563)
  • The Works (Craft Flowers)
  • Docrafts Papermania Botanicals (Adhesive Lace Trim PMA358334)
  • Fun Cut scissors
  • 151 Adhesives Plasterboard & Drywall Tape
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • X-Press It double-sided tape
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Art Journals

My dear friend Patty over at Magpie’s Nest inspired this post following her question last T Day “You have me wondering if you do anything further with your pages? Do you bind them into books?”

So I thought I would show you. Although I crop the photos to just show the page on my blog posts, my pages are actually in a spiral bound pad and once the journal is complete I cover the front and back of the book. This is the front:

… and this is the back:

To cover my Art Journal books I use leftover mixed media materials that I save from the pages I create. This particular book is covered with the papers that I use to test stamps and colours before I commit to using them on my actual pages. So having accumulated quite a few papers, I ripped them into pieces to create a collage and stuck them down using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. Next I outlined the edges of the paper pieces using a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and smudged the ink with a baby wipe and my finger. To add definition I also used a black Sharpie Permanent marker, a black Uni Pin marker and a white Uniball gel pen along the edges. I stamped the sentiments on both the front and back covers using a Sand & Surf  Hampton Art stamp set and black Archival Ink. I also added some small leftover outline sticker shapes which I coloured black with a black Sharpie. Using the same black Archival Ink, on the front cover I stamped the wording “Art Journal”, the number “6” which represents the number of this journal and my “Handcrafted with love” stamp. I always use this stamp and sign my name on my creations too. To finish I covered the whole page in the gel medium so it is stronger and more resistant to wear and tear with it covering my Art Journal and I folded washi tape over the edges of the covers to give the journal more stability.

I’m so pleased to be able to join Hazel who is hosting the “Magical Mystery Tour” challenge over at Art Journal Journey and I’d like to thank Susi from Froebelsternchen for asking me to link my magical way to make collages to this month’s theme.

The pad I use is by Daler Rowney, it’s A4 in size and spiral bound. There are 30 pages per book and it contains a high quality paper designed for traditional art, mixed media, collage and visual journaling. Each page is lightly textured and white in colour and it’s great for creating and using a variety of dry and wet techniques. I like the spiral binding as it makes it easier to work on new pages by keeping the surface flat, it allows for thicker pages to be created as needed and makes it easier to browse through your creations when they are finished.

When each journal book is complete I always sit down with a drink to look through the pages to remember what I’ve been up to. I also have a book stand in my craft room where a different page is displayed everyday from one of my Art Journals; it’s lovely to look at the page and recall the memories associated with it!

I publish my posts on Monday night ready for T Stands for Tuesday and as this Monday happens to be my Birthday, I’d like to thank all of you who have wished me early Birthday Wishes! My birthday celebrations started early this year, on Friday we went to The Ghurka Restaurant for a meal with our friends. The restaurant is an “all you can eat” buffet serving Asian food from Nepal, India, China and Thailand which is run by a former Ghurka (Ghurka’s are Nepalese soldiers who form part of the British Army). We had a wonderful time and the food was delicious. Having never had Nepalese food before I took advantage of the selection available, as well as some of my favourite Chinese dishes; the top plate is Char Sui Pork, Gurkha Momo (Steamed Dumpling), Chicken Chow Mein and Sweet & Sour Chicken, and on the bottom plate is Gurkha Noodles, Gurkha Daal on a bed of steamed rice, Gurkha Pea and Potato Curry and Gurkha Vegetable Curry. I’m also sharing a glass of Rosé White Zinfandel wine that I enjoyed with my meal and I’m saying a big hello to all the T Gang – Cheers and Happy T Day!

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’s covers:

  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Sharpie Permanent Fine Point Marker (Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Hampton Art Bella Blvd cling mounted rubber stamps (Sand & Surf ICO226)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 Clear Stamp Set (Alphas Folk DCE907)
  • Papermania Alphamania A-Z clear stamps (Leftovers Alphabet PMA9071102)
  • Crafter’s Companion Vintage Floral Collection (Floral Sentiments VF-ST-FSENT)
  • Hobbycraft Clear Stamp (Love Hearts 50402HC)
  • Papers used to test stamps and colours
  • Outline Stickers (Time Silver 90493S)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic

Beauty and the Beast

With my Birthday fast approaching, my hubby took me to the cinema to see the new live action Beauty and the Beast film as an early present. I loved the film and have been singing the songs ever since, so I created this page.

To represent the song lyrics and story, I stamped a Script stamp by Kaisercraft over the page using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink fading the image as it reached the bottom left hand corner by using secondary stamping. I then covered the whole page with a thin layer of white gesso to push the stamped image into the background. Choosing colours to depict the constant snowfall and candle glow from the castle scenes in the film, I diluted ink from a grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker by scribbling it onto an acrylic block and spritzing it with water, I then pressed and dragged the block horizontally across the page. I repeated the same technique using Paris Dusk and Pottery Clay Memento Inks. Next I stencilled more diluted Pottery Clay ink with a blending tool using a Swoosh mask by Creative Expressions. I stamped tree branches and cogs on the top of the page using Docraft clear stamp sets and the Rich Cocoa ink, these link to the castle grounds and also to Cogsworth who is one of the enchanted characters. The cutlery, chains and other images are paper cut from a Vintage Classic Design Pad by The Works and I stuck them to the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. I added some sparkly swirls, dots and flowers using gold Glitterations outline stickers. Using the same stickers, I outlined a picture which I cut from the Cinema booklet and my cinema ticket which I coloured using Spectrum Aqua markers and stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic.  To finish I fussy cut a rose that I had stamped on some of the same Vintage paper using Burgundy and Moss Spectrum Aqua markers and coloured the image further by pulling some of the colour from the stamp outline using a wet paintbrush. All of these elements remind me of the cutlery, china and rose in the film.

As we were out at the cinema, I’m pleased to be able to join Yvonne from Meggy’s Way’s theme “Out and About” over at Art Journal Journey.

Our local cinema is independently run and not part of a chain. It is situated on the beach front and has 4 screens. It’s quite small, but with only 6 rows of seats, it has a great atmosphere, we really enjoyed the film. At less than half the price of a multi-plex screening, there is plenty left for popcorn!

To tie in with the film, my hubby surprised me with these lovely roses too! He knows how much I love the story; we have seen the animated film many times and we’ve even been to see the Broadway Musical when it came to London, which was amazing! My favourite song has to be “Little Town”, it’s the opening number in the film and I’m always singing the lines that Belle sings about her book:

“Oh, isn’t this amazing?
It’s my favourite part because — you’ll see
Here’s where she meets Prince Charming
But she won’t discover that it’s him
‘Til chapter three!”

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:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Memento Ink (Rich Cocoa. Paris Dusk, Potters Clay)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Desert, Slate, Burgandy, Moss)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Swoosh)
  • Docrafts A6 clear stamp set (Build a Tree DCE907130)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essentials A5 clear stamp set (Steampunk DCE907125)
  • Unknown wood mounted rubber stamp (Rose)
  • The Works Design Pad (Classic Vintage CRO707/TW7)
  • Docrafts Papermania Giltterations (Gold Flowers ANT8181020)
  • Anita’s Giltterations (Frame Circle – Gold ANT8181028)
  • UHU Stic

Life is like a tea cup

It was a beautiful sunny day on Friday so we decided to we walk into town and run some errands, we also stopped by Alices Tea Room where we saw a pottery teacup sign saying “Life is like a teacup, to be filled to the brim and enjoyed with friends”. This reminded me of our T Day get together over at T Stands for Tuesday so I created this page!

I wanted to experiment and create a background that looked like old cracked plaster work, so I started by sketching some crack marks on my page and then covered the page with white gesso using a palette knife. Next I used Spectrum Aqua markers to add some colour by scribbling the ink on an acrylic block and applying them with a baby wipe, I also dragged the acrylic block across the page so the ink added texture. I then emphasised the crack marks I had sketched by painting diluted Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker ink over them and adding fine detail using a black Uni Pin marker and a white gel pen. I fussy cut a teacup image and stuck it to the page using a UHU Stic, then I painted the image using Derwent Inktense pencils to emphasis the colours, patterns and textures. I covered the rose buds on the image with silk ones which I cut in half to reduce their thickness and adhered using Glossy Accents. I added paper twine to a tag, distressed the edges and stuck it down using double-sided foam tape. The torn papers are from a paper pack from my local craft shop, which I edged with the Cold Grey Big Brush marker and stuck to the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. Then I added more fine detail to the image and torn paper edges using a black Uni Pin marker and white gel pen. Next I adorned the page with some adhesive fabric patterned with little roses which I cut out and also some lace outline stickers and leaf border stickers. To finish I stamped the sentiment onto tissue paper using Archival Ink and attached it to the page using Matte Gel Medium.

As my inspiration was the sign I saw whilst “Out and About”, I’m pleased to be able to join Yvonne from Meggy’s Way again over at Art Journal Journey.

We were delighted to visit Alices Tea Room again. Here is the pretty little teacup sign we saw on one of the dressers in the Tea Room.

We sat in another part of Alices this time and had a lovely view of the toadstools and flowers adorning the window.

There is so much thought and detail gone into the interior design – there are stairs on the ceiling and chairs as lights, upside down electric plug sockets and even the door fittings are back to front!

We were kindly bought a voucher for afternoon tea as a gift, which we decided to use as it was such a sunshiny day. There was a delicious selection of sandwiches, crisps (chips) and salad.

We also had the yummy scones which we topped with cream, strawberry jam and fresh strawberries. The mismatched tea service caught my eye too with the beautiful gold patterned plate and the tiny roses on the saucer.

It was all accompanied by a pot or two of green tea, don’t you just love the table – “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date!” Luckily this isn’t true for my weekly catch up with Elizabeth and Bluebeard over at T Stands for Tuesday, where you share a drink and chat to the T Gang – wishing you all a Happy T Day!

Although the top tier of cakes was very tempting especially with the fondant icing “Eat me” on top, we were full up and so we took them all home to enjoy the next day.  What a wonderful time we had, hope you enjoyed it 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:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Spectrum Aqua Markers (Lime, Olive, Moss, Slate)
  • Derwent Inktense Ink Pencils (Shiraz 0600, Fushia 0700, Field Green 1500, Leaf Green 1600, Mustard 1700, Willow 1900)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Craft pack of patterned papers
  • Teacup image
  • White tissue paper
  • The Range (Craft Tags CRO740 PO/21200)
  • Wilko (Paper Twine)
  • Poundworld (Adhesive Pattern Fabric U-80945)
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Delicate Lace Borders – white ANT8101510)
  • PSX Design Stickers (Florentine Alphabet Green SR6042)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • X-Press It double-sided tape
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Our Coastal Birds

We feel very blessed to live 2-3 minutes walk from the beach and once a week we meet up with one of our good friends to walk along the shoreline, she is a keen photographer and specialises in bird and wildlife photography. We have seen many coastal birds on our walks over the winter months so I thought I would share some of them with you.

The background textures and colours represent the sand, sea and pebbles of our shoreline. First, I applied Sea Green and Desert Spectrum Aqua Markers to an acrylic block, spritzed the ink with water and pressed it onto the page. I then stamped a Sketchy stamp by Kaisercraft using Tea Dye Distress Ink and a Serpentine Background stamp using Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink. Then I repeated the same process by applying Hickory Smoke and Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink to an acrylic block, spritzing it with water and dripping the ink or pressing the block onto the page. I stenciled dots using a Creative Expressions Mask and the Hickory Smoke ink with a blending tool. Next I secondary stamped (in order to give a lighter image) a compass stamp from the Steampunk stamp set by Docrafts, a feather stamp by Craft Sensations  and a binoculars stamp by Royal & Langnickel using Jet Black Archival Ink. This is to represent the North West coastline, the fact that some of the birds migrate to our shores, the feathers you find on the beach and the binoculars we use to see the birds up close. The bird images are fussy cut from an old AA travel book and show some of the different birds we have seen on our walks; they are stuck to the page using a UHU Stic. I also cut the Oyster Catcher image and information from the same book, as well as the blue paper square which I stamped with the names of some other birds that we have seen and also decorated it with a tag stamp using Archival Ink, and the same compass and feather stamps using the Hickory Smoke ink and the Desert Aqua marker. Both these pieces are stuck to the page using double-sided foam tape. I stamped the words “discover” and “explore” using Archival Ink and then I used rub-on transfers for the rest of the wording. To finish I added three pretty white and blue seashell beads using Glossy Accents to adhere them.

As we are “Out and About” exploring the shoreline and watching the birds, I’m pleased to be able to join Yvonne from Meggy’s Way over at Art Journal Journey.

Our walks along the beach are made even more magical by the wide variety of birds that we see. Here’s a view from the top of one of the many sand dunes, it shows the area of the beach and mudflats where we see many of the birds, especially when the tide is coming in.

We always have fun spotting the different birds especially those that over-winter here or stop to feed during their migration. Here I am all wrapped up at the foot of the dunes, looking for birds because I am normally allocated chief bird spotter and given the binoculars. We often see what is known as a LBJ (little brown job) which we think is a sparrow but turns out to be a Linnet or a Reed Bunting or even a special visitor to our shores – a Wheatear. My hubby and our friend are the photographers as they have the zoom lenses needed to capture the flying birds and those on the shoreline. As you will see from the following photos they have captured some wonderful birds on our walks. I’d like to say a special thank you to both of them for contributing their fabulous photos to my blog today!

This Turnstone was watching us and waiting to resume feeding on the muddy shoreline, it is well suited to our coast as although we have sandy beaches there are pebbles and stony areas too.

It was amazing to see the Curlews for the first time this year, aren’t they magnificent! I was surprised about how big they are, until my friend told me they are one of the biggest wading birds in Europe. They also have a very distinct call which gives them their name.

The Little Egrets have joined our shoreline over the winter months, they take refuge in the mud flats at low tide and tend to disappear at high tide. They are so elegant and as you can see look spectacular when in flight.

The Oyster Catchers stay along our shoreline all year round and are very noisy birds. They come closer to shore as the tide comes in and here they are on the mud flats at high tide. They are so beautiful with their black and white plumage and red beak and legs.

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:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Sea Green, Desert)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke, Blueprint Sketch)
  • Ranger Archival (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist Pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Sketchy CS878)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted stamp (Serpentine Background T-2773)
  • Royal & Langnickel Clear Choice Stamps (Journey MIN-CCS104)
  • Papermania Urban Stamps (All Aboard – Tags PMA907178)
  • Craft Sensations Clear Stamps (CRO274/16R1)
  • Docrafts Creativity Essstials A5 clear stamp set (Steampunk DCE907125)
  • Creative Expressions That Touch of Mica Masks (Distressed Dots)
  • Discover Britain AA Book
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Summer #ROY505 Rub-on)
  • The Works (Seashore Beads)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

A Walk in the Park

To celebrate my mum’s birthday this month, she chose to go to Stanley Park where there is an Art Deco Café called “Parks” for a light lunch. We had a lovely time and I wanted to capture our visit as well as my mum’s favourite spring flowers namely daffodils, tulips and iris which I always buy and arrange for her as part of her birthday present.

Firstly I added three strips of plasterboard/drywall tape to the page and applied Blueprint Sketch, Twisted Citron and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks with a blending tool. I wanted the tape to act like a stencil so I removed it revealing a white grid pattern. I stamped a tree stamp by Art Impressions using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink and then I used an A6 Docrafts stamp set to stamp a bigger tree onto my page as well as a piece of brown patterned paper from a Design Pad. I cut out the tree from the paper using the stamp outline to guide me and positioned it over the tree I had stamped on the page using a UHU Stic. On the bottom of the page I added the daffodils, iris and tulips that my mum loves so much, I cut the flower shapes from pieces of napkin which then melted into the page when I used Liquitex Matte Gel Medium to stick them down. Next I added the names of the flowers and the month which are rub-on transfers. The wooden frames are from Poundland and I created different pictures to remind me of our day out together. I filled one with the same napkin flowers, another with the logo of the café we visited which is from a leaflet I collected whilst we were there and the last one with a piece of card that I stamped with a recurring “Happy Birthday” using black Archival Ink. I embellished each one with a strip of green ribbon and a mini gel star sticker and stuck the framed picture to the page using Glossy Accents. To finish I covered the tree with cherry blossom flowers and dotted some fallen petals amongst the spring flowers, these are mini gel stickers and depict the lovely pink blossom we saw whilst we were in the park.

As we were “Out and About” celebrating my mum’s birthday, I’m pleased to be able to join Yvonne from Meggy’s Way over at Art Journal Journey.

I thought you may like join in our celebration; this is the view as we walked though Stanley Park which is in Blackpool. Visiting the park brings back many fond memories from my childhood because we use to visit regularly to feed the ducks at the lake, walk the paths to see the different gardens and, possibly my favourite thing in the world when I was young, to jump up and down on the outside trampolines.

This time we went to the Italian Gardens which is situated in the centre of the park and has many flower beds, a large number of benches and a central fountain made from Italian marble which is surround by sea horses.

There are great columns and a number of statues in this garden, this includes a pair beautiful of Medici Lions situated either side of the steps that lead to the café. I used to stand and look at them in awe when I was a child, they are so magnificent!

The “Parks” café overlooks the Italian Gardens and was built in a traditional art deco style. It is an imposing building and a focal point of the park.

The inside of the café is so beautiful; it is such an elegant setting with its original art deco features and palm trees.  The menu of breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea seems a bit pricey to me but the quality of the food is excellent.

We all had the most delicious ham and cheese toastie for lunch and I had a ginger beer whilst my parents both had coffee. As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang and wishing you all a Happy T Day!

These are the flowers I bought for my mum and arranged in a lovely metal jug, she loves the combination of the yellow daffodils, red tulips and blue iris – don’t they look bright and cheery!

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 (Blueprint Sketch, Twisted Citron, Hickory Smoke)
  • Memento Ink (Rick Cocoa)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted rubber stamp (P-1398)
  • Docrafts A6 clear stamp set (Build a tree  DCE907130)
  • Crafter’s Companion Vintage Floral Collection Acrylic Stamp (Floral Sentiments VF-ST-FSENT)
  • Napkin from a café
  • Poundland Design Pad (Changing Seasons CRO701/16PL1)
  • Parks Art Deco Café leaflet
  • 151Adhesives Plasterboard & Drywall Tape
  • Home Bargains (Mini Gel Stickers 30287)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (Spring Sentiments #ROY-506 Rub-on)
  • Poundland A Beautiful Life collection (Wooden Frames LCWDN001)
  • Green ribbon
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Gluepen
  • The Range double-sided tape