StencilGirl & Walnut Hollow Blog Hop: Anniversary Trivet, Feather Collage, and eBook Stand

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Wooden-you-know-it, you have arrived at the next stop on the hop! I stenciled 3 projects.

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Anniversary Trivet

Stencils used: Terri Stegmiller’s large stencil from StencilClub November 2016. I stenciled, cut, and turned around separate portions of the flowers and leaves to create butterflies.

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The “Yes” is from Cathy Nichols’ small stencil from StencilClub September 2016.

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Walnut Hollow 10” Trivet

Paper butterflies cut from my wedding invitation.

Paper background – from my immense stockpile

Yellow and blue paint

Ink for distressing

Green, black and orange permanent markers to outline  the word, flowers and leaves

Finished with Modge Podge (Who else has fond memories of Modge Podge Lodge?)

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My Kindle Stand

The challenge was to stencil this Walnut Hollow Natural Bark Edge Tablet Stand in a way that was interesting but not too distracting — just my peculiarity!  Walnut Hollow also sells a great  ebook table/iPad stand with a back that comes up but I would have had to paint it a solid color, and where’d be the fun in that?!)

The black and blue chalk paint in my arsenal seemed like a good foundation. I like how it appears rather distressed, like a used book.

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I used Carolyn Dube’s Now Is the Time stencil for the back of the book and Mary Beth Shaw’s Apple Chancery stencil on the “spine”.

Tip: I found the letters in the Chancery stencil easier to use cut out as 2 to 4 letters.  I now store them in an envelope.

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Quill

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I really liked the rough side of Walnut Hollow’s Rustic Feather because it had the calamus and rachis (center portion- yes, I looked that up). I wrote on this part with marker. I do admit it was a challenge as the feather was larger in reality than I had pictured in my mind.

Process: I painted the feather with a double coat of gesso, spritzed with some color sprays and then had fun layering with the small stencil from the Here There & Everywhere StencilClub set and the roses (stenciled on deli paper) from the Heraldry StencilClub set, and A Rose by Any Other Name. It is covered with Modge Podge.

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I hope you’ll check out all of the art that was made for this hop and leave the 12 artists a note coz we LOVE feedback! Plus:

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One lucky winner will receive both !

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your
chance to win!

March 15
Mary C. Nasser

Gwen Lafleur

Ann Tatum
Dana Tatar

March 16
Kristie Taylor
Janet Joehlin
Kelli Stradling

Erin Sipes

March 17
Tammy Tutterow

Carol Baxter (you are here)
Katie Smith
Morena Hockle

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Sunday, March 19th. 2017 at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on StencilGirl’s Facebook page and Walnut Hollow’s Facebook page on Monday, March 20th, 2017.

A Slice of the Islands – Stenciled Pineapple Cards

I’ve been singing Harry Nilsson’s “Lime in the Coconut” for months. Ever since June Pfaff Daley mentioned pineapple stencils. I know the lyric, “you put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up” does not mention a pineapple, but it is tropical! Work with me 🙂

I made cards with the March StencilClub set June Pfaff Daley designed for StencilGirl.

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A cool thing happened while stamping on black cardstock. My yellow paint took on a gold cast and my pineapple pieces popped! One of the fun surprises of working with paper (recycled paper generally does interesting things under paint or resin) and adding a chemical, in this case, acrylic paint.

Here’s the set:

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I just thought of a pineapple song…. from one of Elvis’ movies set in the Aloha State.

I’m a poor Hawaiian beach boy, a long way from the beach,

’cause someone shoved his face against my hand

Now I’m a kissing cousin to a ripe pineapple

I’m in the can

I was mindin’ my own business,

Drinkin’ daddy’s juice

I swear I’ll never touch that stuff again

Now I’m a kissing cousin to a ripe pineapple

I’m in the can

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Of course we all have favorite art supplies, and if you like to stencil, favorite stencils. I made a couple of over-sized cards using elements from Ms. Daley’s large and mini stencils from the set as well as Sue Pelletier’s Loose Woman Stencil #1. She needed a pineapple skirt as she dances to “Tiny Bubbles”. Do you think that means I need a wine glass inside the card?

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This next card also uses Terri Stegmiller’s small stencil from May 2016 StencilClub and Jessica Sporn’s Eastern Leaf Lotus stencil. You can see the little elements from the large Pineapple stencil.

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I can hardly wait to mail this card to Lynn who lives in Idaho — a long drive from Arizona. I miss hanging out and talking with her face to face so much!

Always remember to put lime in your coconut before you stand on your head and look at your art supplies upside down. You just might think of a way to use them you had not thought of before!

xo,

Carol

StencilGirl & Kraft-Tex Blog Hop: Floppy Hat and A Writer’s Kindle Cover

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Welcome to my corner of the StencilGirl & Kraft Tex blog hop. Making projects for this hop was so fun!

What feels like dyed leather, grabs paint and takes stitches easily? Kraft Tex Fiber Paper. This hop gave me the opportunity to sew on a textile I might not have thought to sew.

Easy project first! I have wanted a cover for my kindle so I could slip it into my purse or suitcase. I am really pleased with how it turned out!

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StencilGirl Typewriter Stencil S128 6″x6″ & Your Thoughts L102 9″x12″ Stencil

Paints, Painter’s Tape, Sewing Machine, Needle and Thread

Brown Velour (50 cent thrift store find), Lime Kraft-Tex Fabric Paper, & Button

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  1. Measure and cut your pattern.
  2. Stencil the velour: To achieve a crisp outline with the Typewriter stencil on velour I made several tries – roller, pouncing with a dauber, a stencil brush, and pouncing with a sponge.

Velour is thick and soft. Make sure you are stenciling with, not against, the fibers.

     What finally worked was pouncing with a sponge. I used painter’s tape over the “keys”, stenciled the top half first and then did the bottom half.  I also held the stencil from moving with my fingertips.

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  1. Stencil the Fabric Paper. (I saw lime, mahogany and white in a magazine and really liked the color trio.)your-thoughts.jpg
  2. Stencil the top flap with the typewriter portion so it lines up with the velour typewriter.
  3. Stencil the back cover and write on it with permanent pens.
  4. Fold the bottom and side edges of the back cover paper over the velour and sew.

I had planned to make a little cell phone case, then I said to myself, “I think I’ll make a hat.” Never mind that I have only made one other paper hat in the past 4 decades. Besides, I only need a book and a hat and a towel for the beach!

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Come. Journey with me. I’ll share with you what I have learned as I made this floppy head covering.

  1. I am eager to try it again.
  2. You’ll need to use Pi.
  3. You’ll deserve pie when you are done!

I used elements from 2 large StencilClub stencils: July and April 2016, both designed by Mary Beth Shaw.

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I primarily used 3 paint colors: pale yellow, coral, lavender, plus a few bits of sea blue.

  1. Cut a circle as wide as the Kraft Tex Paper, set aside.1.jpg2.jpg
  2. Measure around your head and from the crown to the band.
  3. Make the crown or dome of the hat: Divide the length of the band by 4 or 5 (My hat dome has 4 sides, if I did this again I would make 5 because that would make it more circular. I think.) and add 3/8th inch on all sides. (I had looked up how to sew a felt beanie on the web and, forgetting that felt has more give than paper, only added 1/4 inch so by the time I sewed the hat was an inch too small for my head…) I am eager to try this again in another color!
  4. Trace patterns and cut a pointed dome.
  5. Stencil your pattern on all of the paper.3.jpg4.jpg
  6. Match the edges of the dome the way you want (I used a, b,c,d) and machine sew about 1/4″ from the edges.5.jpg
  7. Carefully snip the curved part of the dome so when you turn the hat inside out it will shape properly. Be sure not to cut through the stitches!6.jpg
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  9. Measure the circumference of your dome, divide by pi (3.14) and that is the width of the circle you must cut from the center of your hat. I folded the circular portion in fourth’s and marked the center then measured 3 1/2″ from that point all around. (Where, oh where is my circle cutter?)8.jpg
  10. Put the dome of the hat inside the circle of the brim, line it up where you want the patterns and pin it in place. I only needed 4 pins.9.jpg
  11. Set up your sewing machine like you plan to sew a sleeve and sew the brim to the dome. (I did not care that the cut portion was on the outside because it is covered by the ribbon.)
  12. Add ribbon or other trim. (As I am writing this post, I think my next hat will have a button at the top.)

CONGRATULATIONS! You have made yourself a floppy hat! You deserve a nice slice of your  favorite pie while you are getting paper and stencils to make your next hat.

I hope you have enjoyed all the amazing projects on this hop!

Carol, Wearer of Many Hats

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One lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products

AND a $25 Gift Certificate for C&T Publishing!!
Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!

February 15
Mary C. Nasser       Janet Joehlin       Lindsay Conner

February 16
Gwen Lafleur       Teri Lucas       Tristan Gallagher

February 17
Tina Walker       Veronica Lovvorn       Carol Baxter (you are here)

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Saturday, February 18th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page and C&T Publishing’s Blog on Sunday, February 19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A Loose Woman Imitates The Little Prince” for StencilGirl & Impression Obsession Blog Hop

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The moment I saw Seth Apter’s science fiction looking rubberstamps I had to have them. They suggested the Out of this World is the theme. Starry skies and science make me feel delighted, scared, and hopeful all at the same time.

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However, the project evolved and surprised me. I’d picked out  StencilGirl stencils I wanted to use with the stamps months ago and then three new ones leapt into the fray!

I was a massage therapist for 2 decades and it seemed to me, in my little microcosm, that women over 50 lived easier in the world, body and soul. Hence, Sue Pelletier‘s Loose Woman series of stencils for StencilGirl Products speaks to me. (Apologies to Sue if she saw her creations as younger!) I used the small ones and you can see them in a video HERE.

This little canvas celebrates ME though a riff on one of my favorite books of all time, “THE LITTLE PRINCE” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It is always a good read when I need perspective in my life.

By the time you read this blog post I shall be 50 years and a few days old. I’ve been regaled with wisecracks, comments and questions:

70 is the really hard birthday!
50 means you are just beginning your creative journey!
50 is the new middle age.
Would you like to join Senior Circle? (Don’t even get me started…)
Have you received your first mailing from AARP? (Yes, 15 years ago and I was highly insulted!)
I’m younger than you are!
Do you feel old mom?
and fortune and friends smile upon me, too many well wishes to count!

I think, if birthdays ending in 1 through 9 make us reflect on the year behind and the year ahead, those ending in 0 make us look at who we are against the journey of all we wanted to accomplish. I’d like to say “within the journey” but I seem to push back more often than not. Represented on my canvas by the (hopefully) extinct volcano.

Rabbit was my nickname as a child. The Rabbit is sitting in for The Fox.

My Flower under glass represents all the characters and stories swimming in my grey matter. A daring 50 years young woman might accept the responsibility and remove the glass… Seriously, my personal goal for the year is to write my way out of my novel “BRAMBLES”.

It was enormously difficult to choose a planet from among Seth Apter’s Solar System and Roundabouts rubber stamps for Impression Obsession; each one is so interesting. I did not even have to put the stamps on a block to stamp. The lines and details stamp impressively clean on the no-fray (slightly bumpy) fabric in the photo below. The more I look at them to more ideas I get.

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Here are the steps for my mixed media canvas: A Loose Woman Imitates The Little Prince

1) Paint canvas background and add a critter silhouette at bottom looking up.
2) Stamp the largest of Seth’s planets on fabric (I used non-fray fabric) with Staz-On ink and cut out the planet.
3) Figure out where the place planet, volcano, flower, lone star (below planet) and loose woman.
4) Stuff planet with cotton and hand stitch to canvas with thread that matches the ink.
5) Stencil Loose Woman #2 because I liked her long hair and she is a lady leaping.
6) Stencil flower using Eastern Leaf Lotus Flower Repeat #L421 stencil and use iridescent paint to cover like a bell jar.
7) Paint volcano and small green Baobab tree seedling.
8) Paint her hair (or you could embroider) with rainbow strands.

Astronauts on the Loose Cards

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A good friend of mine, Christine, hates the waste of envelopes. My boss, Mary Beth Shaw, has taught me to use them for art journaling. Recycling some envelop insides for clothes and making cards seemed like a good compromise.

Instructions:

1) Paint (be sure to add some shimmer!) and stencil the background. (Warped Holes has some smiling, tumbling alien faces in it!)s181-warped-holes

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 Stencils used: Loose Woman #1, 2 & 3, Mary Beth Shaw’s mini stencil from December 2013 StencilClub, Lizzie Mayne’s Warped Holes S181 and Twist Lattice S152

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Sue also designed a Loose Woman set exclusive to StencilClub July 2013 (You must be a club member to purchase the club set.)
2) Play paper dolls with me! Stencil each Loose Woman on a card.
3) Fussy cut paper patterns for boots, oxygen tank, and top of astronaut uniform (I adapted the window part of an envelope for the helmet.)window-from-envelope
4) Glue clothes on woman, detail boots andbootseach breastplate, then glue woman on the background. pre-embellishment
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6) Address to another loose woman.
7) Go forth and impress your local postal clerk.
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Tip: If you do not plan to mail these astronauts across planet Earth, you could also embellish with other 3D bits you’ve got handy in your studio

May your friendships be many
Your birthdays be fine,
Your travels be carefree &
May art allow you to unwind!

Yours loosely,
Carol

Please be sure to check out the other fine projects in this blog hop:

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GIVEAWAY
StencilGirl Products will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to TWO lucky winners!
Impression Obsession will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to TWO lucky winners!
Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for
your chance to win 4 great prizes during the hop!

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The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Friday, September 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Sunday, October 2nd.

 

Merry, Merry Christmas in July Blog hop with StencilGirl and Imagine Crafts

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Merry Christmas!

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Anticipation being half the fun, I can’t recall a time when I did not plan early for the holidays. When I was a little girl I sold greeting cards door to door in the neighborhood to make a little spending money and Christmas shopping (either for a gift or craft supplies to make a gift) and

Ray and I are prepping for a scaled-down Christmas when it comes to decorations (big yard sale coming up for we have 18 boxes of Christmas décor in the garage) however, it will be difficult for me to resist bring home new Christmas stuff!

Thus, my thinking with this Christmas-in-July project was three-fold:

  1. Make something functional.
  2. It is often just the two of us dining and we deserve a nicely set table.
  3. Red roses (silk roses replaced red ball ornaments) were my motif one Christmas past and I think it will my motif for 2016.

Then, I started going through my stencils and I found candy in the Layered Salad Stencil and I thought it would make a fun border.

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Thank goodness I have months to decide what is for dinner!

StencilGirl® stencils:

S111 Layered Salad Stencil by Terri Stegmiller (above)

A Rose by any Other Name stencil by Andrea Matus deMeng

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Imagine Crafts:

Tsukineko All Purpose Ink Mini Workstation including: Fantastix™ with red, green, gold, and silver All Purpose Inks

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Materials:

Neutral placemats (these happened to be polyester from the “dollar store”

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Instructions:

  1. Wash, dry (no fabric softener!), and iron placemats.

Note: The DVD instructions indicated the cloth should be spritzed with water. I am glad I skipped this step as the layered polyester placemat I used had a tendency to let the ink bleed.

  1. Place desired stencil on placemat. Use removable tape to adhere in place.
  2. Use pointed “fantastix” to paint each color separately within the stencil – I did mask the Layered Salad below the swirls and the petals of the rose.
  3. Heat set with iron using a piece of cloth between the iron and the placemat.

Note to self: Try not to be like Mom and put the placemats in a safe place until use and then forget where they are until Christmas afternoon!

 

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!

We’ll be picking one lucky winner
to receive $100 in Gift Certificates – a $50 Gift Certificate for StencilGirl Products and
a $50 Gift Certificate for Imagine Crafts!

Take your time and visit each blog showcased July 9, 16, & 23 and leave your comments.

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!

One comment per blog please.
You will have until Saturday, July 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

The winner will be notified by email and announced on

StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Sunday, July 31st.

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Blog Hop Order

July 9:
StencilGirl Talk
Mary C. Nasser
Kristie Taylor
Karen Gaunt
Neva Cole
Nadine Carlier
Monica Edwards

July 16:
StencilGirl Talk
Janet Joehlin
Cindy Giltrap
Anna Friesen
Alison Heikkila
Martha Lucia Gomez
Roni Johnson

July 23:
StencilGirl Talk
Gwen Lafleur
Carolyn Dube
Carol Baxter (You are here.)
Mark Melnick
Jowilna Nolte
Terre Fry

Throwback Thursday StencilGirl Hop ~ Sweet Gum Ball Fairy

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I have been under the impression since childhood that  gum balls are sweet and come out of dime (now 50 cents!) vending machines.

When I saw that StencilGirl had a stencil called “Sweet Gum Balls” my first thought was that these gum balls would hurt to bite and chew.

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Every day is an opportunity to learn. Thanks to Jane La Fazio and The Audubon Society I know that Sweet Gum is a tree that sheds ball-shaped pods. Still. I can’t escape the original image in my head, ergo….

THE SWEET GUM FAIRY!

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Tree seed pods? If you are lucky enough to be in the woods when the Sweet Gum Fairy visits you might get to chomp on these confections! Served after a leafy lunch-time salad.

StencilGirl founder Mary Beth Shaw tells me that the 9×12″ Sweet Gum Balls stencil certainly takes the longest to cut and is, perhaps, the most intricate. I have to say that the paint lines are crisp and lovely. The stencil worked great with whipped spackle.

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I adore the organic heart shapes that appear within each ball so I had to make a journal page as well. I used 3 colors of yellow and pounced the colors dark to light over the tops of each other.

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I outlined the little hearts where I happened to see them. Bet this page becomes a card at some point.

The Sweet Gum Fairy is buzzing in my ear, “Get back to my project!” 

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I played with a bit of sheer shimmer on a few of the balls. I used the shimmer on both top and underneath sides of fairy’s wings. (Underneath is green.) I think they turned out pretty.

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I googled a pic of the tree’s leaves and drew, cut a mask and stenciled around a sheet of brown scrapbook paper, used an Exacto-knife to cut out my mat, then decided I needed more leaves so I made a bunch in 3 sizes and a few randomly mixed shades of green. As you can see, my flimsy mask folded over during the process, but I was fussy cutting anyway so I did not let it stop me. I would not have thought to make a mask except that I have been playing with stencils for the past 6 months.

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The fairy ‘s curly locks are thanks to an American Girl magazine pen pal project that I made when my daughter was a Brownie Girl Scout (now she is all grown up).

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Achieved by wetting embroidery thread and wrapping it around a toothpick then pulling it off when dry.

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I stitched some ribbons together for the skirt and used a piece of ribbon for the torso between the wings.

The whole collage is glued together.

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Now it is time for you to don your fairy wings and fly to the rest of our Throwback Thursday projects. You are in for stenciled treats, even if they are not sugary, I assure you!

And what would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!

What do you have to do to enter?
Just leave a comment below by Sunday, May 29th at 11:59PM Central Time.

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The more blogs you comment on in the blog hop, the more chances you have of winning!
Winner will be announced on StencilGirl Product’s Facebook Page on May 30th.

One lucky winner will receive
EVERY StencilGirl Stencil showcased on today’s Blog Hop!
Stitch a Greek Border
Stitch a Circle
Sweet Gum Balls
Dia Muertos Mask
Art is Good for You

Retail Value $84!

 

Earth Day Blog Hop with StencilGirl Products & Earth Safe Finishes

Earth Day plus upcycling and using products that can be reused instead of filling landfills. Yeah! 

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Maybe 40 years ago I dyed fabric. As I recall, it was a smelly process involving boiling water. Using Earth Safe Finishes’ Fabric Magic Kit was a pleasant, unscented experience. Dying is just a matter of following the directions on the package 8 parts water to 1 part Fabric Magic, then add the pigments in drops to achieve desired color.

I made plans and the Universe laughed. But I got the last laugh this time 🙂

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StencilGirl stencils used are from December 2015 StencilClub. The little loopy one gets a lot of use by yours truly! You can find out more about how to get exclusive club goodies HERE:

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Simply cannot toss out leftovers! Especially crafty goodies.

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We had a little rain recently and the iris are in bloom. I shall make flowers!

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Of course I am the Wearer of Many Hats. I like it best when I can interchange embellishments on my many hats. The black straw in the pic below seems to work well for this. I think I paid $6 bucks for it at a thrift store a couple years back. Definitely a favorite. The ribbon band is simply tied on. The flower is pinned in place. Stylin’!

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I am so excited and happy to be a part of this hop! Be sure to check out all of the Earth Day Blog Hop artists from the StencilGirl Products and Earth Safe Finishes Teams:

Mary Beth Shaw
http://mbshaw.blogspot.com/2016/04/cold-wax-project-wit-stencilgirl-earthsafefinishes.html

Janet Joehlin
http://jjhappyreminders.blogspot.com/2016/04/SGandEarthDayHop.html

Mary C. Nasser

http://www.marycnasser.com/blog/earth-day-blog-hop

Gwen Lafleur
http://gwenyth.typepad.com/gwen/2016/04/earth-day-upcycled-project-with-stencils-and-earth-safe-finishes.html

Chana Malkah Harris
http://redoralee.blogspot.com/2016/04/stencilgirl-earth-safe-finishesann.html

Irit Shalom
http://iritshalom.blogspot.com/2016/04/stencilgirlearth-safe-finishes-blog-hop.html

Steph Ackerman
http://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/2016/04/blog-hop-with-earth-safe-finishes-and.html

Martha Lucia Gomez
http://wp.me/p5TnaH-3yF

Larissa Pittman

http://muffinsandlace.com/2016/04/21/earth-safe-finishes-and-stencil-girl-blog-hop/

Jeanne Streiff

http://inkypaws.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2016/04/22/stencilgirl-esf-hop/

Vishu Reberholt
http://fabnsassy.blogspot.com/2016/04/earth-safe-finishes-and-stencil-girl.html

Take your time and visit each blog showcased today through April 25th and leave a comment. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!

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One comment per blog please.
You will have until Monday, April 25th 3 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time to leave your comments.
The winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Wednesday, April 27th.

My hat’s off to you,

Carol