Bring Me Sunshine    

Morecambe & Wise are a well-known comedy duo here in the UK and I have fond memories of watching their famous TV shows. So you can imagine my delight when we heard their songs outside the Winter Gardens whilst we were shopping in town. On investigating, the music led us to a wonderful bronze statue of them both that has been unveiled in the foyer. This inspired me to create a journal page of them that includes the title of their signature song “Bring Me Sunshine”.

Having quoted this song on my page, I’m linking to the “Poetry in Motion” theme over at Art Journal Journey. Hope you’ll join in the fun too by creating a page that is inspired by a poem, saying or quote (maybe from your favourite song).

I started by stamping a star burst stamp onto the middle of the page using grey Memento Ink and extending the starburst sun pattern using a ruler and pencil. Then I painted alternating sections with a yellow and then a gold Spectrum Aqua marker which I scribbled onto an acrylic block and diluted with water using a paintbrush. Next I stamped “Bring Me Sunshine” using a Papermania Leftovers Alphabet stamp set and black Archival Ink. I added two washi tapes to the top and bottom of the page, the film and music note designs depict their television shows and songs. The Morecambe & Wise photo is cut from a magazine and shows them in their younger days when they appeared at the Winter Gardens itself. Next I added some metal music notes attaching them to the page with silver brads. I finished the page with smiley star stickers which reminded me of their comedy and how they make me smile.

This is the Morecambe & Wise statue that greets you when you enter the Winter Gardens and with the songs they are well-known for playing in the air it fills you with a lovely sense of nostalgia. Blackpool is considered their “spiritual home” as they performed six summer seasons and over a 1,000 shows here. This statue marks the 75th anniversary of their debut performance as a double act, which was at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre in 1941.

Their 43-year partnership started in variety theatres where they honed their performance before making their famous TV shows on the BBC and ITV. Their Christmas specials were one of the highlights of the festive season and in 1977 they attracted over 27 million viewers. Guest stars included The Beatles, André Previn, Shirley Bassey and of course Des O’Connor (grin!).

Morecambe & Wise always made me laugh as a young girl growing up and still do today as there are always reruns of their shows at Christmas time. Their songs and dance numbers are fantastic and always make me smile, here’s a rendition of “Bring me Sunshine” from one of their shows – so funny!

There have also been some other happy reminders of Morecambe & Wise of late (grin!). This time of year we often cycle up the prom on our tandem, here I am on the Comedy Carpet in Blackpool and I’m standing by their section of the carpet with the lyrics of this song in front of me! If you are interested, here are some fun facts about the song:

  • “Bring Me Sunshine” is a song written in 1966 by the composer Arthur Kent, with lyrics by Sylvia Dee and it was first performed by American artists.
  • In the UK, the song is synonymous with Morecambe & Wise after it was adopted as their signature tune in their second series for the BBC in 1969. Here’s the lyrics of the song in full.
  • The song was played over the duo’s closing credits and they only ever sang the first verse, the second one being purely instrumental with Eric and Ernie performing a “skip dance” to exit the stage.

We have also been to quite a few local beer festivals lately and when I saw this beer I just had to have a pint of it. It’s called “Morecambe’s Sunshine” and is brewed by Cross Bay Brewery which is located in Morecambe; the beer is light in colour, 4% abv ( alcohol by volume) and has a lovely smooth malt taste – yum! I’m saying a big cheers to the T Gang over at T stands for Tuesday and wishing you all a Happy Sunshiny T Day!

The pump clip shows the bronze statue of Eric Morecambe in his famous “skip dance” pose. This statue is on my list of places to visit and is located on the seafront at Morecambe, it’s actually designed by the same person who made the bronze sculpture of them both (above).

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 (Yellow, Gold)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Papermania Alphamania A-Z Clear Stamps (Leftovers Alphabet PMA9071102)
  • Blackpool Heritage magazine
  • The Works (3 Washi Tapes)
  • The Works (Musical Note Charms)
  • Small silver brads
  • UPIKIT Stickers (2166005)
  • UHU Stic

Thanks for being my friend

Spending time with good friends is always fun and this weekend was no exception when we went for a bike ride and enjoyed chatting over a cuppa at The Blackbird Café. When I found this sentiment, I thought it was perfect for my friend inspired page.

This page and sentiment applies to all the friendships I have made in blog-land too, for which I am very thankful, and as T Stands for Tuesday this includes the T Gang!

Firstly I painted the background using Topaz and Begonia Spectrum Aqua markers and then I applied a layer of white gesso to push the colours back. I ripped the edges of a napkin and stuck them to the page using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. Once the gel medium had dried, I used a grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and black Uni Pin marker to emphasis the edges of the torn napkin. Next I added the teapot and roses which are all rub-on transfers by Royal & Langnickel. For the quote, I used some grey paper from a Design Pad by Craft Sensations and stamped the wording using black Archival Ink. I then ripped the edges of the paper, added some little rosebuds from the same rub-on transfer set, outlined the edges of the paper using a black Uni Pin marker and attached it to the page using double-sided foam tape. I also used the black Uni Pin marker to add more definition to all of the rub-on transfers, which took quite a bit of time as I used the whole sheet of transfers on this piece. To finish, I added a butterfly tag using double-sided tape and also a couple of picture embellishments, one of which is a birdcage which reminded me of The Blackbird Café.

Here’s a close up of the lovely birds and birdcages that adorn the café.

You may remember the Blackbird Café from a previous post, this time we sat at the table in the window chatting with our friends.

 As T Stands for Tuesday I’m also sharing our drinks, my hubby had a hot chocolate and I had a white hot chocolate, as you can see they came in the most adorable mugs and with a little piece of chocolate each. I suppose this is quite an unusual drink for summer but despite the sunshine there was a cold wind which had chilled us to the bone as we were only wearing shorts and thin tops for our cycle ride and the hot chocolates warmed us up!

We also treated ourselves to a bacon butty to share; we ordered it on brown bread with no butter and the bacon extra crispy – just as we like it, yum!

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 (Topaz, Begonia)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm & 0.2mm)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Craft Sensations Design Pad (Authentic Vintage CRO730/R)
  • Dunelm Napkins (Grace 30220549)
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Transfers (Teapot #FIT-216)
  • The Works M&C Boutique (Printed Embellishments)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

The Planets

Whilst out and about on our tandem we discovered some stone mosaic planets in one of our local parks. They were so pretty and unexpected that I thought I would create a space themed page after seeing them.

I started by creating a template of the Earth from white card by drawing the different sections and cutting them out. Using this template I then cut different papers to form the sections choosing designs that linked to the space theme; these included star constellations, space craft, dot shaped numbers, map grids and a denim dark blue to depict the sky at night. I had them sat on my cutting mat and I liked the pattern behind them so much, that I created the mat design on my page as the background. I did this by drawing black lines using a ruler and a Uni Pin marker and stamping lines of a dot and a dash border by Hampton Art using black Archival Ink. Next I edged the Earth sections using a black Sharpie Permanent Marker, stuck them to the page using double-sided tape and outlined the Earth shape using the black Uni Pin marker. To finish I added five space postage stamps from Equatorial Guinea using double-sided foam tape, these large designs are so colourful they really make the page.

As my page includes numerous circles including the shape of the Earth, the small dot border stamp and those contained within the different design papers, I’m pleased to join Rosie who is hosting the “Circles” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

These are the wonderful planets that we saw at the park.

They form part of the play area so that children can learn all about the Solar System.

Me and my hubby saw them on one of our longer tandem rides when we headed up Blackpool prom and although our tandem isn’t quite space travel it sure is fun (grin!).

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:

  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Hampton Art Doodlebug Design Inc. Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps (Borders ICO160, Thankful ICO162)
  • American Crafts Paper Pad (DIY Shop 366665)
  • Craft paper pack
  • White card
  • Postage Stamps from  my hubby’s childhood collection (Equatorial Guinea)
  • X-press It double-sided tape
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Homemade

I’m often in the kitchen baking and now September has arrived, I find myself busy again. I’ve been making Bramble Jelly to serve on scones, in rice pudding or on toast with peanut butter (my hubby’s favourite), as well as Plum Jam which is a fabulous filling for a Victoria Sponge. So I’ve created a journal page to celebrate this fruitful happy time.

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To create the background I started by applying Liquitex acrylic paint with a baby wipe, then I used Memento Ink to stamp two butterfly images from Hampton Arts, a doily stamp from Dovecraft and a homemade stamp which creates a soft grid texture. The words are stamped using the same ink and refer to the jam and jelly I made.

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I added the bunting next which are stickers and then used up some card toppers from my craft stash which link very well to the theme with the lovely little pot of jam detail and a Victoria Sponge recipe. The sign with home baked cakes and the saying “The diet starts tomorrow!” is cut from a retro style postcard. I also added the packaging from the kit that contained the sealing covers, waxed discs, rubber bands and labels which I used for my jam and jelly making. I fixed them all in place using a UHU Stic or double-sided tape and the addition of the red gemstones was the finishing touch.imag2116a

Every year we head out on our tandem to go blackberry picking, it’s so much fun, although you need to watch out for the thorns and nettles! This year we got two big tubs full of fruit to make into Bramble Jelly, which tastes superb – so fruity and delicious!

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Another yearly tradition is making plum jam with Victoria plums, which we buy locally from our favourite greengrocers.

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Plum jam is a lovely filling for a Victoria Sponge cake, here’s one I made to celebrate the stash of preserves that we made. The sponges are filled with the plum jam and fresh cream and on the top is a sprinkling of icing sugar. As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m having a nice cup of tea with my cake and saying a big hello to all of the T Gang … Happy T Day!

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

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

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
  • Memento Dye Ink (London Fog)
  • Hampton Arts 7 Gypsies cling mounted rubber stamps (Tropical Travelogue ICO134)
  • Dovecraft Curiosity Corner clear stamps (A5 Lace and Doilie DCCS009)
  • Dovecraft upper and lower case alphabet stamp set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Homemade wooden block stamp with Plasterboard/Drywall tape
  • Home Bargains Wall Stickers (Fairy Door 34356)
  • Hunkydory Birthdays for Her Luxury Card Collection (Birthday Bake)
  • Hunkydory Magnificent Men Luxury Card Collection (Grill King & Nice Buns!)
  • Postcard (Retro Days original design by Martin Wiscombe)
  • Kitchen Craft packaging
  • Poundland (504 Gems)
  • UHU Stic
  • Express It double-sided tape
  • The Range double-sided foam tape

Water Lily

Recently we were cycling through a local park on our tandem and to my great surprise, in the pond was a glorious display of water lilies, their pink petals elegantly dancing over the water. This happy discovery made me smile and inspired this page.

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I started by painting diluted blue, pink and green Memento Ink onto the page to create a water background that looks like pond reflections. I then covered the page with white gesso and when it was dry I added more detail by stamping flowers and dots using the same pink and a grey Memento Ink. The water lilies and associated wording are fussy cut from a wallpaper sample and are stuck to the page using Liquitex matte gel medium. I painted white gesso over the wording using my finger to blend them into the background and I used a Spectrum Aqua Marker to outline them and smudged this outline with a baby wipe. I shaded the water lily images with a black Uni Pin marker and a white Uniball gel pen to add more 3D dimension. Then I added pink and green border stickers separating them with a gold line, which along with the gold flowers and circles are outline stickers. To finish I used more gold stickers to add some words, which are associated with water lilies.

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Having seen Patty’s wonderful post last month of water lilies and those magnificent Loti, I was very happy to discover these beautiful water lilies right on my doorstep in my local park!

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I have been back a few times to admire them, they are so stunning! With this month’s theme being “Nature’s Wonders”, I’m pleased to be able to join Gill over at Art Journal Journey.

Lytham Shrimper

“The Lytham Shrimper” with his basket and net is made of bronze and can be found in the middle of the lily pond (you may also notice me and our tandem in the background). This sculpture celebrates Lytham’s history of shrimping, which along with fishing was the main economy for the area for many centuries until the Industrial Revolution and the advent of tourism. Today you can still purchase Lytham Shrimps and there is only one full-time shrimper remaining.

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to ask, I love to hear from you.

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

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Memento Dye Ink (Summer Blue, Angel Pink, Pistachio, London Fog)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers (Charcoal, Slate)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • Kars clear stamps X-Mas Collection (Flower Fantasy Chr. 980003/0077)
  • Woodware Francoise Collection stamp set (Flower Style Wood Set FRSWS003)
  • Penny Black 2006 Stickeroos (Swirls #10-175)
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Simple Flowers Gold ANT8101102)
  • Hobbycraft Ouline Stickers (Gold Scenes 5934211001)
  • Dovecraft Peel-off Stickers (Alphas Caps Gold DCPO-05)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Wallpaper sample