Melissa Makes a Memory Verse Booklet – STAMPlorations Mixed Media Tutorial for November 24, 2017

Hi! I’m here to share another mixed media project with you today.  I hope you enjoy seeing the process I used to create this memory verse booklet. The tutorial is up! Please stop in over at the STAMPlorations blog to get all of the details. I hope you enjoy seeing the process I used to create it.
Hi!  I hope you enjoy seeing the process I used to create this memory verse booklet.
 I used the following STAMPlorations products for this tutorial:

I look forward to reading your comments over at the STAMP blog.

 Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,


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Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags – 2017

Hi! I’m very happy to be here with you today for STAMPlorations & Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2017.

I have 2 tags to share with you today.

I also have a coupon for you.

Check at the bottom of this post for a 20% OFF Discount Code.

To make the first tag I used Sketchy Yule Trees – Shery Russ Designs, Manila Tags Nesting Dies – CUTplorations and Come Adore Him – Typografia Christmas.

For the second tag, I used Pierced Curly Frames/Tags Nesting Dies – CUTplorations,

Merry Christmas Word Art Die – CUTplorations

and a different tree from Sketchy Yule Trees – Shery Russ Designs.

Here’s a look at my STAMPlorations supplies with the 2 tags.

And another look at the tags.


I hope that you enjoyed your visit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,


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Stencil Sunday – November 19, 2017 – Pumpkin Table Decoration

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

I have a pumpkin table decoration to share with you today.

I used the ARTplorations Flourishes stencil to decorate my already painted pumpkin.

(Please see the “P.S.” at the bottom of this post for details on how to make the pumpkin.)

I also used STAMPlorations Something to be Thankful for – Typografia Thankful and CUTplorations Pierced Curly Frames/Tags Nesting Dies to make the attached tag.

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 particular Mixed Media Challenge graphic (immediately 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.

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P.S. Would you like to know how to make the pumpkin itself? My friend, Ashley, made this one. She works at a local lumber yard and building supply store, S. W. Collins.   S.W. Collins recently sponsored an “Ladies Night” where Ashley and her co-workers provided several crafts and refreshments.  I attended the event (so fun!) and painted a pumpkin that had been cut and glued together. I would like to thank Jason, Ashley and all of the employees at S.W. Collins for their generosity and hospitality.




Please see the attached link below for where Ashley got the original idea.

Here are Ashley’s Instructions:

Pine Board: 1X4X6 is the size I used the most.
Wood Glue (I used Titebond Fast setting)  or Hot Glue
Sanding Paper- 220 Grit
A Stick
Paint- The tutorial I saw used spray paint, but any paint suitable for
wood will work!


Measure and cut the wood. I started out with a 3″ piece and did 1″
increments up to 6″ and then back down to 3″. (3″, 4″, 5″, 6″, 5″, 4″,
3″) I played around with these measurements a lot to get various sized
pumpkins. (4″, 5″, 6″, 5″, 4″ was another one I used a lot).

Then sand down the corners and any rough edges of the wood.

Starting with the smallest piece, glue each of the cut pieces of wood
together. Allow to dry for a minimum of 30 minutes before you do
anything more to the pumpkin.

Once the pumpkin is dry, you can paint it!

After the paint dries then secure the stick to the top for the stem and
tie it off with a ribbon!

Link to original design.

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STAMPlorations 2017 Giving Thanks and Wishlist Linky Party Blog Hop

Hi! Welcome and thanks for stopping by! I’m happy to be here for a special event for STAMPlorations. It is STAMPlorations’ 3rd Annual Giving Thanks Blog Hop. This year there are lots of great creations to behold and prizes galore.

We have representatives from some of your favorite challenge Blogs joining us for this hop.

For the projects, the participating designers used 11 new stamp sets designed particularly for this hop: three 4×6 sets (Thankful & Blessed, Wonderfall Time, and Words of Gratitude) and 8 Typografia: Thankful stamps (Full of Thanksgiving, Giving, Gratitude is the Blossom, Something to be Thankful for, Thankful People, Thy Goodness, Unknown Blessings, and We Have Enough).

There are also a good number of other NEW Stamps. Check out the entire Typografia series.

You should be hopping here from Ina Grehan’s post.

I am featuring 2 new Typografia Thankful, Gratitude is the BlossomSomething to be Thankful For, stamps. I also used a bunch of other STAMPlorations products. (Please see the bottom of this post for all of the products used.)

Here’s my first of 2 cards.

There are 2 parts to this event:
  1. a blog hop with 36 stops (including this blog) where you can leave a little word of encouragement and thanks to the designers; and
  2. a wishlist linky party where you can link up your wishlist, as well as up to 3 projects you create that express how thankful and/or grateful you are.

The hop and linky are open until the end of the month so you can take your time hopping and linking up.

And here’s my second card.

Check out the surprise note under the movable top panel.

I wonder if the recipient will discover the surprise?

I hope that you enjoyed your visit and enjoy the rest of the hop as well. You should be off to Sandie Munroe’s post now.

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,


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Prize Info

Prizes for commenting on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blogs:
  • THREE (3) winners randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $25 certificate to the STAMPlorations store
Prize for liking, commenting, tagging a friend, and sharing our post on the STAMPlorations Facebook page post:
  • ONE (1) randomly drawn winner will receive a grab bag consisting of new products (valued at $25 MSRP) + another grab bag of the same value to the person he/she tags
Prizes for linking up to the STAMPlorations Wishlist Linky Party:
  • TWO (2) randomly drawn winners will each receive products in their wishlist (up to $40 MSRP)
Prize for commenting and re-posting our Giving Thanks Blog Hop and Wishlist Linky Party post on the STAMPlorations Instagram page:
  • ONE (1) randomly drawn commenter will win her choice of Giving Thanks stamps (Thankful & Blessed; Wonderfall Time; Words of Gratitude; OR any 2 Typografia Thankful stamps)
Commenting on the blogs and linking up to the Wishlist Linky party ends on November 30 at 11:55 p.m. Pacific
Winners will be announced on December 10 in the November Challenges and Hops winners post. Winners have until December 31 to claim their prize.




AAA Cards Game #102 – Ink Blending

I’m very happy to be back with you for Game #102.

AAA Cards is a challenge blog for Clean and Simple (CAS) Cards.

Unless otherwise stated in the blog post for a particular challenge only players who submit CLEAN and SIMPLE cards will be eligible to be a winner.

Please include the following game image in your post to be eligible for this week’s prize.

Instagram users please use #aaacardchallenge.

Cover art

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Here’s my card using an ink blended background, some stenciling, die cutting and an ombré sentiment.

I used 4 STAMPlorations products.

First, I used a CUTplorations For the Birds die and


 a Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Die. preview-CrazyDoubleRunningStitches-RectangleI ink blended red, orange and yellow on another die cut rectangular small piece of white card stock. Then I used the ARTplorations Plaid Maker stencil to blend green over the other colors.


The wonderful, and hope inspiring, sentiment is from a coordinating stamp set, “For the Birds.”

ForTheBirds-previewI am very happy with this card and love the way that it turned out.

I hope that you are inspired to play along* and remember our rules if you’d like to play to win the prize for this challenge. Make sure you stop by AAA Cards and visit all of the design team members’ blogs.

Shery, of STAMPlorations, has generously given me a code to share with you.

See below for the coupon and more information.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,

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Some things to remember…. 

We are looking for Clean and Simple (CAS) cards. Look here or see the above graphic for AAA Cards definition of CAS.

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

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Cherish. I need to cherish things that are truly precious, like my faith, for example. I am reminded of the following.

1 Peter 1:6-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.


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