Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge – January 2017 – Stencil

Hello and Happy New Year! Welcome back to a brand new challenge! We are very excited about this challenge and are guessing that you will be too!

I’m very excited to be here with you for our inaugural HLS Watercolor Challenge.

All of our watercolor challenges will be Anything Goes with an optional twist. The only rule is that you use watercoloring or a watercolor technique on your entry. You may enter as many times as you like and you do NOT have to use HLS products to enter.

As always at Happy Little Stampers’ challenges……..we have a prize for you!

We would like to extend a huge welcome to our Guest Designer for this challenge!

Barb – Guest Designer

I have a team effort card, of sorts, to share with you today.

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I made this card by sprinkling multiple colors of Brusho Crystal Color,

in rainbow order, on top of a stencil (the Herringbone stencil from TIM HOLTZ Mini Stencil Set #13 – Herringbone, Countdown, Blocks) placed on a panel of watercolor paper.

Then, I spritzed water on top of the stencil and the crystal colors, let it set for a few seconds, blotted with a paper towel roll and then removed the stencil. The results were very pleasing!

img_4019_edited-1Let me explain a bit about the team part. I learned about Brushos from Kylie last Summer at the HLS retreat where I made this rainbow panel.   I also CASEd Darnell’s technique and panel and borrowed the stencil I used from Kathy. Actually, Darnell also helped me to finish the panel as I was called away for some family business just as I was finishing it. Thanks, ladies!

img_4021_edited-1I added the sentiment using some stamps for STAMPlorations’ Sketchy Alphabet stamp set. First, I stamped the letters in black. Next, I colored them in with Derwent Inktense pencils and then softened the colors with a paintbrush and a bit of water.

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Check out Kylie’s tutorial on the Brushos and stencil technique here.

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My teammates and I are excited to begin this new year with a fun new monthly challenge and we sure do hope that you are going to enjoy joining in too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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P.S. Here’s a fun video for your encouragement. Happy New Year!

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ARTplorations Stencil Hop – December 20, 2016

Hi! I’m excited to be here with you for the last day of the ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop.

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Here’s my card using ARTplorations Retro Circles:

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I also used CUTplorations word dies “happy” and “BIRTHDAY”.

I have a fun discount code for you! Shery, of STAMPlorations, has generously given me a code to share with you.

Starting on January 1, 2017…………

Use COUPON code STAMPGIRLMELISSA and receive 20% OFF at STAMPlorations!

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Grace, Peace & Merry Christmas,

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{Mixed Media Tutorial} Melissa Gets Shakin’ with Coffee – Tutorial for December 19, 2016

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Hi! I here to share that I have a new Mixed Media Tutorial up over at the STAMPlorations Blog today. Just in time for those last-minute gifts, I’ve made a Coffee Shaker Gift Tag & Gift Card Holder. Please go on over and visit the STAMPlorations blog to see all of the details. blog I hope you enjoy seeing the process I used to create it.img_2804_edited-1

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and look forward to reading your comments over at the blog!

Grace & Peace,

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P.S. Have you seen my other STAMplorations Mixed Media tutorials?

You can check them out here:

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ARTplorations Stencil Hop – December 19, 2016

Hi! I’m excited to be here with you for another day of the ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop.

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Here is my card, using ARTplorations Flourishes Stencil: img_4505_edited-1I also used the largest of the CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies and STAMPlorations Sketchy Alphabet.

I have a fun discount code for you! Shery, of STAMPlorations, has generously given me a code to share with you.

Starting January 1, 2017……

Use COUPON code STAMPGIRLMELISSA and receive 20% OFF at STAMPlorations!

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Here’s a quick slideshow of some of the process that I used to make the 1-layer card front.

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Grace, Peace & Merry Christmas,

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Stencil Sunday – December 18 – Christmas Tag

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

 

I have a Christmas tag to share with you today.

img_3914_edited-1To make this tag, I used a variety of ARTplorations stencils, embossing paste, inks, washi tape, vellum a printed sentiment and ribbon.

I  designed my own sentiment and printed it onto vellum.

You are welcome to print some of these for your own use.🙂

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I used the ARTplorations Stencils Leaf Bliss and Dots All Over.

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

Grace & Peace,

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This post is also a reminder for you. 🙂 Don’t forget our current mixed media challenge! I want to invite you to create and link up non-card mixed media projects. THEME = 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.

In order to be eligible for prizes at our Mixed Media Challenge, please use this Mixed Media CHALLENGE graphic (not the Stencil Sunday graphic at the top of this post) in your blog post (see below) when you are entering our Mixed Media Challenge.

Use this graphic in your post (above) to be eligible for prizes at the Mixed Media Challenge. 🙂

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:

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