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Monday 4 March 2019

DV #197 Four Legged Friends

We are sponsored for today’s challenge at Dream Valley by Di’s Digi Stamps and the theme is Four Legged Friends.

This is a page from my Art Journal. It does have a two legged friend in there but it also has two quirky four legged friends. I started with adding some ink to a blank page with Decoart acrylic paints. I added various different stamps in distress oxide toning colours. The images are all from Katzelkraft, apart from the dog in the middle and the bow tie, which is one of Tim Holtz mini dogs and companion stamp sheets..

I stamped my images onto Talens Watercolor Printer Paper and coloured them images with kuretake clean color brush pens, before cutting them out and sticking them down onto the page. I added some shadow beneath the images.

The left hand side of the page is the waste paint wipe off, ready to turn it into a double spread. I am intending at some stage to make it look as if the two were made together.

I just loved this giraffe with the twist in his neck and the expression on his face. I originally placed them on the winner’s rostrum to fill the page more but it suddenly struck me what sentiment would go perfectly with the layout…… from Tim Holtz’s Snarky stickers sheet.

I added some small touches of glitter to the numbers on the rostrum, the bow tie, the bird wings and the umbrella dots, and then went around the edge of the page with a journal pen in turquoise.

The first two pictures are a better representation of the real life depth of colour, but the bottom one shows the glittery elements.

I am entering this into:-

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #24 Anything Goes with a Critter
A Inky Mess – #28 Anything Mixed Media Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft – #3 Anything Goes
Creative Artiste – #47 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Di’s Digi Challenge – Include an Animal
Mix It Up Challenge – #23 Anything Goes + An Inked Background
Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – Anything Mixed Media Goes
Sparkles Monthly – #113 Include an Animal
Stamping Sensations – Mar: Somewhere over the rainbow (all the colours of the rainbow in my page)
The Crafter’s Cafe – #214 Birds
Time Out Challenges – #130 unique
We Love to Create – #3 Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes


  1. Lin, this is one FABULOUSLY ENTERTAINING and BEAUTIFULLY COLORED project! I love it! Not only do your fun critters bring out the smiles, but the amazing coloring techniques throughout are completely cheerful - I believe they are all partying. It's a great journal entry that is sure to make you smile every time you see it! Love it! So glad I got to see your critter project showcased at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge. Hope to see more of your creations in the future. Please check back to see if you are a winner or A Designer Favorite. Sending you wishes for a wonderful day!
    {Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

  2. A superb take on our theme and a joy to visit, thank so much for joining in with our 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' theme at Stamping Sensations March challenge.

    B x

  3. Fantastic card. What a quirky bunch of characters. Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Monthy Challenge. Love Dawn x

  4. This is such a fun scene with beautiful colouring and love how the background has a collage look of stamps-great idea to make the other side look the same so you can finish off another time. Thanks for joining Time Out

  5. I could look at these pages all day long. Beautiful work!! Thanks so much for playing along at Stamping Sensations this month.

  6. A fabulous journal page. Lovely background and cute stamped animals.
    Thank you for joining in with our March challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

  7. This is super cute! I love your background. Thanks for sharing with us at the Creative Artiste Mixed Media monthly challenge.

  8. Two superb journal pages and you won't be able to look at this without having a smile on your face. I love the humorous sentiment, fabulous stamping and your great layout It's also really good that you've managed to incorporate all the colours of the rainbow. Thank you for joining us in our 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' challenge at Stamping Sensations and good luck. Sandra x

  9. heh heh.. this made me chuckle! I love that!!
    Thanks for joining us at MIUCB!

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  11. Super cute and creative! Thank you for sharing with us at The Sparkles Monthly Challenge.

  12. What a wonderful art page, love those cute critters and the sentiment! Thank you for joining our animal challenge over at Sparkles this month, I do hope you'll join us again very soon,
    Love Jacky x
    Sparkles DT

  13. Beautiful art journal page. Love the design, images and colours. Thank you for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month. Judy DT

  14. The inked background is very cool. Great to have this entry at Mix It Up this month. Anne ( DT MIUCB )

  15. Such a fun page and so colourful. A lovely addition to your journal. Thank you for sharing at A Inky Mess challenge this month.

  16. this. Thanks for playing with us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies......
    bye Ine DT

  17. beautiful work. Stunning canvas. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this month. Judy DT

  18. That's such a cute journal spread! Thanks for joining us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media!

  19. Such an awesome page!! Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry. Marcia DT


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