Mixed Media Challenge + Stencil Sunday – August Mini Calendar

Hi!  I’m so happy and excited to be here with as a member of the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design team with a project for Stencil Sunday and the August 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.

Here’s a mini calendar page that I made using the ARTplorations Stencils – Happy Flowers,Shower of Flutters and Retro Circles.

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The calendar measures approximately 5 3/4″ x 8 3/4″ or 14.5 x 22.25 cm matted.IMG_9776augustcalendar

I repeatedly sponged a variety of blue-hued butterflies onto my panel of cardstock with the Shower of Flutters mask/stencil.

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Then I stenciled the Happy Flowers with red and green ink, sponged embossing ink over the flowers and heat embossed the them with clear embossing powder. IMG_9782augustcalendar

I matted the panel with black cardstock and then, using the ARTplorations Retro Circles stencil,  I sponged on white pigment ink and embossed with white embossing powder.

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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.

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I inked the edges of the calendar by swiping it across a black ink pad and attached it with foam tape. Lastly I matted the entire project in white cardstock.

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I 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 August 31st, 11:55 p.m. Pacific time (GMT-7).

Places I’m Playing:

Simon Says: Fabulous Florals

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Anything Goes Challenge Weeks #242-#243

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MMCC August 2015 Challenge #14 – Butterflies – Reminder

Hi! I’m back with a reminder post and 2 cards for this month’s MMCC #13. This month’s theme: Butterflies with an optional element: gold.

Here’s the August Challenge graphic:

Butterflies!? Yes, I have to admit, I have a thing for butterfly stamps, punches, dies and stencils. This may be honeybeelane’s blog, but Honeybee has a crush on butterflies. 🙂 You can check out the other butterflies by clicking the tab entitled “Honeybee love butterflies” at the top of the blog.

For this post I have 2 different cards with an Artplorations Stencil and a Stamplorations Stamp set, some ink blending, homemade embossing paste and gold embossing powder. First, I sponged some different yellow inks onto water color paper.

Then I trimmed the water color paper into 3 pieces. I placed the stencil onto the paper, applied the embossing paste and then let it dry. Then, I replaced the stencil and stamped VersaMark onto the embossing paste. I removed the stencil and added the gold embossing powder and heat embossed.

IMG_6270editedI’m going to play this first card over at Time Out’s Challenge #37: Friendship is Golden.

Next I stamped the butterflies into place.

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I die cut, trimmed and punched the respective cards and added the different sentiments.

Yes, lots more “out of my comfort zone” with these babies! The colors, the stencil with embossing paste, the non-CASishness of these all….Phew. I had lots of fun though. 🙂

So! I hope that I have inspired you to play along with this month’s challenge.

HOW TO PLAY
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 August 25, 11:55 p.m. PDT (GMT-7).

Thanks for stopping by!
XO
Melissa

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MMCC August 2015 Challenge #14 – Butterflies

Hi! I’m back with one of the cards I made for this month’s MMCC #13. This month’s theme: Butterflies with an optional element: gold. I’ll share the other 2 next week in a reminder post.

Here’s the August Challenge graphic:

Butterflies!? Yes, I have to admit, I have a thing for butterfly stamps, punches, dies and stencils. This may be honeybeelane’s blog, but Honeybee has a crush on butterflies. 🙂 If you’d like to you can check out the new “Honeybee loves Butterflies” page (tab at the top of the blog) to see all of my butterfly cards! Or you can click here.

I made this card with an Artplorations Stencil and a Stamplorations Stamp set, some ink blending, homemade embossing paste and gold embossing powder. First, I sponged some different yellow inks onto water color paper.

IMG_6276editedThen I trimmed the water color paper. I placed the stencil onto the paper, applied the embossing paste and then let it dry. Then, I replaced the stencil and stamped VersaMark onto the embossing paste. I removed the stencil and added the gold embossing powder and heat embossed. Next I stamped the butterflies into place.

Lots of out of my comfort zone with this baby, let me tell you! The colors, the stencil with embossing paste, the non-CASishness of these all….Phew. I had lots of fun though. 🙂 I’m going to try playing this over at Suzy Bee’s Blomin’ Challenge Blog: wings or feathers and  Frilly and Funky’s Things With Wings Challenge.

So! I hope that I have inspired you to play along with this month’s challenge. Make sure you stop by each of DT member’s blog to check out their beautiful and unique creations.

MMCC DT:

Yasmina, Julia, Lysa, Becca , Lee-Anne, Michaela, Maria, Shirley, Tenia, Kripa, Elina, Sanna

HOW TO PLAY
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 August 25, 11:55 p.m. PDT (GMT-7).

Thanks for stopping by!
XO
Melissa

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Stamplorations Sketch Challenge #36- Guest Designer!

I am excited to be a guest designer for Stamplorations #36 challenge this month!

Here’s my card: Slide3and the inspiration sketch

stamplorationschallengesketch36I used the Shower of Flutters – ARTplorations Stencil along with the Trendy Butterflies Stamp Set from Stamplorations for this card.

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I have been having a lot of fun with this stencil! You can see some of the other cards that I have made with it here, here or here. This time I chose to mask off part of the card front to imitate the design of the sketch.

Slide2Thank you, Shery, for choosing my card as STAMPlorations Sketch Challenge #33 Winner and giving me the privilege of Guest Designing for Sketch #36!

Slide1Thanks for stopping by!
XO
Melissa

stamplorationsgdblogbadge-MelissaLaneP.S. Besides some fun news of receiving the HM at CASology for this Popcorn card, I also have some other exciting news this week. I’m Guest Designing, not for just 1 but for 2 challenges over at Stamplorations! Check out my other card here. Go on over to the Stamplorations blog to play along at the Sketch and/or the Monthly Challenge. 🙂

ATSM Challenge #151 – AG

    Addicted to Stamps and More!

Wow! What an exciting day! Things sure are buzzing around here at honeybeelane! I’m so happy to be joining the ATSM Design Team AND the HLS Sketch Challenge DT for the first time today! This week’s ATSM “Anything Goes” Challenge is a favorite at Addicted to Stamps and More.  This week our sponsor is Stamplorations.

The prize is a $10 gift certificate for the store.

Get ready! I am so excited to be joining the ATSM team that I made 6 different cards for this post! 🙂 This first card was made with the Artplorations Bubble stencil.

IMG_7067editedI know, 6 cards may be a little much, but my excitement is “bubbling over” into my card-making! 😉

Next, I made a whole bunch of cards using the ARTplorations Stencil, Shower of Flutters. The more I use this stencil, the more I love this stencil! For this first butterfly card I also used Trendy Butterflies stamp set.
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I made a set of rainbow cards with this stencil too.
Here’s the first one:
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The second:
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The third:
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The fourth and final:
Slide10Did I mention that I LOVE this stencil? If you’d like, you can see some other cards that I’ve made with this stencil here and here.
 I used nearly every last scrap of the butterfly background paper that I made.  I liked it too much to throw it away! Please see the following slide show for more details of how I made these cards.

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So! Can you tell that I had a lot of fun making these cards?  I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with for this challenge! 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!
XO
Melissa

So Proudly Designing For:Woohoo! 🙂

P.S. Please go over and see my cards for my premiere at HLS!

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