Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! I hope you are able to be with loved ones or dear friends today. I know I am thrilled to have all my family home together counting our blessings.

The Dreamweaver Stencils design team is creating everything but a card this month to show you how truly versatile these beautiful stencils really are. We hope you will be inspired to create something of your own and join our challenge this month. Just link your creation at the DREAM it UP! blog using the linking tool or email a photo and description of your project to, you may win a prize!

This month we are also using the wonderful adhesives from Beacon Adhesives in our work. It's true, the right tool for the job makes it much easier, and the different products from Beacon allow you to work with virtually any media.
Today I am showing a couple of pieces from the past that you may or may not have seen before. Both projects use the Lotus stencil (LG720) that I featured as part of my decorative mirror last week. Two more great gift ideas for the holidays!
LG720 Lotus and leaves from LG625 Flower and leaves stencil

The pin was made by staining grungepaper with Distress Stain worn lipstick, outlining the Lotus stencil (LG720) with a Micron pen in multiple times to create layers, cut out and glued together with ZipDry by Beacon Adhesives. Stain a small piece of grungepaper with Distress Stain peeled paint and outline the leaves of  the Flowers and leaves stencil  (LG625) cut them out and adhere behind the flower. Use Beacon Adhesive Gem-Tac to attach a small pin back. Decorate a shawl or purse with your beautiful pin!

LG720 Lotus, LJ825 Jungle leaves, LJ896 Large flourish
This wall hanging was so easy!. This is a 10" black frame that came with a white mat that has a 4" opening. I used a large stencil brush and Distress Ink forest moss to stencil the Jungle leaves (LJ825) all over the mat. The beautiful Large flourish stencil (LJ896) was paste embossed with Matte Black Embossing Paste in one corner of the mat. The Lotus was paste embossed with Regular Embossing paste on white paper and left to air dry. After the paste is dry, place the stencil back over the paste and use small stencil brushes to add color (you can match it to any decor), I used Distress Inks broken china and faded jeans. Pounce a layer of Distress embossing ink over the color, remove the stencil and sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Tap off the extra powder and heat emboss. Trim the Lotus to fit on a black mat so that when you put it in the opening a small black mat shows around the flower. I thought all the backgrounds were too white, so I used a larger stencil brush (1/2" or 3/4" work well) and distressed the whole thing with Distress Ink vintage photo. Adhere the flower in the mat opening and place in the frame.
A huge thank you to Linda Neff who has been our guest designer this month. Her creations are inspiring! Here are the other team members creating for you this week:

Happy Creating,


Pam Hornschu said...

Awesome gift ideas, Louise! Interesting that both you and Lea used the Lotus stencil.

LynB said...

Love your gift ideas Louise! Grunge paper is so cool and weird feeling all at the same time. I agree with Pam that of all the stencils, you and Lea used the same lotus flower!!!!