Monday, February 3, 2014

Stencils Make you Smile and a GIVEAWAY!



Today I'm using the Union stencil designed by Carolyn Dube for StencilGirl


As a matter of fact I'm a little bit behind...I have a WHOLE WEEK of posts for you with Carolyn's new stencil designs that have been just sitting here waiting for me to show you! I play with stencils ALL-THE-TIME, but getting to my blog posts....well that is another thing!
Not only that....but I have THREE of her 9" x 12" NEW releases to give away!!!

This is what I'm going to do--I will have this post today and then posts on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday showing you what I did with Carolyn's new releases
I'm going to GIVEAWAY one stencil to 3 lucky winners. 


Here is what I am giving away!
**GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED**

How do you win? Just leave me a comment on each of my posts this week. The more posts you comment on...the more entries you will have (one per post please). I will leave the commenting open until Monday, February 10th @ 11:59PM Central Standard Time.

What do I want you to comment on?? Well, remember here, I'm doing these posts for INSPIRATION 
with the stencils. 
The giveaway is nice, but I like to share different ideas for the stencils and hope that they inspire you along the way. Please let me know your thoughts on my piece of work.

By the way....as you can see, I used Carolyn's Union stencil upside down. The first thing I saw in it was a smily face and that is where MY inspiration came from :)
Just a note here too--why is it Carolyn's stencils from StencilGirl that I'm showcasing? Well Carolyn happens to be one of my VERY Best friends in the whole world that is why and I would be doing this regardless of all my other StencilGirl work :) We are on a journey together and this is part of it :)

Tomorrow, I'll be over at StencilGirl Talk showing you what I made with the 
NEW February StencilClub stencils from StencilGirl
See you back here on Wednesday with more Carolyn Dube inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

42 comments :

  1. Your ideas always inspire me! I love how you used this stencil upside down . . . I don't always have that vision. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us this week.

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  2. I hadn't even thought of this as a stencil of smiles! You have inspired me! Thanks for sharing your inspiration my friend!

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  3. This is great! Carolyn's stencil reminds me if lemon or lime wedges!! Lissag123@verizon.net

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  4. Great idea to use it as smiles! Love your idea!

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  5. Now I see a smile too in the stencil!! This is why I like visiting blogs... to see how others may use the same tool or a twist on a technique. It's all inspiration to me! Thank you for a new way to look at the stencil. :) Your page is beautiful and I like how you used Carolyn's same stencil in the background and for the red smiley faces.

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  6. I love these stencils! Thanks for more inspiration, and a chance to win one :-)

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  7. I love that you found a smile in this stencil. Beautiful!

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  8. YES YES YES = I HOPE*HOPE*HOPE to win these lovlies ! can nver have too many stencils....especially these make your happy face - a real happy face =}. THANK*YOU !

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  9. How cute is that! It makes me want to get out my stencils and play!

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  10. Stencils are so versatile and I like to use them in unexpected ways!

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  11. Wow, I will be looking at my stencils in all directions now. It is so cool to see a smile in this one. Thanks for sharing your talent and you really do give me inspiration.

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  12. Inspire! Maria I can't think of anyone you inspires more than you do! When I grow up (62 now) I want to be just like you

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  13. I really love the way you used the stencil, and the colours are really stunning! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. WOW! I wish everyone could see this on my Note3 because it presents each color on a different layer, giving a most pleasing 3D effect.I love how you use Her stencil upside down...is there really a right side up? The colors and contrast are fabulous!

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  15. Fun! Thanks for the inspiration and giveaway!

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  16. I really like how you used the union stencil, I think that's the name in the background and foreground. Very different and I live the isle of red in the circles

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  17. Love what you did here using the stencil in the background and in the foreground to tie the whole thing together...how about using this stencil as waves? You can use it as is, or just use the arc lines with a pen for the waves....alternatively, how about using only the straight line segments ..they look a little like a far away city scape to me...

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  18. Love it! I didn't see the smiley face before; now I can't not see it. Thanks for expanding my creative vision- this is so important when using stencils.

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  19. A new way to look at stencils-love it.

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  20. I was amazed at the idea of using them in the circles. To me it gave an Eastern kind of influence. What you called smiley faces looked like a stylized character from a language like Chinese or Japanese. Of course, now I also see smiley faces! Yes, seeing your work will definitely provide lots of inspiration. Thank you!

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  21. I like how you turned the stencil over to see something different. Now I want to go home and turn my stencils in all directions to see what I can be inspired by. Love your colors and how you used red to make the smiles stand out

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  22. As always love your art creations and the ideas/techniques you share with us. How could the saying "Smile be Happy" make anyone but smile and be happy? Great sentiment....nothing sad or negative there. Thanks.

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  23. I love how you saw those smiles in that stencil Maria! Awesome...I think that says something about who you are! Love this page.

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  24. What a great blog just found you and love it. Love carolyn dube she always brings out creativity in me. Love that she has a stencil line. Off to look around your blog some more.

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  25. Amazing... I would not have seen the smile in that stencil if you hadn't notice it. Love the greens and blues with the pop of red

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  26. Love this. It's so great. I have to go look at my stencils now to see if they have a hidden bonus. Thanks.

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  27. I am loving Carolyn's new designs and that one in particular has caught my eye. Your piece has wonderful colours they are dynamic and they sing.

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  28. I love Carolyn's stencils that I have and it just happens I don't have these three. I've got my toes crossed as my fingers are wet with paint!!

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  29. INSPIRED by your layering <3 !!! would be ever so grateful, if I won. These would, to be sure, make LOVELY moons for me .. THANK*YOU.

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  30. My reaction at first was similar to someone else - the red and design made me think oriental and katana. I love the effect! I do see the smile now. I also see a smile in the background image for your blog!

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  31. How funny- I never even released you had used the stencil upside down until you said so! I did immediately see the smiley though! I love your colour palette here- I think the colours you used work perfectly with this stencil!! I always love your Art Maria!! ")

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  32. Turn your stencil upside down, novel idea. like turn your frown upside down? LOl

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  33. So cool, and unique...Stencil smiley faces!

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  34. this has to be one of the most enduring inspirational sayings of all time. Great job Maria

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  35. I love how your eyes picked out the smiles in that stencil.... clever!! And a super page to boot.

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  36. It always pays to look for things with new eyes. I love how you found the smiley faces in the stencil by turning it upside down. Thanks for the suggestion as it inspires me to think of using my stencils in the "wrong" way too! Thanks for the chance to win one of Carolyn's stencils. I love the patterns!

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  37. I would love to use this on a card or art journal page. Thanks for the chance to win.

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