Are you ready for another spotlight week?!

This week I am happy to feature Tim Holtz products! That means I will be posting three videos using his products on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. But the fun doesn’t stop here!!! He is generous enough to send me lots of prizes for you. Check the bottom of this post about the AMAZING giveaway.

And like I promised I will be posting an art journal layout each Sunday. And can you think of a better stamp set to use on an art journal than those crazy birds?!

art journal

I had so much fun making this layout and those birds just put a smile on my face. Love how colorful the are!


and although it looks as I spent a lot of hours coloring and blending… I colored each bird in seconds!


The flowers at the bottom of the page where stencils with embossing paste and they add so much texture on the pages! And you will see how easy it is to color them after the embossing paste is dry.


So grab your coffee and enjoy the video below or on my YouTube channel



Tim Holtz is generous enough to sponsor this event with tons of products! So this week I will draw not one but FIVE winners! Want to see the AMAZING prizes?! prizes

To join the giveaway enter your details by clicking the blue button below, that says “add you link “. I will announce the winners on Saturday 14th. One entry per person, I will delete ALL duplicates. The giveaway is international.

Thank you all for joining!!!


  1. Oh wow love those stamps! Awesome work with them!! And good luck to everyone entering the giveaway!

  2. TH even included tea cups one the prizes which is one of my favorite posts of yours! How thoughtful of them.

  3. Love your layout today!! Those bird stamps are really awesome! They look super fun to color and play with.

  4. I think this is my very favourite layout yet! Love these birds, you did an amazing job, do talented!

  5. As always Vicky, your work is just outstanding. Your videos are so much fun to watch not to mention inspiring! I love to hear your voice. It’s so calming. You make art journaling look so easy. The Tim Holtz birds are so cute!!!

  6. Wow! That’s gorgeous! I didn’t think I needed those cute little birds until I saw what you did with them. I can’t wait to see what else you come up with.

  7. This is the cutest I’ve seen these adorable birds colored and it looked like the easiest technique too! Love all of your art journal pages!

  8. I really enjoy your art journaling! There is something therapeutic in your approach. It allows for creating and trying new things without your inner editor/critic chiming in. Thank you for the inspiration!

  9. Vicki, Ive been watching you for a very long while now, just wanted to tell you that WE love your voice overs! When ever i pull up one of your videos and my husband is around, I yell to him, YOUR GIRL IS ON THE COMPUTER!! He laughs and stays nearby to hear you talk! Really enjoy watching your art pages come together, you sure make them look easy! Thanks for sharing! -Joan

  10. Such a fun page. I love the flower stencil. I hadn’t decided if I needed pistachio distrss ink, but now I think I do.

  11. I LOVE your art journal page! Your videos are so inspiring! Those birds made me smile too! Thank you for a chance to win your TH giveaway!

  12. Vicky,
    Oh my gosh, I really needed a smile today and those darling birds sure helped! Your journal pages are beautiful (and fun)! With just today’s video, I have learned so many new tips – I am such a newbie to mixed media that I keep gathering information along my travels. Again, I so enjoyed watching your creative process (and making notes). I love the journal pages and especially loved getting some smiles from the sweet, crazy birds! Thanks for sharing your art!

  13. I loved those birds the minute I saw them and now even more with what you did! I wish you did an art journal page daily. Can I come live with you???

  14. Oh My Goodness Vicky, your art journal page is totally amazing! I love it. I have recently got into distress inks and I use them on everything! I don’t know why I didn’t know how awesome they were a long time ago but I am sure making up for it now. Great job!

  15. Love your page!! When I first saw the birds, I wasn’t so keen on them, but oh, they have grown on me! After seeing what you and others have done with them, they are so fun!
    Am wondering how you keep the distress ink from smearing when you add the matte medium? I haven’t had luck with that. Any tips? Thanks!!

  16. Those birds are so cute! You’re right – they make me happy. I love your journal pages and, in particular, I love this one.

  17. Love those birds so cute and I need that stencil!!! Thanks for sharing am loving art journal sunday x x

  18. I love the bright vibrant colors you used! And those birds are adorable! Amazing as always Vicky!

  19. This page is so cute, colorful and bright! I learned and got inspired. I want to go in there right now and do an art journal page. Thanks!

  20. Great inspiration Vicky, love those darling birds, just got my set Friday and now I can’t wait to play and color them with the same technique you used. Such fun stuff!

  21. The Tim Holtz birds are absolutely hilarious! I love them and can think of all kinds of ideas to use them. Your journal pages using these birds is just so vibrant and funny. Thanks for sharing Vicky.

  22. You are incredibly creative and inspired!!!I allways wonder how you start a new art journal. First you have a picture on your head and you develope it, or the picture reveals while you are working on it?Awesome work anyway!!!!!

  23. Truly a fun layout. Thanks for the opportunity to win the fabulous prizes from Tim Holtz.

  24. Love your art journals!! These birds are so cute.
    Thanks for sharing your creative work. Where do you get all your inspirations?!

  25. OMG Vicky your Journal page is FUNTABULOUS OMG I love it and did LOL!!
    I love those bird stamps they are so adorable and girl you gave them life with your clever and creative speech bubbles OMG!! All of your ideas so so clever, creative and so SPLENDIFIC!!
    You so made my day….. You really outdid yourself here and I’m so looking forward to your Tim Holtz Series….I love this guy and all of his awesome products…..and man oh man what a giveaway WOW!! Thanks to TIM HOLTZ for his generous giveaway…and the chance to win.
    YOU and TIM ROCK!!!

  26. Your art journals make me want drop everything and go into my craft room to play!
    Love all your work and the crazy birds are just….crazy!
    They are too cute

  27. I am always inspired by your work and this one is awesome. Love the birds and how you colored the pages. Your use of texture is wonderful. Thanks for the video!

  28. I didn’t think I would like those birds, but you made them look so cute. I liked your technique of coloring them with daubers and distress ink. You do wonderful work. Love the giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. I love watching you videos especially the art journal videos. This art journal was so vibrant but very simple.. I loved it. Thank you for sharing!!

  30. Thank you Vicky for all your fabulous videos. I always look forward to seeing them and learning techniques. Love those funny birds.

    Maggie D. 🙂

  31. Vicky…I so look forward to your creations–seriously…I make time for them…This bird piece is another fabulous work of art! Love-your style girl! 🙂 Keep em comin’…really! 🙂

  32. I was so excited for Sunday to come.

    Awesome page. Can’t wait to try.

    Only problem is that I tried to enter to win but it seemed not to work. Clicked on the button that stated if there were problems try this. I saw my name twice with a garbage can behind it. I deleted both but now am unsure if I am entered or not.

    Please help cuz I would love to get any of these products.

    1. The trash can appears next to your name in case you made a mistake and you want to delete your entry to enter again your details correctly. If you can’t find your name then go ahead and enter again and make sure not to hit the trash can if everything was correctly entered.

  33. Those birds always make me smile as well. Love your art journal and each new page is my
    favorite – this one is really cool! Thanks so much for sharing so much inspiration!!

  34. I just love this art page Vicki, it was well worth the wait! Also how very generous, of Tim Holtz.

  35. What an absolute delight to wake up this morning to your new journal page! It is brilliant – I just love it so much. Thank you so much for sharing your talent. How amazing to find that in such a short time nearly 700 people have visited your blog.
    Thank you again

  36. Love this journaling page. YOur techniques are vwery useful. Using distress ink to paint your birds is a great idea.

  37. I don’t do any kind of art journaling myself, but I do love to watch your videos. I really like this one. the bright colors and cute stamps. thank you for sharing!

  38. I am so inspired by your project, Vicky! It has such a “feel good” quality to it and certainly put a smile on my face. I love everything about it and thoroughly enjoyed watching your creative process.

  39. Thank you so much for sharing your journal pages.! I love the crazy bird stamp from Tim Holtz also. Looking forward to Tuesday and Thursday.

  40. I all ways look forward to your videos, they have been one of my favorites for the past 6 years I think, you are an amazing artist and an inspiration to many!!
    I love those birds, they will be great for those special off the cuff sentiments you can’t buy…….LMAO! They are on my shopping list 🙂

  41. I love when you are the guest designer that means I will get to see you three times this week yeah! I also love Tim Holtz products so I am excited to see what you are going to do. Even if I don’t win I get to see what you are going to make and that makes us all winners.

  42. Vickie – LOVE this journal page! I just ordered the bird stamp set and the stencil. Can’t wait to attempt this one. Thank you so much!

  43. Fantastic journal page. Enjoyed the colouring with distressed inks and finger dauber. May get the birds.

  44. I’ve played some with the goofy silly birds that my friend shared at a get together. I still have these on my crafting area to smile at!

  45. I love watching you make your journal pages. This one is such pleasure to look at. I love those birds and the bright colors make me feel so happy. I need to get some stencils and try using them with the paste. I love that look. Great design, great video, great job. Thanks for sharing.

  46. I am new to your blog and am in love with this amazing layout!! Those birds are colored to perfection! LOVE the bright colors mixed with more earthy ones!! Also, your embossing paste flowers are quite stunning!! Looking forward to reading and seeing more of your posts/creations! TFS!

  47. You are absolutely amazing! !I really enjoy and appreciate all of your videos and helpful information and hints!! Love seeing your precious Ginger kitty in your videos also, thank you so very much for all you give us.

  48. Too cute!! Loved the birds! Thanks for sharing and, oh yeah, an art journal page EVERY Sunday!!! 🙂

  49. This art journal page is so fun! I just love those birds and bright colors. I am always so grateful for all the techniques and products you show us how to use. Thank you.

  50. Another wonderful art journal page. Those birds are the hot ticket–can’t find them anywhere in stock! Coloring with ink daubers–fabulous idea. Love your work; thanks for sharing.

  51. Wonderful! Right away, I thought of the song at the end of “The Meaning of Life.” 😉 I haven’t tried an art journal yet, but your ideas are so inspiring, I might have to! Great layout.

  52. Love your video and all the supplies from Tim Holtz… I want to create a card for my 4 grandsons using those funny birds. And those distress ink love the colors… I would love to see a video about your studio. Thanks again for the video

  53. I always love your journal pages, and was so excited to see you use these birds. Like you, they are my favorites from this release. I haven’t been able to buy them, but I so enjoyed watching you create with them. Thank you for putting some sunshine in my day!

  54. Wonderful work as always! These birdie stamps caught my eye just the other day….definitely one for my wish list. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  55. I LOVE those birds and your art journal came out so well. Seriously beautiful! The colors are so vivid! Peacock Feathers and Cracker Pistachio are my favorites! Birds came out wonderful! I need to get those daubbers! Can’t wait to see what else you are going to make! Thanks for the chance and thank you Tim Holtz!

  56. Love your color combination, the green pistachio seems like a nice vibrant green. Your journaling stamps and the birds are great !!!

  57. Oh I love these Tim Holtz’ birds! Your colouring is amazing and I love the whole layout and your quote! You are always inspiring. And of course…many thanks to Tim for the wonderful giveaway products!

  58. I enjoy watching you create all of your journal pages, but not all of them make me giggle like this episode did. The TH birds are the cutest stamps I’ve seen in a long time. You showed them off to perfection.

  59. I love your layout, the birds certainly have characters of their own! I would love to win a price. Please note my address for this reply as I made a mistake when entering my address for the giveaway. Thanks again for the wonderful inspiration.

  60. Love Tim Holtz and Love you! Visiting your blog has become my every morning task. 🙂 All the best & greetings from Croatia.

  61. absolutly amazing. I love all your artjournal-posts.
    This birds are so crazy and sweet.

    Love what you do.

    Thanks for your Inspirations.

  62. I’ve loved those crazy birds since I first time saw them, too, and your journal page is the first time I’ve seen them used- I love all your journal art!

  63. Love your quick and easy technique for coloring the birds. This was my favorite of the new stamps too! Fabulous overall layout.

  64. Another winning journal page, love watching your videos, you make it seem so easy when I know it isn’t. Love, love, love those crazy birds, so cute and funny.

  65. Hi Vicki – I love how you used these fun stamps – they are my favourite from this release too! Looking forward to the other videos. TFS x

  66. Hi Vicky
    I really love your work and by watching your art journal videos I got fascinated and started art journaling myself.
    Love Tim holtz products and love love to win.

  67. Love those crazy birds. I love watching you create your art journals. By the way, how did you get started? I just recently started using my art supplies to draw and create and was thinking about starting Art Journing, what items are a “must have” to start art journaling?

    Thank you for sharing and taking the time to answer this question. 🙂

  68. I was so happy to hear that you will be doing regular journal pages – watching your videos is a highlight of my week! Yesterday’s spread is wonderful – hilarious birds, amazing coloring and creative layout……………..thank you so much for sharing!

  69. I love your art journaling!! They are so fun and creative!!! Because of you, I actually started one too 🙂

  70. Βίκυ, καλησπέρα. Απολαμβάνω όσο τίποτα τα art journals και τις κάρτες σου, όσο και την εξαιρετικά λεπτομερή περιγραφή σου. Εγώ είμαι ακόμα στην αρχή της αρχής: προς το παρόν είμαι στη φάση συγκέντρωσης υλικών. Έτσι, παίρνω ιδέες από σένα, ακόμα και για τα υλικά που χρησιμοποιείς. Συγχαρητήρια για τις όμορφες δημιουργίες σου και εύχομαι οι ιδέες σου να μη στερέψουν ποτέ.
    Καλό βράδυ.
    Υ.Γ. Σου έκανα αίτημα φιλίας στο facebook ως ΡΟΥΛΑ ΦΑΡΣΙΝΟΥ.

  71. Vicky, love, love this page! You are sooooo right, those birds are the cutest and do bring a little giggle!!! Thanks for the opportunity and as ALWAYS sharing your fabulous creativity!! :)))

  72. I love those birds too and have them on my wish list. This whole layout has given me a big smile.

  73. I love birds and these are too cute!! Your journal page is adorable. Thanks for all the inspiration I get from your videos.

  74. These birds are so funny! I love watching your videos and always feel like I can try anything. Thank You for the opportunity and chance to win something.

  75. I know you hear this at least 1,000 times a day, but you are the most inspirational artist in the paper crafting world. And now combine you with Tim Holtz products – WOW! Thank you so much for all of the fascinating work (and video of your kittie) and the chance to win the birdie stamps!

  76. Thank you for sharing your fun side with the adorable bird stamps. They brought a smile to my face too!

  77. What a great layout. I love these birds and I’m really not much of a bird lover, but they are so cute and make me smile too. What a quick and easy way to color them too. Thanks for another great video, can’t wait to see what else you’ll show us this week!

  78. I just found your toutube chanel and your blogg yesterday. Saw alot of you videos yesterday and i LOVE them 🙂 You are so inspiering! Thanks for sharing them and this give away. 🙂

  79. This is too cute! Those birds are just adorable and you made them so fun! And I LOVE the border… cute is that! Thank you for sharing your talents with us…’re awesome!!

  80. Beautiful Vicky! The first time you used the birds I was not too crazy about them but you really brought them to life in this layout! Thank you for sharing your talent and giving me a new perspective!

  81. Love this! I am definitely going to get these stamps and as soon as my craft room is set up in our new home, I will be busy, busy! You are a great inspiration and I love all your creations! Thank you very much for sharing!

  82. I’ve always been a huge fan of your art yournal pages and this is no exception. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the process! It’s such fun!!!

  83. Perfect page for spring! Life is brighter when the birds are singing and flowers blooming! Love it!!

  84. Just amazing, Vicky! I love to watch you create pages in your art journal. Thank you so much for sharing so many wonderful techniques. ♡

  85. I am with you – those birds are adorable. Great job on the page, I just love the bright colors. I could watch you create all day long. Thanks for the chance at a give away.

  86. Just love this journal layout… I may like your cards but my goodness girl your talent lies in your journal pages… love them. Love Tim Holtz too. Thank you and him for such a great give away! Hugs! deb

  87. I love all the new stamps by Tim Holtz – I have told myself no more buying this year! You make such great lay outs I think I have to give the new stamps and stencils a try. Thank You Vicky I really enjoy watching your creative process!

  88. I like how you work and how everything comes together. I always learn a new little technique when I watch your videos.

  89. Loved those birds when I first saw this new stamp, but you have really brought them to life in your journal today. Now I MUST have that stamp! Thank you again for your ongoing inspiration—love your work!

  90. Oh my god, those birds! And coloring them? that’s amazing. Vicky, you have been such a great inspiration to me – all your works are beautifully done and are perfection!

  91. All of your art is so amazing and inspiring. Have made my version of several of your journal pages….and I learn so much each time. Thank you for sharing. Love your videos!

  92. I love all your art and all that you do!
    You are fantastic talented and give me a lot of inspiration.
    Thank you for sharing!

  93. Oh my! thrilled I found your blog…luv’d your videos when your were a guest designer on Penny Black…but couldn’t find your blog… 🙁 I was excited when this youtube showed up in my email
    I’m a subscriber now!!!!

  94. I originally started following your YouTube channel, however, I am glad to see your blog. I enjoy seeing your creations. I especially appreciate the detailed instructions you give. Keep the creativity going 🙂

  95. Hi Vicky. I’ve subscribed to YouTube channel a few months ago and have been eagerly waiting for you to release every new video. You are such an inspiration! I love Tim Holtz products and just love everything you do. Take care. Marelize 🙂

  96. i LOVE your videos — the reason so many people love the teacups video and page is that youtube often pops it up as “an other video you may like” — and that is how i found your videos in the first place. I LOVE LOVE them all. **sigh**
    i’ve learned a lot from them and wish i had the Big Brush markers too 😀 Once we get settled, maybe then i can start to add them to my supply collection. no, not add them but USE them.
    thanks for all the great and wonderful videos …

  97. you pages are absolutely great, I am not entering the giveaway, I just love to see you page creation and you have so inspired me with my art journal

    thank you for sharing your pages:

  98. This is the most adorable layout. I am so in love with these birds. So glad you made a layout with them. i just love watching you create pages. I am always waiting for the next one to see. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  99. Your page is adorable. I don’t see how you keep them in a book. I would have to have them out where I could see them all the time.

  100. I always look forward to your art journal videos and this one was awesome. I love the birds and the stamped edges.
    Thanks so much for sharing. I can’t wait to try this.

  101. I absolutely love watching you in action and could listen to you all day.
    Your creativity is infectious and oh so wondrous! Anything in the Tim Holttz
    line would be a treasure to own. Ideas are numerous with those stamps and supplies.
    Keep up the good work Vicki

  102. I couldn’t find the add to button to join the giveaway…. but I just wanted to tell you I love your work. You are an inspiration. Thank you.

  103. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us, helping us to develop ours. LIKE YOU!!!!!

  104. I have been watching your video’s for a short while now, I just found you!!! I am new to the mixed media form of art and I am loving it. Would love to thank you for your video’s and your tutorials, you are full of life and “colour”!!! Thanks for the give-a-ways too!!!!! Would feel very appreciative to win any one of the Tim Holtz products. Thanks again Vicky.
    Victoria, BC

  105. I am so impressed by the talent you show in each and every video you post. I have enjoyed your Tim Holtz projects so much. I would love to be a winner of the prizes for this giveaway.

  106. I couldn’t find a button to enter the competition, but LOVED this post!! What a great journal page this is!! So bright and cheerful!! Love this one1! Thank you!!

  107. Hi Vicky ,
    I love your style and all the pages you do.
    I really enjoy watching your videos .
    You have a great giveaway 🙂

  108. Didn’t find a button, but I do enjoy watching your videos and learn more about your process. Thanks for you sharing. Where’s the blue button?

    Linda Rodriguez

  109. I love your journal pages. I watched three of them this morning because the subjects were so vibrant and I just loved the colors! Thank you for posting them!

  110. Congrats on being a Tim Holtz’s Blogworhty Link. Love your journal page and so enjoyed watching your video, definitely gave you a thumbs up!

  111. I enjoyed this video so much. Your work is awesome and I just love these funky little birds so much. I am now planning on watching your blog for more fun things that you create.
    I hope to be so creative if I keep working at playing with all my supplies.

  112. The birds are to cute, they do make you smile!! I just started watching your videos,you do a great job, I’m learning a lot thank you!

  113. This is the first time I’ve watched you work Vicky. Love the crazy birds page! The birds are great and the background is terrific. Thank you for sharing!!!

  114. I absolutely LOVE your art journal page with the crazy birds 🙂 I have a question though. What is the medium you use, when you “glue” on the birds to the page? I tried Goldens matte medium, but it smeared the distressed ink on the birds.
    Thanks so much.

    1. All the mediums I use each time are listed below the each video on my blog posts or on youtube. Distress ink is water soluble and it will smear. This is natural, not because of the gel medium. Make sure you use a dry brush (no water at all) and do not manipulate the brush with the gel medium over your distress ink too much. Also try micro glaze… it is magical! Watch my latest art journal video to find out what this does.

  115. Such a cute layout…my mom and I had lots of fun yesterday trying to copy your idea….I was wondering how yours stayed shiny so that you could easily wipe away the green and yellow ink when you were coloring the flowers….the ink just stayed on mine. Thanks!

  116. I am tremendously inspired by your journal page. You explain things so well . I appreciate that and I have learned a lot. Thank you.

  117. I really love your work! I couldn’t figure out how to enter the giveaway, but I wanted to let you know that I’m a fan.

  118. thoroughly enjoyed your posts and video they are most inspirational. I look forward to seeing what you do next. Happy creating.
    kind regards Helen

  119. I loved watching this video. I was looking for something on these bird stamps. After watching this, I felt inspired to book your workshop on My Craftsy. Thank you

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