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March Challenge: STENCILS!!

March challenge

Hi All!

Welcome to the first-ever LiveLoveCards challenge! When I thought about how to structure the challenges, I decided to make it as flexible as possible. So, the challenge could be on a product, a technique, a color combination, a photo inspiration… anything. We’ll mix it up! And we’ll start on the first Monday of the month.

For our first one, the challenge will be STENCILS. Gosh there are so many things you can do with a stencil. I seriously can’t wait to see what you all come up with. I learn from your comments and questions every day, so I’m so excited to see your work.

You all are so generous in your comments on my posts. I’d like to share the praise… each time you enter, please go to the entry before yours and leave a comment. Share the love. We can all use a little pick-me-up. Or a big pick-me-up on occasion. πŸ™‚

The last day to submit your entry is Sunday, March 29th, 11:59pm CT. Two random winners will be selected from all entries and announced on Monday, March 30th.
SimonSaysStamp Gift Voucher
The giveaway for March will be a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp, one of my favorite stores!

Even though a random winner is selected at the end of the month, the challenge is open indefinitely. Please continue to post to the challenges, and I will periodically highlight future entries in my posts. Continuously seeing everyone’s new work is a win for everyone’s inspiration!

Okay, so here are the official rules:

  • Your entry must include the use of a stencil in some way. And yes, you can make your own handmade stencil.
  • You can submit as many entries as you like! However, please submit only one entry per card. If you have two photos you would like to share and do not have a blog, link to a Pinterest board that contains both photos.
  • After submitting your entry, leave a comment on the entry just before yours.
  • Leave more comments on entries, if you’re so inclined. πŸ™‚
  • To be eligible for a prize, you must be an active member of LiveLoveCards at the time the winner is announced.
  • Each day ends at 11:59:59pm CT

Are you ready to enter? CLICK HERE!

If you’re experiencing technical problems, go to the Help Page or select the “Challenges” category in the Forum.

Need a little kick-start on your creativity? There is a category for stencils in the Gallery by Product, so check that out. And, I created a card with the Simon Says Stamp Irregular Dots stencil:

March Challenge

I used white pigment ink and yellow dye ink to create the 3D look. There is a 1/16″ matte around all the panels, thanks to my awesome trimmer. Measurements of the panels:

  • card base – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, folded
  • black panel – 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • circles panel, prior to splitting – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • split cuts – 1 11/16″, 1 12/16″ from each side

I noticed that the new Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings set I use is out of stock at both stores. Simon Says Stamp has one very similar called Handwritten Borders. Accompanying video is below. Scroll down for supplies and the Challenge Submission area.

Have fun!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

SSS Irregular Dots Stencil
SSS Irregular Dots Stencil
Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings
Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings
Colorbox White Ink
Colorbox White Ink
Simon Says Stamp Sunshine Ink
SSS Sunshine Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Sponge Daubers
Sponge Daubers
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
ekTools Trimmer
ekTools Trimmer
Micro Glue Dots
Micro Glue Dots
Dauber Storage
Dauber Storage


Sorry, the uploaded entries are no longer available.


  1. wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 12:01 pm


    Too bad, I literally own zero stencils. I look forward to entering next month’s challenge.

    I was wondering what the misty was that you posted about previously, now I know!

    Thanks for another cute card idea.

    • wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Make your own Stencil Sarah! That’s why I said homemade stencils are fine (there was a typo in my post, so maybe it wasn’t clear – I fixed it). Do you have a die cut machine? Cut a shape (or shapes) out of a piece of typing paper, post-it, or masking paper.

      • wrote on March 8th, 2015 at 11:47 pm


        Thanks for the push! I have never used them or thought about making them before, so today I challenged myself and tried something new. Thanks Darlene! Will be entering what I experimented with today <3

      • wrote on March 12th, 2015 at 12:42 am


        My crafting friend is letting me borrow some of hers this weekend since my home made ones tend to fall apart when I use them. I guess I am too rough on them! looking forward to more fun with stencils

    • wrote on March 5th, 2015 at 7:51 am

      Janet Currie

      Make your own with a punch or die shape.

  2. wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 1:18 pm


    I have needed a reason to use my stencils. This is the push I need. Thanks. Off to my craft room.

  3. wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 1:23 pm


    Oh Darlene, I knew you were going to come up with something fabulous for this challenge, I’m excited to participate.
    I love the 3-D look of your card, it’s amazing how much depth you gave those circles with the colors, just fabulous.
    I have some stencils that are in the depths of one of my drawers in my stamp room, I’m going to dig them out and see what I can come up with.
    I LOVE, LOVE your sponge dauber’s storage box, I’ve never see this (or maybe I missed it?) but I will get one of this boxes at Hobby Lobby and put my daubers there, as of now, they are all in a plastic box and when I need one, I have to go and dig it out.
    Thank you for this challenge, I can’t wait to see what everybody will make.

  4. wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 1:42 pm


    I love the 3D effect. Looking forward to the challenge…now off to the craft room!

  5. wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 2:09 pm


    I only have a couple of stencils, but I’ve been wanting to use them. Perfect reason now! lol Can’t wait for spring break when I’ll have time to play.

  6. wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 2:44 pm


    Such a dramatic card! I just love it! (Did you previously link your dauber box, or did I miss it)?

    • wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Sorry Glynda, I forgot! I just added the link, so it’s there now. Thanks for pointing that out!

      • wrote on March 3rd, 2015 at 4:00 pm


        Thanks, Darlene!

  7. wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 3:35 pm


    Great card and great challenge! πŸ™‚ I plan on entering a few times throughout the month! πŸ™‚

    • wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Looking forward to seeing your work Kathryn!

  8. wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 4:02 pm


    Oh boy, did this ever turn out well. Love the dimension you created.

  9. wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 4:27 pm


    Wowza girl!! You can wield a T square like no one else!nn

    Wowza girl! You wield a Tsquare like no one else. Wonderful card. The challenge sounds great. My greatest challenge seems to be finding enough room on my craft table to work!

    • wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      OMGosh Diana, I think I was working in one square foot on a 16 square foot table last week, lol! It’s so funny how that happens.

      • wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 7:37 pm


        Darlene – I think in another life I must have been a hamster. I have all this stuff around me all the time – it’s like my “nest.” I clean it up and in 10 minutes it’s a mess again…

  10. wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 4:45 pm


    I love the way the yellow and white turned out on the circles. I could see this being done with a balloon stencils. Which I may have to make me one. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful card. You will come to love your MISTI.

  11. wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 5:17 pm


    Hi Darlene,
    Thank you very much for yet another interesting video. One little tip from my side: I had the same problem with the lids of my versafine inkpads so I just dismantled them. They came off easily without the plastic joints breaking and they still close tightly afterwards.
    Have a nice and crafty week.

    • wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Interesting idea! I’ll have to look into that. πŸ™‚

      • wrote on April 23rd, 2015 at 7:02 pm


        I will try that…I hate that lid! Thanks for the tip!

  12. wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 7:05 pm


    Hi Darlene,
    I have tried to upload a “Challenge Pic” it states the URL link may not be empty?? What should I do here when just uploading a pic?? & when leaving a comment do we add comment here or on the challengers link?? Love your card, so simple & effective! Cheers, Tina

    • wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Tina. Yes, you have to enter a URL, you can’t just upload the photo by itself. InLinkz recommends that you upload the photo to a free photo sharing site (like Flickr) and use the link from them. Comments should be added to the person’s own blog, not here. Thank you for participating!! πŸ™‚

  13. wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 7:32 pm


    Ah, groovy card!! Love it, love it, love it! Can’t wait to enter this month’s challenge!

  14. wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 7:58 pm


    Hi Darlene. I dont have a blog and dont want to upload to free sites. Can i send you a jpg for posting?


    • wrote on March 3rd, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Carol. Many people are using Pinterest. Would that work for you? If not, yes, go ahead and email me a photo and I will post it for you through a Pinterest Board. I unfortunately can’t upload it without a URL either.

  15. wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Kylie Adams

    I love your card. It’s fabulous!! I will have to join next months challenge as I am off to visit my family in Australia in a couple of days and have lots to get organized before I go. I will be stopping in to see everyone’s creations and inspiration though!!

    • wrote on March 3rd, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Have a wonderful trip Kylie!

  16. wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Mary Jane

    Do we have to have a blog to participate?

    • wrote on March 3rd, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Mary Jane. No, you do not need a blog. Just post your photo to a free site (like Flickr, Pinterest, or Splitcoaststampers), and use the link to your photo.

  17. wrote on March 3rd, 2015 at 6:32 am


    Darlene, I love this card. It’s so playful and versatile. I also love my misti tool. Like you, I was skeptical. No more. It’s really awesome and worth every penny.

  18. wrote on March 3rd, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Mary Jane

    Love the card! That 3-D effect is really awesome!

  19. wrote on March 3rd, 2015 at 11:50 am


    Just posted my card. “Blue Skies”. Made my own stencil using stamping mask paper. I’m not sure how to leave a comment on the post before me though. Can you give more instruction?

    • wrote on March 3rd, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      The entries are in reverse order, with the most recent on top. Click the one after yours and you will be taken to that person’s blog. Assuming they have comments enabled, leave an encouraging word. πŸ™‚

  20. wrote on March 4th, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Anna D.

    Look at these great entries!
    Stiff competition.

  21. wrote on March 4th, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Anna D.

    Hold the presses. Darlene, you used dye ink on top of pigment ink (after it dried). Very nifty technique.

  22. wrote on March 4th, 2015 at 12:48 pm


    OK, I entered one of my stencil creations. Can I comment on individual entries? When I click on some, I am directed to their personal website. I’m just a grandma in Kansas and may not be doing this right. Help please.
    Grammy Pammy

    • wrote on March 4th, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Pam. Yes, leave a comment on the person’s personal web site.

  23. wrote on March 4th, 2015 at 1:02 pm


    Read other comments. I think I have now linked to Pinterest. Do I need to submit my entry again?

    • wrote on March 4th, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Pam. I see your photo, but it is not linking to your Pinterest so that I can see a bigger version of your photo. If you bring up your photo in Pinterest, you can copy the URL in your address bar. This URL is the direct link to your photo. If you want to reply to this comment and send that URL to me, I can update your entry. This URL needs to go into the “link” field when you enter your photo. Sorry if this is confusing.

      • wrote on March 4th, 2015 at 6:54 pm


        I think I finally did it right. I put it on Pinterest again and used the URL. Whew. Now I need to delete the original one, Can you do that?
        I think I learned something new today!!!!

        • wrote on March 4th, 2015 at 8:39 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          Yes, it’s correct! I deleted your original one. Thanks for hanging in there! πŸ™‚

  24. wrote on March 4th, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Mary Jane

    Hi darlene,
    I posted a pic but don’t know what I need to do after that. Your post says ” After submitting your entry, leave a comment on the entry just before yours.” Not sure what you mean by this.

    • wrote on March 5th, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Mary Jane. Just as something nice to do, click on the person who entered before you. You’ll be sent to that person’s blog or photo. Leave an encouraging comment on their site/photo.

      • wrote on March 5th, 2015 at 11:54 am

        Mary Jane

        Thanks Darlene! I thought we were supposed to do that on this blog.
        Sorry for being such a dork!

        • wrote on March 5th, 2015 at 12:11 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          You’re not a dork! Several people asked, so I’m the dork. πŸ™‚

        • wrote on March 9th, 2015 at 12:33 pm

          Polka Dot Rosie

          There is nothing wrong with being a dork! I happen to be one too πŸ™‚

  25. wrote on March 9th, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Polka Dot Rosie

    OMGoodness! I LOVE challenges! I’m going to have to get to work on something.

  26. wrote on March 10th, 2015 at 1:16 am


    Hi, I’ve just uploaded my card entry after hours of how in heck do I do this, lol actually L O L. It is sideways tho, but the pop up is displaying ok. geez I need a wine!!!
    I can’t seem to leave a comment for entry 29, Catscards from Pinterest so just wanted to say Cat, your card is divine so much technique and interest. Well done Cat.

    • wrote on March 10th, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Dayse. I fixed your thumbnail so it is right side up! And here you go. πŸ™‚

      • wrote on March 10th, 2015 at 2:05 pm


        Oh thank you, looks better now. Much appreciated

  27. wrote on March 15th, 2015 at 4:13 pm


    Hi Darlene, I had some trouble with my upload entry so….I’m doing it again. I read Pam’s message and I hope I do it right this time. I feel like I’m in a foreign country and don’t speak their language:)

  28. wrote on March 15th, 2015 at 4:36 pm


    Uncle!! I deleted entry #43 of my card from Pintrest. I hope you can see entry #45 when you click on it…Also shout out to CrystalDH entry #42 Love love love zebras and you did an awesome job with the colors on that card. Very creative. (I couldn’t find a spot on the splitcoast stampers to post)

    • wrote on March 15th, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Danette. I see your card twice (entry 43 and 45), but neither of them are linking to anything. I see the Pinterest pin, but it’s not linking to it. Maybe it’s just me. Can you try it on your side? If it doesn’t work, I’m happy to upload it for you – just email me the jpg.

  29. wrote on March 19th, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Patty Beers

    I have a big problem. I am still trying to figure out how to send you a video I told you about in a comment some time ago that involved my granddaughter. I tried emailing but it wouldn’t work. So thank you for your comment to Danette on March 15th. I would love to enter a card for the challenge but sadly haven’t figured out about links. I am one of those that has to read everything about how to’s before trying anything. It takes me forever to learn all these technical things. I should just do the trial and error thing I guess. Can I email you my entry?

    • wrote on March 19th, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Patty. No worries about the video. If you eventually figure it out, that’s great. If not, just knowing about what your granddaughter did is good enough. So funny! Of course you can email me a photo of your entry! I will post it to Pinterest for you and send you the link to use.

  30. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Lynda Maree

    Darlene, this is a great challenge and so many different ways to use stencils. I love all the cards.
    Just wondering, in the requirements you’ve said to comment on the card before your entry. Is there a comment section on your website or do you comment on the entry card’s blog? I would hate to make my entry void. Alao I’m entering from overseas is that ok? I don’t know which city is in central time to know if I have entered everything before midnight. I hope this is ok.
    I love your cards and thanks for the challenge.
    Lynda xo

    • wrote on March 22nd, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Lynda. There is no comment section for the entries on my site, so please click on the photo and you should be taken to the person’s site to leave a comment there. And of course it’s ok that you are overseas! I live in Dallas, but you still have another week.

  31. wrote on March 22nd, 2015 at 8:03 am


    Wow, all of these cards are fabulous, but I especially like the dimension of #51… Amazing!
    If I can actually figure out how to post I will be playing along too.

  32. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Linda M Hasz

    I messed up link and name info when I posted a second card just now. I have #48 & #74 under Cardworks.

    Linda Hasz

  33. wrote on April 1st, 2015 at 4:17 pm


    I am so thrilled to be drawn a winner of the first challenge. Thank you so much Darlene, it was a great opportunity to splurge on some simonsaysstamps goodies. Everyone made such beautiful cards, it was so enjoyable to see everyone’s talent. I haven’t used stencils since I first started card making, it was just the encouragement I needed to drag out some hardly used stuff and try something different. I’m looking forward to the next challenge.
    Caroline xx

    • wrote on April 2nd, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Darlene DeVries

      That’s great Caroline – glad you enjoyed getting some goodies! πŸ™‚

  34. wrote on April 2nd, 2015 at 2:17 pm


    Great ideas, they are all so beautiful. Can we still add stencil cards?

    • wrote on April 5th, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Yes, please do!

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