It’s cold, let’s cuddle

Over at Try it on Tuesday our challenge for the next 2 weeks is Oh So Cute.

These really cute owls were recycled from a Christmas card and with all the cold weather we’ve been having of late they are sat in a snowy wonderland. I thought the wording was cute too, it reads “It’s cold, let’s cuddle”.

I hope you’ll join us with your cute creations too; it would be lovely to see you there!

I started by colouring the background using Bluebird Wendy Vecchi Blendable Ink from Ranger. When dry, I splattered the page with white acrylic paint and left it to dry.

It’s one of my goals this year to recycle and use up any leftovers from previous pages, so I was pleased to recycle these cute owls which were fussy cut from the Christmas card and stuck into place using a glue stick. I arranged them with some white foliage die cuts that were leftover from last year’s Happy January page. The foliage was decorated using a Cold Grey Faber-Castell marker, a silver metallic pen, some Icicle Stickles from Ranger and also some Inkylicious Fluffy Puffy Stuff which added the lovely texture. The Fluffy Puffy Stuff was a fun product to use as it’s applied and then heated with a heat gun which turns it all puffy and 3-dimensional. The snowflakes were leftover too, having been previously die cut from different patterned papers and white cardstock; they were arranged onto the page using Liquitex matte gel medium.

For more Oh So Cute inspiration, please pop over to Try it on Tuesday and take a look you at the amazing creations from our Guest Designer and my Design Teamies (grin!).

So far this month, it’s been cold and we’ve had quite a few snow flurries; I was surprised one morning to find it snowing so I took this photo out of my craft room window – brrrr!

As T Stands for Tuesday and it’s cold outside, I’m sharing our hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows, and also some yummy lebkuchen – Happy T Day everyone!

Hope that you’re all staying safe and well!

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

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

  • Ranger Wendy Vecchi Blendable Ink (Bluebird)
  • Art Discount Acrylic Paint (White)
  • Recycled Christmas Card
  • Pritt Stick
  • Leftover foliage pieces – Sizzix Thinlits Tim Holtz Alterations (Garden Greens 661206, Holiday Greens 658759, Woodlands 660978), White cardstock, Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233), Script Metallic Pen (Silver), Ranger Stickles (Icicles), Inkylicious (Fluffy Puffy Stuff)
  • Stix2 glue dots
  • Leftover Snowflakes – Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits (Paper Snowflakes Mini 661599), Tonic Studios Christmas Trio Die Set (falling Snowflakes 1792e), The Works (Cutting Dies – Snowflake Garland), Craft Sensations (Creative Paper Collection CR0458/GE), White Cardstock, Poundland Design Paper Pad (Purple Swirls)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
Challenges

I’m pleased to join the Add Some Texture challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with the snowy 3D texture on my page.

I’m joining LTCCB #55 – February Anything Goes over at Love to Craft Challenge Blog with my cute page.

I’m also joining in the fun over at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog and their LTSCB #145 – Love is … all about cuddling your partner when it’s cold as I’ve depicted here on this cute owl page.

Let it Snow Polar Bear card

It was fun creating this polar bear Christmas card and I used some of my favourite die cuts and techniques to create this snowy wonderland. It looked so cold that I dressed the polar bear in a red scarf to keep him warm (grin!).

I started by creating a master board for the background by applying a thick layer of Navy, Swedish Blue and white acrylic paints onto a piece of mixed media paper and then placing some scrunched up cling film (plastic food wrap) over the top. I moved the cling film around to disperse the paints and then I left it to dry. When I peeled the cling film off it left some wonderful patterns and texture which formed my snowy winter wonderland background. I used a Snowflake stencil from Ranger to stencil some snowflakes over the master board using Platinum Planet Brilliance Ink too.

Next I cut a panel from the master board to fit the greetings card. Then I cut some snowflakes from white tissue paper using a Tonic Studios die cut set and stuck them onto the card using Liquitex matte gel medium. I love how the tissue paper and gel medium made the snowflakes look transparent.

The polar bear was created using a Theodore Thinlits set from Tim Holtz which is one of my favourites. The pieces were cut from white card stock, white and cream linen textured card stock and black card stock, edged with a Cold Grey Faber-Castell marker and then layered together. His ears were coloured with a Putty Promarker and I created his scarf using a piece of red felt. To finish, I added some silver glitter stickers which reads “Let it snow”.

This card reminded me of this beautiful little polar bear Christmas decoration which also lights up and changes colour (grin!).

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

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 card:

  • Daler-Rowney Mixed Media Paper
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Navy, Swedish Blue)
  • Art Discount Acrylic (White)
  • Cling film
  • Ranger Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley Stencil (Snowflake – Large DYS63742)
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Ink (Platinum Planet)
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Tonic Studios Christmas Trio Die Set (Falling Snowflakes 1792e)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Craft Sensations (Luxury Linen Textured Cardstock)
  • White Cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Theodore 664410)
  • Winsor & Newton Promarker (Putty 0618)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Red Felt
  • Stix2 glue dots
  • Poundland (Christmas Glitter Stickers)
Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, as they provide me with inspiration 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 LTSCB #140 – Winter Wonderland challenge over at the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog with my polar bear walking in his snowy winter wonderland.

I’m joining in the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Anything Christmas challenge with my polar bear Christmas card.

I’m also pleased to join the Let It Snow challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my Let it Snow Christmas card.

I’m happy to join the # 119 Non-Traditional Christmas Colours challenge over at Sparkles Christmas Challenge with the blues, white and red colours that I used to create this polar bear card too.

As I used a couple of my favourite techniques to create the snowy background for this card, I’m also pleased to join the Favourite Technique challenge over at Simon Say Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.

I’m also pleased to join the Merry Little Christmas Challenge and their MLCCB #28 – December Anything Christmas Goes with my fun polar bear Christmas card too.

I’m also joining Paperbabe Stamps and their #134 – Anything Goes challenge with my Christmas card.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

There is still another week to join our Winter Wonderland challenge at Try it on Tuesday so I thought I’d create this wintry page to join in the fun; it was inspired by our travels to Prague at Christmastime (grin!).

I started by sticking a magazine image of a couple walking in a winter wonderland onto the page and then I covered the remainder of the page with black acrylic paint leaving a frame of white around the image. Next I dragged some of the black paint towards the image using a flat paintbrush to marry the black and white areas together. I stamped some white acrylic paint over the black background using a piece of scrunched up tissue paper and when dry, I added the wording which was created using some white letter stickers. The snowflakes were cut from some recycled white tissue paper, an old magazine page and some white card stock using a Tonic Studios die set. I layered them onto the page using Liquitex matte gel medium and then to finish I splattered the page using white acrylic paint.

We often visit the Christmas markets in Prague this time of year and as we are staying home this year, I find myself very thankful for all the wonderful memories we have of our time there.

Prague is a magical place especially when it snows and here I am enjoying the snowfall whilst listening to Christmas carols by the tree on the previous photo.

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing another of my favourites … Kozel dark beer and don’t you just love this sign; Kozel happens to mean “male goat” in Czech (grin!) – Happy T day!

What could be better than walking in a winter wonderland with Michael Bublé too (double grin!).

Hoping that you all stay safe and well!

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:

  • Old magazine page
  • Pritt Stick
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Recycled white tissue page
  • Art Discount Acrylic (White)
  • Simply Creative Alphabet & Number Stickers (White Glitter SCSTK025)
  • White Cardstock
  • Tonic Studios Christmas Trio Die Set (Falling Snowflakes 1792e)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, like Try it on Tuesday, as they provide me with inspiration 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 Tracey over at Art Journal Journey and her Meaning of challenge this month as this page reminds me of Christmas and Prague.

I’m pleased to join LTSCB #140 – Winter Wonderland challenge over at the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog with the snowy winter wonderland that I created on this page.

I’m joining in the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Anything Christmas challenge with winter wonderland page.

I’m pleased to join the Merry Little Christmas Challenge and their MLCCB #28 – December Anything Christmas Goes with my winter Christmastime page.

I’m also joining the # 119 Non-Traditional Christmas Colours challenge over at Sparkles Christmas Challenge with my black and white Christmas winter wonderland page.

I’m pleased to be able to join the A Time to be Grateful over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog as we are always thankful to visit Prague especially when it snows as we love nothing better than walking in a winter wonderland.

I’m also pleased to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my winter page too.

Love, Peace, Joy

To join in the fun over at the 25 Days of Christmas Tags I made a tag and then decided to create an art journal page using the tag, as its colours matched my brand new Winter Holidays TriBlend Spectrum Noir marker set perfectly – I hope you like it!

I’d also like to say a special thank you to lovely Tracey from Hotchpotchcreations for her insight into alcohol markers which helped me decide on these TriBlend markers that I used for the first time on this page – such fun!

For the tag, I started by cutting a piece of Kraft cardstock using the largest tag design from the Framelits Tag Collection from Tim Holtz. I covered it with white gesso and when dry, I edged the tag using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. Then I splattered it with white gesso to give a snowy effect and added grungy dots using a Spritz & Speckles stamp set from Paperbabe Stamps and some Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink. The “love, peace, joy” wording were stickers from Kaisercraft and the large snowflakes were cut out of two green-blue glitter papers and some corrugated silver cardstock using a Tonic Studios die cut set. They are layered together with some pretty pearl snowflake gems from Habico and to finish I tied a piece of recycled brown ribbon to the tag.

I’m pleased to be able to join the 25 Days of Christmas Tags with my tag which was inspired by Tracey McNeely’s snowflake tag posted on Day 11 of the challenge.

For my journal page, I started by stamping the bird onto the page using a Winter Woodland stamp set and some black Archival Ink. Then I coloured the bird and branch image using the TriBlend Spectrum Noir markers; the colours I used were Green Turquoise Blend, Gold Yellow Blend, Earth Brown Blend and Alpine Green Blend. I created a template to cover the bird and branches so I could stamp the background with the “joy” wording using Hickory Smoke and Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink. Then I applied some white gesso to the stamped wording to push it into the background more. I created some 3D snow on the branches using some Fluffy Puffy Stuff from Inkylicious which is always fun to use as you heat it using a heat gun so it became fluffy and puffy (grin!). I stuck the tag in place and then I cut some little snowflakes from the glitter paper using a Thinlits set from Tim Holtz and layered them together with some of the pearl snowflake gems which finished the page.

I treated myself to these TriBlend pens recently after some discussions with Tracey and they are great to use although I still have a lot to master when applying and blending them. As this was new to me I started off small, creating this snowy bird scene which was a great learning experience. I’m looking forward to using them again soon – thanks again Tracey for all your help and insight, you’re a star!

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.

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

  • Kraft cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits (Tag Collection 658784)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ground Espresso)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Paperbabe Stamps Stamp Set (Spritz & Speckles)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke)
  • Tonic Studios Christmas Trio Die Set (Falling Snowflakes 1792e)
  • Poundland (Glitter Paper)
  • Wilkos (Corrugated Cardstock – Silver)
  • Stix2 glue dots
  • Habico Signature Collection (PP1100  – Pearl Snowflakes)
  • Recycled brown ribbon
  • Creative Stamping Magazine Issue: 62 (Sheena by Sheena Douglass – Winter Wonderland Stamp Set)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Noir TriBlend (Green Turquoise Blend, Gold Yellow Blend, Earth Brown Blend, Alpine Green Blend)
  • Great Impressions Wood-mounted Stamp (Joy Background J87)
  • Inkylicious (Fluffy Puffy Stuff)
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits (Paper Snowflakes 661599)
Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, as I always enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration 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 Wendy K over at Art Journal Journey and her Birds challenge this month with the bird that I included on this page.

I’m so happy to be able to join the #132 – Frosty Feels or Cool Tones challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my frosty snowflake scene.

I’m pleased to join the Merry Little Christmas Challenge and their MLCCB #28 – November Anything Christmas Goes with my Christmas season page.

I’m also joining in the fun at Simon Say Stamp Monday Challenge and their Happy Holidays challenge with my Love, Peace, Joy tag and page.

I’m joining in the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Anything But A Card challenge with my tag and page.

I’m also joining the Challenge # 118 – Gold or Silver or Glitter over at Sparkles Christmas Challenge with the silver and glitter papers that I used.

I’m also pleased to join Challenge #83 – Anything Christmas Goes over at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge with my Love, Peace, Joy art journal page.

I’m also pleased to join the Christmas challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge too.

Autumn Greetings

Our new challenge this month over at A Vintage Journey is Pairs, Trios and Sets, which is being hosted by the lovely Toni. Here’s what it’s all about:

For this month’s challenge we would like to see you create a set that works together. It could be ATCs, tags, triptyches, or any other grouping. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk”.

To wish you happy Autumn Greetings, I had fun creating this art journal page with its set of pretty autumnal tags and a faux bark background to display them on.

I cut four tags out of white cardstock using a Tag Collection Framelit from Tim Holtz. Then I laid three of the tags in a stamping platform so I could create a continuous picture; the ferns were stamped using a Leaf Print stamp set and the grungy dots are from an Urban Tapestry stamp set, both of which are by Tim Holtz. I gradually built up the colour of the autumnal scene using Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed Distress Inks. I also stamped the “Autumn Greetings” wording, which was from a Wild & Free stamp set from a magazine, using Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink. Then I used glue dots to stick the fungi in place which are from a Field Notes Ephemera Pack by Tim Holtz.

I repeated the stamping for the forth tag and added one of the Ephemera Pack fungi too.

To showcase the tags, I created a faux bark background using white gesso, Distress Inks and a Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. I spread some Pébéo white gesso over the page using a palette knife to create the bark texture and left it to dry. Then I covered the page in Rusty Hinge and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink applying it like watercolour using a paintbrush. To intensify the colours I also dragged the Distress ink pads horizontally over the page and smudged the ink with my finger. To add more detail and contrast I used a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker; firstly by scribbling the marker onto an acrylic block and dragging it across the page so the ink caught on the gesso texture, and secondly by drawing on the page and smudging the ink with my finger and also a baby wipe.

To finish, I added some brown string to each of the tags and then I mounted the set of tags onto the page using double-sided tape.

For more inspiration you’ll find some amazing creations from my fellow Creative Guides over at A Vintage Journey blog. I hope you are inspired to join in with our Pairs, Trios and Sets challenge too; it would be lovely to see you there!

My page reminds me of a beautiful walk that we went on when we stayed with our dearest friends in Maine, America where we saw these pretty rusty coloured ferns (grin!).

We saw lots of fungi too, this one happens to match my set of tags beautifully (double grin!).

Hoping 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.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create my set of tags and art journal page:

  • White Cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits (Tag Collection 658784)
  • Ranger Tonic Studios Stamping Platform
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous (Leaf Prints CMS273, Urban Tapestry CMS061)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Brushed Corduroy)
  • Creative Stamping Magazine Issue 87 (Wild & Free Stamp Set)
  • Ranger Distress Archival Ink (Vintage Photo)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Ephemera Pack (Field Notes #TH94051)
  • Stix2 glue dots
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175B)
  • X-Press It! double-sided foam tape
Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, like A Vintage Journey, as I always 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 so pleased to be able join the #131 – Picture Inspiration challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my tags and page as the autumnal colours, leaves and tree bark match the picture inspiration and my set of tags match the panel design too.

I’m happy to join the Home is Where the Heart is challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog as my page like our home is full of happy memories of our dear friends and travels to America.

I’m pleased to join the Mix It Up Challenge Blog and their MIUCB #43 – Anything Goes + optional twist of Making Your Own Background with the continuous stamping technique and faux bark background.

I’m joining in the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Anything But A Card challenge with my set of autumnal tags and page.

I’m also joining the Thinking Of You challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge as my art journal page makes me think of our friends in America.

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)

Create Art/Be Brave Tag

Today over at A Vintage Journey it’s Tag Friday, there is no particular theme as it’s all about creating something you love, experimenting and having fun! I hope that you will join our tag challenge, it would be lovely to see you there!

Spending more time in my garden means that my art is being inspired by some of the beautiful flowers which are blooming at the moment, so today’s double-sided tag features purple poppies and rudbeckia.

The tag itself was made from a large Poster Card by Tim Holtz and I added some texture and colour to the edges of it by applying some Broken China Distress Embossing Glaze and then some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. As I planned to use Faber-Castell Gelatos on both tags, I applied some white gesso to the tag first; this enhanced the colours and made it easier to apply the Gelatos. When the gesso was dry, I scribbled Kiwi and Aqua Dolce Faber-Castell Gelatos over the top smudging the colour with my finger.

Next I removed some of the Gelato colours using a baby wipe through a Halftone stencil from Tim Holtz and I used the stencil again to add some Memento Inks; I used Cottage Ivy ink for the poppy background and Paris Dusk ink for the rudbeckia background.

I stamped a document stamp and a grunge stamp from two different Tim Holtz stamp sets using black Archival Ink and then some leaf stamps from Carabelle Studios using Cottage Ivy Memento Ink for the poppy tag and London Fog Memento Ink for the rudbeckia tag. To finish the backgrounds, I added some rub-on transfers from a Specimen Remnant Rubs set by Tim Holtz.

The flowers were stamped onto some Mixed Media paper using a Stamping Platform to ensure a clear crisp finish. The stamps are from a Flower Garden stamp set by Tim Holtz and are stamped using black Archival Ink. The foliage was coloured using Sap Green Kuretake watercolour paint and highlighted using Lime Green and Forest Green Winsor & Newton Promarkers.

I had fun painting the poppy using Colbalt Violet, Black and White Kuretake watercolour paints and I coloured the edges of the petals using Amethyst Winsor & Newton Promarker. I used Lime Green and Canary Promarkers to colour the centre of the flower and a white Uniball gel pen, a black Uni Pin marker and a Cool Grey Promarker for the stamens. The flower was stuck in place using a glue stick and some glue dots and I added the “Create Art” wording which was a Quote Chip from Tim Holtz that was edged using a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker.

The rudbeckia flower was painted using Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Scarlet, Black, White and Burnt Umber Sienna Kuretake watercolour paints and a Canary Promarker. I used a black Uni Posca paint pen and a black Uni Pin marker to add the texture to the stamens. I added the “Be Brave” wording and edged both tags using a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. To finish, I added an eyelet with my Crop-A-Dile machine to reinforce the hole as I’m using a book ring to secure all of my double-sided tags together as part of my Tag Journal (grin!).

For more Tag Friday inspiration, please pop over to A Vintage Journey where you’ll find some fabulous tags created by my fellow Creative Guides. I hope you are inspired to join us as I’m so looking forward to seeing your tag designs!

These purple poppies are a welcome addition to our flower bed and were totally unplanned; I think the birds must have brought them into the garden (grin!). They have been flowering non-stop since the beginning of July. I’m featuring them again as some of you had never seen them before so I thought I’d share some more information about them:

  • This particular poppy is called Papaver Somniferum “Hungarian Blue” and is an heirloom variety with single flowers.
  • They are gorgeous purple-violet shades with dark inner markings on each petal.
  • They are easy to grow being ideal as a cut flower and the dried seed pods can also be used in flower arranging.
  • They grow to a height of 90cm.

The rudbeckia has just started flowering and adds a happy vibrant yellow to our flower bed; this particular one is Rudbeckia Fulgida ”Goldsturm” and is also known as the Golden Cone Flower or Black Eyed Susan.

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 pleased to join the Summer challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my summer flower tags.

I’m joining in the fun at Country View Challenges and their Do What Makes You Happy Challenge with my flower tags as although I always find making tags a bit daunting I always enjoy making them; they also make me smile when I look at them as they are always on display in my craft room.

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

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this double-sided tag:     

  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Pocket Cards #TH93208)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze (Broken China)
  • Versamark (Watermark Stamp Pad)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Rusty Hinge)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Kiwi, Aqua Dolce)
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil (Halftone THS144)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Cottage Ivy, Paris Dusk, London Fog)
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stamp Set (Documented CMS226, Urban Tapestry CMS061, Flower Garden CMS215)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Carabelle Studios Art Stamp (Dans la nature, il y a … SA60175)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Remnant Rubs (Specimen #TH94047)
  • Daler-Rowney Mixed Media Paper
  • Ranger Tonic Studios Stamping Platform
  • Kuretake Gambai Watercolour Paints (Sap Green No.53, Colbalt Violet No.139, Black No.20, White No.10, Lemon Yellow No.40, Cadmium Scarlet No.31, Burnt Sienna No.46)
  • Winsor & Newton Promarkers (Lime Green G178, Forest Green G356, Amethyst V626, Cool Grey 4 CG4, Canary Y367)
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (Black)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Stix2 Glue Dots
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Quote Chips #TH96563)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Artist Pen (Black 199)
  • American Crafts Crop-A-Dile (Hole Punch & Eyelet Setter, Standard Eyelets – Black)

Christmas Pudding Tea

Over Christmas we have been enjoying some Christmas Pudding loose leaf tea, so I couldn’t resist creating a page using the packaging and a beautiful Christmas Pudding card that I received from a dear friend a couple of years ago.

For the background I smooshed some Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks onto the page by stamping the ink pads onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the block onto the paper. Then I stamped the page with holly leaves using Cottage Ivy and Pistachio Memento Ink and added some leftover pieces of green polka dot washi tape. Next I die cut the snowflakes from some recycled white card, covered them with Versamark ink and some glittery Wow! embossing powder; heating them with my heat gun until the powder turned glossy. I arranged them around the edges of the page and added the large Christmas pudding which was an old Christmas card.

I also added the Christmas pudding tea packaging, some die cut holly leaves and berries and also pieces of tartan which are from a Tim Holtz Christmas sticker book. To finish, I added some baubles suspended by strands of silver which are all stickers.

Here’s the lovely shop that we bought the tea from in Arundel which you may remember me featuring in a post last year called The Tea & Biscuit Club.

Their Christmas Pudding tea is a Christmas spiced black tea with a zesty fruit infusion creating a very festive aromatic blend – it tastes yummy!

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m pleased to share this tea related post with the T Gang! Happy T Day and I hope you all had a lovely Christmastime.

Wishing you a New Year filled with peace, love and happiness!

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

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Yvonne, aka Meggymay and her Words and Numbers challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the wording on my page.

I’m happy to join in the Stars challenge over at Country View Challenges with all the stars on the baubles.

I’m also joining in the Party Time challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with my T-Party page.

I’m also pleased to be able to join in the fun at Paperbabe Stamps and their #109 – Sketch challenge; I flipped the sketch so the “Paperbabe Stamps” is represented by the “Christmas Pudding” wording and the flower is represented by the other tea packaging and holly leaves.

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Festive Berries)
  • Washi Tape
  • Docrafts Clear Stamp (Christmas Selection)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Cottage Ivy, Pistachio)
  • White card – recycled
  • Tonic Studios Die Set (Falling Snowflake Trio 1792e )
  • Wow! Glitter Embossing Powder (Singing in the rain)
  • Zig Memory System 2-way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Christmas Pudding Card – recycled
  • Pritt Stick
  • Christmas Pudding Tea Packaging – recycled
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • White paper – recycled
  • The Range (5×5 Dies Holly)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Christmas Sticker Book #TH93999)
  • Stickers (Silver Borders, Baubles)

12 Days of Christmas

Our new theme for the next two weeks at Try it on Tuesday is Inspired by a Song/Christmas Carol.

My page was inspired by the song ‘12 Days of Christmas’. I’m so excited to find out which song you have chosen to inspire your creations, please be sure to let us know.

I started by dividing the page into 12 equal sections; each sections is coloured and then stamped with a Sheet Music stamp using a different colour of Distress Ink; in numerical order the colours were Shabby Shutters, Festive Berries, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron and Fired Brick. They are all edged using a Postage Stamp border stamp and black Archival Ink and then splattered with white gesso and black acrylic paint. I added the numbers which are die cut from black paper and stuck into place, like all of the paper elements, using a Zig Memory glue pen. Then I created a scene to depict each line of the song using some white mixed media paper to either stamp with black Archival Ink or die cut the different elements. The main characters are from a 12 Days of Christmas stamp set by Urban Stamps and for:

  1. A partridge in a pear tree – I fussy cut the partridge and three pears that I had stamped and arranged them on the page with a die cut branch from a Garden Greens Thinlet set by Tim Holtz which I edged using a black marker pen.
  2. Turtle Doves – I surrounded the dove with some hearts that were created using a paper punch.
  3. French Hens – The foreground was created using a circle die cut which I stamped with some French wording and the three snowflakes are die cut too.
  4. Calling Birds – The berry branch was from the Tim Holtz Garden Greens Thinlet set and the music notes were hand drawn and cut out.
  5. Gold Rings – I suspended the five gold rings using thin strips of paper and added some bows that were stamped from the 12 Days of Christmas stamp set and they were very fiddly to cut out (grin!).
  6. Geese a Laying – I stamped and cut out some extra eggs.
  7. Swans a Swimming – I added some extra waves and a circle die cut to depict the sun.
  8. Maids a Milking – The flowers were die cut using a Funky Florals Thinlet set from Tim Holtz.
  9. Ladies Dancing – I created the dance floor and little flowers using another Urban Arts stamp set.
  10. Lords a Leaping – The foreground and the snow fall were created using die cuts.
  11. Pipers Piping – I used the Sheet Music stamp again to depict the Piper’s music.
  12. Drummers Drumming – The tiered podium is created using a square die cut set and the stars are from the 12 Days of Christmas stamp set.

For more inspiration please pop over to Try it on Tuesday to see the amazing creations from my Design Teamies.

Do you know the song 12 Days of Christmas? It’s an English Christmas carol which has a simple verse structure that is modified with the progressive addition of Christmas gifts, so that each verse is longer than the verse before. It starts:

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

… etc, etc

And ends:

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Gold Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Our local garden centre had a Christmas evening that I went along to with my sister and mum, we had a wonderful time and we all bought some Christmas gifts for family and friends.

The Christmas displays were so pretty and they even had live music which I really enjoyed (grin!).

They also treated us to a free mince pie and some mulled wine, so as T Stands for Tuesday I’m sharing this treat with you too – Happy T Day!

Sending Happy Thanksgiving wishes to those of you who celebrate this week too!

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 Rike from rike’s art and her Fruit and Veggies challenge over at Art Journal Journey with ny pear tree.

I’m also happy to join in the Hand Stamped challenge hosted by the lovely Craftyfield over at Country View Challenges as I used six different stamp sets for this page including the main characters for each of the 12 scenes being hand stamped and fussy cut out.

As I included stars on my page, I’m also joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Starry Starry Night challenge too.

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Shabby Shutters, Festive Berries, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Fired Brick)
  • Woodware Clear Magic Singles (Sheet Music JGS111)
  • Docrafts Papermania Mini Clear Stamps (Letters to Santa PMA907917)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Leon X-Large Coloured Paper (Black)
  • Sizzix Thinlets Debi Patter (Brush Numbers 661726)
  • White mixed media paper
  • Docrafts Papermania Urban Stamps (12 Days of Christmas – Icons PMA907909, Craft Collection – Pastels PMA907223)
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlets (Garden Greens 661206, Funky Floral #1 662700)
  • Sharpie Permanent marker (Black)
  • Tonic Studios Paper Punch Accent (Hearts Sider 830E)
  • The Works (Cutting Dies – Stitched Circles, Stitched Squares)
  • Crafter’s Companion Parisian Collection Clear Stamp (Beau Collage S-PAR-ST-BCOL)
  • Poppy Stamps Craft Dies (Small Blooming Poinsettia Style No: 902)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Craft Sensations (Clear Stamps CR0274/16R1)
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Glue Dual Action Pen)

My One & Only

As you may be aware it was our wedding anniversary this week so I thought I’d create a page to celebrate; my design was influenced by my hubby who loves bright colours and I chose some romantic wording too.

Inspired by the lovely Design Team at Country View Challenges I also wanted to try out a new technique to create a Bokeh effect on my page too, I love the results – what do you think?

To create my bokeh background, I covered the page with Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Fired Brick Distress Ink using a blending tool and dried the page thoroughly with my heat gun. Then I applied the circles using a Sun & Moon stencil and white pigment ink, slightly overlapping some of the circles as I went. For the flowers, I stamped a large Halftone Circle stamp onto some white cardstock using Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. Then I used a Wildflower Thinlet from Tim Holtz to cut out the flowers using my Big Shot machine and stuck them onto the page using a Zig glue pen. The wording are stickers from Kaisercraft which I backed with some of the white card and then stuck to the page using double-sided tape, they read “my one & only”, “you will forever be my always” and “always in my heart”. I used a paper punch to create some hearts out of black paper and stuck them in place. Then I added some pink and orange sequins using Ranger Glossy Accents which finished the page.

Here I am with “my one and only” celebrating our anniversary at Notarianni Ice Cream parlour where we treated ourselves to a sundae; these are tangerine jelly with two scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with tangerine syrup – so yummy!

Thank you for all your Happy Anniversary wishes earlier in the week (grin!)

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Eileen of The Artful Crafter and her Dreams or Wishes challenge over at Art Journal Journey with my anniversary dreams and wishes.

I’m so happy to join in the Bokeh challenge over at Country View Challenges, thanks so much for the inspiration, it was a fun technique and I love the results; I will definitely be using it again to create some cards (grin!)

I’m also joining the Count Your Blessings challenge over at Moo Mania & More with my anniversary page.

I’m pleased to join the Celebrate! challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday as my page celebrates our wedding anniversary too.

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

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

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Fired Brick, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn)
  • Docrafts Artiste Pigment Ink (White)
  • Inkylicious Stencil and Template Set (Sun & Moon)
  • White Cardstock
  • Altenew Clear Stamp Set (Halftone Circles)
  • Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz Alterations (Wildflowers 661190)
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Everlasting SS376)
  • X-Press It double-sided tape
  • Leon (X-large Colour Paper Pad)
  • Tonic Studios Paper Punch (Classic Heart 858E)
  • Poundland (Assorted Sequins)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents