Stencil Sunday – July 2016 – A decorative plaque from a broken tile

Hi!  I’m very happy to be here with a post for STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday.


Here’s a plaque that I created using the ARTplorations Stencil – Happy Flowers and a stamp from Trendy Birds.


It’s a a broken roof tile (I think that is what it is? Maybe one of my German friends will know?)  I found it in a pile of other broken roof tiles, pottery, shingles and bricks on a dirt road in the hills of the Oberammergau area of Germany. This was the largest piece there, most of the others were about the size of your hand. Making this plague reminded me of a  the Old Testament book of Isaiah, chapter 61.IMG_9771birdplaque

       How I made this project:

  1. Washed & dried tile.
  2. Sponged embossing ink through the flower portions of Happy Flowers – ARTplorations Stencil.


  3. Added red embossing powder & heated with heat embossing tool.
  4. Sponged embossing ink through the stem portions of Happy Flowers – ARTplorations Stencil.IMG_9772birdplaque
  5. Added green embossing powder & used heat embossing tool to set.
  6. Added yellow Gelatos to center of flowers.
  7. Sponged embossing ink all over flowers and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
  8. Stamped the bird (Trendy Birds) and the sentiment in black ink and added clear EP and heat set.IMG_8917birdplaque
  9. Added white acrylic paint to bird.
  10. Colored grass and sky with Gelatos, added clear embossing powder and heat set.
I had a lot of fun creating this plaque and I hope that you have been inspired to create your own mixed media projects! Please check out my teammates’, MariLynn’s and Susanne’s, projects here.
Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
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Two, Nautically

Hi! I’m here with a quick post with two bright stenciled cards.

First up, I have card using the ARTplorations Chevron Crazy stencil.



I printed with the inked up stencil with blue watercolor paint, printed the background and then stenciled with Gelatos.


I used a STAMPlorations stamp from the Explore set.


This card was inspired by Becca Cruger’s Birthday Bash Mood board. Happy Birthday, Becca!


Second, I have another card using the Chevron Crazy stencil.


I did some reverse stenciling and used the inked up stencil from my first card in this post. I squashed the inky stencil onto the mixed media paper, covered with a bit of scrap paper and rubbed the back of the stencil. Then I stenciled black ink into the negative spaces and heat embossed with clear embossing powder multiple times.


 The seashell is a digital image from STAMPlorations. For now, I’ve left this without a sentiment. I’d like to play this card at Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog’s Challenge: Nautical/By The Sea.


Do you like using stencils? Please check out my Mixed Media Tutorial at STAMPlorations.


Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,

P.S. Have you seen my Craft Space Tour for CASology’s featured Designer series?


If you have time, you can check it out here.

Also, please come back tomorrow, Friday, August 21 for my next post as CASology’s Featured Designer. It’s inky, messy and dedicated to a special person in my life.


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ATSM Challenge #157 – MYM

I’m back with a post for this week’s ATSM #157 which is our Make Your Mark (MYM) Challenge.

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Here are the rules for the MYM challenge:

Make your Mark – your entry MUST contain the use of anything that can make a mark – Stampin’ Write, Copics, Promarkers, Painting, Chalks, Watercolors, Sponges, Stencils, Masks etc etc

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 For this MYM I made 3 cards, each one is slightly different from the other,
but all using the PTI Peony Cover Plate Die and Faber Castell Gelatos.
The first 2 are a sister pair. I colored the die cut itself and used it for this first card.
I lightly traced the outline of the peony onto the card front as a guide, then I sponged some ink onto the front of the card base and adhered the die cut and the sentiment. The sentiment is a free digi stamp from Little Tangles.
While coloring the die cut I also used it as a stencil and used it to make a print for the 2nd 1-layer card.
Here’s a photo of the work in progress.

IMG_7184editedHere’s the resulting print.

IMG_7378editedI added some color with my Stampin’ Write markers and the sentiment with PTI’s sentiment swoosh stamp set.

      Here is the 3rd card that I have to share with you.IMG_7384edited

Please see the following slide show for more details of how I made this 3rd card. I used the same basic technique for this last card as for the second one in this post. However, for this last card I added I white die cut on top of the colored background.

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You can see the sister of the 3rd card in this post, where I used the colored die cut itself, here.

Be sure to stop by the blog to see all of the inspiration from the rest of the team and to play along.

Thanks for stopping by!

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P.S. Speaking of flowers, my brother and his wife have a new baby in their house. My niece, Zinnia, was born on Sunday! It’s amazing to see their new little baby on FaceTime! She’s beautiful.

zinnyI love her already!



Faber-Castell FBR770169 FaberCastell Gelatos Set - Brights

Abby’s Project – Make It Monday #220: Die Cut Mini Notebooks

HI I’m Abby! I’m the almost 11 y.o. daughter (20 August) of Honeybee. I decided that I really liked Mrs. Phillips MIM #220 project. So I made a little notebook this morning. Watch her video to see how easy it is to make one yourself!

IMG_9874editedI used some stamps from PTI’s Ahoy Stamp Set to stamp the front page of the notebook.

IMG_9876editedI’m going to share this over at SSS Kid’s Summer Vacation Challenge: Anything Goes.



I like to color on stamps with different colors. That’s what I did with the little anchor stamp. Then I used a circle punch to punch it out. The anchor is covering up the staple that I used to hold the notebook together.


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Make It Monday #220: Die Cut Mini Notebooks

In this week’s MIM #220 Melissa had a summertime project to share, mini notebooks! I made 2 for my youngest daughters. They are so cute that I might make 1 for myself and my eldest daughter too! Watch her video to see how easy it is to make one yourself!

IMG_9873editedI used the large list/line stamp PTI’s Moments Inked: Listed Stamp Set to stamp the lines. I stamped it twice, side by side.

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Thanks for stopping by!

XO Melissa

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