art journal flowers

Welcome to a fun blog hop! A new flower stamp has been released by Altenew for their Build-A-Flower collection. It’s the Japanese Mum and it’s gorgeous! It’s a layering stamp set but you can create flowers without using all the layers, or just stamp the outline and color it with your favorite medium. In the video, I demonstrate a few ways to use the stamp set for different results.

We celebrate with an inspirational blog hop and lots of giveaways.

art journal project –  A Year in Flowers

Instead of sharing a card using this stamp I am sharing an art journal page today. Remember if you are a cardmaker you already have everything you need to create lovely pages! This is a page for my “A year in flowers” project. I want to create an alphabet book all the way from A to Z, with flowers on every page. So here is my page for the letter J (Japanese Mum)

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

The flowers were really easy to create by using the stamp set. I used my Altenew watercolor brushes to add color and I went with 3 different color combinations for variation in my bouquet.

I created a quick background with my new distress oxide sprays in no time and I added I little bit of stenciling just for some visual texture. I made sure that my background is subtle as I wanted the flowers to be the focal point.

For the vase I used some Gilded Ombre Washi Tape ( ALTN | SSS | SBC ). I covered a piece of paper and then use my scissors to cut it out and make it look like a vase. I love the golden detail on this washi tape and I did add golden splashes and a gold J to bring everything together. The letter was cut out by using the Classic Alphabet Die Set ( ALTN | SSS | SBC ). I love that font and I will be using this alphabet  through out the whole art journal book.


Links to multiple online stores linked below. Affiliate links used at no extra cost to you.

Build-A-Flower: Japanese Mum — Altenew
[ ALTN ]
Joggles Disc Bound Watercolor Journal…
[ JGG | SSS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray WILTED…
[ SSS | SBC ]
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray FADED…
[ SSS | SBC ]
Gilded Ombre Washi Tape
[ ALTN | SSS | SBC ]
Classic Alphabet Die Set
[ ALTN | SSS | SBC ]
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil GRADIENT…
[ SSS ]
Antique Gold Metallic Ink Spray
[ ALTN | SSS | SBC ]
Pebeo decoMarker 1.2mm Tip – White…
[ JGG ]
Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive
[ SBC | SSS ]
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft TRAVEL STAMP…
[ SSS | SBC ]
[ SSS | SBC ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft MINI SNIPS…
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT 1914e
[ SSS | SBC ]


There are many ways to win prizes in this blog hop:

  • Leave me a comment below for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate. The winner will be announced on my winners page on 2/6/2019
  • Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please read more on Altenew Card Blog
  • There are more giveaways on every stop of the hop

next stop

Your next stop is my super talented friend Virginia Lu.

Happy hopping!


  1. Stunning, as always Vicki. Thank you for so freely sharing your creativity. You always share such great ideas.

  2. Vicky, I love how you used this set to do a journaling page. Your mums are beautiful and what a great idea to use the Washi tape for the vase (the gold adds the right touch!). TFS

  3. Thank you for the various tips on using the multi layer floral stamps. I look forward to trying them out. Gorgeous page!

  4. A very inspiring project! I am really enjoying the journal of a year in flowers. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Vicky,
    All your art journal pages you have created are beautiful. I think the idea of a journal for “a year of flowers” is a great inspiration. I am going to create a journal for my sister who is suffering with cancer to help her get through each month with a different flower .

  6. Love your work. Great color combination. Very clever idea to use the washi tape for the vase. The background looks great as well. Thanks for sharing your art.?

  7. I love the vase made with the wide washi tape and the techniques you used for the flowers are beautifully done. The watercolor brushes look so easy to use and so much easier than painting them with regular watercolour paint and brush techniques. Thank you so much for demonstrating these techniques. I hope to have these watercolor brushes in the future.

  8. I am really appreciating your Flower Art Journal.
    Your definition of the flower is a great touch.
    Always Inspired. Thank you

  9. Vicky, you are ALWAYS so full of ideas for us to try. I cannot wait to do my flowers now with all the inspiration you gave me. Love the border ideas and using washie tape for the vase. Also, 3 different ways to do our flowers…Thank you!!! 🙂

  10. Your watercoloring of the new Japanese Mums in gorgeous! Love the way you used the washi tape to paper piece! So creative!

  11. Such a detailed & beautiful stamp! You are a very gifted artist and you bring the flowers to life. Thank you for sharing this special side of you!

  12. Hi Vicky. I was so happy to discover your site yesterday. I love the journal you have started. I am going on a trip over to Europe this year and thought I would do a journal of my trip. Watching your video has certainly inspired me to do this. I love Altenew layering flower stamps.

  13. Wow Simply Stunning page!! using the washi tape is a wonderful idea!
    The flowers are just gorgeous!! Love it!

  14. What a great idea for a blog hop (instead of a card idea)!! I was just wondering the other day when you might return to working on your flower journal! You must have read my mind!! (Uh-Oh!!) The idea of having a theme for a journal is something I’m considering. It seems to me it would create more of a focus. Being new to art journaling I struggle with a personal inspiration for a page. You’ve created such a beautiful page and I appreciate (as always) the ideas and tips you offer in the video. I also really like the idea you had to put a letter on each page. I’m already looking forward to seeing how your flower journal progresses over the year. It’s such a wonderful idea! Thanks to your recent videos I finally got the few distress sprays (original) I have out the other day and played with them. I was surprised at how easy they were to work with as well as how much I liked the outcome. I’m planning to play with them again today. I just needed some help learning how to use them. THANK YOU!

  15. I love this idea and it would be a great journal to use my flower stamps more. If I don’t have a zinnia stamp I could always use another flower and call it Zoe’s (my grandchild) favorite flower to use the Z. So making a page for every flower of the alphabet can be very creative in descriptions, also. A little 10 year old friend of mine asked me to help her make a journal and I think I will use your idea when playing with her. She loves flowers and it would be a great afternoon getting to know her better, usie my stamps, and learning from a child’s point of view. Or maybe I’m kidding myself and just giving me an excuse to buy more flower stamps! LOL

  16. Your project is not only a terrific one, but your examples are just stunning. What a beautiful booklet you will have when finished!!

  17. Love your idea for a flower journal and the mums are beautiful. Thanks for the tips on coloring as well. I have to tell you that your disc bound journals were the inspiration for my starting one. I love that I can create the pages separately and add them to the journal. I use the create 365 Punch and it works well for me and I think you suggested that one, too! 🙂

  18. Wonderful — just love it. Love that you used that washi and it was so perfect; loved the addition of the big capital letter, LOVED the way you did the mums. Really wonderful video.

  19. This is so beautiful, Vicky. I love seeing the different techniques you use. Good to see the flower journal again- after the first page I thought I might do something similar, but forgot!

  20. What a beautiful addition to your “Year in Flowers” journal! Thank you for the watercoloring technique tips and reminding me to use Vinatage Photo oxide ink more often on my die cuts. That distressed look is gorgeous!

  21. This is such a lovely page! I really love your idea of creating a book of flowers! ? Such a brilliant idea to use that beautiful washi tape for your vase! This is a wonderful new stamp set! Can’t wait to try it out!

  22. Such a beautiful addition to your flower-themed art journal! As an avid gardener, I love this choice!!

  23. What a wonderful idea to do this journal. It turned out so beautiful. I love it when you add your videos!!! It helps me so much to know how to use the stamps…and extras like using the lovely washi tape to make your own vase….incredible…I loved it so much….thank you so very much Vicky for sharing your wonderful talent…and Altenew for having such beautiful stamps to work with.

  24. Wonderful page – I love the bouquet of mums in the vase, and the layered dictionary quote. Love the marbled glaze look of the vase too. I am definitely going to have to look for the other pages of your flower journal!

  25. What a beautiful, eye-catching journal cover. I haven’t used much wash tape, but what was used to create the vase is a must have. Your work is very inspiring.

  26. Oh, Vicky! I am so smitten by your idea of the journal! I’m definitely going to try this flower journal! So many beautiful Altenew Fliwers & what a great way to play with and display them! Thank you so very much. I’ve always loved your videos.

  27. Beautiful card. The vase is gorgeous. I never would have thought to make a vase out of washi tape. It looks so expensive, especially with the gold running through it.

  28. Hi Vicky, Love the idea of a flower a Month journal, this Japanese mum is beautiful and just love how you did that vase, wasn’t getting were you were going with the wasi tape but your clever idea to use it as a vase was awesome – it actually looks like a ceramic vase. You never cease to amaze me with you talent. Thanks so much.

  29. Its si Nice to watch you create. You make it look so easy but its not that simple. Your such an inspiration. Thanks fir sharing

  30. This Japanese Mum is a beautiful addition to your A Year in Flowers Art Journal!! Another gorgeous set by Altenew.

  31. Vicky – You n ever disappoint. Love all the different coloring ideas that you showcased in the video. Beautiful page. Love the idea and I will try and get myself motivated to do the same type of book. Thanks for the great ideas.

  32. Ooh, I was HOPING your were going to do another flower page in your art journal—and you did not disappoint! This is gorgeous! Love both the traditional and watercolor looks. This latest flower is so cool—-I love the big size, and the big sentiments that come with it! Can’t wait to get mine! Thanks for your ever-inspiring work, Vicky!

  33. Beautiful page to start your year of flowers, wow! I love the water color marker technique on the stamping and the washi tape vase is gorgeous too

  34. Oh Vicky awesome project idea. Thank you for sharing a mix up of ideas for how to . What a fantastic garden inspired book, at least if you run out of flowers you work with the best team to get some done for your specific letter need.

  35. Love this gorgeous art journal page Vicki! This Altenew build a flower stamp set is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  36. What a fabulous video & a year in flowers journal Vicky! I love that idea! I appreciated you showing more than one way to use the layering stamps. A couple of simple ways that I may actually be able to do – yay! This Japanese Mum really is detailed & lovely.

  37. Oh my Lord, that is GORGEOUS! I love the idea of a flower journal from A to Z. Good chance to use Altenew’s lovely stamp sets for sure. I really liked your creative little vase. And your tip with edging all your pieces with the photo in was brilliant.( I’m stealing that one) . As always Vicki, I love everything you create…this one especially.

  38. I hope this post goes through. This is my 3rd try. I love your use of watercolor brushes. Having a flower journal is a great idea.

    1. they all go through, I just need to approve them before they go live on my blog! Thank you for watching and good luck with the giveaways!

  39. Wow..drop dead gorgeous Vicky! Love your washi tape vase and your amazing colouring! So bright and cheerful!! Inspiring video as well!

  40. Vicky: I love your project idea of a flower journal. I hope you share this every month so we can see how it progresses. The mums you created are gorgeous and I love how you used washi tape to make your vase. I look forward to seeing your finished product.

  41. Your talent is amazing! I feel as if u tell a little story with each of your creations! Love and admire your work so much! And this stamp set is gorgeous!!

  42. You vase of flowers is truly gorgeous Vicky! It certainly showcases those amazing new Altnew flowers! Thanks so much for all the helpful hints as well as the great inspiration!

  43. Vicky, you created a gorgeous journal page! I love how it all came together. Would love to see your journal when you are finished with it.

  44. Vicky, I love your work! Wether it’s a card or your art journals, they are all beautiful and so unique. your mums are beautifull, and your vase, washi tape, great idea! I can’t wait for the next flower addition to your journal!

  45. I am so excited about your new floral art journal, looking forward to seeing you create every page! Beautiful!!!

  46. I love your video’s. I like the idea of leaving off the outline stamp. which gives a different look. You have so many great ideas. and they will work in card making. Your video’s are very inspiring for me and my card making.

  47. I loved your video Vicky and I think you art journal is amazing, it is such a fantastic idea, you are so creative! The two pages you have created so far are beautiful, they really are pieces of art! I’d love to do something like that but I wouldn’t know where to begin. Do you ever teach classes on how to do this? I can’t wait to see your next page!!!

  48. WOW…another beautiful creation! You make me want to buy every stamp set out there! I love your art journaling projects as well as your cards; Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!

  49. I love this page that you added to your flower book! Beautiful! This is such a beautiful stamp set! Thanks for the inspiration!

  50. This is such a beautiful bloom and I love the way you used the water colour brushes with this set. Vicky, your art journal pages are always so inspiring and this one is no different, I have no doubt in my mind that you with use all of the letters by the years end!

  51. I love your use of the Washi tape. The Japanese Blossoms are so beautiful! They are colored wonderfully!! What a fabulous BAF!!

  52. Love the colors on the flowers. They really pop. The vase you created is pure genius. One more Altenew set I need to get!

  53. I’m very much enjoying this year in flowers series. It gives me lots of interesting ideas for cards, even though you’re doing it in art journal form. Thanks for sharing with us!

  54. I never would have thought of a “A year in flowers” journal and I love it!! What a beautiful way to start it, this Japanese Mum set is gorgeous! I love the different colors you used and the washi tape vase is awesome. Thank you for sharing this and for the inspiration, I will be creating one too. ([email protected])

  55. I love your art journals and the idea of a special one just for flowers is wonderful. Can’t wait to see your next flower page.

  56. Beautiful Journal Page! What a great idea. I love the vase too (I wouldn’t mind having one of those in my house). Thanks for the inspiration!

  57. Absolutely gorgeous colors. I love this Japanese Mum. I plan to start an art journal soon and this is a wonderful inspiration.

  58. Your journal is looking great so far, hope you are able to make an entry for each letter of the alphabet. Such interesting techniques you shared for using the layering stamps in different ways, thank you.

  59. Very colorful and Beautiful creative work of art! Love your designs…So Cheerful and Inspiring! Great Work! Well Done!

  60. So lovely. I love your coloring. I can’t fussy cut at all so I really admire your talent for that as well. TFS!

  61. This is such a beautiful flower with some lovely sentiments as well. Another BAF beauty! Love the project inspiration too!

  62. Your journal page is just beautiful. I wish I could color or paint like you do. You really brought that flower to life.

  63. Great video. Thanks for all the beautiful examples. Your mums are amazing! And, you are going to have an amazing journal.

  64. Thank you for sharing this awesome journal project Vicky! I love to see artists like yourself use the Altenew products in various different ways. The colors look so nice with the washi tape! Just beautiful.

  65. I am enjoying your Year in Flowers art journal entries. I loved the hyacinths, and now I’m falling for the Japanese Mums. Thanks for sharing the tips about making your own vase, too.
    Altenew has so many fantastic floral stamps- and when you create with them, it makes me want to add them to my collection because you showcase them so effectively with your wonderful ideas.

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