Monday, March 24, 2014

StencilGirl and Lost Coast Design Blog Hop

First 'truth be known' in this post.....I am not a big rubber stamp user. Back in the day, that is pretty much all I did and then I moved away from stamps. But I met Linda (owner of Lost Coast Designs) on the retreat circuit several years ago. She has some super cool stamps, the type that draw me in - ones you can use in the background of artwork and they will blend right in with the rest of the mixed media. Stamps that don't look so much like....well......stamps.


These are the two stamps that I picked; here comes the 2nd 'truth be known'.....I had this plan to make a real piece of art, using these stamps along with a Thermofax from one of my photographs. Homage to beach grass or some such thing. I was really excited about it, you know how that goes, right?
Ahem.
Life intervened, the deadline for this Blog Hop looming, my column for Somerset due, teaching gig on the horizon.....I ended up simply working in my journal.
And here comes the 3rd 'truth be known' statement.....that is about all the art I make these days. Journal pages.
But I digress.
Here is one half of the spread. It probably isn't finished, I tend to go back and back and back to these spreads. The grasses are a very nice edition to the page though and I even like that goofy eggplant color, which basically represents one of just a few stamp pads that I own (plus the Gold I also used).
I had to put grass on the other side too, I have a compulsion for symmetry, don't cha know!?!
This was good ole simple stamping - stamp plus inkpad, then a tad of blotting with my baby wipe. Easy peasy, nice quick result. You gotta love stamps, huh?
Hope you enjoy our Hop today.

129 comments:

  1. I love this spread. Can't wait for you to publish more as you continue

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  2. Mary Beth, this page spread is fabulous. I never would have thought to use eggplant as the color for the grasses, but it worked out perfectly!!! You should consider using stamps more often!

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    1. Thanks for the blog hop and the chance to win this awesome prize!

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  3. Amazing giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  4. Ooooh, now I want that stamp. Sigh. LOL

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  5. Never thought of using that stamp on a journal layout. Love the way it is turning out.

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  6. I love that paper collage spread with the stamps, looks very beautiful!

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  7. Absolutely amazing! What a work of art! Very happy for the opportunity to participate in this blog hop with you!
    Hugs,
    Leslie
    Love To Scrap!
    Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog

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  8. I'm just getting started with art journeying - your work is inspiring! Hopping along...

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  9. Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing!

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  10. It's a beautiful journal spread. As you see, I too love that grass stamp. Sorry life is keeping you from your art, but busy is good!

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  11. It's beautiful :) thank you for this opportunity

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  12. Gorgeous, I just love wildflowers and grass stamps along with feathers, just draws me in. Thanks
    for the chance to win the giveaway.

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  13. Love...love..this stamp...great background and colors...tfs

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  14. Very nice, I need symmetry too. Thanks for the chances to win some goodies. Jess

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  15. Love the scene with the flowers and the bird all surrounded by art journal-ness!

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  16. Awesome products!

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  17. Love the stencils! WOWZERS! Great project! Look forward to,seeing more. Thanks for the chance to win! Have a great day

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  18. Easy Peasy, huh? Well it is beautiful!

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  19. I'm definitely getting more stamps love it thanks for sharing and the chance of a giveaway

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  20. I do luv stamps and especially with stencils!

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  21. Oh wow, the way you used both stamps and stencils - they're awesome - thanks for the chance to win something and try it myself!

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  22. Beautiful! I too am very symmetrical so I understand completely.

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  23. Love that stamp from Lost Cost Designs......great texture!! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  24. Lost Coast has the most amazing details and designs! Stencil Girl is new to me, but love the designs you used!

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  25. stamps and stencils.....perfect match! very good journal page.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  26. I love when you work in your art journal :)

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  27. I love the hummingbird!

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  28. Love stencils!!! New ones would be Awesome!!!!

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  29. I can't wait to try stencils again!

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  30. As much as I love Stencil Girl Stencils; I love Lost Coast Designs stamps just as much! The detail and variety of their stamps are just incredible! I own several but I'd certainly love to have more!!!

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  31. Ah, I so understand life intervening. I have only used stamp when I took a class with Jodi Ohl, but I find that I like some stamps, especially those of the world, or some with words on them. I don't like them though in that I can't use part of them, as easily.

    I enjoy looking at journal pages, but I would like to see links to art work that all of you have done, or discussions on it. I guess I feel sometimes like an outcast as I don't do journal pages and all my art is sold, put in juried shows etc.

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  32. So many beautiful ideas...the detail in the stamps are amazing.

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  33. Love the stencils and the stamps!

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  34. Wonderful project!

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  35. Honestly it's nice to see that life intervenes with the pros too ! Thanks

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  36. Life sometimes interferes, doesn't it? Enjoyed seeing your pages. Thank you.

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  37. Love all the textures and layers on this art piece! You are right about the purple ink: I like it too. Gorgeous project!!

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  38. The takeaway for me: keep the journal going. Life will always intervene, and that's as it should be. Your 2nd and 3rd "Truth be known's"--as inspiring as if you'd shared a finished piece of amazing artwork. Thanks for reminding me to get back to my journal! Who knows where all these life interruptions may lead?!! : )))

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  39. What a great giveaway.I would love to get to play with all of it.

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  40. Unlike you I do use a lot of rubber stamps but the true background stamps such as the one you chose is superb for making 'noise' but not distracting from whatever else is going on. Good job!

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  41. This style is adorable!!

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  42. That's what i love doing Journals.They for me never start and finished how i had planed, to a tee. always added or changing it,half way through ..lol! I loved how it all came together.Thanks for sharing!:)

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  43. thanks for the giveaway

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  44. You know I am a HUGE fan of your journal pages, Mary Beth!
    And this is no exception!
    Love how you've integrated the stamp into your composition and have so much variety (but unity), too!

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  45. You can't go wrong with stamps and stencils. Love this, MB.

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  46. I hear that about life and all, and I'm only 1/10th as busy :)

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  47. Mary Beth your journal page is stunning. Love all the colors, texture and imagery! Beautiful work!

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  48. Thanks for the hop Mary Beth. Can't wait for 4/15.

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  49. I love the purple grasses. I also loved the webcast last week. Thanks for the chance to win.
    J Barnes

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  50. I love that grass stamp! I could really use that one!

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  51. Great project!
    I am so glad to be participating along your side in this Blog Hop! It is so much fun! Cheers!
    Bibiana (DTM Lost Coast Designs)

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  52. Love your "stamps that don't look like stamps" comment ... I love those kind, too LOL! That grass stamp you used is wonderful ... love how you used it ...

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  53. Mary I really like your art! It is free and interesting. There is nothing dull.....the eye keeps moving along the page. I'm always looking for new ideas for unique things.
    Jackie Brockett

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  54. i love the collage. the additon of the grass stamp fits in really well. thanks for a chance to win goodies.

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  55. Cool stamp...and well used in your page. Lovely work Maria.

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  56. Spring is in the air, I can see it in your art work. Just lovely.

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  57. Your journal pages are fabulous!

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  58. this stamp is really beautiful and in your page look so amazing!

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  59. So very pretty.
    Annie

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  60. Gorgeous!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  61. beautiful but girl you got to get some more stamp pads. Just teasing

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  62. I love this page. And thanks for the reminder to keep the journal going. Life is always getting in the way of my art, and that is what I love about journaling...it's always there waiting for me to come back and add something new, no matter how little time I might have. Thanks for your "truths" and inspiration.

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  63. What a pretty page! Love the hummingbird and soft colors.

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  64. Lovely! I like the way you shared some 'truths' with your readers too :)

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  65. I'm loving this blog hop! Finding all kinds of new artists and beautiful works!

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  66. That grass stamp is beautiful and you're right that it doesn't look like a rubber stamp!

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  67. always love stencil girls and their blog hops. so much inspiration, so generous, and now stamps too?? help me please. two weaknesses now. hoping to win. xoxo

    lurabrown@gmail.com

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  68. Who knew there were so many ways to make a card, learning everyday, thanks

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  69. I love combining stamps in with mixed media! :)

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  70. Love stamps that will fill the whole background of the work - it can be used with so many different media. These are what I like to invest in.
    Susan Samuel
    shw_samuel@sky.com

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  71. You give me inspiration to use my background stamps more. I have them but do not use them to their fullest.

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  72. Time to take stamps to make backgrounds.
    Paulette Roy-Serre

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  73. I couldn't do a collage if my life depended on it so I am in awe. Also the hummingbird resonates with me as I have a new one in my backyard - wish I could repeat this.

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  74. What could be better....a project with great stencils and great LCD stamps. As always, love your art. thanks.

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  75. Mary Beth, thank you for stopping by my blog and your kind comment! Your art is totally cool ... the texture is so very interesting and pleasing to the eye! Isn't it amazing how different all the blogs are!!! Artfully yours, Cherri

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  76. Nice texture, thanks for the giveaway

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  77. love the use of stamps in a collage. very unique.

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  78. Very cool spread! I really love the look of stamps in art journaling.

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  79. Hmmm. Here I thought journaling was writing in a book. Really learning on my first blog hop.

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  80. Love your project!

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  81. Thanks for introducing me to those stamps! They are awesome!!!

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  82. I love how colorful your pages are....and I totally understand what you mean about being so busy. However as long as your feeding your creative soul.

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  83. Great use of patterns to create a coherent image.

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  84. Wonderful project!!! Looks like tons of fun too!
    Jan

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  85. Ohhhh, how I understand about good intentions! The truth is, the sketchbook work is sometimes the most important thing. I love these pages, MB.

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  86. Journal work is wonderful. Thanks for the hop and a chance to win!

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  87. Your work is awesome, thanks for the hop and opportunity to win.

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  88. Love your symmetry MaryBeth!

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  89. Love your work!!!

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  90. I love stamps and I love your art work! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  91. I need to pull out my stamps for art journaling. Have not used them much lately.

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  92. Mary Beth, I love stamps, this is what I started using in my first journal.....now I tend to lean towards stenciling, but still love my stamps!

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  93. I love your style. This is the sort of thing that inspires me. Great work!

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  94. superbe boulot!
    kisses
    coc♥

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  95. Wow - so pretty!

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  96. I too love art journaling. It's a lot of fun! Thanks for your inspiration and a chance to win.

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  97. This page is lovely as is....but look forward to seeing if you add any more to it!

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  98. I love how you created such a luminous quality about this lovely page. Thanks for sharing!

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  99. What lovely art you make! I enjoyed looking at your work on this blog.

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  100. I love stamps and am in the process of learning how to get something from stencils. Love the fronds.

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  101. So beautiful! Love how you used the grass stamp.

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  102. Love what you did! Lost Coast has some wonderful stamps and Stencil Girl is the bomb!

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  103. So interesting, textured and beautiful. tfs hugs, Kristina (CraftyPaws)

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  104. Also enjoy seeing your work. Beautiful!

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  105. Great work!. Thanks for being part of the hop

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  106. I love your book. I am just starting to use stencils and am having fun playing.

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  107. Great stamp and fun use of it!

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  108. Your work is always exciting, Mary Beth, and this has great variety. Really like the grass stamp, too.

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  109. Love your journaling style! Am new to journaling, but am quickly becoming addicted (LOL!) Wonderful blog hop and great giveaways!

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  110. i think anything u do is pretty inspiring! aloha, angi in hana

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  111. love your blog! you have great ideas! would love to win some supplies i want to get back to making homemade for my loved ones and friends! they used to love getting handmade goodies from me. i love everything crafty, diy, creative, artistic,.... will be following you and keeping up with you too! thanks! - great blog and ideas thx

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  112. i like the purple grass.

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  113. you make it look easy, when I try it all looks messy! Thanks for the help.

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  114. Definitely a way to use all of the stamps I've acquired over the years! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  115. Love the journal spread & how you have incorporated the stamp image.

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  116. Looks like you had fun with your journal! Thanks for sharing!

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  117. Beautiful journal page! Love the grass stamp!

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  118. Wow... This is Beautiful. I love everything you have done. The stamp really added to it. I would love to see it again if you do add to it.

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  119. Oh I love that stamp. Great blog hop giveaway~

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  120. the grass stamp looks so cool the way you used it. thanks for the inspiration

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  121. Lovely! So very nice!

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  122. Love it, I see owning these stencils soon! (Hope to win them:-/)

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