Mixed Media Challenge + Stencil Sunday – December 2016 Mini Calendar

Hi!  I’m very happy to be here with as a member of the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design team with a project for Stencil Sunday and the December Mixed Media Challenge.

Remember to add the following challenge graphic to your post in order to be eligible for the prizes each month.
The winner will receive a $15 STAMPlorations gift certificate or 2 ARTplorations stencils. And the top picks receive an ARTplorations stencil of their choice.

Here’s a mini calendar page that I made using the ARTplorations stencils

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The calendar measures approximately 5 3/4″ x 8 3/4″ or 14.5 x 22.25 cm matted.

  1. First I heat embossed the flourishes in silver.
  2. I sponged on red ink over the silver embossing.img_3583_edited-1img_3598_edited-1
  3. Next, I stenciled red embossing paste through the Dots All Over stencil onto silver foil cardstock..
  4. I matted the red and silver flourishes panel with white linen cardstock.img_3583_edited-1

img_3587_edited-15. I designed the little calendar as a word document and printed it onto white cardstock. It measures about 4″ x 2 1/4″ or 4 cm x 5.75 cm.img_3586_edited-1

6. I decorated the calendar by sponged red ink through the Dots All Over stencil, added some silver gel pen accents and inked the edges of the calendar by swiping it across a red ink pad and then attached it with foam tape.

7. I matted the entire project with linen cardstock stenciled with the flourishes stencil in red.img_3594_edited-1

 

I had a lot of fun creating this calendar page and I hope that you have been inspired to create your own mixed media projects! I’d be very glad to have you join us for the mixed media challenge this month. I’m so excited to be here with you and I can’t wait to see what you make!

Please remember that this is not a card challenge…it’s anything BUT a card. 🙂

To be sure that you’re eligible for the prizes each month, please create a mixed media project, add a link to the challenge and also remember to show the Mixed Media challenge graphic. Please check out what the rest of the design team has made here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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For your convenience here our challenge rules:
  • Your project(s) can be anything mixed media except a card (so no cards, please!).
  • You must use a stencil or stencils (any brand) in your project(s).
  • You can enter as many projects as you wish as long as they are in separate blog posts.
  • You must display our STAMPlorations/ARTplorations mixed media challenge graphic  in your post and link back to the challenge post (not just the main blog) in order to be eligible to win (and receive the corresponding prize).
  • Link up by December 31, 11:55 p.m. Pacific time (GMT-7).

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AAA Cards Game #79 – Christmas

I’m happy to be here today for AAA Cards Game #79 – Christmas.

Thank you to our sponsor:

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I love this inspiration photo! Ahhhh!

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is Marianne from marianne-cards-n-stuff.blogspot.co.uk. Please go on over to her blog and check out her beautiful CAS red Christmas Tree ornament card!
Here’s my card for this game:

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I hope that you have been inspired to play along with us this game. Make sure you stop by AAA Cards and visit all of the design team members blogs.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

How to enter our challenge:
Mention us in your post
Display our challenge image
Have fun and leave a comment on other participants’ blogs.

Remember to keep it Clean And Simple

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The Mixed Media Card Challenge #30 – December – Gold

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Hi! I’m here with a reminder post & card for The Mixed Media Card Challenge for December:

Here’s my card:

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How I made this card:

  1.  Sketched and painted the holly.Slide122. Scanned and printed my painting onto card stock.

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You may remember some cards that I made with my painting last year.

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3. This year, I made a homemade stencil with a star die.

4. Then I stenciled gold embossing paste onto the holly panel.slide0015. I stamped the sentiment. (Simon Says Clear Stamps BLESSED SSS101370)

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6. Then I embellished with a gold gel pen, enamel dots, and Glossy Accents.

7.  I framed the panel with black cardstock and mounted it to card base.

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I had a lot of fun making this card! Make sure you stop by The MMCC blog and check out my teammates’ superb creations! Get ready for shakers and glitter and glue! Oh, my!

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace & Merry Christmas!
Melissa

Do you love Christmas music? I do! I recently discovered JJ Heller’s new Christmas album. Here’s one of her songs for your listening pleasure.🙂

HOW TO PLAY
1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by  December 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-8).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on December 31.

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Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags – Day 26 with STAMPlorations

Hi! I’m happy to be here for Tracey McNeely’s  25 Days of Christmas Tags with today’s sponsor, STAMPlorations, on this 26th day!

I have 3 tags to share with you and here they are:

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I designed my own sentiments and printed them on vellum (Stampin’ Up’s works very well) and I also made a PDF version of them for you.

Please click here or on the image below for a printable version of my sentiments.

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I’m like to play this 1rst tag at Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #153 – Silver and Gold Theme.

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I stenciled over a print of my own holly sketch/painting and then used 2 sizes of the TAGplorations luggage/tag nesting dies to make a frame for the tag. I love the red and white striped paper.

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 There are lots of prizes and sponsors, including STAMPlorations. Be sure to visit Tracey’s blog for all of the details. Her linky will close December 2, 2016 at 12:00 am (EST). Prizes will be announced on December 9th on her blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace, Peace & Merry Christmas,

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AAA Cards Game #78 – Circles

I’m happy to be here today with a post for AAA Cards Game #78 – Circles.

Our sponsor for this game:

Stampendous

We’ll pick a top winner and some runners up.
It could be you!
Our sponsor this fortnight is Stampendous.
Thank you, Stampendous.

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I hope that you are inspired to play along. Make sure you stop by AAA Cards and visit all of the design team members’ blogs.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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How To Play

AAA Cards is a bi-weekly challenge blog for Clean and Simple (CAS) Cards. Unless otherwise stated in the blog post for a particular challenge only players who submit cards will be eligible to be a winner.

We’d like you to……………………………………….

Play…. Play around with your interpretation of the theme each challenge
Enjoy… trying new things and experimenting
Be Inspired … by the DT’s examples of CAS cards
Create… something that makes you happy!

Some things to remember………………………… 

1. We are looking for CAS cards. Look here for AAA Cards definition of CAS.

2. We’d like you to mention and link to us within your card post and include the game image. Instagram users please use #aaacardchallenge.

3. It would be great if you visited other players and left them a lovely comment. It’s fun to make friends.

4. We’d love you to join our followers and help us grow.
5. Please remove that word recognition thingy in comments🙂
6. Although we welcome player links ups from flickr & Splitcoaststampers please be aware that not all our DT belong to these groups and will have difficulties leaving comments. We do our best to cover each other, but apologise in advance if your entry doesn’t receive a DT comment.

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2nd Giving Thanks Blog Hop & Linky Party

Hi! I’m glad that you are here today for STAMPLorations’ Giving Thanks Blog Hop!

You should have arrived here from the lovely Cornelia Wenokor’s blog. Her card is gorgeous, isn’t it!? I love the bright green “Thankful” and the beautifully embossed and colored basket of apples. I have never used Yupo paper and colored with alcohol inks, but Cornelia’s card makes me want to try it. (Or make an apple pie!😉 )

As you can see, we’ve got a lot of friends participating in today’s hop. You can participate in this hop multiple ways too. See all the details at the bottom of this post. After you are finished here you can continue hopping along by following my link to Amy’s post (at the bottom) or see the Inlinkz (blue frog button) under my badge at the bottom…… https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/427533497066991616/soWaayG0_400x400.png   or you can start back at the STAMPlorations Blog.

I had a blast using the Be Thankful bundle! Here’s a quick look at the BUNCH of projects that I have to share with you today:

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And here’s a peek at just the start of the fun I had creating projects for this Blog Hop.

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I heat embossed the apple bushel basket in white. Then I enjoyed water coloring the die cut images differently.

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I had a lot of fun creating projects with the Be Thankful bundle.

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I love this word die!
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 I also used the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies for these cards.
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Next, I used a gorgeous stencil, Fall Floral Trio, on this card:
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I used several masking techniques on this final card. I love the technique of combining masking and ink blending!!! Seriously, I have a callous on my left thumb right now. I think it might be from all of the ink-blending?!

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I did some masking by sponging over a “Thankful” die cut to add the sentiment. To make the plaid design, I used Post-it labeling tape. Besides the die cut basket, the card itself is 1-layer.

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I made the card base slightly smaller than the standard 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ so that the card, with the basket overhanging the edge, will still fit in a standard envelope.

I also made a tag with the Luggage Tags Nesting Dies.preview-stamplorations-luggagetags

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I made a stencil with the hugs die and sponged red and yellow ink through my homemade stencil.
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I love this cheery set of cards.🙂img_3323_edited-1

You should be off to visit the incredible card-maker, Amy Tsuruta of Coffee Loving Cardmarkers.

If you get lost along the way just stop back at STAMPlorations’ blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,
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Prize Info
Giving Thanks Hop
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blogs will receive a $50 gift certificate.
  • THREE (3) winners randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blogs will each receive a $20 gift certificate to the shop.
  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from our Facebook page will win a $15 gift certificate for herself and a $15 gift certificate for one friend she tags in her comment.
  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from our Instagram account will win her choice of Giving

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    bundle (Be Thankful, Oh So Grateful, or Many Blessings)/
*Commenting ends on November 30 at 11:55 p.m. Pacific.
Giving Thanks Linky Party – Link up your creation at STAMPlorations’ blog.
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all entries linked up will receive the Be Thankful bundle (stamp set with coordinating die, word die, and stencil)
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  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all entries linked up will receive Oh So Grateful bundle (stamp set with coordinating die, word die, and stencil)
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  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all entries linked up will receive Many Blessings bundle (stamp set with coordinating die, word die, and stencil)
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*Players have until November 30 to link up their projects to the linky party.
Winners will be announced on December 9 in the November Challenges and Hops winners post. Winners have until December 20 to claim their prize.
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Grateful – Vellum Leaf with Plaid

   Hi! I’m here with a card inspired by several fun Fall Challenges.img_3724_edited-1

I created the plaid background by first masking off the center third.img_3742_edited-1 Then, I repeatedly masked off the top and bottom third (taping over the masked-off center as well) and sponging on ink.img_3747_edited-1 I love using this technique.

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I used ColourQ’s colors, but missed the link up! UGH.

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img_3746_edited-1Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

Melissa

Challenge #25 (Stripes & Plaid)

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