Thursday, August 15, 2013

Let the Adventure Begin

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great week.  It's hard to believe but here we are in mid August already.  Our weather has been cooler than normal, it's been wonderful but our gardens could use some rain.

I have something that is not for Christmas today :) 

I worked on the cover of my small Art Journal made with Gelli Plate prints, (I created the journal in a recent workshop).

The background was created with a Gelli Plate, Acrylic Paints and stencils.    I used black Acrylic paint with TCW mini cornflowers stencil and outlined in white.   It looks like I was unsteady but it's the texture on the page that created bumps along the way.
Design by Ryn stamps:   Waterdroplets 2 and Dancing Faerie Set.  
Chocolate Baroque stamp:   The sentiment is from Artistic Affirmations

Below is the cover page with the front flap opened.   

The faerie was on another project that I wasn't happy with so I rescued her for this cover.   I cut her out out and used Tombow glue to adhere.  She is coloured with Inktense pencils - she was stamped over acrylic paints with Gesso over top.

And below is a beautiful card that I received from my Tante Saakje recently.   She used stamps by Designs by Ryn.   It was a nice surprise to receive in the mail.   She used Ryn's Leafy Branch and Gerbera stamps.

This card above was created by my Tante Saakje !

And here is another look at the Faerie :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


  1. OOoh Wow,your card is very wonderful,i love the colors and texture,they are great.
    and the other card from the post before is to georgus.

    greetings jeannette

  2. Great card Shirley and the cover of your art journal is beautiful.
    Greetings Janny

  3. What a great cover!!!!
    AMAZING results Shirley

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  4. Superb journal cover, what artistry. As I've said before I enjoy reading the details of how you made it, that enhances the finished design for me even more.

  5. Wonderful design,dear Shirley. Love the gelli plate effects. Awesome stamping and colorcombinations.
    xox Anja

  6. Hi teamie, great AJ page and the fairy and droplets looks great on it! I like playing with the gelli-plate but find it still hard to get the results as I want.....,maybe I should more just go with the flow......and letting control go...LOL just like in life!
    The card of Saakje is also lovely and a nice surprise to find in your mailbox, warm greet Miranda

  7. Wauw great Art Journal page!! A lot of details! Great Gelli Plate result! Love it!!
    Gr. Linda

  8. Hey Shirley, I think it's so nice that you included a card by your aunt. What a gem to receive in the mail :) I'm loving all of the textures that you are diving into lately. This is a great journal cover. Like the story of how you rescued the little faerie as well. Hugs!!!

  9. I love your journal cover Shirley, such lovely colours, with plenty of interesting shapes and texture going on too. A beautiful card you received too, and as you say a nice surprise.

    Sue x

  10. What a sweet, tiny fairy! Looks like she's bring you some rain. And the Gerbera daisies are gorgeous! Lucky you to get that in the mail!

  11. Just saw this on Ryn's FB, said to myself "Hmmm bet it's a Gelli plate". Popped over for a closer look. Wowsers! Fantastic, and love all the texture you have going on. Beautiful colors and fabulous showcase for the stamps too. Gotta check out those did I miss them? Got an order on the way. Gosh, so many goodies to drool over. TFS such super inspiration. Hugs

  12. Well,Duh, I think I did have that branch stamp on my recent order. It looks different on the card than at the 'store'. I think I put it in the last order..I know I liked it! LOL

  13. What a beautiful cover Shirley, I love the colours and the structure a lot, but olso the raindrops and the black flowers look fantastic , and I really love your faery, so beautiful coloured!! Great design!!!


  14. Realy GEORGEOUS!!!!!
    Greetz Patricia

  15. The purple and blue fusion of colours is beautiful Shirley.

    B x

  16. Grandiose Farben, tolle Hintergründe und so viele schöne Details, fantastische Arbeiten Shirley!
    lg Uli

  17. Good Morning Shirley! Well first of all I am so impressed with the art journal you made - and wow - your journal is gorgeous! Let the adventure begin is right - and I love Ryn's rubber stamps. Your creation is wonderful and I know you are going to really have fun creating the pages. You are indeed off to a good start!

  18. Such a fabulous Journal Shirley and love the colours and image
    x catherine

  19. How lovely to have another crafter in the family & who delights in the same stamps. Your journal is a deliight with those colours & I love the white outlining of the black stencilled flowers - think that will have to go on my wish list (the cornflowers). Your faerie looks as if she's quite at home where you've placed her too - she must be relieved to have got settled!
    Paula (PEP)

  20. Must be a joy every time you see this beautiful book! It tells an adventure on the cover; it is stunning!
    It ia always a plesure to recieve mail from family, but a card like this one is so much better; it is a beautiful one!
    Have an inky, fun weekend, Gerrina

  21. Gorgeous journal cover, love the colors! Have a great weekend!
    Groetjes Karin x

  22. Oh, Shirley! How magical that cover is with the flap that opens - I LOVE IT. Gorgeous colors and just that hint of flesh tone to pop everything else! Your Tante Saakje's card is absolutely gorgeous with the small orange in those big beautiful golden blooms! So pretty! Sorry you are not getting enough rain. We have more than our share this year, but I won't complain at all because my caladiums are lasting longer. Hope your are well, and enjoying your stamping time! xo

  23. Such inspiration as always from you Shirley.. You make me want to rush off and start crafting!... fabulous colours and textures from the Gelli plate and the cards are just..... wonderful!
    have good weekend
    Eileen xxxxx

  24. Gorgeous journal cover Shirley! You do amaze me!! It's always so nice to get happy mail Gorgeous card your friend made! have a great weekend!!

  25. A wonderful creation Shirley, and I love the fact that you rescued the fairy, she looks like she belongs here for sure. Wonderful colours, love it. Michelle x

  26. Wowowowowow, gorgeous, Shirley,

    have a wonderful weekend

  27. Spectacular, Shirley! Your pretty faerie is perfect for the corner of the flap. Love the design and the title and you know you've used one of my favorite color combinations!! The card from your aunt is also very pretty! Hope you get some rain soon. Hugs, Darnell

  28. Beautiful work, what lovely colours and designs! Thanks for visiting my blog, too! Valerie

  29. Such a beautiful page Shirley! Love all those textures and pretty colours, yum! Your Aunt's card is lovely too. xxxx

  30. a gorgeous cover for your art journal, shirley! i love the colours and all the texture you've created. the gelli plate sounds like fun. i love the colours in your aunt's card, how she coloured the flowers and those pearls. you're both so talented and creative!

  31. Absolutely wow! Shirley love the colours your aunts card is stunning very talented ladies the pair of you! lots of huggles hun Sue xx

  32. Hi Shirley! I love this beautiful cover you had made for your gelli plate Art Journal! The colours are just gorgeous and I love how the eye travels through the whole image in a very pleasant way! Love the water droplets and the mini cornflowers, it all goes so well together! The little fairy you have rescued is so beautiful! She is a dear and looks really great there on the flap!
    The card from Saakje is absolutely gorgeous too! What beautiful colours and well designed with those terrific stamps! Well done!
    Warm greetings, Marlene :)


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