Wednesday, April 18, 2018

StencilGirl® Products & Lindy's Blog Hop

You know, it occurs to me that I have a pretty darn fun job. I get to try out lots of new products and how fun is that? This time, when I got the Lindy's supplies, I decided to record my process so you could come along for the experimentation. 
Hope you enjoy!!


GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to Lindy’s Gang
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!

Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Tuesday, April 24th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and Lindy’s Gang’s Facebook page on Wednesday, April 25.

Blog Hop Order:

April 18
Mary Beth Shaw
Gwen Lafleur
Mary C. Nasser
Debi Adams
Tina Walker
Kate Palmer
Cindy Wille
Natalie May
Pascale Bernard
Anat Weksler
Bertheas Peggy
Elena Martynova

April 19
Belen Sotelo
Cindy Gilstrap
Kiala Givehand
Torrie Gass
Janet Joehlin
Valerie Ouellet
Aga Baraniak
Sivan Amedi
Aleksandra Mihelič
Joanna Marquet
Phoebe Tonosaki
Caroline Parent

April 20
Carol Baxter
Sandee Setliff
Karen Gaunt
Louise Nelson
Sherry Canino
Kerry Fellowes
Yulianna Efremova
Kasia Bogatko-Skoczypiec
Olga Bielska
Olga Ravenskaya

Monday, March 19, 2018

Eight ways to use Embossing Powder & Stencils

Last year, my friend Seth Apter told me he was going to bring back embossing powder. Of course, I laughed because I am kind of snarky like that. But yes, I believe he has done it! His new line of Baked Texture by Emerald Creek is so darn cool that I find myself using them on all sorts of substrates. Take a look at some of the interesting options in this little video:


See what I mean! Nicely done, Seth!
To order, click on over to Seth's website here. Or his Blog here

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

StencilGirl Products & etchall®



I will confess that I am one of those people who just skim directions before I decide to 'wing it' by leaping into a project with zero forethought. Consequently, if something can go wrong, it will. I generally have to try a couple times before I get the desired result and I learn things in the process.  Or I end up with unexpected results aka mistakes. 

That has never happened with an etchall®  product. 

Seriously. The etchall® products work without fail every single time. You gotta love it, right?
At any rate, for this Blog Hop, my friend Karyl Howard suggested perhaps I could etch the glass of a picture frame and then put artwork behind it. Hmmm, cool idea, eh? And I just happened to have a frame on hand. 
I chose a stencil by Pam Carriker, Door to Heart 9, a beautiful 9x12 stencil. First I sprayed the back of the stencil with the stencil spray. I have found this spray to be very helpful when I am doing something precise (such as etching glass). The spray allows you to place the stencil into the exact position you want and it will stick. Which is really nice especially around the edges and the fine detail parts. The spray also allows you to reposition the stencil if necessary and you need to adjust the placement. Conveniently, I was using a dirty stencil, so it is easy to see on top of the glass. 
Once I had the stencil in place, I simply spread the etching creme over top. And then I set the timer according to the package. That is ALL YOU DO! Seriously, it is that easy.
When the timer goes off, you scrape up the etching creme and put it back into the container so you can use it again. 
I placed the glass on a piece of painted paper and was done. Could it be any easier? I think not. But, 
I got to thinking, it would be fun to paint on the backside of the glass, wouldn't it? Especially right behind the little heart.......or you could develop an entire painting behind the glass....or you could etch on both sides. Or maybe drop alcohol ink into the etched parts. Or collage on the back side. Or.....
Well, you see how my mind works, somebody just slap me already.





GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will receive an etchall® Glass Etching Bee-ginner Kit,
reposition/reuse stencil spray
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!

Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Tuesday, March 20th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and etchall’s Facebook page on Wednesday, March 21.
Blog Hop Order:

March 14
Mary Beth Shaw (you are here)
Gwen Lafleur
Mary C. Nasser
Debi Adams
Tina Walker
Cindi McGee
Nadine Carlier
Joe Rotella

March 15
Belen Sotelo
Cindy Gilstrap
Kiala Givehand
Janet Joehlin
Anita Scroggins
Erin Reed
Candy Rosenberg
Susie Bentz

March 16
Carol Baxter
Sandee Setliff
Louise Nelson
Terry Ricioli
Christie Troxell
Steph Ackerman
Julie McGuffee

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ Empowerment Edition Blog Hop

I bet I've never mentioned how much I enjoy decks of cards. I don't ever talk about it, but I have an enormous collection, ranging from Tarot decks (I own tons!) to Yoga decks, to a deck by my friend Orly Avineri to these decks by Kiala Givehand. Decks bring great pleasure to me. The cards feel good in my hand, and I truly enjoy the inspiration I gain from each and every deck I own. 
Watch along as I play with Kiala's inspiring cards and get to explore some topics out of my comfort zone.





the completed journal spread

Blog Hop Order
 
January 10
Mary Beth Shaw

January 11
Mary C. Nasser
 
January 12

GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a 
Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ Empowerment Edition !
Visit these amazing artists’ blogs and comment there for your chance to win!

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Sunday, January 14th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page on Monday, January 15th.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Emerald Creek & StencilGirl - Emboss those stencils, baby!!


I used to be a rubber stamper back in the day, before StencilGirl. Once I became obsessed with stencils, I lost my love for rubber stamps although I do still use them from time to time. As the years went by I will confess I had forgotten about embossing powder. So come along with me as I blast to the past and find a new love in the process!





GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Emerald Creek!
***AND Seth Apter is giving away his original artwork created for this hop, too!!!***
check it out!

Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Tuesday, December 19th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page on Wednesday, December 20th.