Monday, November 11, 2013

StencilGirl and Foam Board Express Blog Hop + a Giveaway!!

Welcome to the StencilGirl Foam Board Express Blog Hop.
I like Foam Board.
In fact, I *love* it and use it all the time.
How do I use it you might ask?
Well........for my doodling. I don't Zentangle per se, I just tend to doodle or draw, In fact I don't even consider it anything special except I enjoy doing it. It is definitely a Zen-like pursuit as I really kind of 'check out' when I am doing it and lose myself in the line work.




I like to keep it easy though (and small, as in easy to travel with) and the Foam Board helps me do that. Several years ago, a friend of mine showed me some Foam Board doodles that she had made and I was instantly smitten. Ran out and got some Foam Board that exact same day and trimmed it down to a 6x6 size using a fresh knife blade. I also bought the fantastic IDentipen.
I like this pen because it has two different ends which means you have two thicknesses of line. The simplicity pleases me. If I travel, I simply grab one board and one pen. Done! I am good to go.

And there is something about the black of that pen against the smooth glossy finish of the board that is really gorgeous. It looks more important than it is, you know what I mean?

Recently I have used stencils to help me create Doodle patterns. This is a project in my book, done either on a plain background or painted one.
In celebration of Foam Board Express, I would like to offer a GiveAway.......and it is a good one!
You get a copy of my latest book, Stencil Girl, which has the Doodle project in it. Plus you get the custom stencil that comes with the book. Plus I will personalize and sign the book to you. And you get the stencils I used in the project along with a couple boards and a pen to get you started (yes, you get a pen too, I forgot to put it in the picture).
Woo hoo!!!!

Anybody ready to DOODLE? Just leave me your name below and I will select the winner on 11/15. If you want to see where you can easily buy some Foam Board, click below. Easy peasy.....
Foam Board Express
To follow us on the blog hop, here is the order:

79 comments:

  1. beautiful work. love the idea of doodling using stencils - so intriguing and another great way to use a great tool!
    grace

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  2. Beautiful foam panel doodles; and made with stencils, I used to doodle only freehand but now I will try it with my stencils sure.

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  3. What fun - I'm ready!!!

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  4. Oh. Great idea to use the stencils and foam board as a starting point for doodling!

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  5. Mary Beth, I love your doodles and see lots of possibilities to create awesome 3D pieces with these! Love them.

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  6. Oh doodles..love this, MB. How can you not?

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  7. Wow that is super cool MB. So fun and vibrant.

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  8. I never knew this board could be so useful. I'd luv to win your book. It looks to be a 'keeper'! ;)

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  9. wow you make me want to doodle!!!! What a perfect treat to do while traveling or waiting at an appt!! I sure like the way you doodle.

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  10. Fantastic foam doodles Mary Beth...You rock as always. xox

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  11. wow-what a great idea to use a stencil for doodling-that could be very addicting! Thanks for the chance to win-I know I'd put it all to good use :)

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  12. Love the doodles and what a wonderfully simple way to take a travel project.

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  13. I love the look of your pieces the black & white really stand out.

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  14. Love your doodles and the one board/one pen concept. I'm just getting started with doodling.
    Dianne West

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  15. Your doodling is my masterpiece. Wonderful stuff...and great advice. I MUST get an IDentipen. I'd probably kill for your book...thanks for the chance to win.

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  16. The contrast is really exceptional.

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  17. Love everything about this. And your blog!
    xo
    lynn

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  18. Love your doodles!!! I am a doodler also and would love to try doodling on this foam board. I have lots of doctor's appointments and am always looking for new things that I can slip in my purse and do while I am waiting to be seen. I would cut the foam board down like you did and keep it in my purse for this purpose! I love reading but sometimes just want to get crafty and not many crafts fit in my purse. I am also a new stencil-a-holic and LOVE the stencils shown! Thank you for sharing your doodles with me and for the chance to win your book so I can learn even more stencil techniques and the foam board, pen and stencils ROCK! Doodaloo till the next post! :-)

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  19. Never occurred to me to use foam board for this purpose. Going to get some right now!

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  20. What a great idea to doodle/zentangle on Foam Board - would have neverthought og that! Thanks for the chance to win prizes!

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  21. What a great giveaway. I'm new to Zentangle but will give it a go! Thanks.

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  22. oh i want to learn how to zentangle. i am familiar with foam board from my ex graphic designer husband and never thought to use it. but you are right soooooo smooth. and to be able to win your book would be a dream, i so want that book. thank you to both companies for your generosity. xoxo

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  23. Your doodles are beautiful! What a great idea to use stencils this way!

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  24. This is sooo exciting!!!! I would LOVE to win your book!!!!! It looks delicious, full of great ideas, and the stencils tooo!!!! I so want to try using the stencils for doodling in, great art and idea's!

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  25. Very nice....what a great idea...love the idea of using the stencils as a jumping off point for doodling. I can see this as a great warm activity for other work and as a workshop project...so adaptable for many levels and ages. Plus the small size keeps it from being intimidating to newbies. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. What I great idea! I love how you cut the foam board into small, easy to decorate pieces.
    ...Raine

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  27. Wonderful idea, Off to find foam core board, but sadly I cant find the pen here in Oz, would love to win your give away,

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  28. So gorgeous! Love, love the black and white! And such a great package of goodies to win!

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  29. Just started doodling, and this technique sounds like something I must try. Thanks for the chance to win your book and stencil, would love to have those! Anna

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  30. What a doodlicious giveaway! Your book looks like a musthave for a stencil lover like me.

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  31. what a wonderful idea- great to do when traveling! your work is always great and I love this

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  32. Terrific idea, especially for traveling! Sign me up for the giveaway!

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  33. Never thought about drawing/doodling on foam board! Great idea!

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  34. Oh, yes please! Looks great.
    Barb

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  35. Wow! your doodles are great and who would have known to do them on foam board!

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  36. Love those! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  37. I love, love, love your foam board doodles, Mary Beth!!
    You rock! :)

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  38. I would of thought foam board was hard to cut...!
    Guess not!

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  39. Now here's an idea I'll definitely use! The travel pack sounds perfect!

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  40. I use foam board for lots of artwork...great give away...can't wait to c ur book!

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  41. Your doodles are gorgeous!

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  42. Your doodles are wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a great idea and a wonderful giveaway!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  43. OH my your doodles are so striking. I love it and wish my mind would be this free to just make it look like something awesome. I will have to try it on a smaller level and see what can be done... hummm Great giveaway.. fingers crossed.

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  44. Absolutely IN LOVE with your doodles! I need to try this on foam board :)

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  45. I have never thought of doodling on foam board. I thought it was soft so your pen would make a hole or line. I'd love to win and give it a whirl. My doodles are confinded to a composition book. Thanks for the inspirations.

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  46. I have never thought of doodling on foam board. I thought it was soft so your pen would make a hole or line. I'd love to win and give it a whirl. My doodles are confinded to a composition book. Thanks for the inspirations.

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  47. It's amazing how many creative ways you come up with to use stencils! That pen intrigues me:)

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  48. The use of stencils continues to provide endless opportunities for one to create in many mediums.

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  49. I love to doodle, and this seems like such a natural surface to do it on. I would love to win this package!
    Cindy Kotora

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  50. What a striking contrast of the black pen on white foam board. One of my favorite pastimes is to doodle, and your doodling is a work of art!

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  51. WOW, those look like tiles! I could see "tiling" an area in my craft room (maybe 3x3') and using the completed project as a bulletin board. Please enter me to win!

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  52. Would love to try this idea! Need those stencils!!!

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  53. I never knew you could do this!

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  54. I'd love to win! What a great idea!

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  55. I haven't used foam board a lot, but did enjoy it when I did my project. Also the stencils would be great to try. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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  56. Amazing doodling! Hadn't thought to do it on foam board!

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  57. I've never used foam board ... will have to try it :)

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  58. I am just starting out and trying to get ideas of what I like. This looks very interesting!

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  59. Totally love the energy and the freedom of the fun. tfs be blessed, Suzanne :)

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  60. I have been a doodling queen these days. Love the idea of wrapping a cool stencil around it !
    Thanks fo rthe chance to win the goodies, Sweetie !

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  61. These are great products and ideas. I would love to use them. Debra

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  62. I want to play! Sandy

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  63. I just bought the circle stencil, would love to have your book and some Foam Board to go with it.

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  64. Nice to try doodling

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  65. This looks so cool

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  66. Foam board...never thought of using it this way. Exceptionally cool! I need some.

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  67. MaryBeth what a very cool idea! I love your piece-using the stencils with doodling -very cool!

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  68. How fun to use the stencils as a starting point for the doodling - and I would have never thought to do that on the foam board - awesome!

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  69. LOve it! would love to try the foam and the stencils. :)

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  70. What a good idea! This is one giveaway that I'd really like to win! :)

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  71. I'd never thought about using foam board, but I love the Identipens.

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  72. I love the idea of doodling on the foam board - working to perfect some kind of steady hand - too many wobbles! Foam board and stencils AND doodling? My idea of heaven!

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  73. what a fantastic doodling, thanks for this fantastic prize, my name is Katia or Amante del papel ;)

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  74. I LOVE to doodle and would love to win this amazing giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win. Your gorgeous doodles are very inspiring as well.

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  75. Those doodles are spectacular. Have just got my first Stencil Girl stencils - gorgeous - and have just discovered your inspirational blog. Looking forward to trying some doodling !

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  76. I am probably too late to win the giveaway but I just love the use of the foam board and have to purchase some right away. All the projects are so inspiring! I just joined Stencil Girl Club and cannot wait for my second set of stencils.

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  77. I just wanted to let you know that the link on where to purchase Foam Board Express does not work. I got a message saying my session had timed out and to choose another hyper-link. Thanks! Barbara MacAskill

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  78. I also want to purchase some creative foamboards online. Foamboardsource is better alternate for purchasing online but anybody having another reference...

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