Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Timely Advice

Hi friends.  Living by the woods, as we do, brings a variety of interesting critters to our door step and it seems like my little dog, Princess, encounters most of them.  I guess it's the Terrior side of her.  Her latest encounter was with a large Blue Land Crab.  These crazy crabs climb the stairs up on to our back porch and that's where Princess found one today.  She wanted to play chase with the crab and the crab wanted to give Princess a good pinch.  Thankfully, hubby saw this happening and intervened before Princess got pinched.  These crabs are actually rather shy, unless they get cornered.  They're about 6 inches across and live in burrows that they dig about 5 feet deep.  They go to the ocean, which is 5 miles away, to deposit their eggs.  They're pretty amazing critters.  Okay, lesson is over. lol  I love nature and find things like that fascinating.

Today I have an art journal page to share with you.  I started art journaling in the beginning of 2014 and absolutely love it.   For this page I started with an old book page, which I smeared some paint on, stenciled a bit and then stamped the number background with three different number stamp sets.  I adhered some of the awesome watch faces that I've been hoarding, a time theme postage stamp, and an hour glass and sun dial that I stamped and fussy cut.  I put some dimensional crackle gloss on the hour glass to make it look more real and antique-like.  I adhered some watch and clock hands and some tiny watch gears.  I used some bronze Twinkling H2O's around the embellishments.  I typed and printed a quote I like.  I finished the edges of the page with some sepia ink.  Sorry, I don't know who makes any of the stamps.  They're all unmounted stamps from my stash.

You can see the details a bit better in this close up shot.  It's so fun to just do this for the shear joy of creating.
Art Journal Every Day
Artistic Inspirations - #113 Make Your Own Background
Creative Every Day
Fantasy Stampers - #21 Time Flies - Stamps used: 3 different numbers sets, hour glass & sun dial.
Not Just Cards - #4 Anything Goes
Make My Monday - Numbers
Scrapbook Blessings Club - #31 Anything Goes
Scribble and Scrap - #29 Anything Goes
Sunday Sentiments
Treasured Times Stamps - #26 Anything Goes
The Order of Opus Gluei - #193 Time


  • The constant, heavy rain has finally stopped.  
  • I found an excellent sale on some clothes I needed & I had a gift card.
  • Online shopping.  
  • Hubby found some paper craft magazines for me at a garage sale.
  • A husband who steps in and runs errands seeing I can't.
Have a terrific day!!!

Inky hugs!


Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Fantastic page, Shelly! I like how you distressed the edges of the paper. Isn't that true about time and words! Thank you for linking up to Sunday Sentiments! Hope you come back next week!

Sari said...

Awesome project. Great sentiment and love all those clocks. Thank you for joining Artistic Inspirations, good luck.

Ira Huberts said...

Your crab looks totally fascinating Shelly, we don't have these sea animals where I live! Your clock artwork is really special, love how you designed it and the idea behind your creation is truly amazing and very philosophical! Hugs, Ira xox
Ira’s Crea Corner

Doris said...

What a beautiful blue crab! I never knew they could be found so far from the beach. Our God has certainly given us wonder-full creation! And the saying on your page is so true!

JayBe said...

Wow! You made an awesome journal page, Shelly - I love all the different clock faces. Just perfect for our 'Time Flies' challenge over at Fantasy Stampers - glad you could join us and thanx for sharing.
Hugz, Jan (DT) xx

Cindy said...

What a beautiful blue crab!! You don't see that everyday. Your art jrnl page is wonderful, too. Thanks for sharing with us at SBC. Cindy-DT

Jacqueline said...

Love your journal page and all the numbers you have added - gorgeous crab too! Thanks for playing along this week at MMM - Jacqueline xx

Tracy said...

Oh, such wise words! And I loved the lesson about the crab :) Here I was feeling it was exotic to have lorikeets in the garden (ordinary for Australia, but still a thrill for and ex-pat Brit)

Sylvia Anderson said...

Hi Sweetie, This is stunning, You can see you put a lot of work into it....

Thank you for joining in our challenge over in "Not Just Cards" Good luck, Sylvia DT x

Susan Carol said...

Love your journal page, Shelly, all those numbers and clock faces - wonderful. Amazing crab too! I hope Princess didn't get pinched too hard. Love reading your blessings - sounds like you've got a truly great hubby, I mean not only does he step in and run errands when you can't but he finds you papercraft magazines!!! :) Blessings x

Cazro said...

An amazing journal page, the sentiment is so perfect and tru. Fabulous embellishments. Thanks for sharing this with us at Fantasy Stampers. Caz

Electra said...

This is remarkable, you can absolutely feel the pure joy you had in creating this! so glad you have joined us at Opus Gluei, we look forward to seeing you again.

Chat Noir said...

Ah Shelly......this is a magnificent page! The layers are evocative and mysterious, and all those clock faces are haunting. Thank you for bringing your wonderful creativity to our challenge.

butterfliecrafter said...

Nice page, such patience to stamp all those numbers. And you're so wright, it's just fun to create something.

Tammy said...

WOW Shelly, your art journal page is awesome!! I love all of the watch faces and your gorgeous colors! Fabulous pic of that blue crab too!
Big hugs, Tammy

Zoe said...

Thank you for joining this week at Not Just Cards Challenges Good luck and We hope you'll join us again soon.
Zoe x
Handmade with lots of Love

Annette Stapylton said...

Fabulous Love the Clocks.
Thank you for sharing over here at SBC and best of luck with your entry.

Cazro said...

Amazing journal pages, a time to enjoy. Thanks for playing along with us at Fantasty Stampers. Caz

Sheila said...

Wow, so good to see you back to posting, Sis. I happened to end up on my blog following a link and noticed you had posted recently (my last post was in 2012 :). The crab is cool but I'm glad we don't have them in MI - Ali would never go outside. Love your journal page - very impressive! You'll have to give me lessons one day.

Angelique said...

Oh verry creative, love it
Thank you for joining us at Scribble & Scrap
Huggsss, Angelique
Scribble & Scrap Store

Ira Huberts said...

Just popping in to say hi to you dear Shelly and to thank you for your sweet comment on my Autumn Greetings gift bag. Hope you are doing fine, sending hugs your way, Ira xox
Ira’s Crea Corner