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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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 – February 2017 Mini Calendar

Hi!  I’m very happy to be here for STAMPlorations with a mixed media project for Stencil Sunday and the February 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 have a fun 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  ARTplorations stencils:

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The calendar measures approximately 6 1/4″ x 10 1/4″ or 16 x 26 cm matted.

  1. First, I created the heart background with the ARTplorations Hearts In Bubbles stencil with red embossing paste and then pink watercolor paint.
  2. I added gold embossing paste through the ARTplorations Chevron Crazy stencil.
  3. I matted the panel with vellum, gold foil cardstock and then pink cardstock.img_3980_edited-1
  4. I added some more hearts with the ARTplorations Hearts All Over stencil and pink embossing paste.
  5. I used the ARTplorations Dots All Over stencil to add white and silver embossing paste.img_3989_edited-1
  6. When the paste dried, I sponged on gold pigment ink.
  7. 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.
  8. I inked the edges of the calendar by swiping it across red and then gold ink pad and added some pink dots as well and then attached it with foam tape.img_3987_edited-1I 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 February 28, 11:55 p.m. Pacific time (GMT-7).

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{Mixed Media Tutorial} Melissa Makes Hearty Drink Coasters – STAMPlorations Tutorial for February 3, 2017

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Hi! I here to share that I have a new Mixed Media Tutorial up over at the STAMPlorations Blog today.  I made some heart-shaped, rainbow-colored, Chevron Crazy drink coasters! 🙂

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For all of the tutorial details, please go on over and visit the STAMPlorations blog.

I hope you enjoy seeing the process I used to make them.

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

Grace & Peace,

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You can check them out…….. see below for the links.

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Coffee Loving Cardmakers: January Guest Designer – January 27, 2017

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Hi! I’m very happy to be with you today with a 4th, and final, post as the January Guest Designer for Coffee Loving Cardmakers! I have two paper-pieced die cut cards to share with you today.

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I used the CUTplorations Anywhere There’s Coffee Die.

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I also used the CUTplorations word die, “thanks”.

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I also used these lovely snowflake dies.

Here’s a quick slideshow of how I pieced together the travel mugs.

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slide007I continued to piece together the mugs (and then pieced in the snowflake and “thanks’ into the popped up mug) and dry embossed the group on the card front.

slide006  slide002I had a lot of fun using this technique. I love paper piecing and bold, bright, graphic designs.

Thank you, Amy and all of you coffee-lovers, I’ve been so glad to be with you as the Guest Designer for January at Coffee Loving Cardmakers.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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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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