Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy Birthday Lynell!!

Did you know that we're celebrating the Queen's birthday this week? Well...the Queen of Stencils, Lynell Harlow, that is. Actually, her birthday is on Saturday, but we're surprising her by posting birthday cards in her honor today. Nothing like making you feel OLD sooner than necessary, right Lynell? You'll even see a few familiar names in our lineup, as some of the teaching team are whooping it up for her as well.
In addition to our birthday party, we are also beginning a new year and a new monthly challenge. In honor of all those resolutions we hope to achieve, our challenge is "Losing the Weight...AKA Clean and Simple (CAS)". If we all try really hard to simplify our design-work without losing our creativity, we can all say at the end of the month that we've lost some weight! Maybe not off of our waistlines, but at least off of our cards! Gotta start somewhere!

To celebrate Lynell's happy day and keeping with the CAS theme this month, this is what I came up with: 
Start with the Jumbo Happy Birthday Stencil, LJ920.
Paste with Matte White paste on black paper.  Remove stencil, cover with Ranger Distress Powders.   Tap off excess.  Heat.  The paste will bubble first, then as it heats the powder will melt and become dull and shiny at the same time.

Matt onto burlap that has been frayed at the edges.  And quick and easy, clean and simply finished!



  1. What a beautiful creation...this is a wonderful technique. And you guys are sure sneaky...thank you for the wonderful Birthday card display! Merry New Year to you and yours! Hugs!

  2. Ooooh. Very cool on the burlap panel! Love the Distress powders with that stencil.

  3. Love the burlap texture - such a great idea! She will love this card.