Monday, April 28, 2014

NEW Stencil Release Blog Hop Featuring Seth Apter

Seth Apter packs so much into a stencil; I mean seriously, look at these stencils! There are so many li'l sections of goodness. These are the kind of stencils you will find yourself reaching for over and over.
I especially love the words he chooses as they have double and triple meanings and can be applied to so many situations. In my opinion they are must have stencils for journaling or, well, for just about anything.
I decided to work in my journal again - you've gotta know I am absolutely addicted to art journaling now! Here is the spread that I started with, a randomly painted and stenciled page.
First I selected some collage bits, things I thought I might possibly use. I tend to pull out a lot of stuff and then only use a small portion of it, but that's ok.
This page is highly personal for me, most of my pages are if I think about it. But this is the one I did the day my Mom got her diagnosis. The Big C diagnosis. By the time you read this, I will already be in Cincinnati for her surgery and aftermath - what will hopefully turn into a good recovery. My Mom is super private, so I don't want to share detail here, but your prayers or positive thoughts would be so appreciated.
Here are some closeup pages:
This part below includes a really weird selfie I took back before they were called selfies.
It looks like I am having an out of body experience, which is pretty much how I feel.
And finally, here is the finished Journal Spread.
I used all three of the stencils in this spread, little bits here and there. I also used them again the next day and the next day. Ahem. LOVE them!! Way to go, Seth!!!
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129 comments:

  1. Prayers coming your way.

    ~Linda

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  2. Hugs and positive vibes for you and your mom.

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  3. Best wishes for your Mother. I really like what you have done with the stencil parts!

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  4. These are really beautiful MB .. I hope you are well, too... I think of you quite often :-) xo

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  5. thanks for the chance to win these fabulous stencils I love what you have done with them best wishes to your Mum and hope everything works out

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  6. Fabulous page, loved the collage, the way you used the stencils and of course the selfie as well!

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  7. Lovely colorful creations. Will be praying for you, your Mom, and family.

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  8. Beautiful, would love to win a set of these awesome stencils!!

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  9. Great piece MaryBeth- do you know right away which direction you were headed here or did it just flow after you pulled together your pieces? very cool
    Thanks for sharing and good thoughts of health & well being as well as prayers are being sent your way for you Mom- all good things-

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  10. These stencils open fantastic new ideas, would love to win them. Well done Seth, again!

    Love your journal page and praying your Mom is recovering well. Blessings

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  11. Alot of things to study and find. It's like a secret page.

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  12. Prayers being said that all works out ok and your mom heals quickly and completely! Love Seth's stencils and would have just as much fun with them as you are. Hugs!

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  13. Beautiful journal spread, sending positive thought for your Mom.

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  14. Enjoying seeing your creative process of using Seth's stencils....best wishes for your mom.

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  15. Such talent and creativity.

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  16. Art is so powerful, especially during such a challenging time! Hugs!

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  17. Love this MB! Your selfie is WoW. Prayers for the best outcome for your mom too. xoxo

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  18. Wonderful use of the stencils

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  19. They are crying out "Make Art With Me!" Great stencils!

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  20. Lovely layered pages, Mary Beth. Praying hard for you and your mom.

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  21. I love the look of your page and you've done the stencils justice.

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  22. Art can be such great therapy. Sending out prayers for you and your Mom.

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  23. your journal page is terrific.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  24. Healing thoughts for you and your Mom. Getting breaks with your art will help get you through what's to come.
    SusieW

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  25. Prayers for your and yours...art is good therapy.

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  26. Mary Beth, I will be praying for your mom, you, and your family...

    I love your journal spread. Seth's stencils are amazing!

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  27. Mary Beth.. please rest assured that I will light a candle for your mom today. Healing prayers will see her through. Loving Seth's stencils and hopping along with the artists.

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  28. These stencils are so gorgeous that I would just use a piece of dark beige watercolor paper, lay the stencil down & color with acrylic paints on a Gelli Plate. Once dry, I would then use a micron black ink pen to outline & highlight the parts of the stencil that I want to stand out (probably the words). I would then frame the pieces, probably using a black mat. Gorgeous!

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  29. Prayers your way. Love your art.

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  30. Prayers and Blessings for your Mom, you and your family

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  31. These blog hops are so fun and inspiring - takes a bit of time, but you each have such great ideas, it's hard to skip one! - a little confusion on your dates, so I hope I'm not too late - the 28th is today, Monday. Hope all is well with your mom.

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  32. Thinking of you and your family, it's a difficult time! Wonderful pages using the stencils, they're awesome!

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  33. I love what you did with the stencils and would love to win them!

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  34. Holding onto good thoughts for the health of your mother. I love the pages you created with Seth's stencils.

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  35. Sending prayers to your mom for a complete recovery (my mom did!) Isn't it great to have art as an outlet for your feelings both good and bad?

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  36. LOVE what you did with Seth's stencils Mary Beth. Avery personal journey with layer of meaning. I am sending good vibes for your mother's recovery.

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  37. Mary Beth, awesome color and inspiration! Love how you used these stencils! Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win!

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  38. First of all many thoughts and prayers to your mom and you and your family. Thank you for sharing your beautiful journal pages, they are truly inspired. I am loving these stencils too, they are awesome.

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  39. Great spread and prayers and good wishes to your mom for a successful recovery!

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  40. Heck yes I would like to win this! I also really like the journal page you did using all the stencils, it is very ethereal....thanks

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  41. I love these stencils, Mary Beth! Aren't they just great? I absolutely love your journal page and can't wait to get my set….

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  42. would love to win these stencils!

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  43. I will certainly be praying for your mom's speedy recovery!

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  44. Fabulous and I'd love to have a play myself xxx

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  45. Hi, MaryBeth. I am no stranger to cancer and a friend of mine is very ill now. While I am not private, I understand those who are. But if you want help, give a holler. There are listservs for almost every type of cancer, and places to help you and your mom (dad) and family get through this. If it hadn't been for a colon cancer listserv, my husband would have died much sooner, and I would be in the funny farm.

    As you know I'm not a journaling person, but I love yours.

    Take care, Tommy

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  46. wow - love what you did with them. so sorry about your mom -best wishes for her recovery!

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  47. Love the colors, always!
    The words really give it an extra zing!

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  48. Praying for your mom and your family! Ive bookmarked your page so I can come back and see more!

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  49. Sending prayers for you and your mom. I have been down that road twice. She will appreciate your being there.

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  50. Lots of prayers and love for you and your family. This is such a wonderful layout!

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  51. Your pages are fantastic!! And I agree... these look like they are must haves! Love the words and all the little bits of designs.

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  52. Prayers to Mom!
    On to the art.....fantastic! Love how you used the stencils, love!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  53. That's what I like about these stencils, all the little bits that you can mix and match.
    Best to your Mom.

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  54. These would be great to use with my Gelli plate!
    ...Raine

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  55. Wow! they are just as great as the last set of stencils. Just cant seem to get enough of Seth's art. If I don't win them, please save me a set. Thanks, Sue

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  56. These new stencils are so cool! I'd love to have them! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  57. I ask God to bring speedy & complete healing to your Mother. Sorry she & the family are going through this but keep the faith. Appreciate the canvas and how you shared the experience through it. Blessings, Suzanne xo

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  58. Love these new stencils. He is so talented.

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  59. Sending prayers and warm wishes to your Mother.

    Great stencils and giveaway. Thanks for offering.

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  60. Love Love Love them!

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  61. I hope all is well with your Mom. Thank you for sharing the feelings of your work; it's a beautiful piece.

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  62. Your piece of art is wonderful! I love Seth's new stencils.

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  63. Here's hope and prays that your mom is on the road to recovery and it will be a straight and narrow path to success. Your project was a great way to relieve your stress and anxiety. Thanks for sharing.

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  64. I have never been a big fan of Seth Apter's work, BUT I must say I am very impressed with these stencils. Lots of great uses for journal pages and more. I'm thankful for the chance to maybe win them:)

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your Mom during this difficult time. Mothers and daughters share a special bond so I am sure she's grateful for your company and help. Best wishes.

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  65. Very inspiring how you used Seth's stencils.
    I'll be praying for your mom Mary Beth that her recovery will be quick and she'll be free of the big C

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  66. beautiful work & fantastic new stencil designs!

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  67. I LOVE this journal spread!! Beautiful and fun!
    xoxooxoxox
    Susan Chong

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  68. Love the way you used bits of the stencils! These stencil designs are so versatile:)

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  69. Here is praying that all turned out ok with your mom....will be praying for her no matter what. and for you too, not easy for you either i could imagine. you know how much i love ya, and stencil girls is my very favorite and well seth apter....love that guy. so heres to wishing, hoping, praying for you and your family, and thanking you for the chance and inspiration. ((((((hugs)))))
    lurabrown@gmail.com

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  70. Fantastic stencils and a brilliant journal page. I would love to try these stencils.

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  71. I can hardly wait to get my own sets.

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  72. Fabulous!
    I would love to win a set!

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  73. How great are those stencils!

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  74. I'd dearly love to win those stencils from Seth Apter but, even more, I dearly wish the best outcome for your mother! My heart resonates with your journal entry.

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  75. Love your "selfie" and how you've used so many bits and pieces of the stencils...all the best for your mom and family

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  76. Being a scrapbooker I love the one with your selfie most! ;-)

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  77. Another great set of stencils from Mr. Apter.

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  78. Prayers of healing & peacefulness to you & your mom.
    Love your art work. Love what you did with the stencils too.

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  79. My thoughts and prayers with you and your mother at this difficult time! A journal page never to be forgotten.

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  80. Beautiful journal page.

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  81. Love love love your stencils

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  82. Beautiful page & love love love these stencils

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  83. My thoughts are with you and your mother. My mom lived with the Big C for 23 years before it took her. Your journal page is wonderful. Thanks for a chance to win this crazy cool stencils.

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  84. Thank you for making time for this post you have so much to take care of. Best wishes and hopes and prayers your way. Your work is amazing.

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  85. new to this blog hop stuff - great stuff from everyone with so many ideas for all the stencils

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  86. This latest set of Seth's stencils are so put "together". Can't wait to work with them. Thanks for the opportunity to win them.

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  87. !Mary Beth, your use of Seth's new stencil is very interesting, love the words and the way they were used.

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  88. Hope everything goes well with your Mother.
    Loved what you did with the stencils.....looking to see if I can identify which stencil was used where......

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  89. I love how you used Seth's new stencils but more importantly I wish your Mom success in battling against the cancer.

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  90. I love your style! Thanks for sharing!

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  91. I am addicted to art journaling too. I love the use of your stencil and selfie. . . very creative. Prayers and *(((Hugs)))) for you and mom. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  92. Really emotive pages, thank you for sharing part of your latest journey with us.

    Best wishes and prayers for your mom and family.

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  93. I love how you've created with these stencils. Wonderful colour.

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  94. great stencil!
    love your creation. nice colors

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  95. Peace and light to you and your mom.

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  96. Thanks for sharing your journey! I love these stencils and what you've done with them.

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  97. Thank you Mary Beth for sharing what you can about your mother. It's a blessing and comfort knowing that you have so many people praying and uplifting you and your family during this time. Stay encouraged, my friend!

    You did a wonderful page with Seth's new stencil! I like the overlapping of various textures and hand-written text.

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  98. So much fun. Love it. Strength to you and your mom.

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  99. Sending Love and Light, Mary Beth. Your page is very moving.

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  100. Our thoughts are with you. May your mother feel the light of hope that we see in this piece.

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  101. So ethereal and rich...love it!

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  102. Seth's stencils add a very interesting touch to your journal pages.

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  103. Nice pages, the stencils go very well with these.

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  104. Wow, love your pages! Love the colors and the photo. Awesome work. Love these new stencils, so versatile. :) Thank you for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  105. Love the page, and the (un)selfie.

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  106. Fabulous stencils and great ideas. Would love to win the set.

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  107. GREAT LOOKS!!! I enjoyed looking at your BLOG!

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  108. wow! these stencils have so much content--texture & words to play with. Makes the art journal pages a no-brainer!

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  109. Gorgeous spread Mary Beth! And I would LOVE to win those stencils by Seth ;))

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  110. Very cool stencils--it's great to have a chance to win! Thanks

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  111. I love that these stencils have so many elements! Just awesome!!

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  112. Mary Beth, I love your art journals and the way you incorporate these gorgeous stencils. I was not too keen on stencils as such, but having seen how you have used them, makes it more enticing, thank you.

    Strength and healing for your Mum, thanks for sharing your experience, it helps others to use art for healing. I am caring for my Mum, and I look forward to introducing these lovely techniques and having fun with her whilst doodling.

    Much appreciated :)

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  113. One more thing to check, Am looking forward to the webinar on thursday; Please could you indicate how long the session will be? I will be working then and may not be able to ask any questions if they arise, would it be okay to email you later?

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  114. Oh I love how you incorporate the stencils into your journal. I am in the playschool stag of journalling

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  115. Oh I love how you incorporate the stencils into your journal. I am in the playschool stag of journalling

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  116. What wonderful unusual stencils. Please enter me in the give away.

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  117. This is my first visit to your blog. What a wonderful find! As a fairly new

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    1. Sorry! New art journal addict and blogger I am so inspired by the complexity and beauty of your journal pages. BTW I would love to win a stencil. Have a beautiful day. I hope your mother can flourish in the face of adversity.

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  118. Praying for a positive outcome for your mom. Having had my own experience of cancer over two years ago now, I can say without a doubt laughter is the very best medicine. Journaling is a great gift for getting all those gnarly emotions up and out-a safe space to both create and express how we truly feel. I am enjoying your Stencil Girl book and DVD; would love Seth's fun stuff to go crazy with. :)
    Blessings, Mary

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  119. Thoughts and prayers for your mom, you, and your family. Thank you for sharing your process to your beautifully layered art. Even with the glimpses into your process it still seems like magic to me!

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  120. Best of healing for your mom. I just read your Stencil Girl book. Great job. Can't wait to try some of your ideas. Thanks for the opportunity to win such wonderful stencils.

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  121. I pray that your mom does well and that the C-word no longer applies to her from this day on. When my girlfriend was going through chemo, I joked with her a lot. The silliness lightened her day, no matter what she was going through. I hope your family’s sense of humor does the same for your mom. (We also have a twisted sense of humor!)

    I’m a new fan of yours. I purchased your book, “Flavor For Mixed Media”, and have been watching your videos for the last week. I have also registered for your Art Journal Webinar on Thursday, which I am looking forward to. I truly appreciate that you are sharing so many of your techniques with other artists.

    I would love to win Seth’s new stencils. I like that they are filled with so many designs. Cool!

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  122. Wow, these are very unique stencils and I'd love to add them to my collection.

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  123. LOVED your webinar and find you to be so inspiring! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  124. Love em, love em!! Would love to have in my stash! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  125. Wonderful example of the beautiful abstract painting you can achieve with stencils. Though I've done lots of experimenting with encaustics I've not used a lot of stencils. These are fabulous. Hope I win one!

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