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Strawberry and Lemonade Ice Cream Inspirations

Strawberry and lemonade ice cream was the inspiration behind this week’s Summer of Color fun!  Yet again this week I was stumped as to what to do so I turned off my brain and let the colors take me on a journey.

About half way through the process I picked up my new stamps from Donna Downey and I couldn’t just pick one to stamp on my page- so I picked many.  I had been stuck and just reading the quotes moved me forward.  Thanks Donna!

This page is how I keep from being frozen by a blank page- when I colored my punched shapes with paint I did it on another journal page. When I stamped the word stamps to make sure I had them facing the correct way or to clean off the stamp I added it randomly around.  No idea where this will go but why waste paint or ink.  It will probably be buried under many layers but now I have a place to start on that journal page.

There is such an abundance of ways to start the week with creativity on the web!  Stop on by Creative Every Day, Inspire Me Monday, Art Journal Every Day, and The Summer of Color for loads of artistic goodness!


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  • Diana Taylor July 2, 2012, 11:15 am

    A fab journal page – they are a great set of quotes and the colours just pop!

  • Cynthia July 2, 2012, 11:45 am

    VERY cool page. Thanks for the Q-tip writing idea. I wondered how you did that. 🙂

  • Terrie -Creative Explorer July 2, 2012, 11:48 am

    Well done in using these colors – it’s an unusual combo and so bright yet you made it work and even appealing! Great job!

  • Jan S July 2, 2012, 12:10 pm

    Fab pages with wonderful quotes.. you did a great job with this colour combo 🙂

  • Carol July 2, 2012, 12:57 pm

    Wow! Powerfully dramatic and sooooo expressive ~ great video ~thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

  • Corrine July 2, 2012, 1:00 pm

    Your videos are so much fun to watch, snappy music and wild abandon. Good pink lemonade. xox

  • Christine July 2, 2012, 1:13 pm

    gorgeous colours, really inspired piece and I love that quote!

  • Denise Adorian July 2, 2012, 1:13 pm

    Thank you for your good wishes.I like the stamping all over your journal page .I agree, it should help with the blank page syndrome.I get it every time I am faced with one. Denise

  • Diane July 2, 2012, 1:29 pm

    Oh, Oh, Oh,–Love this!! (and those stamps–awesome!)
    P.S. Your banner is a perfect example of next week’s color!

    • Carolyn July 2, 2012, 1:32 pm

      I hadn’t thought of that! Thanks for the spark!

  • Elisabeth R July 2, 2012, 2:18 pm

    Your page is great!! And I love watching you make it! Thank you! 🙂

  • NatashaMay July 2, 2012, 2:32 pm

    Great page! Loved watching your video. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Valerie-Jael July 2, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Lovely page and wake-up-and-be-happy colours! Valerie

  • Ginny July 2, 2012, 3:57 pm

    Trust is my word for the year. Sometimes I forget about it and than I realize that I have been trusting that things will work out as they should and they do.

    I love this journal page and all of its wonderful quotes.

  • Caz July 2, 2012, 4:02 pm

    oh that is really amazing!!

  • Kathy July 2, 2012, 5:47 pm

    Hi Carolyn! I really like your lemonade and pink strawberry page! Your journaling style and process, well, I am fascinated. I love seeing other journals and you share such great ideas. Thank you!

  • mandy at eight is enough July 2, 2012, 6:12 pm

    I love your page…stunning colours and very pretty…xxx

  • Karen Smithey July 2, 2012, 7:17 pm

    Love that typewriter font– I had to buy an old typewriter at a garage sale so I could type stuff on my art!

  • Jessica July 2, 2012, 7:20 pm

    Love your page and how you got unstuck! Loved seeing your video on inspire me Monday. Way to go!!

  • Bev July 2, 2012, 8:59 pm

    Love your journal page! Thanks for sharing your process – learned a lot!

  • Jo Murray July 2, 2012, 9:50 pm

    Gorgeous colours and great quotes. You are right… when stuck… ‘just do it!’.

  • Susan Tidwell July 2, 2012, 10:41 pm

    Love the colors and composition of this page. And the “junk” page is great too.

  • Rita McGregor July 2, 2012, 10:45 pm

    Love to watch your videos! This was a fun page, even if the flowers were driving you crazy for a bit–LOL! 😉 Love what you did with the page you were doing the flower coloring on, too.

  • Terri July 2, 2012, 10:53 pm

    Great quotes, great colors, I love the free, loose style.

  • Kristin Van Valkenburgh July 2, 2012, 10:59 pm


  • giggles July 2, 2012, 11:57 pm

    Carolyn just fabulous!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful video, I love your pages, so pretty with great meaning!! We all have lulls…sometimes letting go is the only path!!

    Hugs Giggles

  • Marja July 3, 2012, 7:02 am

    Beautiful art work. And thanks for the video.
    Lovely greet

  • Gayle July 3, 2012, 11:42 am

    I love your inspiration. The colors are fabulous!

  • BJ July 3, 2012, 12:00 pm

    Very inspiring work. BJ#4

  • Ophelia July 3, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Your pages here are absolutely gorgeous! Love your blog…will visit again!

  • Annette G July 3, 2012, 4:19 pm

    Lots of terrific quotes, love them. Happy Summer of Color, Annette x

  • Lisa WrightStuff July 3, 2012, 4:43 pm

    Lovely use of colour! Smashing!

  • Jenny Petricek July 3, 2012, 6:41 pm

    Hi Carolyn! Another lovely page–and video recording your process! I love the quote stamps you used–a great way to get the look of vintage typewriter into your journals!
    The quote, “Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams” really spoke to me. I recently told my parents about my plans to go back to school and pursue a degree in graphic design, and unfortunately I’m hearing a lot of of “warnings” about how I may not be able to handle my classes along with my full-time job, which I need to hold on to for the next few years. I know it’s going to be hard, but I feel like if I focus on the end goal I can deal with whatever chaos ensues.

  • Stephanie Corder July 4, 2012, 8:23 am

    I LOVE the way you did your page- amazing use of the colors and shapes and textures! I always mean to have papers to the side for excess paint- after seeing yours, maybe I’ll actually do it!

  • Pauline Leger July 4, 2012, 11:04 am

    Carolyn, this was so cool!! Whenever i visit your blog, i find myself smiling before i’m even THERE!! 🙂 Your work is so much fun and i loved the video. Wanna know what my favorite section is?! It’s one of the last things you did – that red crayon scribble around the quote. That little thing, to ME, ties the whole thing together. I love it. Beautiful work! xoxo

    • Carolyn Dube July 4, 2012, 11:25 am

      Thanks! It probably won’t surprise you that I had the most fun of the entire page doing that scribble.

  • Shahrul Niza July 4, 2012, 1:21 pm

    It’s all gorgeousness. loveliness. happiness. such happy colors, great artsy stamping (i’m a fan of donna too), and I love how you wrote ‘TRUST’ the most. LOVE.

  • Liz July 4, 2012, 1:58 pm

    I am amazed at how you let the colors guide you. I liked seeing it partially done as well. Would love to see shots of your creations step by step. It’s such a joyful picture!

  • MissyK July 5, 2012, 3:15 am

    Wonderful page…. I love how you said you had to switch your brain off! I totally get that!


  • cat @ sea.sky.stone. July 5, 2012, 1:11 pm

    Awesome colors–that strawberry shade is calling my name! And I loved the video (as usual…they’re so much fun)–but I admit I had to giggle at the ‘moving flower shapes around’ part because I could totally relate 🙂

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth July 6, 2012, 7:14 pm

    Here it is Friday and I am just now visiting. I had a computer meltdown and went out of town all in the same week. Not a good way to keep up with my blog friends.

    You picked a great way to get unstuck. I really like what you did with the colors and how you allowed them to guide you. And of course, your scribbles were fun and your video was a joy to watch, too.

  • Tracey Clem July 6, 2012, 9:57 pm

    LOVE the yellow and pink combo! So vibrant. And I think the paper in the center of the flowers really makes them pop. Napkin? Great idea!! Love your videos…thanks for sharing!

  • Jo (fiddlesnips) July 7, 2012, 3:10 am

    Beautiful journal page, I love all those quotes!

  • Sandi McLean July 7, 2012, 3:11 pm

    Adore your pages!!

  • Tamoonstone July 8, 2012, 2:15 am

    I always love to visit your blog. Your posts are so colourful and happy and really show your joy in being creative. You inspire me to be more playful and free with my art. Thank You xo