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She’s Growing Up Right Now

I looked at my girls today and realized that they are growing up and I like who they are becoming.  They are growing up right and right now.

A background made of paint &   a scrap of inked map glued on long ago.  This was a forgotten background until I was sparked today to use it.






I wanted to use Dina Wakely’s stamp but the base was too dark- no problem- just a bit of gesso and yellow paint to lighten it up.






Dina’s stamp in blue Brilliance ink.  The touch of blue at the bottom of the page is where I cleaned the stamp off.







Giant foam letter stamps








The text is a full sheet of rubber by Invoke Arts called Collage Words.  I used Distress ink so that I could easily rub it off the n in now with a wet q tip.  The numbers are a stamp by Stampers Anonymous.

I painted with a bit of orange inks to highlight the writing on the stamped image.



Grey Pitt pen to outline the letters








2 colors of paint for the journaling (this helped me get over my dislike of my handwriting)






There is lots of great art over at Paint Party Friday!  Stop by if you get a chance!

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  • Cynthia June 27, 2012, 10:45 pm

    What a gorgeous page–on so many levels! Love the idea behind it as well as the colors!

  • Rita McGregor June 27, 2012, 11:41 pm

    I agree! Gorgeous on many levels. :):)

  • Valerie-Jael June 28, 2012, 2:23 am

    Great page, love the colours! Valerie

  • Rinda June 28, 2012, 4:58 am

    I love how you used gesso on the stamped image – will have to remember that one!

  • Kat June 28, 2012, 7:50 am

    Such a lovely piece with sea cool colors, love it!

  • patsy June 28, 2012, 8:42 am

    Hi Carolyn, how lovely that you appreciate what your kids are becoming. As mothers we are given a rare privilege, aren’t we? Our children are our masterpieces! I like your journal page, and also the one with the butterfly in the post below. So colorful! And I appreciate your writing too! Patsy from HeARTworks

  • Tammie June 28, 2012, 4:15 pm

    wonderful to see how you created this!
    It really turned out wonderful.

  • Ginny June 29, 2012, 7:02 am

    There is no greater gift than watching our children grow up. This is such a beautiful page to honor your girls.
    Thank you for sharing your process. Your ideas are always such a huge help to me.

  • Carol June 29, 2012, 7:35 am

    Very colorful and creative! ~ Great tribute to your girls ~~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

  • Susan June 29, 2012, 8:18 am

    Beautiful and thank you for sharing your process.

  • Annette G June 29, 2012, 10:44 am

    smashing page Carolyn and loving your choice of colours. Happy PPF, Annette x

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth June 29, 2012, 11:03 am

    There’s got to be something wrong with me that I can’t see the potential in stamps and stencils the way you do. It’s almost like magic when you apply your art to your journal pages. You always make them look so great from start to finish.

  • Karen Smithey June 29, 2012, 12:45 pm

    I love getting to see the progress of the page!

    My littlest girl is going to turn 13 this fall, and my big girl is going to be a senior this year…It just goes so fast, doesn’t it?

  • Sadee June 29, 2012, 12:49 pm

    I love seeing your process! My girls are still really little, but I am so conscious everyday of how fast they are growing!

  • Marji June 29, 2012, 1:15 pm

    Beautiful page. They do grow up so fast. I love seeing your process. Happy PPF

  • JKW June 29, 2012, 1:19 pm

    Love to see how you manage to get the finished product. It is amazing. There are so many things to do with differing supplies and how they come out. Blessings, Janet PPF

  • Christine June 29, 2012, 3:25 pm

    lovely page, creative and gorgeous colour!

  • Corrine June 29, 2012, 3:56 pm

    I like how you are growing in your work too! Just beautiful, every time I visit I just feel so good inside at the authenticity I see in you. Kids, blink of an eye, wow, and they are adults, but it warms the heart to know we like them, we like who they are and who they might become. xox

  • Stephanie Corder June 29, 2012, 6:07 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS! I love everything about this, your color choices, all the different textures and how it all works together so beautifully! Thanks for taking us through the steps.
    Happy PPF,

  • Tracey Fletcher King June 29, 2012, 8:47 pm

    I think the addition of that touch of orange was genius… it made everything pop and come together… great page…xx

  • Mary C. Nasser June 29, 2012, 10:11 pm

    Love the gorgeous blues and the background made with the scrap of inked map glued on!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  • Ayala Art June 30, 2012, 1:24 am

    It turned out great… and yes, kids grow too fast! :oS

  • mimi torchia boothby watercolors June 30, 2012, 9:36 am

    ah, step by step we get to see what you do. nice composition and color!

    happy pPF

    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

  • Alicia June 30, 2012, 11:35 pm

    absolutely love this! the colours and the type are so great

  • Elisa Choi July 1, 2012, 1:54 am

    Loving your process and the inspiration behind it. Your girls are thankful to have you as their mom. 🙂

  • giggles July 1, 2012, 3:53 am

    Wonderful loving tribute to your girls!! Kudos to you for guiding them to be good people!!

    Hugs Giggles

  • Caitlyn July 1, 2012, 5:02 pm

    Lovely piece – the shapes and test add a lot of interest. Thanks for the step-by-step! I love those!

  • Carol Samsel July 1, 2012, 10:09 pm

    Love the color pallet and how you done the pages !!

  • Jenny Petricek July 3, 2012, 6:33 pm

    What a great page! I especially like to see the page’s origins. I have many pages in my journals that I’ve started but haven’t yet determined out how to finish, and I love to see the process you followed to transform the page start to the finished product!