Friday, 14 January 2011

Challenge 2 ... Using stencils...

Think it's safe to say Bah! Humbug! is back with a vengence as we had a terrific response to our first challenge of 2011.  It was wonderful seeing the return of  so many familiar faces from last year and a brilliant boost to see a few newbies keen to join in too.   All names have now been entered into the prize draw and the random winner of our Flower Fairies Stamp and CD set will be announced over the weekend ... so keep a look out for that.
But in the meantime, let's make a start on our next challenge and let's see how you use your
Stencils are probably one of the most versatile items you can have in your stash as there are several techniques that can be applied when using them.  
... you can apply chalks, paint or inks with a stipple brush or applicator
... you can emboss with them to create a raised design 
... the shapes can be drawn around and cut out from card or fabric before  being added to your project AND if you're really careful with the scissors, the negative can be used for another crafty item!
... they can be flipped to create mirror images which is great for gatefold cards
These are just a few simple ideas and no doubt you can think of other fabulous ways to be creative with stencils.  So SHOW US!
Our Guest Designer Carole obviously loves using stencils and she is sharing 4 ... YES 4 ... beautiful examples of stencil work with us.  
Our Humbugger Ann has worked some stencil magic with embossing paste and glitter, giving gorgeous results, as always.  
As for me (Max) ... well ... ahem ... I haven't quite finished my project yet but have got a good reason for being late this week which will be explained on my blog.  Make sure you bring some tea and sympathy with you LOL!
*Edit: Picture now added*
If you want to know more details about our projects or want to find out why I'm so late this week ... simply click the names below to visit our personal blogs.

Brass Stencil
Mask Stencil

Using a stencil, embossing paste and glitter


The deadline for this challenge is

12 noon (UK time)
Thursday 20th January 2011
You are free to create whatever you like ... it doesn't have to be a card ... in fact, show us as many different Christmas Projects as you want to share.  
Just remember ... have fun and don't forget to leave us a direct link to your project in our comment box so we can come and admire your creativity.

Ann, Irene, Max


  1. Looking forward to this one.........I have a dreamweaver stencil that I bought a few years ago after seeing someone demonstrate them....never managed to get the same effect myself so the stencil has been in my drawer unused since then....I think it is time to get it out and have another go. :)

  2. an interesting choice will need to think about this one, love the DT cards.

  3. Nice challenge, hope this counts :D XXX

  4. Hello ladies, mmm well I'm going to have to think about this one, although I did buy a stencil in the sale last week....... fabby DT inspiration as always, lots of love Steph

  5. Lovely challenge once again! Here's mine

    Janet xx

  6. I can't see the linky so will leave my entry here -

    Thank you for the challenge, it was a very interesting one!

  7. Another great challenge this week - love the D/T cards. You can find my card here.

  8. Turns out I am stencil challenged, so this was a true challenge for me! Your cards were very inspiring... a great reminder of all the neat ways these stencils can be used!
    Here's the link to my card

  9. Congratulations to Chris on winning the prize.  Another great challenge this week and I found a brass stencil which fitted the bill - see my card here

  10. Morning ladies !
    Hope Irene is feeling better now ?

    Beautiful work from the DT !
    l also struggled this week,but it was good to try something that l don't normally do..
    Here is my Card ..Hugs Susan x

  11. These challenges certainly make you rummage in the back of your cupboards!  I knew that I had a tree stencil somewhere that I could use for this challenge.  So here is my card.


  12. Hi Ladies, I don't have many stencils so my card is not as detailed as yours. I have used my stencil to emboss a little holly in the corner. Here it is

  13. Wow, ladies, what a challenge!;o) I finally managed to make a stenciled card here . I love challenging challenges! xx

  14. Here's mine for this week.

  15. This was quite a fun challenge for me as I have never used a stencil before. Hugs Rita xxx
    Here's Mine

  16. here's mine

    Just great things from the DT as always, hope you like mine and thanks for looking. Jill

  17. Oh dear oh dear, Im giving this one a miss this week, my effort ended up in the bin, I now know Stensiling is not my forte.. good luck ladies x

  18. themessycraftroom16 January 2011 at 22:06

    Thanks ladies. I was definately challenged this week. Don't do stencils. Here's mine.

  19. After making several attempts I realised why the stencil was in the back of the cupboard........I have tried though & my efforts are here

  20. Here is my first entry to the Bar Humbug challenge. I kept it simple 'cos I haven't had much practise in stencilling you can probably tell :)

    PS. Great blog girls!

  21. it is a very interesting theme...
    here is my entree:

  22. Hello ladies,

    Here is my card

    it took some doing but I got there in the end!!
    lots of love Steph

  23. Hi Ladies great Dt cards this was well out of my comfort zone lol
    here is my card
    linda x

  24. Don't have many stencils! I used the Tim Holtz Flourish stencil as a background. Really enjoying these challenges.
    Here's my entry.

  25. I was determined not to miss this weeks deadline so here is my card for this week

    Happy crafting


  26. Well, ladies, you do know how to stretch our creativity! I dug out my nearly forgotten stencils and light box to bring you this card. Thanks for the inspiration!


  27. This probably isn't what you gals had in mind, but it is certainly different.
    Here's my entry

  28. I've committed to playing but boy, stencils are so not my forte...this was what I finally came up with:

    not near what the DT did, but I actually surprised myself LOL!

  29. Sorry I can't join in this week - no Christmas stencils! Hugs x

  30. Sorry my previous post didn't link. Hope this one works! Very new to this!!

  31. Well you certain made me dig out all my old stencils which are buried away at the bottom of the craft box. Here is my card.

  32. A very simple card from me as I only have the one stencil to work with! My card.


  33. Some absolutely gorgeous examples from the DT.
    My effort is

    Beryl xx

  34. Max, I made one, I bought a Brass Stencil and some Dreamweavers paste.

    you can see my better effort here


  35. Hi folks, I'm cutting it fine again, I'm sure! I don't know where the weeks go. here's my entry Judith xx

  36. Hi Ladies, lovely DT work, you can find my card here

    Pat xx

  37. you got a nice challenge, here is my card

  38. Getting in by the skin of my teeth this week. I found it a real cahllenge as I don't really use stencils.
    Any way, You can find my offerring here:

  39. A bit challenging ladies, but I made it. Also with the Dreamweavers Paste. Thanks for the inspiration. You can see it at


  40. I gave this a try. It was a real stretch for me but in a good way. Thank you for the challenge.

  41. had some trouble with this one, but just scraped in!

  42. This was more challenging than I anticipated, since I haven't used stencils much. It was fun, though (I was able to dig through my daughter's stash and find a stencil). Here's my entry: