Thursday, April 30, 2015

Showers of Showers! Week 5

Welcome to the final week of the Dreamweaver Stencils April challenge of "Showers to Showers!" Our designers have created so many wonderful things with this theme, be sure to look back through them if you missed a few. Today is another "final" for our team as well. It's the last time we will post as members of the Dream Team under the direction of our lovely and talented, Lynell Harlow.

Lynell, I can't even begin to thank you enough for your friendship over the last 11 years (yes, it really has been that long!). When we opened our shop, yours were some of the first products we brought in. I had fallen in love with them after taking one of your workshops at ARTS right before we opened, and I've been hooked ever since! You are always so willing to share your talents, and time, making it all look effortless. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for nurturing my love of creating with these beautiful stencils and products. When we sold the shop and you offered me the privilege of joining your design team, I was in heaven! These Thursday posts with the Dream Team have been wonderful, and I'm so excited to now be part of the Stampendous Design Team so I can continue to share our love of stenciling and creating art! You and Wayne are amazing artists, and naturally found another creative outlet in Zentangle. (If you haven't seen them, be sure to check out their Zendays Wednesday blog posts.) Here's a throw back to the first post I did as a member of the Dream Team. Thanks again Lynell for all the wonderful memories, it's been a fabulous ride.

Today I decided to combine some Dreamweaver and Stampendous products to celebrate the merger of these two great companies. I am, again, overjoyed to have been invited to become a member of the Stampdendous design team and really look forward to this new adventure!

"Determined Shopper!"
Not one to ever let a little rain stop me, I thought this little Diva Hopper stamp (HHQ01) from Stampendous looked like nothing would get in the way of her day! Certainly a little rain shower couldn't,
I stamped her with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored her with Chameleon Markers.
The Umbrella stencil (LG737) was placed on a background piece I created using the Creative Palette from Stampendous (I have the Rectangles, but there are others) and acrylic paints. If you haven't tried this fun product, you can check out the videos on the Stampendous website.  How did I get that fun pattern you ask? Well, I used the Zen Flower stencil (LX7024) on the Palette with the paints. You have to be a little careful with the metal stencils so you don't damage them, but it's not hard. Use a Micron 03 black pen to outline the openings of the Umbrella stencil, cut it out, and go around the edges with a coordinating marker.
I placed the umbrella over the stamped image then put the Rain stencil (LJ905) over that so I would know where to stencil the raindrops. Use a 1/4" stencil brush and light blue ink (Memento Summer Sky) to add the raindrops.  Use a 1/2" stencil brush and a slightly darker blue ink (Memento Paris Dusk) to brush a little more blue into the "sky" area.
I wanted the umbrella to look like she was holding it in her other "hand", so I cut the handle off the umbrella and used a craft knife to carefully cut around the paw and to cut a small slit at the top of the head for the handle to come through. Then I added the umbrella using foam tape to give it more dimension.

Our team wants to "shower" you with lots more ideas, so be sure to stop over and leave them a "shower" of comments!

This will also be our final post with Cindy Groh and Gill Wilson. We hope to have them occasionally "guest" post with us in the future, and we wish them both the best in their creative futures, as well as good health and happiness.

Happy Creating,


Stampendous said...

Oh my stars, your card is so amazing! This looks like it's all one stamp. Such a great job!

Cindy Groh said...

Fabulous card. Love the shoes on that little guy.

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said... adorable! Loved your bunny with the Dreamweaver umbrella and rain! Wow! And you even layered a stencil for the design on it! Thank you for posting one of your older cards...I still have many of them and have used them to inspire ME! Also thank you for all of your kind words and thoughts...I am sure i benefitted way more than my team members! Hugs!

Pam Hornschu said...

So stinkin' cute and clever! Awesome mix of products and design elements!

JD/ Jill said...

Really cute card!