Friday, November 22, 2013

I'm Grateful to be Participating in a Blog Hop Featuring Terri Stegmiller's StencilGirl Designs

It's time for another great StencilGirl Blog Hop, this time featuring Terri Stegmiller's designs and you guessed it, the theme is Grateful!

These days I'm grateful to have the honour of raising a future dog guide foster puppy.  He's been keeping me busy these days, so I wanted to create a journal page that I could doodle on, a little at a time, when I got the chance.

I used two of Terri's stencil designs: Waves and  Layered Salad.














Working in my 9" X 12" Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal, I started by tracing the Waves stencil using pencil. I often jump right in with pen, but this time I thought I'd lay everything out in pencil first, and then when I find time I'll do the pen work while listening to TV.

I added the quote by writing it between those wonderful lines created by the stencil.


 With the text in place, I reached for the Layered Salad stencil and filled in the empty spaces around the edges with whimsical flowers made using the various design elements in this stencil.



The next step was to use a permanent black pen (I like Microns and/or Pitt pens) to embellish the letters as I traced them in black, adding extra thickness and some tiny lines to fill in the fatter sections.



The rest of the pencil lines were also traced with the black pen.

 

And I'm ready for some paint.  I decided to use acrylic for this page.  I use a very fine brush and water down the paint so that it flows almost like watercolour paint.







After adding colour to all of the elements, mostly using some shimmery metallic paints, I pulled out a silver Pitt pen and added some shadows.











Don't you just love that wonderful quote by Marcel Proust?!






There's a giveaway on the StencilGirl Talk Blog and 
all comments left on the ENTIRE hop 
are eligible to be picked as the winning comment. 

Giveaway will close on Sunday, November 24th at 11:59PM Central Time.

Blog Hop Order
Linda Kittmer-you're here...thanks for coming!

196 comments:

  1. Beautiful spread, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Love the quote and the page is great.

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    1. Thanks. It's a wonderful quote isn't it!?

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  3. Linda, that is just beautiful!

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  4. Love it! Great use for the waves stencil. I like to draw wavy lines to then write between, but they never turn out as neat as that. Just found another must-have stencil LOL!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. I love Waves for that reason too!

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  5. Yes it is a wonderful quote, & you have done it justice with your gorgeous page

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  6. I love this page! I struggle with hand-lettering -- mostly with the confidence to do it much. Instead I rely on stamps, but am often frustrated with the homogeny of the result.This page inspires me to keep developing my hand-lettering. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Thanks Valerie. I've taken some of Joanne Sharpe's lettering classes and I found them a lot of fun. You might want to look into that to build your confidence. Maybe start with Letter Love 101 if you're interested.

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  7. Fabulous Linda!
    I love the waves stencil!

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  8. Fantastic use of the stencils and love, love your lettering....xox

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  9. Magnificent art journal page filled with such great stencil art!

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. Another fabulous hop!

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  10. What a stunning piece of artwork and I agree the quote is definitely one to remember. Very clever use of the stencils too - thank you for sharing.

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  11. Linda, I love the page.... and the quote.

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  12. Beautiful work Linda and fun stencils!!

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  13. You make this look so easy....totally out of my comfort zone, but I'm inspired to try it! Beautiful way you incorporated the stencils and colors. Good job!

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    1. Thanks Kirsten. It really is easier than you might think...and a little addictive. LOL

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  14. Beautiful lettering and coloration. Love what you did!

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  15. Linda, Love this page. Great way you used both stencils together! Wow!

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  16. Wow, Linda.. that is such a beautiful page. I am grateful for doing this hop with you. :)

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    1. Thanks Judy. As always it's such fun playing along with all of you!

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  17. Love the quote but love what you have done with it. candy

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  18. love your page- the colors are wonderful!

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    1. Thanks. I'm into all these bright colours to overcome the dull grey of November. LOL

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  19. Linda I LOVE the way you incorporated both of Terri's stencils into your journal page! What a great idea. This journal page is gorgeous. Thank you for the inspiration and a chance to win! I really LOVE this design and the way you used it!

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    1. Thanks so much Suzy. Good luck in the draw!

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  20. Love This Linda! Great style. Great way to pick apart the stencil to use the parts you want! Beautiful! Thanks.

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  21. Linda, what a terrific use of these two stencils. You are just so darn clever ;)
    Love it!

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    1. Thanks so much Mary Beth. I'm having so much fun playing along with everyone on these hops. There are so many wonderful ideas!

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  22. What a creative way to use the stencils, the reason I love following these blogs.hops

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    1. Thanks Mimi. It is fun seeing all of the wonderfully unique ideas from the various artists.

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  23. Love the ideas gjeneve@gmail.com

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  24. You've created Gorgeous-ness all over the page!!! Love the bright colors with the black ink on a white background page. It must have been fun to make for sure... will try the technique sometime soon. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Caroline. And yes, it's a bit addictive...a great way to play while listening to TV.

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  25. Beautiful Page Linda!!! I love how you used the wave stencil- awesome!!!

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  26. WOW!! This is so pretty, your lettering is great with these stencils!

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  27. I love the quote and what you did with the stencils.

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  28. This so fun. It just makes me smile!

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    1. Thanks Linda. I think we've pulled off another fabulous hop! Great working with you!

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  29. Oh, how I wish that I could make magical art like you do.....just beautiful!.

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  30. I love Proust's quotes and had never read this one. Thank you so much. Perfect timing and great art to go with it.

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  31. Beautiful journal page!
    CE Pertuit

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  32. The journal page turned out so cool. Love it!

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  33. A great quote on such a gorgeous page. You really know how to use stencils...it's inspiring!

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  34. I love what you did! Can I use similar in my journal? I was expecting fiber! Love it. Hoppin on now, hope you have a great weekend

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    1. Thank you Denise. I do love fibre, but art journalling and photography are passions too!

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  35. I really love how you created with your stencils, this has been a fun hop for me to learn how people use stencils in their art.
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks Kathy. That's what I love about these hops...we all get so much inspiration from the other artists!

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  36. love your mix of lettering with the stencils!

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  37. LOVE this so much. Your fun and whimsical coloring and doodling is just delightful!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

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  38. LOVE your combination of micron pen patterns and brilliant acrylics.
    I'm also in love with your photos of Dime! What a sweet face!

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    1. Thanks Mary. And yes, Dime is adorable! He's so loving too!

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  39. LINDA!!! You are so clever. These two stencils are perfect for this. Love it so much. I never thought of the waves stencils used as fun guidelines for text.

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    1. Thanks Terri. Your fabulous designs were great for this page!

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  40. Really enjoyed seeing your creations.

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  41. What a beautiful art journal page! I really like the saying too...

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    1. Thanks Heidi. I love using quotes and then letting them direct my doodling.

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  42. Upon clicking your link in this hop I was struck by the beauty of your background and banner. Delicious in all my favorite peacock colors. Now I am following your blog. This quote and how you have used Terri's stencils is amazing. True inspiration. Thank you for hopping. Creative Bliss...

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    1. Wow! Thanks so much and welcome to my blog. I'm thrilled to have you as a new follower!

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  43. I just love how you have merged the 2 stencils and the end result with color gives me the warm fuzzys. textilerecycler@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you! I'm so happy to hear all this fabulous feedback.

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  44. This page is perfect. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  45. What a beautiful way to present such a great quote! Thank you for sharing your process and the use of the stencils. Hope to have an opportunity to give the technique a try.

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  46. Love the way you used the curved stencil for this quote.

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    1. Thanks Robin. The Waves stencil is perfect for journalling.

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  47. Very nice use of the stencils. I love it!

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  48. I LOVE how you did this! Your lettering is fabulous and I love how you incorporated the 2nd stencil.

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  49. oooh, I have this stencil. cool idea!

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  50. Your design is beautiful! The tutorial sort of makes me think I could approximate something that would be nice too. Thanks for the inspiration :)

    Kelly

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    1. Thank you Kelly. Have fun creating your version!

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  51. FANTASTIC! Love the way you have used Terri's design...really captured her whimsical and colourful style. Adore the lettering...this is on my list of things to work on.

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    1. Thank you so much. I love Terri's designs and they lend themselves perfectly to this sort of art journalling!

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  52. Great quote and the page turned out so fine!

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  53. Stencils for doodling? Learn something every day, that's my motto! LOL! Thanks for this.

    Phyrie

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    1. Thanks Phyrie. And yes, stencils are a great way to jump in to doodling or just play with a new design.

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  54. This is awesome - I LOVE this style and your simple step-by-step finally showed me how to do it! And thanks for the chance to win some stencils!

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    1. Thanks Teresa. I'm glad the tutorial was helpful. Good luck in the draw!

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  55. This is what I call the PERFECT Art Journal Page :)

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  56. Oh, Linda, this is absolutely GORGEOUS!

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  57. Holy Smoke, are you cool or what?!! I've never been to your site before, and I am completely bowled over. I love, love, love that journal page! I'm going to be putting you on my list for sure. You also used two of my fav stencils--hope I win!

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    1. Thanks so much Robin! And welcome to my blog. Good luck in the draw.

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  58. Fabulous journal page, Linda! Are you giving away those two wonderful stencils by chance? They're my fav!

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    1. Thanks so much. Check the StencilGirl Talk blog for the give-a-way details. It shows the four stencils that will be sent out as prizes

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    1. Thanks! Good luck in the draw and have a fabulous weekend.

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    1. Linda your piece today is so wonderful. And I do love that Proust quote. I aspire to your level of creativity and expression!
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  61. Oh, what a beautiful page! Wonderful colors!

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  62. I love the way you used the stencils. Beautiful journal page. Linda E.

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  63. Love your work, Linda! What a beautiful page!

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  64. Thanks for sharing your process! It's beautiful!

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  65. that Layered Salad is so awesome. I love your colorsense and whimsical style! Thanks for pointing me in a new direction with my stencils!

    edie

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    1. Thank you Edie. I'm so glad you're enjoying the hop!

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  66. this is way cool!! love the stencils.. can't wait tio try this!!

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    1. Thanks Tamiko. Have fun making a version of your own.

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  67. I love the way you used these stencils!!! Thanks so much for the great inspiration!

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad I could inspire you. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  68. What a fun way to use more than one stencil. Gives me a new way to look at using stencils.

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    1. Thanks Randi. It's fun to combine different elements of the stencils.

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  69. Thank you for the lovely inspiration ... it is lovely and very well done. I am just getting started using stencils with quotes and I love how you used the two different ones so well together. I have a sweatshirt I want to art journal a quote on and I think if I practice first for the layout on paper it will be better now after seeing your planning here with pencil. Thank you so much!!!

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    1. Thanks Barbara. That sound like a fun project. I'm glad this post was helpful to you. Have fun!

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  70. This is truly an amazing page! Love how you used the "wave" stencil to create the space for your quote. This stencil is now on my list to "have to buy".

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    1. Thanks Lynn. You'll love it when you get it!

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  71. what a great quote for use with super stencils - LOVE

    ArtistPoet dot Girl @gmail dot com

    good luck everyone

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    1. Thanks Jamie. Good luck to you in the draw.

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    1. Thanks. I'm happy to hear you're enjoying the hop and getting some ideas from it.

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  73. Very cool doodling. I love it. Thanks for the ideas and the inspiration and the chance to win more stencils...my favorite toys.

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    1. You are very welcome. Thanks for the visit. I'm glad you're getting some ideas from the hop.

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  74. Oh Linda, I've never used two stencils together! The beautiful quote stands out with all the coloring you did! Thanks for the inspiration

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    1. Thanks. I'm so glad I could inspire you!

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  75. love your whole blog ~ those stencils turned out beautiful ~ so lovely was the finished design~ thanks for being part of the blog hop

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed the hop!

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    2. Oh my, your doodling blew me away---I never thought about using stencils to doodle! You are so creative! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    3. Thank you Cat. Good luck in the draw.

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  76. how beautiful!! Love the quote. thanks for the inspiration

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  77. Love your page...very inspiring. Thanks for chance to win.

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  78. This is gorgeous on so many levels. Love your handwriting.

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  79. doodling with stencils...looks great...

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  80. What a beautiful project. Each subsequent picture made my eyes get wider and wider. Awesome!

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  81. I love the wave stencil. I could see using it on every page.

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    1. Thanks Susan. It certainly is a versatile stencil.

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  82. i just loved this so much. thank you for the idea. xoxo

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  83. I just love the new stencil girl stencils and the pieces show using them are fantastic

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad you're enjoying the blog hop.

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  84. Great work and nice stencils.

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  85. Love your arty page Linda. TFS

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  86. I love this way of using stencils with pens - and the blog hop is a great way to learn so much! Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Joyce. I'm happy you've learned some new ideas from the hop.

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  87. I love what you created with the stencils... wow!! Thanks for the chance!!

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  88. Great project! Thanks for sharing!

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  89. I wish I could get up the courage to try lettering. That C in 3rd grade penmanship killed it for me.

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    1. Oh Linda, that's awful! You might want to consider some of Joanne Sharpe's online lettering classes (Letter Love 101 was great). You CAN do it!

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