It’s in the Stars

I broke in my new Donna Downey stamps while art journaling over the weekend. The new DD stamps are huge, and Kim has them all in the Eclectic Paperie store. I hope we see more XL stamps in the future… I really love having images sized for larger projects.  The words are 4" long and the flowers are 8" tall!

This was a loose piece of Ranger Manila cardstock that I fit into my book with washi tape. It's colored with Dylusions Ink Sprays, Ranger Archival Inks, and loads of stamps and stencils. I used the hollyhocks stamp on this page and added clear embossing powder over the black ink:


Simon Says Stamp has a star theme going, and I used a star punch to jazz up my page border. I'll also link to Creative Every Day. Thanks for the visit!




Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Such a pretty piece! I love your background and creative way of using stars. Love the colors together. Congratulations on your win!!

  2. Yay… someone’s going shopping!! (SSSaS if you’ve not been there yet today…) Congrats!
    Alison x

  3. Beautiful page and colors! Congrats on winning too – more play stuff!!

  4. Hey, girlie! Congrats on the SSS win! Yay, you! Have fun shopping.

  5. Congrats on the win at Simon Says!!!

  6. Marjie…CONGRATS on your $50.00 credit voucher win at Simon Says Stamp and Show!! You go girl!!! <3 Candy

  7. This is stunning, Marjie – gorgeous stuff. I have some of Donna’s stamps from Unity but I really NEED these new ones – oops! Congratulations on your Simon Says win!!!! Missed your work x

  8. love your cover! yumalicious marje! glad i found you at julie’s.

  9. Wow, look at all those gorgeous layers! Love the tall clear embossed flowers and the great stars. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  10. This is so gorgeous!!!!

  11. Triple yum yum yum. Fabulous color choices and the hollyhocks look stunning. So much detail and layering…love it. Looking good and well done on the workshops and DT spots too! About time you found your niche…go Marjie! Thanks also for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Sarah.

  12. Love the punch (no pun intended) of blue behind your cut away stars – brilliant. I think you must have a lot of fun using and layering your stencils because they all look wonderful here. I too have some DD extra large stamps but not these ones, which are my #1 favs. I even have them displayed like decor when I’m not using them. I must get those stamps on my next shopping spree.

  13. This is amazing! I love the color combinations. The blue/turquoise color really pops against the red; that’s one of my absolute favorite combinations. <3

  14. I love the super sized stamps too. You made a great page- fabulous colors, great images!

  15. Loving the depth of colour, the embossing, the cut out work, well in truth the whole thing really!! Hugs, Jenny x

  16. Beautiful page! I just love those intense colors!

  17. Wow oh wow those stamps are amazing and you have used them beautifully – the embossing looks fab – off to follow those lovely links!!

  18. The embossing powder doesn’t only add lustre it adds that extra touch of texture and creates more definition set against your amazing background.
    So striking!

  19. I love (!!!) the color combo – it is so much full of life! Great work. :))

  20. LOVE the star border Marjie! Such a cool addition! Beautiful page Marjie!

  21. It is so beautiful Everything colours, composition and message. also it is very inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing

  22. Oh…and…Thank you tons for playing in our Stars Challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  23. BEUTIMOUS!!! I haven’t seen her stamps…cool! Love love love your color!

  24. Maria McGuire says:

    Deep, Rich and Beautiful!

  25. Amazing background as always, Marjie. Love that hollyhock stamp!

  26. Wow Marjie! This art journal page is amazing! love the color combo’s a lot, and love how you did those stars! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  27. Absolutely beautiful red page Marjie, love those big stamps and hope, like you, that more come out soon! Hugs, Anne x

  28. This is wonderful Marjie. I love the colours and the layers you create. Your journalling is so inspiring. I really enjoy visits to your blog as your work is fabulous and you are so kind sharing how you did it πŸ™‚
    Annie x

  29. Wow, Marjie, such a gorgeous page – great colors as usual and the stamps are fantastic.

  30. You really manage to create a depth that I’ve never seen. The embossing ink really pops the flowers. The stamps look like great fun too. Nice to have the larger size.

  31. Wonderful colours & I love those flowers! Enjoy your new stamps!
    Alison x

  32. Gorgeous page – those words are just yummy (kicking myself I didn’t get any now), and the colours and detail in that background is unbelievable! I’ve also been playing with DD hedgerow plants – with an entirely different look, obviously – coming to a blogpost near you soon!!
    Alison xx

  33. Love all the layering you’ve got going on here! Think I’ll go and get out my DD stamps … you’ve inspired me πŸ™‚

  34. Very creative, textural and colorful design work ~
    Carol of : A Creative Harbor ^_^

  35. Once again the master of the layers- love what the embossing powder does to the hollyhocks!

  36. Beautiful! I love the raised texture of the embossing, and those stars are awesome!

  37. Wow! Your cover is gorgeous! I love all the techniques you always use. Always reminds me of ones I haven’t used in a while and you get the old creative juices flowing – thanks for that!
    Love that you used a star punch to jazz up the border -nice little detail. Beautiful!

  38. Love the pops of blue behind the stars! Gorgoues use of red and black embossing! So vivid and full of energy! Hope you are having a great week! Hugs!

  39. Marjie…your art journal page is very cool. I love the colors! I love the embossing you’ve done. Love the stenciling and of course, I love the stars. πŸ™‚ As always, a beautifully done piece of art! Thanks for sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  40. Wow, Marjie. You are GOOD with those colors and stamps. I’m starting to really love Dylusions sprays now that I’ve gotten over the fear of bright color. Fabulous journal page!

  41. LOVE this Marjie! Just getting my feet inky in the journal art! Great colours and images! Always fun to visit!
    Wishes From A Broad

  42. What an amazing page Marjie…love the colours, the stars, the flowers, the background, the text…love this AJ page :-)))
    greetings, Alie πŸ™‚

  43. Stunning! I think this is my favorite page yet!! The stamps…oh, how I love the stamps…they look amazing!

  44. I love the hollyhock border…that was the first thing that caught my eye. Then, I traveled up to ponder those beautiful words, and over to count the stars. Then, I came back down again to soak in all those lovely layered images and drink in the vibrant colors. I want to dream this piece…it is so lovely!

  45. Love your use of color!

  46. Beautiful page Marjie! You definitely inspire me, love the bold color and the stars are perfect!!

  47. sooooooo beautiful!
    i really really like this one,
    creative wonder that you are:)

  48. *sigh* this is gorgeous!! I loveeeeeeeeee the colors and the stars!!!

  49. Oh Marjie these big stamps are quite wonderful and so are all your layers. The embossing powder just pops those stamps right off the page….xox

  50. Love this, I think it is my all time fave! Valerie

  51. Gorgeous words stamps and I lovethe way you have used that star punch! What a scrummy page! Hugs trace x

  52. Oh Marjie, this red beauty is amazing!!!. Oh yeah, XL stamps are great to fill up big journals, LOVE LOVE the embossed flowers.