Monday, February 28, 2011
Here are the cards:
Thursday, February 24, 2011
This is the sketch we were given:
and here is what I created.
This is the Grape Cluster stencil (LL568) from Dreamweaver Stencils. It works great for many techniques, but today I kept it simple. Tape the stencil to green cardstock and apply the Matte Black Embossing Paste (DMBP). Remove and clean your stencil. Allow the paste to dry for about 10 or 15 minutes, then use a small soft brush to gently apply Metallic F/X powders to the grapes and leaves. Let the paste dry completely. Use a black Micron pen to add some fine lines to the leaves for that finishing touch. They are hard to see in the picture, but those veins really give the leaves dimension. I mounted the green square on a small black mat, then on a larger purple mat. The background paper looks like crumpled paper and had veins of purple running through it so I just add some Distress Dusty Concord around the edges to tie it all together. The four strips are from the same purple paper that I used for the mat, they are 1/4" wide. The finished card is 5" x 7" (A7) because by the time you layer up the grapes it gets a little large for an A2 size card. I used a black COPIC marker on the edges of all the purple paper and around the outside edge of the card. I have found that this really helps each layer to stand out more and gives the edge of the card a more finished look.
Hope you try to create something from this challenge, it's a great layout for lots of different images.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Check back on Thursday for more great samples from the Dream Team, we'll be sharing our creations based on a sketch challenge we've been given.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Valentine's Day Hop, it was so much fun! Tracey was the lucky winner from my blog. Congratulations Tracey!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
The hop starts over at Taylor Usry's blog where you'll find a complete list of participating designers who just love sharing ideas with you! It's quite an impressive list, but don't worry, you have until Thursday, February 17th at 6:00 pm EST to leave a comment on the various blogs. Taylor will use random.org to select the winners from the various blogs and all winners will be announced on Friday. This is a great way to get new ideas and inspiration from all these talented artists! You probably reached my blog from fellow Dream Team member Laura's blog, if not, check it out then hop back here to continue the fun!
We are, of course, posting ideas with a Valentine/Love theme. The card I chose for the hop is one of my favorites from the new Dreamweaver Stencils designs that were just released at CHA. I've shown a similar card before, but this one just has such a romantic feel to it, that I couldn't resist using it for this hop.
It's very easy. Run the Small Damask (LJ907) stencil and white cardstock through your Big Shot (or any personal die cut machine) then trim it around the edge of the embossed design. Round the corners, use a 1/2" or 3/4" stencil brush to sweep Brilliance Beige ink from the edge toward the center, making sure you keep turning the design until all four sides have been done. Do the same technique using the new Tole Heart (LL3010). Mount the damask layer onto dark brown cardstock, and use foam mounting tape to layer the heart on the background. Add a beautiful wide red ribbon for the finishing touch. Who could ever doubt that you love them if you gave them this beautiful card!
So, keep hopping to Dream Team member Wendy's blog for more great ideas! Go to Taylor Usry's blog for the complete list, but don't forget to check all the Dream Team blogs as well as the DREAM it UP! blog.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
This week's Dreamweaver Stencils Thursday Dream Scheme challenge was a designer's choice so I wanted to share this great new stencil design that was just released at CHA. It's the new Rooster (LG732) design from Dreamweaver Stencils and you can just see that he is crowing with delight at the break of a new day!