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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Dabble into Stenciling!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope your week is going beautifully. :o)

I have a card to share with you today showcasing some new and older Memory Box goodies from 7 Kids College Fund!

One of the surprises from January's CHA was Memory Box releasing stencils. I was ecstatic! Although I had never used one, I admired the beauty they create and their endless opportunities for color and layering. Since I love Memory Box, I chose one of their new releases to dabble into the world of stenciling. :o)

One of the many wonderful options is this gorgeous Birch Trees Stencil, which is perfect for my nature-loving sweetheart:
I confess I was a wee bit nervous when I began! That all proved silly, as in only a few minutes I had a beautiful twilight background surrounding the birch trees. I taped down the corners to prevent movement and was delighted with my baby step into stenciling. Three shades of Tim Holtz distress inks where used for my sky, beginning with the lightest: Broken China, Tumbled Glass, and Faded Jeans.
The stencils are fantastic in quality and design, providing a blank canvas with which to decorate. Many designs can even stand on their own. For this project, I created a little winter scene. The biggest (and layered) snowflake in the right corner is from the Memory Box Precious Snowflakes set. All of the others are from Cheery Lynn Designs. The sweet Deer Trio is from Memory Box, which I popped up with foam tape for dimension. Star Dust accents the snowflakes and snowy landscape because I simply cannot make a wintry card without sparkle. For extra twinkle, I added rhinestones to the pretty snowflakes. The sentiment is from Close to My Heart.
Products from 7 Kids College Fund Store:

Thank you for fluttering on by! A week remains in our current challenge at the 7 Kids Challenge Blog, so I hope you'll join the fun! We look forward to seeing your creations. :o) Have a blessed day!

Challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes
 *Card Mania~ Something New (Stencil and metal dies)
 *Christmas Stampin All Year Long~ Sparkle and Shine
 *Crafting From the Heart~ Anything Goes
 *Creative Fingers~ Anything Goes
 *DL.Art Thankful Thursday~ Uplifting Sentiment of at Least 5 Words
 *Holly Jolly Christmas~ Winter Scene
 *Pile It On~ For a Guy
 *Through the Craft Room Door~ Anything Goes


  1. WOW! This is stunning Karen. I adore your stenciled background, the blended colours look amazing. I love the deer trio, gorgeous sparkly snowflakes and a beautiful sentiment too. You have really inspired me to have a go at stenciling too, thank you for that.
    hugs Sue xx

  2. Beautiful card Karen. Very lovely work. Very inspiring. I must get out some of my stencils. Thank you for joining us at Holly Jolly this week. Hope to see you back here again soon. DT Judy

  3. Really pretty Karen, love how you have put this together. Thanks for sharing with us at Holly Jolly.
    Cindy DT

  4. Love the scene, this gorgeous as can be Karen!

  5. Awesome Card! Your stenciling is fantastic :) love the coloring!

  6. My sweetest friend, your first attempt at stenciling and you hit a home run!! This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love, love trees...tree dies, tree stencils, anything to do with them!! You showcased this stencil perfectly!! It's such a peaceful, stunning scene!! Using the silhouette of the deer and the sparkly snowflakes just add the perfect touches!! Love, love this!! Amazing as always!! I can't wait to see more stenciling projects from you!! I hope you are having a fabulous day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Great job with the stencil. I love the pretty colors and the scene you created with the deer. Thanks for joining us at CSAYL.

  8. my goodness, this is such a beautiful card! you did a fab job on the stenciling. and the deer look like they are happy happy to be in the frosty forest. gorgeous!

    thank you so much for joining our 'For a Guy' challenge over at Pile it On! hope to see you again next week. we love it when you pile on the challenges! :)

  9. You sure make dabbling in something look extraordinary :) Absolutely beautiful!

  10. elle est splendide Karen, je suis fan, elle est superbe, biz

  11. Karen this is so beautiful the scene is stunning and stenciling is amazing truly so effective as always x

  12. Your first attempt?....WOW!! This is Awesome!! Stunning and so Beautiful!!
    Love that you chose a wintery scene....Adore the twilight background!
    But what I truly fell in love with is the Sparkly snowflakes.....
    AMAZING!!! Love it my friend!!!
    Sending tons of my love, hugs and smiles to you,

  13. Gorgeous stencilling - fabulous colours and love the deer! Beautiful.

  14. This is just amazing! Your stenciling turned out beautifully! Love the sparkly forest wonderland you've created! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CSAYL. Hope to see you again soon as we get the jump on our Christmas card creating!
    Tracey, DT

  15. I love this! A really great card.

    Thanks for joining us at Christmas Stampin' All Year Long.

    Helen x

  16. This is beautiful!! Fabulous job with the stenciling (specially for your first time)! I have been hesitant to try it as well, but it really does look gorgeous. And those little deer are adorable. Thanks for playing with CSAYL.

  17. Wow, this is drop dead gorgeous!!! Love the scene you've created with a stencil and some dies. Absolutely stunning. Thanks for joining us at the Holly Jolly Christmas winter scene challenge.


  18. Beautifully stenciled creation Karen. Lovely color tones and very well made. Thanks for joining in with us at 613 Avenue Create.

  19. Your card is so striking, Karen! The stencilling looks amazing and lends itself so wonderfully well to the beautiful scene you've created! And those snowflakes? Simply gorgeous and just perfect with your deer and birch trees!!

  20. I just LOVE your card! I wanted to let you know that I’ve chosen your creation as one of my Weekly Picks and linked back to your blog! Thanks so much for sharing your talent. Kathy at

  21. BEAUTIFUL card! LOVE your background!!
    Thanks for joining us last week at PIO!
    Have a GREAT day!

  22. What a beautiful card! That's your first time stenciling?! You did amazing! It looks like you've been doing it forever. I love the scene you created. The snowflakes are so pretty! :)


  23. I love your card. I am currently using the birch tree stencil, and seeing the snowflakes made me think, I need to add some too! Thanks for the suggestion.


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