Friday, October 25, 2013

Blog Hop Featuring Cecilia Swatton's StencilGirl Designs...

I'm participating in another fun StencilGirl Blog Hop, this time featuring stencils designed by Cecilia Swatton!  I'm using Cecilia's "Swatton Grid" and "Mimosa 6" stencils today.

6" x 6" Swatton Grid
6" x 6" Mimosa
Sometimes you have to work smarter, not harder, so today I'm doing just that.  I'm thinking ahead to the busy Christmas season, and I want to make my own gift tags this year.  I also want to get my November art journal calendar spread done, so in comes the 'smarter'.  

I cut a bunch of these little tags out of card stock, hole punched them and then pulled out may art journal calendar.  
I spritzed some yellow Dylusions ink spray on the page and used a baby wipe to swirl it around a bit.  

Then I arranged the tags onto the page and the fun began.
Since November can be such a dark, gloomy month, pulled out my bright spray inks and sprayed through Cecilia's stencils to create some beautifully colourful patterns on the page.
Here you can see me spraying some grass green through the "Swatton Grid" stencil.

After creating all of that fabulous background colour and texture, I removed the tags and set them aside.

I pulled out my Liquitex paint markers and added some outlines and numbers, etc. to the calendar spread.
Then I added some extra texture to the journalling blocks by stencilling some white through the stencils, alternating  "Mimosa 6" and "Swatton Grid" 




I added the name of the month and the year and the calendar spread was done.


And now to get back to those Christmas tags I was making... I added some doodles to the beautifully patterned tags using a gold Pearl Pen and all they need now is a pretty bit of gold yarn and they're ready to go!




I hope you've enjoyed your stop here!  Remember there's a giveaway on the 
StencilGirl Talk blog and Cecilia will also have a giveaway of her own on her blog.  

ALL comments in the entire hop are eligible to win. 
The more blog's you comment on (one comment per blog please)
the more chances you have to WIN! 

The giveaway will close on Sunday, October 27th at 11:59PM Central Time.


Linda Kittmer-you are here
Linda Cain-hop over here next...

85 comments:

  1. What a great calender idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Great idea and yummy colours. You really know how to get the best out of those beaut stencils.

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  3. Wow you are surely multi-talented and an inspiration to me. Thank you. Candy

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  4. How fun and a time saver too! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Karen. As I work to train our new foster dog guide puppy, I need time savers!

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  5. I love doing calendar pages, but so tired of doing the squares the same old way. This tag idea is brilliant ... especially the 2-for-1 benefit! I've already prepped my November page, but I will definitely have to try this for my December ... love it! Thanks so much for the idea and the giveaway chance.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. I like to change up the shapes I use in my art journal calendar for that very reason.

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  6. Great idea and such fun color and squiggles Linda. Love the 3 dimension aspects. xox

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  7. Linda, I love the tag idea... and the calendar spread is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Jane. You can't beat a two for one are project!

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  8. Great calendar and tags idea. Can't wait to give that a try!

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  9. Love how you used shading to create the illusion that the tags are still on your calendar. And the finished tags are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks. These days I have to use my time especially wisely as I'm raising a new foster dog guide and he's only 8 wks old.

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  10. Oooh what a great idea, your journal page and calendar look fantastic

    Thanks for sharing

    Sam xxx

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  11. Stunning idea!
    The journal page is amazing and the tags, (such a clever idea!) look absolutely beautiful x <3 x

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  12. OMG! Those tags are simply gorgeous! Fun and funky to add even more joy to holiday gift giving! Love how you did 2 projects at the same time utilizing the tags to create your journal page and then repurposing the tags!!! WOWZERS! TFS!

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    1. Thanks Barbara. I love when I can do a two for one art project!

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  13. great ideas and i am just getting ready to make a calendar too. thanks so much. xoox

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  14. I love the different paints/inks you have used and how they came out so beautifully. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  15. I love how you used the tags to make a calendar ~ genius! :)

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    1. Thanks Kirsten. They're small tags, but will be prefect for Christmas gifts.

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  16. I love this tag idea. This is a must try for me.

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  17. I love this pages and the idea with the tags, are fantastic!

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  18. I like your tags and calendar page...thanks for the ideas

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  19. Wow. I love the brightness for November.. but will you be writing on those tags? I love what you did with the other tags .. I might could do that project. Great job.

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    1. Thanks Monica. And yes, I'll journal about the highlight of my day on those tags. Just a sentence or two.

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  20. I love your idea for your calendar pages! November is so dark that you were brilliant for spraying some bright colors. Cool!

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  21. Wonderful colors! That is a very cute idea for the tags, thank you for sharing :)

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  22. Fun calendar page! Love all the tags too!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn. I can't believe how soon we'll be using them!

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  23. Love the idea of making calendar pages....love the Stencils! Very cool!

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    1. Thanks Judy, and yes, they are great stencils!

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  24. Linda, what a gorgeous, gorgeous November calendar!
    And your holiday tags are such a delight with those pearl pen doodles!! :)

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  25. Christmas Tags, November calendar! You are set!

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    1. Thanks Maria. Nothing left but the Christmas shopping. LOL

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  26. I have always adored the calenders!!! This is just what I needed ...to show how to make the best of time, supplies with a fabulous outcome!!!! Wonderful stencils, and wonderful guidance...WINNING!

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    1. Thanks Dara. I love when I can get a two in one idea like this.

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  27. You calendar page was so quick and beautiful. I will definitely lift that idea. And the tags....get outta here!!!

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    1. Thanks Rita. I do love when I can make the calendars using quick and fun techniques.

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  28. Love the calendar and the tags! Color selections are great!

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    1. Thank you Jean. I thought November needed something bright.

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  29. Love the calendar idea and the Christmas tags are just yummy!
    grace

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    1. Thanks. They'll be fun to add to gifts...now I'm thinking I may need to make my own wrapping paper and/or gift bags too.

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  30. Fun calendar and the
    tags are cute. I like
    the gold pen doodles
    on them.
    Carla from Utah

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  31. Love the bright colors! Great ideas Thanks for sharing !

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  32. LOVE those calendar colors & your Christmas tags are lovely - I have to say your paint pen writings on the tags are my favorite part :)

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  33. Fabulous Linda! I love the colours and stencils - especially 'mimosa'!!

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    1. Thanks Gill. Yes, they are wonderful stencils. Funny, mimosa is my favourite one too.

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  34. Love those colors and stencils !!
    http://www.kalasirjana.blogspot.in/

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  35. Oh how fun! Great ideas! Love your journal page, and those tags are terrific. Loving those stencils!
    Thanks for sharing and a chance to win.
    Janelle R

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  36. What a great idea - both projects look great and are so very effective.

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  37. Your tags are gorgeous and you will never find these in the store! What a great idea. I especially like the Swatton Grid stencil.

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    1. Thanks Vicki. I do like creating unique items like this.

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  38. Stencils look just awesome. I really like how you created your tags.

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  39. Great project!
    C.Pertuit

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  40. I love that you design a different calendar page for each month. You are so creative, especially with the November 2 for 1....those tags are amazing

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    1. Thanks Cat. It's a great way to do a bit of journalling about each day.

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  41. loved the calendar! and the Christmas tags-- want to start right now making them!! Thanks for the inspiration

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    1. Thank you Helen. Have fun making yours.

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  42. Linda your colors on your calendar are totally gorgeous! Love it!

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