Fun Starts Here

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

This challenge is all about embossing, whether its heat embossing, embossing paste, embossing folders or embossed papers just be sure to tell use what you have used (grin!).

I was still in Halloween mode when I created this page being influenced by the Mexican celebration “Día de Muertos” (which happens to be next Monday). I used lots of embossing powder to heat emboss the white flowers, black doilies and black lace.

I started by painting magenta and green Liquitex Basics acrylic paint over the page using a dry paintbrush technique to prevent the colours blending. When dry, I covered the paints with some Pébéo white gesso and also some black DecoArt acrylic paint; I used a brayer to apply both paints letting them dry between applications.

For the white embossed flowers, I used an Oriental Zen stamp set from Paperbabe Stamps and black Archival Ink to stamp the flower design over the magenta coloured areas. I then covered the ink with white Stampendous embossing powder and heated it with my heat gun until glossy. The black doilies were stamped using a Dovecraft stamp set and the black Archival Ink and covered with black Papermania embossing powder; they were stamped over the green areas of the page.

I used the same Dovecraft stamp set, black ink and embossing powder to add the lace detail to my skull which was die cut using a Halloween Hangouts Thinlit set from Tim Holtz from white card. I mounted it onto some glittery paper and stuck it in place using a glue stick. I also added some circles that were cut from the glitter paper using a Spellbinders die set and to finish, I added a Kaisercraft sticker that reads “Fun starts here”.

I hope that you are inspired to join us too, for more Embossed inspiration please pop over to Try it on Tuesday and take a look at all the beautiful creations from my Design Teamies (grin!).

As it was my hubby’s birthday last week and T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing a slice of the birthday cake that I made him and his cuppa! The cake is a Victoria sponge filled with homemade buttercream icing and cherry jam which I topped with a white and red feathered icing and his tea is Ceylon Orange Pekoe Tea – Happy T Day everyone!

Hoping that you 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:

  • Liquitex Basics Acrylic Color (Quinacridone Magenta, Hooker’s Green Hue Permanent)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Ranger Mini Brayer
  • Paperbabe Stamps (Oriental Zen Stamp Set)
  • Dovecraft Stamp Set (Lave & Doile DCCS009)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Stampendous! Embossing Powder (Detail White Opaque)
  • Papermania Embossing Powder (Black)
  • Craft Sensations (Luxury Cardstock with a Linen Texture CR0240/GE)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Halloween Hangouts 663088)
  • Glitter wallpaper sample
  • Pritt Stick
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements Die Cut System (Stately Circles S4-388) – thank you Astrid!
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Bombay Sunset SS339)
Challenges

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

I’m pleased to join the lovely Chris aka Pearshapedchris, who is hosting the Hold The Line challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the outlined embossed flowers and lines of lace adorning the skull on my page.

I’m joining in the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Halloween challenge with my Mexican inspired Halloween page.

I’m joining the Purple, Orange, Green! Eek! It’s Halloween! challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with my “Día de Muertos” page.

I’m also joining in the fun over at the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge and their Halloween Jump Start challenge with my art journal page.

I’m so pleased to be able to join in the Anything Goes over at Paperbabe Stamps with my Mexican “Día de Muertos” page – thanks so much Tracey, your beautiful ATCs reminded me of “Día de Muertos”, so inspirational!

I’m also joining the Mix It Up Challenge Blog and their Anything Goes + optional twist of Distressing (ink or tool) with the dry painting technique that I used.

I’m also pleased to join in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Layer It Up challenge with layers of paint and embossing powders that I used for the background and layers of papers that I used for the skull.

Use Your Scraps

For the next two weeks our new challenge over at Try it on Tuesday is Use Your Scraps.

I find it very hard to throw things away so have lots of scraps in my craft stash so this challenge gave me the perfect excuse to get creative using them; I hope you like it too (grin!).

I often have scraps leftover from journal pages although I have to say my pile of scraps didn’t really get any smaller, but I so enjoyed creating this pretty art journal page.

My selection for this page was from my scrappy box of embellishments, words and die cuts along with my inked and stamped papers which are created when I experiment with ink techniques and stamps before using them on my pages. I often stamp onto tissue paper so I can position images and wording on my pages too.

I started by tearing an A5 piece of paper, that was stamped and covered with ink, into five pieces and stuck them onto the page using a glue stick. Once in place, I added more images that had been stamped onto white tissue paper which included postage marks, flowers, tags and wording. I layered them together with bits of blue tissue and decoupage papers, torn pieces of wallpaper and sheet music and also papers that I had tested different colours of blue inks on. I covered the edges with a light covering of Liquitex matte gel medium so when dry I was able to outline them using a black Uni Pin marker (without my pen being ruined by the glue) and smudging the marker using my finger. Next I added some scraps of torn washi tape which I also outlined using the black marker.

For the birds in the birdcage, I cut up and joined together three different failed stamped images to create the one on the page which looks pretty perfect now (grin!) It is hung from a tree branch which was also previously stamped on some tissue paper.

From my scrappy box, I added some white die cut hearts, a couple of blue sequins, an alphabet button, a couple of paper flowers and some wording that I had pre-cut from a birthday card; this finished the page.

To inspire you further, my Design Teamies have been busy using their scraps over at Try it on Tuesday too, please pop over and take a look at their amazing creations!

As T Stands for Tuesday, I’m sharing my cup of green tea that I enjoyed with a Chorley Cake from a local bakery. As you can see this pastry was actually as big as my head so of course I shared it with my hubby (grin!). I’m saying a big hello and welcome to the T Gang and wishing you all a Happy T day!

If you didn’t know, a Chorley Cake is a flattened fruit filled pastry traditionally associated with the town of Chorley in Lancashire, England. The filling can be made from currants, raisins or sultanas which are evenly distributed and sandwiched between two layers of unsweetened shortcrust pastry. These cakes are not to be confused with an Eccles Cake which uses flaky puff pastry and is normally baked to a deeper brown in colour and covered with sugar. Here in Lancashire, Chorley cakes are often eaten with a light spread of butter on top, and sometimes with a slice of Lancashire cheese which makes them extra yummy (double grin!).

I hope that you are all staying safe and well!

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

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the Texture challenge over at Art Journal Journey that I’m hosting this month with the collage layered texture on this page.

I’m so happy to join the Birds challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with the birds in the birdcage that I added to this page.

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

  • Stamped and inked papers, stamped tissue paper, ink coloured paper
  • Pieces of blue tissue and decoupage paper
  • Pieces of wallpaper and sheet music
  • Pritt Stick
  • Liquitex Matt Gel Medium
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Bits of torn washi tape
  • Die cut white hearts
  • Sequins
  • Alphabet button
  • Paper flower embellishments
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

Hello – Creative Artiste Design Team

I’m thrilled and honoured to be able to join the Design Team at Creative Artiste and I’d like to thank the team for inviting me to join them.

At Creative Artiste Challenge Blog the theme is always Anything Mixed Media Goes, so it’s really special to be part of this Design Team as I love using mixed media and always like to use various mediums on my art journal pages.

For this month’s #57 – Anything Mixed Media Goes challenge, I’m sharing an art journal page to just say “hello” to everyone (grin!).

I started by stamping a Solar & Lunar stamp from Finnabair and a Script Stamp from Kaisercraft over the background using black Archival Ink. Then I tore a wallpaper sample into some pieces, edged them with Antique Linen Distress Ink and collaged them onto the page using Liquitex matte gel medium. I applied some Pébéo white gesso with my finger over the top to add some depth. When dry I coloured the edges of collaged pieces with a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell marker smudging the ink with my finger and then I splattered the whole page with black DecoArt acrylic paint using a paintbrush.

Next I added the pretty pink peony flower using matte gel medium which I fussy cut from the wallpaper sample; I created some shadows around it so that it stood out more by applying and smudging some of the Dark Sepia Faber-Castell marker with my finger before sticking it down.

The “hello” and butterflies were created using a Springtime Tim Holtz Thinlets Sidekick set and some linen textured paper. They were coloured using either a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker or Angel Pink and Rose Bud Memento Inks. The wings were heat embossed with Wow! Embossing Glitter and the body of the butterfly was covered with Ranger Glossy Accents.

I layered the “hello” pieces together and also added some antennae to the butterflies which I made using wire. To finish, I added some wording that I thought were appropriate to joining this new design team and to my mixed media art journaling which are all Tim Holtz Clipping Stickers; they read “my grateful heart”, “just a memory”, “dreams come true”, “all the world is bright”, “life is wonderful” and “good fortune”.

I had so much fun creating this page and thought you may like to see where I create my art, here’s where I sit in my craft room. I have to say, it’s not normally this tidy (grin!).

I hope you will join in the fun over at Creative Artiste this month; be sure to check out the Challenge Rules here.

For more inspiration, you’ll find a wonderful array of mixed media projects created by my fellow design team members over at Creative Artiste too. We would love to see you there!

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 Hearts challenge over at Art Journal Journey that is being hosted by the lovely Bleubeard & Elizabeth this month with the wording on my page – “my grateful heart”.

With the paint splatters on this page, I happy to join in the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Splatters, Splashes and Drips challenge too.

I’m also pleased to join the Floral Frenzy challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with the peony flower that I included on my page.

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

  • Prima Marketing Finnabair Clear Stamp (Solar & Lunar Item# 966977)
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps (script CS752)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Wallpaper sample
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stain (Antique Linen)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Craft Sensations (Luxury Cardstock with Linen Texture CRO240/GE)
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets Sidekick (Springtime 662711)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Angel Pink, Rose Bud)
  • Tsukineko Versamark (Watermark Stamp Pad)
  • WOW! Embossing Glitter (Singing in the rain WS183R)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Silver Wire
  • Zig Memory System 2-way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Stix2 Glue Dots
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Clipping Stickers #TH93583)

Here with you

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d create a page with my hubby in mind. We have been married for many years (it will be 32 years this year) so I created a romantic vintage page.

I also used some of my new Wendy Vecchi Make Art Blendable Dye inks from Ranger; they were fun to use and I love the colours and coverage – see what you think.  

I started by adding some ripped book pages to the page using a glue stick and then I stamped an Finnabair and a Woodware Craft stamp to add some script and sheet  music using black Archival Ink. Next I applied some Pébéo white gesso using a brayer and when dry applied some Potting Soil, Acorn and Watering Can Wendy Vecchi Make Art inks which I watered down on an acrylic block before painting them onto the page with a paintbrush. I also applied some more of the Acorn ink through a Moroccan stencil using a blending tool.

The roses are fussy cut from a wallpaper sample and like all the paper elements, I created some shadows around them so they stood out more by applying and smudging some Dark Sepia Faber-Castell marker with my finger before sticking them down using Liquitex matte gel medium. The roses are arranged on the page with some Kaisercraft Stickers; this included some bird and foliage images, some white, green and grey hearts and also some wording which reads “here with you”, “there are so many beautiful reasons to be happy” and “joy is contagious”. To finish, I splattered the page with black and white DecoArt acrylic paint.

There are so many reasons to be happy when I’m with my hubby, we always have fun together and for that I am very thankful (grin!).

Over at Try it on Tuesday we have a Design Team call out, so if you are interested in joining our friendly group and have a current blog, just add DT to your challenge entry to our current or next theme over at Try it on Tuesday. We accept projects using any mediums, materials, style etc. it is your choice what you make, as long as it is based on the challenge theme.

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 Something New challenge that I’m hosting over at Art Journal Journey as I used my new Wendy Vecchi Make Art Inks on this page.

As this page was created with my hubby in mind, I’m pleased to join the Love challenge over at Country View Challenges.

With the Moroccan stencil that I added to this page, I’m also happy to join the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Use a Stencil challenge too.

I’m also joining the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my vintage page too.

With the worn and weather look that I created on my art journal page, I also wanted to remind you that there is still time to join the We’re all getting older challenge this month over at A Vintage Journey, it would be lovely to see you there!

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

  • Old book pages
  • Pritt Stick
  • Prima Marketing Finnibair Clear Stamp (Old Receipt Item#966980)
  • Woodware Craft Collection Clear Magic Singles (Sheet Music JGS111)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Ranger Brayer (Small)
  • Ranger Wendy Vecchi Blendable Dye Ink (Potting Soil, Acorn, Watering Can)
  • Creative Expressions That Special Touch of Mica Masks (Morrocan)
  • Wallpaper sample
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Everlasting SS376, High Tea SS336)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Marker (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black, White)

Paris

Today I chose to travel back to Paris whilst Art Journaling for the new challenge that is being hosted by the lovely Alison over at A Vintage Journey which is:

We’re all getting older.

It has nothing to do with your age, it’s all about making things look older; here’s what the challenge is about:

“Time for weathering and distressing, or some ageing and antiquing. Make a project using techniques for making the new look old, whether that’s paper projects, altered art or mixed media. Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk”.

I created a worn and distressed Art Journal page of Paris making the collaged papers look old.

To start, I ripped pieces of book pages about France which came from an old encyclopaedia and also pieces from a sample of Paris themed wallpaper. Then I collaged them onto the page using matte gel medium.

Once dry, I distressed the collage papers by staining them using Ground Espresso and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks. I did this by stamping the ink pads onto an acrylic block, spritzing with some water and pressing/dripping the ink onto the page and also by painting diluted ink along the edges of each of the collaged papers. To add to the worn grungy look, I also lightly sprinkled the page with some Dark Brown Brusho powder, spritzed it with water to activate the colour and dried it with my heat gun. Next I added some white gesso using a baby wipe and when dry, I edged the collaged pieces using a Dark Sepia Faber-Castell Big Brush marker smudging the ink with my finger.

I stamped a series of Paris related stamps using black Archival ink; the stamps included some little round “T” postage mark stamps from Prima Marketing and also a birdcage, bee, “Paris”, filigree branch and two crowns by Graphic 45 from Hampton Art. I then splattered the whole page with black DecoArt acrylic paint using a paintbrush.

I die cut some flower shapes and a round disc from dark brown and blue patterned papers using some Spellbinders dies and my Big Shot machine. Then I used two rectangular pieces of the same patterned papers which I distressed using scissors, the Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and the Dark Sepia Big Brush marker. I cut out an oval picture of the Eiffel Tower from the wallpaper sample and backed it with white card. Then I layered them all onto the page using double-sided tape and added some pearl gem stickers along the edge of the patterned paper.

To finish, I added a butterfly sticker from Tim Holtz and some pretty pale blue silk roses which are stuck in place using Glossy Accents.

If you want to join in the fun why not create a weathered, distressed or age effect too and share it with us at A Vintage Journey, it would be lovely to see you there!

For more Inspiration, please pop over to see the amazing creations from my fellow Creative Guides over at A Vintage Journey too.

It seems like many years have passed since we visited Paris, so I guess I must be getting older but hopefully not as worn and distressed as my page (grin!).

This is one of the yummy patisseries that we went to – can you guess which cake I chose from the lovely display here?

My favourite is always the strawberry tarts, they are so delicious and I only had one, I promise … well I only had one everyday for the week we were there (double grin!).

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 Art Journal Journey where I’m hosting the Something New challenge this month as I took “new” papers and distressed them to make them look old. Also smooshing the Distress Inks directly onto the neutral collaged papers to make them look old was “new” to me and I’m so glad it worked; it was so much fun making them worn and grungy (grin!).

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

  • Paris wallpaper sample
  • Book pages from old encyclopaedia
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy, Ground Espresso)
  • Colourcraft Brusho (Dark Brown)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Dark Sepia 175 B)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Hampton Art 7 Gypsies (Birdsong ICO151)
  • Prima Marketing Clear Stamps (Rossi Belle 587499)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spellbinders Die Cut – Unknown
  • The Works Paperstack (Vintage Experience CRO239/TW6)
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Salvage Stickers (Crowded Attic #TH92898)
  • The Works (Craft Flowers)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Poundworld (Pearl Embellishments)

Books

My art journal page was inspired by books, things with wings and some of my favourite quotes about books. I had in mind creating an aged and old look design for this page and also had fun trying out some old and new techniques too!

I started by using one of my favoured techniques to create the wood grain effect background by sprinkling Sandstone, Terracotta, Yellow Ochre and Dark Brown Colourcraft Brusho powders onto the page and applying Liquitex matte gel medium over the top using a paintbrush. The gel medium was watered-down so it was easier to apply and I ensured that I dragged the paintbrush horizontally across the page to create the wood grain; I left it to dry overnight. The book spines are fussy cut from wallpaper and are stuck into place using the matte gel medium. All the book spines were white originally so I coloured them with Cold Grey, Dark Sepia and Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush Markers, smudging the ink with my finger, to give them an old and worn look. Then I added detail to the spines and outlined them using a black Uni Pin marker and a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker to add shadows around and under the books. The butterflies and moths are Crowded Attic Salvage Stickers and the three white blocks of wording are Small Talk Stickers, both from the Tim Holtz idea-ology collection. I chose wording that I thought related to books, they read “be amazed”, “live, create, tell the story” and “stay curious”.

I had fun making the small booklet, a first for me (grin!). I cut some old diary pages to size, stamped script on them using a Kaisercraft stamp and black Archival Ink, aged them around the edges using Old Paper Distress Ink and a blending tool, folded the paper in half and then bound them together using thick thread down the centre. I stuck a cover on the front of the booklet which was fussy cut from a Kaisercraft glossy paper, it reads “Once upon a time…”. The booklet is stuck onto the page using double sided tape.

I stuck two of the inside pages together to make them more sturdy so I could add some of my favourite book quotes along with some embellishments. The quotes are stamped using an alphabet stamp from Dovecraft and black Archival Ink and I coloured the letters using Fawn, Boulder and Topaz Spectrum Aqua markers. The first quote reads “Between the pages of a book is a wonderful place to be” and I added an Anthology die cut shape from Kaisercraft which reads “ Today’s Story”.

The second quote is by Neil Gaiman and reads “A book is a dream you hold in your hand”. I used the same Kaisercraft glossy paper to fussy cut the word “dream” which I folded so that the booklet closes, and stuck in place using a UHU Stic.

The third quote reads “Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything” and I added a little butterfly to the bottom right-hand corner.

This page reminds me of Blackpool Central Library, which I have featured before in a previous post, that dates back to 1911 and was built in the Edwardian Baroque style.

The entrance is spectacular with the staircases running either side of the domed roof.

It is such a beautiful airy space and …

… the butterflies and “Once upon a time…” on my page remind me of two of the amazing stained glass windows that can be found in the library too (grin!).

Challenges

I’m pleased to join the lovely Erika from the blog BioArtGal  and her In the Sky/In the Air challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the butterflies and moths that I included on this page.

Over at A Vintage Journey, the theme is Book It! and I’m very pleased to be able to join this challenge too with my Book inspired art journal page, I had so much fun creating the book spines and small book for this Mixed Media style art journal page.

With the butterflies and moths I added to the page, this is also a reminder that you still have until next Tuesday to join our Things with Wings Challenge over at Try it on Tuesday too, it would be lovely to see you there!

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:

  • Colourcraft Brushos (Sandstone, Terracotta, Yellow Ochre, Dark Brown)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233, Dark Sepia 175 B, Sanguine 188 B, Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Old Paper)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Spectrum Aqua Markers (Fawn, Boulder, Topaz)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Script CS752)
  • Dovecraft Essentials Alphabet Stamp Set (WDN ALPHA STMP DCVW0050)
  • Wallpaper sample
  • Recycled paper from diary
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Salvage Stickers (Crowded Attic #TH92898)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Stickers (Small Talk #TH93193)
  • Kaisercraft Collectables (Anthology CT938)
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Fly Free SS289)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • UHU Stic
  • Stix2 double-sided tape

Flower Bowl

It was my birthday last week and my hubby surprised me with a trip to the cinema at The Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre. It wasn’t any ordinary cinema either, all the seats are sofas so you can put your feet up, relax and watch a movie just like you do at home – it was amazing!

As flowers feature heavily at The Flower Bowl, my design focuses on them. To start I covered the whole page with a Botanical Collage Paper from Tim Holtz using a glue stick. Once the glue was dry, I coloured the flowers and leaves using Spectrum Aqua markers blending and shading the inks with a wet paintbrush, the colours included: Begonia, Blossom, Jasmine, Peach, Spice, Marigold, Sunflower, Lime and Meadow for the flowers and Bud Green, Moss and Leaf Green for the leaves. Next I fussy cut some flowers from a leaflet and some wallpaper samples, edged them all with a Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and layered them around the edge of the page using a glue stick. To finish, I cut the wording from a leaflet that I picked up when we visited The Flower Bowl, edged it with the Cold Grey Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck it in place using double-sided tape.

I’m pleased to join the lovely Wendy from Wendy’s Art and Craft Journal  and her Having Fun challenge over at Art Journal Journey as my page represents the fun that we had at The Flower Bowl.

The Flower Bowl is Lancashire’s newest and probably most unusual leisure venue; it offers a range of activities and has a grass-covered roof.

The reception area is magical with the pretty fairy light trees.

We visited the cinema and saw a comedy called “Fighting with the family” which was based on a true story about wrestling. This cinema has three screens which are named after leading ladies and each one has its own unique style; ours was called Uma Thurman with a plush pink interior. The luxurious, sofa-style seating was so comfortable and both the film and cinema were fabulous!

The attention to detail throughout the complex is outstanding, even the basins in the toilet/restrooms are beautiful ceramic flowers.

As well as the cinema there is also crazy golf, ten-pin bowling and curling. We watched the curling whilst enjoying a chocolate ice cream and a banana milkshake so I’m sharing our drink with the T gang over at T Stands for Tuesday – 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:

  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Begonia, Blossom, Jasmine, Peach, Spice, Marigold, Sunflower, Lime, Meadow, Bud Green, Moss, Leaf Green)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Tissue Paper (Botancial #TH93705)
  • Recycled Leaflets
  • Wallpaper Sample
  • UHU Stic
  • Stix2 double-sided tape

One Spring Night

As I’m hosting Art Journal Journey this month I have created another springtime page for my Hello Springtime theme. I hope you are enjoying the theme so far, we have had so many amazing entries and there is just under a week left for you to join in the fun, I hope to see you there!

This page was created using a pretty greetings card of a hare sitting in the moonlight, and as it reminded me of a tea service that I had seen in a local shop I was also inspired to create an abstract design for this page.

I started by masking off three areas of the page with low tack masking tape and then I painted some pastel blue arylic paint  which I blended with Swedish Blue Liquitex acrylic paint; I chose blue to match the dots on the tag and it was also one of the tea service colours. When the paint was dry I removed the masking tape and edged the blocks of colour using some gold outline border stickers. Then I added some gold flower tiles to the white area of the page and some gold flowers and circles to the blue areas, all of which are outline stickers. The hare moonlit image is fussy cut from the greetings card and the spring daffodil tag is from a wallpaper sample; they are both decorated with a piece of gold outline border sticker and are then stuck in place using double-sided tape which finished the page.

This is the tea service that I saw in one of our local shops; as you can see it influenced my abstract design with the blocks of soft pastel colours, little animals and pretty gold accents.

It must be fun to drink your tea or coffee and see the bunny rabbit at the bottom of the cup (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday I’m saying a big hello to the T Gang with my drink related post and sending you all Happy T Day wishes!

Challenges

I’m joining in the Play With Paint challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge as I had fun creating the blocks of colour for this page using masking tape and paint.

As I included flowers on this page, it also serves as a reminder for our Say it with Flowers challenge that is running for another week over at Try it on Tuesday – I hope to see you there too!

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

  • Script Ready Mixed Acrylic Paint (Pastels – Blue)
  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Swedish Blue)
  • Docrafts Anita’s Outline Stickers (Straight Line Borders Gold ANT8101016)
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Outline Stickers (Gold – 0157, 0442)
  • Recycled greetings card – National Trust Moonlit Wood by Caroline Gordon
  • Wallpaper sample
  • Stix2 double-sided tape

Spring Greetings – Art Journal Cover

I always find that I have a huge selection of scraps leftover from creating art journal pages, which for some reason I just can’t seem to throw away (grin!). I usually try to use them up on my art journal covers and as I often use the same materials that can be found in the journal, the covers then also remind me of the pages that are inside (double grin!).

As my journal holds some of the springtime pages that I created for my Hello Springtime theme over at Art Journal Journey that I am hosting, I gave the cover a springtime feel too – I hope you like it!

I started by covering the background with a book page that I recycled from a part-work magazine, using as I did to stick all the paper elements, Liquitex matte gel medium. Then I used some washi tape, with a tape measure design on it, over the seam where two pieces of the book pages joined together. Next I stuck some lattice die cut pieces, remnants of a recycled brown bag, leftover pieces of teabag and also scrap pieces of wallpaper to the page. I added the robin, branches and leaves which are ripped pieces of tissue and then the scene started looking more like springtime, so I coloured the leaves using a Bud Green Spectrum Aqua Marker. The flowers are cobbled-together using leftover pieces of hydrangea flowers from a wallpaper sample and rub-on transfers of violets by Royal & Langnickel, along with some stamped hydrangea flowers using Elderberry Memento Ink. They are loosely coloured with watered down Purple and Navy Spectrum Aqua Markers so the flowers blended together. I also stamped the “My Art Journal” wording using the Elderberry Memento Ink and added more colour to the lettering using the Purple and Navy Spectrum aqua markers again. The “spring greetings” banner, “grow” tag and “plant a garden” banner are Graphic 45 Cardstock Stickers and I used the tape measure washi tape to bind and finish the edges of the page.

As you probably know by now, I love robins and this page reminded me of a robin we saw on a springtime walk last year. I think he had stopped by to say “hello”, isn’t he adorable (grin!).

Challenges

I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, like Art Journal Journey, 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 also joining the Close to Nature challenge over at Moo Mania & More with my springtime art journal cover.

I’m also joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Create a Scene challenge 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:

  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (Elderberry)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Marker (Purple, Navy, Bud Green)
  • Craft Sensations (Clear Stamps 154884)
  • Clarity Stamp (Word Chain STA-WO-10048-XX)
  • Leftover papers – lattice die cuts, recycled brown bag, teabag paper, wallpaper sample, tissue
  • Recycled book page from part-work magazine
  • Graphic 45 Cardstock Stickers (Place in Time 4500617, Seasons 4501629)
  • Michael’s (Washi Tape)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

Happy Days

Recently a good friend very kindly gave us a Food Dehydrator that she no longer uses so I thought I would create a page to remember this kindness and also the lovely apples we have been drying and eating – Happy Days!

I started by applying Parchment Liquitex acrylic paint and white gesso using a sponge through a mosaic stencil from the Tim Holtz idea-ology collection. The round mosaic pattern reminded me of the trays in the dehydrator machine. Then I used some different stamps to add more detail to the background which included a blossom stamp from Stampendous using black Archival Ink, a foliage stamp from Kaisercraft using Shabby Shutters Distress Ink, and also a stitched flower stamp from Urban Stamps using Old Paper Distress Ink. Then I ripped three pieces of wallpaper; I really like the apple blossom design to remember the apples that we dried. They are edged, like all the paper pieces, using a Cold Grey Big Brush Faber-Castell marker and stuck in place using Liquitex matte gel medium. Then I added some pieces of spotted and flower design pink fabric washi tape to the wallpaper pieces to add some interest and colour. The apple is fussy cut from a magazine and is backed with recycled card; I layered it onto the page with a small piece of wallpaper and some worded stickers from Kaisercraft, which read “Happy Days” and “Grateful” as I am grateful for my friend’s kindness. They are stuck in place using a glue stick and outlined with a black Uni Pin marker, and I added a shadow at the base of the apple using Cold Grey and Black Faber-Castell Big Brush markers which I smudged with my finger. Next I used a stitched circle die set and my Big Shot machine to cut circles from a Kilner Jar label and stuck them to the page using a glue stick and also some double-sided foam tape; this is relevant as I bought a larger Kilner Jar, as the one pictured below was a bit too small, to store my dried apples in. Then to finish, I added some white Hessian flowers which matched the wallpaper design beautifully.

On our first attempt of using the dehydrator we made the most amazing dried apples; you need to slice them thinly and pop them into some water with lemon juice in to stop them going brown. We then used a tea towel to remove any excess water, placed them on the drying racks and sprinkled them with cinnamon and dried them in the dyhydrator.

After 8 hours of drying they were ready and we stored them in a Kilner Jar to eat as and when needed. They are very moreish and have an intense apple flavour – yum!

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 Bleubeard & Elizabeth from Altered Book Lover, who is hosting the Count your blessings challenge over at Art Journal Journey as I feel very blessed to have received such kindness and have such lovely treats to eat.

As this page is a happy memory of summer, I’m also joining the Summertime challenge over at Moo Mania & More.

I’m also joining the lovely Wen and her Simply Neutrals Tuesday party over at Apple Apricot with my neutral coloured page.

I’m pleased to join the Sketch challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps; I used the sketch to position my apple and sentiments (grin!).

I’m joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Back to School challenge with my apple inspired page; synonymous with an apple for the teacher or for me a snack in my school bag.

Happy Days is also a song, do you remember it? I use to love watching the TV show when I was growing up too (grin!). You still have time to join the Inspired by a song challenge at Try it on Tuesday 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:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Old Paper, Frayed Burlap)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233, Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.2mm)
  • Tim Holtz Layering Stencil (Mosaic THS084)
  • Stampendous! Cling Rubber Stamp (Blossom Spray CRP136)
  • Kaisercraft clear stamp (Magnolia Grove CS822)
  • Docrafts Papermania Urban Stamps Craft Collections (5×5” Pastels PMA907223)
  • The Works Cutting Dies (Stitched Circles)
  • Wallpaper sample
  • Old Magazine
  • Recycled card
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Fiesta! SS284)
  • Kilner Jar Label Insert
  • The Works (Fabric Tape)
  • Craft Corner (Jute Shapes U-83162)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pritt Stick