Thursday, December 30, 2010
Here we are at another Dream Schemes Thursday Challenge. This week's theme was "Love in the New Year", which , of course, gets you thinking about Valentine's Day that is right around the corner! This darling new Lovevirds Heart stencil (LL3011) from Dreamweaver Stencils is the perfect image for our challenge this week. I've paired it with one of Dreamweaver's older background stencils LJ833. This card moves away from the traditional red and pink of Valentine's Day to a beautiful combination of Glossy Blue Embossing Paste and Wisteria Ultrafine Glitter (very pale purple). Photos never do justice to glittery cards, but hopefully you get the picture! The shimmer ribbon adds to the over all sparkle of the card.
How did I do it...easy! Tape down your stencil on white linen cardstock, apply Glossy Blue Embossing Paste, remove your stencil and immediately sprinkle with the glitter. The larger palette knife works great on the background stencil.
Here's a close up of the new Lovebirds Heart stencil. The detail in it is just wonderful, and makes it easy to use.
Don't forget to hop on over to all the other Dream Team blogs. Just click on the team member names on the left side of my blog, and the DREAM it UP! blog too!
Wishing everyone a Happy and Safe New Year!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
This week's Dreamweaver Stencils Thursday Dream Schemes was Designer's Choice, so I wanted to share this beautiful angel stencil with you and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
The angel is Dreamweaver's LJ871 and uses the Pearlescent Embossing Paste on white cardstock. After it is dry, cut it out and mount it on beautiful background paper, add some pearl gems to the halo and across the card to compliment the pearl finish of the paste. So easy!
D0n't forget to stop by all the designer's blogs to check out more great ideas, and, as always, hop on over to the DREAM it UP! blog.
Merry, merry Christmas,
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I can't believe it's Thursday already! The weeks seem to fly by, but especially so at this busy time of year. But it is so important to take the time for friends and family. That's why this card is so perfect! It is simple, fast and a beautiful way to pay homage to this glorious season. The colors are fit for royalty.
Our Dream Team challenge this week was to create using the Glossy Blue Embossing Paste. I used two Dreamweaver Stencils (LM2007 Hallelujah, LL554 Nativity Scene), Glossy Blue Embossing Paste, and Metallic F/X powder Purple Satin FX14.
Here's how its done:
Tape both stencils to white cardstock, butting the edges together. This will take a little extra tape to make sure all the seams are covered. Apply the Glossy Blue paste and sprinkle with the Purple Satin F/X powder but don't cover up all the blue paste. Remove your stencil, let it dry, then polish away the excess powder with a soft cloth. You end up with a blue and purple marble affect. Here's a close up to help you see what I'm talking about:
You can do each stencil separately if you prefer, but I'm always looking for shortcuts! Hope this inspires you to try this on your own. Truly it couldn't be easier.
Don't forget to stop by the other Dream Team blogs too. They are all filled with "Blue-tiful" creations. Just click on their names on the left hand side of my blog. And, of course, you won't want to miss the DREAM it UP! blog.
Monday, December 13, 2010
This is one of those designs that can truly be used for any occasion. Make several of them at a time, leave the inside blank, and then pull one out when you need a last minute card for virtually Any Occasion! Here's how it's done:
- Tape Dreamweaver Stencils LG625, to dark brown paper
- Apply Glossy White Embossing Paste
- Remove stencil and immediately sprinkle with Crystal Glitter
- Let dry and cut out image along the right side of the design only
- Mount into a beautiful card!
Another simple creations with wonderful results. Don't forget to stop back on Thursday for our Thursday's Dream Scheme ideas. This week we have been challenged by Lynell to create with the Glossy Blue Embossing Paste, so the results should be Blue-tiful!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
- Tape your stencil to white cardstock (3 1/2" x 4 1/2")
- Apply Glossy Black Embossing Paste
- While the stencil is still on, use a small brush to pick up some Metallic F/X Gold Dust powder and tap the brush over the black paste so the powder falls randomly over the design. Keep doing this until you have as much gold powder on as you think looks nice
- Remove and clean the stencil
- When the paste is dry, use a 3/4" stencil brush to brush off any excess powder
- Measure in 1" from the bottom right corner and make a little mark. Do the same at the top right.
- Place a ruler over the design at the two marks and use a pencil to draw a light line from the bottom or top along the ruler until you reach paste.
- Cut away all the white paper along the right side following the paste outline (be sure to leave a little white edge)
- From the new bottom right corner, measure over 1 1/2" and make a mark, do the same at the top
- Now cut away the extra white on the left side of the design
- Cut a piece of black cardstock 1 5/8" x 4 5/8" and adhere it to the cut out flower
- The decorative washi paper was 2" x 5", with a black mat of 2 1/8" x 5 1/8"
A nice black mat under a colored layer always helps the layer really stand out. Hope you'll give this a try. The Metallic F/X powders can be sprinkled on, mixed it, or brushed on to any of the paste products...Mix 'n' Match!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
- Tape the stencil to white or light colored cardstock
- Use stencil brushes to add color to the design (I only used Brilliance Rocket Red, Thyme, and just a touch of Ivy)
- Clean and dry your stencil and tape it over the colored design
- Apply Translucent Embossing Paste
- Remove and clean your stencil, and let the paste dry
- Mount on coordinating layers and beautiful background paper
That's it, I told you it was easy! This is a 5" x 7" finished card, perfect for the Christmas season. Check back on Saturday for another simple idea for this great stencil.
Don't forget to check out all the other designer's blogs by clicking on their names on the left hand side. And of course, you won't want to miss the DREAM it UP! blog as well.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
As you can see, it just provides the basics for you to use as inspiration for your design. I'm still trying to design my Christmas card so I chose a simple Christmas design for this week.
I started with Bo-Bunny's beautiful Noel Holly paper for my background. The reverse side of the holly paper is just as gorgeous, so I used that to paste emboss the Dreamweaver Stencils Holly Flourish (LG731) with Glossy Red Embossing Paste and set that aside to dry. The reverse side has some areas with pine boughs which worked perfectly to use for the Season's Greetings (LS91) sentiment also done in Glossy Red Embossing Paste. When both pieces were dry, I put the clean stencil back over the red paste and used a sponge dauber to apply Palette Stamp and Stick to the surface of the paste. I then used a small paint brush to apply Dreamweaver's Metallic F/X Rose Berry (F/X 08) over the image. This helped to take away some of the brightness of the red paste so the image matched the Holly Paper better. Next time, I think I will put the powder in the paste before I apply it, so I can control the color even more. The dark green layer is also from Bo-Bunny, it is Noel Stripe using the reverse side. Use the Tonic Dual Corner Punch to punch the ticket corners on all the layers. I don't like white edges of paper showing, so I used a COPIC marker to edge all my layers (G29 Pine Tree Green). Adhere the Holly Swirl to the dark green layer, then to the background holly paper. Add a ribbon down the right side and adhere to the front of your card. Use foam mounting tape to apply the sentiment to the left side of the card front. Very simple, but elegant.
Don't forget to visit the other Dream Team members today to see all the beautiful projects. Just click on their names on the left side of the blog. And don't forget to stop by every Thursday for more great ideas from the Dream Team.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Then continue to check back every Thursday for our "Thursday's Dream Schemes" and more wonderful Dreamweaver samples.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
I follow the following 12 step program:
One: Start by placing a small amount of adhesive in the center of the back of a piece of cardstock.
Two: Using a piece of ribbon between 18" and 24", attach the center of the ribbon to the adhesive (so an equal amount of ribbon comes off both sides).
Three: Turn the cardstock over with the ends of the ribbon coming out both sides.
I know it seems like a lot of steps, but it is really a pretty easy process. Practice with ribbon that is about 1" wide, then use smaller or larger ribbon once you understand the process. If you make your bows this way you will always have a nice center knot and both ends will lay nicely.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
This is the new coiled tree stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils (LG729). The first card used the Metallic Copper Embossing Paste, let that dry, then apply Stamp and Stick Glue with a finger dauber. The glue has to sit for a few minutes to get tacky, then apply a sheet of gold leaf, using a 3/4" stencil brush to pounce the leaf onto the paste. Don't forget to save the gold leaf scraps!
The blue card uses Glossy White Embossing Paste with Metallic F/X Navajo Blue powder mixed directly into the paste before pasting over the stencil. Let dry and embellish as desired.
The shadow technique used on the last card is one of my favorites. Tape your stencil down to the paper and use a small stencil brush to add your color (I used Brilliance Thyme and Galaxy Gold). Clean your stencil and place it directly back over the image. Move the stencil up and to the right about 1/16" to 1/8". Tape your stencil down and use the White Matte Embossing Paste over the image, remove the stencil and immediately sprinkle the paste with Crystal glitter.
Fun easy cards, but don't forget...the right papers and embellishments are what really finish the card.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Thank you to everyone who left comments for our first ever Dreamweaver Stencils Blog Hop. It was a lot of fun and we really appreciated all of your positive feedback. It inspires us to keep creating with these wonderful products. Congratulations to all the winners!
Louise, these are just amazing! You make me almost excited that it's fall. The Black-eyed Susans are gorgeous. You do amazing work and I am so happy that I live near you and can take your classes. I like the Black-eyed Susan stencil and the Branch and Berries, glossy red paste, and Pink Poppy metallic F/X. (fingers crossed)
October 2, 2010 5:29 PM
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Do you recognize the image above from my sneak peek? It is Dreamweaver's beautiful Fall boarders stencil (LJ874) and the new Thanks stencil (LS1006) used to create a simple fall thank you note. The pumpkin corner was pasted with White Matte Embossing Paste. When the paste dries, you place your clean stencil back over the paste and use small stencil brushes to add color on top of the paste. Don't forget to use an edge of your Picasso (LL332) to add the veins on the leaves. Details count! Place the thanks stencil above the pumpkin and use a stencil brush to color that. Cut the edge with a deckle scissors, edge with a brown marker and mount into a great card. Supplies: White Matte Paste, Brilliance Inks - Sunflower Yellow, Pearlescent Orange, Rocket Red, Pearlescent Thyme, Pearlescent Ivy, Pearlescent Chocolate, COPIC Africano (E27), natural linen cardstock, fern green cardstock.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Have fun on the hop and Happy Creating,
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
See you at the hop!
Friday, September 17, 2010
In the meantime, to help you get excited here is another Dreamweaver sample that I recently sent to Lynell featuring the new large branch with berries stencil (LJ900).
I started by using Cut 'n' Dry foam to rouge Distress Inks (Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky) onto 90 lb. watercolor paper. Place your stencil at one side and use a small stencil brush to stencil the branch with Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire. Flip the stencil over and do the other edge so you have branches coming in from both sides. Clean your stencil and gently tape it down over the two stenciled images so it overlays each of them a little. Paste with Glossy White Embossing Paste, remove the stencil and immediately sprinkle with Crystal Glitter. When the paste is dry, brush some Chipped Sapphire around all the edges of the image. Layer and embellish with coordinating papers and ribbons. I added one of Dreamweavers new white pins that I colored with COPIC markers to match my color scheme. (B32, B97, B37)
Don't forget to watch for more details about the Dreamweaver Blog Hop coming soon!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
The first was done with Blue Glossy Embossing Paste, with Crackle Paste over it after it dried. When the Crackle Paste was dry, I used Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy and Rocket Red to color the image. I just love the nice crackling you get in the open area of the leaves.
This one is the faux Cloisonne technique. Paste the holly with gold embossing paste and let it dry. Place the clean stencil back over the gold paste and use pigment inks to color the image. Remove the stencil and sprinkle UTEE over the design. Tap off the extra embossing powder and heat gently to set the powder. Repeat with another layer of color and UTEE if you want a smoother finish.
The shadow technique does not work well with every stencil, but it is beautiful with this Holly sprig. To get the shadow effect, tape your stencil to your paper and use small stencil brushes to color your image (I used Brilliance Thyme ink on the whole image, including the berries). You want to shadow with a fairly dark color to get the best effect. Clean your stencil and place it back over your colored image, then carefully shift it up and to the right about 1/16" to 1/8". Tape your stencil back down and use the Regular Embossing Paste (white matte) over the image. Remove the stencil and immediately sprinkle the paste with Crystal glitter. Let dry. Place your clean stencil on the dry white paste and carefully color the berries with red ink and use your picasso (LL332) to add some veins on the leaves. The red pin in the ribbon was originally white. I used my COPIC markers to color it to match.
Hope these inspire you to try a technique you haven't done before, or forgot you knew how to do!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Last Saturday I got together with a group of friends for a day of crafting. It was so much fun and very inspirational. Each of us brought a project for the group to do, and spent the day being creative. It was relaxing and wonderful! Here's what we created.
The little frame was stamped and colored with PrismaColor pencils, then a little Distress Inks rubbed in the background.
The pumpkin was glittered with glass glitter shards and ultrafine to fill in. The leaves were 2 fabric leaves glued together with a wire in between, and the tops glittered, and some gold wire coiled for tendrils. When it was dry, we used a craft pick to make holes and glued in the leaves and tendrils.
The sunflowers are made from grungepaper, with grungeboard for the stems., colored with Distress Inks, the centers are chip board colored and stamped. Everything was assembled with a hot glue gun with bamboo skewers to create "pics" , arranged in a great tin pot, and embellished with ribbon and a tag.
The notecard folder has little pockets inside to hold 4 notecards and envelopes. It is so easy. Cover two pieces of lightweight cardboard with pretty paper, adhere them to some contrasting paper for a spine, leaving about a 3/4" gap, cover the inside with coordinating paper and create matching notecards.
Every project turned out great. Thank you to my friends who made the day so much fun!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
In the true spirit of "going green", the card with the Hawaiian image was made from an old travel magazine that I knew I was saving for a reason! I ripped out a page that had a beautiful beach scene for the background, ran that through my Big Shot to emboss the Go Green stencil, then sanded it gently to accentuate the words. The image and mat layer were from the same magazine. It could be a great Bon Voyage card, or an all occasion card for someone who loves Hawaii (is there someone who doesn't!). The little card above that uses gold paste and the little gecko stencil, and just one of the Go Green word sets cut out with some green ink brush on it.
The other card really showcases the whole stencil. I ran kraft colored cardstock through the Big Shot, then brushed ink over the raised area to give it a "distressed" look. Embellish with old string and a rusty old coin and you end up with another great all occasion card.
On another note, the go green theme can definitely be applied to Christmas cards as well. Lynell had a great sample of a Christmas tree shape using this stencil. If we ask her nicely, I bet she'll get that posted on her blog soon!
Monday, August 23, 2010
This beautiful new Hallelujah stencil (LM207) from Dreamweaver will be perfect for your Christmas cards. Here are two samples to get you inspired!
has a fiber texture, but the result is so beautiful it is worth taking the time to learn to do it! Mount the background paper to a cream colored base card and use foam tape to add the Hallelujah image.
The other sample was done using the Pearlescent Embossing Paste on the inside of one of Dreamweaver's long oval window cards. Working quickly, leave the stencil in place over the wet paste and use a brush or Q-tip to pick up some Metallic F/X powder and sprinkle it over the wet paste (I used Kimono Red F/X15 and Gold Dust F/X01). Remove the stencil and place in water. Gently tap the back side of the image to make the powders "jump" around and help spread them