Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tiny Treasures and Treats

Welcome back to our Dreamweaver Stencils Thursday designer challenge. This month the design team has been creating lots of Tiny Treats and Treasures perfect for those occasions when you need "a little something" to give to others.We hope you have been inspired by our creations and have created a tiny treasure of your own to enter in our May challenge, there's still time, just add your link over at the DREAM it UP! blog or email a photo to and she will post it for you.
May had five Thursdays, so this week we have a combination of team members from both the A and B teams participating.
My inspiration this week came from the beautiful black iris that are blooming in my front garden. We've been having terrible storms this week, so sometimes I cut one and bring it inside to enjoy before it gets battered by the storms. I have created an Iris vase to enjoy it in.
Long stem iris LL374

  • I started by power pasting 4 images using the Long stem iris (LL374) stencil, Glossy White Embossing paste and acetate.
  • After the paste dried on the acetate, I placed the stencil back over the dry paste and used small stencil brushes to add color
  • The vase is from IKEA, and is about 2" x 2" x 8 1/2". 
  • You can fussy cut around the iris or just leave them (I left them, my acetate was 2" x 5 1/2")
  • Use glossy accents spread in a thin layer on the back of the acetate to adhere them to the vase, I put two lower and two higher
  • The shadow you see in the back of the vase is actually the back side of the image on the opposite side of the vase from the one you can see. 
These would be great table decorations for a reception, or just to give as a gift to a friend or to yourself!
Take time to enjoy the creations from these Design Team members

Happy Creating,

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tiny Treasures

Welcome to our Thursday Dreamweaver Stencils designer challenge! Our theme for the month of May has been to create tiny treasures or treats to share with the special people in our lives. It might be for birthday, anniversary, thank you, or just to show you've been thinking of them. 

This has been a busy week for me as I have been helping Lynell, Elaine and Pam (our design team leader) to put on our first Dreamweaver Teacher Certification workshop here in the Batavia area. It has been a lot of work but we all had a great time, laughing a lot, eating a lot, and learning so much from the very talented stencil queen, Lynell!  Check out the Dreamweaver facebook page for some pictures!

Because of that, I got a little behind in my creation for this week, so I kept it very simple. Sometimes keeping things simple can still create an extra little personal touch on a gift package.
LL3020 - Retro Sitting Cat

This simple little gift bag is a perfect way to dress up your packaging for a gift card or small present. Simply paste emboss the Retro sitting cat (LL3020) on white cardstock with Glossy Black Embossing Paste and let it dry. Cut off a little of the left side and top so some of the cat's head stands out. Mount it on a cut little gift bag decorated with some beautiful ribbon from May Arts and TaDa!, a cute, easy way to give "a little something".
Check out the rest of the team blogs below.

A big thank you to all our veterans and their families on this Memorial Weekend.

Happy Creating,

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Tiny Treats and Treasures

It's week three of our Dreamweaver Stencils May designer challenge. This month we were given the challenge to create little gifts or treats to use for various occasions such as shower favors, party favors, thank you gifts, and so on. We hope you will join our challenge by either linking your creation over on the DREAM it UP! blog using the linking tool, or by emailing a photo of it to, you could win a beautiful new stencil of your choice. 
This week I have created a thank you treat that could be used for a number of events: a teachers' appreciation lunch, a bridal shower (you could do a recipe shower),  thank you favors for volunteers, like I said, any number of events.
LL3032 - Cherries 

LL3032 - Cherries (just the frame), and LS1006 - Thanks

This is so easy to to make. Here are the simple steps:

  • Tape the Cherries stencil to white cardstock with removable tape
  • Use 1/4" stencil brushes to apply various colors of inks to the design, using the Picasso (LL332) as a shield and to add a vein to the leaves
  • Remove and clean the stencil
  • Return the stencil to the colored image and tape back in place
  • Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply Translucent Embossing Paste over the image
  • Remove stencil and place in water for cleaning, let paste dry
  • Tape the clean, dry Cherries stencil to another piece of white cardstock 
  • Use the 1/4" stencil brush to apply red ink in the border checkerboard only
  • Remove and clean the stencil
  • Place the Thanks stencil across the center of the checkerboard frame and tape in place
  • Use a 1/2" stencil brush to apply brown ink to the word
  • Remove and clean the stencil
  • Mount onto coordinating papers and attach a small bag of Sour Cherry Balls between the layers
Now be sure to see what our other team members have created this week, just click on their names below.

Happy Creating,

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all! I hope you have a wonderful day with your family, or even just by yourself doing crafts! Do you still need a "little something" for your Mother or friend? Then my project this week for the Dreamweaver Stencils May challenge of Tiny Treats or Treasures could be the perfect thing. It really doesn't take that long to make even though there are several steps.
I used the wonderful new Shasta Flower Trio (LL3031) stencil to create this fun notecard folder. This makes a great hostess gift or teacher gift too.

Shasta Flower Trio - LL3031

Start by cutting two pieces of chipboard 5" x 7", and
two pieces of decorative paper (text weight works best) 6" x 8"

Use a permanent glue stick to cover one side of the chipboard with a nice
coating of glue (you can use any adhesive that you like for this, I use glue sticks because
they are very inexpensive and do the job well)
Place it glue side down on the back of the decorative paper,
turn it over and burnish it well with a dry, wadded up paper towel or rag

Trim the corners, do not go all the way to the chipboard, you need a little
to cover the corners

Add glue to the edge of the chipboard and the paper,
bring the two long edges over first, then the two shorter one, tucking
in the little wing at the corners (like when you wrap a present),
burnish well
Repeat for the other cover

Use a contrasting piece of paper to create a spine 2 3/4" x 8",
on the back side of the spine paper
measure in 1" from each side, mark near the top and bottom
Put glue along the outer edges of the spine paper,
use the marks to line up the covers, centering top to bottom,
carefully turn the whole thing over and burnish well

Add glue to the small flaps at the top and bottom and
fold them in making sure to press them into the spine opening,
burnish well
To form the corner pockets for inside the folder
cut two pieces of the decorative paper 4" x 4"
Score 3/4" from two adjacent sides, crease well
Trim out the little square of paper from where the two creases crossed,
fold the opposite corner over to form a triangle, glue the triangle down,
repeat for the other piece
Cut a piece of contrasting paper (I like to use the same paper as the spine) 6 3/4" x 10 1/2"
Put glut on the two small flaps of one corner pocket and attach one pocket to each bottom corner
of the inside paper

Put glut on the entire back of the inside paper making sure to get all the way to the edges
Center the paper inside the covers burnishing it well all over
Press the paper gently into the spine area
Use a bone folder to carefully crease the paper into the spine

Fold in the two sides to form your folder
Cut 5 pieces of  yellow paper 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Tape your stencil to the paper with removable tape
Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply
Dreamweaver Embossing Paste (regular matte white) to the stencil

Repeat for a total of 5 images
Wash and dry your stencil and tools

Let the paste dry for a couple of minutes (about 5)
Use a soft brush to carefully apply Dreamweaver Metallic F/X powders to the
flower centers and leaves (Goldfinch, Kiwi, Ivy Garden), let dry completely then
wipe off excess powders with a Swiffer cloth

Cut four white cards 4 1/4" x 11", score at 5 1/2" and fold in half
Add a strip of matching cover paper to one side of each card,
mount the flowers on small black mats and place one on each card
(black mat 2 5/8" x 4 5/8")

Put two cards and two envelopes in each side pocket

Mount one matted flower with foam tape to the cover,
add three Candies (paper brads, I colored them black to match)
You could also add a beautiful May Arts ribbon around the notebook before adding the image  and tie
a pretty bow for a closure.
 Well, I hope you made it all the way through! I know it was a lot of pictures, but these are so easy to make and with all the paper choices and stencil choices, the possibilities are truly endless! If you want to add more notecards, you would need to leave a wider spine and adjust the size of your inside paper accordingly.

Be sure to stop over at the other designer's blogs for more Tiny Treat ideas. We hope you will consider joining our challenge this month, just add your project to on the DREAM it UP! blog for a chance to win a beautiful stencil of your choice. You can also join the challenge by sending a picture of your project directly to and she will post it for you. Good luck!

Happy Creating,

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tiny Treats

Welcome to the Dreamweaver Stencils May designer challenge. This month we have been given the task of creating "Tiny Treats" (or gifts) perfect for teacher gifts, party favors, hostess gifts, well, I think you get the picture.
Dreamweaver Stencils just released 6 wonderful new stencils that should be getting to stores near you very soon. One of the new designs is a darling little fox. Actually, it comes in two sizes, which is even better! We live in the Tri-cities area of Illinois right along the Fox River, so this little guy immediately won my heart. I'm sure you'll be seeing several ideas for these new beauties in the next couple weeks on the team blogs.
This week I have created a little post-it note gift. I love how just a little paper and a cute design really dresses up an every day staple. I used to make these for my kids' teachers. They always appreciated them because we all know teachers can use a lot of notes throughout a school year. They make great little favors for parties too, and can be made in any size to fit whatever size notepad you have.
LM2016 Small Fox

First create the folder from decorative cardstock.
Stencil inks over the Small Fox stencil.
Decorate the folder with the stenciled image, a strip of  blue, and brads

Glue a post-it notepad inside. Notice the little flap folded over the one edge,
underneath that I put a little strip of magnet, and one on the outside front of the cover
to act as a closure.

Here it is from the side. The green notepad matches the green circles on the paper

Here's a close up of the fox. I used Brilliance Inks (Rust, Beige, Coffee Bean, and Graphite Black)
The paper he is stenciled on is the back side of the circle paper the folder is made from.

The paper is from BASICEGREY's  bow ties collection called marbles and dodge ball. The folder is 4 1/8" x 10", scored 3 1/2" from one end, then move over 1/2", move over 4 1/16", move over 1/2", then 3/4" scoring after each move. There should be 5/8" left after the last score. Fold it all up, decorate it, and you're done! Sometimes I use a cute ribbon as a closure, or two brads and a string, it depends what the outside looks like and what seems to fit.

Be sure to see what out other team members have created this week, then get creative yourself and join our monthly challenge! Sign up over at the DREAM it UP! blog.

Happy Creating,