Mixed Media Challenge + Stencil Sunday – January Mini Calendar

Hi!  I’m very happy to be here for STAMPlorations with a mixed media project for Stencil Sunday and the January Mixed Media Challenge.

Remember to add the following CHALLENGE graphic (not the Stencil Sunday 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 2 ARTplorations stencils:

img_3990_edited-1    The calendar measures approximately 6 1/4″ x 10 1/4″ or 16 x 26 cm matted.

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  1. First, I created the background by heat embossing with silver embossing powder and using the ARTplorations Flourishes stencil.
  2. After the embossing powder dried, I then watercolored the embossed panel with a variety of blue-hued paints.img_4002_edited-1
  3. Next, I framed the panel in white cardstock and attached it to a blue cardstock panel. (I used some super dark blue cardstock that I bought at a lovely shop in my mother’s hometown of Dunoon, Scotland. Valerie, of Coleman Cards & Crafts, keeps a great selection of lovely heavyweight cardstock in her store.)
  4. I added blue embossing paste through the ARTplorations Retro Circles stencil.
  5. I sponged on some silver ink to soften the bright blue embossing paste. img_3993_edited-1
  6. 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_4001_edited-1
  7. I inked the edges of the calendar by swiping it across a silver and then a blue ink pad.
  8. I added some doodled circles in blue and silver gel pen.
  9. I also outlined the letters and numbers in white and silver gel pen and I attached the calendar the background panel with foam tape.               img_3996_edited-1

I had a lot of fun creating this January 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 January 31, 11:55 p.m. Pacific time (GMT-7).


















The Mixed Media Card Challenge #28 – October – Black and Purple

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Hi! I’m here with a reminder post for The Mixed Media Card Challenge for October:

Here’s my card:


I water colored with a variety of purples onto a watercolor paper background and then stamped with black ink and real leaves from my yard. slide04I attached the purple panel to a piece of black card stock and then stenciled with ARTplorations Some Birds and then heat embossed and added silver glass pen highlights.slide03

I dry embossed the panel.

Lastly I attached the fussy cut sentiments from the STAMPlorations sets BOLD SENTIMENTS: Explore and Trendy Birds 2.slide02

I had a lot of fun making these cards! Make sure you stop by The MMCC blog and check out my teammates superb creations!

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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 October 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-8).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on October 31.








AAA Cards Game #53 Anything Goes


Hi! I’m happy to be here with you today with a post for AAA Cards Game #53 Anything Goes.

I made two cards which were inspired by this game’s image. I really like it!

Here’s my first and more CAS one:

Slide2I’d like to play this card at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says : Christmas and CAS on Sunday’s Challenge #72: Christmas.

Instructions for making this 1-layer card:

  1. Mask off top & bottom of the Kraft CS base.
  2. Stamp in VersaMark and heat emboss a (PTI) flourish & sentiment (mine are from the Silent Night stamp set) with white embossing powder.
  3. Remove masking tape from top and bottom & place it over the embossed strip.
  4. Sponge on Craft/white pigment ink onto the top & bottom of the card front.

The 2nd, less CAS card (using a sentiment from Happy Little Stampers’ Thinking of You stamp set):


Instructions for the 2nd card:

  1. Cut out fancy/intricate die cut (I used a trimmed down version of PTI’s Garden Gild Cover Plate die) in white/off-white CS.
  2. Adhere the die cut to the Kraft card base.
  3. Stamp sentiment in VersaMark & heat emboss in white.
  4. Dry emboss the card front

I hope that you are inspired to play along with this game. It’s Anything Goes, but we’d like it if you’d please keep it CAS please. 🙂 Make sure you stop by AAA Cards and visit all of the design team members blogs.

Thanks for stopping by!

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HLS October 2015 Sketch Challenge

Happy Little StampersHi! I’m so happy that you’ve come to visit. 🙂 This is the first of two posts today. If you are looking for my MMCC post please click on the photo below to go to that post:


I have a bright Autumnal card to share with you today for HLS’ October 2015 Sketch Challenge.

This month’s challenge is sponsored by:

Winner will receive a $5 discount code to the Happy Little Stampers store!


Random Draw with chance to win 5 digis

This month we have the fabulous Valentyna of “Flourishtina” as our guest designer.  Please drop by and welcome Valentyna. 🙂

Here’s the Sketch:
Yet another fun sketch!

Here’s my card:


I used SU’s Vintage Leaves and the corresponding dies. I colored them in with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers with a red/orange/yellow ombre color combination. Then I blended the colors with an aqua-painter brush. I did some fussy cutting on the sentiment strip, the wavy dotted line and the “clouds”.

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The sentiment is from PTI’s Scripted stamp set and the dotted line is from PTI’s Southwestern Style Stamp Set. I can’t remember the name of the embossing folder, but it’s made by Sizzix. I’m going to play along at The Daily Marker’s: 30 Day Coloring Challenge,  Uniko’s Challenge #25: Autumn/Fall with a twist of Thanks, Time Out’s Challenge #41DL. ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #165 THEME:  FALL, Virginia’s View #19: All Things Colored, SSS Monday’s Challnege- Ombre, SSS Wednesday’s Anything Goes and Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #203: Anything Goes and at The Male Room’s Challenge #20: Autumn/Fall.

IMG_0414edited Please stop by Happy Little Stampers to see what the rest of the Design team came up with for October’s Sketch challenge. You have the entire month of October to play along.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Guest Designer – JUGS Challenge #312 Photo Week

Hi! I’m excited to be here with you today with my 4th post as a Just Us Girls September Guest Designer! I have had a great time at JUGs this month and I hope that you’ve been inspired to play along with the challenges. This week is Photo Week Challenge #312:


I had a lot of fun making this card and I hope you enjoy seeing it. 🙂


I used PTI’s Flower Favorites stamp set, along with a Close to My Heart set entitled Your Own Kind of Beautiful. The embossing folder is from We R Memory Keepers Spotted 2-Pack.

Here’s a quick slide show of some of the steps I used in putting this card together. I’m going to play this over at Seize the Birthday’s Anything Goes.

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I’m also going to play at Fusion’s Peacock Dynasty challenge this week.

IMG_1158editedWell! This is the final week of September and my last post as GD at JUGs for the month. I would like to extend my thanks to the entire team for giving me this great opportunity. I look forward to playing along with you in the future.

Thanks for stopping by!

Places I’m Playing:


Flower Favorites Stamp SetWe R Memory Keepers Spotted 2-Pack Embossing Folder for Scrapbooking

Thanks to Gloria for sponsoring WAW and to Karen from WAW, from whom I won the sentiment and butterfly stamps!

Honored to be Guest Designing for:

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My 4 cards for JUGs’ September 2015 Challenges: