Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Stencil Test Drive: The Doors & Windows Stencil and a Giveaway!


Welcome to the Stencil Test Drive, featuring the Doors and Windows Stencil and the beautiful art of


I designed the Doors and Windows stencil because I was looking for a doors design and couldn't find one!  I've already been playing with it quite a bit, as you saw in the last test drive post, and in this post, using Judy Shea's polymer clay heart.


The stencil inspired me to make another altered book.  I was also inspired by this beautiful quote by Mother Theresa:  "Do small things with great love."  I made a video of part of my process.   It's my first art video, so please be kind!


I hope you enjoyed the video.  I'll get better at them.... I promise!  I planned to do some step-outs, but I just found out today that my older daughter, Mariel, in addition to being elected Phi Beta Kapa, has also received a Fulbright Scholarship!  She's graduating from William & Mary in May.  Needless to say, I've been jumping up and down and shouting from the rooftops since early this evening!  Here's a picture of Mariel and me when she was home over winter break.  She is a kind, loving person, and she's worked so hard.  I am so happy for her!


I leave you with a picture of the entire book cover...



Enjoy the inspired creations of
Linking to Paint Party Friday, and Simon Says Stamp and Show (Quotes).

And now for the GIVEAWAY!  Comment by Sunday for a chance to win my Flying Tulips stencil!  Let me know you follow my blog and my Facebook page for extra chances to win!

Thank you for visiting! I read and treasure every comment and will answer any questions as quickly as I can.

62 comments:

  1. Cool! I love the cute little house page you made using that clever stencil, especially the strong color palette. I just posted a couple of projects I made using the stencil I won during one of your giveaways. I hope you get a chance to see them, and that you like what I did. Blessings!

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  2. So happy for Mariel. Congratulations! She's beautiful. That's first. Now, BRAVO on your video.. what a great clip, my friend. Your book came out beautiful. The embossing powder really makes things stand out. Hope you enjoy my angel in the window.. glad to be part of the test drive with you.

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  3. Wow, beautiful job using the stencil and thanks so much for the video tutorial as well! :)

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  4. Just incredible Jessica! I LOVED seeing your process and YOU! Such detail and LOVE that red door! Congrats again to Mariel--what accomplishments!

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  5. Congratulations to Mariel - you must be so proud!
    Thank you for the video - I enjoyed it, is this the first of many???
    Love your stencils - I'd love to win one!

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  6. Congrats to your daughter, that is awesome Jessica! No wonder you are so proud! LOVE your doors and windows stencil... these images are so versatile!

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  7. So fantastic Jessica, the video(love the music choices), the process and the final result....Such a wonderful reason to make this book as well. Big congratulations to Mariel for winning that scholarship, that takes hard hard work and big smarts! Another amazing woman will be launching into this world!!! And a pretty amazing Mom too. xox

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  8. Congrats for jumping in with both feet to the video world! I loved hearing your voice and seeing your book process- you make that exacto knife cutting look so easy! The colors you used on the door and windows has such a wood feel! Glad you needed a door- now we all have a wonderful door and windows!

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  9. And of course, congrats to Mariel!

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  10. Congrats to Mariel. Way to go!! I love the door stencil. It's on my list for sure.

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  11. Congratulations to your daughter on her accomplishments. That is such great news. And I love the stencil as well and would love a chance to win! Can never have too many of them!

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  12. That door stencil is amazing, I really like it a lot. So many things you can do with it too. Congrats to your daughter, way to go!!! Thanks for the chance to win the stencil. :)

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  13. Wow! This is amazing, Jessica! I have been working on an altered book about my mom, but, have not touched it in years....thanks for the insiration! Where can I purchase your stencil?

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    1. Hi Paulette - the links in the post should take you to the Stencil Girl site, but just in case, here it is: http://stencilgirlproducts.com/stencils-9x12/view/756 Glad you like it!

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  14. Jessica, this is such a fabulous altered book! I love what you've done with your gorgeous stencil. Your video was wonderful... you'd never know it was a first time. Love all the UTEE.... just fantastic. Mega contratulations to Mariel!

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  15. Beautiful!! I love the doors and windows stencil! I need to get my hands on one! The journal cover is lovely and so are you and your daughter! Congratulations! :)

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  16. I like your page! My page likes your page too!
    Where do I get your stencils? I want them all!
    These door stencils are fabulous, and so is this book cover! WOW!!! The flecks of gold are fabulous, and the warm colors invoke more love feelings! Congrats!
    Your daughter is not only smart but stunning! A real beauty, and I am sure inside as well just like you!

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  17. The book-cover you have made is just beautiful, and lovely to see the photo of you with your lovely daughter. Valerie

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  18. I follow and i luv the doors stencil.

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  19. You have a very beautiful Doors and Windows Stencil! And art process is very interesting too!

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  20. Thank you, Jessica!
    I'll post a picture ater I get it!

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  21. First of all -great job on your first video!!! You have such a sweet voice! You know I'm a follower. LOVE your amazing altered book-brilliant!!And huge congrats to your daughter-what incredible accomplishments!

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  22. I love the windows and doors stencil. I follow here and FB.

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  23. I love your stencil and am a follower. What incredible information on your blog.

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  24. Sweet stencils! Lovely design and layout using the doors and windows. Glad you joined us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

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  25. I am so impressed with this door stencil... it's unique and opens up a whole world of posibilities! Awesome ! I follow you here and on FB as well.

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  26. I love your doors stencil! It's beautiful how your colors really make the door stand out. I first saw this stencil on Carolyn's blog and went to the web site to look it up! I have to get it!!! I do follow your blog as well. I think I liked your FB page as well. Keep up the good work and congrats to your daughter! :)

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  28. You always create such beautiful art! I have loved your Facebook page for a long time now...!

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  29. What a great variety of art from just one stencil. I'm a huge fan of windows and doors. So much so, I have a Pinterest board just for that. I really loved the different ways all the artists used the stencil. I'm left feeling inspired to maybe take some courses but which ones? There's so much choice!!!

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  30. So exciting to be chosen as a Fullbright Scholar! Congratulations to your daughter!! Your door stencils are really beautiful, and your book cover is wonderful.

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  31. Absolutely gorgeous, thanks so much for sharing with us! Beautiful work!

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  32. Great video Jessica and love your altered book, the stencils are fab. Congratulations to your dear daughter.
    Happy PPF and Happy Easter, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  33. I'm loving that door stencil. I was over at Carolyn's blog and saw it there too. So fun to see the many variations each artist brings when using the same thing. Great book and congrats to your daughter. Happy Easter

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  34. Dear Jessica,
    thank you so much for your beautiful video. Your house has become beautiful a nd now the embossing is no longer a mystery to me :)
    HPPF
    Hugs
    Erika

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  35. Truly gorgeous work you've created from these stencils...and congrats on your daughter's honors! happy PPF!

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  36. Will watch your video tomorrow hopefully, youtube not working for me at the mo. Great Stencil, I follow you here and on FB too. Nice to see you and your daughter too.

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  37. Jessica...I so love your piece! I am a windows and doors nut and you are absolutely right in that there aren't all that many cool ones out there; especially stencils! Thanks for creating this one! I love your piece...very inspiring and colorful! I love your used of the stencil. Thanks so much for sharing your always wonderful art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  38. this is beautiful! congrats to your daughter. i've no idea what the sorority things are that you have in American universities but i'm guessing it's really good! i love her name- mariel is really lovely!

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  39. What a great project! Love the door and windows stencil! And what a great video! Couldn't tell it was your first. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

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  40. Love this book cover. I especially liked how you outlined the door and windows in gold. Congrats to your daughter too. That is very impressive.

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  41. On one of my trips to Ireland, I fell in love with their beautiful doors,so colorful. I have 3 posters on my wall of Irish doors! You,dear have captured that look. Thank you

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  42. Love your door stencils and what you've done with them here!

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  43. Your altered book is just beautiful Jessica. I loved watching the video and seeing you making it. I also leaned a few things too! Thanks for sharing

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  44. positively beautiful! I love the layering.

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  45. Congrats with the achievement of your daughter! You must be very proud! Wonderful stencil you created!

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  46. Great stencil and that is one AWESOME book cover :-)
    IKE xx

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  47. Brilliant cover, a jewel! You two look so beautiful on that photo, congratulations to your daughter! <3

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  48. Wow! You are a Jack of all trades and a master, too. Love seeing such a wonderful director of theater put her vision into visual art. Love the cover, and LOVE the video. Can't believe this is your first video. Was very instructive and interesting to watch the process. Congratulations!

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    1. Oh Jeri - how nice to see you here! HUGS

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  49. Jessica Congratulations on your daughter's achievement.The door stencil looks so unique. Loved watching the creative process.

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  50. Hey Jessica that indeed must be such a proud moment for you :) She does deserve a big tight hug !! and i totally totally love your book cover !!

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  51. That video was very impressive. I can't believe that it's your first video. OK, I'm inspired, I'm going to alter a book this evening. Thanks.

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    1. that's so cool! Please share a link if you do!

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  52. I LOVE this altered book, Jessica! I've watched the video several times but am simply not able to catch what brand of embossing powder it was you were using there. Will you take a moment, please to respond with that? Thank you so much! Happy Easter to you and yours ... and congratulations to your daughter on her scholarship!

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    1. Hi Von - thank you so much! I used Melt Art Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, but as long as it is UTEE (ultra thick), I think you're ok! Here's a link if you'd like more info: http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=735675&b=213361&m=25838&afftrack=&urllink=www%2Ebluemoonscrapbooking%2Ecom%2FSPD%2F33%2D09283%2D%2D%2D6091624846628847359%2Ejsp

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  53. That door stencil is phenomenal! Love your book cover. Congratulations to your daughter - what a wonderful achievement.

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  54. Jessica truly beautiful post...I feel the love as soon as I started reading!! Congratulations to your daughter!! Such a likeness to you and your mom!! I hope you have a nice photo of the three of you!!
    Love the doors....and the book is wonderful as is that perfect quote!

    Hugs Giggles

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  55. Wow, another fantastic project! Love the idea behind it, the scene you created and the sentiment. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!!

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  56. Congratulations to your daughter!! What a wonderful book cover. (Hmm I think you have given me an idea....)

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