Thursday, January 31, 2013

Fresh as a Daisy!

It's hard to believe that January is over already! Every year seems to go by faster than the last, man I must be getting old! I have really enjoyed our Dreamweaver Stencils January challenge theme of "A Fresh Start", it has gotten creative juices flowing for a lot of people other than just our Dream Team. Click on this link to see the list of people participating in this month's challenge, then click on their name to go to their blog and see their wonderful creations. Thanks to all who played along with us this month.
When I hear "fresh start" it reminds me of that old saying "fresh as a daisy", so this week I have used two of Dreamweaver's beautiful daisy stencils, LL548 - Daisies, and LL549 - Tall daisies to create my card. Winter has definitely made an appearance this week, so this card offers the promise of Spring right around the corner!

Here are the easy steps:
  • Tape both stencils to pieces of Authentique "Gifted" paper (PUN006) with removable tape
  • Use a palette knife and paste spreader (LM2010) to apply Dreamweaver Regular Embossing Paste over each stencil (this is a matte finish white paste)
  • Remove and clean the stencils
  • Let the paste dry completely (about 20 minutes should be fine)
  • Place the clean dry stencil back over the dry paste and use small stencil brushes to apply ink to the centers of the daisies and leaves
  • Use a 3/4" stencil brush to rouge a little pink ink around the edges of the paper
  • Layer each of the daisy images onto a piece of pink Bazzill cardstock
  • Tie a small white ribbon around the smaller daisies and tie a bow
  • Make a 5" x 7" card and attach a piece of the pink Bazzill paper to the front
  • Rouge some pink ink around a piece of coordinating decorative cardstock (I used an older collection from American Crafts called I Do - Amaryllis, but any pretty paper will do!)
  • Adhere the decorative paper, then add the Tall Daisies near the left side of the card front
  • Use foam tape to attach the smaller Daisies image
The matte white paste is perfect for coloring on top of so it is easy to create in any of your favorite colors. We hope you will consider joining in our challenges. It gives you a reason to get creative, it's fun, and best of all - you might win a prize! Just create a card or project using stencils and add a link on the DREAM it UP! blog using the Mr. Linky tool, or email a picture of your design to, it couldn't be easier.
The rest of team has some more "fresh" ideas for you, so check out their blogs too.
Happy Creating,

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Fresh Start

January is flying by, how can it be so close to Valentine's Day already! I feel like we just finished mailing Christmas cards and now I need to get working on Valentines, but I love a good excuse for spending time making cards.  Next week I'll show you the results.
For this week's Dreamweaver Stencils challenge, we continue the theme of "A Fresh Start" for the new year. Here is a card I created for CHA using the Stars stencil (LX7017), along with the Electric Guitar (LL3028) and the newly released Guitar Words stencil (LG750). It's perfect for the "rocker" in your life!

Follow these easy steps to create your own card:
  • Tape the Star stencil to black cardstock with removable tape
  • Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply Metallic Gold Embossing Paste across the Stars
  • Remove the stencil and place in water for cleaning later
  • Sprinkle the wet paste with a variety of Metallic F/X Mica Powders (I use a soft paint brush to pick up some powder and tap it off over the wet paste)
  • Use a heat gun to heat the paste and powders until the paste is bubbly all over
  • Let cool, then wipe gently with a Swiffer cloth
  • Tape off the "You Rock!" words on the Guitar Words stencil
  • Repeat the steps above to apply paste and powders to the words, heat until bubbly
  • Tape the Electric Guitar stencil to black cardstock with removable tape
  • Apply Metallic Gold Embossing Paste, remove stencil and let paste dry
  • Clean and dry the stencil
  • Place the clean dry Guitar stencil back over the dry paste
  • Use a foam applicator to tap Palette Stamp and Stick glue over the Gold Paste
  • Remove the stencil and clean
  • Let the Stamp and Stick sit for several minutes to get tacky
  • Lay a sheet of  Red Leafing over the Guitar and use a 3/4" stencil brush to tap the leafing in place
  • Use the brush in a rouging motion to remove any extra leafing
  • Cut out the Guitar
  • Layer the Stars and words on purple mats
  • Use foam tape to pop the words and Guitar on top of the Stars
Stop over at the rest of the team blogs for more fresh ideas! Submit your own creations for the chance to win a great prize, just follow the instructions on the Dream It UP! blog.
Happy Creating,

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Fresh Start Week 3

CHA is over and fresh ideas are swarming around in my head! It is always so inspirational to walk the aisles and see new products and ideas everywhere. Exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time. We met a lot of new contacts to work with this next year to bring you "fresh"  ways to use your Dreamweaver Stencils with other great products on the market! Here are a few pictures from the show.
Louise & Pam, Pam & Georgia
Rebekka, Jennifer
One piece I did for CHA was using the beautiful canvas pieces from Canvas Corp LLC. Here's what I came up with using Dreamweaver's fabulous new Leafless tree stencil (LX7020) and canvases from Canvas Corp. They worked perfectly together.

LX7020 - Matte Black Embossing Paste
with Distress Embossing Powders

Here's how to do it:
  • Use a foam brush to apply a coat of claudine hellmuth Studio gesso from Ranger to the 10" x 10" canvas
  • Let dry
  • Tape the Tree stencil to the upper left corner of the canvas with removable tape
  • Use a large stencil brush to apply brown ink over the image
  • Use a smaller stencil brush to apply some black ink over the brown
  • Move the stencil to the lower right corner and repeat the inking steps
  • Rouge the edges of the canvas with the ink remaining in the brown brush, you may need to add more ink
  • Set aside to dry
  • Apply Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber Pebble to a 6" x 6" canvas, not completely covering the surface
  • Dry gently with a heat gun or let air dry
  • Tape the Leafless Tree stencil (LX7020) to the painted canvas with removable tape
  • Use a palette knife and paste spreader (LM2010) to apply Dreamweaver Matte Black Embossing Paste (DMBP) across the stencil
  • Remove the stencil and lightly sprinkle the wet paste with a mix of Distress Embossing Powders Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain
  • Heat gently to set the powder, then let dry completely
  • Wrap black twine from May Arts at angles around the larger canvas attaching in the back
  • Attach the tree canvas to the larger canvas with Tacky Glue
Please take some time to enjoy more fresh ideas from our other team members.
Happy Creating,

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Fresh Start Week 2

Hello from sunny, beautiful southern California! I arrived Tuesday for a fun-filled week of events for our winter CHA show. The weather is beautiful and the views from Lynell's house are amazing! The first events start Thursday and end next Tuesday, so we will be busy showing the new stencils and FX powder colors to everyone who'll listen! Hopefully, I'll get around to see all the other wonderful new products too. CHA is always a great source of inspiration for me, the creativity shown in all the booths is amazing.
Our Dreamweaver theme this month is "A Fresh Start", the perfect theme for the beginning of the new year. We hope one of your resolutions this year will be to play along with our monthly challenges. Who knows, you could win some great prizes! Just add a link to your project on the DREAM it UP! blog, or email a photo of your creation to Lynell at and she will post it on her blog. It's a great excuse for getting out your Dreamweaver products and having some "play" time!

LL3029 and LG749 
This week I have paired up the new Dog Words stencil (LG749) with the Dog stencil (LL3029) to create this fun little card that could be perfect as a Valentine card for the dog lovers in your life. He's very easy.

  • Tape the Dog stencil to green cardstock with removable tape
  • Use the palette knife and paste spreader to apply Matte Black Embossing Paste across the stencil
  • Remove and clean the stencil
  • Let the black paste dry for about ten minutes, it won't be completely dry but will have enough of a crust to work on
  • Use a soft paint brush to gently brush metallic F/X Cocoa powder (FX18) on the dog and Pixie Blush (09) on the nose and collar
  • Let the image finish drying completely
  • Cut a piece of cream cardstock 4 1/4" x 9 3/4" and score it 5 1/2" from one end, the short side will become the front of the card
  • Tape the Dog Words stencil to the right side of the card (it is actually the right edge of the inside of the card) so the little paws go up the side
  • Use a small stencil brush to add color to the paws, you will have to do one set then move the stencil up to add more paw prints
  • Tape the Dog Words to a small piece of cream cardstock and use a small stencil brush to color the "I Wuff You!"
  • Layer everything up on coordinating papers for a fun,whimsical card!
Be sure to stop over at the rest of team blogs for more fresh inspiration! Just click on their names below.

Happy Creating,

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Fresh New Challenge!

Happy New Year! I hope that you and yours will have a happy, healthy 2013!

A fresh new year brings a fresh new challenge for the Dreamweaver Stencils design team. Our January challenge is "A Fresh Start", the perfect theme for the new year. We hope that you will consider playing along with our challenges this year, it's a great way to  "freshen up" you skills with your Dreamweaver products! Just link your creation over at the DREAM it UP! blog or email a picture to you could win some great prizes!

This week I am posting a card that features the beautiful new RuffledHeart (LG747) stencil that I will be showcasing in my January classes. While it makes for a wonderful, beautiful Valentine card just in time for that holiday that's right around the corner, today I am using it as a way to wish a wonderful, beautiful friend of mine a VERY Happy Birthday!  So Happy Birthday to Lynell, our fabulously talented leader who is always a source of inspiration to me! This one's for you

LG747 - Glossy red embossing paste and glitter

The colors and floral pattern remind me that the days are definitely getting longer and spring will be here before we know it (OK maybe I'm being a little too optimistic for northern IL, but we can always dream). This card will be part of my class at Memories and Beyond on Thursday, January 17th along with two more cards featuring this great new stencil.  Check out my January schedule in the Class Schedule section on the right side of my blog.

Don't miss the rest of the teams' ideas too. Just click on their names below.

Happy Creating,