Happy Little Stampers March 2017 Mixed Media Challenge – Books

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

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Here’s my card.
I started this card by creating a smooshed Brushos background panel.  Then I stamped with some real leaves, inked up with green ink. I made the basic panel with the Brushos and the leaves first summer at the first HLS retreat in Swindon. I finished the card back at my house in Germany. At my house, I stamped with the large script stamp in gold metallic ink. img_4067_edited-1I traced the leaves with white gel pen and added the stamped book spine and a piece of self-made Scripture designer paper.
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So!  Are you excited to join in with our Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge?! I hope so. Make sure that you check out my teammates’ super creations at the challenge blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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LOVE TAGplorations – Day 1 – February 8, Wednesday

Hi! I’m here for the first day of the LOVE TAGplorations event.  The event will last for 7 days, with the final day being Valentine’s Day. The STAMPlorations Girls will be showcasing love-themed or Valentine’s Day tags. You can play along too!

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Here’s my tagged card.

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I started by stamping the bird from STAMPlorations Trendy Birds 2, carefully inking up the stamp with a variety of colors, onto some white cardstock.

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Check out the bottom of this post for a 20% off coupon!

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I masked off the bird and branch with some removable sticky label. Next, I sponged yellow and light green ink through the ARTplorations stencil Leaf Prints.

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Then, I used the another ARTplorations stencil and added some tinted embossing paste with Retro Circles.

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I made a tag using the CUTplorations Luggage Tags Nesting Dies.

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I added pink embossing paste to the tag with the Dots All Over ARTplorations Stencil.

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After the tag dried, I sponged on some deep pink ink onto the card front and the tag, using the Zen Hearts ARTplorations stencil.

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img_7197_edited-1Then, I die cut the “XOXO” sentiment with the CUTplorations XOXO Word Die out of the tag and inlaid another white die cut into the tag.

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I rounded all of the corners of my mixed media bird panel, the yellow mat, and the card base.   Lastly, I assembled the panels to the card and attached the tag sentiment and a bit of turquoise twine. img_7141_edited-1

I had a lot of fun making this tagged card! Make sure you stop by and check out the STAMPlorations Girls’ superb creations!

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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UPDATED MONDAY 20 FEB:

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*Commenting and linking up is from February 8 to February 14, 11:55 p.m. Pacific

*Winners announced on March 10 in the February Challenges & Hops winners post

Prizes:

– (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMP blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $10 gift certificate to the store

– (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of stamp set (Pocket Blooms, A Full Heart, or Two of Us)

– (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of any 2 of the new love-themed dies (Love, Always, XOXO, Forever, You & Me, Clustered Hearts)

– (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of tag set: Luggage Tags or ATC/Tag Builder

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Happy Little Stampers February 2016 Mixed Media Challenge – Tear/Rip

Hi! I’m very happy to be here with you today with a card for Happy Little Stampers February 2017 Mixed Media Challenge.

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Here’s my card.
  img_5341_edited-1 Washi tape, stenciling, stamping, die cutting, sponging, and of course, tearing/ripping went into the making of this card.
I used Happy Little Stampers’ Butterfly Birthday and Butterfly Dies.
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This level of grungy mixed media is out of my normal comfort zone. I considered reworking it or ditching it all together. I showed it to my husband and told him what I was thinking.img_5326_edited-1
He gave me some advice,”Well, be honest. Share that this is not your favorite card or style. You don’t always have to love everything you do. Maybe it would be refreshing for someone to read that you are sharing something that you are not really super crazy about.”
So, here we are. Grunge Melissa-style. Hmmm. I’ve seen some people who do lovely work with this style, but it is not really my favorite. img_5321_edited-1
I stamped the butterflies in a dark brown. After waiting a while, apparently, not long enough, I added the white embossing paste stenciled hearts. The brown ink bled through and gave the hearts a dirty, grungy appearance. I’m not a big fan of that. This is what I would do differently next time.
Any advice? Will the ink bleed through no matter how long I wait?
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Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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Happy Little Stampers January 2017 Mixed Media Challenge – Layers

Hello and Happy New Year! I’m very happy to be here with you today with a card for Happy Little Stampers January 2017 Mixed Media Challenge.

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Also, please welcome our Guest Designer for this month’s challenge!
Zelda (Guest Designer)
Here’s my card. Lots of mixed media layered goodness on this one!img_5265_edited-1
Stamping, stenciling (homemade heart stencil), embossing paste, silver ink, sequins, vellum, die cut snowflakes and patterned paper.img_5268_edited-1img_5305_edited-1

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Grace & Peace,

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The Mixed Media Card Challenge #31 – January – Change

Happy New Year!

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

Theme: Change
(e.g., new chapter, changing colors, changing season)
optional element: water

Here’s my card:

slide1       I suppose that this is a very nontraditional card for the month of January in the Northern Hemisphere, but I tried to illustrate our challenge’s theme and the verse I used at the same time.

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The blooms gradually change from a frosty, frozen white to a golden, glowing yellow. Moving from the frosty Winter to the warm Summer. This is something to celebrate in my book! I really love how this card turned out. It was one of those rare times when I had a picture of a finished card in my head and I was able to exactly execute what I had seen. 🙂 Yay!

I used the ARTplorations stencils Retro Circles and Bloom Silhouettes.

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I also have a discount code for you!

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

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

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I started by stenciling a rainbow onto the white background panel with the ARTplorations Retro Circles stencil.

Then I stenciled white, silver, blue, green and yellow embossing paste through ARTplorations Bloom Silhouettes stencil. slide7

I printed out my own sentiment onto vellum and added a narrow blue foil mat to the stenciled panel.slide2

I assembled the pieces by folding the vellum around the matted panel and then mounting it on a white card base. slide6    This will be the first and last challenge for 2017 at The Mixed Media Card Challenge blog. After 2 1/2 years, it’s time to say goodbye.  Make sure you stop by The MMCC blog and check out my teammates’ superb creations! We hope that you play along and enjoy this final challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace, Peace & Happy New Year,
Melissa

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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 January 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-8).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on January 3o.

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