Thursday, March 5, 2015

Marching Into Spring

Ready for fresh air, sunshine, new leaves, and flowers blooming? Well, the Dream Team is right there with you! Our challenge for the month of March is...coincidentally...Marching into Spring. Per usual, we'd love to have you play along with us, and link your own creations to the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, or at the bottom of this post. Play as many times as you'd like. Those of you who work Dreamweaver and/or Stampendous products into your projects receive bonus points, but everyone has an opportunity to be the winner who receives the stencil of their choice.

Here's my hint of Spring:

 I have decided to present one of my favorite stencils, LL 3001 Long Thistle, in two different ways.  You might notice that the colors are almost the same--I just love purple and green together!
The top card features the stencil pasted with Glossy Green Embossing Paste on linen material.  Sometimes, when I paste on linen, I get small imperfections like the ones on the upper left side of the image.  I don't mind them, though, because they add to the organic feel of the image.  When the paste was dry, I replaced the stencil and brushed on a little glue with my stencil brush.  After the glue was slightly dry, but tacky to the touch, I sprinkled on Metallic FX in Kiwi, Ivy Garden, and Purple Satin.  I could have just as easily sprinkled the Metallic FX on the paste while it was wet, but I felt that applying glue later allowed me a little more control.

For my second card, I used the stencil through my Cuttlebug with green coated aluminum.  The "sandwich" that I used was A plate, stencil face down, metal face down, Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat, and two B plates.  I removed the metal and placed it face down on a piece of suede.  I further embossed the image manually with the tools in my Beginner Metal Kit.  Specifically, the Teflon Tool and the Ball Tool.  Then, I flipped the metal right side up on a smooth, hard surface and used the "deerfoot" side of the Teflon Tool to sharpen the details around the image.  At this point, I could have filled the back of the image with filler paste, but I chose not to on this one.  I did put it face up on the Herringbone Stencil LJ 914 and used a blending stump to create the light texture in the background.  I then gently sanded that area.  Finally, I used Color Solutions Alcohol Ink Thinner on a QTip to remove the green on the flower.  I replaced it with Color Solutions Alcohol Ink in Thistle and Sugar Plum to add in the purple color.

Thanks for stopping by to see my post.

The "A" team would love to share their interpretations of this theme:


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Frou Frou Fairy

Break out the frou frou! For the month of February, the Dream Team are going Frilly and Fabulous! Vintage, retro, or modern, adding extra charm with funFran•tagé products from Stampendous, ribbons and lace from May Arts, buttons, crystals, charms, or even creating your own dimensional decor! A snippet or a pile, whatever your creative heart desires! Remember to link your creations using the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog for a chance to win the stencil of your choice! Bonus points for using Dreamweaver and/or Stampendous product in your work of heart.
Here is my project for the week:
I was trying to create something that was definitely frou frou, but not Valentine's Day, as it is past the 14th.  I love this new LG762 Fairy Stencil .  I used it by "debossing" the card stock into the stencil.  The metal of the stencil is the raised outline on the fairy.  I filled the spaces with a variety of materials--Stampendous Glass Glitter in Fresh Green, Stampendous Purple Pearlustre Embossing Powder, Stampendous Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder, Stampendous Detail Black Embossing Powder, and Water Soluble Colored Pencils.  The background was created by embossing textured card stock with the LJ849 Bare Trees Stencil and coloring the branches with colored pencil.  The LJ905 Rain Stencil was paste embossed with Pearlescent Embossing Paste on acetate. While the paste was wet, it was sprinkled with Metallic FX Powders in Glacier Lake.  The pink card stock was first stenciled with the LJ899 Petals Background Stencil.  Then it was stamped with the Stampendous Cling Blossom Beauty Stamp and colored with colored pencils.  I made two of them and cut some petals out of one and raised them with foam dots.  The ribbon was, of course, May Arts.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Frilly and Fabulous!

Break out the frou frou! For the month of February, the Dream Team are going Frilly and Fabulous! Vintage, retro, or modern, adding extra charm with fun Fran•tagé products from Stampendous, ribbons and lace from May Arts, buttons, crystals, charms, or even creating your own dimensional decor! A snippet or a pile, whatever your creative heart desires! Remember to link your creations using the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog for a chance to win the stencil of your choice! Bonus points for using Dreamweaver and/or Stampendous product in your work of heart.
Here's what I've been playing with:
It isn't frilly per se, however it is VERY flourish-y, which is almost the same idea.  I made this one very simply using my Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat and Cuttlebug with the stencils and two B Plates.  I used white card stock with the Damask Stencil LJ 907 and red coated aluminum with the Tole Heart Stencil LL 3010 and, surprisingly, with the bottom of the Ornate Xmas Tree Stencil LX 7003.   Then, I sanded the tops of the metal pieces to reveal the aluminum underneath and cut around the design.  I assembled the card and added the May Arts ribbon through the holes I punched with my Crop A Dile.  That was it!  Pretty easy!  Now, it is your turn.  Visit the other team members, get inspired and make something of your own.  Link it for your chance to win!
For more frilly fun, visit the "A" team:

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Fifth Thursday

It is the fifth Thursday of the month, so the whole team is playing this week.  Of course, our theme is still birthdays, but I always prefer a nice, all occasion type card for birthdays.  I feel better when I can write in anything I want.
 For this card, I used two different techniques.  First up, I pasted LM2011 Poppy Circle with Metallic Copper Embossing Paste.  While it was still wet, I sprinkled on some Metallic FX in, FX 10 Kiwi, and FX 17 Navajo Sky.  I let them dry for awhile, but then got a little impatient, and used my heat gun to speed the process.  It caused a few little bubbles on the surface, but I really liked it.  When everything was completely dry, I rubbed off the excess Metallic FX with a Swiffer refill.  Here is a little detail shot:

 While the paste dried, I ran the LJ 901 Mosaic Swirls Stencil through my Cuttlebug with yellow coated aluminum and the Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat.  After the embossing, I simply sanded off a little of the gold color.
     With the addition of some May Arts ribbon and a little card stock, I was finished. 
     Thanks for stopping by today. Try making something yourself and upload it to the Dream It Up! Blog for your chance to win a great prize.  For inspiration, be sure and check out the other team members this week at the following links:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Birthday Cards and New Adventures

This month at Dreamweaver, we are celebrating birthdays.  It seems appropriate, then, that the company is celebrating a rebirth of sorts this month as well.  Dreamweaver Stencils has been purchased by Stampendous!  This should open new creative options for our stencils.  It is a very exciting time!  You can learn more about the new plans by visiting the Dreamweaver Stencil Blog.
As for the Dreamweaver Design Team, we are still going strong, so continue joining in on the fun.  You never know what sort of special things are in store during this exciting time.
For my birthday post, I chose to create with a couple of different techniques.  I ran the LJ 901 Mosaic Swirls Stencil  through my Cuttlebug with metal and the Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat.  After the embossing, I colored it with alcohol inks and then sanded it.

I created the gecko using a modified Double Glitter Technique.  First, I soaped the back of the Lizard Stencil LM2004 with Hawaiian Coconut Soap.  Then, I brushed off the excess with a large stencil brush.  I placed the stencil, soap side down, on one side of the Double Sided Mounting Paper.  I pressed red, gold and copper foils in the exposed areas using my fingers and the Small Embossing Tool. Once I had all of the foil I needed, I pressed black flock into all the "wells" of the stencil.  Then, I thoroughly brushed off the excess materials.  I carefully removed the stencil by placing it face down on a table and gently peeling off the paper.  Then, I covered the whole thing in white glitter.
The words are just cheap letter stickers.  Everything else is card stock.

I really enjoy working with this technique.  I hope you were inspired to create a project of your own.  If you do get a chance, link it over to the Dreamweaver Stencils Blog for your chance to win something wonderful!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Birth of a New Year, and a special message


Our theme this month, in honor of the birth of a new year, is "Happy Birthday"!  Since Lynell, the Queen of Stencils has a birthday this week, many of us have decided to use our birthday card to wish her a great year on our blogs.  Here is my Lynell Birthday Card:
 I used three stencils:  LX 7001 Damask, LJ 916 Butterfly, and LM 150 Happy Birthday. I pasted the Happy Birthday with Glossy Black Embossing Paste and the Damask with Silver Metallic Embossing Paste, which I sprinkled with a microfine teal glitter in spots while the paste was still wet.  When pasting, you need to tape the stencil down with the Removable Tape and use the LM 2010 Paste Spreader to move the paste over the stencil.
The butterfly was created with the Double Glitter Technique.  For this technique, you need Double Sided Mounting Paper, a Large Stencil Brush, a stencil, and, of course, lots and lots of glitter!  It is one of my favorite techniques!  (Aside from metal, of course.....)  You can see how glittery this card turned out in this close up.  The Silver Metallic paste is plain on the left side of the picture and glittered on the right.

Well,  I hope I could inspire you to get a head start on all of those birthday cards for the year.  If so, be sure to add a link on the Dream It Up! site for your chance to win!  Using Dreamweaver Stencils will give you an extra chance, so give it a try!  You never know what you could do unless to make the effort.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Quick and Cute Revisited

In a flurry of a hurry? This month the Dream Team are all about the Quick and Cute...whether that be cards, gifts, wrapping, or tags...we have sleigh-loads of ideas! Play along by posting your creations using the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice, and a possible bonus stencil for using Dreamweaver products in your Quick and Cute project! Here's what fun I've been up to this week:

This is actually a three year old project, but it was very popular in classes, and I don't think I have ever posted it.  This card was so simple, that many of my students used it as their Christmas card! 
It was created with one of my favorite stencils, LL3009 Christmas Script.  I also needed Double Sided Mounting PaperCoconut Soap and a Large Stencil Brush.  I used the Double Glitter Technique with Microfine Opaque Art Glitter in Rouge and Ultrafine Transparent Art Glitter in Lion's Mane.  The striped paper is My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas collection, but you could use any paper that appeals to you.  Also, you could match the glitter and ribbon to that paper.
Thanks for stopping by.  It really isn't too late to make a last minute Double Glitter card for someone special!
Now, check out the other members of the team to see what fun they have been up to.  Here is this week's link list: