Thursday, April 3, 2008

CRUSADE # 19 - Cut it Out II

So I am back to blogland (yea !) after a week of traveling, having sweet family time at my sister's baby shower last weekend, fighting a cold (again - damn kiddie germs !) and finishing a three month subbing contract at an elementary school library (kids were sooooo fun !). I missed having the time to connect with my new friends out there. It is such a challenge sometimes to take the time to do what I love when the list of have-to's is long. My goal is to post twice a week but that isn't always going to be the case, I guess. I have to remember that this blog is for me, for my pleasure and stop feeling guilty when I don't reach my "goals". Enjoy the process as they say.

I have jumped aboard the GPP Street Team CRUSADE #19 - Cut It Out II http://www.michelleward.typepad.com/how_cool_is_that/ thanks to Michelle Ward's wonderful inspiration and tutorials. I had a blast with the rubber stamps in Crusade 18 so I was anxious to join the fun again.

I headed out to AC Moore with my 50% off coupon (gotta love those coupons !)and bought my stencil cutter and some Plaid stencil blanks, printed out some images to work with, taped stuff down to my glass from an old picture frame and got to melting ! I think I went a little too quickly at first as my lines were a little sloppy but I soon got to flow. I loved the zen quality of burning plastic with my cutter ! Great to do to music, of course ! I was listening to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss today (love that CD!).


Here are my first three stencils :





I don't have any spray paint (maybe I will get some with next week's coupons !) but I tried out my new tools with black acrylic paint and a make-up sponge. I love all three but I think I will use the "zebra" border a lot - I love borders on my journal pages. The little bird is a die cut stencil from a Cricut machine I love having around too. I added some details to it with a Gelly Roll pen. The paper is pages from a old hymn book from a flea market with a wash of acrylic paints.

So I have joined the addiction to stencil cutting ! I can't wait to see what all the other talented Crusader come up with !

21 comments:

michelle ward said...

Check you out girl! Three terrific stencils - love them. Didn't you love melting away those images? Isn't alot like carving? You can just escape and when you're done you have your very own tool. Looks great with the acrylic. Thanks for jumping in right away and sharing with the team.

LostLuggage said...

KIMBO!!!! I totally dig all of your stencils! You made such great designs!! Yawhhoooo!

Megan Warren said...

great designs - can't wait to check this out - thanks for sharing.

Rosie said...

Heavens, but you people are so inspiring! I love what you've done - especially that border. WTG! ;-]

Sherry/Cherie said...

WOW..these are incredible...I am so impressed with your talent and your "eye" for design.

herminesplace said...

They are gorgeous, love them.

ladylulu said...

Super nice... love your stencils and how yo used them.

ArtKat said...

Great stencils, they look wonderful on the hymn book pages! My favorite is the viney-looking one! :)

Ingrid said...

Whoa! love these stencils you made. They are just wonderful. I think I need to get a stencil burner.
Best-
Ingrid

Cath Sheard said...

Hey I really like how you have combined diecuts from your Cricut with your own stencils - it makes for truly original art huh?

kathy mccreedy said...

Hi Kim,
What awesome stencils! I am really impressed... now I know where I'm going after work today!!! I love the zebra border, too... way cool! Feel better, Kathy

eb said...

love these - now I want to make borders!!!!!!!

and designs - yes!

xox - eb.

susangreene said...

Oh your stencils are wonderful!!! I am going to buy a stencil cutter today. I hate exacto knives.

iHann said...

Wow, those look very designed and spiffy - I'm so impressed, that's your first ones? I need to go back and practice! :-)

rattytatty@fsmail.net said...

Wow what ace stencils, very intricate. Loeve all three

JeriAnn said...

Look at these amazing stencils you made! I found stencil burning on the Plaid blanks tricky but you make it look easy. These stencils are great!

Sarah aka Flo said...

wow they are so involved and clever!

I love the zebra style border especially

Ursula Clamer said...

These are fantastic and sooo versatile, I can see them being used lots.

PocketSize said...

Wow! I love your designs! And so nicely cut. Beautiful work!

PLO said...

Yay! Your stencils are beautiful. I love the first one! It makes me think of the decorative covers on a childrens illustrated book.

...Cindy... said...

Beautiful stencils, and I love the backgrounds you used to showcase them! Thank you for sharing!