Thursday, February 28, 2013

Love and Friendship

Here we are in the final week of February already!  Where do the weeks go. This is the last posting for our Dreamweaver Stencils theme of CAS Love and/or Friendship. We hope you've enjoyed our creations this month and remember we especially love when you play along with us or leave us comments.
This week I created a simple card that could easily be used for any kind of note you wanted to send, Thank You, Thinking of You, Birthday, Anniversary, Sympathy, etc.  It is always wonderful to receive a handwritten note from a friend.

Here are the simple steps:
The rest of the team has more great designs to share with you so be sure to hop over to see them all.

Happy Creating, Louise

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Friends Forever

Welcome to the third week of our Dreamweaver Stencils February design challenge. Our theme this month is Love and/or Friendship and the team has come up with some beautiful creations to share with you. We would love to have you join our challenge, click here to link your creation to Lynell's DREAM it UP! blog using the Mr. Linky tool, or email a picture of your creation to me, Louise,at  and I will post it on Lynell's blog for  you for a chance to win a great prize!
If you haven't heard, Dreamweaver Stencils is looking for a few talented people who love to share their creations with others. Our new Design Team Call runs until the end of February.  See Pam's blog for all the details on how to apply.
This week I am blessed to be spending time with my beautiful grand-daughter and lovely daughter-in-law while my son is traveling. I cherish these times especially because we live pretty far apart so I don't get to be with them very often. Thank goodness for Skype! Family means the world to me, but so do friends, so this week I dedicated my card to three very dear friends of mine, or "The Ladies" as my family calls them. We all met when our kids were in high school (over 15 years ago!), and still meet regularly for lunch and to share family news. I know they will be my friends forever.

This is not exactly a CAS (clean and simple) card, but it's really not very hard to create. Here's how you do it:
  • Emboss the Butterfly stencil (LJ916) on white cardstock using a personal die cut machine
  • With the stencil still in place over the embossed butterfly, use small stencil brushes to add various inks to the wings and body
  • Use a finger dauber to apply a coat of VersaMark ink over the colored image
  • Remove the stencil and sprinkle the butterfly with Stampee Bonding Powder, tap off excess powder
  • Use a heat gun to gently heat the powder
  • Place a sheet of Stampee Water Clear  Foil over the butterfly
  • Place the image in a paper folder and insert the folder into a laminator and let it feed through
  • Quickly peel off the foil sheet. The foil will stick to the butterfly where you had the bonding powder, but release where you didn't
  • Trim around the butterfly and edge with a coordinating marker, set aside
  •  Emboss the Triangle Weave (LJ912) stencil on white cardstock through a die cut machine
  • Remove the stencil and use a 3/4" stencil brush to brush color over the embossed image from all four sides.
  • Trim close to the design, and layer onto a light yellow mat
  • Layer those two onto a darker yellow mat
  • Place the Forever Friends stencil (LM2013) on white cardstock and use a small stencil brush to add ink to the design
  • Cut the words apart and brush the remaining ink from the brush into the background of the words
  • Mount them on light and dark yellow mats
  • Place small strips of foam tape behind the body of the butterfly
  • Place a  Dreamweaver Embellishment Pin (green) through the head area of the butterfly and then into the front of the card, dont' forget to take the release paper off the foam tape first
  • Add a pretty bow with glue dots
  • Add the stenciled words
  • Write a little note inside and share it with a wonderful friend!
The rest of the team has more ideas to share with you too, just click on their names to jump to their blogs.

Happy Creating,

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

The timing of today's posting for the February Dreamweaver Stencils challenge of Love and/or Friends is perfect! What better day than Valentine's Day to express your love and appreciation to your family and friends. I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with love, friendship, and, of course, chocolate!
Do you love creating art using these wonderful Dreamweaver Stencils products? Then you should apply to be part of the Dream Team! We have a new Design Team call that just started, so there's still time to submit your work. Check out the details over at our leader Pam's blog for all the details and deadlines.
Today I am sharing a card that I will be teaching in an upcoming class so I can't share all the details yet, but I think you'll be able to figure it out. Here it is:
LL374 - Long Stem Iris

Wouldn't this be a lovely wedding, birthday, anniversary, thinking of you....well, you get the picture! Simple, yet elegant, right in line with the Clean and Simple (CAS) style that is also part of our February challenge.

I hope you'll join our fun this month. Just link your creation on the DREAM it UP! blog using the Mr. Linky tool, or email a picture to us and we'll post it on Lynell's blog. Lynell and Pam are off to the big show in the UK for the next couple of weeks, so use my email, and I will post it. There are prizes involved, so get busy!

The other team members have more wonderful samples to share with you, enjoy!
Happy Creating,

Thursday, February 7, 2013

February Dreamweaver Stencil Challenge Begins Today!

The new Dreamweaver Stencils monthly challenge for February has the theme "CAS Love and Friendship!". That means keep it Clean and Simple, my favorite kind of design.  We have also kicked off a new design team call, see Pam's blog for the the details. Being part of the Dream Team is fun and challenging!
This week I thought I would use the challenge to create a Valentine for my husband. I know it's not until next week, but we'll be celebrating this weekend instead. He is a horticulturalist, so I decided I would use the beautiful Pansy stencil (sorry this is retired) with the You & Me (LS1004) and part of the Forever Friends (LM2013) stencil.
Front of the card

Inside of the card

This could not be any easier and fits the challenge of Clean and Simple challenge along with Love and Friendship too.

  • Tape each stencil to a piece of Hanko Sea Foam cardstock (one of my favorite!) with removable tape (mask off the friends part of the forever friends stencil)
  • Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply a coat of Matte Black Embossing Paste (DMBP) across each stencil
  • Remove stencils, let paste dry, and clean your stencils
  • Mount each pasted image on a small black mat 
  • Adhere the You & Me to upper left corner of the card
  • Tie a black ribbon around the bottom portion of the card
  • Adhere the Pansy layer to the lower left corner with foam mounting tape
  • Adhere the forever inside the card
Clean and Simple doesn't mean it can't look great. Beautiful papers can really help create an elegant card!
Now go check out the rest of team's creations for our new challenge. Don't forget you can enter your own creations by linking your designs on the DREAM it UP! blog or by emailing a picture of your design to and she will post it for you. 
Happy Creating,