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I am in Love … or In My Art Journal Today

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I’m in Love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.

It is true. I love to travel and I love to meet new people …but I also love to go back to places and to see people I know again.

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I love the texture of this spread. I had painted the background with red and yellow acrylic paint and stenciled with my Ornament Wallpaper Stencil and some Spray Paint. The spray paint left a nice dimension on the background. So I lightly covered the whole spread with Liquitex Titanium Spray Paint – leaving the painted area peak through a bit but also create a nice textured area of the stencil. It gave it a bit of a grungy shabby chic look….if I want to label this look – LOL . Then I took some Liquitex Acrylic Inks and started painting the city skyline as well as the water- choosing contrasting colors to make it more pop. I mixed the Yellow Azo and Naphthol Crimson for a nice orange right on the spread, as the spray painted area was less absorbent than paper and left me longer time to work on it. I added some green and purple accents in the houses with Soft Body Paints. For the Windows and marks in the houses I used my Filbert brush and Fan Brush in different ways- it was fun to limit myself to the brush as a tool in creating those elements.

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I used a Fine Line Applicator filled with Black Acrylic Ink and Black Soft Body Paint and added the scribbly lines around the houses. The quote was written with a black marker and then overwritten with a white Signo pen.

Do you like to travel?

Here is a list of all supplies I used:

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Have a wonderful day

Comments (7)

  • Joi@RR

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    I only like to travel – WITH YOU!!! I seldom leave the ranch but I soooo love your posts when you travel Nat. Oh well heck – I love all your posts but I do enjoy seeing all your photos of the sights and the things that you do. AND… you know – I always love your skyline projects. This one is no exception. LOVE LOVE the bright colors and the wonderful backgrounds. Great way to start my week – seeing your SUPER FINE post. Hugs. j.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Joi – I see- I want to see pictures of a real ranch in the States- share some pictures with me :) Have a gorgeous day and hugs to you too, Nat!

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  • Cat

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    Hey Nat!!
    I am a country girl who grew up on a farm. So it never ceases to amaze me how drawn I am to cityscapes……especially yours!! And the large piece you did before you moved here (sorry, my memory sucks these days!!) it was a waterfront/city painting for a contest?) despite my embarrassment I shall forge on to tell you how much that piece blew me away!! Maybe that’s where my memory went!!! Love your work and teaching style!! Hope to catch more on-line classes!l. Having trouble getting this comment to post!!! I’ll try later!!!
    Cat

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      hi Cat, thank you so much for your wonderful words. I did a couple paintings before I moved to the States- maybe you find the particular one here in the gallery: http://nathaliesstudio.com/ngallery/ I hope I see you in class :) Have a wonderful day!!!

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  • Cat

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    Hey Nat!!
    I am a country girl who grew up on a farm. So it never ceases to amaze me how drawn I am to cityscapes……especially yours!! And the large piece you did before you moved here (sorry, my memory sucks these days!!) it was a waterfront/city painting for a contest?) despite my embarrassment I shall forge on to tell you how much that piece blew me away!! Maybe that’s where my memory went!!! Love your work and teaching style!! Hope to catch more on-line classes!
    Cat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I love to travel and wish that I could do more of it.
    It’s so fun to meet new folks and see that we are really after the same things in life.
    Plus the different designs and colors in different areas are inspiring.
    Nice colors in this art journal page Nat.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Sue! I love that we can find so many things in common with many other people we have yet to meet :)

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Positive Everything or … In My Art Journal Today

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Positive Mind, positive vibes, positive life

Truth!

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I used Liquitex acrylic inks for the background. In order to make sure that the ink can be blended a bit longer and also does not create big blobs where ever you apply them first, I usually mist the background with some water.

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I used my Mark Maker Stampset by Stampendous with soft body paints to create some patterns and tie the different colors together. I love the textured and dimensional look those stamps get when used with acrylic paint.

Here are the supplies:

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Do you own any of my stamps? Share what you created with them – I would love to see!!!

Comments (4)

  • susan salyer

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    I am loving all the products you all carry. I love journals far more than cards and now I will have to try new products and stamps..I just love this hop!

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  • Autumn

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    Such amazing texture, love the white on this colorful background!

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  • D.Ann C

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    Truth, indeed! Fab colors!! Coming here from FL via Stampendous : )

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  • Denise Spillane

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    Love this page. I am a green/teals gilt and I want to pet it. Hee hee. And of course positive is always good.

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Don’t be a Later …or In My Art Journal Today

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Note to myself: Don’t be a later

Nat Kalbach ;)

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I am such a huge procrastinator sometimes – for fear I might be failing big time. I am telling myself, I can do this later. In some parts of my life I am a huge later. Time to be a NOW ;) I used to be a NOW – LOL- and it lead to all good things ;)

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The lettering for the NOW was done with some wood blocks and acrylic paint. Then I used Liquitex Markers inside to pop it up a bit and outlined the outside of the letters with a fineline applicator which I had filled with Liquitex Soft Body Paint and some drops of Liquitex Ink . Love the fine and dimensional effects you get this way. The woman’s face is a stamp I carved.

Here are the supplies I used for this spread

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Have an amazing day!

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  • Joi@RR

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    Now is good Nat – it spells WON – backwards!!! At to me… you are always a WINNER at everything you do. I like this pages because of there is lots of white so your incredibly artistic doodles show up so well. The colors are nice – clean – like a new beginning – no build up – open – free – ready for a NEW NOW! j.

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  • Sabine Schneider

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    Oh, ich bin oft auch ein later…..Tolle Seite!!!!
    Liebe Grüße, Sabine

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Playing with Gesso and Acrylic Ink

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I love colors and I love texture …and I love adding both of it into my art journals, which is pretty easy :) Here is a fast forward video on how I create texture with Gesso and then add the super vibrant and pigmented Liquitex Inks to emphasize the texture even more.

Playing With Gesso and Acrylic Ink from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Hope you liked this little playful video :)

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Please note: I am an official Brand Ambassador for Liquitex, but all my ideas are my own and the opinions, comments and my love for their products are genuine!

Have a wonderful day

Comments (14)

  • Sabine Schneider

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    Liebe Nat,
    Wow! Gerade zur rechten Zeit ein kleiner Schubser von Dir!!!! Gleich ausprobiert und ich bin super Happy mit dem Ergebnis! Danke Dir für die immer guten Tips!
    Liebe Grüße, Sabine

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      woot woot, freue mich, dass Du es gleich ausprobiert hast :) Danke, Sabine!

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  • Michelle LaPoint Rydell

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    Hi Nat! Love your journal page! The video was awesome! So inspiring! I think it’s time to bust out my gesso and inks! Thank you!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Michelle- so good to see you – and happy you bust out your gesso and inks !

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  • Tracy

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    Wicked awesome! Love the colors and watching you do the lettering!

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  • Joi@RR

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    Just could watch you create forever Nat. This is SUPER FINE FUN in every way. I don’t have the acrylic inks yet but ohhhh how I want them! One day soon. Loved this…. love you too!!! j.

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  • Rebecca

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    Just what I needed to watch this morning! Love your technique, the colors, the interesting tools, AND the music. Nice! Thanks!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you Rebecca :) glad you liked the music too – always hard to choose :)

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  • Kathy P

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    Totally, totally awesome, Nat. The things you did to texturize your paints were fantastic…going to try this today! Thanks for the ongoing inspiration!

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Bamboo Sketching Pen and Liquitex Acrylic Ink – A Match in Heaven

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I love Liquitex Acrylic Inks for their wonderful colors, high and fine pigmentation and their versatility. I use them for staining raw canvas, painting, stamping and sketching and I love to use them with a Bamboo Sketching Pen- especially to handwrite journaling or quotes in my art journals. A couple of you have asked me how I use the Bamboo Sketching Pen with the Inks and so I thought I show you in a quick video how easy you can use those two supplies. You will see they are a match in heaven .

Liquitex Ink and Bamboo Sketching Pen from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I did forget to mention in the video that some of the pens of an indent that is called inkwell- where some of the ink can accumulate and gives a bit more writing time in between dipping. The dipping pen I used in the video has a tiny inkwell- which can be almost neglected. So if you have a bigger one- dipping right into the jar is a good idea ;)

Here is a supply list:

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Please note: I am an official Brand Ambassador for Liquitex, but all my ideas are my own and the opinions, comments and my love for their products are genuine!

Have a wonderful day

 

Comments (13)

  • Marjie Kemper

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    I didn’t even know about bamboo pens – thanks for the video tute, Nat!

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  • Laura S

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    Great instructions for a cool looking tool! Sometimes it is good to get back to the very basics. I’m a little curious as to the history of the bamboo pen. Is it an ancient tool? It must provide an organic feel when being used. Thanks for the Vid, Nat. You rock!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      I like the feel of it Laura :) As about the history I am no expert on it but I have a feeling it has been around for a long time especially in Asia.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I like the drawing of you and the lady “swinging” in the book.
    Thanks for the video as it is so much easier to understand videos than just the written instructions.

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  • Madeline Rains

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    Love the look of this. I smile all the time too. Probably belying my sadness or other emotions. But they say that a smile can actually change the way you’re feeling.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Madeline! I totally believe in the magic of a smile ;)

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  • Jackie P Neal

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    Thanks so much for the video,Nat! And your smile is awesome-nothing like an idiot! you silly!

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  • Petrin Diaz

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    I inherited mine from my son E (Graphic Designer) and never have used it.! Now i am anxious to start with my “new toy”!…Really inspiring video! TFS, Nat!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Glad you like it :) Cannot wait to hear from you when you used it. Thank you Petrin!

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  • Nurse Ratchet

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    LOVE my Liquitex Inks….thanks for the demo!!

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A Thousand Dreams …in my art journal

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A thousand dreams within me softly burn

Arthur Rimbaud

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The format of my new art journal is fun- but it is hard to photograph the double spread – I will figure it out ;)

I played with Liquitex Pouring Medium and Acrylic Paints and Inks to see what happens, loved the effects and saw flowers- which I then outlined with a black pen. I added a thin layer of clear gesso over the pouring medium parts as in an art journal otherwise the pages will stick together like crazy and destroy parts of the pages when you try to open it again. Works quite well and you do not loose too much of the shiny-ness.

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Also loved playing with the templates included in my Stampendous Wired Stamp Set. I heard that some people do not see that there are template stencils in the stamp sets, there are :) – don’t throw the packaging away with them!

Have a gorgeous day!

Nat

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  • Amante del Papel

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    Is just amazing!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Clear gesso…another supply that I now “need”.
    That red flower is so natural looking. I like how you designed it with the black ink.

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Stencil Blog Hop – What’s The Point Stencil

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Welcome to my 6th Stencil  Blog Hop! This time I invited 5 wonderful artist friends to hop along with me and show case my StencilGirl Product What’s The Point Stencil. It is a 9×12 inch stencil.

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And I give away one What’s The Point Stencil! Comment here for an entry into this giveaway! And if you also comment on all the other listed blogs I will  give you an entry into the giveaway for each blog you comment on–how cool is that! You have six chances to win it. Leave a comment on each of the listed blogs and on my blog  and let us know how you like the projects and I will pick randomly one lucky winner. You have time to comment till September 3, 2013 – midnight EST.

 Edited on September 23, 2013: Congratulations to Jean A Marmo- you win the stencil- please contact me till October 10, 2013 with your snail mail addy so I can have this send out to you :) – Nat

Here are my friends joining me this time :

Jamie Dougherty: my wonderful mixed media artist friend from California- check also out her latest painted skateboards…too die for!

Carolyn Dube: who rocked the StandUp Bass last week already!

Andrea Gomoll: my super talented German friend from Berlin – we taught and organized a couple workshops together and she is one of my old Craft Mafia Gang Memberfriends;)

Marsha Valk: from The Netherlands who does AMAZING projects and photos and who I know pretty long now too :)

Maria McGuire: Let’s see what this talented lady does this week- she always surprises me with out of the box and cool projects!!!

 

What’s the point about this stencil? Man…there is never enough dots- LOL. I love dots – and I use them all the time to tie things together – and I love the possibility of a nice background with it.  Check out some samples here:

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Here is what I created for today:

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I played a bit in my art journal -first creating a background with PanPastels.

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Then I placed the stencil on top of the panpastel background and used an eraser through the stencil.

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Here you can see how this erased the panpastel through the stencil. I fixated the background afterwards.

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Then I added some old sewing pattern paper on top here and there and blended that in with some acrylic inks- as you can see..this lets the dots still shine through.

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After spicing it up a bit here and there with stamps I used some Heavy Body Paint and applied this for texture over the Stencil too.

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So much fun to layer it with different media to get some depth on an art journal page

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Here are the supplies I used:

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Now hop on over to my friends and check what they did and comment for some changes to win the stencil :)

Jamie Dougherty

Carolyn Dube

Andrea Gomoll

Marsha Valk

Maria McGuire

 

Have a wonderful day

hugs

nat


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Comments (71)

  • Susan Brannon

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    So simple..and so cool..lots of uses..Thanks!

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  • Nancy Lee

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    This is really a super stencil. Love your piece.

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  • Tricia

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    Great project, Nat – love this stencil and the colors!

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  • Marilyn Kaye

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    Love the layering you created with your stencil. The bright colors are right up my alley!

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  • JudyG

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    I agree! There are never enough dots!

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  • Barbara I.

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    Wow! I so LOVE this stencil. Thanks for a chance to win it and for sharing how you used it to create your journal page. Awesome techniques. I like the use of the Heavy Body Paint. Crossing my fingers!

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  • angi eharis

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    love these circles, especially everything you did with them! tx for the chance to win them, aloha, angi in hana

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  • Nancy Sapp

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    Nat – Would LOVE to win 1 of your stencils!! And we can never have enough DOTS in our lives!

    DOTS of love!
    Grandma Nancy Sapp

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  • Cat

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    I love the way you used the What’s the Point stencil on your journal page! And, the color are awesome! Now I have to own this one as well. If you keep introducing me to more stencils, it’s going to start taking a serious bite out of my paycheck!.

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