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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P.S. Here a coupon for you. There’s no expiration, as long as I’m a STAMPlorations Girl, this code will be valid.slide1_edited-1

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:
Materials:

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!
Ribbon

Instructions:

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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Mixed Media Challenge + Stencil Sunday – March 2017 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 March 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.

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!

Here’s a mini calendar page that I made using the ARTplorations stencil Chevron Crazy.img_5349_edited-1The calendar measures approximately 5 3/4″ x 8 3/4″ or 14.5 x 22.25 cm matted.

  1. First, I created the rainbow panel with Brushos and the Chevron Crazy stencil on watercolor paper.
  2. After the panel dried, I added white embossing paste through the same stencil.img_5356_edited-1
  3. I matted the rainbow chevron panel with blue and white cardstock.
  4. I sponged blue ink through the same stencil again, around the edge of the entire matted panel.img_5346_edited-15. I designed the little calendar as a word document and printed it onto white cardstock.  I die cut the calendar with the smallest of the CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies.

img_5357_edited-16. I decorated the calendar by sponging a variety of inks through the Chevron Crazy stencil once again.

7. I inked the edges of the calendar by swiping it across a turquoise ink pad and then attached it with foam tape.

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I really had a lot of fun creating this bright 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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P.S. Here’s the coupon code again. There’s no expiration, as long as I’m a STAMPlorations Girl, this code will be valid.

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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 March 31, 11:55 p.m. Pacific time (GMT-7).

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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

Dots All Over and Flourishes.img_3597_edited-1

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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STAMPlorations – Holiday TAGplorations – Day 1

Hi! I’m excited to be here for  STAMPlorations for the first day of our Holiday TAGplorations event.

Get ready for our 1st Holiday TAGplorations event!

I have a bunch of tags to share with you today. img_3136_edited-1

I used the CUTplorations Luggage Tags Nesting Dies to make all of my tags. I also used lots of different ARTplorations stencils on these tags. Please see the bottom of the post.

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First, I’ll give you a closer look at the 5 Thanksgiving tags that I made.

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Printed with inked up real leaves

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I used Brusho Crystal Colors, heat embossing and ink-blending on the tag above.

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This next tag has a smooshed background as the tag base (variety of coral colored inks with red Stickles mixed in). I also stamped in red with the real leaves (attached) on the base tag, die cut another tag from a disposable coffee cup and added the inked up leaves to the fussy cut mug. img_3165_edited-1

I love the honeycomb stencil that I used on this next tag.

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As you can see, I designed, and then printed, my own digital sentiments on vellum. I included a PDF of the sentiments for you to use. Please click here or on the image below to be taken to the printable version.

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My own watercolored holly print.

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I hope that you enjoyed and were inspired by my tags today. Please do come and play along!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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Event details:

*When: November 4, Friday, 8 a.m. Pacific/Los Angeles Time (GMT-7)

*Where?

*Commenting and linking up is from November 4 to November 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (3 weeks)

*Winners will be announced on December 9 in the November Challenges & Hops winners post

*Prizes:
10 prizes (with a value of $178+) will be distributed among randomly drawn winners:
– (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMP blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $15 gift certificate to the store
– (3) randomly drawn participants to the TAGplorations linky party will each receive the Luggage Tag Dies
– (3) randomly drawn participants to the TAGplorations linky party will each receive the ATC Tag Builder Dies
– (1) randomly drawn participant to the TAGplorations linky party will receive a $25 gift certificate to the store

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STAMPlorations & the Fall 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

 

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Hi! I’m very happy to have you visiting my blog today. I know your time is precious and hope that you enjoy your visit.

I made this card for my husband’s birthday at the end of November. Even though I don’t care for coffee myself, he loves it.

So, I have grown to think of coffee with a warm feeling because the smell of it means that he’s probably home. 🙂

I Love Coffee

I have a fun “chalkboard” card to share with you that I designed for STAMPlorations and the Fall CLBH. I think that this card is very appropriate for Fall, back-to-school and reminds me of the song Margee Ann by Fernando Ortega.

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I really like the song Margee Ann. Here are some of the lyrics:

You’re the first light of the morning, my cool sunrise
You’re my love across the table, a little sleep in your eyes
You’re my strong cup of coffee, you like to laugh right with me
You’re my heart’s companion, my one true companion
Sweet darling, lover of mine

Speaking of “lovers”……STAMPlorations is one of the FAll CLBH sponsors and Shery has a bunch Coffee & Tea lover themed products in her store.

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Here’s a closer look at my card:
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 I love this new STAMPlorations set – Anywhere There’s Coffee Stamps & Die Set by Shery.

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Make sure to hop along because Shery, apart from donating prize’s to Amy’s hop (a $25 GC to STAMPlorations online store and the new Anywhere There’s Coffee Stamp & Die Set as a flash prize), is also going to be offering a couple of prizes on the STAMP blog: three $10 gift certificates & some coffee dies!img_1907_edited-1I used a variety of other STAMPlorations/ARTplorations products on my card. Besides the stamps from Anywhere There’s Coffee Stamps & Die Set,  I also used the ARTplorations stencil Flourishes, and STAMPlorations stamps Big Greetings, Trendy Birds 2 and Retro Mod Shapes.

How I made this card:SheryRuss_AnywhereTheresCoffee-preview

    1. Made a mask/stencil of the coffee cup with removable sticky label.
    2. Masked off the chalkboard card stock with the mask.img_1910_edited-1preview-web-stencil-048-Flourishes
    3. Stenciled the flourish/leaf pattern into the negative space of the stencil/mask, onto the cup with the ARTplorations stencil Flourishes with sponge tool & white pigment ink.img_1916_edited-1
    4. Removed mask & stamped cup outline with embossing ink & heat embossed in white embossing powder (EP).preview-SheryRuss_TrendyBirds24x6
    5.  Stamped the birds (Trendy Birds 2) with more white pigment ink.

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    6. Double stamped the leaves and sentiment – first with embossing ink (heat embossed with white EP) & then, slightly off the original with white pigment ink.

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    7.  Drew in the “steam” and border lines with white colored pencil.
    8. Added colored pencil (faux colored chalk) shading and accents in blue, orange and yellow.img_1951_edited-1
    9. Applied some “chalk smudges” with a piece of paper towel and more white pigment ink.
    10. Fussy cut chalkboard panel and blue frame.

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    11. Finished by attaching chalkboard to blue frame with foam tape and then to orange card base with adhesive.

So, I love all kinds of teas, but I strongly dislike coffee. Truly. I hurts my stomach. 😦 But I do enjoy the mornings that I can sit with my husband as he enjoys his coffee.

img_1909_edited-1I love making chalkboard cards (so. much. fun!) and I hope that you enjoyed seeing this one. Make sure you stop over at the STAMPlorations blog to see all of the STAMplorations girls’ super creations. Remember that Shery is also going to be offering a couple of prizes on the STAMPlorations blog: three $10 gift certificates & some coffee dies. 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate your visit.

Grace & Peace,

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P.S. Speaking of chalkboards, I have a new STAMPlorations Mixed Media (two-sided mini chalkboard) tutorial up for September. 🙂

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You can take a peek over at my post here and/or  head over to the blog to see the entire tutorial.(Post will go live at NOON Pacific – Friday September 23, 2016)

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