Friday, April 26, 2019

Hello and Welcome! 
You have arrived at the StencilGirl® Creative Team’s Spectacular Squared-Off Swap Hop.

 Hi fellow StencilGirl Fans :) :) :) 
You are on the final stop of the blog hop, haven't the teams creations been absolutely amazing?!!! 

I got to create with stenciled paper created by the fabulous, Tina Walker, Sandee Setliff, Cheetarah Cheda, and Trena Brannon

For this blog hop I decided to create a little journal/minibook. I have used the creative teams fabulous stenciled papers as pages and as collage paper. to complete the embellishment of the pages I have some fun and funky AALL & Create stamped images from stamps designed by the wonderful Fiona Paltridge and myself.

For these pages I actually stamped the images on thin wood sheets and cut them out with a craft knife.

So that is it from me :) :) :)

Now don't forget, if you would like to be in the running for a prize then you need to .......

The more blogs you comment on the more chances you have a chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates for stencils from StencilGirl® Products. Comment by May 3, 2019. Winner notified by email May 6th.

Cheers and Happy Blog Hopping!!!

Louise :) xox

Friday, April 20, 2018

StencilGirl & Lindy's Gang Blog Hop Day 3 :) :) :)

Hello Hello & Welcome! :) :) :) 

 Welcome to the

Blog Hop! 

Team StencilGirl® and the Lindy’s Gang Design Team are getting creative with 
Lindy’s Gang products and StencilGirl® stencils! 

And Mary Beth Shaw is hopping along with us!!! 

It is now Day 3!!! 
Have you been loving all of the totally amazing inspiration so Far?! THREE DAYS 
with new projects EVERY day! 

Today I would like to share with you a decorated canvas pencil case. To create the finish on this canvas case I have created a resist embossed pattern and highlighted it with magicals.

Below are the fabulous StencilGirl and Lindy's Gang products I used to create my project :)


Lindy's Gang Frozen Jack Frost Starburst Spray

Mermaid Seashells Shimmer Magicals [Azure Sea Asters]

Purely White Embossing Powder

I have created a few photo collages to help demonstrate how I created the finish on the canvas pencil case.

Begin by sealing the front panel of canvas with a coat of white gesso.
When this is dry apply clear or white embossing ink over stencil onto the canvas.
Apply embossing powder, shake off excess.
Heat set embossing powder with heat tool.

Mist the embossed surface with Starburst spray.
Sprinkle on a light coat of Magicals powder along top edge.
Gently mist the powder allowing it to dribble down the embossed surface.
Then with your finger spread and blend the magicals powder with the mist over the embossed surface of the canvas.

Using another piece of canvas recreate the same stencil pattern using the Starbust mist as depicted above.
Remove stencil and whilst mist is still wet sprinkle on some more magicals powder.

Heat dry/set the magicals and starbust spray pattern, then cut out the centres of the flowers.
Adhere/glue small crochet flowers to patterned canvas in the centre of the stenciled flowers.
Then glue the cut out canvas circles to the centre of the crochet flowers.

Mix a very small amount of the magicals powder with some water and use it to colour the white crochet flowers.
Then using a wet baby wipe blend and tone the colour.
When this has dried stitch on some large coordinating buttons with embroidery cotton to the centre of the flowers.

And here are 2 close up images :)

I do hope you are enjoying all of the fabulous creative inspiration on this blog hop?!!! it is time to Hop on over to the next blog on the list! But before you go........


One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to Lindy’s Gang
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to 
StencilGirl® Products!
Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Tuesday, April 24th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced onStencilGirl®'s Facebook page and Lindy’s Gang’s Facebook page on Wednesday, April 25.
Blog Hop Order:

Cheers for now and Thank you for dropping by! 

Louise :) xxx

Friday, March 16, 2018

StencilGirl and & etchall Blog Hop :) :) :)

Hello Hello :)

Welcome to the StencilGirl and etchall Blog Hop :) :) :)

Today  I would like to share with you some of my creative fun using the etchall on stones and a slate paver to create some fun decorated rocks to use in my plant potting [I am a huuuuuge cactus and succulent fan/collector}.

These are the rocks I decorated using the etchall with the fabulous StencilGirl stencil [below image]. I plan on using these in my cactus pots, I have a couple I need to repot so I am on the look out for pots that are a little more grungy looking to match the stones.

This wonderful Swallows stencil was designed by Tracie Lyn Huskamp >>> HERE

...and here are some close ups of the etched stones :)

I have included a couple of photo collages of process photos so that you can get an idea of just how simple the process was for decorating these rocks. To ensure that the stencil adhered to the curved rock I applied adhesive quite liberally with a tape runner to the underside of the stencil, then applied it to the rock.

When the stencil was adhered evenly I then applied the etchall cream using a palette knife. I left this to work for about 15 minutes, removed the stencil and then rinsed off the etchall cream with water. I cleaned up my stencil using orange oil to remove the adhesive and a wet wipe.

Just as an extra lil bit of fun I planted up a fun planter bowl using a slate paver that I had etched a swallow onto. I am on the look out for some charcoal-black stones to place in the planter to compliment the look and complete it. I plan on keeping these succulents clipped [a little like Bonsai] 

I do hope that you have enjoyed this fun creative share?! Please do hop onto the next fabulous designer listed above !

Oh and don't forget to play along for the fabulous GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive an etchall® Glass Etching Bee-ginner Kit,
reposition/reuse stencil spray
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!

Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Tuesday, March 20th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and etchall’s Facebook page on Wednesday, March 21.

Cheers for now and Happy Blog Hopping :) :) :)

Louise xxx

Thursday, January 11, 2018

StencilGirl & Kiala Givehand MMID Blog Hop

Welcome Welcome!

It is Day TWO of the
Blog Hop!

Team StencilGirl is getting creative with
Kiala Givehand's Mixed Media Inspiration Deck: Empowerment Edition
and StencilGirl stencils!
 This blog hop will continue for THREE DAYS
with new projects EVERY day!

Blog Hop Order
January 10
January 11
Louise Nelson <<< You are HERE :) :) :)
January 12

Sooooo! If you've never seen or heard of the Mixed Media Inspiration Deck's before, they are a 52 piece inspiration card deck that can be used for your mixed media creative pursuits.

These are the set I was lucky to get to create with, and I chose the inspiration card Journal with a permanent pen or marker.

I had so much fun embellishing a canvas pencil case using the 'Large Bubbles' Stencil designed by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch.

...and here are some close ups; especially of the journaling [speech bubbles], that I created using a black Signo gel pen.

The next 2 images are collages of step-out photos; just to give you an idea of how I created the image on the pencil case.

I used my fave 'go-to' Posca paint pens to draw and colour in my ladies.

Well that is it from me please hop to the next fabulous team member for today; Torrie :) :) :)

But WAIT!!!! Before you go....

                             What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!

One lucky winner will receive both
a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ Empowerment Edition!
Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Take your time and visit each blog showcased January 10, 11, & 12 and leave your comments.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Sunday, January 14th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. 
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page on Monday, January 15th.
If you don't already, we would LOVE if you would signup
for The Scoop HERE
and join us on FacebookInstagramTwitterGoogle+Pinterest and Bloglovin for more inspiration!

Cheers and Happy blog Hoping!!! 

Louise xox

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Hello Hello :)

It is Holiday Hop Time with the Fabulous StencilGirl :) :) :)

Here are links to all the fantastic, magic, merry, holiday projects:

Karen Gaunt
Torrie Gass
Cindy Gilstrap
Sherry Canino
Kiala Givehand
Janet Joehlin
Belen Sotelo
Louise Nelson 
Debi Adams
Carol Baxter

Aaaaaand there is a Giveaway!!! :) :) :)

Comment by midnight CST in the USA on November 8th and we’ll randomly choose a $25 StencilGirl Gift Certificate winner. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win. We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook Page on November 9th.

I got to create using a stencil designed by the wonderful Mary-Beth Shaw -'Holiday'. I have created 2 cards and 4 gift tags.

Product Code: L478

From the close up you can see that I have heat embossed the stencil patterns onto the background, and then completed embellishment using heat embossed chipboard Embellishments from Imaginarium Designs. This lil Christmas tree is one of my own designs.

Cheers for now! I do hop you are enjoying the StencilGirl Holiday Hop!!!

Louise :) xxx

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hello Hello :)

It is Blog Hop time at the Fabulous StencilGirl :) :) :) We get to create using amazing stencils, aaaaaand use Mary-Beth Shaws favest Tim Holtz products :) :) :)

Here are the Blog Hop Links :) :) :)

October 18: Adirondack Alcohol Inks
Mary Beth Shaw

October 19: Distress Oxide Ink Pads 
Gwen Lafleur
Louise Nelson  <<< You Are Here :) :) :)
October 20: Distress Crayons Sherry Canino

I got to create using the most amazing Distress Oxide Inks [they are freaking fabulous]!!!! and the amazing open Bare Wisteria Stencil designed by Trish McKinney :) :) :)

So for this blog hop I decided to create a mixed media scrapbooking layout. I have included step out photos and brief descriptions below, of the creative steps, of how I created this layout background using the StencGirl Stencil and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink!

Using white cardstock as a background I created a textured background using the vine stencil, Finnabair modelling paste, and Vivia Decor crackle paste. I allowed this to dry before proceeding to next steps.

Using the 3 Oxide inks depicted above I covered the textured background with a thick coat of the oxide ink, applying it directly using the ink pad itself. I then used a moistened [with water] fan brush to spread and blend the ink on the textured background.

I used a heat tool to dry the ink off. When it was completely dry I used the ink pad again to add colour highlights to certain areas of the textured pattern. In some areas I used my finger to smudge on more ink, especially in the flat texture areas. Only in the blue area did I buff off a little of the ink.

And this is my completed layout! I was really happy with the effects I was able to achieve using the oxide ink on the textured stencil pattern! Below are some close ups :) :) :)

Well I do hope you are enjoying this wonderful and inspiring blog hop! Cheers for now and it is on to the next Fabulous Creative on the list :) :) :)

Cheers and Happy Creating 

Louise :) xox