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I wish I could tell you I planned this background carefully, meticulously adding each layer.  Nope.  It was from a Gelli printing session.  My addiction to that plate is becoming undeniable. It is a constant source of joy so I have no intention of giving it up!  So much joy that it is the basis of my latest Colorful Workshop: Gelli Printing!  It’s $10 off until April 1st, when class starts!



I needed a paper with some green on it- and having a stash of Gelli papers is very handy!







I grabbed an assortment of things from the garage without knowing what I wanted to do with them or where they were going.  I love combining random things and seeing where it goes.





The rays on Julie Balzer’s Mayan Calendar stencil  were calling out for some journaling.  Using a white Stabilo Pencil I wrote “always” over and over and over.  There are some things I believe I should always remember!





This month’s Color This Quote challenge  is something I feel I should always remember so I wanted to work it onto this page.  A bit of typing of tissue paper and the quote found a home inside the circles from Donna Downey’s Pot Holes stencil.






These metal pieces of some kind of weather stripping endured quite a bit of paint as I tried color after color trying to get the look that was in my mind.  In the end, those layers built up well but it was still too plain. Rubber stamp to the rescue.





I chose this one because it reminds me of my happy place, the beach.  I stamped with white paint first then a dark blue permanent ink on top.



I had such fun playing with that weather stripping that the leftovers just might have to stay in my studio instead of heading back to the garage…Don’t tell my husband!






Linking up to Artists in Blogland Color this Quote, Simon Says Stamp (green), Anything But a Card (green), Lessology, and Creative Every Day.

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  • Sandra L. March 6, 2013, 3:02 pm

    Ooh, I like this a lot!
    Blues and greens are my favorite colors to work with.
    I especially like the shell stamp. I have a thing about shells. Do you remember, did it come from 100 Proof Press by any chance?

    • Carolyn March 6, 2013, 4:05 pm

      It is from 100 Proof Press- good eye!

  • Judy Shea March 6, 2013, 3:22 pm

    This is a looker for sure. What fun finding all those goodies.. This came out great, you addicted thing, you.. (said in an endearing way).

  • Cynthia March 6, 2013, 4:28 pm

    Weatherstripping?? That’s just awesome! I love how they turned out–the colors are gorgeous and the stamping adds so much interest and texture. Beautiful page!!

  • Corrine March 6, 2013, 4:36 pm

    Loving that and all that you added to it. Blue rays on a snow day, yup, send me some, sleeting here…..Now I want to grab my big plate and get some messy fingers. xox

  • Paulette March 6, 2013, 8:00 pm

    This is way cool, Carolyn! Can’t wait for the class!

  • Rhonda H March 6, 2013, 9:02 pm

    Those are marvelous colors together!! Love this piece!

  • Rinda March 6, 2013, 11:13 pm

    This is lovely!

  • Yvonne Yam March 7, 2013, 2:32 am

    How cool. Love the colours and the handwritten “always”.

    Thanks for joining us at LESSology.:)

  • Tracy March 7, 2013, 6:05 am

    Loving all of it – colours, shapes, random garage grazing 🙂

  • Lynda March 7, 2013, 8:55 am

    Really pretty!

  • Boo Martin March 7, 2013, 9:23 am

    Love this one. The bright colors just sing.

  • Kathy Gledsdale March 7, 2013, 11:20 am

    Beautiful as always

  • Paula - Buenos Aires March 7, 2013, 12:18 pm

    Wonderful design, beautifully layered, scrumptious colours. Love to see the process behind the final piece.

  • Lisa March 7, 2013, 3:03 pm

    This. is. STUNNING. Truly, a piece of art! I love the colors, the design, and my favorite is the “always” written in pencil on the ‘rays’! Absolutely amazing! 🙂 Thanks for playing along in our “Bit o’ Green” challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog this week! xx

  • Claudette March 7, 2013, 3:43 pm

    Good job MacGuyver! Now make a masterpiece out of paperclips and a stick of gum! 😉
    You are always so creative!

  • Kay Wallace March 7, 2013, 4:08 pm

    Your prints just keep getting better and better…or is that they are just becoming more interesting…more clever elements! Who knows? Each is unique…like snowflakes! Love it!

  • Valerie-Jael March 7, 2013, 4:46 pm

    The loveliest things often grow without planning! Valerie

  • Jessica Sporn March 7, 2013, 7:35 pm

    this is just so cool. I love the composition – the “always” shining out of the sun – the stamping on the tissue paper – and weatherstripping — oh my! well done my friend!

  • Kirsty Vittetoe March 7, 2013, 8:16 pm

    This is brilliant, thanks for sharing your wonderful work with us at LESSology!

  • Marjie Kemper March 7, 2013, 10:19 pm

    I could say you had me at Hello, which you always do! But the repetitive ‘always’ on top of your gorgeous background is what I can’t stop looking at.

  • froebelsternchen March 8, 2013, 1:28 pm

    fabulous Carolyn! I just love your background again!

  • Anita Houston March 8, 2013, 2:35 pm

    Gorgeous color and rays are marvelous!

  • Marjie Kemper March 8, 2013, 6:42 pm

    weatherstripping??? love it! another gorgeous spread, Carolyn.

  • Linda Lapotka March 9, 2013, 7:39 pm

    This is wonderful. Thank you for joining the challenge this month at LESSology.

  • Jess March 10, 2013, 9:26 am

    Stunning project! Thanks for joining us at Anything But a Card!

  • Lori March 10, 2013, 3:50 pm

    Love the composition and colour! Very uplifting.

  • FranT March 11, 2013, 11:16 am

    I love this page, just beautiful. And a lovely sentiment!

  • Ronda Palazzari March 11, 2013, 1:08 pm

    This is so gorgeous and i love how you took us through the layers!

  • Maria McGuire March 12, 2013, 7:11 pm

    The color combo on this is fabulous! I LOVE the way you wrote always around the stencil rays. Your blue stamped pieces look like a piece of jewelry! I sure hope those keys you took from the garage don’t go to anything important 🙂

  • Diana Taylor March 13, 2013, 7:28 am

    I love this – what beautiful colours and composition – just fabulous – you’ve made me want to get my gelli plate out!

  • Margaret F March 13, 2013, 6:26 pm

    Such a beautiful background for your wonderful quote! I love the special touch on the rays of sunshine! Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But a Card!!

  • Julia S-W March 14, 2013, 5:02 pm

    I just love your background and those little shells on the strips – inspiring! Thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card this time.

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  • Clare March 24, 2013, 7:51 am

    fabulous colours on your gelli print. x

  • Danie May March 26, 2013, 12:31 am

    This is fabulous Carolyn, I love the wonderful texture of the the yellow and orange behind the brighter green and blue layers. And the text on the sun in white is beautifully complimented by the stamped metal which really brings it all together. xx