Art Journaling and Class Updates


This week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show is color.  Playing in my art journal, I built up my background with Distress Paints, fluid Acrylic paints, inks and stencils.  I knew I didn't want to cover it up so  I chose the tallest arch from Darkroom Door's Gothic Arches stamp set to use as accents.  I stamped it three times on white card, cut each center out, and colored each arch with Distress Markers (love how they coordinate with the paints.)

It was a lucky discovery to realize that Tim Holtz's new Remnant Rubs are a perfect fit for the Darkroom Door arch:


I love the details on the Rubs and how smoothly they transfer… in this case even over uneven textured surfaces as shown in the arch above the word “Journey.”  You can see in the photo above that the modeling paste I ran vertically through a Prima stencil has taken the Rubs beautifully.  I like the combination layering of the paints, stamps, stencils and Rubs:


And here are a few of the number Rubs:


Thanks so much for the visit.  I leave tomorrow for Ranger U and simply cannot wait!  I probably won't blog over the course of the weekend (we'll have instruction from 9am-6pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) but I will surely post on Facebook, so do ‘friend' me there if you're up for some pics (link in my sidebar).

I've also updated my website with my teaching schedule for May, June and July.  Hope to see you at a class soon!


Linking to Create Every Day.


  1. kathy/NorthCarolina on May 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Congrats on the SSS win, my friend! I do love this page…like sunlight streaming through stained glass. And now, I’m off to bed! xoxo

  2. Candy Colwell on May 5, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Marjie…are you down off of that cloud yet from Ranger U? :) I just wanted to say “congrats” on your Top Three recognition from Simon Says Stamp and Show. Your art journal pages combining so many mediums were really amazing! <3 Candy

  3. butterfly on May 4, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Yay! Congratulations on your win at SSSaS… I’m so happy – I completely loved this page!!
    Alison x

  4. Maria McGuire on May 3, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I cannot believe I missed this! I am in love the the entire area around Journey! Deep, yummy color!

  5. Carolyn Dube on May 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    What magic! I am a huge window fan and the way you’ve created the feeling of the old church wall with vines growing all over it is magic!

  6. Beverly S on May 3, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Love your use of color on this page. And the arch stamp is terrific. I’ve added it and TH’s rubons to my wish list. Your background with the layers and texture is super!

  7. Jo on May 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Ranger U! I am sooo green right now!
    What a fabulous journal page … the layering is fabulous!

  8. Rachel Greig on April 28, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Love this page Marjie and how cool that the Arches and the rubs fit together so nicely! :) Hope you’re having fun at Ranger U! Can’t wait to hear all about it :)

  9. Rhonda H (rhoz) on April 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Great pages! Love all your colors!

  10. butterfly on April 28, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Simply glorious… the vivid glowing colours of a stained glass window – just perfect with those DD stamps. Am totally in love with this page. Hope you’re having a blast at Ranger U!!
    Alison xx

  11. Sandra on April 27, 2013 at 6:38 am

    What a stunning page! Love the bright colors! Tim’s rubs are so pretty! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  12. Annie G on April 26, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Absolutely fabulous journalling marjie. Those darkroom door stamps are stunning. Got them on my wishlist.

    Have a great time at Ranger U…lok forward to hearing all about it.

    CRafty hugs

    Annie x

    ps sorry I have not visited for a week … busy at work but think I am back on track


  13. soapHOUSEmama on April 25, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    WOW! There is so much to LOVE about this! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week! – Ashli :)

  14. Buttons on April 25, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Love how many layers you can add to your work without it ever seeming cluttered. I think it must be that you have such an eye for balancing colours and design. Hope you have a fab time at Ranger U (will be watching at FB). Hugs, Jenny x

  15. Helen Tilbury on April 25, 2013 at 5:20 am

    This is beautiful! You work up your backgrounds in amazing detail!! Those rubs are a must-have!!!

  16. Lynn Stevens on April 25, 2013 at 12:17 am

    WOW check out all those layers. Gorgeous Marjie.
    Have a wonderful time at Ranger U. I’m a most lovely shade of green right now. LOL
    Hugs Lynn

  17. linda on April 24, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Beautiful journal page, Marjie. I haven’t tried the rubs yet, now I’ll have to go find me some! Have fun at Ranger U! It’s been several years since I’ve been so I’m anxious to see what you learn.

  18. Rennata on April 24, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    These are beautiful. I love learning about new media and how people use them.

  19. Teresa Jaye on April 24, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    amazing, Margie! the colors and layers are just incredible. How cool that the rubz fit right into the arches – that’s awesome. Have a fabulous time at RangerU – I am SO happy for you that you have this opportunity and can’t wait to hear all about it and see what you learn and create – have fun!

  20. Candy Colwell on April 24, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Hello Marjie!! I love your art journal pages. What a cool discovery…that Tim’s rub ons work perfectly inside those gorgeous gothic arched stamps! Love those! Love your background colors! Hey…Ranger U coming up this weekend! HAVE A GREAT TIME!!! I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOU! Thanks for sharing your always wonderful art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  21. Redanne on April 24, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    A really gorgeous background Marjie, love the colours you have used and the gothic arches are really beautiful – love this page. Hope you have lots of fun (as well as the hard work!) this weekend and that you come back brimming with ideas! Hugs, Anne x

  22. Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries on April 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Lots to see on your background Marjie…your use of colours is great…Such a great page in total.

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  23. Astrid on April 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Such a cool page/spread, love it, fantastic colours and great effects and stamping!

  24. Debi Ryan on April 24, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    brilliant page- just love the colours and those arches! Debi x

  25. Silvia on April 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Wow Marjie, that’s a wonderful page.

  26. Valerie-Jael on April 24, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Lovely journal pages, love the colours and style! Hugs, Valerie

  27. Lucy Edmondson on April 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    This is gorgeous, I love the colours you have used and the stamping in the arches. Just so pretty!

    Lucy x

  28. Kim Dellow on April 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Gorgeously pretty, love the layers. Kim

  29. Judy Shea on April 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    You are something else, Marjie. Man, this is gorgeous.. one of my favorites.

  30. ConnieM on April 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    gorgeous!! have lots of fun at ranger U.:):):)

  31. Anita Houston on April 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    WOOHOO!!! Your going to Ranger U! I’m so excited for you!
    This journal page is colorific! I love the bold colors and then the black numbers and JOURNEY! Perfect for your destination tomorrow! I will be stalking your FB! Thanks for showing us what colors you are made of this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!!!

  32. Kay Wallace on April 24, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Just a super page, Marjie! The arches are the perfect add-on and allow the view of all that yummy color in your gorgeous background to remain “unobstructed” by them. A good bit of “fussy cutting,” but well worth your time and effort. I have those very rubs, Marjie, and agree they are of fantastic quality and rub on in their entirety! Bravo!

  33. Alison/Craftytrog on April 24, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Gorgeous page Marjie, love those DD arches! x

  34. Terry on April 24, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Love these colors, so striking GF! The rubs look amazing and I may now have to get my hands on those! Have a blast and then some at RU and I look forward to seeing updates on FB! BTW, for some reason when you moved your blog info did not update and I thought I had added your new link. Was wondering why I was not seeing updates, but took care of it again! Don’t want to miss my Marjie fix! Hugs!

  35. Corrine on April 24, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Nice rubs and love the lettering inside the word journey…..ENJOY Ranger U, I know you will. xox

  36. Boo on April 24, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Love this page. Love the contrast between the colors and the black stamping and rubs.

  37. Jessica Sporn on April 24, 2013 at 8:49 am

    This is gorgeous. thanks for explaining all the steps. Those arches are magnificent and I love how you filled them. Have the best time at Ranger U!

  38. Julie Tucker-Wolek on April 24, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Soooooooo gorgeous!! LOVING the colors and love love love those arches!!!

  39. Kate on April 24, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Awesome page. I love those arches with the rubons. A perfect amount of POP.
    Have fun at Ranger U. Can’t wait to see and hear about all the awesome stuff you learn!

  40. giogio on April 24, 2013 at 7:47 am

    WOW, it’s gorgeous!! Love the background and the rub-ons are the perfect touch!

  41. Trace metcalfe on April 24, 2013 at 12:57 am

    This looks amazing! Lovethelayers youbhave created …have a ball at Ranger…wish I could go …one day…have fun ..hugs trace x

    • Mary Elizabeth on April 27, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Love this Marjie!!! Gorgeous pattern and color. Have a great time at Ranger U!

      Mary Elizabeth