Art Journal ~ Believe in Magic?

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I noticed my friends at Our Creative Corner have a music/lyrics challenge going on, and this page came together as my entry.  The song I was thinking of is an oldie by The Lovin’ Spoonful.  Here are the lyrics:

Such a fun song!  It always makes me smile.

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The gal is a stamp from Viva Las Vegas. I stamped with her jet black archival ink, and then stamped her again onto a post-it, which I cut out slightly larger than the actual image.

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I covered the image stamped on the page with the post-it and stamped the ledger border on top, which provided a floor of sorts to ground her. Stamping over the post-it meant a bit of white space would remain around her feet, which I wanted.  But then…. I had a coloring ERROR of major sorts, so I stamped her  again onto a tag and repeated the process (mask/border) and covered the image on the page with the actual tag.

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After doing a better coloring job on the gal (using Distress Markers), I added a bit of textured embossing around the edges of the tag using Tim’s Papillon texture fade and a diffuser, keeping the center of the tag plain.

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The page has a wash of blue paint and I added some stenciling in the background with blue Distress Inks.  The words are from a new StencilGirl stencil designed by Carolyn Dube, and I stenciled them in with black paint and a cosmetic sponge.

Thanks so much for the visit.  Have a great weekend!


Linking to Craft Hoarders and  Art Journal Every Day.


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Fabulous journal and great tutorial…Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  2. Thassos456 :) says:

    Hi, this is great. Love the background colour and the girl stamp 🙂

  3. Very cool. I love seeing how you built it up!!

  4. Debbie Seyer says:

    Lovely project! Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!!

  5. Nice journal. Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  6. Love the size of that journal…so cool! Cute cute image too!

  7. Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  8. Hmm,, I somehow managed to miss this one, so glad I caught up with it now! It’s wonderful, love that girl and well worth having a second go at, she looks great now! As does the whole page of course! Thanks so much for playing along with our challenge over at Our Creative Corner!

  9. I love that gal! So pretty and looks great on that tag.

  10. This is absolutely glorious, Marjie… I love the girl on the tag (sorry to hear she took you two goes, but some girls are like that!), and the wash of blue is utterly dreamy, and definitely magical. Gorgeous! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
    Alison xx

  11. That’s a wonderful page, great image.

  12. What a fun page, Marjie! Love the stamp! It’s so funky! Hugs, Sandra

  13. Marjie – so great to see your beautiful artwork. I need to investigate those diffusors! Our paths continue to cross. Did you see that Linda will be starting up a compedium of curiosity 3 challenge in a couple weeks?

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Thanks, Jane! And yes… I am really looking forward to Linda’s new challenges.

  14. Such a fun and creative project! Thanks so much for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. Hope you can come back to play along soon. Hugs Ginny from Polly’s Paper Studio.

  15. This is such a fun journal page, Marjie! Love the blues and all the great stamping/stenciling in the background. The tag is so whimsical. I love that she’s “sprouting”….maybe a new pair of wings? lol Thanks for sharing your stamping hoard with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #5: Pick a stamp, any stamp!

  16. fun project! thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders!!

  17. Lovely page. ENjoyed seeing how you went about creating.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon 🙂

  18. Your project is just amazing. I love the image and those colors just speak to me! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  19. I love the utter quirkiness of this Marjie and love the way you’ve layered the tag onto the page (even if originally unintended – what a relief to know even the best can have the odd hiccup!!!) Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner. Jenny x

  20. What a clever art journal cover and definitely a variety of stamps and techniques to achieve this lovely result! Thanks for stamping with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  21. This is so fun! I loved your tutorial as well. I always love when folks show me how they accomplished a technique! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  22. Becky Bailey says:

    Love what you have done the image is gorgeous,
    Becky x

  23. I love it! It’s fun and sweet!

  24. I haven’t seen that stamp before, she is wonderful!! Must investigate asap. I love your page, the tag looks amazing on that gorgeous background.

  25. Oh yes… Nothing changed. I keep on telling you how much I love your work. This gal as well. Love the embossing using diffuser. Great idea and worth to remember using that technique. Thank you also for adding the lovely song.
    Thanks a lot for sharing your creativity !! We are so lucky to have artists like you to inspire us… Yeah !!!!!
    Hugs from SPAIN

  26. just beautiful Marjie – and love how you used the post it!

  27. Magical piece – and magic is my word for 2014. 🙂

  28. Great page, love the tag on it and the great quote xx

  29. Just so beautiful!! Your pages always have the most incredible vibrant colors that are awesome! Have a great weekend!

  30. Yes I do believe in magic and I also believe that you make magic happen Marjie!
    Sandy xx

  31. FABULOUS!! I loveeeeee the colors and the title work!!!!!

  32. The song is brilliant, I remember it too…. and your page is wonderful, I love the colours so much! Hugs, Anne xx

  33. That’s what I call real magic Marjie, love your page!

  34. Love your tag and LOVE this song, Love the Loving Spoonful and would love to play art with you! How’s that for a “whole lotta love” teehee Jackie

  35. I love the song too…. love the gal, too!

  36. Love it Marjie! Love the layout and the stamp used!
    So much fun on a small page!
    Always great!

  37. I believe 🙂 Great page Marjie!

  38. Oh no now I will be singing that song all day! Marjie, your journal page is pure magic and makes this “old” girl’s heart happy! Love the diffused embossing around the gal and very cool to stencil on the base and tag. Love that overlapping! Cosmetic sponges work so great don’t they? I love the little applicators for coloring in images and they are cheap! Enjoy the weekend, GF!

  39. Tghis is a fun piece! Valerie

  40. This is so cool! Thanks for the reminder to use the diffuser/texture fade-y things. 🙂

  41. This is superb! The way you kept the center texture free really draws they eye to her and the way you rearranged the words is perfect!


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