MMID Blog Hop 2018
It brings me so much joy to have the amazing women on the StencilGirl Creative Team, and Mary Beth Shaw, using the Empowerment Edition of the Mixed Media Inspiration Deck. When I created the first version of the deck in 2012, it was really something I needed for myself. I was struggling to start and to know when a piece was done. The prompt cards helped me introduce a bit of serendipity into my practice while giving me a way to place creative constraints on myself.
Now, I use the deck pretty religiously when I am struggling to create or finding it difficult to connect to my creative inspiration. I keep a copy of the deck on my art table and even take one with me when I travel!! It's a constant companion.
There are so many different ways to use the deck that I love seeing how others interpret the prompts and how they make it fun for themselves. The most important part of using the deck is that there are no rules and when you want to, you can give yourself challenges and see what happens.
For this blog hop, I followed these guidelines...
MY PERSONAL GUIDELINES
The first thing I did was pick a number of cards to work with in order to put some constraints on myself. Doing this gives me a good start and stop point.
I did the same thing with the stencils I was going to use. I knew that I wanted to have at least two stencils in the spread, so picked these three:
Curves by Mary Beth
Simple Geo Circles by Kae Pea
Stencil Club Stencil from November 2017 by Nathalie Kalbach
Then, I pulled the cards and followed the prompts. Once I got to the final card in my pre-determined number (10 for January 10th), I gave myself permission to be DONE with the spread. If you are like me then you know that sometimes stopping can be the toughest part.
There are so many wonderful ways to follow the prompts. You can do exactly what the cards suggest or you can allow your creative whispers to guide you using the prompts as springboards.
I really love seeing all the wonderful projects by the other ladies in hop and seeing the many ways we all come up with something different even though we are using the same deck of cards. Be sure to check them all out and enter the giveaway for $25 and your very own copy of the MMID.
One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products AND a Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ Empowerment Edition!
To be entered, just visit the blogs of the team and comment on each for your chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Sunday, January 14th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page on Monday, January 15th.
Mary Beth Shaw
Kiala Givehand -- that's me!! Hi!
Mary C. Nasser
I'm so happy you stopped here to check out the deck, play along with us, and enter to win. In the comments below, please tell me how you use the deck (if you own one) or how you think it might help your creative practice if you were to win one. I just might have an extra in my stash to give to a second winner. (Stay tuned).
NOTE: A new shipment of the decks will arrive in the next couple of weeks. If you want to get yours in the next batch, be sure to secure yours TODAY.
1/10/2018 05:53:32 am
Thanks so much for your inspiration!
1/10/2018 06:37:33 am
I sometimes can't narrow what supplies I want to work with. The deck would give me some direction and add serendipity. Thanks.
1/10/2018 06:39:41 am
I love this idea! I often need help just getting started! This is wonderful!
1/10/2018 06:42:51 am
Like the empowerment deck Kiala ... I have your original & it's also fun to use :)
1/10/2018 07:35:32 am
I like how you limited yourself on the cards and stencils. Sometimes I feel like I need to do the same. Thank you for posting this Kiala!
1/10/2018 07:48:32 am
I like the way you allowed yourself to be done once all of the prompts had been used us. I have the original deck and love them.
1/10/2018 07:50:03 am
Awesome idea! Awesome Giveaway! Thanks!
1/10/2018 10:10:27 am
LOVE this Empowerment mixed media inspiration deck! Have been looking for it for the last few years, since I began art journaling! I need help to BEGIN when I face my art table. Help!
1/10/2018 10:24:13 am
I like the idea of pulling several cards (and stencils) to both start and stop you. Even though you can work on the page again and again, having a 'finite' project to start with makes that blank page a lot less intimidating!
helen v markee
1/10/2018 10:36:42 am
loved your page!! Thanks
1/10/2018 10:36:59 am
This deck is great. It would be wonderful to have for inspiration. I have such a hard time deciding what to do on a page.
1/10/2018 11:12:25 am
Lovely page. Amazing color choices. That deck would be so helpful for those, I have no idea what to do days!
1/10/2018 11:18:05 am
Like that you choose more than one card.
1/10/2018 12:22:12 pm
I am so enjoying this blog hopping and of course the giveaway. SOmeone will be very lucky. Thank you!
1/10/2018 12:24:09 pm
Love the deck!
1/10/2018 12:28:12 pm
Hi, Kiala! Great page! Can't wait for the Write Now deck to come back in stock! ~Rachel Bell bellbrzs (at) cox (dot) net
1/10/2018 12:43:40 pm
I have never tried using prompts like that - intriguing and worth trying!
1/10/2018 12:52:38 pm
what a great way to keep the art flowing
1/10/2018 01:00:07 pm
I would not have guessed that this lovely page resulted from 10 cards; I guessed that many prompts would make it look overworked, but it's just right, beautiful. kathed (at) gmail (dotcom)
1/10/2018 01:39:47 pm
Thanks for sharing! I have your original 2012 deck and love it!
1/10/2018 02:28:47 pm
1/10/2018 03:08:46 pm
What a great creative tool
1/10/2018 03:45:33 pm
Thank you so much for creating these decks! I love mine! csinkmistress at gmail dot com
1/10/2018 04:45:41 pm
Terrific idea! Love your name too (Givehand). Thank you for helping us, that need something to focus on. These would be very helpful.
1/10/2018 05:04:14 pm
Love this idea. Can’t wait to get some and put them to use. Becs
1/10/2018 05:20:01 pm
Very cool. Nice journal spread.
1/10/2018 05:55:02 pm
I really love the colors you used and the abstract-ness of this journal page. Love. It!
1/10/2018 07:27:58 pm
Your deck of prompts are just what I need to get my creative juices flowing!
1/10/2018 07:58:25 pm
Love the page!
1/10/2018 08:06:08 pm
Great source of inspiration!
1/10/2018 09:02:41 pm
What a great journal spread Kiala! Knowing your limited stash, I’d say you rocked it!
1/10/2018 09:05:00 pm
Love your spread. Have to investigate cards
1/10/2018 10:00:09 pm
Wow 10 cards at a time seems like a lot, but then when I read the visible ones, they seem to be fantastic. My thought would be that they could help in using the stuff that has been moved to the back of the table and more out of circulation.
1/10/2018 10:09:54 pm
Thank you for sharing this creative idea...loving the deck idea too! What a great Kickstarter to creating and a way to try different techniques!
1/10/2018 10:41:33 pm
Love the colors and the way you used the cards. Inspiring!
1/11/2018 05:53:15 am
Love the cards and your writing style too.
1/11/2018 06:44:27 am
I never have seen these cards. What a neat way to try new methods.
1/11/2018 07:48:32 am
Love the idea of having a deck of cards to give me the extra push for my art journaling. Your journal spread is very nice, Kiala!
1/11/2018 10:12:15 am
The deck! Genius! loriegarver (at) (gmail) (dot com)
1/11/2018 12:33:41 pm
I love your empowerment deck!!!
1/11/2018 01:01:48 pm
What a great inspirational idea. I think I need one of these decks! Thanks!
1/11/2018 06:05:29 pm
I love the idea of decks to help get you out of a rut or over hump!
1/11/2018 06:20:43 pm
Thank you for the two sets of cards Kiala. My white pages will now be filled with artistic colors, techniques and lots of fun!!!
1/11/2018 06:41:24 pm
These cards are just such a fab idea,have tried to make a few of my own when I could not get hold of a set in Australia but ran out of ideas! Would love to win a deck so I thank you for the chance ❤️
1/11/2018 06:54:27 pm
Love the colors and shapes. This deck of cards look like they would be a lot of fun. If I am blessed to win I will definately need to get more product to play with.
1/12/2018 05:35:23 am
Thanks for the inspiration!
1/12/2018 06:37:38 am
Hi Kiala I saw you use your cards online before. Would be fun creating this way. Love to win a deck.
1/12/2018 08:32:01 am
Love, love, love your deck! Can’t wait to win one😄
1/12/2018 10:08:57 am
This looks like fun. Thanks. But, I'm not on Facebook.
1/12/2018 01:41:52 pm
I like the idea that the cards can prompt you to use techniques and materials you might tend to avoid and can set some boundaries. You can learn, create, have fun & really use that stash of yours.
1/12/2018 02:12:40 pm
How wonderful! I really enjoyed this one!
1/12/2018 06:51:01 pm
I like the idea of setting my own guidelines for using the cards. It is too easy to think, I can only use one...or ...how many of these should I use? Making a conscious decision beforehand will help me get going.
1/12/2018 07:23:55 pm
I love that the 'getting started' part is done for you with these cards! I also love your geometric spread!
1/13/2018 06:30:30 am
Looking for ways to take a few supplies like this and spend a little time being creative. Thanks for inspiring others
1/13/2018 09:05:26 am
Lovely deck. Thanks for the inspiration.
1/13/2018 11:22:03 am
Love this deck and your page! Thank you for sharing how you use it.
Anne Lou (Nan) Robkin
1/13/2018 11:56:19 am
Great advice! Not too much to choose from, but inspiration--like a game!
1/13/2018 01:56:36 pm
I am just getting started with art journaling as part of an art therapy program as I face a major change in my life. After years of living with judgement and criticism, I find that my inner critics sometimes block me. This deck seems like a perfect way to get going!
1/13/2018 02:11:29 pm
1/13/2018 03:25:46 pm
Wow! Thanks so much for this amazing opportunity!
1/13/2018 05:53:10 pm
Great Idea (so as not to overload myself with too many thing to do to a page!)
1/13/2018 07:32:28 pm
Love the idea of making my own prompt cards as a supplement - if only to keep everything in one place.
1/13/2018 09:34:29 pm
Beautiful colors and loved the way you used the stencils. I think your deck idea is genius! Great way to keep inspiration fresh and creative juices flowing!
1/14/2018 05:56:05 am
Love the idea how you used those prompt cards to create your journal. Fabulous result! I think I need them, too!
Maria Dahlia Rosales
1/14/2018 07:11:41 am
I love this idea! A blank page can at times be stressful. The deck seems like a great starting point.
1/14/2018 08:20:40 am
Kiala, I really love these cards and how they jumpstart your creativity. What a great idea!
1/14/2018 08:49:11 am
Love your color combination! Kiala, this deck is such a great idea! I'm just starting out in this mixed media adventure, and often am overwhelmed with where to start or what tools to use or what mediums to use, etc. The deck is such a perfect way to stop the overthinking and just play. Well done!
1/14/2018 09:03:57 am
I've always loved the idea of inspiration cards to jump start creativity. Im just getting back to being a creative person and would love the cards to get me over the hump. Thank you for the joint blog hop with Stencil Girl!
1/14/2018 04:14:06 pm
The color palette you used is gorgeous.
1/14/2018 08:06:10 pm
I like how it's abstract and can be interpreted many different ways
1/15/2018 05:21:41 pm
Kiala, I've loved the original cards since a few years ago when I first received a deck! I love what you're doing with them here, and need to remember they're a good jump start when my jump won't start! ;-)
1/15/2018 09:08:52 pm
How do I get a set with the extra cards? Your website doesn’t allow me to buy, or have my name on a list
Vicki, you should be able to purchase the cards even though they are listed as out of stock. They are on pre-order, so give it a try here >>> https://kialagivehand.myshopify.com/collections/decks/products/the-2017-empowerment-edition-mixed-media-inspiration-deck
3/11/2021 06:11:43 am
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