STAMPlorations March Challenge – All About Spring and Faith

Hi! I’m here with a special post for STAMPlorations March Challenge.

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You’ve probably heard by now that STAMPlorations owner and designer, Shery Russ, welcomed a daughter named “Winter” to the family in December. In order to give Shery some time to catch her breath we are going to take a little “Winter” break!

There will be just one STAMPlorations challenge for you to join for the months of February, March and April. You’ll find it announced on STAMPlorations blog the 5th of each of those months. The challenge will have a theme and as long as you follow the theme, any type of project is welcome! We’ll return to our regular schedule in May.

Here’s my card using STAMPlorations: Faith – Typografia In FaithBig Bloom Factory and CUTplorations: Flutter Zen 1 Layering Dies.

Lots of masking, stamping, a rainbow of color, a great sentiment stamp and a surprise of hidden butterflies.

So, our theme for the February challenge is All About Spring and Faith! What does that make you think of?

I had a lot of fun making this card. I hope that you enjoyed seeing it and have been inspired to create something for this month’s challenge. Take a look at what some of the DT STAMPgirls created.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Challenge rules:
*Create any type of project — cards (any style), mixed media, tags, layout, etc — as long as it follows our theme.
*STAMPlorations product is not required though we’d love to see it.
*Enter as many times as you want – as long as each project has its own blog post.
*Display the challenge graphic + link back to the challenge page to qualify for the prizes.
*Comment on the entry before yours in the gallery – let’s spread the love. (If you’re the first player, just comment on the entry after yours. If you have back-to-back entries, comment on the entries before and after yours.)
*For an extra chance, comment on this challenge post, the designers’ blog posts, and on the special posts we’ll publish throughout the month.
*TWO (2) winners of a $25 gift certificate – randomly drawn from all entries
*ONE (1) winner of a $25 gift certificate – randomly drawn from all comments left on the designers’ blogs throughout the month
Shery is offering a generous 10% off (no coupon code needed) all stamps, stencils, and dies in the store through April. Retiring products are excluded. We hope you’ll find time to play with us and we look forward to seeing your project in the gallery.

STAMPlorations March 2018 Challenge: All About Spring and Faith

Heads up! If you used a STAMPlorations stamp (clear stamp or digi), CUTplorations thin metal die, and/or ARTplorations stencil in your project(s), make sure to link it up to our Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge too for a chance to win more STAMPlorations products! (We draw a winner for every 50 entries in the linky :o)


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ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop – Sanna Lippert Designs – December 1

Hi! I’m excited to be here with you for ARTplorations’ Stencil Blog Hop featuring Sanna Lippert lovely new designs.

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I have 1 card to share with you using Leaves 1.

I stamped the sentiment, masked off the wreath shape, sponged several green inks through the stencil and then added gold and silver stenciled leaves as well.

I added red embossing paste “berries” through the “dots all over” stencil.

I enjoyed using this beautiful new stencil. Make sure you stop over at the STAMP blog to hop along and check all of the STAMPlorations Girls’ creations. I hope you have a good day.

Grace & Peace,



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Hop info:

  • Commenting closes on December 4, Monday
  • Prizes: (1) winner of $20 gift certificate, (2) winners of their choice of 3 Sanna Lippert Designs stencils
  • Winners will be randomly drawn from comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blogs

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Vintage Flowers- Because He First Loved Us

Hi! I’m happy to be here today with a pretty rose card to share with you. 🙂 img_1776-copy  First I created a a background panel using a variety of Brushos Crystal Colors. I made this panel by picking up some left over color from another project with a piece of watercolor paper.img_1810edited

Then I used Altenew’s VINTAGE FLOWERS Clear Stamp Set, stamping and masking a variety of reds, pinks, oranges and yellows roses around the border of my panel. I added some leaves too.

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I spritzed on some Smooch Spritz.

I stamped the sentiment with the Simon Says Clear Stamp set BLESSED.

Simon Says Clear Stamps BLESSED SSS101370 Preview Imageimg_1780edited_edited-1Next I did some tracing of the largest die in Spellbinders’ Nestabilities Mega Dies, Labels 17.

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After that I did some fussy cutting. I added some more Smooch Spritz and a some splatters of water color onto the panel. I added the panel to the card base with foam tape and then fussy cut the base.


I hope that you have a beautiful day. Thanks for stopping by!

Grace and Peace,


Edited Sunday September 25:

Spray, Mist and Splatter

Edited Sun Sep 18:

I am incredibly pleased to share that…….


for this card by Cathie!

Cathie said, “Melissa’s card is gorgeous! The way she created the layers of this masterpiece is amazing. She began with a simple background and added beautiful flowers by stamping and masking them in a bright and cheerful color palette. It’s such a beautiful and elegant card!”

Thanks Cathie! I really appreciate your kind words and encouragement.

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The Mixed Media Card Challenge #22 – April – Sunshine – Reminder

The Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi! Thank you for spending some of your time to visit me. 🙂 I’m very happy to be here today with a reminder for The Mixed Media Card Challenge’s Challenge #22 – April – Sunshine.

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Here’s my Sunshine After the Rain Card:


I’d like to play this along at Double D Challenges:

‘YELLOW’ A Happy Place To Be, Simon Says Stamp’s Blog Work It Wednesday, Inkspirational: Challenge #105 and Lawnscaping Challenge: Beautiful Flowers.


I had a lot of fun making this card! 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 April 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-8).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on April 31.

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Happy Little Stampers March Mixed Media Challenge – Water

Hi! I’m very excited to be here with you today with 2 cards for Happy Little Stampers March Mixed Media Challenge – Water!

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The winner will receive a $15 (Australian) gift certificate from Happy Little Stampers.
Here’s my first and somewhat whimsical take on the challenge word:IMG_4145 copy
 I print an umbrella, fussy cut and added the sentiment. Adhered the umbrella with foam tape and traced with black marker.
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Stamped the rain of the card front and added Glossy Accents to the rain and the handle.
 Finally a carefully masked off the umbrella (as best I could) and added the metallic gold stencil medium hearts.
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 My second card:
 I’m very happy to share that this card was featured in the online magazine:
Thanks so much for the kind words, Lorraine!



A quick slide show of the process I used to make this second card:

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Would you like to see some more cards that I made using this bubble technique?
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I’d like to play this second card at ColourQ’s Challenge #331, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday’s: Touchy Feely
and Word Art Wednesdays Anything Goes #221.
 I hope you enjoyed your visit.
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 so much for stopping by! Come back soon. 🙂

Grace & Peace,

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UPDATED WED 16 March: I am happy to share that my second card in this post was chosen as a Colour Queen Courtier:

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