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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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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Happy Little Stampers December 2016 Mixed Media Challenge – Anything Goes

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

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Here’s my Christmas card.
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I wanted to create a vintage looking card, reminiscent of my childhood memories of my parents’ Christmas trees. I used stamps from  Happy Little Stampers’ Mix Mash.
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I started this card by creating by stamping the chevrons in green to create a Christmas Tree and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I added a Brusho Crystal Color background.img_3634edited
 I used the spray starch and cling wrap/plastic kitchen wrap technique. (Kylie Purtell has several videos showing how to use this technique.)
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The stamped and embossed “tree” resisted the Brushos nicely.
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Next, I stamped with the circles from Mix Mash to add some ornaments and heat embossed those in silver, turquoise, and red.
img_3608_edited-1Then, to add some shine, I outlined the ornaments with a silver gel pen and added some “strings”too. I finished the pretty balls by dropping on Glossy Accents to add some dimension.

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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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I added the sentiment, along with some glitter paper, to the top of the card to finish it off.

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So! I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my old-fashioned Christmas card? 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 bog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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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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Happy Little Stampers October 2016 Mixed Media Challenge – Nature

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

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Here’s my card using Happy Little Stampers Thinking of You, Everyday Sentiments, Butterfly Birthday:

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Although this is a mixed media card, I wanted to keep it on the clean side and allow the beauty of the fern shine. So, I made the white space left behind by the embossing be my focal point. While the warm colors may be vibrant, I think the fern remains the star and are complimented by the HLS products.

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How I made this card:

  1. I created my background by stamping in embossing ink with a live fern.
  2. I then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.img_1380_edited-1 3. I then added Brushos (in brilliant red, scarlet and yellow) and used spray starch and plastic/cling wrap to add some bright color to the panel.img_1395_edited-1

4. After the panel dried, I stamped with the script block stamp from HLS’ Thinking of You. img_1898_edited-1

5. Then I framed the panel with black card stock.

6. I created the card base and before attaching the panel I randomly stamped a butterfly from Butterfly Birthday  around the edges of the card base with light yellow ink.

img_1874_edited-17. I also stamped and heat embossed a butterfly onto gold vellum. img_1897_edited-18. I fussy cut the butterfly, but I could have used my HLS Butterfly Dies.

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  9. I stamped the sentiment, using the “Happy” and “Anniversary” stamps from Everyday Sentiments. img_1875_edited-110. I heated embossed the “Happy” in gold embossing powder on black card stock.img_1896_edited-111. I fussy cut the ‘Happy’.

12. I assembled the different pieces onto my card base.

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I enjoyed making this card very much and hope you enjoyed this post.

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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