Stencil Sunday – August 14

Hi! I’m here with a quick post for today’s STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday.

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I made a tag, attached an ATC and another small sentiment tag. The base of the tag, the part with the circles, is made out of left overs from a previous product. I added some color with my Zig Markers and I had a lovely base to start off my tag. I love using left overs from my stash to create beautiful things!

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The ARTplorations stencils, Retro Circles, Happy Flowers and Hearts in Bubbles which I used on this project all are beautiful and fun to play with.

If you’d like to know more about how I made the base for this tag, please head over here to this post.

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Thanks for stopping by and make sure you stop over and check out my Design Teammates’ super creations!

Grace & Peace,

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Don’t forget our current mixed media challenge! I want to invite you to create and link up non-card mixed media projects. The theme is always anything mixed media goes except a card and you must use at least one stencil (any brand) in your project. The linky closes at the end of the month.

Prizes: $15 gift certificate OR choice of any 2 ARTplorations stencils to the winner
choice of 1 ARTplorations stencil to the top picks.

 ARTplorations Products used in this project: Retro Circles Stencil,  Hearts in BubblesHappy Flowers Stencil

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STAMPlorations Products used in this project: Trendy Butterflies Stamps – Sentiment

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Have you seen my Mixed Media Tutorial over at Stamplorations? Click on the photo below to see all of the instructions of how to make this super Artist Trading Card (ATC) holder.

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Places I’m Playing:

Simon Says: Let’s Go Wild

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge Weeks #242-#243

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AAA Cards Game #71 – Blending

I’m happy to be here today for AAA Cards Game #71 – Blending.

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is Michelle Bala from Passionate Crafter. Make sure you stop over and welcome her! Here’s here lovely creation:

Thank you to our sponsor:
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I love ink-blending! Here’s my super CAS card.

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I used a Happy Little Stampers sentiment from the Thinking of You stamp set.

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IMG_7610edited 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 Enter:
Link up your CAS card
Mention us in your post
Display our challenge image
Leave a comment on three other blogs – let’s spread the love!
Remember to keep it Clean And Simple

Places I’m Playing:Simon Says: Let’s Go WildSimon Wednesday Challenge BlogCAS(E) this Sketch #185

Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge Weeks #242-#243Grab our badge:

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The Mixed Media Card Challenge #26 – August – Rainbow with Gold Birds

Hi! I’m here with a card for The Mixed Media Card Challenge for August:

Rainbow with the optional element of dragonflies.

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Here’s my card:

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   How I made this card:

  1. Ink blended a rainbow onto water cardstock.

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2. Stenciled on gold embossing paste through ARTplorations stencil Some Birds. Allowed to dry.

3. Flicked on water, added white gel pen and Stickles in several colors.

4. Adhered to a panel of yellow cardstock and then to the turquoise card base.

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And here are 2 of the 3 others.

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I had a lot of fun making these cards! Make sure you stop by The MMCC blog and check out my teammates superb creations!

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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 August 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-8).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on August 31.

P.S. If you like fun tutorials and mixed media projects check out my tutorial over at STAMPlorations:

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Mixed Media Challenge + Stencil Sunday – August Mini Calendar

Hi!  I’m so happy and excited to be here with as a member of the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design team with a project for Stencil Sunday and the August 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 – Happy Flowers,Shower of Flutters and Retro Circles.

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The calendar measures approximately 5 3/4″ x 8 3/4″ or 14.5 x 22.25 cm matted.IMG_9776augustcalendar

I repeatedly sponged a variety of blue-hued butterflies onto my panel of cardstock with the Shower of Flutters mask/stencil.

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Then I stenciled the Happy Flowers with red and green ink, sponged embossing ink over the flowers and heat embossed the them with clear embossing powder. IMG_9782augustcalendar

I matted the panel with black cardstock and then, using the ARTplorations Retro Circles stencil,  I sponged on white pigment ink and embossed with white embossing powder.

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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.

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I inked the edges of the calendar by swiping it across a black ink pad and attached it with foam tape. Lastly I matted the entire project in white cardstock.

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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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ARTplorations Products:
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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 August 31st, 11:55 p.m. Pacific time (GMT-7).

Places I’m Playing:

Simon Says: Fabulous Florals

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Anything Goes Challenge Weeks #242-#243

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Happy Little Stampers August 2016 Mixed Media Challenge – Metal

Hi! I’m very happy to be here with you today with a card for Happy Little Stampers August Mixed Media Challenge.

Our  challenge:

Here’s my tag using Happy Little Stampers Butterfly Birthday :

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 So! Are you excited to join in with our Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge?!

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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National Coloring Book Day with the STAMPlorations Girls

Hi! I’m here with a quick post to celebrate National Coloring Book Day with the STAMPlorations girls.🙂

I’m away from home right now and just coming off a superb weekend of crafting at the inaugural Happy Little Stamper’s Craft Retreat in Swindon, England. I am currently in Scotland visiting with family. Since I had not received my happy mail (my new Color Blooms coloring book by Shery) before I left home for my vacation, so I asked my STAMPlorations teammate and friend Monika if I could use a page from her coloring book that she brought with her. Thanks, Monika! I’m excited to have my copy waiting for me when I return home.

Color Blooms is a Coloring Book for Cardmakers, Crafters, and Mixed Media Artists.

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Yesterday, after a long day of traveling from England to Scotland, I was happy to do a bit of coloring. I used some Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils and colored 1/4 of the Seashell Cosmo page.

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I used a Aqua Brush and added a very light wash to blend the colors. Then, I made a quick card with a few things that I have with me.

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These pages will be great to use for lots of different projects. From cards to ATCs, there are many ways I can see myself using this lovely coloring book.

Speaking of ATCs, please go on over to STAMPlorations and check out my extensive tutorial on how to make the ATC holder below.

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The STAMPlorations girls are celebrating over on the blog and started coloring a page from COLOR BLOOMS. We are excited to be sharing STAMPlorations first coloring book for grownups — specially created for the cardmaker, crafter, and mixed media artist in you! We’d love for you to celebrate this event too so we’ve made the Color Blooms page sampler available over at the STAMPlorations blog for everyone to download, print, and color! And for a chance to win a copy of the Color Blooms coloring book, simply share a photo of the Color Blooms page sampler over at the blog. The linky is open until Sunday, August 7, so you have plenty of time to have some coloring fun!

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

Places I’m Playing:

Just us Girls:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

WAW Anything Goes Challenge Weeks #240-#241

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Artist Trading Card (ATC) Holder Tutorial

Hi! I’m popping in to announce that I have a new and fun Mixed Media Tutorial, up over at STAMPlorations, to share with you today. I’ve made a ATC holder! Please go on over to STAMPlorations to see the full tutorial.

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This was a lot of work, but so much fun! I love the result.

Here’s what you’ll need. 

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A few peeks……….

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        So! I hope you’ll go on over and check it out!

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Grace & Peace,

Places I’m Playing:

Simon Says Stamp Mo

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Fabulous Florals

SO SORRY! I POSTED THIS ON 1 AUGUST, SO IT DOES NOT QUALIFY FOR THIS CHALLENGE.🙂

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

WAW Anything Goes Challenge Weeks #240-#241

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Anything But Cute

 
What does Summertime fun mean to me?  I’d have to say yes to many of the following – spending time by the seaside, foreign travel, camping in the great outdoors or simply enjoying time in my garden?  Besides camping I have done all of these things this summer! This ATC holder is definitely inspired by my love of being in my garden.