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Everyone Needs a Party Hat!

The latest headline prompt for Fall Fearless and Fly grabbed me unexpectedly!  There was  a completely different plan for my Fall Fearless art.  I had planned to do the color prompt but  I could not get the questions out of my head.  Before I knew it my Fall Fearless had merged with my Artsy Fartsy.  The muse said go this way, so I went!

For this week’s Artsy Fartsy with Maria McGuire I had to have sparkle, white space (ridiculously hard for me), and use the cathedral stencils from Artist Cellar. Be sure to stop by her blog and see what she’s made!  If you are new you can read what Artsy Fartsy is all about here.

I started with Silks randomly painted on with the cathedral stencils.





After they dried I put the stencil back on top and stenciled white glue right on top.







I quickly cleaned the glue off the stencil and sprinkled on clear glitter!





As I printed out copies of old family photos I was struck by how things did not turn out as anyone expected.  Mom is no longer with us but her impact remains.  All the pain involved in losing her was in fact her last gift to me.   What I learned in sorting through losing her has been a huge force guiding me as I built my own family as well as been a significant part of how I developed into who I am today.  The thoughts in my head became the journaling on the page.


Plain black and white photos were out of place with all the color.  So back out came my Silks and I painted directly on the photos.  No smudging and no smearing on the ink jet prints with the Silks!


All my thinking about the past got me thinking about the future.  When I think of a new start to a new year,  I think of babies and party hats!  Everyone needs a party hat!  As I look at these photos I realize one hat is a bit off center- how fitting!






Can you believe this is the next to last challenge for Fall Fearless and Fly?  Where has the time gone!  You can use 1, 2 or all 3 prompts.  There is a great prize from Luminarte, a $35 gift certificate!  Hello Silks and Twinkling H2O’s!  You’ve got 2 weeks to get your work linked up and entered to be eligible for the prize.  Here are the prompts:

Headline Prompt:  Future Imperfect: What is different about your life now than what you once expected it to be?  How is the way it turned out perfect or imperfect.  If your future turns out differently than you imagined in the first prompt, could it still be perfect?
Color Prompt: Yellow
Quote Prompt: “Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.”  Friedrich Nietsche

A Colorful Gelli Print Party starts on Tuesday!  Can you believe it is almost January 1st?  Hope you will stop back for the party! You can read all the details here.

Looking for more creativity? Check out Maria’s Artsy Fartsy, Make It Monday, Creative Every Day, Inspire Me Monday and Fall Fearless and Fly!


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  • Maria McGuire December 30, 2012, 7:23 pm

    WOW….is about all I can muster up. This has to be one of my favorite things you have ever done. So much meaning in it, fabulous techniques, fabulous color…wow! Doing these challenges with you has made my heart happy this year. I cannot wait to see what 2013 brings us. Sending you a BIG HUG!

  • Sandy How December 30, 2012, 8:34 pm

    Fantastic project, love all the colour and journaling and how you changed your B&W photos too. The little hats look great – Thanks for linking up with MIM this week.
    Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!

  • Jessica Sporn December 30, 2012, 9:36 pm

    Oh Carolyn – this is just beautiful and so heartfelt. I love all of these pictures, and the colors are just stunning. Happy New Year to you dear friend – meeting you has been one of the highlights of 2012 for me!

  • Cynthia December 30, 2012, 10:28 pm

    I love the photos–and the story and what all the pictures mean to you. The party hats are absolutely fabulous!!

  • loz December 31, 2012, 12:59 am

    WOW!! This is an amazing piece for you to treasure Carolyn. Have a fanytastic 2013..Loz
    Visiting from MIM

  • aga December 31, 2012, 5:16 am

    Dear Carolyn. oh it is so beautiful and blue and made with so much love. Thank you so much for sharing and thank you introducing me to ‘Fall Fearless and Fly’ and to beautiful prompt : imperfectly perfect. Wish you another creative year!!!

  • Linda Compton December 31, 2012, 12:18 pm

    This is a beautiful collage. The vivid colors, family photos and journaling are awesome. I saw it over at MIM and wanted to get a closer peek! Wow!

  • Anita Houston December 31, 2012, 3:33 pm

    And what did you comment to me the other day…you didn’t know how people can do papercrafting with so many techniques. Look at you!!! This is gorgeous and awesome! Love the party hats…I have that ribbon, thanks for the idea! The color and designs highlight these gorgeous photos beautifully! A real work of love Art! Gorgeous!

  • Valerie-Jael December 31, 2012, 4:04 pm

    This is a lovely piece, great colours and atmosphere! Valerie
    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  • Claudette December 31, 2012, 4:52 pm

    Ha, you are a little off center, aren’t you? Fantastic as usual! Happy New Year!

  • artmusedog and Carol December 31, 2012, 5:48 pm

    Fantabulous creation ~ Love it! ~ Happy New Year to you and your family.

    (A Creative Harbor aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^)

  • Margaret M December 31, 2012, 5:49 pm

    Popped over from MIM wow this is certainly very different.
    Happy New Year to you.
    Margaret M

  • Rinda December 31, 2012, 11:31 pm

    This is lovely! I like this prompt a lot.

  • Marjie Kemper January 1, 2013, 12:40 pm

    Fabulous! Love the unified backgrounds (with such gorgeous coloring, I might add) for the photos and the way you’ve worked the stencil. Great pics, too!

  • Faye January 1, 2013, 2:43 pm

    Fabulous Creation Carolyn.. Saw this on MIM…Faye

  • Sara Jansen January 2, 2013, 1:32 am

    WOWZA. The name if great – I totally agree to the party hats, but the stencil work is lovely and I’d say you dealt with the white space just beautifully. Nice piece! Have just discovered this challenge and it wonderful. Can’t wait to dive in.

  • Gloria J Zucaro January 2, 2013, 3:35 am

    I love this! The blues and purples are gorgeous and I love all the children in their party clothes. Gotta love the glitter!

  • froebelsternchen January 2, 2013, 9:39 am

    this is a wonderful piece Carolyn! I love it!
    Happy New Year!

  • Deepa Gopal Sunil January 3, 2013, 6:30 am

    So Beautiful! Well pictured…love the use of stencils and the way the color has come out in silk. Gorgeous art! Happy New Year Carolyn 🙂

  • diane morris January 3, 2013, 7:13 pm

    what a fabulous page! very touching and heartfelt in meaning , yet very fun and upbeat with the babies and the party hats….love it!

  • Asha January 4, 2013, 7:36 am

    Popping in from MIM to say WOW! Too cute! I want a party hat too! LOL. Hope you had great 1st of Jan and the rest of the year is filled with little treasures! Thanks for leaving a sweet comment on my blog…I’m running late on my blog rounds but I’ll get there in the end!


  • Susan January 4, 2013, 3:49 pm

    That royal shade of blue, the photos with the silver hats and the story behind them are all awesome.

  • Theo March 22, 2013, 11:42 pm

    Terrific post. I was going to do a facebook like but I could not find that module anywhere to
    click it. I’m using Firefox…. is that not possible to do that in this browser?