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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Bit of Stenciling and Stamping Fun!

Happy Wednesday, my dear friends! I hope you're having a wonderful week! I have a little project to share today featuring some lovely goodies from 7 Kids College Fund. :o)

I recently have become interested in stencils and previously shared how excited I was that Memory Box came out with them this year! I have much bigger visions for this crafty technique, but today I have a simple encouragement tag to coordinate with a non-stenciled card I will soon be making. Another dabble! :o)
I love honey comb patterns, so this Memory Box Honey Comb Stencil was a must-have for me! I began by cutting out my tag with a delightful design from the NEW Wild Rose Studio Peach Blossom Paper Pad. (There are lovely patterns in that collection!) I chose a soft peach to coordinate with the warm summery tones I knew I'd be using.

After using washi tape to secure the stencil over the tag, I blended in warm shades of Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, and Spiced Marmalade. The primary portion of my nature scene is from my favorite nature silhouette stamp: Crafty Individuals Wild Flowers and Butterflies.

The remaining stamping is with My Craft Spot products. The encouraging sentiment is from the beautiful Simply Sentiments stamp set. The butterfly fluttering beside it is from Jar Full of Flowers, while her sprightly flourish is from Tiny Tags 2. I finished it off with Snow White crinkle ribbon, a Wild Orchid Crafts sweetheart blossom, and three tiny sparkles.

An angled view to show the beautiful clear shimmer I added to the stamping, courtesy of the amazing Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush:
Products from the 7 Kids College Fund Store:

Thank you for visiting! Have a blessed day! :o)

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: Reuse/Recycle)
 *Crafting From the Heart~ Anything Goes
 *Creative Fingers~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art~ April Linky Party
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes
 *Word Art Wednesday~ Encouraging/Uplifting Sentiment


  1. I am so excited to see you using stencils Karen, I have myself recently been having some fun with them and I find your design so inspiring. I love the warm colours you have used which work so well with the honeycomb stencil and the way you have placed the beautiful images looks so effective. The sentiment is so lovely too.
    I hope you are having a good week. Sending you hugs, Sue xx

  2. Oh Karen I love that you are being adventurous and trying out stencilling, I will have to learn of you, lol Your tag is absolutely beautiful my friend!!!! I love the colors you used ( I have 2 of them!) and the mixture of stamps made the perfect little scene... LOVE LOVE LOVE the honey comb stencil and there is so much truth in the sentiment you chose... beautiful my friend just beautiful!! lots of love

  3. Karen,
    Such a beautiful first glance. Then all the sweet details and depth. The stencil looks amazing and the colors are amazing. Alas I just tidied my area for the spring cleanup or I would be in there right now with a stencil.Thank you for joining us this week and for posting your beautiful art at Word Art Wednesday. Blessings, Carole

  4. My sweetest friend, this is absolutely stunning!! You did such a fabulous job with the stencil...I have no doubt that you can master any new technique you try!! The colors are gorgeous!! And oh, I just love the wildflower scene!! I am always drawn to stamps like these with flowers and grasses and butterflies!! The sentiment is so uplifting!! This is simply fabulous, Karen!! What a beautiful tag!! I wish I could get the glitter to show up when I use Wink of Stella pens...I have been using the clear but I just got some silver and pink...I'll have to see if they work any better :) Love, love this my dear friend!! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. This is an adorable Design, thank you for sharing with us over at Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge we would love you to join in with us again next week for another fab challenge....
    Suzy B Owner Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge Blog

  6. Hi Karen, Oh this is another of your fabulous makes the colour and design is stunning as always xx

  7. Stunning tag, love the colors and designs you placed on it..... The sentiment is just perfect to the images.... This is a keeper, I hope you will stash this one... love it Karen!

  8. Absolutely gorgeous! I love your inking - the colors are just beautiful and blended together perfectly! I have purchased several stencils and have yet to really play with them. I may just have to find some time to pull them out and give it a go. This is so pretty and you have totally inspired me to use my stencils :)

  9. Hi Karen, This is Beautiful and absolutely Stunning!!
    I have to go into the encouraging sentiment. I LOVE it!! Just beautiful!
    I just love the sparkly butterflies! My favorite! The honeycomb stencil is AMAZING! Gorgeous Tag my friend!!!!
    Love! Love! Love!!
    Sending tons of my love, hugs and smiles
    Have a wonderful day,
    *Crafting With Creative M*

  10. Love the colours and the stencilling. Thanks for sharing your lovely creation for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 24: anything goes - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  11. Such a gorgeous tag, Karen! All of the stencils look beautiful, love those butterflies! The sentiment is so pretty and is perfect for this project! I really like the flower you added too! I hope you have a great day! :)


  12. Gorgeous tag, fabulous colour and love love the stamped elements! TFS and Happy Easter.

  13. Super fun tag. Thanks so much for playing along over at 613 Avenue Create. Monica, DT

  14. Oh WOW Karen... your dabbling makes you look like a pro! This is a gorgeous tag! :o)


  15. Very beautiful and gorgeous tag love how you have created it. Thankyou for joining our challenge this week at Crafting from the heart.
    Fiona dt./blog co-owner x

  16. Hi, A lovely Tag, Thank you for joining Crafting From The Heart this week. Good luck and we hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs Erin DT x

  17. Gorgeous Tag Karen and i love your stenciling. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with TTCRD and i hope to see you playing along with us again soon.


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