Back to my art journal today!  I built up this page with gesso in some places followed by Distress Paints and Dylusions Ink Sprays.  My stencils are from Stencil Girl Products, Small Studio Productions, and The Crafters' Workshop. The black embossing paste is from Wendy Vecchi, Studio 490.


I recently organized all my stencils on a spinning rack, and as a result have unearthed some that haven't seen daylight in years, like the “Do Not Bend” one from Small Studio Productions, which I thought went really well with this funky flower from Mary Beth Shaw.


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  1. Julia S-W on May 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Sorry I’m late here!
    I just love this Marjie with all the stencil layers and the stark black against that gorgeous riot of pinks and oranges.
    Thanks for playing with us at Our Creative Corner this time.
    Hope your weekend is going well.

  2. sara j on May 7, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    A Spinner! You’re Brilliant!!! I’ve been trying to find a way to organize my stencils and this sounds like just the ticket!! Any chance you could give me a few specifics???
    I am in love with your published cards! They are wonderful. Off to go read the tutorial next.

  3. Terry on May 7, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Marjie, I am behind! Love this hot pink combo and that flower is so eye catching! That sentiment was so meant for the flower!!! Spinning rack? I am trying to figure out how to house the embossing folders! Love this!

  4. Wanda Hentges on May 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm


  5. Silvia on May 6, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Just beautiful, great texture.

  6. Lucy Edmondson on May 6, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    This is gorgeous, Marjie!

    Lucy x

  7. Laurart on May 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    WOW! this is wonderful! I love the colours and effects here! Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing this with us at Our Creative Corner Love from Laura xxx

  8. kathy/NorthCarolina on May 5, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Great energy in this page, Marjie…I love the pops of yellow/orange throughout. That hot pink really grabs the eye, and then the black embossing paste just grounds the whole thing. Makes me happy!

  9. linda on May 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Lovin’ that black embossing paste! Great color combo.

  10. Boo on May 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Love the bright colors.

  11. clare on May 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    fab really love the colour combo. x

  12. samara on May 4, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Hi Marjie: I love this! I also have this stencil, but in the black….oooolala and combined with the others, double oooolala! It is gorgeous and your words with it are great. Yes, never bend the stems!!!! lol Kisses and blessings to you my lovely, samara

  13. Tracy on May 4, 2013 at 3:23 am

    This is beautiful! Great use of the black on the wonderful background.

  14. Anita Houston on May 4, 2013 at 12:20 am

    FUN and vibrant! I love the stark black flower and title…they pop off the page! Awesome!

  15. Alison/craftytrog on May 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Totally gorgeous!!! x

  16. Debby on May 3, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Very cool page. The black pops against the bright colors. Way cool!

  17. Sandra Mouwen on May 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Such a stunning page! The background is so rich with layers of stencils and sprays! Love the black embossing paste! Hugs, Sandra

  18. Claudine C. on May 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Stunning colors and that flower is awesome. Love it!!!

  19. Helen Tilbury on May 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Wonderful! I agree those stencils go so well together!!

  20. butterfly on May 3, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Wow – the black paste looks so amazing against your fabulous colours… a wonderful page!
    Alison xx

  21. Diana on May 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    love love it!! i need to get me some of the black embossing paste! i have the white and love it!

  22. Redanne on May 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Marjie! Firstly, thank you so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner. Your page is delightful, the colours are gorgeous, the word and flower stencils are superb. Love this page! Hugs, Anne x

  23. Astrid on May 3, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Great page Marjie, love the black against the bright colours, – really makes them pop!

  24. Kay Wallace on May 3, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Love that funky flower and the DO NOT BEND stencils!! I rarely use black gesso and paint in my journals, but you have inspired me to do so! I am taking a class with Wendy Vecchi in August and am so excited!

  25. Valerie-Jael on May 3, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Lovely piece – I have my stencils in a big drawer, and when it is shut, the rearrange themselves, so it’s always a surprise to see what I find! Valerie

  26. Susan on May 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Beautiful! You should show a picture of your new organization so others can see how it helps.

  27. Carolyn Dube on May 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Another great case of organizing inspiring! Love how the black pops against the pinks and oranges (my fav. colors of late!)

  28. Julie Tucker-Wolek on May 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Wowwwww! This is gorgeous!! LOVING the colors and that flower!!

  29. Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries on May 3, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Vibrant look…lovely details Marjie!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  30. ellen vargo on May 3, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Hey Marjie – awesome page! Love the vibrant colors and layers of inky, painty goodness!

  31. Buttons on May 3, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Love this Marjie. Hasn’t the black really popped against that gorgeous mix of oranges and pinks. Hugs, Jenny x

  32. Trace metcalfe on May 3, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Love your background against the black embossing paste! Hugsvtrace

  33. Donna on May 3, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Looks great Margie, thanks for sharing!

  34. susan salyer on May 3, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Oh what a beauty of a journal page..I have got to get a few of the colors you used love you art.
    susan s