Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thursday Dream Schemes

Another week has flown by again! Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. This week our Dreamweaver Stencils Thursday Dream Scheme Challenge is Designer's Choice  Last week Lynell and Pam both showed a technique called Zentangle that they learned at a recent trade show.  I was so intrigued by their work that I decided to give it a try this week. I started with two small stencils thinking that it would be easier than trying a larger design. It was so much fun that I can hardly wait to try it in a class.
Here's what I've managed to create so far with this fun technique:

Sorry I had to remove the pictures, but watch for them in the upcoming book from Design Originals on Zentangling techniques.

Check back this week to see samples of my two upcoming classes, May 10th at The Cottage Stamper in St. Charles, Illinois, and May 14th at Stampology Chicago.  Click on the store names to go to their websites for more class information.
Stop over to the other team member's blogs for more great ideas, and to the DREAM it UP! blog too!
Happy Creating,

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thursday Dream Scheme

Time for another great Thursday Dream Schemes from Dreamweaver Stencils.  This week we were given a sketch challenge from fellow Dream Team Member Lee Kellogg. Here's her sketch:

And here's my interpretation of the sketch:

This reminds me of that old saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away".  I hope that's true because I've developed one of those annoying spring colds and I'm hoping it's a quick one! This is an easy card that would be great for a lot of different occasions, but especially good for an end-of-the-year thank you note to those favorite teachers out there! I used LS81, Small Apple, stencil  and Glossy Red Embossing Paste on white cardstock.  With the stencil still in place, I sprinkled some Ivy Garden, FX11, on the leaf and stem, and Kimono Red, FX15, on the apple.  I used a soft brush to GENTLY swipe the powder over the entire image.  Let it dry completely, deckle the edges, then mount on coordinating papers using the sketch challenge as  your guide.  A quick and easy design, but very eye-catching.
Now hop (it is almost Easter after all) on over to the DREAM it UP! blog for another great idea, then on to the design team blogs for even more ideas.  Have a wonderful Easter.
Happy Creating,

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dream Scheme Thursday

This week's Dreamweaver Stencils Thursday Dream Scheme is designer's choice. These are always fun, but definately challenging to come up with new ideas.  This Flower in bottle (LL566) stencil has always been one of my favorites.

For this card I started by dry embossing the image (use a light box and stylus, or your die cut machine) on white linen cardstock. Leave the stencil in place and use small stencil brushes to add color. With the vase stencil still in place, add the Violets stencil (LS5) over the vase and add color to the violets. Add a little green mear the bottom of the vase to give it a "shadow" . Layer on various shades of green paper and add embellishments.
Don't forget to stop over at the DREAM it UP! blog for another great idea, then over to the rest of the Dream Team blogs.
Happy Creating,

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Butterfly Bookmark

This week's Dreamweaver Stencils Thursday Dream Scheme is a challenge given us by fellow Dream Team member Kristi. It's a colorway challenge using teal and yellow. These two colors really compliment each other and made me think of sunshine, warmer weather, and spring!
This week I chose to use two different butterfly stencils, LL518, Vertical Butterflies, and LM257, Heliconia butterfly , and an initial stencil, LS H, to create a bookmark card for this challenge.

I used stencil brushes and Brilliance Sunflower Yellow and Rust with the Vertical butterfly stencil around the outer edge of the base yellow card, and on a piece of white cardstock. Edge the white cardstock with the Rust ink then layer onto yellow cardstock also edged with Rust.  Stencil the "H" near the bottom with Rust, then coat with a layer of Matte Yellow Embossing Paste.  When the paste dries, dab with Stamp 'n' Stick and coat with Metallic F/X Glacier. Punch a hole near the top and add a ribbon.
The teal layer has a 1" wide slit cut across the center for the bookmark to slip through and is edged with a COPIC marker (BG72).  Use foam tape to raise the teal layer for more dimension.  The Heliconia butterfly was paste embossed on a piece of the teal paper using Matte Yellow Embossing Paste, and Art Glitter Bananan sprinkled on the wet paste.  A little Rust was added on top after the paste dried.  Cut it out leaving a small edge of teal and mount it on the teal layer.
This design can be personalized by changing the initial. The initial stencils are wonderful for creating sets of stationery or notecards for friends and family.
Don't forget to hop over to the DREAM it UP! blog for another great idea, then the other team member blogs listed down the left side of my blog.
Happy Creating,