Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Getting Creative With Stencils

If you all saw my craft room, you'd know that I'm a very blessed lady.  I have SO many lovely supplies and goodies that I've collected over the years.  About once or twice a year, I go through my craft supplies and pack up a box of supplies to give to a lady from our church, Elizabeth Robertson, who is a missionary to Mexico with her husband and four children.  Her ladies' group is so blessed by this, and I am delighted to be able to keep them all crafting.  But in all of my supplies, believe it or not, I don't own one single stencil.  I think I gave them away to Elizabeth in one my purging sessions.  So, when I saw this week's challenge at Classy Cards-N-Such, I didn't quite know how I could play along.  I had to get creative.  I made my own stencil!  I took a piece of cardstock, die-cut several holes in it (hearts), and then used that template to stencil the hearts in the lower right hand corner of my card.  It worked out well. So, the next time you think that you don't have the right supplies to enter a challenge, GET CREATIVE and make the things you already own work for you.
This is a very simple card.  I started with a piece of pink Bazzill and inked the edges with a Tim Holtz Barn Door Red ink pad from Classy Cards-n-Such.  I used this same ink to stencil on the hearts in the corner.  I used My Mind's Eye patterned papers from my stash, a glassine bag that I decorated, a Seam Binding bow, May Arts ribbon, sequins, hearts that I die-cut and glittered with Microfine Glitter, some lace, velvet ric-rack,  and a tag tucked in the pocket of the glassine bag.
This second close-up picture shows the glittering technique.  It's very sweet and looks nice on the glassine bag.  Glitter is always a great embellishment for Valentines.  I remember using lots of glitter on the Valentines I made as a child.  The more glitter, the better!  You may also notice that I took my photos today on a wood stump.  My hubby was cutting wood, and I thought it made a cute photo prop.
 
I'm sharing my card in the following challenges:
 
Classy Cards-n-Such Blog - Challenge #16 - Stencils - Please see my stencil story and supply list of items from the store (all listed above).
 
Papertrey Ink - Challenge #149 - Glittered Embellishments - I used Papertrey Ink heart die-cuts, LOVE die-cut, and glittered the PTI hearts following the sweet glittering tutorial on Nichole's blog.

Ribbon Carousel Challenge - Challenge #89 - Love, Birthdays and Chicken Soup - I followed the LOVE theme, and used lots of spooled items including seam binding, ribbon, and washi tape.
 
Thanks for stopping by to take a peek. I hope you're having a blessed day!
 
Karen

28 comments:

  1. super jolie Karen, elle est pleine d'amour...biz

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  2. Brilliant, really great, especially making your own stencil, good for you.
    Great job done, and a great design

    Patricia x

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  3. Super cute card. Of course a adorable Love die. I saw it when I was at PTI's site shopping and loved it, that is when I got mine.

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  4. Love is all around us
    beautiful card
    hugs Tamara

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  5. This card is gorgeous! What a great idea to make your own stencils. I personally have never purchased any stencils even though they are quite popular in paper crafting right now. This is a great way to use them without any extra cost!

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  6. oh this is stunning,the colours,and layout so beautiful and love,the colours and design hugs Cherylxxx

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  7. Very creative Karen and very cute! Thanks for playing along with the Classy Cards 'n Such stencil challenge this week!

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  8. Wonderful card Karen - and well done on making your own stencil!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  9. Lovely card Karen. Liked your stencil work so much :)

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  10. your Card is just gorgeous what a fabulous card . your so very Talented..

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  11. Beautiful Karen...love your pretty Valentine..thank you for joining us in the CCNS challenge this week!!

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  12. This is so beautiful - love the vintage touches with the glitter and lace and the seam binding! I also love your clever way that you made your own stencil so you could play in the Classy Cards 'n Such challenge this week!

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  13. Oh my, the card and tag are so pretty! All the right touches to make it stand out. Glad you entered the challenge over at Classy Cards 'n Such. Woohoo!

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  14. Beautiful - pink & red - yum! :)
    Have a great day...

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  15. So very pretty! Love the card & tag and the pretty ribbon you used!

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  16. Great creativity to make your own stencil! Such a pretty card - and I agree with you about glitter - love it. Thanks for joining us in the Classy Cards 'n Such challenge.

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  17. Very creative and super cute! Save some of your creativity for our time together. Can't wait!!

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  18. Very creative and super cute! Save some of your creativity for our time together. Can't wait!!

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  19. Very creative and super cute! Save some of your creativity for our time together. Can't wait!!

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  20. how romantic and sweet! the gorgeous details are so striking!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

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  21. Karen, I couldn't bear not to see some of your wonderful art so here I am. The texture of the cardstock catches the eye which then roams over the sequins to the stencilled hearts. Your glassine bags must be famous worldwide. Blessings, Carole

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  22. This is really pretty, Karen. Thanks for inspiring me and helping me find fun some challenges to enter. I hope you win something great this week.
    Sierra
    www.sierrasgift.blogspot.com

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  23. Absolutely beautiful Karen. Love the heart theme and the little tag in the pocket. Perfect for valentines.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  24. Lovely card, Karen and hubbies cut wood looks good too lol

    Margaret xx

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  25. That corner stencil that you created is so perfectly designed, I thought it was store bought. I also love the idea of the glassine bag for a tag in the front of the tag. Blessings, my friend!

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