Well, I've been bitten by a bug; more precisely, the 'stenciling' bug! Seriously, I had no clue stenciling - when I put my mind to it - could be so much fun. Of course, we're talking only basic stenciling/sponging, however, I'm a happy camper just dabbing and blobbing away, excited as a school girl to see the full reveal once done. In comparison to my pathetic, yet persistent, efforts at water-colour, stenciling is, bar none, a zillion times more fun, plus I actually have results to show for my attempts. (Mr. Recycle Bin chows down on the majority of my water-colouring...).
My *beginner* cards are all off to Happy Little Stampers March CAS Challenge~Sponging
My first card was inspired by Jennifer McGuire's ink layering technique. Of course, the key players in all this were my W&W triangle stencil and thanks cutaway, plus a little sparkle-paper butterfly that flitted in...
Heading to Winnie&Walter Join in to Win
My second card, which truly took under 10 minutes to make - uses two Memory Box stencils: Delphinium and Stems
I'm sharing this at As You See It #077~Shades of Purple, who offered us this lovely photo as inspiration and which I replicated fairly literally, and STAMPlorations March Challenge~Stamps and Stencil.
NOTE: Honoured and thrilled to be the As You See It Featured Artist! THANK YOU bunches!!
My final card (for this post anyway *grin*) uses Memory Box Modern sprinkles, a Uniko sentiment and an NBUS butterfly that I didn't even know I had...d-uh!
ShowCASe Your Style #10~Colour Challenge is this card's second destination:
That's a wrap with my trio...and yes, yes indeed, more stenciling and sponging is underway!
Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit and comments add sparkle to my day!
Yes, stencils are fun! I don't know why I don't use mine more often! The triangle card is very cool and graphic, the delphiniums are so soft and pretty, and the big butterfly card is just fabulous with the colorful circle! Keep on stenciling and sponging!
Talk about magic... Now who actually Is working magic?!? I am sooooo amazed by the variety in design and styles you presented here, love them all
Gorgeous creations...that AYSI card is stunning!
Wow! I hope your bug isn't all full up because I'd like to be bitten by him too if it means dreaming up gorgeous creations like these!! Amazing work and thanks for playing along at STAMPlorations!!
I can see I need to start using my stencils! I adore your cards, my friend--especially that triangle stencil--stunning!
Carol, thanks so much for the link to the goodies. I will have to see about adding that neat treble clef to my stash. And, now I must call you an enabler, because your cards here today make me want to go out and buy these stencils! Ohmigosh, they are each gorgeous in their own right. Great colors, great looks, and wonderful cards. Thank you so much for the eye candy! :)
Gorgeous cards, Carol! Love the inked background you created on the first card...I need to pull my stencils out and try some new techniques.
Three gorgeous stenciled cards Carol. Each one so beautifully creative. I agree with you ... stenciling is SO MUCH FUN! :) I'm addicted! :) Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers. xx
WOW Carol!!! These 3 cards are fabulous!! WOW!! Love the background on the first one,wanne try this technique too one of these days!!
The second one is so pretty! LOVE the purple!!
But the third one...oh my...love everything about it!! But HOW can your forget about this beautiful butterfly???!!!!! ;)
BIG HUGS sweet friend!!
Wow! I love the stencilled delphiniums! Just gorgeous! A classy card in under 10 minutes! Well done! Thanks for joining us at As You See It Challenges this week!
WOW! These are gorgeous! Love how you used the stencils on each one!
Gor -gee - ous on all three, Carol!! You went from beginner to professional in one session!! Each one of these is a show-stopper!! Hugs, Darnell
Beautiful cards! Greta use of your stencils. I love mine, too.
So. I just have to tell you this... I stink at sponging; and blending. Love the triangles you've done with JMcG's technique! Delphiniums are at the top of my flower list! And HOWA in the world could you not know you had that gorgeous butterfly? Which tells us just how many you own, doesn't it...... hmmmmm?
When I just scrolled down before reading, I thought you watercolored those delphiniums. If you can do that with a stencil, then more power to you. All of your stencil work is great and I think you did wonderful job with the coloring for the SCYS challenge.
I love them all! Thanks for playing along at the As You See It Challenge blog this week. Your delphiniums card is stunning!
WOW! Carol you rocked out Jenn's technique! That card is amazing! You did terrific in all the the cards today! Well done~
Seriously? You inked the blue triangle background? OMG! IT IS AMAZING! These three cards are gorgeous! I'm obviously in awe of card #1, while Card #2 has me drooling over your 'watercolor look' inked delphiniums, Card #3 has me cheering for your cool interpretation from a sketch that literally 'scared me away' from playing along!
wooowww woooowww wooooww 3 cards and all are adorable..how can be miss C...you did a great job with Jennifer Mc Guire technique I want to try it too..and the tall flower in purple oh sooo adorable looks like you painted it...and Carol oooh that butterfly may I have one or two cut out of it...pleaseee it is soooo adorable..so beautiful even only in black ...loove it much
ADORABLE POST MISS C..
see you soon maybe on my Blog
Always late for the party...You have done an amazing job on Jennifer's technique, Carol! I love how you created your pattern and your die cut sentiment and sparkly butterfly are just perfect! I also love the dreamy effect you created with your Delphinium and Stems, and your butterfly on the last card is the perfect accent for your stenciled circle! You have really out-done yourself here, my friend...I LOVE them all!!!
Wow!! Way to rock the stencils!! I LOVE the triangle background the best, but all are gorgeous!!!
These are all fantastic! I love the card with the layering technique. Such a dramatic result for such simplicity! You really go that technique down. The delphinium and stems is just so soft and beautiful. The third card is so wonderful too. I love the sponged circle on and the design within. It looks so good on the stitched panel. The black butterfly looks so crisp against it, and the touch of the silver beads finishes it perfectly! Just awesome work!
oh my goodness, what delights! I adore the stencil card, so soft and pretty. Must check out that challenge x
Talk about eye candy. These are stunning samples of sponging. I've seen Jennifer vid on layered stamping and you've done an awesome job with it. Well done, Carol. I bet you'll be up to something crafty this weekend! Enjoy!
Popped over here after seeing your gorgeous card in the Stamplorations challenge line-up! LOVE your stenciled creations, Carol! Each one is just amazing. I agree with you, stencils are easy to use and the results are usually successful.
WOW...love all your beautiful and stunning cards. Your sweet butterflies are just amazing and I am in awe of your creativity.
You have done a great job and way to branch out and learn new techs :) Adore the middle card!! Soft, watercolours and flowers - what more can one ask for!! Way to rock the stencils.
What a terrific trio,Carol ... cool triangles ... beautiful, soft and subtle delphinium .. and a stunning butterfly against the colourful sponged sprinkles ... way to go with stencilling, my friend! Hugs, Anita :)
Wow... what a great display of work here! The first one is great with the bold blue pattern. I LOVE the coloring and the flowers on the second card. Great technique!
ALL of these made gasp with pure and sheer DELIGHT!!! Awesome - each one with elements that make it a stand out card!!! So in love and I think you should just keep on doing what you ate doing cuz you are Excellent!!!
Beautiful watercolouring effect on your purple flowers, love it, such a delicate card. Thank you for joining STAMPlorations March Challenge, hope to see you in our next challenge too.
What a gorgeous card!! Thanks for playing along at STAMPlorations!!
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