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Monday 5 January 2015

TMC 05 Stencils

I hope you all had a good Christmas and a great New Year.

Welcome to our first challenge at The Mirror Crack’d for 2015. We want to see your creations that involve the use of stencils.

TMC 05 Stencils

I made a journal page. You will see I am still taking the cowards approach and making the page separately for inclusion later!!

Anyhow I stamped a Prima Bloom Girl stamp called Summer and embossed her in black. I then coloured her over with Drawing Gum so that when I did the background I wouldn’t need to worry about swiping my colours over. I then just randomly swept over the who background with three colours of Aquatint. Sorry I forgot to note down the names, but they were the yellows/greens.

I rubbed away the drawing gum, and was left with a white face to colour, which I did with copics.

The stencils I used are from Splodgeaway for the spirals, which I chose as they sort of went with the spiral corkscrews I had attempted to put in her hair! The bottom of the stencil I used a couple of Imagination Crafts stencils to create a floral border and a couple of thistles.

The dimensional bees are from a Prima Stamp N Add set, although two of them I improvised with things in my stash, instead of the metal findings provided cos they won’t last five minutes if I use them all on the first project and I am a tight old thing!

The bottom left has an old broken earring for the bees body and the top right, it’s a decoration for hair. As I recall you wind them in to the hair and then cry when later you have to break them free! Much better used on a craft project instead. The tiny bees are a stamp I got from Art

The sentiment is the way I am feeling right now. I loathe the Winter. It goes on for far too long and I miss the sounds, smells and warmth of Summer. I hope it hurries back. Anyhow I created it on my pc with a font called CK Scratchy Box.

Finally I added a curly swirly border from Lindsay Mason’s Zendoodle range called Strings.

I am entering ‘Summer’ into:-

2 Creative Chicks – #22 Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics – Anything Goes
Anything But a Card – #43 New Beginnings (having bought loads of these stamps Summer is the beginning, I hope, of a series with them as the focus! )
Country View Crafts – Jan: Something New To You (stamp)
Craft My Life All Crafts Challenge - Dec/Jan: Anything Goes
Frilly & Funkie – Anything Goes
Mixed Media Mojo – Jan: New with a twist of 15 (new is my stamp, and 15 tiny bees have been stamped on the background)
Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – Jan: Anything Goes
The Artistic Stamper – Jan: New Beginnings (having bought loads of these stamps Summer is the beginning, I hope, of a series with them as the focus!
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge – #8 Something New for the New Year (the stamp)



  1. Lin, I have had a pristine, unused white art journal sitting at the side of my crafting table since last Christmas (that's December 2013!!). Every time I go to do something in it I bottle out... Maybe this will be the year I have a break through! Love your page, especially the dimensional bees...

  2. Beautiful page Lin & a great strawberries & cream but not too keen on the sun on my face, I love Autumn and Winter! I've been having a play with mixed media, not very good but having great fun playing and that's all that matters, right? Think this might be the year I start my own art journal.......thanks for the inspiration!
    hugs Jo x

  3. Fabulous page Lyn great inspirational art work

  4. Great journal page! Love those bees!!! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  5. Lovely page! I really like how you tucked in the 15 bees, clever! Wonderful image and nice colors. Love the bees and fun details you added. The dimensional bees are too cute! I totally agree with your sentiment. Thank you for playing with us at Mixed Media Mojo!~kim

  6. Your page is lovely Lin. It's summer here and we have all your longed for things in abundance.
    Thank you for linking to Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenge this month.

  7. Hello Lin, It's Julie again this time wearing my ABAC DT Hat! Your stencilling is subtle and highlight the lovely Summer!

  8. Love your page Lin!
    Stunning colours, you can feel summer!

  9. This is cute! The bees are adorable and add such a creative element. Looks like you are getting some good use out of the new stamp! Awesome sauce! Thanks for playing with us at Mixed Media Mojo! ~Niki DT

  10. I rather like the light bulb bee, lovely idea. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics with your gorgeous journal page.

    1. And for joining us at Craft My Life too!

  11. Great page Lin. I very much like the girl stamp and the bees are such fun. Happy crafting, Angela R. x

  12. Hello Lin.
    This stamp is gorgeous, and your page is stunning love it all, even though you are in the middle of Winter, this page oozes sunshine.
    Thank you for joining us at CVC this month.

  13. I love this Lin, beautiful colours and I'm totally with you on making a stand alone page and adding to your journal later. I ruined far too many with a naff second page lol. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Country View Crafts. Sue xx

  14. Great page, I adore all the little bees, it really captures the promise of summer. Thanks for joining in at Anything But A Card this time.

  15. great page! your coloring on her face is lovely. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  16. Great mixed media art journal page! Love the Prima stamp and the background is fun!! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  17. Thanks for submitting your eclectic journal page to the Anything But A Card challenge. I thank you for telling us what font you used.

  18. Fabulous journal page full of colour and fun. Thanks for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics.

  19. What a lot of fascinating techniques and great result. I loved reading about how you made it, it enhanced my enjoyment of the final picture. Drawing Gum sounds really useful, I must investigate, and I love your font, it looks great. Also like the twirly frame.

  20. This is just lovely! Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  21. A stunning prject...just adore the elements you have used for the bees, such a good idea...
    Thank you for joining us over at Altered Eclectics...x

  22. I have never heard of drawing gum or seen that font before so I have learnt 2 new things from your post. Lovely journal page and the image is a lovely one. The background is super. Thankyou for sharing with us at craft my life. hugs Mrs A. (D.T.)

  23. This is a lovely page. Fabulous stamp and embellishments... love the bees! Thank you for joining in at Anything But A Card. Cheers, Di

  24. a beautiful project - love the colors
    thanks for playing along at Mixed Media Mojo
    Barb Housner (DT)

  25. This is wonderful! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Mixed Media Mojo!

  26. Bonjour Lin,
    Ta réas. est magnifique.
    J'aime beaucoup.
    Du coup, je me suis inscrite à ta Newsletter.
    J'ai eu mes résultats sanguins, j'ai l'impression qu'ils ne sont pas très bon donc je vais voir demain si possible avec le docteur.
    A très vite sur ton blog et sur le blog The Mirror.
    Je vais voir ce que je peux faire.

    A bientôt



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