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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Paint Outside the Lines

Good afternoon all.

Arrived home last night after a lovely week away....we had wonderful weather all week!  Wednesday I endured five hours at the Tank Museum before we headed to Somerset to stay with hubby's Aunt. On Thursday we meandered our way to Gloucestershire, enjoying lunch and a canal walk at Bradford on Avon enroute. We had a lovely meal at the hotel on Thursday evening to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary. We really enjoyed our tour around Highgrove Gardens on Friday followed by a champagne afternoon tea....then began the journey from hell up to the Lakes...a four and a half hour journey which took us seven and a half hours. The traffic was horrendous!! I think everyone was headed to Blackpool for the firework display!!

My turn to provide some Stencil Sunday inspiration over at STAMPlorations today. I've created a canvas which will hopefully inspire you all to get your stencils out.

I started with an 8 x 8 canvas and painted it with gesso, then used gelatos to create my colour wash. All stencilling has been done with Sparkle Medium. Sentiments were stamped onto tissue and attached with gel medium. Butterflies were stamped and heat embossed with black EP then coloured with DI pens. Lines were added using gesso and a credit card.

Products used:
ARTploration Stencils - Flutterby, Some Birds, Bloom Silhouettes and Retro Circles

Please come and join the September Mixed Media Challenge you have until the end of the month to get messy and share your non-card mixed media projects. It's anything mixed media goes except a card...and you must use a stencil (any brand or even a homemade one!) in your project(s). For the complete challenge info + prizes, click here.

Challenges entered:
Love to Create - anything mixed media/creative goes
Artistic Stampers - things with wings
Creative Artiste - anything goes
Bloggers - stencil it
Creative Corner - anything but a card
Where the Heart is - add some text


  1. Lovely used of the stencils...I like the black and white Grid lines:)

  2. Very inspirational Carol for sure. You are so clever with these different techniques and finishes. It's lovely. Zx

  3. a stunning canvas Carol...love your choice of colour and design.....xx

  4. A wonderful canvas Carol, such lovely stencils and colours used.

  5. Hi Carol,
    what a great canvas.
    Lovely work on this, and a wonderful design.
    Sounds like a good holiday, but some horrendous traffic.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  6. Hi Carol, your holiday sounds lovely and so pleased you enjoyed yourself, I had to chuckle about "endured" the tank museum, you did well to last 5 hours, lovely canvas, love the stamps and colours, Kate x

  7. This is gorgeous Carol, I love the design.
    Glad you had a good week away, sending you belated Happy Anniversary wishes.
    Sue xx

  8. Hi Carol glad you had a great week. Love today's piece. Where in the Lake District do you live ? My husband is from Barrow. I love the lakes we go all the time it's the best place with so much to see and do xx

  9. Very pretty canvass. Great idea on how to stamp sentiments onto tissue before adhering to canvass and the white lines with a credit card (!!!) make a great addition to the overall look of this lovely piece of ar.

  10. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your break Carol, wishing you a belated Happy Wedding Anniversary.
    Your canvas is beautiful, I love everything about it.

  11. Adorable canvas piece Carol, lovely stencils and colours are lovely.xx
     {The Journey Is The Start  aNNie  my personal blog}

  12. Good to hear you had a good break, how lucky were you with the weather?
    A super canvas again, I do love all your mixed media projects.

    Happy crafting, hugs Erika. x

  13. The colors and the shimmer are so beautiful, Carol! Love how you added the lines!

  14. Congratulations on the anniversary and it sounds as though you had a very lovely time - aside from the traffic. Love hearing the names of the places visited. The canvas art is splendid. Got some wonderful color shading with the gelato wash and the motifs you've stenciled look so pretty & very 'nature'. The dimension of the butterflies and the sparkle draw the eye right in to enjoy all the colors & shapes. Well done! TFS &*Hugs

  15. Such a beautiful canvas. Thanks for joining in with our first challenge at Where The HeART Is, hope to see you again, Claire xXx

  16. Well happy anniversary Miss Thing! It sounds like you had a lovely time (you used the word meandering, and that ALWAYS means you had a lovely time). Love your silhouetted canvas. It's just the right amount of color and the design lines are flawless. Sorry I haven't been by this week - I'm in the process of moving so will be in and out of the bloggy world for the next two weeks while I pack and haul and... Sigh.... Move.

  17. This is gorgeous Carol! Love all the details and it sounds like you had fun apart from the tanks lol! Looking forward to seeing more of your gorgeous projects with Stamplorations stamps and stencils, I have several of their stencils and a couple of their stamps now Karen x

  18. Gorgeous canvas Carol. Love the soft colours of the background paired with the bold black ... really beautiful! Sounds like part of your trip was really wonderful and hopefully you can think of that more than the terribly long journey. Glad you're home safe and sound. xx

  19. Such a gorgeous Canvas, I love The embossing and stencilling work Carol... Congratulations on your 27th Anniversary... Thank you so much for joining our Challenge over at Creative Artiste this month and we hope to see you again soon...

    Rhonda (DT) xx

  20. Loving your gorgeous canvas Carol, lovely mixture of colours and stamps, hope you've got it on show and not hiding away for no one to appreciate. Sound like my kinda holiday apart from the tank show lol! But I suppose we have to keep hubbies amused too! Happy anniversary too. Carol xx

  21. Beautiful work, love the colours
    thanks for joining our challenge
    Debbie (DT) xx

  22. Wow Carol this canvas is fantastic. The detail and sentiments are wonderful. Happy Anniversary! Sounds like you had a fabulous time apart from the terrible traffic. Michelle x

  23. Hi there Carol, this is a great canvas, love the subtle colours and the Sparkle. I like the images too. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Hugs Jennifer xx.

  24. Wow Carol this is one awesome looking canvas one of the most beautiful I have seen I love the fabulous colours and lines also the images you have used a top notch make for sure. Glad you had a lovely time down here is the South.
    lorraine x

  25. Gorgeous canvas, glad you enjoyed your holiday, if we visited that area my husband would want to visit the tank museum to...... xxx

  26. Such a pretty canvas, thank you for joining in this months challenge at The Artistic Stamper.

  27. A fabulous canvas. The colours and stamps are wonderful.
    Thank you for joining in with the September challenge at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog and good luck x

  28. What a gorgeous canvas Carol! I love how the background colors fade into each other, and the glitter on the black really makes it pop! Thanks for joining us over at Where the HeART Is Challenge!


    All the best,


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