Shiny Happy People (Fake)

When it comes to real life, I don’t know any shiny happy people. Almost every one I am acquainted with in this phase of my life seems genuine and genuinely happy, with the exception of maybe one person. (Now I have all my friends wondering if they are ‘The One’)

Growing up, I was never one of the popular kids but the popular kids liked me. People thought I was funny because I made them laugh. Unfortunately, a lot of my jokes leaned towards the sarcastic side and I probably hurt a lot of feelings.

When I started dating my husband in college 15 years ago, I still had my sarcastic streak. I remember one time I joked with him (I think about his height) and I made him cry. My husband is by NO means a cry baby but he has a sensitive heart, just one of the many reasons he is perfect for me! For some reason it really hit home that my sarcasm might be funny to some but could also hurt the people I love. Needless to say, I am no longer using sarcasm to win people over. Sometimes I wonder if that makes me a totally different person than the one I was in high school. And if I am, I think my honey would agree that the sensitive me is better than the shiny happy one.

Which brings me to this journal page, tweedle dum and tweedle dee look anything but shiny and happy!

Creating The Journal Page

The Stencil Makes It

As you can guess I am sharing another page in my steampunk journal. What I think makes this page is the Art Deco Borders Stencil. I used stencil paste, rubbed embossing ink over the dry paste and applied gold embossing powder. The detail on this stencil is amazing!

The Embellishments

My stamped images have been water colored and I used PaperArtsy Infusions on my flowers. I layered the die cut gears and stamped butterflies. Pretty simple because I wanted to focus on the background stencil.

My Steampunk Journal

A few other pages for inspiration…

The Chessboard Prince; Her Eyes Are Whimsical; Gear and Legs; Plate IX; It’s All Perspective

I am playing along with Elizabeth this week although I am a day early.

Thanks for visiting today! Happy Tea Day!


Challenges Entered:

SanDee & Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge: Anything Goes

We Love 2 Create: Anything Mixed Media

Happy Little Stampers: October Watercolor with optional gold (Watercolor Stamped Images)

Happy Little Stampers: October Anything Goes with Dies