Friday, October 31, 2014

NEW Doodle It Stencil Release

I can finally show you my NEW stencils from StencilGirl!!!
Come on over to StencilGirl Talk to get the details!!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dorm Room Decor with StencilGirl Stencils

I'm over on the StencilGirl Talk Blog today talking
Dorm Room Decor!
Come on over for a visit!

Friday, October 24, 2014

StencilGirl and Clearsnap the Blog Hop!


Welcome to the StencilGirl and Clearsnap Blog Hop!

When I found out that we would be doing a Blog Hop with Clearsnap I did a little HAPPY dance. Back in my scrapbooking days, I probably kept them in business with how many Chestnut Roan and Creamy Beige Cat's Eye Inks I bought :) 
On to present day......

It is true when they say that your mood is reflected in your art. This is a perfect example. I've been sort of "off" lately. Apparently, it transferred over to my Art Journal page.

Looks okay right?? Not great, but okay.....
Well let me tell you, it took quite a bit of struggle to get it there. 
Nothing I was doing was going right.

Here is a little progression so you can see how it went down the drain and then I started to bring it back.

I started off on a Art Journal page that was already started in my book. Just some old text pasted down and some acrylic pant.

I used the ColorBox® Spritzers with the Now Is The Time stencil from StencilGirl
WORDS are the perfect start to ANYTHING.

I LOVED how the spray came out of the bottle in little splats, yet kept its place. 
So far, so good......I had NO idea where I was going with this.
And here was where we go down a bad path....or spill you might say.....

I used the Jumbo Smooch Spritz®  on a piece of scrap paper to see the color--LOVED it and all the fine sparkle, good to go on to the page. Well, I think I shook it too much and the sparkle in the bottle clogged. I don't know if anyone knows this, but I have little patience with some things. I needed to get this page DONE! NOW! I opened the bottle, and of course, spilled it right on my page. Totally my fault for not taking the time.
 Accidents happen for a reason I guess.....just move ON! Totally my fault.

I took that spill as an opportunity to use a product I was familiar with. I outlined my "spill" with Smooch®.  LOVE this stuff!!! 
What to do now....I HATE this page right now!

I took out the IZink.
 I had other ideas for this product (that will come at a later date) but for now, I figured what the heck.

This stuff has a really thick cool appearance. While I LOVED the page wasn't getting any better. Stencils, OF COURSE, to the rescue!!!
I took out two new ones on my desk: Lilly Wallpaper and Art Deco Wallpaper. Really loving these two right now.

I went back with my two original colors of acrylic paint and randomly stenciled parts of each stencil over everything. You can even see where i just free hand tranced my painted stenciling trying to recover. Helping....I could see where I could take it now.....back to the beginning where I started with the Now Is The Time stencil.

I traced the words I wanted from the stencil with a black pen and then used the ColorBox® Spritzer with a paint brush this time adding some red around the letters randomly. 
Red also makes EVERYTHING better!

Then my favorite part EVERY time! The pen, white pen, MORE Smooch® randomly. I felt like it was alive again! 

I love seeing all those products layered together!
Here is even a better look!

So it just proves that EVERY page goes through the uglies
--just stick with it!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Did you see what everyone else made today???
Blog Hop Order
Maria McGuire--You Are here!

Before you go make sure you enter the
ALL comments left on the entire Blog Hop are eligible to win!
The more you comment...the more changes you have to win!

Comments close Sunday, October 26th @ 11:59PM Central Time
One comment per post please.

Friday, September 19, 2014

StencilGirl THE BOOK Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Stencil Girl the BOOK Hop!!! 
So many techniques....what to pick??? Well it was no surprise that I wanted to do something with stitching. Truth be told, I was ready to fight Janet in Rock, Paper, Scissors style for the T-ease Me technique in the book if she picked it. The luck was in my favor and she picked something else so T-ease me it was!

I'm a huge fan of Alabama Chanin (which this technique reminded me of) so to do it with my own stencil design was a really exciting concept to me! Oh the possibilites!!! I picked Doodle It Daisy from StencilGirl and got to work. Now, of course, I can't give you all the details of my will have to get a copy of the book yourself for that, but I will show you some process photos of my project along the way.

Now before you ask me if it was worth taking the time to put the tape around the stencil I'll tell you HECK YES! As a matter of fact I left it that way :)

Thanks for visiting today and if you make something with this technique from the book I would LOVE to see it!!!!

Did you visit the other blogs on the hop today????
See them here:

Prize: One lucky winner will receive Stencil Girl The Book with exclusive bookmark stencil and (3) 6"x5" stencils designed by Mary Beth Shaw.
Giveaway will close: Sunday, September 21st @ 11:59PM Central TIme

Friday, August 29, 2014

May All Your Dreams Come True

This week on StencilGirl Talk we are featuring VivaLasVegaStamps with StencilGirl Stencils. I'm telling you, now I know how people feel when I tell them to go take a look at the StencilGirl site and pick a stencil! To say I got "lost" in the Viva Las VegaStamp site is an understatement!

In the end, I finally picked this set which had birds (of course) and a tree log type stamp that intrigued me--Plate 1249.  Also pictured is the Peacock Feather from StencilGirl that I used.

                                       Peacock Feather                                              Plate 1249

Needless to say, the set sat and sat....not sure what my project would be. Then one day I was looking at my daughter and it hit me. A dreamcatcher! It is a long personal story that I won't bore you with...but rest assured dreamcatchers are very important to my daughter.

I started with  the Circle on Circle stencil from StencilGirl in my Art Journal. I used just a teeny tiny bit of paint to get a sort of "whispy" look.

Next up came the stamp. 
Just like stencils, I like to get more uses than intended out of my rubber stamps. 
Just a tip here--whenever I get a new set of unmounted stamps I store them on a EZ Mount board. Then I stamp them all out on a piece of white paper and store it in a bag with the stamps. 
Easy reference and storage!

I thought the middle of this stamp was absolutely PERFECT for my dreamcatcher! I just didn't want the trees so enter another tip. Cover the parts you do not want to stamp with any kind of tape--here I used painters tape.

Ink up your stamp just like usual and then take off the pieces of tape.

No trees!

Next up Molding Paste by Golden. Using the Peacock stencil, referenced above, I used the Molding Paste on the page with the stencil 3 times.

Here is a little peek at the "ugly" stage....notice I added some doodling to make the dreamcatcher. Also notice that is is off center :) you know what?? I'm okay with that :)

Let's make those feathers come ALIVE! 
The feathers were colored with Faber Castell Big Brush Pens. I also used some Viva Inka Gold in Green Yellow.

Just some finishing touches by adding more color to the background, a little journaling around the dreamcatcher and I was done.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Would you like to win a pound of rubber from Viva Las VegaStamps and (4) 6" x 6" stencils from StencilGirl??!! All you have to do is leave a comment on all the blogs all week. ALL comments on ALL days will be entered to WIN! 
We are giving away TWO of these prize packs!
Comments close Sunday, August 31st @ 11:59PM Central.

One comment per post please.

Please visit all the blogs on the hop list today to see what everyone created!

Friday Blog Hop List
Maria McGuire You are HERE!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mixed Media Meets Papercrafting with StencilGirl, Eileen Hull and Sizzix

Welcome to the StencilGirl and Eileen Hull Inspiration Team Blog Hop!

To me, what could be better than to mix Papercrafting with Mixed Media?? I even did some recycling along the way. I started with a kraft colored bag that I got when picking up food one night. 
No smell--no grease :)

My Process:
1. On scrap white cardstock, I stamped the Dahlia stamp three times.
2. Cut around the stamped images.
3. Using removable adhesive, I glued the images to the bottom of my bag.
4. Paint over the entire front of the bag (including over the glued flowers) with the lighter color of teal paint.

5. With the glued flowers still in place, I used the Chain Male stencil from StencilGirl and stenciled over the entire bag using the darker color teal paint.
6. Take off the stencil.
7. Remove the glued on flowers.

8. Bringing back the Dahlia Stamp, I inked with VersaMark and stamped in the empty space left by the mask. I then used Embossing Powder and heat set the flowers.

9. To make the frame, I used the Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Frame, Mailable diecut.  The painting process was the same as the bag. I then used the Uplifting Words stencil from StencilGirl.  Masking off the word REMEMBER, inked with VersaMark, used Embossing Powder and then heat set. I also did this with the word BREATHE and TO from the same stencil.

10. For the tag on the bag I used a regular manilla tag and the same painting process as the before. For you and the frame are from the same stamp set as the Dahlia.

Thanks Eileen for giving me the opportunity to bring together my love of Papercrafting and Mixed Media together!

Friday's Blog Hop Order

All comments left for the entire week August 18th - August 22nd on all blogs in the hop will be eligible for the giveaway. One comment per blog post. 
Comments close Sunday, August 24th @ 11:59PM Central Time.
Winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 26th.

Products Used
Craffiti Eileen Hull Dahlia and Frame Stamp Set

Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Frame, Mailable

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I made this the other night in my art the kitchen 25 minutes. 
I had no "assignment", I had no "had" to.....
It just came while I was waiting for something to cook. 
It came from my heart.....
as I start a week journey that will make my life never the same again.
It came from LOVE.

Stencils Used

Monday, August 11, 2014

I Want To Ride My Bike

Did you ever start a art journal page and then totally abandon it?
That's where this one started months ago. It started it due to a thought in my head...a life situation. Well now, months later, it doesn't look like that situation is going to change anytime soon...BUT it was time to finish the page.

Crossing my fingers that someday soon I will change that to "I rode my bike" :)

Thanks for stopping by!

StencilGirl Stencils Used

Thursday, July 31, 2014

StencilGirl and PanPastel An Experiment

Welcome to the PanPastel Week with StencilGirl!
One of my favorite things to do with PanPastels is to try different mediums with them. Today, I decided to use a variety of Golden Products to try in my Art Journal with StencilGirl stencils and PanPastels.

For the background I used Golden Acrylic Ground for Pastels. Using a old card, I swiped the page with the Ground and let dry. They using a Sofft Sponge, I put some color down on the page with PanPastels. As you can see from the photo below, the color is more intense where I had more medium. Then I laid the Diamond Waves stencil on top and used another PanPastel color. 
The result--a fun background to start with.

Next, I used the Doodle It Daisy stencils with a variety of Golden mediums--Glass Bead Gel, Crackle Paste and Regular Gel Medium. Each was spread through the Doodle It Daisy stencil. The last photo show the page when the mediums were dry.

Below you can see how each medium looks when lightly swiped with a Sofft Sponge and PanPastel. Experiments like this let me keep a record of how different products react so I can keep this page for reference for future products.

Thanks for visiting today.
for letting us play with their products!
 Make sure you stop by Carolyn's blog to see her VIDEO today, but before you leave make sure you post a comment below to be entered into the GIVEAWAY on StencilGirl Talk.

We know after you see all the techniques we show you this week you are going to want to play too! Enter the GIVEAWAY to be eligible to win the prize below. Just leave a comment and tell us if you use PanPastels with stencils and your favorite technique. You can also leave comments on all of the individual posts this week on all the blogs from our team members for another chance to win! All comments within the 4 day period are eligible.

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