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Friday, April 22, 2016

StencilGirl Earth Safe Finishes/Ann Butler Earth Day Blog Hop

Hello, Crafty Peeps!

Thanks for participating in the



 Earth Safe Finishes®/Ann Butler Designs™ 

Earth Day Blog Hop

Those of you who follow me regularly know that I am big on reusing, re-purposing, and recycling.  The Hubster says my single Cherokee gene drives me to preserve nature. 
 That may be true, but on the other hand,  it just makes sense to take care of the place that supports your survival.

The frame was another great find by The Hubster.  He does most of my "picking" at the Goodwill Store.  He presented this to me with an unceremonious, 
"I suppose you can do something with this!"  
I kept the frame on one of my work tables for two months and, during that time, experimented with possible project uses.  Nothing really inspired until I saw the 
"Tribal Men" Stencil.  

I created two projects for the Hop!
 Project #1

"Out of Africa, Kings"
I reversed the canvas and stenciled the image.  Looks like a Shadow Box!  Although not visible in this shot, the inside edges are painted with Earth Safe Finishes® Chalk It Up Licorice Paint.  Very dramatic.  I also use the Licorice chalk paint on the warriors.   I used the bottom of the stencil to create the design around the outer frame.

Project #2

"I Am The Strength of Africa"
Since the original picture was perfectly sized, I decided to use it as my canvas.  I applied two coats of Chalk It Up™ Snickerdoodle paint.  I allowed that to dry before adding a coat of Chalk It Up™Razzleberry, and finally, I used a toothbrush to swirl in Earth Safe Finishes ® Yellow Pigment and Chalk It Up® Avocado Pie.
I love how the colors of my "forest" provide the perfect material for  the warrior's garment.  The gold trim was in good shape, so I just cleaned it up and painted on a coat of Ann Butler Designs™ Iridescents - Sunshine.  The Black layer is Earth Safe Finishes® Chalk It Up™ Licorice.  The frame was painted with Avocado Pie and highlighted with gold and copper metallic wax.  The outside edges were painted with Ann Butler Design's Sunshine.  The interior molding was painted using Razzleberry.  

Products Used:
StencilGirl:  Tribal Men Stencil
Earth Safe Finishes® Chalk It Up™ Paints:
Avocado Pie, Licorice, Razzeleberry, Snickerdoodle
Earth Safe Finishes Pigment Inks:  Yellow
Ann Butler Designs™ Iridescents:  Sunshine

Just leave a comment below and at the end of the hop, I will select two winners.  Our paints are earth friendly and pretty kind to DIYers too! I know you will love them as much as I do!

The Earth Safe Finishes® Design Team Members

The StencilGirl Design Team Members

Mary Beth Shaw
Mary C. Nasser
Carol Baxter
Gwen Lafleur
Janet Joehlin

Just leave a comment below by Monday, April 25th at 11:59PM Central Time.
The more blogs you comment on in the blog hop, the more chances you have of winning!
Winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page on Wednesday, April 27th.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Shopping Our Stash - Chip Off The Old Block - Use Chipboard

Hello, Crafty Peeples,

I am a day late with my post for Shopping Our Stash, but this was one of those projects that literally turned into a vendetta.  To make a long story short, everything that could go wrong did go wrong.   I was incapable of cutting a straight line or cutting paper, or applying paper completely straight. I only have good stamped images because I stamped using pigment ink on chalk paint and could remove my mistakes with baby wipes.

I started this project as a gift for my grandson's teacher.  The 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade classes went on a camping trip (4 days, 3 nights, what brave parents and teachers) and I wanted her to have this as a little thank you!  They left on Monday and the project was still in disparate pieces on my board. 

I was surprised to discover the clip would hold the chalk without any additional anchoring.   The problem of the chalk had plagued me throughout the process.  I shook it, dropped it, no problems!

I used the Frosted Flakes™ chipboard box to create my sleeve.  The clipboard is also constructed from chipboard.

Other Supplies Used:
Earth Safe Finishes® Chalk It Up™ Razzleberry
DecoArt® Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish™ - Relique (1 part) Sleeve color
DecoArr® Americana Decor© Chalky Finish™ - Yesteryear (1part) Sleeve color
DecoArt® Americana Decor© Chalky Finish™ -  Carbon (for the clipboard)
Graphic 45 - An ABC Primer Collect Papers and Stamps
My Mind's Eye® record it! - all things CHALK! - (Journal Card and Alphabets on sleeve) front and the Happy Campers paper on the sleeve back.)
Rubber Stampede® Paint Pad Pigment Ink - White

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Frilly and Funky Challenge - It's Not Easy Being Green

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Shopping Our Stash Challenge #247 - You Stamped With What?

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
Chris is hosting this week and she has asked us and you to 
Stamp your project with a project not intended for stamping. 

For my project, I used bubble wrap to stamp both my background and the die cut panel beneath my leaf.
 This is a shot of the inside.   I love this stamp!

Thanks, Chris!  This challenge really causes one to step out of their comfort zone and push the creative boundaries.  

Stash Items:
Bubble Wrap
Water Color Paper
Tim Holtz Rub Ons
Charm and Leaf
Thanks for stopping by!  Now share some of that love with my teammates!