Friday, January 27, 2012

Final Sneak Peek

Well, the big show is finally here! I'm in Anaheim a little early to enjoy a day with my son who lives in the area, so it is an extra special trip! Here's my last sneak peek of the new Dreamweaver Stencils CHA release. It has been fun sharing these beautiful designs with you this week.
So for one last hurrah here's my design for today using Retro Standing Cat (LL3021), Kitty Words (LG741), and Pinwheel Checkerboard (LX7013). Enjoy!

Until Monday....

Happy creating,

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sneak Peeks Day 4!

Are you loving all the beautiful samples the Dream Team has come up with for the new stencils, I know I am! What a talented group. Keep watching to see what else we will be creating for the upcoming February Dreamweaver Stencils challenge.
Before I leave for the show, I wanted to share a card I created today. After I finished it, I realized that the center flowers form a little heart,  so just by changing the sentiment you could change it to a Valentine's card, or a wedding or anniversary card too.

This card features the fabulous Art Nouveau Flourish (LJ919) stenciled in each corner (just be sure to clean it before you flip it over to do the other corner), and six flowers from the Flower Quatrefoil stencil (LX7010). Three stenciled as flowers and three stenciled green for leaves. The new little thank you (LS1009) just nestled perfectly above the flowers.
Here are the links to the other team member blogs, enjoy the journey!

Even though I'll be out at the show by then, I'll still have one last sneak peek for you tomorrow.  I'll try to post some pictures from the show on Monday, so stay tuned!

Happy creating,

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sneak Peeks Day 3

Wow, this week is flying by. I've been busy, busy, busy creating more samples with the beautiful new stencils from Dreamweaver Stencils. It has been so much fun and it will be great to finally meet up with the other team members at CHA to get more great ideas! Be sure to let your local store know you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of these fabulous designs!
Today I am featuring the new Tall Poppy stencil (LL3023). It have a retro feel to it , and lends itself well to many techniques. This one uses the Stampee Foils (purple and green), black Fun Flock, and crystal glitter. The new thank you stencil (LS1009) was the perfect finishing touch.  The Tall Poppy will be the featured stencil in my upcoming class at Stampology Chicago on February 18.

Speaking of upcoming classes, here are the cards we will be doing at The Cottage Stamper on February 7th.  This class is featuring two stencils,  LM136 Water Lily, and LS1006 Sm THANKS, both yours to take home after the class.

I hope you have the time to stop over at the rest of the team blogs to see more sneak peeks. We just love being able to share our ideas with you and always welcome your comments!

Happy Creating,

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dreamweaver Sneak Peeks Day 2

I hope day 1 of our Dreamweaver Stencils sneak peeks got you excited for more great designs. Don't forget we will be posting new images everyday this week leading up to CHA. I can hardly wait to be there, it is so inspirational and really gets your creative juices flowing!
Today I want to share the beautiful new Cherry Blossom shape (LL3024). It is absolutely stunning!
Hope you like it.

As always, hop on over to the rest of the team blogs for more great peeks.

Have you finished your design for the contest yet? You still have until the end of the month to  join our January challenge for the chance to win a great prize. Just click on the DREAM it UP! link in the list above.
Happy Creating,

Monday, January 23, 2012

Let the peeks begin!

As we promised last week, the Dream Team has put together some sneak peeks for you of the new stencils being released next week by Dreamweaver Stencils at CHA in Anaheim California. Follow the list below to hop to each blog and see some of the fabulous new designs. We will be posting something new each day this week so you will get a chance to see the 17, YES 17!! new designs.
Today I am excited to share the new Mushrooms stencil (LL3025). It is just adorable, and looks great in a variety of techniques. Here are a few ways I used it:

Did you wonder how I got the pattern on the purple mushrooms? Well that's another great new background stencil called Pinwheel Checkerboard (LX7013). And the big dots on the middle mushrooms are from the new Big Dots (LX7011) stencil (you'll see that again this week!). AND...that great new Paisleys (LX7009) background is fabulous too!! So you really got to see FOUR of the new stencils. Stayed tuned each day this week for more SNEAK PEEKS!
Now check out the rest of team blogs:


Last but not least, remember, there is still time to enter your creation in this month's contest over at Mr. Linky on the DREAM it UP! blog.  Just create a Valentine's card hopefully using Dreamweaver Stencil products (but that is not a requirement) and add a link to your card. You have until the end of the month, and you can enter multiple creations so your chances get better and better!

Happy Creating,

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Love is in the air

Here we are at week three of the Dreamweaver Stencils January Valentine challenge and the Dream Team is excited to bring you more great ideas for Valentine's Day cards. Don't forget you have a little more time to enter your creations in this month's contest at the DREAM it UP! blog to win a great prize.
Starting next week our team will be sharing some sneak peeks of the beautiful new stencil designs that will be released at CHA at the end of January. They are fabulous and you'll love what the team has created with them.
Here's what I created for this week, I hope you enjoy it.

This is one of my favorite techniques, it is easy and gives a beautiful pastel look to your design. I started by taping the Heart whimsy stencil (LL599) on white cardstock, then used small stencil brushes to color the image using Brilliance Rocket Red ink and Brilliance Thyme ink. After coloring, I gently wiped off the stencil before applying the Regular Embossing Paste (matte white) over the image. After removing the stencil, I sprinkled the whole thing with Crystal glitter. When the paste was dry, I mounted it on a green mat and mounted it with foam tape to the front of matching card.

Be sure to check out the other team member blogs for more great creations. Just click on their names below.

Happy Creating,

Thursday, January 12, 2012

More Valentines...

Welcome to the continuation of  Dreamweaver Stencils' January challenge. During the month of January, the Dream Team has been given the challenge of creating Valentines Day themed cards. If you missed last week's posts, be sure to browse back through the various designer's blogs to see those beautiful creations too. Dreamweaver is also sponsoring a contest for you to participate in throughout the month, click here for instructions of how to submit your creation and possibly win a great prize.
We automatically think "red" when Valentines Day is mentioned so this week I decided to create a Valentines Day card in a non-traditional color scheme. Here's what I created:

Start by taping the Heart background stencil (LJ833) on white cardstock with removable tape. Use the Paste Spreader (LM2010) to apply Glossy Blue Embossing Paste across the design. Remove the stencil and immediately sprinkle the wet paste with Crystal glitter. Set the glittered image aside to dry, clean and dry your stencil. Next tape the Lovebirds heart stencil (LL3011) to white cardstock and apply Glossy Blue Embossing Paste across the design. Remove the stencil and sprinkle the image with Art Glitter Ice Ultrafine glitter. Set the Lovebirds aside to dry, clean and dry your stencil.
When both images are dry, adhere the Heart background to blue mat and add a white ribbon near the bottom. Adhere that layer to a white card. Use a craft knife to carefully scrape some of the glitter off of parts of the birds to reveal the blue paste again. Punch the corners with a ticket punch, edge with a blue marker, and adhere to the card with foam mounting tape. A very easy card that definitely suits the occasion.
Supplies: LJ833, LM2010, LL3011, Glossy Blue Embossing Paste, Crystal glitter, Ice glitter, blue marker, ticket corner punch, foam tape, white and blue cardstock, white ribbon

Be sure to check out all this weeks creations by clicking on each designers name below

 Happy Creating,

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Year, New Challenges....

Welcome to the first posting of the Dreamweaver Stencils' Dream Team 2012 ! We're changing things up a bit for this year, and YOU can help. The first Thursday of every month will feature our new challenge and will extend through the entire month. This means that YOU have ALL month to play along with the one challenge, as many times as you want. Sometimes it will be a color challenge, sometimes a theme, and sometimes a technique. We are hoping that an entire month will give you plenty of time to be inspired, create, and link to the Dream It Up! blog . Each month we are offering TWO for the most creative version of the challenge (does not have to be Dreamweaver Stencils ' product, but we sure are happy when it is!), and the second for the best use of Dreamweaver Stencils ' product in the challenge. This could be stencils (of course), Embossing Pastes , Metallic F/X , the new Color Solutions , etc., anything you find on the Dreamweaver Stencils' web site , or in your local store. Don't know where your local store is? The list can be found on the web site . Not near any of the stores listed? There is also an online site to purchase from, Stencil with Style !
For the month of January, we challenge you to create something for Valentine's Day! You have until January 31st, 11:59 PM EST, to post and link your creation(s) to the
Dream It Up! Blog Mr. Linky. The winners will be announced February 2nd, along with the February challenge.
Here is my first creation for this month's challenge:
This simple technique is very versatile and looks great with any stencil.  I started by taping the Swooshy Heart stencil (LL3010) to white cardstock. Put a small amount of Pearlescent Embossing Paste in a container and mix in a little Pixie Blush F/X powder (FX09). Apply the pink paste to the heart stencil, remove and clean the stencil. When the paste is dry, layer it on coordinating cardstock. But don't forget the inside of the card, that needs to look beautiful too!  Here's what I did to create a Valentine's card, but by changing the inside, this could easily be made into a wedding, anniversary or birthday card.

The Large flourish stencil (LJ896) was stenciled in the corner with a 1/4" stencil brush and Brilliance Coral ink. The You & Me stencil (LS1004) was also stenciled with the Coral ink, and a little Brilliance Coffee Bean at the edges. Layer the saying to match the outside layers.

SUPPLIES: LL3010, Pearlescent Embossing Paste, Metallic F/X powder Pixie Blush, , LJ896, LS1004, Brilliance Inks Coral and Coffee Bean, 1/4" stencil brushes, White, pink, dark brown, and patterned cardstock, foam mounting tape.

We'll post new ideas each week based on the monthly challenge, so be sure to check back regularly to see what else we've created, but for now please visit the rest of our fabulous team listed here:

We hope you'll enjoy our new format and will be inspired to play along each month.  Don't forget that Dreamweaver Stencils will be releasing some great new stencils at CHA at the end of January, we can hardly wait to share them with you!

Please notice my new Class Schedule listing on the top right side of my blog. It will list all my upcoming classes with links to the store websites.
Happy Creating,