Ken Oliver Crafts and Stencil Girl Blog Hop!


Welcome to day three of the Blog Hop with Ken Oliver Crafts and Stencil Girl Products.  Style Contributors and Designers from both teams have come together to create some fabulous projects using products from both companies.  We hope to inspire you!


My first project is a 6×6 canvas that uses Color Burst in a variety of ways.


The canvas was painted with white interior latex paint and while the paint was still wet, puffs of Color Burst were added.  Using a brush, the Color Burst was mixed in with the wet paint, spreading color across the canvas.


When the paint was dry, a layer of surgical gauze was added across the top using Glue ’n Seal to adhere the gauze.  Much to my surprise, the more Glue ’n Seal used, the more intense the Color Burst became.  A bit of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls were added to the gauze as it was worked onto the canvas.


Violet Color Burst was added to white embossing paste, which was then used with the Vintage Script Stencil to add the colored embossing paste to the canvas.


The flowers are some from Petaloo that I’ve had in my stash for some time.  There were originally a sienna color, but I thought I would try dying them with some Color Burst mist (made by adding puffs of Color Burst with water).


Here’s a closer view of the flowers once they were dry.  The variations of color is amazing!


This must have been a “Use Your Stash” project, because while digging for the flowers I found an old chipboard birdcage and bird that I decided to throw on.  The birdcage was painted gray with patina paints and Inka Gold added for some dimension.  The chipboard bird was colored with Color Burst mist and Violet embossing paste was added using Bali Doily Stencil.  For a touch of personal whimsy, some gold ribbon was frayed and added to the head of bird (kinda like my own gray short spiky hair).  A bit of Inka Gold was added to the dried embossing paste on the bird.


The sentiment, Be You, was created by using Ken Oliver Crafts Pegz Uppercase Alphabet.  The ribbon tied to the bird cage is seam binding dyed with Violet Color Burst.  As you can see, Color Burst is extremely versatile and can be used with so many different mediums!


While I had the Color Burst going, I decided to play with a few more cards.


The above card was made using watercolor paper and the Silhouette of a Wildflower Stencil.   The stencil was placed on the paper, misted with water and then misted with various Color Burst mists.  The image was trimmed and then mounted on a watercolor paper card base with 3D Foam Squares.


This card was made by using a previously created background and a stencil from my stash, Past Present Future Stencil, by my friend Seth Apter.    The stencil was placed on the background and then misted with water to pick out some color in the background.  The image was trimmed and added to a card base from watercolor paper using 3D Foam Squares.




This set of cards were made by using Cornish Petals Stencil Large and watercolor paper.  The stencil was placed on the paper, misted with water and then misted again with various Color Burst Mists.  Once dry, the image was trimmed into 4 different card fronts that were attached to card bases.


Please be sure to visit the blogs listed below to see what the Designers and Style Contributors have created to share with you:

StencilGirl Talk

Sherry Cheever (YOU are HERE)

Janet Joehlin

Julia Kellogg

Thank you for visiting our blogs today and I hope that you’ll be inspired to create something wonderful with Stencil Girl Products and Ken Oliver Crafts!

We have a crafty haul of prizes from Ken Oliver up for grabs, just leave a comment below and you’ll be eligible to win!

Winners will be randomly selected from my blog, just leave a comment to become eligible for a prize.  It’s easy!  Here’s what we’re giving away!

12 Daily Prizes – 1 Pack Ken Oliver Crafts 6×6 Papers (24 pieces).

2 Grand Prizes on Friday – 1 Complete Set of Color Burst (6 Colors); 1 Complete Set of Click It Ink Pads (6 Colors); and 1 Set Pegz Alphabet Stamp Set.

Leave a comment on each StencilGirl Talk post and the team members posts to be entered to win a $50 gift certificate from StencilGirl!

Join us every day this week, you can enter every day…Friday’s grand prizes are incredible!

Thank you again and GOOD LUCK!



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Clean and Simple!

Hey y’all!  I know I’ve been away for a week or more, but I had a few days of feeling under the weather and then . . . of course, when I have the grand baby . . . well there just isn’t any time for work!  I’ve got some big projects coming up, and I’m toying with the idea of some new directions . . . we’ll see!

Here’s a little peek of a card I have posted over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today . . .


It’s clean and simple for me, so I hope you visit me at Quietfire to see more photos and get the details.

Thanks for checking in here today!



I’m Addicted to Color Burst!

Okay . . . I have to admit . . . I’m hooked on Color Burst!  Ever since I opened them and started playing, I can’t stop.  I’m like a kid in the candy store . . . let’s try this and let’s try that.  It’s an addiction and one that you don’t want to quit!

When I left CHA, Ken gave me a hand full of backgrounds that he had made during this demos.  The background for my card today, is one that he made!  After I finished my watercolor of the flower, all the backgrounds I had made were just too light and this one from Ken had just the colors and boldness needed.


The image (an older Hero Arts from my stash) was water colored with Orange, Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and Athalo Green.  The seam binding was dyed by using Alizarin Crimson and adding just a touch of Lemon Yellow.


The tag was made from the same background paper and Ken’s new Pegz Stamps, Uppercase Alphabet.


I used some (new to me) Tonic Studios layering dies to make the card:  Squares for the background and Circles for the image.  I settled on black for highlighting the image, but I couldn’t leave well enough alone and added some white doodles.  It’s been a very long time since I’ve done that!  Nothing like playing and getting back to one’s stamping roots.


I think that’s all I have.  Truthfully I got sidetracked while I was writing this post and now I’m back about 3 hours later with no train of thought left.

All I can say is . . . thanks for stopping by!





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Color Burst in the House!

Good morning y’all!  All weekend, I’ve been playing with Ken Oliver’s new product, Color Burst!  I have to admit that I messed with Color Burst a little at CHA, and watched Ken for hours making backgrounds (distress without the mess) and showing us the ins and outs of the product; but until I actually got it in hand and started playing with it myself . . . Well, Oh My BADness!

First thing that took me by surprise (and I truly can’t believe that it did), was that it’s a powder.  A very concentrated powder . . . why did I not realize this at CHA?  I have no earthly idea!!!  Maybe it was the fact that I watched Ken mist the paper and then sprinkle on the Color Burst . . . and it immediately burst into color all across the page.  Then he would mist it with water and it would spread even more . . . Yes, call me a ditz!  The first time I used it here at home, I had to ask my other teamies if mine had dried up or was it actually powder . . . okay slap my forehead!

I know I’ve mentioned this here before, but the first few things that ran through my mind when I saw Ken work with Color Burst was Faux Batik and of course, distress without the mess.  One thing I played with this weekend was using Color Burst for a “Layered Textured Wash”.  I misted my craft sheet with water, sprinkled on the Color Burst, misted with water again and watched the color “burst” on the craft sheet.  I tried watercolor paper and then white coated tags.


As I picked up color each time I was amazed that no matter how muddy my craft sheet looked (ink pooling all over the place), when dried on the paper the colors didn’t muddy!  I LOVE it!!!

One of the other things I thought of immediately was the Faux Batik Technique.  (That link is to an old tutorial I did using alcohol inks . . . I think I need an updated video!)


This card is really very simple to do.  The image was stamped with VersaMark on watercolor paper and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Using Color Burst to watercolor with, the image was watercolored and when dry, the embossing was removed with a craft iron (see tutorial or either video) creating the Faux Batik.


The seam binding was dyed with Orange Color Burst to match the color in the flowers.  I haven’t made any mists up yet, so I misted my craft sheet with water, sprinkled on the Orange Color Burst, misted with water again and dropped in my damp ribbon.  As I dried the seam binding, I continually picked up the color off the craft sheet.  Love all the shimmer and different shades achieved with the Color Burst!


A background for the image was die cut/embossed from watercolor paper with Romantic Rectangles.  The image and the card base then trimmed to fit the die cut rectangle.

By the way, the stamp used is Stampendous Garden Background.  I’ve had it for a few years and when I searched for it online, it’s not on the Stampendous website.  I did however, find it at Frantic Stamper, Amazon and 123Stitch.

That’s it y’all!  Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today!





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Artisan Style!

Good morning!  Hope everyone is staying warm and you’re not buried under feet of snow.  We’ve had our first major snowstorm for the year and it’s been bitterly cold . . . let’s hope it warms up for all of us soon!

During the last month, I’ve been working on some favors for my sorority province meeting . . .  wish I had gotten a picture of the completed box.  I die cut and made some fabric flowers that were attached to the front of a take-out box which we put a few treats in.

I’ve also taken the time to organize and clean my work space.  I’m so glad I did . . . I finally feel that I have a room that suits me and that I actually like working in.  (If you follow me on Facebook, you can see all the photos there!)

I have a few projects in the beginning stages for Ken Oliver using his new products.  Love his new Color Burst!  These will be hopefully finished over the upcoming weekend and I’ll have a few things to share next week.

The last few days I’ve been working on a project for Quietfire Design.


I used lots of old product that I’ve had in my stash for some time:  An old Darcie’s Offset Square Shadowbox Frame, GrungePaper, Tattered Floral die (I know . . . don’t faint).  I also used some new Graphic 45 paper I picked up at CHA, Artisan Style, and a Quietfire stamp.  Please hop over to the Quietfire Creations Blog, check out all the details and more photos.  I would love it if you could leave me a comment over there and let Suzanne know you visited!

Thanks for stopping by today!





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