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Just Be with Sparkly Shoes

For this week’s Fall Fearless and Fly challenge the quote sparked this journal page.  When I am arting in the studio I can find such a calm and peaceful place inside of myself.  I can just be.  And if I can be with shiny metallics and glitter glue- all the better!

This background was made using Jessica Sporn’s Hebrew Calligrahpy and Hamsa stencil.  Ink had built up on the stencil so I used that up on the page.  That is why it was a wonderfully imperfect inking!  This stencil has a completely different look when I use is this way compared to how I used it in my last post here.  Can you see the stencil in it?






I cut out the body, inked it up, die cut the wings, added lots of silver foil and paint to them, and grabbed a head I had stamped some time ago.  At this point I realized she was either wearing a body suit or needed some kind of clothing!






Every girl needs sparkly shoes!






The words solved her clothing issue!








A scratchy frame drawn with a metallic pen and a few quick lines around the words and she is ready for the world!






The guest artist for Fall Fearless and Fly is Dina Wakley!  Stop on over and check out her amazing art journaling!  We’ve got a great prize from Blue Moon Scrapbooking for this challenge! Here are the prompts for this challenge!

Headline Prompt:  Divided by God:  What does “God” mean to you?  How do you access”God” or the divine or the sacred in your life?
Color Prompt:
Metallics – gold, silver, copper, bronze, or all of them!
Quote Prompt:
“This is my simple religion.  There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy.  Our own brain, our own heart, is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”  The Dalai Lama

Have a wonderful and creative week! If you are looking for more creativity check out Inspire Me Monday, Creative Every Day, and Fall Fearless and Fly!


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  • Corrine December 9, 2012, 4:47 pm

    You know I like sparkly everything, some Dorothy shoes! I am loving that stencil, might have to add that one to me repertoire…..great page. You are sparkly. xox

  • Jessica Sporn December 9, 2012, 7:26 pm

    I love her! She has such great attitude!! I love the way you used the stencil here — so subtle and just adding the perfect amount of texture. And I agree – the studio is a wonderful temple. xo

  • Jessica Sporn December 9, 2012, 7:27 pm

    Very pleasing colors too.

  • Marja December 10, 2012, 3:35 am

    Marvelous work Carolyn. Really love her sparkling shoes. Beautiful background.
    lovely greet

  • Rosey December 10, 2012, 5:57 am

    I’m your latest Linky follower from the Inspire Me Monday hop. 🙂

    This is great, and I love the sparkly shoes!

  • Eddie - The Usual Mayhem December 10, 2012, 7:10 am

    I think the sparkly shoes really “make” this piece – wonderful!

  • artmusedog and Carol December 10, 2012, 8:36 am

    Dazzling ~ love the shoes ~ and colors and textures are wonderful ~ (A Creative Harbor) aka ArtMuse Dog and Carol ^_^

  • Sue December 10, 2012, 8:42 am

    Sparkly shoes are a must for a happy life:)

  • Maria McGuire December 10, 2012, 9:25 am

    Just Be…..good reminder 🙂 Loving that stencil and how many looks are coming from it! YES! Every girl should wear sparkly shoes–she is beautiful!

  • Cynthia December 10, 2012, 11:16 am

    Loooove the shoes!! And her face is gorgeous! The simplicity of the page and the colors are just perfect.

  • Kathy Gledsdale December 10, 2012, 3:02 pm

    Great work!

  • Rita McGregor December 10, 2012, 3:07 pm

    I love her sparkly shoes!! 🙂

  • Valerie-Jael December 10, 2012, 3:16 pm

    Great piece! I have a pair of wonderful, sparkly shoes, from which I will never part! Valerie

  • Judy Shea December 10, 2012, 3:34 pm

    Carolyn.. love these colors and your fun layout. Who’s that girl? It’s so funny.. last week.. the words “just be” were floating around in my head and I thought to use it somewhere.. and there it is.. it appeared. Love when that happens.

  • Erika N December 10, 2012, 4:11 pm

    She is a hoot. A real charmer.

  • Diane December 10, 2012, 4:58 pm

    LOve it… love the colors and very cheery! I really like doing collage work like this, but kind of need more inspiration myself. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Found you on IMM

  • Marjie Kemper December 10, 2012, 5:31 pm

    Beautiful background for your Flyer Girl! Love the way you’ve decked her out with wings and snazzy red shoes. Off to see the challenge…

  • Anita Houston December 11, 2012, 1:44 am

    Everything is better with sparkly shoes!!! She is gorgeous and spunky…I love her! Fab brights…so fun and cheery!

  • Michelle LaPoint Rydell December 11, 2012, 3:59 am

    She is totally awesome Carolyn! I love everything about her! The wings, and the writing on her shirt, and of course her sparkly shoes! Great use of the stencil too!

  • Annette G December 11, 2012, 2:44 pm

    Loving this piece its so much fun and fab colours. x

  • Ritva December 12, 2012, 4:12 am

    Just be – yourself. Great! Lovely colors:-)

  • Elisa Choi December 12, 2012, 6:09 am

    wonderful work Carolyn! Love the creativity you put in your work! 🙂

  • Nancy Lee December 13, 2012, 5:00 pm

    How can I receive the Fall, Fearless and Fly challenges ahead of time so I can journal also? I do not have a blog or webpage, only e-mail.

    • Carolyn Dube December 13, 2012, 5:32 pm

      Everyone is welcome to join along with Fall Fearless! If you want to share your work for others to see you can use Flickr instead of a blog or webpage. The next prompt to go up is a the very end of December. It’s a big secret until it is revealed on ArtistsInBlogland and everyone sees it at the same time.

  • Carin December 14, 2012, 5:08 am

    Hmm, I thought Iäd already commented on this! I love it. Itäs so so fun. I just love the sparkly shoes and the little stance.

  • Piarom December 14, 2012, 1:45 pm

    Haha, Caroly, so much fun, to read through your post! love how you manage the clothing issue ;)…the wings looks very cool, looks like a great technique!

  • Rinda December 16, 2012, 11:05 pm

    Love this! You do such a great job combining different images.

  • Asha December 17, 2012, 3:17 am

    Sparkly shoes – the perfect touch of whimsy on your project. It made me smile…. or maybe that was the magpie in me. In any case, my smiling!


  • Jo (fiddlesnips) December 20, 2012, 7:25 am

    Oh yes, standing like that she definitely needed sparkly shoes 🙂 Love how the imperfect stencilling looks, great colours and the ‘just be’ message is a great one for me to remember. xx

  • Deepa Gopal Sunil December 26, 2012, 12:40 pm

    Love the background!!! Beautiful piece…cute sparkly shoes 🙂