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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P.S. I’d love to have you follow my card blog on Instagram, Flickr and/or Pinterest.

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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.
Prizes:
*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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Happy Little Stampers September Mixed Media Challenge – Collage

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

Here’s my collage.

My father took this photo of my mother and I. Isn’t it lovely?!

My mother made the dress for herself. Doesn’t she look beautiful?

And how about that steaming-hot, roasted turkey? Mmmmmmm! Are you hungry now?

I AM!

Okay! Back to business.

I used Happy Little Stampers Thinking of You, Doodled Flowers and Butterfly Birthday.

Can you find where I used all of the different HLS products?

I so enjoyed making this collage 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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AAA Cards Game #90 – Embossing

Hi! I’m happy to be here today for AAA Cards Game #90 – Embossing.

Our sponsor for this game:

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$15 gift certificate

We’ll pick a top winner and some runners-up.
It could be you!

I have 2 cards to share with you today.

 Here’s card #1: This is the type of Clean and Simple (CAS) card that meets of AAA Cards CAS definition.
Lots of “white space” space (any color) WITHOUT ANY texture or pattern.
I did some stenciling, creative stamping, fussy cutting, heat embossing and dry embossing to make the card.
Here’s card #2. This card is Clean and Simple, BUT it does not meet AAA Cards’ requirements for “white space” because of the all over embossing.

img_5943_edited-1If I had dry embossed only part of the card, maybe the edges of the card or simply the center panel, it would meet the AAA Cards’ CAS defintion.

img_5944_edited-1I made the center panel of this card I used some liquid masking medium through a stencil
and then did some ink blending over the masked flowers.img_5949_edited-1
 I did some fussy cutting, attached the panel to the middle of the card front and then stamped the sentiment. img_5947_edited-1
Then, I dry embossed the front of the card. I love this card, BUT it DOES NOT meet AAA’s Clean and Simple requirements.
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Here, once again, is my embossed card which meets AAA’s CAS definition.

I hope that you are inspired to play along. Make sure you stop by AAA Cards and visit all of the design team members’ blogs.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

How to Enter:
Link up your CAS card
Mention us in your post
Display our challenge image
Leave a comment on three other blogs – let’s spread the love!
Remember to keep it Clean And Simple
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Happy Little Stampers May 2017 Mixed Media Challenge – Splats

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

Our  challenge:

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 I used a stamp from Happy Little Stampers’ Doodle Flowers. I also created a small, homemade, fussy cut stencil using the same flower in this set. I used some smooshed Brusho Crystal Colors to create a background paper.

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img_5938_edited-1Today’s card is yet another one that the flowers turned out in a way that reminds me of a book from my childhood. The book is entitled Andy Pandy – in the country.

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Have you read this before? I’ll bet some of my U.K. friends have. I love it. 🙂 I’d show you some more photos of it, but my copy is in long-term storage in Albuquerque and I’m in Germany now. 😦 You never know what you’ll miss when you put things into storage! I should be getting those things back soon, though. 🙂img_5935_edited-1

Anyhow, I used the negative spaces of some fussy cut flowers which I used of on this card to make a stencil. I stenciled embossing paste through the homemade stencil three times.img_5932_edited-1 After the paste dried, I stamped the flowers on top of the paste. I added some SPLATS of red with a paint brush, some enamel dots and the sentiment strip.img_5929_edited-1 The red splats on this card especially remind me of an illustration of Looby Loo and some red poppies. I’d love to see that page, so if you have a copy and want to email it to me please do!

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  So! I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my bright flowery card on what might be a gray day in you part of the world? Are you excited to join in with our Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge?!

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

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Stencil Sunday – March 26, 2017 – Big Bloom Tag

      Hi! I’m here with a quick post for today’s STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday. This is also a reminder that you have a few days to play along with this month’s Mixed Media Challenge.

I have a tag to share with you today.

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To make this tag, I used the ARTplorations stencil Big Bloom Factory LARGE. This stencil/mask measures approximately 8 inches wide by 10 3/16 inches tall.

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I love this stencil!

I also used homemade tinted embossing pastes, re-inker inks, a button, ribbon, pearl dots, alcohol markers, an edge punch, and a smooshed Brusho Color Crystal background.

I have a discount code for you!

Shery, of STAMPlorations, has generously given me a code to share with you.

Use COUPON code

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and receive 20% OFF at STAMPlorations!

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I can imagine a bunch of great ways to used this ARTplorations Big Bloom Factory Stencil.

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Thanks for stopping by and make sure you stop over and check out my Design Teammates’ super creations!

Do you use Instagram?

I’d love to have you follow me there!

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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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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 graphic in your post (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.

ARTplorations stencil used in this project:

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