Hello, friends!  Thanks for all your support and enthusiasm over my new site and the Tim Holtz Prize Package.  I used random.org to generate a number from each  possible method of entry (blog comment, newsletter subscribers, facebook friends, etc.) and then pulled a final random number from that group.  And the winner is…Debi Ryan!

Hey Marjie, I finally made it over to your new site- looking good :-)
I’m now network following you as well as already following you on Pinterest, Thanks for the chance to win this awesome Candy :-) Best of Luck with your new ventures, Debi x


Congratulations, Debi!  Send me your  mailing address and I'll get the prize package right to you.  Now on to today's project:


Here's a spread I made in my Dyan Reaveley art journal to play along with the Gears challenge at Unruly Paper Arts this month.  I used Tim Holtz's Sizzix gears and flourish dies and embedded several of each to my page with Gesso.


Next came the new Mustard Seed Distress Paint and some Golden fluid acrylics followed by stamping in jet black Archival Ink. I used lots of stencils with Pan Pastels, being sure to set the chalks by stepping outside and spraying coats of Workable Fixatif in between layers.  Here are some detail shots:




I used black Enamel Accents to create faux chains to hang my birdcages and to make table legs for the cage on the bottom left.


Thanks so much for visiting today.   I hope you'll connect with me: Facebook * Instagram * YouTube * Pinterest * Twitter



  1. Lisa H on April 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Look at all that lovely stenciling! =) This is a great project Marjie, love how it turned out. Thanks for joining in our April challenge at Inspiration Journal!

  2. soapHOUSEmama on April 4, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    BEAUTIFUL WORK! Thanks so much for linking up with us over at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week! – Ashli :)

  3. Brenda Brown on April 4, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Fabulously creative and love the PPs colours and the textures.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  4. Sandra on April 3, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Congrats to Debi! And what a wonderful layout. Love the texture of the die cut layers! Hugs, Sandra

  5. kathy/NorthCarolina on April 2, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Love, love, love the texture in this one, Marji! The colors are just bursting with energy, too. But my favorite bit is the mad scientist in the right hand corner. He makes me smile!

  6. Debi Ryan on April 2, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Oh MY!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Marjie and (Random Org ;) I’ve had a rubbish Easter weekend after falling over and hurting myself, so this is very happy news :D
    Another beautiful page Marjie, Debi x

  7. Silvia on April 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Congrats to Debi.
    Your pages are fantastic, love the colors :)

  8. Terry on April 2, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Love the subtle effect of the gears in the background and the red framing! Fabulous journal pages! Congratulations to Debi! Hugs!

  9. Alison on April 2, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Gorgeous page, great texture! Congrats to Debi! x

  10. Caroline on April 2, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Absolutely fantastically gorgeous!! Love anything using mixed media & if it has anything gears related & uses black onto vibrant background. The stenciling & stamping, actually everything about it is fab !! TFS Caroline :)

  11. Anita Houston on April 2, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Love those gears, and the warm sunnish colors! WOnderful pages, and congrats to Debi!

  12. Redanne on April 2, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Many congratulations to Debi! Fabulous pages Marjie, love the depth you have created with the dies and the wonderful colours you have achieved with the paints and pan pastels. Great to see the stages of development and now I know what to do with those Enamel Accents stuck at the back of my cupboard. Wonderful pages. Hugs,, Anne x

  13. Lynn Stevens on April 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Great texture on these pages Marjie. Did you just use Gesso? or some kind of modeling paste to make them stick?
    Hugs Lynn

  14. Debbie Reid on April 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Love your journal art Marjie. Fabulous colours and techniques…as always! I finally got started on mine. I have one page done! :)


  15. Julie Tucker-Wolek on April 1, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    GORGEOUS!! LOVING the colors and you always ROCK the textures!!!

  16. Valerie-Jael on April 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Lovely pages! Congrats to Debi on winning your prize! Valerie

  17. Michelle Reaves on April 1, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Congratulations Deby!! I love your journal pages Marjie…so bright and fun!!

  18. Claudine C. on April 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Congrats to the winner! What a load of goodies! Loving your journal page Marjie, so pretty and vivid. The colors are amazing!

  19. Judy Shea on April 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    These colors are so vibrant yet deep. .. how you achieve this is so cool.

  20. Jessica Sporn on April 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Gorgeous page and love the process. Very very cool. Congratulations to Debi!

  21. Julia S-W on April 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Well done Debi – lucky girl!
    Great pages Marjie. I love how you ’embed’ things on your pages. Gorgeous colours and the use of shadow effect is wonderful.
    Have a good week.
    Julia x

  22. lynne on April 1, 2013 at 11:43 am

    The faux chain is fabulous, what brilliant use of the enamel.
    As always, astonishing use of colour.
    P.S. Congratulations to Debi!

  23. Carolyn Dube on April 1, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Congrats to Debi! Love how you buried the gears and how they grab paint when buried! That law is one very important law to remember!

  24. Dale Anne Potter on April 1, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Congrats to Debi!
    LOVE this journal spread – GREAT JOB!!!

  25. Corrine on April 1, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Marvie texture, love the ghosting effect of the chicken wire look….Congrats to Deb for winning the amazing prize! xox

  26. Annette Green on April 1, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Great pages Marjie. Love those embedded gears. I’m SO itching to start art journaling. You are a pro at it and so inspiring!

  27. Dorothy McCarthy on April 1, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Congrats to the winner and I love your pages!

  28. Jeeves on April 1, 2013 at 10:15 am


  29. butterfly on April 1, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Another fabulous set of pages! And huge congrats to Debi – yay!
    Alison x